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RE: Maintaining batteries

Thank you all for advice, I have volt meter, it is what I’m checking with. I’ve decided to get charger/ maintainers for 12v and 6v, any recommendations on best? Also, my 2, 6v house batteries are connected together, is this considered series? Would charger connected to one maintain both? Lastly, I’ve seen 2 bank chargers. Does anyone know if these can be set to 2 different voltages, one 6 and one 12? Thank you again. One thing you need to re-think. Though I know you have "Six volt batteries" you look at 'em. they have 3 caps each. say 6 Volt on them. The fact is there are no 6 Volt batteries in RV's. Now here is why I say that They are wired like this -{6V}+-{6v}+ = 12 volt They are wired so as to be a 12 volt battery Just split in two parts for assorted reasons. One of which is easy of installation. A 4D (250 AH DEKA) is just shy of 100 pounds A GC-2 is about 70 220 AH. (Close enough to compare) A 220 ah unit I could life into/out of my RV. but a 230 AH unit I needed help.
wa8yxm 01/01/22 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: First front tire blow out....

The cruise controls on my F53 based motorhome are on the steering wheel within easy thumb reach while maintaining a grip on the wheel. No there is always a button or switch that turns it off and on. On my first cruse (Dana now rockewll) a switch on my RV. same switch On my Jeep on/off button There is always an off button.
wa8yxm 12/31/21 03:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Router

Is your router a different box from your modem. If so then YES you can.. I'm considering it but am fixing my issue by other means. I am not impressed with Spectrum hardware or to be precise I'm negatively impressed.
wa8yxm 12/31/21 03:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

One of the things I've read about is law enforcement Seems a police agancy sent a DNA sample to one or more of the labs Matched a suspect and obtained a conviction. Another. "Would you not like to know if you have a genetic tendency towards Diabetes or heart disease? (I do by the way) Might be nice to know but I not want potential employers, or insurers knowing this information. For obvious reasons.
wa8yxm 12/31/21 03:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: Storing With or Without Full Gas Tank

Hello, Rookie RVer here! It is best to store motor home with full tank of gas to prevent water accumulation when it will sit for a month or more? Of course there’s fuel additive added and engine ran as well as on board generator to get additive throughout the system. Thank you in advance! Water not so much (though it's always best) Emergency use yes Imagine you store with 1/4 tank.. Power goes out and there is no heat or refrigeration so you decide to move into the RV. Well you still have no power for at 1/4 tank the generator won't. On the other hand with a full tank you have power for several days. And if you need to "Bug out" due to natural or other disaster.. you good to go.
wa8yxm 12/31/21 04:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First front tire blow out....

Well a steer Safe might have helped by making it EASIER to maintain control. but there is something else you should do In one of the forums here is a sticky "Watching these videos may save your life" or some such title..... There is only one video.. watch it.
wa8yxm 12/31/21 04:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How to prevent Keirig from freezing??

How would it freeze if there's no water in it? I'd imagine if it were a concern, I'd buy an insulated ice chest it would fit into and let it live there until I needed to use it. The lowest end Kuring is one where you pour your water in and it uses it all up running itsel dry (you will hear the pump run free( All the others water remains in the pump housing and there is no way to get rid of it as they have 'out of water' Detectors and no drain plug. So go with the low end or as I did with a "Knock Off" (Tru from Fred's, a southern store) or forget the Keurig and stop filling landfills with empty I-Cups (The Tru has a mesh filter and and can use Ground coffee) And use a common 4=cup Auto Drip On on the Tru I found using the mesh filter lets finly ground coffee into the cup so I lined it with a #2 Filter You can also use a Melitta Pour Over Coffee Cone Brewer and a teakettle (electric or stove top) https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01J96VMCA/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=arfoodbestpourovercoffeemakersmfincher0720-20&linkId=3b21b117f33e2b99fb536233199ea756&language=en_US There are other brands as well. This one uses a cone filter (Also #2) if you keep hot water handy (20 or 30 cup party perk?) You have a fresh cup fast as you can pour it.
wa8yxm 12/30/21 03:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: MODEM / ROUTER Question

Next week, Xfinity will be replacing my older Comcast / Xfinity modem / router with a new unit.. It was requiring a reset almost every week. When they do this, can or will they transfer the WiFi security code from the old modem to the new one OR will I have to enter a new code on all my WiFi devices like cell phone, Samsung Pad, laptops, tv's, printers, etc.. Had to ask.. Can: yes Will: ?????? however you can do it To do so you need to log in as adminstrator to the Router NOTE yoru current SSID and PSK Make the changes Save and in some cases restart (other you don't need to restart) As an example My Spectrum router came with Spectrum122342r or ome such.. It's now SpectrumYXM and the PSK is.. Well ********** Same as the phone which is SamsungGalaxyYXM (Get the feeling that the suffex of my ham call is "YXM") makes it easy to pick my router out of 20 other Spectrum routers or Samsung Galaxy phones. Oh the other router in the house (needed for some hardware that does not like the Spectrum) is Snafu.net... if you don't know what it means "Situtation Normal, All ****** UP.
wa8yxm 12/30/21 03:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery wiring question

Ok there is a point of diminishing returns but the general rule is the bigger the wire the lower the loss. However.. if you are only drawing say 20 amps.. 2/0 (not 20 but 2/0) is overkill if you are drawing 200 amps 2/0 is the smallest I'd recommend. For battery to battery at least the same size as battery to RV.
wa8yxm 12/30/21 05:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing Elec brakes

