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RE: Stinky fresh water

Some RVs have the bathroom sink plumbed into the black tank. Normally this does not cause a problem as long as the P trap is kept full of water. If the P trap gets dry, it could be the source of a bad smell. I believe the OP is talking about the water having an odor, not the drain. Sometimes its hard to tell the difference.
tenbear 01/31/15 07:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Stinky fresh water

Some RVs have the bathroom sink plumbed into the black tank. Normally this does not cause a problem as long as the P trap is kept full of water. If the P trap gets dry, it could be the source of a bad smell.
tenbear 01/31/15 06:53pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Storage Options

I store mine at home. There is no home owner's assn to tell me that I can't. It has been perfectly safe for years. I live in the country.
tenbear 01/31/15 06:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: Window size Four Winds Majestic 28ft & tow hitch nose weight

My 28' Four Winds has a large rear window but it does not open. I don't know about the Majestic.
tenbear 01/31/15 06:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opening and Closing Manual Awning

Dennis and Drew described exactly what I have to do to open my awning. Once you get it open, tighten the locking knobs. To close it, loosen the locking knobs, move the locking clips out of the track, hook the rod into the fabric loop and get a firm grip on the awning to hold it down, then push the little lever up. It will roll itself up as you allow it to. Good luck!
tenbear 01/31/15 01:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Big LED System

As Pianotuna said - "wow" Hope this helps bring the price of LEDs down.
tenbear 01/31/15 10:12am Tech Issues
RE: I want to install a 12V digital volt meter

I don't think an analog voltmeter is what you want for battery monitoring. You are really looking for voltage changes in the 12.0 to 14v range. A tenth of a volt is important. That may be hard to see on an analog meter. I know some people use them but IMHO, a digital meter is better for this task.
tenbear 01/31/15 09:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I want to install a 12V digital volt meter

Apparently Radio Shack does not sell this type of digital display. I am not a big fan of buying things on line because if it has to be sent back then the advantage is gone. Plus many times the shipping to my home is more than cost of the item then if it has to be returned that makes the cost more than driving to a local store and pick up an item.... You can buy a digital voltmeter on eBay for under $5. I have had good luck doing this, but if it is not as you expected I have been able to get a new one without returning the old one. Just buy from sellers with good ratings and don't rate the seller until you are satisfied. At that price you can just throw it away if all else fails.
tenbear 01/31/15 08:59am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dollar store Awesome

Like others, I use it all the time too. Have never had a problem with it.
tenbear 01/29/15 07:42am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Missing coach battery

My genny is connected to the coach battery. I prefer that because the genny recharges the coach battery once it starts. Mine does not recharge the chassis battery.
tenbear 01/28/15 05:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I want to install a 12V digital volt meter

Momentary switch is what I would do as well. Then you have draw only when you want to check the voltage and minimize your parasitic draw. Alternatively, a battery disconnect switch may not be a bad idea for when in storage or between trips. I originally had a momentary switch on my voltmeter but I replaced it. I didn't like holding the switch on when I wanted to watch the meter. The parasitic drain of the meter is very low. If you don't want to watch the meter, just turn it off. I don't need to monitor it more than 2 times a day so why look at it? Whatever fits your needs.
tenbear 01/27/15 03:53pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I want to install a 12V digital volt meter

Momentary switch is what I would do as well. Then you have draw only when you want to check the voltage and minimize your parasitic draw. Alternatively, a battery disconnect switch may not be a bad idea for when in storage or between trips. I originally had a momentary switch on my voltmeter but I replaced it. I didn't like holding the switch on when I wanted to watch the meter. The parasitic drain of the meter is very low. If you don't want to watch the meter, just turn it off.
tenbear 01/27/15 05:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I want to install a 12V digital volt meter

When I installed a voltmeter I used a SPDT switch to switch the meter to read either the battery voltage or the converter voltage. The switch has a center off position. For the converter voltage I chose to tap into the wire to the propane detector. It draws a constant low current and is on a fuse with nothing else. For the battery voltage I went directly to the battery. There is definitely a difference between the two, especially when the converter is in boost mode and the battery is low.
tenbear 01/26/15 08:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Blackwoods or Seawall Campgrounds- Acadia NP

When we were a Blackwoods a few years ago our neighbors were running their gennys regularly. As long as you have a fairly quiet genny and run it at reasonable times you should have no problems.
tenbear 01/26/15 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 100 Volt Refridgerator

Years ago when I had a TT I tried running my refrig using an inverter while traveling. I found the battery would only last about 4 hours or less before the inverter would shut off. The 12v wiring between the TV and the TT was just too small to keep the TT battery charged with the refrig running. I don't know if the 5th wheel wiring is any better, but I would be cautious.
tenbear 01/25/15 06:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Bike rack on back bumper

I have carried 2 bikes on my rack on the bumper for several years with no problem. Are all bumpers alike? I have no idea.
tenbear 01/25/15 06:31pm Beginning RVing
RE: Question on accessory outlet for inverter

If the inverter is wired directly to the battery with no connector in the circuit you will be limited only by the wire size and any terminals used to make the connection. You should be able to run the full 400 watts, about 40 Amps. Pianotuna is absolutely right. Keep the wire between the battery and the inverter as short as possible. 10' of two #8 wires will cause a 0.5v drop. 5' would only have a 0.25v drop.
tenbear 01/25/15 06:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Take up skiing or snow mobileing, you will love winter. :B
tenbear 01/25/15 12:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Blackwoods or Seawall Campgrounds- Acadia NP

I have stayed at both but I'm not sure which was which. One, I think Seawall, was more open than the other which had well defined sites in the forest of tall trees, mostly Spruce?? Both were excellent. Seawall, I think, has some sites that are not reserved so you can just show up and if a site is free its yours. The other is 100% reserved.
tenbear 01/25/15 12:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: The 921 LED bulb

All I can find is 42 SMD I would say that 42 SMD means there are 42 LEDs. SMD stands for Surface Mount Diode, the type of package for the LED. If the LED light is substantially less hot than the 921 light I wouldn't be concerned. LEDs usually use about 1/7th of the power that an incandescent light does. Therefore, it produces about 1/7th of the heat for the same light.
tenbear 01/25/15 11:49am Tech Issues
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