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RE: Electric Frypan Technical Advice

The high tech answer to everyone's cooking/grilling/broiling/panini/you name it needs is all right here..... By George, it is the answer...
MDKMDK 04/22/18 04:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck camper, solar panels and wind buffeting???

Once you get the front 3 set and mounted, instead of adding an air dam, could you pack something underneath the leading edge to act as an air dam? Might be easier than adding a piece of plastic or something and trying to create a continuous surface between the front of the panels and top edge of the roof. I think it would accomplish the same result. If you're concerned about wind/air flow getting under the panels. Have you considered using low profile flex panels which could be mounted nearly flush to the roof's surface? They're usually pretty thin, and a dab of sealant all around them would solve the air dam issue.
MDKMDK 04/22/18 10:15am Tech Issues
RE: 30-amp Power Inlet

Just buy a 30 amp extension cord. Then just pull out the necessary few inches to connect the 2 ends and connect to the CG plug. The amp rating of the 30 amp cord is way higher than the combined 50 foot of the 2 cords together. Then you have that extra 25 feet if you need it in the future. Doug X2 This is what I do X3 (Honorable mention to DutchmenSport's setup)
MDKMDK 04/21/18 06:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter install by dealer

delete. ooops.
MDKMDK 04/21/18 06:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan Energy Command 30 not going into auto start mode

Found this thread out there in cyber land...maybe? Click here...
MDKMDK 04/21/18 06:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I Eternabond or lap sealant

Clean the area with alcohol (denatured) and apply some sealant. I'd probably go with Dicor self leveling LAP sealant. It's UV resistant and if your issue is up top that might matter over time. Unless there's a structural reason for more lateral hold in the area. Then the Eternabond might hold things together better. Just my opinion.
MDKMDK 04/20/18 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: Windows Defender?

Using it since I started using Windows 10. If you change your wifi settings in W10 "Settings", to be treated as a metered connection, it won't download updates automatically, you have to do it manually, but other than that, it seems fine. No breaches/viruses/malware have gotten past it that I know about. Malwarebytes seems to confirm no unusual malware presence. Have used other AV and AM (free) products, but they weren't any better or worse than WD.
MDKMDK 04/18/18 03:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Wiring And Electrical Tools For People With Weakened Hands?

Wouldn't have to be family, necessarily. Hasn't someone nearer to you ever expressed an interest in your hobby, or simply what you're building or tinkering with? Anyway, good luck with finding a resolution that works for you.:C
MDKMDK 04/18/18 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Wiring And Electrical Tools For People With Weakened Hands?

Get an apprentice. Or a protege. Call him/her whatever you like. Someone to do the grunt work for you, under supervised direction. It would be a learning experience for all. Just a thought.:)
MDKMDK 04/18/18 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: April Midwest Blizzard

MDKMDK, Our power never even flickered nor went out. Even though drsteve said his power went out that doesn't mean his laptop, tablet, or cellphone or any backup power item he has was dead too! Nothing MAGIC about it! We and so many others also more than not have a Jet Pack MIFI or a hot spot device or a hot spot on their tablets or a hot spot on their cellphones or ALL 3 like we do plus power cells for recharging any of these items! Then remember that any and all of these devices can also be recharged by a simple 12V DC vehicle or RV battery. Welcome to the present modern today world MDKMDK! I doubt his ISP is right next door to him and more likely 10 - 20 miles or more away and who says their power also went out there. Then there's also satellite WIFI connections too. We personally could easily go 2 - 3 week+ without any grid power at all and not starting any of our generators nor any of our vehicles and still have total and complete solid and flawless Internet connection! Might want to re-think your post. His post just struck me as funny, the way it was worded. No power, still able to post. Don't get your shorts in a knot over it. btw, I'm in Canada, not far from "the mitt", but it can be like night and day between our countries technology-wise. When the power goes out here, it often takes down everything, including cell towers and cable networks. I guess if you're connected to the internet via a phone land line, you might have connectivity, until the battery in the laptop dies, but we don't. We use them there new fangled cable ISPs, don't cha know? Satellite internet? Only for the rich and famous over here. So keep in mind that you live next door to what can be a 3rd world type of country in many respects, and we just don't have all the same luxuries as you lucky Michiganders.:B
MDKMDK 04/16/18 06:03am General RVing Issues
RE: April Midwest Blizzard

drsteve, Must be inland and away from Lake Michigan? South of Lansing. Middle of the mitten. Our power is out currently. Wow, your computer's magic smoke is keeping it connected to the internet, and the ISP's connections are up, and everything else is working as normal, without power? That's amazing. :h
MDKMDK 04/15/18 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery replacement

