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RE: Do you sanitize your black tank?

When we dump we use the factory installed flush line to add water to the tank until there are no significant pieces of "stuff" seen exiting in a clear pipe section. That's it. We add NO CHEMICALS OR ANYTHING ELSE to the tank. . . ever. We boondock often as well as keep the Bus in full service campgrounds for portions of the year. When at home the Bus is stored in a fully enclosed building and we have never had any odor problems. We have over 110,000 miles on the Bus and it is over 8 years old.
pigman1 02/13/21 04:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wiring a charge line to battery on utility trailer

Voltage will fluctuate. So instead of knowing a fixed number focus on the trailer should be within on to two tenths of a volt of the voltage at the tow vehicle battery.Agree. It could be anywhere from 14.9 down to 12.7 depending on the state of charge of the trailer battery. As a battery charges, it's internal resistance increases. As the resistance increases, the voltage seen will decrease. Add to that the fact that the car/truck has a battery that is also in that charging loop, so battery will act as a modulator and you probably won't see the upper end voltage or the lower end, but will see something in between. If you have a meter on it, you want to see a change in the trailer battery voltage after you hook up and start the tow vehicle. This will tell you things are working and the regulator in the car/truck will determine the correct voltage in the line depending on the charge status of both batteries.
pigman1 02/08/21 02:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Wiring a charge line to battery on utility trailer

Hello. I've mounted a winch and battery on the front of my utility trailer. I would like to keep the battery topped off while driving down the road. The trailer is currently equipped with a flat 4 connector. No trailer brakes. Can I replace it with a 7 pin and just run the charge line to positive side of battery and ground pin to negative side? Or do I need some type of junction box? Thanks for your help. DJYou don't need anything else. Just use 10ga wire and be sure it has a fuse as close to the point you connect it to the pulling vehicle and another fuse as it meets the trailer battery. These are to be sure a short somewhere in your hookup will isolate your batteries and not overheat any wires. Amperage on the fuses could be from 20A up and doesn't even need to be the same on both ends. You can use any plug setup you want to and wire it to the standard you find with the plugs or not as you choose. If you want to possibly use it with another vehicle to pull it, the standard wiring diagram is probably best. Wiring a separate ground is a good idea as using the hitch as a ground sometimes doesn't give a good connection.
pigman1 02/08/21 08:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Prostate cancer

Glad you found it early, but some cautions. At age 60 I had surgery in 2001 at Walter Reed and followup PSA's every 2 months after. They thought they got mine too. By just under a year later my PSA had doubled twice. I went to a good radiation oncologist and ended up with a series of major radiation treatments that went daily for well over a month. Up until 3 months ago I'd been getting PSA's every 6 months. In ALL cases since my radiation, my numbers were less than .01 or undetectable. My urologist and I agreed to go to annual PSA's 3 months ago. My sole recommendation is to be VERY aggressive in your treatment. I've lost 2 very good friends who were diagnosed close to when I was and were not aggressive in their treatment. This stuff is nasty but it can be beat. Good luck. Yeah, general consensus is that I got it from Agent Orange.
pigman1 02/01/21 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

Sorry, but this thread has gotten way beyond stupid. We have a very few engineers here who know the real pluses and minuses of electric vehicles, and the grid necessary to power then and then we have the vast majority of those who've drunk the cool aid and listen with fervent belief to the PR hacks, stock sellers and the idiot politicians. That's those who believe the PR releases and believe the highly intelligent and well thought out pronouncements by those thinking to squeeze another billion dollars from the unknowing taxpayers to promote their political agenda and topic of the day. Enjoy. . . I'm out of here.
pigman1 01/29/21 09:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

Well, that and mining and excavating equipment. Komatsu just got into it as well. https://www.google.ca/amp/s/www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/komatsu-is-developing-all-electric-excavators/ Electric shovels have been around a long time, batteries not included. ExampleYep. the shovel isn't the issue it's the 700 miles of extension cord.
pigman1 01/28/21 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: You have 13 yrs 11 mths left to buy a GM gas or dsl vehicle

No problem. There's still going to be a need for large vehicles capable of traveling long distance in areas where there's not a recharging station on every corner. I'll deal with them. These fools are not selling vehicles, they're farming the government for every cent the politicians are willing to give them through subsidies, grants and funding useless research. When there's really a breakthrough in the field people will naturally use it WITHOUT being forced into it because idiot, graft taking, lying politicians are buying their votes with more give away's.
pigman1 01/28/21 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Directv

An ongoing problem. When AT&T took them over they hired support out to overseas and the only thing these clowns know is to read what shows up ON THEIR OWN COMPUTER SCREEN. My experience was that if they couldn't read it, they'd wing it and say anything. We dumped DIRECTV and went with Dish. Cheaper, better channel selection and the people you talk to on the phone actually know what they're talking about and HELP. We run Dish through a Hopper and Joey from an RF MOGUL antenna. We'd been with DIRECTV over 15 years. Best move I ever made. Should have done it 10 years earlier. BTW, One downside. When you cancel DIRECTV, they will call you CONSTANTLY trying to get you back for a 50% discount. I must have 50 of their phone numbers blocked. A real PITA.
pigman1 01/28/21 07:17am Technology Corner
RE: Meds on the road.

