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RE: Is there a cordless hand vac that will charge using DC?

check out your local truck stop for one...
RoyB 07/05/15 05:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery/Inverter problems

I do a walk around alot with my setup. I like to read the battery terminals when not connected to shore power and like to watch the battery status using a multimeter. A fully charged battery will read 12.6-7VDC. Then I will turn on shore power and the DC VOLTAGE at the battery terminal should jump to 13.6VDC or higher depending what smart mode the converter/charger is doing. If I don't see this jump in DC VOLTAGE then this is telling me my connection is not making it from the battery terminals to the charger unit. I will immediately start looking for the reason... Another even more simple thing to do is just turn on your ceiling lights when not connected to shore power. They should light up. This will tell you the batteries are connected to 12VDC Power Distribution panel. Both the Battery Terminals and the Charger DC OUTPUT both fed the same point on the 12VDC DISTRIBUTION panel. This allows both the converter/charger when connected to shore power and/or the battery to operate your 12VDC systems. If you are running LED lights however you may not see them dim with lower 12VDC VOLTAGE like the incandescent automotive ceiling lights will do. Batteries are very important to my operations and I really am watchful for battery changes. I want to find these battery problems when sitting at home and not when 50 miles back off some forest trail road somewhere... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/05/15 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: solar on/off grid installation

I have a so called duty 600WATT PURE SINE WAVE INVERTER off my battery bank. I went the simple way and run two extension cords from the 600WATT INVERTER with one multi-head receptacle going to the home entertainment area and the other multi-head receptacle going to the bedroom area. This is always ON when we are camping. When I finally get my SOLAR PANELS installed they are only considered to just charge my batteries in high sun to keep me from having to run my 2KW Generator so much doing the morning re-charge of the batteries. I went the baby steps way learning how to live off the batteries and how much capacity I really need to do our style of camping off the power grid. Now that we are very successful now doing this I am ready to add solar panels to improve on it. Solar Panels and Generators here on the East side of the USA has to be considered differently than what the West Side of US folks have to deal with. We generally have less HIGH SUN and definitely have to deal with GENERATOR RUN TIME restrictions just about everywhere we go... Not that many DISPERSED camping areas near us... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/05/15 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: OTA antenna at home

My BATWING RV antenna will pickup the two greater Washington DC NATL BROADCAST CLEAR TV channel groups in perfect style. This is some 50-miles PLUS North of us here in Northern Neck Virginia. I have experimented with this same setup mounted up a PVC POLE just clearing the eve of the house on the north side and it performs even better. I have also played with the KING antenna and get same results. I do however like the BATWING over the KING antenna as I can tune in the two groups of the Washington DC HDTV transmitting antennas at the same time position setting which are located on the East and West side of town. The KINGS antenna requires re-positioning to get both groups of transmitters. My best results was using one of those 8-BAY Solid Signal Xtreme Signal HDB8X VHF/UHF Outdoor TV Antenna (HDB8X) antennas from SOLID SIGNALS $69 which has a small separate panel position changes for the two 4-BOWTIE panels. This allows peaking up on both HDTV location in Washington DC some 15 degrees apart without losing any performance. The even bigger thing is this is ALL FREE TO THE PUBLIC - FULL BLOWN HIGH DEF TV... We watch CBS channels almost all the time here - got to have my fill of all of my NCIS type shows... http://pimages.solidsignal.com/HDB8X_medlrg.jpg height=300 All of these antennas I played with require 12VDC going up the RG Cable feed to power up a PRE-AMPLFIEIR mounted inside the BATWING WING and KING antenna and just below the 8-BAY antenna mounted on the antenna frame. I am currently working a permanent location on my antenna pole that goes up above the North side of my house with several VHF/UHF antennas mounted on it. I have the perfect spot of about 48-inches below a horizontal bar and the peak of my roof. Once installed and both 4-bay panels properly pointed I won't have to touch this antenna again... I was very impressed with the HDB8X 8-BAY BOW TIE panel antennas. Roy Ken
RoyB 07/05/15 07:35am Technology Corner
RE: Skid Wheels

The skids can do some twisting on your frame if both skids don't hit just at the right angle... That could be alot of weight on something... I saw one local guy here build up a portable ramp looking thing out of 2x12"... He slips this in place when he is backing the trailer up the driveway... Once it is parked he can remove the ramp rather easy with the riding lawn mower... Then another neighbor friend of mine has the reverse of this problem. His drive drops down a good foot or so and when his trailer is parked it is very much out of level. He built a similar ramp with a wheel roll stop to roll up on to make his trailer pretty much level on its own. I don't know if I would have come up with fixes like that on my own or not... pretty clever... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/04/15 03:50pm Towing
RE: Photoshop or Photoshop Elements 13

