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Recycling in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful place that appears to have been designed by the best landscape architect ever. Although it is one of our older parks and the most visited, it is largely pristine. Visitors both enjoy and respect this national treasure. At the Cosby Campground dump station I saw an example of the care that visitors take - two pairs of used gloves tossed on the ground. Knowing that most RV'ers are interested in protecting fragile ecosystems I'm sure the gloves were left with the intent of recycling them. And whoever left the second pair saw the first and thought the ground near the dump was certainly an approved recycling location. I recovered the gloves; if whoever left them will send me a PM, I will gladly return the gloves to you. There were two pairs, one translucent vinyl and one black so be sure to state which pair is yours. Please state in your PM if you would like others to send their used gloves to you for recycling; I'd be glad to publicize your address.
daamac 10/14/14 08:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Questions Re: DirecTv Transponder Signals

Also, some of the transponders on 101 are spot beams so their readings will be location dependent. These transponders on 101 are: 4, 12, 18, 20, 26, 28.
daamac 09/20/14 11:37am Technology Corner
RE: Anybody had a Prodigy go bad?

After about 8 years the manual application lever on my P1 quit working; the company replaced it with a new one.
daamac 09/03/14 07:04am Towing
RE: WooHoo Jayco

My previous Jayco 19RD almost burned to the ground due to faulty wiring. No wire nuts or any other protective insulation on 12 volt wire connections in the walls. Cost me about $400 and they did not cover it. TT was about 6 months old. Local dealer re-wired my TT. I got to see how Jayco wies TTs I have a Jayco so I'm interested in this report. Do you mean that the 12 volt connections were just twisted together bare wire, without using any connector or wire nut? Just bare wire twisted together and not insulated with anything?
daamac 08/30/14 06:42am Toy Haulers
Trailer Wheels (rims)

My trailer came equipped with 15x6JJ Dexstar wheels part # 017-144. They are marked with a label stating a 2830 lbs rating and the Dexstar on-line product catalog confirms the weight rating, and further states 80PSI. I have load range E Maxxis trailer tires mounted to the wheels, and maintain a pressure of 80 PSI. I recently developed a crack in a rim, and an air leak. My local tire dealer could not find any trailer wheel in my size with a rating of 2830 lbs and 80 PSI. I ordered a Dexstar wheel from an on-line dealer and all will be good. But is Dexstar the only manufacturer that makes such a wheel?
daamac 08/27/14 06:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Rotochock

I have found Rotochocks to be very very dependable; I trust no other between wheel chock. That said, it surely seems like the cost is about double what they reasonably should be.
daamac 08/04/14 01:15pm Tech Issues
Rotochock

I went to the Rotochock site and found the message below. Anybody know what is going on with this company? ------------------------------------------------------------------------ IMPORTANT NOTICE Rotochok will not be taking orders from July 18,2014 through September 2,2014. If you have previously purchased our products; or are interested in Rotochok Inc., please contact us through our site for further information. All orders that were placed before July 18, 2014 will still be fulfilled and shipped.
daamac 08/04/14 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Generator/Progressive Industries EMS-LCHW30

With that installed in the camper will I have problems plugging into a Honda or Yamaha generator's 30 amp plug? Because of grounding issues, when you plug into the generator you have to switch the EMS into bypass - there's a switch on the remote. Also, should I expect to lose 18% to 27% of a generator's capacity at 6000' to 9000' altitude? Or, put another way, would a thousand watt gen become 750 watts at 9000'? For a Honda, there are high altitude main jets if this is a problem; of course, changing the jets is a problem, too. I have run my Hoonda 2000i with low altitude main jet at 8000 feet to recharge my trailer batteries with the on board converter and have not had problems. I'd like to buy a generator, but it's beginning to look as though it's going to take at least 5k to be of much use at our altitudes, and those are pretty darned heavy. Obviously, I'd want to run more than a couple of lights but not necessarily the 15k ; ac. We use our generator only to recharge our trailer batteries. If your planned use of a generator is mainly to recharge batteries, I think a 2000 watt generator is plenty; a 1000 watt generator may be a little small for some power converters at high altitude. If you want to run an air conditioner, obviously a much larger generator is required.
daamac 08/03/14 07:59am Tech Issues
RE: Shaw direct in Florida

Using Dishpointer with a location of Panama City Florida and Starchoice multilnb at 107W and 111W gives me readings of 46.5 elevation, 224.3 magnetic azimuth, and skew of 115.1. But does the Shaw beam pattern allow you to get a signal that far south away from their broadcast area?
daamac 07/19/14 07:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Source for Slip Plate graphite spray?

