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Got a foggy window? I know a repair shop.(LONG)

If you are living in or visiting Southern California and need a dual glazed window repaired or replaced, I know a good shop in Riverside. I had to drive almost 300 miles round trip to get my window replaced and I would do it again to have "New View Auto Glass" work on my RV's windows. We bought the Winnie third hand and even though I knew all the things to look for I missed that the the three piece window on the passenger side was royally screwed up. The guy we bought it from told us that he had the foggy window replaced and unfortunately I didn't have it inspected. Now several years latter after many patch jobs which included having Boss Glass from Phoenix replace the glass one January at "Q", the window was not watertite and the only patch that had worked was Duct Tape. I have contacted several glazers but none could fix it or seal it up. RV glass shops for whatever reason don't respond to inquiries and finally, in desperation I contacted New View. We were also having problems with the latch on the slider section. I set up an appointment and drove 150 miles +/- to see if they could fix it. I was treated respectfully by them and the owner Tim and his crew of three swarmed in and did their magic. At first it seemed that once again the "Pros" didn't listen to me and I don't think they fully understood that the window tucked under a corner of the front cap until they got all the gunk cleaned off and tried to reinstall the window and it wouldn't seat against the side of the rig. They, with my approval, removed a 3/8" square corner of the front cap and the window fit perfectly. They reset the glass in the slider section in it's own frame and now the lock works easily. I was given three options for repair, repair the existing dual glazed section, replace it or have insulating bonded glass installed instead of dual glazed glass. I chose the bonded glass. When I left that afternoon, the frame fit snugly in the side of the rig, there were no obvious signs of the other repairs, all the sealant had been removed, even the glass that was not replaced looked brand new and I have a three year or so warranty. The price they quoted me was exactly what I was charged even though they had a little extra work to do. They were great to work with and they were the only ones who were at all concerned wiht my being truly satisfied and went over everything two or three times to make sure I was happy. I am and highly Recommend them. Their phone number is 714-890-1347.
D.E.Bishop 08/28/21 06:36am General RVing Issues
Installing a reverse switch in a Fantastic-Fan

Really I have two questions, first, how do I determine the model of my FF? I have a 2002 Winnie made in 2001 and the kitchen/dining area fan is a manual opening, fan without a reverse switch. Second question is, what do I need to look out for if I want to just reverse the +/- wires to the motor using a DPDT switch? In other words, can it be rewired to exhause as well and introduce fresh air?
D.E.Bishop 08/22/21 07:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: "Groovy" flat fuses VS non-groovy

I'm with DrewE's first sentence. Those groves are not significant electricity wise. Just try a little harder to insert the new fuse. It ain't rocket science. I am adding to my original post as I was called away without being able to finish. I have enough life experience(81years)and in the electrical field for 51 years, that I feel safe saying that the really odd ideas about shape of the blades and the plastic is just grasping at some really far away straws. If it won't fit at all and there are absolutely no manufacturer marks on the original fuse, the solution is to replace the fuse holder or maybe contact the vehicle mfg or the mfg of the part and ask it the fuse is special. Asking here has not accomplished anything concrete and doesn't seem likely after reading the response that follows mine just a waste of time.
D.E.Bishop 08/15/21 08:20pm Tech Issues
Magic Chef

We have a 2001 Magic Chef range model CLY2745BDB. The thermocouple that opens the valve to provide gas to the oven burner appears to be bad order. It is an interictal part of the valve and is not replaceable. I have tried several places to get a new valve and all say no longer made or not available. Other than replacing the entire oven, do you have any ideas. I only know of one salvage yard where I might find a salvaged over I could strip the part out of. I am in Los Angeles near the Rose Bowl but I'd drive 50 miles or more to get a replacement part.
D.E.Bishop 08/06/21 07:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Convection oven - phooey, Switched to Toaster oven

Our Magic Chef oven just took a dump at the start of a trip. Checked many parts stores and everyone had the same or similar answer, "N/A", "obsolete". So until we return home we are using the convection feature of the microwave. DW was against the convection oven but I said why don't we try it out. Bought some buisquits in a can, came out fine, great in fact. Tried tollhouse cookies, needed to add cooking time and raise, not lower temp as per MC. Still not sold but saved our buns(joke intended) on this trip. I'll be looking for a fix for oven but not sure if I'll be succesful. Anybody got any ideas in that area?
D.E.Bishop 08/05/21 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
Has anyone noticed

