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RE: Heat element & shore gfci

CMT511, Thank You for the update and confirmation. Often when diagnoses are suggested, the op just evaporates and we never know if we were understood and if there was success. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/01/20 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

Doug, While your statement is not completely inaccurate, it is marginal at best. Sometimes they do blow out as you describe, but not always. I have had to replace more than a few that did not "Blow Out", but create and internal short to ground. Therefore, complete disconnect test and the test with an ohmmeter as recommend are both valid for this case. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/30/20 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: Michigan state parks extend closures

Unfortunately Trekkar's point is very hard to dispute. Commissar Gretchen's reign of terror is all based on the democrat voting base in the inner city of Detroit and she seems to have no interest in the welfare of the other 79 counties. She also seems to have no understanding at of isolation. I am sure she is hoping to bankrupt the people of the state more than BHO did and so make the state more likely to vote for someone else in November. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/30/20 10:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How many Ah

S.Davis, I have some real experience here to relate. A pair of GCs now T105 are good for about 36 hours at a summer music festival with an ambient above 80°F in the daytime. A Bogart Trimetric is installed so I can monitor the house bank. We do not have an electric blanket or a television, but I put a lot of hours on a 40~60 watt laptop and the 3.5ft3 reefer is run from a msqw(CCV) inverter and that increases the power load about 5%. If I let the bank get down to 50%, it will take 4 hours of generator that will peak at 58Amp to get the bank back to about 90~95%. At a 3 day festival in July where we usually arrive in the evening before opening, if I run the APU for 3~4 hours the next afternoon, I will usually want to run it again the the following evening again for 3~4 hours. As we usually do not depart immediately (too many friends to visit) so I may chose to again recover the bank some but not all. The laptop does not effect the bank recovery because if the APU is running, that is supplying it. If you choose to persist in this madness, you have to have a good battery monitor installed. There are at least Bogart and Victonix to choose from. If it does not totalise ampere-hours in and out, it is a waste of time. This is essential for all lead-acid installations. AGMs can charge a little faster but be sure that the converter/charger is calibrated for them. I like AGMs a lot, but I have a very limited budget to work with these days. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/27/20 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: The normal things we miss?

Being able to walk. I have a bed knee that was supposed to get another treatment. The rub-on stuff just is not doing it. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/24/20 08:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Road Trip Planner Apps

I hate to say this, but such is no longer available. My killer criteria was that the package had to be stand alone and not need internet access to do anything when underway. SA and S&T were the last. I have tried RV Wizard demo on more than a few occasions because I really wanted it to work. I could never get it to do the whole plan for both EOD and Fuel. I just hit it again and it is now not an active online demo. Maybe I can do better. Just spent too long trying again. If you want canned trips, I guess this is OK, but it is not how we travel. It so lacking of the essentials that I won't bother with buying a year. There is another that is free to use but again, as a web app, you better be sure you have your data plan full charged or you will burn it down. It does do everything we need and doesn't steer you to specific campgrounds. It runs on Google Maps, but I haven't been able to get GM to collect Lat/Lon from a GPS. Oh Well Matt
Matt_Colie 04/22/20 10:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Size ristrictions at state/federal parks

Rqtpis, First, know the over all length of your rig as it travels. You pretty much will have to consider this on a single park basis. Many places have pull-though slips that could accommodate your whole rig as it travels. Most do not. As I recall, a Prius cannot be towed 4-down, so you need room for it and the dolly. Those that can accommodate a 40foot coach (In my experience) can also park a towed and dolly. But, you will have to confirm that before you give them money. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/19/20 03:10pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Gary Bunzer has passed

I read a number of RV information sites and have read a lot of what Gary wrote. I got to talk to him for a while at an FMCA rally. He contracted COVID-19 and I read that he was on a ventilator. I knew this was bad, but I had hope. Last night the end was announced. He will be missed. Safe Travels Gary Matt
Matt_Colie 04/18/20 01:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: sold our class a

