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RE: A/C and Arizona Heat Wave

RV is at my house. I am not sure what gauge the wire is running to the outlet, or the the breaker on the outside wall from the house. It was already here and setup for an RV. There is a dedicated 30A cb for the RV outlet. I didn't feel like opening the panel to inspect the wire gauge. It is about 150' (min) from the house to the breaker box, and another 75' to the socket to plug into. I suspect a below minimum wire size as the conduit to the plug is 1/2" metallic. I have a 120 foot run and I used 8 gauge wire.It works well. Some people will say that smaller gauges are rated for higher currents, but they don't realize that the voltage drop is a factor. Not just the ability of the wire to carry a given current. Both have to be taken into account. My wire size calculator says for 150 feet of 8 Gauge wire with a 30 amp draw there will be a 3.5% volt drop and there will about 15 1/2 volts available at the RV. Since you have an additional 75 feet with an unknown wire size. 8 Gauge may not be adequate.
Clay L 06/21/17 02:15pm Tech Issues
RE: get satellite signal in

There are several ways to do it. In past years Winegard recommended the diagram below. Making the connections the way Winegard recommends does not require adding any coax connectors to the wall plate. Note that this assumes your front TV is connected to the coax connector on the front of the wall plate. If yours isn't, there should be a splitter in the line labeled "To second TV" that will send the signal to both the front and rear TVs (if you have two TVs). What Winegard calls a "power supply" below is the wall plate with the antenna booster switch and LED showing when the amplifier is on. If you still want to be able to use the external cable in for both cable TV and the external dish just add an A/B switch to switch the incoming coax from the sat receiver "sat input" to the sat receiver "TV input". If your receiver doesn't have a coax output (and most new ones don't) and you still want to use the batwing antenna you will need to use an A/B switch to switch the signal between the receiver and the antenna out connection on the wall plate. One thing not shown in the diagram is using the RCA type connections or the better quality "component" type output or the HDMI (best) output between the sat receiver and the TV. That will yield a much better picture with no interference from any local channels. You have to select a "video in" with your TV menu instead of using channel 3 (for example). Some newer satellite receivers don't have a coax output so you may have to use HDMI or component connections. If you have a video distribution box that will have to be taken into account. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v425/ClayL/Winegardsathookup.jpg
Clay L 06/19/17 02:12pm Technology Corner
RE: balanced shower

Delta makes temperature controlled shower faucets. I had them in my last house. Not cheap - $250 or so. See HERE This is what they say about them. "The long and short of it: This 17 Series Dual Temperature and Pressure Shower Control is a fully functioning Shower Faucet without the showerhead. It features a Large Handle to control the Shower (on/off) along with a smaller Handle used to set the temperature. You can set the temperature however you prefer and then just leave that smaller handle in place. Every time you take a shower you will simply turn it on with the large handle and the water come out exactly at your preferred level of warmth! This fixture also includes the required Rough-in Valve which installs in the wall. This item can work with any showerhead or handheld shower when plumbed correctly in the wall. It mixes the water from your hot and cold water lines in the wall and sends out a stream of warm water to whatever shower spray you choose."
Clay L 06/19/17 02:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)

A couple of people mentioned the air admittance valve. It is on a stub on the sewer side of the the sink trap. It unscrews - usually by hand. If the flap in the valve fails to seal it will allow tank odor to escape under the sink. Replacements can be found in most hardware stores. No amount or kind of tank chemicals will solve the problem.
Clay L 06/12/17 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Which Sealant for Winnie Roof

Go HERE and you can download the proper adhesive/sealants info for your motor home plus a lot of other stuff like wiring and plumbing diagrams. You can even download a complete parts list for your rig. As I recall you need your Winnebago ID number for that. It can found on the placard on the wall next to the drivers seat.
Clay L 06/12/17 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Water shut-off issue

If it is a Shurflo pump it should have a adjustment screw on the end that can be turned no more than one turn CW to keep the pump from surging - they call it "cycling" when a faucet not opened much. Maybe as you close the faucet you getting the cycling. If that is the pump you have you can download the service manual with pictures and instructions HERE. Go to the bottom right of the 3rd page and look at "Switch Shut Off"
Clay L 06/10/17 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Salelite Dish won't work in 5th wheel

Since it worked before maybe the wall plate with the button that switches the batwing roof antenna on has been pushed. Besides applying power to the antenna amplifier it also acts as an A/B switch between cable and on the air stations. Depending on how it is wired it could cause the problem with sat input.
Clay L 06/10/17 11:11am Technology Corner
RE: we are no longer full timers

We made it 11 years and one year of snowbirding. We bought a house in Western CO and are now settled in here. Like you we have absolutely no regrets and loved the lifestyle but age, health, and sort of having done it all caught up to us. Do we ever miss it? Sure, sometimes, but still we made the change at the right time for us.
Clay L 06/08/17 03:07pm Full-time RVing
RE: Progressive roadside assistance

