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RE: Best no contract cell phone?

Another vote for AT&T Go phone. We don't use it much, so I use the $0.10/minute / $1/day plan, set to auto refill at $25 every three months. Money rolls over, so I have a credit of over $250 on mine, but every now and then I do a bunch of text donations to use it. You can get a basic flip phone new for around $15, but I just got a windows smart phone (set to data over wifi only), for $40.
Chris Bryant 10/23/14 01:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Freezing propane tanks

Keep them as full as possible- they have to absorb heat from the surrounding air to vaporize the LP, and a full tank has more "wetted" area to absorb- http://bryantrv.com/images/temp/rvnet/cylinder.png
Chris Bryant 10/23/14 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Urgent!! Brand new furnace not working

I read about the sail switch but I don't know what it looks like and If I could mess with it without removing the unit to get it un stuck. There is not not much room to work in that hole anyway. A model number or picture would help- Suburban makes several models.
Chris Bryant 10/23/14 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Urgent!! Brand new furnace not working

New models will not start if the sail switch is stuck closed- the fan control board has enough intelligence to know it should not get power through the sail switch until the blower is engaged. There should be a led flashing error codes on the board. That is assuming the basics of 12 volt power have been met.
Chris Bryant 10/22/14 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: SMALL windows tablet?

If you want small (like iPod sized), I paid $40 for a Nokia 520 with Windows Phone OS on it (blech). Decent hardware (actually better specs than my iPod, though not nearly as sturdy), small, and works fine either without a sim card or as a phone only. It's small though.
Chris Bryant 10/22/14 12:22pm Technology Corner
RE: '92 Jayco faucet parts?

There are two major brands that were around back then- Utopia and Phoenix. The new Utopia replacement cartridges look almost the same as the older ones, but are not interchangeable. The old ones have an O ring as a washer, new use an actual washer. Phoenix could be plastic washerless cartridges or brass, which can be rebuilt with o rings and washers. Best bet is to take the cartridge to a good hardware store, or an RV dealer.
Chris Bryant 10/22/14 07:45am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Camp Curry pic in 1920

Check out Shorpy.com for lots of neat pics of yore! I love Shorpy- some of my pics- http://www.shorpy.com/user/16824/track
Chris Bryant 10/21/14 11:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Protecting Your Browser Against The HTTPS SSL Flaw

The Dometic public facing site appears fine. I wonder if it was just a handshake issue? You can run a server test on that site too see what TLS/SSL is supported here. It gets an "F" :) https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=edometic.com There really isn't anything that I do that requires encryption there, but still...
Chris Bryant 10/21/14 09:35am Technology Corner
RE: Protecting Your Browser Against The HTTPS SSL Flaw

The possible downside is that some websites with outdated security may not connect. However, allowing HTTPS connections to sites still using SSL 3.0 could compromise browser security on more secure TLS websites, which have not yet been patched for exploits such as Poodle? Just ran in to that on the Dometic B2B ecomm site- cannot connect- gives Error code: ERR_SSL_VERSION_OR_CIPHER_MISMATCH
Chris Bryant 10/21/14 07:38am Technology Corner
RE: Protecting Your Browser Against The HTTPS SSL Flaw

FWIW, using Debian with a KDE desktop, I right click on the start menu, choose edit applications, drill down to Google Chrome, and add the --ssl-version-min=tls1 in the command, which on mine is /usr/bin/google-chrome-stable %U --ssl-version-min=tls1 I'll boot one of my Ubuntu boxes in to the default desktop to see how to edit there, if needed.
Chris Bryant 10/21/14 06:53am Technology Corner
RE: A/C service repair shops

Those old split units are going to be a bear to service- virtually no original parts are available, though many parts can be sourced as generic parts. In addition- replacement is not an easy answer, as few split units are made now- mostly units for boats, like Cruisair. The norm is to install units on the roof as replacement.
Chris Bryant 10/17/14 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Windows 7 update and Browsers don't work

I particularly like it when Windows Update says you need to restart to complete the update, I click restart, and it say Windows is waiting for the following program to close.... Windows Update. Dohh!!
Chris Bryant 10/17/14 08:48am Technology Corner
RE: Saving my 84 Norcold Fridge...if possible

That model uses a mechanical combination gas/electric thermostat- no electronics at all. It does look like a "will fit" substitute is available, but it *really* takes someone that knows what they are doing to replace it. I would first unhook the heating element, test for continuity, and hook it directly to 120 volt power- bypassing the all of the controls (of course, this is after checking the basics of venting and power). If it gets cold then, the problem is in the controls. If it doesn't, the cooling unit is bad. The part number for the thermostat is 614376MC - google will give bunches.
Chris Bryant 10/16/14 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: WH gas line???

You install the heater before you run the copper line- at least push it in past the foam insulation, then snake the line out. If it's impossible to get to the line with the heater installed, you could use a male/male flare coupling and a juck pice of tubing which you could flatten, then pull the good line through. You really do NOT want to damage or crimp the line.
Chris Bryant 10/16/14 08:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Smart Router

To me a smart router is one I can load my own firmware on, like dd-wrt or Open-wrt or any of the open router firmaware projects.
Chris Bryant 10/14/14 11:31am Technology Corner
RE: Zero Degrees

Zero is perfect.
Chris Bryant 10/13/14 07:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Water Leak

All you really need is a new cone washer- http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-pumps-water/flair-it/saniprene-swivel-seal-sml100.jpg $0.30. Someone has wrapped teflon tape around the threads, which is worthless, as the washer (a.k.a. saniprene swivel seal)at the bottom of this page. A Sharkbite will use the same type seal, unless you go to a non-swivel female threaded fitting. The problem with this connection is the water entry has brass male threads, the swivel type connection uses the soft washer, and the sharp metal on the inlet cuts the washer. If you wanted to replace the water inlet, you can buy one with female threads and a plastic close nipple, like the one on the left here.
Chris Bryant 10/12/14 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Thermostat upgrade - 2 stage w/ heat strip - fan speed issue

The way Dometic does (did) it is bt using one fan relay to energize the fan, the other is an spdt relay, and toggles between low (unenergized) and high (energized). That's why simply hooking the high fan lead doesn't work for them. You could just add relays to do that for the Coleman, except you would run the 12 volt control through them.
Chris Bryant 10/12/14 08:21am Tech Issues
RE: New Head, or just add the Wingman

The new Sensar IV haed has the wingman installed- though you can still get the Sensar III without it (I suspect leftovers). The Sensar IV with wingman is actually smaller than a Sensar III with the add on.
Chris Bryant 10/11/14 09:51am Technology Corner
RE: Roof Air runs alot

As everyone has said- it won't hurt the air conditioner. That said, cleaning the units coils is always a good idea, and many, many ducted installations can be made much better by inspecting the ductwork for leaks, and sealing any you find up. The ductwork is usually pretty leaky.
Chris Bryant 10/11/14 07:59am General RVing Issues
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