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RE: My new ride

Glad you got the pic posting handled! Wow, thats a seriously nice looking truck there. And your first new one too. Great choice, happy motoring, and camping!
BobsYourUncle 01/25/22 09:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ASME propane tank leak

I wonder if it would be possible to find a super clean one in an RV salvage yard.
BobsYourUncle 01/25/22 07:23am General RVing Issues
RE: My new ride

Pictures! Pictures! Congrats on the new ride. :)
BobsYourUncle 01/23/22 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ASME propane tank leak

For your own safety, and everyone around you, I would highly recommend voiding the tank by running the furnace and HWT until the tank is empty. Then never fill it again. That thing is a bomb waiting to go off.
BobsYourUncle 01/21/22 04:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: black mold

As one who has torn RVs to the bones and rebuilt them, I can assure you that whatever you see on the surface is ten times worse inside where you cannot see. Ya gotta know when to hold and gotta know when to fold. I would fold. Wander through my website, link in sig, and get an idea of what could lurk behind the mold.
BobsYourUncle 01/19/22 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Skating in Ottawa

This is why there are still people living in Canada! TriCities is only barely south of Canada! :B:B Actually, Tri-Cities WA is about 150 miles NORTH of Toronto. If you take the same latitude as Toronto and go out to the west coast you end up a little south of Eugene OR. Well, actually WA is Washington state. TriCities is Kennewick, Pasco and Richland. Why don't we let obgraham chime in and let us know for sure! :B
BobsYourUncle 01/18/22 04:27pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is an old fantastic fan worth fixing?

I once bought an older used, but in great shape FF off Craigslist for 50 bucks. Might be worth checking out, you never know what you'll find.
BobsYourUncle 01/18/22 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Skating in Ottawa

This is why there are still people living in Canada! TriCities is only barely south of Canada! :B:B
BobsYourUncle 01/18/22 06:42am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Skating in Ottawa

Sounds like fun! When I was a kid I used to skate the Medley Creek from CFB Cold Lake all the way to Cold Lake in minus 30's plus the wind chill. Yeah, ok, I was younger.... But it was fun!
BobsYourUncle 01/14/22 12:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Calculated MPG

I happen to be on the far end of that spectrum. I have kept track of every penny I have ever spent on my truck for 100% of every category since the day it was new, August 15, 2006. I can tell you exactly how many liters of diesel I have put in it and how many times I've put fuel in it. I have a log book for it all. I have tracked my MPG since new and can tell you that it has actually gone up in recent years rather than down. For me, it is my work truck and 100% writeoff at tax time. So, why do I do it? Because I can, and I enjoy it, I like statistical facts about my own vehicle. I like to know how much life I get out of a set of wiper blades, or a pair of batteries etc etc. I enjoy it. So why not?. I have all the receipts for everything spent too. One example: My Michelin tires have exactlty 129,571K, or 80,511.68 miles on them. Not bad for an always loaded dually work truck. Some of you are shaking your head right now, I just know it! :B I also found a wonderful, amazing app for Android that helps me keep track of things. I like it so much that I took my paper logs and went back to day 1 and entered everything into the app. Close studying of this data has taught me the sweet spot of driving speed for my particular rig, where I get the best fuel mileage. I do it because I'm a geek and I get a kick out of doing stuff like that.:)
BobsYourUncle 01/13/22 09:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mystery Battery Draw While Parked UPDATE

Don't rule out the alternator. While it may appear fine, charge well etc, a bad diode in the rectifier bridge can cause an undetectable "leakage". I had that once in an old car. The battery would run flat after sitting a few days. I had a dickens of a time figuring it out until I disconnected the alternator and found no drain with it unplugged, and the main battery wire removed. Took it apart, replaced the rectifier assembly - end of problem.
BobsYourUncle 01/10/22 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Windows 11

