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RE: tire wrench

4-way wrenches are often too large to fit in the hole in the rim on modern aluminum wheels.
jkwilson 08/06/22 07:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dometic not cooling

Usually a bad thermistor overcools. Heavy frost sounds like a door not sealing.
jkwilson 08/01/22 06:26pm Tech Issues
RE: New battery cost.

You can get a decent Group 27 for a little less than US$100. Walmart is about the cheapest. Little better battery in the Diehard at Autozone for right at US$100
jkwilson 07/24/22 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic A/C Capacitors Smoking! Replacement part?

Don’t buy a spare, or at least don’t pin your hopes on it working. They age in storage too. As long as the capacitance values are correct, voltage rating is high enough and the form works, you can use it.
jkwilson 07/22/22 03:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Evansville to Indianapolis airport (I-69) question

OP here, Looking to make the trip again in a few weeks. Any local update on construction progress? Better than it was last year since they are no longer detouring all traffic. Still a short distance of 55 and 45MPH right before Martinsville. 69 to 39 to 67 to Ameriplex is for sure the way to go. I was just up there Wednesday. Only thing new this year is the ramp to 39 in Martinsville has changed. Same place, but the layout has changed so the turn in it is pretty tight and you have two roundabouts as you get to the end. When you see the sign for exit 87 1 mile, toot your horn as you’ll be close to me!
jkwilson 07/12/22 01:14pm Roads and Routes
RE: Quad Steps

From what I've read, the GlowSteps are a better solution for the mobility challenged than the Solid Steps. But you sure pay a premium for them. I never did see any issues with the standard pull out steps, but I did put Quad Steps on in place of the three step OEM on our previous trailer. That last step was a lulu. :) I had problems with my knees bothering me after loading, unloading, winterizing etc. with the factory steps. Much better with the Torklift Revolution steps.
jkwilson 07/10/22 11:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Quad Steps

Flip a coin and buy the ones that fit. :) Just stay away from the ones that fold up into the doorway. Those suck big time. We love ours. They are adjustable in length and very sturdy. I clean them with a broom/shop vac prior to folding them up. If they are wet due to rain, we clean as much water off as we can, then put towels inside to soak up the drips. Clean up floors when we get it back in storage.You may love them, but the first time you can't get into your trailer because you can't put the steps down, for one reason or another, you will have a few choice words to say. My Glowsteps stick out about 10” further than my factory steps, but they can be used when partially extended pretty easily.
jkwilson 07/10/22 09:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Load test the battery. Would be a total waste of time and effort. The convertor should have more than enough current to run the air conditioner even with no battery installed at all.I don't consider gaining knowledge a waste and the battery could be shorted which can cause other problems. But yes he can disconnect the battery. A shorted cell would be instantly obvious with a simple voltage measurement. A load test tells you nothing you don’t already know and gives you no useful information. Cranking amps is irrelevant in a deep-cycle application.
jkwilson 07/05/22 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Load test the battery. Would be a total waste of time and effort. The convertor should have more than enough current to run the air conditioner even with no battery installed at all.
jkwilson 07/05/22 11:31am Tech Issues
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Your air conditioner uses 12V too. I suspect your converter has failed or the battery has a shorted cell. How does an air conditioner use 12v? They are powered by 120v AC power and most thermostats are powered by little AA/AAA batteries. Most thermostats are not powered by AA or AAA batteries, and even when they are the HVAC is still controlled by 12VDC because the furnace doesn’t use AC power and the thermostat controls both.My RV thermostat is powered by the RV 12 volt system. OP is having issue with the A/C and low battery voltage. No need to cover all RVs until the OP has the issue resolved. Maybe you should address this to the previous poster who believes RV thermostats run on small batteries rather than the person who pointed out that it was likely a 12V battery problem.
jkwilson 07/02/22 10:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Your air conditioner uses 12V too. I suspect your converter has failed or the battery has a shorted cell. How does an air conditioner use 12v? They are powered by 120v AC power and most thermostats are powered by little AA/AAA batteries. Most thermostats are not powered by AA or AAA batteries, and even when they are the HVAC is still controlled by 12VDC because the furnace doesn’t use AC power and the thermostat controls both.
jkwilson 07/02/22 08:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Would this be a power converter issue??

Your air conditioner uses 12V too. I suspect your converter has failed or the battery has a shorted cell.
jkwilson 07/02/22 07:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Harbor Freight Predator 3500

The same generator is sold by Northern Tool as the Powerhorse and by Echo with their branding good generator at a great price. There is a FB group with good information.Just search for Harbor Freight Predator 3500
jkwilson 06/16/22 05:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Yellowstone NP roads and entrance closures

Latest word is that the North entrance will not open again this season. Because the remaining entrances can't handle the flow, there will have to be some kind of reservation system implemented for the remainder of the year.
jkwilson 06/14/22 07:15pm Roads and Routes
RE: Battery question???? XXXX UPDATE XXXXX

Just to be clear here, the manufacturer specifies the charger output voltage is 29.6V. 14.8 +15.2 is more than the charger is supposed to put out.
jkwilson 06/12/22 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: Battery question???? XXXX UPDATE XXXXX

