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RE: Camping at Andrews AFB

Solomons Island Navy Recreation Area at Patuxent NAS is a very large Recreation Facility serving several Military Units around the Washington DC areas. Location: Naval District Washington, Solomons, Md. Phone Number: 410-286-7415 Reservations: Required with full payment within 60 days Accommodations: 298 RV sites, 70 camper/tent sites, two yurts, three camping cabins, 15 apartments, 21 bungalows, nine cabins, 13 cottages Amenities: Playground, picnic area, fishing, swimming, marina Roy Ken
RoyB 10/31/14 05:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 7-Pin No Running Lights

You need to determine if it is a problem with the trailer or truck. This is where my 7-way test adapter listed earlier comes in handy You can also test your running lights on the trailer by just using a short wire between blades 3 & 4 on the trailer cable PLUG end. Your trailer battery has to be functional to do this. http://rvbasics.com/techtips/images/rvplugart.gif height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 10/31/14 04:59am Tech Issues
RE: Cheap pink antifreeze at ACE

I too do the blow out method for my OFF-ROAD POPUP water system.. Purchased two gal of the pink stuff from WALMART back in 2008 to pour down the P-traps and haven't opened the second gallon yet. Works for us as well... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/31/14 04:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 7-Pin No Running Lights

I carry one of these 7-way trailer lights testers (ETRAILER - AMAZON)... If all of the LEDs on this tester works properly when plugged into the truck connector then your problems is on the trailer side... Sure helps when looking for where the problem is... http://www.etrailer.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/T/R/TR20117.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 10/30/14 06:52pm Tech Issues
RE: USB 120 volt outlet

Just keep in mind the RV OUTLETs are different than household outlets and you may run into a remove and replace problem. These RV TYPE 120VAC Receptacles are wired in daisy chain fashion and usually do not have any slack in wiring for you to tap into. I would look for the 120VAC extension cord idea that had USB ports on them... Or better yet get one of those 12VDC USB PORT adapters and plug it into the Antenna WALL PLATE 12VDC receptacle. Those have two USB ports on them... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/30/14 09:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Adapting the hot, low point drain to the air compressor...

I too use the BLOW OUT method winterizing my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer. When I drain my fresh water tank low drain point I open the cold and hot water faucets and also move the hot water heater spring loaded high pressure valve to open. This drains down my hot water heater to just below the bottom COLD WATER inlet. There is still a small amount of water left in the bottom of the Hot water heater but given all of the open room inside the tank allows for expansion especially if I leave the top spring loaded high pressure valve open during the cold months. After I have the fresh water tank drained then I connect my 12VDC tankless air compressor to the City Water Inlet using an adapter. This blows out all of the lines down the sink as well as the outside shower setup when those valves gets opened.. After all the lines are blowed out with air then I add a small amount pink stuff to the P-traps. Been doing this for the last four years or so and I am still on my one gallon bottle of pink stuff.. The beauty of using the blow out method for me is I can go back to using the water system again by just filling the fresh water tank. My blow out method only take under ten minutes to winterize the lines. The other beauty is I never fill my water lines with bad tasting pink stuff... Granted where we live here in Northern Neck VA is not a real bad freezing winter experience but I do however like to winter camp up along the Blue Ridge and sometimes inside WVA where it does get pretty cold over night. This works out great for my small footprint POPUP trailer. Roy Ken
RoyB 10/30/14 08:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Dedicated 15A Outlet

I always carry a couple of Extension cords with us on trips and plug into 15A/20A pedestal circuits to run our electric heaters or other high wattage things. It is neat to have these so we don't over load the 30A Pedestal Breakers at times... With our OFF-ROAD POPUP we just run the extension cords through a window flap. All of our outside 120VAC connections for things always get connected to the campground pedestal 20AMP connections instead of the trailer outside 120VAC connection for same reason. Nice job on your install... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/30/14 07:31am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Wall Plate Booster

Most of those WALL PLATE ANTENNA PANELS are not BOOSTER AMPLIFIERs. This is where the BOOSTER AMPLIFIER DC POWER control circuits are located. Their function is send up 12VDC to your OTA ROOF MOUNTED antenna where the BOOSTER PREAMPLIFIER is located. This has a push button on the panel and when you push-in a switch you can see a small LED light come on telling you 12VDC is going up the RG cable connected to the roof OTA antenna. This circuit also BLANKS the cable connection coming from the campground CABLE CONNECTION on the outside of the trailer. This is neat pictorial on how the ANTENNA WALL PLATE is connected. http://www.accessantennas.com.au/wp-content/uploads/wpsc/product_images/winegard%2012v%20wall%20plate.jpg height=200 http://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=42906&d=1385084073 height=200 Not a whole lot that can go bad with the antenna wall plate panel... Problems is most often the PUSHBUTTON is pressed-in when trying to use the outside CABLE TV CONNECTION or a bad F-type cable connection, or the 12VDC Connection coming from your 12VDC Power Distribution Panel is missing. If you are camping off the power grid the 12VDC battery may be discharged or switched out. This is the way my WALL MOUNT ANTENNA PANELS works at any rate... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/30/14 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Location of generator in fifth wheel trailers?

