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RE: What should getting wheel bearings packed cost?

Around here it is around $100.00 per axle, including brake adjustment.
vermilye 05/24/20 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Thermistor for Dometic RM 2510

I hope you solve the problem. I had a RM 2510 in a previous trailer, and while I liked it for dry camping since it only used 12V to fire the igniter, I had multiple problems with the thermostat & had to replace three of them, 2 for electrical failure & one for gas, but all kept it from cooling, not too cold. There is a mechanical connection between the diaphragm in the thermostat body & the electrical contacts that jammed off in my case; I suspect it could jam on. I like the instructions for replacing it without removing the refrigerator, but I had to pull it all three times. By the way, keep the door gasket in good shape. You cannot replace it - requires the entire door replacement.
vermilye 05/18/20 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Interesting state-by-state reopening guide

If I may ask a question about listings of State park openings. The OP had a good link to CNN, but things change almost daily, is there a site that update regularly to try to keep up with the time. Also is there a site, link, etc to find out about COE parks without going to each individual park? Campground reviews does show per park openings, but not sure how often that's updated. Theoretically that CNN page is supposed to be updated dynamically as states change their policies. That doesn't mean they're publishing updates specifically for camping though.There are a number of sites that are tracking campground status by state. My favorite is Campendium.
vermilye 05/14/20 09:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

Someone mentioned that Zion is crowded. Yes, it is, for good reason -- it's great. And it is easy to get away from the crowds -- hit the hiking trails! You won't be alone, but the crowds thin out as you climb up from the canyon floor. LOL if that was only true, watch some videos of Angles Landing. It's packed with people. Some less popular trails that may work on. But they have very limited parking is a big issue, you can't drive in the canyon so you have to park at the visitors center and grab a shuttle. We could not find a parking place and that was several years before the mob arrived. I've heard of people getting to the gates at 7 AM and still finding a long line. I saw a recent video showing the mobs but could not find it on youtube. Hidden Canyon is a good less popular hike that gives you a taste of exposure without the insane riskes of Angles Landing with a mob going up. Kolob Point is a possibility but it is very underwhelming comapred with the Valley. My advice save the Valley trip for off season I have to agree with Jim. The last time I hiked Angles Landing the chain sections near the top were so crowded that you waited 10 minutes or so just to get your chance to advance 20' or so. There are still many great hiking opportunities in the park, but don't try the popular ones on a nice weekend! And, don't think that hitting the park a couple of days before the shuttles start is a good idea. Absolutely no parking at any cutoff, and bumper to bumper stop & go driving. Now I know why the shuttles exist.
vermilye 05/09/20 08:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

There is a video in one off there posts in the link Bud posted that has a good explanation of how GFCIs work. Around 3:30 - 3:40 minutes into the video they explain the ground/neutral fault detection circuitry. GFCI Video
vermilye 05/01/20 03:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Battery Question

While I agree that a proper converter for lithium does not yet exist, my solar controller does a fairly good job. I'm using a Victron 100/30 with 320 or 480 watts (depending on whether I add a portable panel) feeding a pair of Battleborn batteries. While it required using the app to choose the correct settings, the Victron supplies 14.4V until the batteries are full, switching to absorption at around 98%. Absorption lasts 1 hour (30 minutes per battery as suggested by Battleborn to allow cell balancing), then switches to float set at 13.6V. If a solar controller can do this, why can't a converter?
vermilye 05/01/20 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

Part of the confusion of what capability is built into a GFCI is because the original design of a GFCI only detected the difference between the hot & neutral, but newer ones have a circuit added that detects ground/neutral faults. I don't remember the year this addition was made; I have a request at Mike Holt's forum that may provide an answer. If I get an answer, I'll post the information here.
vermilye 04/30/20 03:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

When the heater element fails, a leak to ground can be through the water in the heater. Neutral/Ground faults can occur in both refrigerators & water heaters, and will not go away when the breaker is opened.
vermilye 04/30/20 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: First visit to Quartzite

I've spent the last 4 winters at La Posa West (the smallest of the Quartzsite LTVAs) and even during the January Big Tent show there was plenty of room for proper "Social Distancing". Not so for the Big Tent itself! If you are interested, a blog on my last trip is here. If you want to read just the Quartzsite part of the trip, start at page 50.
vermilye 04/27/20 02:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: How many Ah

Just a quick note - be sure to use a pure sine wave inverter. Most electric blanket controls will not work on a MSW inverter.
vermilye 04/27/20 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: UPS Ideas ?

