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Old 01-16-2008, 09:13 PM   #337
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Good Grief what a mess. I've had my furnace out of it's case in about 5 minutes, no wait, 3 minutes because 3 of the 5 screws were missing .
Your under cabinet looks 10X more crowded than mine and our units are of the same vintage.
I never pulled the outer case so it might be as difficult as yours, the empty case would make a fine liquor cabinet exactly where it's bolted
It seems to be the model of furnace, along with the year, the fact that it's an International, and a couple of other factors. '72-74 used this furnace in this spot, it's an NT32A. It may be a few other years, but the guy trying to sell his had the same furnace in the same spot, so I am sure about those years.
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Old 01-16-2008, 09:30 PM   #338
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Mine is a '77 29' international and it looks to be the biggest difference is the routing of the water inlet, the gas lines and the harness ALL being jamed into one area on yours. My furnace is mounted in the same spot but the gas line approaches from the rear, the harness from above and the water inlet is further to the rear. My pump is on a stand above the upper shelf, properly designed to drip on the furnace when the bellows springs a leak, a thoughtful design feature resulting in igniter board #2.
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Old 01-24-2008, 04:37 PM   #339
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Some people just shouldn't tow trailers.

Below is a photo I took of a monster 5-er that backed into the space behind us, after countless attempts, and an hour of trying. I happened to be home from a doctor's appointment when I caught the action.
I cringed every time I heard the diesel engine spool up, and the "assistant" yelling "stop!!!" I heard a crunch, and saw they had managed to run over the telephone hookup, visible at the base of the electric pole. How they managed that without flattening the pole, and knocking everyone's electric out, is beyond me. They also nearly knocked over the little building that we keep the generator in, and came within inches of the awning on Bertha, not to mention trying their best to knock down the giant oak tree that is shading us.
They have finished parking (I hope), and the park owners will have to fill in some pretty deep ruts where they tried to park where they oughtn't to be.
They do have a beautiful Sheltie, so they can't be all bad. Maybe I can make friends with the dog...
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Old 01-25-2008, 01:25 PM   #340
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Hey Guys.... what's the celebration going to be when Terry hits 10,000 posts??? Gonna have to do something... since I'll bet y'all enjoy reading them as much as we do!! There's only 28 or so left....if my math skills are still working.....

Thanks, Terry, for the lightness and laughter!

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I understand the post counter only goes up to 4 digits so Terry will be starting over from zero. Naw! Even if we wanted we couldn't make it so...

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Old 01-26-2008, 05:57 PM   #342
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If you can't join them, beat 'em.

After exceeding my bandwidth quota with the picture I posted a couple of days ago, I was forced to go buy an Aircard today so I could get back online. This was not much fun, as the wireless companies all run credit checks before allowing you to sign up, and our recent misadventures have ruined any credit rating I may have had. My first choice demanded a year's payment in advance . Wow...
So, we wound up with a Cingular air card, since we already have Cingular cell phones. We were able to add it to our account. It won't go as many places as we would like, but I also didn't have to shell out a grand in fees to get online.
I also pieced together a Dish Network pre-paid dish service (same issue, they run a credit report before allowing you to use their stuff). Net cost was $120 for an RV ground-placed dish, and $40 fo a receiver, with a $40 prepaid card included.
But, we now can get online, and watch something besides broadcast tv, both good things.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:29 PM   #343
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Thanks for all of the great posts- Time to blow up the 10,000 counter and cause an Airforums version of Y2K, although your neighbor my be the only reason the power shuts off....
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Old 01-27-2008, 12:24 PM   #344
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Ten Thousand posts! Whooaah, Terry. It's right around the corner. ll bet you'll post something profound.

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Old 01-27-2008, 05:14 PM   #345
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Feeling Fan-tastic

