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RE: DirectTV / Wineguard

I don't know if it is still offered by DirecTV but at one time they sold a kit for use on your home system if for some reason your home antenna was disabled by a storm. The kit consisted of a DirecTV antenna, tripod, and cable. I bought one from DirecTV for $50.00 and used it in my RV till I bought a Carryout antenna. If you want, or need, HD this will not work. Here is a similar kit that is being sold on Ebay. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 04/16/14 10:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Replacing Old TV w/Flatscreen...HELP!!!

Check here for pictures and info on TV replacement. These TV replacements are Winnebago's only but I think the ideas can be used in most RVs. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 04/16/14 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
Coach Battery Problem

DW and I headed south in November. We left our RV at my brothers house and returned home for Christmas. After about 4 weeks we returned to our RV to find the coach battery was dead. I charged it overnight and we were ready to leave the next day. While getting ready I discovered my jacks would not retract. I wondered if the dead battery had something to do with my jack problem. The jacks turned out to be an open circuit and probably had nothing to do with the battery. We traveled to Disneyland and stayed in a park nearby. I connected my Battery Minder to the battery and after 30 days the engine turned over 2 or 3 times and then click, click, click. I got the engine started and we moved to San Diego. My plan was to clean the battery contacts when we got settled. The battery contacts were last cleaned this past summer. When we arrived and got the coach set up I noticed my brake controller was still on. I crawled under the dash to remove the connecter from the controller and I noticed a small spark. The insulation on one of the wires had worn off on my brake release. I covered the area with electrical tape. When I connected my Battery Minder at San Diego the charging light was on. A few hours after I found and fixed the wire the light was blinking telling me the battery was fully charged. A day later it is still blinking. I believe I was very lucky to find this wire. It could have been hidden and very difficult to find. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 02/20/14 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kwikee Jacks Fail To Retract

My jacks are finally repaired. The ribbon connector that connected my touch pad to the circuit board had an open circuit. I could move it around till the wires made a connection and then carefully press the buttons and I could get my jacks to work. I contacted Power Gear via e-mail and they let me know that the part I needed was not available. It was being re-designed. The new touch pad/circuit board arrived a few days ago and I was able to make repairs to my jack system. It is now working great. I hope their design changes have improved the reliability of the touch pad/circuit board. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 02/15/14 09:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Having a problem towing a car on a trailer?

Till this year I towed an open trailer. I never had a problem with straps. Are you crossing the straps? In a former life I was a Flight Engineer on a Chinook Helicopter. When securing vehicles we were taught to cross the straps. The strap connected to the left side of the vehicle would be connected to a hard point on the right side of the aircraft at about a 45 degree angle. We did this for all four straps. I always did this on my trailer. When you tighten the straps you need enough wraps on the ratchet to lock the strap in place. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 02/02/14 09:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kwikee Jacks Fail To Retract

I found the problem with my Kwikee jacks. The touch pad control unit has an open circuit. If I move it around till the broken circuit makes contact I can raise or lower my jacks. I called Winnebago parts and they told me the touch pad was being redesigned. I e-mailed Power Gear (who now owns Kwikee) and they said a new touch pad will be available in 2 to 3 weeks. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 01/09/14 08:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Kwikee Jacks Fail To Retract

96Bounder30E That looks like a good solution. I still don't know what caused my problem. I'm looking for a fuse or circuit breaker in my system. I found one on the circuit board but it looks good. I have power at the pump so it could be a board. Monday I will schedule service as I will be in a park for a few days. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 01/03/14 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
Kwikee Jacks Fail To Retract

I couldn't retract my jacks this morning. I got my manual and started trouble shooting. After removing the electrical connections and plugging them back in the lights started working on the control panel but the On/Off button would not energize the unit so that I could retract my jacks. My manual said there was a jumper I could use to retract the jacks in an emergency. I looked through the "Black Bag" that came with our new Winnebago but I could not find the jumper. This being New Years Eve Day I couldn't find anyone to repair my rig. They said that I had to wait till Thursday, Jan 2. I called my home town dealer and they walked me though trouble shooting to no avail. My wife asked about the jumper that was listed in the manual and the tech had no clue. Then another dealer near where I am currently parked called back to tell me where to find the jumper. No one I talked to knew anything about the jumper. This dealer said the jumper was tie wrapped to the wire bundle behind my jacks control panel. She said that their tech didn't think there was one but she found its location. Sure enough it was there. It was late in the afternoon when I finally got my jacks up. We will leave here tomorrow on our way south. When we get to Southern California I will have someone fix my jacks. Safe Travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/31/13 05:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: In need of furnace help!!!! Anyone?????

Sometimes when I run electric heaters in my RV my furnace will only blow cold air. To make my furnace blow hot air I have to turn my thermostat way up and then it will light the furnace and blow warm air. I believe the electric heaters heat the air enough to cause the furnace blower to turn on but because the air is warm the furnace does not light. There should be no smell of gas. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/25/13 12:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire pressure monitoring systems

I have the TST internal system on a 33' MH. I also have the booster. It does not work well. While driving, at least one sensor signal always seems to be lost - and it is not always the same one. When I turn the monitor on, one or more sensors take up to 30 minutes to work. Sometimes it is over an hour. As best I can tell (I asked TST but never got an answer), the system can lose communication for up to an hour before it ever reports a lost signal. The external sensors may be good, but my internal ones would have already been sent back if they were not so difficult to remove. I also had this problems. I e-mailed TST and found that my booster was not the correct one for my 507 system. They sent me a new booster as an exchange for my old one and my system now works just fine. I would find their number on their web site and give them a call. They have always been very receptive when I had a problem. JD
Yellowboat. 12/22/13 11:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire pressure monitoring systems

I use TST. I had problems with lost signals from sensors. I finally e-mailed TST with my problem and they replaced my booster and my system now works well. Their service after sale is fantastic. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/21/13 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear wheels off the pavement

When on uneven ground I will jack my rig up higher on the low end and put blocks under the wheels. I then lower the rig, put blocks under my jacks if required, and re-level. Doing this all of my wheels are supported. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/21/13 05:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very good helicopter pilot!

