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RE: Cold Weather Challenge

If you have a class A with enclosed tanks no problem..5-Er likely not And by the time you get there it may have warmed a degree or 3. Spend some time in lower MI..Visit Greenfield Village..(And the Henry Ford) Visit the Yankee Air force Then head north.
wa8yxm 04/20/15 03:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hill Climbing

The key word in your original post was "Allison" That is one of the finest transmissions made (Check that.. It is not "One of the" even FORD says it is the best) and it is smarter than most drivers.. Myself included. So yes.. letting it do it's thing is a good idea. Read and undrstand the Grade Brake feature if you have it. Also fantastic.
wa8yxm 04/20/15 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ethernet (RJ45) Jack on 5th wheel sidewall

Looks like a good system.. I use a 30 amp electrical hatch myself.
wa8yxm 04/20/15 05:26am Technology Corner
RE: Severe thunderstorms- do we need to lower the TV antenna?

Two Answers: 1:With severe storms (NO thunder) the antenna routinely withstands 60-70 mph winds often much much faster.. ROUTINELY (admitidelly it is lowered when this happens but still) No need to lower it With THUNDERSTORMS (Severe or not) DO NOT be the tallest thing in the campground (I am as it turns out) IF lightening strikes anywhere near you (Say quarter mile) odds are the antenna and anythign hooked to it will be toast.. Elctronically. If it strikes the antenna itself.. Then physically as well Repair is nearly the same in both cases.
wa8yxm 04/20/15 05:23am Beginning RVing
RE: be careful with led replacement bulbs

You got Wal*marted.. Wal*mart wants cheeper so they can make obscene profit while charging you less.. So they buy lowest cost.. OFTEN the quality is not that great. (sometimes it is good,,, I mean brand names must maintain but some brands will not even sell to Wal*mart cause they do not want to play that game). LEDs do vary in quality,, the first ones I got were dark blue and short lived. Later purchases have been recommendd by others and work well.. I now stick to peer reviewed brands.
wa8yxm 04/20/15 05:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Do you use other RV forum sites?

I post to IRV2q and RVforum.net as well as here. There are also some RV groups on facebook.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 05:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Getting Rid of a Residential Refrigerator

Never heard of anyone wanting to junk a residential refer and install a fire hazard. I'll keep our residential I can think of many reasons to install an RV Fridge in an RV.. For the life of me I can not figure out why you folks are going with Residential units. The answer of course is different strokes for different folks. The fire hazard is not as great as many think it is.. and can be greatly reduced by a short chat with Mac-The-Fire-Guy and a few dollars and a few minutes work.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 05:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Storage Damage.

Ever pick your Coach up out of Winter storage and the side is tore up and the people that pull it in and out doesn't know how it happened? Comic Strip, I think it is Family Circus, they have a re-curing character. Something gets broken and the parents ask the Kids "WHO DID IT" and the kids all rply NOT ME, NOT ME NOT ME is a ghost (That's the recurring character). The storage lot, of course, made you sign a bit of paper called a"HOLD HARMLESS" You have two choices 1: Hire an attorney to explain the value of that document to the storage facility. 2: Turn the matter over to your Insuranc and let THEIR attornies do the job. On, there is a 3rd choice.. Pay it yourself, but let's forgt that one.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The New Generation Of 12-Volt DC Relays

You mentioned the Opto-isolator For my digital adapter for my ham radio I wished to completely DC isolate the Computer and radio side. Thus both transmit and receive audio pass through transformres But what of the keying line (PTT)? Opto isolator (home made) consisting of an I/R LED and an I/R Photo Transistor and a LED indicaator and a switch Circuit as follows Computer RS-232 out (Via FTDI USB Adapter) to LED assembley and I/R diode (This way I have a visual indication of when the computer wants to talk) Switch in series with Opto-transistor to Transmitter KEY line and ground. This way I can DISABLE the computers ability to key the rig (Safety/testing feature). Works great.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Sealed FLA batteries and venting

ALL lead acid batteries need to be vented.. But LIfelines and other Maintenance free designs (AGM makes little difference) need it less than flooded Wet Cells.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Ham antenna mount

J pole is a nice antenna.. Built my first one like 45 years ago. Still have a couple floating around though I'm changing the RV's antenna to a coxial Dipole Should be right close to identical performance.. You do know the J-Pole has another name as well don't you? (I will not say what it is I'm giving you a research project) Has to do with where they were first used. Now as to your question.. A fiberglass flag pole would work well Strap it to the upper section... Click Here For a company that sells a real nice telescoping pole.. Bit pricy but this puppy can take a small beam and rotor!!!
wa8yxm 04/19/15 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: What replaces the BOMB in newer RVs?

