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RE: Is this doable or am I overlooking something??

Gives you a weather tight seal for extra power input, with 120v pigtail inside the RV to plug in your space heater, hair dryer, portable A/C you don't have to snake the extension cord thru window, slide out, storage bay, just drill hole mount in convenient place, floor over storage bay, wall under dining booth or ?? table, etc.
MrWizard 01/18/21 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

https://i.imgur.com/nxt0bH1l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/jLO4uWdl.jpg No way to avoid the body flange, it covers the area where the airbag top bracket bolts to the chassis, I'm not sure the body flange steel, is as mild as the chassis steel, I think it's harder steel,
MrWizard 01/17/21 08:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

Thank you for the Tip On my knees instead of squatting
MrWizard 01/17/21 05:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

https://i.imgur.com/0nWgyg5l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/aoATARcl.jpg First pilot hole,, never made thru, never even got to try the 3/8" Drill bit Well Richard you must be a more robust fellow than I am, I'm only 72, never been over weight, never had heart problems, never been a tobacco smoker, worked with tools most of my life, electronics tech, machinery tech, construction electrician and so forth etc..except for allergies and bouts of Flu, no serious illness, always had good health, there's cancer in the family tree, my mother and a brother, but I've been lucky , maybe it's simply the drill bits, but unless you weigh less than my 120#, I think that is part of it, so was the difference in our working positions, I was squatting , you said on your knees, in that position your legs thigh muscles give you some leverage to brace against the force of yours arms pushing on the drill , I'll park the RV different next time, and try doing this on my knees, I know that squatting is not a good position for me , doing this job, not efficient use of my light weight body mass I spent a great deal more time than 5 mins, way too much time, I'll buy some more bits before I try again
MrWizard 01/17/21 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

https://i.imgur.com/EWLDjWBl.jpg The rusty looking area is a section of the body flange, covers a huge area of the chassis rail, the mounting holes I'm trying to drill must go thru flange and then the chassis, I got one 1/4" pilot hole almost thru, lateral force into the steel while squatting in the wheel well , is not equal to the force you can apply when you can bear down, or lay on your back and push up/in with all your strength because your back is against a solid object like the ground, if you can not be braced to apply full strength, the only force that can be applied in a horizontal lateral 90° angle is equal to your weight, especially when squatting, not the same as standing with legs spread one foot behind you, in the CLASSIC pull push sideways stance leaning forward into what you are doing, I had the feeling this could be difficult physically, (technically it's easy), I just did not think it would be that difficult to drill those freaking holes, and it was hot yesterday 88° , same again today, got to check and tighten the lug nuts, before going to the gas station
MrWizard 01/17/21 05:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

Bits are from new set, titanium coated, Richard you were under the rv ? Pushing up ? Solid ground under you Correct ,? You do realize there is a huge difference in the amount of applied force that can be maintained, Given that you were an immovable object which could not be moved, And my applied force was also pushing me away from the rv, remember physics, equal opposite reactions, you could not be moved the drill had to go forward into the steel, in my case the cutting force was actually 1/2 of the energy I was putting into it, nothing behind me keeping me immovable so all force is on the drill bit Yes I want to get harder drills, that stay sharp longer, also going to get some friend, younger and heavier to do the drilling But Not today, I'm exhausted, maybe later in the week or next weekend Yesterday was much too tiring
MrWizard 01/17/21 12:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

I used cutting oil,the bit stayed cool was not burned, still had good edge, Yes I thought about a new larger drill impact driver, I posted here, That and cobalt steel drill bits might do the job, it would also help of I weighted 200# and was 40yrs younger, at less than 130# squatting in a wheel well, it is difficult to maintain enough force to drill into this steel, not like standing at a work bench, where I could bear down on it, or use a drill press, The amount of effort needed drill is difficult to apply, when your a "Feather weight" like me This is case where Brawn is useful and needed, If could borrow a small portable hand held laser drill I could do this project In no time flat 8 holes ....zap. Zap. Zap done
MrWizard 01/17/21 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

This kicked my butt, nothing mounted, one hole v Maybe 3/4 way thru, I put the wheels back on, I might take tomorrow Sunday off, and rest and rethink this They say 3 hours, I thought 4 hours per side, did not think all day not even one side complete .. too old not big enough strong enough, back hurts
MrWizard 01/17/21 12:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

