William Pender

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  • in reply to: Three blown tires, #8710
    William Pender
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    I usually keep my speed below 65 mph, normally about 60. I have heard that sitting will cause more harm than running down the highway. Mine probably sit more than roll. Anyway I’m going to the E rated tires.

    in reply to: A/C Help #6059
    William Pender
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    That should do it. If you use water leave it open for a while to dry out completely. I don’t think you need to disconect the batteries, just main power.  A heat-pump is an A/C that has a reversing valve to reverse the flow of refrigerant so that it pulls heat from the outside air in the winter to heat the interior then in the summer it acts as a regular A/C to cool the interior. It also has a defrost cycle to defrost the coil when it starts to freeze up. You may hear it reversing at times, it will make a swooshing sound as the valve opens or closes.

    in reply to: Posting photos anywhere? #6057
    William Pender
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    Thanks Ray, a mystery solved!

    in reply to: A/C Help #6056
    William Pender
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    When you remove the cover if it’s a heat-pump there should be a valve in the refrigerant line close to the compressor with three lines coming out of one side and one line in the other side it will have an electric coil on it with 2 wires running to it. I don’t imagine the unit would have a very big resistance heater in it, maybe 3 to 4 kw, only used as backup heating while the heat pump was in reverse operation. Keep in mind a heat-pump will be more money. Do not forget to turn that power off completly before using any water for cleaning. I followed up on a call once where a man did not tur all of it off. His wife found him on the roof of his trailer dead. Also a good capacitor may bite with out power to it. It is an electrical storage device. I found hair from his arm on the capacitor terminals. Anyway just take precautions.

    in reply to: A/C Help #6051
    William Pender
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    A burnt smell could also be dust and lint on the heating coils. Probably a heat pump wit a small back up resistance heater. Cheaper to check it out unless you are wanting a reason to change it.

    in reply to: A/C Help #6050
    William Pender
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    I have not replaced RV a/cs but I have a lot of experience in residential a/c. If you use it a lot it could be your fan motor. or possibly a capacitor. If it has been cooling good it can be repaired reasonably. Of course A/C repairs are never cheap. If you go on the roof to check it out make sure you disconect all power to it before. look for burnt wires or fluid leaks around capacitors. ( cylindrical or oval shaped silver, possibly gray devices, with two terminal at the end)  Smell the fan motor for an acrid burnt smell.  Look for burnt marks or smoky areas around connections.

    in reply to: Lota Wind and a Little Luck #2179
    William Pender
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    I don’t mind a tail wind at all, head winds I can drive in, but high winds from the side, gusting I’ll sit out when I can. Seems like when the wind is blowing and I am traveling it’s always a head wind, going and comming. when I think about it the wind is always blowing when I am towing. Good Luck! in your travels always.

    in reply to: Wind Blown #2178
    William Pender
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    I got my 5er back about 10 days ago in time for the grandkids spring break. Took 4 of them fishing to Eagle Valley for 5 days. New siding looks good, and new hardware for awning. Did not get a space wide enough to use the awning but it seems to work fine. Going to Utah for summer I guess.

    in reply to: Solar Power #1852
    William Pender
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    I remember that old saying Steve, but it has been my experience that most of the time ‘you pay for what you get’. Everybodys needs and creature comforts are different. My wife told me after a night continually blowing up a new air mattress, sleeping in a tent on a moderately cool night that she would not go camping again until or unless she had a regular bed to sleep in. She didn’t go for a few years either. I on the other hand have slept on the ground or the bed of a truck and got up in the morning to melt the left over frozen coffee over a camp fire. I don’t need as much when I go, very seldom run the generator, hardly ever watch tv when I camp without my wife. 75 watts does me fine, for now, I don’t camp in extremes usually. I had it rain for 5 days once in Utah or one time we got a little snow, but mostly we enjoy great weather and sit around the campfire at night, not making smores, having a beer or something stronger and shooting the bull.


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    in reply to: Solar Power #1835
    William Pender
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    I don’t know about everybody else but when I boondock I don’t need a lot of power. I have 5- 15 watt panels on my roof that takes care of my needs and a Honda 3000is to keep my wife happy when she is with me. I paid less than 5 bills for all of it including shipping and installed it myself, in a couple of hours. I have two Pep Boys batteries to hold my power. I might use an inverter to charge my electronics, but other than that I have all the power I need. I can’t imagine needing much more than that. Well the generator cost a bit more but I don’t use it much. It’s for my wife so she can watch tv, use the microwave or the airconditioner.

    in reply to: Wind Blown #1711
    William Pender
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    I have Comprehensive on it and have had the panels replaced on the other side before when I got to close to a tree a few years ago. Took me awhile to understand 5er towing.

    in reply to: Wind Blown #1709
    William Pender
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    We had a good time and took my wife’s new pup who took to rving real quick. Probably luck the gust hit us head on.

    in reply to: No power to GFCI outlets #1237
    William Pender
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    I replace the GCFI recepticle and seems problem is solved. Thanks again for your help.

    in reply to: No power to GFCI outlets #1235
    William Pender
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    Thanks for the help. I’m going to pull the GFCI with the test button on it and check it out. It is the one farthest from the power panel, but it must protect all of the recepticle marked GFCI protected. I will post an update when the problem is fixed. I think I have a better understanding of how they work now.

     

    in reply to: No power to GFCI outlets #1231
    William Pender
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    I’m not sure if any of them are bad, but I tried reseting the one with the red button and it does nothing. I thought it might be bad and not able to reset. All of my outlets say GFCI so I assum they are all conected to go off at the same time. If I had a bad wire though it would be between the breaker and the plug in the wall in back of the kitchen counter. I just don’t know. I pulled it out and didn’t find anything wrong. I think the GFCI would go off before a wire would burn.

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