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RE: Are Butyl Tapes Equal?

Thank you very much. Can I impose a bit more? What is the difference in use cases for eternabond and butyl tape? Which would be better for my application? For your application you need butyl tape. Chuck
chuckbear 09/23/21 03:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Are Butyl Tapes Equal?

Consider using Eternabond. That stuff seriously sticks!!! Eternabond tape and butyl tape is not the same and used for different purposes. Chuck
chuckbear 09/23/21 06:56am Tech Issues
RE: New Coleman Soft Start Option vs Microair

As you said, "to help boost marginal voltage/amps with a special capacitor or appliance to help get the compressor going." While a soft start system reduces the start-up demand allowing less stress on the compressor and lets the AC units start up easier using a generator or in situations where the RV is already using a heavier load. So these are polar opposites, so if we are using the same name for both, we need to stop doing that so as not to confuse people and have them go out and buy the wrong system. This is from Mike Sokol... "Sadly, no matter how much we all wish it were true, a hard start capacitor won’t help start an air conditioner compressor using a small generator. I know that these aftermarket soft start controllers cost a lot of money, especially compared to a $10 Supco hard-start capacitor. But they aren’t the same thing at all. Hard start capacitors are really only useful on a capacitor start induction motor connected to low-voltage utility power." Chuck
chuckbear 08/13/21 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: New Coleman Soft Start Option vs Microair

Hard start and soft start are not the same. Chuck
chuckbear 08/13/21 07:04am Tech Issues
RE: Question for those who have replaced rv frig w/ residential

Closed off the outside removable vent. Left the top vent open. No issues in 4 years. Chuck
chuckbear 06/23/21 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Spiders

No bombs or sprays will overcome irrational fear. What does she do when encountering a spider in her home? Move out, burn it down, sell it. Not trying to be funny or mean, but you need to ask the question. Then apply the answer to the RV. You could always get a nuclear bug bomb (no such thing) from eBay and let her know you set it off the day before you leave. Then give her a can of natural bug spray to carry with her in the RV at all times. Outside, it ain't gonna happen. This is a problem you need to decide if you can live with. The only other option is to give up camping and find another hobby. Or just stay home. Chuck
chuckbear 06/08/21 10:35am Travel Trailers

CW coupons have always been redeemable at the stores and not online. Chuck
chuckbear 05/17/21 07:14pm Good Sam Club
RE: Starting Over - Heart Attack

We just finished a 48 hour trip across the Gulf of Mexico when I had my heart attack. A delay of more than 10 minutes to the hospital would have meant I would not be here today. If we had been offshore, it would have been all over. We spent 30 years living aboard and doing extensive cruising. After my recovery, we bought our current RV and sold the boat on the advice of my cardiologist. These decisions were devastating for us. That was in 2015. As of today, we have been consumed with traveling and enjoying our RV, buying and upgrading a home base, and getting myself back in reasonably good physical condition. There are still occasional pangs from missing the boat. But for the most part, we have come to enjoy traveling in the RV as much as the boat. We have done extensive traveling in the U.S. but still have a lot more to see. I doubt it can all be done in a comfortable manner in one lifetime. Mexico and Central America are still on our bucket list. If we did eventually have time for Europe, we would fly over and rent an RV. I'm not sure this information is helpful but I just want you to know that there is hope for a long and exciting life ahead, even if it means big changes. Good luck in whatever you choose. Chuck
chuckbear 05/04/21 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: A B Switch

I use a similar A/B switch to do exactly what you want. But the first thing I did to eliminate any issues was to re-run new coax to bypass the original installed old coax. No problems in 4 years. Chuck
chuckbear 04/30/21 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt only refrigerator

We used a 12-volt only fridge in our boat for many years. It consistently outperformed any 120-volt or 3-way fridge we ever had. It was made by Vitrifrigo. Chuck
chuckbear 04/14/21 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Indoor cat

We have a pretty good size house for our cat to run and play in. When we go camping it takes a day for her to get used to the RV again. We always take her toys and treats from home and as long as we feed her, she is perfectly happy. She too is a timid cat. Take your cat along and be patient. Don't open the door too quickly or too wide until you know where she is. Especially when coming back to the RV after being away. You will enjoy it and so will she. We often spend a few hours, not overnight, in the RV for a few days before leaving. Chuck
chuckbear 03/26/21 09:44am RV Pet Stop
RE: What do you do with cat at Campgrounds

