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RE: Alaska's Brown family

When Watching Reality TV.. Remember one thing.... one Production team produced a short lived "Reality TV" show called "The Real Gilligan's Island". Their successful purpose was to point out that these Reality TV shows should be sued for false advertising cause they are every bit as Real as Giligan's Island. Oh, and if the professor was so smart,,I mean he ran the radio with a couple of cocoanuts, Made his own giger counter and so on.. How come he could not patch up the SS MINNOW? (Thank you ME-TV for that question).
wa8yxm 03/31/15 04:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Wild guess -- we will soon be using Tesla batteries for RVs

Lithium batteries are often used in Laptops. If you have EVER taken one apart there are more sensors in there than you can imagine.. Every battery has two sensors on it to insure proper charging and discharging. Many computers have had battery recalls due to thermal runaway setting the thing on fire. And that.. Ladies and Gents.. Is the major issue with LI batteries. One airliner was grounded (not one plane but every plane of that make and model)due to Li Battery fires.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 04:00pm Tech Issues
RE: double conversion problems

40 amp converter 300 amp (at 10 volt) Inverter (Use of 10 volts takes a lot of things like conversion loss into play... Though at FULL POWER it is off a bit (might only be 280 amps) it is close enough) What did you have cooking> Most cooking stuff is more than 400 watts.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 03:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda EU2000i Companion ?

Get a Companion first.. The differences Companion has a 30 amp outlet and 15/20 amp outlets no useless 12 volt outlet Standard has only 15/20 amp outlets has useless 12 volt outlet. The parallel kit for paralling a companion with any other EU-2000i is cheaper than the one you get for two non-companions. So get the companion first.. Easier to connect RV to it.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Smart Phone Remote App

I cannot believe no one has asked this. I have searched the forums and found nothing. My RV did not come with the remote for the Jensen CD/DVD/MP3 AM/FM Stereo. There is an IR window, so it must be compatible. My question is, has anyone found a smartphone remote control app to run these items? no such animal exists However there is hope. WHY: Smart phones do not support Infra Red, they have no IR hardware and thus can not replace an I/R Remote. older PDA's however DO have I/R communications ability (Go back about 10 years) and there was indeed a I/R Remote app for those Finally there are Remotes in the 50-150 dollar range where you can download device specific programs and USB transfer to the remote.. They are true Universal" and many of them can duplicate ALL the functions of the OEM remote... ANY OEM Remote (Save Dish Remote #2 Remote 1 yes.. 2.. Well ... Some of them perhaps #2 is RF not I/R))
wa8yxm 03/31/15 03:51pm Technology Corner
RE: California Battery Core Deposit

Not just California.. Some other states do it that way as well (Sorry no list) Last time I did a CORE it was that way.. NOt sure which of 3 states that was. I have had it happen though where I carried the dead in and took the new out.. "Trade in" rather than "CORE" and was charged tax only on the "Difference" (IE: battery 79.95 core 5.00 taxed on 74.95) Do not know if that would work in CA
wa8yxm 03/31/15 03:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: KEEP YOUR DOORS LOCKED!!

If they have it on video.. Ask them to buzz the fuzz and give them the video. And if possible go back and file a proper report. Some departments will take the report by phone. Many is the crook who is known to the police and they take on look at the video and request an arrest warrant. last "Evidence" video I got to watch was a traffic accident..>From the viewpoint of the dash cam on the patrol car Woman in Right Lane Must Turn Right decided to turn left instead...... Right in front of the poor officer.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 03:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: TV antenna

The Batwing,with Wingman and Sensar Pro is far and away the best RV OTA antenna. I am,as I type.. Watching a TV show..Studio quality,,, I could not even see with a lesser antenna. As for the satellite antenna.. If you can get make and model we can likely tell you about it. (Lots of folks brag about the JACK antenna,, Not all that good where i am parked)
wa8yxm 03/31/15 03:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish tv 2nd remote programing