Update have been at this alL day since before noon, , removing the dual wheels was not a problem drilling the holes is a very big problem, the Ryobi seems ok,but me I'm too light weight for squatting in the wheel well trying to drill thru 2 layers of steel, there is a body flange steel over the chassis just as thick as the chassis, together got to be about 1/2" thickness, don't have even one hole completed will spend Sunday drilling mounting holes for the first bag, instead of getting both installed. ?¥€#&#$$×% Maybe cobalt steel drill bits would help,got to get wheels back on, calling it quits, got to be earthquake ready, start again tomorrow ..maybe ! And do what I can Or Maybe take Sunday off and rest up, need more muscle than what I have, in order to drill these mounting holes
MrWizard 01/16/21 10:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

Thanks I can try that, I was thinking of pilot holes, just wasn't sure my RYOBI drill has enough ummph for the job ahead of me, only got one battery, a replacement with little use, I better put it on the charger for a top OFF, RYOBI 18V ONE+/one plus battery (3000 MaHr18v , 54 watt HR) with pilots I do drill each hole twice, but less work per drill cycle, your right enlarging is easier than drilling straight thru with the larger bit Thanks for the reminder
MrWizard 01/15/21 11:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

My airlift load lifter 5000 air spring kit 57208 Has arrived But I'm wondering if my 3/8" Ryobi Cordless is strong enough to drill the holes in the frame/chassis, or do I need to get a larger stronger drill for making the 8 new holes, 4 holes each side , for the upper mounting bracket, using a 3/8" Drill bit, I suspect the toughfest part of this project is going to be removing the dual wheels, new tires were mounted in July, of course the the store uses air impact tools, perhaps a New 20v cordless impact drill driver is the answer for the lug nuts, and drilling the holes, awaiting suggestions and opinions, Since I full time, no large volume air compressor and tank, no air tools, no air drill,no air powered impact driver, I have heavy 1/2 drive impact sockets used with a 3ft long 1/2" drive breaker bar too loosen or tighten lug nuts, 2 bottle jacks and the hydraulic levelling jacks, blocks of wood, I've been thru the tire removal before, when doing a brake job, I know how heavy that job is But the only time I ever did something remotely close to this, was holes in the bumper of my 68 mustang for a trailer hitch and that was a long time ago with a new car, you do the math, I was much younger then, experience changes Devil may care "I got this" Into a more cautious approach.
MrWizard 01/15/21 04:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lifepo4 battery in 1990 Lance?

Putting all loads and all charging at one common point when batteries are physically banked together in the same spot, makes for accurate tracking of power out, and power in/charge, having loads on different connections/batteries split system, makes it harder to correctly monitor power used, While voltage system wide will generally reach low point equilibrium, voltage is not the best way to judge SOC/capacity level AmpHrs used or available
MrWizard 01/15/21 03:04am Tech Issues
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

I ordered the Airlift kit, part# 57208, I went to the company website too look it up F53 class motorhome rear 1990 ~ 1998 chassis, the downloaded instructions say to drill 4 holes for each top bracket, I would rather not do that much work, but I wanted to buy the one the company said was the correct one, hoping to do the project this weekend, ordered from Amazon, $319 before taxes, Kit has everything except the drill and the drill bits https://i.imgur.com/Zyw6Qtdl.png "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
MrWizard 01/14/21 02:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Taaadaaa! Took the plunge. Airbags on the Class A

Stimulus is here, and I'm checking air lift kit #s Again to be sure, I'm ordering as soon as I can be sure I got the right numbers
MrWizard 01/11/21 03:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: easy to use DVR

The biggest problem is not the video stream being encrypted The big problem is watch free is an App/service running on the TV , with out having a video output signal hdmi, analog,DIGITAL video? No device can record it, this would require a screen recorder app running on the smart tv while watching the movie If the TV can output a video signal ( it needs a video out connector ) of some kind , then maybe a device could be found for recording, I do have a device that records HDMI signal to usb thumb drive, this type of recorder could be used IF the TV has an HDMI output like cable boxes,satellite receivers, DVD players and my laptop some tablets and phones, but I have never seen a tv with hdmi out, My Vizio has 3 HDMI inputs and 2 audio out, one analog, one digital audio out, on mine even the USB input is crippled it will only accept slide show image files thru usb, like Kodak format and jpeg pictures, I can manually display and move thru select jpeg pictures from usb stick, I have done this one time, no mp4 video or even old AVI video format allowed on the USB, I love my TV except for the useless USB plug, mine is not a smart tv, To the OP You can't record a signal that is only internal, unless you can some how modify the inside of the TV Is there a DVR option for that tv, I have a Mediasonic solid state digital TV tuner, video recorder, that will record OTA broadcast tv, or non encrypted cable, to usb thumb drive or portable hard drive, records .MTS files in 720p and 1080I and will play them, it does NOT do internet stream capture, I connect the HDMI recorder between the laptop and the TV when I want to record something from the internet, this is a manually operated system, not automated, not programmable, step one power up everything and get ready Step 2 start recording Then start playing the video stream on the laptop Step 3 stop play of video on laptop, at end of video stream Then stop the recording at the HDMI recorder
MrWizard 01/10/21 03:23am Technology Corner
RE: Road side assist

