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RE: More generator vs. AUX-START

Follow the generator cable from the gen set to the coach batteries.
udidwht 07/23/22 11:14pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Production - Fuel prices - Bubble ready to burst?

At least in this area, I think RV sales will be bolstered by those priced out of the housing market and are buying, or considering buying, RVs to live in. While there are certainly some, people buying an RV to live in are not a significant part of the new RV sales market. That's media hype where they over represent them as a scare story. Realistically, the people you are talking about are moving into apartments or mobilehome parks. Of course, I'm betting the realestate market takes a dump in the next 6-12 months (maybe sooner)Why would real estate take a dump? Very few people actually need to sell. Unless unemployment suddenly surges people can make their current mortgage payments since almost all of those mortgages are fixed rate and not effected by interest rate increases. Rental rates are also rising, so selling a home to move to a rental isn’t attractive. Plus there is a multi million unit shortfall of single family homes. Sales may very well slow significantly and the days of each consecutive sale being 20% higher than the last may have ended but expecting a huge price drops is an expectation likely to be left unfulfilled. Prices in the housing market may drop in some segments but not in others. I have a house I've lived in for 20 years and it's market value is beyond many. It's not "first house" valued but rather for those in the market who have money in hand and are able to make cash offers. Some of them are Corporations that are buying higher priced houses and then renting them. Many houses in the same community have been purchased by these Corporations after only a few days on the market. That said, it will be something my kids will have to deal with when they inherit it. If people want some insight into what will happen with automobiles and RV's if fuel prices keep up the recent trend, and follow projections, look back to the mid 70's when the price of gas suddenly rose from around $0.35 per gallon to over $1. Unless car dealers had an import, economy car line (usually foreign made), many shuttered the doors and turned out the lights. The lucky ones were bought up by the big, multi-state dealer groups. The housing market will fall because many of the hot market cities are grossly over inflated. Some as much as 50+ percent (Seattle area is a great example).
udidwht 07/18/22 03:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Western WA storage?

Guy RV boat & storage (Renton, Wa.)
udidwht 07/18/22 02:54am General RVing Issues
RE: best way to recover a roof

Wonder if anyone out there has ever sprayed their roof with something like Line-X?
udidwht 07/18/22 02:49am Tech Issues
RE: Using my phone hotspot for the tv.

T Mobile 5G wifi home internet No contract and $50 per month. The device can be taken with you in your RV and used while on the road. I did just such (Renton - HB, Ca and back for 3.5 weeks) I purchased a 300w inverter that plugs into cigarette light. Worked great!
udidwht 07/18/22 02:45am Tech Issues
RE: Easy toilet fix

Rubber is petroleum based. As are many silicone items.
udidwht 05/22/22 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Power drain

A small 15 watt solar panel will keep the chassis battery tendered. The one I bought to replace to old one works even when the Tyvek cover is on.
udidwht 05/22/22 01:07am Tech Issues
RE: Easy toilet fix

Use either Vaseline or Super lube.
udidwht 05/22/22 12:58am Tech Issues
RE: Onan Microlite 4000 shaft locks up on occasion

Yes sir that’s a iron engine, the Onan microlite is aluminum and not made to last like that engine. You DO realize that ALL "aluminum" engine cylinders ARE iron sleeved, right? Onan is no exception to sleaving. HERE is just one sample of an Onan gen engine which does state.. Engine Engine Brand Cummins Onan Starting System 12-Volt Button Start HP 7 HP Consumer Engine Warranty 2 Years Engine RPM 3600 RPM Cast Iron Sleeve Yes" Basically in a nutshell, there IS a IRON cylinder sleeve that was either installed by pushing a sleeve in or using the iron sleeve as part of the aluminum molding process. The outside of the cylinder is aluminum and finned for best heat dissipation for air cooling and less weight. Sleeved engines are used exclusively by even the automotive world in any aluminum or aluminum alloy block. The sleeving is done so well that it is impossible to see any difference between the aluminum and the iron sleeve. Some engines the sleeve is called a liner and is removable and replaceable, find that in big diesel engines. The next air cooled engine you tear apart, take a magnet to the cylinder sleeve.. Bet the magnet will stick.. aka...Biral cylinder/s
udidwht 04/27/22 02:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan Microlite 4000 shaft locks up on occasion

The problem is with the starter drive gear . the gear is made of a plastic/fiber material and the drive parts wear with use, then "bind up" in the flywheel-blower wheel teeth. when you reach in the air intake end and grab the flywheel fins you can usually break it free by turning it in opposite direction of normal rotation. the only fix is to replace the starter, which usually requires pulling the genset from the RV, as the enclosure cover has to be removed to access starter. There are really cheap starters available on-line, but they are really "cheap"! You get what you pay for...I would go with ONAN part; 191-2351, usually available for under $100 from Onan parts dealer. An important reminder.... Always disconnect the battery to the generator if attempting to turn the fan with hand.
udidwht 04/23/22 11:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium and México

Wyoming has a huge deposit.
udidwht 04/23/22 11:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: What % Of Alcohol Does Your State Have?

Even worse it has already been shown that more ethanol is not better. Any amount beyond a few percent is useless in terms of cleaner burning. In fact, it has an overall lower BTU compared to straight gas IOW...lower MPGs. Most cars on the road today are not able to run E-15 without issue/s.
udidwht 04/17/22 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: %#[email protected]^ critters!