I use a graphite spray paint called EZSlide, available at Tractor Supply. I can find it readily there, and it is cheaper than Slip-Plate. It has not been tested nor approved by Pullrite, but it has worked well for me for several years. Rookie statement: Never heard of it. Rookie question: Is this in place of the lube disc, in addition to, or does it perform some other function? Slip Plate and EZSlide are spray paints with the "pigment" being graphite; it's used to lubricate and protect the rails on Pullrite Superglide hitches. You could use it on a standard hitch in place of or in addition to a plastic disc, but it's not necessary in that application and it is somewhat messy to use.
daamac 07/07/14 05:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tell me why they won't interchange???

... A DirecTv Slimline dish was a bit too large for my basement... It works well, but the signal levels are about 10 points lower than with the larger Slimline dish. :h Could it be because it "was in your basement"? ;) Dave Could be. I guess it depends on which way my basement is pointing.
daamac 06/20/14 09:10am Technology Corner
RE: Tell me why they won't interchange???

I've done the opposite. A DirecTv Slimline dish was a bit too large for my basement. I took a Dish Network 1000.2 dish and modded a DirecTv SL3-S LNB to it. It works well, but the signal levels are about 10 points lower than with the larger Slimline dish. There's a bunch of discussion about this basic idea in this thread on another forum. There is some discussion of using the 1000.2 dish on the page shown in the link.
daamac 06/20/14 07:22am Technology Corner
RE: Progress Industry 30 Amp Problem?

S.K.--- Could this be the issue? There is a delay built into the Progressive Industries device. It sounds like your device is portable, that is not hard-wired; those devices have a 2:16 delay built in. That is, from the time you plug in the device until power is passed through it (assuming no power problems) there is a 2:16 delay - this is to protect the AC compressor when power cycles off then on. Maybe the delay is why the power did not flow to your trailer?
daamac 06/20/14 07:02am Travel Trailers
RE: 2012 jayco leaking

Interesting...I have a friend with a 2012 26BH that developed a leak last year from a clearance light. While still under the 2 year warranty and well beyond 90 days since they purchased it new, the dealer worked with Jayco and covered the cost of the repair. Maybe the clearance light itself leaked and not the caulking around it? If so, that may be the difference - a defective piece of equipment, not ineffective caulking.
daamac 06/13/14 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: 2012 jayco leaking

Unfortunately the Jayco "bumper to bumper" warranty does not cover water leaks after about 3 months; the owner is required to check seams on roof and sides and correct any potential leak issues, even if the potential leak area was never caulked by Jayco at the factory. Maybe you could document that you or dealer did the checks, and did not find any issues? Here is a link to a discussion on another board about Jayco and water leaks: Jayco water leaks. Most other manufacturers have similar exclusions; I think all of them should be embarrassed about the exclusions, but they are not.
daamac 06/13/14 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Recommend a decent inverter brand

Consider the amperage capability of the 12 volt outlet and wiring and fuses. For example, for a 300 watt inverter, you'll need to have at least 25 amps available at the 12 volt outlet (12 x 25 = 300).
daamac 06/12/14 04:31pm Tech Issues
RE: TV on computer screen

.... If you mean....You have RF output from a tuner/converter box/cable box/vhs tape player, that is analog for older TV s And would like to use that on a PC Then you need an older analog RF tuner that plugs into the USB port on the PC Yep, that's what I mean, except that USB or PCI-E connectivity would both be fine. It's just that there seem to be a lot of devices that claim to do that, and I'm looking for recommendations for something both cheap and reliable. Thanks to all repliers.
daamac 06/11/14 04:51pm Technology Corner
TV on computer screen

I'd like to be able to watch TV on a desktop screen; I have available an RF channel 3 or 4 output. I don't care about HD, using the computer as a DVR, or any screen or video capture. I'd like the TV image on the laptop to be resizable. I know there's lots of devices that will do this, but I can't figure out which cheaper one will do what I want and do it well. It could be a USB or PCI-E device. Any suggestions?
daamac 06/11/14 11:20am Technology Corner
RE: road to Big Bend NP?

I've pulled my fifth wheel on 385 to Big Bend many times. The road is good. Fuel up in Ft Stockton and Marathon. Diesel and gasoline are available near Panther Junction in BB, and gasoline at the Basin. There are only two places in BB that will accommodate your trailer: the NP campground at Rio Grande Village (no hookups of any sort, water is available, there is a dump) and at the concessionaire "campground" at Rio Grande Village - full hookups; the concessionaire campground is a large parking lot, but not too awful. It will be HOT at Rio Grande Village, not so bad in the Basin - which has no places that can accommodate your trailer. Vehicle break ins are fairly common in lightly visited areas, read the BB daily report and warnings. In the campgrounds and higher use areas your vehicle will probably be OK. Your main safety concern will be keeping hydrated.
daamac 06/11/14 07:36am Roads and Routes
RE: Shower temp adjustment gets too hot

We sometimes have to be quite frugal with water use, so I hate to do anything to use unnecessary water. If this issue is caused by hot water being pushed from the hot supply at the shower valve into the cold water supply, would a check valve on the cold water supply line at the shower valve solve this?
daamac 06/05/14 06:15pm Tech Issues
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