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RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

I have agree with Vintage465. My propane ain't broke, and it don't need fixing. It is perfect for boondocking. I get it though. Absorption fridges are kind of a pain at times, for some people, and the urge to go with a residential fridge is strong. All kinds of ways of justifying a residential unit in an RV have been posted. Now that solar and lots of battery are all the rage, some have lost interest in efficient off-grid practices. Just throw juice at whatever inconvenience comes along. Okay as long as the weather stays clear and sunny. Whether it runs through an inverter, or directly on 12v battery, a residential fridge is what it is.
bpounds 07/08/20 02:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

...Anyone have experience with the Renogy/AiLi? Never needed more than a volt meter, and now the solar CC monitor adds info. Some guys here are in love with their gadgets, but you don't really need that complexity to call yourself a boondocker. The gadgets lie to you too as they wander out of calibration. If you've already got something, just stick with it.
bpounds 07/08/20 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

"Compressor Refrigerators ... Some of you are not getting it... ... You're right, I was not aware of those. So I've learned today. Pretty impressive specs. If there is any downside it might be that they are not silent, just like your home fridge isn't silent. Not a real issue there either. Rated at 1kw per day draw. Specs for one example
bpounds 07/07/20 05:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

One of the main reasons I chose a Danfos compressor style 12V fridge /freezer was because the they are a favourite of the ultimate boondockers which are yachters....snip Using 12VDC is by far the least efficient way to generate heat, out of the 3 utilities common on RVs. That's not to say it isn't appropriate in some situations. You mentioned one. If you've got enough solar and battery bank to support it, more power to you. I've noticed there isn't much shade over sailboats. I have seen a 12vdc fridge run our truck battery down during a single overnight stop at a motel. GM truck, which did not isolate the trailer from the starting battery. So it depleted the trailer battery and the truck battery. I wasn't the owner, but I was a participant, and it was my AAA card that got us back on the road that morning.
bpounds 07/07/20 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

Couple things to add, That 12v fridge is bad news for boondocking. They are very inefficient. Normally only find those in popup style rigs. But, I guess you're stuck with it. Get more battery. I like the Vmax line of 6vdc. And with those AGM, you do not need to put them in a battery box. They are safe in any orientation. That might allow you to get even more than 2 of them, but you do need pairs. Unless you look at the Vmax 12vdc AGM. I don't have the 12v, but I would trust the name. The cheap club store batteries will need to be in a box, and you'll likely end up replacing them sooner. Depending on how you maintain them. Might or might not be worth the savings to you.
bpounds 07/06/20 12:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Flashlights

How often do you need that much light? Light up that much area? IMHO, most use for this kind of light is for illegal hunting. Those are great for hunting. And not all night hunting is illegal. I suppose if you were night hunting illegally, you might not want to use that much light, and it would be better if it were red.
bpounds 07/04/20 05:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best way to add a cable pass through/access in camper.

You don't really need any special boxes or conduits to get a wire through the roof. But if you have end connectors that you want to pass through large holes, or if you want several or more cables to pass through at one location, it might be the best way to do it. But for a single cable, which you will add end connectors to after pulling, all you really need is a small hole and a dollop of Dicor. A drip loop is always recommended. width=640
bpounds 07/02/20 11:34am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Flashlights

For the RV, I have a D-cell Maglite mounted just inside the entry door. Handy for entering at night so we can find the actual light switch, as well as for quick trips outside in the middle of the night. Really only needs batteries ever few years. But the most handy flashlight I have bought recently is this HF one. Rechargeable via USB port. Holds a charge for many months between uses, and charges fast. Best for mechanical jobs, because the base magnet is super strong, and the head swivels to point the light where you need it. I want another. They also have a shorter less powerful one. Want one of those too, LOL. Harbor Freight Flashlight
bpounds 07/02/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: dry docking and charging

As a dedicated boondocker for many years, I've written several times about how to manage generator battery charging. Rather than write more stuff, I copied and pasted from past discussions. I have solar now and rarely have to pull out the generator, so it was better for me to look up old posts. Couple points that are not in the below posts - make sure your water heater stays on propane. Turn off the AC switch if it is dual heating. Same with your refrigerator - run it on gas only. You want all that charging juice to hit the batteries, not running appliances that are more efficient on gas. Lastly, all I ever did was plug the trailer shore power cord into the generator. I never carried a separate battery charger. Past posts. 6/2012 Depends on how discharged they are. And the key thing is to not let them discharge any more than necessary. So if you're going to boondock for several days or more, you want to run the generator every single day, starting on the first full day of camp. It is better to keep the batteries topped up, than it is to let them deeply discharge and then try to bring them back. I usually schedule between 1 and 2 hours per day for generator charging. That will keep me up around 90 percent. The last 10 percent takes a very long time to recover, and is an inefficient use of the gen. 6/2012 I've learned that the key to boondocking with battery and generator, is to charge for 1 or 2 hours per day, beginning on the very first day. Don't wait until you need to charge. It is better to keep the batteries topped up than it is to try to bring them back from a deep discharge. This is also why solar charging works so well, but that is another topic. It will take a long generator run time to fully recharge batteries. I'm talking 24-48 hours. Not realistic. 9/2011 I've found that in practice, I can get through a week of dry camping very nicely by running the generator between 1 and 2 hours per day. That keeps me in the 90% range. It is that last 10% that takes so much time, and you don't need to try for that. And it is important that you start charging that on the very first day, so the batteries don't ever get too low. It will seem like you don't need to charge on day 1, but it is important that you start replacing the used amps. If you have to run a heater overnight, that really uses the juice and you'll have to extend the genny time. But if you don't have a quality converter or standalone charger, you will fall further behind each day.
bpounds 06/29/20 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is anyone here into surf fishing?

