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RE: Chromebook

Some Chromebooks do support Open Office Though I'm not sure how well. Some can run a LINIX terminal as well.. (But I've had issues with Graphic programs) GOOGLE DOCS A "Cloud" application.. Will work with Chromebooks.. however some files may lose formatting as you go.
wa8yxm 06/29/22 04:52pm Technology Corner
RE: Best cell phone provider?

Re Verizon/ATT/T-mobile (the big 3) At one time Verizon did indeed have a better coverage map and in places you will find one or the other or the 3rd is the ONLY provider You might see who T-Mobile has agreements with (used to be AT&T last time I was in the land of no Verizon) But I think it might be Verizon now. or perhaps both These are mutual "Your customers can use our network if no your tower near" agreements. (And ours yours). But today all the coverage maps are getting to about the same amount of coverage.. Just not allways in the same spot. T-Mobile is real good on most freeways... But may fail as you move away from them.. But I know places where Verizon is not as well (But T-mobile worked)
wa8yxm 06/29/22 04:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Gas 11 years ago from a Forum memeber

Amazing how some people have to go political when politics has nothing to do with the price of fuel today. SO TRUE. Oh and gas right now around me about 5.50/gallon (rounded) in 2008 dollars. 2008 the average price was about 4.14 4.04 in 2008 dollars is about 5.50 in today's dollars (Source multiple internet searches) In short. we are cheaper now, in real dollars, than in 2008 Here is a real kicker A few years ago (like 2017) sign in a Waffle House. Darien GA Bottled water (Coke's brand) 16.9 oz $1.69 That's 12.80/gallon folks,, people were happily paying it FOR WATER. So.. why you bellyaching about the price of gas?
wa8yxm 06/29/22 04:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: More on LFP Charging

. Some LFP owners on here ISTR have taken to charging at lower voltages hoping for longer battery life. Perhaps it needs to be established which is correct--lower amps or lower voltage? Lower amps or lower voltage.. Well.. First I've heard claims (not comment) suggesting some oh wait. ot LFP so I won't even finish that thought. Now. Every battery has what is called "internal resistance" And of course the wires connecting it to the converter/charger have resistance. Current = Voltage divided by resistance. So when bulk charging lower voltage = lower amperage. now one you get to absorption phase. Well that still applies.. The FLOAT voltage is the only time where changing voltage actually changes the battery voltage. In order to push more amps into the battery you inrease the charging voltage.. NOW: the danger.. Pushing too much voltage for too long a period.. That damages the battery. Li type batteries, according to some should be STORED at about 50% charge or so at least one source tells me. I have not the means to verify.
wa8yxm 06/29/22 05:11am Tech Issues
RE: Renogy 20A dc to DC report

Watts out = watts in plus overhead and conversion loss. A DC=DC converter usually is an inverted/charger paired. Power in is chopped into Square wave A/C and then processed. This is about 90% efficient going in and another 10% is lost going out that's best case. Few are that good. Now.. some interesting things.. Because it's not converting to 60Hz AC but usually a much higher frequency. the processing is easier and if it uses a transformer that's much lighter.. But basically you have an inverter and a converter in one box.
wa8yxm 06/28/22 04:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Shore Power Issue

Lights in an RV are usually 12 volt. So if they are not working CLUE A/C usually uses 12 volt for Control.. Furnace is a 12 volt device. Fridge and water heater use 12 volt for control. If you have a pair of 30 amp fuses on the fuse panel I'd start by checking them. How to check fuses the easy way... A TEST LIGHT You can get a test light at most any auto place Prices and quality vary but most all are good if you follow this procedure Also get a coil of wire and the kind of clip you find on the test light Same store shoudl have 'em The Test light looks like an old fashion ICE pick. clear or translucent handle and a wire with a clip coming out it. Clip the clip to a known good ground (Negative wire) Touch the tip to a known good 12 volt Bright light good. Dark reseat the lamp and try again (Testing the light) now on the fuses each end has a small window Bright/Bright = Good Dark/Dark = No Test Dark/Bright or Bright/dark = Bad fuse NO NEED TO REMOVE FROM PANEL. The coil of wire. Sometimes you need to go some distance to find a good ground.. Strip bit of both ends of the coil.. then re-roll it up with the bare end poked into the middle.. On the other end put the clip. use it as an "extension Lead" by clipping on a known good ground (battery negative?) and then unroll to test area and clip the clip on the exposed end in the middle.
wa8yxm 06/27/22 04:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cell Phone - Sending Test Message

