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RE: Lifespan of water pump

Anybody Have Experience with an old pump dying on them? I’m thinking of changing to a new pump in my driveway and just keep the old one as a spare , The old one is 18 years old .I’m also considering replacing the Original Convertor and keeping the old one as a spare . Does anybody else do this? Sure, old pumps can and will fail, but so can new pumps (though obviously less often), and you can't really predict when it's going to happen. Unless it's exceptionally hard to get to on the road, I'd just keep the new pump in the RV trunk as a spare and and plan to replace the old one if it breaks. But mine's easy to get to, just take out 2 underbed drawers and I can reach right in and replace it. Though mine does double duty, since my RV doesn't have a gravity fill (it takes water pressure to fill the freshwater tank), I use the pump if I need to fill the freshwater tanks from a water jug (or to pump in antifreeze for winterizing) I wouldn't bother keeping the old one (pump or converter) as a spare, do you really want to go through all the trouble to swap it out with an 18 year old replacement?
rlw999 01/25/22 04:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Plan B: Cell Signal Repeater?

I'm aware of the pros and cons of cellular signal boosters, but that's not what they need. Since they don't have any signal down there, there's nothing to boost. But what about a repeater to send the signal down the hill? Is there even such a thing? Does anyone here have experience with one? Rather than a cellular repeater, I think you'd have better luck using a cellular Wifi router that you can put up on the hill to send Wifi down the hill. There's too much chance of causing cellular interference by using a cellular repeater to try to rebroadcast the cell signal long distance down the hill -- most cellular repeaters use a very low power transmitter inside the car/house/rv to reduce the chance of interference. Something like a Pepwave BR1 would work. Depending on the cell signal strength, you can use the included omnidirectional cellular antennas or add a higher gain omni or directional antenna. Then use a directional Wifi antenna to aim the Wifi signal down to where you need it and depending on distance, either connect your devices directly to that wifi network, or use a Wifi repeater with another directional antenna aimed up the hill. If you're going to run power up the hill to it, then another option would be to run ethernet (or fiber) to the device, then you don't need the long distance Wifi link. My brother does something similar at his mountain cabin - he can't get any cell signal inside the cabin, but he experimented and found that putting his cell phone on a 30 foot high pole to get it above terrain enough to get decent signal. So he put his Pepwave on top of a pole, and runs ethernet from it inside the cabin to a Wifi repeater. It's easy to do this experiment, he just taped his phone to a pole, and ran a cell signal recording app to see how high he had to get it to see signal.
rlw999 12/13/21 12:03pm Technology Corner

How do you watch your television? Wifi, satellite, antennae, how? I am new to rving and need an answer please. The first question is -- what do you want to watch on TV? Local stations? National cable channels? Streaming services? Many watch no TV at all. We watch Blurays or DVD's when we want something to watch, we removed the antenna long ago so can't watch over the air TV.
rlw999 11/15/21 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: basic driving skills

On the other hand, flats are much less common than they used to be. When I first started driving, I used to get a flat tire every few years. It's been over 20 years since I had a flat tire that left me stranded (and that time, it was both tires on one side, so the spare didn't help me). I've had slow leaks/punctures since then, but have always been able to pump up the tire and get to a tire store. I've got the tools to replace a flat in my Class C, but unless I was stuck somewhere outside of cell range, I'd call roadside service if I got a flat.
rlw999 11/12/21 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Box of many buttons (bomb)

I have no idea what a "box of many buttons" is or what it does ! I too was in the dark, I'd never heard of this. Seems it's a RV term for a video distribution switch, the only references I found for it online were in other RV forums:
rlw999 11/08/21 12:13pm Technology Corner
RE: T mobile Internet

Do you get throttled after the 50 GB? Or do you pay a overage fee? The salesperson I bought my plan from said that they throttle to 2G speeds (around 128kbit/sec) when the 50GB allotment is used up.
rlw999 11/05/21 12:15pm Technology Corner
RE: T mobile Internet

T mobile is offering 5g internet for $50 a month. That would save me about $240 a year. Has anyone tried it yet? I just bought that $50/50GB plan a couple weeks ago on a trip up and down the west coast. I bought it when a hotel I was staying at had abysmal wifi, and the T-mobile hotspot was far better than the hotel wifi... so far I've been very pleased. I'm using their Franklin T9 hotspot (they were out of stock on their new 5G hotspot, the salesman at the store said that he'd never seen one in person and didn't know when they'd be available). With good signal, I see around 20 - 40mbit/second of downstream bandwidth and up to 15mbit upstream. Right now I have 1 bar of signal strength and still see around 6mbit/sec downstream which is quite usable. My car has an AT&T hotspot built-in, but the T-mobile hotspot has been much faster, so I've been using the T-mobile hotspot instead of the car, and I'll probably stop paying for the car's hotspot and will use the T-Mobile in the RV and any time I go on long trips.
rlw999 11/05/21 11:35am Technology Corner
RE: Observations from the road

Let's please keep this about RVing. No mask debates and no vax fights. A couple of y'all missed this admonition and got deleted. Please re-read and please don't get this thread shut down. You can't really leave an anti-mask post that also claims are "hit and miss" and not expect people to respond. If you don't want this thread to become another mask+vaccine debate thread, you'll need to take down or edit *all* of the mask+vaccine debate posts.
rlw999 10/27/21 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: 4x4 Class C ?