The Walmarts or just about any other pharmacy chain can get prescriptions in their system forwarded to just about any of their stores that have a pharmacist. Of course that only works when you have one of their stores close by. For example in Valdez, AK, the nearest WM or other chain drug stores is only 285 miles close. Also, Canada will present some real problems. We use Express Scripts and get our 90 day renewals just before leaving. That requires some planning, but we've been doing it since 2006.
pigman1 12/29/20 11:58am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

PS: when we talk about electricity production there is good and bad with EVs. Actual production will need to increase but production facilities (power plants) may not need to expand as much. Much can be done by charging when demand is low increasing the utilization of the power plants. For most practical purposes solar/wind are just a different type of power plant...though currently causing a lot of issues to the grid. Widespread EVs can mitigate that to a large degree because they can absorb excess demand when it's a sunny/windy day. In the long run, if those vehicles can feed back power into the grid, it could even drop the baseline power plant capability needed.Oh, so not only will the government mandate that I need to drive an electric vehicle, it'll tell me when I can recharge it. ie: got home from work and plugged in, but my charger won't work until 5-7AM. Need a loaf of bread? Too bad no charge, so walk. Have to get to the ER because I cut my hand? Too bad . . . Wrap it up, no power, no car. Yeah, that'll work real well. Uh-huh! Too funny. Exaggerate much? What your describing happens no where. And there is no reason to believe it ever will. I see various government mandates to end tail pipe sales on light vehicles as closing the barn door after the horses are out. In 20 years no one is going to want to buy a clunky old stinky, high maintenance, low performance car or truck that runs on gas and that you can’t fill up at home.Exaggeration??? Of course it is, but you tell me how you control when charging is mandated in low demand times? Rules? Yeah that'll work, ha ha, everyone always follows the rules. Timers? Everyone has different needs and who coordinates that?? California has rolling brownouts now, remember. Just a whole new bureaucracy to schedule things. Full of GS employees? Yeah, the government works efficiently now, right? Ideas are great and cheap, Tell me the details on how it works. We can't even pass a Covid relief bill.
pigman1 12/27/20 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

PS: when we talk about electricity production there is good and bad with EVs. Actual production will need to increase but production facilities (power plants) may not need to expand as much. Much can be done by charging when demand is low increasing the utilization of the power plants. For most practical purposes solar/wind are just a different type of power plant...though currently causing a lot of issues to the grid. Widespread EVs can mitigate that to a large degree because they can absorb excess demand when it's a sunny/windy day. In the long run, if those vehicles can feed back power into the grid, it could even drop the baseline power plant capability needed.Oh, so not only will the government mandate that I need to drive an electric vehicle, it'll tell me when I can recharge it. ie: got home from work and plugged in, but my charger won't work until 5-7AM. Need a loaf of bread? Too bad no charge, so walk. Have to get to the ER because I cut my hand? Too bad . . . Wrap it up, no power, no car. Yeah, that'll work real well. Uh-huh!
pigman1 12/27/20 09:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford posts videos of winter testing of their Electric F150.

Why. You don’t think that engine blocks, transmissions, exhaust systems, catalytic converters and, you know, oil take anything out of the ground? And how much power do you think EV’s use. 6 to 8 kw covers the average North American or European commute. Power companies plan for 1/2 to 1 percent per year increase over the next three decades to cover power needs. Just sayin. The key word here is COMMUTE. When you start talking about 600-700 miles a day pulling or carrying a max load you're in a whole new arena. Add that to the fact that California can't even keep the lights on TODAY, let alone with millions of EV's plugged in. And are all the Holiday Inn's and other hotels are going to be happy putting in 100 or more charging stations in their parking lots to take care of their overnight guests? An idea who's time has NOT come. Call me in 50 years.
pigman1 12/23/20 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best way to clear grit and sand out of 7 pin plug??

Duhh? Take it apart, wash thoroughly with soap and water using a toothbrush to get in crannies, rinse and let dry and put it back together.
pigman1 12/17/20 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

I feel for these folks, but I'm not sure that article tells it like it really is. We've been snowbirding in the southwest since 2004 and just cancelled for this winter. While there we visit friends we've made over the 21 years I was in the Air Force as well as relatives and friends we've met from as far off as Alaska. Based on our research and input from these friends, things are not looking good. Right now, New Mexico is just about completely shut down. All state parks, hotels, motels and other accommodations are SEVERELY restricted as far as traveler confinement for new arrivals. Large stores such as Cabela's, Walmarts, grocery stores and other Big Box stores are being closed when 4 staff are diagnosed. Outdoor eating was just re-opened but no indoor dining. That'll work well in Albuquerque with sub-freezing temps. Nevada restrictions seem to change daily. Friends in Las Vegas say there are huge rushes of out of state people from California and elsewhere each weekend and Covid cases are way up. Some businesses are closing due to their self imposed restrictions and entertainment is a dog's breakfast. Arizona appears generally open, but with California closed up completely, where are all the snowbirds that usually spend time in Nevada, California, and New Mexico going to end up?? Arizona??? Oh yeah, that'll work well. I can just see 10,000 people going through the big tent at Quartzsite or trying to get a table in Silly Al's for a pizza. Talk about super spreader events... WOW!!! We cancelled. Just not worth the risks.
pigman1 12/12/20 04:44pm Snowbirds
RE: Diesel Fuel Availability

