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RE: Medicare ads!!!!!

The ads keep coming partly because there are millions of people who can enroll at any time. An example is if you are covered by your spouse private insurance, and they are still working, when the spouse retires, then you have a certain amount of time to get part B and a supplement plan. It's a window so to speak for folks in that situation. or you reach age 65 outside of the annual renewal period for those already covered. Which is likely 10/12 of people reaching age 65 during the year.
ktmrfs 01/20/20 09:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Disconnect battery when not using?

most likely the reason the battery is discharging so fast is that in most trailers the radio is on "standby" at all times, and will draw enough current to discharge a battery or even a pair in a few weeks. Also their is some much smaller drain from a 12V CO detector and/or 12V powered smoke detector. So.... either disconnect the battery, install a disconnect switch, or pull the fuse for the radio when in storage. Yeah, Though I was thinking that 3 weeks is not very long to completely drain the battery. Your car has a radio and the car will go 3 weeks without the battery going dead. Maybe it would be easier to install a switch in the radios power wire and the propane detector rather then putting a switch on the battery. And, Maybe you have a short somewhere else and should trace it down. actually I did install a switch on the standby power to my trailer radio. we seldom use the radio or tv so it is a nice solution for us. Now car radios are an entirely different breed. Car makers know cars will sit for days/weeks and should start right up. So..... they have a smart power down sequence to minimize battery drain. Part of that sequence is to have a car radio system that doesn't draw constant standby power, but instead will store required radio info in non volitile memory (memory that doesn't require constant power) and then shut down completely. Powered up it reads the memory and knows what it's state and stored stuff was set to. RV radios don't do that, at least the ones I have seen. the memory system needs constant power or it looses it's brains.
ktmrfs 01/18/20 10:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Disconnect battery when not using?

most likely the reason the battery is discharging so fast is that in most trailers the radio is on "standby" at all times, and will draw enough current to discharge a battery or even a pair in a few weeks. Also their is some much smaller drain from a 12V CO detector and/or 12V powered smoke detector. So.... either disconnect the battery, install a disconnect switch, or pull the fuse for the radio when in storage.
ktmrfs 01/17/20 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar charge current

under ideal conditions most flooded cell lead acid batteries will have maximum cycle life if the intial charging current is limited to about C/10 C=rated AH. However, you can still get very long life cycle even charging at an initial C/2 to C/4 rate. The charge rate will decrease as the battery bank gets near full charge, starting to taper at when the battery is about 70% charged. So... a initial 50A charge rate isn't excessive for a couple of 12V or pair of 6V golf cart batteries. what controls the current going into a battery is the source voltage, battery voltage, battery internal resistance, the current the source can supply and the charging algorithm. On a deeply discharged battery on initial charge the charging current will be limited by either the source max current or the battery internal resistance. Generally the max source current is the limit.
ktmrfs 01/16/20 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: 1st trailer... septic hookup questions

If you leave any of the valves open you run the risk of bugs, gas fumes and god knows what else getting into your tank and your RV. Keep the valves shut unless draining. Absolutely!! remember, there are NO p traps in the lines to the dump opening.!!!! More than once someone has left the grey tank valves open and either (a) wonders where the bad smell is coming from or (b) others nearby wonder where the bad smell is coming from. Well, no p trap= sewer gas
ktmrfs 01/15/20 08:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: What is a good camp stove to buy now days?

for a propane grill, magma for a propane griddle/grill blackstone grill for the traditional camp stove an old coleman white gas stove. pick one up at a garage sale or on ebay, clean it up. For a lantern, again an older coleman dual mantle white gas lantern If you want a brighter light, go with the older mantles that had thorium in them. Still a bunch available from coleman or from other mfg. Yes, thorium is radioactive and releases alpha and beta particles.
ktmrfs 01/15/20 08:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

my 2004 duramax first battery lasted to 2015, replacement still in use 97 Mercedes E420 mfg in feb 96 needed a new battery in 2008, that replacement still going strong. battery is under the back seat which helps life 97 mercedes SL500 on it's second battery, battery is in the trunk. now western oregon is probably a good place for long battery life. not to hot in the summer, not to cold in the winter. Although the duramax spent many days in northern idaho at temp between -20F and -40F Todays batteries are much better than batteries of the 60's and 70's
ktmrfs 01/15/20 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear Endurance tires?

