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RE: Starting my generator in my class C without

I think you need to run it under electrical load. I run it for about an hour every month or two when not in use and make sure to have the A/C or water heater on (with water in it) to draw a load.
deltamaster 10/22/14 05:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roof Collapse around A/C - Now leaking

If you do as westend suggested and you use good quality adhesive, once it sets you may find you do not need fasteners along the new rafter, only on the ends where the box frames the hole to hold it in place while the adhesive sets. Modern adhesives are stronger than the material they adhere.
deltamaster 10/22/14 03:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with Microwave

Microwave ovens are relatively dangerous to work on. The power supply for the magnetron is capable of supplying a few thousand volts at significant currents—certainly enough to be lethal. The high voltage capacitors are typically wired with some sort of a bleeder to discharge them when the oven is off, but especially with an oven that's known to be having some difficulties it's quite unwise to rely on that. That's not to say that one cannot repair one's oven safely—just that it's vitally important to have a little bit of information and exercise due caution. There are a few things that commonly cause the main fuse in the oven to blow: door safety switch problems (either from the door getting misaligned, junk building up on the switch, or the switch itself going bad), a shorted magnetron, and just plain old age of the fuse. If a replacement of it makes the oven work, it's probably the last one on the list. There's a quite comprehensive and understandable guide to microwave oven repair including good safety information here. Another thing that can cause the fuse to blow is unreliable camp site power which is what I suspect caused mine to blow. We were hosting at a camp ground where the only powered site was for the host. There was only one pedestal and we had to share with the other host. I suspect that in the sharing process there was an errant surge when the microwave was turned on and the fuse protected the unit as it was intended. YES due caution is imperative when working on electrical units but with due care a fuse can be easily and safely replaced. The video I linked in previous post was a little sketchy on the safety aspect. The guy was poking around with a screw driver and used a metal screwdriver to pry the fuse out. It would have been much better if the guy had kept the screwdriver away from "Stuff" and used a pair of rubber-handled (or even plastic) pliers to remove and replace the fuse. Aside from that the procedure is quite simple and can be easily done by someone that knows how to use tools and respects electricity.
deltamaster 10/20/14 05:41pm Tech Issues
RE: 2005 Volkswagon Jetta, 5 Speed Manual Trans, Can I Flat Tow

On the flip side, the 2002 Dodge Dakota has a section in the owner manual that clearly outlines the proper procedure for recreational towing. There is a specific sequence to be followed in order to set it up to tow and should the owner not follow the procedure then the manufacturer will not accept any liability should damage occur. It also outlines which transfer cases can and can not be recreational towed as well. When I was looking to upgrade I had to be very careful to find the ones with the correct transfer case in order to be able to tow it.
deltamaster 10/20/14 03:42pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 2005 Volkswagon Jetta, 5 Speed Manual Trans, Can I Flat Tow

Thanks for the post, this is the problem my neighbor is having, VW says no but has seen others doing it, just like a post above they sell the base plates for the Jetta to flat tow, why is VW so hard headed over flat towing a manual trans, when many have done it with success. Liability. If they did not engineer it to be flat towed, in spite of the fact that it CAN be flt towed VW does not wish to be liable for any engineering inadequacies that might result in transmission damage from flat towing. They never factored it in so they do not wish to take any responsibility... do it at your own risk.
deltamaster 10/20/14 03:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Roof Collapse around A/C - Now leaking

I have been thinking about this overnight... How about this: Remove the A/C unit as described in previous post. Completely dry the plywood if wet or damp. Get a section of channel iron where the channel is the same thickness as the plywood and the sides are at least 2 inches in length. From the A/C opening, cut the channel iron to the length of the opening at the sides where the plywood seam is located. Curve the cut ends with a saw or grinder. Press the two ends of the plywood together so they are even with each other and slide/drive the channel iron over both sections of plywood, making them even with each other. The channel iron should be in between the rubber roof membrane and the plywood at the top side so that the rubber covers the channel iron on top. If there is a decorative payer of ceiling then the same on the underside so that the channel iron only wraps the plywood and not the coverings. from inside the rig, drive short screws through the channel iron and in to the plywood making sure they do not go all the way through the plywood so that the channel iron does not slip. This should gusset and strengthen the opening as well as level the section so that the A/C will seal properly in the opening. Could even use some epoxy on the plywood to help make the repair permanent and more solid. Then get a NEW A/C seal and put the unit back in the hole after everything (including the epoxy if used is dry.
deltamaster 10/20/14 02:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with Microwave

It's a $100 microwave, buy a new one. Certainly a viable option if using tools is not your thing, however, if you can turn a screwdriver and you are fairly intelligent when it comes to respecting electricity (remember the unit is unplugged so all you have to worry about is the capacitors) then the savings is worth it. Sure would be a shame to spend another hundred on a new unit when a half hour of tool time and a three dollar part would get it going again. Mine is a Microwave/convection oven as I have no gas oven in my rig so it would cost much more than a hundred to replace.
deltamaster 10/20/14 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Importance of Providing Cable TV

