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RE: Battery Storage Scenario

I had a cheap Harbor Freight maintainer short out on me. Maintained my two Trojan batteries down to zero volts and they froze and busted. Since no one will be checking for 6 months, I think the safest approach would be to charge them fully then not use a maintainer.
Tom_M 08/08/19 02:15pm Tech Issues
RE: question about parallel generators

Now .. I would not recommend you parallel it period WHY. when you parallel two AC generators they must be precisely in phase. if they are out of phase bad things happen. These small ones do not phase lock well and may well go BOOM when you hook in the 2nd one.The OP has already stated that his generator is an inverter type. Most inverter generators can be paralleled with the same model with an optional parallel cable.
Tom_M 08/08/19 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Quality of Class C

Born Free was considered one of the best class C coaches but they are no longer in business. I purchased my 2005 24ft in 2010 and it has been great. If purchasing used, it is worth a look. You may want to check Phoenix Cruiser. They have a one piece fiberglass roof which would diminish the chance for leaks. https://www.phoenixusarv.com/
Tom_M 08/03/19 07:01am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Travel Trailer antenna coax

Here's a link to an article by Chris Bryant about maintenance of the Batwing antenna and how to install an F connector: https://web.archive.org/web/20130814121735/http://blog.rv.net/2008/06/tech-tune-up-your-tv-antenna
Tom_M 08/03/19 04:18am Tech Issues
RE: TV HOOK UP

Which part of "you did not offer any advice about how to connect the computer to the TV" did you not understand?Most TVs will display photos from a USB hard drive or flash drive without the need of a computer. Connecting a computer to an HDMI port would give you more options on how to present your photos.
Tom_M 07/31/19 06:16am Technology Corner
RE: 10 foot CAT5e Ethernet Cable not working

He said it used to work so I seriously doubt it's a miswired connector.Some devices can use either type of cable. It's possible that the 3 10ft cables he tried are crossover cables and had never used them connected to his laptop before.
Tom_M 07/18/19 05:14am Technology Corner
RE: camp ground cable into

People are missing the point here. The OP has a TV with a broken F-connector. Therefore he can not receive an RF signal. There are many devices that can receive digital broadcast TV and connect to an HDMI port on the TV. A few of them will also receive digital clear QAM (unencrypted) cable. Some RV parks are distributing analog cable, so the OP would need a tuner that can also receive analog and output it through an HDMI cable. There aren't many devices that will also receive analog.
Tom_M 07/16/19 09:00am Technology Corner
RE: camp ground cable into

You will need a tuner of some type with an HDMI output. The tuner will need to be QAM and ATSC compatible to be able to use it on Cable systems and OTA antennas.This is fine for digital, but it is likely that an analog tuner will also be needed. There are plenty of digital tuners available, but not very many analog ones.
Tom_M 07/15/19 06:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Honda generator repair/replace?

Sounds like a throttle problem. There is no throttle linkage. As mentioned above, the throttle is controlled by a stepper motor. Some possibilities:Throttle plate is stuckStepper motor is badBroken or shorted wireA connector came unpluggedProblem with circuit boardHere's a link to a YouTube video that may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gojKRT-YRdQ
Tom_M 07/10/19 07:37am Tech Issues
RE: Favorite multi-meter for RV / Solar

It's time to upgrade your lights to LED to prevent things like that.I was using the lamp for a load to check the condition of a battery. Unfortunately the battery was in good condition.
Tom_M 07/04/19 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Favorite multi-meter for RV / Solar

If you can find a Sears store, they have a sale on their DC clamp meter for $44.99. Craftsman Clamp Meter
Tom_M 07/04/19 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: Favorite multi-meter for RV / Solar

This was my favorite until an incandescent lamp fell over on it. Didn't notice until something smelled hot. I also have a DC clamp-on that I use a lot. https://i.imgur.com/UR4y92f.jpg
Tom_M 07/04/19 04:44am Tech Issues
RE: Need new cell phones

