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RE: pocket knife

Most of my younger life was on the water. A waterman is never without his knife. The only time I don't have an edge is when I don't have pants on. When I have to pack it to get on a airplane these days, I am uncomfortable until I can get it back out of my luggage. I never realized how much other came to count on my having a knife until I bought in a company that I used to work for to do a special job for my then employer. While setting things up, one of the people that had been in my group back then turned to me and asked to borrow my knife. It had been 12 years since we worked together and he still expected that I would have a knife..... Matt
Matt_Colie 01/23/22 09:39am Around the Campfire
RE: Anyone with a THERMOSAN ?

Yo Matt …. Was the operation of that TUNED INTO the total warmed up engine and speed of the vehicle? Land, The early systems included a mini-muffler (called a sanitizer) that had a thermocouple in it, and a road speed switch. This was kind of expensive and after considerable testing, they changed to a vacuum switch (there were very few diesels at that time) and a time delay. Both systems insured that the exhaust systems were hot before pumping started. The systems without a "sanitizer", had a stainless probe and a screen (about 100 iirc) to insure that no large particles were released into the exhaust stream. Both of these systems came to an issue with the primitive state based emission laws of the day. Many simply demanded that no vehicle exhaust system could be modified from what was manufactured. This destroyed the aftermarket in many states. As it could not even be a dealer installed option, that lead to reduced sales. The pumping rate could be controlled with the selection of the tubing size in the peristaltic pump element, but it was found that the standard selection was good enough for all the test coaches we had available to us. This was all part of the "odor limit" controls. There was never any doubt when a following vehicle would know it was working. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/21/22 09:49am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CD player hookup

Mike, If those USB ports are not in the radio face, they may do you no good at all. Did you try duping the CDs onto a thumb drive and plugging that into the USB in the radio? If you run out of other ideas, there are FM modulators that power from the DC mousohole and have a 3.5audio plug for the CD player. Tune it and go. I have one that is so old that it has died. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/20/22 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Old laptop working after 24+ hrs of fiddling

I wish my 30 month old HP would do that. It has failed a second time. The first was under warranty and they replaced the Optonic and HDD. It recently crashed again. It behaved like the HDD was in trouble, so I loaded a new OS on another that I had a popped it in.... Still no joy. I took it to a local shop that does HP repairs. They had it for a week and told me that the device on the main board that does the port management had died. A new main board and installation is different cost from a new laptop by only lunch at a fast food place. I don't think I'm buying another HP anything. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/19/22 10:02am Technology Corner
RE: Anyone with a THERMOSAN ?

That Former Thetford engineer was ME. No, there is no way that the dump a load on a congress critter's car can be true, but I love the thought. At the end of the products life, we were being assailed by exhaust emissions flack. Never mind that it was not true, we are talking about bureaucrats here, and facts just don't matter. I had built a complete dyno and emissions test lab, and that did not show anything of interest. So I set up to pull samples into a gas chromatagraph. That was clear in that the resulting data with a 440 Chrysler engine could tell that the system was pumping, but when I handed out the data without labels, only about half guessed correctly and there were only two sets of data handed out..... I now wish I had saved enough of the parts to put one on my own coach. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/19/22 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Windshield defroster not blowing

Chip, I do not know Alegro/Freightliner, but most cab HVAC systems fall into three categories: Vacuum - not common with diesel because there is no vacuum. Electric - not popular due to cost Cable - Not easy to build due to cable routing problems. I would vote that yours is electric. So, there is an operator at every diverter or control door. Every one of those has a connector that is now 15 years old. I would suggest that you crawl around under the dash and see how many you can find to dis/reconnect and hope one of them gets you. In the case that it is a cable system, look for a cable that has slipped out of its holder. The holders can usually be crunched a little tighter and the cable pushed back in. If they did add a vacuum pump to run that and a few other things, I can almost bet that there is one of those stupid little nylon lines that is kinked, or cracked or the rubber connector have gotten cracked. What ever, you are going to have to find what it is and I can promise that this will not be the last time you have to do this. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/19/22 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery monitor that connects to wifi

Does anyone know of a battery monitor like my Xantrex Linklite that will connect to Wifi? I know Victron has bluetooth shunts and monitors but i see no WiFi. Howard, The Trimetric series from Bogart Engineering has a WiFi model to connect to their battery monitors. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/17/22 08:51am Tech Issues
RE: Calculated MPG

