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RE: Iphone vs separate hotspot box

service aka signal access has more to do with the carrier you have , not whether it is your iPhone or a Wi-Fi hotspot If you get a hotspot, get one from a different carrier than your phone That way one of them might have a useable signal Most of us have at least 2 devices with different mobile phone carriers I have AT&T for my hotspot, and Verizon for my phone This is exactly how we do it, and it works very well.
dieseltruckdriver 09/16/20 07:34pm Technology Corner
RE: I found it!! The converter I mean.

You are ok. What you are planning with the relay is exactly what I am planning when I get a higher wattage inverter. The only time the relay does anything is if the inverter is powered up, and that should make the relay last even longer.
dieseltruckdriver 09/14/20 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar Panel Wiring on Rubber Roof

I have a rubber roof and I need to run solar wiring from the panels to the combiner box. The length will be about 15' and I have small square plastic feet that you can stick on the roof and attach a zip tie through and then zip tie the cables to the roof. I also have the option of putting two screws through these plastic feet. I would like to avoid drilling additional holes in the roof for all the feet and I'm wondering if I can use the tape that's provided on the feet as well as dicor to secure them to the roof. My fear is it will only be secured o the rubber membrane and will this try to pick the membrane off the roof while traveling down the interstate at high speeds? I've seen one person do it like I'm describing on a Jayco forum and no one advised against it and they never wrote back after the install saying the rubber membrane ripped.... Thoughts? I have exactly what you propose to do, and have had no issues, but I am only on my second year with it. If I notice any lifting, I will use a screw in the cable anchor and more Dicor to hold the spot down.
dieseltruckdriver 09/07/20 09:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

I just switched to Cooper HT3s for my F-250 because after 3 sets the Goodyear Duratrac did not last like I thought they should. I have always had good luck with Cooper tires so it was a natural switch for me. OP, those tires have seen LOTS of gravel, haven't they? I grew up living on gravel, I have seen that before. I did the complete opposite. The Duratracs have twice the mileage on them as the HT3's and way more tread left. Superior snow traction, abrasion resistance and they look WAY better on the truck. What works for you, works for you. I read reviews that the Cooper HT3s have gotten 80,000 miles towing. I very highly doubt I will get that, but I was barely getting 30,000 from three sets of Goodyears. If I get the same from the Coopers, I will consider it a win, or at least not a loss. The Duratracs were very good in snow, which we get a lot of, but they discontinued my model. I told my tire guy that I have chains, so I don't really care if the Coopers aren't as good. Thanks for giving your input, it is appreciated.
dieseltruckdriver 08/21/20 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Auto level question

I have Ground Control 3.0 with a 4 point system and I just select Auto Reconnect. The back jacks come up, then it adjusts the front to hitch height. I only use retract all if I want to verify all the jacks are fully retracted.
dieseltruckdriver 08/20/20 07:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

I put Coopers on my F350 and had wear issues as well. Replaced them after 2 years and around 35K miles and went back to GY's. No defects in them just unusually rapid wear on all four corners They were not worth the savings. I just switched to Cooper HT3s for my F-250 because after 3 sets the Goodyear Duratrac did not last like I thought they should. I have always had good luck with Cooper tires so it was a natural switch for me. OP, those tires have seen LOTS of gravel, haven't they? I grew up living on gravel, I have seen that before.
dieseltruckdriver 08/19/20 06:30pm Truck Campers
RE: door lock won't open

If you suspect it to be gummed up, spray WD-40 inside the lock. It is not a good lubricant, but it is a very good cleaner.
dieseltruckdriver 08/10/20 09:03pm Tech Issues
RE: RV ANTENNAS.... AGAIN

Winegard has a "Dome" type antenna that is directional. not sure how it works and not sure how well it works but there are 2 or 3 ways it might work. It is also "Self pointing" (Automatic) Please do not ask me more about it. I use a Sensar IV with Sensar Pro indoor module Works well but due to hills and trees kind of starange I'm east of Flint MI Way N.E. of Lansing and I get Lansing better than flint. I looked at one of those for my use, but there were way too many comments about the lack of durability. The Air 360 was about 80 bucks and a VERY easy install, but it is an omni directional, so that means it works equally bad in all directions. It's just better than what I had.
dieseltruckdriver 08/06/20 04:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV ANTENNAS.... AGAIN

I uninstalled an OEM batwing style antenna that did not work well. I installed an omnidirectional Winegard Air 360 that doesn't work nearly as well as my previous campers crank up Winegard batwing but much (MUCH) better than the cheap knockoff that came on this 5er. I do still carry a pole and a gain antenna (both VHF and UHF) that I can strap to my rear ladder for those places we don't get anything on the Air 360.
dieseltruckdriver 08/05/20 08:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Just about dropped it!

Hooking up the 5vr to come home from our last outing, I left the front hatch open by mistake. I couldn’t close it or the tailgate. So I opened the jaws of the hitch and pulled forward far enough to close the hatch and then re-hitched. Raised the front landing gear and pulled ahead a couple of inches to release the wheel chocks. As I was walking around doing a final check before hitting the road, to my horror I noticed that I had the release handle still pinned in the open position!:E I thank my lucky stars that I hadn’t pulled ahead any farther to release the chocks or I would have a big hole in my truck bed...or maybe just serious damage to the front of the 5vr?:o I wanted to keep my two posts separate, but I am really glad you caught that before you did anything serious! :)
dieseltruckdriver 08/03/20 09:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just about dropped it!

