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About mptjelgin

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  • Birthday 05/18/1960

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    Medina, Texas and on the road.
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    Birding, Photography, Hiking, Disc Golf

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  1. mptjelgin

    Got a favorite photograph?

    Could be...
  2. mptjelgin

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    I agree completely!!!
  3. mptjelgin

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    Absolutely true. Don't use propane. Ever. Whether in motion or stopped. That is certainly the safest way to go...
  4. mptjelgin

    Hooking up house current to MH

    I think that the common mistake is for a well-meaning person to replace the receptacle with the RV configuration and just connecting the same three wires. Or to create an adapter by doing the same thing. Neither works...
  5. mptjelgin

    Hooking up house current to MH

    Absolutely not!! This is a common misconception and will lead to damaging your RV. 30 amp dryer plugs are virtually all 240 volt, while 30 amp RV plugs are 120 volt.
  6. mptjelgin

    Hooking up house current to MH

    Actually it is the 30 amp service that causes most of the issues. An RV 30 amp 120 volt plug looks pretty similar to a household 30 amp 240 volt plug. There have been cases where the new trailer circuit get wired for 240 volts which will immediately destroy the RV electrical system. Same thing happens when a well-meaning person "adapts" a 30 amp dryer circuit with a new outlet for the RV. Moral of the story: Know your plugs!!
  7. mptjelgin

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    You have never had to worry about driving long steep grades with an absorption unit. It is not a problem for them at all. In fact the movement while you are on the road assures that flow through the coils continues. And getting an RV level enough to assure proper operation of an absorption unit is not difficult. In fact, if you can walk/sleep comfortably in the RV it is level enough for the fridge. These are non-issues. Are they really the reason that you chose a compressor unit??
  8. mptjelgin

    Keeping RV Fridge Cool While Driving

    We've traveled with the propane refrigerator running the entire time we've been RV'ing. Never had an issue and I don't have to worry about the food getting warm.
  9. mptjelgin

    50 or 30 amp?

    Montana is about middle of the pack as far as insulation, and let's face it, most RV's are not particularly well insulated. You'll have 3, 4 or 5 slides depending on the model that you get, and slide roofs and floors are typically more poorly insulated than the rest of the RV. So if it is sitting out in the sun in warm weather it will heat up very quickly and will require both A/C's to stay cool. Most boondockers avoid warm summer weather for just this reason...
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    Got a favorite photograph?

    It is a simple little photo competition at an RV rally. Participate, don't participate, it is totally voluntary! We get it. You consider yourself a "serious" artist who feels that a ribbon from a travel club is beneath you. So it's not for you. But some folks will enter and enjoy it...
  11. mptjelgin

    50 or 30 amp?

    You'll only "need" all 50 amps (which is actually two separate 50 amp legs, so you can think of it as 100 amps) if you decide to turn everything on. With it you can run two A/C's, electric water heater, microwave. etc.. all at the same time. If you are using only a 3000 watt generator you'll be fine, but you will be limited regarding how many high-amp appliances can be run at the same time. No harm in having a 50 amp "capable" unit but only using 20 or 25 amps. You will not be able to run both A/C's if you find yourself in a warm area, and keeping a 35-40' Montana cool would require both.
  12. Exactly. It is not hard to understand that these "car plans" were envisioned to be used occasionally by individuals and families in their daily commutes and travels. With the assumption that they were ancillary to a more robust home-based system that is used for the majority of internet access. But as has proven to be the case in the past a very small group of RV'ers (and perhaps others) discover and exploit the plans as their primary internet connection, using data amounts that were well outside of the expected norm for the plan. So this game of cat and mouse continues. Plans are offered (perhaps naively) by providers, they are exploited to their absolute maximum extent by a tiny percentage of users, the provider responds with restrictions or by eliminating the plan, etc.
  13. mptjelgin

    Shwintek Slide stuck in

    Congrats on finding the problem. Unfortunately I have no advice on how to get in there and re-attach as I've not encountered that.
  14. mptjelgin

    Shwintek Slide stuck in

    There are also optional overrides to run only one motor. Press the mode button twice and then hold for 5 seconds. You can then use the switch to "jog" that one motor in or out to straighten things up. You can press the mode button again to "jog" the other motor. Information can be found here: https://www.lci1.com/assets/content/support/manuals/IN-WALL-Slide-out-Winnebago-Manual.pdf I found it easier to physically just hold one side but the "jog" feature may work better for you.
  15. mptjelgin

    Shwintek Slide stuck in

    I can tell you that they will not work with a single motor! There is no interconnect and one motor will simply drive one side of the slide out until things bind up. We dealt with some similar issues with our bedroom slide recently. One side stalled on a very cold morning and we ended up with a situation similar to what you are describing. I called the Kansas RV Center since we have a Hitchhiker and spoke with one of the technicians. He asked if we had lubed the gear rails and said that can cause issues, I asked what to lube with he he said that they use WD-40! So I have sprayed our rails a couple of times and things are working again. The motor controller will stop either motor when they are drawing more than a certain amount of current. That is how the controller detects when the slide is all of the way in or all of the way out. For us this was leading to issues with the slide going out or coming in unevenly. I was able to hold one side or the other as it was going out and get the slide lined back up, but you need to be careful and not get fingers pinched. Once a motor stalls you have to reverse the switch and go in the opposite direction for an inch or two. By going back-and-forth a couple of time while holding one side I was able to get things lined up again. Once things were lined back up and lubricated they are once again working fine. Good luck!
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