They need to be "Equalized" how to do that on your system I do not know. I know how I'd do it but it requires hooking them in parallel to a DIFFERENT charger. Don’t equalize AGMs. It will damage them.
jkwilson 06/12/22 08:09am Tech Issues
RE: Battery question???? XXXX UPDATE XXXXX

An AGM full charge resting voltage may be a little higher than 12.7V. Most are around 12.8V, with some like the Optima at 13.1V. The charger for your scooter is supposed to produce 29.6V while charging. That’s 14.8V per battery. Seems likely you have a charger problem, though having two batteries in series showing different voltages after charging with a single charger would also indicate some difference in the batteries that bears watching.
jkwilson 06/12/22 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Hughes Auto PWD50

Thanks all, I am not very knowledgeable on what all those type of devices do. I remember looking at I guess an "autoformer" for double the price. From your alls comments for complete protection go the autoformer route. Thanks An autoformer is a booster for low voltage. Protection of the RV from wiring or power system problems comes from an EMS. Protection from lightning or power system incidents comes from a surge protector. For best protection in a Hughes product, you want the EPO version of their Power Watchdog which incorporates an EMS and a surge protector. They also offer a voltage booster (autoformer) with integrated surge protection but no EMS function to handle low supply voltage situations.
jkwilson 06/05/22 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes

How do you know the controller isn’t activating the brakes? Did you use a compass or listen for the hum at the wheels? DC does not "hum", "buzz", "sing" or play any tune, you will not hear a thing. Newer brake controllers while they do employ PWM to control the braking output operates at a very reduced output when you are sitting still. Even the manual lever output is reduced and does not apply full braking voltage when sitting still. Even on older brake controllers, I never had any luck getting a compass to give a decent repeatable indication. There is a huge chunk of iron (drum) between the magnet and your compass. That drum absorbs and redirects a lot of the magnetic fields generated by the electro magnet and by the time it gets to your compass is very, very weak. What I have found as 100% reliable way to trouble shoot is to jack up one side at a time and roll the wheels by hand and pull the break away pin. Wheels must stop as soon as the pin is pulled. The breakaway system is supposed to apply full battery voltage from the trailer battery to the trailer brake magnets, if the breakaway system isn't working, then very good chance your truck system isn't going to make the brakes work either (IE trailer wiring problem).. Put pin back in and you should now be able to roll the wheels by hand again. If they don't stop, then you need to access the wires behind each backing plate and verify that you have or don't have voltage with the breakaway pin pulled (note, the magnets are not going to melt either as per another Internet myth). No voltage at backing plate then you have a break before the axles. Voltage at the backing plate then you need to check the mechanicals behind the drum. If you lift in the correct place, you can lift both wheels on the same side at a time. Turn your flashers on with brake gain high. You’ll hear the magnets. I have a 2013, 2019 and 2020 F250s, that does not happen. Your flashers have zero to do with the IBC brake controller on Fords, you can turn up the gain to the max on the Ford IBC and while you are sitting still the controller will reduce the output even using the manual control. The flashers will not override the brake controller. The reason for that is when you are still, there is zero reason to apply full braking voltage. Perhaps maybe if you turned on your windshield wipers and hummed "I love a rainy night" perhaps the brakes might hum with you? Ford IBC folds back the braking output according to speed and that includes the use of the manual over ride. It is done for your safety so you do not accidentally over apply electric brakes manually while driving at low speeds. DC does not make a sound and even with the newer IBC controllers which use PWM to control the output any noise possibly made will be "solo" (so low you can't hear it).. The PWM is done typically at a high frequency which will be above human hearing range (young adult hearing range tops out at 20Khz, PWM typically will be above 20Khz). Trailer brake magnets make a very distinctive sound when the brakes are applied. You are 100% wrong. It’s loud enough to hear it standing near a parked trailer. If you’d care to bet on it, I’d be in for any amount you want to lose.
jkwilson 05/30/22 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Brakes

How do you know the controller isn’t activating the brakes? Did you use a compass or listen for the hum at the wheels? DC does not "hum", "buzz", "sing" or play any tune, you will not hear a thing. Newer brake controllers while they do employ PWM to control the braking output operates at a very reduced output when you are sitting still. Even the manual lever output is reduced and does not apply full braking voltage when sitting still. Even on older brake controllers, I never had any luck getting a compass to give a decent repeatable indication. There is a huge chunk of iron (drum) between the magnet and your compass. That drum absorbs and redirects a lot of the magnetic fields generated by the electro magnet and by the time it gets to your compass is very, very weak. What I have found as 100% reliable way to trouble shoot is to jack up one side at a time and roll the wheels by hand and pull the break away pin. Wheels must stop as soon as the pin is pulled. The breakaway system is supposed to apply full battery voltage from the trailer battery to the trailer brake magnets, if the breakaway system isn't working, then very good chance your truck system isn't going to make the brakes work either (IE trailer wiring problem).. Put pin back in and you should now be able to roll the wheels by hand again. If they don't stop, then you need to access the wires behind each backing plate and verify that you have or don't have voltage with the breakaway pin pulled (note, the magnets are not going to melt either as per another Internet myth). No voltage at backing plate then you have a break before the axles. Voltage at the backing plate then you need to check the mechanicals behind the drum. If you lift in the correct place, you can lift both wheels on the same side at a time. Turn your flashers on with brake gain high. You’ll hear the magnets.
jkwilson 05/29/22 08:31pm Tech Issues
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