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RE: Need advice on 50 ft cable to portable solar panel

buy a 12Ga 3 wire extension cord, cut the ends off it and solder the green wire to either the black or white on one end do the same at the other end soldering to the same color you did at the first end.Another approach is to make adapter plugs to go on each end and jumper the wires at the adapter. This way you have a dual purpose cable. Remove the adapters and use it as a regular 120 VAC extension cord.
Tom_M 10/12/21 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium cost keep dropping!

So the 100 amp hour battery is actually 120 ampere hours with the bottom 20 amp hours Forbidden Planet? What is making my eyebrows rise?This is true for what is considered a "drop-in" battery which has a built-in BMS. Without a BMS the battery would be quickly destroyed.
Tom_M 10/09/21 04:46am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

One down-side of a large inverter is the current that it consumes with no load attached. This could be as much as a continuous two amps. Check the specs for the unit that you purchased.
Tom_M 09/27/21 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: New wireless provider??

Visible does have 5G for some of their phones. Check them out here: https://www.visible.com/
Tom_M 09/26/21 11:52am Technology Corner
RE: Class A Low Bridge Accident

Here's a YouTube video of a 11' 8" bridge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USu8vT_tfdw
Tom_M 09/15/21 10:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Troubleshooting Propane Problem

A fellow camper was ready to replace his fridge when it stopped working. When he disconnected the propane line oil ran out. Fix the leak and replace it. It's good insurance.
Tom_M 09/14/21 05:40am Tech Issues
RE: Tow Dolly Question

The big question is, how is your transmission lubricated? If it is splash lubed, as many two wheel drive vehicles are, it may not be getting adequate lube while being towed on a dolly or four down. It is misinformation to say that all manual transmissions can be towed without damage. It simply isn't true! Some can, some can't. It behooves you to know which yours is!No one said that ALL vehicles with manual transmissions can be towed 4 down. My dolly cost $700 when new far less than installing flat towing apparatus on all of the various vehicles I have owned... Saves my front tires and gas. LOL!You still are using up tires on the dolly. Can't figure how you would save gas pulling a dolly and the car. Your reason for using a dolly makes sense seeing that you are using various cars. I chose to tow my Smart 4 down and have had no transmission issues.
Tom_M 09/13/21 08:51am Dinghy Towing
RE: Got mice try this

One of the simplest traps is to put a layer of vegetable oil and some bait in the bottom of a large bowl. Place something for mice to crawl up into the bowl. They get covered in oil and can not crawl back out
Tom_M 09/12/21 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Dolly Question

Never to much tail light. I have used a dolly for years and only use the dolly tail lights. But my Smart cars back is not far beyond the dolly tail lights and if I had a normal car it would have lights on the back.Since the Smart has an electrically shifted manual gearbox it can be towed four down so why are you towing it on a dolly? Since it is rear drive you gain nothing unless you are towing it backwards.
Tom_M 09/11/21 09:46am Dinghy Towing
RE: Locast TV suspends operation.

Unusual to have good enough internet to play live videos in areas where OTA doesn't work. Not saying it can't happen but not common.I was camped out in the boonies of Florida last winter and couldn't receive the station that the Superbowl was on. I did have a good enough cell connection and watched it on Locast. Using Location Guard add-on with Firefox I could watch TV from most of the major markets in the US. I also used it to watch the Vikings (my home team) when it wasn't broadcast in Florida. I'll miss it.
Tom_M 09/03/21 06:17am Technology Corner
RE: Towing Older VW Beetle

You can purchase a tow bar for less than $200. The mounting will be different for a regular beetle vs. a super beetle. I already had a tow bar so I made a plate that bolts to the bottom of my '78 Super Beetle. I did not install a braking system because the bug is quite light weight and my 24 ft. class C handles it well.
Tom_M 09/01/21 08:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: Residential Stove/Oven

Tom_M... I think if you unscrew the top of your igniter or clicker to light the burners, you will find a AA battery. It will light the burner if no plug in is available. At least that is what I have, but I have an oven as well as burners on top....The igniter is strictly 120volt. This is a residential cooktop. To light a burner you turn the knob for the burner then press it in for a few seconds to activate the igniter.
Tom_M 08/09/21 07:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential Stove/Oven

I have a small 4 burner residential cooktop, no oven. I have two issues, the burner igniter operates on 120 volt only and the burner tops will dance around if not secured with bungee cords. It works much better than the cheap Suburban that it replaced.
Tom_M 08/06/21 04:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: USB head question

There is a door and behind it is USB micro on my Mobley. I have never used it. https://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1894920-ZTE-Mobley-USB-Tethering-ASUS-Router-and-probably-others!If you read through that thread it says that power can not be applied using the micro USB socket. You need an adapter like the one 1492 posted.
Tom_M 07/30/21 05:12am Technology Corner
RE: USB head question

As far as I know the Mobley is meant to plug into an OBDB2 connector which is not USB. Are you talking about an adapter cable?
Tom_M 07/29/21 07:57am Technology Corner
RE: Walmart selling LiFePo4 batteries $539

The same battery can be purchased on Amazon for $459.99 after using coupon. Sales tax is then added. https://www.amazon.com/Rechargeable-lifetime-Overland-Applications-12V-100AH/dp/B08W6VF4JT/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=ZOOGAMO+12V+100Ah+Lithium+LiFePO4&qid=1626704498&sr=8-3
Tom_M 07/19/21 08:27am Tech Issues
RE: Jump start

I would suggest adding emergency roadside coverage to your vehicle insurance. I have made use of it twice. I paid for the service then got reimbursed from my insurance company. The coverage is cheap.
Tom_M 07/14/21 02:14am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Problem with U-Haul refill. Time replace my propane tanks?

I bought two used outdated 20lb tanks on Craig's List and exchanged the worst one at Menards. Picked out a brand new tank. I always have my tanks refilled so I get the maximum allowed. Tractor Supply is usually the cheapest and they refill.
Tom_M 07/13/21 05:38am Tech Issues
RE: Carpet on ceilings.....

My Born Free has a carpet like fabric glued to the ceiling. About the only redeeming value is Velcro sticks to it.
Tom_M 07/06/21 05:48am Truck Campers
RE: How to charge a battery

My 1000 watt Yamaha does just fine with my 45 amp converter. Make sure fridge is set to run on propane and water heater 120 volt is turned off if so equipped.
Tom_M 06/27/21 04:28am Tech Issues
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