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RE: Mind the Batteries

You need a 12V one for the house battery as well. Two 6V batteries in series is a 12V battery (or, alternately, a 12V battery is just two 6V batteries permanently connected together in series). In either case you have six lead-acid cells strung together.
DrewE 06/24/19 03:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where to buy locking seal for cabover window glass

I think typically that seal isn't what primarily is keeping the water out (or not), but rather there's a polyurethane adhesive seal between the glass and the frame itself. The rubber piece is to hold things in position, and make them look pretty, and probably to keep too much water from collecting between the glass and the frame in general. It would probably help in finding the rubber material if you could suss out the manufacturer of the window itself (on my RV, for example, they're Hehr windows).
DrewE 06/24/19 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: Installed a new damper

The top nuts on mine, at least, were not really rusted in place. Regardless, getting a wrench in there to tighten the new ones is about the same battle. I found a flex-head ratcheting box wrench to be the handiest tool. As required per Murphey's Law, the replacement shocks used a different size nut than the old ones, so I had to buy two such wrenches. Some years and some chassis have rubber plugs in the foot space from the inside that can give somewhat easier access than trying to reach around from the bottom...but not all. The improvement in handling from the old, no-longer-absorbing shock absorbers to the new Koni FSDs was not subtle. I'm a happier driver now. I also don't plan on doing the job again merely for the fun of it.
DrewE 06/23/19 09:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a Class C. No cabover with washer combo.

Maybe one of the old GM (class A) motorhomes would be up your alley? It would probably take some work, either yours or someone previously doing it, to get the laundry service...but in terms of height etc. it seems it would be ideal, and they're just plain cool.
DrewE 06/23/19 05:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Installed a new damper

I remember a similar problem when doing the steering damper. Jacking up the corner of the vehicle is the solution, and it's not too hard. Note that this doesn't mean jacking up with the usual jack points for changing a tire, since those are on the I beams for the axles and lifting them doesn't appreciably change the position of the suspension components relative to each other; instead, jack the frame, the solid part of the axle assembly, or something similarly beefy and independent of the suspension. Changing the front shocks is not a lot of fun, but it's certainly not at all impossible for a DYIer...it's mainly just that there is not great access to the top mounts for wrenching on things. (Paying for any parts is never fun, it goes without saying!)
DrewE 06/23/19 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2006 Ford F53 transmission and wheel bearing maintenance

For the transmission, I would definitely just top up the fluid and go. Similarly, an extra 5000 miles on the bearings shouldn't be causing any great troubles. It's not like transmission fluid or bearing grease mysteriously turns bad at some precise mileage.
DrewE 06/21/19 06:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oven door handle replacement

Assuming this is just a bar across the front and not some latch mechanism or similar, it seems it wouldn't be too tricky to come up with a usable alternative. Maybe assemble bits and pieces of pipe? Maybe find an appliance handle (or other cabinet handle) with the appropriate spacing? Maybe a towel bas could be used--often they can be trimmed to length? Another good option is to enquire of RV salvage yards.
DrewE 06/20/19 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: I need help picking a location..

Smokies/Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg is a very good option. Dollywood is a top-notch amusement park in my estimation, and quite nice for families who aren't solely adrenaline junkies. Also consider traveling some portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The southern section, starting at GSMNP, is in my mind the more spectacular section. Do be aware of the tunnel height limits. Another option, in a different direction, is some of the finger lakes and other parts of western New York. Watkins Glen, Letchworth, maybe Niagara Falls, etc. are well worth seeing. You could stop at Knoebels on the way (but I assume you already know that).
DrewE 06/20/19 08:06am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FW sensor wiring help

Typically those sensors are wired to a resistor string. The pigtail connections probably contain the resistors. Often it's all in one blob of epoxy or plastic or something with a bunch of wires coming out, but yours seem to be strung together. If you disconnect everything and measure with an ohmmeter, you probably could suss out the connections. On the other hand, if the lights are all working as expected (they go on as you fill the tank at the appropriate levels), then I would say it's correct enough and leave good enough alone.
DrewE 06/20/19 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

I've taken one extended RV trip. The first step in planning was to call up my dear mother, who also loves to travel, and saying "would you be interested in joining me on an RV trip to Alaska?" Whether or not you need reservations depends mainly on where you are and when you're there. Some places and some times it's simply not practical to rely on space availability without a reservation: some of the popular national parks, holiday weekends, Florida during prime season, etc. Much of the rest of the time and country, it's entirely practical to wing it, or at most make reservations only a day or so in advance (or on the same day). Some people are not comfortable unless they know where they'll be headed, and reservations are good for them. Some other people are not comfortable unless they know they have flexibility to be spontaneous, and reservations are more of a hardship than a help for them. Similarly, how far you go in a day is rather up to your personal tastes; 300 miles in a day is entirely reasonable for me, but not for everyone. It also is somewhat dictated by where you're generally going on the trip, and over what timeframe, and of course vice-versa. I would start with a very rough idea of your itinerary, and figure out what popular places you don't want to miss (ones where reservations are necessary), and about where you'd be for holiday weekends and the like (ditto). Planning out approximate stops per night can be helpful, but I personally would avoid chiseling that in stone too early on. It is good to leave some flexibility if only for the possibility of unexpected problems (you need vehicle repairs, or a key road on the route gets flooded out, or high winds and thunderstorms prevent safe travel).
DrewE 06/20/19 07:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Amp Draw

