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RE: Champion #100263 - 3400 Dual Fuel elect Start?

I run my Champion 4375 on propane and haven't noticed excessive propane use. It's a good generator. I use mine for park model backup power.
TechWriter 10/17/20 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: weak Cell Signal

What do you do when you are in areas with weak (one or two Bars) cell Signal? Check out www.rvmobileinternet.com.
TechWriter 10/11/20 05:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Water Filtration System

The main drawback of RO systems is waste water. An RO filter will "reject" a lot of water. However, I just plumb the RO waste water back into my RV's water tank. this is feasible perhaps since you are only "treating" a small amount of water at the sink. IIRC the OP wants to treat all water, a much more difficult task. bumpy I addressed that . . . The system I and other RVers have are under-the-sink RO units for drinking water. I've only heard from a few RVers who have "whole RV" RO systems in which ALL water going into the RV passes through an RO system. The latter is wasteful, slowwwwwwwwwww, and hardly suited to RVing, much less boondocking.
TechWriter 10/01/20 11:45am Tech Issues
RE: Water Filtration System

The main drawback of RO systems is waste water. An RO filter will "reject" a lot of water. However, I just plumb the RO waste water back into my RV's water tank. That's exactly what I was thinking. I'm just not sure if that will cause more damage in the long run. Running all of the waste through the system repeatedly. Causing the maintenance/replacement cycles to be more frequent. recirculating waste (dirty) water back into the feed water system would make that water dirtier and dirtier wouldn't it? what does that do for efficiency. bumpy RO 101 The system I and other RVers have are under-the-sink RO units for drinking water. I've only heard from a few RVers who have "whole RV" RO systems in which ALL water going into the RV passes through an RO system. The latter is wasteful, slowwwwwwwwwww, and hardly suited to RVing, much less boondocking. Anyway, about RO "waste" water, also called brine. First, before water from outside your RV hits an RO filter membrane, it first goes through one or more pre-filters -- typically, a sediment and a carbon block filter. When an RO system filters water, it lowers the TDS (Total Dissolved Solid) levels. For example, my Arizona water has these TDS levels: 724 ppm - "Fresh" water (no filtering) 697 ppm - RO waste water (brine) 24 ppm - RO treated water (the stuff you drink) Since I plumb my RO waste water back into my water tank, the tank would eventually reach a point where the RO filter wouldn't work anymore without flushing new water into the tank. However, if you're concerned about RO waste water fouling your water tank, just put a diverter on the waste water line: one setting to water tank, one setting to the ground or another holding tank. I've been running an under-the-sink RO unit for several years. While I don't boondock, the system works great. When not connected to an external water source, my RV's water pump forces water from the water tank through the RO membrane.
TechWriter 09/30/20 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Filtration System

I'd like to be able to clean any incoming water to the freshwater tank, as well as recycle gray water if possible. You won't (or shouldn't) be able to filter water from any source. There are too many pollutants for an amateur water filtration system. Recycling gray water may be possible, but if you get it wrong . . . From the research I've done, there are two solutions that are very similar: reverse osmosis or ultraviolet light. Both incorporate or require a pre-filter. I use both in my RV's water filtration system. However, I don't boondock. UV kills viruses and other pathogens, anything with DNA. RO filters out dissolved solids (harmful and non-harmful) like harmful metals. RO requires higher pressure. UV requires a lot more power. My RO works fine at 40 psi. My UV system is not a power hog. NSF-certified systems use more power. My understanding is that RO is the most effective, but least efficient. The main drawback of RO systems is waste water. An RO filter will "reject" a lot of water. However, I just plumb the RO waste water back into my RV's water tank.
TechWriter 09/29/20 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Need New TV

I have never replaced a tv in an RV. Any reason that a standard tv will not work? If your new TV doesn't have a QAM tuner (sometimes called a "digital tuner"), then you won't be able to see TV programs coming from campgrounds with digital cable. All new TVs must have OTA digital tuners (ATSC), but they aren't required to have QAM tuners.
TechWriter 09/29/20 11:55am Technology Corner
RE: Options to Winegard Trav'ler

What Dish receiver are you using?
TechWriter 09/25/20 01:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Maybe we can all pick up this discussion when Starlink is online and I can use it instead of Directv and AT&T Cell Internet. That may be around 2026.
TechWriter 09/25/20 11:46am Technology Corner
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

I am hesitant to jump to another company that is using a third party bandwidth knowing that the third party can shut it down whenever they want. It doesn't matter to me if Verizon owns Visible - they can still shut it down at their discretion. I used to have a Millenicom plan, and would probably sign up again. Diamonds are forever, but cell data plans? Not so much. I've been using Visible for about a year and it's a good plan. Nothing spectacular, just ok. For me, speeds > 5 Mbps until the weekend when the tourists arrive in my campground. But I knew that would happen from the getgo. Besides Visible, I have an AT&T Mobley and an expired 2016 40GB Verizon data plan. That 40GB is the most dependable . . . and, of course, the most expensive.
TechWriter 09/22/20 07:32pm Technology Corner
RE: Park models

