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RE: Deputy Sheriff Rescues Man From Burning RV

I worked with police for 25 years (Dispatcher) and we had a saying "Firefighters are crazy, They walk INTO a burning building" That said a couple of my troopers got Life Saving medals for doing precisely that and getting people out of bed and harm's way (in that order). YES.. Police are a special bread.. NEVER forget that.. And always remember to pray for our Military, Police, Fire, EMS and all those who work to protect our Lives, Our property, Our rights and our Freedoms. Thank you.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 05:58pm Around the Campfire
RE: Attempted Fuel Theft

BTW, the drill bit was still in the hole? Wonder how the chuck was tight enough to drill a hole, but loose enough for the bit to get pulled out by a bit of plastic? That one I can answer and you should be smacking forehead with heal of hand when I'm done cause it really is very very very very simple. I just purchased a replacement battery drill/screwdriver This type of drill does not have a 3-fingered chuck like my big hammer drill does.. It has a 1/4" Hex socket.. The drill is mounted in a 1/4" Hex shank that fits in the drill.. I can also drop in a screw driver bit (Assorted flaveors) or assorted sizes of hex key bits, and I also have a 3-jaw compression chuck for standard drill bits that goes in it. But if you are using one of these drills (Some of them run on AA cells, mine on rechargeable) it is not uncommon for the bit to remain in whatever stock you are drilling when you pull the thing back.. Happens all the time... EPICALLY if the bit's hex shank is non-ferrous And this is the type of drill MOST LIKELY to be used for this since they are cheap and work well.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: A peeve of mine.

Driving on two lane roads with our classC, I make it a habit to pull over if I get five or six vehicles behind me. It is very rare, almost never happens, that drivers whom I went out of my way to help, ever toot their horn or wave. Strange that the truckers have time to blink their clearance lights when you signal that it is OK to cut back in, others, I guess are too self important to indulge in a simple courtesy! First: When it comes to flashing you back over after you pass.. My brother is a professional OTR semi driver.. HE taught me about that.. It is not something taught to most drivers.. THERE IS. however an urban myth about doing that which can discourage people from doing it. NOTE: it is a myth and I am not about to perpetuate it here. As for pulling over and letting folks pass on a 2-lane. I do that as well.. had a few (Trucks) Flash marker lights to say "Thank you" Since I was going slow due to it being a Kentucky back road I still do not know that well.. And he was a Local. (Power or Phone company in fact). I am afraid the world is becomming more "ME, ME, ME" and less about courtesy. I still hold doors for folks. Amazing as that may be.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electrified frame, dead batteries!!!

Though it is not impossible you should not get a shock when touching the frame if not connected to shore power.. You have no "Return path" however if jacks are down.. Then it is possible. In my case if I come in contact with selected chemicals (Like battery acid) it can FEEL like a shock. I am able to figure out the difference but the instant sensation is shock.. I will not tell how I determine the difference.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 05:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jack to Winegard upgrade

VERY good choice in my not very humble opinion You will not need a WINGMAN with a Sensar IV as .. It is included in the box already. The Sensar PRO is optional,, but I do recommend it.. I use a Sensar II (I think, might be an III) with Wingman and Sensar Pro, that is very very close (Basically identical) to what you are planing to use. I am very happy with it (Though I do need to make one modification, but .. Well,, That will wait for like January. (Since I'm stuck in southern GA and it is outside and does not need doing where I am just now) This mod should not be needed on an IV though.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Soft storage bag for LCD TV?

Mine goes in the laundry basket.. IF I have no dirty laundry then a clean towel goes below it,, It goes in face down, I do not worry about the back side.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Arrrghhh! MICE!

Outside the motor home .. I can not help you Inside the motor home I have a couple of Mouse Exterminators who live with me, Amber and Alex,, My Feline Fur Kids. They keep inviting mice to drop in for lunch,, but for some reason the mice do not wish to join the cats for a meal.. Can't understand way, perhaps the main course (Mouse Tartar) is not to their liking, what do you think?
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: 50A Idea

The biggest difference (And this may help) is that instead of having to get dressed and to out and reset the PARK breaker, You will trip your own 30 amp Main breaker inside the RV. YOU DO NOT WANT TO DRAW more than 30 amps through your shore cord else you may get a visit from the local fire dept.. They still make house calls you know.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cup Holder

Take a coke can shopping with you... Many places have the proper size container. Do you want a "Mug With Lid" like for coffee or an Ice Tea Glass? Makes a difference.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: LP question.