LIke all new RV'ers we wanted to have a generator to run our whole trailer. Reality very quickly sets in and then we started planning on what we really could do generator wise... Large generator setup is not for everyone... Sometimes storage space is more important for other things. This is no different for the small POPUP trailer setup like we have or the big 5th Wheel trailers. I carry my 2KW with me covered and secured in my truck bed all the time. Basically my small generator is only used to run the trailer's on-board smart mode converter when camping off the power grid to charge up my battery bank each morning when allowed to run generators at the camp sites. Where we camp here on the East side of the US it seems most public camping places including the Natl Forest areas all seem to have generator run time restrictions. With this in mind we elected to reduce our battery drains, beef up the battery system, and only run the items we wanted to have operating from INVERTER and Batteries for the one day/night run. Then re-charge the batteries the batteries the next morning using the smaller generator so we can do it all over again for the next day/night run off the batteries.. To use I plug the trailer shore power cable into the 2KW Generator 120VAC Receptacle using a RV30A-15A LONG "DOGBONE" style ADAPTER. I would never leave my 2KW Honda Generator unattended around my trailer. To big a thief issue for me.. Roy Ken
RoyB 10/29/14 06:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Satellite only works connected directly to DVR

I could never get the SAT OUTSIDE connection to work for me. It goes thru a splitter and does not pass DC. Without DC coming from the SAT RCVR the SAT Dish LNB doesn't work. I always ran two RG cables from my two port LNB on my portable SAT dish tripod into the trailer thru the pass thru storage area with one RG cable going to the front SAT RCVR ANT INPUT and the other RG Cable going to rear SAT RCVR ANT Input. Then I used the VIDEO OUTPUT from the SAT RCVRs to feed the TV's video inputs. I'm sure it is all different now with newer stuff... We quit bringing along all of the SAT RCVR stuff from home when the PUBLIC BROADCAST TV went digital. We now use the OTA BATWING Antenna to pick up the public BROADCAST digital TV from the local towns... Since your setup worked before you must not be making good connections to where ever your DC CONTROL VOLTAGE is coming from. Maybe your splitter doesn't pass DC? Remove the RG connection from the SAt DISH and measure from pin to ground using a mulitmeter- Should read a DC CONTROL VOLTAGE feeding the SAT DISH. Trace back towards your equipment and pull connections and look to see where the DC CONTROL VOLTAGE is present. Roy Ken
RoyB 10/28/14 05:31am Tech Issues
RE: Bulk, float, equalization levels for Costco 6V batteries

Looks like everyone is spread all across the board on which is better haha... #1 is best bet for not doing harm to anything. It just may take a bit longer if you are wanting to get from 50% charge to 90% charge in a quick three hour time frame... What you don't want to happen is over charge the batteries and boil out fluids. We all know the 13.6VDC setting will boil out fluids if continuous for long periods of time. The smart mode chargers solve this problem by not staying in any one continuous mode for long periods of time. Jumps around between 13.2-13.6 and 14.4VDC with my PD9260C settings and out of habit I always check my fluids and never see any problems since getting the smart mode charger.. I'm kinda glad my PD9260C only goes to 14.4VDC for equalization. This happens every 19 hours for about 15 minutes. The 15.1/.3VDC might be a tad high for some of your 12VDC items in your trailer... Roy ken
RoyB 10/27/14 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: trailer wiring "short or ?" new wiring harness?

I picked up one of these 7-way trailer connector adapter and this helps me eliminate the trouble source. If this works normal when plugged into the truck side then the trouble is on the trailer side... http://www.etrailer.com/merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/T/R/TR20117.jpg height=200 GOTO ETRAILER.COM and read up on how the trailers are wired up. might give you some ideas on where to check for problems.. A BAD FRAME ground or burned out/shorted 12VDC bulbs does strange things to trailer safety lights. I also spray some WD40 into my trailer plug before hooking up and wiggle things around alot to clean up the connectors. This solves problems for me sometimes... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/27/14 08:25am Towing
RE: Where can i get one of these i cant find them anywhere

Try this google search link Google Search When it loads up select 'IMAGES" - mouse click on the one that catches your eye for more info... We always try to find a find a link from AMAZON Roy Ken
RoyB 10/26/14 02:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where can i get one of these i cant find them anywhere

Try this google search link 12VDC AND OR USB RECEPTACLES When it loads up select 'IMAGES" - mouse click on the one that catches your eye for more info... We always try to find a find a link from AMAZON Roy Ken
RoyB 10/26/14 02:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: For those who never had the unlimited verizon plan?

