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RE: Non twist lock 30 amp inlet

Are your adapters TT-30 (Standard 30 amp RV plugs?) and your inlet a Marinco twist lock (Also standard for RV inlet use) If so then do I have an easy solution for you http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/30-amp-adapter-with-30-amp-connector/31550
wa8yxm 10/25/14 06:42am Beginning RVing
RE: old school observation.... tire whacker

Ok, for most of us if the wacker bounces back smartly the tire is inflated, if the wacker fails to bounce it's flat... The problem is "Inflated" can be the proper inflation, or 10 20 even 30 PSI low (or more in some cases) It is, however, a good "Quick Check"
wa8yxm 10/25/14 06:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Signs, signs, everywhere there's signs.....

Well... Regarding the Speed limit ahead signs.. Likely someone got a ticket or many dismissed saying "There was no warning" so some politician over reacted and now you get warn, warn, warned again. Re: No Passing/Pass with care Some people, mostly men, can not see those bright yellow lines all that well (They appear white) and thus the sign.. In the north (And not all that far north) the yellow lines could be snow covered and slippery. (Have seen that in SOUTH Carolina a mear 3 miles from Georgia and that is way south of the Mason-Dixon line). The signs are easier to see, plus they are at sight line level for the average driver. I had a discussion with the prosecutor's office in Dearborn, MI about handicapped parking.. They said they will not prosecute a ticket for handicapped parking violation unless there is a SIGN, since the blue wheel chair symbol and lines on the parking lot may have been snow covered when the vehicle was parked. (This was in the winter) However the next line of the song Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind Yup, that's a fact (Blockin' out the scenery) (Short story: I once stopped for lunch while traveling, Very nice restaurant,, Wife wondered how I knew about it.. Well, Signs.. They had Signs beside the freeway.. BUT not too many signs, Too many signs would have meant the prices were too high to pay for all those signs, too few would have indicated not as nice a place, they had just the right amount to indicate good food but not overly priced).
wa8yxm 10/25/14 06:30am General RVing Issues
RE: How does a charging system work 2004 kountry star

Two thoughts: When you say Discharge: DO you mean house or chassis. HOUSE Depending on your battery control center, it may take a while epically on a Diesel, for the chassis batteries to come up to the point where the isolator connects them up... Some of them are voltage controlled. Chassis: It is no longer August, some Diesel engines have heaters (Glow plugs) that can suck major amperage for a short period of time.
wa8yxm 10/25/14 06:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: sterring stabilizer

Stablizers in general have one major problem.. TWO brands (Far as I know) Address this problem. The problem: They all try to center your wheel, What happens if center, is no longer center? The road could be "High domed" which tends to push you to the right so you need to "Center" a bit more to the left, or there could be a medium cross wind (Strong cross wind you park) which tends to push you down-wind so you need to re-center up-wind. BLUE OX True Center has a button you push, inside the motor home, it re-centers. (Short comment follows) I understand the Saf-T-Steer has an optional remote re-center device (Adjustment) as well.. at least I think that is the brand. Just how much difference does one of these make. Blue Ox says not to press button while in motion but,, Of course,, You do because in truth that is the only way to get it right (I do find i have to slightly over correct so it takes a few tries) Well, you have seen those disabled pilot TV shows or movies where some novice has to land the plane.. When he turns off the auto pilot he dang near looses control.... BELIEVE IT, that's how much difference it made when I pushed that button (Thankfully I was limited speed). Short story 2: One of the problems with the Blue Ox system was the soleniod burning out when folks "Sat" on the button for like 10 minutes at a time, SO a multi-trained engineer suggested putting a timer in the line. My original failed, they replaced, the new one came....... with said timer in the box.... (Yes, I was the "Engineer" above).
wa8yxm 10/25/14 06:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical problems with 110V

