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RE: GVWR

Because I wanted to maximize the weight.I do not travel with the waste tanks full.Hi, When I planned on weighing the RV I deliberately filled fresh, gray and black tanks. Gas tank was full and so was the propane tank. Why would you do that? If I start the trip with full fresh tank and empty waste tanks, eventually I'll have full waste tanks and an empty fresh tank. NEVER will all of my tanks be full.
pianotuna 02/23/17 12:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anybody jump to the New UNLIMITED data cell phone plans

Hi catkins, Any new t-mobile plan from Dec 16 on includes unlimited voice, text, and data, in USA, Canada, and Mexico. If you are on an older plan you would have to move to the new plan.
pianotuna 02/22/17 03:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Freezer Icing/Frost Buildup

Home Depot has some gap sealing rubber window seal. It looked to me to be a useful product. Measure the OEM and see if you can find something that is similar.
pianotuna 02/22/17 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: GVWR

Hi, When I planned on weighing the RV I deliberately filled fresh, gray and black tanks. Gas tank was full and so was the propane tank.
pianotuna 02/22/17 01:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Class C new RV'er here

Welcome Chris. I wish you well on your travels.
pianotuna 02/22/17 11:20am Beginning RVing
RE: 160W/12V solar, $169, Poly, free shipping

Nice find.
pianotuna 02/22/17 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: Plug RV into an invertor.

I had a 2500 watt msw inverter which I used to power my microwave. Sometimes it would not do so due to surge from the microwave. A 1500 watt may not be enough ommph Here is what I would recommend if you wish to stay with MSW. Cobra 2500 watt $98.00 Be sure to set the fridge for propane and turn off the electric water heater. Rule of thumb for amps draw is wattage divided by ten. So a 1591 watt microwave will draw 159 amps@12 volts by the time you allow for conversion losses. I prefer to have male and female plugs rather than a transfer switch. With that said im not sure what size to get.. I will limit it to a 1500 watt or 2000 watt unit. May not need all that power but it may be nice to be able to use a toaster oven, microwave, or coffee pot on occasion. I think I settled on the krieger as I cant afford a pure sine wave and like this price point. Comes with fuse, wire, remote on off.. http://www.kriegermfg.com/product/kr1500/ http://www.kriegermfg.com/product/kr2000/
pianotuna 02/22/17 10:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV solar systems

Hi Stan, Follow this link for my thoughts on solar: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie questions- battery charger, battery, etc.

Add a modest solar system.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Is this common?

What is the wheel base to length ratio? Ideal is 55%. (i.e. 176 inch wheel base to 312 inch length). Some improvement can be made by adding air tabs. They also improve the noise level in the RV. I'm adding a cage for my generator to the front of my class C. The front end is too light.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is this a good deal for a used 2016 sun seeker 3050?

I'd go for 5 years old. I think the price is rather high for the unit you are looking at.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: rv protections

Mold is an issue in a sub-tropical climate. So is rust. I'd add a dehumidifier, or force the roof air to run by adding an electric heater. My RV is in Orlando, Fl at the moment. Within one month the air compressor hose had mold on it.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

I do carry a box fan as well. As the fans are not horribly expensive and often are low wattage, I've run them on a MSW inverter. The Cobra 2500 watt is rated to run motors, but I've also used a 400 watt from Canadian Tire.
pianotuna 02/22/17 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

Hi Resistance loads are a pf of 1. If the KAW (which are quite nice) reads .99 it is a measurement error. led's are NOT a resistance load. Resistance, such as a light bulb, has a power factor of 1. Yes and no. I just measured an incandescent bulb with my Kill-a-Watt and it displayed a PF of 0.99 to 1.00
pianotuna 02/21/17 08:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

Resistance, such as a light bulb, has a power factor of 1. Inductive can be all over the block. PD converters are 0.7 pf.
pianotuna 02/21/17 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: exquisetely Rare Cellular Internet

Glad to hear you in good spirits!
pianotuna 02/21/17 08:21am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

BTW the dual window fan that SoundGuy is recommending consumes a measly 27 watts. I use one to prevent the water system interior to the RV from freezing up by replacing the cold air return grill with the dual fan unit.
pianotuna 02/21/17 08:15am Tech Issues
RE: Anybody jump to the New UNLIMITED data cell phone plans

That is specifically why I purchased it. It has unlimited data in Canada. Please check and make sure that your plan includes Canada. I handle the WIFI for our fleet of charter buses and we've had some huge international roaming charges when our buses connected to a Canadian cell tower. One bus was in Detroit and the other was in Buffalo.
pianotuna 02/20/17 07:09pm Technology Corner
RE: melting temperature of waste tanks

Since the tanks are enclosed it makes it hard to install the "made up" heating pads. There is perhaps 1 inch of clearance. The price of free can be crazy high when things go wrong. How about just get a heat pad made for an RV holding tank.
pianotuna 02/20/17 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Anybody jump to the New UNLIMITED data cell phone plans

I'm noticing an anomaly. If I connect via wifi to the local cable company I get a speed test of 9.83 down,1.01 up, and ping of 11. If I connect using t-mobile I get 0.48 down, 0.48 up and ping of 190. However, if I go to You Tube the cable ends up buffering--and the t-mobile doesn't. I'm not complaining--but it flies in the face of what I'd expect. The You Tube is this : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM2XCnAo_fI
pianotuna 02/20/17 03:31pm Technology Corner
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