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RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

I would say remove the ball from the Truck thenput the hitch and the ball on the bench, upside down. so you can get a good look at the blanged thing. Odds are a couple tapps with about a 12-16 oz hammer and perhaps a rod to direct the force and it will pop open and release the ball. then you can either put the ball. or more than likely a new ball of the proper size on the truck. (Inspect the bolt threads often they get damaged so you need to use a new ball.)
wa8yxm 04/15/21 03:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dangerous Pranks

When my Tri-Mark striker bolt broke (I have several comments I could make on the design of those striker bolts but I do not wish to melt your monitor). I got real good at the emergency exit window.. Real Real good. It happened twice. to me. Kids will be kids.. I am reading ads for a new "Peal and stick" video doorbell (like the RING but no wires) pairs with your phone and I suspect it can record but not sure... Would be nice to hand the police a video of the kids. or park management.
wa8yxm 04/15/21 05:01am General RVing Issues
RE: false alarm "jacks down"

As Larry said power gear alarms based on the fluid level in the tank but you said the fluid level was correct. It goes off for 10 seeconds when you start but then silences and stays off. Or does it stay off. If it stays off.. I'd re-read the manual on the system. I know when I start my car, or my motor home or whatever every indicator light flashes (no audio alarms) every gauge moves through it's range of motion. Then they go to the current status. it may be a POST (Power On Self Test) and nothing to worry about.
wa8yxm 04/15/21 04:57am Tech Issues
RE: Baseball strike zone...

Remember the "BOX" was designed by a computer programmer. He does not play real baseball. .Just a computer game .
wa8yxm 04/15/21 04:53am Around the Campfire
RE: How Bad Is "Bad Enough" COVID-19

I was afraid this would be a different sub-topic. Thanks She should be in hospital. closly monitored at 82% Normal O2 levels in the blood she is in bad and I mean Bad shape 90 percent is not good 98-99 just fine but below 90 not good at all. Not sure the precise cut off And I gather you already know 104 is not good either. May she recover and recover fully.
wa8yxm 04/14/21 02:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Lights on a bicycle carrier

I have done it... depending on the carrier a set of Tow Lights on a bar works well I had a cargo carrier UNDER the Bicycle and mounted on that.
wa8yxm 04/13/21 05:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: effects of / protection from undervoltage

A key formula to remember Watts = Volts * Amps. Electric motors generally pull the same wattage, so if the volts go down, the amps must go up to compensate. Items like a toaster draw a steady amperage, so if the voltage goes down, they just don't get as hot. That formula is actually not complete. and before you think I'm critical of you. I am college trained and it took me 40 years to figure it out :) One of the interesting things about teh Kill-A-Watt meter is the folks who designed it.. Figured it out For things like a space heater.. Or an electric Skillet.. YES Volts*Amps=Watts For motors not so easy as there is one more variable (Power factor) the Kill-a-watt computes both Volt-Amps (Volts*amps) Watts (Almost always less) and power factor (The relationship between the voltage and current sine waves) I've heard of one case where the power factor was near zero and the motor would not run.... I know the "Engineer" who fixed it (ok so he does not even have a high school diploma but he's very well self taught)
wa8yxm 04/13/21 04:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Model PD9280A converter problems

I have only installed one replacement PD converter (a 9180 and I reused the charge wizard dongle) NOTE with the 9280 you use either no dongle or a different one. I do not know where you are but PD is located in Marshall, Michigan. Google Maps: Brooks Memorial Fountain, Marshall MI Then slide south to Industrial (road or whatever) not very far at all They are on the corner
wa8yxm 04/13/21 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Sgn in Motel

Regarding your signature line... I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be Douglas Adams! The bank robber always the police to provide him a car to get him where he's going.. and they do too, complete with a uniformed chauffer and doorman.
wa8yxm 04/13/21 04:50pm Around the Campfire
RE: Lock em up... a long story

I am curious: What's the point? Be aware of your surroundings.. Do not give away secrets like "Doorbell does not work" and put up security cameras to help the police identify the bad guys. Story from This Is True: Man told a neighborhod "Sorry to bother you but till this guy pays what he owes me I'm going to be setting off bombs.. You can call the cops, they won't catch me. Well he set off a bomb (no injuries minor damage) and they called the cops. A security camera showed them who done it and now.... Yup. He's in jail.
wa8yxm 04/13/21 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Multimeter Question

I have 3 different multimeters. I have difficulty with all 3 when trying to check voltages on a 50 amp power pedestal. It seems as though the probes are too short. Any suggestions? The probes ARE too short. for a reason.. Far too many folks who are basically clueless get zapped trying to use a meter like that on an outlet. Get a hard wired Surge guard system like the TRC/Southwire Surge Guard I have (and no longer need) or the Progressive Industries HW-50C or its current replacement. Plug in and read the remote display (Which I no longer have but you can get one from Camping world for like 50 bucks) Advantage.. If something happens AFTER you clear it and plug in... A power "Blink" (off and back on in a few seconds) which has happened to me many times. This is very hard on things like Air Conditioner compressors.. the Surge Guard device held power off for almost 3 minutes... Protecting the compressors. If something in the park wiring fails AFTER you plug in, also happened to me CLUNK it shut me off. protecting me. IT's on duty 24x7 and when it clunks it clunks Option 2.. build what we call a "Break out box" This has a 50 amp plug and pigtail optionally a 50 amp pass through socket and a set of test jacks. these are plastic "Bolts" with a contact inside them designed so the meter probe fits inside. But I'd not go to that much trouble.. I Highly recommend the Surge Guard.. Though the one I have is designed to be hard wired so you never forget it.. ... But they make plug in models as well. Get the top end.
wa8yxm 04/12/21 04:18am Tech Issues
RE: forgot what to call plastic thing to stick on rear window

