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1801  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV on: January 16, 2013, 04:03:40 pm
Ugh!  Time-Warner just jumped our monthly cable/phone/internet bill over 26%!    
That's a big increase....Wow.

Up until 2004 we were antenna TV people, and even then our cable service was generic.  After some years of cable, we switched back to antenna TV which demonstrates the impotance of TV for us.  We do enjoy movies so we have a hefty collection.  We try hard to keep each movie purchase under $5, most often around $1 to $3 per movie.  The non blue ray movie duplicates are stored in our PC.

For Internet service, we have U-Verse by AT&T.  It's not the fastest available but works well for home internet.  That is until.....

In an effort to further reduce our monthy services, we switched our house phone to Net-Talk.  It's the same type as Magic Jack.  It costs $30 per year for unlimited phone calls in the USA & Canada, peanuts compared to conventional phone service.  Unfortunately because our internet service is on the slow side, Net-Talk gets quirky.

Because Net-Talk is quirky, when our cell phone contract is up, we will consider getting a different cell phone contract with unlimited phone usage.  Then we will consider dropping the house phone completely.

I HATE monthy bills...period!  I have to accept gas, electric, internet, Visa, and a single phone bill.  There are enough bills that come randomly and bi-annully.  

I could not imagine subscribing to services such as satelite radio unless I lived where there was no antenna radio around.

Funny though, we worked hard to cut down on monthly services so my wife now has us joining a health club with a monthy fee.  At least that one is a great investment in our health & our ballroom dancing.
1802  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 10, 2013, 07:22:10 pm
Tom and all,

Yes, I suppose it would have to be non-poisonous or there'd be cross bones and warning labels all over it.  Still it kind-of freaks me out to think of consuming that stuff.  Maybe it's a natural fruit punch, not only safe to drink, but nutritious too.  They are simply missing the percentage of real fruit juice, ha, ha.

Like you say, it's all about freezing/expanding of the water .  Square bottom water tanks as we all have would likely see a little stress from an inch of frozen water.  Too bad the inside of the tanks don't have a nice radius to pop the ice upward as pressure builds.

Actually I should have a lot less than that inch of water.  I do angle the rig on a steep slope at home so more water finds it's way to the corner of the tank where the drain is.  When our well water is left standing for months at a time, a bacterial clear slime will form on the sides under the water line.  Less water = less bactria.  Spring time disinfecting is essential in RVs.  Our old rig had a carry-on 7 gallon water jug for on-board water.  If I forgot to empty it in the fall, it was all slimed up inside.
1803  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 10, 2013, 04:11:31 pm
I have a related question.

My fresh water tank always has some water inside that just won't drain out because the drain valve is understanably very close to, but not at the very bottom of the tank.  Given roughly an inch of water inside, you don't add that pink anti-freeze in the fresh water you?  Isn't that pink stuff poisonous?

Since my garage is heated, I never had to worry about that, but wondered what others do.

1804  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: white switch on the dash on: January 10, 2013, 01:22:28 pm
I don't depend on that switch.  If my chassis battery is dead, I would surely first try it, but....
I really plan to use long jumper cables from the coach batteries.  On our 2350/E350 all batteries are on the same side of the rig and not that far from eachother.
My backup to that is to use the "start" feature on the battery charger we carry along which would run off the generator.

If not to help myself, then to help others.
1805  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 07, 2013, 05:56:10 am
I did look around the web and found that there are a number of brackets for monitors that utilize the mounting slug for the mirror.  gradygal, I will investigate yours.  Do you have the link to that post of yours?

I am strongly leaning in this direction of replacing the mirror with the monitor, and placing the Scanguage on top of it.  I do realize it's not as convenient for viewing and interaction, but I really didn't want to clutter my dash board.  I got "A Thing" about the stock look.  It must be my Corvette that has me thinking this way.
1806  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How to sell our toad on: January 05, 2013, 01:12:27 pm
For me, there is no "Other Than Craigslist" for free advertising stuff for sale including something like a Tracker.

Unfortunately, there are a select few who appreciate it setup for being towed.  But the general public will shy away becasue they don't know how many rolling miles it has.  You might be better off removing all the towing stuff and sell it as just another vehicle.  With rare exception, nothing sells a typical vehicle better than "stock/unmodified".

Sell the towing hardware separately.  Take pictures now while it is still on your Tracker, then use the pics for your hardware sale.  Be sure to save every nut, bolt, washer, etc. and include them in your sale pics.  Also include any paperwork, installation instructions etc.
1807  Main Forum / General Discussion / PC Projects Over Winter on: January 04, 2013, 10:25:32 am
Hey All,

It's time to be thinking about a few changes off season.  One matter that has always bothered me is the location of our backup camera monitor.  I often hit the monitor with my head when getting in or out from the driver seat.  Given the center mirror serves no purpose, I'd like to mount the monitor where the mirror is, and do without a mirror.  This would move the backup camera much more forward, surely out of my way.  Also, the monitor would be better viewed there.

Once done, I'd like to mount a ScanGauge on top of the monitor, but I question if the cable that comes with the ScanGauge is long enough.

Has anyone here removed the mirror and mounted the monitor there?  If so, how did you do it?  Where did you get the mirror-style bracket from?
Also, have you mounted a ScanGauge there?
1808  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 3100 impressions on: January 03, 2013, 12:50:36 pm
We with an older 2007 model, my wife and I both agree that flourecent lighting provides a "cold" feel to the interior rather than a warm feel as would be with incandescent lighting.  But flourecent was chosen in the industry to provide more light with less energy.  I understand some PCs made around 2010-2011 have a combination light fixture with both flouresent and a small incandescent for mood lighting.  That sounds like a nice feature.

