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RE: 50" - 55" TV... Uses 55 watts or less.

The 55" Samsung I bought last month says 65 watts on the sticker. Most LED TVs are easy on the electrons. The old 50" plasma TV in our bedroom has a great picture, but it pulls 600 watts. Yeah...
drsteve 12/05/19 08:21am Technology Corner
RE: Warranty work on TT v 5r v MH

A TT is a box on wheels. A 5er is a differently shaped box on wheels. A MH is a box on wheels with a tow vehicle built in to it. Makes sense they'd have more issues.
drsteve 12/05/19 08:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Deep Cycle Battery???

I took possession of my 2012 funfinder on Nov 15, 2011. The trailer has a AGM "marine starting battery". It's been charged by the much maligned WFCO converter/charger. The battery is still in there, and still holds a charge. My WFCO must be the "only" (LOL) good WFCO in existence, as I have seen it charge at over 14V, also it drops to 13.2 to 13.0 after about a day or day and half. 13.6 is it's mid-level. If the battery is not run down a whole lot, it simply starts out it's charge cycle at 13.6. Here I am, 8 years on, I'm happy with that. As others have said, your discharge strategy needs to be smart. Do some reading on what parasitic draws you may have, and address those if needed. EDIT: I put one of those little voltminder gadgets in the trailer to keep an eye on battery voltage. It plugs in to the 12 cig lighter power port. They have improved. The older ones were notorious for poor charge control, but the WFCO in my 2018 Coachmen seems to do what it's supposed to do.
drsteve 12/05/19 08:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

The rear tire also works as a step.
drsteve 12/04/19 07:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

Sometimes it's the road. My setup pulls well under all conditions. Smooth road, rough road, wind, freeway or two lane, whatever speed, everything is fine. Rides like a Cadillac. Handles great. Except on I-69 where it loops around north of Lansing. My rig chucks like crazy on this stretch of road. Speed is irrelevant, the ride is miserable. I can watch the semis with their air ride cabs bobbing up and down too. When I drive that same stretch with just the truck, no issues. Go figure. That stretch of freeway has been like that since the day they opened it, and was the driving force behind the state now requiring warranties on all paving work done by contractors.
drsteve 12/04/19 06:36am Towing
RE: Jayco TV antenna

The King omni antenna on our Coachmen is essentially useless unless we are camped in our backyard, which happens to be close to several TV towers.
drsteve 12/04/19 06:22am Tech Issues
RE: Gas station guide

Google Maps will find gas stations, and the satellite view will show you the pump islands.
drsteve 12/04/19 06:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

I'm a old school, paper map kind of guy. I do use google maps to plan my route, but like it was on paper. And I like my Garmin to basically read signs before I can see them. But one thing I hate is when I want to compare the route I have picked to the one Garmin wants to use is Garmin always lists the local street name, not the state or federal highway highway numbers? Google frequently does the same thing with street names. It's annoying. I too keep my map books handy for when the GPS either loses touch with the mothership, or just screws up.
drsteve 12/04/19 05:40am Technology Corner
RE: Power Jack Repair or Replace

I would just replace it. Cost is likely to be close, so might as well get a new one.
drsteve 12/03/19 06:31am Tech Issues
RE: Installing rear wireless camera

Also make sure your camera is a observation camera and not just a backup camera. Observation camera can be left on 24/7 and most backup camera will burn out if left on for extended time. A good friend of mine found that out after leaving his backup camera on while on the road after a couple hours. Some of the cheaper backup cams have a delay in displaying the rear view, which makes them unsuitable as observation cams. The monitor might show nobody there, when in reality there is indeed a vehicle. Furrion cameras and monitors are the same whether used as a back up camera or an observation camera. Furrions are not one of the cheaper cameras...
drsteve 12/01/19 06:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Covering Furniture

Because they are made of pressed/bonded leather, which is scraps from the cutting of actual leather. The stuff is notorious for falling apart. I would go the slip cover route, reupholstering is as costly as buying new.
drsteve 12/01/19 08:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Buying travel trailer by phone w/o visiting dealership?

Bought my tt 600+ miles away saving around $3000. Had some minor warranty work local dealers were unwilling to do. Keep in mind local dealers are not obligated to do your warranty work if not purchased from them. Somewhat OT, but the reason don't like doing warranty work is that the factory makes it a PITA for the dealer. Any significant repair must be preapproved by the factory, and there is often a wait for parts. The customer wants to go camping, so now they have a guy calling wanting to know what the holdup is. Also, they will get paid what the factory deems sufficient regardless of the time spent... it's not like taking your Ford or Chevy in for warranty work.
drsteve 12/01/19 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Installing rear wireless camera

Also make sure your camera is a observation camera and not just a backup camera. Observation camera can be left on 24/7 and most backup camera will burn out if left on for extended time. A good friend of mine found that out after leaving his backup camera on while on the road after a couple hours. Some of the cheaper backup cams have a delay in displaying the rear view, which makes them unsuitable as observation cams. The monitor might show nobody there, when in reality there is indeed a vehicle.
drsteve 12/01/19 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Oxygenics Fury RV Handheld Shower

Shower head heretic here. A shower head is a shower head. Some have one spray, others have multiple sprays. There's nothing magical that makes an Oxygenic any better or worse than any other brand. It's just another shower head. Just another shower head, but it works way better than the OEM junk from the RV factory.
drsteve 12/01/19 07:28am General RVing Issues
RE: RV storage - how much room is needed?

Looks good from here--that's a lot of room to maneuver. You should have no problem at all.
drsteve 12/01/19 07:25am General RVing Issues
RE: FURNACE NOT LISTED ON THERMOSTAT

Doug's post slamming me at the very beginning of this "If you are saying you have a FURNACE board coming and NOT an AC board, you just wasted your money. WHY do people come to these forums for help(they obviously know nothing), get advice and then do what they want anyway?????????????????????????????????????????? Doug" enough time has been spent on this Beginning? No... he had already told you what was wrong, and you essentially blew off his advice, which caused his frustration. Doug correctly diagnosed the problem, and instead of taking his advice you went ahead and ordered unnecessary parts.
drsteve 12/01/19 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: $600K Of Marijuana Seized in MH Near Joliet, IL

Methamphetamine is used to treat attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-8676/methamphetamine-oral/details
drsteve 11/27/19 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Garmin GPS

Bill, I'm not that tech-savvy, but the reason I wanted internal wifi was so that the unit would automatically update new maps. I didn't have any luck on the Garmin website trying to download new mapping on my computer for my old GPS. It sounds like the RV770 would automatically upload new maps when they become available. Is that correct? You can update it using your home computer and internet connection, or the GPS can be connected to a wifi network to download the updates. I tried 3 times with my computer connected to wifi on three "supposedly" Garmin websites and all 3 times I was connected to a customer service rep in India that wanted to sell me something. I gave up. My current GPS is several years old so I think it is wise to buy a new one at this time. According to the Garmin website, the procedure I mentioned is the one used to update the RV770.
drsteve 11/27/19 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

You need a dually for that 5er.
drsteve 11/27/19 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane Question

I boondock in early spring in northern MI, with night time temps often in the low 20s, in a popup. The furnace runs a bit less than 50% of the time, which is still too much for the single Group 31 12v battery to last all night, so I supplement it with a Buddy heater. I can make three nights like that on two, 20 lb bottles with some to spare. In a hard side trailer you should be fine.
drsteve 11/26/19 07:30pm Travel Trailers
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