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RE: Awning replacement question

The cord in the awning fabric that slides into the slot extends past the fabric on both ends. You're supposed to fold it over into the roller tube then replace the end cap. That's supposed to keep the fabric centered on the tube. I did remove both caps when I replaced ours. The fabric we bought does not have a separate valance so once you have it secured to the roller tube in 2 slots, it's not going anywhere. So the question is can you get the old completely out with one end cap on? The other issue you may run into depends on the replacement fabric. Not all 3 slots in the roller tube are the same size. We had to switch which 2 we used to tightly secure the awning to the tube. Since the left side end cap has a slot to install and remove the pull strap it needed to be removed and repositioned anyway. The right side end cap had to be removed so the lock lever ends up in the correct spot when the awning is closed. Seriously, they're aluminum head rivets and take about 30 seconds to remove. Having both caps off also made it easier to insert and center the awning. Just my opinion for what it's worth.
Hank MI 08/27/14 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: Fan switch on 99 f-53 chassis

Not sure on the Ford chassis but the problem you describe is usually the resistor module. I know it's a common failure item on some Chevy vehicles.
Hank MI 08/19/14 04:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How do I track my data usage?

Your "box thingy" 503INV is a wireless router. It provides the WiFi signal for the house. Is your laptop Windows or Mac? If Windows, what version of Windows do you use? The "box thingy" is a lot more than a wireless router. Uverse calls it a residential gateway. It connects to the AT&T phones lines coming into the house. It does have a wireless router built in, an ethernet router and telephone jacks if you have a VoIP phone. TV set top boxes connect to it via ethernet. Some gateways, like ours, also have coax connections for the set top boxes. You can use either ethernet or coax for the set top boxes depending on what wiring is available. Hey folks... I'm not talking cell phones or jetpacks. I'm talking uverse at home and I take my box thingy with me and I can use it when I get wifi at a campgound. This unit has nothing to do with my cell phone plan. I'm sorry if I missled anyone. Don't think you can take your box thingy (5031NV) with you. Well you can but it will be about as useful as a brick for getting on the internet. You need a cellphone or wifi hotspot device and data plan from a wireless carrier. We use our cell phones to create a hotspot. Only time we've exceeded our data limit was when my wife watched multiple tv shows online. We each have 2.5gb so we only exceeded the limit on one phone. Normally we only use a few hundred megabytes each. Don't know if that box will track/provide your data usage. Our gateway does, under Statistics, but it's a different model. You can connect to the box thingy from your PC. Type 192.168.1.254 into the address bar of your browser, hopefully that is the IP address the 5031NV uses. The access code for the box should be on label on the side of the box, may not need it to just view statistics.
Hank MI 05/16/14 06:55am Technology Corner
RE: 94 Bounder storage door hinge keeper?

We have a 94 Bounder also, I think I know what you're referring to. I think it would be easy to make one out of some steel flat stock. Been a few years but I believe it's just a flat piece of steel with a hole for the screw. Take another one off so you can get a good look at the whole thing.
Hank MI 05/13/14 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: wiring a volt meter....

It's not a true ammeter that measures current flow. The shunt provides a known amount of resistance. The meter is connected to the negative and positive battery leads so voltage potential is known. It's also connected to both side of shunt to measure voltage drop across the shunt. By knowing voltage potential and voltage drop you can calculate amperage. Not quite right. This meter is a true ammeter and measures DC current like most units do - by measuring the voltage drop across a known resistor. You can pretty much guarantee that all units that insert themselves in series with the circuit do this. (The exception are hall effect meters and may or may not require breaking the circuit.) This meter does not need to know what the battery voltage is, and doesn't use it in the calculations.The shunt resistance is known so the IR drop display is equal to the current flowing through the shunt - scaled to match actual values. This we agree on. So why does this have to be on the negative side? Couple of reasons. - The A-D converter is single ended and the low end is ground referenced. It does not have a differential input, and if it did both inputs would still be limited to the operating voltage of the chip. - the A-D converter has a max input voltage, which if exceeded will blow the chip. Usually it's the operating voltage of the chip which here might be 5V or even 3.3V. If the input to the A-D is attached to a shunt on the positive side of the battery, the input to the A-D is +12V, even with no current flowing. On the low side the input is zero volts at zero current draw and from there goes up with current. I don't know what this shunt is rated for but lets say it's a 200A/75mV shunt, meaning when 200A is flowing the drop measured is 75mV. That's what the A-D would see. If this display were operated from an independent power supply, one that does not share any connection with the circuit being measured - then you can put the shunt on the positive side of the battery. In this case there is no common mode problem. This is why handheld DMM's don't care which side you hookup. My apologize, it is a true ammeter, I meant not the type that shunts all current through the meter. As far as calculating current, don't know what I was thinking. Battery voltage is not needed, only the resistance and voltage drop.
Hank MI 05/04/14 06:26am Tech Issues
RE: wiring a volt meter....