I just checked on my motorhome. AC power: 25W, about 0.3A (power factor isn't great, I guess). DC house load: 0.2A (mostly for the propane detector) My DC ammeter measures battery current, so I had to turn off the AC power to measure the house load. With AC and the converter on, the average battery current once the battery is fully charged is very close to zero; the house load is just being supplied by the converter, and the battery is sitting at the float voltage. Naturally, if the battery is not fully charged, the converter charging the battery imposes a noticeable additional AC load (and, of course, makes for a non-negligible battery current as well).
DrewE 06/19/19 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Please confirm what I think I already know

Most computers and many other electronic devices these days (but not all) are specified to operate at any voltage from 100V to 240V or so as they have universal international power supplies. The chances of having power at any campground that cause them problems is quite small. You can verify this by looking at the specifications on their power supplies. My little photo printer, for example, which happens to be ready at hand, says "Input: 100-240V AC 50/60Hz ...." on the power brick.
DrewE 06/18/19 08:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Thermostat settings

Auto generally means the fan turns off when the thermostat no longer calls for cooling. Manual or On means the fan runs continually, handy if you just want air circulation and/or lots of background noise without cooling. Typically the High and Low speed settings are independent options from the Auto and On/Manual settings, for a total of four possible permutations.
DrewE 06/18/19 07:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge on propane while driving

One of the main reasons for propane off or not permitted in some tunnels is that propane is heavier than air, and if the tunnel is U shaped, lower in the middle than at the portals (as when going under a city or body of water, for instance), propane that leaks out or otherwise escapes tends to collect in the tunnel and stay there. Tunnels through mountains, which are usually constructed to be higher in the middle than at the portals, often don't have the same restrictions since propane naturally tends to flow out of the tunnel. The main reason for constructing the tunnel with the portals lower than the middle if that is possible, of course, is so that water won't collect in it.
DrewE 06/18/19 07:53pm Beginning RVing
RE: Water pressure issue

Figured it out. There are 6 Valves in compartment 4 are drains and 2 I have no idea but turning one it had normal psi. Thanks guys I would guess the one you turned (and probably the other unknown one as well) is for winterizing, to enable sucking antifreeze from the bottle with a hose connected...somewhere. One valve to shut off the pump suction from the water tank, and the other to turn on the suction to the antifreeze hose connection, or possibly a two-way valve to do both at the same time. The other sort of valve you might sometimes find is a water fill valve to fill the tank from the city water inlet. Opening it when trying to use the pump will cause the pump to run incessantly, pumping water from the tank back into the tank. Opening it (if you have it) and operating the valve(s) to winterize lets you pump water into the tank from a container, which is occasionally handy.
DrewE 06/18/19 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HELP!!!!

If you don't need hookups, the National Park campgrounds (at least some of them) generally have overflow camping available; you self-register and plonk yourself down in a big field or gravel lot somewhere. There may or may not be porta-loos scattered about. I think there is overflow camping at Lake Louise--but I'm not sure--and there definitely should be at Jasper and at Banff.
DrewE 06/18/19 11:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: EZ-Pass?

I don't believe EZ-Pass works in Vermont or Connecticut but will work in the other states you mentioned. EZ-Pass doesn't work in Vermont mainly because there are no toll roads or bridges in Vermont. (I'm excepting a few carriage/mountain roads that are part of state parks with entrance fees or very similar private roads/bridges.) I think the same logic applies to Connecticut; there's no EZ-Pass support because there's no place where it would make sense to use it. Any EZ-Pass transponder, regardless of origin, will work for any EZ-Pass member state/transportation authority's toll roads and bridges.
DrewE 06/17/19 02:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: baltimore to cape cod

I would probably take I-83 to I-81 to I-84 and thence whatever seems to make sense, probably I-90 (some toll) to I-495. Traffic still will exist potentially heavy at times, and you'll still have to cough up a toll for the bridge over the Hudson (which is pretty hard to avoid in any case if you want to travel expiditiously from west to east). I-84 is not the most pleasant road, but IMHO preferable to the alternatives. I-95 through NYC is miserable, and through Connecticut is no picnic either, particularly in the soutwestern section of the state towards NYC. (Arguably the best way to avoid tolls and traffic is to take Amtrak, though I assume that's not very helpful for you.)
DrewE 06/17/19 07:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Campsites directly on Lake Ontario in Canada or NY

For the New York state campgrounds, a great resource is the CampADK campsite photo database. There are a number that are on or very close to Lake Ontario, and some more along the St. Lawrence seaway.
DrewE 06/16/19 08:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: motor temp

On my motorhome, it's roughly halfway between C and H. :B
DrewE 06/16/19 12:33pm Class C Motorhomes
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