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RE: Skating in Ottawa

This is why there are still people living in Canada! TriCities is only barely south of Canada! :B:B Actually, Tri-Cities WA is about 150 miles NORTH of Toronto. If you take the same latitude as Toronto and go out to the west coast you end up a little south of Eugene OR.
JaxDad 01/18/22 04:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Reducing push/pull from tractor trailers passing

If the RV has the air tabs, what is the effect on a towed vehicle in the generated votex, does the toad swerve constantly or does it track true? Or does the toad venicle need to have the yabs also to mitigate the vortex generated by the RV? navegator I routinely pull an enclosed 24’ trailer behind my C, both are equipped with air tabs. Both are rock solid on the road.
JaxDad 01/18/22 04:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Skating in Ottawa

People aint meant to live in that chit. After having spent too much time during the warm months in various southern locations, I can tell you sir, the same goes for a low country swamp in July!! I can always put another layer on, or move a little more to stay warm. Staying cooler is a whole ‘nuther matter!!
JaxDad 01/17/22 04:21pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Converting Onan generator from gas to propane

I am considering the purchase of a Class A with a gasoline-fueled Onan generator and have heard a lot of horror stories about problems with such generators. A good friend who travels with me quite often has a DP with a propane genset. The heartaches of trying to find LPG, constantly, is a BIG issue. In cold weather he’s burning propane for heat AND the electricity to keep the heat running. I don’t know how big his tank is, but in ‘heating season’ he’s refilling his LPG every other day.
JaxDad 01/13/22 05:52pm Tech Issues
RE: MPG for transit based motorhomes

That is decent fuel economy. Too bad that chassis is offered only with a SRW axle. A DRW would have done the chassis wonders. RGAWR on a Promaster is well under 6000 lbs. Single rear wheels handle these weights easily. If you bump that up to a 7K+ RGAWR on a FWD chassis, you're not going to go anywhere when you're fully loaded. Shhhhhhh. Don’t tell GM that. Clicky, clicky, clicky……..
JaxDad 01/13/22 05:52am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wind noise question

I had a similar issue with my C but knew the cause, it’s a routine thing to a pilot. It’s the crosswind effect. When the airflow is head on there is equal pressure on both sides, but when the wind is favouring the drivers side there is increased pressure on that door, but also a corresponding lack of pressure (in fact a slight vacuum) on the passenger door. The physical layout of the front doors means the upper portion is pretty easy to pull away from the body. In many cases just opening a roof vent will create a lower pressure on the inside of the RV and help equalize the pressure on the door.
JaxDad 12/30/21 06:02am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New generator technology product

lol, is running the motor for power generation still considered idling, or is it now a generator and thus not at idle? Actually the anti-idling law here is so strict it makes idling a car purely for occupant comfort, even if it is police, fire, ambulance, etc, illegal. The only real exception is for PTO driven equipment on commercial trucks.
JaxDad 12/26/21 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: New generator technology product

I wish they wouldn't call them generators. Very misleading, IMO. There is a huckster here in the Toronto area marketing a device he euphemistically calls the “Car Generator”. In reality it is nothing more than an inverter in a waterproof case with cables to clamp on the battery of a car like booster cables. You then run an extension cord to what you need powered. The ironic part of the deal is that Toronto has, like many places do, an anti-idling law. Merely using it therefore is illegal since it requires leave the vehicle running. The really sketchy part of his pitch is his claim, beyond that you have “Backup power for days without the generator hassle.” is his rather incredulous claim that “Running a compact sedan at idle uses less gasoline than running a generator. Honda 1000watt generator .19 gal/hr, compact sedan 2 litre engine .16 gal/hr.”. I’m not sure what you do for power after someone drives away with your car you left idling in your driveway for 3 days, but who am I to question a P. T. Barnum-ite……. For your reading pleasure …….. or good OL’ belly laugh …… click here.
JaxDad 12/22/21 04:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Mouse in the house

Rodent, yes, mouse, no. Chewed up PEX line is a mouse’s bigger cousin the rat. FYI rodents being mammals won’t take a second taste of anything doused with hot pepper sauce.
JaxDad 12/14/21 07:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: class c with v10

I'm looking at a class C on a ford chassis with a V10 engine and no big cab over the front. I have a conventional C Class and a friend has a B+ both on the same chassis. When we run down the road together, same road & speed we get identical mileage. The difference between the two front ends means nothing in mileage from an aerodynamic point of view. The big difference is I have an ‘extra’ queen bed that he doesn’t.
JaxDad 12/09/21 05:31am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Personal self recording camera?

