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RE: Prevost developing an electric coach.

Clemson Area Transit (CAT) in South Carolina used some electric busses that are "Wireless" operationally.. there are charging stations (one is at the Seneca END OF LINE and I assume one at the other end) where the bus pulls in for a quick charge before it starts the next half of it's run." OH and after doing considerable research (Clemson University is a good school) They set the fare on the busses to $0.00 to encourage ridership.. Seems that the more folks ride the bus.. the less crash their cars. and the reduced policing costs pays for the bus service. NEAT. For more info.. Google them.
wa8yxm 03/11/23 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Folding Cedar shower mat?

Did not find one in ceader but Found one in teak
wa8yxm 03/11/23 04:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Did I damage my house batteries?

I'm not a fan of AGM.. I've tried 'em and found 'em to be "not better than flooded wet" though I do admit there are applications where they shine. LiFePO4 needs a bit of a change in the feeding dept.. and some care regarding outside temps (Like the battery does not like to be charged if it's freezing.. so they make heaters for them) but .... Darn fine product near as I can tell.. Fact: I have a 2-way radio (Kenwood TS-2000) Running off a lead acid battery with about 10' of #10 Zip line (20 feet total) hooked to my Jeep's battery direct.. It won't go to full output power it will show low voltage and shut off/reset. (Plus the factory supplied power cord I might add.) (Works fine with engine running and alternator charging) Switch to a small 12 AH LiFePo4 Well I needed to test it so I plugged it into the LiFePO4.. hooked it via a directional watt meter to a heavy dummy load (Can take full output of the radio... Forever or 10 times for a couple minutes) Radio dumped the full 100 watts into the oil bathed resistor. That means it's sucking around 20 amps give or take about half an amp and the battery is not bothered. (It's a 12 amp hour battery) Then I flipped over to the HamStick on the roof (I'm in downtown Flint. MI) and chatted with a fellow ham in... Pheonix, AZ... Oh testing two thigns on the radio. Repair (The dang thign was refusing to go over 30 watts even with good solid power.. Turns out to be a safety circuit being overly agressive) and a receiver upgrade (low noise) that ham in pheonix.. Sounded like he was parked next to me.> Very clear. NO noise (That's the upgrade)
wa8yxm 03/10/23 03:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Onan generator shutting down after releasing start button

It could have been a whole lot more expensive.... But that's a different error code. And before you ask... NO it was not MY generator.. (My Neighbor's at an event) Showed the code for "Low battery/cranking speed too slow" even though the ears said otherwise (Calibrated ears don't you know) Turned out to be no AC out from generator (Brushes/commutator rings) Thankfuly the party was parked next to the only two working (part time)(30 amp outlets on the desert (MY RV had a pair of TT-30 outlets) so They ate off my Onan... That's not why I put 'em in but hey. worked when it had to.
wa8yxm 03/10/23 03:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Did I damage my house batteries?

The proper "Full" level when FULLY CHARGED is 1/4 to 1/8" BELOW the split ring. Some will tell you it's the bottom of the split ring but if you fill it that full they tend to "Spit" a bit (That Spit means spit out a bit of acid and need more frequent cleaning)... Why when fully charged? The stuff changes volume as the battery charges... It literally "Fills" the battery If not fully charged go about half way between plate and bottom of filler tube. then charge. and top off.
wa8yxm 03/10/23 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: 12v? 24v? 36...48v????

in high power installs (Say house 120 volt back up) higher voltages = smaller wires but in an RV the wires are not that long... There may be other issues too but I'd stick with 12 volt cause that's what you eat. Arguing against other configurations: IN order to feed your 12 volt stuff including Control power for Fridge, Water heater and AC as well as lights (You can buy other voltages) fans (Theroatically you can get other voltages) and the Furnace (12 volt) and water pump (12 volt) you will need to "Convert" the higher voltage down.. There are several "Conversion" methods which range from wasteful to WASTEFUL!!!! of energy... None are 100%.. so your most effieicent install will be 12 volt all the way.. Well. 13.6-14.2 but but we still call it 12.
wa8yxm 03/08/23 04:38am Tech Issues
RE: Automatically connect windows 10 PC to open WiFi?

Not that I am aware of for the first time. Once you connect then there is an option to re-connecct.. I don't do open wi-fi with my Computer... In fact I normally just connect to my phone if I'm out and about.
wa8yxm 03/08/23 04:34am Technology Corner
RE: Overload built-in Onan gen. without popping a breaker?

