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RE: directtv from home to rv?

I may have miss used the "tracking" term, but that's the way the dealer described it. I just climbed up the ladder and saw a little dish that said DirectTv, I think. Did it look like a typical home style sat dish or was it a covered dome? All in-motion (tracking) dishes I am aware of are under domes. It is possible that the trailer has a Winegard Trav'Ler antenna. Art
older_fossil 07/05/19 11:11am Technology Corner
RE: Mind the Batteries

I have been flamed for saying this but there are no SIX VOLT batteries in RV's. Only 12 volt that have been split into two halves for easier handling. To be very pedantic,everything is built from multiple battery cells. The chemistry of lead-acid batteries produces a voltage of about 2V. Internally all 12V batteries are constructed with six cells connected internally in series. 6V batteries only have three cells. Connecting two 6V batteries in series just gets you back to 6 cells x 2V. Art
older_fossil 06/25/19 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2006 Ford E450 Super Duty towing capacity?

Some models of a stripped E-450 chassis may be spec'd to tow up to 10,000 lbs. But for motorhomes the GVWR and GCWR specs are much more relevant. For 2006 the GVWR was 14,050 and the V-10 chassis has a GCWR of 18,500 lbs. So if your motorhome fully loaded for travel approaches the full GVWR, the towing capacity is only 4,450 lbs. The hitch rating on the motorhome could further limit the capacity. Art
older_fossil 05/30/19 08:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Vultures!

We visited the Everglades last month. No problems with the vultures camping at the Flamingo campground, but they are still a problem at the Royal Palm vistor's center. Below is a picture of the vultures doing their thing. Note the tarp on one car. The NPS still provides tarps and bungees for visitor use there. Art
older_fossil 05/19/19 06:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical Help Please

The funny thing is I can't find any solenoids or anything that looks like a solenoid other than the Big Boy Battery Isolator. And no there is no solenoids in the BCC The Big Boy Battery Isolator Relay sure looks like a specialized solenoid to me. Art
older_fossil 04/22/19 12:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical Help Please

A bad charge solenoid would cause both problems. I'd test if there is ever any voltage across the smaller (control) terminals on the charge solenoid, when on shore power and the coach batteries are over 13.3V. If not, you may have a bad BCC. If there is voltage there, check the voltages on both sides of the solenoid (large terminals) to ground. A working solenoid should be at essentially the same voltage on both sides. Art
older_fossil 04/21/19 03:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical Help Please

I went back and re-read this thread, paying attention to the OP's posts. I don't think it is ever clear which problem(s) he is having. 1 - The house batteries don't charge from the engine alternator. 2 - The chassis batteries don't charge when on shore power. 3 - Both of the above If #1, then it is likely a bad solenoid or the circuit activating it. If #2, he need to understands the capabilities of his BCC to see if that is a supported feature. A little clarification would help.
older_fossil 04/20/19 07:16am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter and Solar Basics

Be aware that unless you have a large array of solar panels that you will have somewhat limited power from those panels and only when in direct sunlight. Depending on the size of your inverter, the inverter is capable of drawing large amounts of power out of your batteries quickly. You need to learn about power generation, usage and management in RVs. I'd recommend studying something like: Art
older_fossil 03/28/19 07:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keep a Word Change a Word, Part II.

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older_fossil 02/24/19 03:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: TireMan valve stems

Chuck Carvitto, died 05/04/2018. He had no children and his wife Sue died before him. He had closed his shop in Ridgecrest, CA, a few years ago and was selling custom valve stems by mail order. I don't think there was anyone to take over the tire stem business.
older_fossil 01/24/19 09:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Through or around San Francisco

Our usual route 101 southbound is to take the 37 eastbound around San Pablo Bay to I-80. Then take I-80 south to the I-780. Then I-780 east to the I-680. Take I-680 across the Benicia-Martinez Bridge (free direction) and down past Walnut Creek and Pleasanton to rejoin the 101 in San Jose. Of course, take care to try and avoid rush hours as much as possible.
older_fossil 12/07/18 02:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: Monitor Battery Level....

The only time that voltage is a good indicator of state-of-charge is when it has "rested" with no load or charging for at least 4 hours. This is not practical in real life. As stated above, a meter that uses a current sensing shunt is much more useful. A unit like Victron BMV-712
older_fossil 08/24/18 11:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hwy 395 california

Ricardo CG at Red Rock SP has a few sites you could fit in. If you don't mind a couple of miles of dirt road, boondocking off Movie Road in the Alabama Hills west of Lone Pine is great. French Camp CG near Tom's Place (just north of Sherwin Summit) has some sites you could fit in. Old Shady Rest CG in Mammoth Village has some large sites. I believe there is still free camping at Glass Creek north of Mammoth. We've also stayed at Washoe Lake State Park north of Carson City, NV. If you stay in Bishop or pass through near lunchtime, be sure to stop at Erick Schat's Bakery for fresh turkey sandwiches (RV parking in Bishop City Park).
older_fossil 08/12/18 02:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 395 california

Thank you. Any recommendations on campgrounds along this route? Are you looking for RV spots with hookups, dry camping sites or boondocking? Art
older_fossil 08/12/18 11:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 395 california

We are wanting to drive from Barstow CA to Reno on Hwy 395 in the middle of May next year. Any problems for a 36 foot motohome along this route? Normally not a problem. There is a big climb out of Bishop (Sherwin Grade) and a smaller climb between Lee Vining and Bridgeport. Hwy 58 from Barstow to the 395 is fairly flat and straight and 395 up to Bishop is as well, with some hills. We drove this route late April in our 39' Tiffin Allegro Bus towing our Jeep Grand Cherokee. We did hold over an extra day in Bishop because of the threat of snow up north of Mammoth, which never materialized. Mid May is usually no problem. Art
older_fossil 08/12/18 11:03am Roads and Routes
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