I've had the GY Endurance tires on my TT for the past two years. They've worked great and haven't lost a pound of air pressure over that time. I'm going catch a lot of flack for this next comment, but unless you increase the weight of your TT, I wouldn't run the tires at 80 psi. All you will do is wear out the center of the tire sooner. In my experience, my TT feels more stable when the weight is spread out equally across the entire tread width rather the center 1/3rd. Now, some will say OMG you'll have heat build up by running less than maximum air pressure. I bought a heat gun from Harbor Freight and check the TT and TV tire temperatures every time I stop, and have never a problem. Your TT was designed to run with tires inflated at 65psi and that is what I would run.Modern steel radials actually hold the tread flat on the road for a wide range of pressures. Besides that most trailer tires age out long before you have wear issues. OK to run at 65 however I would be at 70/75 maybe 80 with no worry. agree. bias ply tires were very load sensitive vs. tire pressure for even tire wear. Radial ply are very load INsensitive vs. tire pressure for even tire wear. The extra 20lbs is not likely to cause any wear issues. As for the endurance, I replaced my Maxxis with Goodyear endurance when the Maxxis wore out. Endurance from the spec's is IMHO a better tire and was actually less expensive than Maxxis. So far so good with the Endurance, but then I've gone through 5 sets of tires on my two trailers and never had a failure. Tires wore out not aged out.
ktmrfs 01/15/20 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

hook ups or not is the very last thing on our decision list for a CG. Even available water is low on the list. We seldom end up at a CG with full hookups, more often water/electric. But at many CG we like the spots we want have no hookups and that's fine with us.
ktmrfs 01/14/20 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: More tire pressure monitor discussion.

I also have been saved a couple of times by a TPMS on my trailer. Unlike a car or truck, you have no clue a tire is slowing loosing pressure on a trailer unless you have a TPMS. Twice I picked up a nail and the TPMS warned me of low pressure. In both cases I was a few hours from home so I stopped and pumped the tire up and kept an eye on the TPMS and aired up in one case at another rest stop on the way based on the pressure drop rate. pressure drop over time was enough that without the TPMS it was highly likely I would have had blowouts in both cases before getting home. Will they stop every failure? no, nor will a TPMS on a car, but it sure can help in many cases.
ktmrfs 01/13/20 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

Yes the MC4s unsnap easily, but the metal pin in the ones I showed that you have to assemble onto a wire, have those little one-way grabbers that don't come back out once you shove them in. The links I gave show a photo of the metal pin with its little grabbers, which keep the wire from being pulled out of the MC4 once assembled. There might even be a proper name for what I am calling "grabbers" :) ah, yes, now that I understand better, you are correct. once the pins go in the housing, they are almost impossible to remove. I say almost because there is a tool that will slide over the metal part inside the mc4 and push down to release the "grabbers" and let you pull the pin out. But it takes some finese and force to do it. So it's best to get the pins in the correct sex housing on the first try. Or your likely to have to cut the wire and repeat.!
ktmrfs 01/08/20 11:54am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

You will note that they have MC4 connectors on them. Those connectors are one male, the other female. It is impossible to connect them wrong because of the MC4 connectors. That is why they are there in the first place. But also, a VOM will confirm they are wired correctly. If you use the clips as I linked above, and put them on the wrong wires going to the controller, you can end up with them reversed. Those little monsters take a bit of figuring out. :( Once they are on you can't get them off either. The pin grabbers mean once in, they stay in. It is an IQ test. If you fail the IQ test you buy more clips! I've got MC4's on my portable panels and my home made parallel/series connector setup. MC4's are pretty easy to unsnap even w/o any tools. I don't even need any tools, I can easily do it with my fingers. Or you can use the plastic tool made for disconnecting MC4's.
ktmrfs 01/07/20 09:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Where are you guys/gals getting your battery cables?

4 Gauge. go to a welding supply shop any length you want and they can put the ends on too (Crimped on) exactly. and if they only have black, just use colored heat shrink on the ends for whatever color you want for reference.
ktmrfs 01/07/20 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Discount on fuel if paying with cash??