Most fuel gauges are nearly useless even the ones that I carefully calibrated, the tank shapes just make it that way. Interesting statement…. Maybe applies to antique vehicles? Grit, I am guessing that you mean as opposed to the modern systems that tell you "Miles to Empty"? Years ago, I took my young nieces "up the hill" to the snow. We had a great day. When it was time to go home, the computer read that I had about 20 miles til empty. I made a big deal about that to the girls and then said "oh, let's take a risk" and started down the hill without filling up. Over the next 60 miles, every time we'd pass a gas station they'd beg me to stop and fill up. I wouldn't. After we had gotten all the way down, I finally stopped and they practically cheered in relief. Well Grit, the practical matter is that the body computer reads the fuel level off the same old "float and resistor" sender that has been in use since cars started having electrical systems. It uses that to record a fill up (if less that a fill, it fakes it), then it uses the injector pulse width to total up the fuel used. If every thing is good, this can be pretty close. (I did own a VW that had a mechanical gauge, and I got the reserve valve from an older model because I still couldn't trust it.) So, if you live out side of New Jersey and can fill your own tank, you can create some repeatability there, but the instruments are still problematic. If you could see the efforts that have been put into both road vehicle and aircraft fuel quantity measurements, you would be surprised by the range of technology uses in these efforts and the total lack of success. I always fall back on the line in a FAA manual that says that the only time you should believe what a fuel gauge says is when it says "Empty". Matt- a refugee from the labs of Detroit
Matt_Colie 01/16/22 09:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Calculated MPG

Most fuel gauges are nearly useless even the ones that I carefully calibrated, the tank shapes just make it that way. Interesting statement…. Maybe applies to antique vehicles? Grit, I am guessing that you mean as opposed to the modern systems that tell you "Miles to Empty"? Years ago, I took my young nieces "up the hill" to the snow. We had a great day. When it was time to go home, the computer read that I had about 20 miles til empty. I made a big deal about that to the girls and then said "oh, let's take a risk" and started down the hill without filling up. Over the next 60 miles, every time we'd pass a gas station they'd beg me to stop and fill up. I wouldn't. After we had gotten all the way down, I finally stopped and they practically cheered in relief. Well Grit, the practical matter is that the body computer reads the fuel level off the same old "float and resistor" sender that has been in use since cars started having electrical systems. It uses that to record a fill up (if less that a fill, it fakes it), then it uses the injector pulse width to total up the fuel used. If every thing is good, this can be pretty close. (I did own a VW that had a mechanical gauge, and I got the reserve valve from an older model because I still couldn't trust it.) So, if you live out side of New Jersey and can fill your own tank, you can create some repeatability there, but the instruments are still problematic. If you could see the efforts that have been put into both road vehicle and aircraft fuel quantity measurements, you would be surprised by the range of technology uses in these efforts and the total lack of success. I always fall back on the line in a FAA manual that says that the only time you should believe what a fuel gauge says is when it says "Empty". Matt- a refugee from the labs of Detroit
Matt_Colie 01/16/22 09:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Calculated MPG

Marv, For my money, Forlivier and RR have the real answer. For everything I drive, I write the Odo and trip on the receipt. With the light things, it is just to have some idea. But for the coach, I find it essential to know that the engine condition is good (It had trouble a while back) and to know what my real tank range actually is. We travel with a laptop, and so there is a spreadsheet with the recent fuel data. When I used to coach for business this was important for tax records. While traveling, we find it valuable to know who soon we will need a fuel stop. When in travel mode to get somewhere, we are not the 2-2-2 types, so locating a good fuel stop can make a difference in a days travel. Most fuel gauges are nearly useless even the ones that I carefully calibrated, the tank shapes just make it that way. If you have an average of a number of fill-ups, this can become very repeatable and dependable. Once we made a mistake and had to buy fuel near the edge of a high price location. After consulting GasBuddy, I loaded exactly the three gallons we needed to be sure to make it to the less expensive fuel. When you buy fuel like we do, pennies mater. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/14/22 09:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Is this forum dying?

I think that all are off a little, but then, I read seven RV forums. The type specifics are off just a little, but the broad topics (like this one) are off from a few years ago. I do credit FakeBrook for a lot of this. It is much more small screen friendly than any of the real forums. What you have to remember about FB is that is more about talking and much less about listening. One of the FB pages I no longer read is a type specific about a vintage coach. While reading there, I saw what was not just wrong, but dangerous information passed along. When I read that the subject coach (savable, by my best guess) had been scrapped as a result of the incident created. (It was given to the towing company for the bill.) I left the group and have not returned. The simple fact is that from GenX to Millennial, they all think that the Boomers have no idea how things work. I guess it doesn't occur to them that we created what they think they know all about. It is now happening that we are seeing new young owners over at the type specific for the vintage coaches and it is rewarding to see their energy about the community. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/14/22 08:51am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Water system going crazy help!!

