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RE: Battery Powered Lawn Mower

Is battery power really necessary, why not a plug in model, a whole lot less money for the size of lawn you have. Not having a cord to avoid mowing over is a tremendous advantage, in my humble opinion. If up for the exercise, an old-fashioned manual unpowered reel mower might be a reasonable option, as well.
DrewE 03/01/21 07:48pm Around the Campfire
RE: Odor control for plastic urinal installatoon

Venting the waste tank to the outdoors would, I suspect, help a lot with controlling the odor indoors--especially if you use a trap or other seal setup like commercial waterless urinals. (Often, they have a trap that is sealed by some non-water liquid that is less dense than urine, so that it floats on top of the urine in the trap. There are various designs, though, including some that operate on different principles.)
DrewE 03/01/21 07:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing Ford drivers seat........

Many (maybe most) motorhomes do not have Ford factory seats from the motorhome maker, but some aftermarket seat installed by the manufacturer. If the cushion is for the standard Ford van seat it very likely would not fit a motorhome seat.
DrewE 03/01/21 02:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: U.S. Highway 17 Coastal Hwy from Savannah GA thru S Carolina

It should be no problem at all for you. I took it going south several weeks ago with a 32' class C, and I don't recall any real difficulties or hardships. The road is much less curvy and far more inland than CA route 1. You don't have ocean views, and indeed are generally a few miles or so from the shore. It's generally scenic-ish, but not spectacular in the way that much of CA 1 is.
DrewE 02/28/21 10:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Syracuse NY April Camping

Cayuga Lake state park has campsites available starting on April 23rd and is about 35 or so miles away.
DrewE 02/28/21 02:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Child safety seats

Yep, buckle the seats in with the seatbelts that you have. Front or rear facing would be preferable to sideways-facing. In some states, the laws requiring child seats don't actually apply to motorhomes (as with some other classes of vehicles, such as busses). In others, they do.
DrewE 02/27/21 04:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tennessee state parks

I stayed at a Tennessee park a month or so ago. There wasn't any confusion (for me) on getting settled in. I think the office was not open when I arrived, and I just went to my site and attempted to get myself not too far out of level and had a decent night's stay. I did stop by the office on the way out, but I think that was not strictly speaking necessary. In general, for state parks in most any state these days, if you have a prepaid reservation and there's no guard shack or open office visible, you merely drive in and plonk yourself down in your reserved site and that's that. There were several state parks I stayed in recently where I never had any interaction with rangers or other state park employees (and the office, etc. did not appear to be opened at any time). A lot of these parks were operating on a reservation-only model, though it's often possible to make a call to the reservation center when you arrive and make one for that night.
DrewE 02/27/21 01:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: mass elec. storage 'battery' rethink the term application.

The word "battery" doesn't have much of anything to do with stored energy. It derives from Latin battuere (to strike), via French, and originally meant wrought/forged metal articles. It came to mean a set of artillery pieces operating as a unit (a battery of guns), and then more broadly a set of various things that operate together and often are similar or identical to each other. You can have a battery of tests to form a medical diagnosis: a set of tests, working together. You can also have an electrical battery, a set of cells working together for greater voltage or current than a single cell provides. A hydroelectric dam, a pressure vessel, or many other things that store energy are not batteries. (A single AA cell is also not a battery, technically speaking, but two or more of them together can form a battery.)
DrewE 02/25/21 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Locked Out!

Have you tried pressing the door itself firmly into the frame while manipulating the lock and latch? I know my latch is rather reticent if the latch is binding at all against the strike plate, and leaning on the door a bit frees it up. (On mine, the keys only come out in the "neutral" position, halfway between "lock" and "unlock", but maybe yours is different in that regard.)
DrewE 02/25/21 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: DP Engine Heat

Clothes dryers also get pretty hot, and bedding is fine tumbling around in them. It shouldn't be a problem. I would not suggest storing your chocolate bar and crayon collections there, though.
DrewE 02/24/21 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

OH BOY, Most diesel pushers are designed for cocktails for six, dinner for four, and sleep too. There is not a gas Motorhome made that will tow a large stacker trailer...7500 lb hitch max. You could go with a toy hauler pulling a van 4 down (no trailer) is a possibility but 99% are gas. Once you go over about 38 feet you are in diesel pusher territory. There's a very simple, basic reason why diesel pusher toy haulers don't exist: the garage and the diesel engine would need to somehow occupy the same space at the back. A front engine diesel would be possible, of course, if pretty rare outside of a super-C setup. Didn't Travel Supreme make a DP toy hauler in the mid 2000's? Al They did make a mid-engine unit. Whether or not that's a "diesel pusher" configuration is an interesting question; I certainly would not care to state categorically one way or the other. It's definitely not a typical rear engine diesel chassis, in any case, though it could (and I assume does) share many of the advantages they generally have such as air suspension and a quiet(er) cockpit area with no doghouse.
DrewE 02/24/21 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What are good outdoor camping lights?

I have a few pop-up LED lanterns similar to these that I find to be useful. If left collapsed, they are a sort of focused spotlight/flashlight (though not the most convenient shape to carry around); and when popped open, they give a decent soft area illumination, and can be hung via the loop or hook on the base. (I don't know if those specific ones in the link are any good or not--it's just an example of the sort of thing. The ones I have are not fancy expensive brands and seem to work well. There are several variations on the basic idea out there.) If I have to back into a campsite at night where there's somewhat tight quarters, I'll often pop them open and set them on key points to give me some idea of where to go without hitting the corner of the picnic table, the big rock right next to the entrance of the campsite, etc.
DrewE 02/24/21 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Running a generator to exercise it when there's shore power?

