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RE: OK, A little Help please

We went ahead and got the Verizon MIFI unit which creates its won hotspot and will allow up to five WIFI enabled devices to all connect at the same time. When I got my smart phone a few years back VERIZON would not modify my cell phone or even install the software to do that. I guess things have changed in todays world. I like the idea of having my secure MIFI unit. I don't think I would like the idea of tying up my cellphone... So it just depends what you want to do I reckon. Just stay with VERIZON TOWERs if you want the best coverage across the whole USA. We just use our setup to check emails, keep in touch with the kids, pay a few bills, and some surfing of the internet. Don't have enough DATA to do any downstreaming. All works fine for us. I tried the sniffing out the WIFI signals for a couple of years and it got to be a down hill thing for us being able to find something you could use. Don't have that problem anymore. Roy Ken
RoyB 05/25/15 03:46pm Technology Corner
RE: It's been fun

We have been avid tent campers in the ARIZONA HIGH COUNTRY back in the mid late 60s. Finally got into the OFF-ROAD POPUP camping in 2008. Still at it but it is slowing down alot since we are both in our mid 70s. I still find myself sitting in the back yard under a big shade tree alot dreaming out our next camping trip... I guess there comes a time when you can't do it any more. The part that bothers me now is being safe. We used to love to get way back off the trails all by ourselves. This is getting harder to do now. Two old folks are probably easy picking... It most definitely has been fun for us as well... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/25/15 03:36pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 30amp camper plugged into 110 home outlet

I read he was talking about the adapter. He plugs into one side of the adapter and the extension cord plugs into the other side of the adapter - good catch however - Maybe the OP will clarify... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/25/15 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: 30amp camper plugged into 110 home outlet

Works great for me. I have two trailers in my back yard hooked to my garage on separate 20AMP circuits. I have the 10-gauge (10-3) contractor type 50-foot extension cords. I use the RV30A-15A long DOG BONE TYPE Adapter (WALMART). Hope your Adapter looks like this as the small round adapters may burn up your shore power cable. http://images.campingworld.com/is/image/CWI/40000/48856n.jpg height=300 DO NOT use these small round type adapters http://www.menards.com/main/store/20090519001/items/media/Electrical/ConnecticutElectric/ProductLarge/AD-3020.jpg height=300 We also have one of these RV120VAC PLUG-IN VOLTMETERs plugged into a good spot in the trailer where we can get a good glimpse of it. This has the SAFE ZONE printed in GREEN. If the AC VOLTAGE is outside of the GREEN AREA we will not turn on any of the high wattage appliances. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zP6-YjvdL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=300 Once you get hooked up be sure to feel the connections to make sure that they are not getting hot. We run anything in our trailer including the Air Conditioner. The problem is since we only have 15A/20A service if we have two high wattage appliances on at the same time it will trip the house breaker. If your extension is not a 10-gauge or 12-gauge you can NOT run the high wattage items. The cheaper RED extension cords from WALMART are usually 14-16 gauge and they should not be used. We carry this setup with us on all our trips. You never know when you might need to get hooked up to something less than 30A. When we visit the kids at their house we hook ours up to sleep in the trailer in their driveway... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/25/15 03:04pm Tech Issues
RE: TV Antenna

OOPS double post...
RoyB 05/25/15 12:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: TV Antenna

I have a list of reminders hanging around the pilot seat haha... It happens all the time.... I was coming thru SMOKY MTN park one trip and came around one of the over hang curves and found what looked like the Fridge cover. I stopped and picked it up out of the middle of the road. Went alittle farther and found a crushed up crank-up antenna like your. Picked that also. Then about a mile later I see this RV sitting in a pull out area so I stopped and asked if he was missing anything. He said YUP... I gave him those two items haha... He said he forgot to lower the antenna when he left ELKMONT. Saw another guy one time dragging his shore power cable - guess he left without unhooking that.. Got him stopped and the connector was all eaten up from being dragged. I bought a complete WINEGARD Crank up assy like you need from a local RV sales guy that had lots of accessories and parts for sale. You may not need a whole assy once you take what you have apart for inspection. Cost was around $100 I think it was. They are also available on AMAZON. You can get a complete parts breakdown with item numbers on google search. My trailer had a whole bunch of paperwork in a folder next to the water heater for all of the appliances that came with my trailer including the crankup antenna. Roy Ken
RoyB 05/25/15 11:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Best source for 110 electrical parts online

I find everything I need electrical and plumbing wise at LOWES...
RoyB 05/25/15 10:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electrical

Anywhere you have access to water like the sinks and outside should have a GFCI. I have three in my RV trailer. Kitchen sink, bathroom washup, bedroom washup sink. My outside 120VAC is chained to the kitchen sink GFCI... Your problem certainly sounds like a tripped GFCI somewhere...
RoyB 05/25/15 10:28am General RVing Issues
RE: hooking up shore power to my conversion van

