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RE: DUAL BATTERY CONNECTION

Hello: ...the positive from on battery is connected to the negative of the second batteries and the neg of the 1st is connected to the pos of the 2nd. That would create a brief, but entertaining, show - the correct way to connect two 6V batteries would be from the chassis ground to the negative terminal of battery 1, the positive terminal of battery 1 to the negative terminal of battery 2, then the positive terminal of battery 2 to the power bus that supplies power to the 12V loads.
Alan_Hepburn 02/20/20 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Who is responsible for discounts?

Is it the responsibility of the hotel clerk to ask if you've used all the various websites to verify that you've received the best price possible? Is it the responsibility of the car salesman to ask you if you've researched, and obtained, the best price possible? I think in the end it's MY responsibility to make sure that I am satisfied with the price I pay, no matter what I'm buying.
Alan_Hepburn 02/20/20 12:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: KOA membership

We are going to be on the road for 92 days this summer, traveling about 9000 mikes. Using all available discount programs (Good Sam, KOA, and Passport America) we will be saving a considerable amount of money, based on the published rates at the RV parks we're scheduled to stop at: Good Sam: $145 savings KOA: $80 savings Passport America: $212 savings As can be seen - if you use the programs you can easily recoup the membership costs.
Alan_Hepburn 02/17/20 01:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: wiring a 30 Amp Power Outlet 30A Circuit Breaker {{UPDATE}}

An issue that not many people think about when plugging in their RV that is wired for 50A service: many people "rock" the plug into the outlet rather than make sure that all 4 prongs make contact simultaneously. So, you get contact in this order: Ground, L1 and L2, and Neutral - in that order. There is a brief period of time where you will have 240V applied to the plug. Does it hurt things? Maybe - maybe not - but I prefer to err on the side of caution and switch the power OFF before I plug in...
Alan_Hepburn 02/09/20 01:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Highway 99 from Bakersfield to towards Oregon

Planning a trip this summer and wanted to stop along I-5 in California,but no place to camp. Curly There are several options while traveling up I5 in California - we've used the Lost Hills RV Park, right at the Lost Hills exit, a few times - it's a basic, no-frills stop but adequate for overnight. Then when you get to the Hwy 152 exit there's 3 parks within a couple of miles of that exit. Continuing north there's Kit Fox RV Park in Patterson - we've stayed there several times. Then up at the Hwy 12 exit in Lodi you've got Flag City RV Park - another nice place to stay. North of Sacramento there is Heritage RV Park in Corning, or Rolling Hills Casino. Continuing north there's several options in the Redding/Shasta area. You have a decent choice of Good Sam parks, PAssport America parks, KOA parks, and others all up and down the I5 corridor...
Alan_Hepburn 02/04/20 03:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: SACRAMENTO RV park recommendations?

We lived in Seattle for 35 years so we’re well versed in traffic lol. Rolling Hills Casino it is! Thank you for all your help everybody!! The casino has a pretty decent buffet...
Alan_Hepburn 02/03/20 12:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Passport America

Just to name one really excellent RV park you can use your PA membership for: New Frontier RV Park in Winnemucca, NV. We agree - New Frontier is a great park! We stayed there twice last summer - on our way to Minot, ND and on our way home.
Alan_Hepburn 01/31/20 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Passport America

Basically - yes. The caveat: many of their parks restrict what days the discount is available, and/or how many days the discount is available. Check their website for the campground you're interested in, and look for any restrictions. That said - we typically save anywhere from $100 to $300 every year using PA during our travels. More than enough to justify buying their Lifetime membership!
Alan_Hepburn 01/30/20 04:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Trip Wizard

In the POI panel, under "Area Attreactions" there are 30 categories, from "Amusement Parks" to "Zoos" - what exactly are you looking for that isn't listed there?
Alan_Hepburn 01/30/20 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Please advise - determining max tow capacity

if it were me i would want to KNOW the dry weight rather than trust a brochure or closet sticker. I know it's just semantics, but to me the DRY weight is a fictional number. An RV will NEVER match its dry weight once you drive it out of the dealer. You're going to add fuel, water, propane, batteries, tools, kitchen stuff, clothing, etc. and most of that stuff will stay in the RV forever. What you need to determine is the ACTUAL weight, which you can ONLY get by visiting a scale. Ideally, you want the weight carried by each wheel; if you can''t get that then the weight carried by each axle will work; if you can't get that then as a last resort you can use the total weight on all axles.
Alan_Hepburn 01/27/20 01:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Military Chapter/Group within Good Sam?