Depends on price point..... If you are charging $50/nite (plus) I'm not paying extra for WiFi/cable/50A If you are charging $35/nite....I'd pay extra for cable/50A but real iffy on WiFi. I provide my own WiFi so that is not a concern/issue with me at a CG. Cable is 'nice' but am happen with OTA So.....pricing IS the break point Even at $35,00 per night I would expect a solid and strong WIFI for no extra charge. At $50.00 per night I expect solid and strong cable AND WIFI as well as a newspaper every Sunday! :) Serio8usly, though a strong, dependable WIFI system capable of handling heavy loads and streaming video is a MUST for a modern, new camp ground. Make sure EVERY site has good connection even when the park is full of boxes blocking the signals.
deltamaster 10/20/14 02:17am Technology Corner
RE: Importance of Providing Cable TV

Campers, Again, thank you so much! This feedback is great! It sounds like Cable TV is a must have for many/most. It is my sincere desire to build a destination facility capable of catering to the broadest possible range of campers. This is a phased master-planned facility that will eventually span 42-acres with the first phase opening around November 2015. I have made every effort to design a facility that "gets it right" the first time and, to that end, your input is wonderful and helpful. Please keep shooting me your ideas - all are appreciated! Have an awesome day and safe travels, John T. Just make sure that if you are going to offer cable that ALL the sites have good reception. Where I am right now offers basic cable which is great BUT 3/4 of the channels are grainy and while watchable are not enjoyable. Maybe they need a booster or something like that here. It appears they have the cable run from one site to the next with splitters at each site so maybe there is signal loss along the run.
deltamaster 10/20/14 02:09am Technology Corner
RE: Generator 110 question

Just today I pulled the rig forward to adjust level after the ground under it sank in the rain. I forgot to unplug my trickle charger and the tire ran over the cord and pulled it out of the exterior outlet, damaging the cover. Pulled off and forgot to unlock the steering wheel on the toad. Scraped the tires when they turned in the opposite direction of travel... worst part is I have done this TWICE! And who has not forgotten to lower the antenna before pulling out? I have done that at least twice. Damaged it the last time and now I hang a paper on the visor when I put it up so I do not forget. When I was hosting I saw that one all the time! How about forgetting to disconnect the hose or power cable before pulling out? I have seen that many times as well. Saw someone drag their sewer hose out of the park once. Even read a newspaper article where a guy left the Mrs. at a rest stop and the Highway patrol had to flag him down to go back and get her. He thought she was in the back of the rig when he pulled out. I have seen people forget to properly latch their fiver pin and drop the rig on the bed of the truck. Have seen people try to drive off with the wheel stabilizer jack still in between the trailer wheels. Should I keep going or do you feel a little better now knowing you are not the only one that makes mistakes sometimes? :)
deltamaster 10/20/14 01:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator 110 question

My funniest bonehead was when I decided to clean my black tank. I dropped a bunch of laundry detergent in the tank and used a sprayer wand to agitate it. Then I proceeded to fill the tank. I was standing right under the vent pipe and a guy walked up and we started talking. I forgot all about the water pouring in to the toilet! Next thing I know brownish soap suds start dropping on my head! The other guy's jaw dropped! I looked up and soap suds are pouring out the vent stack. I ran inside and stopped the water just at the edge of the rim of the bowl! Did not help that I had a head full of brownish soap suds and the other guy could not stop laughing.
deltamaster 10/20/14 01:16am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Generator 110 question

Public Stupidity proclamation ! Forgot I turned off the breakers when I blew the fuse.. Moderator please remove this thread before some thinks I should be an RV owner :S You are not the first and WILL NOT be the last to make a mistake like that. Anyone on these forums saying they never made a "bonehead" is telling tall tales. Don't fret it... just stuff that happens. I could talk for a few hours about all the "boneheads" I have pulled in my life. Best thing is to consider it a learning experience and just press on!
deltamaster 10/20/14 01:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2005 Volkswagon Jetta, 5 Speed Manual Trans, Can I Flat Tow

I would THINK that a manual transmission would be fine for towing as the gears in the transmission are not engaged when it is in neutral. Of course that thought process is pre-computer cars so I would not think it would be a problem but do not quote me on it.
deltamaster 10/20/14 01:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Help with Microwave

I just found this youtube video of someone replacing the fuse in theirs. Microwave fuse replacement. Very simple procedure on this one in the video. Mine was just as simple. Key thing is to remember to watch where you put your tools and fingers. Make sure you get a 120 VOLT fuse and not use a vehicle fuse as they look similar but are not. I ran a Google search by your model number and found several pages of search result regarding the same problem you have. Like I said, simple and inexpensive repair.
deltamaster 10/20/14 12:50am Tech Issues
RE: Help with Microwave