I guess you know most camp grounds with electric will have a regular 120VAC 20AMP Receptacle on their pedestal. You can just plug-in an extension cord and run it inside the VAN and plug in what ever you want to run... http://forums.mikeholt.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6489&d=1329772505 height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 01:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Sine Wave Inverter Anomaly

Check the forums for BONDING GENERATORS and /or INVERTER. You can plug in one of these homemade adapter plugs with the GROUND and NUETRAL wired together. I did this on one of my PSW INVERTER to keep the GFI from tripping... You should check with others on this however just to feel safe doing it... The GENERATORs and INVERTERs have no ref to ground like the shore power pedestals does. http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss74/renoman69/img1392m.jpg height=250 http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss74/renoman69/img1390ih.jpg height=250 http://i563.photobucket.com/albums/ss74/renoman69/img1394m.jpg height=300 http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Outlet-polarity-200.jpg height=300 BONDING Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 12:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Sine Wave Inverter Anomaly

Some INVERTERs will have the 120VAC GROUND and NEUTRAL bonded together to prevent this.
RoyB 05/24/15 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: hooking up shore power to my conversion van

My assumption was apparently wrong - You will need to install a couple of batteries in your van and purchase a 300WATT PSW INVERTER to be able to do what you ask. You will also have to watch your battery charge status and if you drain them down below 12.0VDC and not recharge right away they will not last very long. i.e. you will need to come up with a good way to re-charge your batteries. What you don't want to do is tap into your VAN START BATTERY system otherwise you will run it down and be stranded somewhere and probably have to replace that battery as well... You need a PLAN B called a small generator Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 10:55am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: hooking up shore power to my conversion van

Assuming you are asking about hooking up to 120VAC maybe at home where you do not have a camp ground type pedestal around. All you need to do is run a good quality preferably a 10-gauge construction grade YELLOW extension cord (10-3) into the 120VAC RECEPTACLE in your garage. You can use a 12-GAUGE (12-3) but I would not go any smaller gauge wiring extension cord (Like the red ones at WALMARTS)... All three wires must be connected in the receptacle to provide HOT-NEUTRAL-GROUND to your shore power connection. At the other end of the extension you will need to purchase a RV30A-15A long DOGBONE type adapter from WALMART that looks like this... http://images.campingworld.com/is/image/CWI/40000/48856n.jpg height=400 DO NOT USE any of the small 30A-15A round type adapters otherwise your shore power cable prongs will melt down on you. https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRssQUI0jclqVm7nQetm6HcGNJ6H3ggP9lfsgBD5FTuPsEb6RHn height=300 We do this all the time with our two trailers sitting in my back yard. We can run most anything in the trailer with the 20AMP SERVICE we are plugged into. The problem is you can only one high wattage at a time. I.E. if you are running the air conditioner then when you turn on the microwave it will trip your house breaker. We always use a RV 120VAC Plug In voltmeter in a good spot inside the trailer so we can get a good glance at it before turning on any high wattage item. This meter has the SAFE ZONE printed on the faceplate. If the AC VOLTAGE is not inside the GREEN SAFE ZONE then we will not turn on anything that is high wattage... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51zP6-YjvdL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=300 works good for us. Also is a good idea to carry these items with you on trips. You never know when you might need to plug-in to a 120VAC 15A/20A circuit. when we visit the kids we do this in their garage and sleep in our trailer when visiting. Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 10:50am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Breakaway Switch Melted/Burnt

The only way these contacts get closed in when you pull the KEY out. Like said above they are NOT designed to be left in this mode very long. Each BRAKE MAGNET will draw 3 AMPS when 12VDC is applied... If you have two axles then that is around 12AMPS of DC CURRENT for four wheel electric brakes. ETRAILER.COM should a good replacement switch assembly for you... I have heard on here of some users like to pull the KEY to use as a brake to hold the trailer in place. This really isn't a good idea as you can see what happens to the contacts and the BRAKE MAGNETS can also melt down which is probably on the expensive side. Something like this google photo http://www.centrevilletrailer.com/parts/images_parts/3159trailerpart.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 10:27am Towing
RE: Castaway RV park in Maryland

I was just looking at where CASTAWAY RV PARK was located. It sure is close to the airport. Maybe not alot of big airplanes there... Could get noisy... We have done alot of camping at Myrtle Beach on the Ocean side which is right in line with their airport. They tend to take OFF in the other direction and all of Ocean side is landing which doesn't make for alot of noise. It is close enough to see the pilot crew at work however... When the helicopters take off and land however it does get a bit noisy... We stayed one time down the road from there near Wallops Island - nice beaches... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 08:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Scooters

Saw this on google search... I imagine this is going to something LOUD. Maybe not a good idea running around the camp sites... I'm thinking a golf cart might serve you better... http://cdn3.volusion.com/zjom7.2pkj5/v/vspfiles/photos/TT1-POWERMAX-150-2T.jpg?1415182990 height=300
RoyB 05/24/15 05:49am Family Camping
RE: Running A/C on solar.

