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RE: Should we turn off the water?

Two years ago our furnace failed while we were in Fl for a 2 months. We have a well and the pump was off. I didn't drain the plumbing and pipes burst in 3 places. The pressure tank emptied out whatever water was in it, quite a mess. We now have a Wifi thermostat so I'll get an email if the temp in the house drops. I also will open all faucets and the system drain into the laundry tub in the basement.
Hank MI 12/02/16 06:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Pressure Actual vs Sticker

I assume you have the Michelin XRV tires, I have the same. According to there charts you could run 80 front and rear. That assumes you don't add any weight because the numbers are real close, 85 might be better. You'll definitely have a softer ride and more contact with the road as mentioned.
Hank MI 11/28/16 04:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: Bagman's Bucks vs.Michigan

Bags, best of luck with your health. Remember, it's only a game. I'll be rooting for Michigan but no matter the outcome, come Sunday my life will continue on pretty much the same. Can't wait for the game to begin though, I expect a good one. As you said they both have advantages in areas. Go Blue!
Hank MI 11/25/16 04:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: need help with toad battery disconnect

You're less likely to have a "battery accident" working on the negative side since it's grounded to the vehicle body. That's why we disconnect the negative cable first and keep it away from the battery terminal. Then, if the wrench on the positive touches the body, nothing shorts out since the body is no longer negative. Which is what I was trying to say in my previous post. I think you said it a little better.
Hank MI 11/25/16 06:38am Dinghy Towing
RE: need help with toad battery disconnect

I wouldn't use the positive side as a disconnect it may arc unless you remove the ground wire first. With todays sensitive electronics it may matter. When installing a battery or jump starting a vehicle always install the positive side first then the ground, this will eliminate arcing. If finished jump starting or removing a battery always remove the ground first , this will eliminate arcing. Really? If there's a voltage potential, a complete circuit, then there's a possibility of arcing. What makes you think that the negative cable and negative post on the battery can't create an arc? The electrons don't care where you complete the circuit. You remove the negative cable first because you're using a wrench to loosen the cables. If you hit a metal part of the car with the wrench while loosening the cable, no harm, the car is grounded to the negative. If you remove the positive first and touch a metal part of the car you create a short circuit through the wrench, not good. When jump starting a car you hook the positive cable to the battery first. No arcing because the negative cable isn't hooked up, not a complete circuit. You then hook the negative cable to a metal part of the car or engine not the battery. If it does cause an arc it's not near the battery and unlikely to ignite any gases coming from the it.. What's your point? Point, either cable is just as likely to arc when connecting or disconnecting. You seem to be saying only the positive cable can arc and that's just not true. My response was a general rule statement used in the automotive and trucking industry. Yours is based on a remote possibility not often experienced. Sure it could arc but less likely. Again, simply not true. Positive cable, negative cable or somewhere inbetween all have the same possibility of arcing. Arcing occurs because of the voltage potential, it doesn't care where you make or break the circuit. You seem to think there's something magical about the negative post that keeps it from arcing and that's not true.
Hank MI 11/25/16 06:36am Dinghy Towing
RE: need help with toad battery disconnect

I wouldn't use the positive side as a disconnect it may arc unless you remove the ground wire first. With todays sensitive electronics it may matter. When installing a battery or jump starting a vehicle always install the positive side first then the ground, this will eliminate arcing. If finished jump starting or removing a battery always remove the ground first , this will eliminate arcing. Really? If there's a voltage potential, a complete circuit, then there's a possibility of arcing. What makes you think that the negative cable and negative post on the battery can't create an arc? The electrons don't care where you complete the circuit. You remove the negative cable first because you're using a wrench to loosen the cables. If you hit a metal part of the car with the wrench while loosening the cable, no harm, the car is grounded to the negative. If you remove the positive first and touch a metal part of the car you create a short circuit through the wrench, not good. When jump starting a car you hook the positive cable to the battery first. No arcing because the negative cable isn't hooked up, not a complete circuit. You then hook the negative cable to a metal part of the car or engine not the battery. If it does cause an arc it's not near the battery and unlikely to ignite any gases coming from the it.. What's your point? Point, either cable is just as likely to arc when connecting or disconnecting. You seem to be saying only the positive cable can arc and that's just not true.
Hank MI 11/24/16 12:57pm Dinghy Towing
RE: need help with toad battery disconnect

