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RE: 3 feet of snow

Town I grew up in the postmaster occasionally hitched a ride to work with the snow plow driver... Don't know why, the Postmaster's house was on the corner of street and road (I will not give the names) diagonally across the intersection, (Across both street and road) was the post office, also on the corner. Postmaster had a nice daughter just a year older than I though so we were in the same grade (I'm graduated at 17). Once I moved to Detroit... I lived 2 blocks from the nearest supermarket so snow was never really a problem for me.. And on a primary fire Route so we got priority street clearing as well.
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:54am Around the Campfire
RE: A computer is only as good as the programmer.

I used to know a guy who made a Tic-Tac-Toe game using the old Strobber Stepper telephone relays, (Used back in the days of dial only telephones). His program ALWAYS won. Best the human could do is a draw.
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Water leak. Normal? Problem?

White and Red sound like the low water drain hoses (red is hot) he said he drained it he did not say he blew the lines out with compressed air at say 50 PSI And for sure he did not do that multiple times. Suggestion, if the idea is to winterize, use an air compressor and set the regulator to 45-50 PSI and blow Babriel blow, like 5-10 times, waiting a couple minutes between blows. LEAVE ALL Faucets open while doing this.
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: 50 amp surge protector

In another forum I answered a question like this. My recommendation was the Progressive Industries HW/PT 50C, (One or the other, HW is best) Why: Check out the warranty. The ## 50C is the LAST Surge Guard you will ever buy.. (There are several RV products that use that language IN their ads,,, and in all cases the reason is the Warranty.. Check it out).
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: Another blue tote concern

One would hope the wheels turn on the axle, but ... I do know folks who have upgraded the wheels (another thread currently here in fact) and I have seen lots of folks tow 'em TOW SLOW, that's all i can say,, TOW SLOW like 5mph But if you want to load 'er into the truck,, No problem there either. If I had a truck I'd put a 55 gallon drum and use my macerator to fill it, then gravity dump. The wheel mod thread: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28169075.cfm
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: PD9100 Converter with ChargeWizard

Our Gulfstream Soach is equipped with a Progressive Dynamics 9100 Series INTELI-POWER converter, providing 80A of DC current. I am adding a ChargeWizard to it to help regulate the charging voltage applied to the batteries. Has anyone else have any experience with this converter and/or the chargeWizard?? Damon installed a PD 9180 with wizard in my motor home back in 2005 when it was built.. Since then I have, from time to time, tried to find a better one.. I have failed in that. There is no better one. Does this answer your question?
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can't enter Safe Mode

Windows XP you can start it and while it's in the "Booting Windows" phase sit on the power button to kill it.. Next boot it should present the menu. If you can get it to boot fully into anything you may be able to set safe mode in the MSCONFIG uitilty On Windows 8.1 that is what I had to do with one of my machines that had an issue... (I forget the issue but I fixed it). Some of the thigns Doze (just recalled the issue) does to protect us are major pains, thankfully I remember a few tricks that still work from days gone past.
wa8yxm 01/27/15 07:37am Technology Corner
RE: 3 feet of snow

Well, at least it's not Two Feed of Snow http://i.imgur.com/40wyO1Dl.jpg
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Frozen House Batteries

How frozen were they? A thin layer of ice on top of liquid, NOT extending down into the plates.. no problem, re-charge, and you may wish to equlize. Ice extending into the plate area. read all of this... Do this part in either case: Get a small can (Testors brand?) Of red spray paint and paint the POSITIVE wires while they are still connected,,,, Optionally use BLACK on the negative wires. Take pictures, of the batteries as connected, showing the connections. Now the rest: IF the ice excends down into the plates... let paint dry, remove batteries for replacement, and get new ones.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:38am Tech Issues
RE: 100 Volt Refridgerator

Many folks like the Residetial type fridge.. Often you can get one that has greater capacity, and some folks fear Propane.. Many of the residential's are a bit more power efficient. Both Norcold and Dometic make high effiency all electric (12/120 volt) units, these power suckers suck right around 40 watts running with door closed. To give you an idea of how much power that is,, A common dual light fixture draws almost exactly that amount.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:35am Tech Issues
RE: Honda Generator(s)

Both outlets would be live but the power is divided between them, A Honda 2,000 is what, 1750 watts continous, so you get almost exactly 30 amps total (29 and a bit) if one side is pulling 10 amps, that leaves 19 for the other. I would not spend the additional cost on the Companion, I'd get a regular 2000i Same amount of power total, The advantage of the companion is 1: has the 30 amp outlet 2: uses a lower cost parallel cable 3: No wasted usless 12 volt outlet.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:32am Tech Issues
RE: Firewire on digital camcorder to laptop

Does it have a BLUE USB port? If so you can get a dongle that converts it to Firewire, Even the black ports may be able to do the job. (USB 2 minimum)
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:29am Technology Corner
RE: Holding Tanks Size, what to look for?

