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RE: Hello Friends !

My ten year old Thor 28A with the Chevy 6.0 L engine, about 30' long overall and towing a Subaru gets about 9 mpg. I think that's not bad.
tenbear 02/20/18 08:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can I replace 12v light switches with 110v house switches?

I just remembered that I installed several 110V switches in my RV for 12V lights, it was many years ago. The RV came without any wall switches for the lights, some of the lights were difficult to reach so I installed ordinary light switches for those lights and for the bathroom exhaust fan. I have not had any problems with the switches. All of my lights are now LED but the exhaust fan is the original.
tenbear 02/18/18 05:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Can I replace 12v light switches with 110v house switches?

You probably don't have to mount the household switch in a box, 12v is not as dangerous as 110v. I would cover the exposed connections with some electrical tape just in case something came in contact with the connection screws.
tenbear 02/18/18 02:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mice issues in RV underbelly

Sounds like you are on the right track. Once the outside is sealed you are home free. Hope everything goes well.
tenbear 02/13/18 06:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mice issues in RV underbelly

Just to clear up any question about the foam I mentioned, It is liquid foam sold in a spray can and it solidifies into a solid foam, not foam rubber. You probably knew this but just in case.....
tenbear 02/13/18 11:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Mice issues in RV underbelly

I didn't have much space between the two sides of the floor so I just filled the hole with foam. I might try to vacuum the space then seal the top and bottom. The droppings will eventually dry up. As long as you don't get a smell in the MH you should be ok. If there are no moving parts you could just fill the space with foam.
tenbear 02/13/18 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Mice issues in RV underbelly

I too had a mouse problem. None of the holes were as big as yours but I sealed them with foam. That was many years ago, maybe 7, and I haven't had a mouse since. No problem has since appeared with the wiring or plumbing. Hope you do as well.
tenbear 02/13/18 08:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Best multimeter

out of curiosity, what normal reading related to RV maintenance really requires a precise reading? ego, rocket science? or dueling meters, "My meter is bigger than yours?" I'm trying to find that 480 volt source in my TT and can't locate it. bumpy Well said! I have installed meters to tell me what the battery voltage and converter voltage is, and what the current from/to the battery is. Why do I need an expensive multimeter? If I drop it on the floor, which I haven't, there goes $5.
tenbear 02/11/18 06:13am Tech Issues
RE: Best multimeter

I have a Sears clamp-on AC DC ammeter and it works perfectly. It was not very expensive, but I have had it several years and it has probably gone up in price. It does tell you the direction of the DC current flow. I also have several $5 to $10 multimeters, all bought on eBay. All work just fine and are very close to each other in voltage measurement. I don't see any reason to spend a lot of $$ for meters for RV maintenance.
tenbear 02/10/18 06:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help with propane issue!

Propane, If everything is working correctly, is not bothered by cold temperatures. We heat our house with Propane and a wood stove. The propane worked fine at -22 deg a few weeks ago. This is not correct, is it? It is correct. We use the wood stove during the day and the propane at night. The temperature dropped to -22F during the night and the propane furnace worked without a hitch. BTW, another post said the household tanks are horizontal. Well, ours is vertical, like the usual 20 lb tank but bigger, about 5' high. It is a 100 gallon tank I believe.
tenbear 02/08/18 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help with propane issue!

Propane, If everything is working correctly, is not bothered by cold temperatures. We heat our house with Propane and a wood stove. The propane worked fine at -22 deg a few weeks ago.
tenbear 02/08/18 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Has the extreme cold weather affected you?

It's been a great year for skiing though!! Here in Northern Vermont, one day it got as cold as -22 deg. Didn't even go skiing.
tenbear 02/04/18 07:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 12v Converter question

I looked on EBay and found a couple of 12v to 18-19v inverters. However, an inverter to 120 vac as mentioned by rjniles, above, is a much more versatile solution. You don't need much power to run a TV.
tenbear 01/07/18 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: No DC

Good advice. Can't do much diagnosis without a multimeter, and the cost is right. A clamp-on ammeter is also useful, but much more expensive. If you do decide to get one, make sure it measures both AC and DC.
tenbear 12/29/17 07:52pm Tech Issues
RE: flat tow vehicles

Older Subarus, manual transmission, are a good car to tow but the last couple of years, Subaru has stated they are now not towable. I have towed a 2006 Subaru since it was new and still do. I don't know what I would choose to tow now.
tenbear 12/27/17 06:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Cool Mods - Thread restored 10/18/2012

Here is how I post my photos. Go to the "Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)" forum. Look at the second entry "Sticky: Good news for picture posting!". It contains instructions for posting photos. I store my photos on my hard drive.
tenbear 12/25/17 06:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Over cab storage

Here is a photo of my cab-over space with the fence around it. It is carpeted and nothing moves around in it. It's also not an eyesore, at least not to us. We could pull the curtain, on the right, closed to hide the contents, but we don't bother. The mattress is stored in our house until we sell the RV, someday. https://i.imgur.com/Jxo0jyCl.jpg
tenbear 12/24/17 07:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Over cab storage

We have always used the cab over space for storage. I made a low fence, about 2-3" high and it keeps things from falling off.
tenbear 12/23/17 03:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Atwood RV Furnace keeps tripping 10amp breaker

It seems the problem has been solved, but the first thing I would have done is measure the current drawn by the heater. Of course not everyone has a clamp-on ammeter but I find that is a very useful tool. If you are considering buying one, get an AC DC meter. Sears sells a good meter at a reasonable price.
tenbear 12/08/17 08:35am Tech Issues
RE: Batteries with single-stage charger

I replaced my OEM single stage charger with a good multi stage charger, not for the longer battery life but for the much faster charging. I also replaced the charger to battery wire with larger wire. Now, instead of charging at something less than 10A my single battery starts charging at around 40A. Helps a lot if you ever camp with no hookups. The battery I have has lasted a long time too, but I don't really know how long, many years.
tenbear 11/27/17 06:49am Tech Issues
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