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RE: Walmart has new auto battery maker

Walmart batteries are primarily supplied by East Penn and have been for a couple of years. Johnson Controls for many years before that. The idea that a manufacturer makes different batteries for different stores is absurd to anyone familiar with battery manufacturing facilities and the business. They try to make as many identical cells as possible because any deviation requires a new production line and parts chain. They will de-rate a battery upon request of a buyer, which JCI did with their batteries for Walmart for many years, but they are not going to change anything inside the cells. Interstate is not a battery manufacturer. They buy all of their batteries from other companies. The sum total of useful battery knowledge held by the entire company wouldn’t fill a thimble.
jkwilson 01/12/22 10:07pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

I know my camper isn’t insulated like a house, but the furnaces in RVs seem unusually inefficient, even crude. It does seem like someone would improve on what is essentially thirty year old technology. My unit is in fact 18 years old. And it was no state of the art furnace when new. Someone mentioned a two stage unit. That sounds very interesting. A better heat exchanger seems possible. I know two stage units in houses do have greater efficiency. Anyway, every time I get home from boondocking I complain to myself and just thought I’d share my complaint. Does anyone know someone who makes a two stage furnace? I think you dismiss too readily how badly insulated most are. The space between the floor and the belly is often heated space, effectively serving as duct work, Over the years, major leaks can develop causing your furnace to pull in outside air and expel heated air back outside. A couple of hours with silicon sealer and underbelly tape can make a big difference in the performance of your furnace. Probably more than you’ll ever find by upgrading to a more efficient burner.
jkwilson 01/08/22 08:45pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

While RV furnaces are not very efficient, the big driver of propane use is the poorly sealed and poorly insulated RV. And you can do something about that.
jkwilson 01/07/22 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Why won’t my Champion C46540 generator run the microwave?

In addition to the output of the generator, you need to consider that microwave power ratings are output power. A 1300W microwave may use 2000W from the power source.
jkwilson 01/04/22 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: How to prevent Keirig from freezing??

In regards to the landfills, K-Cups are recyclable. All the ones I buy state that and tell you what to do. Peal the top off, dump the coffee, rinse, put with recyclables. Now, do I do this? NOOOO!! When they make it easy to pull the top off I will, right now it is a PAIN. I use a cheap no name K-Cup brewer, OK, it has a name, but nothing I have heard of before, that makes a single cup and pretty much sucks all the water out each time. Unfortunately, being recyclable does not mean it will be recycled. Because of the drop in recycled material value, pretty much only cardboard, some paper, plastic bottles and aluminum drink containers are recycled these days. It’s not cost effective to sort the other items so everything else goes to the dump. If you don’t believe it, check with your supposed recycler. Even plastic bottles are a hard sell now. Steel and aluminum is the only thing with any real demand.
jkwilson 01/01/22 05:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

I'm not trying to do an in-depth search. I have had s a cousin who did some of that and found out some information and the likelihood that my fraternal grandmother was native American. As I have said, she was born in Shawnee, OK but she never answered any questions about it. I think she was embarrassed about her past. My grandfather died before I was born and when I asked her questions she would always say, "you're Scotch Irish like all good little boys.". I am sure she was derivative of Cherokee or Shawnee, but she would not talk about it. Being native American may have been something she didn't want to be a part of. I'm not looking for any other great revelations in my past like being a cousin to Davy Crocket or Jessie James. I am only interested in my DNA. Problem is the tests aren’t very good at determining Native American ancestry. Your best option is to find close matches to yourself who you can identify as relatives of hers who know their ancestry.
jkwilson 12/31/21 04:24pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

Unless you are a member of something like Ancestry.com, the information from such a test is of very little use. The biggest benefit is the matches you get to other members. The ethnicity is better than it used to be, but none a very good for Native American ancestry. Just a heads up: I’ve been doing genealogy for 25 years, and getting paid for 12 or 15 years. I’ve done searches for dozens of families, and at least half swear they have Native American ancestry, but not a single one did. It was often used as “cover” for ancestry that was less exotic and subject to discrimination. I’ve found Jewish, Romani, African, Turkish and Pakistani heritage in families who claimed Native American. I also find numerous illegitimate children in almost every family. Siblings that aren’t. Parents that aren’t. Neighbors who are inexplicably close relatives etc..Virtually every family has a closet full of skeletons. Don’t do it if you aren’t prepared to find out things like that.
jkwilson 12/30/21 07:57pm Around the Campfire
RE: How to prevent Keirig from freezing??