Well, I missed the fact your converter is a 6300 My opinion of them is that even if they are brand new.. REPLACE with a Progressive Dynamics 4600 series (just the converter part) Do, however, inspect the screws. as I said, many times you find loose ones, a bad converter will NOT impact your 120 volt outlets except that if the outlets and the converter share a breaker (should not but some do) and it trips that breaker those outlets will be dead. By the way.. The Progressive Dynamics 4645 may well save you more than it costs.. The 6300 you have is known to eat batteries. I have a Progressive 9180 with optional charge wizard (4600's it is built in as I recall) my batteries lasted 9 years. How long do yours last? (in the past that is). Plugged in most all the time.. And sadly when not plugged in I have run them down way too far.
wa8yxm 10/24/14 04:19am Tech Issues
RE: power awning problem

You may need to adjust the spring tension (yes there is a re-wind spring) however though I have done it myself.. I do not recommend you try this yourself unless you are experienced which you are not. ALso lubrication is your friend.. on my A&E I have a gas strut that gives me fits if I do not lube it from time to time.
wa8yxm 10/24/14 04:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freezing propane tanks

Hi, Google is your friend. Propane freezes at -188 C (-306 F). At those temperatures one would have other problems! Thanks Tuna.. I did not google that because I do not really need to know that but.. Hey.. I do collect trivia so Thanks. And I agree.. now when does Butane turn solid? (No need to bother). As I said, I think he got ripped off by a butane salesman.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Power to tv

Can someone tell me if while parked, and you are listening to the dash radio with the ignition key on, does it prevent the tv from working off 12 volt dc power? First, if you are listening to the radio, you could use the ACC setting (I can not, however tell if that messed up the TV) or perhaps switch the radio to aux battery power. IF the TV runs of 12 volts odds are it will NOT be affected if it runs off 120, it will, at least if the switch is in ON (not acc) position. But why would you want both TV and Radio at the same time? Story follows: years ago I was watching the World Series at a campground in their T room, Well their TV had a problem, bad transistor in the audio circuit, sounded like..... Well i won't use that word here. I told the assembled I'd fix it and went to my camper, came back with the BOOM Box, tuned to WJR and Ernie Harwell calling the play by play, We turned the TV's audio to OFF.. For years after, that is how everyone in the room watched a Tiger's game.. Alas, Ernie is gone now, and his replacement is .. Well.. not him, he was the last of the great play by play men.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 07:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Never brag about your refrigerator !

I too am guessing the control board, Though a bad connection is also possible. For control boards, check with dinosaur boards to see if they have one American RV in California (not the one in Michigan) is a good source (the one in Mi is a good company, they just they are more "Brick and Mortar" oriented where as the Ca one is more Internet/mail order) (I usually get my oil changes and other shop work done at the MI one).
wa8yxm 10/23/14 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Complaint about a dealer

If you have a legitimate complaint about a dealer complain to the dealer's state's Department of motor vehicles (DMV) in Michigan that is the Secretary of State. But be prepared to document everything.. I have seen dealers padlocked by the state for ripping off customers, myself included. (Which is why I know they were rip off artists), Can not see I was sorry to see that happen. (Can say I waS sorry I ever visited them)
wa8yxm 10/23/14 07:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Freezing propane tanks

A few years ago on a weekend trip during the winter my propane tank froze up and was useless is there any way to prevent freeze up. The vapor temp on Propane is nearly forty degrees below ZERO, the freezing point lower than that (I have no idea how far) I seriously doubt the propane tank froze up. Moisture can condense on the tank and freeze (32 degrees) and the regulator can have issues with low temps. BUTANE however, is often sold as propane, epically in the south, this has a vapor temp closer to the melting point of water. IF it gets below freezing Butane is mostly useless. Is it possible you got Butaned last time you filled up? How to find out: Sadly this takes a chemistry lab, but if you did, you got ripped off.. You see the reason some dealers sell Butane instead of Propane (At Propane prices) is that it is cheaper.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Dropbox, Pros and Cons

I use it to store photos. Nothing else, and of course if you want to upload a photo here and do not have a sharing site of your own.. The forum upload link is to Dropbox. There is nothing in my Drop box that is going to bother me. That is the safest way to fly, DO not put anything on a hard drive that you would not want to see on the evening news with your photo next to it.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:55pm Technology Corner
RE: Electrical problems with 110V

