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RE: Generator vapor locking

I've got the 4K version and I think you've described what ours does to a "T". Today it's upper 90's and the generator just shut it self off while we were sitting in a parking lot. I popped open the door and it's an oven in there. I've seen people cutting the door up and installing a DIY grill. I'm thinking of doing that to try to help dissipate the heat.
pconroy328 07/19/20 10:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best place to buy Dometic Brisk Air 2 top unit

We got our replacement from Dyers. Great price, shipped quickly. I will buy from them again.
pconroy328 06/29/20 11:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

Coleman mach 15 in a 33ft travel trailer We had a Mach 15 in our 31' Greyhawk and it couldn't keep our coach cool when temps outside were above 95*F. If we drove thru the Southwest in the Summer, we would bake inside the coach. Temps would be 105* outside and 100* inside. Awful. Then about two years later, the whole thing cr*pped out. Died. It's like all of the coolant evaporated. I needed a replacement immediately so I replaced it with another Mach 15. It's on our to-do list to yank the Fantastic Fan out of the rear bedroom and plunk a 13.5K unit back there. For an interim solution, we've picked up a couple of 9K BTU portable AC units. I duct them out the window. Between the 15K and the portable we can make the coach habitable.
pconroy328 06/29/20 11:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question about the output from my DIY Solar

Thank you all very much!!! Today was the day I was going to experiment and run the battery down to 60%, but it's cloudy and rainy today! :) But all of your explanations helped very much! Thank you!
pconroy328 06/06/20 10:10am Tech Issues
Question about the output from my DIY Solar

So I could use a "shove in the right direction." My Solar is all DIY. Two 100 watt panels, an EPEver 30A MPPT controller. One group 27 (for now). It's working. It's keeping the battery charged. But I don't think it's working right, or even close to optimal. The first 100 watt panel is two years old. I started with it, just one 100 watt. I added the second 100 watt panel a month ago - wired parallel. Wire from panels to controller is 10g stranded from Home Depot. Thing is I just started watching the power output recently! Today is FULL SUN, No Clouds, Noon in Denver. I'm getting 30 watts. Looking back at historical data for the week, the best I've ever done is 85 watts from the two panels. Does that happen? I *am* plugged in and the battery is fully charged. Is that what's happening? The controller is smart enough to dial down the wattage since it's not needed? If I unplugged and discharged the battery - will I see the controller display more wattage from the panels? (As I'm typing this, I think I'll try that now. Unplug.) But I'm a bit confused and wanted to hear from some of you. Thank you!!!
pconroy328 06/05/20 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: No Hot water

Common mistake I've made, a lot of us have made. Turn the water heater bypass back "off" :)
pconroy328 04/19/20 04:26pm Tech Issues
Roswell NM

Youngest son wants to see the Aliens in a couple of weeks. I just called one RV park and they're full apparently. Two more parks to call. But if we have to boondock it - does anyone know the area and have some suggestions for boondocking out by Roswell? thanks!
pconroy328 03/04/20 10:11pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dr Doug cbd oil verus pain meds

It can and does work, but we don't really know effective doses and doses that create side effects. This would be my concern. I tried it for hip pain. But I started with 80mg, then 250 then 750 (if I recall correctly). I have no idea how you'd assess dosage for an animal other than using some rough correlation on body weight. Many many people up here swear by it as a Miracle Drug. I have no opinion one way or the other.
pconroy328 02/13/20 11:37pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Need some advice

