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RE: Fuel Prices are WAY Down!!

... Wish we were seeing a drop in fuel pricing in in AZ $2.59/Gas (down a few cents) & $2.88/Diesel (roughly same for months) Gas is 1.999 at both Costco and Sams Club, and Diesel is 1.969 at Sams Club and 1.999 at Costco -- all prices in Phoenix as of today.
crcr 03/29/20 06:48pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

Morningstar SureSine 300 watt inverter. Surge to 600 watt for up to 10 minutes. These numbers are real world, as opposed to many inverters which don't really put out the rating. It has no fan, so a very low 55 mA self consumption. Peak efficiency of 92%. You can buy them new for $266 shipped on ebay. I have one of these and am very happy with it. Not cheap, but you pay for quality. Use any small gauge two wire cable to run to any inexpensive toggle switch for a remote inverter switch. https://www.morningstarcorp.com/products/suresine/
crcr 03/11/20 06:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Fifth wheel towing question

... I'm not sure about the 2004 dodge but might be that the difference between the 3/4 ton and 1 ton SRW is just the rear springs...so while you can't officially change the ratings, upgraded springs may make if functionally identical. I have a 2004 3/4 ton and you are correct, only difference between the 3/4 and 1 ton for that year is one additional leaf spring on the 3500. My truck has air bags with onboard compressor, so after hooking up my TT I can inflate my bags to level the truck and/or to a desired pressure, then when unhooking, I deflate the bags to 10 lbs. For a 3/4 ton of that year, IMHO, adding air bags is a better towing solution than adding a leaf spring.
crcr 03/10/20 07:35am Towing
RE: How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

crcr, There's a company called Techsoup. find out if your church has a relationship with them. They are a coordinator between large corporations (e.g. Microsoft) and non profits. They allow non profits (like your church) to obtain, for free a license for MS Office 365 - and Microsoft gets to write off the full MSRP of the software with the IRS. It's a win/win for everybody. Check with your church and find out if they have an account. They can request a license for Office 365, for free, and it only takes a couple of days for the license to be provisioned by Techsoup.org. I had 25 people at my church, I got a copy of Windows server, multiple copies of Windows 10, and office 365 for all the staff (both Mac's and PC's). The church benefitted because it was all legal licenses, they paid almost nothing for the 'affiliation fee' (like 50.00 if memory serves) and they had a clean, tight environment. Something to look into. The other option is this. If you work for a large corporation, Microsoft technically has a home version of MS office (that you can purchase from your companies website for 50.00 a year). It's an annual license for the software on your machine, as long as you're employed by your company. Last - if you or any of your children are enrolled in school, the same applies for teachers/students as an education license. They offer the same thing at a heavily discounted cost for teachers and students (college, etc). Thanks much for the tips, jodeb! Very interesting. I can pass this information along to our church's IT people.
crcr 02/19/20 02:49pm Technology Corner
RE: How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

Windows 10 OS allows long file names and long file names with multiple "dots" in it to work, been that way since XP. Was going to make another suggestion I bounced across, try opening a blank Excel workbook first, then choose file and open your target file. If that opens then the issue most like is the file association has been corrupted and Win10 has no way to determine what program actually is supposed to open it. Installing Libre or Open Office, that association will get corrected and pointed to Libre or Open Office which ever you installed. Libre or Open Office does work, but I have had issues with Open Office not handling some document formatting which can affect your document layout. Libre may exhibit the same issue since it pretty much is similar design and may even share some code as Open Office. I would recommend OP try the suggestion I gave above so all bases are covered. I have 2013 at work and have no issue opening 2016, 2019 and Office 365 xlsx files so I really do think that the file association was corrupted.. OK, thanks for that suggestion. I just tried doing exactly that, and Excel still will not open the file. It just stays stuck on the dialog box and never opens: "Microsoft Excel 2010 Opening in Protected View" Thanks to everyone for all your tips and suggestions. At least I am able to open the file in Libre Office.
crcr 02/07/20 08:54am Technology Corner
RE: How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

are those documents coming from a non profit organization by chance? Yes, they are.
crcr 02/05/20 12:34pm Technology Corner
RE: How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

If you're still having problems after considering Gdetrailer's post, maybe try downloading LibreOffice, a free open source office suite very similar to Microsoft Office. Try opening the MS documents in LibreOffice and see if they work. ^^ This! I downloaded LibreOffice and sure enough, it opened the Excel file that I had been thus far unable to open! Great tip. Thanks so much!
crcr 02/05/20 10:50am Technology Corner
RE: How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

Thanks to all for your helpful responses. Much appreciated! The file that was sent to me that I am unable to open right now, is an Excel file and has the following suffix after the file name: .nonp.xlsx So I tried removing the x from the end, and the file still won't open in my 2010 M-soft Excel. Any suggestions? Regarding enabling Macros, I searched and found instructions to do that, and I find that Macros are already enabled in my M-soft Office Excel 2010, even though I had never touched those settings before.
crcr 02/05/20 09:08am Technology Corner
How best to upgrade Microsoft Office 2010?

