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RE: Wind!

Brandon you guessed wrong. I believe slide toppers should be installed at the factory. Tire covers are a good plan, too, particularly for the spare. Since I boondock at -37 c (-34 f), I prefer to have no slides at all.
pianotuna 10/26/21 08:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: genny conundrum

Hi, My RV grew a cage for the Yamaha 2800. It has remote electric start added. The reason it grew was theft. If I end up replacing it, I'll go to Champion 3400. I'm leery of running the generator while sleeping. I don't think a slide out is far enough away unless a genturi is used. I've had the CO detector alarm go off in the past and my cage would be more away from the RV than a slide out. My previous RV I used a box and ramp--so I could get the generator 30 feet away.
pianotuna 10/26/21 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wind!

I think covers cause more damage than they protect against. It's OK to think things. I've covered 5 different trailers from Nov to April going back about 15 years and have yet to witness any damage from them, I think I'll keep using them, they're Skookum, whatever the #$%@ that means lol. The storage yard I use has 1000 RV's and not one single cover. None of the other local storage places have any RV's with covers. Could I be in the majority who don't use covers? Another reason I do not cover is that I do use my RV in extreme cold. If the cover were frozen it would not be too easy to remove it.
pianotuna 10/26/21 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wind!

I think covers cause more damage than they protect against.
pianotuna 10/26/21 01:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Solar" Sub-Forum

Perry, I use the new messages to get where I want to go. If I find something I hope is useful for others, I simply start a new thread. Technology is for computers, mapping, and cell phones.
pianotuna 10/26/21 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for new motorhomeā€¦

Give the state of poor quality control I believe a good used RV would be the best bang for the buck. If I were buying new I would look carefully at:
pianotuna 10/26/21 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Laptop battery stored in a cold car...?

Remove the battery. Wrap it in a blanket And that will do what? Is the battery going to generate its own heat? Electric blanket? You'll need a long cord, those airport parking lots are huge. Wrap in blanket laptop and battery (removed). Then allow the laptop and battery to slowly warm up to room temperature. Then charge. Li can be frozen--not recommended. But charge them when it is -4 F and you have a poor and expensive door stop. You want them to warm up slowly if at all possible.
pianotuna 10/26/21 09:53am Technology Corner
RE: Looking for new motorhomeā€¦

I'd recommend looking for a good used Class C.
pianotuna 10/25/21 11:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to build a LiFePo4 battery bank.

time2roll, Any idea how cold it got and what the high temperatures were during the day time? I'm glad it has worked out so well.
pianotuna 10/25/21 04:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

JaxDad, Since you have plenty of power, I'd go for enough solar to maintain and/or slowly recharge all battery banks in the RV. It is so nice to not have to worry about things needing to start. I'd still go for a hybrid inverter/charger as load support makes life easier. I'm revising my plans for a massive battery bank. I do have remote electric start for my generator--and a way to keep the battery from going stone bone dead when I leave it in 'standby' mode.
pianotuna 10/25/21 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charging Timer?

Otherwise, what would be the point of a timer that looses not only the time but the programming.. You can also opt for the simpler and cheaper "mechanical" versions that use a adjustable "pin" to trip on/off, those typically give you 30 minute increments and are "24hr" type which means the program repeats every 24 hrs. height=300 width=400 Found HERE for about $8 Granted, the time will stop when you lose power, no big deal when it comes to charging a battery and you can leave it pickup anytime the power comes back on or adjust it. Dirt cheap, simple and reliable. My local Ham radio clubs used the simple timer method for 20 some yrs to maintain backup power (old car battery) for the clubs emergency communications shack.. Now days they use newer tech but idea is still the same. As a note, you want one that is rated for appliances which uses relays or mechanical switches. Ones not rated for appliances can and often use solid state Triac devices to do the switching which may not work well with your converter or power supply. The mechanical ones are currently at Dollerama in Canada for $4.
pianotuna 10/25/21 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator replacement

on the other hand--by the time you pay for a propane fridge--you can add solar and batteries and still have money in the bank.
pianotuna 10/25/21 10:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Recent "improvements" to the web site.

QCman, I use the trip planner from It gets me where I want to go, mostly.
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:25pm Good Sam Club
RE: Refrigerator replacement

Have you considered residential?
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:22pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Newly Retired

agesilaus Active cases rate is 2.4% in Florida. Active cases rate is 0.8% in Arizona. Active cases rate is 0.2% in Saskatchewan--and that is the WORST in Canada. So IF I were going to choose which is safer, I'd pick Arizona. I'm not going to either, at least for now.
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:20pm Snowbirds
RE: Charging Timer?

Gdetrailer, Does it retain it's "memory" if the power goes off?
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

JaxDad, I hope it works beyond your wildest dreams. Solar and inverter/charger? (Victron or Outback NOT Magnum).
pianotuna 10/24/21 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Laptop battery stored in a cold car...?

Remove the battery. Wrap it in a blanket When you return, leave the laptop in the blanket and warm slowly for 5 hours. Then fully charge the unit.
pianotuna 10/24/21 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Charging Timer?

BFL13, If you can't return it would you believe that quality control is high--or low? It doesn't matter if it is a 50 cent item--if you can't return it--I am NOT interested. I could not find the owner's manual.
pianotuna 10/24/21 02:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging Timer?

Seller does not accept returns.
pianotuna 10/24/21 12:10pm Tech Issues
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