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RE: Free Streaming on Android

I watch "Pluto" on my home TV. The capability (software) was included with the TV. It's more or less a multi channel streaming service but with scheduled shows rather than viewer selecting what to watch that say Hulu, Netflix or Amazon provides. Channels are based on the content provided. Travel, DIY, cooking, foreign language, MTV,,,. And keep in mind the content is free but you're still burning thru what ever your phone data limit might be, if you have a limit.
Dale.Traveling 01/13/20 04:21am Technology Corner
RE: Self Driving 18 wheeler Going 75 MPH

I suspect rather than a full up autonomous the rig is probably set up for lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise and blind spot monitoring. Common options for the daily driver vehicle and can easily be adaptive to OTR prime movers. The hardware and liability cost in a commercial application of full autonomous might be prohibitive until the technology matures a bit more. What I wonder about is what the various state/federal DOT regs will look like along with insurance policy mice type once full autonomous drive becomes a standard option from more builders then just Tesla. Will Unattentive Autonomous Operation (UAO) be the new legal acronym?
Dale.Traveling 01/04/20 05:19am Around the Campfire
RE: Refrigerator question for you class A campers

We have had a Winnebago View class C for about 5 years, and a 5er for the decade before. We think at times of a larger class A for part timing in retirement. Many have commercial refrigerators. How do you keep your food cold when camping in a no hookup CG such as a national park. Can’t run the generator 24/7. Thanks, Steve A battery bank properly sized to support the house loads for 24-36 hours, energy conservation, a few 100 watts of roof solar helps reduce generator dependency, generator use to recharge the bank in the morning and evenings.
Dale.Traveling 12/19/19 03:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Upgrade V-10 to Turbo?

A turbo V10 installed on a F53 is going to be a pretty rare item. I can't recall a kit type bolt on set up even for a F series truck let alone a F53. I'm sure it can be done but the cost will be high and the return low unless you're driving 10K+ miles a year in the Rocky Mountains.
Dale.Traveling 12/01/19 09:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: .

I have a 13 year old coach with 75,000 miles and the front cap looks fine. Not sure why I would spend any of my RV/Camping budget to prevent something that isn't happening.
Dale.Traveling 11/18/19 08:29am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter Storage

With power electrical available cycle the inverter side of the Magnum MS2000 OFF and leave the battery switches ON. With the coach asleep for the winter you won't need the inverter in a ready/standby state to come online if case of a power failure. Keeping the battery switches ON will allow the converter/charger side of the Magnum to keep the batteries fully charged. Check the battery water level from time to time the same as you would during the summer. If you did not have AC power available then the battery switches should be switched to OFF.
Dale.Traveling 11/14/19 03:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

Well Thank you all for the spot on advise. @Dale.Traveling thanks for the heads up. The cricket mini golf cart has me intrigued. That may be deal moving forward. Thanks again. Bob Seen pics of a Cricket folded up and in the back of a Honda CR-V. Not sure how you could bring it along and tow the Wrangler. Maybe the swivel wheel platform on the Wrangle. At 300 lbs shouldn't be a problem. Cricket
Dale.Traveling 11/14/19 03:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wanna bring a golf cart and a Jeep towed

We're selling our vacation home in SW Fla and plan on using our Challenger for future vacations of a month to 6 weeks. I'm thinking I might want to buy a golf cart to bring along with my Jeep towed. Is there a way to do this? Maybe something to put the golf cart on and then hook up the Jeep. Couple of problems you're up against. 1. Double towing. Hit or miss on not getting pulled over in states that do not allow such. 2. Towing weight limits of a Ford F53. The Damon is a nice coach but the F53 it's built on is pretty much limited to 5K lbs towing and maybe even less depending on which chassis model. Your at 4,500 lbs for the Jeep add in potentially 1500 lbs for a light trailer and golf cart puts you beyond the chassis limits. Trailing the Jeep and golf cart will put you well beyond the limits of the chassis. No worries taking one or the other but the only way to safely get by with both is if the someone else drives the Jeep with the golf cart behind it on a trailer.
Dale.Traveling 11/13/19 02:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motorhome Crashes Into Las Vegas Casino

Considering how much stuff is visible in the rear window I wonder what the coach looks like on the inside? Motorhomeless and guest of the state for a while.
Dale.Traveling 10/26/19 06:01am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Almost lost a mud flap...

I would replace or rehang. It does offer some protection to the whatever on the coach is behind the rear wheels from whatever the tires might pick up and eject in the rear ward direction at a nearly the speed of sound.
Dale.Traveling 10/15/19 12:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Good news... dreaming of BEV Class A

Uh, there you go you naysayer you. I'm a full-fledged EV naysayer to the extent that EV's won't be practical till they have the cross-country range and can be "re-fueled" as quickly as a gas/diesel vehicle. When that happens I may be on board. Exactly, if it's going to take in excess of 40 hours to recharge a depleted 500kW battery from a campground 12kW outlet then what is the gain? And does anyone really expect a long haul CDL driver to politely wait behind an RV to recharge his rig at the interstate off ramp super-duper charging station?
Dale.Traveling 09/23/19 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wyoming to Florida, my return trip

My God you cleaned something on your rig in a campground?!?!?! The horror. Just kidding. Do what you must, minimize your impact and clean up the mess. Good to read the coach performed well and you made it home safety.
Dale.Traveling 09/17/19 10:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Sold

In the short term (5 years or so) I don't think we will see a difference. A bit like Thor and Jayco (Entegra) but that has only been two years so far. Beyond year 5 there's no telling what may or may not happen. The problem is if we have another 2008 and how it effected the RV industry. If that happens both Winnie and Thor may cook and eat both golden geese to save the parent corp.
Dale.Traveling 09/17/19 10:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diminshed Value Claims