You should not have trashed the BOMB.. It still routes Cable and OTA, can route one or two other things too Instead route a PAIR of HDMI and route one to HDMI-1 (Sat TV) and the other to HDMI-2 (Blu Ray) and let the TV do the switching for you.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 12:03pm Technology Corner
RE: How do i check for trojans or other hidden malware

Well.. if the mal-ware is alrady there you may find it very hard.. There is at least ONE program that can do it (MalWare Bytes) but you may need to use the stealth versions and that is a tough job. Take computer to Staples..They can do it for you..(By the way that is the program they use) They have two levels of cleaning.. From time to time the first level (Detection and some cleaning) is free.. Oh.. they did trash a few printer drivers on me.. So be sure to mention that to them "Please do not mess up my printer drivers".
wa8yxm 04/19/15 12:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Fluorescent Light Question

Problem may be Lamp or "Ballast" (it rally is a small inverter) Suggested repair is: A very good excuse for an LED upgrade is what you have there.. In fact I am waiting for that to happen so I can upgrade. But first: Re-seat both lamps.. May be all you need to do, and swap them end for end.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 11:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery backup (UPS) for computer while on house batteries?

Path is like this. Shore power to automatic transfer switch to main breaker panel Generator power to auto transfer switch. to main breaker panel Main panel branch breakr----Inverter---Sub Panel---Protected loads NOTE that the sub panel may be part of the inverter assembly. And of course Batteries Inverter (Note that is 2 way) YOU may choose to disconnect the original converter (I did not) or disable the inverter's charger module (I did) The Generator does not charge batteris.. 120vac charges them via the converter You have two sources of 120 vac for the converter.. Generator or shore. This **IS** how my RV is wired.. along with a few thousand others.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 11:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: tow bar base plate

Will a tow bar base plate from a 2005 jeep Rubicon fit a 2015 jeep Cherokee? And is camping world a good place to have the work done? Question 1: Will it fit: Not enough information Go to the Blue-OX website or to the tow system maker web site..Enter the vehicle info for the Rubicon and take a note.. Then enter the info for the Cherokee and compare.. Same model number you are in luck. My suspusicion... You stand a better than 50% chance As to the Second Question.. Camping world. That would NOT be my first choice.. Young technicians they tend to underpay make too many mistakes. I went to a hitch store... (Several different hitch stors) All they do is hitch work.. Both ends.. I have checked their work.. Much better than the RV-Dealr that did my first car.
wa8yxm 04/19/15 11:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator not making a sound

Sounds like Dead, or disconnectd batteries to me.. Generator NORMALLY runs off house battery (But may run off the other one) SLides also (Same but may). If instructions say to slide sides ONLY with engine running.. They hook to chassis. I have had my "Connect" Switch fail.. Also tripped breakers or blown fuses can simulate Disconnect,, In fact that is their job.
wa8yxm 04/18/15 04:44pm Tech Issues
RE: CATV cable only?

Quad Shield RG-6 is just fine for Sat TV.. In fact RG-6 is specified.. Quad shield may not necessary be the best but I would not hesitate to use it.
wa8yxm 04/18/15 04:41pm Technology Corner
RE: WiFi

Wal*Mart, Lowes, Home Depot, Selected Dennies,Selected Old Country Buffet, Selectd independnt restaurants, Applebees McDonalds, Burgr King and so many more that I can not even begain to list 'em all now offer free wi-fi at least at selected stors. HOWEVER the more popular ones are hacker heaven..A Hacker takes out the store's router (Basically shuts it off)then sets his own "Look-a-like" router and captures all your log in info... To date I have not had it happen to me.. But I read about it in many places INCLUDING RV FORUMS from folks who have had it happen.. I run decent security..I'm not sure it is that good however.
wa8yxm 04/18/15 04:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Buying a deep cycle battery

With wet cells I would be on my second, most likely about ready for third set by now. I tried AGM. Lasted 5 years but they were MK not LIFELINE My Interstate GC-2's (U-2200) lasted 9 years,,Were replaced just about a year ago with DEKA GC-2 (G-20) 230 amp hour jars.. Equal (Electrically) to your 4D.. I checked the fluid (Acid/Water mix) This Morning.. Still full enough. My Interstates would have needed watering by now). Good luck.. I do know Lifelines normally last about 10 years.. Why my MKs died in 5 I do not know,,They were separate from the Interstates and treated to a proprly programmed 3-stage converter (Prosine 2.0).
wa8yxm 04/18/15 04:34pm Beginning RVing
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