In my opinion,Windows XP was the best of all the Window versions. Why couldn't they make updated versions of that instead of what they're doing? Windows corporate policy If it's not broke.. We will break it. No truer but sadder words have been spoken when it comes to the sad state MS products are in. Older Peripheral hardware that worked well with XP/7/8 no longer works well, works partially or randomly or not at all.. Have been fighting that fight the last few weeks setting up a W10 PC for my DW (she uses it for the times she needs to work from home).. A all in one printer/scanner we have been using on Win7 is only partially supported with Win10 drivers. Making this even more difficult, MB manufacturers have been busy removing older legacy USB2/1 hardware (at the request of MS by the way) and hubs leaving you with a crippled USB3 port that simulates USB2.. To get the USB2 simulation one must have specific chipset USB drivers installed in Windows.. Older printers and scanners I have found are less than happy with this simulated USB2 enviroment and may work, may not work or sometimes just not show up.. The recommend MS "fix".. Don't use USB for printing and scanning!!! Nope instead, use the network printing! Yeah, like every printer/scanner had or has a network server built in.. I ended up installing a dedicated USB2/1 card I had laying around, but folks with laptops may have a difficult time doing that forcing folks to trash something that works fine on an older OS :R New Laser printers with scanners are not cheap and neither is drums and toner you may have spares of. I don't live that way, some may call me cheap, I call it being thrifty and resourceful. Just wasteful Americans at work.. Yeah, bingo, exactly. You said it well. I do not use my desktop computer any more. Haven't used it in 7 years. Going to get rid of it one day. It runs Win 7. On that Win 7 machine I ran a variety of older hardware. Everything ran perfect. Zero issues with drivers or anything else. Fast forward to the only computer I run now, my Win 10 laptop. I have a top of the line Canon laser all in one. Awesome device, cheap to run, crystal clear pages etc. Try as I might, I just cannot find a driver to make it work on Win 10. I have fiddled with it every way I can think of with no joy. So it sits, unused until I take it to the recycle place. Grrrr that makes my blood boil. Next, a very old Samsung mono laser printer. (ML-2510) I bought it used in 2008 and it is the best printer I have ever had for general mono printing. After a huge amount of grief and misery, I managged to make it run on Win 10 64 bit. But lately it will just stop working. I have to fiddle fool with it, switch it on and off multiple times, unplug and replug the USB cable multiple times before it finally comes back online. I have an old Canoscan FS4000US for digitizing my slide collection. Win 10? Forget it. But I managed to find a place that reverse engineered the old drivers and tweaked them to run on Win 10. Windoze could make older hardware work, they just don't want to... I plugged my 12 year old Canon 9000F flatbed scanner in a week ago after it sat unused in a box for many years. I was very surprised when it actually worked with no hassle or digging for drivers. Windows 11? No thank you. Yeah, XP was awesome.
BobsYourUncle 01/09/22 02:35pm Technology Corner
RE: this is why

For those who think that there is not a lot of RV action in colder parts of Canada, all one has to do is drive around and observe. Take one cold winter location for example: Calgary. We see temperatures frequently in the upper minus 20's and lower 30's C. Sometimes more extreme. Short as they may be, our summers are blistering hot. Our igloos melt and we have to build straw huts.... :W:W Take a drive around the outer city areas and down any highway. There is storage yard after storage yard after storage yard, everywhere you go. Thousands and many more thousands of RV's stored everywhere you look. It's most likely the same for any major city, such as Regina. My work takes me all over the map, so I not only see this, but I also see lots of them on the road in all kinds of cold adverse weather. We have a few unserviced locations that are accessible year round, some with power only for obvious reasons. The point is there are many considerations to be out winter camping and batteries are one of them. We have to consider the effects of cold and what will give us optimum service when it is well below freezing. Some types of batteries are just not well suited for extreme cold. My GC2's last all winter, outside in the RV. They will still function, run out the slide in any weather. We are not talking Florida here where you don't get real winter. It's about making it work in cold parts of Canada.
BobsYourUncle 01/02/22 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Aftermarket heated steering wheel?

