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RE: Streets and Trip help

This must be a pretty common problem. I would try to contact Microsoft customer support.
tenbear 03/02/15 05:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Snow on roof

Here in the east the TV has been full of news about roofs collapsing under the weight of the historic snowfall in the Boston area. Lots of photos of streets that have be reduced to one lane due to all the snow. But I have not seen any mention of damage to RVs due to the snow. I have to think that most RVs in the area are left uncovered. I was somewhat surprised not to see crushed RVs in the news, hence the post. Here in the north we have had our usual snow fall but we have not had our usual thaws. My MH has about 18" of settled snow on the roof. BTW, I have not cleared the snow off the roof in 15 years of RVing.
tenbear 03/01/15 11:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Snow on roof

I was just thinking about going out and turning the heat on in the TT to help melt the snow off the roof before more comes in, but I can't remember if the flue goes out the roof, or side. If out the top, then I am better off plugging in an oil filled electric heater,correct? I am concerned about the flue being covered on the roof. I would try and clean off with a broom or roof rake, but don't want to take a chance breaking anything plastic that is up there, such as vents, etc. Any RV I know of, the flue comes out the side, right where the heater is.
tenbear 03/01/15 05:56am General RVing Issues
Snow on roof

Over the years, there have been many posts about should I, or shouldn't I, shovel the snow off my RV roof? With all the snow that has fallen in the Boston area, is there a big problem with roofs collapsing? Have the RV dealers shoveled the snow off the roofs of the RVs in their lots? Just curious. :h
tenbear 02/27/15 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Strict schedule or flexible travel out west

After years of RVing, including 3 trips to the west coast from Vermont, we have rarely reserved sites in advanced. The exceptions are holiday weekends and campgrounds where we wanted to stay for a specific event. Even then, a few days ahead of time works well. We have only had to go to a second choice campground a couple of times. We usually start looking for a CG about 3:00PM and stop before 4:00PM. There is usually plenty of space.
tenbear 02/26/15 08:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wire Size to Connect 2 12V Batteries?

Like others have said, I rewired my battery to converter, replacing the #8 wire with #4. I did this mainly to reduce the voltage drop in the 20' or so of wire when I changed to a smart converter.
tenbear 02/24/15 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: 1999 Coachman Leprechaun Converter ??

As one bear to another, I originally (2005) had a Magnetek converter and it had its own circuit breaker in the Magnetek power panel. Maybe in '99 they chose to have a switch on the converter instead of having it's own dedicated circuit breaker. Just a guess. BTW, I now have a Progressive Dynamics converter.
tenbear 02/22/15 11:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newby to dinghy towing

On the positive side, you won't have to use the MH for sightseeing, only for getting from campground to campground. We usually avoid cities and when we can't, we take the route around them. Even when we didn't have a choice, my wife drove thru Denver and did just fine. What does your wife think?
tenbear 02/22/15 10:07am Dinghy Towing
RE: 1999 Coachman Leprechaun Converter ??

I'm not sure I can help but since no one else has answered, I'll try. First, do you have the converter and inverter correctly identified? An inverter takes 12 vdc and outputs 120 vac to run 120 v items when not connected to the grid. The converter takes 120 vac and outputs 12-15 vdc to charge the batteries and run the 12v things in the RV. Inverters usually have a switch, converters usually don't. That vintage Magnetek converter probably outputs 13.8v. If you have the converter correctly identified, and there is nothing wrong with it, it will charge the battery. You might want to measure the output voltage. The Magnetek converter is not a good converter by todays standards. You may want to update to a modern converter. You will get faster charging and longer battery life.
tenbear 02/22/15 09:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fastline me on RV LED's

No one can tell you what the best LED light is for you. What I like you might hate. Knowing more about you might help. AFAIK, everyone who replied to your question was trying to help you. It would improve your chances of getting what you want by learning a little about LED lights. LED lights are not standardized like incandescent lights. Every seller has their own variation and that probably changes over time so the lights I bought 2 years ago may not be the same as todays LED lights from the same seller. I wish you luck.
tenbear 02/20/15 03:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Car that can be towed 4 down without too many modifications

Another vote for the manual transmission Subaru.
tenbear 02/20/15 03:46pm Dinghy Towing
RE: plastic v. porcelain toilets

I have had plastic toilets for many years with no problems, other than having to clean the seal a few years ago. Not related to plastic vs porcelain at all.
tenbear 02/20/15 03:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Towing with class c Jayco

I second the Subaru. I have towed 2 of then over a period of 12 years with no problems. They are also my daily driver.
tenbear 02/20/15 03:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Temps

-15 here this AM.
tenbear 02/20/15 06:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Fastline me on RV LED's

The rig I got seems to burn out bulbs often. What you stated above is the obvious solution which I already did last year. That box of bulbs has burned out. In that case you should really get a meter and see what voltage your converter is putting out. If your converter is putting out voltage that is too high or too low, it will burn bulbs out quickly, and LEDs won't last long in that environment either. If you went through a whole box it doesn't sound like the bulbs are the problem. Is this all fixtures or just one or a few? Sorry I misunderstood your post. Most folks, myself included, switch to LEDs for the low power consumption when boondocking. In all the years before switching to LEDs I never had one bulb burn out, much less a whole box of them, so there is something else going on. I agree. You might want to look at LED lamps that have a regulator in them. These are usually identified as working over a wide range of voltages, such as 12 to 30 volts. Of course the real solution is to find and fix the cause of the bulbs burning out.
tenbear 02/19/15 07:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Fastline me on RV LED's

I note that some are using SMD as the type of LED. SMD stands for Surface Mount Diode, it describes the type of package that the individual LED uses. A more meaningful description is the number, such as 5050, 1210, 3528 etc. 24 5050 would indicate there are 24 LEDs of the 5050 type.
tenbear 02/19/15 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Temps

Its here in Northern Vermont, all the way up to +4. Anyway, it feels warm compared to the last few weeks. Forecast to be up to about freezing (our normal high) on Sunday, a real heat wave.
tenbear 02/19/15 02:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: what are the most common things that break?

A wire pulled out of a GFI. A screw came loose on the screen door. A 12v wire to my inverter broke at the terminal connection to the inverter. The solenoid that connects the chassis battery to the house battery when driving died. A circuit breaker in the wire from the converter to the battery died. A screw holding the exhaust pipe came out. Fortunately the other screw stopped it from falling to the road.
tenbear 02/18/15 11:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Fastline me on RV LED's

I have replaced all my internal light bulbs with LEDs from eBay. There can be big differences between sellers. I recommend buying 1 or 2 and trying them before buying a lot. 13 5050 LEDs will not give you very much light. You need at least 18 to be in the range equivalent to a 1141 incandescent. 24 will be brighter, and there will be variations from vender to vender. Color seems to be even more variable, some sellers must be color blind. The only way to get what you want on eBay is to buy one or two to test before buying more. Edit: just looked up the 1076 bulb, you will need at least 24 5050s to be in the same ball park.
tenbear 02/18/15 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Changing analog TV to digital flatscreen

There is nothing that requires you to mount the new lighter and thinner TV where the old big and heavy TV was. I have a Class C and I decided to mount the new LED TV on the wall between the cab and the coach. That is a much more substantial wall than the other walls. So now the old cabinet is some nice storage space and the TV is in a better place for viewing.
tenbear 02/17/15 05:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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