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RE: ready to install antenna and router, but lots of ???

Your antenna isn't tall enough to worry about mounting it on the drivers side. My six years experience with a Pepwave Max BR-1 has shown very sufficient performance with antennae on the roof, no pole mount. The only advantage of a pole would be if you're blocked by solid buildings or terrain; you'd have to be sure you're not intrducing too much coax loss. BTW, use LMR-400 coax.
johnhicks 11/08/20 08:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

You won't hurt anything using dielectric grease or cosmoline but won't help anything either. Deoxit works for cleaning but won't help if the socket is burned or mechanically compromised. Turn off loads and pull the CG breaker when plugging in or unplugging. When a CG socket gets burned and loose there's nothing you can do about it. If there's a 50A socket available use a dogbone and plug into it
johnhicks 10/19/20 12:57pm Tech Issues
RE: I needed to add an extra browser

Vivaldi and Opera use the chromium engine, as does Edge. With Internet Explorer gone Opera may be the longest-lived browser now.
johnhicks 10/13/20 08:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Strom Thurmond Lake & Hartwell Lake GA/SC

Was there any justification given for closing/giving away Big Hart? It seemed pretty busy to me.
johnhicks 10/13/20 11:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Strom Thurmond Lake & Hartwell Lake GA/SC

Well fooey. The website goes to recreation.gov, which says that it's McDuffie county. So I suspect it's probably ruined and gone.
johnhicks 10/10/20 07:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Strom Thurmond Lake & Hartwell Lake GA/SC

Big Hart COE At all these parks, bring your ant powder. Big ones even fall from the trees.
johnhicks 10/10/20 11:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Brake master 9100 problem

Not what you're asking but you might consider: My compressor is wired (via fuse) through an under-dash toggle switch to the battery. Not ignition-switched. Just in case you need to rewire it.
johnhicks 09/30/20 11:39am Dinghy Towing
RE: Get me out of here! PLEASE

You get on/stay on US-441 at Cornelia. Don't follow US-23 to Atlanta. Follow US-441 down to Athens, take the eastern bypass, take US-129/441 south from Athens to connect with I-75 at Macon. It's slower but calm, peaceful, not 85mph etc. I don't do Atlanta any more. You can get over this by taking trips to the foothills, say Cleveland Ga., Lake Hartwell up near Clemson, or on the west up to the Rome or Calhoun Ga. area. BTW, do not camp anywhere north of Cleveland or northwest up US-129. (see Mountain Directory). Once you've done a few trips and gotten over the wild willies then push farther into the mountains, small steps. This is supposed to be fun, remember? I don't know if you drive the rig at all, but it would help if you do, not necessarily in the mountains but a few hills at least..
johnhicks 09/29/20 11:27am Roads and Routes
RE: Get me out of here! PLEASE

To get out of there, get on US-441/23 and go south into Georgia. You didn't say where you're going next. If home to Florida stay on US-441 until you pick up I-75 at Macon or you might prefer to stay on US-441 all the way. There's a book called Mountain Directory https://www.mountaindirectory.com/ Before doing any more mountain anything the navigator needs to read it.
johnhicks 09/29/20 10:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Question on battery charging

My two Wallyworld group 27 marine/rv batteries lasted 11 months. I checked the water every month and never had to add any. They still don't need any water added. The 12v lights got a ittle funky one morning, I checked the voltmeter and saw 10.5v (!) and of course there was that nice smell in the compartmnet. The batteries looked fine but both had a little water on top. I yanked out the easiest one to get at, and in short time the other one was almost 12v and climbing. It went into float at about 13.1v The other one sitting on the ground showed 11.8v the next day. I got another battery and installed it as a single; it's at 13.1v. This is liveaboard usage every day. So...my previous Interstate group 27 marine/rv batteries lasted six years even including a couple of instances of abuse. The Wally batteries, ostensibly the same, lasted 11 months. Hardware and usage is the same.
johnhicks 09/27/20 08:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Weather stations

I had a weather station back at the sticks'n'bricks and enjoyed geeking out with it.
johnhicks 09/20/20 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Furnace running requires hookup or engine running?

