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RE: 2022 towables 4 wheels down

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Tom_M 07/10/22 05:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Using my phone hotspot for the tv.

Was discussing with a few friends that my TT does not have reception on the TV. I no longer have a satellite carrier and don't know much about the antenna on my 2012 work and Play trailer. One person commented he purchased a smart Tv with roku and uses his phone as a hotspot. So, what amount of data would it use. What are the downsides of this. Antenna upgrade? thanks in advance.The Winegard Sensar IV (aka Batwing) is considered about the best RV TV antenna available. It has the broad elements that are needed for receiving VHF channels well. Second choice would probably be the King Jack. It does not have the broad elements so it works poorly for the VHF channels but is on par with the Sensar IV for UHF channels. About 25% of TV stations are now broadcasting on VHF so for full coverage the Sensar IV would be the better choice. A former forum member did an extensive test comparing the two antennas. Here's a link to his test: SCVJeff's test. If you intend to go with the Sensar IV, make sure there is room for the antenna when it is stowed. I had to install mine so that it stowed to the side rather than to the rear. I have had this for many years and have had no problems. Both antennas are directional and need to be aimed toward the TV transmitter. Antennas Direct is a good site to locate where the TV transmitters are. I live in Minneapolis and all the network affiliates here stream their local news in real time. I suspect this is true for most TV markets. For cellphone I use Visible. It is the only service I know of that has truly unlimited data including hotspot use. If you join a 'Party Pay' plan the monthly cost is $25/month total, no added fees. It has worked very well for me.
Tom_M 07/08/22 05:01am Tech Issues
RE: Best cell phone provider?

I was thinking of changing to Visible but was told coverage was not available in my area, Eastern Iowa. My wife uses Verizon, I use Consumer Cellular, phone only. Very happy with bothVisible is owned by Verizon and uses Verizon towers so you should have no problem.
Tom_M 06/29/22 05:36am Technology Corner
RE: Best cell phone provider?

About the cheapest service out there is Visible. It is owned by Verizon thus it uses Verizon towers. If you join their Party Pay plan the total cost is $25/month for unlimited everything including hotspot use. Their cheapest phone is $50. You may be able to use your present phone.
Tom_M 06/28/22 04:28am Technology Corner
RE: Easy toilet fix

Never use a petroleum based lube on rubber. You should use only a silicone based lube. Vaseline is petroleum based.
Tom_M 05/22/22 04:02am Tech Issues
RE: Cell Phone Booster installation

I have a WeBoost Sleek which uses 75ohm cable, but to use RG6 would require an adapter on each end to adapt the F type connectors to the type used on the Sleek.
Tom_M 05/20/22 05:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Scammer payback

I got a call from "Microsoft" a while ago and decided to play along. Win 10 pro has a feature called a Sandbox which starts a completely isolated session of Windows and gave him free access. He was surprised that I had such a clean layout but proceeded to show me all the "bad" software that was running in the background. For a fee he could fix it and install their antivirus software. Of course I declined but wasted a bunch of this guy's time.
Tom_M 05/03/22 05:11am Technology Corner
RE: Onan Microlite 4000 shaft locks up on occasion

My '87 BMW K75 motorcycle has an all aluminum sleeveless block. As far as I know there have been no issues with it. But then there was the Chevy Vega with a sleeveless aluminum block which had major problems mainly because it had a cast iron head. The different metals did not play well together.
Tom_M 04/28/22 05:25am Tech Issues
RE: 626 miles on a single charge!

Tesla Roadster - 620 mile range Not yet in production. $50,000 to reserve one.
Tom_M 04/15/22 06:35am Around the Campfire
RE: No gas to cook top

According to the installation manual there is an internal regulator. A customer on Amazon stated that they used theirs over 10,000ft. Link to manual:
Tom_M 03/29/22 05:48am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium batteries and alternator protection.

I have had my Renogy 170ah lithium battery for 2 years and have had no issues with it hooked directly to the alternator.Any chance a measurement of the charging amps was noted? Please post if available.Had a couple of days of clouds and rain and battery shut down on me so decided to check while charging from alternator. I'm measuring current with clamp meter at battery. When battery isolator kicked in, current started at 100 amps and within 10 seconds started ramping down. After about 5 minutes the current was down to about 30 amps and dropped down to about 15 amps after 15 minutes. I couldn't easily get to the alternator feed so the initial current surge may have come from my chassis battery. Engine was running at idle.
Tom_M 03/16/22 07:26am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium batteries and alternator protection.

I have had my Renogy 170ah lithium battery for 2 years and have had no issues with it hooked directly to the alternator.
Tom_M 03/13/22 03:31am Tech Issues
RE: INCREASING lpg capacity ?

Just did a search at and the only thing listed was a 5-lb cylinder.Hmm.. that's a 5 gallon container, and weighs a lot more than 5lb. Typo?I think it is a 5 lb. Nowhere does it mention 5 gal. One of the reviews mentions that they needed a smaller tank then a 20lb.
Tom_M 01/25/22 09:46am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Missing catalytic converter

Same thing happened to me just prior to Thanksgiving when I was getting ready to leave for Florida. Started with a bang and figured I had blown out the muffler but someone had stolen my converter. Cost of replacement would be about $3200. I have $500 deductible insurance but it would delay my departure so I bought a length of flex tubing and installed it in place of the converter. So far I have had no problems. I have two years to process the claim if I choose to do so.
Tom_M 01/25/22 08:47am General RVing Issues
RE: INCREASING lpg capacity ?

Just did a search at and the only thing listed was a 5-lb cylinder.
Tom_M 01/19/22 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: DVD player Setup

Since doing a scan picks up TV stations it sounds like the antenna is still connected to the TV. Your switch box should have a DVD player button. If all else fails, connect a coax directly from the F connector on the DVD player to the antenna in on the TV and do another scan.
Tom_M 01/17/22 08:35am Technology Corner
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
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