It's not a true ammeter that measures current flow. The shunt provides a known amount of resistance. The meter is connected to the negative and positive battery leads so voltage potential is known. It's also connected to both side of shunt to measure voltage drop across the shunt. By knowing voltage potential and voltage drop you can calculate amperage. It 'may' not work connected to the positive leads. Connected to the negative side voltage from the shunt leads would be close to zero volts, referenced to ground. If connected to the positive side leads from the shunt would be in the 12v range. That may confuse or even damage the meter.
Hank MI 05/03/14 07:04am Tech Issues
RE: Lawn mower

I know the Toro zero turn we bought at HD is the same as the one at the dealers. Have ordered parts online and from dealers, no problems. I have heard that JD tractors at the big box stores aren't the same as the ones at the dealers.
Hank MI 04/30/14 02:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: I10 111.2 MM

Mile markers every .2 miles are very common on interstates. Mostly around more populated areas. When you get away from the populated areas they go back to one every mile. In an emergency/accident you don't have to go very far to find a mile marker when calling 911. Can't believe you've never seen them before.
Hank MI 04/29/14 05:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: kwikee step

Unless you can tell exactly when the steps have reached their full in or out extension you will draw a lot of current when they reach the stops. I suppose you could rig a couple of micro switches at the stops to interrupt the current. A diode in series with each micro switch would also be needed so that the opened switch would not be bypassed by the closed one. i have read posts by other people that have done what you are talking about and they didn't mention using micro switches and diodes so maybe that isn't a problem. If it's like ours the motor has a thermal switch inside of it, that's what cuts power to the motor when it hits the limit. The controller senses the lack of current flow and shuts the power off. Now leaving the switch on for an extended period could cause a problem, the thermal switch will cool, the motor will try to turn and the thermal switch will open again. This cycle will continue until the power is switched off. A DPDT momentary switch would be best. Let go when the steps reach their limit, you can't leave the switch in an on position. All of the Kwikee steps that I have seen manuals for use a current sense circuit in the control board to sense the current rise when the motor stalls and use that to cut the current to the motor. You may be right, I assumed it sensed the lack of current flow not an increase. The motor is just an older style auto window motor and I know for a fact it has a thermal switch inside it. When my step was not working I could here the switch cut out then back in a few seconds later when it cooled. I also took the motor and gear box apart so I know there is a thermal switch in the motor.
Hank MI 04/20/14 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: GM Ignition Sensor Fuse

Thanks Hank & Teddy. That makes sense, and makes me feel better. I'll recheck what I did, but I'm pretty confident that it's correct. (Just noticed that I need to update my signature, and get rid of the '03 Cavalier - that's my grand-son's car now.) Sounds like you have it right. You'll notice you don't have the key buzzer, key in driver's door open, when switch is off. You should also see that turning key to ACC with switch off does not turn on accessories like radio, etc.
Hank MI 04/19/14 06:22am Dinghy Towing
RE: Stanley Cup playoffs 2014

I will go out on a limb! Wings will beat Boston. We had a championship winter (most snowfall ever)! It will carry over to spring hockey in Hockeytown! Coldest winter on record too! Go Wings!
Hank MI 04/18/14 03:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: kwikee step