Bienvenue!! Let me see if I can help with some answers and suggestions : Renting a RV is expensive. Prices vary enormous. Can anyone help us with finding a good and reliable rental agency in the neighborhood of Denver? Yes – it is expensive. There’s a daily rate and a mileage surcharge. I believe you pay $0.25 for every mile over 100 miles per day. 4000 miles over 5 weeks – is 4000 miles over 35 days. About 114 miles per day. So you would want to consider the additional expense.\ Last time I looked there were two rental agencies in the Denver area. But that was three years ago. Bear in mind you will fly into Denver International Airport and then need to get transportation to the Rental Agency. There should be plenty of Uber and Lyft cars available for you. We think an RV with a length of 20 feet is sufficient for a couple. I get the impression that 25 feet is very popular. But it seems to big for just a couple. And it consumes more. Any advice in this matter? Our first RV was 23’ and we were a family of five. I would let price dictate my choice. If you can afford a bit more, then I’d prefer the 25’. Our National Parks will be easier to navigate as long as you stay in the 20-27 foot range. Smaller will be easier to drive. Compared with a large car, SUV of something like that is a RV limited in the roads you can taken? Yes – you may encounter a road in a National Park that says “No motorhomes (Rvs) allowed” or “No RVs over Length X” You will be able to visit more places if you’re in an SUV or a Van. Our current RV is a 31 foot Class C and if we know we’re going to need a car, we often rent one at that location. Lots of agencies talk about standard and additional assurances. What is necessary and what is advisable? Are you referring to additional Insurance coverage on the RV? If so the rental agency will have some advice. You may want to call them way in advance and post what they tell you here. Then we can add our opinions. Is it difficult to find camping places and should they be booked in advance? Further I have seen free camping places (including Wall Mart). What are the experiences with these places? Yes. I’m sorry to be so blunt – but yes. It is difficult to find places to camp without making reservations. Many of our Walmart’s out here no longer allow Free Overnight Stays. There are Rest Areas and Truck Stops along the interstates that allow free overnight camping. But we use them only if we cannot find a camping spot. My suggestion would be to really plan out your trip. And make reservations with campgrounds at each day’s destination. Camping (caravaning) is very popular here and campgrounds fill up quickly. I wish you Bon Voyage!
pconroy328 02/09/20 01:00pm Class C Motorhomes
Winter camping...

Our Jayco 2016 Greyhawk 31FK has exposed pipes underneath which cramps our style. When the temps hit low 20's (farhenheit) things will freeze. I've been goofin' with some Heat Cable - the kind you put on the roof to prevent ice dams. After a dozen experiments, I've figured out that the hot-est the cable gets is about 150*F. I bought some PEX from Home Depot, some temperature sensors and some timers. I placed temp sensors in the pipe (immersed) and outside next to the heat cable. What I've come to the conclusion is that pulsing the cable on for 30 mins, off for 30 mins keeps the water in the pipe well above 60*F. The pipe itself seemed to reach about 80*F. In fact on for 30 and then off for 60 minutes seems to be fine too. 60' of this branded Heat Cable consumes 300 watts. So it's not a power hog. I'm planning on taking this to the next step. Climbing under the doggone RV and see if there's a way I can wrap the exposed pipe with the heat cable. Unfortunately, it might be Spring before I get under it. :)
pconroy328 02/09/20 12:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I give up..NEW PC

\is this a good program to transfer data from old to new or is it just better to copy files, etc to thumb drive and then place them on new PC. I truly appreciate all help I have received on this forum recently.. Remember programs like PCMover and other "Cloning" programs can move your applications as well as your data. Assuming you want them moved, assuming it's the same OS, etc. A USB Thumb Drive works perfectly well for transferring data files. Plus you get the benefit of doing a little cleanup when you put them back down.
pconroy328 02/02/20 02:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Trip out west, YNP, Glacier. Which cell booster to get?

I'm a father of a child with Autism. The phone and Youtube are his lifeline and his way he copes with the outside world. We can do NPs but with some acomodations. There are plenty of Chuck's out there. Usually it's a disapproving look. Sometimes they're bold enough to open their mouth. My son's going to have to learn that this world is still full of folks who talk first, think later.
pconroy328 01/31/20 03:58pm Technology Corner
RE: Got a Amazon fire TV stick

My Firestick has started locking up the remote - religiously. Happens now about every 3rd day. Extremely annoying.
pconroy328 01/29/20 11:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Make a "Smart" RV ?

