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RE: Reverse Polarity code When Plugging in at Home

Wait a minute, Why did he place the EMS in the middle between 2 cords? Why not put it on the outlet and that would tell if the outlet is miswired wouldn't it?? Obviously he has said he had to evacuate so the friend is not currently there. The situation should be corrected though.
ken56 09/29/20 07:09am Tech Issues
RE: Heading to Cades Cove. ?Route 28 Franklin to Lauada?

All I can say is don't burn up your brakes. You will have a workout with all the hills and turns. Go slow and be careful.
ken56 09/26/20 06:56pm Roads and Routes
RE: Great Smoky Mountains Bear FoundScavenging On Human Remains

GSMNP has the highest concentration of black bears in the country. A 16 year old Ohio boy was attacked in his hammock 2(?) years ago. While attacking humans is usually not that common it happens. They do not know how this man died as yet. Scavenging means the bear was eating the corpse. A few bears have to be put down every year because they get too comfortable with humans. They will stroll into Gatlinburg right down mains street in the day time and people get close for that great picture. NEVER approach a bear or an elk to try to get that great picture, just don't because you could end up forcing the park authorities to put the animal down. Just stop it.
ken56 09/14/20 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are the campgrounds full in your area?

East Tennessee area, AKA Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Sevierville/Townsend not a problem here. Was just in Pigeon Forge this afternoon and it was quite busy. Not like it used to be pre covid 19 but traffic was heavy but moving and people out and about seeing the sights and shopping. Camping sites are still available from the resort high end to the regular campground.
ken56 09/12/20 07:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 50 amp surge protector

Yep, bad lightening storm. Afterward I noticed the indicator lights were different, 2 were out, it was the surge protection indicator. I called Progressive Industries customer service and asked them and they confirmed that is what happens, the lights will go out and not provide surge protection the rest of it still worked though. I bought the SSP50xl also to replace the fried one. They do work.
ken56 09/10/20 06:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

Definitely worth the money to do. It's not a terribly hard job but it is work to do. If you are not experienced at working on vehicles have a local shop do it for you, no need to go to an RV dealer. You need a couple floor jacks and jack stands to stabilize the trailer while you work on it. A ball joint tool is handy to press the new brass bushing in although I used a large C-clamp. It made a huge difference in trailer ride. Quieted things down too.
ken56 09/10/20 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: trip to mt rushmore

The Grand Canyon Railroad RV park is nice. They allow you to use the hotel's exercise room and pool. The buffet restaurant is very good too for a nice breakfast before you board the train. Williams is a nice town too. Take time to go walk the town and stop in the shops. I always go online and order the travel guides for the states we are going to. Lots of good area specific local information.
ken56 09/07/20 11:12am Roads and Routes
RE: 72 ounce steak and potato and salad

Been there also but there was no one trying to do it. The Big Texan Steak Ranch is a must see and do thing in Amarillo. Great food. I also say don't do it. At the time we were there if you didn't eat it you had to pay for it, $125 I believe it was. Not sure what it would be at todays beef prices. Stuffing yourself that full is just inviting a heart attack too. If you are not a professional eater you stand to hurt yourself.
ken56 09/05/20 06:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Natchez trace

We also want to do this with friends of ours the whole length north to south. I am a bit hesitant because I pull a 37 foot trailer so I'm 57 ft. long in total. Is it possible with that long of rig? I have not done extensive research on it as yet.
ken56 09/05/20 06:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Strange Electrical Issue

Converter is DOA. Replace it before your next trip. Contact Randy at Bestconverter.com. Get his recommendation on what you should replace it with. I just replaced mine on a 4 year old unit. It stopped charging the battery but everything else worked, even the 12 volt appliances when I was plugged into shore power. It's not a difficult project to replace it yourself...just unplug it from shore power and disconnect the battery. All will be dead so no electrons to worry about.
ken56 08/30/20 07:14am Tech Issues
RE: Small mistakes can make big problems

