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RE: Is it a battery and what I think is for?

Disconnect the battery. If the generator won't start, you've figured out what it is for.
Tom_M 11/17/20 05:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: OTA Recording

I have one of these that I purchased at Walmart: Ematic Converter box $24.99 https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/fb14ea40-1811-41d4-bf2b-98672544238f_1.23a8edf617d3618280716fb87a909d8d.jpeg?odnWidth=undefined&odnHeight=undefined&odnBg=ffffff width=200 Add a USB hard drive for DVR function. It has only a single tuner but it has antenna pass through so you could watch a different show on the TV while the box is recording something else. The user interface is a bit crude and takes a little effort to figure out.
Tom_M 11/15/20 02:47pm Technology Corner
RE: RV damage and repair fix help

The OP did not say neighbor. He said negligence.
Tom_M 11/14/20 05:38am Tech Issues
RE: LP hose needed

You could use an adapter plus a hose such as the following: Propane adapter https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/4198alEcr9L._AC_.jpg width=100 12 foot hose https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61yh%2B7eWX%2BL._AC_SL1500_.jpg width=200
Tom_M 11/13/20 05:56am Tech Issues
RE: LP hose needed

I think the OP is looking for the opposite of the previous links. Something like this from Amazon: Propane Refill Adapter Hose https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61eLoZZAtOL._AC_SL1500_.jpg width=300
Tom_M 11/12/20 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Turning off the Charging Process

Battle Born batteries have a built in BMS (Battery Management System) that prevents charging at temps below freezing. No need to disconnect battery. You can still discharge well below freezing.
Tom_M 11/08/20 06:23am Tech Issues
RE: Upgrade to 5G without increases in data allowances?

Let me preface by saying I don't know a thing about the differences between 2,4 and 5 G. My phone has capability of 2 and 4. My home internet has 2 and 5. Of all three, 5g performs the worst. We cut the cord and stream everything and 2g performs the most consistently. 5g drops and requires re-connecting more often than 2g. I am sure there are reasons why this happens, but between 2 and 5g, we opt for 2g. It just performs better. My son is a gamer with a pretty sophisticated PC and can't tell the difference.For cellular data 2, 4, and 5G stand for 2nd, 4th, and 5th Generation. For your home network the 2, and 5G are the frequencies that your router uses to broadcast WiFi. 2 and 5 Gigahertz.
Tom_M 11/03/20 09:38am Technology Corner
RE: Battery Charger?

The only time I had a battery freeze on me was when a cheap Harbor Freight maintainer shorted and the battery went dead. Make sure that water levels are topped off. Fully charge batteries completely then disconnect the negative cable to make sure there is no possibility of current drain. Assuming that your batteries are in good shape they will be okay until spring.
Tom_M 10/31/20 08:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: HF Predator mod to parallel

You seemed to have missed the fact that the OP has only one generator. I don't understand why you are telling us about syncing two generators. The link to the YouTube video just before your message explained exactly what the OP was trying to do, why his approach did not work, and what was needed to make it work. Here's the link again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSpkvS3ha1Q Here's a screen capture from the YouTube video: https://i.imgur.com/OwB0dJU.jpg
Tom_M 10/29/20 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: HF Predator mod to parallel

You need to fully develop "load sharing" before thinking about frequency synchronization. If your true inverter prime mover senses frequncy inbalance, it shuts down. Good luck with that. If the HF had a truely accurate governor then you might have a chance with a paralelling system. The results do not match the cost of time and materials.You missed the point. The OP has one generator and is trying to parallel the two 120 volt windings and increase the current output.
Tom_M 10/29/20 03:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Two 6 volt golf cart batteries is a good start. Optima is an AGM battery so no maintenance but because of their spiral cell construction will be less amp/hours than a traditional flat plate battery.
Tom_M 10/28/20 08:04am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sunrunners - opposite of Snowbirds?

