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RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

True Story. This was around 1971 give or take a year.> Temps in Lower Lower MI hit -40 and then some (past -40 in the negative direction) Propane would not vaporize. Fuel oil gelled.. Many people .. Er.. Froze their... you know what. One gentleman in I think Wisconsin had made a bet.. He claimed (in advance) that on what by coincidence turned out to be the coldest night in a long time He'd be comfortable in a sleeping bag in a pup tent on the xx Green at the local golf course.. And he had the most comfortable night's sleep of anyone in that town... (He had the proper bag you see.. artic grade). As for me.. Well we had heat (natural gas) where I was so it was not too bad but then I went to Church, where the sign said "For your health and comfort the FUEL fund deserves your generous support" It was Fr's annual State of the Parish financial sermon... He explained how the parish had had to invest in a physical (heat) plant due to the closure of the commercial steam plant that used to serve Downtown Battle Creek (MI) and how for the first time in the Parish history they had to borrow money to do it.. But Greyhound had decided some land the parish owned that was not good for much other than wearing out lawn mowers (Land there is terraced and the parish owned land on 2 levels. this was the lower level and a fairly narrow strip) was the perfect palce for a new Bus Station. So the boilers are paid for They don't work... but they are paid for. MAN was it cold in church.
wa8yxm 09/18/20 03:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Kitchen and Bathroom fans

check for tripped GFIC outlets. on a previous MH we found we had one in an exterior storage bay so look carefully. Knee jerk response. The Maxx Air's are 12 volt fans. NO GFCI involved.
wa8yxm 09/18/20 03:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best portable heater (30 amp) for my rv?

I like the ceramic's because they are small. Portable Electric Space heaters are unique in all of the electric/electronic world as they are 100% efficient. The Reason for this is that all losses become heat so since heat is the desired product they are 100% efficient OH I know some folks will talk about the fan. but the fiction of moving air creates heat. So that's recovered or the GLOW from a red hot element.. Absorbed by surfaces it impacts and converted to Heat. So TECHNICALLY it makes not difference. Now some.. may do a better job of moving air and that may make you feel more or less comfortable.. but they are all 100% efficent. And 12.5 amps (1500 watts) is a bit more than I care to put on most RV wiring. THe wires (14ga) are up to it but the "Unibox" or "Quickbox" type outlets.. The connections are often NOT up to double digit current. Two 750 watt on different circuit breakers.. Should be no problem though .(less than 10 amps per line).
wa8yxm 09/18/20 03:26pm Tech Issues
RE: 5G cell phones, need to purchase?

I'm curious to know if our 4G cell phones are going to become obsolete, making it necessary for all of us to ditch our current phones and purchase a new one. I rarely use my phone on WiFi, I only make and receive calls. Will I still be able to do that, or is my phone permanently bricked? Yes. Eventually but by then 6G phones will be out. They normally keep at least one or 2 levels of service from the fastest.
wa8yxm 09/18/20 03:22pm Technology Corner
RE: No More RVIA Shows

Years ago I was on a committee to decide what happened to organization property in the event the organization folded. Our decision was: That could not be decided till it happened because any plan we put out could be changed at any time after we put it out. This is like that in that the decision can be reversed once COVID-19 like COVID-2. is out of mind.
wa8yxm 09/18/20 04:37am General RVing Issues
RE: lug nut socket

The socket will fit either way but some suggestions Get two. one "Thin wall" (you might want a deep for that) to remove the Simulator (Wheel cover) nuts The other standard but also get an extension shaft so you can clear the blasted dual rim.
wa8yxm 09/16/20 04:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Shearing the sheep

One of the GOOD things for me is the UP-Market on RV's Mine was declared a total. Now before you start expressing sympathy I've been thinking for the last couple of years that I need to start thinking about moving back to a sticks and bricks. This beast is starting to become a bit much for me. What I used to do swiftly is now a 2-3 day job (Set up/packup) And the circumstances of the accident (A hit and run parking lot job) well.. NOT MY FAULT. So due to the UP-Market.. I get more :)
wa8yxm 09/16/20 04:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: group 65 vs group 31 battery for mtr hm maxx brand

Though the group size is interesting and does indicate a lot of things Lead Acid batteries come in several "Flavors" as it were. For example Flooded wet (You add Distilled water from time to time) Maintenance free (No adding anything) AGM. (Likewise plus some other advantages) None of that matters to this post Another division Starting MARINE/deep cycle or MARINE/rv DEEP CYCLE Pay attention to case in this part (UPPER/lower) Starting batteries are designed to put out a lot of current but not all that any amp hours. They like to be 80% full or better.. MARING/deep cycle or rv are starting batteries but with a nod to Deep cycle, they should be kept above about 75% State of charge DEEP CYCLE can go down to 50 ... Some lower THe GC-2's are likely DEEP CYCLE (GC = Golf Car) THe rest are not.
wa8yxm 09/16/20 04:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Iphone vs separate hotspot box

