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RE: What kind of quality lifepo4 do you get for $300 review

The battery tested turned out that it had no low temperature cut-off. Will Prowse has done similar tests with the same results for the cheap batteries. If you plan on using the battery and know it will not get down below freezing it would be a good choice.
Tom_M 01/11/22 08:53am Tech Issues
RE: Mr Buddy Heater Permanent Install?

You will need to remove the regulator from the Buddy. I connected mine with a hose and teed off the line feeding my cooktop.
Tom_M 01/02/22 03:24am Truck Campers
RE: TV Antenna

Ah, now we know why your new antenna out performed the Wingard antenna. Most trailer manufactures do NOT put amplified antennas in as OEM. You replaced an unamplified antenna with an amplified antenna. My amplified Wingard receives 60-90 mile signals, depending on location and elevation. RichardFrom what I've seen, most manufactures are using the Jack antenna which is amplified. The OP is using a Winegard but doesn't say what model. The most popular is the Sensar series (aka batwing) which usually is amplified. If the OP's is not a Sensar IV his results make sense. I have both a Jack and a Sensar IV. The Jack works fairly well but does poorly for VHF channels.
Tom_M 12/20/21 05:07am Technology Corner
RE: Windows 11

I see a comment on Reddit that win 11 shuts down Firefox. That's a problem for me.Mozilla Firefox Finally Arrives in Microsoft Store for Windows 11
Tom_M 12/18/21 03:01am Technology Corner
RE: Multimeter recommendation?

Here's my Fluke 77 that I have had for decades. An incandescent lamp tipped onto it and after about 30 minutes this was the result: width=320
Tom_M 12/16/21 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: Simplest battery monitor and shunt? Advice for non-expert

Voltage alone is a poor way to check state of charge. The batteries need to be at rest for quite a while to get a meaningful reading. This means no charge or discharge. A meter that keeps track of the amount of charge and discharge (amps in minus amps out) is a far better choice.
Tom_M 12/15/21 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

If your problem is the radiator, replace the whole radiator. You can then install an external cooler if you are worried about this happening again.
Tom_M 12/14/21 02:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Automatic Transfer Switch

Here's a schematic of my solution: width=320 K1 is my existing ATS. K2 is a 120 VAC 30 amp relay. The output feeds all my 120 volt receptacles except the ones feeding my fridge and microwave. The converter is powered only when on shore or generator power.
Tom_M 12/14/21 02:36am Tech Issues
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

I am NOT a normal person!!!! I have HIGH sensitivity to noise!!! I have slept in the room with my RGE400 fridge many times. I could NEVER do that with a compressor fridge! Do you understand my situation now? :)Perfectly. You should have mentioned this earlier. A ticking clock drives me nuts but a compressor fridge does not. To each their own. Good luck with your repair.
Tom_M 12/12/21 06:37am Tech Issues
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

Using an absorption type fridge for home use makes no sense. You can buy a new residential model for less than the repair cost of your old one.
Tom_M 12/11/21 05:07am Tech Issues
RE: Lifepo4 cold temp cut off 23F or 32F? height=340 width=540From ExpertPower web site: Discharge: -4 — 140°F Charge: 32 — 140°F The Amazon listing is a typo.
Tom_M 11/23/21 06:12am Tech Issues
RE: Lifepo4 cold temp cut off 23F or 32F?

Checked their web site and it states 32F
Tom_M 11/22/21 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: TV antenna

You do not need a special antenna. The crank-up Winegard Sensar IV (aka Batwing) is considered one of the best TV antennas for an RV. If you have a crank-up antenna it is most likely a Winegard and it should work. If it is an older Sensar III there is a snap-on attachment available that makes it the same as a Sensar IV.
Tom_M 11/21/21 04:39pm Technology Corner
RE: Video Editing Software

An excellent source for anything video is Check the "Software" section. Olive Video Editor sounds interesting.
Tom_M 11/14/21 07:10am Technology Corner
RE: Anyone using the Mr. Heater "Journey" catalytic heaters?

I'm tempted to try the Flame King's version which has the added benefit of a thermostat and a bit higher output.I purchased the Flame King heater and removed the regulator. I hooked it up in my motorhome. Initially it was working great but after a while the carbon monoxide level started ramping up. When the digital display hit 50 on my CO detector I shut the heater off. It's possible that the Flame King is using lower pressure than 11" WC. I don't have time to mess with it so I reinstalled my Buddy heater.
Tom_M 11/10/21 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold fridge not cooling

I managed to get the old fridge out through my door. The cooling unit is definitely bad. Could smell the ammonia after all the jockeying around. Hopefully the new fridge will fit through my door. I canceled my Amazon order after I found that the fridge was $300 cheaper at West Marine.
Tom_M 11/09/21 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Norcold fridge not cooling

Doug, excellent idea about connecting 120 directly to the heating element. Since the heat chamber heated up on both 120 and LP I assumed (probably a bad idea) that the heating portion was okay. All other indications seem to point toward a bad cooling unit. I'm not keen on the idea of spending a bunch of money to replace the cooling unit on an old fridge, so I ordered a new Norcold DE0061R compressor style fridge. Even though the old one did an adequate job I decided to go with a compressor type fridge. I have 400 watts of solar and a 170ah Renogy lithium battery so I should be okay.
Tom_M 11/09/21 06:10am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold fridge not cooling

Thanks Doug, The coach has no slides and I had not checked the roof vent. Just went out and checked and the vent seems clear. The fridge is 16 years old and has worked well until now. Nothing has changed with the ventilation as far as I can tell. The fridge will not run for 24 hours before it throws the NO CO error. This happens both on LP and 120 volt. There is no sign of cooling at all. There is quite a loud gurgling sound now that I haven't noticed before.
Tom_M 11/08/21 03:39pm Tech Issues
Norcold fridge not cooling

I have a Norcold N641R fridge that has stopped cooling. After a while it will throw a "no co" error. Power cycled it and the same thing but locked the control board. Did a board reset with the same results. This happens on propane and 120 volt. There are no apparent leaks and no ammonia smell. Any thoughts?
Tom_M 11/08/21 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone using the Mr. Heater "Journey" catalytic heaters?

I have a Buddy heater that I removed the regulator from and plumbed it into my propane line with a hose. I spend winters in Florida which is very humid and have had no issue with condensation. Just make sure to crack the roof vent and a window a bit. It uses much less propane than the furnace and uses no electricity. I have a CO detector with a display and it has never gone above zero. I'm tempted to try the Flame King's version which has the added benefit of a thermostat and a bit higher output. Available on Amazon: Flame King portable heater on Amazon
Tom_M 11/03/21 06:26am Tech Issues
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