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RE: A pretty nutty motorhome

Much like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile: width=600
Tom_M 12/11/20 09:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: inexpensive panels

Here's my latest setup with the two 100 watt panels: width=600
Tom_M 12/10/20 06:45am Tech Issues
RE: inexpensive panels

And how about this solar powered RV: width=600 width=600
Tom_M 12/09/20 05:36pm Tech Issues
RE: inexpensive panels

I saw this at a campground in Florida. Twelve 250 watt panels: width=400 Don't know where this photo is from: width=400
Tom_M 12/09/20 05:26pm Tech Issues
RE: inexpensive panels

Tom_M here. I don't understand all the negative comments about portable panels. If you want to park out in the sun and roast, fine but I prefer the shade on hot days. Also there are some places that I camp where I can't park in the sun so my only option is to set my panels out in a sunny spot. I first mounted a panel to the side of my motorhome back in 2010 when I moved a 125 watt panel from my pickup camper. This was shortly before heading to Florida. A bit on the cool side that day. width=400 Later I added an 85 watt panel. width=400 The 125 watt panel which weighs 27 pounds was a bit difficult to handle so I purchased a 180 watt flexible panel. I moved the 125 watt permanently to the roof. I built a frame for the flexible panel and it weighs 12 pounds. width=400 I don't recommend using a flexible panel. It died this year so I replaced it with two 100 watt glass panels.
Tom_M 12/09/20 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: sticker making.... stack transparent images?

Another free program is It does all the basic stuff plus it has layers. Available here:
Tom_M 12/09/20 04:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Visible cell provider introducing 5G

Look at the 5G coverage map, if your not in a major city your SOL.There is a lot of confusion about 5G. The high-band 5G uses frequencies of 25–39 GHz and is limited to urban areas. Low-band 5G uses frequencies similar to 4G cellphones, 600-850 MHz. This should give you a range about the same as 4G with slightly faster data rates. Coverage will increase as the 5G build-out proceeds.
Tom_M 12/09/20 06:15am Technology Corner
RE: Visible cell provider introducing 5G

It says "compatible Android devices to follow".
Tom_M 12/08/20 01:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Onan 10K generator for home use-removed from the rig.

Here's a link to a YouTube video of a Onan Quiet Diesel 10kw generator: Apparently all you need is a battery and fuel supply. The remote start panel should not be needed.
Tom_M 12/08/20 01:10pm Tech Issues
Visible cell provider introducing 5G

Here's info I received in an email from Visible: "5G is coming soon. We’re excited to announce that Visible is launching 5G for compatible iPhones in the coming weeks, with compatible Android devices to follow. At launch, 5G will offer speeds up to 200 Mbps and be available for Visible members on iPhone 12 where Verizon 5G coverage is available. People deserve a better phone service experience, so we’re including 5G, at no additional cost, with no hidden fees, and without forcing you to upgrade to a different, secretly-more-expensive plan."
Tom_M 12/08/20 12:53pm Technology Corner
RE: inexpensive panels

That controller is a PWM. You need an MPPT controller.
Tom_M 12/05/20 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery compartment connections

Plug into shore power or start your generator then use a volt meter to check the cables. Make sure cables are not shorting before starting the test.
Tom_M 12/02/20 06:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Verizon Visible Ghost Phone

Here's a review of the Ghost phone from PC Magazine. They give it a poor rating: I have had Visible since June of 2019 and it has worked great for me. Joined their Party Pay plan a few months later and that brought my total cost down to $25/month.
Tom_M 11/30/20 07:13am Technology Corner
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 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 width=100 12 foot hose 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 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
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