We use GoPro cameras a lot in aviation. Very simple, extremely robust, fantastic vibration suppression and really great videos. There’s a BUNCH of various mounts and harnesses available very reasonably. If you want a cheap experiment you can buy them used for not much money.
JaxDad 11/28/21 10:56am Technology Corner
RE: Can I submit my own warranty claim?

No. Even if you could, you’re not a dealer (to get paid) and profiting from a warranty claim is a form of fraud. You just don’t want to go there. If, however, you have legitimate repairs needed and you call them in advance and they agree to it you can usually DIY it and they will reimburse you for the parts.
JaxDad 11/22/21 06:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter battery maintenance

Our tractors run 4D and 8D batteries, big honkin’ FLA batteries. They typically get parked about this time of year until around Easter. Most are never touched or have any charger on them that whole time. Some of those batteries are well over 10 years old. The 2 tractors we do use in the wintertime have a cheap 6 or 10 amp charger on them plugged into a cheap lamp timer that powers the chargers for an hour a day, around 3 or 4am usually. No need to make stuff complicated.
JaxDad 11/19/21 06:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Chassis battery charging when parked

A great diagnostic trick is to remove the negative terminal from the battery then put an incandescent light bulb like an 1156 on jumper cables in between the negative battery post and negative cable. If there is a load, path to positive, the bulb will begin to glow. Then opening connections one by one will show you the culprit when the light goes out.
JaxDad 11/19/21 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: I did not know

How is this a Class A issue, maybe consider moving the post?
JaxDad 11/16/21 05:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Coach marker/running lights issue

The Ford chassis has a quirk to it, the lights that would be the marker lights on the dually fenders is tied to the trailer wiring which is what was used for the coach lights on a C class. The reason they do this is so the driver can tell by looking in the mirror that the trailer (which might be narrower than the duals) is dark. You have either a funky ground, most likely because LED’s draw very little power, or a sketchy fuse for that circuit, or both.
JaxDad 11/14/21 05:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Appropriate Tire Pressure?

The whole subject of tire pressure is one I find amusing, the part about ‘4 corner weighing’ hilarious! Tire pressures are of course best taken when the tires are cold. However, as a tire starts to roll that little flat spot at the bottom, and the 2 little bulges in each sidewall, move along the circumference of the tire to stay in contact with the road. This flexing and relaxing cause heat. An average size tire turns about 750 times to cover a mile, so at 60mph those tires turn 750 rpm. After just a half an hour the tire temperature can rise 50 deg’s. Tire pressure increases by about 1 degree per 10 deg increase in tire temperature. From the time you check tire pressure at say 9am and find then at say 60 deg’s, to a sunny hot afternoon of 90 deg’s and 6 hours of highway driving the tire pressure could have easily changed by 10 psi. Oh, but on a snowbird dash south on a cold rainy early winter day, they may have only increased by 3 or 4 degrees. So much for precise pressure settings ………
JaxDad 11/11/21 05:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Loading generator

Well, I don’t discount your experiences gents. So what % chance you think that the slip rings will corrode and need cleaned if it sits 2,6,12 months? A friend has a cottage on an island in the Great Lakes. It is only used from the end of March until the beginning of November. The only electricity is provided by an old gasoline powered Onan 4KY gennie. Each fall the carb is run dry after the oil and plugs are changed. That’s it. Come spring it starts right up and runs all summer just fine, as it has like that for decades. BTW, the edict to ‘exercise’ an Onan only appeared in the manuals AFTER it became Cummins Onan. So is it a technical requirement or a product liability requirement?
JaxDad 11/09/21 05:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Vax Passports

Got our passports yesterday. Good to go. Woohoo. Headed for the island in a week or two depending on weather. Scouting out the camping trip for next year thru gold country route up thru Princeton etc. Should be fun.Vaccination + Passport = Freedom :B Sounds like anything but freedom I presume you are far too young to have any personal knowledge of the time when tuberculosis was a burden on our society even here in North America. Google it, it wasn’t a good period, and it’s still not completely gone.
JaxDad 10/30/21 03:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Loading generator

Used to be the "recommendation" was to keep the field windings from de-magnetizing. Honestly can anyone who is adamant about this relate an actual experience where the windings needed re-magnetized or corrosion kept the generator from operating properly? Funny you should bring this “recommendation” up. A good friend of mine inherited the family summer place, on an island in the Great Lakes. Electricity is supplied by an old Onan genset. Maintenance involves changing the oil every fall (mid October) and then running the carb dry till ts sparked back up the following Easter. It is well into mid 5 figures on the Hobbs meter, never an issue, ever. The only difference between those old units and today’s units? Cummins has more / better lawyers than Onan did……..
JaxDad 10/27/21 06:10pm Beginning RVing
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