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RE: What is this called?

There are a couple on Amazon at $99, now I know the name. One has good reviews and comes with all the hardware. I'm going to order one of those. Thanks for all the answers and especially the explanation of what it does.
agesilaus 03/30/20 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Closure Threads

Florida is installing border checkpoints to catch NYC, NJ, CT and New Orleans people entering the state: USA Today As a Floridian in a low infection part of the state all I can say is: "What took so long to do this?"
agesilaus 03/29/20 08:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is this called?

Thanks, it's also called the 'air valence' and at $178 it's either gone for good or a junk yard trip is in the cards.
agesilaus 03/29/20 08:33pm Tow Vehicles
What is this called?

OK what is that black plastic piece, under the bumper and which stretches all the way across the bottom front of the truck called? I have a F350. I thought it might be the dam but that doesn't not find the part. I looked thru the Rock Auto body part section but could not find one. I wasn't too worried at first but it's loss actually exposes some rods and other parts plus I think it might affect mileage. Any help is appreciated.
agesilaus 03/29/20 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Closure Threads

1) campedium has a running list of state park closures and maybe more 2) President Trump said at a press conference this afternoon that they were considering closing NYC and some of the surrounding area. He refused to go into details saying it was still being discussed. Here is a link: Quarantine of NYC, parts of NJ and Conn.
agesilaus 03/28/20 04:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Power center problem

Are you reading the voltage across the fuse terminals (or where the fuse would go)? If so, having a very high resistance on the load side, nearly an open circuit, would make your meter show something other than 12V. Having an entirely open circuit would result in basically no reading as there's no path to ground. Slightly more useful is to check the voltage from the source side of the fuse to a known ground point; they should all be at (nominal) +12V and all be the same. Since a meter doesn't provide any significant load, though, it doesn't tell you much beyond there's some connection there; in particular, it tells nothing about how good that connection is. OK I'll try that. The other fuse terminals showed 13+ volts tho so it's a strange coincidence that the two circuits that I have trouble with are the two that do not.
agesilaus 03/28/20 12:54pm Tech Issues
Power center problem

OK I have a Arctic Fox 25Y and the power center so far as I can tell is a PD5000. I can not find any manuals or installation guides on the PD website and the AF manual has a worthless paragraph. This is a straight distribution panel not including a converter which is separate. I have had a long standing problem with my entertainment center which resolved (but not fixed) to low 9V on the power lines. Just yesterday the lights went out in the kitchen/living room area. They work everywhere else. Checking the fuses, which were good I decided to check the voltage on the jacks that the fuses plug into. I found 13+ V on all the pin pairs except fuse numbers 2 and 9 which are the ones for the lighting that is out and the number nine which is the stereo. On those I get 6V and 9V respectively. The 9V is the same I was getting when checking the wiring at the stereo. I can't find a thing helpful on the PD site, just a block diagram. Any ideas? I've pulled the power center out and except for a welter of wires I can see nothing. I hoped for loose connections but no. I thought I might be able to jump a 12V line to the low voltage -inputs- on the fuse block but that is internal to the box and inaccessible. The only thing that shows is the output wiring. I could jump to those but that would overload one fuse or another. Any suggestions welcome
agesilaus 03/28/20 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Spearfish, SD

I don't know ahy you'd want to spend that much time at that park, it's small and there just isn't that much to see.
agesilaus 03/27/20 05:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

The same side as always. I can see if you have a rail in the bed system then not wanting to pay to change it. But when you are starting out new then why use the inferior system?
agesilaus 03/27/20 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

People used rail mounted 5th wheel hitches for many years. If you put a lot of things in and out of your bed you might want to put some plywood down to make things level with the rails. I wouldn't let this be a deciding factor. So people used a horse and buggy for even longer, so what? The grand dad did it scheme doesn't mean it's better.
agesilaus 03/27/20 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

You really want the dealer installed puck system. I'm not familiar with the GM version but I assume it's like the Ford system. You get a flat bed when the hitch is out, and it takes 5 minutes of so to install remove the hitch. You do not want to mess around with in the bed rails.
agesilaus 03/27/20 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Flexible PEX hose.

Well I found a couple of spots in my RV where the highly trained factory technicians just forced the vinyl tubing on without barbed fittings and hose clamped it. How did I find these spots, by looking for the leaks of course.
agesilaus 03/27/20 12:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Flexible PEX hose. Yeah but I could never get PEX clamps to work with vinyl tubing, you have to use barbed fittings and a regular hose clamp.
agesilaus 03/27/20 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Flexible PEX hose.

You can get fittings that will adapt from PEX to standard braided vinyl tubing held on with hose clamps. They have lots of tubing connectors in brass or sometimes nylon like these: Amazon or look thru this page for ideas PEX to Tubing
agesilaus 03/27/20 06:33am Tech Issues
RE: Spearfish, SD

So Minuteman must have restarted the tours, they stopped them for several years. I'm glad to hear it and it makes going worth the trip, just to see that door to the control room downstairs. I've never heard of the Needles in the Black Hills I'll have to check them out next time. Crazy Horse seems to be variable, some like it and some do not.
agesilaus 03/26/20 07:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spearfish, SD

You really don't need to spend 3 days at Devils Tower, maybe overnight if you want to catch the early morning light for photography. But the Tower itself is an hour or so to walk around the it, there is a prairie dog town that you may want to visit, I think that's near the cg and that's about it. The site isn't that large. There is a very pricey KOA right outside the gate and there is a National Grassland which I assume has camping not too far away. Little Big Horn is about the same, 3 or 4 hours if you take your time. I actually enjoyed it more than I expected but there is a drive thru the battleground, the sites where soldiers were killed are marked, and there are some presentations and Ranger walks. And that's all. I'd add Badlands to my list and slot a couple of hours for Wall Drugs for some maximum tourista kirsch. The Minuteman site isn't work the time since they dropped the silo tours. Custer SP is worth a day or two by itself and there are two national caves in the area. And lastly there is a Mammoth Dig site just to the south. And of course Rushmore which I find underwhelming.
agesilaus 03/26/20 04:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 12V heater run straight from solar panel

Even small 120 VAC heaters are 1200 to 1500 watts... Thanks. Yeah, I was imagining a big resistor with a heat sink around it that would run passively. Perhaps I will find that. That's what these electric heaters are. Resistor: NiChrome wire coil Heat Sink: The surrounding air The problem is that it takes many Joules to heat up that air and get ahead of heat losses thru the walls, air leaks and such. You can't sneak around the Laws of Thermodynamics.
agesilaus 03/26/20 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 12V heater run straight from solar panel

Even small 120 VAC heaters are 1200 to 1500 watts, that's a lot more than most peoples solar can put out. Heating is energetically expensive as is cooling aka air conditioning. But here are what is offered on Amazon Be careful some are deceptive, the one 'universal heater' for example uses hot water from the engine block and the 12V is to run the blower motor.
agesilaus 03/26/20 12:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Still need the maiden voyage...

I'd avoid any urban areas or tourist spots right now that leaves about 90% of the country except for the places where idiots have closed the parks.
agesilaus 03/25/20 06:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Bearings

Took me about 20 seconds on the net to find out....
agesilaus 03/24/20 01:42pm Tech Issues
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