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Carbon Monoxide Detector Proper Placement

I've been rebuilding the inside of my 5er after a structural failure and am on the last mile. I've built new cabinets, new sink, etc - and I'm down to putting the finishing touches (DW's punch list). There's a couple of interesting items. First my Carbon Monoxide detector - battery operated - was (originally) placed about 5' up from floor level - in the "upstairs" sleeping area. Second, on the bottom of the detector it states "Replace after 2015) and my 5er was manufactured in 2010. I'm going to address item number two with a new unit, but I thought Carbon Monoxide is heavier than air and should be mounted down near the floor (Like my propane detector - which is hardwired to 12v near my power distribution center). Where is the proper location for a Carbon Monoxide to be placed in the Trailer. Thanks in advance! josh
jodeb720 09/27/21 11:02am Tech Issues
RE: AT&T no more Wireless Home Phone

FWIW, my Panasonic Land Line phone also will allow me to connect it via bluetooth to my mobile phone. that way, when my mobile phone rings, all the phones in my house ring on the panasonic handsets - and I can answer, make calls and get caller ID on the Panasonic handset. Granted, 99.99% of the time the phone is on my person, but once in a while it's connected to the charger and I need to leave it - but still receive calls. One more thing, I can answer my Teams calls on my panasonic. the phone just forwards all the calls to the bluetooth panasonic handsets.
jodeb720 09/14/21 10:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Ryobi 2300 generator keeps overloading

start by flipping the breakers in the box - Make sure your Fridge is running on gas not Auto (that's pulls a few amps) Make sure your water heater is running on Gas - not electric. One at a time, flip your breakers on and see if that resolves your issue. Eventually you'll find the circuit that's utilizing all your amps and you'll be able to charge your batteries as well as run your tv, etc.
jodeb720 09/14/21 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: RV parts shortages

My former neighbor from LA (who was a longshoreman - he just passed) as telling me last month that there is an acute shortage of people willing to work on the docks. They make bank (like 120k annually working on the docs). He was telling me last month that the owners of the docks were offering cash incentives to work triple shifts just to clear out the back log of ships, sitting offshore of Long Beach, CA. Doug is spot on with the inability to move the containers off the ships and onto either rail or truck. Oh that's another story. The trucking industry is also struggling to find drivers. Many of the young people who are thinking of going into the business see automation replacing drivers in the future, and don't want to get into an industry where automation will replace them in the future.
jodeb720 09/14/21 10:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Erratic fuel gauge

my 2003 chevy silverado truck had a similar problem. Gauges one at a time started to fail. Found a guy on fleabay and for 75.00 he fixed it up and shipped it back to me. NO fuss, no muss.
jodeb720 09/13/21 10:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacement LED light Fixtures -

Gary - Thanks for the link - that's something to keep in mind. 450 Lumens on the ceiling - at 3500 is a decent color but I wonder how bright. GDE - I'm with you on the replacement bulbs. It's so hard to find the brightest LED's out there. Any suggestions on SMD types of panels? I'm wondering if they've gotten around to COB's that are just solid luminous panels that give off a ton of light. The other issue is boondocking. I've seen the round LED light fixtures that will fit into the ceiling in place of where my existing fixtures are - but I don't see the lumen rating - maybe I'm looking in the wrong place. Thanks Again! josh
jodeb720 09/13/21 11:47am Tech Issues
Replacement LED light Fixtures -

Ok, 10+ years ago I bought a bunch of the SMD LED replacement light "bulbs". They have been relatively dependable but they are starting to Fail. As I'm doing a complete renovation of the 5er - and I'm coming to the end (finally after a year +) we (DW and I) are looking to replace the fixtures with Black (he design motif is using the rubbed bronze look so it's almost black anyway). I've done a big of searching and what I'm finding is similar to what I've already got - SMD LED boards in the fixtures. What I'd like is much brighter LED's that what I have from 10 years ago. Any suggestions on: Replacement fixtures (Where the lumens are posted)? The incandescent bulbs (I believe) put out about 210 lumens (Someone correct me if I'm wrong, please). The latest and greatest replacement bulbs are 360 Lumens (again, correct me if I'm wrong). New Fixtures are what lumenosity? Thanks in advance! josh
jodeb720 09/12/21 09:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Cleanser for Condenser Cleaning for AC?

