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RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

3000 watts should run that house fine. Electrician will probably put the critical items on a 120v sub panel in addition to installing a switch and a power inlet to connect power. My generator is 4000 watts. It would be nice to be able to run the whole house, including TV & internet. Not essential, but nice.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

I need to run the furnace blower. No way to plug it into an extension cord.Is it hardwired? What are the electrical requirements? I have a dozen home furnaces and they all plug into a standard wall outlet up in the attic, garage or heater closet. My furnace & blower are outside in what is called a "GasPack" unit. It's the only configuration of central heat/ac that will work in my 1960s ranch style house with crawl space and low attic space. They are pretty common around here.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

When discussing the connection to your house with your electrician, as about a "generator interlock". A safe solution, that gives you the maximum amount of flexibility of items to power in your house and is lower cost than most "transfer switches". X2. This may be the best choice. I will bring this up with the electrician. Thanks for pointing it out. My local guy should know about codes.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

I cause those thinking of an interlock system without knowing loads on the circuits involved. Not knowing exact loads are a good way of blowing up an expensive genset. StevenH27 idea is similar to what I have installed. I installed a switch (double pole/double throw on the furnace housing where the house wiring goes into the furnace wiring connections. Then a short male 15/20 cord hanging out to plug cord into. I do have a good idea of the loads.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

I don't know how you hook a furnace up to an extension cord. My natural gas forced air furnace is in a hallway closet and uses a standard 120v outlet. So if I wanted to I could just run an extension cord to it. Mine is outside in a "GasPack" unit. No way to plug it in.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

Be aware many RV generators do not provide 240 volts, so you won't be able to run any appliances that call for it, such as most deep well water pumps, etc. Nope. No 240 needed, I have city water. The only 240 things in the house are the electric dryer and AC. I can manage without the dryer for a while, or go to the laundromat.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Using RV generator as backup for house?

3000 watts should run that house fine. Electrician will probably put the critical items on a 120v sub panel in addition to installing a switch and a power inlet to connect power. This is the switch that I had installed in my house for use with my 3K inverter generator. Works great and allows you to watch the wattage being drawn on each leg. Wow. $300 would buy a lot of heavy duty extension cords. I need to run the furnace blower. No way to plug it into an extension cord.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Getting Started - Longer Distance Camping

Make sure your tires are not out of date. They may have tread but be ready to come apart from age. Anything over 4 years old is suspect. Also keep tires properly inflated. They will get hotter in the summer, and low pressure makes it worse, leading to blowouts.
coolmom42 02/17/21 12:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Campfire cooking in the cold

or use a George Foreman grill inside; much easier and no wind chill. I was thinking the same thing.... but each to his/her own!
coolmom42 02/16/21 08:22pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Using RV generator as backup for house?

My electricity is still on in Middle TN, no worries. But that may not always be the case in the future! If I have a transfer switch properly installed, is there any reason I can't use the RV generator to power my house? Water heater and range are gas. City water supply, no well pump. Gas furnace with (and this is the critical thing) an electric blower. 1 refrigerator, 1 small chest freezer. Lighting is mostly LED. Google tells me that the furnace blower uses around 400 Watts. I'm going to check with the HVAC dude. The only downside is having the generator running fairly close to the house, but I have multiple CO detectors, and probably would be able to leave it off most of the night. Any input?
coolmom42 02/16/21 08:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Office 365 Questions

I uninstalled Office 365 today, and got my money back at Costco. I purchased Microsoft Office 2019, but when I tried to install it, Microsoft said that I had two unused copies of Student and Teacher 2016 on our account! So I installed one of them on my new computer, and it's working great! Now I can return the 2019 version. AWESOME! I am shocked that MS just shot themselves in the foot by telling you there were extra unused licenses you had.. Personally, you are not missing anything, newer versions just add in a lot of unneeded bloatware gadgets and 365 is marketed to those folks who try to impress others by having the newest shiny gadgetry that they don't need and don't have a clue how to use or why they have have it.. BUT, they have it none the less. 365 has a lot of features that are useful for group work, and the advantage of having cloud storage that you can open from anywhere. The latter is a big deal for people who work from more than one device. The autosave is also a big deal for those who work on very large documents or elaborate Excel files. I've had it for years to make my work stuff simple, but not sure I'm going to keep it in retirement.
coolmom42 02/15/21 06:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Cellular blinds: Should I switch or not ? PLEASE CHIME IN!!

I prefer curtains that can be washed. I find that the inside of a RV can get pretty dusty, plus kids/dogs get things on them sometimes. I used rods and clip on rings to hang curtains that I made. The rods are small and sit on large Command hooks.
coolmom42 02/15/21 06:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Do you regret getting rid of your RV cornices?

