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  1. Lou Schneider

    Need New Laptop-Confused

    If you're looking for a knockabout laptop, take a look at the Lenovo Thinkpad EDU series. They're made for the education market (schools) and have everything except a DVD drive. The 11.6" Lenovo X131e is $140 refurbished from Tiger Direct with Windows 10 Home installed: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6042568
  2. Redwood City is about midway between San Francisco and San Jose on the S.F. peninsula. It's slogan is "Climate Best By Government Test". The Weather Service used to have it's regional office there, and supposedly the local climate tied with the Canary Islands and North Africa's Mediterranean Coast as the best climate on earth. Unfortunately, it's not an RV friendly area, but I lived there while attending college and the weather was very nice year round. Not too hot in the summer and mild winters well above freezing.
  3. Lou Schneider

    Add a fuel shut-off to onboard generator

    My point was the carburetor by itself won't suck fuel out of the fuel line, it needs pressure to work. Adding Seafoam via the third port in the valve will only work if you hold the container higher than the carburetor so it can pressure feed into it, or if you place the valve on the intake side of the fuel pump so it can do the sucking. As far as emptying the float bowl, the bowl chamber is vented to the atmosphere so outside air replaces the fuel you're extracting. It makes no difference if the fuel line feeding it is also open to the air or not. You also have to be certain the open port on a 3 way valve doesn't connect to the fuel line going to the gas tank at any point, or you'll have a fuel leak if the handle gets moved to the wrong position.
  4. Lou Schneider

    MyDakotaAddress.com is shutting the doors

    No need to ... apparently it flagged Facebook's algorithm so they censored it.
  5. Lou Schneider

    Add a fuel shut-off to onboard generator

    The carburetor doesn't suck on the fuel line, it has a float chamber with a needle valve and float ... kind of like the float valve in your toilet bowl. When you run the carburetor dry, you're using up the fuel in the float bowl. It doesn't matter if the fuel line is open to the atmosphere or not, once the fuel line pressure is gone, fuel stops coming through the needle valve and the engine will suck the float bowl dry.
  6. Lou Schneider

    Looking for some help deciding on a destination

    That's the center of town during the peak week of the Big Tent RV show. The population drops off drastically before and after the show. Plus they're not showing you the 25 square miles of BLM managed Long Term Visitors Areas just to the south (the photo is looking west). That's half as large as the entire City of San Francisco and you can be as close to, or as far away from your neighbors as you wish.
  7. Lou Schneider

    150 VAC with generator per leg

    That may not be a throttle as such, even though it would connect to the gas pedal if the engine was driving a motorhome. As it's opened and closed, it changes the RPM setting of the mechanical governor inside the injection pump, which in turn regulates the fuel delivery until the engine speed matches that RPM. I don't have any Kubota experience but I managed several commercial generators with Cummins, White (remember them?) and Caterpillar engines. They had that arm locked in a fixed position that gave 1800 RPM (60 Hz) under no load and the governor inside the pump kept the engine at that speed as the load changed. Sounds like something may have happened inside the injection pump that shifted the set point or disabled the governor.
  8. Lou Schneider

    MyDakotaAddress.com is shutting the doors

    Moving to another mail forwarding service isn't automatic, the Post Office won't let you submit a Change of Address away from a forwarding company. The Post Office won't pick out your mail from the high volume of mail going to the forwarding business, in effect they'd be doing the forwarder's job. Under normal circumstances, the forwarder is supposed to have a grace period where they continue to forward your mail while you notify all of your correspondents of your new address. I don't know if this applies if the entire operation is going out of business. If you're lucky, MyDakotaAddress will arrange for another forwarding service take over their entire business so they can have ALL their incoming mail forwarded to the new company. If they don't, when they close their doors all of their incoming mail will be marked as undeliverable and returned to sender. It will be up to you to contact all of your correspondents, update your address with them and request re-issuance of any returned mail. Then rinse and repeat if the new Mom and Pop forwarding company has a similar situation arise in the future. It's much less likely that a major mail forwarder like Escapees or FMCA will have these issues.
  9. Lou Schneider

    Getting hot going over mountains

    Or when the engine is working hard dragging the motorhome up a hill and the engine needs more cooling than the ambient air flowing through the radiator can supply, i.e. when the engine temperature starts to climb. Since the engine speed determines the fan speed when the clutch engages, you'll hear the fan roar when the clutch engages while the engine is running at speed like when you're climbing a hill. Not so much when it's running more slowly while idling or running around town. If you don't hear the fan roar when the engine temperature starts to rise, your fan clutch is not engaging.
  10. Lou Schneider

    Shipping your RV and Truck Cross Country

    Before using uShip, take a look at Shipping Wars on the A&E Network. Just saying. They work on the principle of letting their contractors compete against each other, with the lowest bidder getting the job. To me this indicates a willingness to cut corners as needed. Try some of the companies Kirk suggested that deliver motorhomes from the Elkhart, IN RV manufacturing center to the rest of the country. Their contractors routinely drive motorhomes of all sizes from the factories to dealers, so you shouldn't have to worry about a novice driving your rig. The drivers have to arrange their own transportation back to the starting point, which is one of the factors (along with fuel costs) that are built into the cost of the move. Someone who has just delivered a motorhome to a Los Angeles dealer will jump at the chance to earn extra money driving another motorhome (or truck camper) back across the country instead of deadheading on Greyhound. The difference is the commercial transporters on Kirk's list pay their drivers a fixed amount per mile determined ahead of time instead of making them compete among themselves until they find the person willing to make the trip for the least amount of money.
  11. Lou Schneider

    Getting hot going over mountains

    I believe that vintage has a thermostatic fan clutch. Under normal conditions the clutch is disengaged and the fan essentially freewheels. When the engine temperature starts to rise, the clutch engages and you should hear a noticeable rise in the fan noise as it pulls more air through the radiator ... kind of like a jet engine taking off. If this isn't happening, the fan clutch needs replacing.
  12. Visitors are being evacuated from Yosemite Valley as the growing Ferguson wildfire west of the park threatens access along Highway 41. Tuesday morning officials held a public meeting in the park and said if you can leave, go now. The park will be closed from noon Wednesday through at least Sunday. https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/article215400735.html
  13. Lou Schneider

    150 VAC with generator per leg

    Before condemning the voltage regulator, check the frequency of the generator, i.e. the RPM of the engine. If it's running fast many generators will give high output voltage even with a working regulator. If you don't have a frequency meter a $20 Kill-A-Watt power meter plugged into an outlet works well.
  14. Lou Schneider

    LP Tank connection

    ACME fittings are only used on propane tanks so there's no possibility of connecting them to another type of tank. POL fittings are the same diameter as those used on oxygen and non-flammable tanks. The left hand thread is to avoid getting the flammable and non-flammable connections confused.
  15. The readings at the output of the transfer switch show you have a weak or non-existent neutral line at that point. The purpose of the neutral is to keep the incoming 240 volts from the 50 amp connection evenly divided into two 120 volt circuits. Without the neutral the voltages across each side of the incoming power will vary according to how much current is flowing on each side but will always sum up to 240 volts ... exactly what you're seeing. Disconnecting the wires from the circuit breaker panel gave fairly normal readings because then you did not have current flowing. It's the ratio of the currents in each line that create the voltage shift without a good neutral. Check all of the connections at the transfer switch for looseness and corrosion, but the problem is probably inside the switch. If Kirk's suggestion of starting the generator doesn't work, you could disconnect the incoming shore power line and the output line at the transfer switch and use wire nuts to connect the like colored wires together. Line 1 to Line 1, Line 2 to Line 2, Neutral to Neutral and Ground to Ground.