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RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

Would it be fair to suggest that the safety ground system is a waste of copper when all circuits are GFCI protected? If the cost of copper and electrician labour keeps rising it may become cheaper to go with GFCI breakers instead of ground wiring.
Harvey51 08/21/19 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: capital one credit card

I’m surprised to learn Capital One is a real credit card. I keep getting one in our post office box a couple of times a year. Our small Canadian town doesn’t have delivery to the house.
Harvey51 08/21/19 03:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: Class c overhead marker lights/lens

I found nearly exact replacements (slightly different colour) at Princess Auto for about $3. LED On the front, a long ladder over the engine compartment worked surprisingly well. Use something to prevent the wires from falling into the inside after cutting them off the old light.
Harvey51 08/21/19 03:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Meter on order

There is no interval between checks; there is no way to measure the state of charge instantaneously. The monitor must continuously measure the current and calculate how many amp hours go in and out from the current and time. The amp hour calculations must be done every second or so because the amp hour display makes no sudden changes. I haven’t installed my Hall effect meter yet; I’m really writing about my cheep shunt based battery monitor and assuming it functions the same way except for the method of measuring current. I would expect no jumps in amp hour display from the Hall effect monitor, too.
Harvey51 08/18/19 11:09pm Tech Issues
RE: What size battery charger???

What does 18 amp mean? If it is the current drawn from the battery when in use, it needs to be multiplied by the time in hours it is in use per day to get the energy used in amp-hours. Then you could look for a charger that delivers that amount of energy in the time it will be charging the battery. If the charging time is ten times as long as the lifting time then the charger needs one tenth of the 18 amps.
Harvey51 08/18/19 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Class C with only overhead bed

We bought a 20 foot former rental Canadian Adventurer, made by Adventurer Manufacturing Limited headquartered in British Columbia with manufacturing in Yakima, Washington and dealerships across Canada. https://www.fraserway.com/buy-an-rv/edmonton/specials/canada-wide-rv-clearance-edmonton We have enjoyed our small class C for 11 years now.
Harvey51 08/18/19 09:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: LED's for marker lights

i also bought new LED marker lights on sale at a local auto store called Princess Auto for 2 or 3 dollars. Easy to install and I think they are more waterproof.
Harvey51 08/18/19 12:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mounting back up camera

Got a rear window? I mounted my camera inside, looking through the window. The wiring was easy, never any mud on the camera lens.
Harvey51 07/25/19 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: RCMP seek witnesses - Liard Hot Springs death investigation

CBC article This article has some details about the equipment being used by searchers in northern Manitoba. They look way better prepared than the teens would be from their games way down south on Vancouver Island. Perhaps the mosquitos and other insects will provide appropriate punishment for their crimes.
Harvey51 07/25/19 08:56am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RCMP seek witnesses - Liard Hot Springs death investigation

CBC article
Harvey51 07/25/19 08:53am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RCMP seek witnesses - Liard Hot Springs death investigation

The suspects were seen in northern Manitoba yesterday and are suspected of another incident there. https://www.citynews1130.com/2019/07/24/burned-vehicle-manitoba-manhunt-men-three-bc-deaths/
Harvey51 07/24/19 10:19am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

The Canadian Adventurer class C is back in business. I see lots of new ones in Jasper especially. Most appear to be 20 to 24 feet. I know the company moved to the US and dropped the class C about ten years ago. Anyone know if they have moved back to Canada?
Harvey51 07/21/19 10:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Costco battery?