One guy posted that Progressive has a not very big towing miles limit. Might be worth checking out.
Clay L 06/07/17 12:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boards under tires

As full timers with a lot of stuff, we had no room to store boards. We used flexible cutting mats under our tires when parked for more than a week or so. Cheap and easy to store. They don't address the pavement depression issue but that wasn't a problem in any of the places we stayed.
Clay L 06/02/17 03:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water softeners

Funny, my Flow Pur instructions say the exact opposite. It says to let the salt sit in the unit for 5 minutes and then slowly flush with fresh water for 20 minutes. After 5 minutes it still tasty terribly salty. I talked to the guy that manufactures the Flopur units - not the same guy that sells/distributes them - and for soaking he said the longer the better. Flush time may depend on water pressure and or ability to taste salt. I would taste the water every so often and five minutes was usually enough for me. Also I think you said yours is a 10,000 grain unit and mine is an 8,000 and being smaller may not take as long as yours.
Clay L 06/01/17 08:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water softeners

I did not have room for the 10,000 grain unit so I have the FloPuir Mark 8000 SEE HERE Cost is $182 and includes shipping if bought from the site above. Regeneration is done with a box of common table salt. It is similar to others like the "On-The-Go" water softener which is the one Camping World sells I believe. Both are 8000 grain units which means they will last longer than those with smaller numbers without requiring regeneration. Some folks use "Water Sticks" but the biggest one of those I have seen is only 1500 grains. The 10,000 grain units will last even longer before needing regeneration. I didn't have room for the bigger 10,000 grain model so I got the 8000 grain one. In AZ where we spent most of the winter the water hardness is about 50 grains per gallon. That means that an 8000 grain unit will soften about 160 gallons before needing to be regenerated. Since we use about 13 gallons of water per day we have to regenerate every 12 days or so. In our home in CO we have a water hardness of 20 GPG, there the softener will last about a month. To recharge it I pour the water out of it into a container - mix the one box of table salt required for this unit in the water to make a slurry that I can pour into the unit - add enough water to fill it - turn it back and forth to mix - let it sit for 30 minutes or so and flush with fresh water for about 5 minutes.
Clay L 05/31/17 03:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Books for DIY maintenance of a 2005 Itasca Sonova?

You can download the actual service manual and chassis guide HERE
Clay L 05/23/17 11:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: to reserve or not to reserve

In 11 years of full timing we usually tried to stop for the night at about 3 o'clock. About an hour before my wife would pull out the Trailer Life Directory or our travel journal (In the journal we had lists of places we had stayed before with notes about them) and start looking for a place. Then she would call ahead for a pull through site. She rarely had to call more than one RV park.
Clay L 05/20/17 11:33am Beginning RVing
RE: Software to compress JPG file to smaller file size

I have used Fast Image PowerToy Clone Resizer for years. It integrates into the right click menu. Info below is from a download website. Image Resizer Powertoy Clone is a very handy Windows utility that enables you to resize images very quickly. The program directly integrates itself into Windows’ contextual menu, giving you the fastest access possible to it. Unlike other image resizing programs, with this tool you do not need to locate your images or create lists of them beforehand - just right-click on any number of images and choose the “resize” option to change their dimensions. The good thing is that the resized images are saved to the same location where the original images are, though these are not modified unless you decide to overwrite the original files.
Clay L 05/14/17 11:58am Technology Corner
RE: Onboard Fresh Water System

If you have a city water fill valve and it was left in the fill position you will get the symptom you described.
Clay L 05/13/17 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: My Wilson Sleek makes data download speed WORSE

This came up at least once before. One of the answers was that the amp reduced it's transmit power in strong signal areas and that could cause speed issues because more packets were re-transmitted. That seemed to be true for me. In some areas the speed was higher without the amp than with it.
Clay L 05/07/17 12:31pm Technology Corner
RE: How to mount to thin walls?

For most things we used 3M Command strips. They come in all sorts of varieties and weight holding capabilities. I also used the molly bolts shown above and they worked fine in the foam backed RV walls.
Clay L 05/04/17 11:47am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mail delivery

We did a six month temporary USPS fowarding to a mail forwarding service. You can terminate anytime you want and extend it for another six months on line.
Clay L 05/04/17 11:36am RV Lifestyle
RE: Leather recliners

After a fair amount of research we bought LazyBoy recliners in solid (not bonded ) leather. They have a lifetime warranty on the mechanism. After over 4 years they are holding up fine and looking good. Note that real leather does wrinkle and stretch some over time - but that is what leather does. We had a Berkshire leather recliner in our motor home that has held up great for over six full timing years and four years in our house. We bought it at Sams Club for about a third of what the LazyBoys cost.
Clay L 05/04/17 11:29am RV Lifestyle
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