Thats the way we end our busy camping day when camping off the power grid.... usually starts out on the patio under the awning. ALways have a bon-fire going and sit out watching the steaks on the grill... After it gets dark outside we usually watch the news and catch a couple of network shows NCIS etc... Finally gave up on sat/cable TV when camping off the power grid. Getting the BROADCAST CHANNELS TV over the air using our Batwing antenna from the local towns is fine with us. We occasionally do the DVD scene. Camping for us is having fun and enjoying the outdoors and sitting around the bon-fire listening to the night sounds until its time to go inside. Then we watch a couple of TV Network shows and watch the local area news and weather - check the emails and check-in with the kids - then go to bed... Roy and Carolyn...
RoyB 10/26/14 12:58pm Technology Corner
RE: A simple air TV set-up?

Of course the best antenna I ever used was one of the LOWES $90 long yagi's but it destroyed itself from me having to fold it up when in transport. Did last a year however. It stuck out a good four feet or so over both ends of my POPUP trailer hehe.. Sometime I couldn't turn it for hitting a tree... This is a photo shot of my present BATWING antenna setup with my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer - Does very well camping off the power grid... http://i.imgur.com/eqaVpto.jpg height=300 Here at the house I have been experimenting with one of these DB8 antenna from SOLID SIGNAL.com. It was recently on sale for $49 and I picked up one. This is one of those Eight BOW TIE two flat panel antenna that picks up our HDTV OTA Broadcast signal from Washington DC some 50-60 miles North of us. This should work out great when camping off the power grid and I will have it up in the air about 12-feet with my PVC antenna mount. I added a RCA TVPREAMP1R that will operate from the RG6 TV feed line supping 9VDC from an inline power feed down in the trailer. My HDTV in my trailer is a 22-inch VIZIO from WALMART... Looks like this google image... http://i.ytimg.com/vi/BWfW1ncmOr4/maxresdefault.jpg height=400 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61uE9NM5xKL._SL1000_.jpg height=200 http://manuals.solidsignal.com/preamp-pwr.gif height=300 Will let you guys know how it works out off the power grid soon... Initial test here on the ground comparing with a BATWING usig the same PVC pole looks very promising... I am picking up 36 or so full screen high Def BROADCAST SYSTEM TV signals from the Washington DC area. Roy Ken
RoyB 10/26/14 10:14am Technology Corner
RE: Non twist lock 30 amp inlet

Be sure to follow the code where-as any cable that has VOLTAGE POTENTIAL on it must be a FEMALE CONNECTION so that when you plug the cable into a HOT VOLTAGE SOURCE with a MALE CONNECTION then the other end of the cable won't be able to touch any thing if energized. The TWIST LOCK FEMALE SIDE INLET keeps you from accidentally pulling the connector out of the socket when energized. All trailers I have ever seen use them on the trailer side of the shore power cable. If your RV30A to 15A adapters are the small round plug-in type you need to get rid of those and only use DOG-BONE type Adapters that are around 18-inches long. The small puck type will get hot on you over time and melt down your cable connectors making you have to replace them... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/26/14 08:07am Beginning RVing
RE: I did it again, argh!!!!!!!!

Looks like several places to order parts for the Crank Up Sensar Antenna on-line GOOGLE SEARCH... Maybe its time to hang a ribbon by the door of the trailer to remind you when the antenna is up... Some folks have a card hanging on their truck rear view mirror with reminders on it... I smacked mine real good once forgetting to lowering it down... It was the older type so I needed to replace it with the UHF DIPOLEs type anyway... I bet PPL has parts too for it... GOOGLE is your set bet... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/26/14 07:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Weather Widget

We use the WEATHER CHANNEL APP and also WunderMap on our mobile computer setup... I like the WunderMap the best for tracking storms across our local area... Roy Ken
RoyB 10/25/14 04:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Three TV's two satellie receivers

You might want to look at one of these 'RF' REMOTE CONTROL units for DirecTv items... These units operate with the IR as well as RF and suppose to go thru walls and doors. Maybe this would get to your RECEIVER setup in the living room area from the bedroom area??? I assume this will require some sort of interface at the SAT RECEIVER area to work. I just received this info in an email mailing from SOlID SIGNAL.com today... RF DIRECTV REMOTE Roy Ken
RoyB 10/25/14 05:05am Technology Corner
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