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RE: Propane tank solenoid valve not working

Some propane detectors connect to a solenoid valve to shut off the gas if a leak is detected. If the valve functions when connected to 12 volts this would indicate a problem with the detector or the wiring to it.
Tom_M 09/08/20 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: Television - 12 volt or 120?

Which 12 volt TVs are junk? Can you give us some examples of failures and which components failed? I'm sure you've had some personal experiences with said failures. Please enlighten us. RichardI guess 'junk' is a bit harsh. I did purchase a Tyler brand TV from Amazon two years ago and the picture quality was so bad that I returned it. Some common brands for 12 volt TVs are Jensen, SuperSonic, and AXESS. Doing a search on Amazon I could not find one that was a smart TV. You are paying a premium price just for the 12 volt capability. My present TV in my RV is a 32" Vizio and I'm using a 300 watt GoPower PSW inverter. No load current is about 0.25 amps. Claimed efficiency is 80% to 90%.
Tom_M 08/06/20 03:41am Tech Issues
RE: Television - 12 volt or 120?

But many of the less than 40" jobs run off a power brick The power brick is a 12-14 volt power supply (Converter) sometimes more (or less) but generally 12-14 volts depending on the model. SO the A/C TV is a 12 volt DC Box.As has been stated previously, very few TVs are using a power brick. Some models that do use a brick are converting to 19 volts and can not be connected to a 12 volt source. Go to Best Buy or Walmart and check their TVs. A lot of 12 volt TVs are junk and cost more than a comparable 120 volt name brand version.
Tom_M 08/05/20 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: Television - 12 volt or 120?

You're not likely to find a decent TV that runs on 12 volt. Go with a good name brand smart TV and use an inverter. The increased power needed for an inverter will be slight.
Tom_M 08/04/20 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: DIY 200Ah LiFePO4 battery < $900

I installed a Renogy 170 AH LiFePo a year ago that I purchased from Walmart for $980 plus tax. It was at that price for a short while then went up to $1400. So far it is working well. If it lasts as long as claimed it will be cheaper than lead acid.
Tom_M 08/03/20 04:44am Tech Issues
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

Wish I'd bought the large one that you can adapt for use with the RV's propane. Even the small one sucks down those little green bottles fast.I removed the regulator from mine and plumbed it into my low pressure propane line with a hose.
Tom_M 08/01/20 01:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

My Buddy heater has worked okay up to 7000 feet. Haven't tried it at higher altitudes. It does give off moisture, but in the Rockies this would be a benefit because of the low humidity. I spend winters in Florida and have had no problems with the moisture. I open a side window and roof vent a crack to provide some circulation.
Tom_M 07/30/20 08:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Hitch extension options?

If you went with a trailer tongue extension it would lighten the tongue weight on the hitch. It would be relatively cheap.
Tom_M 07/29/20 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Fuel Discounts?

Can't answer your question but for anyone near Missoula check out Bretz RV. They usually sell propane for 99 cents/gallon. They also have dealers in Billings, MT, Boise, ID, and Nampa, ID.
Tom_M 07/29/20 07:48am Good Sam Club
RE: Inverter/Converter

Most RVs don't have an inverter. You may not have one. When not plugged in do any 120 volt devices work? Do any of the 120 volt outlets have power?
Tom_M 07/28/20 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Hitch extension options?

Rather than extending the hitch consider extending the trailer tongue. The advantage would be much less stress on the hitch. https://i.imgur.com/k00iaAZ.jpg width=400
Tom_M 07/28/20 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Florida

I was in Florida last spring when the state closed down all state parks and campgrounds. I camp mostly in the Florida Water Management District campgrounds so I had to quickly find different accommodations. Luckily a few of the national park campgrounds remained open. I will see how things are shaping up this fall and then decide. If campgrounds are open it's likely they will be more crowded and hard to find campsites. If that's the case I'll head for Arizona.
Tom_M 07/26/20 12:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

