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RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

It's common sense that letting any engine sit for long periods is worse than not for a number of reasons. That explains why so many lawnmowers, snowblowers, snowmobiles and boats lead such a short life ...... sitting for half the year unused. Ditto all the snowbirds who leave their cars locked in a northern garage for 6 months while they enjoy the sunny south. But just out of curiosity, why would there be a section on storage in the owners manual for a generator? Everybody ‘exercises’ them monthly, right? Like I said, to each his own. If you want to continue to argue for arguments sake, feel free to PM me. Good luck with your lack of maintenance.
way2roll 10/14/19 08:30am Beginning RVing
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

"The worst thing for a genset is to sit for long periods - especially gas ones." My Champion has sat for 6 months every year for the past 6 years, hasn't hurt it a bit. Maybe I'm just lucky. :) According to Onan’s website they make about 100,000 RV type generators a year. If you figure most of the last 20 years of production is still out there in customers rigs, that’s about 2 million units. I recently bought some slip rings for an Onan I was given out of a derelict RV, someone had tried to ‘clean them up’ with 80 grit emory cloth. The dealer, a big factory shop, said they had to order them, they only sell a handful of them a year. Considering how few people even know about ‘exercising’ a generator let alone actually do it, this is quite amazing. BTW, the ‘exercise once per month’ edict only appeared after Onan became Cummins Onan. Strangely enough very few other generator mfg’s recommend this ‘exercise routine either. I always find humor in posts that go to lengths to prove a reason why not to do something. It's common sense that letting any engine sit for long periods is worse than not for a number of reasons. I would bet my Honda CRV manual doesn't say anything about exercising it's engine either. The stand alone generator we just bought for the house sure does though. An entire section on periodic running and storage. I like my odds on dependability and longevity with monthly exercising. To each his own but I think advising not to do it is bad advice - especially given how easy it is.
way2roll 10/13/19 07:18am Beginning RVing
RE: Sealing Granite Countertops-How and How Often?

Having granite countertops for years I admit this is the first time I have ever heard of this. I thought the whole point of granite is no maintenance. I mean it's cut and polished rock. I don't do a thing to ours and it seems fine.
way2roll 10/13/19 06:45am Around the Campfire
RE: How to eat a onion ring

large one - squeeze it in half and bite through This. The proper way to eat an onion ring is to fold it in half , dip and bite through.
way2roll 10/12/19 06:40am Around the Campfire
RE: MH accident in gas station!

Lots of armchair quarterbacks on this forum. Many of which I am sure have never made a mistake. Who knows what happened. I feel bad for the person, it had to been gut wrenching not to mention expensive.
way2roll 10/11/19 06:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

Its a gas Onan onboard genny. Havent ran it in a few months figured before it goes indoors and away from me for 5 months i should run it You should really run it monthly. The worst thing for a genset is to sit for long periods - especially gas ones.
way2roll 10/10/19 11:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

No harm running the AC, but Gen sets should be exercised monthly not just once before storage.
way2roll 10/10/19 06:55am Beginning RVing
RE: New to class A

Never used an uber but we used to rent a car before we started flat towing. Enterprise will pick you up and you can get a decent rate.
way2roll 10/05/19 10:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas water heater not turning on

lots of answers. OP did you get it working?
way2roll 10/05/19 07:09am Beginning RVing
RE: Gas water heater not turning on

I definitely have gas, I bled the system, and it's an Atwood water heater. I'm just sticking a log lighter when I hear the gas and it stays lit for a few seconds and then turns off. Sounds like the air mixture sleeve or the thermocouple/flame sensor. Can you slide the perforated sleeve to let more or less air in? Too much air and it will blow itself out, too little and the flame won't be strong enough. Does the stove top light and stay on? There is also the possibility you have a clog or something in the flame port. I used to get stink bugs in mine I would have to pull them out with tweezers. Mud daubers will clog them too.
way2roll 10/04/19 03:18pm Beginning RVing
RE: Gas water heater not turning on

Sounds like either the igniter or the flame sensor (thermocouple) or gas is out or turned off. The thermocouple senses the flame and converts it to millivolts to keep the solenoid valve open. If no flame, the valve closes. It's a safety feature to prevent gas from flowing without a flame. If there is a flame but it turns off anyway, the thermocouple could be bad. But before all that, check to see if your gas is turned on at the tank. Then check your stove to see if it will light and burn. Could also be air in the line and it needs to bleed. Also check to see if you have LP in your tank and it's not empty. But they close the tanks to fill them and often forget to open them back up.
way2roll 10/04/19 02:03pm Beginning RVing
RE: Back in the day...