This question is about Microsoft Office. I mostly use Google Docs and Google Sheets, as opposed to Microsoft Office. For my usage anyway, they work just as well or better than M-soft Office because they include the bonus that I can easily access any Google Docs I have created, from the cloud on my laptop or my phone when we are on a camping trip, something that I can't do with my M-soft Office 2010. FYI, my PC is a Windows 10 machine. I am still using Microsoft Office 2010 on my PC, because it serves my limited personal needs. However, I volunteer some of my time with my church and in that capacity, I regularly receive Microsoft Office docs via email. The problem is that M-soft Office 2010 won't open the docs I am sent that are created with more current versions of M-soft Office. Sometimes by forwarding to my Gmail account, any emails I receive that have M-soft docs attached, I can open said M-Office docs there, but unfortunately this does not work every time. So for reasons stated I would like to upgrade my Microsoft Office. But because it is of limited use to me, I want to upgrade as economically as possible. I also would prefer not to lose my current M-soft Office docs on my PC, although I might consider sacrificing that option. So in that regard, I have been shopping around, but am not sure which way to go, so I am posting here in hopes of some relevant advice. Three Options I am considering: 1) Pay $90 at Costco.com for a 15 month subscription to Office 365, which of course would have to be paid annually. Since I use M-Soft Office so little, this option is not very attractive at all. 2) Buy M-soft Office 2019 Pro on eBay for prices ranging from $5.99 for a download to $55 for a DVD. At the second link below, I see M-Office 2016 sells for the same price as M-soft Office 2019, and 2016 way outsells 2019! Why is that? And which is preferable, the 2016 or 2019 version? Click here 2016 option If I were to go this route, will the cheap downloads work, or is it wiser to buy the DVD? Does anyone have any idea how long Office 2016 or 2019 would be compatible with ever-newer versions of M-soft Office? 3) Buy M-soft Office 365 downloads on ebay for as little as $5. I see at this link: Click here I'm hoping some on this forum might have some suggestions as to which of the stated options would likely work the best and yet be an economical choice. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
crcr 02/04/20 01:32pm Technology Corner
RE: Awning Fabric Replacement

Replaced awning fabric on 20'power awning, think the brand of our awning is Carefree. Bought fabric from Tough Top Awnings in Oregon. Fabric is good quality. They make them to order. Cost was I think $260 delivered. Installed it with a friend in a couple of hours or less.
crcr 01/31/20 12:59am Tech Issues
RE: Got a Amazon fire TV stick

I got an Amazon fireTV stick and love it as I can now download Netflix and Amazon videos to my Samsung S10 phone and then mirror them to my TV via the fire stick Why do you have to have a firestick to download them to your phone? You can just download them right from the app on your phone, then just use an HDMI from the phone to the tv. ^^ Correct. You can download both Netflix and Amazon video content to any smartphone or any tablet for later viewing.
crcr 01/30/20 06:07am Technology Corner
RE: Cellphone signal booster antenna question

I used a Wilson Sleek for many years. The instructions with my Wilson Sleek stated that the antenna needed at least a 4 inch diameter metal base. So I attached a custom piece of sheet metal a little over 4" diameter to an extendable pole that I erected when camping. It worked fine. So to answer your question, as far as I know, the size of your metal base mentioned should do the job just fine. Last year I moved up to a WeBoost Drive 4G-X, a vastly superior cell signal booster, also from Wilson Electronics. Re the Wilson Sleek, keep in mind that those are out of production and should you need replacement parts for them, you can't always find them.
crcr 01/25/20 07:30am Technology Corner
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

Thanks to Everyone for your prompt responses! Much appreciated. I will take the panels into the sun today and use a volt meter to verify that the MC4 connector with the red ring is positive. The OP must have got sun-stroke and zapped himself as well, or we would have heard back by now how that went. :) LOL, no sun stroke. I got a chance to test one of my three Renogy panels, and as expected by my many helpful friends on this forum, the pigtail with the red band is in fact, the positive lead. As is wont to happen, life then intervened and I didn't get a chance to test the other two panels. Most likely the polarity is the same on those as the first panel, but just to be thorough, I will test the other two panels tomorrow and report back. Follow-up: I did test the 2nd and 3rd panels of the same brand (Renogy) today, and the MC4 connector with the red ring is the positive pigtail on all three solar panels. Thanks again, everyone, for your helpful responses. Much appreciated!
crcr 01/09/20 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

