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RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

mfg often are required by gov't regulations to state a shelf life on a product. Now in some cases, there is a real shelf life, an example is DEF which depending on temperature has a shelf life of a few months to a few years. In other cases rather than go through the testing to determine shelf life on long lived products,they create one. The two compounds used for RV antifreeze are propalene glycol which has an very long shelf life under normal conditions or ethanol. Now ethanol has a shelf life of decades, even centuries. If the antifreeze was sealed, I'd use it.
ktmrfs 09/24/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

mfg often are required by gov't regulations to state a shelf life on a product. Now in some cases, there is a real shelf life, an example is DEF which depending on temperature has a shelf life of a few months to a few years. In other cases rather than go through the testing to determine shelf life on long lived products,they create one. The two compounds used for RV antifreeze are propalene glycol which has an very long shelf life under normal conditions or ethanol. Now ethanol has a shelf life of decades, even centuries. If the antifreeze was sealed, I'd use it.
ktmrfs 09/24/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

Here's a video on this new DEF. Fast forward to 8:44 for some better details on the product. They cleared up a couple of questions and that this product will not reduce existing build up and the shelf life is the same as the current Blue DEF. Link Thanks for the link. The project leader called it an 'additive package'. I have a hard time believing that since the SDS for this product has NO difference from the old product. Again, this is NOT POSSIBLE because any chemical in the mixture it must be shown on the SDS. They only claim 33% Urea and 67% water on the SDS which means there is nothing else. KJ Items that are trade secretes can be withheld not really an accurate statement. Law says It is not appropriate to leave the concentration percentage (or identity of the ingredient(s)) blank in Section 3 of the SDS. Where a trade secret is claimed in accordance with ยง 1910.1200(i), a statement that the specific chemical identity and/or exact percentage (concentration) of composition has been withheld as a trade secret is required in Section 3 of the SDS. See 1910.1200(i)(1)(iii). so if there are "trade secret" ingredients a statement must be made. and the SDS for this"platinum DEF" contains no such statement. therefore ALL indgredients must be listed, and all they list are urea and water.
ktmrfs 09/23/20 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wifi in Remote locations

if cell service is marginal a cell booster amp may get you a useable signal, good enough for web searches, email, phone etc. Not likely good enough for video. And depending on where you are there are many many rural camping areas where cell service/wifi is NOT available even with a good amp and yagi directional antenna,
ktmrfs 09/22/20 08:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

No more DEF than I use in a year's time the small amount of money for the new and improved "Platinum" DEF is nothing and I will begin using it until proven otherwise. I'd say you have that backwards, I'll begin using when they prove that it works not the other way around............. Nope, I have it forward. I would rather use it and later find there is no benefit than to not use it and find the continued deposits required costly repairs to the emissions system. To each his own. Since all def made to meet the specified std has exactly the same omposition, dictated very specifically, it's not clear how this new DEF can be any different than any other that meets the spec. The mfg needs to get it certified to meet the ISO std. in order to license it as meeting the stds. Now how the DEF injection works, that's another issue with each mfg having the system for injection.
ktmrfs 09/22/20 01:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What axle do I have?

5 lug 3500 6 lug 5200-6000 8 lug 7000-8000 Ballpark way to know. nope: many many 6 lugs are 4400lbs
ktmrfs 09/21/20 10:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Peak Blue Platinum DEF

since def is defined by standards in what it must consist of and only consist of, I find it hard to believe they can or did add anything else.
ktmrfs 09/21/20 09:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Honda EU generators, BLUETOOTH, FINALLY!

IMHO the CO meter may NOT be as good as it seems. Yes, if you are running in an enclosed area I'm sure it would shut off or alarm. However if it outside and the exhaust is upwind and the exhaust is pointing towards a building and your close, like outside a door, garage door etc. it's possible that the CO concentration at the meter may be low, but CO buildup in the building could be bad. It doesn't take much CO to be a killer, especially in lower concentrations with long exposure, like cooped up in a room or worse yet sleeping. I can see the CO thing making people think they can be careless and it will protect them. it may not
ktmrfs 09/19/20 03:57pm Tech Issues
RE: How do you pay your bills on the road on extended trips?