Are these the latches you are all talking about?

Our 2007 has this type and we have broken a couple over the years.  We soon got with the program on how to avoid the break, most often with the male portion.  With a dozen free from the factory back in the day, we have enough to last as long as the rest of the motor home.  Our latches work well with no door rattling or opening on their own.  If yours do, the latch likely needs adjusting, or you lost a door bumper pad similar to this.

Our near 6 year old mascerator pump still works well though there is a little dripping by the pump only while pumping, seemingly harmless so far.   I really appreciate the mascerator setup.  If I ever have trouble with mine, I will keep it the same, just making repairs to be good as new.

About a few little things seemly odd like the screws sticking out as you have mentioned.  Don't let those few odd things darken your over-all evaluation because they are not representative of the rest of the rig.  All motor homes are heavily hand-crafted with such little quirks expected.  If you can easily remedy the little things, then I wouldn't get hung up on them.

About PC slideouts in general.  Our rig has zero so I have no experience with them.  But I hear on other forums that mechanics who work on motor homes, say that PCs have the best made in the industry.
1809  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Front tow hook on: December 27, 2012, 10:28:46 am
Hi Bob,

I don't have your answer on front tow hooks, but...on another forum, it seems common to install a front hitch on the Ford motor home chassis.  They use the front hitch for...
- front mounted back rack, scooter, storage, etc.
- manever a boat or other trailer around more easily in confined areas (maybe launching a boat too)
- tow the motor home with a bus sized motor home

With THIS THING a front hitch could meet your need if there is no good place to mount generic hooks LIKE THESE.

Your description implies there is a good place for tow hooks.  If you mount generic hooks, they must be bolted to the chassis frame.  Nothing related to the bumper itself, except bolt-sharing at the frame.

Blessings, Ron
1810  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year on: December 25, 2012, 05:01:38 pm
May my PC friends here ponder the true meaning of Christ-mas.  God bless you all with a wonderful year ahead.
1811  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fireproof safe on: December 21, 2012, 10:27:24 am
Some motor homes came with a small floor safe.  My brother's Starflyte came with one mounted in an area behind the driver seat.  I don't know much about them or where to buy one, but maybe RV suppliers like Camping World and the kind have them for sale.

It would be nice to have a hidden-under-carpet floor safe that is fire & thief proof.
1812  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Some Friendly Advise For The Holidays on: December 13, 2012, 10:00:40 pm
I couldn't resist sharing that one.  An old co-worker sent it to me.  It had me in an embarrassing laughter at the office early this morning.  I am glad you all found it entertaining as well.

I wonder if it will get me some "Helpful" ratings.   rolling on the floor
1813  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Some Friendly Advise For The Holidays on: December 13, 2012, 11:32:05 am
This time of year, police set up roadblocks with some regularity, checking for drunk drivers.  As you well know, some people have had brushes with the law on their way home from a social gathering.  I would like to share our personal experience with this matter.
Last weekend we were out for the evening with friends.  We enjoyed a few cocktails and also some good wine with dinner.  Concerned we may have been slightly over the limit, we followed the advise we all hear about, and took a cab home.  Sure enough we passed a police roadblock but since it was a cab, they simply waved it past.  We arrived home safely without incident.  Given our level of intoxication, we dont recall where we got the cab nor what to do with it parked in our garage.
Be careful this holiday season.
1814  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 07, 2012, 04:04:16 pm
The 6V versus 12V battery discussion always draws debate, and this one inspired me to step out of my cubicle here at work at Motorola Solutions (the 2-way radio communications company) and ask an electrical engineer.  He has a masters degree, focus with power.  He also happens to be my 29 year old son.  He quickly reviewed our motor home scenerio and concluded this.

GIVEN IDENTICAL AMPERAGE BATTERY RATINGS FOR BOTH 6V & 12V BATTERIES, two 12V batteries will supply twice the power of two 6V.  I did a quick search on deep cycle batteries and found the typical 12V to be around 100Ah, and 6V to be around 200Ah.  If this is the comparison, then they hold equal amounts of energy reserve power.

12V - The remaining good 12V will get damaged if the condition continues for an extended period of time.
6V - The remaining good 6V will not be harmed
If one battery dies during a vacation and you catch it in time, you can isolate the two 12V batteries and continue on your trip with only one 12V battery.  In the case with 6V batteries, you will simply see a voltage drop which you can do nothing about until you replace the bad battery.  Given it is recommended to replace batteries in pairs, the 6V benefit seems to hold no value.  I also wonder how hard it is to find a pair of new 6V batteries in the middle of No Where USA.

12V batteries will charge evenly, 6V batteries will not.  If you vacation with limited charge times as we do, this could be an issue with 6V batteries, potentially unable to provide a full 12V if the charge is not allowed to complete.

My son is not familiar with lead acid battery technology, so there could be influencial factors that sway benefits to one versus the other.

Your isolation diodes for 12V sound like a good idea, though few people would apply it.
Your support for two 6V in series has a strong following so I am not really convinced one way or the other.

Just thought I'd put this into the discussion.
1815  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Our New Christmas Nativity Scene on: December 06, 2012, 08:59:13 pm
Just thought I'd share what I've been up to this past week.
The lighting was extremely tricky to get done properly and safely.
We bought the 5 figures from Meijer On-Line.


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