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RE: DC Power Issue

Could be working as designed. Sorry but that is a ridiculous answer. He said that the water pump fails.....with EVERYTHING else turned off. No way his symptoms are "normal".
Sam Spade 09/20/19 06:20am Tech Issues
RE: Vent fans and a/c at the same time

Suck a bit of that hot air out the roof and the cool air below will rise a bit, making it easier to cool down to an even lower temperature. As was stated earlier, similar to a recirc system in a car. You are missing a critical point here. You accomplish "recirc" when all windows and doors and vents are CLOSED. are sucking hot air out, the air that seeps in to replace it likely is even HOTTER. Summary: It is NOT a good idea....unless the interior is hotter than it is outside.
Sam Spade 09/16/19 08:30am General RVing Issues
RE: Vent fans and a/c at the same time

I've always figured that the air going out has to be replaced by air coming from somewhere, and that somewhere is going to be from outside. If it's hot outside it's pulling hot air into the camper. Seems kind of a self-defeating cycle. You figured right. Think about those portable air conditioners.....that have only ONE hose that you stick out the window. They are a cruel joke, because they are sucking in replacement air that is HOT through all the air leaks all over the house. Their actual efficiency is about half what is claimed because of that.
Sam Spade 09/16/19 08:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Vent fans and a/c at the same time

In our RVs with both heat pumps/ac running it still some times is warmer than we want. IF.....both units are cooling full time AND you have good air circulation......then what you see (feel) is what you get. NO, your ceiling fan proposal won't work except maybe in the first few minutes when you are trying to cool it down starting near 100 F. You either need more cooling or better air circulation. Personally I think your situation probably is normal and you just need to resolve your self that it will be a bit warm sometimes.
Sam Spade 09/15/19 05:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camp Kitchen with Sink that connects to outside shower?

Well you don't NEED to have an outside shower to have water to an outside "mini-sink" but running food scraps and other cooking residue out on the ground is NOT a good thing to do. You will have a better understanding of that if/when you wake up the next morning and BEARS are present......or your RV is covered with ANTS.
Sam Spade 09/15/19 05:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Danger from charging golf cart inside toy hauler??

A proper Battery Maintainer will not outgas. I THINK THAT IS WHAT I SAID. There is a reason that good Battery Minders cost a lot less than the Harbor Freight cheap ones. Doug And for the second sentence......I think you meant MORE not less ?? Then....there is a difference between outgassing due to electrolysis, which is what produces H and O.....and WAY overcharging and getting the battery HOT so that the acid solution gives off FUMES. The corrosion is caused by acid fumes, not the gasses produced.
Sam Spade 09/15/19 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Danger from charging golf cart inside toy hauler??

A tricke charge to keep them topped off is absolutely no concern. A "trickle charge" absolutely CAN be a concern....for several reasons. A proper automatic tender-type charger should be no concern. There IS a difference and it is important.
Sam Spade 09/15/19 08:07am Tech Issues
RE: Danger from charging golf cart inside toy hauler??

I suspect not. A "proper" battery tender will NOT charge at a fast enough rate to "gas" the batteries in any significant amount. Then, it is doubtful that the RV is really sealed good enough to promote accumulation. And what ignition source would there be ??
Sam Spade 09/15/19 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Do flooded batteries prefer 10 percent or higher discharge?

Each and every time the batteries are cycled there is positive plate shaling. There is no way to reverse that. GASP. :E How dare you tell the truth about how wet cell batteries actually work. :B
Sam Spade 09/14/19 11:52am Tech Issues
RE: Do flooded batteries prefer 10 percent or higher discharge?

If in "storage", the guides say to do a deep cycle every month or whenever. What "guides" exactly ? And we are talking about conventional lead acid batteries....right ?? I have NEVER seen a recommendation from a battery design engineer or from a company that makes batteries that said constant float at the proper voltage is NOT the best thing to do. If there really is a recommendation contrary to that.....from a real authoritative source, that does not sell fancy chargers, I really would like to see it.
Sam Spade 09/14/19 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: Do flooded batteries prefer 10 percent or higher discharge?

Or would they last longer sitting on a shelf and getting charged when they reach 70 percent? In general, they last longer if they are KEPT fully charged when not being actively used. That is what a smart automatic battery tender is for.
Sam Spade 09/14/19 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: Do flooded batteries prefer 10 percent or higher discharge?

I'm manually discharging in the garage Why ? Conventional wet cell batteries do NOT benefit from "manual discharging".
Sam Spade 09/14/19 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: Six Volt MH battery in a tractor...

Will it "work" ? Sure....if it will fit properly.... AND if it is still healthy enough to hold a charge. But if that is true, why are you changing them out in the first place ??
Sam Spade 09/14/19 07:59am Tech Issues
RE: Getting very frustrated with this site!

Have you forwarded this to them: ? Service Temporarily Unavailable! The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later. That is a "generic" error message that wouldn't help find anything. HAVE YOU CHANGED PORTALS LIKE WE HAVE SUGGESTED THAT YOU DO ??? Or are you just going to keep cluttering up the forums with useless complaints ??
Sam Spade 09/14/19 07:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting very frustrated with this site!

as to a slow death, the actual forum mechanics of this forum has been horrible for as long as I can recall. And you don't take the suggestions to use a different portal to connect......WHY EXACTLY ??
Sam Spade 09/13/19 08:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Getting very frustrated with this site!

What portal (Internet address) are you using to connect ? change to a different one, it is highly likely that ALL of your problems will go away. For instance, try: There are a couple of others too. Same username, same password and exactly the same content. You shouldn't be able to tell ANY difference.....except that it WORKS.
Sam Spade 09/13/19 07:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: posting problems

It is time......that all of you who are complaining start paying attention to the answer: USE A DIFFERENT PORTAL TO CONNECT and your problems will go WAY down, near to none. for instance is one that works perfectly. You use the same user name and password and see EXACTLY the same content in the posts. A few ads might be different. I don't understand why the same people constantly complain when the "fix" is right in front of their nose.
Sam Spade 09/12/19 01:17pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Battery question

The 13.5 you are reading is the "charging" voltage from the solar panel. And that really isn't enough to give it a good charge. What kind of "heater" are you trying to run ? If it is propane and the battery runs only the fan, 12.5 should be fine for a couple of hours. It is possible that your battery is sick from not being fully charged.....ever.
Sam Spade 09/11/19 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: tires

It depends........... On what kind of use your RV gets. IF you put on a LOT of miles in a year or carry an unusually heavy load, then you probably shouldn't skimp trying to save a few pennies. OTOH, if you just go a couple of thousand miles (or less) a year, check with some truck tire shops in your area. Action Gator Tire sold me some "off brand" ones that seem to be holding up good with my light just a little over half the price of Michelin's. If you don't drive it much, getting "premium" tires will likely just be a waste as they will "age" out (5 to 7 years) way before the tread is used up. Sorry I don't remember the brand and the RV isn't where I can get to it easily.
Sam Spade 09/09/19 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yet another Onan running like **** thread. HELP!

Those carbs are near impossible to clean- just replace it. Yes BUT......... SeaFoam is really NOT a good cleaner. And if you put those two cans into a gas supply that runs ONLY the generator, then that is WAY too much and might actually be causing the problem. If you can get a fresh supply of gas to the gen, I suggest adding two ounces per gallon of Berryman's B12 Chemtool to the gas and then run it a few times. Even that didn't fix mine and the Cummins/Onan dealer recommended the above.....and it wasn't as expensive as I had guessed.
Sam Spade 09/08/19 08:15am Tech Issues
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