If you expect to feed a separate UPS from your inverter when running without hookups, try it first. Many UPS will not switch back to a poor quality power source (such as a MSW inverter) or non inverter generator. I had one at home that refused to switch back to my 15,000 watt stand by generator. With the generator running, the UPS ran on its battery until it died.
vermilye 04/27/20 01:40pm Tech Issues
RE: When on inverter power GFCI won't reset

The GFCI probably isn't liking the modified sine wave output of the inverter. A GFCI does not need bonded ground and neutral at the input. In fact, using a GFCI is the only way I know of that the electric code permits installing a three prong outlet on an existing ungrounded circuit in an old building (that is, without running a ground wire and making it a grounded circuit). A GFCI will trip if ground and neutral are connected together somehow downstream from it.I agree. In addition, some inverters can be destroyed by bonding the neutral to ground. If you insist on trying this, be prepared to let the magic smoke out...
vermilye 04/27/20 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Confusion

I think you are fine with the existing PD converter. Also I understand the LI option does not hold 14.6 continuous but does drop voltage or shut down when the battery is full.Mine never did when set on lithium.
vermilye 04/16/20 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Confusion

My solution was to replace the lithium/charge wizard jumper with a double throw switch. In the lithium position I get 14.6V to rapidly & fully charge the batteries. When full, I switch to the charge wizard & use the pendant to select the normal mode (13.6V), the recommended float by Battleborn. If I am staying with hookups, I only switch back to the lithium side ever 4-5 days to get 14.6V to balance the cells in the Battleborn batteries. I doubt I'd be losing much if I only charged at the charge wizard 14.4V, but it was an easy thing to do. On edit fixed float voltage...
vermilye 04/15/20 02:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Wisconsin Campgrounds

I was just in Baraboo to get our weekly groceries. There were 3 trucks w/boats parked at the store with Illinois plates. Why can't these people stay at home. Don't bring more CV to us. We are dealing with our own. That is one reason the governor closed all of the parks. In the news video of the crowded parks, 4 of the 7 cars that you could see the license plates were from Illinois. I guess that makes sense, they think that Wisconsin is their largest state park. One of my big concerns is, when we do start to see travel restrictions lifted, I will be traveling with NY plates on my vehicle. Will people assume I'm from NYCity and persecute me? In the county I live in, which is 350 miles from NYCity, we currently have 4 cases of COVID19 per 10,000 population. In NYCity it's over 95 per 10,000 population. It's bad enough that I have to put up with the same restrictions as NYCitiers, but will my fellow Americans hate me when I come to their state? -Speak I drove from TN to my home in upstate NY after TN closed their state parks. 2 overnights in commercial campgrounds on the way without problems, although I did get some "dirty looks" from some of the long time folks at the VA campground. Once in NY, heading north on I 81 during the travel ban, passed lots of cops without problems.
vermilye 04/11/20 08:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah?Next trip plan good distraction! Ideas needed :)

in canyonlands be sure to check out Mesa arch. bumpyMesa Arch is a short hike from a paved parking lot. Best time to see it is at sunrise: http://lakeshoreimages.com/images175/ASD_1911-Edit.jpg width=640
vermilye 04/08/20 09:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Just bought my first travel trailer

I tow a 21' Escape fiberglass trailer weighing 5000 loaded with a 2018 F 150 3.5 EB engine & the 1st level tow package. It is a good combination & at 7000 miles on this trip, average is 12.5 MPG. That said, you are looking at twice the weight & 17' more length. While you may squeeze under the tow capacity of the truck, you won't be happy with the combination. Go for the F 250 or equivalent.
vermilye 03/29/20 02:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Closing campgrounds and no where to go

As of Friday, March 27th both Tennessee & Virginia are closing their state park campgrounds. I was hoping to wait a couple of weeks before heading to NY, but I'll be hitting a couple of KOAs and be hunkering down at home on Monday.
vermilye 03/26/20 11:53am Full-time RVing
RE: Well, They gone and done it

My last haircut was a buzz with a #3 comb, so while it is starting to look a bit shabby, it will be a long time before it is getting into my eyes!
vermilye 03/26/20 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Death Valley questions

Death Valley Campgrounds are closed as of March 18th.
vermilye 03/19/20 09:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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