My answer is kind of silly because I don't get to drive in daylight. I did at one time and still do on occasion, but Co-Driving changes everything, and so much so that there might be no reason to try to change your vehicle to something other.... Train DW to be a navigator. Set up a desk for the laptop or tablet, arrange internet on the road, and teach her (this is about DW not driving) to glean the information needed by both looking ahead with Waze and Gasbuddy for stops, but also looking for things of interest and attractions. If you don't know about it, your smart phone can be a hotspot at the cost of data use. This opens up a whole lot of access when underway. Google maps will track you, but compared to SA or S&T is sincerely sux, but it does work. It can tell you about blockages ahead. With a dedicated navigator in the right seat, the stress on the driver is greatly reduced and the navigator is involved in the day. At one time I had a name tag that said Navigator under my name and some habits remain. I plan every excursion. The best I have done so far is having a plan that was good until noon of the third day. I have had a day plan go bad before we got to third gear. This helps a lot. I will offer up three great stories here just to make the point. *We were somewhere and Mary was navigating and said that something looked interesting. We were on an interstate (not common for us), and she said that there is a small museum slightly off our track and we should exit here. We did. We got there and the parking lot could only barely accommodate our small coach, but it was indeed a great stop. *We had just left New Orleans, she said she (the driver) would like an early seafood dinner with a view of the coast. This took a lot of searching to find, but I did and it was about an hour and an half away. *This idea also helps with the odd Bonzi run. Then we might prefer interstates, and a time back, DW would drive interstates. With a navigator on duty, one can survive a much longer time as driver. This is how we did an 1101 mile day. Navigator would set a clear long run and go back and rest. Usually waking only when the driver needed a nature break. I leave this here and try not to revisit it again any time too soon. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/17/20 11:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: sold our class a

My answer is kind of silly because I don't get to drive in daylight. I did at one time and still do on occasion, but Co-Driving changes everything, and so much so that there might be no reason to try to change your vehicle to something other.... Train DW to be a navigator. Set up a desk for the laptop or tablet, arrange internet on the road, and teach her (this is about DW not driving) to glean the information needed by both looking ahead with Waze and Gasbuddy for stops, but also looking for things of interest and attractions. If you don't know about it, your smart phone can be a hotspot at the cost of data use. This opens up a whole lot of access when underway. Google maps will track you, but compared to SA or S&T is sincerely sux, but it does work. It can tell you about blockages ahead. With a dedicated navigator in the right seat, the stress on the driver is greatly reduced and the navigator is involved in the day. At one time I had a name tag that said Navigator under my name and some habits remain. I plan every excursion. The best I have done so far is having a plan that was good until noon of the third day. I have had a day plan go bad before we got to third gear. This helps a lot. I will offer up three great stories here just to make the point. *We were somewhere and Mary was navigating and said that something looked interesting. We were on an interstate (not common for us), and she said that there is a small museum slightly off our track and we should exit here. We did. We got there and the parking lot could only barely accommodate our small coach, but it was indeed a great stop. *We had just left New Orleans, she said she (the driver) would like an early seafood dinner with a view of the coast. This took a lot of searching to find, but I did and it was about an hour and an half away. *This idea also helps with the odd Bonzi run. Then we might prefer interstates, and a time back, DW would drive interstates. With a navigator on duty, one can survive a much longer time as driver. This is how we did an 1101 mile day. Navigator would set a clear long run and go back and rest. Usually waking only when the driver needed a nature break. I leave this here and try not to revisit it again any time too soon. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/17/20 09:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: sold our class a

