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RE: Water Heater Question

Usually it means it will run on propane and/or 120 vac. In both cases 12 vdc will bwe needed for the control board. The EI stands for electronic ignition - no pilot.
Clay L 09/28/14 01:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Pictures on walls

Ours had velcro on the bottom corners but a small metal piece with a V slot was fixed to the wall where the top center of the picture went. There was a piece on the top of the picture frame that fit into the metal piece on the wall. I had to pull out at the bottom on the frame to release it from the velcro and then lift up.
Clay L 09/28/14 01:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator runs but no power?

.........snip.......... My other problem is I can start the generator but get no power to the RV? With the cord plugged in to the gen.......snip...... Question from the I-don't-have-one peanut gallery: Is plugging the shorepower cord into the onboard generator standard operating procedure? I've always (mistakenly?) thought there was already some direct connection to the RV systems-? Some RVs don't have an automatic transfer switch. In that case the shore power cable is plugged into the generator outlet. The Onans I am familiar with will not run if no power is being produced. The rotor is flashed with 12 volts by the control board to start the generating process but must start producing power so that when the start switch is released it will use voltage from the generator voltage regulator to keep current going into the rotor and producing power. I mention that since the generator runs it sure sounds like the generator breakers or main panel breakers are tripped. Note that to check them you must cycle the breaker all the way off and back on.
Clay L 09/28/14 01:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Long Trips - S&B Shutdown

I've seen articles online that say you should cover toilet with plastic wrap b/c bugs can use the pipes as a super highway into your house. There are photos online, but I've personally never known anyone to have done this... however it seems to make sense and is cheap/easy to do. I do it so the water won't evaporate. Some folks pour some cooking oil in the bowl for the same reason. I like the wrap better though.
Clay L 09/28/14 10:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Uses for old Magnetek converter/charger

The 6000 series requires a battery connection. The 7000 series doesn't. I saved my 7345 unit when I replaced it with a Progressive Dynamics 3 stage unit because I thought someone might want it as a power supply for their macerator that pulls 20 amps. I already had a linear 9 to 15 volt 20 amp supply for my macerator so haven't used the 7300 yet but don't see why it wouldn't work. (I used the linear supply rather than running heavy gauge wires from the batteries)
Clay L 09/24/14 11:45am Tech Issues
RE: Window woes

Isn't CLR made for that purpose? bumpyYes - works well too. That is what I use. I had spots that vinegar didn't remove and CLR did - with very little effort.
Clay L 09/24/14 11:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Exit Stratagy

We put all of the money from the sale of house away and paid cash from savings for the motor home. We were lucky enough to sell the house in early 2003 near the peak of housing value in the area. After 12 years on the road we executed our exit plan and bought a house in western CO. We have close friends that did not have the financial resources to formulate an exit strategy but wanted to full time so much that they said to heck with it and went ahead. After 13 years on the road health issues forced them to stop. They declared bankruptcy and let the motor home be repossessed - they owed much more on it than it was worth. They now live in two rooms of an apartment they share with their daughter and her husband. They pay half the rent. They really miss full timing and are not happy with the current arrangement after the years of freedom but they have some happy years to look back on.
Clay L 09/22/14 12:03pm Full-time RVing
RE: Stumped by Generator

You might want to make sure that the battery disconnect switch hasn't been accidentally activated. Winnebago uses the house battery circuit to start the generator and if the batteries are disconnected and you are connected to shore power the solenoid will click but the converter can't supply enough current to turn the starter.
Clay L 09/22/14 11:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Questions Re: DirecTv Transponder Signals

A couple of things come to mind. The output power levels may vary due to individual transponder characteristics. Since each transponder transmits on a different frequency and the passband gain of the receiver may not be completely linear, there could be variations because of that.
Clay L 09/20/14 11:26am Technology Corner
RE: preparing to full time

If you need the money from the house sale to buy the RV then you'll go the opposite way. I must be missing something here? If a retired person sells his house to pay for his RV what does he do 15 years down the road when he can no longer travel, the RV is worthless and housing costs have doubled? Your point is well taken even if housing prices haven't doubled. We have friends that had to stop full timing last year due to health issues. After 12 years they still owed much more on their motor home than it was worth. They ended up declaring bankruptcy and letting the motor home be repossessed. They moved into two rooms of an apartment they share with their daughter and her husband. They did not have an exit strategy because they did not have the financial resources to create one. They had decided that their dream of full timing was more important to them than anything else and they enjoyed it as long as they could.
Clay L 09/20/14 11:14am Full-time RVing
RE: Mail Forwarding and Home Base