The furnace blower eats a lot of battery power.
johnhicks 09/20/20 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Weather stations

"Weather stations" don't link to anything. They show current conditions where you are. No warnings, nada. They don't warn you that a line of tornados or heavy snowfall is heading your way etc. A weather radio gives you voice forecasts, local and wide-area, and alerts for most anything you could think of. You just need to be in range. To me a weather radio is a necessity. https://www.weather.gov/nwr/ This is the radio I have. It has a connector for an external antenna. If you have an FM radio antenna on the roof you can get a y-connector and connect this to it along with your FM radio. https://www.amazon.com/Midland-Emergency-M-Localized-Programming/dp/B071HFV836/ref=sr_1_3?crid=232Z13R66KZGT&dchild=1&keywords=midland+weather+alert+radio&qid=1600531205&sprefix=midland+we%2Caps%2C193&sr=8-3 If you have consistent internet access you can use the NWS site. https://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=27.996&lon=-81.5437#.X2Ysd9rPxEa And I use Radarscope for the earliest storm information available. https://www.radarscope.app/take-a-tour/
johnhicks 09/19/20 10:21am Tech Issues
RE: Campground around Winter Park, Florida

Wekiva Springs SP might be a little closer but probably not enough to make any difference. Just too much traffic in the whole area.
johnhicks 09/12/20 06:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: COE

OK, but you generally approach from Chattahoochee. :) I always kid DW about escaping from Chattahoochee one more time.
johnhicks 09/08/20 08:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: COE

East Bank COE, Chattahoochee. W/E only, dump etc.
johnhicks 09/07/20 08:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I-71 In KY 127 to Hartig Park -- GPS no go?????

A gps will sometime trigger on an obstruction or no-go by proximity, not on the actual track. For example, mine doesn't like an area on US-90 in north Florida, claiming there's a low clearance, while the actual low clearance is on a road a few hundred yards over. I suspect yours is seeing Old US-127 and triggering a no-go, while you actually will travel on US-127 right alongside. Or it could perhaps be a weight restriction. I looked using Google Earth and didn't see any obstruction and also saw several heavy trucks and large campers along the way. Looks like you may be going through a huge, perhaps private, sand mine.
johnhicks 08/29/20 08:51pm Roads and Routes
RE: Turning A Toad

Make sure you're rolling when you initiate the turn; never turn the steering wheel a lot while sitting still and then move because that immediately puts lots of side stress on the tow setup. Never back up.
johnhicks 08/29/20 08:27pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Onan Marquis Gold 5500 LP generator - Reviews ????

My 6500LP is still happy at 27 years. Had to replace the regulator a couple of years ago. I have a motorhome that came with a huge propane tank so I'm not as restricted as I would be with small portable tanks plus I only run it on travel days. I don't boondock other than at repair shops when something breaks (13 days at a transmission shop) so fuel usage isn't really a problem although propane can be hard to find sometimes. Also I very rarely run the propane-guzzling furnace. It really depends on your intended usage. If you forsee a lot of boondocking depending on a generator, propane isn't for you simply because it's lots easier to transfer gas or diesel into a day tank as often as needed. If you forsee boondocking with lots of solar etc, no air conditioner, and generator usage would only be for the occasional rainy day then it'll be fine.
johnhicks 08/27/20 09:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Onan Generator Service

The bear in the price is getting that thing out and back in. Mine cost $1400 labor out and in a couple of years ago; the only parts needed were a propane regulator and a couple of spark plugs...but yours is much more involved. No matter, those belts and hoses are 13 years old. If I was heading out on an excursion to Alaska I'd sure change them.
johnhicks 08/24/20 07:41pm Class A Motorhomes
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