Hardly ever send MMS messages but no. If the tower signal is weak or limited it takes longer If the network is busy it can take longer to ACK And with WI-Fi.. add if the Router is over worked (Too many clients doing things like streaming video) is added to the list (Router Signal replaces Tower Signal for Wi-FI) Now if I sent a picture via Radio (Ham Radio) depending on the resolution (This also affects you) it can take from 1 to 5 minutes.
wa8yxm 06/26/22 08:09am Technology Corner
RE: Dish Tv help needed

Have you tried putting the dish in the Attic? Might be an issue in rain/snow but otherwise. And if you have an attic window facing either west or south with a bit of positining you might even be able to avoid rain issues.
wa8yxm 06/25/22 05:01am Technology Corner
RE: The [Star] Trek Thread

When William Shatner actually went to space I re-wrote a song (Give My Children Wings by Kathy Mar) Give My Captain Wings, But not the Ghost of Wings, You find on the Hollywood Sound stage. Turns out in the world of "Filk" (Kind of like the Folk Music of Science Fiction. though it's much more these days) Give My Children Wings was the very first song Kathy (A Lovely lady by the way.. I've taken her to dinner even if she is older than me (About 18 days)) Ever wrote. She approved of my re-write.
wa8yxm 06/25/22 04:59am Around the Campfire
RE: Camping Safety

I have not noticed a great increase in "Incidents" other than theft of Catalytic Converters. This is not "Dangerous" just costly. (And insurance..well that's what it's for). Now.. I have noticed that there are places where I would rather NOT park a Motor home not even overnight. So far I've found about 4 or 5 of them (in 15 years of RVing) What did I do? Park elsewhere of course.. Without incident. Your eyes and your "Gut" are very good protection.. if it does not look safe.. Move on. Do keep doors double locked at night.. I recommend against Guns for protection.. Fire Extinguishers are good. Have several not just the one inside the door (that little 5 pound joke) but some "All Fire" foam types.. They put out wood/fiber fires. Gas/oil fires.. Electrical fires, Passion Fires (see movie 6 Pack staring Kenny Rogers. he uses one to put out a passion Fire) If the attacker can not breath due to the powder (in the movie's case) he's not going to continue the attack.
wa8yxm 06/22/22 05:07pm RV Lifestyle
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. You are mistaken. They need to be equalized. But the procedure is different for those batteries. Basically they need to be charged independently on a 12 volt charger or charged in parallel on a 12 volt charger. Charging them in series when they are not equally discharged results in one being over charged and the other under charged. I see people yammering about different size 12 volt batteries in parallel. they make the very claim I just stated.. Which is not true for batteries in parallel. But batteries in SERIES need to be identical Same size Same capacity SAME STATE OF CHARGE. (Equalized). And the easiest way to do that is to put 'em in parallel and use a 12 volt charger.
wa8yxm 06/22/22 05:12am Tech Issues
RE: Hot Water Replacement

I need to replace my 20 year old water heater in my Fifth Wheel. I am wondering if the On-Demand heaters are a good choice? I currently have a suburban 6 Gallon SW DE. or it just better to stick with the Tank water heaters ? Thanks That... is a good question.. So here are some talking points. ON-Demand RV heaters are Propane only because you don't have the Wattage to heat water that fast. And if you sometimes camp in cold weather.. Since they do not heat without flow... Well that can cause an issue (If I were making one for RV use I'd offer a optional "Do not allow to freeze" heater.. lower wattage. (perhaps 100 electric or alt propane) set to say 40 degrees) And though I tended to follow warm weather... i got bit by sub freezing a few times... (like 3) the 3rd time I learned how to spend no money (Though a PEX line did freeze.. in the middle of an 8 foot run. the fittings on the ends (Which do not freeze well) were protected so total damage was $0.00)
wa8yxm 06/21/22 03:19pm Tech Issues
RE: 1997 Bounder, water line shut off before pump ?

