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RE: Antenna

I Have looked at the Rayzar's and .. Not impressed. Not much in the RV-TV antenna department beats the Sensar IV, or a Sensar II or III with wingman added.. Abut the only thing is one of those with the addition of a Sensar Pro power supply, switch, pre-amp inside the RV, And now you know HOw I watch TV Sensar II or III + Wingman and Sensar Pro.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 04:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blown Engine, 8.1l

Yes, this puppy blew in 2014 (End of July) Picking the mechinic was a bit easier.. With one exception they all had excuses.. There is only one shop that has a hoist big enough near me and another 60 miles distant,, that one said "We won't install a used engine" the one near me said "We have no way to lower/raise the engine" and of course echoed the other shop as well THe shop I'm parked at we bult our own riser out of lumber (Worked very well) used a common engine hoist to do the heavy lifting and of course there were only TWO problems.. Just two: First: when we fired it up (First start was a bit hard but.. HEY, not unexpected) there was a "Clang" turns out a bolt needed to be re-seated (Torque converter) Got that fixed and by the 3rd start vlave clatter gone. Second.. When we got it ALL assembled. after several first rate normal starts,, NO joy.. Computer told us what was wrong (Bad connection on a sensor) we unplugged and replugged (no wrences needed) and I'm not sure the starter fully engaged before the engine was running (ok, I am sure it did but you get the point). It was the one sensor that we used off the replacement engine.. Instead of re-using the original 2005 sensor.. ODDS are either would work but they are electrically identical, functionally identical, physically a slight difference. I posted a BIG THANK YOU to whomever suggested I contact my insurance. Problem WAS caused by a road defect (Pot hole) and insurance is paying for it. Oh, Engine runs so well (After a fairly long storage period) Mechanic deciced he wanted a new pick up to pull his new 2-car car hauling trailer.. Same engine and transmission Vortec 8.1 with an Allison 5 speed. He figures if it hauls this house up and down mountains it will haul 2 cars and trailer on GA flatlands.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 04:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help needed with toilet water connection

Yes. Most RV plumbing is standard 1/2 Inch IPT thread, You can get elbows at Lowes, Sears, Joe's plumbing, Ace Hardware, They all fit. You can also get very flexible hose (Has a braided steel jacket) and do the loop-de-loop with it. Same source list. NOTE: Joe's plumbing is Generic name for any plumbing or hardware palce.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Crooked dealer headed for jail

I see a lot of BLAME THE VICTIM posts in this thread and I'd like to comment on that. You have something to buy or sell you go to a dealer.. now if you are selling the dealer accepts "Consignment" type sales (NOTE.. As a Seller you generally do better with Consignment since YOU still own the RIG so YOU take the risk it won't sell, where as if you do a "Buy and sell" type dealer not only does he take the risk of it not selling.. He has to pay property tax as well.) The dealer is, in theory, both licensed, audited and inspected, by the state so you have the word of the State licensing authority he is honest. (But then I worked for the State police so I know people don't always follow the law). A smooth talking "used RV salesman" can .. Well.. I've seen smoe real smooth ones in my day.. Only one ever got me only about 50 bucks worth,,, but many have tried.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Over The Ear Headphones I seek The Impossible?

www.heilsound.com www.boise.com I have a pair of Boise Noise Cancelling headphones. they can be adapted to the computer, audio gear (Mini disc player/MP3 Player) or most Cell Phones I do not have Heil but .. Well Dr. Robert Heil is a member of the Rock and Roll hall of fame due to his audio designs... I know a lot of folks use his communications headsets.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:33am Technology Corner
RE: New APP and Dongle

I have one.. When we got the new engine in my motor home it fired up. a bit hard (not unexpected) the first time but just fine the 2nd and purred like a kitten by the third, and 4th, and fith,, But when we got it all back together and went to move it back to the gound.... NOTHING So i grabed my tablet and read the code.. .It directed us to one specific sensor, easily reached.. Pulled the electrical plug and re-connected a couple times (Cleaning the contacts) and turned the key.. I'm not sure the starter fully engaged before VAROOM. I mean it did not comnplete one full revolution (once that sensor was re-connected) Great product. NOTE: I have 3 of the OBD-II adapters.. only one works. First one I ordered did not work at all. 2nd was a warranty replacement also did not work, So I ordered a different model.. Great.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:31am Technology Corner
RE: Connect fuse directly to battery terminal?

