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RE: turn signals & flashers quit

Alas I do not do fords but from teh sounds of it I would check the connection on the side of the steering column (one bundle runs up into the column) to make surew it is fully seated.. Next suspect is the turn signal switch itself.
wa8yxm 02/11/16 12:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost of checks

There are several places that turn out some very nice checks for low cost. You can google for them. My credit union gives us retirees a better price so long as we take basic checks (no designs) FREE
wa8yxm 02/11/16 12:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: More RV Regulations

I see the purposed "Soultion" is a warning label... "Close cover before striking match" .. "Smoking may be hazordious to your health".... Microwave ovens used in this establishemnt Peanuts and other tree nuts used in side This vehicle designed for recreational use not as a primary residence. There are two of those which get more attention the rest are routinely ignored. Oh, I do pay attention to the smoking one.. but then i do not smoke.. I don't worry about the Microwave or peanuts though I know folks who do. For good reason (Those are the two that sometimes get attention for good reason).
wa8yxm 02/10/16 08:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Ice makers

I used to use ice cube trays but received an Ice Maker for Free (long story, Just got a very nice E-mail from the person who gave it to me, I do things for her as well)... As soeone said it does not keep ice frozen all that well, but as it melts the water returns to the water tray so it re-freezes it... And it means I have a bit more freezer room.. Ice production is not much different from the Rubbermaid trays but ... Well, more reliable.. Alas. Keeps my drinks cool.
wa8yxm 02/10/16 08:06am General RVing Issues
RE: shower hose

Your local big box hardware store I will second that, Might even get lucky at Wal*mart, RV stores (The better ones) should have 'em.. Very easy to find.
wa8yxm 02/09/16 08:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Windows 10 problems

All I know is Windows 10 -Cortana is not supposed to work on a laptop. Going to follow this as I also need info. I have two laptops (Toshiba and HP) and work on a 3rd (HP) the first two are Win-8.1 upgraded to 10, the last is 10 out of the box. All 3 Cortana works just fine. If I choose to waste my time with her (I normally use a different search engine.. one of several)
wa8yxm 02/09/16 08:17am Technology Corner
RE: HD question

In a gentle way, please explain why on a portable satellite you can receive HD on Dish but not Direct from the same sat dish just by slipping a few switches? Can they not make a portable sat to do this? Simple. To a radio antenna FREQUENCY is very important. For example in the old days a VHF Television antenna,, a Dipole, was around 9 feet across, (for channel 2) with sorter arms for higher frequencies Channel 7 for example is only about a yard across for the same type of antenna. Note that's seriously rounded. Dish uses 3 satellites, all broadcast in the same band, so the same antenna can (if properly pointed) see all 3 satellites.. All the portable "DOME" has to do is move a bit to see any one of the three. DirecTV however, uses three satellites as well, but in two DIFFERENT bands, one for SD one for HD.. So watching HD on a dome is kind of like trying to listen to your favorite FM radio station.... On an AM RADIO.. Out of band, won't work, can't work. Of course if you use the proper Multi-LNB Dish,,, that works.
wa8yxm 02/09/16 08:15am Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10 problems

"Is this a new way of getting an internet search?" Basically YES. not as nice as the old way Some browsers offer the old way still. I mostly use Firefox Though for one job Edge works best and another needs Chrome and so on.
wa8yxm 02/09/16 08:10am Technology Corner
RE: Battery weight

For Trolling you want a sealed battery, AGM is best for that since if the battery is turned over it does not leak (liquid filled types can even if Sealed Valve Rgulated). Beyond that. the watts per pound is fairly constant across all lines, manufactureres and types.. Watts = Range when trolling,, Would not want you to get to middle of lake and "NO POWER".
wa8yxm 02/09/16 08:07am Tech Issues
RE: Is it normal for the PD pendant to be on when not charging

YES. the indicator light is basically a volt-meter.
wa8yxm 02/08/16 08:42am Tech Issues
RE: GPS Why not a smart phone?

Stand alone GPS uses on-board map data so it works no matter if you are in range of a cell tower or not. Phone.. will download local map data and store in RAM but if you exit the app for any reason you may not be able to get it back if there is no tower in range.. has happened to me. Leaving you lost. (Well not, in my case, lost, But wondering if I was going to remember the next turn). Also the stand alone can partner with your computer for a very nice size display.
wa8yxm 02/08/16 08:41am Tech Issues
RE: How old is TOO old??

