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RE: Dish Channels

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a few channels missing with a message stating they were removed by networks. They have all returned to our Dish channel line up since, I have had sat tv for decades and these issues are common to both Dish and Directv. Not much anyone subscriber can do other than cut the cord or jump over to the other competing satellite service. Calling and complaining falls on deaf ears for the most part, in due time they usually come terms and channels return to line up.
Sandia Man 10/21/19 07:59am Technology Corner
RE: "A-B" Battery Switch

Theoretically, at least, it is more advantageous to wire them in parallel according to Peukert’s law. In the RVing world having batteries or battery banks wired independently can mitigate the hassle of waking up to no 12 volts due to dead battery, we have not experienced this issue an always paired up our batteries whether 12 volt or 6 volt. No need to go to a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries if you are seldom off the power grid, wired in parallel your 12 volt jars should give you a couple of days camping with moderate use.
Sandia Man 10/19/19 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

We use a portable electric space heater for exercising our Onan since it is primarily performed during the camping off season. Both of our gennies are actively utilized during the RVing season since we do more boondocking and dry camping than anything else. No issues on prolonged use of space heaters thus far, sometimes we have 2 of them cranking although both are rarely set to high at the same time.
Sandia Man 10/10/19 09:42am Beginning RVing
RE: 2019 Keystone Outback 341RD

Although you are close or at your limits for towing such a sizable TT, I think you should be fine for the most part as long as you do not mind letting the gasser roar when traversing through the mountains. We have a similar setup but have a Chevy Silverado crewcab with 6 liter and 410s, we tow a long TT toyhauler when loaded with toys and water exceeds 10K# easily. We already live at nearly 6K elevation and do most of RVing above 7.5K, for well over a decade it has done the job on mountain passes, and tows great at lower elevations and predominately flat roads. Have many awesome times in your beautiful new TT, definitely great for those bad weather days we all experience when RVing. Just a great floorplan, spacious and well thought out.
Sandia Man 09/11/19 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize or Not

Below freezing temps are what I use to determine when to winterize, check monthly averages if you are winterizing in a new area. Looking at Syracuse weather it would be pretty early to winterize for us, all the way through October and midway into November average low temps do not breach freezing according to Accuweather. No doubt winterizing in NC will come later than NY. I would keep close watch on local NC weather starting near the middle of December, with weather being somewhat freakish last few years monthly averages may not reflect earlier than anticipated weather patterns. We empty our tanks within a few weeks of actual winterization anyway, keeps us from getting caught off guard from a freak winter storm.
Sandia Man 09/09/19 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sink covers on or off

We do not have a set in stone method for our sink covers while traveling down the road. Sometimes they are both in, one in one stored at times, or none in occasionally. No matter the configuration they do stay put even when traversing backroads for the perfect boondocking site.
Sandia Man 08/25/19 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric tongue jack. Good brand name?

Another vote for Barker, purchased our unit nearly a dozen years ago and it still is going strong. Did get the most powerful unit they had at the time, easily lifts our tongue heavy TT toyhauler and truck rear, which is chock full of firewood and other camping related items. Did have to replace the raise lower power switch after 6 years, called their wonderful customer service and they sent it out the next day for free.
Sandia Man 08/23/19 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing 5th wheel near the trucks limits

Definitely at the limits and more than likely over payload with a GVWR of 8115#. Most 5ers have a pin weight ranging from 20% to 25% easily eclipsing your payload capacity, even if your 5er weighs in at let say 6500# because no one tows around at factory stated UVW, at least 1300# of payload is gone. That being said your truck has a nice transmission and decent gearing for towing, I know I have seen other half tons towing more, you may feel it is doable as towing comfort level varies for every one. Good luck, hopefully it works out in your favor.
Sandia Man 08/09/19 01:58pm Towing
RE: Looking at Grand Design Reflection 287RLTS and gmc 2500

Should be a decent towing combination, definitely need to have a high quality WDH with integrated sway control such as an Equalizer or similar variation from Reese or Husky. It would have to be a pretty small 5er if you were to go that route since pin weight is over 20% of rig weight consuming most if not all your 2200# payload capacity loaded for travel. Grand Design Reflection TTs are higher scale and have fifth wheel floor plans just on a single flat deck anyway, less storage and a longer towing profile are some negatives. Have a great time in your new TT!!!
Sandia Man 08/09/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Portable Solar Smoking

Although that may occur to some solar controllers, the one that came with our Renogy solar suitcase does not have this issue. There is no way you can connect the portable solar panel to your battery without prior exposure to the sun, our unit comes in a padded black case and the second you unzip it both panels are fully exposed. Just start with a new controller, water proof would be better as I lost one to a passing flash storm common here in the Mountain West. Since you inherited it double check wiring before connecting new controller in case it has been fiddled with. I find our portable panel can really keep up with what we already have on the roof being that we can reposition it a few times a day maximizing periods of peak output.
Sandia Man 08/09/19 08:33am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

As long as they are fully charged they will be fine whether in your shop, garage, or on your rig. Our RV is parked in our side yard always connected to shore power, we keep it simple and just leave our batteries in place all year long, harsh winters and blazing summers have little effect on our fully charged batteries.
Sandia Man 08/08/19 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: 2013 GMC 1500 longevity?