Just ride the upper half of your fuel tank and don't depart a town that has fuel available thinking you'll get some a bit up the road. Roadhouses and stops may get replenished at irregular intervals and many do not have grid power, so a failure of their generator system means no fuel even though tanks are full. We're hoping to make our 10th trip up this summer, Covid permitting.
pigman1 12/12/20 09:00am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: One 6V battery discharging really fast

You need a way to check the batteries under load. It doesn't have to be precise, but I've been using one of these Load checker on the farm and on 3 RV's for years. Definitely not as good as a battery shops carbon pile checker, but it's never failed to tell me when I have a bad battery, especially when used to compare with others in the string. I carry one in the rig all the time.
pigman1 12/10/20 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Oklahoma State Parks

A neat place, but watch the weather. Sister in law lives just outside Tulsa. One year we visited and was fishing in short sleeves mid 70's weather. That night it hit 20 and I almost couldn't get the frozen water hose off the hydrant in the morning. Stiff as a board. We got out and that night they had 7" of snow. Again, nice, but watch the weather closely
pigman1 12/04/20 09:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Extended boarder restrictions, well into 2021

We will never be able to stop everyone who chooses to "cheat"-in reality it's not a lot different than those who live in one state but register their MH in another to avoid taxes. With the way things are it would be a huge surprise-and risk-to open the border. Why they still allow air travel between the two countries is beyond me though.No, the current testing is simply a joke to keep the public in a continuous panic mode. It only tells what your status is THAT SECOND. If you keep your distance, don't associate with strangers and use common sense, you're fine. If you feel poorly, go to a hospital or doctor. If you're very sick, go to the ER. Those people will then be able to to tell you if testing is appropriate, and what treatment is required. Even if you're confirmed positive in my area but not desperately ill, the hospitals are sending you HOME. If you feel fine and get tested you are only a among a very small part of the population who MAY know your status (that second). What are you expected to do while waiting for results? Test results here take 6-7 days. Hold your breath and wait? How many people have the ability to isolate as the medical clowns want you to. Separate rooms, bathrooms, dishes, silverware, linens, entrances and exits, (Don't touch the doorknobs, doors, hand rails) Who cooks, cleans, cleans up, shops? Who disinfects the car you rode in to go get tested? Where do the disinfectants come from? My grocery shelves are bare. Yes, this disease is bad, especially for the compromised, but other than hiding in a basement or going into isolation in a hospital, NO ONE REALLY KNOWS HOW TO TREAT OR PREVENT IT. My wife and I (79 &78 YO) had the worst colds we've had in over 5 years a month ago, after doing all the mask and following every other arcane recommendation for 3 months before that. Yeah, common cold (a virus). Went to the docs, they took temps, asked some stupid questions, (have you been out of the country in the last 30 days?) and then we went on with our previous scheduled appointments. When asked about it, they shrugged and said, if it got much worse, go to the hospital, the hotbed of disease. I don't have a solution, but if you think the docs or the politicians do, you're living in LA-LA Land. Until the vaccine is out and MILLIONS are injected, nothing will happen. We're going on with our lives. We has 21 family for Thanksgiving, expect the same for Christmas, we go out to eat, shop, visit friends, drove to my son's in Florida for a visit. Based on demonstrated stupidities, I refuse to climb into a hole because some ridiculous politician is playing WHAT IF.
pigman1 12/03/20 02:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Extended boarder restrictions, well into 2021

Soon you will need proof of a very recent test showing negative in order to fly. At that point your point about land border diesSure. That'll work well until you pass the first stranger on the street, go shopping for groceries, or Walmart for a present, drugs or any of a thousand other things. Just more pronouncements by the ignorant about topics they have absolutely no knowledge of and only are concerned about their political future. "You do it...I don't have to" has been their demonstrated attitude.
pigman1 12/02/20 07:43pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Water Filtration

Whatever floats your boat. When we first got the factory new 2008 Tiffin 40' Bus, I removed the filter cartridge. Later when I had a chance, I removed the filter body. Sold it 75,000 miles later and bought a brand new 2013 Bus. That cartridge was gone a few minutes after I took delivery. Haven't bothered to remove the filter body. We now have over 110,000 miles on it, from Alaska to the Keys, Maine to the southwest. Waste of effort to bother with the body.
pigman1 11/28/20 09:34am General RVing Issues
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