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RE: Got mice try this

I made that years ago with just a 5 gallon Lowes bucket and a piece of 2x4. Works like a champ on chipmunks too. I have seen it called the 'bucket-o-death'. Not a chance in the world you can seal an RV well enough to keep mice out and still keep it moveable.
jkwilson 09/15/21 03:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12v dehumidifier

It would be a pretty big power consumer to operate from battery power. They are essentially small air conditioners without outside venting. If you could post more about what you need and why you want a 12V unit, somebody might have some ideas to help you.
jkwilson 09/11/21 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Visit to New England

Roads in New England tend to be insane on Friday and Sunday as weekend traffic heads out from and back to the cities. The closer you get to the ocean, the worse it gets. If you don’t already have an EZPass, consider it. It’s hard to avoid the toll roads out there.
jkwilson 08/24/21 07:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Betteries disconnected, wall monitor showing full charge.

Thanks for the replies guys. I turned off the breaker that the converter is connected to, and of course it shows zero, as the wall monitor is a 12 volt device, so it didn't work at all. Just because it is plugged into shore power doesn't mean it should show full charge should it? That makes it entirely useless for checking battery levels. Surely it should be showing the actual level of the batteries, whether or not I'm plugged in, shouldn't it? It's labeled "Batt Cond" after all... The batteries are disconnected in the first place because they were way below 12 volts. The converter is not charging them, and while the batteries were disconnected to charge on a trickle charger, I noticed the wall monitor still says full. That can't the intended behavior. Something must be miswired. You don’t have to completely shut off shore power. Just shut off the converter breaker. But it’s not really possible to have a simple readout to determine battery condition while the converter is on. The converter raises the voltage on the battery to charge it, so that’s what you’ll read. It really doesn’t matter though, because if you are on shore power for more than a few hours your battery is going to be as charged as it’s going to get, so checking the monitor is pointless.
jkwilson 08/13/21 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Cumberland Parkway in Feb

It’s pretty well out of the mountainous part of Kentucky. Weather in February is normally mild with upper 40s or low 50s typical, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility for snow. My wife’s grandmother lived there so we were there regularly.
jkwilson 08/04/21 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Evansville to Indianapolis airport (I-69) question

Hey folks, OP here... Y'all helped greatly a year ago on the question. I will be doing the same thing in two weeks. Last year I took I-69 to 37 to 465 to the airport. The road was good albeit, I wish the interstate construction was more complete. That was on a Sunday morning (and during covid.) Very little traffic at 6AM. This year I plan on leaving around the same time or so but on a Monday and plan on doing the same route. Has any more construction been completed in a year? Not too much update I could fins. How is traffic on a Monday. Need to make a flight, wheels up at 11AM. Should I get going earlier? Construction is more significant now. 37 is closed at Martinsville so all traffic is forced onto 39 and over to 67. They added some extra lanes to help as you follow the detour. I’ve driven the route a half dozen times since the closure. Most of the time it’s just heavy traffic, but on a tight schedule at a busy time, you might want to consider 69 to 231 to I70 at Cloverdale. It’s longer, but more predictable. If you go through Martinsville, get in the far left turn lane as you turn onto 39 going up, then stay in the right lane heading south to avoid having to change lanes in traffic. Don’t stop anywhere in Martinsville as it can be tough to get out into traffic to leave. Going up, don’t follow the detour signs back to 37. Just stay on 67 and turn left on Ameriplex Parkway.it’s the next major road after Camby Rd.
jkwilson 07/17/21 08:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Roadside Assistance

I wouldn’t think levelers would be covered by anybody. Most services don’t cover more than a short distance from a public road, so campgrounds are often going to be no service areas regardless of the problem.
jkwilson 06/30/21 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Convection oven exhaust?

Some are made that way. Best to avoid or minimize using heat generating appliances indoors when it’s hot out. When you need to use them, at least crack a vent to allow the heat to rise out.
jkwilson 06/29/21 07:50am General RVing Issues
RE: EVER HOT TERMINAL?

