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RE: battery charging

We always boondock. Never plug in, never bring the generator. A 100 watt solar panel and charge controller keep the batteries over 80% charge all the time in summer here in sunny northern Alberta. I have the house batteries and engine battery connected so It is also kept charged. We have all LED lights, no TV and the microwave oven serves as a bread box. We just had a week at 20 below zero C and a foot of snow. The snow on the solar panel put it out of production, and the engine parasytic current draw discharged the engine battery well below 50%. I’ve got the smart charger on it now and am hoping it isn’t damaged too badly.
Harvey51 11/12/19 04:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Figuring this power stuff has my head spinning

No winter camping for us. We are 500 km north of Edmonton and our motorhome waterworks is only safe down to -10 C so I winterized in October. Also, it isn’t fun for seniors to camp in the cold and short daylight time. The solar panel doesn’t produce much energy in winter when the sun is low in the sky. From Calgary, you could easily go south to find summer.
Harvey51 11/03/19 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Urgent Need of Advice re Winterizing!

On our first trip we discovered that at -10C, 15F, the only part that froze was the freshwater drain tap. I put a mitt over it and all was well in the morning. Nice to know we are okay down to -10 without winterizing. We had -7 last night here in Alberta. Using the pump to pull pink antifreeze its good down to -40. I pour some pink stuff down the sinks and toilet to protect the traps, tanks and drain valves.
Harvey51 10/11/19 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Repair costs and frequency frustration

How about differential oil changes and automatic transmission fluid change for our 2004 E350 with 100k km? Time to get these jobs done?
Harvey51 10/10/19 09:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I Think I'm Outta Here

I find this forum still worth reading daily. In contrast the BC RV forum out of British Columbia is practically dead. I read it once or twice in 6 months and often my previous posts are the most recent. BCRV went through two host changes - to Tapatalk - and away from it. That is upsetting. Thank goodness RV.net is stable and independent of for profit hosts. And free of politics. Let’s keep on encouraging new posters and all those who help others!
Harvey51 10/05/19 01:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Brand New Deep Cycle Batteries Keep Dying Overnight

Clampmeter with DC amps range for $50. https://www.amazon.com/Multimeter-BTMETER-BT-570C-APP-Resistance-Temperature/dp/B07CFWL3SY/ref=sr_1_25?keywords=dc+clamp+meter&qid=1569816381&sr=8-25 Uni-T brand for about $50. https://www.ebay.com/itm/UNI-T-UT210E-Digital-Clamp-Meter-Multimeter-Handheld-RMS-AC-DC-Mini-Resistance/303171177473?epid=10024590837&hash=item4696690c01:g:~UcAAOSwNqRcLYXX I have had a Uni-T brand for about the same price for years and it works perfectly. Careful going lower in price - it may only measure AC amps. Measuring DC amps without contact requires a very special Hall Effect sensor to measure the tiny magnetic field that circulates around a current flowing in a wire. My batteries apparently died overnight in the first year of use on a long trip. I was using the idiot lights and voltage readings to get the state of charge. The thing is the voltage on the battery is what the charging voltage was for hours so the voltage method can be overly optimistic for hours after any charging. I thought engine charging was keeping the batteries fully charged but it wasn’t. The solution is a battery monitor that counts amp-hours going in and out of the batteries to calculate the per cent of full charge. I have a $30 one from eBay that works very well. https://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-120V-100A-Battery-Monitor-State-of-Charge-Remaining-Capacity-AMP-Voltage-AH-/182147916411?hash=item2a68dca27b:g:gWUAAOSwyQtVz1vp
Harvey51 09/29/19 10:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can't figure out how to grease u-joints - '93 Ford E350

I had a difficulty like that on the front wheel bearings. I fixed it by replacing the zerks with angled ones. Inexpensive and easy to do.
Harvey51 09/29/19 09:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water damage in walls

If the friend is married, get his wife to look at it - that will be the end of the deal for sure.
Harvey51 09/29/19 09:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No Power from house batteries in class C Four winds 2004 ?

