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RE: Quiet generators

Hnnnnnn, I wonder how many folks would know he difference if you put a Honda decal on a Predator. ;) I would.
Range Maggot Bob 10/14/19 09:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Places To dine

We are near Kingman,Az or a bit. We have looked around but not found what we want but did find California pricing on everything. Did the Cracker Barrel( no frosted mugs for root beer anymore and higher prices). Did the Golden Coral, lots of Chicken and chicken and chicken and mashed and fried potatoes and such. Most of the usual fast food places. I swear if I ever take another bit of a McDonals burger, I will croak. Found one little restaurant near a days inn California pricing small fare. A steak house now,no guns allowed, 24.00 for small cheap tough steak. But no Mom and Pops. Went to Bullhead City and Laughlin Nv. Not going to the casinos. Just the same typical chain out of the freezer into the fryer stuff. Same in Havasu City Surely there are some good places in Western Az to eat. Where and who are they? I know the area well, and you are right. Been going there for years, and can't really think of a good place to eat in Bullhead; maybe a fancy restaurant in a Laughlin casino, but really nothing.
Range Maggot Bob 10/14/19 09:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bit Off WAY more than we can chew...

Cut your losses - sell it. I say BS to that! Just look it up on YouTube. It will be there, and most of those things you want to do are very simple. Good luck, have a blast, and don't let anybody discourage you!
Range Maggot Bob 09/26/19 09:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best wax for lazy people?

Transitioning from Purdy to Patina is the natural course of all RVs. Learn to accept the inevitable. Hose it off and go camping. I guess maybe you may be right. Sigh..........
Range Maggot Bob 09/09/19 04:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best wax for lazy people?

So if you were lazy and dreading washing and waxing your 32' fiberglass siding TT, what would be the fastest most bestest way to get it looking real purdy? No way am I gonna old school Mr. Miyagi style the wax. Thanks:) Pay someone to wash and wax your rig while you watch with the beverage of your choice. It doesn't get any easier. ;) Yeah, just did that. Now I've got a still brand-new looking RV with a torn decal on the front cap. IMHO- never let anybody use a pressure washer on your new-looking RV. Next time for us- hand wash and hand paste wax. I don't care what it costs. (Within reason, of course.) And always for us- Maguires. Nothing else will do.
Range Maggot Bob 09/09/19 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Questions for RVers with DISH

are you running through the RV wiring? I find mine starts faster when I run the coax though a window and attach it direct. I use an adapter like this: https://www.amazon.com/Parts-Express-Window-Coaxial-Coupler/dp/B0002KR74A Satellite Bill- even though I'm going through the RV satellite hookup, do you think running direct would makes things easier and faster? And then undo and hook-up to the RV? Thanks for any info! CamperMama- how's your satellite set-up going?
Range Maggot Bob 09/09/19 04:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Questions for RVers with DISH

You need to turn them both on at the same time. If the antenna is on for 5 minutes with out a signal from the reciever, it will shut down. Not mine. Went out today and heard my Playmaker making that funny sound when it's trying to find a satellite. Went inside the RV and everything was off.
Range Maggot Bob 09/06/19 03:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish & Wally Receiver

My problems on my pathway2 have always been lack of enough power. Too long of a coax to the dish. cheap cable , bad connections etc. Also while I love the wally functionality ,the 211 I carry seems to almost always connect more easily. If I just cant get the dish to lock on I pull out the 211 and it almost always works. The ones with smaller dishes are I think at the limit anyway of being able to receive a useable signal and the Wally reputation for not providing enough power to the dish is earned in my mind. RG11 nickel-coated water-proof blah blah blah cable made all the difference in the world for us. Even at 100' I still get a full 12V. (or whatever it's supposed to be; can't remember exactly)
Range Maggot Bob 09/06/19 03:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish & Wally Receiver

I don't think it's the receiver; like I said, I've done that also. I think it's the tiny little reflector inside the unit that makes it so hard to hit all the satellites. I can hit them, but that's when there is NOTHING in the sky in the way. The guys with the bigger dishes seem to have a much easier time. But it sounds like you're getting there! Slowly but surely. Believe me, I know..... The reflector inside a dome can NEVER hit all of the satellites at the same time like the larger open face antennas do. The reflector points to only 1 satellite at a time and the software moves the reflector between the satellites as requested by the receiver. Bill-makes sense to me. But do the larger carry-out type dish receivers make it any easier? I seem to still have a hard time getting all 3 satellites, like Campermama. So it's the software, huh?
Range Maggot Bob 09/06/19 03:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish & Wally Receiver

I don't think it's the receiver; like I said, I've done that also. I think it's the tiny little reflector inside the unit that makes it so hard to hit all the satellites. I can hit them, but that's when there is NOTHING in the sky in the way. The guys with the bigger dishes seem to have a much easier time. But it sounds like you're getting there! Slowly but surely. Believe me, I know.....
Range Maggot Bob 09/04/19 07:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish & Wally Receiver

Yeah, I have the same problem quite often. Most of the time it's because of trees. With this particular dish, you really need a totally clear sky. I spend a lot of time leveling, setting up, etc. and usually to no avail. My wife goes out and kicks the dish, puts a few rocks underneath, and gets me a signal every time. Darn her! Anyway, I just keep going through the whole process over again a few times and sometimes I hit all 3 and sometimes not. I know how frustrating it is cause all I want to do is set it out and watch TV. We actually had much better luck when we had a tripod and DirecTV, but I got this setup for HD and the ease of setting up. Yeah, right. So keep trying, and you are now at the point where all you can do is try to figure it out yourself. Good luck, and let us know. EDIT: I notice you are able to get all 3 when you go through the process in the morning. Last weekend camping, we never could get the third satellite, so you're doing ok. I have no idea why it needs to recombobulate every morning, but we have had that problem also. Not all the time, but sometimes.
Range Maggot Bob 08/29/19 03:23pm Technology Corner
RE: 5th Wheel Insurance questions

