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RE: towing a popup with 2008 Odyssey - assorted questions

I towed a large pop up with a Windstar (definitely a less capable vehicle than an Oddessy) and it pulled like a champ. It had a 3500 lb tow rating & the trailer weight very close to that. Power & stability were not an issue. But I would not do it without a weight distributing hitch. The trailer had electric brakes, something I would not want to be without in all but the smallest utility trailers.
frankwp 12/06/21 08:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas Engine - Fill It Up

In 30+ years of towing I've never felt that it was more than a slight inconvenience filling up while hitched. Some stations won't work but most do & they're never far away.
frankwp 11/30/21 01:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator to run three RV's?

Be aware that many diesel generators do not like to run for an extended time on light loads. The exhaust system will clog up in a surprisingly short time.
frankwp 11/22/21 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: black tank digester

Pro: Makes you feel like you are doing something. Cons: It costs money and doesn't accomplish anything. Just use plenty of water and the tank will be fine. It's a holding tank not a digester and there are plenty of microbes in your natural deposits to digest the poo anyway. This. At the end of the season I do pour a few cups of laundry detergent in tank, fill it half way with water, drive a couple hundred KMs & then dump. That really cleans the tank & ensures that there is no poop build up. I've tried at least a dozen different brands & none using beats lots of plain old water.
frankwp 10/11/21 04:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do I Want to Break Down Solids?

A agree that chemicals other than plain old water are not needed on a regular basis. Prior to the last trip of the season home, I fill the tank about half full & pour a couple of cups of low suds liquid laundry detergent & then dump & rinse close to home. As for not breaking down solids, the "technician" clearly doesn't know what he's talking about. I have a clear elbow on my hose & the only thing I've seen that's remotely solid is the occasional shred of TP. Poop breaks down very quickly just by sitting in the water for a few hours.
frankwp 10/04/21 11:58am General RVing Issues
RE: An upgraded option for the half ton Pickup crowd

The new Tundra is shockingly ugly, but next to a Silverado HD, it looks pretty good.
frankwp 09/20/21 11:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Labels for wire bundle that won't fall off

Brady makes an extensive line of industrial wire labels for just about any imaginable environment. If the wire will survive it, chances are the labels will too. Brother also makes some very good labelers & labels, but Brady has them beat for hard usage labels.
frankwp 09/20/21 11:04am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

NEMA 15A is a 15 amp plug should not neee 10ga go to an electrical supply house Skip google and go to a sticks and bricks electrical supply house. If you can take the cord, or a couple inches of it, with you. Called an actual electrical supply house and aHa! Leviton 5266-C can support 10 AWG and it’s about $10. Problem solved.Interesting that the Leviton and Hubbell have the same part number. For some reason, wiring device part numbers are frequently the same or similar among different manufacturers.
frankwp 09/09/21 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Fan Speed Control

ok. good points. I dont think my fan is worn in any way. The noise is a ringing, not a mechanical issue. The noise is a function of the PWM controller. The high speed on/off switching that is used to effectively lower the voltage produces the high pitched sound. You probably noticed that at full speed the sound goes away or is greatly reduced. Some controllers are noise, some not. BTW, The noise is mostly generated at the motor, not the controller.
frankwp 08/27/21 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Fan Speed Control

I know you don't want links, but you're going to have to put some effort into this yourself because we don't know what your precise requirements are. You'll find a good selection here: Aliexpress Be aware that current ratings are frequently overstated & choosing something that is rated for 2x the fan current would be reasonable.
frankwp 08/27/21 07:50am Tech Issues
RE: Fan Speed Control

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frankwp 08/27/21 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: Fan Speed Control

a heating element is a resistor, thats why it works. The FF uses these "things" to waste electricity. A heating element is designed to produce a certain amount of heat at a certain voltage. They are generally made of materials that can glow red hot without failing. It does have a defined amount of resistance to work properly but generally they are not used in a circuit to serve as a resistor. Think of the heating element in your electric water heater. It has about 10 ohms of resistance but why would you use that as a 10 ohm, 1000 watt resistor? Plus, it would have to be submerged in water or it will cook itself and fail in seconds. The air core wire wrap resistors on your fan were designed to be used as low resistance, high wattage resistors. You could probably use them as a heating element if you stay within there design parameters. Their datasheet would define their thermal characteristics and other parameters you would have to adhere to. There are other resistors they could have used that look more like resistors. They probably made the ones they used in-house for cost savings. Short story: I was designing a 3-phase brushless motor controller years ago that required exactly 40A peak current. I needed a precise milli-ohm level current sensing resistor capable of passing 40A +margin in a small footprint. Tolerance stack-up of other components required this resistor to be tuned. I used large gauge enamel coated wire wrapped similar to your resistors. It may have looked like a heater element but its purpose was to create a precise amount of resistance. I hope this helps Good explanation. Those coils, in the context of the FF controller are most definitely not heating elements.
frankwp 08/27/21 07:44am Tech Issues
RE: Fan Speed Control

mindless is when people just look up "speed controller" and post a bunch of links, none that are relevant usually. That Guide to put a controller in is nice, but not anything to do with what I want - to have a controller that uses less energy at lower speeds. I have my controller feeding the FF, so have control on a wall, not at the fan. I can always put controller at max and run the FF normally. I set FF on High and control the speed by using the controller. The PWM things have big heat sinks, so are producing heat. IDK beyond that, so am asking any electrical geeks out there who might know You seem to be contradicting yourself here. The controller in the linked guide is a PWM, as is your controller that burned out. It's about the most efficient speed controller for your fan that you will find. The reason for the big heat sink is so it won't burn out like your old one. You can still mount it remotely from the fan & bypass the local fan switch, or just leave it on high. And those coils are not "heating elements", they are resistors.
frankwp 08/26/21 01:20pm Tech Issues
RE: List some RV movies

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, Uncle Eddie's RV. But that was Cousin Eddie! Clark to Eddie: "do you think it really matters?"
frankwp 08/14/21 04:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar maintainer.

I've always disconnected the fully charged battery every fall & left it for the winter. In the spring, the battery isn't noticeably discharged. I just replaced the old battery at 11 years, but even so, it still had some life left in it.
frankwp 08/13/21 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Removing clear silicone caulk from exterior fiberglass

That was a good video, but it's concerning that he uses "silicone" as a generic name for silicone sealant. Lexel doesn't even make a silicone sealant.
frankwp 08/12/21 04:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Removing clear silicone caulk from exterior fiberglass

Silicone sealant has become like a plague on humanity. It's great stuff for certain uses, but there is almost always a better choice when caulking is required. Even when using caulking remover, it's very hard to remove all traces of the ****.
frankwp 08/09/21 06:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Loss of power when driving

Just this weekend, while towing up to our camping vacation, the truck would drop down to what felt like about half power. Kinda butt clenching when your going up a steep pass. I took it in yesterday & is was the mass airflow sensor.
frankwp 07/20/21 09:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane tank level monitor

Pressure in the tank will remain constant until the tank is almost empty, so a pressure gauge won't work. I've not used the Mopeka device. Does it indicate the level or just when the tank is empty?
frankwp 07/20/21 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for ideas on how to Roll up/store 50 amp cord

also if ya use a reel it should be fully unreeled be for use due to counter emf in the circuit. actually for any cord. Sorry, but you've got some mixed up info there. Counter-EMF does not come into play at all in this situation. Maybe you're thinking of electric motor windings. The reason for not using the cord while it's not fully unreeled is that if it's being used at anywhere near its capacity, the portion that's still on the reel can overheat to the point of melting or even starting a fire.
frankwp 07/12/21 10:40pm General RVing Issues
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