It is legal here in CA, at least for freshwater. I'm pretty sure for saltwater too. I read a Q&A by a game warden recently that confirmed the legality. It will vary by state though.
bpounds 06/12/20 03:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is anyone here into surf fishing?

It's an interesting idea, and probably fun to play with. But I doubt that it is beneficial to catching fish. Probably just more a distraction than anything. People new to fishing, maybe not catching much, tend to think that if they could just cast farther their luck would improve. It rarely helps. I've watched people casting as far as they could heave, not realizing that they were casting right over where the fish were feeding, which tends to be nearer to shore where the food sources are better. I'm mostly a freshwater fisher, but have surf fished in my younger days. And I think the same thing is true. The fish you are targeting are likely feeding right IN the surf foam. That's were the worms, sand crabs, and other prey are found. That's my thoughts. But hey, drones are still cool.
bpounds 06/09/20 03:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best AGM batteries

So far I am happy with these: VMax AGM 6V Wanted Trojan AGM, but hard to find at a decent price delivered.
bpounds 06/01/20 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Balance

My opinion, many are making way too much out of hub versus lug centric balancing. You might have a wheel bad enough to matter, but very very unlikely. And if your wheel is that bad, it is going to run OOR, and never balance well anyway. The shop would see that, and if they are any good at all, they will try to figure out why. If they slap way too much weight on one side, and you let that pass, look in the mirror. As far as balancing or not, how would you even know if you need balancing until you've done it? And if you're going to buy the mounting and hazard insurance, balancing is going to already be included. At most shops anyway. If they try to charge extra they are just gouging you.
bpounds 05/29/20 09:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

Balance them. Your shop isn't exactly wrong. Balancing is for better handling and consistent road contact. Which isn't a big deal on a trailer. But it is still worth doing it to reduce wear on suspension components and reduce vibration in your living space. On some trailers we wouldn't care about those things, but on an RV, we do.
bpounds 05/26/20 03:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar trickle charger fail!

I can't imagine any solar trickle charger would come without a diode. They would be getting returns faster than they shipped new ones. I suppose a few people would just toss it and call it a day, but word would get around pretty fast. Good info, and might have been an issue in the past.
bpounds 05/06/20 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar trickle charger fail!

A 10 watt solar maintainer is not a waste of time, but there are some caveats. * For optimal results, disconnect the batteries from everything except the maintainer. * Batteries must be in good shape to begin with. * Batteries must be fully charged to begin with. That 10w is a maintainer, not a charger. It isn't enough to do more than maintain. I use one of these on my truck, just plugged into the cigar lighter. If I don't start my truck for a couple of weeks, this keeps my batteries fresh for the next start. Diesel truck so dual batteries just like your trailer. Worse than that, the thing sits on my dash, pointing west, so it only gets direct sun in the afternoon, and through a windshield. This works for me, even during the So Cal winter months when it might be cloudy for hours at a time :) But it is much better during the other 3 months. So I don't think your solar maintainer was a fail, but I do think your batteries are toast.
bpounds 05/05/20 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Steep Driveway

Might not even need casters. Just drag brackets on the bumper corners. The advantage over casters is that they won't need to be more than an inch or two tall, where casters are at least 3" if not 4". I wouldn't worry too much about frame twist, but that's without knowing just how much rubbing you have. Wheels lifted off the ground? Definitely a problem. Only drag by a couple of inches? Probably NOT a problem. Some lumber piled up in the gutter can sometimes help a lot too.
bpounds 05/05/20 03:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Crushes Truck Follow Up

I love how the hitch experts say... He failed to do this thing and that thing on brand X, so his trailer dropped. He should have had brand Y, and as long as you do this thing and that thing, your trailer won't ever drop.
bpounds 04/16/20 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Converter replacement

Your first step should be to figure out what you have now. Odds are it is a WFCO, and already supposed to be a 4 stage. Problem is they tend to not properly enter the mode, especially not entering boost mode. If you have a deck mount converter, your options are opened up a little. But most of fifth wheels are going to have a combination power center with the converter built in. That makes it pretty painless to use a Progressive Dynamics 4600, which will install right into your existing power center. And it is an excellent converter. But it all starts with knowing what you have now, including what amperage output it is rated for.
bpounds 04/09/20 03:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

Worked for me. This is the first link offered. Tested PWM versus MPPT Here is the short and sweet of it: width=640
bpounds 04/09/20 10:18am Travel Trailers
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