,,, Recreational Vehicles are different animals and are treated differently. Run a CarFax on your RV and see what comes up. Most RV 'accidents' aren't even reported anywhere...Dennis That's what I've been thinking. Reading thru the posts I don't recall anyone posting regarding pulling an RV history report that showed anything more that DMV activity. At least that is all that was shown for my coach. No service records, no dealer inspections, no warrant work, no Ford recall work, nothing. The report was from 2011. Has anything changed since?
Dale.Traveling 09/14/19 06:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2 6v batters VS 2 12v

I found that two moderately price GC2 6VDC flood batteries gave me more amp hours of useable energy and were more forgiving when discharged a bit deeper than recommended than two similarly priced marine/RV deep cycle 12VDC flood batteries. I'm not a heavy boondock camper but I've found my batteries, as described above, will easily keep the 10 cu/ft fridge cold along with a few low demand accessories powered for an overnight quiet time with enough remaining energy for the morning coffee.
Dale.Traveling 09/05/19 06:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Transfer switch

Each spring as part of my de-winterizing I start with the shore power cord and work my way toward the coach breaker panel ending with checking each hold down screw for the circuit breakers. I also open the connection box where the generator output is tied into the lines that feed the transfer switch. So far so good.
Dale.Traveling 09/04/19 01:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: All my batteries are dead

I'll give this a try. I think the overall problem was you lost 1/2 your 50 amp shore power. In particular the half that was powering the converter, some of the outlets, probably one of the roof A/C,s your fridge and such) but the two pole tied together breaker (either in the coach or at the shore pedestal) didn't fully trip. If won't look tripped but it is. Happen to me with the coach panel breaker. When you turned off shore power while working with the dealer you reset the breaker and full power was restored. For your questions - If the battery disconnect switch was on then wouldn’t all of the lights in the coach be off? Or does the shore power override the switch? - If 115VAC is available to the converter it will provide house DC power needs even if the batteries are disconnected. Shore power does not override the switch but the indicator only shows that 12VDC house power is available but not what is producing the power. Best practice with the battery disconnects is to only use them when shore power is not available and when you are not using the coach. IE when you are storing the coach. Think of "store" as cold, dark and quiet storage. Also ensure the inverter is completely shut down when you are not using the coach. Inverters can sometimes be wired directly to the battery and will still be connected ever when the disconnect is active. Maybe the floor fan drained the coach batteries over two weeks? - Maybe, if the fan was plugged into a circuit that is powered by an inverter and you lost shore power. Why was the chassis battery dead? - When the house battery disconnect is active (battery disconnected) the converter cannot provide a maintenance charge to either battery bank as the disconnect is between the converter and both battery banks. With a Hurricane or Windsport coach the chassis batteries are kept charged by the converter thru the house disconnect solenoid then thru the aux power (emergency start switch) solenoid then thru the chassis disconnect solenoid. Disable any of the three and you lose chassis charging via the converter. Not sure what consumed the chassis battery. There are a few devices that are powered from the chassis battery but normally not enough to deplete the battery in two weeks. If it's the original battery then it might need to be replaced. You never know how well it was treated while on the dealer's lot waiting to get sold. Same for the house side. Run either down too deep to many times and they just can't hold a charge for very long afterwards. There is a battery isolation manager that is supposed to prevent draining the coach battery, right? - With the newer rigs I'm not sure. My older Hurricane the Battery Control Center (AKA BCC) will open the aux power solenoid to prevent the house from draining the chassis or the reverse but it won't prevent a house item from draining the house battery or the same for the chassis. Leave the lights on (house ceiling lights or chassis head lights for example) and I'll still have a dead battery if the converter is off line or disconnected. Not sure if the problem with the generator stopping is related or not - Not likely. A good probability for a 36 code is fuel related as the code indicates an "uncommand shut down". The usual suspect is the fuel pump overheating but you'll also get the code for low fuel tank level (under 1/4 tank) forcing a generator shut down so you don't run the coach out of gasoline.
Dale.Traveling 09/03/19 09:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Things getting out of hand

I think it might cost less in the long run to rent a coach.
Dale.Traveling 08/29/19 12:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: newmar repair manuals

Split the coach in half (up/down not left/right) at the floor, chassis and house. Ford is your go to for the chassis and a laundry list of manufacturers for the appliances (A/Cs, TVs, microwave, water heater,,,). Regarding the structure, plumbing, wiring, roof and such you need to think more along the line of the brick and mortar home. There might be design drawings, material listings and such but you'll find little regarding how the builder would repair/replace the roof, flooring or shower enclosure for example. Fortunately there are owners who document their efforts and post to Youtube, forums and personal blogs regarding how they did the work. Don't fixate on Newmar and think concept or general application regarding repairs. Newmar may have aluminum cross members rather than wood in the roof but it's still a synthetic membrane glued to light ply and cross members when you start peeling the layers back. Work directly with Newmar for the design drawings and such but don't get your hopes up to high. 20 years is a long time to keep documents, even electronically. For the chassis eBay might be your best source for the chassis repair shop manual.
Dale.Traveling 08/26/19 11:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: replacement awning

I replaced mine with material from Carefree of Colorado. Ordered directly off their website and had the material a week later. This replaced a very low cost fabric awning material that lasted three years which replaced the original that lasted eight years. In other words spend the extra and go with name brand in this case. Installation isn't difficult. As Billyboy posted there are multiple videos on the 'how to' of replacing the material. I did my 16' by myself and nearly fell off the ladder so get help rather than going solo.
Dale.Traveling 08/25/19 05:10am Class A Motorhomes
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