My Onan 5500 has a 30A breaker and a 20A breaker. 50 amp at 120 volt is 6,000 watts. and the generator is a 5500 watt unit. Still possible to overload.
wa8yxm 03/07/23 03:25pm Tech Issues

That is a good idea but alas the voltage reading you get will be "no-load" and under load it can drop like a rock in free fall.. after you plug in move the volt meter to an outlet INSIDE the RV. That is very true. However, nothing is perfect. If you pull in and test the line voltage "under load" and it is fine, the next day when everyone turns on their air conditioners at the same time, the line voltage could STILL drop like a rock. After all, you are not watching the voltage meter ALL THE TIME. That is why I also have the PI EMS-HW30C. (And, if I suspect that low line voltage will be a problem, I plug in my autoformer.) Yup. and that's how I did it Park--cords--Autoformer---EMS/SurgeGurard (mine was a surge guard)--ATS--Power distribution panel---All the 120 volt stuff in the RV. Had one park where my wife tells me the neighbor claims her voltmeter is always in the red (low voltage) and I won't be happy.. No. had no problem (Notice ther "Autoformer" as the first thing power hits)..
wa8yxm 03/07/23 05:32am Tech Issues
RE: Overload built-in Onan gen. without popping a breaker?

My Onon was a 5500 Two 30 amp breakers. 30 amps times 120 volts is 3600 times two (Two breakers) is 7200 A bit more than a 5500 can output.
wa8yxm 03/07/23 05:29am Tech Issues
RE: AC doesn't cool

Yup. another thing that can affect cooling is the condenser... Many times they need to be cleaned... I will describe the process for coleman (and all others). Remove the top cover 4 screws on a Coleman. (Around a dozen on most others). Set aside.. on a coleman peal off the crud brush off what's left. and replace the cover.. Done. (on all others) remove the inner cover over the condenser (This may be a major job or just a few screws).. You may need to remove the fan (or not depending on too many things) then you peal and brush.. WHile you have the cover off clean everythign else that needs cleaning and as Dougrainer suggested.. Clamp on ammeter the compressor leads
wa8yxm 03/07/23 05:28am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic 12 V fridge DMC4101

Last I knew Camping World was authorized dometic everything but I would not swear to that as it's been nearly 20 years since I had to research.
wa8yxm 03/07/23 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: Driver’s license for DPs

Laws vary from state to state. Some states reaquire special endorsements for any vechicle that has air brakes.. Or any vehicle that's over xxxxx pounds or so many feet long or or or or or or Some don't. However one thing that is common to all states.. If your license allows you to drive it in your home state... You are good in whatever state. And a good part of Canada as well (not sure about all of Canada) So you are going to have to research your state.
wa8yxm 03/06/23 05:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trouble with Poop Chute

It is absolute the tank filled with that much use on a trailer. And there is a leak. may be where the pipes enter the tank may be the seal between toilet and pipe.
wa8yxm 03/06/23 05:07am Tech Issues

That is a good idea but alas the voltage reading you get will be "no-load" and under load it can drop like a rock in free fall.. after you plug in move the volt meter to an outlet INSIDE the RV.
wa8yxm 03/06/23 05:04am Tech Issues
RE: Onan generator shutting down after releasing start button
wa8yxm 03/05/23 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: Onan generator shutting down after releasing start button

Ok after it shuts sown the light wil blink IN A PATTERN You can also start the pattern by tapping the stop button as I recall What is the pattern Like 3-4-2 3-4-2 3-4-2 as an example NOTE this translates to what the on-board computer THINKS the problem is but the computer is not all that smart. Some things that can cause it Low oil OR lOW OIL PRESSURE.. The sensors are offline during start NO AC OUT Likewise. Sensor offline during start (That last can be major) Several other issues.
wa8yxm 03/04/23 03:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Motorhome Refrigerator Problems

Ok if it is a NORCOLD open the outside compartment IS there a red light flashing? If so a magnet (fairly powerful one) waved over the right part of the box its in and the light will go out and the fridge may work.... It's been a while since I did one. On a dometic look for a small button on the "Chimney" part of the assembly outside (The large metal tube) It's above the heat elements. Press. Hard you again may hear a CLICK.
wa8yxm 03/03/23 03:18pm Tech Issues

The following can be of great assistance in learning the difference between auto and isolation transformers. Know where I could get a small Isolation Transformer. Say 1-5 amps capacity at 120 volts? Not too expensive?
wa8yxm 03/03/23 03:16pm Tech Issues

Our $300 EMS has saved us from extremely low (97V) voltage. A surge protector would not have. Same here though since Southwire bought TRC the Surge Guard equivlent is a very very close 2nd.. That's what I had.. Biggest difference is the Surge Guard the remote is... Optional. Also some differences in the installation.
wa8yxm 03/01/23 04:23am Tech Issues
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