It's a little bigger than your 28 foot target, but Nexus sells a 30 foot Super C 4WD Rebel: Thor sells some Super C 4WD's too, but they too may be a little bigger than you're looking for:
rlw999 10/21/21 02:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Safety question

I can crawl under our gasser without the jacks deployed for an oil change, but raising the front a few inches gives me a little more elbow room. Since a failing jack in this case won't endanger me, I don't drag out the jack stands. This still sounds like it could be unsafe -- if the jack fails suddenly, the suspension is going to compress a bit so if it was a tight fit before, it might be on top of you when it comes down. And it might be when you slid under a frame member to pick up the drain plug that rolled away... maybe you kicked the jack while you were scooting over and knocked off the hydraulic line.
rlw999 10/20/21 06:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ever hear of this camping company? Harvest Host

Here is want I wrote to the Harvest Host for a reply. 4. Your company sounds like a scam. Pay up front first $99.00 without being able to fully check out your sites and more. I get that HH isn't for everyone, but they have a 3 month money back guarantee, that seems like more than enough time to see if it's right for you. I considered joining, but decided not to, mostly for your first reason - they encourage only one day stays, and you generally need to arrive within the business hours of the host (which can be early afternoon for some). I don't mind their $20 purchase recommendation, as it's probably some food or wine that I'd buy anyway from somewhere else.
rlw999 10/09/21 09:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Air compressors

Probably need smaller compressor to haul with. Concerned whether it can top off 90-100 PSI, Also looking for moderately priced garage version. ViAir makes some good 12V compressors, but they're expensive, and there's a limit to how fast an affordable 12V compressor will be - a 1 HP motor at 12V will need over 60A of current. You can pick up a pretty big compressor at Harbor Freight for a few hundred dollars -- like one with a 21 gallon tank @ 175psi.It's going to take a little while to fill that tank, but once you do, inflations will be quick. I only fill my tires to 85psi so bought a relatively small Bostitch compressor - it's small enough that I can put it in the back trunk of the RV, but is pretty fast at filling tires. It needs 120VAC power so I need to run the generator or have shore power to use it. It's oil free, so I also use it to blow out the water lines at the end of the season.
rlw999 10/07/21 05:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air compressors

What type of air compressor do I need to get 110 PSI quickly? It takes forever on my current 4 gallon 135 PSI Craftsman. What is the best bang for the bucks? I can't say this is the fastest, but at over 1000cfm @ 350psi, this would be pretty quick: height=300 width=500 But someone will probably have more practical suggestions if you give a few more details - are you looking for something small and 12V powered that you can carry around in the RV and use anywhere? Do you just want something to keep in your garage at home? Do you want an oil-free compressor with an air regulator so you can use it to blow out the water lines for winterizing?
rlw999 10/07/21 03:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 400 mile electric RV

If a forest fire is caused by electric transmission lines, then it is not an act of nature. PG&E has caused more fires than Carters has pills. The need for building more transmission lines will increase exponentially as BEV ownership increases. Ergo, more fires. Or, you know, PG&E could maintain its powerlines instead of sending money to shareholders: Pacific Gas & Electric knew for years that dozens of its aging power lines posed a wildfire threat yet failed to replace or repair them, it was reported Wednesday. The company also reportedly spent $5 billion on shareholder dividends despite the need for repairs to decades-old equipment. Windmills kill bird and requires a huge landmass (somewhere between 1/3 to 1/2 of USA) to provide the power this nation needs. Everyone's an ecologist when it comes to wind turbines killing birds, but windmills kill an estimatedd 0.25 bird deaths per GWh of generated power, compared to 5.18 for Fossil Fuel plants. But both are dwarfed by birds killed by domestic cats, which kill over a billion birds a year. Solar has a similar problem, and would require about 25% of USA's land to provide the power needed. Source? We also compare the solar electric footprint to a number of other land uses. For example, we find that the base case solar electric footprint is equal to less than 2% of the land dedicated to cropland and grazing in the United States, and less than the current amount of land used for corn ethanol production.
rlw999 10/07/21 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Which evil is more acceptable? Oil spills or forest fires attributed to electrical powerlines? That's known as a False Dichotomy - it's not a choice between forest fires and oil spills.
rlw999 10/07/21 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

The Keystone pipeline upon completion would carry more than 800,000 barrels or 33.6 million gallons of oil through the pipeline per day. With no harmful emissions. We should use this "no harmful emissions" energy source to power the world, because a pipeline definitely consumes energy to pipe hot crude, albeit less than trucking it. So when they tell you this is about the environment, it is not; that would be false… The environment is more than just emissions -- one of the biggest environmental complaints was about the impact of spills, and the pipeline operator doesn't have a good track record - in existing Keystone pipeline segments, they had a 380,000 gallon spill in 2019, and 400,000 gallon spill in 2017, along with a number of smaller spills.
rlw999 10/06/21 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

