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RE: Hot Water Heater

I guess if you leave it on all the time, it really is a "hot water heater".
tenbear 08/20/14 01:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hot Water Heater

From a Physicist's point of view, the amount of heat that must be replaced, if you ignore the hot water that is removed from the tank, is dependent on the difference in temperature of the water and the temperature of the surrounding air. If the heater is left on, the heat loss over time stays pretty well constant. If the heater is turned off when not in use, the water cools and the heat loss is less. So, the amount of propane used to replace the heat loss is less when the water is allowed to cool for a period of time, even counting the propane necessary to reheat the cooler water.
tenbear 08/20/14 12:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Stick-On LED Lights

DW bought some for the house. They worked well but the battery life seemed to be short. I couldn't find a way to replace the battery. Maybe the newer ones are better.
tenbear 08/20/14 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Hot Water Heater

We don't keep ours on for economic reasons. AFAIK there is no danger in leaving it on full time. If you want hot water at any time, leave it on. Otherwise, why not save the propane.
tenbear 08/20/14 08:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Slideshow software

I have used Irfan View to make a slide show. It is free software. If you don't mind advancing to the next picture manually, put the photos you want to show in the same folder and number them so they are in the correct order. I connect my laptop to the TV with an HDMI cable.
tenbear 08/20/14 06:05am Technology Corner
RE: One trip, 6 weeks, many issues...

You have been lucky for 10 years. Quality Control is non-existent in RV manufacturing. Manufacturers depend on the dealer to catch problems but the dealer doesn't want to spend the time doing the quality control the manufacturer didn't do. JMHO
tenbear 08/20/14 05:46am General RVing Issues
RE: why a class c over a class a ?

When I was looking to buy a MH I looked at Class As and Cs. I found that As in my price range rode much poorer than an equally priced Class C. That's what steered me to my Class C. Of course, that was some time ago.
tenbear 08/20/14 05:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is Camping World selling personal data ?

IMHO almost everyone collects and sells our personal data. Its the way of life now days. Unless I recognize the phone number I let the call go to the answering machine, then decide if I want to take the call. We get more junk calls than useful calls.
tenbear 08/20/14 05:24am Good Sam Club

Do the other 12v things work, lights etc?
tenbear 08/19/14 05:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Window "Shade" Maintenance

Take a look at the strings to see if the strings are starting to fray. It is much easier to restring the Day-Night shades if you catch them before the string breaks.
tenbear 08/18/14 08:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Magnatek 6345 upgrade if i dont charge in storage?

Another option would be the PD9260. It will fit in the same slot as the Magnetek and use the old fuse panel. It is capable of supplying 60A but your single battery probably won't accept that much current even at 14.4v. Of course, the battery won't see the full 14.4v due to the resistance of the wire between the converter and the battery. You may be able to find the PD9260 about the same price as the 9245. Edit: Here is a link to instructions for replacing the Magnetek with the PD9260. Clicky
tenbear 08/18/14 02:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Magnatek 6345 upgrade if i dont charge in storage?

Thanks for the replies. How quickly will a PD9245 charge the battery compared to the 6345? Does the fuse panel need to be changed with the PD9245? It doesn't appear that it is included in the purchase. The PD9245 will charge the battery much faster than the Magnetek. The Magnetek sits at 13.8v and depending on your battery it will only accept 5-6 Amps, more or less. The PD charges in the bulk stage at 14.4v and the battery will accept much more, again depending on your battery. After 4 hours, or less, the charger switches to 13.8v and then later to 13.2v. It does not include a fuse panel, and I believe it is not the same size as the Magnetek. You can mount it where you like, leave the Magnetek where it is, as a backup, and turn off the power to the Magnetek. The existing fuse panel will work just fine. PD also makes a converter to replace the Magnetek. It is the 4600 series. That comes with a fuse panel. You probably won't find them as low priced as the 9200 series. You may want to increase the size of the wire from the converter to the battery to improve the performance. I replaced the existing #8 wire with #4.
tenbear 08/18/14 12:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hinge of flip-up TV door

If you have a Class C and don't use the cabover as a sleeping area, you might want to consider something like this. I have used this for several years and it has worked very well. The viewing angle is much better than in the old cabinet. We use the old cabinet for storage.
tenbear 08/18/14 07:07am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Magnatek 6345 upgrade if i dont charge in storage?

You can buy a modern converter for a lot less than $200. Here is one from Amazon. You can just check your battery's water level often instead and add distilled water as needed. Start out checking it weekly until you find out how often it needs water.
tenbear 08/18/14 06:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Smelly water after 3 days

When you sanitize, sanitize your whole fresh water system, not just your fresh water tank. Hoses, water heater, etc.
tenbear 08/18/14 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Starting RVing with a PUP behind a minivan - thoughts?

This is a very personal decision. What works for you may not work for someone else. When we first started RVing we went to Alaska, from Vermont, for 3 months in a small TT. Friends said we would come back wanting to get divorced and never RV again. We had a great time and in a few years switched to a larger TT then to our present class C. If you think it will work for you, go for it. Edit: Depending on the type of campgrounds you use there may be a concern about bears. :h
tenbear 08/18/14 06:24am Beginning RVing
RE: Ceiling light fixture, 3 way switch

I did a quick search for "dpdt rocker microswitch" on eBay. Found many but all black. Best prices were from Hong Kong.
tenbear 08/05/14 06:27am Tech Issues
RE: Holding Tank Usage

I fill the tank to about 2/3 full and dump, but if I haven't flushed the tank with my Tornado for a while, I just dump then flush it clean. That said, our previous trip was dry camping and I didn't dump until the first stop on the next trip, about 2-3 weeks later. Worked out fine.
tenbear 08/05/14 06:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie introduction.

Here is a link to the post with info about the picture posting that Lovedays mentioned.
tenbear 08/05/14 05:57am Beginning RVing
RE: Routine fresh water tank maintenance

If you are on city water you are getting chlorinated water in your tank every time you fill it. I live in the boonies with a well and I sanitize the tank every spring after the snow goes. I also sanitize the hoses I use. I drink water from campgrounds and refill the tank as necessary at campgrounds. I have been drinking the water from the tank and campgrounds and it has never bothered me. My wife is a retired nurse and she doesn't like water, but she makes lemonade and drinks it.
tenbear 08/05/14 05:46am Class C Motorhomes
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