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RE: Winegard Traveller Power requirements

I run all 3 (TV,Winegard Traveler satellite,and receiver) with a 200W MSW Whistler inverter. I never unplug anything and use this set up exclusively as i am always off the grid as in boondocking. That said, in the interest of full disclosure my inverter comes directly off the battery and is located about a foot from the battery.
big whitey 10/09/14 06:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Best TV Satellite set-up?

I have had the Winegard Traveler for 3 years with no problems.....yet. Scared to brag and jinx it. We do like it and the performance is comparable to our dish at home. Also it is HD if that matters to you,it did to me.
big whitey 09/29/14 08:03pm Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

The *&@^ propane and Carbon Monoxide detector keep going off today. I don't know what that's all about. The camper is sitting in my driveway, on the truck, with fully charged batteries, but they do need replaced. I reset the propane detector 3 times, then got aggravated and turn off the battery kill switch under the sink. (AF811) Been there done that. It will not get any better and it will not go away. Replace the aggravating %^&*&^%$ and your problem will likely be solved,especially if it is 3 years old or older.
big whitey 09/29/14 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Woes

Actually want an auto but did find a dealership in NC which has 189 Ram 3500 of which 55 are manual. What is surprising to me is 75-85% of the trucks are 4wd. Second dealership tomorrow as we are also reconsidering a lower grade Tradesman model which will considerably add options. Just need to look at it again to see why we moved up to the SLT. Did I mention I hate car shopping? Actually 75-85% 4x4 not surprising at all. Remember: You don't need 4x4 till you do. The dealer you are speaking of must be Hendrick with that kind of inventory.
big whitey 09/29/14 07:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Will 2008 F-350 5.4L gas be a good match for our camper?

IMHO it would not be a good match. Small engine, heavy truck/camper = misery.
big whitey 09/28/14 05:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Freezer to cold

The freezer CANNOT get too cold. The normal range of a freezer is 10 degrees to -10 degrees. The temp sensor on ALL RV absorbsion refers regulates the regular refer NOT the freezer and there is NO temp adjustment on a RV freezer. Doug X2. a perceived problem of temps too cold on an absorption fridge is pure folly.
big whitey 09/27/14 06:41pm Tech Issues
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Built a platform for the backseat floorboard to haul the camper jacks. I always leave the TC on as we are year round campers and will use it to protect the jacks from the elements. We travel/camp in rather extreme weather conditions (dust,sand,salt air,etc) and this will eliminate most maintenance and make off roading much easier. For about 3 years we just left the jacks at home and took our chances.However as we are now venturing out further and for longer periods of time i was becoming increasingly more anxious about traveling without the jacks. Problem solved and really not losing much space as i can store light weight things on top of the jacks/platform. A good mod for the way we use our TC.
big whitey 09/19/14 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: VEC1093DBD replacement fan?

My VEC1093DBD fan has made squeaking noises since purchased. I usually hit it with WD40 occasionally and still going. Have had mine since 2008... Let us know how i works out... Might want to change mine out as well. I use the portable 40AMP charger all the time when camping. Works great running off my 2KW Honda Generator. Roy Ken X2 on the WD40. I just give all these little fans a squirt of whatever kind of spray oil i have on hand when they start squealing. It has never failed to stop the squealing. Been doing it this way for years on battery charges,inverters,etc and have yet to replace a fan.
big whitey 09/09/14 06:27pm Tech Issues
RE: kid chopping down live trees?

Little late and slightly off topic. After wintering in Florida we returned home to find 25 trees on our property that had been vandalized by neighborhood kids. Our property is completely natural with no grass whatsoever. After much investigation and anguish (every sapling is near and dear to us) we finally found the darling angels responsible for the damage. Incredulously the parents of course thought it was no big deal even after they realized how upset we were. Long story short even though it would not bring our trees back (can't uncut a tree) we demanded restitution. In the end we accepted partial restitution due to the sensitive nature of the circumstances involving neighbors and under age kids. Even partial restitution was like pulling hens teeth and required threats from ourselves and the sheriffs dept. Guess who is now the A$$ of the neighborhood. Folks i hate to say it but we are at a place in history that reeks of rude inconsiderate people. Off soapbox.
big whitey 09/02/14 07:16pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Insurance question of AAA and Good Sams

For $5 per year my Geico auto policy covers towing of my truck and camper,if towed as a single unit. Not sure if they can be towed as one or if the camper would have to be separate. Fortunately i have never had to have my rig towed so i hope i don't find out the hard way.
big whitey 09/02/14 02:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Built in 2500 LP or Portable Gas Generator?