BTW, two years ago we took a cruse ship through Prince William Sound (recall Exxon Valdez spill…) , whereby the Cruse Director stated that the sound had returned to it’s original condition…I was kinda doubtful, but with otters, whales and dolphins in the waters, I could see no signs of residual oil anywhere or on any shoreline, in fact the entire area looked absolutely pristine - thankfully, this is nature’s way… A 10 million gallon oil spill is not a good example of how oil is harmless. 30 years later and everything looks normal on the surface, but you don't have to dig too deep to find lingering effects from the spill. 19 of the 24 species have largely recovered, but the others still haven't fully recovered: The AT1 pod of locally distinct killer whales has yet to recover, and likely never will. The day of the spill, members of the pod were photographed swimming in oiled waters near the ruptured tanker. As detailed by Alaskan author and marine biologist Eva Saulitis, who studied the killer whales of Prince William Sound for many years, the oiled animals’ subsequent disappearance, possibly along with other factors, permanently undercut the survival of the pod. Today, the small pod drifts toward extinction. Impacts reach land, too. Prior to the spill, the rugged Naked Island archipelago in the central part of Prince William Sound was critical breeding habitat for pigeon guillemots and other seabirds, which nest in bluffs above the water where they forage for fish. The islands took a direct hit from the spill and guillemot populations never recovered. Recently, biologists took the dramatic step of killing mink on the islands, hoping that removal of the egg-eating predators might restore the birds. Now go visit Orange County beaches and let everyone know that they can rest assured that in a few decades, they'll hardly see a sign of the oil.
rlw999 10/06/21 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

I say OK, what yardstick should I use to measure the degree I am saving the planet? Elites tell us it is all about the reduction of the planet's GHG Emissions. What yardstick do you use to justify keeping your ICE? You can keep using that yardstick - no one is going to come to your house and take your ICE car. I say OK, to compare the many BEVs in the marketplace, what is the breakeven/carbon parity (in miles) for said BEVs? And all I hear is the sound of Jiminy Crickets. You posted one study from Volvo, which was based on the relatively inefficient BEV XC40 (79 MPGe vs 140 MPGe for the Tesla Model 3).Here's what Tesla's report says: The manufacturing process of a Model 3 currently results in slightly higher GHG emissions than an equivalent combustion engine vehicle. However, based on the global weighted average grid mix, a Model 3 has lower lifetime emissions than an equivalent ICE after driving 5,340 miles If reducing GHG Emissions is NOT the goal (selecting a BEV that reaches carbon parity the soonest), then what is? Hmmmm....could it be all about money (power)? How about operating cost? Emissions (even if you don't care about CO2, there are other emissions like Nitrous Oxide and particulates)? But for as little as your wife drives, she should drive her S430 into the ground, before shopping around for a new car. Government Subsidy games remind me of the old Robin Hood philosophy (redistribution of wealth). Except, the diminishment of wealth falls on those who can not afford to buy BEVs. Subsidies only apply to manufacturers that are new to EV's, the most popular (Tesla and GM) have already sold so many EV's that they are no longer subisdized, and they are still cost effective and popular cars.
rlw999 10/05/21 10:38pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

GD Wifey drives MBZ S430, lots of metal surrounds my bride. She wants an all wheel/4 WD now, but let's stick to your Mini Cooper example (even though that car is really for kids). And your link to the "calculator" does not work. I would love to see how they calculated a 12,500 mile carbon parity for a mixed grid (which Oregon is--in descending order: hydro, coal, natural gas, wind and nuke). I fixed the URL. I picked Germany since it's a mixed grid too, including coal, but Oregon shut down its last coal plant in 2020. Feel free to correct it for what you think is the correct energy mix for CO2, as well as for whatever car you think is acceptable, since you didn't really mean it when you said "pick the car", so you pick it. Her S430 is rated at 19mpg combined mileage which is around 12 l/100km for the calculator.
rlw999 10/02/21 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

In all of the states that participate in the grid, the power from all power stations across the US are "shared" regardless of the states borders. Texas runs their own independent "grid" which does not share power generation from outside the states border. So, in reality plugging your vehicle into the "grid" in your home state can and will use power from other power generation systems outside of your state. Pretty much negating every single "advantage" of being "green" since you are now partaking of coal and natural gas produced power.. While it's true that most of the USA is on the same grid, state is still a good geopolitical boundary, since it's the area that most citizens have control over and state power imports/exports are measured. I can't tell Idaho how to generate their power, but I can influence power in my own state. Oregon is a net exporter of power, so it's still fair to say that the power mix in Oregon is the same power mix used to fuel an EV there even if some of the electrons came from a coal plant in Nevada. I could see your argument for, say, Vermont where a significance portion of power is imported.
rlw999 10/02/21 01:28pm Tech Issues
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