So let's say fuel is $3.50 per gallon. I get 4% rebate on my CC, that is .14 so WHY should I pay cash??? my thoughts as well, although my card give me 5% on gas purchases with the credit posted to the account each month before billing, so instant rebate every month. AND I've found that on many stations that post a lower cash price, when I use my card, the fuel price comes up at the cash price not the credit card price anyway. I do carry enough cash on hand to cover fillups if there is a issue with cards.
ktmrfs 01/06/20 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Oil headed for 70 bucks s barrel. Here we go.

Since the US is oil independent ain't going to happen. 1) we may be oil independent, but that doesn't mean the price is independent of world oil prices for equivalent oil, it tracks it pretty well, and oil royalties are based on the benchmark price for equivalent oil. 2) we (US) doesn't presently have the capability of using only domestic oil since much of our refinery capacity is based on refining the heavy crude we used to rely on, and still rely on given refinery capability. Much of the shale that has come on line is a lighter "sweet" crude. Takes a different refinery setup. Now, since the world oil supplies are much more distributed, loosing any one supply doesn't have near the impact it did in the 70's.
ktmrfs 01/03/20 03:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wilson sleek install hints?

Pay attention to the antenna spacing requirements. The modern dual antenna systems automatically turn down the power to prevent feedback between the antennas. Too close vertically or horizontally & you will get very little gain from the system. Getting conflicting opinions from wilson... one rep says yes to a ground plane, one says not needed, and no separation of the antenna is necessary..(neither of which I believe) but for consistency they both tried to upsell me to a different booster because this one doesn't get 4G..(even though the box states 4G & 3G compatibility). which I don't care about, seeing how this booster is just to help get a better signal. I mean after all I'm gonna be camping! one thing to be aware of. When carries switched to 4G most of them have dropped 3G by now except in a few remote locations where they haven't yet switched to 4G. So...... If your unit does not support 4G, it may help on voice, but not on data. Been their done that. My 3G unit didn't do much for me if I was needing boost. It did help on voice, but zippo on any data connection. A newer 4G unit in the same locations got me about a -80db signal and outstanding voice and data.
ktmrfs 12/31/19 01:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Should I disconnect WD bars

as long as I'm level enough I don't disconnect. I've not seen any valid argument on why you must disconnect. And at times if I'm slightly nose down connected I just run the tongue jack up enough to level. And I disconnect the trailer wiring connector (7 pin). In some vehicles turning off the TV does NOT disconnect power to the trailer. Last thing you want in the morning is to have a dead trailer battery and dead TV battery(s)!!! We have 4 GC2's so there is no way we would run down that battery bank overnight, but those with only one 12V, it's a possibility.
ktmrfs 12/28/19 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Wilson sleek install hints?

many of the wilson antennas have a built in ground plane so you don't need an to make a metal plate. In general the magnet mounts require a ground plane. check the spec's on the antenna you got.
ktmrfs 12/27/19 10:02am Technology Corner
RE: Prescriptions while on the road?

many insurance companies will allow you to purchase 90 day supply of many prescriptions, works for us since we haven't traveled for more than 30 days or so at a time. One that doesn't work well when traveling are the scrips that require you to pick up the scrip from the doctor and hand carry it to the pharmacy for filling. And most of those only allow a short period of use, like 2-4wks. But when I needed those, like after knee replacement, I wasn't planning on any traveling anyway.
ktmrfs 12/21/19 10:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Water and Gas Usage Rates

how to predict water and propane useage is pretty much a guess. With DW&I, two grandkids, daughter and SIL we have gone 6-8 days with a 35 gallon black and 70 gallon grey tanks, with no problem. Including quick showers. In contrast one time on a 6 day trip when I still had close to 30% of the black tank and grey tanks left with the above "passengers", the couple we were with with 1 kid had filled the 40 gallon black, 60 gallon grey by the end of day 4 and had to hook up the trailer to dump the tanks and come back and park again! On day 6 when we left I still had room in the tanks.
ktmrfs 12/13/19 04:58pm Beginning RVing
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