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RE: I need a new dinghy....

Put the word out at your local RV dealers and leave them your contact information. They're the most likely to be aware of anyone upgrading because they'd be selling them the new brackets for their new towed vehicle. Good luck in your search!
DFord 08/24/19 06:39pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Recharge rate

Just run it an hour or two in the morning while you're making coffee or heating something in the microwave. Then again in the evening for a couple more hours before retiring and you should be fine. The 12v batteries you have won't have a very high capacity so try to conserve while the generator isn't running. If you need heat, they should be able to run the furnace overnight.
DFord 08/24/19 06:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Propane line plug

Most refrigerators I've seen are connected with a 3/8" copper line. Get a 3/8" flare brass plug at an autoparts store and that should work for you.
DFord 08/24/19 06:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Putting new Dish Wally in service MH

You're right - ViP-211k. (It's time for an update on my eye glasses) There is a Vip-211z model but it's not as good as the "k" model - it doesn't have an internal OTA tuner but one can be added just like the Wally. The 211k turns out to be one of the better Dish receivers. I found three of them on Craig's List for $30 - one for the house, one for the MH and a spare just in case.
DFord 08/24/19 05:08pm Technology Corner
RE: Putting new Dish Wally in service MH

Channels won't matter - that's an RF term like the old days of off the air signals. You'll need to select HDMI as the input source and use only HDMI cables to the TVs. The trouble is, there's only one HDMI output on the Wally. You'll need to buy an HDMI splitter so you have two HDMI signals - one for each TV. Lots of luck running a cable to the back TV.
DFord 08/24/19 01:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Putting new Dish Wally in service MH

Not sure which satellite dish you're using but more than likely you'll need to do a switch check before the receiver from your (SB?) can be used in the MH. Every time you switch antennas you'll need to do a switch check. Once the antenna is mated to the receiver with a switch check and correctly pointed at the satellite array, it will download the guide but it might take 5-10 minutes to complete. I bought a Wally but after seeing that it's only got one output (and single HDMI port), I still haven't installed it. I'm using ViP211z receivers and like them much better. They got several outputs (componet ports-yellow-red & white, an RF port and HDMI), a built-in off the air signal tuner as well as the external DVR capability. I've got 2 TVs in my MH and would need to add a HDMI splitter and HDMI cable to the back TV before I could use the Wally. The only thing the Wally has the ViP211z doesn't is the newer guide. I'm not sure it's worth the trouble.
DFord 08/24/19 12:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Avria software updater

There was a well respected product called Secunia PSI that's been discontinued after a long run. Here are a couple of articles about replacements. Finding a software updater to replace Secunia's PSI 3 Best Secunia PSI Alternatives (Personal Software Inspector)
DFord 08/24/19 08:23am Technology Corner
RE: Roof Top HVAC Maintenance

You'll need to take the cover off to see the dirt build up on the inside of the coils. The fan blows the air from inside out and side facing the fan blade is the one that collects all the dirt. Mud-daubers like to build their nests under the cover so be careful when removing the cover.
DFord 08/22/19 07:54pm Tech Issues
RE: shutting down generator with air conditioner running

camperdave, Don't be surprised when your generator goes belly up. It needs a cool down after running at close to full load with the air conditioner running. Read the owner's manual. Shutting it off when it's as hot as it can be is extremely bad practice. Onan recommends a 3 to 5 minute cool down: STOPPING 1. Turn off air conditioners and large electrical loads before stopping to allow the genset time to cool down. 2. Let the genset run three to five minutes. Failure to let the genset cool down can cause engine run-on or backfire. 3. Push the Star/Stop switch to the Stop position. You've been getting away with it so far but don't expect your luck to last forever.
DFord 08/22/19 10:30am Tech Issues
RE: Short Class A suitable for boon docking

The 1994-2000 Safari Treks have several 24-28ft models. They're old but of much better quality than anything built today. Most have a big bathroom across the back. The queensize bed is stored up at the ceiling during the day and a motor drops it at night. You should be able to find a few on RV Trader. Check their support site: Trek Traxs You might need to join but membership is free. There's plenty of support when it's needed.
DFord 08/21/19 11:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pros and Cons of owning a class A RV