I know an experienced RVer who made a similar mistake. He hooks up to the spigot with a wye and then hooks up his city supply with one hose and then he connects the tank flush with another. He had finished setting up camp and they decided to go into town and left, what he neglected to notice is the shutoff on the wye was open to the tank flush. When they returned they had a flood and black water coming out the roof vent. S**t happens to the best of us, we tend to get complacent because of all that experience we have. We were camped at a nice CG and a young couple pull into the site next to us a couple days after we had arrived. I watched discretely as he tried to unhook from the ball and was having trouble so I feigned needing something from my truck and went there and he noticed me outside so he actually asked me for help which I had hoped he would do. I didn't want to embarrass the guy by barging in. He explained he had borrowed the trailer and really didn't have any experience and did not know how the hitch latch worked so I said "are you ready for this?" lifted it up and pulled it back and the ball dropped out of the coupler...that simple. He laughed and we had a good conversation and I told him not to hesitate to ask me if he needed help with anything else. They had a nice stay.
ken56 08/29/20 10:28am Beginning RVing
RE: 2 months in florida or south ga

For the warmer temps you have to be below Tampa/Orlando. Above that you can see temps in the upper 30's sometimes worse depending on how aggressive a cold front is. We have stayed at Rock Crusher Canyon and it's very nice with a nice pool and club house and it has spacious sites. Crystal River is a nice little town that basically revolves around fishing and the Manatees. I've also been in south Georgia when the temps have been mid 20's in January. I am not sure the Canadians will be coming down to FL this year so you might try calling a few resorts and inquire about openings. Be prepared to pay big bucks.
ken56 08/27/20 05:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Slide out.

Well I have not waxed the side walls as yet. The baby powder or talc seems to make some sense also. Replacing both circuit breakers will be the last thing I do. Will the circuit breakers show a lower voltage from one side to the other? I did not check that so I suppose I can do that also. They are only 4 years old. I did not say the slide was gear driven but yes, it is a gear driven slide. The other 2 slides are cable driven and seem to work fine so that leads me to believe it's drag related. Waxing will commence shortly.
ken56 08/25/20 06:38am Tech Issues
Slide out.

I have one slide that seems to operate slower than it used to. New battery fully charged, disconnected and cleaned all electrical connections at the circuit breakers on the tongue, cleaned and conditioned the rubber gaskets. Not sure what else I should look for on this. Ideas?
ken56 08/24/20 02:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Foolish Things We’ve Done as Kids

I grew up in Middleburg Heights Ohio when I-71 was being built. We used to play on the bridge steel before the concrete deck was poured. We walked the steel all the way across the bridges. Tons of fun. Rode our bikes on the new road bed before concrete was poured. Back then we even rode our bikes without helmets and rode in cars without seatbelts. Amazing huh?
ken56 08/22/20 07:43pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best route around/thru Nashville & Memphis

840 around Nashville is a bit longer but will avoid the crazy trying to go straight through Nashville. Unless you plan on stopping there for an over night or sight seeing for a couple days 840 is your best bet. Stay on 40 for Memphis.
ken56 08/22/20 07:20pm Roads and Routes
RE: STL > SD > WY Route

I admire your enthusiasm to go camping and see the country but....when you say one night at some place when does that give you time to see anything? One night for us is just a passing through stop over. If you want to see things then its a 2 night stop at least. How many full days have you allowed to see things? Think about that. Just because the speed limit on the roads up in SD and WY are 80 mph doesn't mean you have to go that fast either especially when towing. You have your family in the vehicle remember.
ken56 08/13/20 04:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: How to empty fresh water tank without pump?

I am with the person who asked if the winterizing valve was turned to the proper position. look on youtube for the procedure to dewinterize and check that valve too.
ken56 08/02/20 04:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: How to empty fresh water tank without pump?

There should be a low point valve under the trailer for the tank. Why do you need to empty the tank to replace the pump? Why do you think the pump is not working? Whats it doing?
ken56 08/02/20 10:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Water heater

Everything is OK. Fiddled with the connections to make sure no corrosion and disconnected the LP tanks, reconnected LP tanks and flipped the switch and it lit off.
ken56 08/01/20 06:19pm Tech Issues
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