One positive comment on them is that they eliminate the ability of your neighbors who are parked next door - often VERY close by next door, from seeing into the trailer from the edges of the shades or curtains. Without them, it is very easy to look inside at night, even without trying. In many campgrounds, the sites are very close together and people like to sit outside at night around a campfire. Can't help sometime seeing inside a persons trailer or motorhome because of the gap in the curtains edges. Just thought I would bring this up since there are so many who are against the things and to answer the OP's question, NO, we did not get rid of ours mainly because of the reason I stated. Barney I made curtains for my windows, and set the rod brackets a few inches wider than the window. Makes the window look bigger, lets in more light when the curtains are pushed back, and blocks light and visibility when the curtains are closed.
coolmom42 02/15/21 06:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: FOB keys and theft

I would like to see actual verifieable data of the number of times ANYONE has been able to intercept the signal from a car remote, then unlock the car, let alone drive it away. (other than some demonstration using exotic equipment costing way more than the car to show it is possible) Well how about asking the people that have their vehicles stolen and shipped overseas never to be found again. We have had a rash of them where the thieves get close to the front door of the house, manage to intercept and clone the FOB and leave with the vehicle. One case was actually video taped and shown on the news. theft of vehicles There is at least one inaccurate statement in that article: That the vehicle will run indefinitely without the fob in it, once started. That is not correct. My Toyota Sienna and my friend's RAV4 will only run 10 minutes without the fob inside. If you leave the vehicle running and walk off with the fob, the car beeps at you several times, and then shuts down in 10 minutes. You also have to be in the car with foot on the brake and pushing the start button, before it starts. And the fob has to be really close. Sometimes mine won't start if my purse is in the back seat. The diagram in the article also states that the thief's transmitter "pings" the car locking system. How does it ping the locking system unless it's set up correctly? I personally do not leave my fob anywhere near the front door. It's in my purse, which hangs on a hook in the hallway in the middle of the house. That's a much more simple solution than a blocking envelope and having to remove the key from it for use. I feel that when I'm away from home, my personal security is enhanced by having the car door open for me, instead of having to stand and fumble a key in the lock. So the slight chance of some sophisticated ring operating is worth the trade-off to me.
coolmom42 02/15/21 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Leaving Illinois, going full time.

I do have a couple of cautionary financial notes: First of all make sure that you will not have to pay capital gains on the sales profit on your home. I don't know what the limit is in your state, but in some it's lower than the Federal limit. The Federal limit is $500k profit on a couple. Without the RV option, you would immediately be re-investing your home $$ in another home. At some point, you will be past RVing and want a traditional home. But if you have spent a big whack of your home profits, you won't have $$ on hand to buy another one. You also can't sink those profits into a RV/truck combo, because those are DEPRECIATING assets. The smart thing is to invest most of your home sale funds in something fairly conservative, but with some growth, so you will be able to keep up with home prices and buy one when you need it. Something like a conservative growth mutual fund is a good option. I've read of a few people being caught with nowhere to go and it's not pretty. Another big consideration is medical insurance. It's not trivial. One option is a health-share ministry, the drawback being that it won't cover pre-existing conditions for a year. Sounds like you have a great plan and ability to earn a living almost anywhere you go.
coolmom42 02/15/21 05:55pm Full-time RVing
RE: Wishlist of RV features

Up to date decor! No more ugly window valances or pelmets, no more light-blocking side valances. No more brown shades. Just put in some normal curtains, cellular shades in a light color, or decent quality blinds. No more super-ugly bedspreads. No one buys a house with a bedspread in it. People can pick their own bedding. Go for some light-colored cabinets and neutral/light walls. Why make a small space even darker and smaller? No more skylights, only a couple of vents. Just put in decent LED lighting. Put the water pump in a location that someone besides a contortionist can access it. No more carpet. Put a 2 burner stovetop in smaller RVs. I have never used 3 burners at once, and they just take up too much space. Go with a more modern design, with sealed burners, too. Either make a better oven, or don't put one.
coolmom42 02/15/21 05:40pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Wishlist of RV features

A furnace that mixes a little heated fresh air from outside with the recirculated air inside to cut down on interior humidity and for fresh air in the coach. Does a small class c absolutely need a tiny sink in the lavatory or could one brush their teeth in the kitchen sink and the lavatory space be used for additional pantry or clothes storage. NO. Must have 2 sinks! I do not want people washing hands or spitting in the sink where I also do food prep and do dishes. I don't allow it at home, either.
coolmom42 02/15/21 05:33pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Price increase at our KOA

There must be some corporate standards, possibly not about contracts and customer relations, but I see a number of ex-KOAs around the country and they got the boot for something. Customer complaints may start their slide on the way out. If they are still a campground, what might be happening is after a few years the owner is tired of KOA corporate dipping into their pocket and dictating how things are run. They can use the KOA advertising and eventually separate themselves from the corporate chain. I've stayed at several former KOAs where this was exactly the situation.
coolmom42 02/07/21 05:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do you regret getting rid of your RV cornices?

We removed ours for a cleaner look. RV designers seem to think that the inside of an RV should look like a bordello. This. I would never ever have that type of cornice in my house, and don't like it in the RV. I removed the cornice and ugly shades. Replaced them with some curtains that I made, on rods.
coolmom42 02/07/21 04:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV cover vs shed?

Have you asked for a Variance from the City ? Often not that hard to get. Yep. The location is too close to a blind curve. Never mind that about 2 vehicles per week come around that curve.
coolmom42 02/03/21 03:06am Class C Motorhomes
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