Well Jannie, For starters, even a coach as new as 25 will have some age-out issues. This may be two of them. You would be smart to start by replacing the city water fitting with a new one. That should not be a tough job. Get a new solid cap for it while you are at it. Lowes Depot will have then and better ones than the RV store. They may have the city water part too. There should be a check valve (only lets water go one way) at the pump, but many builders omitted that even if it is there, at 25yo, it may be bad. The check valves that are part of the pump can also be bad. If there is the check valve by the pump, that won't mater much. It is highly unlikely that you can repair the existing pump. The few that are built to be serviced are now difficult to get parts for. If either the pump or the check valve broke up, the parts may be downstream and be the reason you have low water flow is some places. These can often be cleared by setting up a city water house to push water back toward the disconnected pump. We have another issue that could matter a lot. The tank for water you want to use is either the fresh water tank or the potable tank. The holding tank is where the water (and other stuff) you have already used ends up. I don't think you want to confuse those two. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/13/22 11:01am Tech Issues
RE: RV Site UP Michigan - Finger Lakes

If you end up planing to spend time in the UP, two things you should not miss are: The Museum at Whitefish point The Locks at Sault Saint Marie If you are boondock capable, the best trick for the museum is to spend the night in the snowmobile parking lot that is just west of Paradise. Then head to the museum in the morning. I can't go there again, much of the displays are about the Fitzgerald and that still hurts. When you get to the Soo, drop someone near the visitor center to look on the big board for expected passages. Plan your day around that, but they are typically a little wrong. But get to the upper level of the "peanut gallery" and watch them lift or flush at least one ship. There are also three "museums" in town, The River of History is good, but it is closed on Sundays, the museum in the Valley Camp is as good as is seeing the rest of an old iron boat. The there is the Tower. If the ticket is not free, save your money. The trees have grown up since it was built and you can't actually see all that much. If you like avant gard, there is Lakenenland. A freestyle sculpture park on M-28 between Marquette and Au Train. We haven't been there in years and it may have rusted away. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/13/22 10:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: MPG for transit based motorhomes

OK, Time to clear up the GMC/TZE things. (Look at the pic in the sigfile.) There is no tag axle. The statement that the rear are in tandem as opposed to dual is correct, but by definition (according SAE) that is a single rear axle as the designed (some have changed) only has the single suspension for the tandem wheels. The ride in the back is so nice that when needed, we can sleep the off watch crew. We tried that in a Class C and that is all I will say. GM dumped all of that business in 1978 and have not looked back, so don't ask them. The well established community of owners knows way more about it now than GM Truck and Coach ever did.... And No, what you do at the rear has no effect of the load on the front tires. Could "Chrysler" pick it up and run with it? Sure they could, and they would be smart (IMHO) to do so. If/when they do, they would be smart to look at some of the re-engineering that has been done in the community. But, from the contacts I still have with that ex-employer, they are distinctly not interested. They dropped the whole RV effort when they shut down the big block line on Mound Road. That was part of the loan guarantee deal with the government. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/13/22 09:45am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Maintaining batteries

Thank you all for advice, I have volt meter, it is what I’m checking with. I’ve decided to get charger/ maintainers for 12v and 6v, any recommendations on best? Also, my 2, 6v house batteries are connected together, is this considered series? Would charger connected to one maintain both? Lastly, I’ve seen 2 bank chargers. Does anyone know if these can be set to 2 different voltages, one 6 and one 12? Thank you again. Silas, The 2ea 6volts make one 12V and keep thinking about it that way. As was said, get a charger on both banks as soon as possible. Find the date/year marks on all the batteries, and if they are over 5 years old, be suspicious. You bought the coach used, so you have no history on those batteries and there is every possibility that they are over age or have been depleted too many times. It is very easy to correct all this, and not seriously expensive if you buy things right. Matt
Matt_Colie 01/01/22 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Why does everyone seem insistent on the OP boondocking? It's certainly an option but far from a necessity. No, it is not a necessity, but neither is having a fully capable TT. The whole point is to make travel both more effective, efficient and pleasurable. Being able to drive until late because you know that the parking lot won't be closed will take some stress out of the situation. It is also good to have a navigator in the right seat. Not one bit necessary, but it sure is nice. (It is also nice to not pay for things you don't need or even want.) Matt
Matt_Colie 01/01/22 08:39am Roads and Routes
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