In 2011 I killed the house batteries that came with our used motorhome by believing the idiot lights and voltmeter (both are overly optimistic for hours after a little charging from the engine while driving. We were in Nanaimo, BC and I bought two deep cycle (not marine) batteries at Costco there. I learned my lesson and got a battery monitor, then a solar panel and these batteries never went below 80% charge. They are still performing very well after 8 years. I see the Grande Prairie, Alberta Costco has the same type of battery a little higher cost than the $90 I paid in 2011. No problem choosing a size, just measure the length, width and height your battery compartment can handle and take the tape measure with you to the store. And choose the type compatible with the wire connectors you have. $10 back for returning an old battery, not necessarily the same size.
Harvey51 07/11/19 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

If, like me, you can’t part with the Windows photoviewer from XP and 7, try Honeyview for Windows 10. It’s the first viewer for Win 10 that I find acceptable and it does have a very nice new feature - showing on google maps where the photo was taken. I keep all my photos on an old XP desktop because photoviewer is so nice to use. If I knew how I would set up my new laptop to boot up in either XP or Windows 10. There are several articles with instructions for moving the old Photoviewer to Win 10 but none of them worked for me.
Harvey51 07/08/19 09:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

Chrome works very well for me. The only problem is Canada Revenue Agency deems it unsecure so I have to download and upload to CRA in a later version of Windows. The Slimjet browser also works well. A friend just asked if it was okay to use Windows 7 for banking. I said I use XP for banking, and so do most banking machines.
Harvey51 07/07/19 05:18pm Technology Corner
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Generators are a necessity for air conditioning in the hot south but not here in the north where we seldom need air conditioning. A solar panel is all we need for electricity in summer. We never plug in to shore power either. Travelling in winter when there is much less sunlight and low temperatures would also require more power for heating but we never camp in cold and dark evenings. Thanks for your interest. We have been quite lucky in our former rental, some of it due to interest and learning about the RV. I don’t need a second number in your list - I’ve had one for a few years.
Harvey51 07/07/19 12:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: battery

Try fully charging your battery, then check voltage a couple times a day to see how long before it stabilizes. My newer batteries will read well over 13 volts resting for a month. Perhaps drawing some current from it would remove the “surface charge” so a reasonably accurate state of charge can be found with a voltmeter. The instrument of choice is the battery monitor that counts the amp hours charging and discharging so it can display the per cent of full charge all the time. https://forums.goodsamclub.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29798122.cfm
Harvey51 07/07/19 11:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

We have a 2004 Canadian Adventurer, 20 footer, bought the former rental in 2008. Here it is at Mackenzie, BC a couple weeks ago. https://i.imgur.com/H4dRchEl.jpg This was the second time I had to take it to a garage. The first time a couple of years ago I got the brake pads replaced and the mechanic made a little mistake on one of the front wheels. The metal tabs holding the pad in place weren’t in the right place and the brake squealed. I noticed the difference from the other wheel and got the mechanic to change it but the darn thing squealed for 2 years. It turned out a tab had been bent out of shape so had to be replaced. The engine got a change of serpentine belts - the one they took off looks very good so it probably wasn’t necessary but I figured I might as well get it changed rather than worry about losing the alternator far away from home. It will surely last as long as we will drive it - maybe another 11 years? The best mechanic in town says everything looks good underneath - U joints, shocks, wheel bearings, etc.
Harvey51 07/03/19 09:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Buying a Former Rental Class C. How many of us out there?

Help with cruise America 2015 Thor majestic 23a not charging from alternator. My coach battery is not charging from alternator, I know my alternator works, and so does the battery, any suggestions for trouble shooting? I have checked all if the fuses I can find and reset the 40amp breaker. There is a thread in the class C section on this topic. First step is to measure the voltage on the house battery and the engine battery when engine is running. The voltages will be almost the same if they are connected together with fuse, wire and probably a relay. A few tenths of a volt are significant for efficient charging and may be caused by poor connections or too light wire. Follow the connections from starting battery to house battery to find out where voltage drops.
Harvey51 07/03/19 08:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Locks on Propane tanks?

My understanding is that propane doors are supposed to be NOT locked so that gas can be turned off in case of fire, even if the occupant is not at home. And unlocked propane compartments are required on ferries which have a checker who must be sure the bottles are turned off. No problem padlocking the strap that holds the bottles in place.
Harvey51 06/30/19 05:52pm General RVing Issues
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