Got an email from Visible yesterday stating: Good news: your data is no longer capped at 5 Mbps. That means unlimited data, now with more speed. It's free to new users for a limited time, but since you're an early access member, you'll be grandfathered in. Meaning you'll enjoy uncapped speeds for no additional fee - for as long as you’re with Visible. It's our way of saying thanks! All you have to do is turn your phone off and then back on to get started. (Mobile hotspot will still be capped at 5 Mbps.) I downloaded a 800MB file using the hotspot and the speed was about 17Mbps. Hopefully the uncapped speed will continue.
Tom_M 06/27/19 07:01am Technology Corner
RE: Need new cell phones

The visible unlimited plan is limited to 5gb a month.The data is unlimited. The data speed is limited to 5Mb per second. After my initial bad experience with customer support, the service is working well. I just learned that the Visible SIM works in my Verizon 6620L Mifi JetPack. It was quite simple. Replace the Mifi SIM with the Visible SIM. Once powered up connect to the Mifi. Now start your browser and enter 192.168.1.1 in the address box. This will display the settings page for the Mifi. You will need to change the APN to "VSBLINTERNET". For my Mifi this is located on the "Mobile Settings" page. This may work for other mobile broadband devices. I'm assuming that the Visible SIM needs to be activated in a compatible phone first. So if you are looking at Visible just for the data, this may be a good choice. For me, it's my only phone service so I will continue using the phone and not use the JetPack.
Tom_M 06/23/19 09:04am Technology Corner
RE: Free OTA streamer Locast adds two more cities

Another thought comes to mind. I live in Minneapolis but I spend winters in Florida. I'm not much of a sports fan but I do like to watch the Vikings. Using Locast I'll be able to watch most of the games by selecting one of the cities where they are playing.
Tom_M 06/22/19 06:44am Technology Corner
RE: Free OTA streamer Locast adds two more cities

And now Locast just added Los Angeles and San Francisco as well!This is great. Now if I should miss the season finale of "The Bachelorette" I can catch it on the West coast feed. ;)
Tom_M 06/21/19 07:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Free OTA streamer Locast adds two more cities

I just tried this and it works great. I live in Minneapolis but installed the "Location Guard" extension. Makes it very easy to select any of the cities available. Thanks Dutch.
Tom_M 06/19/19 08:49am Technology Corner
RE: Lithium Pure Sine Wave Power Device AMAZON

An impressive device, but the numbers don't add up. Claims 42000mAh(210Wh). 210 Wh would equal about 16 Ah. Unit weighs a total of 3.3 pounds. A typical lithium battery that weighs 3 pounds puts out about 14 Ah. Claims "Recharge the power bank faster than ever with the 15V/2A DC input, only need 6-7 hours to get fully recharged". To recharge 42 Ah with 2 amp charger would take 21 hours. Here's the same one with different brand: https://www.amazon.com/Power-Station-FLOUREON-Generator-PowerBank/dp/B074QK75TM/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Powkey+200Watt+Portable+Power+Bank&qid=1560686776&s=gateway&sr=8-5
Tom_M 06/16/19 05:54am Tech Issues
RE: Bright flat-panel LED bulbs: pricy but worthwhile, I hope

Your link doesn't work but I assume it is the following: Link to M4Products I just purchased two very similar ones on eBay for less than $5. Each one consists of 48 5630 LEDs, the same as the ones from M4Products. The ones I bought have no regulation so they must be used on 12 volt and are polarity sensitive. Also there is no aluminum backing. The M4Products ones are regulated and work for a wide range of voltages and are not polarity sensitive. Here's a link to the one I purchased: eBay LED panel I have no track record yet for these but I have several smaller ones that I purchased on eBay a few years ago and they have worked great.
Tom_M 06/15/19 05:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Winegard RV-6004 TV antenna

You can not come straight off the antenna into the TV. You will have to connect to the wall plate inside your RV. The antenna has an amplifier in the head that needs power that comes from the wall plate.
Tom_M 06/11/19 01:54pm Class A Motorhomes
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