Two answers... Usually yes.. 2nd If not drain the fresh tank and refill later. Follow the flow.. That is the intake line on the pump. towards the fresh tank. also don't forget to shut off city water if connected
wa8yxm 06/19/22 02:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical question

I treat every question as legit. Though I will admit there are questions we have answered so many times I have a subfolder in my "Documents" folder titled "Boilerplates" (Not just for stuff here) But Where as I know that in THEORY you can use the search tools to find one of the many answers to the same question in the past.... I also know how much fun that is as I've tried to do that very thing... and failed.. and I'm good at search engines.
wa8yxm 06/19/22 07:59am General RVing Issues
RE: DC Circuit MON & GL versus GH on thermostat

I was guessing the monitor panel Suggestion.. Pull fuse. See what no longer works.. Replace fuse. See if it now works.
wa8yxm 06/19/22 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Electrical question

Also want to show my ignorance; Will the EMS trip if the open ground is on the load side, or only on input side? I read often that CG electrics may not be great. I can easily see how they could be under sized for all the power demanded. (Bell, some states have that issue) But if you think of the liability a campground would face from a open ground I can't imagine that problem would not be addressed. Now if EMS only shuts off for incoming problems, the OP should report to management. (Might be best anyway, so they know should check their snot) But if it is possible the EMS saw a problem with the RV should the OP get somebody to check his stuff out? On the input side. if you have any devices with a 2 blade no round pin plug those devices operate without a ground (Double insulated tools. Some kitchen appliances. Most every "Wall Wart" charger) so the EMS only cares about supply side opens
wa8yxm 06/18/22 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: battery to inverter wiring

Like someone else said I'd amp up the cables between pairs. Also clean all connections. Alas I had same issues.
wa8yxm 06/18/22 03:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Front Property

My Brother once had a "Waterfront property" AS A river ran at the rear property line... Till it rained.. Then it was a water front, rear, side, other side, only the built up graveled drive was above water.
wa8yxm 06/18/22 04:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Electrical question

My EMS flashed Open ground.. I did an emergency fix (NO I will not describe it) but the issue turned out to be a screw lose at the park's distribution panel on the NEUTRAL wire. How that works.. Voltage neutral to ground should be zero. on 50 amps voltage side to neutral should be 120 volts (And 240 side to side) Normally if you have an OPEN neutral the side to neutral voltages will be ... Wild (swing all over creation as A/C's kick on and off for example) the EMS sees this and flags "OPEN NEUTRAL" But if the neutral is not open but "high resistance" (poor connection) it may not swing enough to trip the "Open neutral" alarm but even 1 volt neutral to ground should trip (Open ground) Why is open ground dangerous? Well the neutral is grounded at at least one point (Park distribution panel) and possible more (No I wont bother listing). IF the ground is open and for any reason there is a hot-Chassis short.. When you reach out to open the door on the RV. or hook up water. or otherwise touch both ground and RV YOU become a conductor.. and not the musical kind. Even a few mA through the wrong part of your body and "Brothers and sisters, we are gathered today to remember our dear departed friend (your name here). And most RV's on 30 amps. with an open ground.. Will measure 60 volts chassis to ground (though it can't deliver a whole lot of current) as an electronics tech I do know why.. Though I've never been damaged by that.. I've felt it a few times.
wa8yxm 06/18/22 04:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Ice Maker Quit

Ok I will describe how the thing works starting with when the cubes hit 25 Degrees A thermostat closes and starts the motor running. and a heater heating. As the fingers hit the ice cubes the motor stalls.. (I am assuming cresent shaped cubes, there is another type) once the surface of the ice melts the motor agains continus running pushing the ice out of the tray and eventually scraper fingers scrape it off the pushers and it falls into the tray. Meanwhile as the wheels turn a switch sends power to the solenoid allowing water to flow. possible issues. Most common: Ice in the water line.. water can not get past it Split water hose (Solenoid to ice tray) Water all over outside compartment After that it gets hard to fix as parts are needed.. You can check for power to the solenoid during cycling by hooking a volt meter or 120 volt test lamp to the leads and force cycling the unit.. You should hear the CLICK when the solenoid engages as well. You can check by disconnecting the solenoid to ice tray line and hooking a short tube on as a temporary and see if water flows during the cycle. If it does the unit is iced or the delivery tube split. If the tube is split water will be seen in the outside compartment where it should not be. Turns out replacing the line is not as hard as it looks You just need to tilt the Fridge into the RV (Disconnect gas line first) Finally: How I fixed mine. Pulled it out and got a counter top ice maker.
wa8yxm 06/16/22 04:39am Tech Issues
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