Surg, You may not plan on Boondocking, but drycamping is almost necessary in many cases. The thing is, if you are ready to do that, it opens an amazing number of options. If the trailer battery charges off the Tow Vehicle (TV) and it should, then you won't need the generator for a simple Over Night Park (ONP). You will have lights, water, your reefer and the gas stove. Your bed is right there, as is the euphemism. What more do you need before morning? Example: You go west along I-94. Late in the day you will be in Hammond (IN). There is a friendly Cabela's there. After asking the manager, park on the west edge of the lot. Other than the casino, there are not many other quiet places to spend the night. This is why being self-contained can be important. In the morning, have breakfast and fire up. You are now past the south end of Lake Michigan and there are a huge number of open options. Cabela's is just one option. RVparky can lead you to many more. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/30/21 09:21am Roads and Routes
RE: I-77 Between SC And OH in January - What to Expect?

Super, having done both routes, the first thing I would say is get good weather information and provision for three days so you can hold up somewhere and wait it out. (We have had to do this.) Next thing I would add is that 77 is a prettier road, but it takes you through the mountains of West Virginia. I can't imagine wanting to be there in the winter. Be sure your camera is ready in either case. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/30/21 08:57am Roads and Routes
RE: How to see grand canyon

Philh, There is a lot to see and do along the route you have outlined, but some it kind of mode dependent. How will you be traveling and with what other stuff? Matt - also in Belleville, but really New Boston
Matt_Colie 12/29/21 04:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2022 Trip Planning- Advice for Newbies

OK Surg... You have a lot of answers here, but it is clear that you are off into territory that you have not charted yet... You obviously know how to live in a TT, but you have never used what you have to it's full potential. You have a lot to learn, and none of it should be painful. You will discover some things that matter and some that are just small inconveniences. Those of us that were born knowing all about RVing never had to put up with this. (yeah, right) We traveled with two dogs (one has gone on ahead) in a motorhome shorter than your TT. We only made reservations when we were headed someplace we expected to be crowded (like Yellowstone) or a rally (those kind of come with reservations). At departure we always had an empty black tank, a full potable tank and provisions for three days. I always arranged the first travel day as a late start. Sailing taught me that departure mistakes often happen because your were in a hurry to get going. You (like us) are retired now, so don't rush for anything you don't really have to. First, about your new TT (in my terms). If it has a potable tank, it must have a water pump. This would be run off the house battery and there is probably a switch that needs to be on. Don't leave it on when traveling, if a tap rattles open, there goes all you fresh water. For the cost of the weight, fill it with good water before departure. If you have not used the tank, do a disinfecting pass before you do. Many use bleach for this and I use H2O2 and have for years. You have a refrigerator, use it as planned. I am guessing it is gas and electric. Either way, for a driving day in most weather, it can be off all day. If you are carrying a lot of frozen food, this may have to change. You are not practiced at long driving days. (4 hours isn't long) So, when you start doing that, look for highway rest areas to be "grass stops" for part of your contingent. Small city parks work too, but truck stops frequently have near zero grass. Carry the bags you will need. If you TT is like every other new RV I have seen, the installed house battery is inadequate. You will want to both upsize it and get a portable generator when you get going. There are myriad of other things you can do to make travel both more simple an less demanding, but you will have to come back here and ask questions when you can put words to them. Then we can be a big help. When you can fully understand what your TT can do for you, there is a world waiting out there. For long travel, find RV parks for a single night is a serious PITA and costs way more than it is worth. When you get a plan started, come back here for other ideas. You have enough to work with for now. Edit addition: You sort of asked about Boondocking/Drycamping. This also includes Lotdocking and Blacktopping (and stealth camping in our case). Boondocking is specifically (if you are to be accurate) camping someplace with nothing available but fresh air. Probably not even pavement nearby. Everything else is Drycamping or one of the others. You still have now utility support, but there is stuff nearby. This is what rest areas, Walmart and other welcoming businesses are for. Why by the whole farm when all you want are a few eggs?? You might look at the Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome sites for some ideas there too. If I can be of help, I'm here a lot or you can private message. Matt
Matt_Colie 12/29/21 02:53pm Roads and Routes
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