We too are looking for new insurance coverage for our RV. Currently bundled with Progressive; just got our renewal and we're paying just as much for our RV insurance as our homeowners.
Range Maggot Bob 08/23/19 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Champion generator

If you want to buy over priced equipment go Honda. If you want reliability at a decent price go Champion. :) Yeah, them Hondas- can't depend on them at all... :R
Range Maggot Bob 08/22/19 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow/Haul off or on(ram)

Tow/Haul mode and exhaust brake on all the time for me.
Range Maggot Bob 08/20/19 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Champion generator

I've been saving for a Honda generator (2000i companion) for a while now because several people have recommended them. 1friend recommended a Ryobi and today I was looking at a Champion generator at Costco. $400 cheaper and 1db less than the Honda which is 59 db. Anyone here have any first hand experience with the Champion? It's rated at 2,800. Saving money is always good but I'm a bigger fan of reliability. Thanks. If you want to go cheap, go Champion. If you want to go reliable, quiet and dependable, and the best- pretty much forever- go Honda. Reliability does go a long way...
Range Maggot Bob 08/20/19 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Electricity? Never touch the stuff

OMG... I wish people would stop referring to "phases" in reference to 120/240 volt circuits and services. You might have a tough time with this. For examples, I used google to search for "120/240 volt circuits and services", and 4 of the first 5 hits talked about phase. My similar thing is that I wish people would stop bringing up calories when I go for the cookies or chips.I spent a career as an EE in the construction biz and can tell you it's always been line 1 & line 2. Go look at a 120/240 volt panel, meter base or fused disconnect switch somewhere and see what the labeling says on it. A 120/240 volt circuit/service is commonly called "single phase" but each hot leg is never referred to as a phase. Go by what internet "pros" say if you want tho... As an EE you should know better. The true definition of 120/240 service is indeed "SPLIT PHASE". There is no other way to define it. If not for the split phase definition, there is no way to explain why the neutral lead can be the same size wire as L1 & L2 wires. Single phase is for rookies & EE that don't truly understand the mechanics of split phase. Richard Also an electrician here. Never heard it called "split phase". Never really heard the word "phase" unless working on a 3phase motor or 3phase system. Single phase or 3 phase system. That simple and that's what it's known as in the profession. Don't know where you got your electrical experience Richard.
Range Maggot Bob 08/20/19 07:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Champion generator

I have used a Champion 3100 invertor generator for the last 3 years, had a Honda and it died. I would not go back to Honda. The Champion is a great generator, runs our AC at 6000 ft elevation and has never missed a beat. I see no reason to spend more than twice the money for a Honda or Yamaha. If you like status, or wasting money then buy a Honda or Yamaha. Right. Just keep telling yourself that. :R
Range Maggot Bob 08/15/19 09:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Sam's Duracell 6v Battery Dimensions

Duracell is a buzzword trade name. Duracell is an office with a couple dozen Herb Tarlicks running around inside. I don't know if that is true or not. I'm in the medical field (nothing fancy; just work at a hospital) and the standard in most hospitals for patient equipment is DuraCell. About a year ago somebody decided to go cheap and started purchasing EverReady brand batteries. They couldn't cut the mustard. We're back to DuraCells.
Range Maggot Bob 08/13/19 06:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire pressure gauge

I have this one for about a year, reads identical to my hand held digital. it hooks right to the airline and is accurate and can deflate as well while hooked up! I use this one That is what we use and is an excellent gauge. Sometimes digital isn't always better than analog. EDIT: That is NOT the one we use. Looks just like that except it's analog. Just a gauge.
Range Maggot Bob 08/13/19 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: My favorite Generator

51 pounds is 3 pounds more than a Honda Eu2000i. For 1/3 the wattage. The EX650 may be "more reliable" too - many running EX650s are going on 25 years old. How many EU2000is are that old yet? Maybe an EU2000i will go that long and maybe it won't .... unknown as of right now. A running EX650 can be bought for $200-$350 ... a bit less than any runnning used EU2000i can be bought for. Also, an EX650 putting out it's maximum constant power of 550 watts is still only 54 dB in loudness. I wonder how loud an EU2000i is when it's rev'd up so as to be above it's idle RPM enough to output 550 watts? Remember that to use an EU2000i's power range you have to put up with a loudness range of 53 dB up to 59 dB. Regarding the EU2000i when outputting it's maximum power (which, granted, is way higher than an EX650's maximum power): I've heard EU2000i generators running at full speed and it isn't pleasant ... not only are they at 59 dB, but it isn't the mild humming sound that the EX650 puts out no matter how much of the EX650's total power is being called for. I'm not saying that the EX650 can "replace" an EU1000i or EU2000i for all RV uses. I'm saying that the EX650 is almost the quietest non-solar way to dump up to 30 amps into RV batteries during recharging. (For what it's worth, the quietest non-solar way to charge RV batteries anytime anywhere is with an automatic fuel cell system in the RV.) Man, I don't know where you been camping! If you think the Honda EU2000i is loud, apparently you haven't heard any other brands on the market run...
Range Maggot Bob 08/13/19 04:06pm Tech Issues
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