No, this isn't "the big post", but it's the next best thing...
Anyway, over the course of the last couple of weeks, I have been trying to get on the roof of Bertha to see if I can find the source of our indoor pool in the kitchen area. Water seems to be leaking from around the Fantastic vent I installed last fall, but every time I have a day off to climb on the roof, it is rainging, or cold, or windy, or a combination of all three. Yesterday I got to try out my new 7 foot collapsible ladder. It was a disappointment, as it only came as high as mid-window as far as height. Off to Camping World I went, to exchange it for a 10 foot telescoping ladder. For those of you that haven't used one, they are great. It collapses into a height of less than knee-high for storage, and weighs about 25 pounds.
I arrived back at Bertha in time for a series of rain squalls. so I had to delay (again) my foray onto the roof. This morning dawned kind of cloudy and windy, but no rain, so around 11 this morning, I gathered up my equipment, and hit the roof. While I didn't find any obvious places it was leaking, I resealed the area around the base of the vent. We'll see if that fixed it.
Since I am a glutton for punishment, I decided today would be a good day to replace the old Elixer fan and cover with a slightly used Fantastic Vent I had acquired during our wedding trip in October. I removed the Maxx-Air cover, and removed the screws holding the old vent in place.I slid a putty knife between the vent and the body, and lifted the vent out. I then clipped the wires going to the vent, and tossed the vent to Marie. (note to self: vents are not frisbees).
After scraping off the goo holding the old vent in place, I placed the new foam gasket on the antastic, and dropped it into the hole. I then put what seemed like a gazillion screws into the housing to attach it to the roof, and liberally doused the seam with sealant. We then moved inside to wire everything up. Unfortunately, the vent came unassembled, and all the same color. Wiring the motor and switch wasn't bad, but there is a double-pole, double-throw switch that reverses the fan, with 4 identically-colored wires on it. So, after much trial and error, and watching to make sure we didn't let the factory installed smoke out of the unit, we got it wired correctly. At least, the fan runs forward and reverse, and turns off on command, and the wires don't smoke.
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Old 01-28-2008, 10:30 AM   #346
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So, we wound up with a Cingular air card ...
I got an AT&T/Cingular Aircard too (Sierra 875) and after 60 days or so, my internet connection got so bad that it was unusable. If this happens to you, let me know and I'll tell you what I did to fix mine.
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Old 01-28-2008, 05:15 PM   #347
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I got an AT&T/Cingular Aircard too (Sierra 875) and after 60 days or so, my internet connection got so bad that it was unusable. If this happens to you, let me know and I'll tell you what I did to fix mine.
It's already happening. Ours is a Sierra 880, and it just took over 3 minutes to load this page.
PM is on its way, unless you want to post it here.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:04 AM   #348
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I have a Sierra Aircard 875 which may be similar to your card (no promises) and have similar problems. Here's what I had to do to fix mine.

First of all, in the AT&T Communication Manager Program which interfaces the card to Windows, I found that I could increase my overall connectivity by changing it to use "non-accelerated" as the default profile. This improved dropouts somewhat.

I ran like this for a while but finally I got frustrated at not getting what I was paying for and I ordered an external antenna from WPS Antennas to boost my signal (I got a 4-6 dB improvement). This helped to increase my connectivity and throughput speed.

Finally, in frustration at still not getting the performance that I had been promised, I downloaded and installed the "3G Watcher" program for my card from Sierra Wireless and (after uninstalling that steaming pile of AT&T software) I now have good (or at least acceptable) performance all of the time. I've been using this combo for more than a month now and I think I've got it whipped.
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Old 02-02-2008, 02:28 PM   #349
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The aircard debacle

I have found out why I can never get more than 32k speed out of my G3 aircard that is supposed to offer 700k speed-- we are not in the coverage area. Since we are going to be there for a while, I opted to not continue with the aircard that would be worse than dialup.
If and when we can come up with another solution to our internet issue, i'll let y'all know. I'm sure we aren't the only fulltimers trying to do this.
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Old 02-11-2008, 08:35 PM   #350
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The satellite gods have smiled upon us...

We looked around, and found a Dish Network prepaid program. You buy the dish and receiver, and pay as you go, with no credit checks, and no contract. Both are important to us right now. As I mentioned earlier, my medical bills, and problems paying our bills when I was hurt have caused most bankers and loan officers to run screaming from the room when I ask for money. Also, with no contract, if we move to a park with cable service provided, we can discontinue the dish, and restart it when we leave with no problem.
Obviously, prices are subject to change, but I found a DishNow (prepaid plan) receiver online for $40, with a $40 card included in the box, making the receiver free, plus postage (about $20). The dish was another bag of potatoes, though, I went to Camping World to get a ground-mounted dish that collapses, with a built-in signal finder and compass, for about $120. Naturaly, they were out of them, and would not have them in-stock until after the sale ended (no rainchecks?). So, I bought the cheaper model, which is also the same price, but not as collapsible, and without the built in goodies. I've since found out the goodies weren't all that good, so maybe my favorite motto still holds true: "If it ain't there, it can't break". Marie's car has manual crank-up windows, and I've never had to replace a power window motor in it yet, but I digress...
Anyway, I managed to find a spot just outside our official campsite area to place the dish (trees are great for shade, not so great for satellite reception), find enough cable and connectors to run to it from the trailer (25' is included with the dish), and call Dish Network to activate the system.
The young man on the other end of the phone was very helpful, though a little hard to understand (does ANYBODY still use Americans for customer service?), and a few minutes later we were watching a repeat of a show we saw last May. ALL the shows were repeats from last May. Sigh...
Anyway, the plan we selected was $30/month, so we got about a month and a third of service for $40, and it supplements the broadcast stuff nicely.
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