My experience is that it should have plenty of life left, of course if you are just looking for a reason to purchase a new truck you could consider it over the hill so to speak and go shopping. Every GMC, Chevy, or Cadillac we have ever owned has easily delivered great service beyond 150K miles. Just a few weeks ago our older full size Chevy Express conversion van with the same engine as your truck and 164K miles, transported 6 adults and loads of luggage through Phoenix and Vegas, 110 degree temps, heavy traffic, and she purred on like she just rolled off the assembly line. Typical of all our GMs. Same thing goes for our Silverado HD tow vehicle, it is a bit older than your truck with about the same mileage as it is a dedicated tow rig, I sometimes think of going new, but what for as it easily handles our 10K# TT. Plus it has been paid off for nearly a decade, no need for new unless I go to larger RV.
Sandia Man 08/08/19 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery Draining...

One thing for sure, your battery has seen better days and needs replacing. We all got the crappy batteries from our dealers when purchasing new, first trip out I noticed the new dealer battery having difficulty holding up with demand. Whether you have an underlying issue or this is expected operation, a dual battery set up will pay dividends by letting you use all the latest technology on your new RV for longer periods, particularly if you choose golfcart batteries. Use a voltmeter to determine proper function of your electrical system, ensure the converter is indeed applying the proper charging voltage to your battery, hopefully you will notice that it changes as it goes through various charging stages.
Sandia Man 08/07/19 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Convection vs Standard oven

We enjoy our convection ovens both at home and on the road while RVing. No issues while boondocking, just gives me a reason to exercise our onboard Onan or give our portable Champion inverter a nice workout, all the while enabling our Iota IQ4 to give our battery bank a nice boost. Never an issue fitting a whole pizza, a couple of whole chickens, or a family size roast whether pork or beef, and the results are so much better once you figure out the many functions. Convection micro in our rig also cooks faster utilizing both microwave and convection features for outstanding results. When our current rig only came with a convection microwave we were somewhat dismayed as well. When we actually took the time to read the owners manual the results were better across the board, there is a minor learning curve involved, definitely worth the time in our opinion.
Sandia Man 08/02/19 05:49pm Technology Corner
RE: GC battery sale

Samsclub is where we get our batteries for our cars and RV. Our current set of GC2 batteries were purchased 4 years ago during their seasonal one day sales, paid $130 for a pair of Duracell branded golf cart batteries. Our first set of GC2 batteries from Samsclub purchased 12 years ago were branded Interstate, they still had life in them after 8 years when we traded them in for our current set of Duracells, which provide an additional 25 amphours.
Sandia Man 08/02/19 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Inverter Use

Sure you can run your RV fridge on AC mode using an inverter whether going down the road or parked, although the majority of RVers believe it unnecessary preferring to just use propane mode. We did it a couple of times primarily to test inverter functionality while underway, without a doubt our battery bank was a bit down upon arrival. Since our preferred method of RVing is boondocking or dry camping out in the open without hookups, we find it an unwarranted waste of our 12 volt DC reserves.
Sandia Man 08/02/19 10:43am Travel Trailers
RE: RV lifestyle...

Maybe it is just us, but we have never watched anyone set up their campsite, I guess we are just having too much fun enjoying our RVing lifestyle to notice what our neighbors are doing. No hate or excoriation here, but I never would have conceived it as a thing some like to do. I finally realized when on more than a dozen occasions we have had neighbors comment on how quickly and efficiently our set up process is. No biggie as it is a nice icebreaker for meeting your camping neighbors, we have always had our 4 kids with us on those occasions and know they have their duties during set up before they can go run off and play. When it is just DW and I, we unhitch and stabilize our rig bringing out items as we need them, although I will usually take a few minutes to quickly set up HD satellite antenna.
Sandia Man 07/31/19 08:27pm RV Lifestyle
RE: front cap oxidation

This issue was prevalent a few years ago when RV manufacturers started using front caps with deep color infused fiberglass, sure looked nice at first but the vast majority started exhibiting the same issues you have noticed on your Winnebago. The only real answer was to start painting the front caps which most of the major RV manufacturers started doing about 5 years ago. I thought for certain Winnebago was already onboard, sadly my friend is experiencing the very same issue on his 2018 Winnebago, entire rig is blue and was built in 2017. I have noticed many of the other colored Winnebagos doing the same thing as well, he is working with the factory and hoping for a positive resolution although they seem to be dragging their feet thus far.
Sandia Man 07/29/19 08:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Correct inflation of trailer tires

For ST tires running them at or very close to max psi supposedly increases their ability to perform as designed, inflated to low causes them to heat up which eventually leads to bubbles and tread separation. We always run our ST tires very near to or at max psi and have had no blowouts or even a flat over the last dozen years, although we dutifully replace our ST tires after 4 years of use. LT tires are typically filled to a psi that matches the load they are carrying, we keep our LT tires filled to the psi stated on the door placard of our Silverado HD truck.
Sandia Man 07/29/19 07:58am Beginning RVing
RE: Battery Chargers

Lots of aftermarket battery tender type chargers available which work well for many. I like to just keep it simple and rely on our onboard Iota IQ4 smart converter, with 4 stages it really knows how to keep our batteries very healthy. Our rig is always plugged into shore power while stored in our sideyard, of course I routinely check water levels although they only require watering once a year. Last set of GC2 batteries went 8 years and still had plenty of life in them when we traded them in for another pair that had 30 more amphours.
Sandia Man 07/25/19 10:22am Beginning RVing
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