I wouldn't use the positive side as a disconnect it may arc unless you remove the ground wire first. With todays sensitive electronics it may matter. When installing a battery or jump starting a vehicle always install the positive side first then the ground, this will eliminate arcing. If finished jump starting or removing a battery always remove the ground first , this will eliminate arcing. Really? If there's a voltage potential, a complete circuit, then there's a possibility of arcing. What makes you think that the negative cable and negative post on the battery can't create an arc? The electrons don't care where you complete the circuit. You remove the negative cable first because you're using a wrench to loosen the cables. If you hit a metal part of the car with the wrench while loosening the cable, no harm, the car is grounded to the negative. If you remove the positive first and touch a metal part of the car you create a short circuit through the wrench, not good. When jump starting a car you hook the positive cable to the battery first. No arcing because the negative cable isn't hooked up, not a complete circuit. You then hook the negative cable to a metal part of the car or engine not the battery. If it does cause an arc it's not near the battery and unlikely to ignite any gases coming from the it.
Hank MI 11/24/16 07:16am Dinghy Towing
RE: Mr. Pink Stuff

$5.98 + tax for 2 gallons of the pink stuff. Easy to pump through the system, no guessing if I got it all. I'll stick with that method.
Hank MI 11/22/16 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: 98 34' Allegro - Chevrolet - Brakes

Maybe it's the flux capacitor? Sorry, I had to start off with that but I had to get that out of my system. Now I feel grounded. You said it will roll even with the shift lever in park, correct? I think it may be more than an adjustment. I haven't looked inside a transmission for decades, so things must have changed but in my 55 Merc, there was a pawl that locked the trans when in park. I don't know how it worked in '98 but I don't think that it part of the parking brake. No pawl, has a drive line brake, a drum brake attached to rear of trans.
Hank MI 11/19/16 07:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coffee

Cuisinart coffee maker, built in grinder and stainless steel thermal pot. Coffee is fresh ground every morning 15 minutes before I get up. Coffee stays hot for hours in the thermal pot. I hate drinking coffee that's been heating (burning) on the coffee maker. We like Eight O'clock Columbian and Bigby from Costco. Costco has a pretty good variety of coffees, whole bean and ground.
Hank MI 11/18/16 06:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Pinging

The engine has a "ping" sensor that will(is supposed to) adjust your timing for different grades of gasoline if it senses detonation. Perhaps what you are hearing is not pinging or perhaps you have a bad sensor. Hook your engine up to a Scan Gauge and check to see if there are any error codes that are stored in your engine control module. I agree it may not be a ping you hear. Could it be an exhaust leak? These engines are know for breaking exhaust studs and cracking exhaust manifolds. I just installed a set of header on ours because of a broken stud and leaks. Couldn't hear it at idle or while cruising but while accelerating or climbing a grade it was there. As mentioned the ping sensor should adjust the timing to stop any pinging.
Hank MI 11/17/16 05:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thoughts on a Chevy 8.1L Gas Engine vintage 2003

Have one in our 03 Winnebago. Put close to 4,000 miles on it pulling a toad in the Black Hills and Yellowstone a few months ago. Engine runs great. I haven't had a heat problem with plug wires put did have an exhaust manifold leak. Installed a set of exhaust header last month to fix that problem. Again it depends on the buildup whether you'll have any heat related problems. Both Fords and Chevy's have had heat issues in the past. Not necessarily related to the engine but the motorhome surrounding them, think airflow. GM stopped building Big Block engines for production vehicles several years ago. They do make big blocks for marine use and performance engines. Parts are available and it's a good combo with the Allison trans. The Ford V10 is a good engine put I wanted the 8.1 with the Allison. The V10 will do the job but you have to wind the heck out of it to get the job done. It's just a different design and requires a lot higher RPM than the 8.1l to develop the HP. If you don't mind listening to the V10 scream when pulling a grade it's a good engine.
Hank MI 11/01/16 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Remote thermostat