Dish has two DIFFERENT remotes Remote #1` is infra red and talks to the receiver via an I/R Receiver on the front of the receivr Remote #2 (Says 2 on it) is an RF remote and talks to the receivr over a small UHF antenna on the rear.. I can give you the specs on the antenna if you need to make one yorur self. Get an antenna "Stinger" (Cb Shop) at least 8 inches long Cut it to 8 inches long 90 Degree bend at 1 inch from the cut Machine the last half inch (of the bent part) so it is the same size as the center wire on a piece of RG-6 cable Take the center insulator from 1/2 inch of RG-6 and slip it over the bent part,pushing it all the way to the bend Insert in a standard Crimp On "F" connector (skip the crimp ring) and use glue to secure it That's your UHF antenna.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 08:12am Technology Corner
RE: Buying a deep cycle battery

There is much to be said for the AGM, inspite of its price. The service life is much longer than a wet cell. AGM-5 years, WET (Both Flooded and Maintenance Free) 9 on this coach AGM in UPS service,typical life 3 years. hard to beat properly maintained flooded wet for life. Boat and aircraft are special cases... Sea water and flooded wet cells mix in a very nasty way. Plus watercraft are not always "This side up" and when the boat is healed over.. Flooded cells can spill. Aircraft also are not always "This side up" plus battery acid and some other things in a plane do not mix well, So the leakproof AGM is a very good idea.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 08:11am Beginning RVing
RE: Space Heaters

Without trippeing a braker you can use 1500 watt,,ONE per breaker (You must find outlets on different circuits)2 of them on a 30 amp rig or several on a 50 PROBLEM.. The QUICK BOX outlets used in RVs are marginal with a 1500 watt load so suggest you not set heater to HIGH. Solution.. I have 4 special outlets 1:Washer/Dryer (This one is a 15/20 amp and well able to haul 12 amps) 3 I added,, all 15/20 amp,,See above Each outlet has a circuit breaker (Some 15 some 20) all to itself.. NO problems Before I did that I had problems with hot-wire smell..Others have had failures. AVOID ANY OUTELET POWERED BY THE INVERTER... if you have one that is.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 08:04am General RVing Issues
RE: 20 lb propane tanks

Just took an old 30 pounder to the propane place New valve 25.00..Valve switch and recert Free Re-fill 25 dollars. (about 24 pounds) 20 pounder at swap-a-tank with 15 pounds in it 50 bucks Swap a tank 25.
wa8yxm 03/31/15 08:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Craftsman Hand Tools

In days of old Crafstman hand tools were king of... Well,if you got a 7/16" Wrench and did not loose it that would be the LAST 7/16 you would ever buy.. Cause if it broke.. Take the pieces back and they gave you a new one. But they discontinued that warranty some years back.
wa8yxm 03/30/15 06:33am Around the Campfire
RE: Buying a deep cycle battery

Actually there are very few choices in the world of DEEP CYCLE batteris GC-2,, You have the choice of 215/220/230 and 250 amp hours depending on manufacturer and sub size.. Not all (epically the 250 size, will fit your RV. Of these Trojan is the best but also the most expensive (Flooded wet) the GC-12 (12 volt) is now starting to come down in price.. I think that is around 150 Amp Hours. Now you can also get AGM, these do not require a lot of maintnance (They are a sub class of Maintenance Free) but they are very costly and there is disagreement as to how long they last... LIFELINE is best here but again, more expnsive. Maintenance Free (Wet cell not agm) are VERY VERY VERY hard to find a true Deep Cycle... MARINE/deep cycle yes,, DEEP CYCLE no (M/dc is not nearly as good for RV use). Finally we have OPTIMA,, A sub class of AGM with 60% of the capacity of other batteries of the same size class (for obvious reasons). My Recommndation GC-2's. Buy them in pairs (6V+6V=12V) put each pair in series (Bat-ery) and treat them just as you would a single 12 volt Size 4D.
wa8yxm 03/30/15 06:30am Beginning RVing
RE: Tv external wiring