The short answer is YES.. But the longer answer is you may not want to First.. The fuse is not designed for physical loads.. Only electrical loads. a proper fuse holder puts no PHYSICAL stress on the fuse. Thus the fuse may last longer Second the metal on the fuse terminal is likely DIFFERENT from the battery terminal Two different metals, Current plus acidic "Water" is ... A bad mix But you can likely do it and it will work.. May need more maintenance however.,
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:26am Tech Issues
RE: Any reason not to drill holes to ventilate inverter?

I both drilled and added fans.. HOWEVER I worry about dirt and insects.. SO... Read on. ONe hole is 4" with fan (Exhaust) it blows into the "Gap" between two basement compartments.. Well before I inserted the screws I shoved an automotive air filter , a round one,, the same "Height" as the gap was wide.. The screws keep it from falling out and exposing any part of the hole and it's proof against stuff I don't want in there. The other hole is behind the Inverter.. On this one I put 4 Long bolts just outside the hole circle. a 2nd air filter fits over the bolts and nuts, and a piece of plywood thegoes on and is nutted down. Imagine if you will an "Air Filter Sandwich" with the compartment wall being one slice of bread, the plywood the other and the filter the "Filling". No dirt, no bugs, no problems.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: Just upgraded to 6 volt

Question; should I do any maintenance on those bad boys? ON a regular basis (monthly at least) Inspect to determine the fluid level in the cells,, If it is getting down near the top of the plates top off with DISTILLED WATER to a level 1/8 to 1/4 inch BELOW the bottom of the filler tubes.. Clean as needed (Visual inspecgtion here) To clean.. First make sure battery is "Capped" (no open cells) then make a paste of baking soda and water.. A nylon detail brush or tooth is used to apply paste to terminals (after disconnect) note there may be some "Fizzing" also spread around a bit.. When you are done dilute rest of paste and pour over batteries but protect cells.. Hose with tap water till all the paste residue is gone.. Apply terminal treatments and re-connect.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: Good news about our youngest son

I have a friend who had that problem following an accident. Only it did not manifest right away and she has since recovered.. But there is more to the story. She was off work for years, invoked Family medical leave act to hold her position so she could return to work.. Well about 2 weeks later her doctor informs her of a new problem.. Cancer,, She needs another 1-2 weeks of intense treatment and then back to work cured... Boss said NO I got her her two weeks with pay and benefits (Cost me a bit but was worth it) Ticked off management big time (And they do not even know I did it) Made a friend. I'd say that one worked out well.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:10am Around the Campfire
A big, and I mean BIG THANK YOU to someone.

NATIONWIDE INSURANCE notified me last Wed... CLAIM APPROVED!!!! (less the deductible of course). Folks.. that is over 7,000 dollars worth of THANK YOU for excellent advice.. I'd never have filed if it had not been for you. THANKS.
wa8yxm 04/30/17 10:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Ac emergency

I agree with the mobile tec I had ducted Carrier Air V's.. No longer made.. I now have two different makes.. We replaced JUST the rooftop unit (Mechanical parts) on one and both the roof and ceiling gred on the other.. The one still uses the original Carrier contgrols (The newest one has "Local" controls) IN many cases the ducting uints are common make to make and you can replace. IN some cases you can "Adapt" a roof top unit to the existing lower/control unit as well.. That's how we did my bedroom.
wa8yxm 04/29/17 04:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Need New House Batteries - HELP!