I had PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 9 on my XP DELL M90 laptop machine which I stopped using when MS stopped supporting it. Just recently bought a great 17" DELL LAPTOP from a QVC purchase using WIN 8 and the latest Intel CORE i7. This thing screams... It came with several software items including PHOTOSHOP Elements 13... The only subscription software was OFFICE 365 which I didn't take. My older MS OFFICE 2007 loaded up just fine which I am using now. QVC saved me big time with their great LAPTOPS and the 6 months easy payments with zero interest. PHOTOSHOP ELEMENTS 13 had changed so much since Elements 9 and a two year gap in using it I had to learn it all over again haha... It all starts coming back pretty easy... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/04/15 03:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery not staying charged

Your 2012 RV should have the multi-voltage smart mode charging. If it is not smart mode then the the constant 13.6VDC that it uses may be over charging your battery and perhaps boiling out the fluids over time. A good check is to read your battery voltage at their terminals when not connected to shore power which should read 12.6-7VDC if fully charged. Then plug into your 30AMP shore power service and you should see a jump in DC charge voltage to 13.6VDC. If this doesn't happen then you have some sort of disconnect between the battery terminals and the DC OUTPUT of the converter/charger. This could be a bad converter - blown REVERSE POLARITY fuses - bad connections - blown inline fuse/circuit breaker close to the battery terminals - bad BATTERY DISCONNECT switch... Once you are sure you are getting normal DC Charging VOLTAGES then you can look for other problems on why the battery is being discharged. You will probably notice you may have additional DC CABLES connected to your battery that are running things even after you may operate your battery disconnect switch. You probably are also aware if the battery gets discharged below its 50% charge state and not re-charged to 90% or 100% charge state right away it will start doing internal harm to your battery - even if it is brand new. A battery only reading around 12.0VDC at the terminals is real close to being at the 50% charge state. This should be read with a multimeter and not the DC PERCENT VOLTMETER most RV units comes with... First thing is to determine if your on-board converter/charger is indeed charging your batteries when connected to shore power 30AMP service... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/04/15 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Stray Voltage?

One must remember that the RV TRAILER frame ground comes from the SHORE POWER CONNECTION at the camp ground pedestal. We are all at the mercy of the good maintenance at each camp ground we visit. Used to see folks checking the pedestals before hooking up using good voltmeter and circuit testers. I suspect most of us including myself just plug-in and hope for the best. The inexpensive circuit testers (LOWES-AMAZON) only look at the 120VA 15A/20A standard household receptacles which requires you to use RV ADAPTERS to read the 50A and 30A pedestal connections. Who has the time to drag all the adapters and KILL A WATT meter out before you hookup... http://www.dandh-electronics.com/webstore/images/large/400-030.gif height=300 You are hoping to SEE the two LIGHTS ON for the CORRECT bottom reading. http://www.ecodirect.com/v/vspfiles/photos/P3-P4400-2.jpg height=300 You are hoping to see the SAFE ZONE centered on 120VAC... Anything different than the 110VAC-125VAC SAFE ZONE I will not hook up my trailer. I have a similar setup like shown here from google that I carry with me for my 30A Shore Power SETUP TEST... This is about the only good use I have found for the small round RV30-15A adapters. http://www.macandchris.com/images/Kill%20A%20Watt3.jpg height=250 http://www.boatus.com/Assets/www.boatus.com/magazines/seaworthy/2013/3Jul/img/ESD-02.jpg height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 07/04/15 07:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Advice on sattelite tv

It depends what you want.... The simplest Satellite standard TV setup requires a tripod, RG CABLES, two head satellite dish, and two SAT receivers. This allows you to quickly setup standard satellite reception and view independent TV channels in the main room and the bedroom. This is what we did in the past bringing a couple of DIRECTV SAT RCVRS from home and using our home account to watch DIRECTV standard TV in the RV trailer. The only extra expense for us was buying a DIRECTV Dish on a tripod and a couple hundred feet of RG cable. After doing this for a few years we found out when the NATL BROADCAST came out with their Digital TV transformation it was just as easy for us to stop bringing along our SAT TV stuff from home and just watch the NATL TV BROADCAST channels from the local towns. This network gives you full blown high TV signals for free. This is what we still do today.... We occasionally will end up in spot where no NATL BROADCAST TV signals are not available to view which is a rare thing. Going the other route for SAT HIGH DEF TV is ALOT more expensive with the automated high def HDTV Directv and Dish setups... It was always way out of our price range... Check with your SAT TV providers... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/04/15 06:34am Technology Corner
RE: Dead batteries in 04 Duramax 3500

