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RE: Is dash cam evidence allowed in an investigation

If serious enough (going to court) I would insist on the LEO taking possession of the camera (with a receipt) so the chain of evidence is maintained. I used to run all of the technology for the local Sheriffs office. From my experience there, I would say that the above advice is excellent.
PNW_Steve 12/25/19 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: 4bt water pump part #

Cummins Quickserve: https://quickserve.cummins.com/info/index.html Put in your serial number and it will give you a bunch of information about your 4bt.
PNW_Steve 12/25/19 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wiring solar in a lance 1181

A great resource for good solar info from very knowledgeable folks is: Http://www.solarpaneltalk.com I have also had good experiences with Renogy Solar. I have installed a couple of systems for folks that bought Renogy kits. The components were well matched with the application. I have had several occasions to contact their tech support for pre-sales and post-sales support. I have been pleased with their support. I recently put a "budget" system on my little 5er using one of Renogy's Rover charge controllers. For the price it is a decent piece of kit. Definitely sticking with Midnite on my new rig though.
PNW_Steve 12/18/19 12:29pm Truck Campers
RE: F350 Dually, anyone upgrade to F450 springs?

I have not seen the 450/350 spring swap but I have seen a number of folks add airbags on the rear to increase load capacity and improve the ride. I don't think that I would want stiffer springs in my 3500. While it does ride reasonably when loaded. Empty, it rides like a buckboard and it is also my daily driver. I hope your Ford rides better :)
PNW_Steve 12/18/19 12:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Directv Questions!!

Hey Neighbor, I am afraid that I cannot offer any advice on Directv. I have not had satellite or cable in 15 years. I used to be pretty sharp with that stuff but have been away from it long enough that I an antique. I have heard recently that Directv is "winding down" their service. The story is that they are loosing subscribers at a rate that is going to kill their profitability. They are not going to replace or add any more satellites and will eventually shut down. I have not done much "fact checking" on this but you may want to look into it before investing too much into your install. If you loose DTV, there is a great used book store in Richland. :) Edit: I need to update my profile :) Not on the rainy side anymore. We moved to Dayton.
PNW_Steve 12/18/19 12:10pm Technology Corner
RE: ToGo a No-Go

The store got a notice from Winegard yesterday about the ToGo. In case you missed it, ToGo is a WiFi/Cell antennas and booster with a built in wireless router and a SIM card from AT&T data service. The data price was $360 for the year and that got you unlimited, unthrottled data. From the to-good-to-be-true department, the notice from Winegard said that AT&T was dropping the unlimited on Jan 15 and the new data schedule is in line with their normal data service prices. Surprise, surprise! I was planning on getting one of these in the spring but now I will pass. You would need another cell provider as a backup anyway because AT&T's coverage isn't everywhere. I was going to drop the FMCA Verizon plan and use my Verizon cell data as a backup. So, if you want to get in on the grandfathered price on the ToGo data plan, you have until Jan 15th to activate. Suggestion: Look on EBay for unlimited data AT&T. You can get an AT&T SIM card for an unlimited, unthrottled data plan for $35 a month. I have one in a Netgear hotspot. I have been using it for about six months. We watch Netflix and Amazon prime when we travel. We have hit 50gig in one month without throttling. Another slick deal out there now from Verizon. The have another service offering sold as Visible cellular. Unlimited everything for as little as $25 a month. The hot-spot function limits you to one connected device. I have tethered mine to an OpenWRT router to increase range and allow multiple devices connected.
PNW_Steve 12/18/19 11:56am Tech Issues
RE: Visible users, what travel router are you using?