I have another related question and since it is about the mounting of solar panels on an RV roof, I will ask it in this thread rather than start a new thread. I have stainless steel hardware to fasten the solar panels to my RV roof. Since stainless steel is known to sometimes gall, would it be wise to use a little bit of Anti-Seize on the SS nuts and bolts when assembling them? The pic below is of some copper-based anti-seize that I happen to have. https://i.postimg.cc/50Fm4JpJ/Anti-seize.jpg
crcr 01/08/20 08:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

Thanks to Everyone for your prompt responses! Much appreciated. I will take the panels into the sun today and use a volt meter to verify that the MC4 connector with the red ring is positive. The OP must have got sun-stroke and zapped himself as well, or we would have heard back by now how that went. :) LOL, no sun stroke. I got a chance to test one of my three Renogy panels, and as expected by my many helpful friends on this forum, the pigtail with the red band is in fact, the positive lead. As is wont to happen, life then intervened and I didn't get a chance to test the other two panels. Most likely the polarity is the same on those as the first panel, but just to be thorough, I will test the other two panels tomorrow and report back.
crcr 01/08/20 07:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

Thanks to Everyone for your prompt responses! Much appreciated. I will take the panels into the sun today and use a volt meter to verify that the MC4 connector with the red ring is positive.
crcr 01/08/20 06:20am Tech Issues
Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

I bought 5 solar panels recently, the pigtails on the two HQST solar panels are marked as to positive and negative, but the pigtails on the three Renogy 100w panels are not marked. On the HQST panels, the pigtail with the red band is positive. Would it be the same on these Renogy panels? Two pics of the pigtails on the Renogy solar panels. Which is positive and which is negative? https://i.postimg.cc/ryR8vKR7/Renogy-Connect.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/433GwdTL/Renogy-Close-Up-Connect.jpg
crcr 01/07/20 04:54pm Tech Issues
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

The 7.3L gas option is $1705, and the 6.7L diesel option is $10,495. That gets my attention. :):) x2 and the fact that right now diesel at one station near us is .60 more than gas. $2.69 vs $3.29. Gas / diesel price differential depends where you live. Here in S AZ, diesel is currently 17 cents LESS than gas, and a week ago when I filled up, was 24 cents less. Sometimes gas is less than diesel here, but in the last couple years, I find diesel to be less than gas most of the time. crcr where in AZ are you? I’m in Tucson and diesel is 50 cents more than regular gas at most every station. Phoenix. That's interesting that the differential is reversed from Phoenix to Tucson. I wonder why that is?? I wouldn't have a clue. But as I said, I find that often the last couple of years, diesel has been less than gasoline here. I paid $2.549 for diesel on 12/31. Gas was about a quarter more. This is at Costco (one Costco here has diesel, and so does a Sam's Club near us, so we always fill up at Costco or Sam's).
crcr 01/05/20 10:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

The 7.3L gas option is $1705, and the 6.7L diesel option is $10,495. That gets my attention. :):) x2 and the fact that right now diesel at one station near us is .60 more than gas. $2.69 vs $3.29. Gas / diesel price differential depends where you live. Here in S AZ, diesel is currently 17 cents LESS than gas, and a week ago when I filled up, was 24 cents less. Sometimes gas is less than diesel here, but in the last couple years, I find diesel to be less than gas most of the time.
crcr 01/05/20 04:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Good Sources for Quality Bulk Solar Cable

OP here. Follow-up: I thought I should share this. I ordered and received the wire in the link below, which was suggested in this thread, and after careful inspection, ended up returning it. The ebay listing states that it is copper AND, there is a prominent close-up pic of the end of a wire stripped, and it appears to be copper. When I received the roll of wire, I stripped some insulation off the end, and the wire was silver color. I thought maybe it is just tinned copper, so I scraped away a bit on the strands and I also clean cut the end, and inspected the wire under well-lighted magnification. There is some copper, and it might even be tinned copper, don't know, but if yes, the coating is not thin at all. Bottom line, per the listing and pic, I expected 100% copper or very close to it. But the percent of copper is clearly significantly lower than that. The insulation is quite thick and I really liked the light color (it's a cream color) for an RV roof. But due to the copper content issue, I returned it for a refund and bought a different product that did turn out to be 100% copper. Thanks again to everyone who responded to this thread! ML Solar, ebay
crcr 12/28/19 05:55pm Tech Issues
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