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Charging ?

Is it okay to charge my trailer battery with a plain old car battery charger? I've never messed with a deep cycle battery before... Thanks.
Big_steve 09/02/19 09:02am Tech Issues
Hurricane advise?

Have a 26 ft TT. We will most likely get a not too bad glancing blow from this current hurricane. That said, a slight shift, and we could get hit with CAT 1 winds. What do y'all do to get your trailer ready? It's close to one side of the house. But I don't know what to do about protecting the windows, or anything else. Any experiences or knowledge would be appreciated.
Big_steve 08/29/19 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Mounting back up camera

Do you have a rear ladder? Yes :C
Big_steve 07/25/19 03:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Mounting back up camera

Got a rear window? I mounted my camera inside, looking through the window. The wiring was easy, never any mud on the camera lens. :C Something to consider...
Big_steve 07/25/19 10:58am Tech Issues
Mounting back up camera

Would like to mount a back-up camera on my TT. I loathe the thought of drilling into the exterior wall. The camera is very small and weighs almost nothing. Was thinking RTV silicone glue might be a good option. Any thoughts appreciated...
Big_steve 07/20/19 03:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator with Surge Guard 34830

Thanks guys. The bonding plug is cheap, and the generator instructions say to not run electronics off it without protection, so the plug is on the way.
Big_steve 07/14/19 03:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator with Surge Guard 34830

So, what do I need to do to make it run on the generator? OR don't bother using your Surge Guard when using the genset. Thanks, is it risky to use the generator without the surge guard?
Big_steve 07/14/19 02:17pm Tech Issues
Generator with Surge Guard 34830

I recently bought a Surge Guard 34830 for my TT. Everything went normally when I tested it off mt house AC. Today I tried it with my generator I have for hurricanes. The surge guard reported "open ground" and would not allow the AC to flow (as it's designed to do.) I tried different start ups, plugged in after the gen was running, plug in before, etc.. No joy. So, what do I need to do to make it run on the generator? Thanks
Big_steve 07/14/19 01:50pm Tech Issues
Mounting a backup camera

I bought a two camera system. One for the back of the truck, one for the back of the trailer. Without drilling into the tailgate, or using magnets, the only way I see to mount the camera would be just to the right of the top of the license plate (I mean next to the top of the plate.) I will try it with double back tape first. But just wanted to ask of those who have been there, done that, if that location is high enough to see the hitch well, and will being off center make it difficult to judge when aligning the truck and hitch? Thanks. 2016 Ram 1500
Big_steve 07/05/19 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide out, store in, or out?

Thanks folks...
Big_steve 06/24/19 07:03am Tech Issues
Slide out, store in, or out?

When your TT isn't going to be used for an indeterminate period of time, should the slide out be in, out (if feasible) or does it not matter? What about if you know the rig will not be used for quite awhile when you park it? Thanks
Big_steve 06/23/19 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV surge protection

Do most folks use an in-line surge protector on their cable tv coax cable? If so, where are you connecting it to ground? I made mine using a standard coax cable in-line surge protector. It hooks up to the campground's cable connection using the attached 6" coax cable with a standard coax cable hooking to the other end. I had attached a short 18" bonding cable with an alligator clip to the ground screw. The alligator clip just attaches to the electric or water ground clamp at your spot. The coax cable surge protector (not to be mistaken for a ordinary grounding connector) was about $25 and the bonding cable was $5 from a welder who didn't need it. Thanks.
Big_steve 06/17/19 08:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV surge protection

Nope, never heard of one, and most likely wouldn't have one if I had heard of it. come to think of it, we don't have one at home either. If you have cable at home, there is a good chance you have one installed by the cable company. To each their own. I live in lightning country and have lost a tv and a desktop computer to a spike coming down the cable.
Big_steve 06/17/19 04:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV surge protection

Nothing will protect from a direct hit on the cable, (or AC supply for that matter) You get surge suppressors for near hits, which can run a spike up to a couple of thousand volts.
Big_steve 06/17/19 04:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Cable TV surge protection

First I've heard of this. Where would a surge of power come from in a coax cable?Lightning, I would think. Yes, Have lost a tv and and a desktop over the years from nearby lightning coming in the coax cable.
Big_steve 06/17/19 02:06pm Tech Issues
Cable TV surge protection

Do most folks use an in-line surge protector on their cable tv coax cable? If so, where are you connecting it to ground?
Big_steve 06/17/19 01:20pm Tech Issues
RE: TT brakes ? for mechanical types.....

Good advice, thanks everyone.
Big_steve 06/15/19 11:39pm Tech Issues
RE: TT brakes ? for mechanical types.....

Are you sure you need brakes? The shoes on trailers don’t have nearly the meat a vehicle does. I just got the trailer and intend to look at the brakes and bearings soon. Just trying to get my ducks in a row before I dig in. I said not "metal to metal" because I don't hear any squealing.
Big_steve 06/15/19 08:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard wired camera at rear of trailer.

I have a hard wired camera on my 5th wheel. I used the center contact on my 7 way for the video. The center contact is normally used for back up lights which my trailer does not have. I have not had any interference problems using the center contact on the 7 way. That's a thought. I hate to start taking the factory plug on the truck apart though. I did some checking, and it doesn't sound at all like adding a plug would change the electrical properties enough to hurt the picture quality. So I just ordered a waterproof connector with extra pins in case I want some extra wires going back there for something else in the future. Cheap enough if it doesn't work well.
Big_steve 06/15/19 08:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard wired camera at rear of trailer.

Thanks. Are they easy to couple/uncouple? Do they last if you're using them a lot? WEATHER PACK https://www.allelectronics.com/mas_assets/cache/image/4/0/1/4/480x480-16404.Jpg 1 - 6 terminal housings online there are 18-terminal housings. Assemble using silicone dielectric grease. Submersible in salt water. Youtube "look Jane look, see spot run" grade videos for beginners. These are tough, durable, sealed connectors. Good for 20 amps. Tinned contacts. These are what car manufacturers use. Easier to use and more durable than Amphenol connectors.
Big_steve 06/15/19 01:59pm Tech Issues
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