@OldWizard,won't the acid in the vinegar corrode the fins? Thanks guys. I took the 5er back to night - almost done with my floor - but I know the AC unit needs a good cleaning! That's next weekend.
jodeb720 08/15/21 10:06pm Tech Issues
Best Cleanser for Condenser Cleaning for AC?

I did a search - and there's a host of answers. the most common were 409 cleaner, Dawn dishwashing soap, Simple Green. What's the most effective cleaner to remove all the crud from the condenser/eveaporator? Thanks Josh
jodeb720 08/15/21 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: Dexter Axles

I have them on my 5er - and annually pull and inspect them. the rubber plug on them routinely breaks down and I have to replace it. A couple of years ago, i had checked the plugs and they were ok, but when I arrive at my destination, two had broken and that meant dirt could have contaminated the bearings. Off came the tires, repacked the bearings after a good cleaning to be sure no dirt got inside of them. I like the idea, but in reality the old school checking and packing annually reduces the amount of excess grease the will expand with heat to a minimum. And, as others have said, it'll foul your drum brakes if it expands too much.
jodeb720 08/15/21 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Coleman Mach III 13.5 btu replacement

quick update. I brought the rig home - and after reading a parallel thread, where someone posted there's a high temperature cut off on the top of the compressor - I tried the unit here at home. I works. In a way, i'm kinda bummed, especially after looking at the spec's from replacement units. Interesting thing about running it here, when I put my volt meter in my outlet - I'm getting 120 even with the AC running. I want to thank everybody for the suggestions though. J
jodeb720 08/14/21 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Coleman Mach III 13.5 btu replacement

outstanding! Thanks all for the insight. I'll start with trolling through the specs from the document library. From there i'll start making decisions. We're not going out in the 5er at least until October - so I have time to figure this all out. We're finishing the RV Makeover - and i'm planning the next phase of the update. Take Care all and thanks for the suggestions! josh
jodeb720 08/08/21 09:37pm Tech Issues
Coleman Mach III 13.5 btu replacement

after 11 years, my ac unit gave up the ghost. I have run my ac on my honda 2000 - but when it's really hot (above 90) it's exceeding my Honda's running capacity. The Honda's rated output is 13.5 amps at sea level (with a 16.6 amp 20 minute 'burst'). I know, I could buy a higher rated generator, but I don't need the AC that often and if I could get away with a higher priced AC unit that would draw less amperage, maybe it might be enough. how much less amperage will a power saver reduce the amperage consumption on a replacement Coleman Mach III PS? thanks in advance, Josh
jodeb720 08/08/21 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: Chevy Silverado 2500HD 6.0L

Like BFL, I had a 2003 6.0l. They don't produce much power below 3500 RPM and their sweet spot is up around 4000k. Like others have said, don't lose your momentum, or you won't get it back - easily. I added a 16 pass Derale stacked plate transmission cooler to keep the temps down near 175 or so except when climbing hills. That transmission lasted up to 250,000 before I moved onto a new vehicle (diesel). That engine is rock solid. Keep up on your maintenance. Annually drop the trans pan, and change the trans filter cold, then you can flush it after the fact. Most of the time, when you take to to a shop, they just flush it an forget it - which stirs up the particulates and doesn't get rid of it. That's why I annually dropped the trans pan, when it had been sitting over night, and did the filter before the flush.
jodeb720 06/25/21 11:17pm Tech Issues
RE: printer on the road

as an IT pro who has traveled for the company dog & pony shows - the Inkjets do alright on the road - but you should really remove them from the print head before you depart. Laser printers do very well on the road with the following caveat. Remove your toner cartridge from the printer. The vibration will cause the dry toner to shake out and then get into the printer and that's the end of the printer. Toner never goes bad, and it has a half life of at least 20 years. InkJet print heads are notorious for getting clogged - but we weren't sure if it was they were in storage for months at a time or if they didn't like the the shaking when it was shipped. josh
jodeb720 05/25/21 05:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Norcold N611L Not Working

it's a 2005 Wanderer (Sorry - I don't know the manufacturer) I'll walk him through the process of doing the NoCo reset on the board. It can't hurt. I did download the NoCo reset from chris bryant's site so that should help him follow the instructions
jodeb720 05/18/21 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold N611L Not Working

