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I’ve discovered why there aren’t many 80 year old RV Techs

I finally finished installing the wiring for the rear lights of the towed up to the round 6 wire socket and for the Invisibrake System. The wiring of the lights was fairly easy, the wiring of the Invisibrake, installing the brake away switch and all the other parts of the brake system was an ordeal. I came out fairly good bruise and cuts wise but my knees and back are another story. I tested the brake system this morning and everything worked fine. This coming week end will be the field test. I’m going out to the DD’s place and get the Winnie out of storage. The first phase of testing will be the new 6 conductor umbilical cord and the static test and then a road test and fine tuning the brake system pressure. I sure will be happy to have it all done and behind me. This is also my farewell post on RV.NET. Goodbye, it’s been a good run for most of the 18 years I‘ve been a member here and I’ll miss a lot of you and few of you a lot. I’ve learned a lot about RV’s and I hope I helped out a few of you… David
D.E.Bishop 08/28/19 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camera facing front for lowing branches - anyone use.?

Just a thought, have some of the radar sensors you see on the rear of car bumpers up on the front edge. We have them for front and rear of our DD. I'm adding them to the rear of my towed as they are only a few dollars and I have the panels off and wiring exposed at the moment.
D.E.Bishop 08/26/19 07:46pm Class C Motorhomes
You're right!

At least those of you that have asked where everyone is. There aren't many folks left who are polite and helpful or read the posts they respond to. I'll be around but with less and less involvement in the posts. I'm too old to put up with those who know everything about everything. To Craig and Doug, bless you for you patience, I certainly have lost mine. To the new members, good luck, to the mods, want to know where everyone went, PM me. Oh yeh, there is a big, really big difference between a S%X bolt and a hex bolt.
D.E.Bishop 08/26/19 04:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Learn about solar for rv's

Well I guess I know everything I need to know, I started at 14, some 65 years ago for the EC my older brothers worked for. I spent a few years involved in the traffic signal field from an Electrical Craft Helper up to and including a District Supervisor with over 100 electricians, electrical craft helpers and laborers. My job evolved over the year from repairing and prepping traffic signal heads for installation in the field to supervising the installation, maintenance and repair of fiber optic cable communication systems. I don't know squat about solar systems and the equipment involved in RVs. I guess I already know all I need to know about solar. The sun shines, the panels collect the energy and the wires transmit it to the batteries. By the way I'm 79 years old and I have been retired for 24+ years, longer than most of you have been members or even smart allecks. I'll just seek some pros for help.
D.E.Bishop 08/26/19 04:07pm Tech Issues
Learn about solar for rv's

Any suggestions about books for the novice DIY solar installer? I have searched but I don't get much from the subjects I try and I would like to learn a lot more than how to use my Deltran 15 watt trickle charger. I am interested in series or parallel setups, controller features, wiring, mounts. I have looked at several big brand components but I'd like a Solar 101 book. I want to learn the basics of solar. By Solar 101, I mean basic, like English 101 or Dumbbell English. I did find a S&B solar supply store near me where I can actually see and pick up and feel what I am learning about.
D.E.Bishop 08/26/19 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Looking aft used trucks - "?' flood damage

Just a simple question, aren't vehicles that are salvaged out due to flood damage, cleaned up and then resold listed as such in DMV records and in insurance company records? It seems that a Carfax or such would turn up that information. Insurance companies don't like insuring flood damaged vehicles, very expensive when problems arise.
D.E.Bishop 08/24/19 06:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar Panel

Could also be the controller or even wiring. To check the panel: Look up the specs. Then locate the panel wires (not the controller output wires), disconnect one and then with good sun check the voltage which should be very close to Voc (open circuit). Next short the 2 wires and the amps should be close to Isc (short circuit). These 2 measurements are a very good test of a panels performance. Ok, I don't wish to appear dumb but if he were to short the two wires from the panel, where would he place the meter leads. When shorted it would appear to be a close loop.I use a AC/DC clamp on ammeter to measure amps, just clamps around the shorted wires. It also measures voltage, ohms, etc. Or use an ammeter on the wires and many meters have 10A capability. Okay, that I can understand but when you went from an open circuit to a short circuit Using a clamp on sort of slipped my mind.
D.E.Bishop 08/24/19 06:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panel

Could also be the controller or even wiring. To check the panel: Look up the specs. Then locate the panel wires (not the controller output wires), disconnect one and then with good sun check the voltage which should be very close to Voc (open circuit). Next short the 2 wires and the amps should be close to Isc (short circuit). These 2 measurements are a very good test of a panels performance. Ok, I don't wish to appear dumb but if he were to short the two wires from the panel, where would he place the meter leads. When shorted it would appear to be a close loop.
D.E.Bishop 08/24/19 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: Bathroom light fixture wire terminals

Okay, now I get what connector you're talking about. Here is a link to Orvac's catalog with several different sizes. I'd still use a wire nut, it would be bigger than the crimp fitting but what the heck. Thanks to rj for the URL. I didn't compare prices but the specs for the connectors on ZORO is far better than on Orvac. Orvac is a store for the trades and customers usually know which size they want. I seldom know, so I bought a selection by visual assessment at the store when it was close to my home.
D.E.Bishop 08/24/19 09:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bathroom light fixture wire terminals

Hi Munk, Welcome to the RV.Net Forums. You'll find a great amount of knowledge here and some very helpful members. In my opinion you are as well off using wirenuts/twistlocks/merretts, what ever you want to call them, especially if you want to make a change sometime in the future. I'm not sure exactly what the fitting you are ref