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RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

Just FYI, it's never a good idea to scrape the center wire. The signal travels on the surface of the wire and you want that wire to remain as smooth as possible. As to the other leads, yes, coax is coax. If you really have the SK-SWM3 antenna you should only have 1 wire that leads from the SWM LNB to the base. Where are these other coax cables? Any coax can be used to test if that cable is bad. Even a spare 50 footer sitting around somewhere. Yes, I "really" have a SWM3 Traveler. I made a new 5-1/2' RG6 jumper. That made no difference. When I say I scrapped, the center I only applied enough pressure to clean the brown corrosion. I really didn't expect it to work. I'm aware that the signal travels on the outer surface just like electric current. That's why multi-stranded wire will carry more current than the equivalent amount of copper in a single strand.
mikestock 01/26/21 06:24pm Technology Corner
RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

I haven't had a chance to look. Did this cable have regular RG6 connectors on both ends? My dish would turn completely over lake a saucer, make a complete 360 search with the lnb arm pointed straight up and then return to the stow position. Was your experience similar? Did you get CS help from Winegard? " Our dish operates the same as yours. I didn't notice any corrosion on either end of that short cable I replaced. To be honest the faulty cable didn't "look" bad but obviously was. I managed to be able to use my "homemade" cable for a little while but I made it a bit too short and eventually that one failed. The replacement has been working great ever since. :BDan I didn't have the luck you had. The replacement cable made no difference. I talked to Winegard CS and I will have to pack up the turret and return it to Iowa. Repair will be a flat fee of $350. I pay shipping there and they pay return shipping. The turret weighs about 50 lbs. As to those other connections on the base you'd have to call Winegard and ask them, I have NO idea if they'd work or not. I reconnected the replacement cable to the same terminal on the base.
mikestock 01/26/21 06:04pm Technology Corner
RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

I haven't had a chance to look. Did this cable have regular RG6 connectors on both ends? My dish would turn completely over lake a saucer, make a complete 360 search with the lnb arm pointed straight up and then return to the stow position. Was your experience similar? Did you get CS help from Winegard? " Our dish operates the same as yours. I didn't notice any corrosion on either end of that short cable I replaced. To be honest the faulty cable didn't "look" bad but obviously was. I managed to be able to use my "homemade" cable for a little while but I made it a bit too short and eventually that one failed. The replacement has been working great ever since. :B I didn't have the luck you had. The replacement cable made no difference. I talked to Winegard CS and I will have to pack up the turret and return it to Iowa. Repair will be a flat fee of $350. I pay shipping there and they pay return shipping. The turret weighs about 50 lbs. As to those other connections on the base you'd have to call Winegard and ask them, I have NO idea if they'd work or not. I reconnected the replacement cable to the same terminal on the base. Dan
mikestock 01/26/21 06:04pm Technology Corner
RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

The connector at the LNB was clean as a whistle . The one at the box was a little corroded. I scrapped the center wire with a knife and Deoxed all of it. Didn't work. There are 3 coax connections in the base. Is it possible they are interchangeable? Thanks.
mikestock 01/25/21 11:33am Technology Corner
RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

It is most likely the cable between the LNB and the base. It might just be the connector at the base if it got hit with a pressure washer. Remove the LNB cable and ensure it's clean and dry. If not, clean, use some dielectric grease and reinstall. If that does not fix it remove the LNB and detach the coax and run a new one. Standard coax can be used to replace the skinny coax to test the unit. Thanks. That sounds a lot like what Dapperdan was describing. The Biblical rain has stopped so maybe my wife will let me go back up there. I have some Deoxit and a kit to make coax to size. Maybe this will work.
mikestock 01/25/21 09:55am Technology Corner
RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

Hi, the fact you just had your roof washed my be coincidental. We had the same "no voltage at the LNB" message and after calling Winegard for tech support it turned out to be a faulty cable from the LNB to the turrent. I ordered a replacement, while waiting for the replacement I made one up from a piece of coax I had laying around. Sure enough, it was indeed that short cable! I used my "homemade"cable for a few weeks but eventually that one went bad (I expected that to happen though) and installed the factory replacement and NO troubles since! :B Good luck with your situation. Dan I haven't had a chance to look. Did this cable have regular RG6 connectors on both ends? My dish would turn completely over lake a saucer, make a complete 360 search with the lnb arm pointed straight up and then return to the stow position. Was your experience similar? Did you get CS help from Winegard?
mikestock 01/24/21 08:06pm Technology Corner
RE: winegard automatic swm3 antenna