How would it freeze if there's no water in it? I'd imagine if it were a concern, I'd buy an insulated ice chest it would fit into and let it live there until I needed to use it. It will still freeze unless there is a heat source inside the cooler.
jkwilson 12/30/21 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Broke down on the road, what's your insurance experience?

Just wondering what your experience has been. I have a RV rider on my policy, but they just say save your receipts and turn them in for reimbursement. I am curious as to how you even know who to call when you are broke down in the middle of no where. It can be even worse if no cell phone service and its after closing time. Not looking for horror stores, just how did you get taken care of. I know many have AAA or Good Sam, is that the best way to go? If you don't have cell service, it doesn't matter what you have. You'll have to rely on a passerby to send help. There are 24 hour towing places, and the police will generally help you get in touch with them. And they won't steer you to somebody willing to accept a lowball price for towing.
jkwilson 12/21/21 03:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Place for a couple of nights near Chesapeake, VA

We used to be eligible for military base campgrounds and stayed at a couple in the past when visiting, but since we retired we no longer qualify. Not quite true. MWR (famcamps) are open to all individuals listed as "eligible" under these categories: Active Duty Retirees MOH recipients PH recipients POW's 100% VA disabled Veterans with VA "Service Connected" disability (new group) Reservist and all the PH, NOAA etc. group. Each facility sets their own entry requirements based on DOD standards so some are pretty open to eligible individuals and their family while others may limit access to only the "eligible person" as defined by DOD regulations and the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018 (spouse and/or kids may be denied access in some places if they are not listed as an "eligible" person in a category). All other base access requirements must be adhered too. Retired DoD civilians rarely qualify. When working, we were eligible most places. We have access at the base from which we retired, but that is pretty well it.
jkwilson 12/09/21 07:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Place for a couple of nights near Chesapeake, VA

Those are the two closest we had seen. Chesapeake Campground is about 15 minutes away and Northwest River Park is about 25 minutes away, both reasonable for a short stay.
jkwilson 12/09/21 08:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Place for a couple of nights near Chesapeake, VA

We have friends there that we’d like to visit when we get in the area. We used to be eligible for military base campgrounds and stayed at a couple in the past when visiting, but since we retired we no longer qualify. Not looking for luxury necessarily. Clean, safe, easy access with the rig and easy access to town would be priorities.
jkwilson 12/08/21 08:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Piney Campground

No Wi-Fi. Nice place. Cell service depends on the carrier.
jkwilson 11/30/21 01:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Vacuum issues

Look inside. Dust can clog the screen to the motor.
jkwilson 11/28/21 02:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Max Pressure Cold vs Hot Pressures - How Much Is Too Much

Most TPMS manufacturers recommend high pressure alerts at 125% of cold pressure. You are way under that.
jkwilson 11/18/21 10:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alternator not charging the House after battery upgrade HELP

There is no difference between 2 6V batteries in series and a 12V battery other than the connection between the 3rd and 4th cell being external. Rule number one when a problem happens is to go look at the last thing you messed with. It’s easy for a wire to retract when disconnected and be missed upon reconnection. Also, any errors, even brief, during hookup could blow protection devices.
jkwilson 11/12/21 12:05pm Tech Issues
RE: I want to run a microwave on an inverter

If you regularly use that kind of power and don’t have a recharging source like a generator or solar, you likely won’t get them recharged while towing. The generator is still the way to go.
jkwilson 10/18/21 07:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Amps/voltage to trailer brakes

Just curious how a person would adjust a manually adjustable drum brake unless they used the "tiny hole on the backing plate"? Me too.
jkwilson 10/16/21 07:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic RM2351 Fridge Not Cooling on Gas

Is the refrigerator in a slide? If so is that slide in the same position at home as when you were camping?
jkwilson 10/15/21 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: RV Propane Regulator Question

Link to image Fixed your image link. Those are just covers. Regulators aren’t incredibly reliable, so a manometer test would be worth your time. Several YouTube videos show how to make one easily and use.
jkwilson 10/15/21 09:01am Tech Issues
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