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RE: INCREASING lpg capacity ?

When I was dispensing propane I ALWAYS checked manufacture/certification dates. Now I thank dispensers who check the dates on my bottles.
HappyKayakers 01/18/22 05:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Suppressor Buzzing

Your info is somewhat confusing. First, does PI even make just a surge suppressor? I have a PI EMS and it displays error codes. Second, an EMS or surge suppressor does not replace a converter. They're 2 totally different pieces of equipment. The converter keeps your 12v batteries charged. The EMS monitors incoming AC current and cuts off when necessary. Today I heard a loud buzzing sound inside that I traced to the hard wired Progressive Industries surge suppressor. This is installed in place of the old WFCO converter. I purchased it in May. The RV is plugged in with a 20 amp 14ga extension cord but I’m not running extra electric just the converter and 12 volt idle loads. There are no fault conditions displayed for the electrical line. I looked this up. No posts on Rv.net but found a few that mentioned a possible solenoid issue in the device. Has this happened to any of you? I haven’t taken the device out of the enclosure yet. It was “fixed” when I unplugged it and plugged it back in.
HappyKayakers 01/08/22 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable surge protector

Fulltimer since 2006. Started with a Surge Guard and locked it religiously the first few months, then stopped locking it. Replaced with a PI EMS. Never locked. Nothing stolen. I think it's more of a problem for units in storage, along with regular power cords.
HappyKayakers 01/04/22 07:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charge controllers

I sure hope so. I just downloaded their manual and it says never to let the unit run while unattended. Yikes!! HappyKayakers, An excellent replacement.
HappyKayakers 01/03/22 07:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Wifi options

I've also been looking at Visible. Do you just swap SIM cards in your current phone or did you get another phone just to use as a hotspot? Visible uses Verizon and has a great unlimited hotspot. We find that Verizon has the best coverage , ATT second best. But if you have any cell service and want better service get a cell booster. We have one and are seldom without usable service. And we boondock.
HappyKayakers 01/03/22 07:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Charge controllers

Yep, I came to the same conclusion today and just ordered a Powermax to replace it. HappyKayakers, Perhaps try using a volt meter on the output of the converter? Which converter do you have? I have a WFCO converter and I've checked the output a few times. Here's the results from today. 1430 House batt on charger all night, fully charged. Disconnected charger. Both batteries reading 13.1 Turned on converter. SBC turned green. Meter reading at red/black wires leaving converter 13.06 1650 Both batteries at 12.58. Converter at 12.52. SBC still green. A little while later the SBC turned yellow (low voltage disconnect) and I turned off the converter and reconnected the charger to the house battery. Tomorrow morning I'll connect the charger to the converter output (with converter still off) and see what happens. If everything works well at that point I'll start looking for a new converter. 13.06V from converter and later down to 12.52V.. Its dead. Converter voltage on WFCO should be in one of three "states". Float (storage)= 13.2V Absorption = 13.6V Bulk = 14.4V Yours isn't in any of those output stages.. Time for a new converter..
HappyKayakers 01/03/22 03:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge controllers

HappyKayakers, Perhaps try using a volt meter on the output of the converter? Which converter do you have? I have a WFCO converter and I've checked the output a few times. Here's the results from today. 1430 House batt on charger all night, fully charged. Disconnected charger. Both batteries reading 13.1 Turned on converter. SBC turned green. Meter reading at red/black wires leaving converter 13.06 1650 Both batteries at 12.58. Converter at 12.52. SBC still green. A little while later the SBC turned yellow (low voltage disconnect) and I turned off the converter and reconnected the charger to the house battery. Tomorrow morning I'll connect the charger to the converter output (with converter still off) and see what happens. If everything works well at that point I'll start looking for a new converter.
HappyKayakers 01/02/22 07:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge controllers

Hi, Generally speaking it is best to have both batteries in parallel, assuming they are identical in chemistry, amp-hours, and age. Charge controller is a device used in the solar industry. Do you mean converter? or inverter/charger? May I ask you to share the problems that are occuring? From the factory, the batteries were placed on opposite sides of the compartment and treated as separate power sources. The Smart Battery Combiner gets power from the converter then apportions it between the batteries. The problem I'm currently having is that the SBC will not operate continuously. It's designed to operate within certain voltages. At times it will give a low voltage disconnect indication and stop charging either battery. I've already replaced both batteries. I've been using a standard battery charger to charge the main house battery when the SBC quits. I think tomorrow I'll try hooking up that battery charger on the outbound wires from the converter. If the SBC works fine that way then I'll know that I also need to replace the converter.
HappyKayakers 01/01/22 05:59pm Tech Issues
Charge controllers

I'm a fulltimer and my 2017 5er is almost always hooked up to shore power. I have 2 12v batteries. I 'believe' one is strictly for the inverter circuit (residential frig and possibly WH). The other batt powers everything else 12v in the rig. The converter cables go to a Magnum Energy Smart Battery Combiner for charging. I'm having some charging issues now that are just confusing the sh** out of me but here's the question I would pose to folks with more electrical knowledge. Would it be beneficial to change the current setup to use 2 individual charge controllers instead of going through the combiner?
HappyKayakers 01/01/22 08:41am Tech Issues
RE: Cleaning the outside of the 5'er do to oxidation

