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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
RE: towing a Smart Car

Ok folks. I have a 2014 Smart and have towed it probably 15,000mi around the eastern US. I use a dolly. It takes 5min to load it and put it out of gear and hit the road. No unhooked battery, bungy on the steering wheel, etc. Just strap it down leave the key on and transmission out of gear.The Smart is a rear wheel drive car, so do you tow it backwards with the rear wheels on the dolly? If so, the only thing you would have to do is tie the steering wheel down. There's no way you could get it set up in 5 minutes. If you tow with the front wheels on the dolly I would say that you have been lucky so far. One big advantage using a dolly is you don't need to install a base plate for the car, which is quite expensive. Otherwise it would be more work using a dolly. When I got my car set up I went about four blocks to the nearest gas station. When I got there the doors where locked, the gas fill door was locked and it was in gear. The locks are electric and the battery was disconnected. The only thing I forgot to do was wait for the dash panel to go dark prior to disconnecting the battery. It's likely that the transmission remains in gear until the dash panel goes dark. With the transmission in gear it's likely that the alternator spun up and created power. If I had hit the road first off, the engine would have been trashed and possibly the transmission.
Tom_M 06/24/21 06:10am Dinghy Towing
RE: towing a Smart Car

I have a 2013 and it tows well. Once hooked up put transmission in neutral while engine is running. Turn ignition off and wait until instrument panel goes dark (this is crucial) then disconnect battery. I installed a disconnect switch. There is no steering lock to contend with. The key must remain in the switch. You also need to attach a bungee cord to the steering wheel. Without the bungee steering may go lock to lock after making a sharp turn like around a street corner and you have to come to a complete stop to make it quit. When you reconnect the battery and turn the ignition on the transmission goes through some kind of calibration sequence and you can not start the car until it finishes.
Tom_M 06/23/21 03:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: Roadside Assistance

Just add emergency roadside coverage to your vehicle insurance. I've had to make use of it twice. Payed for the tow then got reimbursed by my insurance company. The coverage is cheap.
Tom_M 06/18/21 07:08am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: SOLVED: Location of Starter Solenoid Switch: 2006 F53

There's no way that relay will handle the starter current. Keep looking.
Tom_M 06/14/21 02:37pm Tech Issues
RE: why i call Li fussy

Tom, Show me a bms that allows a draw of 240 amps from a 100 amp-hour battery? My future bank will allow 9600 amps. Not that I'll ever use that amount of current.Your needs certainly are out of the ordinary. I have a 170ah Renogy drop-in lithium with built in BMS that I purchased two years ago from Walmart for $970 plus tax. I'm never in a situation where the battery temp will drop below 32F. I have 400 watts of solar and in two years may have run my generator 6 times to charge my battery after a couple of cloudy days. This does not include times that I run the generator to use my microwave or A/C. I don't have to do anything to the system. About the only thing I have to do is turn my inverter on when needing 120 volt power.
Tom_M 06/14/21 12:29pm Tech Issues
RE: why i call Li fussy

That video is from 2019. Will Prowse states "This video is outdated. We now have BMS that can do everything!"
Tom_M 06/14/21 04:24am Tech Issues
RE: It’s that time again.

I listen to audio books. It's a great way to pass the time especially on the interstates. If you pay too much attention to the book while in traffic you are a danger.
Tom_M 06/13/21 03:33am RV Lifestyle
RE: Need a educational lesson on solar Panel

A 100 watt panel will do fine for just maintaining your batteries. You most likely will have a problem doing both the chassis and house batteries at the same time because typically there is a battery isolator in the system. You could jumper around the isolator while in storage. You will also need a charge controller. A cheap PWM type would work fine.
Tom_M 06/11/21 04:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Antenna Upgrade

Here's a link to a test that former member SCVJeff did using a lab quality spectrum analyzer: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27171026.cfm I have both a Winegard Sensar IV and a Jack and can confirm that the Sensar IV is the better of the two. Because of the wide arms of the Sensar it does a much better job receiving the VHF channels. About 25% of the TV stations are now broadcasting on the VHF band.
Tom_M 06/11/21 04:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Home base TV Antenna

On the one TV, it showed the station is broadcasting on two different frequencies.That's a common practice. In Minneapolis where I live there are at least three stations that have two transmitters. Through the magic of virtual channels (PSIP) these appear to come from a single transmitter. For instance, channel 5 is broadcasting on RF channel 30 and RF channel 35. These are displayed on a TV as virtual channel 5.
Tom_M 06/01/21 05:02am Technology Corner
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