It's service insurance When did that ever go down in price ? I have (3)Emg RA plans and still consider the costs to be worth it, the yearly costs are still cheaper than even one TOW of this 36ft class A , 2020. saw 2 tire related RA calls, Nov 2019 was a short TOW, when it suddenly stopped running and would not restart, turns out the ignition module died , $80 replacement part, I have triple A, Good Sam ERS, and ERS with my progressive insurance policy, and I have had occasion to use each or them, if the first is backlogged, I call the second, and if needed I will call the third $159 yr is still bargain compared to towing chargers
MrWizard 01/07/21 04:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replaced house batteries/no power

Good news, glad things are working correctly, Yeah we miss going to Q, that was Our only winter time camping/travelling , I'm surprised it will be happening this year, enjoy it, and have fun, be safe I wish we could go and be there to enjoy it
MrWizard 01/07/21 03:39am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Can an inverter on a car charge the house battery?

Oh then that's perfect. I have in mind intermittent use, otherwise I would be buying solar. You our idea of intermittent is not the same as the auto MFG Their idea is closer to a few hard minutes right after startup on a hot day with the dash A/C turned on, so that is dump some quick amps into battery while holding in the a/C compressor clutch and running the blower full blast inside for cool down, and the condenser fan, and the electric radiator fans When the alternator starts getting warm and or the battery voltage starts rising output is reduced Your idea is run long enough to charge house battery, then do it again next day or day after Theirs hard high charge rate,for Minutes every time started, Yours hard high charge rate, for hours every now and then, I think.. You have already been suggested better ways, DC to dc voltage converter or jumper cables Converters are more in the low 70s in percent of efficiency from my observations, converted at or near full output are about 73% efficient, converter or charger will use 1000watts to charge at 730watts into battery, now the inverter is also a loss, even at 80% efficiency the inverter will need 1250w input for the battery to be charged at 730w At 12.5v that's 100amps from the alternator and that will mean your TOW vehicle chassis battery is being drawn down and not being charged, to keep the vehicle battery charged you need 13.8v 13.8v 90.6 amps 1250watts to inverter, Plus what ever the vehicle engine system needs are possibly another 30amps or more,that's 120amps total for how ever long it takes for the house battery charge rate to start decreasing, How well is the alternator going to stand up to that kind of treatment, the 800w inverter is not going to carry 1000watts for more than a few seconds trying to power the converter at full 45 amp charge I suggest doing this before the battery gets any lower than 75%, try to keep the charge rate closer to 30 amps, so as to not damage the alternator The heavy load amps is going to be from alternator to inverter, that stock alternator it's the item to worry about, ambulances, POlice cars, fire trucks, All use heavy full duty rated alternators, this is Optional equipment on vehicles sold for consumer use
MrWizard 01/05/21 12:13am Tech Issues
RE: Replaced house batteries/no power

Is this an Inverter_charger combo unit, or separate stand alone inverter, Does inverter supply 120vac to the whole RV or just a few dedicated circuits If this a Separate inverter powering the whole RV, Do you have any portable electric heaters plugged in, anything that could be drawing a really high amp (power watts) load on the inverter My ,2000w inverter pure sinewave inverter, will run my MW, powerMax 75 amp converter, or a portable electric heater, but not enough batteries for a long run, voltage Drop means high amps, which heats up the DC circuit breaker , then it trips, I only forgot and did the electric heater on inverter battery power ONE time, that was enough, I have forgot to turn off the converter power circuit several times, when switching from generator to invereter here, in this Bounder, the Safari was wired with only dedicated circuits kitchen and entertainment to inverter, I installed this inverter, here in the Bounder, and connected it to power all outlets etc.. Power going to converter must be shut off before turning on inverter, if I forget to turn off circuit breaker for my 75 amp converter when switching from generator to inverter, After a about 20 minutes the DC amps load feeding the inverter to . Power the converter from the inverter THE breaker will be hot and trip,
MrWizard 01/04/21 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: Amazon to close down Kindle lending library January 2021

Baen Books has a free selection for download across many genres And anybody that has not read from the "Ring Of Fire" series or the "Grandville Gazette" Is missing some good intelligent writing, sometimes funny , sometimes pongint, always thought provoking And thank yous to those posting new sources of material
MrWizard 12/30/20 03:32am Technology Corner
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