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RE: digital thermostat

NOTE: Even fresh batteries don't like being below 20F. Went to the trailer to do a little bit of work today, thermostat was cold and wouldn't start up. Now have lithium batteries in it. So, fresh batteries every spring?
swimmer_spe 12/07/19 09:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: digital thermostat

Trailer has AC, but it is not controlled by the thermostat. If I could, I would....Well you most likely can however it may require A/C replacement and pulling thermostat wires and furnace control wires. I don't want it that bad. If it were simple, then yes...
swimmer_spe 12/02/19 02:14pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: digital thermostat

I have a 20 year old trailer that has an old manual thermostat for the furnace. Can I just switch it out for a digital thermostat? I know I need to make sure it'll work with the number of wires currently at it.No air conditioner? Otherwise yes you can buy a battery powered heat only digital thermostat. Trailer has AC, but it is not controlled by the thermostat. If I could, I would....
swimmer_spe 12/02/19 11:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: digital thermostat

Yes, it's pretty straight forward but does that stat also control the AC? If so you will lose the two speed fan function and will need to add a simple switch to get it back. Or just wire it so the fan is always on high speed. You will like the new stat. They keep the temps much closer to the set-point than the old ones ever did. Mine only controls the furnace.
swimmer_spe 11/29/19 01:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
digital thermostat

I have a 20 year old trailer that has an old manual thermostat for the furnace. Can I just switch it out for a digital thermostat? I know I need to make sure it'll work with the number of wires currently at it.
swimmer_spe 11/29/19 10:19am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Using the jack without the battery

With the battery not there, collect all the wire terminals that go on its positive post and join them with vise grips or a nut and bolt. Now the converter will have a path to the jacks. This assumes the jacks are on a different wire that goes to the positive post. Assumes the jacks and the converter each has a negative path to the frame. I will try that in spring. The trailer is good where it is and I am not running power to it this winter. My plastic battery box is screwed down, so as long as the +ve does not touch those screws or the -ve wires, I am good.
swimmer_spe 11/19/19 02:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Using the jack without the battery

It depends on the details of how its wired. If it connects directly to the battery (perhaps sharing the connection for the breakaway brake system), then it makes perfect sense. I suspect it is normal for your trailer. Actually, that seems like a good setup to me, at least in general concept, as it helps to prevent someone from pulling the trailer without a battery for the breakaway brakes. Unless you have a 3/4" socket. That's how I moved it.
swimmer_spe 11/18/19 06:59pm Tech Issues
Using the jack without the battery

I removed my battery to get my RV ready for winter. I go to use the jack and it won't work. It didn't matter whether it was hooked up to AC power or plugged into my truck, it would not work. Is that normal?
swimmer_spe 11/18/19 06:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane winterizing

Which is better, remove the tanks over the winter or leave them hooked up? I have heard that if you do remove them, you should wrap the connection with a plastic bag so nothing gets in. Normally, I store the trailer with the tanks installed, but since I emptied them on the last trip of the year, I figured I would just remove them and store them in the garage like I do with my spares. Hi swimmer, you have to uncheck them in the filters! hope you will get benefits. Let's try :) What?
swimmer_spe 11/04/19 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane winterizing

OP here. The issue is not the tanks themselves. The garage is more like a shed as it has no heat or electricity to it, but it can easily fit my truck inside. It is not attached to any dwelling. I am partly concerned about theft, but more about the potential for bus getting in the propane system I assume you mean "bugs"? The propane system is a closed system, with no place for bugs or water or whatever to sneak in. If there were any hole, you would know it from the loss of gas, the odor of said gas escaping, the beeping of the propane alarm, and (should the others fail) the fireball that comes when you try to light the stove. Where there are problems sometimes with bugs, spider's nests, etc. are in the individual appliance burners, and having the propane tanks connected or not will have no effect at all on that possibility. I did mean bugs. There is nothing stopping small bugs from crawling in through the hole at the connection to the tank when the tank isn't installed. I would rather not have a plugged up propane system.
swimmer_spe 11/04/19 12:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane winterizing

OP here. The issue is not the tanks themselves. The garage is more like a shed as it has no heat or electricity to it, but it can easily fit my truck inside. It is not attached to any dwelling. I am partly concerned about theft, but more about the potential for bus getting in the propane system
swimmer_spe 11/02/19 02:32pm Tech Issues
Propane winterizing

Which is better, remove the tanks over the winter or leave them hooked up? I have heard that if you do remove them, you should wrap the connection with a plastic bag so nothing gets in. Normally, I store the trailer with the tanks installed, but since I emptied them on the last trip of the year, I figured I would just remove them and store them in the garage like I do with my spares.
swimmer_spe 11/01/19 12:43am Tech Issues
RE: Using water below freezing?