Though it is possible for a turn. or several turns, to short out the only thing that would WEaKEN the magnets is a bad electrical connection. Measure the resistance brake lead to ground. Look up the magnets If the resistance is too high. Bad connection Too low, Shorted coils. Note plus or minus 10-20 percent is "normal variation"
wa8yxm 12/30/21 04:56am Tech Issues
RE: Slide out broken

Ok think about the standard slide out system. This is for Power Gear Your switch is an SPDT center off (on)off(on) type that (ON) is in prens means only while holding the button) it feeds control power (not operational) to a control box on one of two wires (We will call them IN and OUT) The box sees the request to move and closes a relay.. now there are two relays, wired so they are mutually exclusive (if one is in the other is not present) wired to act as a DPDT (Double pole double throw) (on)off(on) momentary switch These feed power, one way or another to the motor, which turns the transmissionk and the shaft with shear pins or bolts connecting the tranny to the square shaft and the square shaft to the gear shaft to move the racks in and out. Possible issues Dirty switch Wire fell off switch Control box failed (happened to me) motor blown (Also) bolt/pins sheared (you guessed it) Major issue HWY hydraulic Now the control box operates hydraulic valve via solenoids and sends power (one way only) to the motor. other than that much the same. There may be circuit breakers or fuses in the line.
wa8yxm 12/28/21 03:33pm Tech Issues
RE: this is why

Now it's +33F where I am (about +1/2 c) I've been out in -40 c/f a few times But frankly -30C.. there is cold, colder and that is WAY TOO COLD .
wa8yxm 12/27/21 02:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Laptop Google issue??

Try installing the CHROME browser instead of Edge. I've not heard of this problem but..... I'd not put it above small squishy to not work well with competitors.
wa8yxm 12/27/21 02:34pm Technology Corner
RE: water filter for taste and smell

I used a cheap homemade charcoal filter Now I can not guarantee it will work but here is how to make it. Yu need about a foot or 18" of 2" PVC You need one end cap that is a reducer to 3/4" threaded and a hose adapter (garden hose fitting) to go into that. I suggest cutting down a stainless drain cover to just fit inside the 2" fitting that goves over the pipe. On the other end of the pipe a coupler to a threaded fitting. and a screw in reducer to 3/4" and the other garden hose fitting (Make that the female end) To make filter Start with some Filter Floss (Fish isle at Wal-Mart or Pet Store) Pack it in about 1/3 to 1/2 the pipe Then Activated charcoal (Same source) NOTE get the basic not the algaecide kind Fill the tube almost full Then a bit more filter floss (Say about an inch) Screw in the "input" cap. Every month or 2. .dump out the pipe and re-stuff.
wa8yxm 12/25/21 04:10am General RVing Issues
RE: IT'S A GAS!

Well likely no but with "Made in China" I can not be sure of that. One thing I am sure of.. What happens if you get the proper mixture of Propane and air and there is a spark or flame? (You land 2 counties over) (Well that was the joke answer but the teacher liked it and said "Exactly" after the class got done laughing.. I'm sure you get the idea)
wa8yxm 12/24/21 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Microwave not working….solved problem.

Ah the old "Lady I think I see your problem already" Plug...... socket (should be plug=socket) On my motor home the generator suddenly quit working.. (This was in the rig's 1st year) I was a bit upset till I got in the driver's seat and cranked up the main engine to head home... Then I figured out the problem.. Pulled into the first gas station that I fit in and fixed it.
wa8yxm 12/24/21 03:41am Tech Issues
RE: Amp draw vs battery bank & solar array = totally confused!

The first thing you need to know is that 2.5 amps at 20 volts is the MAXIMUM draw, it might average as little as 0.5 amps at 20 volts. Only one way to be sure.. Meter it.. In this case I recommend using a Kill-a-watt meter on the wall plug side.. This is about a thousand dollars worth of meters in a 30 dollar box (A quick google search found it ranged 10-40) Measures Volts Amps Frequency Volt-Amps (Not the same as watts) Watts Power factor (The relationship between the last two items) And Think one more thing (Running time) Oh KWH (Killowatt watt hours or watt hours that's the other thing) To figure out what the battery needs to provide assume 10 volts after losses So, if the computer draws 50 watts.. or 50 volt amps (use the larger) the batteries need to push 5 amps to the inverter.
wa8yxm 12/23/21 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: New generator technology product

Heaven permit I get a visit from Publisher's clearing house there is a 10 acre plot a mile or so from where I'm sitting I'll build on.. and when Consumers power comes by to hook it up I'm not going to tell them "Go climb a pole" but rather "Don't climb a pole" Oh I'll buy gas from 'em (or bury a propane tank) but no kilowatts.. This is the kind of thread I am interested in, I am currently looking at how much power I eat here in the apartment (not all that much it turns out)
wa8yxm 12/22/21 03:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

Ok, on motor homes the fuel pump for the genrator runs off the battery. For some reason the converter.... does not *OR* the charge module in the inverter is disabled when the genertor is operational (Easy to do on my inverter/charger. don't know yours)
wa8yxm 12/22/21 03:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Leaking 2-handle sink faucet Help!!

Yup the only difference between a Kitchen Sink in a house and in an RV is the one in the rv is often not as high quality. Connections, hole spacing and such. all standard. ONLY difference I have found is the Delta-look-alike (knockoff) in my Motor home the hot and cold pigtails (Single handle's have pigtails) were same length and on teh Price Fister they were not so I had to do a bit of plumbing. On a 2 handle they should both be the same. .
wa8yxm 12/22/21 03:14pm Tech Issues
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