Mine does that too sense lead is shorted somewhere.. not worth fixing.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to

Well you do mine from under the rig... When my serp belt split (Lengthwise) and got all wrapped around stuff I spent an hour or two lying on my back on a handy pad I have just for that kind of thing with metal cutters and screwdrivers and knives untangling the half that was toast. I could neither see nor touch, the full length of the remainign half-belt Got to the RV repair shop and it took him less than 30 minutes to slap a new belt on.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RESOLVED: Any plumbing help on here

As others have ask have you checked to see if water is flowing into the water heater? Remove water pressure, Open faucet to let pressure bleed off, Open TPR valve (pop off valve on outside) manually, you may want to extend it (1/2 inch IPT thread most likely) a bit then remove drain and extend that opening with a pipe nipple to get it past the side of the MH. Let it drain, While this is happening close both inlet and outlet valves (leave bypass closed) and restore water pressure. Tank should drain. Now, once tank has drained open inlet valve You should get good flow. IF SO: your problem is with the outlet. MANY water heaters have a check valve on the outlet. This is NOT NEEDED with the 3-valve system, but it has a habbit of gunking up and not opening,, The solution, Gut the thing using a pair of needle nose pliars and be done with it.
wa8yxm 08/26/14 12:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: AC Voltmeter

I have a plan to install meters to monitor line in and autoformer out voltages in this RV, 4 of those would make it real nice.. LINKS please.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 05:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Way To Recharge Batteries

Converter holds the answer Magnetek 6300 USe solar panels and UPGRADE CONVERTER Progressive Dynamics 9200, Plug in at home NOTE: Most converters are closer to the 9200 than the 6300 so.. Parallex 7300 (not T) I think I'd try plugging in first but ... that is the middle of the pack.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Got to laugh at this phishing email

My password manager is Ms. Wait.. If you want my passwords you must go to Helen Wait.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 05:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Inverter questions.

Well. it is a modified sine wave.. This means there is a long list of things that MIGHT not like it.. But... Considering the price (Effectively $0.00) and the degree of incontinence if it does NOT work for your Tv.. I'd say go for it. Put the inverter NEAR the batteires (Compartment next door) Run 120 volt wire up to the TV compartment and install a 2nd outlet there, make this one either RED or ORange, plug TV (And other related stuff) in to this outlet and see how it runs.. Problems, go with a 300 watt TRUE SINE WAVE inverter.. Degree of inconvience. Well to swap out the inverters you pull plug, unhook two wires, hook wires back up and insert plug.. So you do very little extra work.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 05:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Changed Bat Wing to King new Antenna

It all depends on where you test.. I tend to be a long way from the towers so the Batwing with wingman works better.. On the other hand I have one campground I stay at sometimes where I'm closer in and thus the towers form a wider "ARC" (wider window) and the Jack is better under those conditions. Some day I may double up on antennas.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sail Switch or Something Else?

Several possible issues.. You said it "Fails to light" Mine did much as yours twice the second time by listening to it (Epically from outside) I could tell it was lighting, The problem was IT did could not tell it was lighting. Had to replace the control board with a Dinosaur borads replacement, (Way better board) The first time I found the spacing on the spark gap was a touch excessive. My parents had an oil fired furnace in their house..... Same problem.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 02:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Attempted Fuel Theft

A thought struck me after I hit the sack last night. There is a product you can buy consists of a bolt, nut, two washers and a rubber or rubber like, bushing,, assorted sizes you insert it in the hole, tighten the bolt the bushing expands and it seals the hole. Good as new for about a dollar.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 02:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: lifetime of chassis batteries?

WHen is it EVER convenient to have a battery fail? Kind of like asking where is the best place to run out of gas (Story follows) To answer the question: When it is the STARTING battery in a motor home with fully charged house batteries and a dash mounted momentary switch which may be labeled Emer(gency) start or BOOST. Why, Well simply put what is a big honking load for my Group 78 starting battery (I think 73 amp hours at the c/20 rate) is kind of snooze time for my 230 amp DEEP CYCLE batteries. The short story: Ran out once 3 feet from the fuel pump. flat ground, stick shift car I could push with one hand.
wa8yxm 08/25/14 02:51pm Class A Motorhomes
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