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RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

you got to have more pannels on the roof then tht we cant see and thoes folded down ones are just extras.. SteveI have one 125 watt panel on the roof. Any time sun is hitting a panel it will add to the charge, even the ones on the side.
Tom_M 02/19/21 01:54pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

do you get any charging driving to the next campground that way? SteveAll sources combine. Alternator, converter, and charge controller for panels. While driving a charge would be coming from the alternator and the solar panels. While parked and plugged into shore power or running the generator the solar panels would add additional charge.
Tom_M 02/18/21 05:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electrical question

Here's one available on Amazon: Time delay relay. $13.99 It can be set to run without a trigger signal. From the manual: P6: Relay will turn ON for time OP after power on without getting a trigger signal and then relay will turn OFF for time CL and then loops the above action. The number of cycles (LOP) can be set. One lamp would connect to the NC side of the relay and the other to the NO side. You would also need a source of DC power. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/S/aplus-media/sc/a058c9b1-5555-415d-a114-054ee1428dd9.__CR0,0,970,300_PT0_SX970_V1___.jpg width=600
Tom_M 02/18/21 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

Here's my solution. The panels can tilted up in place or removed and set out in the sun using extension cables: https://i.imgur.com/HAaAdWF.jpg?2 width=320
Tom_M 02/14/21 08:38am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tv's not receiving cable or antenna signal

I would suggest the Winegard Sensar 4 (aka Batwing) which is considered the best RV antenna.
Tom_M 01/21/21 04:09am Technology Corner
RE: Cell Phone Blues..

Worst case, you could do a factory reset. Copy stuff you want save prior to doing this because it will delete everything. Text messages will probably be the most difficult to save.
Tom_M 01/13/21 04:00am Technology Corner
RE: AGM and golf carts vs. Lithium Battery Test

No doubt they are expensive, but somebody pointed out how you won't get your money's worth out of them unless you keep your RV for a long time. I submit that if you are one to buy and sell your RV every few years, you're losing more than the cost of Battleborn batteries every time you replace your RV.You could always swap batteries when you buy a new RV.
Tom_M 01/11/21 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Checking voltage on LED power supply ?

Switch your meter to AC and check. Most likely one supply is AC and the other is DC.
Tom_M 01/11/21 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: AGM and golf carts vs. Lithium Battery Test

Here's a link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy3hga_P5YY Very informative.
Tom_M 01/10/21 04:46am Tech Issues
RE: easy to use DVR

While one could use screen recording software on a PC, the result is a vastly inferior quality recording that is limited to the screen resolution of the PC which will be less than HD quality.PlayOn is indeed screen capture software. I haven't used it in quite a while but the recording was quite good. My present notebook is set at 1080 which is HD so PlayOn should make an HD recording. Many people are quite content with playing DVDs which are only 480.
Tom_M 01/09/21 04:41pm Technology Corner
RE: easy to use DVR

If you have a Windows PC you could record programs using PlayOn Desktop software. You can then connect your PC to your TV and play the recorded programs. Here's a link to their site: https://www.playon.tv/
Tom_M 01/09/21 05:00am Technology Corner
RE: Durability of Command strip hooks and hangers?

When the strings broke on one my Day & Night shades I replaced them with curtains from IKEA and used a curtain wire also from IKEA to hang them. https://i.imgur.com/CeRIoMk.jpg width=480 https://i.imgur.com/RudyhGf.jpg width=240 https://www.ikea.com/us/en/images/products/dignitet-curtain-wire-stainless-steel__0893873_PE569541_S5.JPG?f=s width=480
Tom_M 12/31/20 04:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Day night shade replacement suggestions?

When the strings broke on one of my blinds I trashed the ones on both of my windows and replaced them with drapes that I purchased from IKEA.
Tom_M 12/30/20 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Building fence post sewer hose storage. Need 5.5" caps

I used a router to cut slots in the bottom to act like a spring. Short screws act as pins that go through holes in the cap to hold in place. A length of vinyl gutter acts as slide out tray. https://i.imgur.com/cD7SZbo.jpg?1 width=300 https://i.imgur.com/LbItexQ.jpg?1 width=300 https://i.imgur.com/HJBXKbm.jpg?1 width=300 https://i.imgur.com/vvkEQAl.jpg?1 width=300 https://i.imgur.com/fUx9aIw.jpg width=300
Tom_M 12/28/20 06:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV lighting

Rather than a plastic plate you might try a plastic mirror such as these available on Amazon: Plastic mirrors on Amazon
Tom_M 12/23/20 05:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Any "Real" Unlimited Plans?

I have Visible and have used as much as 300GB in a month. I think Visible would consider 1500GB excessive and probably shut you down.
Tom_M 12/22/20 11:40am Technology Corner
RE: Booster vs Laptop charger

The outputs of this unit are 12 volt for jump starting and 5 volt for USB ports. You could attach an inverter to this to produce 120 volt ac or get a 12 volt power adapter for your computer. If your phone charges from USB this would charge your phone.
Tom_M 12/20/20 10:22am Technology Corner
RE: Brand New Vizio 40 inch TV problem, HELP

Here's a blow by blow of the OP's situation: First off, the OP has done a channel scan and can view the sat box but the image does not fill the screen. Somewhere either on the remote or in the on-screen menu there will be a function to change aspect ration and zoom. You can select zoom to fill the screen. His cable box is already connected via HDMI and and he can view that fine. I'm assuming that the sat box has only coax RF out and composite out and no HDMI or component outputs. Both of the outputs are 480 standard definition. RF being the worst of the two outputs. Even if the box could receive high def the output to the TV would be standard def. His TV is a Vizio V405-G9 which does not have a component (RGB) input. I have a Vizio 32" TV. At the time that I purchased it, it was about the only 32" that had a 1080 screen. Great picture but would not buy another one. It takes forever to do a channel scan. If you have stations coming in from a different direction you have to do a complete scan and lose the previous ones. You can not add to the existing list. On other TVs I was able to enter in the RF channel and the TV would remap the RF channel to the virtual channel without doing a complete scan.
Tom_M 12/20/20 09:25am Technology Corner
RE: Brand New Vizio 40 inch TV problem, HELP

The OP has already figured out the channel scan.
Tom_M 12/19/20 04:26am Technology Corner
RE: Lost two local TV channels, options?

Sensars and any other RV antenna are a pretty poor choice for any OTA reception unless you can physically be within 20 miles of the station transmitter antenna and there is no trees, hills or buildings in the way..I have a Sensar IV and I can reliably get stations out to 50 miles. One spot that I camped was 100 miles west of Tucson, AZ and I was pulling in stations from Phoenix 100 miles away. This is by no means typical since conditions were perfect. The Sensar (aka Batwing) is about the only RV antenna with the broad VHF element which gives it good reception for RF channels 2 thru 13. It also has a separate section for the UHF channels.
Tom_M 12/17/20 06:38am Technology Corner
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