I always thought Park Models were generally bigger than a TT and also a lot heavier. They aren't meant to be moved from campground to campground. Hence the name "Park(it) Model". Kind of like a small mobile home. This is my idea of a park model. Wow! Lake Havasu City sure has changed since I was first there back in the '70's when the London Bridge first opened. One word: Californians.
TechWriter 09/22/20 12:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Park models

I always thought Park Models were generally bigger than a TT and also a lot heavier. They aren't meant to be moved from campground to campground. Hence the name "Park(it) Model". Kind of like a small mobile home. This is my idea of a park model.
TechWriter 09/20/20 10:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

Elon's 100 megabit service will never provide end users with that kind of service just the same as the touted capabilities of Fiber or Cable rarely provide the end users with that full service. People forget that Starlink is intended as a rural Internet service, not urban. Starlink doesn't (and won't) have that sort of bandwidth.
TechWriter 09/17/20 02:07pm Technology Corner
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

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TechWriter 09/17/20 02:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: Times Up, Told You So, DirecTV is Dead

And MTV was going to kill the radio. How did that work out? Chuck This "media replacement" argument goes way back . . . Some thought that TV would replace radio. That didn't happen, but TV did change radio. For example, radio shows used to be national shows. After TV, radio went to formats or specialty programming because it was cheaper as the money went to TV. A similar thing might happen with sat TV. But all those Dish/DirecTV sats aren't going to be switched off.
TechWriter 09/08/20 06:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network receiver question

It is my understanding that DISH will not allow two Hoppers on the same account. Not true. You can have two Hopper 3s on the same account. However, as mentioned previously, you'll have to purchase that 2nd Hopper 3.
TechWriter 09/02/20 11:55pm Technology Corner
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

I've been RVing since the early 90s. I've owned large 5th wheels for the past 22 years. How long have you been full timing? Beuller? Beuller? Beuller?
TechWriter 09/01/20 01:57pm Full-time RVing
RE: Bad Water Smell

May I suggest using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach? A quart bottle in my 35 gallon fresh water tank pumped through the water system, including filling the water heater, and left for a couple days does as good as bleach. "As good as bleach"? I disagree. If you are using over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide (3% solution), then it won't be effective as a disinfectant. To get something stronger like 12%, you'll end up paying about $20 for a 16 oz bottle. Bleach is the most effective and least expensive disinfectant. However, if you don't want to use bleach, then use Purogene. Peroxide isn't hard on seals and hoses, doesn't leave behind any horrible and hard to flush out tastes and odors. The RV myth that won't die. First, RV plumbing is either ABS or polyethylene. Bleach won't harm either. Finally, those "seals" in an RV are most likely made from bleach-tolerant Santoprene.
TechWriter 09/01/20 01:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

I've been RVing since the early 90s. I've owned large 5th wheels for the past 22 years. How long have you been full timing?
TechWriter 08/31/20 07:08pm Full-time RVing
RE: Dish Update

The point is, if you're losing your discounts, call to request them being reinstated and if they cancel, then call the 800 number to cancel your service and they will reinstate the discounts. The endless pursuit of something for nothing.
TechWriter 08/28/20 11:24am Technology Corner
RE: What Dish hardware for Hopper in RV

I currently have DirecTV service at home and in my RV. I would like to switch to Dish Network but am totally unfamiliar with their hardware. Can someone please tell me what dish, LNB, switch, power inserter, etc. I will need in order to use a Hopper in my RV? Will a single coax feed allow viewing/recording multiple channels? First, go through a local sat installer, not DISH. DISH CSRs aren't RV savvy and may steer you away from using a Hopper. FYI -- many RVers are using Hoppers. Second, go with a Hopper 3, not the previous generation Hopper ("Hopper with Sling"). The Hopper 3 is WAY superior (16 tuners instead of 3, faster processor, etc) and I think it costs exactly the same each month. Equipment: - Dish: 1000.2 dish with Hybrid Western Arc LNBF -- don't get the DISH Pro Plus (DPP) LNBF. The Hybrid LNBF allows you to just run a single coax from dish to RV. - Sat Meter: either a Super Sat Buddy (eBay since it's no longer manufactured). Or it's very expensive replacement: XR-3 with the XR-TS2-02 module (about $950 total). If you just plan to use a Hopper 3 in your RV, then the PORT 1 output from the Hybrid LNBF can be connected directly to a Hopper 3.
TechWriter 08/23/20 10:13am Tech Issues
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