I've used PoliGlow in the past for an older 5er. The Poli Prep will remove all oxidation and discoloration, letting you start on a very clean slate. When I finished my front cap, I looked at it under a full moon and couldn't believe how shiny it was. https://www.poliglowproducts.com/#/
HappyKayakers 09/27/21 11:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: toilet

2 suggestions. First, open the flush valve all the way and rotate a toilet bowl brush thoroughly in the opening. If that doesn't work, the next time the ball valve is dry, pour a couple ounces of vegetable oil in and let it sit for several hours.
HappyKayakers 09/27/21 11:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Catalytic converter anti-theft

Good luck with that. Here in northern MN, a pawn shop has a billboard saying they buy catalytic converters.
HappyKayakers 09/27/21 11:32am General RVing Issues
RE: uneven tire wear

Wear in the middle of the tire normally indicates overinflation. You said you air up all tires to 80 psi. The load that tire is carrying may just be too light for 80 psi. There are some places that do individual wheel weights, instead of by axle. You might want to check it out to see if you need to adjust tire pressures. I wondered about overinflation, but it is the only 1 of 4 tires with this problem and there’s really not that much variability in the weight. Also everything I read said blowout resistance was best at 80 (max) psi for trailer tires, nothing said anything about reducing inflation for reduced loads. Someplace that weighs each wheel individually will tell you exactly instead of guessing. At the very least, it would prove or disprove conclusively one possible problem. Here's a link to the Goodyear load/inflation chart. Please note this chart is for towable RVs, as in ST tires. https://www.goodyearrvtires.com/pdfs/rv_inflation.pdf
HappyKayakers 08/02/21 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: uneven tire wear

Wear in the middle of the tire normally indicates overinflation. You said you air up all tires to 80 psi. The load that tire is carrying may just be too light for 80 psi. There are some places that do individual wheel weights, instead of by axle. You might want to check it out to see if you need to adjust tire pressures.
HappyKayakers 08/01/21 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Wi if booster

Whatever you buy, you may be disappointed. A booster can help you get connected to a weak signal but it can't increase the total bandwidth available. And it looks like you're more interested in bandwidth to stream video.
HappyKayakers 08/01/21 03:45pm Beginning RVing
RE: Any Apple gurus?

Just a quick update to close the loop. I was finally able to get the answer to one of my security questions and the system let me in far enough to reset all my security questions. BTW, it would NOT allow me to use the same answer to all questions. I removed that unknown device that I originally got the email about and will probably just delete the account this weekend.
HappyKayakers 07/09/21 10:45am Technology Corner
RE: Any Apple gurus?

I take it you checked the email address to make sure it was a legitimate address for Apple. If you can't access the account, due to the security questions, it makes me question the validity of the email completely. The validity of the email is NOT in question. I brought up the source view for the email and everything pointed to an Apple.com domain. After I reset my password and signed in, I saw that same device connected to my iCloud account. I also provided a screen shot of the email to Apple support. They didn't blink an eye. There just comes a point that you need to provide additional verification to accomplish some actions (like deleting the account). https://i.imgur.com/ib7AIzOl.png "border=0"
HappyKayakers 07/05/21 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Any Apple gurus?

Since you don't own any Apple stuff chances are good that you don't have any important information stored in the cloud. Just tell Apple to delete your account completely. I already tried that with Apple support this morning. They wouldn't delete it for me. They did provide links for me to delete it, which all failed due to the security questions. Catch 22.
HappyKayakers 07/05/21 01:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Any Apple gurus?

Did you click a link in the message you received? Are you sure it was a legit message? Do you remember storing any data on the cloud? What about just letting it die a slow death? If you ever need to have an iCloud account you can try starting a new one. No, I didn't follow any links in the email. So far, it looks 100% legit. Didn't store anything in iCloud. Probably just created the account to troubleshoot a problem for a user. If someone else is using it, or trying to use it, I'd rather delete it now.
HappyKayakers 07/05/21 01:22pm Technology Corner
Any Apple gurus?

Apparently, at some point in the distant past, I created an iCloud account, probably while working tech support. I've never owned an Apple product. This morning I get an email saying my account had been accessed from an iMac 27. I immediately went through the Forgot password and Reset password process from my PC. Chatted with Apple support for about 30 minutes and they couldn't help. The big problem now is that I can't do anything other than sign in because I can't remember the EXACT answers to my security questions. Ideally, I'd like to just delete the account but can't get past the security questions hurdle. Any fresh attempts will have to wait a day or two since I failed enough times to trigger a lockout. Any suggestions on how to do this? FYI, I was able to see the expiration date on the CC associated with the account was 2013 so that's not a major concern at the moment.
HappyKayakers 07/05/21 11:51am Technology Corner
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