Thanks. It's been raining since we're been here. I hope I can get up there tomorrow and see what I can see.
mikestock 01/24/21 06:17pm Technology Corner
winegard automatic swm3 antenna

"No LNB Voltage". Does anybody know where the problem may be? It worked fine last trip but now the dish turns completely upside down with the LNB arm vertical. Makes one revolution and back, then stows. Had a guy washed my roof and I got back from an errand to find him using a pressure washer, which is a no_no, but I was too late. This is the first trip since, so I guess that must be related to the pressure washer. I unplugged the 6 way on the back of the controller and replaced but to no avail. When the rain stops I hope to look for a damaged wire.
mikestock 01/24/21 02:06pm Technology Corner
RE: California Sierras - Yosemite etc - July 2021

I will avoid the Tioga Pass in early June. On June 5, 2009 we left the Lower Pines, heading for Reno with 2 wheel drive, towing a 38' Montana fiver. Slight mist in the campground turned into a blizzard before we reached the turn off, heading to the pass. We pulled off into a rest area on the left but there was no room to turn around with my rig. Looking at the GPS I had just under 3 miles to the turn off to Lee Vining, where I could turn around, so decided to go for it, staying in the wheel tracks. Tour busses were at the intersection chaining up. Made it up, turned around, but have had nightmares about this decision ever since. I had my little generator, plenty of gasoline and water. Should have stayed in the pull-off illegally until things got better. The rangers couldn't make me move because I couldn't turn around. All this to save 100 miles through Sacramento. Being from Alabama, this was only time in 45 years I have ever encountered snow while towing. JUNE 5 ??? who would have guessed?
mikestock 01/16/21 07:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rear Slide Control Board died

Hi Spinners. I just went through the same thing looking for a slide controller for my 2004 Minnie. My mobile repair guy said I'd be lucky to find one, I didn't. He said he could build me a double on off switch to make it work. He did bypass the controller just to make sure the slide motors were good and they were. When he comes back I'll take some pics of what he comes up with. I think he will use the old controller and just jump around it somehow. PM me if you'd like some pics of his work/switch. He made it sound pretty simple. I Have a Tiffin Phaeton and for some reason the driver's side front slide is the only one of four that utilizes a relay to operate the secondary main control. The other three are directly driven from main 12vdc power. They all use the same size motor. While waiting for a replacement I wired it up with a self centering double pole double throw switch, center position off. It operated fine but I went back to the relay system once it arrived. I really don't understand why there was a relay, only for this slide but I took for granted that I should put it back like it was. Now, to the point: You probably have the same or similar set up and a DPDT switch will probably put you back in business
mikestock 01/04/21 12:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Happy snow bird here !

Our washer and dryer are residential ones out side in a dock box and the dryer is vented I guess that works ok in Florida. I did spend one of the coldest camping nights I remember, near Tallahassee on the way to the Florida Citrus Bowl. Woke up to 15 degrees on Dec. 27. I couldn't get my 50 amp cord rolled up. Managed to get it coiled up enough to get it in the bed of my truck. Tampa and Orlando were great, though. Lows 70+/-.
mikestock 12/14/20 10:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Happy snow bird here !

My gray water tank is still there and the valve is left open. The black water tank is gone, but the valve is still there. I will wire it to stay open until we leave for the north, and then I will close them both Only potential problem I can see is that, if you have a clothes dryer stand pipe the odor from the sever will work its way back into the rv. I know this from experience. We had a combination washer dryer and left the gray water valve open. The sewer odor worked its way back into the W/D closet. That stand pipe has no trap to block the odor backup.
mikestock 12/12/20 08:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Happy snow bird here !

