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  1. 50 amp power management

    Hey Kirk, you rascal you, I resemble that remark LOL The "first wife" (I still call her that) and I bought our very first "RV" in 1970, it was home made, bought on the south side of Indianapolis, and it fit on the back of our old Ford 4 x 4 pickup which we drove to Florida and hauled my Uncles boat back home, we came a long way since but a person never forgets their first unit and how I fixed it up and the fun we had.... The dog we took along with us died but the wife and I survived............ Best wishes John T
  2. 50 amp power management

    SAME HERE JACK, as a 47 year RV user and past RV dealer if a 50 amp RV has two AC units they were on two different legs, despite that I learned to NEVER SAY NEVER lol John T
  3. 50 amp power management

    That's a for sure Rich. The AC is one of the heavier current loads in an RV and its always best to balance loads (like L1 & L2 in a 50 amp RV) and to reduce current flow (wasted I Squared R losses) in the grounded conductor when possible. I'm on the way to Florida to join you right now, it turned cold in North Texas and South Louisiana where I'm at a Walmart tonight brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr John T
  4. You're Welcome, looks like we must have both been posting at the same time lol Those units aren't hard at all to install if anyone is considering adding one. John T
  5. It an electronic safety device that monitors boiler temperature and shuts down the fridge if it overheats. I assisted Ray last fall when he installed one on his fridge. Its one of those potential "RV risks" out there and is a persons free choice to assume the risk or take measures (like the ARP safety unit) to help limit it https://www.arprv.com/ John T
  6. Good or Bad Idea?

    Big Jim, THAT SOUNDS SCARY...........Thanks for the post.................Rolling down the road at 60 MPH with a tank full of gasoline plus an LP gas tank ("possibly" moreso or "possibly" not, take your pic, if ON and flame appliances are operating) can be hazardous in the event of a serious crash or accident, especially if a fire erupts YIKES !!! The later RV's I've owned with an electric fuel pump had a safety crash tumbler switch which turned off power to the pump under a hard shock. But hey it's the lifestyle I choose, I just take all reasonable preventive safety measures and precautions and pray each day and trust in the Lord........... Take care, be safe n God Bless John T Live from Jetty Park free dry beach camping south of Matagorda, Texas
  7. Using Dielectric Grease

    Thanks for the info JT. I knew some here would have specific and brand suggestions. I have a tube of generic dielectric grease I use but knew there products for specific applications THANKS AGAIN Best Wishes n God Bless John T
  8. Good or Bad Idea?

    Yo Big Jim. NOPE you weren't the only one lol BTDT and got the T Shirt Ahhhh the Indiscretions of Youth..........Hopefully were a bit older n wiser now. I'm fer darn sure more careful and safety minded nowadays and don't take the risks I did as a teenager. John T live from Jetty Park on the beach in Matagorda Texas for some overnight free boondocking.
  9. Good or Bad Idea?

    Dutch, I agree, back in the oldddddddddddd days using carburetors we didn't run as much fuel pressure as in todays in tank electric fuel pumps and fuel injection. Nice chatting with yall, again a fun discussion John T
  10. Using Dielectric Grease

    While a "dielectric" is itself an electrical insulator, its other benefits such as keeping moisture and oxygen (causes oxidation) and other contaminants away (possibly aiding in heat transfer???) from a physical electrical connection may outweigh disadvantages IF USED PROPERLY !!!!!!!!!!!! I'm unsure of its exact chemical properties, but many automotive electrical connectors contain a white greasy factory installed substance (what is that stuff?????) that may be best to use ???????????? Hope some automotive electrical connection experts weigh in. I would indeed use some sort of an auto or marine electrical connector protectant BUT I DONT HAVE ANY MAKE OR MODEL NUMBER OF A PRODUCT TO CITE SORRYYYYYYY I bet some of the other fine gentlemen here can ??????????? John T
  11. 50 amp power management

    Good info and picture Kirk. Indeed the two breakers, one for L1 other for L2, are for safety and/or other possible reasons mechanically tied together so if one opens the other does also. In many years of practice I've even seen where an "electrician" ? used a piece of wire through the handles (if not otherwise tied) to join two breakers. While a professional electrician tech or engineer is well aware of what you so well described, if they were NOT tied a lay person or many typical RV owners might encounter a hazardous situation otherwise YIKES........... Best wishes Kirk and all here, be safe now John T
  12. Good or Bad Idea?

    jc, you sure ask good questions I thoroughly enjoy THANKS. And THANKS TO AL AND ALL for the links regarding driving with LP Gas on and the possible ramifications, plenty of "opinions" out there BOTH lay and professional (Like I said NOT my words take it up with the authors if you disagree with any of the links, there are hundreds out there, some maybe right some maybe wrong) MAKE "YOUR" OWN PICKS AND CHOOSE "YOUR" OWN RISKS you MAY or MAY NOT be betting your life on them !!!!!!!!!! I'm so glad to live in a country where we have freedom of choice !!!!!!!!!!!! jc, NO I've never won a case that involved "a propane heater being on when travelling and it blew up the propane tanks when moving" THANK GOD ALSO. I, however, as either an attorney or 47 year RV user and dealer heard of RV accidents and fires and know if such ever happened to me I prefer and choose confident its just safer the LP Gas be OFF at the tanks, VERSUS ON WITH LIVE GAS LINES AND OPEN FLAMES IN A FURNACE OR FRIDGE ETC IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENT WELL DUH THATS A NO BRAINER LOL even IF there are safety features ??? and IF they work ??? As I noted above, a persons CHOICES are NOT a thing to argue over, no right or wrong answers, THOSE ARE HIS OWN DECISIONS he may be right ORRRRRR he may be wrong ??? I made my choice and others have done likewise NO PROBLEM OR ARGUING ABOUT THAT !! Great and very informative fun discussion with lots of good info cited, plenty of lay and/or professional "opinions" all of which make good reading so we can make more informed decisions. To each their own choices regarding safety, hard to fault a person for doing that. I'm happy for and support those who choose to leave LP Gas ON with open flame fridges or furnaces operating when driving where crashes can and do happen,,,,,,,,,, and likewise support those who choose to turn it OFF when driving. THANKS FOR ALL WHO CONTRIBUTED TO SUCH AN EDUCATIONAL DISCUSSION. I sure learned from it and hope others have also, what a great Forum and service to us all.......................... Its a bit early, but still let me wish everyone a Happy and Blessed CHRISTmas. John T
  13. Good or Bad Idea?

    Pat and Pete, and jc, Years ago I found that even if I did a good job of blowing out the lines and even if I managed to get all the water out of low spots (for the time at least), over a long winter and temperature changes and freezing and thawing moisture would condense and settle in low spots grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. After that I got into the habit of pumping anti freeze throughout the system and since then never had a freeze up. For 10 years now I "half time" in which case I don't need to winterize because I leave in October lol Fun chattin with you, take care n be safe John T
  14. Good or Bad Idea?

    THANKS FOR THE QUESTIONS JC Yall take care, be safe, make wise decisions and I support anyones right to choose how he operates his own RV. I made my choices and yall make yours and I'm sure not here to try and stop you !!!!!!!!! John T
  15. Good or Bad Idea?

    ND, I fully support your (even if over safe) decision and likewise other decisions. As a 47 year RV user, engineer and an attorney who has been made aware of all sorts of accidents and liability, I'm pretty much "wired" the same way as you and many RV users, better safe and even OVERsafe then sorry. Welcome here, best wishes and God Bless. John T
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