Not trying to disagree, but poor decision making exists at every age. Best regards, Lowell Back in 1977 I made a good choice,, Took a job telling cops where to go (Dispatcher) Fun job in many respects, pain in others but you know, Even though I no longer tell 'em where to go.. Still pays well (Retired)> Why do I mention that? Well.. I've seen a whole lot of proof of what you say (Poor decisions by people of all ages) A WHOLE lot.. in some cases it was the last decision they ever made.
wa8yxm 02/07/16 01:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bath and a half dump station?

Yup,. I have 3 waste tanks. Black, Gray and Wash (Rear shower and lavs). Rules depend on the tank Places I know of where you can legally dumnp Black tank on ground: NONE Places where you can legally dumnp GRAY.. Well quite a few but still "Few" Places where you can dump WASH on the ground legally.. Many NOTE: Many does not equal EVERYWHERE. Difference between Wash and GRY... Kitchen sink (food particles). I use a 3/4" Gray hose for the shower/rear basins, and 3" for the other stuff, Adapters at the sewer inlet (hole in ground)handle the mix.
wa8yxm 02/07/16 01:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Virginia CCW Heads Up

Thank you for posting that (O/P) as it is not a debatable issue, just facts. I have heard Michigan may soon be joining that list of states that do not meet. But.. Well time will tell.. My interest is academic since I do not CCW.
wa8yxm 02/07/16 01:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2 6v's only or 2 6v's with the 12v

HE does not understand batteires. Fact: The battery with the LOWER VOLTAGE will accept the lion's share of the charge current. When the VOLTAGE in both batteries (the six volt pair is considered to be a single 12 volt battery) then charging will be shared in exact perpetrator to their size. IF EITHER battery should "Get ahead" (which is basically impossible assumign all connections are clean and tight) It will stop accepting power till the other one catches up. Likewise when discharging the larger battery will provide, IN PERPURTION the lion's share. so once you go throug one charge/discharge cycle the batteries are in perfect lock step till one of them fails. It is IMPOSSIBLE for one of them to reach full first.. They both get there at exactly the same nano-second.
wa8yxm 02/07/16 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter Questions - Replacement and want to charge faster

WFCO is noted for not going into BULK mode.. this is the most common failure mode. This is not to say that is what is happening, More testing than I care to describe is needed (Hydrometer, and voltage tests) Progressive Dynamics 9280 or in this case 4680 would charge faster but MIGHT be too fast if you have a single pair of GC-2.
wa8yxm 02/07/16 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Long gear bag needed

Denim. Get some at the local Fabric store and sew him a bag. Kevlar can also be sewn but costs a lot more and is much harder to work with, also to cut.
wa8yxm 02/07/16 12:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: How old is TOO old??

This has absolutely nothing to do with the question but... Well you see I like to sing.. And I like Folk Music, and thus the Kingston Trio. The Trio recorded a song; Bad Man's Blunder, many many many years ago (It is on the album String Along) One passage: The judge was an old man (TOO OLD) Ninety Three (Entierly Too Old) And I didn't like the way, the jury looked at me (I think they were suspicious)., Well.. i'll let you folks find and download the song (Try You Tube) but .. he got 99 years on the hard rock pile.
wa8yxm 02/06/16 08:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Running 2 a/c's

Check out your A/Cs. YOu see you have not given enough information. Background: I have two A/Cs as well both draw the SAME AMOUNT OF POWER when running, only one is 13,500 BTU and the other 15,000.. The bigger one is newer and they are doing a more efficient job. So look at the labels on your A/C. find out the power draw. Second: On both of my A/Cs if I do not get up ther and clean them from time to time the condenser (hot) coils clog up with dirt and debris and **** that's in the air.. When this happens they can not cool the refrigerant enough and system pressure increases.. The compressor works harder and draws more current, Up to 10 amps more.. Then the breaker trips and I get the message. I saw one of mine go from 21 amps (more than the 20 amp breaker could take) to 13.5 by actual measurement when I cleaned it. And finally.. Generator may need a tune up.
wa8yxm 02/06/16 08:03am General RVing Issues
RE: New laptop for an old guy

Friend of mine runs a 10 year old DELL Vista (I think) box.. It is gasping and weezing and about to die a natural death. I picked her up an HP quad cord, 4 Gigs ram 500 HD, forget teh speed at Wal-Mart on black Friday.. I think it was 199.95.. Same as the much less powerful HP Stream beside me one year earlier.
wa8yxm 02/06/16 07:55am Technology Corner
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