I have the $20 OpenWRT router from Gl.Inet I may be upgrading to one with external antennas. It is working very well so far.
PNW_Steve 12/15/19 09:19am Technology Corner
RE: Solar panels

Do an energy use survey...actual or what you’d like to use. Your choice. That determines the battery amp hours needed, which determines the solar watts you need to recharge and the controller size. If you guess, you will be either undercharged or overpaying. “battery charged for a few days of boondocking” is absolutely wrong. A properly sized solar system recharges fully almost every day. Limping along...for a few days? Solar isn’t a new toy or experimental. Good advice. I have a Kill-A-Watt meter that has been invaluable for getting real world power consumption of my 120v loads. I also have a Trimetric TM-2030 for measuring consumption of my 12 volt and 24 volt loads. The Trimetric will be my onboard battery monitor.
PNW_Steve 12/15/19 03:55am Tech Issues
RE: Voltage drop to 1200 watt inverter

To answer your question: Yes, No, Maybe. Buy a reasonable digital voltmeter for $10 and measure the battery voltage and inverter DC input voltage at the inverter DC input terminals. 0.3V drop is certainly possible given whatever wiring you have. Let's be clear: Marine batteries are NOT deep cycle batteries other than the label. A little better than starting batteries but much less than say 6V GCs. Truth on the batteries. The misrepresentation of those "RV/Marine" batteries by the big box stores pisses me off! WAY to many people waste their money thinking that they got a great price on deep cycle batteries. The inverters battery voltage is read at the inverter side of the battery/inverter DC connection. If you have a measurable voltage drop on the DC connection that will show up on the DC voltage display. If the battery measures 13.8v AT THE BATTERY and you have a significant load on one inverter, that inverter will display battery voltage minus voltage drop. The inverter with no load will experience an insignificant voltage drop on the DC connection. That too will manifest in the inverter DC voltage display. This could present as one inverter (no load) displaying the same voltage as your battery monitor and the second inverter(running a load) showing a lower voltage. I apologize for the disjointed reply. I find myself having a challenge communicating coherently when typing with one finger on a touch screen. I sound much smarter when I have my laptop. :) :)
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:57am Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

I'm curious what this thread comes up with. I get the same thing with my Honda eu2000i and the generator. I can hear the microwave running slower than normal and the interior light is dimmer as well. It doesn't matter if I switch the eco throttle off, nor does it seem to matter if I flip the breaker on the charger. I'm boondocking at the time so everything is on propane. I noticed something similar with a borrowed Honda 2000 running my 1100watt coffee maker. I know it sounds crazy but I can hear the difference. I snagged my multimeter and checked the generator output while running my coffee maker. During startup when both heating elements and the grinder are running the generator output dropped to 103 volts. I know that it sounds crazy but the first time my wife started the coffee maker I could plainly hear a difference in the way it sounded. My EU3000i runs it normally.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Help: 300Ah AGM battery, substantially decreased performanc

What did you leave on while gone, Residential fridge? Heater/furnace set to high, something sucked all those ampHrs from the batteries, Yes properly charged batteries would have faired better, but something used that power, Solar was not enough to resupply the batteries Leaving the inverter turned on with no load will drain the battery as will the refrigerator on propane. The batteries will also self discharge if left for a while. I disconnect my batteries if they are going to be idle for long. I have a "battery tender" coming to keep my brand new batteries healthy through the Winter.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Recs for Solar Cut Off Switch?

12v inline circuit breaker This would be appropriate if your array Voc is 24v or less. For higher voltage arrays the Midnite Solar DC breakers may be a good option. If you are running an MPPT controller it is very possible for you to exceed the capacity of that breaker. For example: My array is wired 2S3P with panel Voc of about 37 volts. That gives me an array Voc of 74 volts.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: running fridge in cold weather?

If I understand your question...... If the refrigerator is turned on and set to propane, you have propane and 12v to the fridge it should operate normally. When ambient temperature rises enough that the interior of the fridge warms above the thermostat set point the fridge will fire up the propane.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

I have looked at this as well: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Miles-Lubricants-Milesyn-SB-15W-40-API-CK-4-5-Gal-Synthetic-Blend-Diesel-Motor-Oil-Pail-MSF200103/305238438 And wonder what our oil Gurus think of it? 5 Gallons of synthetic blend for $83 delivered. Edit: Oops! I got in my head that you had a diesel. This oil is definitely no appropriate for your rig. I have seen a 5 gallon synthetic blend for gas engines for $52 including freight.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 09:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