Check voltage at the fuses. They should have the same voltage as the battery ( 12.6 volts) from both contacts on the fuse to ground. If not the problem is between the battery and the fuses, including ground wires. We have a battery disconnect switch at the door on our Adventurer on 2004 E350. It looks the same as the switches for outside and inside ceiling lights. The disconnect switch failed. I managed to fix it - just a poor connection I think. Some RVs have a relay but ours is just a plain switch on a wire from the battery positive to a connection point near the converter and fuses.
Harvey51 09/29/19 09:26pm Class C Motorhomes
Heavy snow in southern Alberta

Southern Alberta, south of Calgary, has had three feet of snow with more on the way. This is not friendly to RVs. North of Edmonton has not had snow yet but it is unusually cold, below freezing all night every day.
Harvey51 09/29/19 09:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Specific Need

I’ve seen a couple of minivans with a cot in the back. Happy campers. Not so good in a cold winter, though.
Harvey51 09/20/19 12:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Propane tank recertification

This is a good time to buy a new bottle. I had to buy one a month ago for $50, empty. Now I see Costco has new 20 pound bottles with a gauge for $30 plus $10 to fill it. People say the gauge works well. One guy demonstrated rocking the bottle so the level changed and the gauge responding - it must be a float sensor setup.
Harvey51 09/18/19 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Water Fill Hose size

I had trouble filling the tank with a garden hose because the fitting on the end of the hose was too big to go into the gravity fill hole. The solution was a short washing machine hose with the fitting cut off - no problem getting the hose in a few inches so it doesn’t jump out.
Harvey51 09/18/19 09:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford V10 Winterize/additive?

We have a wheelchair van that we no longer use. It has been left sitting for 6 months over two winters with temps down to 30 below. I just put Stabil in the tank and no problem when I started it in the spring. I also took it for a drive last week to flush the engine with fresh gasoline and exercise the tires.
Harvey51 09/13/19 09:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E350 trickle charge

check the owner manual, some you can change the position of the fuse so the lighter is powered all the time Good idea! The first thing I did with our new 1992 GM van was to move the wire going to power windows to an always on fuse. My family really appreciated being able to open and close windows without running the engine, particularly when camping in it. Of course everything electrical is trickier to modify now.
Harvey51 09/13/19 09:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E350 gas cap

I missed the Ford dealer due to it being closed on Labour Day but would have driven back to the city another day had I not found one at the towing place. The CarlD one looks way too short but you never know unless you try it. It looks similar to the ones on Amazon
Harvey51 09/06/19 08:54am Class C Motorhomes
E350 gas cap

The original gas cap on our Ford E350 gradually failed to seal. For a few years a bit of grease on the seal kept the Check Engine light out but finally it made the check engine light always on and useless. https://i.imgur.com/JzspqUil.jpg Original gas cap I bought a new one at Greg’s, a local auto parts place but it caused the check engine light, too. And the replacement didn’t have the groove to fit the plastic part that holds the cap when unscrewed. So I set it on the bumper while getting gas ... and of course it soon got lost. I bought another one at Canadian Tire and it worked well (no light) but had no groove so I lost it, too. I went back to Canadian Tire with VIN and got a cap that did not fit. It had threads on it instead of the smooth original and just would not tighten. Back to Greg’s and their part system offered the same thing with the threads. What to do? Some busy body must have changed the parts listings in the last 6 months! No alternative parts store within an hour’s drive so I went to a friend who owns a towing business for advice. We took a walk in his wreck storage lot and he found a wrecked Ford truck that had an exact copy of my original gas cap, which he gave me. Of course I gave him twice the price of the useless ones at the parts stores. If you have a Ford, I suggest you take good care of your gas cap and/or buy a spare while you still have the original - I think I saw the correct cap on the store wrack but didn’t have my original with me to be sure. Keep a photo of it, anyway.
Harvey51 09/04/19 02:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Incandescent bulbs work, LED do NOT work

I had an experience with a home AC fixture having the same problem. A seniors forum acquaintance had bought a new LED fixture to replace an old incandescent one at the foot of the basement stairs. My first thought was that the new LED was defective. I brought a cord with me, hooked The LED light up to the cord and plugged it in - worked perfectly. Next I checked the voltage on the black to white wires coming out of the electrical box in the ceiling - 120 volts. Hooked up the fixture - No light. Took it down and by some fortunate accident I was a bit rough on the black wire and it pulled out of a wire nut connected it to the black wire from the breaker box. I tossed the pigtail wire and connected the wire from the LED fixture to the service wire with the same wire nut and the LED light worked perfectly. Just a loose connection problem.
Harvey51 09/04/19 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: Tilting Solar Panel

The physics of solar energy is that the voltage (energy per charge) is determined by the colour of the photons hitting the molecules in the panel. V = hf where h is Planck’s constant and f the frequency of the light which determines the colour. Angle has no effect on the voltage. Each photon hits one electron transferring its energy to the electron. Angle does affect the current or number of photons that hit the panel, determining the number of electrons carrying solar energy.
Harvey51 08/30/19 09:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery’s not charging

It will need to be at least 14 volts to push a significant charging current into the battery. A DC clampmeter is the tool of choice to measure the charging current in amps. Multiply by the number of hours charging at that current to get the charging energy in amp-hours and compare with the rated energy capacity of the battery.
Harvey51 08/30/19 09:44pm Class A Motorhomes
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