Microwaves are expendable. Recycle it and spend the $ for another one. Not worth the time or energy to fix them IMHO. Au-contrer! Two years out ours did the same thing so I set it on the campground picnic table on an old towel and started pulling screws. I removed the cabinet cover and found a nifty little fuse inside. I went to Ace hardware and found a replacement fuse... decided to buy two as they were cheap. Replaced the fuse and all was hunky-dory again! That was six years ago and I just heated up a sandwich with the same unit a couple hours ago! Since you have it out of the cabinet the hard part is done. Pull a few screws and replace the fuse. LOTS cheaper than a replacement unit! Could last you another six years or more! Oh, I taped the extra fuse to the inside of the cabinet cover so if it happens again I am ready to go! Back in the day our grandparents would REPAIR things when they broke. These days we are all-too often quick to toss stuff and buy new. often times that is not necessary. A few hand tools and a little dexterity, a steady hand and a little care and caution and MANY things can be repaired by someone with a little knowledge and a lot of willpower. Fix it yourself and not only do you save money but you also get the satisfaction of taking care of yourself and being eco-friendly. After all, that thing you toss has to go SOMEWHERE.
deltamaster 10/20/14 12:46am Tech Issues
RE: Generator Hours

I was in NY during Irene. I was caretaker for my grandfather's house while he spent his last year in the VA in-residence facility. He was a tinkerer and somehow managed to acquire a VERY old Onan generator along the way. I found it wrapped up in the corner of his carport. I checked and the oil was clean and I left it alone until Irene was looming. My cousin and I decided to fire it up just in case. We needed to replace the breaker and futzed with the points. It reluctantly fired up and ran poorly for a while until it finally worked itself in after sitting idle for so long. Poured a can of seafoam in the gas and let it run for a while. Lucky thing because the trees fell over the power lines next door and we had no power for six days. Since the road was blocked I ran extension cable s across the street and powered my cousin's refrigerator, freezer, TV and satellite as well as various lamps at their house and the refrigerator and lights at mine. After a couple days I realized the water pump was 110 instead of 220 so I pulled the wires and installed a plug on them and ran that as well. Ran garden hoses across the street and back fed the cousin's house through the hose bib on the street side. We both had water and electricity thanks to that VERY old Onan until the road crews finally came and removed the trees and restored commercial power. After that we mounted it on a cart and scrounged up a fuel tank (had been using a propped up gas can with a hose on the vent for gravity feed as the fuel pump did not work) and they are still using it around the farm! My other cousin up the street had water in the basement so I parked my RV up there so she would have electricity to keep the basement pump working. Shuttled the RV up and down the street to keep the neighbor's freezers cold. As long as they kept them closed they would last for several hours while I ran it at the next house. Worked in a pinch! Should have seen the look of pure joy on the old man's face when I told him all about it!
deltamaster 10/20/14 12:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kitchen will not shut off,Drips

The shower head in my rig failed and I wanted one that had a shut-off on the handle. The OEM shower head is a wand-type device that had a swivel handle to shut off water flow while still having the faucets on. Very convenient for water-conservation showering. I THINK I went to Walmart and found a Delta that has a pass-through shut-off valve that allows a little trickle (so the water stays hot) when shut off. Instead of replacing the entire hose and such I just screwed the new wand on to the existing hose and was back in business in an instant. The threads on the new Delta fit right on the existing OEM hose. Easiest DIY I have ever done! No tools required!
deltamaster 10/19/14 11:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Hours

Almost forgot, my manual actually says to start the gene up once a week. Everything I've learned is these things like to run and have issues when left sitting no running. Yes... these things are like garden implements If they sit too long without use they get gummed up inside the fuel system and run poorly or not at all. I would rather buy a rig with a generator that had 700 hours at 25000 miles and is over five years old than one that had a hundred hours in the same time-frame. Mine is ten years old this month and has 1100 hours on it. Runs quite well and powers everything like the day we bought it new. I did have to remove it and replace the starter motor this past summer, but aside from oil and air filter changes I have had to do nothing to it. Oh... I also had to replace a section of the wiring that runs from the remote switch to the controller but that had nothing to do with the genny. The reason I had to replace the starter motor was that the bearings inside went bad and caused too much friction and made a lot of noise. The bendix also wore out. The gears were worn and the spring no longer returned it after the engine started. While I had it out of the rig I also installed an in-line fuel filter as the OEM filter is in a difficult to reach location.
deltamaster 10/19/14 11:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Free Kindle RV book

Thanks. I "Bought" it too. Now I need to figure out how to read it! Never used this "Cloud" thing before.
deltamaster 10/19/14 11:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: repairing shattered window

I bet you could take the frame apart and remove the broken window frame. Then you could have new glass cut and inserted in the frame. On the other hand, if you have a little spare cash this would be a good opportunity to replace the single pane window with one that is more energy-efficient. It is not difficult to replace the window. Just requires at least two people and the removal of a tremendous amount of screws. If you go this route then you will have an opportunity to reseal the frame in to the rig as the OEM seals do not last long... ask me how I know. I can tell a long drawn out tale of the minimalistic and sparing use of sealants from the factory.
deltamaster 10/19/14 11:08pm Travel Trailers
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