Obviously, shore power needs to be disconnected unless the generator has a means of syncing with the shore power (small generators we are discussing won't) Any RV with a built-in generator will have a transfer switching arrangement of some sort which will disconnect the shore power when the generator is supplying power, and vice-versa, so they are not interconnected. Usually it's an automatic transfer switch, but sometimes it's simply having a power outlet connected to the generator that the shore power cord is plugged into. It is not necessary to disconnect shore power when using the generator, though some do out of an abundance--perhaps overabundance--of caution. It is wise to avoid having the transfer switch operate under any (significant) load, so turning off air conditioning, electric heat, etc. before starting or stopping the generator is highly recommended.
DrewE 02/24/21 08:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Fulltime 5er to MH - Help?

OH BOY, Most diesel pushers are designed for cocktails for six, dinner for four, and sleep too. There is not a gas Motorhome made that will tow a large stacker trailer...7500 lb hitch max. You could go with a toy hauler pulling a van 4 down (no trailer) is a possibility but 99% are gas. Once you go over about 38 feet you are in diesel pusher territory. There's a very simple, basic reason why diesel pusher toy haulers don't exist: the garage and the diesel engine would need to somehow occupy the same space at the back. A front engine diesel would be possible, of course, if pretty rare outside of a super-C setup.
DrewE 02/24/21 08:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway - Early April

Those low tunnels are strange, it seems like the height on the sign going one way is different on the sign on the other side of the same tunnel coming back. It isn't surprising to me that they could have different minimum heights, since the minimum height is at the edge of the road above the fog line. If the tunnel curves or the roadway isn't perfectly centered or the arch isn't exactly symmetrical, the heights there could easily differ. (By the same token, if the maximum height on your RV is not near the passenger side, you could gauge based on the height of the wall rather than the height of the air conditioner or whatever.)
DrewE 02/23/21 06:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: Light Switch

So you know a switch rated for 120 or more volts AC (Standard house type switch) will have no problems with 12 volt DC. In fact it's kind of over kill. Cheaper but still over kill. Switching DC is harder than switching AC, since AC has a zero voltage (and hence zero current) crossing 120 times every second. Any arcing that starts as the switch opens will generally dissipate during these times. With DC, on the other hand, the contacts need to move far enough apart to break the arc. If you look at the ratings for switches that have both AC and DC ratings, you'll see that the DC ratings are commonly lower than the AC ratings. That being said, for non-safety-critical applications, I'd have no qualms about using an AC-only switch for DC applications if the voltage and current ratings are suitable. The failure mode generally is that the contacts eventually get welded together and the switch fails to open (i.e. it's stuck on permanently), and if that merely causes inconvenience rather than likely harm, it's not a huge deal to replace the broken switch.
DrewE 02/23/21 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Running a generator to exercise it when there's shore power?

If memory serves, Onan says to run under load for 1/2 an hour every month. It doesn't need to be a full load, but should be something noticeable. (As always, you ought to give it a minute or two to warm up before applying a substantial load, and let it cool down without much of a load before shutting it down.) I don't generally manage that frequency of running it, but I do make an attempt run mine every now and again for a decent amount of time; it maybe averages out to every couple months.
DrewE 02/23/21 06:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

Beware, it is possible to "backfeed" the house by running your generator into an outlet, but the DANGER is over-loading that wiring from that outlet to the panel and causing a fire. You can turn off all the circuit breakers except that outlet and the blower motor and maybe be OK, but what else is on that outlet's breaker? I know what I am doing and would never backfeed an outlet just because of the risk of making a mistake. That's not the primary danger in backfeeding through an outlet (which is generally illegal and, in any case, definitely should not be done). A bigger problem is backfeeding more than you intend, such as the whole power grid, which can be deadly to the linesmen who are working to restore power. Another bigger problem is the necessity of using an aptly-named suicide cord, which has a male plug at either end; should it come unplugged for whatever reason, you have live exposed prongs. If you're going to power your house with a generator, do it properly with an approved interlock or transfer switch, appropriate inlet connections, and so forth--or run extension cords and don't interconnect to the building's electrical system at all.
DrewE 02/23/21 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: A terrible dinette table. Opinions on modification?

Could you maybe mount the tabletop on some sort of a slider mechanism, along the lines of a drawer slide, with a latch to hold it in position for use?
DrewE 02/21/21 07:07pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Grey water pipes snake around above floor - can I reroute?

There's doubtless some reasons for this. The two possibilities that come to my mind immediately are keeping the pipe running downhill and not having to cut into/through the frame supporting the motorhome under the floor. If there's room to run it under the floor, and you can maintain proper slope, the only possible difficulty I can think of offhand is that you'd be more likely to have the pipe ice up in freezing weather. I don't think that would be a big problem in practice since it shouldn't generally be holding still water, and you aren't likely to have it freeze in the short time it's between the sink or shower and the holding tank. I suspect, though, that it won't be possible to maintain sufficient slope without compromising the structure of the motorhome (and possibly even if that is done).
DrewE 02/20/21 05:59pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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