Unless you can tell exactly when the steps have reached their full in or out extension you will draw a lot of current when they reach the stops. I suppose you could rig a couple of micro switches at the stops to interrupt the current. A diode in series with each micro switch would also be needed so that the opened switch would not be bypassed by the closed one. i have read posts by other people that have done what you are talking about and they didn't mention using micro switches and diodes so maybe that isn't a problem. If it's like ours the motor has a thermal switch inside of it, that's what cuts power to the motor when it hits the limit. The controller senses the lack of current flow and shuts the power off. Now leaving the switch on for an extended period could cause a problem, the thermal switch will cool, the motor will try to turn and the thermal switch will open again. This cycle will continue until the power is switched off. A DPDT momentary switch would be best. Let go when the steps reach their limit, you can't leave the switch in an on position.
Hank MI 04/18/14 03:03pm Tech Issues
RE: GM Ignition Sensor Fuse

I installed the switch on our 07 Malibu. It works the same way and that's how it's supposed to work. You have to put the key in and turn it at least to ACC position to shift out of park and into neutral. You can't remove the key until the trans is back in park. The switch or pulling the fuse disables the sensing of the key and disables the ACC position so the battery won't be drained while towing.
Hank MI 04/18/14 02:50pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Onan 4000 gen

As waterboy said you need 1/4 tank or more of fuel to feed the gen. Also on our Onan 4k holding the switch in the off position runs the pump to fill the fuel bowl before trying to start the engine. You have to hold it in the off position for a few seconds then you should hear the fuel pump start running. I have a full tank of gas and when I hold the switch to the off position it dose nothing? That's how ours works. Yours may be different or it's a symptom of the problem, fuel pump not working.
Hank MI 04/09/14 04:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Avoid breaker tripping

A loose connection can cause heat and even a fire but it also reduces current flow and can't cause an overload. I suspect the 30 amp breaker on the pedestal is getting week and will no longer handle a full 30 amps. Consider that you also have a 30 amp main breaker in your RV and it should trip if you exceed 30 amps.
Hank MI 04/09/14 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Onan 4000 gen

As waterboy said you need 1/4 tank or more of fuel to feed the gen. Also on our Onan 4k holding the switch in the off position runs the pump to fill the fuel bowl before trying to start the engine. You have to hold it in the off position for a few seconds then you should hear the fuel pump start running.
Hank MI 04/09/14 10:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV friendly diesel before the Keys

There are plenty of RV, big rig friendly stations on 997(Krome) from SW 88th(Kendal) all the way to Homestead. That is the Redland Agricultural Area with lots of semis hauling for the nurseries there.
Hank MI 04/08/14 07:17am Roads and Routes
RE: Onan 2.8 turns over, dies when start button released

Some of the things that can cause it to die when you release the botton. Low oil switch Bad brushes/slip rings Bad control board I'm not sure about the power source for the ignition system but I do not think the poster was correct on that one. I think it always either self-generates (Magneto) or burns battery power. There are advantages to both systems. The onan bypasses several fault sensors (like the low oil switch) when starting but when yor let go it checks them One of them is the output frequency and voltage... Unlike those el-cheapo "Contractor" generators. the Onan monitors itself, same as a Surge Guard monitors the park's shore power, and if the voltage or frequency are beyond what is is programmed to accept.. It shuts down A friend got that message when his did as yours.. and he had to do a brush replacement.. This happened when he was parked in the land of no shore power.. However lucky for him, there was a TT-30 outlet that was live at least part of the time near by (It is in one of my basement compartments in fact, he was next to me). Yup, low oil pressure, oil pressure switch or no output AC. All sensing is disabled while starting. Once started and switch is released the sensing kicks in and will shut it down if a problem is detected.
Hank MI 04/07/14 04:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Water hose diameter

An RV just doesn't have enough plumbing to make a difference. Most of my house which is considerable larger is only 1/2" copper. Water volume will be determined by the smallest diameter in the system between water source and the faucet. This. Bruce Not really true. It's not a case of "The weakest link". The longer the restriction, reduced diameter, the lower the flow. Each restriction you add even if they're all the same diameter will reduce the flow.
Hank MI 04/07/14 04:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Patio awning question

As I recall on my A&E Awning each spring has a specific direction to wind it. One spring goes one way the other goes the opposite way. Once you figure out the direction of each spring, its not really that hard to rewind / tension. Just be careful when its under tension. Good Luck. Both turn the same way, if not they'd be fighting with each other. Direction to turn should be marked on the end cap of the arm.
Hank MI 04/07/14 02:44pm Beginning RVing
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