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RE: So..you think you are just gonna shoot the bear?

It seems that shooting the bear worked, ultimately.
Snowman9000 11/26/15 06:13pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: caster, KYB, airbags, hellwig

In theory, would there be any trade-off with the extra caster? Maybe tire wear or increased drag (MPG loss) or ??? Don't get me wrong, I'm sure it's worth it.
Snowman9000 11/26/15 06:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Starting a sleepy Onan Microlite 4000

I can prime the genset for 60 seconds or more and it still won't start without a lot of cranking. I'll try the choke suggestion and see if it makes a difference. I bet it will. This describes mine, but I am too lazy to go outside, open the compartment and take off the ONAN cover. I will continue to just crank it 3 or 4 times even after priming for 60 seconds. It is just quicker and easier. Even 4 cranking sessions of 5 seconds on/5 seconds off takes less than a minute. Yeah, well, I'm taking the problem personally. :) I don't like poor designs and I can't resist trying to improve them.
Snowman9000 11/26/15 06:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Starting a sleepy Onan Microlite 4000

Using the "Prime" function for gasoline-fueled ONAN genny's (as Phil noted) is a very good idea, and something many of us didn't know was available till recently. I prime ours till I hear the pump stop its tapping sound. Then I attempt a start. It sometimes actually does start. If not, I repeat the priming and listening, the do a second attempt. It always starts then. OP - Fully closing the choke is a good idea and I've done it in the past. I do NOT think the Microlite will cause this possible hazard, but... Be sure it's the Choke and not the Throttle. The older ONAN's would go right to 160-volts-plus if you tweaked the throttle. The one that did that with me had no electronics, just a mechanical governor. I think Microlite won't allow that much voltage. I'm just not sure and I just don't feel lucky. I can prime the genset for 60 seconds or more and it still won't start without a lot of cranking. I'll try the choke suggestion and see if it makes a difference. I bet it will.
Snowman9000 11/25/15 08:22am Class C Motorhomes
RE: No house battery power

Trace the two big cables and see where they go. If there is a fuse, you should run into it.
Snowman9000 11/24/15 07:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No house battery power

Here is a nice little video that describes generically how the thing works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGxJs5XaSWY Do what he did, to test yours. Apply 12v in one direction, then the other, to the two smaller lugs at the bottom front of the unit. You should hear the solenoid operate. Again, if you need help, just ask. No question is stupid, these are confusing.
Snowman9000 11/24/15 06:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No house battery power

Is this your disconnect?: http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/321712052048?item=321712052048&lgeo=1&vectorid=229466&rmvSB=true http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAxN1g5NDI=/z/ioYAAOSwu4BVztJb/$_57.JPG?set_id=880000500F width=480
Snowman9000 11/24/15 06:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No house battery power

A latching disconnect only needs power to switch it on or off. Once it is on or off it just sits there waiting for the next event. The solenoid should have two big terminals and two small ones. The two small ones are going to be power and ground. The two big ones are going to be coming from the battery and then to the house. I bet if you check for voltage at the big terminals, the battery one will have 12v, and the other one will not. The power side of the small terminals should go to the switch. Or maybe to a little CPU, I don't know. And, there may be fuses at the solenoid. I'm rambling, but the basic theory is, you press the switch and it sends a momentary power to the solenoid. That's all it takes to throw the "latch" from off to on. Once it's on, the solenoid stays on, it does not need to be powered. So if you have 12v on the battery side of the solenoid and nothing on the house side, your job is to figure out if the small power terminals get 12v (or -12v) when you press the switch. If it does, the solenoid is not working. If it doesn't get any juice there, then you have a problem with the switch or the supply to the switch or maybe a CPU that is part of the system. And, there will be fuses in that control circuitry somewhere. If you need more clarification, please ask.
Snowman9000 11/24/15 06:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No house battery power

Can you identify and/or post a photo of your disconnect switch system? It sounds as if something in it is not functioning.
Snowman9000 11/24/15 08:10am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roof mounting solar panel

