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RE: Water pump

I have seen rigs with 3 or more switches. Momentary (touch touch or push one for on one for off) and if you had a drain leaking someone may have hit the outside switch. But I suspect.. I have 2.. when the pump fails I've often had something bump up against the one I do not often use.
wa8yxm 01/28/20 04:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Guard Protector..????

For a 30 amp RV I would recommend a Progressive Industries HW-30C Why the HW (Hard wired) Two reasons in a way both the same 1:Outta sight, outta mind means you will never forget it cause it's always there 2: Outta Signt, outta mind means it won't grow legs and walk off in the night Also it has a very good VERY GOOD warranty What I have is the 50 amp equivalent Southwire job cause it was one "Heck" of a sale.. What it does: SPike supression.. All the so called "Surge Guards" do this from the 10 dollar outlet strip to the thousands power line conditioners. HIGH VOLTAGE (Real surge) this damages most everything in the RV .. example no matter what others say "You Can not plug into 220 volt outlets with a TT30 plug) I have seen it done.. I've done it. (Proof of concept) Never got burned though cause the plug was a dogbone and nothing on the other end of the bone. I've also read far too many stories where a Professional electician wired a TT30 outlet for 230 volt (It says 125 max right on the plug body) I've stopped on such from doing that... In time. The unit also protects from LOW voltage. this damages the Air Conditioner and SOME other systems.. and the damage builds up over time. The Surge guard stops it. Finally it has a built in "Delay" on the PI Hard Wired set it to LONG Southwire there is no option (long it is) like wise the portables. This too protects the air conditioner if youget a power "Blink" (off and on say 1-200 seconds later) Very good product
wa8yxm 01/28/20 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Maybe the party is over.

Not sure but market saturation may also be an issue. Many companies have gotten big by market saturatration here is how it cycles. There is a need for a new kind of Widget So Widgets inc. sees the need. Designs and builds it and estimates the sales poetential. But the sales are WAY WAY higher than expected So Widget builds more factories and crank's 'em out by the millions instead of the thousands.. Only the market hits saturatrion and now Widgets has no customers. so bankrupt.
wa8yxm 01/27/20 04:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Atwood hot water heater thermostat question

As I understand you can get both 120 and 140's for Atwood. Check with a Sticks and Bricks. not an online supplier. Look for part # 91470
wa8yxm 01/27/20 04:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Not enough space for lugs on post of battery isolator

Depending on the size of the lug.... There is a product you can get at a battery store that is a bolt/nut.. Basically it's a lug extender It may have long enough threads or you can put one lug under the extender and tighten it down then put the other 2 on it (or the other way around)
wa8yxm 01/27/20 04:21pm Tech Issues
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 Cameras that can be hacked so the hacker can watch you walk around in your BVD's. No. .I'd not do that. No motivation at all to do that. This "Smart" technology is "nice" But the failure rate is kind of high and in an RV that can cause a secondary failure that is fatal if something happens when say you are driving.
wa8yxm 01/26/20 04:00am Technology Corner
RE: 12 volt problems

Yes disconnect is in the on position. One more thing when at a camp ground plugged into shore power and the disconnect put in the off position I loose my 12 volts lights but everything else works like tv wall plugs just no lights till place the disconnect back in the on position Ok beyond a question the converter is not putting out current to the house/battery.> Now there are 3 common causes (and one more not so common) 1: Tripped circuit breaker 120 volt panel usually marked CONV or something like that 2: Blown fuses. Reverse polarity 1,2 or 3. 30 amp fuses NOTE if one is blown all are blown So if there are 2 or 3 UNPLUG and Disconnect batteries before replacing or they will blow fast as you put 'em in . Once you have all of them replaced (if they need it) reconnect and plug in (NOTE if you put batteries in bass ackwards they will blow again, that's why they are REVERSE POLARITY fuses). 3: Converter is toast. If converter is part of power distribution panel get a Progressive Dynamics 4600. match the last two digits as close as you can to existing unit. IF it's a deck mount (Stand alone) 9200 same with the last 2 And the 4th one that bites me fairly often but is actually not all that common Mine is a PD 9180 with optional wizard (Functionally identically to 9200 every bit as good) PLUG IN model. this means it has a cord and in my case a 20 amp plug (Neutral is sideways). that occasionally falls OUT of the socket it's plugged into. When that happens. it don't work.
wa8yxm 01/24/20 03:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Get your Dometic Toldo - A real kick in the teeth.

Toledo is a town in Ohio,. it's on I-75 just south of the Michigan border. I would comment on the story but beyond one word "sad" what I'd have to say is not ... something I'd care to say in this forum.
wa8yxm 01/24/20 03:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about PC's..

