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RE: Lights on?

Anyone suggest putting a flasher into the 7 pin umbilical so that your marker lights are on - but only half the time?
portscanner 05/23/16 04:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Norcold refrigerator another story

RV MFGs.........they FAIL Installation 101 Norcold, Dometic and Atwood ALL have 'Instructions/Installation' documents that provide REQUIRED clearances, off sets, fan/air flow KITS, baffling info etc etc etc MAJORITY of 'My RV Fridge doesn't cool' issues are direct result of RV MFG improper installation........BUT RV Fridge gets BLAMED. IF interested ....one only need to Goggle their Specific Brand/Model Installation Manual/Service Manual to see what the required clearances/installation instructions are and IF your RV MFG came close. X2 I have had to install a baffle and a fan in two of mine (a TT and my current TC) On both I went from "melty ice cream" to "I cant turn it down far enough to avoid the rock hard ice cream"
portscanner 05/23/16 04:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator

TI think most units are AC/DC. OK I get that. There is also a propane/AC/DC unit available. Not true. Most units are AC/propane. DC operation is an expensive option that isn't all that useful because of the high current draw. the AC/DC/Propane fridges in DC mode pull a tremendous amount of power. If you want to run a fridge on DC, you would be better investing in a DC Compressor fridge. Advantages of the DC Compressor Fridge: - no propane - uses less DC than the AC/DC/Propane models in DC mode. Disadvantage -you still need plenty of solar and batteries. Unless you have some issues with using propane on the fridge or you are doing lots of boondocking (i.e. 70%+ of the time you are using your rv you dont have hookups when you camp), the AC/Propane models are just fine.
portscanner 05/19/16 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Please talk me out of destroying my wet bath

Cannot be any worse than drilling 15 holes in the roof of your perfectly good truck... Just do it, nothing structural about it and I am going to be doing the same in my Lance 861. Same scenario, bunch of space above the propane enclosure. Why in the wide, wide world of sports are you installing clearance lamps on your truck for????? And for the op..... Go for the big hatch, but make sure you seal it up real good. And - make sure you measure twice and cut once (as opposed to measure once and cut yourself - which is something I do)
portscanner 05/19/16 05:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Spring Loaded Anchor Turnbuckles: Use them alone?

you want the spring loaded on all corners. Your truck bed flexes. With the springs (and a proper bed mat) your TC will not move but the flexing will not be forced onto the TC. I have spring loaded turnbuckles on all four corners of my TC and it has never moved.
portscanner 05/17/16 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Advice, 2016 Ram Dually

stable loads, better shocks, then hit the road
portscanner 05/17/16 04:29pm Truck Campers
You may want to wait on LED's - incandescents might be back!

A report from MIT shows how they may be able to make incandescent bulbs MORE EFFICIENT than LEDS! " ...efficiency of conventional incandescent lights is between 2 and 3 percent, that of fluorescents (including CFLs) is between 7 and 15 percent, and that of most commercial LEDs between 5 and 20 percent, the new two-stage incandescents could reach efficiencies as high as 40 percent, the team says."
portscanner 04/27/16 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Large rodent attack leaves me stranded.

Rodents of unusual size?
portscanner 04/26/16 04:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

I dont know why, but I have always worried about the truck batteries quitting at the worst possible time. That is why I started this thread. I dont have a generator at this time (the built in generator took a dump). The jumper cable idea I think is the best (for my situation). That and replacing the batteries the day after their expiration date. There was no warning sign. Last time it was started (a week ago) it fired right up. And after it was started, we drove several hours. So it was parked with a good charge on the batteries. On a side note, I have considered setting up a way to charge the truck batteries from the solar on the TC. I have an isolator on the TC to prevent it from drawing down the tuck batteries, but I could set up a bypass (switch, jumper, whatever) to feed power back to the tuck. My only concern was the different kind of batteries in the truck vs the camper and not getting either to charge properly.
portscanner 04/26/16 04:02am Truck Campers
RE: Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