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D.E.Bishop 08/01/21 09:08am General RVing Issues
Has anyone noticed

My wife and I have been on the road for a few weeks, we went up I-5 from Los Angeles and over to the central Oregon coast and now down into California on 101. We think that we have seen a larger number of high end class A's that appear brand new than ever before. I'm talking clean, dirt free wheel wells and running gear new. I'm thinking that the owners are new to the life style and bought way over their heads, that, or the average RVer just can't afford to travel right now. We're in an ocean/bay front park right now, nothing special, no trees or hedges dividing the spaces, no paved roads, only about a 8'X8' pad next to the parking spot, no gravel or paving to park on in the sites just dirt, no fire rings, just dead grass but it is an ocean/bay front park with great views. Normally we are among rigs similar to ours, a few years old gassers with a little wear and tear, not this trip, DP's all over very clean and stately, in what if it were not for the views is a low end park with no facilities to speak of, not what we are accustomed to seeing. The number of really big trailers is also greater than normal. It just seems that it has been this way since we left home.
D.E.Bishop 08/01/21 09:08am RV Lifestyle
RE: solar question

I'll join those who like having solar and would inclue it in a new rig. During the last 18 or so months, my rig was in storage without any hookups. I have visited it frequently and the controller has typically read 13.8 volts. So for storage absolutly fabulous. Water consumption is about average. When visiting I run genny after checking batteries, after that I turn on the tv while I spend a hour or so dusting and running the 12vdc appliances etc. Always have fully charged batteries. We have spent ten days in mostly sunny weather in a partly shady site without hookups and used power like we would have in a full hookup site. Did not have to use genny for routine living. We have a 300watt inverter so when wife did her hair we ran the genny for about a hour total dry and curl time. I love the darn thing and will as soon as I can, up grade to 400 watts and four GC2 batteries.
D.E.Bishop 07/30/21 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Off grid for first time, need some guidance !

I installed a 250 watt system with a 30 amp controller to try a keep my two GC 2 batts up when dry camping. So far we have gone 10 consecutive days without using the genny. We have all LED lighting, and did not use the furnace we viewed at least 3 hours of video on a tv/inverter combo that pulled about 37 watts. The controller had a happy face and read 13.8. My chassis batt does not charge from the solar so if we we be more than sixty days of non use, I have a timer that switches the aux output from the conntroller on twice a week for an hour at noon. We've not had any drop in voltage with that timer installed. I don't leave home without solar.
D.E.Bishop 07/29/21 10:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Providing my own WiFi

So taking the most oft suggested way of creating a hot spot, we decided to go with using the phone. We went to the closest Verizon store and the sales guy finally got it staight and found we all ready had 4 GB of data to use and a hot spot in my plan. It did take about 60 seconds for him to set it up and send us merrily on our way back to the campground. When I bought my phone, I did so to have bluetooth to use with my hearing aids. I never discussed the features of the plan with the sales guy as all I wanted was to be able to hear phone conversations. So thanks again for jumping in with suggestions, it helped a lot. Now to determin how much data we will be using and upgrade my plan if needed. Thanks again.
D.E.Bishop 07/27/21 08:25am Technology Corner
Providing my own WiFi

We are currently in an "RV Resort" and the WiFi, well if I can say this, "it sucks". I am ready to upgrade my Samsung J3 to a S9 and would like to have my own WiFi. I have a J3 and theDW has an old g3 panatech. Our daughter gave her a S7 that she is thinking about activating. The DW has AT&T and I have Verison, we have better coverage that way. Which is better, a phone based hot spot or a separate hot spot. I don't know what the current devices are called. We would like one device or program to provide WiFi for both phones. Your suggestions please.
D.E.Bishop 07/25/21 08:08am Technology Corner
RE: Where to find toads for sale

What are you looking for in a towed? Is there a web site telling us what rv you have and what you want a towed to do. Thats enought of the snarky answers, there isn't a specific site that lists towables for sale. If you can do the work to convert a vehicle to a towed, there is a yearly listing of vehicles that can be towed four down. I believe it is by MoHo magazine, it is part of Affinity. If you can't do the converrsion, there are folks that can. Most mobile rv techs for instance. One thing about milage is that most new towables have electronic speedos. They do not show the miles towed. What a used towed's speedo shows may be much less than the total miles the vehicle may have endured. New vehicles that I would use are way over the weight I would like to tow. My current towed is a 2009 GMC Canyon and is over 4000 lbs. The only good thing about it is that it is towable four down without any mods to the vehicle. I gave my Daughter my 2006 Suzuki Grand Vitara because I wanted a 4x4 truck that was towable. I am going to buy it back and give her the Canyon for a down payment on a new car. I'll buy a 2wd F150 beater truck DD and keep the Suzi for towing. Oh, by the way, it is my wife who wants the towed to be a 4x4 and I want a truck for z DD.
D.E.Bishop 07/25/21 07:37am Dinghy Towing
Referral for dual glazed window repair