I know this is semi-relevant. Bought my first fifth wheel from a guy who said he kept the rv parked in the same spot all season. He had an elaborate setup of split tubing, Y connectors and stands to keep his gray and black water tanks constantly open to the sewer. He only kept the fifth wheel for that one season and I found out why. He had several tools for unstopping the toilet. On our first trip we thought all of our tanks were empty but the black water stopped flowing the first day. I discovered that he had left a build up of toilet paper and poop under the toilet. He had obviously treated the rv like a park model, thinking he could leave the black water outlet open. Somebody forgot to tell him not to do this. I, then understood why he got rid of the fiver. I finally broke up the mountain and all went well, thereafter. I never dreamed that anybody got out the dealer's door without a first-timer's warning.
mikestock 12/11/20 08:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Best virus, spyware protection.

Just dont open and delete any questionable emails no matter how oficial it may seem,get plenty o those such as Wallmart,ebay,Costco etc,, I guess, by now, anyone who has not discovered this the easy way has found out the hard way. I get more of these by text than by email. You would not believe thousands of dollars I have passed up and threat warnings I have ignored had in attempts to get me to open links. I have the IRS, local PD, FBI and CIA looking for me now.
mikestock 12/05/20 12:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Best virus, spyware protection.

For a long time I used both Bitdefender and Malwarebytes. I recently dropped Bitdefender and figure I'll give Microsoft Defender a shot. I've been hearing that it's much improved. I also run the paid Malwarebytes. It's my understanding that the difference between free and paid Malwarebytes is the paid version runs in real time and stops the threat before it gets into the system, while the free version has to be initiated by you after the fact. If I'm wrong about this guys help me out. I haven't had an infection in years(knock on wood). I'm certainly no expert but my understanding is running two real time virus protection systems at the same time causes problems.
mikestock 12/04/20 10:09am Technology Corner
RE: Best virus, spyware protection.

Not knowing any better and knowing I got by OK with BullGuard I took the last minute renewal offer. I use free Malwarebytes also occasionally. Also use CCleaner.
mikestock 12/03/20 08:22pm Technology Corner
Best virus, spyware protection.

I know I will get varied answers but I am looking for opinions as to the best virus/spyware protection. I presently have BullGuard and it is time to renew, but I'm not sure it's the best for the money.
mikestock 12/02/20 05:02pm Technology Corner
RE: Slide seals

I didn't do it myself but watched people do it who knew what they were doing. It looked rather simple. Problem is, that they said I should "train" the wipers to properly position when the slides open. Have I done that? Not as I should. I do it sometimes up to the height I can reach without a ladder. There is so much to do to get everything like we want it for a short stay. Sadly, "training" the seals to open and close properly is just one more thing that's likely to go by the wayside.
mikestock 11/25/20 09:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help with a SF 30 Suburban Furnace

No gas. It seemed that most of the many posts about Suburban furnaces claimed the same problem as I had. The fan came on and I couldn't hear the igniter sparking above the fan noise. I could smell no gas on the outside. Most every bit of information I read said and the circuit diagram showed that the over temperature thermostat and the sail switch were usually the culprits. I removed the furnace from the housing and set it up on a bench, running it with a 12v battery. The spark looked good but, of course, there was no gas. Everything looked good so I reinstalled it and it was just like before. No gas. I let two wires touch and then nothing worked, no fan, no nothing. I found the glass fuse in the thermostat and I was back to the original situation; fan ran, no heat. I took a chance that it must be the thermostat so I bought a new one identical to the OEM and everything works. End of story. I don't really know what was wrong with the thermostat and don't care. It works. I had a previous problem with this furnace about 3 years ago. Found, what felt like, a 1/4 lb dirt dabber nest in the duct. Put screens on the outside to prevent this from happening again.
mikestock 11/19/20 06:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Finally had enough with Atwood electric jacks

I think that the simpler you can make it the better off you are. If you don't mind the manual jacks I would stick with them. I, through the years have gone from tents to pop ups to bumper tows to three fivers to 2 motor homes. After all this I can attest to the fact that I spent less time dealing with problems with all the other campers combined than with either of the motor homes. If you really intend to camp for years into the future I would aspire to get a very nice fiver with all the bells and whistled you desire and never let yourself believe you want to buy a motor home.
mikestock 11/18/20 07:10pm Tech Issues
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