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RE: Wanted: Stock Radio, Ford E450

Reading this thread I'm surprised so many people use CD's. All of our vehicles now have USB. I use Nano USB memory sticks. Usually 16gb. It holds 8-10,000 songs. No more flipping through CD albums. I keep the originals at home as a backup. If the Nano USB is stolen I'm out $10. I carry zero CD's in any vehicle. I usually carry 4gb of music on the smart devices. This is in addition to Bluetooth streaming of Pandora, Amazon Music or IHeartRadio. Amazon Music allows downloads for offline use.
wcjeep 08/23/16 10:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: EGT Gauge - Necessary???

Be sure to give it a minute or two to cool after a long tow before shutting down. If any modifications you need it.
wcjeep 08/23/16 09:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding backup lights, Wiring help needed.

I would place the diodes to protect the truck wiring harness. Also place a diode between the second trigger (switch) and the relay. I would not place a diode on the actual supply to the lights. The diodes protect the switch and truck harness where slight voltage drop is acceptable. Do not place a diode on the high(er) amperage feed from battery thru relay to the lights. Edit: there are very specific laws regarding vehicle lighting. Placing backup lights to point outward would probably be a violation. I had a long uncomfortable conversation with an officer while using offroad lighting on my Jeep on the beach. The beach is considered a state highway. I didn't receive a ticket even though I was in the wrong. Didn't know I was in the wrong previous to our conversation. I use my Dodge and Jeep supplemental lighting off road or in the RV park while setting up. I avoid using supplemental lighting on the pavement. I try to avoid uncomfortable talks with law enforcement. Your laws probably vary.
wcjeep 08/22/16 10:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Security Camera Question

I am thinking about installing some cameras to keep an eye on the house while we are camping. I was looking at the Blink cameras. They use the home wi-fi system to upload video/pictures to the cloud and allow monitoring from a smart phone. Unfortunately they require an upload speed of 2 Mbps minimum. Our lousy CenturyLink only has an upload of from .4 to .75 Mbps. Are there any cameras that will work with this speed? Any help is appreciated. What speed does the Centurylink router say? What was the promised internet speed? That seems really low. It seems you have something running on an unknown device, the home dsl filter is in the wrong place or you have bridgetap killing the speed before it hits the house. Check the primary router speed first. Then unplug everything but one reliable computer. Then check the primary router speed. Turn off the smart tv, smart blu ray player and everything else. Does or did your house have an alarm system? Even an alarm system no longer in use from previous owner? Is the primary router on a home run wiring? For inside the home monitoring I use old smart devices tied to a single app. I turn on the motion detection. I get small snippets of motion. I have bought one tablet so far with a free cellular connection. My plan is to have the cellular tablet connected to wifi. When/if the power drops the free cell connection will kick in. The tablet will have a couple of hours before it dies. Mine uses Freedom Pop. It's a Sprint reseller. Coverage can be spotty depending on where you live.
wcjeep 08/22/16 06:40pm Technology Corner
RE: Adding backup lights, Wiring help needed.

You absolutely want a relay to control the lights. I did not see if you posted the size of the lights you plan to add. If they are smaller lights plan on at least 1 amp per light. The problem I see with your plan is adding front lights to the trailer. Backup lights point backward. You would have to check your state laws on adding forward facing "backup" lights. Some relays have two separate triggers. One of them would be required to activate the lights. The Diodes allow one way voltage. Expect the diode to drop the voltage by .5volts. Wire the diodes on the trigger or control side of the relay. This allows maximum voltage to the lights. Be sure to fuse the power. I would add a fuse before the relay. If your two lights draw 1amp each, use a 5amp fuse for two light protection. I would add two separate circuits. One wired to the truck for rear facing backup lights. Another separate circuit for forward facing clearance lights. Have you considered a wireless remote control system? Not expensive to purchase. Have the rear facing backup lights wired to the truck and the wireless system. Either could engage the lights. Wireless switch #2 to the forward facing clearance lights. If you have extra wireless control circuits use #3 to control clearance lights under the stairs. Have #3 lights pointed downward to avoid glare. As you approach the trailer at night you could click on #3. Circuit #4 could point to some dark blind spot? Don't use expensive lights. Do buy an extra for replacement. This allows the future replacement to match the current lights. I use Kawell lights from Amazon. They are cheap and easily replaced. No idea if they are the best. They have worked for me. I also included a video of my Dodge. The lights are a combo of the included link and another style from the same manufacturer. I have many of these lights on my offroad Jeep. Kawell from Amazon My towrig clearance lights. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41A4WIG5ghL._SX425_.jpg
wcjeep 08/22/16 06:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Grand Cherokee Owners - Help & Advice Please

Thanks so much for the quick replies. I should have mentioned we were also considering the Cherokee Trailhawk, hence the wiring comment, but are afraid it might prove to be too small. We are avid back country folks currently running trails in our Polaris Ranger. Downsizing from a house to a MH will not allow me both a trail toy and a touring car so we want an SUV that will stand up to moderate trail riding. The Cherokee line really fits what we need out of a car/trail toy, and I simply can't afford to make a $40K mistake. Please keep the comments, thoughts, and experiences coming... They are invaluable to me. RVers really are the friendliest and most helpful people on the planet! Absolutely do NOT buy the regular 2014+ Cherokee. We Lemon Law'd one. Very happy to see the Cherokee Trailhawk go away. The 9spd transmission was never ready for commercial release. Some computer flashes wrecked the entire transmission. The same transmission in other vehicles is also problematic (Acura, Honda, Range Rover). It's also smaller on the inside than it appears. In the year we owned ours it was nearly trouble free the first two months. It usually sat at our house or the dealership awaiting repair. The Grand Cherokee has no relation to the smaller Cherokee.
wcjeep 08/09/16 10:22pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Arctic Fox Mattress Replacement