My answer is kind of silly because I don't get to drive in daylight. I did at one time and still do on occasion, but Co-Driving changes everything, and so much so that there might be no reason to try to change your vehicle to something other.... Train DW to be a navigator. Set up a desk for the laptop or tablet, arrange internet on the road, and teach her (this is about DW not driving) to glean the information needed by both looking ahead with Waze and Gasbuddy for stops, but also looking for things of interest and attractions. If you don't know about it, your smart phone can be a hotspot at the cost of data use. This opens up a whole lot of access when underway. Google maps will track you, but compared to SA or S&T is sincerely sux, but it does work. It can tell you about blockages ahead. With a dedicated navigator in the right seat, the stress on the driver is greatly reduced and the navigator is involved in the day. At one time I had a name tag that said Navigator under my name and some habits remain. I plan every excursion. The best I have done so far is having a plan that was good until noon of the third day. I have had a day plan go bad before we got to third gear. This helps a lot. I will offer up three great stories here just to make the point. *We were somewhere and Mary was navigating and said that something looked interesting. We were on an interstate (not common for us), and she said that there is a small museum slightly off our track and we should exit here. We did. We got there and the parking lot could only barely accommodate our small coach, but it was indeed a great stop. *We had just left New Orleans, she said she (the driver) would like an early seafood dinner with a view of the coast. This took a lot of searching to find, but I did and it was about an hour and an half away. *This idea also helps with the odd Bonzi run. Then we might prefer interstates, and a time back, DW would drive interstates. With a navigator on duty, one can survive a much longer time as driver. This is how we did an 1101 mile day. Navigator would set a clear long run and go back and rest. Usually waking only when the driver needed a nature break. I leave this here and try not to revisit it again any time too soon. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/17/20 09:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: The camping industry is going to be hit hard

I was not going to join in here, but I now feel that I should. This is not my first rodeo, the last was very memorable and ended just a little shy of ten years ago. Remember when the administration took control of two car companies that were not doing real well and forced them into bankruptcy? Well, for a while there Michigan had a 30~40% unemployment. The big organized labor people didn't hurt to bad, but when they bankrupted those two, a lot of the first tier (companies that sell directly to OE) either had to shut down hard or go out of business altogether. The way the OE works is nobody gets paid for what they deliver for 60~90 days in good times. Only a few had the resources to survive that. With a hit like that, the area became a ghost town. Literally hundreds of small business not directly related to OE folded. Without the cash flow lots of bars, restaurants and service businesses died. We have only just recovered from that calamity. Demand for my services doing specialty work on racing sloops completely disappeared over night. I went from having to prioritize client's requests to nothing and even cancellation of some larger jobs over night. That is the nature of a business dependent on discretionary spending. I was ready. Now, we are at it again. What I am expecting is that much like last time, there will be a big pent up demand when the cork gets pulled. This will have only been a couple of months when things reopen here. Governess will do here best to retain the depression because that is her party's line. This is why she is treating the whole state like it is Detroit. That is why she wanted to lock things down for another 2 months, but the legislature didn't buy it. They aren't alone. This afternoon there were literally thousands of cars in the area of the capitol in Lansing to protest the state wide quarantine when the only hot area is the heavily urban areas. Remember when the administration sought to punish us all to get the over inflated budget by closing things that cost more to close than it would to leave them open? Because of the length and depth of that depression, things did not come back like gang busters as it was on the heals of the first. But they did come back. Yes many smaller shops did not, but small shops close all the time. If things are allowed start to reopen with the first May, I am expecting a "Katy - Bar the Door" recovery. Not everybody will be riding that wave. Several local businesses have already pulled down the shingle and put up the realtor tag. This has recently been a "Help Wanted" state, and it will come back to that as soon as it is allowed to do so. Yes, this will be remembered as a hard time, but we have to remember that it all had a clearly identifiable cause and we need to remember what they did to us and how they did it. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/15/20 04:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: A bright spot in all this doom and gloom

The thing I remember about Maine (and other northern) blueberries or maybe huckleberries in some places, is that they have all the favor that you might find in one of the large cultured blueberries. But, it that little tiny package it was unbelievable. If you put them in dry cereal and added milk, the milk would go blue even before you touched it. Matt - a refugee from the megopolis of the east.
Matt_Colie 04/09/20 07:59am Around the Campfire
RE: What manufacturers will this recession bring down?

