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RE: Personal experience with having slides and no slides?

I have had two travel trailers without slides and three 5th wheels with slides. I definitely love the added room of the slides but the most important aspect to me is being able use what you need without opening the slides so truck stops and rest areas are an option if necessary.
pinesman 08/30/19 10:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Old magnetic cell phone antenna-UPDATE

The reason that I asked is that I have a booster in my shop which works great and is easy to get to and take out. For kicks and giggles I took it to my 5th wheel and hooked it up using a steel plate on the roof as a ground plane and an old ('90s vintage) magnetic antenna left over from the old bag phone days. It barely got me one more bar on my phone. I am taking a chance and ordering a new Wilson magnetic antenna of the right frequency. If it works-problem solved. If not, it certainly will not be the last $20 that I have wasted. I figured the distance between the indoor and outdoor antennas is not quite the issue with a magnetic one vs. a yagi antenna like I have on my shop
pinesman 08/28/19 06:53pm Technology Corner
Old magnetic cell phone antenna-UPDATE

Does anyone know if a 20 year old magnetic cell phone antenna would work with the new booster/repeater. I am thinking the technology was too different but maybe I am wrong
pinesman 08/27/19 05:00pm Technology Corner
RE: wilson electronics 4G-X RV cellular signal booster

I do not have any db numbers at the moment. What I do know is I had no signal at all and could not get a text or call at all in my shop (steel building) before. Now texts and calls come in fine. Data is a little slow but it is slow in the house with the other system also. If I can remember when I get home, I will try to get some numbers. It consists of a yagi antenna, and inside booster with attached antenna. Something like this
pinesman 08/23/19 06:51am Tech Issues
RE: wilson electronics 4G-X RV cellular signal booster

I have a WeBoost system on my house which is in a very rural area and it drastically improves reception. I also have a steel shop where I had no reception. I did not want to spend $500 for another WeBoost so I took a chance on a $50 unit on ebay. I really can't tell much difference in the $500 unit in the house and the $50 unit in my shop. I am not saying the WeBoost is not better, just saying in my case there is not much difference. I just was not willing to accept that Wilson/WeBoost is the only company with the technology to boost a phone signal.
pinesman 08/22/19 07:23pm Tech Issues
RE: cell phone booster

My $50 booster came in today. I put it on a 20' mast at the end of my shop and ran the wire inside. My 4G is not fast or solid enough to stream movies very much but text and voice work just fine. There really is not much difference in this, my WeBoost in the house or the Hughesnet scam that I also have. Not perfect but I didn't have ANYTHING in my shop before
pinesman 08/14/19 07:45pm Technology Corner
RE: cell phone booster

I took a chance on a $50 kit on Ebay. I will update this post when I get it in and set up
pinesman 08/11/19 05:47am Technology Corner
cell phone booster

I am looking for information on the less expensive cell phone boosters. I have a $500 WeBoost system in my house but I am looking for something less expensive for my shop. I see prices all over the place from $50 on up on ebay but do not know how good they really are. My carrier is US Cellular which uses a combination of 700MHz, 850MHz, and 1900MHz for voice, 1X, 3G, and 4G LTE. Unfortunately in my exact location I seldom get 4G LTE but want to be ready if more towers are added and reception improves. 3G is much mor common for me with occasionally 1X depending on the weather. I usually have 1-2 bars of signal outside and nothing in my steel shop. Does anyone have any experience with these cheaper booster kits. I am having a hard time believing WeBoost is the only game in town. Thanks.
pinesman 08/09/19 07:06am Technology Corner
RE: Duramax Turbo

I had the same issue a few years ago when my turbo actually went out. GM replaced the turbo under warranty but my mileage and power went to pot until i got it fixed even with the code cleared. within the last year, I have gotten the low boost code a few times with no change in driveability. It could be a loose clamp, or even a bad electrical connection causing it to throw that code. I just clear the code and go on
pinesman 08/05/19 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gravel rv pad?

My 5th wheel is 31' long but I made the level part of my packed gravel pad large enough to accommodate a 36' x 18' carport. Due to the contours of my land, on one end the gravel is probably 18" deep tapered back to nothing on the other end. The sides and high end are tapered down to ground level. I would rather spend the majority of my money putting a roof over the top rather than putting concrete below the trailer
pinesman 07/19/19 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: charging batteries with truck

OP here. When I retire and can spend more time on the road, I plan to get the smaller inverter generator and some solar panels. I have plenty of battery for a weekend of dry camping. I was just thinking about the once or twice (or maybe zero) times in a year that we would be able to get out for a longer time dry camping. I already have the cables so that would be no cost
pinesman 07/04/19 12:02pm Tech Issues
charging batteries with truck

Several years ago when the fifth wheel that I had at the time only had room for one battery, I carried 2 more in the back of my truck. I used 2 sets of good jumper cables with ring terminals on one end and winch connectors on the other end to supply extra battery power when dry camping. Fast forward a few years and my current trailer has room for 4 batteries so I do not use the cables like I used to. However, I got to thinking about using those same cables to charge my batteries using the truck. I would not be using it for hours to run everything but just a little while to top off the batteries in the trailer. Has anyone done anything like this?
pinesman 07/04/19 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Locks on Propane tanks?

When I put new locks on my fifth wheel storage compartments, I added one to the propane compartment door. My rule is whenever the propane is turned on, the compartment is unlocked
pinesman 06/29/19 07:48pm General RVing Issues
tank monitors

I do realize the tank monitors are not very accurate generally speaking. However, my experience has usually been the monitors show fuller than they actually are. I have a 4 tank system: fresh, black, gray, and galley. The gray and fresh work reasonably well but the black and galley read empty all the time. My gut feeling is the actual panel is bad. Considering the underbelly is enclosed, the actual panel is much easier to replace than the sensors. Has anyone else had this particular problem and found the panel to be the problem? Thanks.
pinesman 06/23/19 02:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Hills in October

We stayed at Crerkside in Hill City a couple years back. Was pretty nice for a bDe camp
pinesman 06/20/19 05:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Atwood Hot water heater drain plug

I did something very similar as cloud except I used a pre made sink supply line. No problems in a year
pinesman 06/20/19 05:20am Tech Issues
RE: dded a new toy to the RV fun equation...

Based on my experience with directional truck tires and tractor tires, they are mounted backwards. They just need to be switched from one side to the other
pinesman 06/13/19 05:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Older Yamaha EF1000

Based on the history of this generator, I believe it is a gummed up carb and probably easily fixed. However, after doing more research I just do not think it is as quiet as I want so I am going to pass on this one and get something newer that is quieter. For those who had anything constructive to say, thanks for the input.
pinesman 06/08/19 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Older Yamaha EF1000

There has to be one in every group so moving on, does anyone have any experience with this particular generator?
pinesman 06/07/19 07:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Older Yamaha EF1000

The guy is asking $125 so I figure if it is a simple fix, I could spend some money and still come out ok
pinesman 06/07/19 07:09pm Tech Issues
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