Yellowboat, the reason I say that is because you generally can't learn to fly a helicopter like that if you go through civilian training. The equipment is too expensive and the guys who own it don't like people being so rough on it. In the Army they fly like that all the time. There was a time when I was looking at going through helicopter pilot training and I went and talked to the guy who ran the local medevac service. He told me he didn't like hiring ex-Army guys as pilots because they were too hard on the equipment. That sounds reasonable. Military helicopter pilots are probably far better trained in emergency procedures. While flying in the US lots of our missions were training for emergency situations. When something failed on the helicopter the Army wanted the crew to know what to do without looking in a manual for an answer. Not sure a civilian could afford that much air time. I did love low level flying and nape of the earth flying. I see that you are from Central California. I am at home in Washington State for Christmas but my RV is parked at my brothers house in Bethel Island, CA waiting for our return.
Yellowboat. 12/19/13 08:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Yee ha, dodged the Lipitor bullet again!

My doctor started me on Lipitor and I started having muscle cramps. I had a cramp so bad that it tore a muscle loose in my theigh. I told my doctor and he didn't think it was Lipitor causing my cramps. I started going to the VA and they assigned me to an Endocrinologist. The Endocrinologist changed my cholesterol medication and the muscle cramps went away.
Yellowboat. 12/19/13 08:30pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Very good helicopter pilot!

In a former life I was an Army helicopter crew member. I've been in some tough situations including a crash in VN. Part of my job was to guide the pilots when we had external sling loads. In a Chinook helicopter we could carry three sling loads on three different hooks at one time. Looking at this video with my knowledge and experience I have to say this pilot is incredible. He, or she, is anticipating where the load will be. To make money the pilot has to make round trips as quickly as possible. On the other hand the smallest failure, either human or mechanical, can quickly become deadly. Safe travels. JD I'd be willing to bet this pilot got his training in the Army. My guess also. There were some great helicopter pilots in VN. I'm sure current deployments are providing lots of air time for younger helicopter crews.
Yellowboat. 12/19/13 06:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Installing windows in living room slide-out

I too would like to add a window to one end or both ends of my living room slide. Newer units like mine have windows in the ends of their slides. If and when I decide to look at the possibility of adding windows I will contact Winnebago for info about my slides. It is possible that there is structure in the wall that could be compromised if I cut a hole for a window. It is also possible that the structure of the slide-out is such that it would make little difference such a composite laminated structure. I would also buy a window that had been specifically made for this purpose. A window that manufactures are putting in their slid-out units. Please let us know what you find out and post pictures of your project. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/18/13 09:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Very good helicopter pilot!

In a former life I was an Army helicopter crew member. I've been in some tough situations including a crash in VN. Part of my job was to guide the pilots when we had external sling loads. In a Chinook helicopter we could carry three sling loads on three different hooks at one time. Looking at this video with my knowledge and experience I have to say this pilot is incredible. He, or she, is anticipating where the load will be. To make money the pilot has to make round trips as quickly as possible. On the other hand the smallest failure, either human or mechanical, can quickly become deadly. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/16/13 11:35pm Around the Campfire
RE: how hard is it to replace toilet?

Great. I think you will like it better than your old V toilet. I'm very happy that I replaced my plastic toilet. Happy travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/13/13 11:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: how hard is it to replace toilet?

so I am going to go with an aqua magic style II from an aqua magic V. Is the connection different on the 2? For my replacement the connections were the same. Where the water connected was different. The Aqua Magic II water connection is higher up on the toilet. I had slack in my water line but I was still about an inch short of making the connection. I had the high profile Aqua Magic V and replaced with another high profile toilet. I can't say for sure but you may have enough hose to reach the connection on a low profile toilet. Or, if you install a shut off valve you can add length to you hose or just replace the hose as I did. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/11/13 11:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: how hard is it to replace toilet?

I replaced mine and I'm very happy with the results. I contacted Thetford via e-mail and they sent back info about which toilets would probably fit my rig. The toilet I had picked out would not have had the clearance to fit. The toilet I used only had 1/2 inch of clearance from the back wall while the toilet that came with my rig had about 2 1/2 inch. For example, the Aqua Magic V has a dimension of 7 5/8 inches from the center of the drain to the back of the toilet. The Aqua Magic Bravura has 11 inches. For the Aqua Magic Bravura to fit you rig you must have 3 3/8 inches or more clearance from the back of your existing toilet to the wall. If you have less the Aqua Magic Bravura will not fit. I was able to fit the Aqua Magic Style II in my rig. At the Thetford web SITE you can find the measurements for all of their toilets. You can compare the dimensions of your old toilet to the dimensions of you new toilet, and the dimensions of your new toilet to clearances in your RV. Installation is easy. Easier than installing a residential toilet as the RV toilet weighs less and it has a rubber gasket instead of a bees wax gasket. I did have to run a new water line as the old one was too short. That was probably the hardest part. There was not much room to remove the old water line and install a new one. After installing a new water line it was two bolts and and connecting the water line and you are good to go. I used 2X4's to support the toilet while I attached the water line. I then lowered it onto the bolts. And if your old toilet has a spray attachment you can install that on the new toilet. Just clip the end off the fitting and install your old spray attachment. Safe travels. JD
Yellowboat. 12/11/13 12:03am Class A Motorhomes
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