How can you till if it's time to replace your batteries? We have two Trojan T-105s that are about 5 years old. They are usually charged by AC but a couple times a year we will overnight at a Wal-Mart. We're getting ready to make a long trip and may use Wal-Mart for a few overnights. I don't want to replace them if they still are healthy and have plenty of life left in them, but I don't want to take off and have them fail on the trip either. Thoughts? Why not try a simulation run in your RV in your driveway for a few days and see what happens? You could charge them up by plugging in, and then degauss them, and check them with a meter or hydrometer, but a live test might give you a better idea of what they will or won't do in the field. If they fail, replace.
MDKMDK 04/15/18 12:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Entrance steps

You're welcome. Hope it was just "step Alzheimers" and not something more serious. Funny that there isn't any smarts in the system to keep you from killing your chassis battery from regular step extension and retraction. They put those types of failsafes in other automotive systems. I'm not trolling but maybe that is why both Kwikee and Lippert suggest wiring the power for the motor to the house batteries(y). I agree that Winnie and who knows how many others may wire it to the chhassis battery but it would provide that protection to the chassis battery if it were wired to the house battery after the disconnect switch. Maybe Winnie finds it easier to enable the other failsafe that retracts the step if the engine starts and/or the transmission is put into gear with the step extended? It might just be easier to wire it up on the chassis battery/ignition circuitry side of things, would be my thinking. I may ask Winnebago, as it seems like a good question as to why they do it the way they do it.
MDKMDK 04/14/18 06:00am Tech Issues
RE: Entrance steps

You're welcome. Hope it was just "step Alzheimers" and not something more serious. Funny that there isn't any smarts in the system to keep you from killing your chassis battery from regular step extension and retraction. They put those types of failsafes in other automotive systems.
MDKMDK 04/13/18 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Entrance steps

This is a long shot guess. My steps are also automatic and they run off the chassis battery. There's probably (I hope) some sort of circuitry that prevents the steps from working automatically if it detects the chassis battery is at a low SOC. Do you recall when they stopped working? Was it after a long time between when the chassis battery was last recharged by any means? Then after you drove it, the chassis battery got charged and the steps started working? Is that your scenario?
MDKMDK 04/13/18 06:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Flying J/Def fluid pump

The Flying J nearest to me in Ontario can be between 5 and 10 cents or more higher per litre than nearby regular gas stations. That's significant. As for the problems you have navigating smaller less expensive stations, sorry but I can't help you there.
MDKMDK 04/11/18 07:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flying J/Def fluid pump

Even at Flying J/Pilot? I know their fuel can be more $$$ than nearby regular gas stations. I wonder if they over charge for DEF as well? I usually check for a bulk DEF option at the pumps when driving the diesel, but as far as I know, it isn't happening in Ontario. Yet. I do know the Husky truck stop down the 401 from the London PFJ recently added bulk DEF to their regular commuter pump island lanes. Sorry, I know that doesn't help the OP, unless you're traveling in Canada. Husky fuels are big in western Canada, if that helps at all? When Suncor recently merged (bought) with Petro Canada, they sold off some of the surplus stations to Husky and others. I believe that Husky truck stop may have been one of them, or it might have been the old 5th Wheel, when they went belly up a while back. I can't recall.
MDKMDK 04/11/18 06:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lost power alert - is there such a thing?

Fortress Security Store dot com sells wireless GSM based home alarm systems that can easily be adapted to use in an RV. One of the features of the one I have is that the base station has battery backup, and issues AC power interruption alerts, when AC power is turned off or the unit is unplugged. It's set up to send an SMS message to my cell phone. GSM based? I hope they offer an LTE upgrade module and all new ones are LTE, GSM is dead on AT&T and T-Mobile has only committed to GSM through 12/2020. WCMDA/UMTS is also on the way out with both AT&T and T-Mobile already shutting it down on certain frequencies. LTE and GSM are two different parts of the system. Most of the world's LTE service is delivered using GSM Thanks Gordon. I should have said systems that use a SIM card versus non-GSM CDMA devices. I've always used GSM in general reference to a phone (or other device) that uses a SIM card to supply the network id and smarts. Maybe that's an outdated term of reference?
MDKMDK 04/11/18 06:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flying J/Def fluid pump

Not yet, at the nearest one to me, in Ontario. Not familiar with the other 3 or 4 locations. I see stacks of it in the 2.5Gal jugs inside the store. $20 for one, buy two for $35. If you go through it that fast.:E
MDKMDK 04/11/18 12:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lost power alert - is there such a thing?

Fortress Security Store dot com sells wireless GSM based home alarm systems that can easily be adapted to use in an RV. One of the features of the one I have is that the base station has battery backup, and issues AC power interruption alerts, when AC power is turned off or the unit is unplugged. It's set up to send an SMS message to my cell phone.
MDKMDK 04/11/18 12:09pm General RVing Issues
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