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D.E.Bishop 06/22/21 06:02am Technology Corner
Referral for dual glazed window repair

We live in So. California and a repair shop is is a very scarce Item here. We are leaving for the central Oregon coast mid-July and we are trying to locate a good glazier almost anywhere near the 101 corridor or the I-5 corridor. We could leave the RV at a repair shop for 3-4-5 days as we have a house we can live in for that long. Can anyone help.
D.E.Bishop 06/22/21 06:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Can tires be off ground on auto leveling system?

I have never seen a leveling system that had lateral support built into it. Leveling systems by name, indicate vertical support not foundational support. Disclaimer: Just because I have not seen one does not indicate they do not exist. Your question had to do with a trailer and I have very limited experience in that area but safety first is always best. I would not raise my Motorhome off the ground with the hydraulic jacks.
D.E.Bishop 06/22/21 05:51am Tech Issues
RE: Loose Grab Handle

I kind of hate to say this but toggle bolts really suck for very thin walls. They require a really big hole in the wall in comparison to the screw in them. They will hold well but there are a couple of better choices. I would bet that the screws used to hold the handle are no bigger than #10 and the total skin thickness is no more than 3/16". A product made specifically for thin brittle materials are Jack Nuts. The whole required to install them is as large or larger than a comparable toggle but when finished the whole will be just slightly larger than the screw used to hold the handle. A very similar item would be a Molly Bolt. Both can be installed easily in foam filled walls, while Toggle Bolts are somewhat difficult.
D.E.Bishop 06/11/21 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Back before cellphones

I recently finished some volunteer work at a fairly remote Scout camp. I had water hooked up but used my Solar for power and I did not have internet. I don't like to carry my pay as you go, cheapo, cell phone while I work, I soon became use to the peace and quiet of living there. My DW likes to hear from me so between 4pm and 6pm I had strict instruction to phone home. Now that I'm home, the internet is not so important and neither is the cell phone. I do like the cell while we're on the road but no longer miss the rest of the gadgets. Oh yeah, I'm an 80 year old grumpy old man.
D.E.Bishop 06/08/21 08:23am RV Lifestyle
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

Well "toedtoes", my DP plate is DPNNNLL. Doesn't follow the PDF you posted. Is my plate an error?
D.E.Bishop 06/05/21 09:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar & Inverter starting point advice

I have two Interstate GC2 batteries and charge them using a Windy City 200 Watt 2 panel solar setup for right at $225.. We can go for several days up to at least 10 and only use the Generator for making toast in the morning and occasionally use it for running the microwave. A 500 watt inverter is way more than you need to run an average 32" Class TV. My older 120 VAC Sharp TV uses 45 amps of power. The 32" Class Insignia I had in our Bounder was 12 VDC and used 35 Watts. The Winnie has a 100 Watt inverter and runs the Blu-Ray and TV with ease. The best way to power a coffee maker is use a percolator. If you like K-Cups, use a Cup-A-Joe for 15 bucks from Walmart. While I may never get my money back on these things, I don't use the genny very often and thereby avoid the ire of the self-righteous Generator Police. The best power savers are LED lights and I converted 5 fluorescent ceiling lights to two power level LED lights for les than 20 bucks for a 15 foot strip from eBay.
D.E.Bishop 06/04/21 04:35pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Need to Haul Cargo with a Truck registered as an RV (CA)

First off, lets start with the Alpha/Numeric stuff. I have a DP plate, totally differ than the Alpha/Numeric quote, so that is out second, All vehicles classified as a pickup are licensed as a commercial vehicles except for ones with permanently mounted Campers. You cannot register a vehicle designated as a pickup any other way. There are no Temporary Permits to remove the Camper and haul anything. Permanent means just that. If you remove the camper, the truck becomes a vehicle that in CA requires a commercial registration and commercial plate. If you find DMV to difficult to work with, go to a CHP Office and ask a Patrolman(not trooper).
D.E.Bishop 06/04/21 10:50am Truck Campers
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