I've had good luck using a 5 gallon bucket with (2 holes) drilled near top of it 180 degrees of each other. Run a small stiff wire (hanger type) with a small diameter PVC tube over it so it spins freely just slightly smaller than width of bucket. Then drill some small holes in the 'center of the tube' that spins and smear peanut butter into them. Now use a wooden yard stick and attach it to the side so mice can travel up bait it a little if you like with peanut butter. Mice will go up and when they venture to the center of the tube it will spin dumping them in the bucket. Oh...add a few inches of water to drown the little critters. The best thing about this trap is you set it and forget about it. It catches over and over and over and over and over... Total cost $5 bucks or so. Works indoors or outdoors. I have my sitting at the back of my RV in the storage yard where I park. Helps not only me but the other owners there as well. LOL! No poison involved.
udidwht 04/17/22 06:50am General RVing Issues
RE: onan 5500

Indeed. It's an old WWII holdover myth that generators die from lack of use. The electronics in them today don't have the issue of those used decades ago. Yes fuel can be an issue but it takes years for that to become apparent. I always dump an appropriate amount of STA-BIL into my fuel tank when filling up gas tank prior to storage. Then I run the generator under 50+ percent load for ~30 min. Then shut off. Come spring time it (Micro 4K) fires right up. Been doing this for 8 years without issue.
udidwht 04/04/22 02:03am Tech Issues
RE: What is this stuff?

I have a newer Dometic RM 8501 and it drains into a small drip cup/tray.
udidwht 04/04/22 01:47am Tech Issues
RE: In 2 years time I can no longer afford to buy a camper

I certainly don't see a recession happening this year, either. That being said, I'm not getting a 2nd job so I'm not sure if you're talking to me or who that advice is for. I work enough as it is.Not singling anyone out. Same with this: If all the savings is in a bank savings or CD there is tremendous risk of loss due to inflation continuing. Some should be in the equity market. No need to worry when the BIG drop comes. Not a question of if only when. We're closer than ever now. I know people that run around and talk about the sky is falling, the sky is falling, and they don’t have any money and will never have any money because of their mindset. That is like saying we'll never have another recession and/or depression. Don't be that guy.
udidwht 03/29/22 02:01pm Truck Campers
RE: In 2 years time I can no longer afford to buy a camper

No need to worry when the BIG drop comes. Not a question of if only when. We're closer than ever now.In two years time (as the OP inquired about) the SP500 has risen about 57% That would have taken the OP or anyone else from $50,000 to have $78,500 today. Still not much to retire on.
udidwht 03/29/22 01:14am Truck Campers
RE: In 2 years time I can no longer afford to buy a camper

I certainly don't see a recession happening this year, either. That being said, I'm not getting a 2nd job so I'm not sure if you're talking to me or who that advice is for. I work enough as it is.Not singling anyone out. Same with this: If all the savings is in a bank savings or CD there is tremendous risk of loss due to inflation continuing. Some should be in the equity market. No need to worry when the BIG drop comes. Not a question of if only when. We're closer than ever now.
udidwht 03/28/22 11:21pm Truck Campers
RE: solar powered camper up to 450 mile range

There is no EV car today who gets close to it's claimed distance driven before charge is required. Not by a long shot. That would depend on the speed and a half dozen other factors. The article below tests EV's at 70 mph. The fourth line shows a 2021 Porsche which gets 30% more range than the EPA figures. 293 miles vs epa of 225. The Ford Mustang also betters the EPA numbers as does the Ionic (but only by a nose). https://insideevs.com/reviews/443791/ev-range-test-results/ I guess your shot is a little short? * grin * Not at all. Both are not close to 'real world driving' scenarios. Electric has a long way to go before being truly considered a viable replacemnt for gas. We'll have cam less engines before that happens.
udidwht 03/28/22 12:09am Tech Issues
RE: 1998 Holiday Rambler Vacationer? 13k Is it worth it?

I bought a 94 Southwind Storm back in Sept 2014 with just shy of 45K on the OD. It is now at 71K. But I do nearly (90 percent) all my own work and have replaced a lot that I consider aging out (sensors, hoses, belts etc...) also put in a new fridge. Picked it up for 8K and I've likely spent another 4-5K just in replacing items I know that are old (working though) rather than risk it being an issue on a trip. It is a P32 chassis with TBI 454 w/4L80E trans. And thank god this RV has no Auto park brake system. Items I've replaced (Delco parts only if avail.) 1. TPS 2. EGR 3. VSS sensors 4. Purge valve 5. PCV valve 6. Idle control solenoid actuator 7. MAP sensor 8. O2 sensor (only 1 single wire) 9. IAC 10. Alternator 11. Belts 12. Radiator hoses & by-pass hose 13. T-stat 14. Ignition coil 15. Ceramic wired HD 16. Plugs 17. Distributor pick up coil 18. ICM 19. Aux fan motor 20. Front tires 21. Ignition switch (steering column) 22. Front rotors & pads (Centric ceramic) 23. Master cylinder 24. Doghouse relay 25. Rotor & cap 26. Shift solenoid A&B and internal wire harness (4L80E) 27. New batteries (x3) 28. B.I.R.D/Isolator relay/Solenoid 29. New fridge 30. LP regulator 31. Restored exterior of LP tank 32. DRAC module 33. Drive shaft rebuilt 34. Rear diff fluid 35. Trans fluid DexVI (x2 so far) 36. Exhaust donuts (x2) and springs/bolts 37. Generator VR regulator, fuel line, filter (Onan Micro4K) 38. Toilet 39. Shower faucet valve and I'm sure some other stuff...LOL!
udidwht 03/27/22 09:59pm Class A Motorhomes
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