This is not going to be as bad as the RV recession in '72~73. I was working for Thetford at that time as a product engineer, and one day the sales guy that I was most close to came by the coffee pot just shaking his head. He told me that he had just finished trying contact a large portion of his client base. Only three had even answered the phone and one of those said that this was the last day that they were even open. The rest of twenty plus either nobody answered at all or the phone had been disconnected. This was during the first "Arab Oil Embargo". This was the birth of the Department of Energy that was supposed to stop our reliance on off-shore oil. And also the beginning of CAFE limits. Just look at how far we have come. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/05/20 09:05am Around the Campfire
RE: New Federal Fuel Economy Standard (SAFE)

Some states are setting up to do that by requiring the annual odometer reading at registration. The electric guys are going to get nailed.... Matt
Matt_Colie 04/03/20 04:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: The perfect RV campground

I really didn't want to jump into this, but I now see that maybe I should. In all of our travels, we have probably paid for only a few dozen campgrounds aside from those where we attended rallies and then had zero choice in the matter. That situation has made me very sensitive to private space. Many of the campgrounds were we attended rallies worked very hard to earn the term "cramp ground". Some were as a writer posted were arranged so the neighbors slide (we don't have) was right at our window or door. But worse still to me those times when their sewer dump was so close to our door that it had to be watched for when entering or leaving the coach. I would hope that you could afford some space, Wisconsin is not high land value, but I do not know how taxes are there. If you can, offset one slip (I am a waterman) from the other to avoid the utility crowd issue. Another to put in the plan is that you have a slip inventory available. So, if a guest wants more space for a slide or awning, you van offer it (with an expected surcharge). Just make no issue of it. If the guest has a 102" wide coach and 4' slides, he can deploy them if he chooses to do so. You may find that a good portion of the owners have do not know the actual dimensions of the fully deploy rig. You can also have trees and have that in the inventory so you can offer satellite ready slips. I happen to like trees more than I like television, but I have heard about this enough. If you do have WiFi available, please make it clear that it does not have the bandwidth for streaming (IPTV). I no longer even try to use any campground internet as it has never seen any that was capable of more than simple e-mail. Oh, Yeah, I almost forgot... Have a number of slips prepared to cold weather guests. So, those should have heated water taps and metered full 50amp power. I am not sure what else goes with that, but we used to do most of out travel in October because of DW employment. In the north, freezing was an issue. Whatever, I wish you great success in this enterprise. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/28/20 11:53am Family Camping
RE: Battery Time. 6V?

Grit, This ended up in "General" which is not a TC forum, but I have a little bit to contribute. I do not know the brands you are asking about, but 200$us ea for AGM golf cart batteries is a decent deal. I can't do much better until I buy 10 at a time. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/26/20 08:53am General RVing Issues
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

for the last 60 years fisherpersons have used two 12 volt batteries in parallel to run their trolling motors. I have Never heard of this explosion. I certainly would not take this "fact?" into consideration on my setup. bumpy Bumpy, I have seen one (and only one) explosion in a trolling motor bank of parallel 12V. That happened when the owner tried to use it to crank the big motor on his bass boat. Trolling motor service is basicaly light duty and the related chargers are not all that powerful. That all works in your favor. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/26/20 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

Matt, How about explosion/issues with 4x 6V for 12V? I have never seen or gotten paid to clean up after a bank of 6V that had problems. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/26/20 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: sceamig help for my 2000 rexall airbus

Code readers and now cheap. Real cheap gets you one that works with your smart phone. More money gets you one with a read out and a book of what the numbers mean. You can spend a lot more if you chose. They all work the same, they just tell what the ECU says it does not like. Matt
Matt_Colie 03/25/20 08:59am Tech Issues
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