And now...for the rest of the story. Then I woke up. The wolves howling was the dog laying across me and baying while it slept. But seriously..I did get up this morning to a dead battery in the truck (while it was still in the driveway). No, nothing was left turned on, however I found out that the factory batteries are only 36 month batteries. And I have had the truck for 5 years and 4 months. Could I swap the camper batteries for the truck batteries? I think it is possible (if I dont injure myself in the process). More important - how do you tell if a battery is going to take a dump shortly? I though about a battery hydrometer but the current batteries I have are marked on the top with "Dont remove vents under penalty of death" or something like that. So how do you test them? Is there an appropriate tool? Or should you immediately replace them the day after the rated period is up?
portscanner 04/25/16 07:53pm Truck Campers
Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

Well, it took us 4 hours after leaving the main road (if that is what you want to call it) to get to the lake. A beautiful place! Gonna have some great fishing in the morning! Looking forward to a few days of peace and quiet - as my phone quit working several hours ago because we got out of range! Got up in the morning and had a wonderful day fishing. Fried up a mess of them for dinner. Then I went to get something out of the cab of the truck, but the fob thingy wont open the doors. Oh well. Stupid thing doesnt work half the time anyway. Whip out the keys and do it the old fashioned way. Hmmmmm....seems kinda dark in here....wait! WHERE ARE THE INTERIOR LIGHTS!??!?!? (insert ominous music here) THE TRUCK BATTERY IS DEAD! Why oh why did I not just go ahead and replace the batteries?!?! I knew they were past their prime!! I go and tell her majesty what happened. Needless to say that did not go over well. I get told how she has to get back in time for her job and she was planning on having lunch with her mother and if we dont get back....blah blah blah blah... I get my bag and drop a couple of bottles of water into it along with my compass and a map. All I have to do is follow the trail out that we drove in on to the road and walk until I get a cell signal. I leave the truck to escape from her majesty's eyes that are about to burn a hole straight through me. It is a nice evening for a hike anyway. Plenty of moon light and a nice breeze. Beautiful country out here! An hour later, not to far from me, I hear wolves howling.......
portscanner 04/25/16 07:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Abbreviation help

Here is pretty good listing. I for one don't do the acromyns all that much. Too open for different meanings... There seemed to be a hugh effort back in the beginning to save space when discussing things so these short words were invented down the road... Here is a pretty good listing... acronyms Roy Ken Thanks all. I printed this list for future reference (FFR). My Granddaughter (11) replied to me in a text IDK (I don't know). I called her and asked what it meant as I didn't know. She is now required to text her Grandpa in complete sentences with correct punctuation. My mother texted me the other day "What Does IDK, LY & TTYL Mean?" I replied: "I dont know, Love you and Talk To You Later" She replied: "Fine, I will ask your sister"
portscanner 04/23/16 06:50pm General RVing Issues
Do I need airbags or will stableloads do?

portscanner 04/21/16 04:59am Truck Campers
RE: Keys! Really People?

Some serious 'Ghostbusters" fanz in the room I see. Are you the keymaster? In reference to the OP - that is CRAZY
portscanner 04/20/16 10:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Rattlesnakes can climb trees? (long)

You left it? They are good eatin'!
portscanner 04/17/16 12:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: What Did I Forget?

Dont forget DW!
portscanner 04/16/16 04:20pm Truck Campers
RE: chicken or the egg? question

Well, I wanted to go bird hunting and DW would not go out and point and retrieve, so I had to get dogs.
portscanner 04/16/16 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: LP detector goes off... Need help finding leak or source

remove the tanks, vent the RV for several hours, close it up and see what happens. 2012 date on the detector? Good chance you have already found the problem. Also, make sure the dog isnt sleeping near the detector. Doggy...uh...emissions will set them off. Just ask my dog. He will tell you.
portscanner 04/14/16 05:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Cure for squeaky turnbuckles

WD-40 is not a lubricant. It is a solvent It will, however, cause dust and dirt to stick making things worse. I used graphite on mine and they got quiet. No disassembly required. (but you may have to wash your hands after you apply it if you are as sloppy as I am)
portscanner 04/12/16 01:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Ultimate off road camper (found on craigslist)

That's a Volksmogen. No. It is a Uniwagen
portscanner 04/11/16 05:02pm Truck Campers
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