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RE: Inverter

The best advice I can give you is to take it to a Big Country dealer and ask them to fix it. Two things are clear from your question, OP: (1) that you are not especially technically adept, and (2) you do not have a technically adept best bud to ask. Unfortunately this leaves you at the mercy of an RV service department. But frankly, you are going to end up there anyway because, after all, you aren’t technically adept enough to do otherwise. You might as well save yourself time and aggravation and go there directly. I do not say this with the intent to malign you. I have an in-law with a PhD, MD, board certification in neurosurgery and psychiatry who is also not adept in electrical or mechanical technology. Brilliant guy, lovely person, give you the shirt off his back, but NOT an auto mechanic or home repair sort of guy. He, and you, OP, need to hire the work out.
naturist 04/17/21 08:17am Tech Issues
RE: Significant impact on RVing!!

Got my lifetime senior pass a couple days after my 62nd birthday at Death Valley. $10 pass paid for itself immediately as the (now free) entrance fee was $15. Major deal, you bet! Last trip to Death Valley was for the super bloom, the year before the pass went up to $80. Somehow dummy here forgot his pass, and had to spring for another. Dear wife also bought one right after becoming eligible, so we have three between us. Still major bargains. We have used one or another of them a couple times a year. We’ve saved a few hundred bucks in total. A major bargain for us, but not a big contribution to the national debt.
naturist 04/16/21 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Engine idle surges up and down when stopping at lights

With gas engines, surging is sometimes due to a vacuum leak.
naturist 04/16/21 06:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway info??

Depends a lot on your rig. Very different experience for folks in a big motorhome vs a pop-up, and I'd have different suggestions for each. I live in Lynchburg, VA, and have hosted at an NFS campground just off the Parkway at the northern end for several years (Sherando Lake, for what that's worth.) While I have been to the southern end (Biltmore Estate is not to be missed), I'm most familiar with the north end. Near that north end, besides Monticello, nearby attractions include the American Shakespeare Theater in Staunton; the Route 151 "brewpub alley" with multiple breweries, cideries, wineries, and a distillery; the surrender grounds at Appomattox; and many more.
naturist 04/12/21 09:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Multimeter Question

I also have more than one multimeter, but they are all old (kinda like me) and the probes are long enough. I'm not surprised if, as @wa8yxm suggests, newer meters have short probes for the very reason he suggests. Be that as it may, perhaps getting a suitable plug and wiring up a dedicated testing probe is in order. One that is carefully and properly insulated so you don't kill yourself, obviously. Maybe taking a pair of probe leads, cutting off the probe ends and wiring them into a plug, so that you can connect the meter, plug into the circuit, read voltage, unplug from circuit, and only then unplug the multimeter? How you do it is obviously flexible depending on equipment at hand. Good luck figuring out what to do. Be safe!
naturist 04/12/21 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: Anybody Using iPad as a Laptop Replacement?

For most things, yes, I am. Well, the iPad and my iPhone 12. There are a couple professional applications for which there are no iOS versions, so haven't been able to do EVERYTHING on the iPad. But most everything else . . . .
naturist 04/10/21 05:40pm Technology Corner
RE: Glacier National Park starting ticketed Entry

In contrast to our visit to Glacier NP ten years ago, which I posted about above, was our visit to Denali NP in Alaska in June of 2019. For those who have never been there, you can't just drive in and wander around. Although the park is vast, one of the larger ones in the world, you can only drive into the edge of the park. From there, getting into the interior of the park requires a shuttle bus ride. The longest bus trip into the park, that takes you as close to the mountain itself, is an approximately 10 hour round trip. In contrast to the ride up Going To The Sun Road, the trip into Denali NP did not amount to a traffic jam, and we did not see the sights over the heads of packed hordes. We got to see the native fauna still in the wild. They hadn't been chased around by idiots with cameras or screaming kids wanting to pet them, so they were cautious of the bus and people, but not terrorized by them/us either. We saw moose, caribou, bears, not to mention the completely untouched tundra and rivers and flora of central Alaska. The experience was sublime, and I'm grateful for being able to see it. We left only tire/foot prints and took only photographs, so if YOU get to go there one day, there is a good chance you too will be able to see the wilds of Alaska as I have. When you come back, you will have a much better sense of what we have already lost from the experience of Yellowstone, Glacier, Zion, and other national parks and wild places, as well as the destruction that unfettered access causes.
naturist 04/02/21 01:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier National Park starting ticketed Entry

This is a bad idea. These are our NP's! We should be able to go when we want! we were in CO last year and trying to get in RMNP was terrible because of the timed entry. We ended up with a 3:00 entry. And they are charging to get the timed entry. Hopefully this practice will stop. Yes, they are "our" parks, and yes, we should be able to go whenever/wherever we want. But there are way too many of "us" and way too little of "them." Each of these places are worth a visit BECAUSE they are wild and unspoiled and beautiful and rugged, etc. But a seething wall-to-wall mass of human beings is none of those things, and unfettered access to the hordes seeking to visit these places results in the complete destruction of the very values those places have. Sadly, not everyone CAN visit, especially not at the same time. Not and have there remain any reason to go there in the first place. When we visited Glacier NP ten years ago, Going To The Sun Road was a major traffic jam. Seriously, it was bumper-to-bumper all the way up, then all the way back down as well. It was nigh impossible to stop at any of the waypoints because they were all packed full of cars already, with crowds milling about aimlessly at each. And it's gotten worse since then, and spread to many other NPs. So, no, @Dodgeguy, it's not a bad idea to limit access in any of several ways. And yes indeed, those practices are going to continue for the foreseeable future; get used to it. If they don't, it won't be long until you won't want to go, there being nothing left to see.
naturist 04/02/21 09:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Good Deterrent Against Home Burglars