The padlock is simply part of MY process. Bottom line there is not a better or more highly rated hitch on the market. GOD gave us eyes. It’s not the hitch fault if we don’t use them.It took you long enough to respond! There is NEVER a reason for this to happen. It takes all of 10 seconds to Get Out And Look (G.O.A.L.). No one is in that big of a hurry to not spend the time to make sure they are properly hitched. I am not commenting on this particular case, but to the general masses. I check my hitch at least 3 times, and it takes me less than 1 minute, that includes my walk around checking windows, awning, lights (with 4 way flashers on), jacks and hitch. I have my DW check my hitch jaws every time also, two sets of eyes are better than one, and I have taught her what to look for. To those who think a "pull test" is good enough, you are most likely doing it wrong. Lift your jacks 1/4" from your blocks, then pull out from under your trailer. You will be surprised how much throttle it takes, then you will understand what I am saying. Don't have your 7 pin plug plugged in when you do this, or be quick on your brakes. I drove truck for 17 years pulling 120,000 lbs (doubles), in case anyone wants to tell me I am doing it wrong. No, I haven't dropped a trailer YET. Not saying I won't, I am human, and humans screw up. It happens. I have a B&W Companion, and I have to pin my jaws open every time I unhook at home, I have a 5 degree downhill slope where I park my 5er. I have done what the OP did, but I caught my mistake when I do my walk around. It never varies, and if it gets interrupted, I start over. It takes much less time than trying to lift a trailer back up.
dieseltruckdriver 08/03/20 09:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

Get a Portable Buddy heater. We have been using one for several years, and they are safe.
dieseltruckdriver 07/29/20 04:57pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Eu2000i muffler cleaning ideas?

This is an easy job. Follow these instructions HERE. Note that in the manual it says to clean the spark arrester every 100 hours or 6 months. I bet no one does it, I know I don't. I do mine every so often when I think about it and that is usually way over 2-300 hours.
dieseltruckdriver 07/26/20 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Wheels off the ground "Does it Hurt the frame/RV"

No issue with having your front wheels off the ground. You should not however use the jacks to lift your rear wheels off the ground as it circumvents your parking brake. First, I do not have and have never had a class A, but, when the rv is in the air on jacks, how could it possibly move. When it is off the ground, there is nothing round that can roll.
dieseltruckdriver 07/21/20 06:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV awning cleaning

"30 Second Outdoor Cleaner" is what I use. Spray it on (I use my garden sprayer), roll up, let it sit for the time it takes to drink a beer and then roll back out and spray it off top and bottom. Comes out pretty good if you keep up with it. If there is deeper stains and such, I use a car wash brush on a long handle to scrub a little bit more. Good luck! MitchSoooo, It works in like two minutes? :B
dieseltruckdriver 07/21/20 06:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: 5th wheel lube plate question

For the B&W get their plate as it’s 1/8” thick. The standard 1/4” may make it harder to unhitch. Agree when using B&W with 1" jaws. The Patriot 3/4" jaws work just fine with the standard lube plate. Jerry You made me go measure mine. I have the Companion with 1" jaws and a 3/16" lube plate. I just got whatever the dealer had hanging on his display rack, so I have no idea what brand it is. When I am hooked up I would have plenty of room for a 1/4" plate. I know because I look at it several times when I am hitching up. ;)
dieseltruckdriver 07/15/20 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Potable Water and Dump around Badlands?

I cannot find information on whether SD rest areas have dump stations and water fill stations. They used to have them, but I have noticed the last couple of years they are taking them out. I have no idea why.
dieseltruckdriver 07/13/20 08:07pm Roads and Routes
RE: Engine surge, generator

Baloney. Honda carbs do not "need" to be removed to fix them, the typical issue with especially the Honda carb design is the "main jet" clogging. This jet is easily accessed simply by removing the fuel bowl. The using a flat blade screw driver you STICK the screw driver right up the center where the fuel bowl screw goes into. Then you unscrew the jet. Carefully remove the screwdriver and the jet plus the tube should fall right out. Observe the order and direction of the parts that came out, you will need to ensure you put them back in correctly when done cleaning. Then with a can of carb cleaner SPRAY OPEN the tiny holes in the tube and jet. Reassemble once every hole in the jet tube is open. You do not need special tools, you do not need ultrasonic cleaners you should not need gaskets since the bowl gasket is resuable. Just need to take care to ensure you do not loose any of the small parts. That's it, there is not hidden passages in this carb to warrant such drastic measures of ultrasonic bath. This is as simple of a carb as you can get, the only downside to it is just how easy it is to clog the main jet. Honda dealers repair shops must make a killing on these.. If all else fails, you can actually buy brand new Honda carbs dirt cheap and even better yet is the fact that all of the Chinese Honda clone engines use this same Honda designed carb and they are even cheaper ($19-$29) than the Honda brand and will bolt up and work just as well.. There are a few variations but you can typically eyeball them and find the correct carb.. There is no mystery, no smoke and mirrors and no Baloney needed for this fix. You can even find videos on Ytube that will show you step by step on how to clean this carb design. I agree. I bought my second Honda EU2000i cheap because it would only run if you left it on half choke. I knew what the problem was and how easy it was to fix so I grabbed it. I use a bristle from a brass brush from Harbor Freight to clean the emulsion tube holes. You do have to make sure to get EVERYTHING out of them, good enough isn't with these. Don't ask. ;)
dieseltruckdriver 07/09/20 09:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Extended run, homemade or store bought?

I made my own using a boat gas tank and fittings and gas caps off ebay. That way the hoses come off comletely, and I can us it with either one or both of my Hondas without extra hoses laying around.
dieseltruckdriver 07/03/20 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Class C vs Trailer for Cross country with family? Help

Could you do the parks in different years? Say do Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons this year and Glacier next year. We have gone to both several times, and either are worth the time. A bonus is you can actually slow down and see things along the way. The kids will most likely enjoy that more, at lest mine would have.
dieseltruckdriver 07/03/20 08:44am Beginning RVing
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