Some vehicles won’t charge until you close the door and start driving. Testing while parked may not work.
jkwilson 06/27/21 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: Back before cellphones

I remember owning pagers and a Motorola MicroTAC cellphone. I had a StarTAC that I hated. Job required I carry it and have it on at all times, but absolutely prohibited from using it for anything personal. I setup my desk phone at work to forward to my wife’s phone and I’d call her from the West Coast early so the minutes didn’t count and no one was the wiser. My boss wanted me to call in to a 3 hour meeting once. I told him I was in a roaming area and he wanted me to call in anyway I can’t remember whether that call itself cost $1600 or that was the total bill, but he had some splainin’ to do.
jkwilson 06/17/21 02:46pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Antenna Upgrade

Neither the Sensar nor the King Jack are Omni-directional antennas. Both are directional and require aiming. Both are good antennas.
jkwilson 06/11/21 09:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Batteries not holding charge ???

If you let them go two months at a time without charging, it's close to miraculous they last two years. Conventional flooded cell lead-acid batteries can lose about 15% of their charge in a month at 80F. leaving battery in a discharged state cause sulfation to become irreversible.
jkwilson 06/08/21 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
Back before cellphones

Remember the rows of pay phones campgrounds had near the office? Phone calls when you changed campgrounds and periodically so people back home could get in touch if they had to. It was nothing to be out of touch for days if you were out west. This came up last night as some neighbors complained about the lack of cell coverage in the campground and how “dangerous” it was to be unreachable.
jkwilson 05/16/21 06:32pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Refrigerator temp

Check the ventilating fan behind the refrigerator. Add more fans as needed. Check the insulation at the top and sides of the refrigerator. Add insulation as needed and tape to keep outdoor air away from the refrigerator cabinet.
jkwilson 05/12/21 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: Lights on a bicycle carrier

https://i.imgur.com/fHZUhHcl.png My Dispatch mounted on my truck for testing. A view from the truck side to show how the lights are mounted https://i.imgur.com/j92B5Kzl.png I used these lights Lights Mounted them an a piece of aluminum angle using a 2” square u-bolt around the frame of the rack. Wired it to a 4-wire trailer plug. I also added a pair of these Strobe Module really grab your attention.
jkwilson 04/24/21 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Crushed F-150

I think there is more to it than is told by the picture. And likely we will never know the real answer. The real answer is easily found on the web. The entire rig flipped on its side with obvious skid marks and the truck on the guardrail. The picture in the OP is after the rig had been righted. https://scontent-ort2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/162350146_1729448500585658_1373457409635219685_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=ABs711USRJgAX9P1TTU&_nc_ht=scontent-ort2-1.xx&oh=e0507591362150bfdeebbb45fc75840d&oe=6088AB9B No injuries. There were more pictures but they have been removed from where they were posted because the discussion degenerated into people ridiculing the owners.
jkwilson 03/30/21 02:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: An invalid topic ID or forum ID was passed in.

Still doing it. I’m ready to give up. The Captcha has to be intentionally made difficult to see. It’s not possible for anyone to accidentally choose such bad pictures. I have to assume the admins have chosen, for whatever reason, to set my access to the forum to “discouraged”. I get the message.
jkwilson 01/15/21 06:01pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Checking voltage on LED power supply ?

Switch your meter to AC and check. Most likely one supply is AC and the other is DC. Nope-- meter stays on "0" regardless of being on AC or DC.... but the LED lights out in the yard work. Strange Post a pix of the power supply with the model number.. I suspect it is a high frequency switching supply and has no or little filtering on the output.. Most meters will not read at all or properly 15Khz-30khz frequencies which most switching supplies operate at which could explain why you can't get a reading but the lights work. Even with poor filtration, the output of a switch-mode supply is still DC and could be measured with any DC volt meter.
jkwilson 01/14/21 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Waste Tote Recommendations

Barker with pneumatic tires gets my vote. But I have to qualify it. Bought it last winter after a bunch of online reading for a planned trip this past year that fell by the wayside, so I haven’t actually used it. Tried it with water from the grey tank as a practice run and it seems well designed. I went with 25 gallons for carrying ease.
jkwilson 01/11/21 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Checking voltage on LED power supply ?

AC or DC?
jkwilson 01/11/21 07:48am Tech Issues
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