OP here. Trailer is an ultralight. No heated tanks. No heated or insulated dump valves. Sounds like I might be ok, but most likely will have my holding tanks getting slushy. Not sure if it's worth the risk. As far as winterizing, I would pump in plumbing antifreeze like it is recommended around here.
swimmer_spe 10/22/19 09:09am Tech Issues
Using water below freezing?

I hunt, and hunting season ends mid December. My current RV has a decent water system and a decent furnace. I am wondering, providing there is heat in the RV, and if I only use the holding tanks, would there be a risk of freezing?
swimmer_spe 10/21/19 11:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Quiet generators

Folks, I "dry camp" with my Class A at a beach location with about 65 real tight spaces. I use my on board generator with genturi while there but regularly walk around the park. There is every variety of inverter generator going. There is no doubt there are distinct differences between between the Hondas/Yamahas and the lower cost versions. OP Here. So, Honda would be the quietest? Like I asked, what about the Hyundais? How much different is noise level? you still haven't posted WHICH Hyundai generator you're talking about!:S I don't know specifically. But my question is more with having the same rated generators side by side, how much louder is one than the other.
swimmer_spe 10/18/19 06:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Quiet generators

Folks, I "dry camp" with my Class A at a beach location with about 65 real tight spaces. I use my on board generator with genturi while there but regularly walk around the park. There is every variety of inverter generator going. There is no doubt there are distinct differences between between the Hondas/Yamahas and the lower cost versions. OP Here. So, Honda would be the quietest? Like I asked, what about the Hyundais? How much different is noise level?
swimmer_spe 10/17/19 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Cellphone boosters

This app will help you find a signal. It simply points to the cell tower. If you don't see an arrow you won't get coverage and a booster won't help. Open Signal Thank you. Next time I am out where I have no service, I will give it a try to see what it is out there.
swimmer_spe 10/17/19 09:15am Technology Corner
RE: Quiet generators

With in the next few seasons I will be in the market for a generator. I have heard Hondas running and they are notoriously quiet. My local RV shop has Hyundais and they claim they are just as quiet, but are cheaper. Anyone have them? What are they like? Should I get a Honda instead?What do you expect to run? Microwave? tv? charge the battery? air conditioning? I am up in Canada, where we get temperatures up to 100F. I plan to run the A/C and possibly a TV with satellite hookups. In short, my 12V cord is rated for 30 amps, and want a generator that can run that.
swimmer_spe 10/16/19 06:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Cellphone boosters

first, which carrier? between verizon and ATT (and the others that use either verizon or ATT signalling) we often find one or the other will give a good signal, but not both when we are in remote locations. easiest solution is if one gives a good signal use that carrier. That's why our cell phones are Verizon and our car is on ATT. Second, boosters require a minimum signal level to be able to get you a useable signal. Signal level needs to be around -140/150db or better for a booster to work. -140db with a booster will get you a signal around -110db which is adequate for voice and text. -140db will generally not give you a useable signal w/o a booster. And you may find a booster will give you good voice but not data. In one spot we visit signal level is around -130db, booster gets it to -90db or so, but signal is only voice (1x) no data other than messaging. And "bars" is generally not a good indicator of actual signal strength. use a app that gives you actual signal strength for voice and data channels. We have a weboost system that I can use with either an omnidirectional antenna or a directional yagi. Does it work everywhere? NOPE. Does it give me a useable voice/text signal in very marginal conditions or when there is no service w/o a booster? YES in many cases, but not all. Finally I've found that if I need a booster for data, even with a booster data rate is generally much slower than areas that don't need a booster. I am with Bell, up here in Canada. I have an iPhone; which app would you recommend?
swimmer_spe 10/16/19 06:24pm Technology Corner
Quiet generators

With in the next few seasons I will be in the market for a generator. I have heard Hondas running and they are notoriously quiet. My local RV shop has Hyundais and they claim they are just as quiet, but are cheaper. Anyone have them? What are they like? Should I get a Honda instead?
swimmer_spe 10/13/19 10:07pm Tech Issues
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