The cable in the trailer is most likely RG-59 This is not really recommnded for sat antennas but may work if not too long.. RG-6 is suggested. Now... What I recommend Run a cable (RG-6) from a handy Bulkhead connector you install on the service (Driver's) side of the trailer... To the Sat receiver compartment.. Then either run the coax out on the sat receiver (IF ANY) to either the center connction on the back of a wall plat (12 volt outlet... Antenna fitting,,, Switfch and LED,, likely near Main TV) or back to the PARK CABLE in Now the switch plate selects ANT/SAT. NOTE:if you have only one TV just feed it with HDMI and forget that coax out to TV lead. Note 2:There is a better (but more complex)option as well. IF you want to use the existing cable..... Remove wall plate (IF you have it, if not see BOMB below) Remove center cable Using a multi meter or other means insure it is the park-cable lead IF so... Extend it to the LNB jack on sat receiver And optionally... IF receiver has coax out..Run that back to the plate Re-mount plate (You will need to modify to get cables in and out) BOMB (Box of many buttons,,Properly called Matrix Switch) Find the CABLE lead on the back..Treat as above..ONLY run the return lead to SAT.
wa8yxm 03/29/15 02:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Coil in Transfer Switch energized extended periods?

There are two types of solenoid type relays. Starter Solenoids used for the engine are designed for no more than 30-60 seconds of continuous operation. AUTO Transfer relays are designed to be engaged no more than 25 hours in any single day.. Since in 24 hours it will be a new day.. that means 100% of the time if so reqauired... We often read about transfer switches that hum.... This is a type that has one set of coils live on shore power and another live on generator. They are designed for continous duty.
wa8yxm 03/29/15 04:42am Tech Issues
RE: Clearance

Some do.. Some do not... Some only do it for other COMMERCIAL drivers. Likewise,,If I flash over a trucker..Some flash marker/tail lights, some do not. Recommendation is to listen to the principle in the following story: Man stopped in NYC's Central park on his way home to buy a newspaper. The vendor was the surliest person his friend (Who was walking with him) had ever met.. I mean this man had a kind word for NOBODY... The principle greeted him with a Cherry "Good Morning" and the vendor replied "What's Good About IT?" and it went downhill from there on the vendor's side.. The principle remained polite and cheerful, with the vendor getting nastier as they went. The transaction completed.. The principle and friend left.. The principle still in good humor.. His friend ask why he was so polite Even though the vendor was anything but. The Principle replied: I refuse to let HIM control my actions. Be polite,, Be helpful,, Be courtious, and if the other driver is not.. Well, that is HIS problem.
wa8yxm 03/28/15 02:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Most unusual item carried

They are also useful setting up a sat dish.
wa8yxm 03/28/15 02:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: DC voltage off

O\Use a test light and not a meter. Matt AMEN to that.... I have both (Multiple test lights and multiple meters) I have found problems quickly and easily with the test lamp which the meter said did not exist. WHY Imagine this following circuit Battery----Wire---Bad spot with 1,000 ohms resistance------Meter The meter is a 10,000 ohms per volt set on the 20 volt range so the input impedeance of the meter is 200,000 ohms The voltage the meter sees is thus 13.6* 199,000/200,000 (Very nearly 13.6,in fact the difference is less than the error range of the meter) With a test lamp.. The lamp can be 1-2 Ohms Now the voltage it sees is 13.6 * 2/1002 or a tiny fraction of a volt.. IT will not even glow THIS happned to me.. Twice so far... In this rig Once was a bad connector, once a bad wire. (not counting battery connection issues) I do some work at a thift store... Happened to the owner's wife Wed. (Battery connection) She has new cables now. The test light shows NO LIGHT where the meter shows NORMAL.
wa8yxm 03/28/15 02:34pm Tech Issues
RE: "Graphene" LED?

Reading this it appears to me the author of the news report (The reporter) in the original post......Knows little about LED lamps. NOTE: This does not reflect on the O/P but the reporter..and I am not willing to say more than that.
wa8yxm 03/28/15 02:27pm Tech Issues
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