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RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Two 6 volt golf cart batteries is a good start. Optima is an AGM battery so no maintenance but because of their spiral cell construction will be less amp/hours than a traditional flat plate battery.
Tom_M 10/28/20 08:04am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sunrunners - opposite of Snowbirds?

Tom_M 10/27/20 04:17pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Xfinity Flex

I use smart tv wifi/ethernetThe Xfinity Flex is a set top box that connects to a TV with an HDMI cable. As far as I know there is no Smart TV app that will receive Flex programming.
Tom_M 10/26/20 04:54pm Technology Corner
RE: Xfinity Flex

An after thought. If you don't have what's needed to connect to the Flex, Xfinity may furnish you a router or a different modem. They may even install it for you. Wouldn't hurt to check.
Tom_M 10/26/20 11:25am Technology Corner
RE: Xfinity Flex

The Flex has both WiFi and ethernet connectivity. Since you don't have WiFi you will have to connect an ethernet cable from the Flex box to your cable modem. If your cable modem doesn't have an available ethernet port you will have to purchase a router.
Tom_M 10/26/20 06:04am Technology Corner
RE: Xfinity Flex

Here's a review of Flex:
Tom_M 10/25/20 10:53am Technology Corner
RE: Winterize of Not

I'm in the same boat and will be heading for Florida Tuesday. It's supposed to get down to low 20s tonight. I have not winterized but will heat interior. My water tank is inside but water heater is exposed to the outside. Tanks would take a long time to freeze but plumbing is the main issue. Will use an electric heater aimed toward water heater. I camped last winter in New Mexico for a couple of days with similar temps and had no problems.
Tom_M 10/23/20 06:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AV gas for the generator

In the Minneapolis area non-ethanol is fairly easy to find. It's usually a separate pump. In Iowa you will find regular, super-regular and premium at many stations. Super-regular is the cheapest. Both super-regular and premium contain ethanol. Regular is non-ethanol and costs about the same as premium. In Florida non-ethanol gas is typically called recreational gas. In Wisconsin premium is non-ethanol at stations I have gassed up at. I don't know if that's true for all stations. It seems that the availability of non-ethanol varies by region.
Tom_M 10/19/20 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: Do RV Batteries Freeze in the Winter?

I had a cheap Harbor Freight maintainer fail. It shorted and drained my two Trojan 6 volt batteries which froze and busted. For several years I make sure my batteries are fully charged and then disconnect the negative battery cable. Have had no issues here in Minneapolis where temps quite often will hit -20F or colder.
Tom_M 10/16/20 05:41am Tech Issues
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 PATA to SSD 120 Gb

Celeron.. YUCK, that old P4 will run circles around those laptop Celerons. 64 Gig of non upgradable storage, nope, non starter, especially when you factor in MS's insistence of constant 6 month "refresh" upgrades, the first win10 upgrade that gets pushed to this will choke and fail because you do not have enough disk space. There IS a reason these things are given away, they are junk to start with. OPs old P4 is a better machine to start with.. If you are going to buy a laptop, pass up these cheapies, they are nothing more than a Chrome book knockoff with crippled Win10 OS..I have a 4 year old NextBook 2-in-1 that I purchased at Walmart for $100. It came with Windows 8.1 that I upgraded to Win 10. Here are the specs: CPU: Intel Atom BayTrail-T CR, Quad core/1.8GHz Operation system: Windows 8.1 RAM: DDR 1GB Internal Memory: EMMC 32 GB Interfaces: USB 2.0 / Micro SD (up to 64GB) I have it mounted on my console and I run Microsoft Streets & Trips and play out music and audio books with it. It has performed flawlessly. I haven't had a chance to mess with the Gateway much yet, but I am quite impressed. It's more than capable of doing the basic stuff like browsing the internet, email, watching movies and TV shows. Thankfully Gateway doesn't put much bloatware on the system. There are a couple of games and a trial version of Microsoft Office. I did an update which was fairly extensive and it not 'choke'. 64GB of storage is certainly limiting, but for normal use it's adequate. The OS takes up 32GB. If you need more storage you can add a micro SD card.
Tom_M 10/11/20 10:29am Technology Corner
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 PATA to SSD 120 Gb