I'm talking about technology. Touch pads, internet, cell phone, auto on/off lights appliances, etc.. voice commands... ie: Siri, Alexa...etc. what would you want, need, find cool to have Let's take 'em one by one: - touch pads: hold that thought - internet: easy to do with a SmartPhone Hotspot or a dedicated HotSpot - cell phone: spend a couple of hundred buxs for a dash radio unit with bluetooth and you'll get what you want The rest. It can be done - but you're going to have to bust out the soldering iron and roll your own I would guess. You'd have to be a Nerd at heart. I'm up to, um, five Raspberry Pis in our RV doing "stuff"
pconroy328 01/25/20 08:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime. XP is still used by quite a few companies for specialized applications. Companies invested millions of $'s and labor to develop custom software for XP. When MS comes out with new OS's that are not fully backwards compatible it is painful for these companies to start all over again. Of course this doesn't affect the casual home or office user so few realize the significance of such problems. I have a multitude on PC's running every OS including good old DOS! One runs native XP, another running XP under HyperV on Windows 10. Working on redeveloping software but it will take time. Sure. Yes. You're right! There's OS/2 out there! But show me ONE corporation that says "Oh, we're happy to be on XP in 2020! We're thrilled." No it's because they're stuck - they can't (or won't) recode. XP (like any operating system) still has a number of open holes. Exploits never closed, never fixed. If a company wants backwards compatibility, I'd pick UN*X over Winders in a heartbeat. Even some of the Motif apps I wrote in the early 90's still run on Linux. ;)
pconroy328 01/24/20 12:03am Technology Corner
RE: Cellular Hotspot

2nd, two whip antennas. Not only did it not improve signal strength, speed test showed a 20% drop in data transfer speed. Talked to the smartest electrical engineer I know, he said even with the short (12") coax, the signal loss on that cable may overcome any advantage I might get out of the antenna. This. I'm not a EE and I'm not an antenna engineer. But there's a Youtube nerd I watch regularly that will occasionally test antennas with his gear and a spectrum analyzer. It's painfully clear that most attempts to mod ("improve") the antennas on an off-the-shelf piece of gear will likely make things worse. I've had two good successes in increasing range. First was to take just the outside antenna that shipped with the Alfa Camp Pro and plug it directly into my laptop. That's a nice outdoor antenna with good dB gain. The second was to take a decent Asus router (RT-AC3100) and use it as a range extender. It's pretty good.
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Lights

If this is a Forest River product, they got a bunch of LEDs that failed. If you contact the dealer, they would replace for free. In our fifth wheel, we had 8 out of 14 go out within about 2 months. We had another issue and when we took it to the dealer, they replaced them. A month after that, several other original lights went out. Again, I called the dealer and they just shipped us the remainder of the lights that replaced ALL the originals. This - our 2016 Jayco came with a ton of bad LEDs. I contacted Jayco and got SIX replacement fixtures. Then four more failed. This time I called the Light manufacturer and they sent me FOUR. Now a couple more a failing. Clearly a bad batch from China. What pains me is that these are hardwired fixtures. Replacement isn't difficult but you need a screwdriver, wire cutters, wire strippers and some wire nuts. Silly. Jayco made it difficult to save a few pennies.
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

To the OP - don't continue to use XP and the Internet. You put yourself and others at risk. Ever since I tossed my 486/33MHz system in the trash, a system I paid $3500 for in the lat 80's, I've wrapped my head around this tenet: Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime. That 486/33 machine was working as well in 1998 as it did in 1989. But it was *worthless*. No charity wants an old laptop. IDE drives that aren't supported. A BIOS that can't boot from USB. A screen that maxes out at 1024x768. A power supply that sucks 90 watts. For $5, I can buy a Raspberry Pi Zero W that kicks an old laptop's b*tt by every measure. If I wanna splurge, I'll pop $35. I hate throwing away old hardware. It pains me. But those things become worthless - $0.00 or worse.
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:35pm Technology Corner
RE: MIA - Mexico

any check in from Mex? Hope he's well!
pconroy328 01/22/20 10:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with Computer issue

Modem, as in dial-up connection? Probably as in DSL modem.
pconroy328 01/09/20 10:21pm Technology Corner
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