The proper name is Frensel lens if I spelled it right, I did. Nick name is Fish Eye Lens And of course to make it easy.. Like the one in this Amazon Link
wa8yxm 04/11/21 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Price differences in water filters

I will give you my solutions A and B All water into the RV went through a cheap home activated charcoal filter I took some PVC pipe.. (I'd recommend 2" I used 3 and as a result did not have a pipe wrench that fit) and some reducers. The outlet end I cut a stainless steel drain cover to fit inside the largest reducer and glued it together (reduce down to male hose fitting) the other end a threaded adapter and then reducers to a female hose end. Cut down drain cover optional Fill with Fliter floss.. (Fish isle at any store that has one) then regular not anti-algi) activated charcoal. then some more floss and assemble the female end. Drinking water A: went through a BRITA pitcher B: When the Brita broke I replaced it with a PUR (the pitcher did not bounce well and PUR was what the Thrift I was voulenteering had in stock) I still have the PUR and a PUR faucet filter as well
wa8yxm 04/11/21 03:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator stalls

Was thinking the fuel filter might be clogged but a little voice in my brain says that if this was the case it might not start so easily.( but the fuel filter might be the issue) Oh after it stalls it flashes once repeatedly and after i touch the off position it flashes 3 times incrementally. It stalls with or without a load. Its a onan diesel... Thoughts? Well I'd read the trouble codes (Read the fine manual to figure out how to do that) and post them here. But you did a mighty fine job of describing the symptoms of clogged filter. What happens if it's not TOTALLY clogged is as the engine runs it sucks fuel from the after-filter line.. but eventually not enough fuel is passing the filter.. It starves and stalls... Then more fuel flows (since the line is under vacuum) and it restarts easily. However that said. other causes are possible. But if the filter was other than totally clogged, which almost never happens. What you got is EXACTLY what I'd expect. Oh.. Same for the Air filter but that engine will run Rich.
wa8yxm 04/10/21 04:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Fiber Optic

They should run Fiber-Optic to an interface box.. From there out you either run CAT 5 or 6 (i'd run 6) or Wi-Fi... Same as you are running now. The only things that will need to be redone and you may be able to get them to set it up so you don't have to do that. You may need to scan for Wi-Fi access points and select your new one and enter a new SSID. You may find your IP-addresses have changed. Now for Television.. (if they stream both TV and Internet over the fiber) I'm not sure how that works. if they convert to NTSC or QAM and feed your house with RF from a micro transmitter in the box or if they put fiber to HDMI set top boxes on every TV in which case fiber lines will need to be run. I simply do not know.
wa8yxm 04/10/21 04:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Hot water trickle

What kind of bypass valve system do you have 1,2 or 3 valve. The reason I ask is with the one valve system there is a check valve, may be two. For sure on the Water Heater outlet (some have it on the inlet) from the sounds of your problem you have one on the inlet adn it's clogged. Or a pinched line on the line on the inlet side. had this problem in my house when I had one. Finally replaced a piece of pipe that was seriously clogged .
wa8yxm 04/09/21 03:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Stupid question about tires

So y'all can call me uneducated, stupid or whatever you like, but the 5th wheel we are looking at comes with nitrogen in the tires. Are there nitrogen pumps available? Can you mix it with air or just swap it over? Just seem weird to me. First the only STUPID question is the one you should have asked, but did not. Second. Nitrogen There has been much debate on this. Nitrogen has some different properties than basic air. It's a large molecule so the gas does not "Migrate" as fast as normal air (Which is 78% nitrogen by the way) now if there is a greater pressure differential (IE: flying high say 10,000 feet) this becomes more important... It also is not as affected by temperature So it is commonly used in aircraft tires.. Which suffer extreme temps and often can be found thousands of feet in the air. For RV tires.. It's basically a Gimmick. Feel free to use normal Air. I do suggest a Tire Pressure Monitoring System...
wa8yxm 04/08/21 04:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Dish rec’r No Satellites found using new 2000w inverter

I used a PSW and had no problems.. I've heard radios around an MSW (Nasty) Ther are assorted other things however.. If the antenna is MOUNTED and you can reposition the inverter that might help. I've also seen cases where moving the antenna if a ground mount. or the entire RV if a roof mount. made a BIG difference. Download the Winegard sat finder app and make sure when the bullseye is centered on the screen you see SKY and not TREES.
wa8yxm 04/07/21 04:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery observations of winter storage.

If possible I like the battery tender method of storage. however not always possible. The method the O/P used #2 on the list.
wa8yxm 04/07/21 04:49pm Tech Issues
RE: slightly different solar qx

The higher voltage. with an MMPT controller, means you can use smaller wires between the panel and the controller. Likely the same wires you'd use for the 100 watt will work. The MMPT controller converts the higher voltage to more amprage. but Volts * Amps still applies so at most a 325 panel is 3.25 times a 100 panel And do not expect either panel to max out
wa8yxm 04/07/21 04:48pm Tech Issues
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