I look for sites close to trees and bushes. I walk her without a leash - took a couple years to 'train' her but now she looks forward to walks with me. She never runs away - dogs do that - although I do not know where she is at all times. She loves to smell other peoples' RVs, bushes and branches, and sharpen her claws and climb. Keeping a cat confined inside is not my style, or hers. She couldn't get out herself and we needed to extend the bed to get her out. . .Not all cats are good travelers. May take time. Almost every campground we have been in over the years has requirements that pets be kept on a leash outside the RV. That includes cats. Ours will decide if she wants to go out for a walk on her leash or just stay inside and watch the world go by from the windows. She seems to be quite happy doing either and we don't force her to go out if she decides not to. We do some walks around the house for a few days before a trip to get her used to the harness and leash again. She freaked out the first time in a harness but quickly got used to it. We put the harness on and let her roam around our house, first inside than out in the yard. Once she was comfortable, we add the leash and go for walks around the yard and soon the neighborhood. Chuck
chuckbear 03/09/21 01:03pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Visible Wireless Feedback

Trying to find out from Visible about data plans for my hot spot. Can't find any contact info any where. How does one go about contacting them? Visible only sells an unlimited voice/text/data phone plan, no data plan for hotspots. Some of us have removed the SIM from our Visible phones and installed them in Verizon compatible hotspots with no complaints from Visible so far. Some are using the Visible SIM in a hotspot with no problem and others have had their accounts canceled. Using a hotspot other than an approved phone is against their terms and conditions. The only way to contact Visible is through the Chat function on the Visible website. Chuck
chuckbear 03/01/21 08:16am Technology Corner
RE: Visible Wireless Feedback

We have been using the Visible service for a month now alongside a Verizon Mifi with a real unlimited plan that the wife uses for working at home, provided by her employer. The Visible actually has a higher speed than the Verizon service when run through the Ookla speed test. It remains consistently higher no matter what time of the day we run it or what day. Our AT&T plan is all but useless here at or homebase. Chuck
chuckbear 02/28/21 09:50am Technology Corner
RE: Visible Wireless Feedback

I've read Visible has been cancelling accounts that use the SIM in a different data device such as mobile routers. Maybe the loophole is to use it in a Verizon branded hotspot device? Good thought. I know there are some that have been using a mifi with the Visible sim for some time now with no issues. Chuck
chuckbear 02/26/21 01:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Visible Wireless Feedback

You need to set up the Visible service on a compatible phone using the Visible app. If you choose to move it after that you can. But that is in violation of the terms and conditions and some have had the account canceled after doing this. Others are using a travel router to get around the speed limit and one device limit. Chuck
chuckbear 02/26/21 01:41pm Technology Corner
RE: DirecTV Spinoff Announcement

That still leaves AT&T with 70% ownership so I doubt anything will improve. We switched to Dish after 25 years with DirecTV and it has been one of our best decisions. Chuck
chuckbear 02/26/21 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: Visible Wireless Feedback

Dutch, How long have you been using the SIM in a hotspot? Chuck
chuckbear 02/25/21 08:07pm Technology Corner
Visible Wireless Feedback

I just started using the service and so far so good... I would like to hear from others about how they are finding the service to work? What equipment are you using in your RV with the Visible? What kind of coverage are you getting? What devices are you running with Visible? How are you finding the Visible to work with Streaming? Any other details you would like to pass on? Only looking for feedback from current users please. Chuck
chuckbear 02/25/21 04:34pm Technology Corner
RE: Quarantine for Florida trip?

The problem is you cannot believe the stats everyone is telling you. The figures are grossly inflated. A guy here in Florida was in a motorcycle accident and died. They blamed his death on COVID because he tested positive. This was debunked a long time ago yet people keep spreading misinformation and outright falsehoods. It's no wonder many are really confused about what's going on. If this would stop, we would all be better off. I don't understand how anyone believes this stuff. What would be the purpose of doctors and hospitals doing something like this? Stay off Facebook and reality will eventually sink in. Chuck
chuckbear 12/30/20 08:22am General RVing Issues
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