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RE: Why do I need a DC to DC charger?

On practical note for B2B charger is inverter combined with converter. So if you already have converter adjusted for lithium, or whatever batteries and on-board truck inverter >>> you already have the system. All it takes is to learn how to use it. To clarify - I am talking about 400W inverter Ford installs on newer trucks and potential for adding 1 on truck who doesn't have it. 400W inverters run for like 35 bucks. I don’t think you’ll find a converter that’ll run on 400w. I use a small Orion 110w dc-dc that covers my fridge draw at about 85w. Runs on the factory wiring so no need for jumper cables.
toddb 09/21/20 10:26pm Truck Campers
RE: 2013 Lance 1172 compatibility with Lithium ion batteries

the victron 712 has a contact that can be connected to the PD charger to disconnect at a programmable state of charge.
toddb 09/15/20 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot tripping house GFI

Try unplugging your charge converter and see if it trips before you get to deep. I found it to be the issue with my other camper.
toddb 09/08/20 10:51am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Cable Entry for DC-DC Charger Wiring

how big of a converter are you running?
toddb 09/01/20 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

Most people never go off-road. Most people never go off good dirt roads. That doesn't meant their trucks aren't capable of it. Sometimes you get stuck. Sometimes you break stuff. Sometimes you have to walk out. Hauling a truck camper or pulling a trailer just makes everything a lot harder. Just turning around can be a big problem. Use some judgement out there. Buy good tires, watch your pressure and don't rock bashing without realizing the problems associated with mistreating tires. AZ dirt roads are hard on tires, they are rocks with a little dirt in between. Everyone I know self included that camps up there has had an issue with every brand of tire.
toddb 08/25/20 08:48am Truck Campers
RE: Rieco-Titan Electric Jacks Sticking and Not working well.

I recently took the gear heads apart on mine, cleaned out the 10yr old grease and reapplied a new layer, they are way quieter now. You’ll probably need to pull the head off the one that gets stuck, can’t help much there since I haven’t done that. Todd
toddb 08/18/20 09:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Cooper tire failure at 65mph - now what?

I put continental terrain contact a/t’s last year and I’m really happy how they work so far.
toddb 08/18/20 03:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Camper to Trailer Distance

https://i.imgur.com/e25gT39l.jpg The trailer has a 6' tongue so no extension is needed. Just have to crawl under to connect.
toddb 08/18/20 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: Need help with Dometic Duo Therm Air Conditioner

If it ices over before it reaches the set point of the thermostat it's most likely low on refrigerant.
toddb 08/12/20 12:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Portable grill/stove

I have a Q with a griddle but will be switching to the blackstone. I use the griddle way more and the shape of the blackstone is just easier to deal with in a TC.
toddb 06/26/20 09:17am Truck Campers
Support trailer water tanks

I'm wanting to add water tanks to my trailer. I found tanks by class A customs that will fit between the cross members without giving up to much ground clearance. I'd like to add 2 20gal fresh and a 15gal grey tank. I'm looking for solutions on how to vent the tanks, the trailer frame is 6" box and the deck on top of that. The frame rails are ~16" inboard so I can't really go vertical that far inside the floor. I thought about drilling through the frame and welding a pipe in to pass water lines through. Anyone have any other thoughts? I found marine deck fill ports that I could drive over so that may be a good option for that problem. Todd
toddb 06/22/20 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Vendor for pantry baskets in Arctic Fox

I moved mine up and use the cabinet base for canned goods, no pull out but adds a layer. todd
toddb 06/12/20 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear View Camera

If you have sync check out lockpick for sync, PAC also has a device to add cameras. I have 2 rear and a front.
toddb 06/07/20 08:42am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

BB batteries have an internal battery management system(BMS) that shuts the battery off before actual zero is reached. This BMS also stops charging at a upper Volt limit. I believe this BMS will also not permit charging at a low temperature around 32F. The BMS prevents damage that would otherwise kill the Li. This is why you can charge them with a conventional charger. Some people with 12V fridges have found that the Li based battery system will shut down and ruin their food, when the FLA or AGM would still have been running. HTH; John Yep, BB seems to have the best BMS which is why I went with them. I feel the cold weather thing is a non issue, if people can keep their holding tanks from freezing then keeping a battery a little warm before charging shouldn't be an issue and they can continue to be discharged well below that. I have only heard of bms disconnecting with fridges operated at 24V. Some utilize low voltage disconnects as well, I think the inrush of the fridge pulls the voltage down enough to trigger the disconnect. I have cooled my fridge from 100* and then maintained temp for more than 12 hours on a single charge, that was my drain to 0 test. The flooded 27s couldn't do that, granted they were a 3 years old. I haven't had any disconnect issues with my setup. Nothing against AGM, I own 7 and they are superior to flooded in my opinion.
toddb 05/05/20 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

Lithium can basically be burned to 0 and the bms will disconnect it. No. 20% state of charge is the minimum recommended for LI. Nor can they often be charged below 32 f (some a few degrees colder). Storage below -20 c (-4 f) is NOT recommended. Battle born told me going to 0 doesn't hurt it, I've only done it once and the battery came right back. Yes low temp charging is problem I think I'm ok down to 25, that's why I said in a TC its easy to solve by opening that to the LQ. The battery needs a little warmth, just because it's -40 outside doesn't mean the battery is at that temp. Cold storage isn't an issue for me, I have to watch the 135 mark. But I get it, I grew up in ND so we pulled all the batteries on stuff that stored unsheltered/heated anyway during winter. Li are so much easier to lift :)
toddb 05/05/20 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

So,one lithium is equal to two AGM's in power available?....Lots of people going to lithium batteries but two lithium batteries for $1500+ is not in my budget..The restrictions posed by lithium batteries doesn't work well in this area and the winter weather we get... There are still some good batteries under or around $200 if a person looks hard. Yes, agm and flooded may have a rating of 100ah but you can only burn that battery down to 50% without damaging them. So your usable ah of 2 agm batteries is 100ah. Lithium can basically be burned to 0 and the bms will disconnect it. All batteries suffer in cold weather, there are charging temp limits but you can take a lithium pretty cold. I just insulated the exterior section of the battery box and vented the box to the living quarters to keep it warmer. In a TC i don't think keeping the battery warm is a big deal, I camped at Tucson this past fall down to 28*. A couple selling points for me was it's ability to charge at .5c all the way to 100%. I dry camp on solar mostly, the battery is generally at 50% in the morning from my compressor fridge. It'll recover by 12-2 depending on harvest. It also shaved 120lbs off the rig, and everything dc works better at the higher operating voltage of lithium.
toddb 05/04/20 09:04am Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck Camper AGM battery?

I priced group 27 agm batteries last year. At over $730 for the pair I decided to go lithium, totally worth the extra $ imho.
toddb 05/03/20 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Isotherm fridge in camper?

I converted mine to a DC compressor. It's a 6 cu ft norcold, and it'll consume 100ah+ on a warm day. I have 300W of solar and a single 100ah lithium battery. The freezer struggles in cold weather because the fridge doesn't cycle much, warmer weather it works great, particularly driving and in the hills. The absorption fridge didn't work and took for ever to recover.
toddb 04/30/20 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Ultimate TC Bed?

I still think a douglass body would be a better, everyone's sitch is different though.
toddb 04/17/20 04:21pm Truck Campers
Sulastic hangers

Has anyone run these replacement hangers with a TC? Seems like the big 5th wheel guys like them.
toddb 03/10/20 03:05pm Truck Campers
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