I took my Dodge CTD to a chain oil change place a few times. The last two visits convinced me to go back to doing it myself. I dropped my truck off and they told me to come back in 45 minutes. 45 minutes later they explained to me that they could not change my oil because the drain plug took a special tool and I would have to go to the dealer to get my oil changed.... It happens that I happen to own that secret tool :) so I went home and changed it myself. Second try went pretty much like the first except the reason that they couldn't change it was that the drain plug was cross threaded and I would have to go to the dealer. Again I went home and did it myself. The drain plug was a little snug but not cross threaded. The next time I saved myself an hour and just stayed home and changed my own oil. My own thoughts on synthetic Vs conventional oil: A big benefit of synthetic is extended oil changes. If you put on a ton of miles and oil changes come frequently it makes sense to run synthetic oil that can be run significantly more miles than conventional oil. Currently my RVing is limited to trips during the Summer. Max of about 400 miles. I put less than 3000 miles last year. With my current activity I never hit 3000 miles before I have run for six months. I run Rotella T and change it every six months. I hope to be going on the road full time in 2022. If I put the miles on like I did last time I was full time then it will make sense to go synthetic. I expect to be putting between 15k and 20k miles a year. The blended oil is new to me. What kind of oil change frequency would be appropriate with blended?
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Flattest, warmest route to Las Vegas in January from NC

Yup I-10. Take it through Phoenix to 303 north to 60/93. I-10 is often closed on the weekends due to major construction. Check ADOT. If closed take 10, 17, 74, 60/93. Dd not take 60 off of 17. If by any chance the 202 construction is done this year then 10, 202 west south of Phoenix, 10, 303. That sounds like good advice. I have been stuck due to Winter weather on I-40 on a handful of occasions. I-10 will be a bit longer route but definitely much less likely to have bad winter weather. It does happen, just not nearly as often. Safe travels.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 08:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Extension cords

Just get a standard 50' extension with #12 wire from HD/Lowes/Ace and enjoy your RV. Set the fridge and water heater on propane. Any use of the hairdryer, microwave, heatpump could trip the house breaker. Especially on a shared circuit. Furnace, lights or small tv should not present any issues. That is what I would do. If you do decide to make your own, don't use Romex. Use SO or SOJ cable.
PNW_Steve 12/09/19 01:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help: 300Ah AGM battery, substantially decreased performanc

I would be thinking sufating. I am far more familiar with FLA but I do understand that AGM are subject to sulfating just like FLA. With FLA you want to charge at around 10% of C20. AGMs will handle a higher rate of charge than FLA. If you don't charge aggressively the plates can sulfate reducing battery capacity. I would look at having at least enough solar to be able to charge at 40 amps. Taking into account the fact that you are unlikely to ever see much over 70% of nameplate ratings from your panels. 800 watts of panels will get you in the ballpark. Anything less can reduce the lifespan of your batteries significantly. There is a solar forum with some really sharp mods and members when it comes to solar. Http://www.solarpaneltalk.com I have found that RV specific knowledge is a bit weak but I have not found a better source of quality solar and battery information. Take a look at the stickies in the battery section. They are quite an education. Good luck.
PNW_Steve 12/09/19 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Help: 300Ah AGM battery, substantially decreased performanc

I would be thinking sufating. I am far more familiar with FLA but I do understand that AGM are subject to sulfating just like FLA. With FLA you want to charge at around 10% of C20. AGMs will handle a higher rate of charge than FLA. If you don't charge aggressively the plates can sulfate reducing battery capacity. I would look at having at least enough solar to be able to charge at 40 amps. Taking into account the fact that you are unlikely to ever see much over 70% of nameplate ratings from your panels. 800 watts of panels will get you in the ballpark. Anything less can reduce the lifespan of your batteries significantly. There is a solar forum with some really sharp mods and members when it comes to solar. Http://www.solarpaneltalk.com I have found that RV specific knowledge is a bit weak but I have not found a better source of quality solar and battery information. Take a look at the stickies in the battery section. They are quite an education. Good luck.
PNW_Steve 12/09/19 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Mobile hot spots

A while back I decided to try out the "unlimited /unthrottled" AT&T service that folks are pushing on EBay. I have been using it for 6 months and have not experienced any throttling. Unfortunately, the AT&T coverage is not very good in the area where I spend much of my time. I see other RV'ers with Verizon that have great coverage while on the road. I just ordered the Visible phone and see if that serves me better.
PNW_Steve 12/03/19 11:21am Technology Corner
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