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RE: Hot Exhaust On Differential

Chuck, Find a big parts store or a real exhaust shop. If you can't hit the later, get a piece of flexible exhaust and bent it away. The heat of the exhaust will probably kill the seal in the differential. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/20/22 03:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

As an power engineer, I am very familiar Watts. Get on line and ask about a rebuild kit or service for what you have. Unless it got frozen when water filled, it can probably be repaired. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/16/22 11:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

I had to replace mine and the part was about 80$us and shop didn't change me any labor, but I would not count on that. Matt Matt, Where did you have that done? We are close & I may need it. Steve, I contacted a nearby bulk propane supplier. Bad news right up front, the company changed names and won't deal with me anymore because I am not a fixed tank customer. I had to remove the tank and bring it to them for them to do the valve swap. I don't know where to send you now. Push comes to shove, you can try Cinnabar in Sandusky MI. They are up in the thumb and they work on motor homes. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/13/22 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is there an Air Conditioner using Inverter Compressor

There are 40~48VDC Mini splits available for the solar crowd. More than that, I cannot say. They are supposed to have really good SEER numbers. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/12/22 05:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: No headlights problem please help

Jay, You don't say what the chassis but most have the headlights on a separate fuse that is in the fuse group. Now you just have to find it and hope it is bad and that is all that is wrong. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/12/22 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

I had to replace mine and the part was about 80$us and shop didn't change me any labor, but I would not count on that. Matt
Matt_Colie 05/12/22 09:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Renogy Battery Monitor vs Trimetric UPDATE- Camping Test

BFL, I also have a 15~20yo 2025, but I was looking at Bogart the other day and they have an new model with new tricks.... Matt
Matt_Colie 05/04/22 03:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Popping Sound

Card, Fuses usually only "POP" once. What kind of Motorhome and how new? Other than sitting, what were you doing? Matt
Matt_Colie 05/02/22 05:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: phone-based GPS

Maine, Are you sure it does not have a GPS in it already? If it does but not maps, I can't begin to tell you how to fix that. We have given up trying to use the cell phone to navigate. There isn't enough memory to store the maps for a whole day's drive away from the blue roads. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/29/22 11:09am Technology Corner
RE: "Boondockers Welcome"

There's another one now called HipCamp, same principle. Big Difference ! ! As I read Hipcamp (and have been considering same), they are wide open to all kinds of camping. This is to include ground tents with zero support. But it can also include cottages, and RVs with no sanitary capability. Boondockers Welcome was named so because guests are supposed to be completely self-contained. There is only a membership fee per year and no booking fee at all. If the guest needs electric in cold weather, I don't even ask for a contribution. Matt - 4 year host
Matt_Colie 04/25/22 12:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best route to Cass, WV from the north

We have been to Cass, I would guess that you are going for the same reason I had wanted to for years. It seems you have a F250 and a 26'TT. How are you at driving goat paths? If you try to approach Cass from 219, that is Cass Rd. (66) and it is 12 miles of twisty windy roads that would remind you of New England. If you elect to approach from 250, you will want to break south at Bartow for Patomac Highlands Trail (92-iirc) and that will take you though Green Bank. There are signs that instruct you to shut down your cell phone because you will be in the shadow of the radio observatory. Look west in Green Bank and you should see the dish. Just after that you should be able to break west. I recall a sign there that says you can join Cass Rd (66) there. When you get close to Cass, there is huge parking lot on the north side of the road. There is a campground not far, but we didn't find it. We were out of season and didn't even look real hard. We rarely use regular campgrounds. We had a great time there because we were out of season and being a steam engineer, I did what I often do which is look for the "Authorized Persons Only" sign because that is where I want to be. We got to the engine shop and when they found out I was a steam engineer, it was like meeting old friends. I would doubt that you can do that. You wrote one time that you are not big on the blue roads. If I remember that right, you will love this. The trucks you meet coming the other way will understand. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/24/22 03:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: sliding windows - does the direction of slide matter?

Bill, If the overlap of the windows is so the slipstream can drive rain through the joint, that is not desirable. There seems to be no variety of seal for the over lap that will prevent that. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/21/22 05:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: sliding windows - does the direction of slide matter?

Bill, If the overlap of the windows is so the slipstream can drive rain through the joint, that is not desirable. There seems to be no variety of seal for the over lap that will prevent that. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/21/22 04:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I NEVER THOUGHT OF IT BEFORE

You may not have noticed, but most of the big boxes have "distribution centers". Your old trucker was correct, but now a truck will go to a supplier or maybe two. He will take that load to the distribution center where trucks are loaded for a single destination. When a container is full or the order is complete, it leaves. The old way was often frustrating because you might have five or six stops, but you had to get there when the dock was open and if you got held up at one you could miss the other and have to sleep in the cab until you could go on to the next. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/15/22 08:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Boondock 12 volt charging for RV battery with a Tesla.

This sounds like "The truly superior pilot is the one that uses his superior judgement to preclude having to demonstrate his superior piloting skills". If the Tesla was a hybrid, you might have a better chance. Or, you might be able to build a switching power supply to pull power from the main traction battery that I believe is 450V and about 40kWhr. One of the great stories to me was that the Tesla Cars do have a 12v battery that is there to power conventional systems, and if it goes down the vehicle is disabled. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/13/22 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Boondock 12 volt charging for RV battery with a Tesla.

Honest question. I kind of hate to sound like a Luddite here, but wouldn't be cleaner, safer and easier to just carry a little gas powered generator? You would only need to run it when things got bad. Matt
Matt_Colie 04/12/22 04:39pm Tech Issues
RE: What % Of Alcohol Does Your State Have?

Besides, production of ethanol uses more oil than not producing ethanol. There you go trying to mix politics and common sense. You should know better than that...... You know that the Sunoco at South Huron and I-275 has a 0-Eoh pump, right? Matt
Matt_Colie 04/12/22 04:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: What % Of Alcohol Does Your State Have?

It would sure be good if Gary is right. I played Hell getting our antique (in 5 months) coach to run right on the 10% stuff. I actually tested a bunch of what I bought along the way and the %Eoh was just about exactly the reduction in MPG for that tank. I haven't worked for a Detroit OE for a few years, but when this thing started, we did a lot of gas-Eoh durability and it was a disaster. Ten percent was only a moderate disaster, but over that, it has to be stainless or teflon fuel lines to get it to out last the warranty. There are a whole lot of vehicles on the road that will be crashing if they push this. OH - Yeah, to answer Mexicowanderer's question, as of a few years ago, ever place I tested was +/-10% EOH unless I bought 0-EOH which is not easy when you don't know the area. This is even true with the "Pure-Gas" list printed. Matt - the refugee from dynoland
Matt_Colie 04/12/22 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow Car auto insurance

High, Do you have progeny or relative that you can rent mailbox space from? I know of several liveaboards (fulltime on a boat) that have been doing this for years. From '45 to '59 that is what my family did when we lived on a Ketch (sailboat). Matt
Matt_Colie 04/12/22 04:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Battery tender & storage

The only real problem with disconnecting the battery while you are gone for months at a time is that you feel pretty silly when you get dropped off at the car and jump in, pull the key out of its hiding place and give it a twist and NOTHING HAPPENS...... So, you say a quite Oh-5h1t to yourself and pluck the 13mm wrench out of the console where you stowed it. Then you trip the hood release and go out and open the hood, stuff the negative cable back on the post and snug the clamp. Then, you slam the hood and start the car.... This never happened to me, but I heard about it several times.... Matt
Matt_Colie 04/10/22 12:29pm Tech Issues
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