OP Here. Couple of Items. 1. He checked there was 12v to the control board with a multimeter. 13.2volts (he's plugged in). 2. He's not getting any cooling running on AC - so that was a red herring. 3. He's not getting any spark at all - I had him try the ground. He tried a couple of different ways, but no joy. 4. On both Gas and AC he's getting 4 blinking Power Light every 3 or so seconds. According to the service manual, it's saying it's the control board. So - if you were going to order a replacement board would you go OEM or Dinosaur for your replacement board? Have we missed anything on the diagnosis process?
jodeb720 05/17/21 09:59pm Tech Issues
Norcold N611L Not Working

Ok guys - My cousin purchased a wanderer TT - not sure of the year, and yes, it has some issues. This one is a Norcold N611L. Because of his generation, he doesn't like to chat on the phone and loves to text. Go figure. Anyway, he's reporting the unit is cooling on AC but on on gas. I asked him if when he's not plugged in are the Lights bright - thinking it's a crappy battery. He told me it was dim. So I had him plug it into AC, and switch it to GAS on the Coldest setting. You hear a buzzing sound from teh back of the unit, but when he looks at the igniter, there's no spark. The gap between the igniter and the metal rod is a bit bigger than 1/8". I asked him to make the gap 1/8" - which is what I have had to do on my Dometic's in the past on my own rigs. He then tells me the Power LED is blinking 4 times a second. off to BryantRV.com and found the service manual and it's reporting the control board failure. Tomorrow he and I will talk and I'll confirm: 1. Does it work on AC and cool Normally? 2. He's going to clean out the entire burner tube assembly - there's a good chance there's a web or two in the burner assembly. 3. Let me know if he gets a spark after he adjusts the igniter to 1/8" or so. Any Suggestions I can pass onto him would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance! josh
jodeb720 05/16/21 09:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Microsoft Office for FREE

As an IT Professional, I can tell you there's a lot of power in the Microsoft Office Suite of apps. When Microsoft had a "use it at home" offer for large companies (you can install it for free at home, so long as you didn't run it in both locations at the same time) it was a deal. it was a 10 dollar admin fee and you downloaded and had a full copy of office at home. But as with all things designed to suck money out of our wallet, all the major software vendors (including Microsoft) now "rent" software for an annual fee. Just about the same time this "renting" of software came about, I looked at Libre Office - which was eventually purchased by Oracle - and then moved to Open Office. Open office has the look and feel of Office 2003 - 2010 range. It's got the cute little icons, but for some of us, the Menu navigation is also still there. It can export the files in Microsoft Office format so you can exchange files with folks who still have MS Office without reformatting the file(s). I run it on my Mac, Windows and Linux boxes and it's seamless between each Operating System. Oh - one more thing. As I write this note, I'm using a 12 year old Macbook - which has Open Office on it. I've got a 3 year old Raspberry Pi (linux based) which I run it on, and my primary workstation is a Windows 10 i5 based box. DW has a 4 year old Dell Laptop with 24gb of RAM, i5, and a 256GB SSD - all of which run Open office. And she also has a 12 year old Macbook - she has never complained about switching interfaces using Open Office at home and MS Office at work. Just my two cents.
jodeb720 05/10/21 06:48am Technology Corner
RE: Powering a electric winch

Frank, Mex really knows his stuff. I have a 2019 350 Diesel. There are two batteries, 12 volts in parallel. the Negatives are to the frame and the positives are cross connected together forming one larger 12volt battery. I've been looking into replacing both of my grounds because they appear to be undersized for the load I'm placing on the cables (number of amps observed when cranking is right at the upper limit for the size of the cables). if you want to use the ground of the chassis - make sure both of your existing cables are in excellent shape - are clean, and there's no corrosion. Slather them with silicone grease to insure no corrosion. You'll need to run 1 00 cable to the location of the winch with an inline fuse rated at 430amps (or as close to it you can get). You'll probably get better performance if you run both a positive and negative cable - but it'll work using the frame as a ground. josh
jodeb720 02/03/21 10:24pm Tech Issues
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