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RE: How do we get started?

Lots of good info here. Here is a vote for towing a car with a motorhome. Be aware that not all cars can simply be towed. Some can be towed 4 wheels down, some others can only be towed on a dolly while others can only be towed on a trailer. Before you choose this option, make sure you have the right car. Also, you would be surprised how quickly a small RV becomes too small, especially with kids.
tenbear 12/05/16 02:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Wet Awming

Just started enjoying my Dometic awning after replacing the fabric. But noticed it is wet almost every time I open it. Not sure how it gets so wet inside as I try to roll it up only when it is dry. How do other folks keep it dry or is it just the nature of it. Are you saying your awning gets wet when you roll it up dry, and it doesn't rain, then when you open it, it is wet? Or, if it rains while it is rolled up, it is wet inside? Mine gets wet inside when it rains, not if it doesn't rain.
tenbear 12/05/16 02:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Short Term Storage

I had mice in my MH stored here at home. They even made a nest out of fiberglass they took from the oven insulation. I crawled around under the MH and closed all the holes in the floor that I could find. I also made a little cover to block the power cord entrance since the MH is plugged in while in storage. Since I did that, several years ago I have not had any mice. I keep a loaded trap in it with fresh bait, but haven't caught anything and haven't seen any sign of mice.
tenbear 12/04/16 03:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: electrical

Your 2008 Dutchman Probably has a Magnetek-Parallax single stage converter. They are known for being poor. If you do find it is bad, you would be wise to replace it with a modern Progressive Dynamics, or similar, multi stage converter.
tenbear 11/29/16 07:50pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9260c 13.48 volt charge instead of 13.6?

You are probably replacing a single stage converter that probably only charged at a less than 10A rate. The wires were sized with that charge rate in mind. Your PD9260 is capable of charging at a much higher rate, especially at the high voltage of 14.4v in the boost mode. I did the same replacement and I replaced the #8 wire with #4. I know you can't replace the old wire but could you run a larger wire in parallel with the old wire?
tenbear 11/27/16 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9260c 13.48 volt charge instead of 13.6?

All wires have some resistance. The voltage measured at the battery will be the converter voltage less the voltage drop in the wiring between the converter and the battery. This voltage drop depends on the current flowing in the wire. Ohms law can tell you what the voltage drop is. Ohms law --- voltage = current x resistance. So a current of 10 amps flowing in a wire with a resistance of 0.1 ohm will have a voltage drop of 1 volt.
tenbear 11/27/16 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Dumping Waste in Septics

When I started RVing, the salesman sold me some chemicals for the black tank. It didn't take me long to figure out why he recommended them. ($$$) I stopped using chemicals and have had no problems since. I do have a Tornado tank rinser.
tenbear 11/27/16 03:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Exercising generator

I use an electric heater as a load too, but if your DW has something she wants to cook in the microwave, that makes a good load too. Unfortunately, most things don't require enough cooking time to make a good load.
tenbear 11/25/16 04:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Suburu NOT towable!

AFAIK, only the manual transmission Subaru has ever been towable. I have towed my 2010 manual transmission Subaru, 4 wheels down ever since it was new. I believe this year is the first year that the manual transmission Subaru has not been towable. There have been several posts about this and many posters feel this is a CYA thing.
tenbear 11/20/16 12:32pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Do mattress toppers make that much of a difference.

We have the same mattress that came when we bought the new RV some 12 years ago. We use a foam topper and have replaced it every few years. I trim it to the same size as the mattress and it doesn't seem to move around at all.
tenbear 11/20/16 11:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Staying in Shape to RV Longer

My way of staying in shape to keep on RVing is to RV all summer and ski all winter. I figure that if I stay in shape for skiing, I'll be in good shape for RVing.
tenbear 11/18/16 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dell laptop won't turn on

It has to be unplugged to turn on. Once it is turned on it an be plugged in and runs fine, either plugged in or unplugged.If the battery goes dead you would never be able to turn it on. Something is wrong with your computer. It does get charged when it is turned off, but you have a point. If the battery was dead I guess I would have to buy a new battery before I could use the computer. Maybe there is something in it that allows it to be turn on if the battery is below a certain level. Hope I don't have to find out.
tenbear 11/17/16 03:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Dell laptop won't turn on

My wife's Dell will not turn on if it is plugged in. It must be unplugged to turn on. It was designed this way.I have never ever ever seen a Dell that MUST be unplugged. These are primarily business machines and expected to run all day either plugged in from a wall wort or through a docking station. I'm typing on my 6th Dell in 12 years and all can run on Batt or in charge mode It has to be unplugged to turn on. Once it is turned on it an be plugged in and runs fine, either plugged in or unplugged. My guess is that they designed it this way so it will use the battery instead of always having it on charge. Could make the battery last longer???
tenbear 11/17/16 12:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Dell laptop won't turn on

My wife's Dell will not turn on if it is plugged in. It must be unplugged to turn on. It was designed this way.
tenbear 11/16/16 07:42pm Technology Corner
RE: How do you guys stabilize your RV's in the campground?

Like many others we don't feel the need to stabilize the R.V. Leveling is all we do at a campsite. Probably helps that we have no dogs or kids.
tenbear 11/16/16 07:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small inverter or 12 volt tv?

I wired my TV that had a 12v power brick to the MH 12v line for some lights. It works fine. I would do the same with your 14v TV. It draws very little current so you could tap in almost anywhere that the 12v voltage stays on. The only question is how low is the voltage that the TV would stop working. The voltage should stay above 12.0v and if plugged in it will be 13.2v or more.
tenbear 11/13/16 08:51am Technology Corner
RE: Drawer Fix

Glad to hear your drawer modification has solved the problem. It is amazing what some manufacturers will do to cut costs, or maybe some employee just couldn't be bothered to do it right.
tenbear 11/13/16 08:32am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 32" TV Mount

I'm looking at tackling a TV conversion after Christmas. I have an old style TV mounted in a cubby and want to replace it with a flat screen and sound bar. I'm looking at several options on how to secure the TV in the old 30"x30" opening. The cubby is made from really thin plywood. There is really no reason to install a modern TV in the same location as your old TV. I installed my new TV in a different location where it was better to view, and use the old location for storage.
tenbear 11/04/16 09:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Didn't want to hIjack.

I don't know if this is true for all cars, but my RV, Chevy, and my pickup, Ford, have the filler on the driver's side. My Subaru has the filler on the passenger side. So in my case, vehicles built (designed) where cars are driven on the right have the filler on the left, where the driver sits. Cars from places where cars are driven on the left have the filler on the right, where the driver sits. I know there are exceptions to this rule though.
tenbear 10/31/16 06:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Storing Batteries in Winter

My MH is parked in my driveway and I have it plugged in all winter. I have a Battery Minder on the coach battery and a trickle charger on the chassis battery. I have never had a battery problem. Knock on wood.
tenbear 10/29/16 04:58am Class C Motorhomes
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