I have both an Android phone and a hotspot. One on each of TWO different cell services.. Sometimes one of them is FAST (Phone is currently over 100Mbps) sometimes slow... The phone also does Wi-Fi Pass through The Box tested this AM at about 25Mbps. (There are other differences as well like the box is a TRULY unlimited plan). But which one I use depends on relative speed 25 is fast enough so I use the 100% Unlimited box.. but in another place the box is down to 1-2 Mbps and the phone is around 80 So guess what I use. That is how I would recommend. Have both but use whichever works best. NOTE: in one place the phone was 0.. I mean NO SIGNAL and the box broke 100Mbps THe box is 50/month via FMCA Tech Connect in my case Truly Unlimited SPRINT The phone.. is T-Mobile.. and the funny thing is they just merged.
wa8yxm 09/16/20 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: What to make of this......

There is a possibility the Trainer is experiencing some kind of medical issue But the Get out of Dodge advice... I will second big time.
wa8yxm 09/15/20 05:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Great Smoky Mountains Bear FoundScavenging On Human Remains

Bear was just scavenging. (Not yet proven via autopsy tho.) No danger beyond any normal bear. Sad that he had to die. Knoxville news sites have a tad more info if anyone is inclined to look. Well. Though I agree. Also sad the camper died. But the Ranger logic on this is that once the bear gets a taste of Human flesh. that bear will want more... or so they fear. (I have heard this before and before you ask I do not know if it is true or hooey.. but there are people who claim to be experts who make this pronouncement and I have not the qualifications to argue with them. I very simply do not know). I hope they find "Natural causes" (Other than bear) for cause of death of camper.
wa8yxm 09/15/20 05:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Deep cycle battery maintenance

Add distilled water until it just reaches the bottom of the fill tube. Do not fill to the top of the case/cap. This allows for a adequate reserve and for the battery to vent. You can buy a battery filler bottle that will fill them to the correct level. Uh that is overfilling you stop 1/4 to 1/8" BELOW the bottom of the fill tube.. You have to give it "Breathing room". If you dig enough you will find that on the better battery sites. I grew up when flooded wet cells were all there were. The first Maintenance free were.. Just Coming out. and that is what they taught back when everybody used them.. Alas they forgot that with the modern maintenance free, which of course are nothing of the sort.
wa8yxm 09/15/20 04:54am Tech Issues
RE: I found it!! The converter I mean.

Is there a circuit breaker marked CONV? If so try turning it off when you plug into the inverter. NOTE it may turn off the AC to the fridg (if so that's a good thing) ALso do not use electric water heat
wa8yxm 09/13/20 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ice Maker

When the fill tube split I ripped the U-matic out and took adavntage of the addes space in the freezer Use a small counter top unit Works great
wa8yxm 09/13/20 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1-75 Overnight between Chattanooga and Atlanta.

There is a Flylng J Resaca Ga Exit i-75 Exit 320 Denny's restaurant if you are an AARP member 10% off at Denny's Their Web Link
wa8yxm 09/13/20 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: ac unit

will a brand new ac unit out perform a 12 year old unit as far as cooling or is a ac unit only capable of lowering the temperature 15-20 degrees old or new? my old unit is a 15k btu coleman and doesn't cool my living room in 110 deg temps although i think the rig needs 2 units in the living room. thanks Well first: a brand new one may outperform in terms of how much electricity it eats. but delta R of 20 is generally considered good.
wa8yxm 09/13/20 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan Microquiet 4000 - Ground Issue

You said if you jumper from Generator frame to chassis battery negative or to coach frame no joy but if you jumper from generator frame to coach (house) battery negative joy Clean house battery connections.. On negative if you can find it clean both ends of that cable and see if that works. You have a poor connection on house negative lead not sure which end.
wa8yxm 09/13/20 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Rear AC - BAD vibration-Solved

1: Insect nests are #1 cause of this 2: Fan failure is #2 3: NEVER EVER mess with it while it's running.. LOOK but do not touch.
wa8yxm 09/13/20 04:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Live with no dash ac?

The Dash air is intended to cool a Truck cab. Somewhere between a F-350 and a Ford 8000 or there about (Semi tractor) it is not designed to cool the entire house. so if it's hotter than .... well Not. You need every big of coolign you got.
wa8yxm 09/11/20 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: File transfer via Bluetooth

I have successfully transferred files via BT but it's been a while As I recall you need both device open and live You need to "pair" them and then approve both the send and the receive. And then it crashes often as not (I've not had a lot of luck)
wa8yxm 09/11/20 03:12pm Technology Corner
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