Humor is not dead, I find lots of things hilarious. Humor/jokes change. "take my wife, please" isn't funny anymore. Although I still get a kick out of "who's on first". SNL is no longer funny to me - it's become so politically driven and slanted it's less about humor and more about political persuasion. But humor is definitely out there and some of it is really, really funny. Perhaps the places you look for humor have dried up. An RV forum site probably isn't the first place I'd go if I was looking for a joke. I still laugh almost daily at something, sometimes it's myself. Actually most times it's myself.
way2roll 10/04/19 05:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Voice-to-text software

I have a Microsoft lifeChat LX-3000 Headset that I have never used. It is 5 plus years old. I can not get Microsoft Speech Reorganization program to acknowledge the microphone. The ear phone parts work and there is no errors in the Device Manager. Any suggestion? I would research to see if it's compatible or if the operating software is installed. If not, look to see what software is compatible with your headset or buy a headset compatible with the windows version. I don't use a headset at all, just the built in microphone on the laptop.
way2roll 10/04/19 05:44am Technology Corner
RE: Voice-to-text software

Windows has the built in windows speech recognition software. I use it for work sometimes for dictation for long emails but you can teach it to do anything a mouse would do. There is a learning process, where you have sessions with it to further learn your voice. Once dialed in it works ok. Dragon also makes an off the shelf software that works pretty good in some applications. Google's version is really bad.
way2roll 10/03/19 06:57am Technology Corner
RE: To Buy or build

I think the best choice is to buy a used coach and use it for a year BEFORE you go full time. That way if there is anything you want to change/repair in the coach, you will have the time, tools, and the space to make the changes/repairs before you get rid of everything and go full time. This is an excellent point. I told DW we need to have something in a minimum of 6 mos prior to shake it down and make changes.
way2roll 10/02/19 10:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: To Buy or build

As conversations get serious about our plans to full time in the next 2 years DW and I have entered into a heated debate. Let me preface by saying this all started a week ago when we visited some friends who have built out a custom sprinter. Let me also say it was a phenomenal job but he's a custom cabinet maker by trade. It took him 2 years. That said his B has no bathroom, heat, AC, and a cartridge toilet, hardly what I am looking for in terms of a full time rig. Sure sounds like a friend of mine... This wouldnt be the Darkstar Sprinter-fella would it? No. Old friend of mine back in MD. I doubt he's on any forum.
way2roll 10/02/19 06:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: To Buy or build

Thanks for all the responses. Confirms what I already suspected. I made pros and cons list of a build over a buy and it was VERY heavily weighted in the buy side. We will have so much to do already in prepping for full time life, why add to the stress and potentially not be happy with the product, not finish it, and not actually green-er when considering all the factors? If I really want to make it green, a used RV and customized to our likings is a much more achievable task and essentially accomplishes the same thing only with the infrastructure already in place and a far better platform.
way2roll 10/02/19 05:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: To Buy or build

Appreciate the comments - some are really funny by the way. in terms of materials I would use, I totally agree. I can be greener with the choice of products, like paints and stains, flooring etc, but in some cases, it is what it is. Also newer engines are not only more reliable but more eco friendly due to emissions. There is also a reliability concern, I am no mechanic. Older - especially busses that have lived a hard life seem to me to be more prone to a breakdown. Busses also ride much harsher than a nice gasser or DP. We have owned a few Class A MH's in the past decade so I feel pretty comfortable about what I want/need in terms of a full time rig. This is also where busses typically fall short. Unless you build in storage, there isn't any. My wife is just really hung up on the DIY, homegrown, granola type rig and isn't really into flashy, new RV's. I think there needs to be a compromise here but for me, it starts with the platform and all electrical, plumbing, HVAC etc being already there. I can modify something extensively, but from scratch, I don't think she understands that despite a positive attitude, feasibility is a huge concern. I just feel as though I'd be re-inventing the wheel for the sake of aesthetics and possible some green options - and a trade off for some worse ones.
way2roll 10/01/19 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
To Buy or build

As conversations get serious about our plans to full time in the next 2 years DW and I have entered into a heated debate. Let me preface by saying this all started a week ago when we visited some friends who have built out a custom sprinter. Let me also say it was a phenomenal job but he's a custom cabinet maker by trade. It took him 2 years. That said his B has no bathroom, heat, AC, and a cartridge toilet, hardly what I am looking for in terms of a full time rig. In any event, we are starting to think about the right RV for full timing. Let's ignore the DP vs Gas thing, DW is on a kick that we should buy a bus shell and build it out. I, however, and not sure that avenue makes sense. Her biggest complaint is not being green. Production RV's are full of VOC's, glues, stains, paints and a recycled bus is greener. I am not really arguing that but I am more concerned with reliability and a nice place to live on the road and my abilities to make it happen. I feel like a used RV a few years old has outgassed most of the VOC's and I can replace/modify finishes for greener products. We already have a lot of constraints that inhibit this project. Our HOA wouldn't allow me to work on it in my driveway, I have skills, but I really think I lack the skills for a total build out (plumbing, tanks, electrical, framing, cabinets, etc) so I would be asking friends (states away) for help. I also have a full time job so it's not like I can work on it constantly. Add to all that, I don't think you are ahead of game really in terms of cost. I just see this being a thing that sits in a storage yard for 2 years unfinished. Suffice it to say, I am more about a production RV (used) with a concession on some mods. Ok, sorry for the long winded walk around the barn, but am I missing something in terms of a DIY custom build vs a production MH? I feel like a DIY is more of a thing about passion and less about cost effective and reliability.
way2roll 10/01/19 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 97 Fleetwood Bounder, F53 chassis

Sounds like your chassis battery is dead. I never could get any of the emergency start switches to work in any RV I ever had. Not sure if I was doing something wrong. Have you tested the chassis battery?
way2roll 09/30/19 03:30pm Class A Motorhomes
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