Ok,,,, You say the converter shorted... Possible but.. Are you sure it is the converter? Power panels come in two primary types for this post, With and Without converter built in.. The ones with converter built in usually have both 120 volt breakers and 12 volt fuses (or breakers) behind the same access door.. My coach has a 12 volt panel and a short distance away is the 120 volt panel, the converter is elsewhere. So what tripped and what shorted.. If you got sparking at the panel when you reset the breakers odds are you have not a short, but a screw loose. Many RVers have a few screws loose... One of the wire screws on one of my breakers took over 2 full turns before I even felt resistance. Several other screws some breakers some on the bus bars also needed tightening. It may be you need only tighten screws. However tripping breakers can be caused by TWO things (I tested this theory once long time ago, only it was a fuse) one: Overload, including a short in the wiring. Two: bad connection.. When this happens you get arching, Now there is such a thing as an arc-fault detector but.. If you have a load, epically an INDUCTIVE load (motor) this arching can hold in in START mode long enough to trip the breaker.. So you may just have a few screws loose.. Mine took a #2 square bit.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:53pm Tech Issues
RE: GPS App ?

I use Google Maps on my Android (Came with it in fact, can't get rid of it if I try) when I'm in my car. Very nice.. I also have a stand alone garmin, not as nice. in the motor home I use a combination of the 'Droid and Microsoft Streets and Trips with GPS dongle.. The problem with S&T is that it is very well named. Usually it takes me down Streets, freeways, Highways and such. Occasionally it's a real TRIP (think bad acid). I try to override those routes, but, Well, it can be fun.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Boondocking and Water?

I like the first responder. only my tank is 80 gallons. I spend MOST of my time in licensed campgrounds now that I'm full time, before that I sometimes filled at home. But I can go 2 weeks on 80 gallons.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tires always lose air in storage is this normal?

You said: Tires always lose air in storage is this normal? Let me rephrase: Tires always lose air is this normal? (Note the deletion of "In storage") The answer is yes. You may not notice it "In season" because you check more often and air up as needed (At least I hope you do) but, Yes, tires loose air pressure, always, Every tire, on every vehicle that has Pneumatic tires looses air pressure. I once gave MY theory as to why a popular SUV got the nickname "Roll-a-matic" (More rollovers than any other ride out there or so it seemed. This was part of the theory.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Counter Space!...my solution

In my RF the sink has a 2q part cover, we keep the small side open all the time but when I'm using the sink the big part goes on a bar stool, in front of the oven, the stool is the precise height of the handle on the oven door so the oven and the stool together form a nice solid support. Works great. Or I can always bring in a plastic table for lots and lots of counter (I use a small one (used to have 2 but one grew legs) to hold the computer.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for 2 inch receiver adapter for Bike Rack

Not that I know of but they do make a bike rack that has a 2" square collar mount that slides over the 2" bar you already have And they make a "Dual hitch adapter" basically this is a 2" rise/drop (both at the same time) or a straight through /4" rise adapter. Like this Amazon one
wa8yxm 10/23/14 02:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where do you guys take your colf cart camping?

US Core of Engineers parks do not allow them, Do not know about Forest Service parks.. I have been in a lot of other parks, Most allow them Some charge extra for them but most all allow them.. Some have rental fleets as well. True story: One park I belong to there is a lake (Well gravel pit) and a foot/golf car bridge across it (They recently blocked it for golf cars though). Family parked on one side visits family center on other side,,, Forgot something, Mom hands Junior the keys to the rented golf car, Junior is 14, To drive a golf car in that park you must be, as I recall 18 and have a valid driver's license (can't get that till 16) Park worker says something to him as he puts the pedal to the metal and exceeds the 5mph speed limit. He turns to give her the famous single finger salute... Misses the bridge and splashes down in the lake... Family had to buy the park a brand new still in the box type Golf Car to replace the one he flooded. OUCH.
wa8yxm 10/23/14 06:57am Class A Motorhomes
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