First. With a decent converter and solar charge controller those Interstates shoudl last a lot longer 7-10 years is typical I would stick with the six volt types.. Reasons follow, Sam's or Costco as the supplier (Lowest cost) or Trojan (Highest quality but expensive) Explanation: The six volt GC-2 is a very common battery, in fact I suspect the MOST common lead acid battery as Golf Clubs across the country buy 'em by the pallet load. This makes the PER UNIT cost lower than other types They do, However, need a drink from time to time DISTILLED WATER ONLY Keep plates wet and keep it 1/8 to 1/4 inch below the bottom of the filler tube Keep them charged when not in use You can get 12 volt batteries that have the same capacity as a pair of GC-2 but.. Well twice the size and weight So you buy two GC-2 you get 220 amp hours at 12 volts (Give or take a bit) You buy a 4-D you get 220 amp hours at 12 volt (giver or take the same bit) and a Herina from lifting it (not really but it should be funny)
wa8yxm 04/29/17 04:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas check valve for Genset

Well I guess I'd better explain then why adding a check valve won't help. There are two check valves in the line already, Fuel pump inlet and outlet, if they are not working then the fuel pump can not pump fuel and it will NEVER start Adding a 3rd,, Thus won't help. (The reason I did not explain this before is I had a much longer and far more techinical explanation of what the problem is in mind.. (The Carbrator fuel evaporates, lenthy explanation of why) but re-reading the fact above hit me much simpler.
wa8yxm 04/29/17 03:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used generator first time

Generally small generators the "Safety Ground" is N/C (Not connected) this will cause 3-light testers and surge guards to show a ground fault or reverse polarity or both.. IT is not, however indicateive of an issue The reason the Safety ground is NOT connected is.. No reason for it if the A/C System has no ground (Mains are grounded) .. Many bond the neutral to ground at the generator.. Multiple ways to do that. I won't make suggestions however.
wa8yxm 04/29/17 03:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: WiFi

Most campground systems are overloaded and can not support multiple video streams so please do not add to the problem by streaming video.. Use your sat dish. That's what you pay for anyway.
wa8yxm 04/29/17 06:35am Technology Corner
RE: Water heater 110v light not on

I will try this again. My Atwood has two (well 3 really) red lights or had. one i s now blue Red switch light for Gas Red (now blue) for electric also inside the switch and a round "Fault" light nearby When the bulb in the switch burned out I got an LED indicator and wired it across the SWITCHED (gets the red lead) and GROUND) balck) on the switch So now I get a GREEN indicator (in addition to the blue light in the new switch) Replaced the switch when it broke. NOTE..... On my system the switch is part of a much larger assembly.. I re-engineered so as to replace JUST the switch. Lights and switch are all 12 volt automotive types.,
wa8yxm 04/29/17 06:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: quadrajet replacement

If you are in S.E. GA.. I know a good mechanic.. But I agree with rebuilding I've done many rebuilds of a dual-jet carb.. Never a quad, but the job is the same just bigger. Finally had to replace my 2 BBL as.. Turns out the casting was bad.
wa8yxm 04/28/17 06:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas check valve for Genset

Check valve won't help.. I can explain why but.. Well, take my word for it wont' help Two suggestions: First RTFM.. THe manual for my ONAN says to press and hold the STOP button till the light comes on solid... Now if you do this inside you won't notice anything but the light.. But if you do it outside you will hear the fuel pump clicking when the light is on.. Hold it a few seconds longer. Then press START I find this helps. but still. Try this Press Start.. Let it turn over just once or twice (Cranking not running) NOw release,, count to 10 and press again (longer if you don't do the stop bit first) Mine genrally fires on the 2nd press...... IF it's been a full month, may take a 3rd press.
wa8yxm 04/28/17 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to stop Froover ads???

I am going to tell you a short story: The joke: For a safe internet experience use digital condoms. I run with some first rate software on this low end computer.. Anti-Virus/malware, Firewalls and the like.. The result is a lot of this "Stuff" like ad-ware.. never makes it on board. My daughter felt it slowed her computer down too much... As a result her computer "Caught cold" Took her "Expert" husband over 2 hours to recover one file.. Took me less than 20 minutes to fix it and restore full operation... Actually most of that time was twiddling my thumbs while the computer did the work.
wa8yxm 04/28/17 06:39am Technology Corner
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