I have seen local mattress sellers that advertise RV style queens for sale. Could be worth calling around.
wcjeep 08/07/16 09:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Security Camera Solution

Just ordered a cheap tablet for the Mother in Law. Might order another for me. It comes with Lte or 3g. I'm thinking dog monitor while we grab a bite to eat. Rv monitor while we are away. I already have an Android app for some old Androids around the house on WiFi. The Alfred app has motion detection that can be remotely enabled. I would likely disable all the background stuff like Google Drive and any included crapware. Tanga Alfred on Android
wcjeep 08/04/16 10:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cell phone signal booster advice needed

While moving it standing still? Wilson is now called Weboost. They have a few models that would work. Your best option would be to call them. The multi device setups are usually good to 4 devices.
wcjeep 07/31/16 10:59pm Technology Corner
RE: Enlarge Phone GPS screen

Does the iPhone have screen mirroring to tablet?
wcjeep 07/31/16 10:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mt. Rushmore RV Parking

We parked our Truck Camper with no problem. Including the Google Map link. Parking at Rushmore
wcjeep 07/26/16 11:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Current draw from refrigerator.

Is the fridge using 120v AC, 12v DC or Propane? Some fridges used 12v DC. If it somehow was running 12V DC this would explain the higher amperage draw.
wcjeep 07/24/16 05:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question on TorkLift StableLoads

I had airbags before the Stableloads were invented. Added Stableloads. Airbags are no longer necessary. I still air up the bags somewhat to prevent inversion damage. No longer use high pressure.
wcjeep 07/24/16 05:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Improving Cell Phone Signal

I purchased a Wilson WeBoost 470103 from Solid Signal. Could not see an improvement. Called Solid Signal, and they had me call Wilson. The Wilson tech had me set my iPhone to 4G, not LTE and to show db level, not bars. I had -95db. The lower the number the better. The tech said that to be effective that the signal needed to be -85db or less, smaller number. Also, stated that Solid Signal should have told me that when I ordered and to return it which I did. Because the unit would work with a good signal, Solid Signal charge me about $30 restocking charge even though the unit I purchased was the one recommended by them. Wilson /weboost is nearly magic. If there is not enough signal to start with their boost ability is hampered. I have helped a few people that had issues with the booster. Its usually an install error.
wcjeep 07/21/16 08:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Sad news for high data users on Verizon UDPs

Update. It appears the warnings goto those using over 100gb/month per line. Android authority
wcjeep 07/21/16 12:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Torklift GlowStep and GlowGlide

Have you tried it on very unlevel ground yet? I really like the idea of the GlowStep to go with the GlowGlide (which they gave me as a reviewer, before it hit the market), but would be concerned about ground that steeply slopes away from the rig. Torklift has independently adjustable feet for the glow step. They work really well. I have the glow step and glow guide on my truck camper. Adding the adjustable feet was a must have. http://cdn.hitchsource.com/images/Torklift-Glowstep-Revolution-Accesories.jpg
wcjeep 07/20/16 10:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: What potable gps to order tonight

just use smart phone a WAZE Waze works great when you have spare data for the month and cell phone signal. Dedicated GPS has its advantage. Go for something with more than one million points of interest.
wcjeep 07/20/16 10:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Camper Battery Under Truck Hood

Technically your 12ga wire can handle the amperage. You may have further voltage drop from okd splices and maybe partially crushed wiring. Do you have a Flir to monitor the wiring? Can you add a second camper battery inside the camper? What happens if you temporarily move the camper battery to the camper? Loss of distance should clear up your problems.
wcjeep 07/20/16 10:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Sad news for high data users on Verizon UDPs

This has nothing to do with Comcast. If you are on one of Verizon's "regular" tiered plans, it won't effect you. First Comcast, now Verizon have secret shadow numbers. When the customer crosses the secret data number they are warned. It may be the first or only warning. Comcast has played the data cap game for years. The number seems to change with the market (city). Comcast claims there are no data caps until the customer violates the data cap. Makes no sense. Verizon appears headed in that direction. No hard numbers. Other companies have pulled similar shenanigans. Comcast was an easy comparison against Verizon.
wcjeep 07/20/16 10:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Improving Cell Phone Signal

Yagi has its advantages. It also has its limits. The Yagi usually helps one of two frequency bands while hurting others. It might help 1x and 3g while hurting 4g. Or vice versa depending on design. It will not hurt to call Weboost. Weboost was Wilson Electronics before the name change. They will prob ask for true signal level, not cellphone bars on your screen. I helped a friend install a home base Wilson Electronics booster. We installed the internal antenna in the living room. Then placed his Mifi in front of the internal antenna. Thus gave the Mifi maximum signal. Connected the laptop thru wifi to the 4g Mifi. Strong data with great cell signal for calls in the living room.
wcjeep 07/20/16 10:08pm Technology Corner
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