We also have both generators, as mentioned above. If I had it to do again, I would buy a Yamaha 2400 instead of the Honda 2000i that I have. When I bought the Honda, our 2001 Lance had a 7K btu air conditioner. The Honda would run it on Eco mode. When I had to replace the AC, the smallest I could find was a 9K BTU. The Honda will run it but not on Eco so it is a bit noisier. However we don't use either enough to justify owning them. Last summer we made a trip to the mountain west and were gone all summer. During that three months we used the built in Onan one time to thaw some food in the microwave. Not only is the Onan noisy, but also vibrates the TC which I don't enjoy. If we are traveling here in the SE, we just plane on staying in a campground where we can plug in the rig. Once we get to the mountains of Colorado, the fantastic fan is all we need at night. I bought our current 2008 Lance used and that is the only reason I have the built in Onan. Also own a couple of larger stand by house generators. The Honda and Yamaha inverter models are much more pleasant to have to listen to and not feel them vibrating, when out camping. Funny how electronics work. I have the Honda 2000i paired with the 9200 Polar Cub. I run the A/C,TV/receiver/satellite and PD Converter on econo mode with no problems. Go figure.
big whitey 08/13/14 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Built in 2500 LP or Portable Gas Generator?

Honda won't do well with neglect either unless one is very diligent about draining the carb and using stabilizer. I never drain the carb or use stabilizer and do not feel that qualifies as neglect. That said i DO exercise it for 1 hour under load (1500w electric heater) every 30 days religiously.
big whitey 08/13/14 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Recommended truck for 2010 Northstar 8.5 Adventurer?

Here we go again.....:S Anything heavier than this: http://www.al-rons.com/media_files/product_images/hi_res1/phpHhTnOg.jpg better have a 1 ton dually under it. A 2500/250 would easily handle an Adventurer. We had a N* 850SC (200# lighter) on a Ram 2500 with no changes to the suspension. In some places (ours included) dealers have quite a few 3/4 ton pickups in stock and deals can be made, 1 tons- not as much. I have the exact same TC the OP referenced on a 2011 GMC 2500. It handles it ok, but not easily and not without suspension upgrades (stable loads). I wish i had bought the 3500 and strongly advise anyone looking to put a hard side TC on a pickup to do likewise. If looking used you may have to settle for a 3/4 ton but you will be settling. If buying new it only costs a little bit more to go first class,get the 1 ton.
big whitey 08/13/14 03:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Built in 2500 LP or Portable Gas Generator?

Honda.....reliability Onan .....convenience Shame you can't have both in one gen set.:S
big whitey 08/12/14 07:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Recommended truck for 2010 Northstar 8.5 Adventurer?

i have the identical TC and a SRW 3500 is your best option.
big whitey 08/12/14 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: HELP!!! Rotted floor in fifth wheel bedroom slide!

Sadly you too are being subjected to the misery of newmar ownership. Our 2003 38' mountainaire fifthwheel went back to the factory 3 times for various issues the three years we owned it. After 3 years we decided to cut our losses and got rid of that overpriced piece of junk. Sure hope you find a better resolution of your issues than we did. Good luck.
big whitey 07/27/14 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Weber Go Anywhere grill - what do you use for a bag?

I have & love the same grill. We store ours in a seed/feed type bag in the back seat of our truck. Works great and never have grease get on anything.
big whitey 07/14/14 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Cracks,Cranks,Kevas andCanyons: Part 1

WOW excellent TR. you are to be commended for your time and efforts. thanks for sharing your experiences and talents with the forum. in all likelihood you have put my return trip out west on fast forward. $$$$$$$$$$$$ sigh. i am impatiently uh anxiously awaiting part 2.
big whitey 06/29/14 06:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Cracks,Cranks,Kevas andCanyons: Part 1

If someone had told you at age 20 what you would be doing when you turned 65, I bet you would not have believed them. Well done, and keep going! wrong post.
big whitey 06/29/14 06:16pm Truck Campers
RE: 4x2 or 4x4?

4x4 you don't need it...till you do. rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
big whitey 06/22/14 12:59pm Truck Campers
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