Any recommendations for someone who is not a full-timer, but needs a mail service as they plan to be on the road for several months at a stretch? That will be out situation next year after retiring in April. We won't need to establish a new 'home base', but will need to have access to our mail while on the road. Is there any one provider that is better than another, or for that matter, any provider that we should stay away from? Any thoughts, suggestions, whatever would be much appreciated. A lot of folks use a UPS Store.There are quite a few of them around the country. Just make sure you do a temporary forwarding not a permanent one. The temporary one is good for six months (or less if you want) and I think can be extended.We did that for two winters and it worked well.
Clay L 09/18/14 11:18am Full-time RVing
RE: 'On the Go' water softening device- orange granules

Flopur recommends storing the water softener with the regenerating salt solution in place. Did that for two summers and it worked okay. After rinsing a little longer than I usually do it was put back in service and the time between regenerations did not change.
Clay L 09/18/14 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: Advice removing water stains on front curtains

We washed ours using a mild detergent and Oxyclean. They were not pleated so we didn't have to deal with that though.
Clay L 09/17/14 11:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Evaporative Cooler on the Roof??

great that will knock the temp down to 85. bumpy The one on my house here in this CO high (5000 ft high) desert valley will keep the house at 76 to 78 when the outside temp is about 100 degrees.
Clay L 09/17/14 11:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best place to winter?

Thanks for the input everybody......Believe me I know alot about Fl and the areas....Remember in my OP I said I am a native Floridian. Yes it's always been a very popular....let's say "the place for people from the north to spent the winter." Now it's my turn and I want new experiences. Is the Az. corridor over run with MH in winter? That depends on where you are. Around Phoenix there are a lot of RVers and a lot more snowbirds staying in park models and small homes. Yuma gets it's share of both. Over by Quartzsite in December there are a lot of RVs boondocking out on the BLM land in the desert. RV parks used to start filling up in December when the RV show opens, but for the last few years there have a lot fewer people. In Quartzsite RV parks that used to be full were maybe 2/3 full last winter. There are some snowbirds folks living in park models and small homes but a lot more RVers. Q is a busy place in December but not so much the rest of the winter.
Clay L 09/16/14 10:27am Full-time RVing
RE: 'On the Go' water softening device- orange granules

A teaspoon is not enough to worry about. Refills from WaterPur were $35 the last time I checked.
Clay L 09/15/14 10:28am Tech Issues
RE: Best place to winter?

We spent winters or part of winters in a number of places - FL, TX, MS coast and AZ. We ended up spending winters in Bouse AZ (25 miles from Quartzsite). Coyote Ridge RV park,$160 per month plus electricity (about $60 per month more)
Clay L 09/15/14 10:17am Full-time RVing
RE: Why did you go the 'full-timing' route...

We were sort of “accidental” full timers. We didn't intend to full time, just wanted to take a three to six month trip around the country visiting friends and family and then find some warmer, cheaper place to buy or build a house. At the time we had a 96 model year motor home with no slides. We threw away stuff, gave stuff to places that could make use of it and distributed as much as possible to our kids. We put all of the rest of our stuff in storage so we wouldn't have to go back to NH if the house sold quickly and it was still cold and yucky there. The house did sell quickly (in a month) and we found after about a year that we were having so much fun traveling and having no ties to a stick house that we decided to keep on full timing. We traded the 96 motor home in on a new 2004 with a lot more CCC, storage space and two slides. That was 12 years ago and so far we both love the life style. But health issues and sort of "having done it all" have intervened and after being snowbirds for a year we are now living in a home we bought in CO. It was a wonderful twelve years though.
Clay L 09/15/14 10:03am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C Not Working

If you have a 30 amp unit, Winnebago often has a switch that must be turned to "Generator" when on the gen. Mine is to the left of the switch panel and breakers. Maybe the switch is still in the shore power position. It switches the rear AC to the 20 amp output on the generator.
Clay L 09/07/14 03:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Leaky Water Pressure Reducer

Many of us went to Home Depot or Lowes and bought a Watts whole house regulator and necessary hose fittings. I set mine at 65 psi which is fine according to Winnebago customer service.
Clay L 09/07/14 02:55pm General RVing Issues
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