Rather than spend time and money trying to resurrect an ancient laptop, check out Walmart. They are selling Gateway computers and two models are $199. Gateway notebooks at Walmart I recently purchased the 11.6" 2-in-1 notebook. It's quite well made. S Mode is easily disabled. Specs are: Windows 10 Home in S Mode Intel® Celeron® Processor N3350 (1.1 GHz, Up to 2.4GHz, 2M Cache) 11.6” LCD IPS Touchscreen Display, (1920 x 1080) Tuned by THX™ Audio 64 GB eMMC Storage 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM 0.3MP Front-Facing Camera Up to 8.5 hours of battery life Micro SD Slot (Up to 512 GB) x 1 Mini HDMI Output x 1 USB 2.0 x 1 USB 3.0 x 1 Built-in Stereo Speakers x 2 Bluetooth 4.0 Built-in Microphone Product Dimensions: 11.1” x 7.6” x 0.7” Weight: 2.6 lbs.
Tom_M 10/10/20 05:11pm Technology Corner
RE: WiFi

Check out It's a Verizon owned company. Price is $40/month for unlimited everything which includes hotspot use. This can be reduced to $25/month by joining a Party Pay plan. I've been using it since June of last year and it has worked out great. I've used as much as 300 GB of data in one month. You can use your existing phone if it's compatible or you could trade in your phone and get a free one.
Tom_M 10/05/20 01:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Connecting Portable Solar Panels

My solution for storing portable panels: width=300 The panels can be left in place and tilted or removed and set in the sun. width=300 width=300 I have two 40ft extension cables with Anderson SB50 Powerpole connectors: width=300
Tom_M 09/30/20 06:00am Tech Issues
RE: Propane tank solenoid valve not working

Some propane detectors connect to a solenoid valve to shut off the gas if a leak is detected. If the valve functions when connected to 12 volts this would indicate a problem with the detector or the wiring to it.
Tom_M 09/08/20 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: Television - 12 volt or 120?

Which 12 volt TVs are junk? Can you give us some examples of failures and which components failed? I'm sure you've had some personal experiences with said failures. Please enlighten us. RichardI guess 'junk' is a bit harsh. I did purchase a Tyler brand TV from Amazon two years ago and the picture quality was so bad that I returned it. Some common brands for 12 volt TVs are Jensen, SuperSonic, and AXESS. Doing a search on Amazon I could not find one that was a smart TV. You are paying a premium price just for the 12 volt capability. My present TV in my RV is a 32" Vizio and I'm using a 300 watt GoPower PSW inverter. No load current is about 0.25 amps. Claimed efficiency is 80% to 90%.
Tom_M 08/06/20 03:41am Tech Issues
RE: Television - 12 volt or 120?

But many of the less than 40" jobs run off a power brick The power brick is a 12-14 volt power supply (Converter) sometimes more (or less) but generally 12-14 volts depending on the model. SO the A/C TV is a 12 volt DC Box.As has been stated previously, very few TVs are using a power brick. Some models that do use a brick are converting to 19 volts and can not be connected to a 12 volt source. Go to Best Buy or Walmart and check their TVs. A lot of 12 volt TVs are junk and cost more than a comparable 120 volt name brand version.
Tom_M 08/05/20 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: Television - 12 volt or 120?

You're not likely to find a decent TV that runs on 12 volt. Go with a good name brand smart TV and use an inverter. The increased power needed for an inverter will be slight.
Tom_M 08/04/20 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: DIY 200Ah LiFePO4 battery < $900

I installed a Renogy 170 AH LiFePo a year ago that I purchased from Walmart for $980 plus tax. It was at that price for a short while then went up to $1400. So far it is working well. If it lasts as long as claimed it will be cheaper than lead acid.
Tom_M 08/03/20 04:44am Tech Issues
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

Wish I'd bought the large one that you can adapt for use with the RV's propane. Even the small one sucks down those little green bottles fast.I removed the regulator from mine and plumbed it into my low pressure propane line with a hose.
Tom_M 08/01/20 01:02pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Portable Gas Heaters

My Buddy heater has worked okay up to 7000 feet. Haven't tried it at higher altitudes. It does give off moisture, but in the Rockies this would be a benefit because of the low humidity. I spend winters in Florida and have had no problems with the moisture. I open a side window and roof vent a crack to provide some circulation.
Tom_M 07/30/20 08:03am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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