NOthing wrong with a SSD Drive just make sure it's big enough to do some good. You do need a drive Now what does she use it for? Storing photos, Surfing the web, Facebook et-al. ONLY Consider a Chrome book WHy Cheaper Though equally hackable it's easier to fix I pop a 128Gig "hard card" (MIcro SD card) in the side and I can store .. A lot IF the thing gets "Sick" (A virus) and I've had it happen.. POWER WASH less than 5 minutes and I'm brand new (Save for the data that's still on the card) Also can run limited Linux software two different ways but that's more for you than her Very basic "Text Pad" can be added as well as all the major apps like LastPass, Swagbuchs, Honey Speil, spell check. and more Also runs many android apps. All in a box where you get major change back from $200
wa8yxm 01/24/20 03:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Locast being sued

First Locast is of no use to me they "Geo-fence" their product to the broadcast television stations they re-cast's footprints. They do not operate where I am. But this is something I question with ALL Tv delivery services save Over the Air. Let's say I am near Detroit. MI and I subscribe to a Cable or Sat TV service so I don't need to put up a big Yagi to get WXYZ-TV (Channel 7.x) Well the cable or sat provider PAYS WXYZ. Should it not be the other way around? I mean the station's viewership goes up as a result of the cable delivery More viewers means ads cost more so station profit goes up So why is WXYZ not paying Dish? But then that's my opinion.
wa8yxm 01/24/20 03:24pm Technology Corner
RE: 12 volt problems

Check the converter output.. There is 1 2 or 3 fuses. normally 30 amp, that protect the converter. also circuit breakers, and of course your battery disconnect switch. It is also possible the converter is toast. a voltmeter is your friend here Also a 12 volt test light.. For many many tests the light is faster cause BRIGHT good DARK not so much.
wa8yxm 01/24/20 06:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan marquis 5500 generator

When the A/C's start they draw a LOT of power.. You may need a tune up on the Genny or on the A/C for that matter. But an A/C that draws say 1600 watts running can easily draw 6000 watts starting. Your genny is 5500 so that's puting it in "Surge rating" range. If your A/C does not already have it.. Add a Soft Start Kit to it. That should help Oh. SOme companies call 'em a "hard Start Kit" Fixes a hard start. makes it a soft start. Yes it's confusing 2 names for same thing.
wa8yxm 01/24/20 06:36am Tech Issues
RE: Dealer stripped threads in Hub ?

305... should be closer to 3.05 or .305 to replace a hub bolt (Stud) on every ride I've had it's takes longer to type this reply than to do the job.. One tool and in US about a 1 dollar 2 at the most part.
wa8yxm 01/24/20 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Lights

If it's not a CREE SMD, it's not worth beans. Well I won't go that far but my fog lights are CREE 18 watt. My flashlight is CREE 3 watt. 1200 lumens that's about the same as a 100 watt Incandescent lamp. Cree clearly the best.. Oh that makes my fog lamps on the order of 600 watts incandescent.. They do light up the campground
wa8yxm 01/23/20 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: New GFI Outlet Will Not Reset

The constant green light suggests it's already "Set" but the flickering red suggests a screw loose.. Many RVers have a few screws loose.. Most take a #2 Square bit (or #2 Phillips) and many can be found in the area of the circuit breakers.. Be sure to unplug before you TIGHTEN EVERY SCREW IN THAT BOX.
wa8yxm 01/23/20 07:05am Tech Issues
RE: No Reception on TV

Update, the power booster switch was actually located in the very front of the RV inside the closet with the other satellite and coax connections. Crazy! I’ve never seen one located that far away from the TV. I have and I'm not a RV service technician. The switch provides DC to the booster (which is in the antenna Head) Once the signal is boosted you can run a fairly long Coax run so the switch can be anywhere. When I wired my parent's house #2 for Tv I put the booster at the antenna head (built into it) fed it power from the basement and then ran coax via a network of splutters to every room in the house (Save 2 small rooms) 4 bedrooms (one in basement) Living room (2 points) 3 more points in the basement and kitchen. Worked great. No switch though since no "park cable" option. Just Channel Master's #2 Signal Sucker (antenna) with mast head amp.
wa8yxm 01/22/20 03:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Mini trim pot to big potentiometer

@landyacht318 Bought it from EBay, the seller told me that it is a 8kohm even though it reads 10ohm on the side of the pot. I bought it and confirmed it with my ohmeter 7.9kohm Here's were I bought it from. There you have it marked 10 ohms. Put a VOM (Multi-Meeter) in resistance on it and MEASURE It. Do not take the seller's word for it.
wa8yxm 01/22/20 03:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Increasing towing capacity

How to increase towing capacity. New frame rails new axle New engine and transmission new cross bar where the receiver bolts on new receiver In short: NEW RV (Diesel Pusher). That's really the only way.
wa8yxm 01/22/20 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford Starting /House Charging Question UPDATE Test

If you have a one way isolator.. Trick-l-start device provides the other way.
wa8yxm 01/22/20 05:37am Tech Issues
RE: slide stuck

2013 Coachmen Mirada, 29 foot: I demolished my electric compartment door frame and hinge by closing rear slide when compartment door was still open. (BIG OOPS!) Is that door supposed to be that high when open so that the slide would hit it? Seems that would be a vehicle design flaw. Bought the unit used and don't know if the the little gas cylinder gadget that holds the compartment door open was an add on and was set too high or if it came like that from manufacturer. Any ideas? Comments appreciated. Thanks. I have a couple of doors that can do that. They are chain limited. so long as the chain is hooked they can not open far enough to be damaged. but if the chain is NOT hooked......... Well you know what happens if the chain is NOT hooked.
wa8yxm 01/22/20 05:35am Tech Issues
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