Sunbird
Tom_M 10/27/20 04:17pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Xfinity Flex

I use smart tv wifi/ethernetThe Xfinity Flex is a set top box that connects to a TV with an HDMI cable. As far as I know there is no Smart TV app that will receive Flex programming.
Tom_M 10/26/20 04:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Xfinity Flex

An after thought. If you don't have what's needed to connect to the Flex, Xfinity may furnish you a router or a different modem. They may even install it for you. Wouldn't hurt to check.
Tom_M 10/26/20 11:25am Technology Corner
RE: Xfinity Flex

The Flex has both WiFi and ethernet connectivity. Since you don't have WiFi you will have to connect an ethernet cable from the Flex box to your cable modem. If your cable modem doesn't have an available ethernet port you will have to purchase a router.
Tom_M 10/26/20 06:04am Technology Corner
RE: Xfinity Flex

Here's a review of Flex: https://www.cabletv.com/blog/xfinity-flex
Tom_M 10/25/20 10:53am Technology Corner
RE: Winterize of Not

I'm in the same boat and will be heading for Florida Tuesday. It's supposed to get down to low 20s tonight. I have not winterized but will heat interior. My water tank is inside but water heater is exposed to the outside. Tanks would take a long time to freeze but plumbing is the main issue. Will use an electric heater aimed toward water heater. I camped last winter in New Mexico for a couple of days with similar temps and had no problems.
Tom_M 10/23/20 06:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AV gas for the generator

In the Minneapolis area non-ethanol is fairly easy to find. It's usually a separate pump. In Iowa you will find regular, super-regular and premium at many stations. Super-regular is the cheapest. Both super-regular and premium contain ethanol. Regular is non-ethanol and costs about the same as premium. In Florida non-ethanol gas is typically called recreational gas. In Wisconsin premium is non-ethanol at stations I have gassed up at. I don't know if that's true for all stations. It seems that the availability of non-ethanol varies by region.
Tom_M 10/19/20 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Do RV Batteries Freeze in the Winter?

I had a cheap Harbor Freight maintainer fail. It shorted and drained my two Trojan 6 volt batteries which froze and busted. For several years I make sure my batteries are fully charged and then disconnect the negative battery cable. Have had no issues here in Minneapolis where temps quite often will hit -20F or colder.
Tom_M 10/16/20 05:41am Tech Issues
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 PATA to SSD 120 Gb

Celeron.. YUCK, that old P4 will run circles around those laptop Celerons. 64 Gig of non upgradable storage, nope, non starter, especially when you factor in MS's insistence of constant 6 month "refresh" upgrades, the first win10 upgrade that gets pushed to this will choke and fail because you do not have enough disk space. There IS a reason these things are given away, they are junk to start with. OPs old P4 is a better machine to start with.. If you are going to buy a laptop, pass up these cheapies, they are nothing more than a Chrome book knockoff with crippled Win10 OS..I have a 4 year old NextBook 2-in-1 that I purchased at Walmart for $100. It came with Windows 8.1 that I upgraded to Win 10. Here are the specs: CPU: Intel Atom BayTrail-T CR, Quad core/1.8GHz Operation system: Windows 8.1 RAM: DDR 1GB Internal Memory: EMMC 32 GB Interfaces: USB 2.0 / Micro SD (up to 64GB) I have it mounted on my console and I run Microsoft Streets & Trips and play out music and audio books with it. It has performed flawlessly. I haven't had a chance to mess with the Gateway much yet, but I am quite impressed. It's more than capable of doing the basic stuff like browsing the internet, email, watching movies and TV shows. Thankfully Gateway doesn't put much bloatware on the system. There are a couple of games and a trial version of Microsoft Office. I did an update which was fairly extensive and it not 'choke'. 64GB of storage is certainly limiting, but for normal use it's adequate. The OS takes up 32GB. If you need more storage you can add a micro SD card.
Tom_M 10/11/20 10:29am Technology Corner
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