I have the latest I phone and it has all the options to do this stuff. The problem is I need to teach myself how to use it. Renters, send checks and money orders or cash, oil & gas royalties come in checks, SS is direct deposit. Then as it stands now I have to have the bills (mail) in order to pay them. Somehow years ago I worked all over the world and got them paid. Now I am limiting my trips to 15 days or less just for this problem. you should be able to have the oil/gas royalties direct deposit. That's what are done with ours.
ktmrfs 09/18/20 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you pay your bills on the road on extended trips?

I see everything covered here EXCEPT how the money got into your account to cover the payments----for those of us without unlimited money in the bank and no direct deposit. SS and pension are direct deposits to our checking account. If I need to move money from my investment account I do that online using MY hotspot and MY computer with two factor authentication. Normally before we leave I make sure there will be enough in checking to cover all expense and online payments.
ktmrfs 09/17/20 08:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

We were camping on the central Oregon coast the weekend before Labor day. The open flame ban started then. Propane grills and stoves were okay at that time, but not propane fire pits. Based on how dry the vegetation is I am not surprised by the grill ban also. The entire west coast is at a high risk for fires at the moment. the total ban was in effect from Sept 7-10. That was during the high winds throughout Western Oregon. SOME places have relaxed the total ban to allow outdoor cooking with propane if you have a quick turn shutoff. Still no propane/gas lanterns, firepits etc. Last thing we need is more fires, already to many people have died or had property damage from the ongoing fires, along with fires in some very scenic areas.
ktmrfs 09/11/20 09:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

Well according to the article the OP was incorrect. Propane BBQ's are allowed. So it looks like I can still cook my steak on my BBQ! Campfire Restrictions Extreme fire danger has prompted a statewide campfire ban at all state parks, including campgrounds, day-use areas and beaches. The ban includes wood, charcoal briquettes, candles, tiki torches and other devices that emit flames or embers. Propane stoves and other cooking devices that have a shutoff valve are allowed for cooking only. Our son works for Oregon State Parks. What the OP posted was correct on Sept 7 through last evening (10th) the restrictions were changed late yesterday afternoon (Sept 10th) to allow cooking with propane if the device has an immediate shutoff valve. From the 7th till the 10th, even propane stoves were prohibited. Now that winds have died down I can see allowing propane for cooking. And the total prohibition is still in effect at many FS and county campgrounds. That said, it's a moot point since many of the campgrounds are closed.
ktmrfs 09/11/20 03:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Norcold N300.3 Refrigerator: Not Cooling On LP

remove the propane orifice (jet) and make sure it is clean. It is so small that even a bit of dust or spider web will reduce flow and result in poor cooling. It may still have a blue flame, but just not big enough. Thanks. I blew carb cleaner through it and then compressed air, both directions. The flame appears to be the same size as it had been when working properly. However, I am willing to pull it back out and clean it again. look at the orifice with a magnifying glass. make sure the hole is clean. But it looks like you have gone through the obvious things. One more thing to verify. Are you POSITIVE the OPD valve on the propane tank isn't tripped? Turn on a burner on the stove, make sure you have a full flame. If not, the tank opd valve may have been tripped when you turned on the propane. turn off the valve, take off the pigtail, reinstall and SLOWLY turn gas back on.
ktmrfs 09/11/20 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

How many of the fires in Or were caused by BBQ's they just banned? with the winds we've had even a BBQ could easily start a fire either from coal sparks or the wind tipping over a BBQ, a lamp, anything with a flame. IMHO banning any flame source and prohibiting forest use is a very prudent thing to do under these fire conditions. and by banning any open flame it minimizes the likelyhood of yet another fire to fight when there aren't even enough resources to tackle the fires that are burning. There around 4 million acres burned. The Big burn in 1910 was 3 million. Air quality in our area is now around 350+, dangerous. sun is not visible, smoke and ash in the air.
ktmrfs 09/11/20 10:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Norcold N300.3 Refrigerator: Not Cooling On LP

remove the propane orifice (jet) and make sure it is clean. It is so small that even a bit of dust or spider web will reduce flow and result in poor cooling. It may still have a blue flame, but just not big enough.
ktmrfs 09/11/20 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Verizon cell signal lost at night