Wouldnt your steering wheel warm up when you turn the heater ON? If that dont work why not get something like this Black Sheepskin Steering Wheel Cover- Zone Tech Plush Stretch On Vehicle Faux Sheepskin Steering Wheel Cover Classic Black Car Wheel Protector $22.99 Amazon CA It does eventually warm up, if I am driving for a 3/4 hour or so, but only if I direct the vents to it. By then the rest of me is so hot I need to open window. I find those fuzzy wheel covers hard to have a good grip on.. But I do appreciate the suggestion.
BobsYourUncle 01/01/22 10:51pm Tech Issues
RE: this is why

I guess to each his own, but nobody will ever convince me that such frigid cold temperatures are harmless. That's the beauty of us all being different. We all have our outlooks and attitudes. Nobody is wrong and nobody is right. It's our own choices. :) I used to have a sign over a doorway in my house that read "If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up far too much space" I personally love a challenge, anything to get out of my comfort zone.
BobsYourUncle 01/01/22 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Aftermarket heated steering wheel?

It seems nothing is right for some people. What is it you want? I thought I thoroughly explained what I want. Read my first post.
BobsYourUncle 01/01/22 07:01am Tech Issues
RE: this is why

DANG, people, forget all this battery talk. We're talking 40 below here. How about someone explain why a person with good sense would endure such wretched temperatures in the first place??? Since we have the choice to live pretty much anywhere we please . . . WHY? :? Because we can! :) That's why. It's fun, it's challenging, it's a mission. We are Canadian, we don't wimp out just because there's a chill in the air!:B It's not for everyone, it's for a few of the hardy. There is an element of satisfaction that comes from braving the elements, and winning against the odds, making it work. It's a purpose that, if we have to explain it, then people just don't understand. I was FT for 2 Alberta winters in a 3 season TT. I made it work. Yes, it was difficult, but that's part of what made it fun. Given the chance, I would do it again. Don is far better prepared than I was, and I got a lot of excellent sound advice from him when I ran into tough hurdles. Things like my fridge freezing up and conking out. He gave me a workaround. It's like skydiving. People ask me why I would jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Because I can, that's why. The view up there is great! Don has me beat by a few degrees for coldest temperature endured in an RV. I secretly want to hook up and head north into minus 40 to beat his best! :W
BobsYourUncle 01/01/22 06:52am Tech Issues
RE: Drivers Door Controls

Thanks Marv, I am very curious to know what the actual culprit is, especially after what I went through trying to figure mine out.
BobsYourUncle 12/31/21 10:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket heated steering wheel?

Well I appreciate the suggestions, but like I said in my original post, I detest wearing gloves, and I don't feel full control grip on the wheel. I even work outside in winter in bare hands. I was hoping to find a way to do a heated steering wheel. I'm leery of trying to drive with a cord coming off the wheel to potentially wrap around and get caught on something. I have gloves and every time I try driving with them I pull them off and flip them into the back seat because I detest wearing them. They get in the way. Thanks all.
BobsYourUncle 12/31/21 10:13pm Tech Issues
Aftermarket heated steering wheel?

As I get older I find my hands get cold very easily, and take longer to warm up... An ongoing thing for years has been the steering wheel in my truck. In minus 20's and 30's it is like hanging onto a frozen steel signpost. If I could afford a new ride, I'd buy one with a heated steering wheel, but that option is not there for me. My truck is a 2007 so the heated wheel option did not exist at that time. I have looked at the aftermarket ideas but all I can seem to find is a hokey cover thing you put over the wheel and plug in before you drive. This is not what I want or am looking for. A poor fitting wheel cover is unsafe for proper handling. I want something proper that heats the wheel as I drive. Obviously, the wire dangling there cannot be used when driving. Has anyone ever seen some kind of heated wheel accessory with a rotational power source that does not interfere with driving? I'd love to add this to my truck to stop my hands from being so cold. I detest wearing gloves when I drive, I find they get in the way and I have less control of steering. I actually hate gloves in general. I like to be able to feel things with my bare hands.
BobsYourUncle 12/31/21 09:39am Tech Issues
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