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  1. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Here is another update. It looks like nothing really broke at all. I took one of the new brushes apart to take a good look at how the sleeve works. The sleeve screws into the brush as if reverse thread. But the rod screws into the other end of the sleeve in the normal direction. So too much...
  2. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Here is an update. I just took a good look at it (last night it was getting a bit dark when I was working on it and then I never took a good look). The rod did NOT break. In fact, the rod is quite tough, but is still in perfect like new condition. That happened was the sleeve that goes over...
  3. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Yes, I know and I purchased a bunch of those also at the same time. I even used them before I tried the gun brushes. They went in and out just fine. But they were a bit too soft, I thought. The gun brushes are stronger & tougher so I thought I would try those also, which was a big mistake...
  4. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Many GFI protected outlets have no buttons. They are often wired to other GFI outlets that do have the buttons. My RV is that way. My outside outlet has no buttons but if there is a ground fault the outlet in the bathroom shuts it off. But I discovered in my RV every outlet is GFI protected...
  5. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Don't worry, I am not blaming you. There was a lot of stupidly involved on my part to let this happen. I wasn't expecting it to be so difficult to remove and how these type of brushes are designed for one way--the wrong way. They probably would be the perfect fix if the rod was on the opposite...
  6. DonTom

    LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batts (again)

    Yeah, needing to charge while freezing should never be a problem for my motorhome. I see you have 400AH worth of lith. With quite a bit of solar. Can you drain that battery / batteries (how many?) down much even when you try your best to? :) You probably often boondock for weeks at a time...
  7. DonTom

    Was fulltiming a great decision or a mistake?

    Yeah, That does sound like a great life especially for when still working. I retired just before year 2014. I think I will find a lot of pluses and minuses for me to do real fulltiming, which will make it a difficult decision. It would be major change for me. -Don- Auburn, CA
  8. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Yeah, I have a small 90 degree portable drill I can try. At this point, I don't have to worry about doing more damage to that tube, so I can try anything. -Don- Auburn, CA
  9. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    I will probably play around with it a bit more tomorrow, with various tools but I think it is hopeless. -Don- Auburn, CA
  10. DonTom

    battery compartment

    If you had a link or photo, it is not showing. -Don- Auburn, CA
  11. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Okay, we all need to remember this: DO NOT USE GUN BRUSHES! Here is the problem: They go in very easily. They do NOT come back out. They are designed ONLY for the direction of a bullet. And when I say they don't come out, I mean they don't! Period! I broke my new gun rod for the brush...
  12. DonTom

    LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batts (again)

    Did you see this? It is just a little more costly than many other 300 AH, but is the size of a 200AH. But it is still as heavy as perhaps other 300 AH Lith batts. "Is this actually 300ah? How is that correct with the physical size the same size as all the 200ah batteries?? Answer: It is...
  13. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    This is it. I just now noticed a couple of things . . . What is the difference between a RM2652 and a DM2652? Perhaps the thickness of the AC heater element? ;) And I also noticed this. -Don- Auburn, CA
  14. DonTom

    Class C maintenance?

    Only the cheap one and their most expensive. Their "TG" filters are reasonably well built quality filters. Their most expensive one with the Teflon is just a rip-off. Teflon doesn't belong in engines. See here. But I don't know about their newer filter designed for synthetic oils. I didn't...
  15. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Gary, I would be afraid some of the sandpaper would get caught in there. I don't think there is way to get to the bottom of the tube. Or is there? Or is it possible to remove the tube if I cannot clean it out while in the RV? I don't have any wood dowels here. But if the gun brushes do not...
  16. DonTom

    Harbor Freight Inverter Problem

    One more issue that could make a difference. All HFT inverters, are Modified Square Wave (AKA Modified Sinewave, which is really just a sales pitch). Some stuff will not run properly with MSW. I don't think HFT sells a single true sinewave inverter. -Don- Auburn, CA
  17. DonTom

    Harbor Freight Inverter Problem

    A 4KW inverter will only draw the large current when it has near the 4KW load. It will draw about the same as a 2KW converter with a 2KW load. So as long as you don't exceed the 2 KW, you can use the same size cables with the 4KW inverter as the 2KW. The larger inverters usually draw a little...
  18. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    Well, I do have pistols here, but I also doubt if I will ever use my pistol kit here for pistols. All the pistols are still NIB--never fired. And will most likely stay that way. I don't know why I never thought of that idea to use a pistol cleaning kit. Appears to be the perfect tool for such...
  19. DonTom

    LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batts (again)

    I don't think the battery I just purchased has those lights, but it will be mounted in an area where I will not be able to see it anyway. But I do have the SmartShunt wired in. That sure is a handy gadget for when working on the DC stuff. After I use the new battery for a while, I will...
  20. DonTom

    Confusing but simple tech problems

    I will probably receive my pistol brushes tomorrow. But today, I received my new digital caliper. The old refrigerator heater element , measured at at the thickest area I could find that goes into the tube, is 9.70mm. The new heater element measures 10.07mm. The difference between these two...
  21. DonTom

    LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batts (again)

    I just read most of the Q & A on that website. I don't know why I didn't do that first, as most of my answers were there. The battery should be charged at 40 to 100 amps. Charging voltage should be from 14.2 to 14.6 VDC. At 13.8 volts from the alternator, I should be able to get up to...
  22. DonTom

    The future of RVs

    I have been waiting for such, but I was born too long ago, most likely, to be able to own a decent one. You probably will enjoy reading this old thread. I would say we are about half way there to have a decent E-RV with reasonable charging infrastructure. Here is what you can buy in Europe...
  23. DonTom

    Harbor Freight Inverter Problem

    Sounds like too much load for your battery, but need more facts. Mainly the DC voltage going into the inverter with and without the load. And measure the same on the battery and compare the two. Without some numbers, there is too much guesswork involved. But that is where to start. Also, how...
  24. DonTom

    LiFePO4 Deep Cycle Batts (again)

    Thanks for the reply, but that is the type of stuff I already know. Lith RV batteries require almost a volt more than lead-acid to get fully charged. So I assume it will NEVER get fully charged by only driving, but I was wondering how close it would get at 13.8 volts. Or however a GM...
  25. DonTom

    need generator help.

    Yeah, I just took a closer look, I notice a lot of damage in there. What caused it? But aren't a few balls missing as well? -Don- Auburn, CA
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