Sign on door HONEY, THE SNAKE IS OUT OF BOX. WATCH IT DOES NOT GO OUT THE DOOR! X2 Had a friend who lived in an apartment complex in DC in a bad neighborhood. He was there for 5 or 6 years. In the first two years, his apartment was broken into twice. Guy across the hall got burgled annually. On one of his trips across the complex he stumbled upon a rat snake about 3 feet long, and being a snake nerd, he captured it and took it home. He named it RS, after all, it was a rat snake and he never expected it to come when he called. He pretty much let it have the run of his apartment. He was also a hippy, and thus had friends and acquaintances and friends of friends crashing on him all the time, so he put signs on both sides of his door to remind folks "Hey, please keep the door shut and don't let RS the snake out." RS kinda hung out curled around the rod over the window in his shower. And RS's presence did cut down somewhat on who was willing to crash on him. It also stopped the burglarization of his apartment. Guy across the hall continued to get hit at least once a year, but Jerry never got it again.
naturist 03/30/21 05:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Solar panels

Um, Given that the open circuit voltage listed is 22.5 volts, you reach the limit at 26 panels in series. The 27th puts you over 600 volts.
naturist 03/26/21 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery that can be part of the structure of a vehicle

The fly in that particular ointment: the development of the solid state battery, which promises a nearly infinite lifespan because the dendrite formation that kills most batteries isn't possible with a solid electrolyte.
naturist 03/23/21 02:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Gray water

Does it contain water? Then it can leak.
naturist 03/22/21 11:06am Tech Issues
RE: stink bugs

There being something over 200 species of stink bugs in North America, I assume you are referring to those invasive Asian stinkbugs that have taken much of the East Coast by storm in the last few years. Having lived with them here in Virginia for many years now, I can tell you that there is no legal pesticide that you can use that will eliminate them. The most powerful ones available at best stun the little buggers for a few hours. The only way we've found to deal with them is to vacuum them up whenever/wherever you see one, seal up the vacuum bag when it gets full, and let 'em starve to death in the meantime. If you've been in one of the eastern states they've invaded and picked up an infestation, you are going to be vacuuming them for a while before you can get rid of them. Do note that they do not bite people. They feed on plants, and one help would be to eliminate all plants from your rig. Or maybe leave just one tomato or pepper plant to serve as sacrificial bait.
naturist 03/22/21 10:57am Full-time RVing
RE: Want CD player for new truck

iTunes will read in CDs as fast as you can feed them to the computer. Then copy them to a USB stick. No skips when you go over the railroad tracks. No CD player is same complaint as no 8-track player. Ancient technology, no longer supported. Time to modernize the equipment.
naturist 03/15/21 09:15am Technology Corner
RE: Would you back a camper for someone?

I have jumped in and helped by driving several times over the decades, although I've not backed someone else's trailer yet. I have helped such cases by providing directions of the "turn the wheel left/right" sort. So, yeah, I don't think the OP need worry that she'd be left stranded at a campground. Campers are usually helpful folks, in my experience (which -- scary thought -- now stretches back 65 years or so).
naturist 03/04/21 05:20pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

DW and I got our first shot of Moderna vaccine last weekend. Both had tender arms, but that's a small price to pay. I've had a friend in his 40s die of COVID, and professional colleagues (one whose wife is currently in ICU, though just on oxygen, not a ventilator, thank goodness) who've spent time in the ICU. All the side effects noted here are tiny, tiny potatoes compared to the possible consequences of catching this virus. Unlike some naysayers claim, this ain't no "mere flu." What's more, it seems that it is possible to catch it twice, and the second bout seems to be even worse than the first. I'm looking forward to the second shot at the end of the month, and I don't care if it makes me feel off for a day or so.
naturist 03/04/21 05:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: No Pain, No Gain!

Inspiring tale, thank you for sharing, @Mr._Ed. Good on you for keeping after it, and for your PT keeping after you. Never give up!
naturist 02/27/21 04:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Parting with my faithful Class C after 16 wonderful years

Sorry to learn of your loss. I gather no one was injured, which is a blessing. I know the old gal will be missed, and I hope you can find another rig at least as suitable for your needs.
naturist 02/27/21 01:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Question..

Since you don't say what type battery you have, I can only assume it is a flooded cell lead-acid battery. Such batteries require being fully charged at least once a month lest they slowly die all by themselves. If you are storing the RV for 9 months where there is no power, you would be best served by removing the battery, taking it home, and either putting it on a battery charger once a month, or using one of those battery minder devices. This would be both a LOT cheaper and much less hassle than making periodic excursions with a generator. Just my humble opinion.
naturist 02/26/21 03:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Jeep towing questions.

For me I can accept that the dealer has to install "something" to make the vehicle flat towable. But I would not accept a condition like "disconnect the negative battery terminal". Since a flat towable vehicle cannot be backed up it's enough should a quick disconnect need arise without having to open the hood, find a wrench and reconnect the battery cable. Very simple fix for THAT: install a battery disconnect switch on the toad. Don't even have to open the hood, although simpler install if you do put it under the hood.
naturist 02/21/21 09:40am Dinghy Towing
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