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RE: Flying J Dedicated RV Lanes

They don’t always have the lowest prices but I value the amenities. Have you compared prices lately ? With the new ownership, their prices seem to be right in line with everybody else "at the intersection" these days. AND....with the 5 cent discount, in the past year I have NEVER seen a station in the south east (I-95 corridor) where they aren't a few cents cheaper.
Sam Spade 06/21/19 06:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Flying J Dedicated RV Lanes

.For those Flying J's that do have the dedicated RV lanes, do they have Gas pumps as well as Diesel pumps YES. And most are easier to access than the regular pumps...... BUT come in slowly and scope out the situation before you decide which pump to head for. IF....people park where they shouldn't and/or some landscaping truck pulling a 40 foot trailer has an RV slot blocked while he goes inside to take a shower......an end slot at the regular pumps might work better.
Sam Spade 06/21/19 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: House batteries

No, amps are pulled, not pushed. Not quite. If devices could "pull" whatever they needed, you wouldn't need any voltage at all.
Sam Spade 06/20/19 02:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: pressure tank now bad tasting water rubber taste

Did you flush and sanitize it like the rest of the system? There could have been some residue in the bladder that takes a few fill and drain cycles to clean out. This could be difficult to fix......since draining the whole system may NOT drain the small amount of water that is captured in the pressure tank. Especially if the tank is mounted with the inlet at the TOP. The tank may have to be disconnected to be flushed good. I suggest you call the company that makes the pressure tank.
Sam Spade 06/20/19 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Accumulator installation

anywhere in the cold system is fine. The objective is to accumulate pressure, right ? You can't compress water.....so there needs to be some air trapped in there. I don't see how either one of yours will do that with the inlet at the top. Seems like they would eventually fill completely with water and become ineffective. Maybe they have a sealed bladder inside ??
Sam Spade 06/18/19 06:44am Tech Issues
RE: Accumulator installation

Should I make life simple and run single line to the accumulator or run two lines that route water through it? IF this is going to function like a "pressure tank" on a well system, then you can NOT run the water "through" it. In general, it needs to be mounted so that the water connection is made at or near the bottom of the tank......so the necessary air pressure pocket can form at the top.
Sam Spade 06/18/19 06:39am Tech Issues
RE: 12 VDC loss

All these issued resulted from one of the two house batteries dieing (propable internal short), killing all the 12 volts in a about 30 minutes or less. IF.....you have 2 or more batteries in parallel and one of them developed a shorted cell, that could have resulted in very high current through the battery disconnect switch.....from the one that is still good. Or was still good. Likely both are shot now.
Sam Spade 06/18/19 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV surge protection

It's RF energy, volts and joules don't really apply. The thing you are trying to protect AGAINST is NOT RF.....but high voltage hits caused by lightening or crossed wires somewhere down the road.
Sam Spade 06/18/19 06:31am Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV surge protection

Do most folks use an in-line surge protector on their cable tv coax cable? If so, where are you connecting it to ground? NO. NOt worth the trouble. About the only thing that will cause a "surge" on the TV cable is a direct lightening hit......and that little suppressor won't do anything to stop that.
Sam Spade 06/17/19 04:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Six volt battery question.

O.K. but what if I do not wish to use or charge....? You are making this too complicated. Assuming that you have a decent converter/charger, there is no reason not to leave the switch in the ON position when it is plugged in. The switch NEEDS to be turned off ONLY when the unit will not be in use, and not plugged in, for more than a few days. Watching the charging voltage while plugged in and charging would be useful for making an ultimate game plan.
Sam Spade 06/17/19 04:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy and additives

The computer in the engine is basically tuned for unleaded 87. The engine is DESIGNED to run on unleaded 87. The computer doesn't do it ALL. And there are limits to how much it can adjust and under what circumstances.
Sam Spade 06/17/19 04:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12 VDC loss

You NEED a multi-meter to check voltages. Without that, you need to find an RV shop to check it out. Dead battery. Loose battery connection. Failed "aux battery" solenoid (fairly common). But you should NOT be doing ANYTHING based only on a guess. Some testing is necessary.
Sam Spade 06/17/19 07:03am Tech Issues
RE: Microwave over the range: what's difference

I would certainly get a 1200 watt microwave. 800 watt takes a long time to do it's job. Might not be able to get a 1200 that fits the "hole". But 1000 or 1100 is plenty.
Sam Spade 06/17/19 07:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What happens when you reset a computer?

Delete the bookmark. Enter the webpage URL manually. Save the bookmark. No need to restore over a bookmark. Second time this has been suggested. And it is the ONLY good first step to be taking. So far, it has gone without an acknowledgement though.
Sam Spade 06/17/19 06:59am Technology Corner
RE: Microwave over the range: what's difference

Most over-the-range units also function as a vent to the outside. You will lose that feature.....and will need to completely close off the outside vent opening. ALSO.....you likely will have to make some minor modifications in order to mount the new one securely. Make it about twice as secure as you think it needs to be. Having it come loose due to vibrations or in a crash would be really unfortunate. My opinion: While I realize that an exact replacement (or very close) is going to be 2 to 3X the cost, if you really can afford that extra $150 or so, I suggest that you do it. Likely it will be rated at 1000 watts too.
Sam Spade 06/16/19 06:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fridge on propane while driving

Should I just run the generator to power the refer NO. Terrible waste of fuel if that is all you need the generator for. Either......leave it on propane (except when filling the fuel tank) OR get a few "ice packs", put a couple into the fridge section and shut it OFF while moving.
Sam Spade 06/15/19 06:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: What happens when you reset a computer?

I replied to your other thread. Did you see that ?? There are a LOT of things you should do before a complete factory re-load. That is almost NEVER necessary.
Sam Spade 06/14/19 03:38pm Technology Corner
RE: computer won't go to a bookmarked site ?

Don't get carried away here. Find the actual URL in your bookmark list. Type that URL into the address line manually. The site might not exist anymore.....or someone else might own the URL now.
Sam Spade 06/14/19 11:09am Technology Corner
RE: Best battery charger options

Too little information - Too much information. K.I.S.S. Did you even address the question that he asked ??
Sam Spade 06/14/19 11:01am Tech Issues
RE: Best battery charger options

This is probably a dumb question but what is the difference between using a battery charger and switching out my WFCO converter in favor of a PD4655L MBA Wildcat? Does the Wildcat have a built in battery chargers? The converter also functions as a battery charger. I vote for getting a better converter, since it will do better at charging no matter what your AC input source is. There really is no good reason to use a separate charger to charge with a generator.
Sam Spade 06/13/19 07:15am Tech Issues
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