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RE: Social Security Question

My foggy memory says the SSA wants 3 months notice when you file(?)
mbopp 05/25/17 01:22pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ideas for East Coast Trip

If you're into history +1 for Colonial Williamsburg. We got the combined pass for everything. There are several campgrounds near Lake George that get high marks. Never stayed there, we prefer the DEC no-hookup sites. Lots of hiking in the High Peaks area. We've visited Gloucester / Boston, Cape Cod (nice, but horrible summer traffic,) Mystic Seaport, and Acadia.
mbopp 05/25/17 11:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dimmer for (+) Side

They're LED's, apparently unregulated. The problem is that the ground side wasn't accessible, that's why I had to rig a high side dimmer. Others on the GD forum are using a $30 dimmer, plug & play. The control panel has the light switches, slide controller switches, water pump, and water heater switches. It wasn't hard to remove to get behind it. For the MK-2 version I'll try a P-channel MOSFET instead of the bipolar transistor.
mbopp 05/25/17 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: Slide out drawing power when not using

Schwintek slide? I just noticed the LED's are flashing on my controller. It seems to work fine, I intend to dig deeper after the holiday.
mbopp 05/25/17 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: Dimmer for (+) Side

Update - since I already had a cheap low side dimmer I dusted off my memory and built a current source from a PNP transistor and a couple of resistors. Haven't checked it for electrical noise yet since I didn't add any filtering to it. But it works!
mbopp 05/24/17 09:18am Tech Issues
RE: Suggestions for Roof Rack to Haul 2 Kayaks on Quad Cab Truck

I've been using Yakima racks for close to 20 years. The current setup is a pair of Outdoorsman racks w/ 60" bars for hauling one canoe along with the TT. I also have a set of 78" bars if I need to haul 2 canoes or a canoe and DD's kayak. The racks came from CL, to do it over from scratch I'd use one Outdoorsman rack and one clip setup over the cab. Outdoorsman racks don't work with tonneau covers though. Eons ago Fleetwood had rack tracks on their pop-ups and had special (90"?) Yakima bars for them.
mbopp 05/23/17 04:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F 150

Does it have the Max Tow package and LT tires? Crew cab - how many people are you carrying? What's the yellow-sticker payload? The F150 in my sig has a 1486# payload (steel body), 3.55 gears, and "P" tires. I'm actually 200# over on the rear axle with just my wife and I in it. Stability and power are surprising good, but the next truck will be a F250.
mbopp 05/21/17 07:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Toilet Roof Vent Replacement Needed

Eons ago I had a broken bathroom van cover. IIRR there were 3 models of covers available, I took the broken one in and matched it up. Fairly easy to replace.
mbopp 05/15/17 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Water problems

There's a check valve in that inlet that's supposed to keep that from happening. You can 1)remove the screen if it has one, look into the valve, and push the check ball with a dowel rod to see if it re-seats 2) buy a plug to screw into the city water inlet to block the reverse flow or 3) replace the inlet.
mbopp 05/13/17 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions

Will be pulling with Ford F-150 4x4. Need a lot more information. Year, engine size, cab configuration, rear end ration, yellow sticker GVW rating, and if it has a trailer package. And yes, 5th wheel options are very limited with a F150 unless you have the Max Payload option.
mbopp 05/13/17 07:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Water from RV

It depends. Some cg's we go to have good water so no problem there. But some have heavily chlorinated water, so we'll use bottled water for coffee, drinking, or making ice cubes.
mbopp 05/12/17 01:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Any Arborists here...?

You could try post your question on www.arboristsite.com .
mbopp 05/12/17 10:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Sewer hoses preferences

Another vote for Rhino. Just don't forget the elbow adapter when you leave (that's how I got a "spare" from a previous camper)
mbopp 05/12/17 10:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Sync DOESN'T Sync anymore, and it's bugging me!

I have a dumb phone that Sync wouldn't get messages from. I ended up resetting Sync, and deleting and re-installing my phone. Have you tried emailing or chatting with Sync support?
mbopp 05/10/17 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: TV charging cord not working?

Are the fuse and relay installed? Or maybe U-haul didn't connect a charge line.
mbopp 05/09/17 04:49pm Tech Issues
Outside Kitchen Fridge

So the new TT has an outside kitchen and 115VAC dorm fridge. If I'm using the fridge I assume the access door for the kitchen must be open to ventilate the fridge?
mbopp 05/09/17 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Brake Inspection

Yes, NYSDMV procedure is to pull one drum but the inspector is supposed to jack up each wheel and see if the brakes actuate. Strange, I can't find anything about a break-away switch being required equipment.
mbopp 05/09/17 09:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Brake Inspection

I pull the wheels and inspect / repack the bearings every 2 years. Given the limited miles we put on it I can't see doing it annually.
mbopp 05/08/17 05:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Sizing generator to charge batteries

If you have a WFCO converter a bit of research will show that most people (myself included) find it inadequate for quick charging off a generator. Off-grid campers get upgraded to either an IOTA or Progressive Dynamics converter. My current setup is an IOTA-55 converter mounted in the pass-through (short cable run) and powered by a Honda 2000i generator.
mbopp 05/07/17 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: ? Recommendations About Truck Bed Waste Tank

I have a 30-gallon surplus ($10) plastic drum I mount in the bed. No reason you couldn't go with a 55 gallon one though. I used a 2" to 1-1/2" reducer, 1-1/2" gate valve (RV or pool filter), Banjo fittings, and sump pump hose to empty it. Filling chores are handled with a Flojet macerator pump.
mbopp 05/05/17 01:24pm General RVing Issues
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