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RE: Connecting Satellite Thru Outside Jack

I assume that the outside cable jack passes through a box with various switches (for roof antenna, cable jack, etc). The signal to the Dish Tailgater cannot go through that box. What I did was to look at the lines in and out of the box (what is it called, anyway?) and find the the cable jack input. Unplug the cable jack line from the box's input. Use a short extension coax (if neccessary) to connect the Dish receiver directly to the line from the cable jack. This is what I did on my old trailer. Just bypassed the box that had the splitter or whatever in it, bought a single coax wall plate and wired it directly. Problem solved.
rexmitchell 03/01/20 01:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish TV

another element of your decision is if you want the equipment bolted to your roof or if you want it portable we opted for the portable version We did too. Is way more versatile and gets used for more then one function.
rexmitchell 02/26/20 07:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish Network Play Maker Sat Antenna Problems

Does your trailer have a dedicated satellite jack on the outside or are you running it through the cable coax? If you aren’t on a dedicated satellite coax this could be the problem. Well, the problem for me was on the inside where the antenna/cable meet behind the outlet and merge into one coax to connect the TV. I had to disconnect the antenna wire and directly wire the cable inlet to the coax. That solved my problem. The splitter can cause issues with satellite signal.
rexmitchell 02/24/20 08:12am Technology Corner
RE: Dish TV

I have a dish tailgater but have dish service at home. If you already have dish service it costs 6 or 7$/month with no contract, no brainer if you already have the service. We use this in conjunction with WI-FI from our phones to the smart tv to stream Netflix, etc.
rexmitchell 02/22/20 08:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Wind barrier for breezy nights suggestions please...

Park your car upwind side of the fire.
rexmitchell 02/03/20 07:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing versus Heating RV Interior

Don’t do anything based on the forecast you provided. Temps have to be really really cold for extended times. Your chart shows it only drops to 32, and only then for two hours before it warms up again. Leave it alone, sleep well. This^ even a couple hours in the 20s isn’t going to wreck everything. When you have a hard freeze for 12+ hours is when I’d start worrying. I forgot to winterize my trailer and it got down to 24 degrees one night but was only below freezing for 3-4 hours. No problem there.
rexmitchell 02/03/20 02:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: How much do dealers pay for the RV's they sell

I’d venture to guess that a majority of a dealerships profits come from service and not new sales. I can see them selling at a lower price and making it up on the back end with service. Your correct there is variation and different margins, however $2000.00 gross a unit seems awfully low for the dealership is to be profitable. Sure, I wasn’t speaking on a specific $ figure. For lower end units a 2k profit would be plenty. For the higher end units that number is probably closer to 5k.
rexmitchell 02/01/20 01:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: How much do dealers pay for the RV's they sell

I’d venture to guess that a majority of a dealerships profits come from service and not new sales. I can see them selling at a lower price and making it up on the back end with service.
rexmitchell 02/01/20 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet choices, plastic vs. porcelain.

There is zero reason not to get porcelain. It’s better all around.
rexmitchell 01/31/20 07:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Steps vs side step bars

Get some Nfab bars. They are high and tight to the frame but still offer a nice step and look good. The 3 step are better but cost more. This is my 2500. 4wheel parts ran a sale on the Nfabs late last year, these cost me 205$ picked up in their store. Direct bolts to the factory frame holes.
rexmitchell 01/29/20 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3x3" receiver hitch!

Rex, yes the 2.5 to 2” square adapters or similar. They’re not a good thing for heavy use. Is there a reason the manufacturer don’t mention that when providing them? I’ve had zero issues with mine but just curious.
rexmitchell 01/28/20 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3x3" receiver hitch!

3” receivers use a 5/8 pin too. What needs to change? With shear on a 5/8 Gr 8 bolt/pin being about 27,000 lbs and hitch pins being in double shear, even with a 100% or a 2:1 factor of safety, a 5/8” pin is still good for 27klbs, or 54k ultimate strength. Short of being stopped and a semi truck rear ending your trailer at highway speeds, you can’t put 54,000lbs on a pickup truck hitch pin, even towing at the upper limits of what the truck will do. So I’m not sure why it would need to change. Now, for all the fools who use the adapters and tow heavy, that is not good. As soon as you slide in one of those adapters, you weaken the hitch pin considerably as it is now also in bending. Aside from the occasional light duty use, don’t use adapters. Get the right size hitch shank. When you say adapters, are you talking about the reducer sleeve that comes with the truck from the factory to reduce from 2.5 to 2 inch?
rexmitchell 01/28/20 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Toilet choices, plastic vs. porcelain.

Porcelain is way better, trust me. If weight is a concern take 2 less gallons of water and you have fixed that problem. Plastic toilets don’t compare once you have a porcelain one.
rexmitchell 01/26/20 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disconnect battery when not using?

Yes, as said above you need to disconnect the batteries when you leave to head home. Not a good idea disconnecting until you get home. You need the battery connected for the break away switch while towing. Our camper stays at our hunting camp so we aren’t pulling it back and forth until seasons end. Agree though for towing.
rexmitchell 01/16/20 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disconnect battery when not using?

Install a solar system to charge, and keep your battery, charged. Cheaper than repeated battery replacement. I was thinking about this today. We have an off grid camp setup in West Texas. We run a generator most of the time but a solar setup would be nice to not have to worry about charging the battery if we aren’t using the generator.
rexmitchell 01/16/20 07:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disconnect battery when not using?

If I read it right, one of the posters said to disconnect the battery when connected to shore power. I've always been under the impression that the battery needed to be connected in order for the converter to keep it charged. In fact, that's what the dealer told me 15 years ago. Is there a different way of thinking now? I’ve never done that since I want it to charge when connected. Otherwise how will it charge.
rexmitchell 01/16/20 07:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Disconnect battery when not using?

Thanks all. Until we can get a switch installed I’ll pull a cable.
rexmitchell 01/16/20 04:47pm Travel Trailers
Disconnect battery when not using?

We use out trailer every 3 weeks or so. Battery is always dead when we get back out even after 1-2 weeks. Replacing it since it’s going bad but wondering with the new if I should be disconnecting for these shorter storage times?
rexmitchell 01/16/20 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1st trailer... septic hookup questions

When I was hooked up long term to septic I let the gray water flow but kept the black closed and emptied it monthly or whenever was needed. I’ve seen others leave the black open all the time but I’ve been told letting the black tank fill then flush helps get all the solids out and keep doors down.
rexmitchell 01/13/20 08:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water and Gas Usage Rates

Drink bottled water, use paper plates and shower with as little water as possible and you can make water last. IMO I would get a gas generator and not propane. Gas can be acquired at a pump at any time of the night. Propane requires way more effort and planning.
rexmitchell 12/20/19 10:05pm Beginning RVing
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