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RE: Butt splice connector to join 10 gauge to 12 gauge wire?

YES they meet "CODE" but IMHO they are just as bad as stab and jab receptacles. X2!! on the WAGOs GARBAGE!! Since the two of you are passing yourself off as experts, why do you not like WAGOs? Experience? Personal preference? You'll have to determine if 38 years as a licensed electrician makes me an expert. Wago's rely on spring pressure to hold a strip of metal against the wire just like those CHEAP back stabbed receptacles use. Tiny point of contact unlike wires that are twisted together then covered with a wirenut. I will say WAGOs are handy when doing speaker wires (not life safety speakers such as a fire alarm system) or connecting multiple control wires that do not carry more than 0.25 amp current.
Mike134 03/29/22 06:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Butt splice connector to join 10 gauge to 12 gauge wire?

I need to join 10 gauge to 12 gauge -- and believe it or not, I have never used butt splice connectors. They're fine, and you have plenty of choices. Also, look at WAGO 221s. YES they meet "CODE" but IMHO they are just as bad as stab and jab receptacles. Simply put your touching a small surface to complete the circuit with these. MUCH better off with a wire nut or even a butt splice. I built over 100 Dental Clinics in my career and I did not allow them on my jobs. Only place I did was connecting low voltage draw lighting. X2!! on the WAGOs GARBAGE!! Grit dog this post just might get to 10 pages before the week is done!! LOL I've already unsubscribed, way too much email notifying me of yet another post. I'll just peek in every so often
Mike134 03/29/22 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

Based on 1,500# and adding 5spi that would be running 45psi at 1,6540# capacity. CapriRacer has suggested adding 15% to the tire weight and that would put you at 1,725# and use 50psi at 1,760# capacity. You already inflated the tire load a bit so IMHO either 45 or 50 will be just fine. You have been running 50 for three years how even is the tread ???????? /\ /\ /\ THIS will tell you the right pressure. Don't listen to the guy down the block, who talked to his cousin, who knew a guy that read it on the internet.
Mike134 03/29/22 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Load/Inflation Calculation

I upgraded to GD endurance and also increased one size from 205-14 to 215-14 and ran them at 60 PSI for the past 8000 miles. Turns out that is too much pressure because the center of the tread is wearing faster than the edges. I'll be going down to 55 psi this year hopefully that wears them more evenly across the entire tread. The sticker on the TT calls for the OEM tires to be at 50 psi
Mike134 03/29/22 05:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Butt splice connector to join 10 gauge to 12 gauge wire?

Do it right....solder them together, then use the heat shrink. Solder is good but a good crimp is just as reliable. How can I say for certain? I have yet to see a building I wired the past 40 years using crimps burn down. How often do you drive those buildings down a pothole mired freeway at 55mph? LOL. (42 years as a general Yea, I get the push-in outlet thing contractor),, but moving vehicles are not the same as a stationary building. Those are just garbage. No good Union electrician would ever rely on that type of connection. But the point was a crimp connection is just as good and even better than solder when solder is done wrong. IE to much heat not enough heat, wrong flux, wrong solder.
Mike134 03/27/22 12:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Butt splice connector to join 10 gauge to 12 gauge wire?

Do it right....solder them together, then use the heat shrink. Solder is good but a good crimp is just as reliable. How can I say for certain? I have yet to see a building I wired the past 40 years using crimps burn down.
Mike134 03/26/22 05:33pm Tech Issues
RE: are there upsides/downfalls to single-axle TT's?

It all sounds lie a huge waste of money to me. Selling your house will cost you big $$$$. Selling the trailer to buy a smaller one? Big waste of $$$ too. Keep everything you have. Grandkids need room. You do plan to take your grandkids with you, don't you? Lol…another “expert” opinion that has nothing to do with the question! As long as the OP realizes the opinions he gets here are no better than what he'd get from the campground bar patrons/"6 beer experts" he'll do fine. Sites like this are great for questions like "how does this gizmo work?" For opinions roll a dice. Safe travels
Mike134 03/24/22 07:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Batteries sat for 5 months without charge

Watching and listening. Have to be honest sounds just like the 5-6 guys along the bar at the campground debating what is best. Cheers!!
Mike134 03/20/22 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: portable grey waste disposal cart

gray water? 5 gallon bucket
Mike134 03/19/22 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interstate rest area stops

Leave the parking spots for the truckers so they can sleep. Otherwise, KARMA will get you and some sleepy trucker will run you off the road.
Mike134 03/08/22 06:04am Roads and Routes
RE: How heavy on a srw crew cab f350 3.5 with godzilla

Nice to see the weight police squabble over a 1 ton. I guess to be safe get a military surplus deuce and a half and you're golden.
Mike134 02/18/22 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Multiple Buyers. Who gets the RV?

****** AND ****** After all the arguing here, BOTH potential buyers said “ thanks, but no thanks” ….. GO FIGURE ! ! ! The lesson learned is never ask the internet for advice
Mike134 02/02/22 07:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Multiple Buyers. Who gets the RV?

Be honest. First one to show up with green money gets the title. X 10!! Like my old hunting buddy said about feeding the family "Bird in your hand is worth twice as much as 2 still out in the field"
Mike134 01/30/22 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: F150 w/ 3.5L POWERboost towing experiences?

Based on the 3.5ecoboost and this being an improvement, it should do great. But as someone mentioned, payload will likely be your limitation. Payload should be the similar as a 3.5 Ford raised the GVWR by 300lbs on the power boost models.
Mike134 01/28/22 06:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 w/ 3.5L POWERboost towing experiences?

Have you poked around on this forum? https://www.f150forum.com/
Mike134 01/26/22 04:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Any Benefits to 30amp to 50amp

Agree with rk911, the only real advantage is the 50a plug is usually in better shape. Another possible advantage would be if the 30a feed had a lower voltage level but you might not be able to get the other leg on the 50a with your adapter, so it would be a moot point This /\ /\ /\ Same wires feed all the receptacles in a given pedestal.
Mike134 01/19/22 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Custer State Park Sylvan lake 32’ tt

If I remember one of the roads (Needles highway?) leading to the park has a couple of 10' high tunnels.
Mike134 01/14/22 05:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Anybody launching a boat with a Class A?

If you can see the boat in your mirrors while dead straight behind you, you should have no issues.
Mike134 01/11/22 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to see grand canyon

While at the south rim check if there have been any cancelations to take a mule ride to the bottom, stay overnight at the bottom then come back up the following day. (food and shelter included) It's a great trip and last time we did it 2 couples got lucky with last minute cancelations and rode with us
Mike134 01/09/22 12:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping on Sand

Cannot speak to driving on sand but have camped near the shoreline, wonderful on a nice calm night, add some onshore wind and the waves crashing in all night long does not make for a restful night.
Mike134 01/08/22 02:26pm Fifth-Wheels
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