Where we live you probably can only get to use the solar panels for 6-7 hours per day. The solar panels only works for you when in high sun. Out West of course this is longer but not much. The concept for me would be to increase your battery setup to run all the things you want to run and then use the solar panels to recharge the battery banks before the high sun goes away... You can recharge any battery bank from 50% to 90% charge state using smart mode charging in around three hours if you have enough DC current available. This however will require a very high DC CURRENT requirement at the initial re-charge start-up. Just after one hour however this high DC CURRENT requirement tapers down to a very usable solar panel output. Having 5-6 hours a day of solar energy in the high sun period would work great for you getting the batteries to at least their 90% charge state. This will happen a lot quicker depending on the charge state of the battery bank when you start charging. Using this concept then you have all the power needed 24/7 verses only a few hours a day.. The ideal situation of course would be to have alot of Battery Bank and just use the solar panels to keep them topped off by not consuming alot of power from the batteries. This of course is hard to do unless you just want to run a couple of lights and a fan maybe... In my case I have very little power consumption during the day time and the 6PM to 11PM time period is where I consume most of my power consumption. Solar Panels during that time period would not be any use for me then. The obvious downside to anything solar is there is going to be days when it rains or is cloudy all day long which will require you have alternate way to keep the batteries re-charged. Being mobile almost dictates you have a usable generator source to keep the batteries charged when solar energy is not available. You only other free choices is wind generators, hydroelectric power, or fuel cells. Only the wind generators and fuel cells would be of any help when being mobile. Get some good advice from the guys on here that are setup to live in the RV's 24/7. There are a few on here that is making it work good for them but it takes a lot of planning and resources to be successful. I don't think You just can't throw up some solar panels and think you are going to solve all the encountered problems. In my case I have been doing this in baby steps. After 5-6 years of camping the off-road trails in my setup I feel I am very conscious now on what to expect when running off the battery banks and how to keep them re-charged without doing damage to them. I am just now starting to think about solar panels to keep me from having to run my 2KW Honda generator three hours each day to make it all work. IMO it is much more than just adding solar panels... Just some planning thoughts here... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/24/15 05:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Inoperative Bedroom Slide - 2008 291RLS

Sometimes on my fifth wheel i have to jumper my truck start battery across the fifth wheel battery to get my slides to work. In my case I sometimes need just a few more amps available to operate them... Perhaps you trailer battery was not fully charged. I have no idea about the modern day RV battery disconnects. Maybe that was open to your RV at the time and only your converter/charger was trying to move the slides without the trailer battery also in the loop.??? Regarding additional outside lights - Hope you have not added more visible lights that may violate the DOT SAFETY laws regarding safety lights. I would check in with your local DMV/DOT place (Canada Equiv) to see if you have violated any DOT rules. If they are deemed safety lights then they also have to be DOT APPROVED safety lights. Thats alot of outside lights. Roy Ken
RoyB 05/23/15 06:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Wi Fi System

You can get some real good HIGH END DELL and HP LAPTOP deals on HSN and QVC on TV. The will have extended payment plans and also offer a pretty good list of additional software... I got setup recently with a great DELL INSPIRON WIN 8.1 LAPTOP with lots of RAM and a hugh hard drive for around $600 with six easy payments... Carrying your laptop with you everywhere is great. I use the DOCKING concept and just pull the laptop from the house and sit it into the docking station in the RV. Don't have to change a thing... Everything I have is right there at both locations. In my OFF-ROAD POPUP I have a docking station setup that includes double monitors with ext keyboard and mouse and sound. I use this trailer for emergency comms for Ham Radio for WX alerts and county radio alerts so having an identical setup with the same thing in the house is important. Of course you don't get to see alot with two 24-inch DELL monitors in a POPUP setup complete with printer with lots of antennas around the outside area haha... Normally the computer setup will be in a space savings mode... I don't like to tie up my cellphone to be a HOTSPOT but it does have some things that may work out better like maybe more GBs DATAPLAN being included. We use the MIFI unit like described above and this creates a secured HOTSPOT and allows up to five WIFI enabled devices we have like the tablets ets... Being on the VERIZON this works just about everywhere we go. Roy Ken
RoyB 05/23/15 05:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I may have fried my Jack Antenna Please help

Did you notice if the Red LED on antenna head was lit. I don't know what the max DC VOLTAGE range is for the KING JACK INJECTOR Power Supply.. http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server700/90ebe/products/132/images/291/OA8000__35352.1348781489.1280.1280.jpg height=300 On my setup I use the same COAX that fed the BATWING antenna which got its PREAMPLIFIER power from the Antenna Panel. http://www.eaa1358.com/Wildcat/Winegard%20SensarPro/Pics/DSCF1835.JPG height=300 I didn't have to use the JACK provided 12VDC Power Injector shown here. http://www.motorhome.com/assets/0/151/152/839ed368-b97a-4c48-8ea5-7d92be0eaa13.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 05/23/15 05:01pm Technology Corner
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