I have 80 (fresh) and 36/36/36 (Black/Gray/Wash). The answer depends on your use pattern. Always hooked to a full hookup park... Who needs tanks,, Neighbor down the drive a few sites has a FEMA unit, he does not have tanks at all, No fresh, No black, NO gray, standard flusher like you have in your sticks and bricks. IF you spend a lot of time "Off the grid" as it were, without hookups then you need lots of fresh water and LOTS OF Waste, epically black.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:24am Beginning RVing
RE: house batteries

Or South GA or South FL Seriously if it's just a little ice on top, CHARGE and equalize If it's iced down into the plates, Remove and come spring take to battery store and exchange. IF YOU REMOVE.. before you do that take a small can of red spray paint (Testors) and spray the POSITIVE leads.. Optionally use black on the negative leads,, IF you have jumpers between multiple batteries no need to paint those (less they are connected to one of the terminals you are painting) PHOTOGRAPH Take a picture of the batteries.. Connected,, YOU WILL FORGET somethign.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Another House Battery Question

On many modern motor homes and trailers (With decent converters) you can plug in to shore power without the benefit of a house battery, Some older ones with low end converters such as the Magnetek this is not the case, they need either a battery or a "Battery Simulator" (If needed I can tell you how to make a Battery Simulator, but frankly I think units that need them are BS (Battery Simulator, BS, it's a pun son. Make sure the positive cable ends are protected (Wrap with something insulating) HOWEVER,, Using the generator is another issue... how you gonna start it without a battery?
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Chassis

Some chassis designs are heavier (in terms of cargo carrying capacity and towing) than others. USUALLY these are used on Diesels though. In Workhorse the bigger the number the better the number (W-22, W-24, 24 is best) When it comes to Workhorse/Ford/Freightliner/Other.. Different chassis builders often use different engines and transmissions,,, I won't discuss engines because all of them have their supporters, except to say I, Myself, am not a Ford FAN. However on transmissions.. FORD, calls their latest offering "The Answer To The Allison" thus agreeing with the many (nearly universal agreement) that the ALLISON is the best transmission.. Who am I to argue? (Epically since I agree) But as for the chassis itself,, I mean it's a couple of steel rails.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: the deal fell through, now I have a million questions

The Workhorse chassis is indeed very good, I will not say "The best" but the fact is that there are many which I'd rate as Very Good (I am not a fan of Ford products but when it comes to big rigs, even they are very good, just to give you an idea) Workhorse did have a problem or two with brakes, long solved, so if it's an older rig you need to check on the recall.. and the Chevy engine had a problem with a fuel clip.. Likewise, but that's the only major issues with the Workhorse chassis. One thing though. The Workhorse Chassis usually coes with a Chevy V-8, and bolted to the back of that is a bell housing holding a torque converter and bolted to the back of that a nice little ALLISON transmission. And even FORD says the Allison is the best... So who am I to argue (Oh, by the way I do agree, Allison is the best). But you can get the Allison on a Ford Chassis too,,, if you put a Cummins Diesel in it.
wa8yxm 01/26/15 05:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: freezer needs defrosting

DO YOU HAVE AN ICE MAKER.. Ice makers put warm water into the freezer (Warm that is in relation to the inside temp of the box) and some of this evaporates and then condenses out on the colder surfaces and frost happens. I use ice cube trays,, Same thing. I defrosted mine Thursday, Friday being pay/shopping day the fridge was basically empty already. Moved a few items to the aux freezer, stored fridge contents in "Coleman Cooler" (Ok so it's not a coleman, picnic cooler) and cold bag along with some blue ice,, Turned it off and let it thaw Finally cleaned, turned back on and later, ,,, Refilled.
wa8yxm 01/25/15 12:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Did you ground your PD 9200 series converter?

Grounding .. Hum,, that explains something that has bothered me for a while, thanks. So, what does it explain:... I have read how the PDI converters are noisy (RF Interference that is) yet my TS-2000 (A very senistive radio) can not tell if it is running off 100% batteries, 100% PDI 9180+ wizard or both of them together. Why is this: I strongly suspect... GROUNDING,, my 9180 either is or is not grounded (I do not know which) and that is either not transferring the noise over a ground loop or trapping it inside the case. So, if you are having RF (or Television) interference issues you THINK may be the converter,,,, Try the chassis ground, either put one on or lift it, and see if that makes a difference.
wa8yxm 01/25/15 12:01pm Tech Issues
RE: The 921 LED bulb

LEDS epically those with resistors get WARM The 912's got HOT (As in burn you) I am in the process of LED-ing this house.. Have a few 921s left to burn out before I get to them though.
wa8yxm 01/25/15 11:57am Tech Issues
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