After 30 years in IT I set up my place with the eye on cost, KISS, and redundancy (i.e. I skipped the technology bling that breaks down at the worst time.) What I did was bought $50 IP cameras, large outside thermometers, cube that turns a light on at freezing temps, and a flood alarm. All those items cost about $10 each and can be bought at a big box store. I use the cameras motion and sound alarm to send me e-mails in the case of a flood (alarm siren goes off) or freezing temp (light comes on which is motion.) I also use the cameras (pan/tilt) to check out the room and what those large outside thermometers are showing for a temp in that room. The camera's are open to the web which means I can keep an eye on everything no matter where I put it in park. Works for me. And I spent roughly $100 for a Wifi thermostat. I don't need to monitor the temp but I can if I want to. It will email me if there is an issue. I can also turn on the AC or turn the heat up remotely. Very handy when you've been away, you arrive home to a comfortable house. I don't have a flood alarm but I suspect I didn't spend as much as you did. The other thing you don't have are intruder alerts and the pictures/video that occurs if/when that happens. You mentioned cameras to look at thermometers and flood alarm. You didn't mention any security aspects. Not sure how useful it would be to watch someone breaking into my house when I'm 1,000 miles away. If it sounds an alarm or calls the police, great. If all I get to do is watch, not so great.
Hank MI 11/01/16 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Remote thermostat

After 30 years in IT I set up my place with the eye on cost, KISS, and redundancy (i.e. I skipped the technology bling that breaks down at the worst time.) What I did was bought $50 IP cameras, large outside thermometers, cube that turns a light on at freezing temps, and a flood alarm. All those items cost about $10 each and can be bought at a big box store. I use the cameras motion and sound alarm to send me e-mails in the case of a flood (alarm siren goes off) or freezing temp (light comes on which is motion.) I also use the cameras (pan/tilt) to check out the room and what those large outside thermometers are showing for a temp in that room. The camera's are open to the web which means I can keep an eye on everything no matter where I put it in park. Works for me. And I spent roughly $100 for a Wifi thermostat. I don't need to monitor the temp but I can if I want to. It will email me if there is an issue. I can also turn on the AC or turn the heat up remotely. Very handy when you've been away, you arrive home to a comfortable house. I don't have a flood alarm but I suspect I didn't spend as much as you did.
Hank MI 10/31/16 06:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Didn't want to hIjack.

Having to travel a lot in my working life I learned to appreciate that little symbol in rent cars. So did I. Usually when picking up a rental you want to throw your luggage in and hit the road. Who thinks about walking around the car to see where the fuel door is?
Hank MI 10/31/16 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Remote thermostat

Installed a Sensi a little over a year ago. Ended up staying home last winter. Did use it a couple of times this summer to turn the AC on. We were headed back home in the MH and it was hot out. It did shoot me an email one of those times that the humidity was very high. It will send emails if it can't maintain the set temp.
Hank MI 10/29/16 07:13am General RVing Issues
RE: shore power 110 or 220

Hey to stir the pot up a little more. If you only had single pole breakers in your house panel would that make your house 120 volt? The only difference between the house and RV is you do not have circuit that has a double pole breaker. If you meter both buses in your house panel and both the RV buses you get the same reading. This is the point I was trying to make. We're talking about the input voltage, 240v. Also the breaker panel designed to handle 240v. The branch circuits may be 120v but that's secondary. Ask this guy what he thinks. If the 50 amp RV is a 120v RV but accepts a 240v input then I guess a 30 amp RV should as well. 220v in 110v system
Hank MI 10/27/16 01:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Insurance on Rented Travel Trailer?

Your tow vehicle ins covers the liability and home owners ins covers the contents but you will need something to cover the trailer itself. I'm surprised they dont offer this coverage for hefty fee. Correct, you would think the rental company would offer it. How many insurance companies want to write a collision policy on a TT for a few weeks. The paperwork involved would eat up any profit unless they charged a whole lot for it. Just not worth it to them.
Hank MI 10/25/16 04:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bedroom A/C unit

I'm with MrWizard. The fan and AC going on and off is much more likely to keep you awake. Once you adjust to the fan running it's constant white noise. You can't adjust or get use to a sound that goes on and off periodically throughout the night.
Hank MI 10/25/16 04:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Kidney Stones = Kidney Stone King!

Had multiple kidney stones over the years, started when I was in my 30's then about every 18 months to 2 years another one. I started seeing a nephrologist 6 to 8 years ago, haven't had any since. He prescribed potassium citrate and calcium citrate, my stones were calcium oxalate. I've had lithotripsy 4-5 times as well. Nothing worse than a kidney stone too large to pass. It blocks off the ureter causing pressure inside the kidney. Eventually the kidney shuts down, fortunately it starts up again once the pressure is relieved.
Hank MI 10/25/16 12:47pm Around the Campfire
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