There is a Veterans chapter in FMCA...
Alan_Hepburn 01/24/20 01:02pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
RE: Jeep Wrangler JL

Can't speak on the JL but our 2017 JKU has a power port inside the center console between the front seats, on the front wall of the console - that port is not switched.
Alan_Hepburn 01/21/20 03:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Trouble with California

What Legal Authority do your inspectors have to stop and check my vehicle? The Department’s legal authority for conducting vehicle and commodity inspections lies in the California Food and Agricultural Code, specifically Sections 5341-5353 and 6301-6465. Although submitting to inspection is voluntary, vehicle and commodities are not allowed to enter until released by an inspector. Highlighting added by me to make sure you don't skip over it... ...and then there's the second clause in your emphasised sentence that says the vehicle cannot proceed until released by the inspector. Sounds to me like it's "Let me inspect you of you can turn around and go back the way you came".
Alan_Hepburn 01/20/20 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Increasing towing capacity

First thing you need to do is to load the RV up exactly as it would be while you're traveling, and run it over a scale to find out the REAL weight - the UVW listed on any paperwork is nothing more than "science fiction". Once you know what the rig really weighs, you subtract that number from the GCWR. If the result of that math is more than 3500 your next step is to inspect the hitch receiver and chassis. The 3500 lb tow rating is most likely set by the rating of the receiver. That receiver was installed based on calculations done by the vehicle's designers, along with a team of lawyers. Is the receiver bolted on to the chassis frame rails, or is it bolted on to some frame rail extensions installed by the coach builder? If the former, then you MAY be able to replace it with a 5000 lb rated receiver, if the weight you calculated above allows it. If, on the other hand, it's bolted on to an extension then you'll need to know how strong that extension is before trying to increase the receiver's capability. Or, you could just say "Numbers are for geeks" and go ahead and tow whatever you want...
Alan_Hepburn 01/19/20 01:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

I could be wrong but the stuff thats failing isn't bonded leather. If it's peeling it's bonded leather. Bonded leather is made by grinding up all the scraps left over after making "real" leather products, then adding the resulting powder to water to make a slurry. That slurry is then sprayed onto a fabric substrate and allowed to dry. When the manufacturing process takes shortcuts - either using poor quality materials, or just sloppy processes in general, the top layer will eventually separate from the substrate. There is also a man-made product with the trade name "UltraLeather" - it is a higher quality product that seems to not be used much anymore. We had a sofa and love seat set in our house made with bonded leather. It started peeling right as the warranty ended and the company would not do anything; they said it's "normal wear and tear". In contrast, our 2007 Bounder has UltraLeather upholstery and it still look great after over 12 years and 45,000 miles.
Alan_Hepburn 01/13/20 03:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

Last summer we stayed at Yellowstone RV Park at Mack's Inn - it's about a 30 minute drive up to West Yellowstone but they had room when everything else in the area was already booked. The setting is rustic, but it was comfortable and full hookups.
Alan_Hepburn 12/31/19 03:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Neat little fresh water in an ABS pipe idea

By my calculations a 4" X 60" pipe will hold about 750 cubic inches; converting that to liters results in about 12.3 liters. So, you could, indeed, pour 24 500ml bottles of water into the pipe...
Alan_Hepburn 12/26/19 02:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Washing clothes while underway

When we bought our RV I read all the manuals - the washer/dryer manual said it uses a maximum of 14 gallons of water per load so we figured it would work well while we were driving. So, one day we decided to try it: put a small load in and hit the road. Everything went well - we even forgot the machine was running. That is until it started its high speed spin cycle: while it's trying to balance the load in the drum it can cause quite a vibration - we were sure we just blew a tire or something, until we remembered the washer was running!
Alan_Hepburn 12/25/19 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone / Old Faithful area

We were there this past summer and rather than deal with driving, parking, timing, etc. we elected to take advantage of the pros: Yellowstone Vacations tours - they use a 24 passenger bus and get you to all the major stops in an all-day excursion. We got to Yellowstone Falls in time to see the rainbow at the foot of the Falls, and got to Old Faithful just before it erupted. We also had the added attraction of seeing Beehive Guyser erupt right before Old Faithful. You board their bus in West Yellowstone at 8:00 am and return to their garage around 4:00 pm - if you're staying in West Yellowstone they will pick you up and drop you off.
Alan_Hepburn 12/21/19 03:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Graceland RV Park & Campground

It's "down at the end of Lonely Street, behind Heartbreak Hotel"... It really is!
Alan_Hepburn 11/29/19 11:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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