It should be noted -80 db is a stronger signal than -100 db Seems weird until you understand that Zero would mean optimum max signal saturation And the measurement is how weak/far away The signal is from optimum -60 db is practically setting on the cell tower exactly. Another note, in order to maximize the data capacity and number of users, usually the cell tower and phone will adjust power levels and/or channel so that the best signal level you get will be around -80db. Many times I've seen a channel or tower with a -60db signal level but it's never been the one the phone connects to, it's one in the -80db or so. Kinda like a room full of people. If one person is shouting with a bullhorn, you can't hear anyone else, let alone carry on a conversation. If everyone is talking in a normal voice many many conversations can go on. So to maximize channel capacity they adjust power levels for a desireable S/N ratio and error rate and do error correction in the phone or cell tower. And again, those "bars" on the phone are NOT a reliable indicator of signal quality or signal level.
ktmrfs 09/10/20 06:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon cell signal lost at night

many things can affect cell signal quality. Some are: 1) number of users/cell site- large number of users with high BW use can affect signal quality 2) Landscape, buildings, humidity, all can affect cell signal strength 3) indoors or outdoors? signal strength can drop noticeably going inside a building or home 4) phone orientation 5) which cell site and channel you are connected to. Phone doesn't automatically switch to strongest signal if it is getting what it and the tower think is adequate. Going to airplane mode and back will cause a new search possbily to a stronger cell or stronger channel. And finally the "bars" are a terrible indicator of signal quality. A better indication is to use either the cell phone signal strength indication in db. (usually through settings and phone info) or an app that gives recieved strength. Signal strength of -90db or better is good, -100db usually adequate for voice/texting -120db is about the limit for service. And there are conditions where the channel is good for straight text but not adequate for voice calls. Recently we were camping and with my cell amp signal was near -100db, had LTE channel, and we could get and send straight text (no pictures), but phone calls failed about 90% of the time. I've also had times when we could recieve calls fine, but trouble making calls.
ktmrfs 09/10/20 12:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Tips for people with back pain

Get to a neurosurgeon. Have MRI. Then discuss your condition and treatment options. You don't have to do anything that you don't want to do after that. Pain pills are not the answer. good advice. that's what I did, see my post above. I went from pretty much constant pain affecting what I could do, to something that I noticed on occasion and back to normal activities. No surgery, no pills, just physical theraphy to mitigate the cause and keep it under control.
ktmrfs 09/10/20 10:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Tips for people with back pain

My wife uses a tapered seat cushion. My advice: I started having some back pain along with leg pain in my right leg. Then my hip. Had trouble sleeping, driving, sitting. Thinking I was due for a hip replacement I went to a well known hip Dr. After exam, xrays, and MRI the consistent conclusion from all was no, hip was fine. BUT problem was spinal stynosis (sp?) in my lower back. He did not recomend surgery but insisted on physical therapy. I went to the same physical therapist I had for my rotator cuff therapy. She looked at the data, showed me where the problem was, explained what caused it, and what therapy could do. her first excerise I started on started the road to recovery. Did therapy twice/wk for a few months and the pain is basically gone. I get occasional "twinges" but as long as I do some excercises each week and pay attention to what the therapist said, I'm back to normal. So, my advice get a checkup from a orthopedist and see what they have to say.
ktmrfs 09/10/20 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Total outdoor flame device ban Oregon SP

Ktmrfs, looking at my weather app, wind shift should be coming Thursday evening here in the Columbia Gorge. I hope that brings relief in the city, but also blow the fires back on to burnt fuel to help firefighters to get a handle on things. We have lost part of Collier Memorial SP, while word has it that the Logging Museum was saved, one campground burned. It is unknown the condition of Detroit Lake, seeing the loss of entire towns on Hwy 22 it may also be damaged. Stay safe! Glad to here they saved the logging Museum. We've spent hours there looking through all the equipment on display. Campgrounds can be rebuilt.
ktmrfs 09/10/20 09:18am General RVing Issues
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