The reason they make so many different types of RVs is one size doesn't fit everyone. There's a lot of personal preference that factors into the decision on which style to own and fits your desires best. For me, it's always been motorhomes. I tried a beautiful 36ft 5th wheel once but when it came to backing in a site, I lacked the skill necessary and my assistant was worse. To save the marriage, we traded it off for another motorhome. We like them for the all the reasons mentioned here and the ability of the wife (who won't drive) to get up and fill my glass occasionally. It's nice to be able to stop and use the restroom where I have soap and plenty of water without waving my hands around from the faucet and a towel to dry my hands afterwards.
DFord 08/20/19 09:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dicor Diseal tape

Eternabond. https://www.eternabond.com/default.asp Available from Best Materials at the best prices. https://www.bestmaterials.com/Eternabond.aspx
DFord 08/20/19 05:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Hydraulic jack

I'd recommend a scissors jack for the job. You need something short to get under the axle with a flat tire. The scissors jack is just the tool for that. They are also a lot more stable than a bottle jack that can sink in the ground and tip over as the load gets heavy when the tire comes off the ground. I see they are also offered in electric models. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/710xW4lZgDL._SL1500_.jpg height=200 Performance Tool W1600 1-1/2 Ton (3,000lb) Capacity Scissor Jack, 4" - 15" Lift Range
DFord 08/20/19 05:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

GFCI outlets measure the power being used on the "hot" power lead and ensure the same amount of power it flowing in the neutral. If a tiny amount of imbalance occurs, it's meant to interrupt the flow of power and keep you safe. If there's no ground wire and you complete a circuit to something that is grounded, it will interrupt just as quickly as if there was one. Some devices don't have a ground wire because they're "double insulated" and you're not supposed to be able to touch a "hot" metal piece on them.
DFord 08/20/19 02:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Rooftop AC Tripping Breaker... Sometimes

You cleaned the coils but did you really get them clean? How's the air flow through the coil on the roof? If it's still blocked, the symptoms you describe make sense. The problem sounds related to heat build up on the condenser (outdoor) coil side. The heat isn't being rejected fast enough. Air flow through the outdoor coil is critical.
DFord 08/20/19 09:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Emergency escape thoughts...

Updated Rv Safety|Mac The Fire Guy Mac the Fire Guy has several videos on YouTube. He stresses having an escape plan and practicing using them. Very worthwhile and educational. Highly recommended. If you ever get the chance, be sure to attend one of his seminars at the bigger rallies.
DFord 08/19/19 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good Sam - what's in it for the campgrounds?

I've also heard it's costing campgrounds thousands to be in the GS directory and many are find it hard to justify the expense. That's a lot of campsite fees they loose to maintain a listing. We've been buying the directory but really use online sources most of the time to find campgrounds along our route. Love our membership in PPA.
DFord 08/18/19 08:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: dumb problem with blue ox tow bar hookup

Blue Ox BX88101 two 1/2 locks and one 5/8 Lock Kit https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51BabaPHBPL._SY355_.jpg
DFord 08/18/19 08:41am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dometic AC compressor

It's just a guess on my part (but I've been servicing HVAC/R equipment for over 50 years) that the compressor is going bad. According to the video, that sound is coming from inside the compressor. If it is, there's no way to fix it without replacing the compressor. Before you do that, compare the price of replacing the compressor with the cost of replacing the whole unit.
DFord 08/17/19 08:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Air Conditioner Performance

I believe that all motorhomes with generators should be equipped with a Gen-turi or equivalent and should have a functional carbon monoxide detector. I think that the detector is required in all new units now. I have heard of case where the carbon monoxide came from someone else's generator, so best to be prepared on the detector. Gen-turi X2! At rallies, the very least they could do is establish a separate parking area for those with the stacks.
DFord 08/17/19 08:38pm Class A Motorhomes
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