Here's a link to shock road test: https://www.motorhome.com/tech/diy/shock-therapy-rv-shock-absorber-test/ I just replaced my stock shocks on my '05 class C with Bilstein on the front and Monroe coil over on the rear. My coach has 110,000 miles on it. I have only taken a short test drive which included some interstate and some rough side streets and the ride was much improved. I will be heading for Montana in a few days and roads will vary from interstate to one lane forest dirt roads so they will get a good workout.
Tom_M 07/25/20 05:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Amana gas cooktop ignitor issue

A step drill works well for drilling large holes in sheet metal: https://shop.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/4/4/44460_I.jpg width=200
Tom_M 07/23/20 03:33am Tech Issues
RE: convection oven not cooking

Sounds like the microwave part is not microwaving.. As others have said Could be a fuse. Could also be a diode the one time I replaed a diode in a microwave the part was 16 bucks could be the magnatron (Cheaper to replace entire unit) and a few dozen other thigns.The OP stated that the problem was with the convection part. This uses a resistive heating element and a fan. No microwave involved. I have a Panasonic brand in my motorhome and in my house. They are different models but both work great. I can cook a 13 lb. turkey using convection and it works amazingly well.
Tom_M 07/22/20 06:20am Tech Issues
RE: Lost continuity between battery and starter solenoid

If it worked using a jumper cable it has to be a bad connection somewhere. When this happened to me, it was a bad connection at a self resetting circuit breaker.
Tom_M 07/21/20 04:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Water hose threads...

My first thought for this topic was the type of threads on a water hose. Here is more than you ever wanted to know about garden hose threads: =================== The thread standard for garden hose connectors is known as "garden hose thread" (GHT), but its official designation is NH (NH stands for "National Hose" 3/4-11.5NH is for full form threads as produced by cutting material such as the brass spigot outlet or hose male or female end fitting found on more expensive hoses 3/4-11.5NHR is for thin-walled couplers produced by rolling thin material, usually brass, typically found on less expensive hoses 3/4-14NPSH is for female hose ends that mate a hose to a tapered pipe thread without a spigot). The standard was defined by NFPA 1963, "Standard for Fire Hose Connections", then later by ANSI-ASME B1.20.7, which is 1 1/16 inches (27 mm) diameter straight (non-tapered) thread with a pitch of 11.5 threads per inch (TPI). The female thread is abbreviated FHT (for "female hose thread"), and the male part is abbreviated MHT (for "male hose thread"). This fitting is used with 1/2-inch, 5/8-inch, and 3/4-inch hoses.
Tom_M 07/21/20 07:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck harness or trailer harness issues.

Truck wiring is correct according to the following diagram: https://www.ajtnt.com/portals/ajstruckandtrailer/7-Way-RV-Style-Trailer-Plug-Wiring-Diagram-1.png width=300 You may have a ground problem.
Tom_M 07/21/20 04:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Cell Phone plan with truly unlimited data - no metering

Visible is the closest you will get. It offers unlimited everything including hotspot for $40/month with no added fees or taxes. You can reduce that to $25/month by joining a "Party Pay" plan. Data speed is not capped except for hotspot speed which is capped at 5 Mbs. They do prioritize which means they can reduce speed during heavy traffic on the tower you are connected to. So far this month I've used 205GB of data and have 12 days till the end my cycle. I've had the plan for 13 months and the service has been great. https://www.visible.com/
Tom_M 07/18/20 06:28am Technology Corner
RE: Unknow Electrical connection type.

+1 for power poles. No polarity issues here. I see two screws in the OP picture... feel free to use those to install something else. I believe colored connectors mentioned above are for Anderson connectors to separate odd voltages if needed. Only same colors will connect. So pick a different color for 24 or 48 volt set up to avoid confusion.Powerpole connectors come in two series, PP and SB. The PP series are not keyed so different colors can be connected together. The PP series are typically used in pairs such as red and black. Each connector has a dovetail which will slide together with the mate. A roll pin is then inserted to prevent them from sliding apart. Once paired the polarity can not be reversed. https://powerwerx.azureedge.net/asset/image/assembly/roll-pin-assembly.jpg width=200 The SB series is a two contact connector. They do have a key and each color is keyed differently. Different colors can not be connected together. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/40/Anderson_SB50_Colour_Keying.jpg/600px-Anderson_SB50_Colour_Keying.jpg width=200
Tom_M 07/13/20 04:05pm Tech Issues
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