I installed two 50 watt panels that I already owned, plus another two 100 watt panels. I put the controller in a location that could be controversial. It is tucked up high under the MH, to the rear of the step well which holds the batteries. I installed some splash shielding too. I used a controller that is sealed and weather resistant. Time will tell if this is a good place, but it is close the batteries.
Snowman9000 11/23/15 05:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Starting a sleepy Onan Microlite 4000

AHA! So it IS a choke adjustment issue. I suspected as much. I've owned two of these gens; the current one was brand new. Both cold start like crud. I figured Onan had to lean out the jetting for emissions reasons, and maybe the choke too? I don't know, but one of these days I'll print the choke adjustment out and richen the choke setting. (I downloaded a service manual from somewhere or other.) Thanks for the tip.
Snowman9000 11/23/15 10:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Driveable vs towable for x country trip

Cross country tour... I'd say Class B van, but I've never had one to know for sure.
Snowman9000 11/23/15 10:36am RV Lifestyle
RE: Roof mounting solar panel

I have a FR Class C with the same roof. I think your photo makes it look deeper textured than it is. There are different thickness of the 3M tape, some of which will handle that roof. I used some on my roof (see link below). Having said that, when all was said and done I chickened out and put one screw through the foot of each mount. Then dicor over the screw and the rest of the foot. I think the tape would have held, though. I just decided why chance it. Here is the tape I used.
Snowman9000 11/23/15 10:24am Class C Motorhomes
El Nino forecast: Texas Chilly

Here is a 42 second video forecast for the US Winter. If they are correct, Winter Texans might be in for one of those cold years. We are going to AZ and it's supposed to be cooler and wetter too. Yes, I realize that long term forecasts are not super accurate. Still, I've experienced enough El Nino winters to see the patterns myself. Weather Channel Video
Snowman9000 11/22/15 10:39am Snowbirds
RE: Really bad news about our Trail Lite

Took our 2007/8 RV in for some checks, and repairs before our planned trip to Williamsburg. Just got home with some really bad news - mold! We have been very careful about having the seals checked and tried to stay on top of things. He suggested we might want to have it pressure tested. But that won't tell us how bad it is. The bottom line was to just trade it in at a dealership and buy a new one. What has been your experience? We had a 2005 Trail Lite. I was not thrilled with some of the caulking and did my best to improve it. In particular the caulk they used where the TPO roof met the side gutters was not suited to the TPO. I removed the caulk and re-caulked with a compatible one. I could see where water could get it there, given enough time. Also, the upper awning lag bolts were not sealed. These kinds of details are not unique to Trail Lite, though. Where is the mold, and what was the source of the water or moisture?
Snowman9000 11/20/15 07:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Oooma Phone question?

I don't get why spend $129 for Oooma when you can get Basic Talk for $10 for the hardware and $11.99 per month including long distance, caller ID, voice mail - with email notifications. We've had Basic Talk for over three years. No problems and works great. BTW Basic Talk is Vonage only much cheaper. What makes the more expensive Oooma any better? I don't have any of the above, but the answer looks like it's because you only pay once with Oooma. In a year the Basic Talk will cost you more than the Oooma, it looks like.
Snowman9000 11/19/15 05:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Roof leaks

Snowman 9000: You're my kinda guy! But we are "normal" right? Suuuuuuurrrrre we are. :)
Snowman9000 11/19/15 05:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chassis battery drain

Very weird. Well, good tip! We have a Chevy C and sometimes exit through the coach door after stopping. I'll keep my eye on it now.
Snowman9000 11/18/15 10:54am Class C Motorhomes

That one looks well built and well maintained, at least.
Snowman9000 11/18/15 06:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New E450 with tow/haul question

Phil doesn't have a 6th gear. The 5R110 has two different 4th gear ratios available, but only one is used in any given ambient temperature. It uses an underdrive 4th when it is extremely cold out. There is never an occasion when it shifts through 6 gear ratios. So it's a 5 speed, not a 6 speed. http://powerstroke.wikia.com/wiki/5R110
Snowman9000 11/17/15 05:13pm Class C Motorhomes
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