Sounds like you might want to install one of those solar panel trays that you lay inside the windshield on the truck dash. This plugs into a always hot 12VDC socket and should keep your battery topped off when you leave it sit for weeks on end... Most that ypu find on-line are 5WATT Panels or less. You really need to locate at least a 10-watt model or more to really help out... Something like this GOOGLE SEARCH photo... http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTAyOVgxMTgx/z/JC4AAOSwPe1T0l9c/$_35.JPG height=200 I had one for my OFF-ROAD JEEP setup and it did me well for years... I need to do the same thing for my 2010 F150 FX4 truck. They have too much electronics always on in the new trucks. There is probably three or four computers running all the time... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/03/15 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: 50 amp plug

You can buy the conversion kit from a coupe of places... ETRAILER.COM and AMAZON has them. CAMPING WORLD as well... Just be sure when looking on google to make sure you are looking at a 50A kit. They has the same kits for the 30A conversion as well... If you are not an electrical type I would would go back back the RV DEALER and have them make the conversion for you. This is not a good idea for your brother-inlaw or father-inlaw or friend to do the conversion for you. This must be wired for RV's and if wired like the house circuits etc you run the risk of blowing up a bunch of 120VAC appliances. Kinda hard to collect moneys from the family and friends. The commercial guys are insurance bonded for these things and should pay for what they blow up wiring it up wrong... lots of info on-line on how to do it.... Etrailer probably has a video of how their kit gets installed... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/03/15 11:37am Tech Issues
RE: Automatic Generator start with loss shoreline electrical

Its just me but having an auto start for things that use fuels etc really scares us to use when unattended. So many things can go wrong... We always just made sure we have fresh water available for the animals and a 12VDC fan going... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/03/15 06:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Transferring water

WALMART has two or three different 12VDC pumps in the boat section... That is what I use... I was using a 120VAC pump from an old washing machine but finally picked up a 12VDC model. Keeps me from using my duty INVERTER mounted under my truck seat. I used to do the same as you described and my OFF-ROAD POPUP camper has a pull out funnel on the fresh water inlet to help you hit the hole. Those 5-gallon jeri-can containers do get heavy. I ended up busting out the pull-out funnel and that when I picked up the portable water pump... I also carry a water hose to make it easy to fill up my fresh water tote sitting in the truck bed... Using the portable water pump I don't even have to lift the water container out of the truck bed... Works great for me... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/03/15 06:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Is it bad to drive with trickle charger on chassis battery?

In my JEEP YEARS i had one on the dash 24/7... Just be sure the panel has the reverse charge DIODE installed as most do. This will present the panel from discharging your start battery when the high SUN is not there. I also made sure the 12V SOCKET I was using was always "hot" after the JEEP ignition key was turned off. Kept my JEEP battery fresh 'topped off' all the time... I really need to install one on my 2010 F150 FX4 now... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/03/15 06:01am Tech Issues
RE: 2 Computers / 1 monitor

If you have a somewhat newer modern monitor it may have multiple video inputs. Just plug both computers into the separate video inputs on the one monitor and then select which one you want to display from its front panel buttons.. My two 24-inch DELL monitors has many different VIDEO INPUTS all selectable from the front panel button. It also has a picture-in-picture mode which I use alot for my older M90 Dell computer. It is displayed in a small PIP view down in the bottom corner of the large screen. I can select which computer I want to go to full screen ... I have been running LAPTOPS for years using the DUAL 24-inch DELL monitors. My laptop sits in a docking station and feeds both monitors allowing me to throw many selected views from the same LAPTOP across both monitors. When we head out in the RV I just grab the LAPTOP and plug it into a similar setup in the RV bringing all my programs with me where ever we go... I have a feeling however both your computers are old somewhat vintage types... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/02/15 07:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery charger warning question

I charge my trailer batteries all the time by connecting my 30A Shore Power cable from the trailer directly to the generator using a RV30A-15A long Adapter (WALMART). This allows the generator to power up the trailer on-board converter/charger to re-charge the batteries the same way it would if you was connected to shore power. If your on-board converter/charger is a smart mode type you can re-charge your batteries in a quick three hour time frame. The same would go for your portable 45 amp charger - If it is a smart mode type it will charge your batteries in a three hour period. If the converter/charger on the trailer or the portable charger is just a single mode high current charger than it will take around 12 hours to charge your battery. Either way that is a long time to run a generator... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/02/15 07:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: CW generator - Champion 4000

Here on the East side of the US you will only get to run your generator at most public off the power grid camp sites a couple of hours in the morning and then again in the late afternoon... Never after 8PM or before 6AM... It would be neat if we had more DISPERSED camping sites here like they do out West. Running a loud generator may have different rules... I have the 2KW Honda Inverter type Generator and the only reason I run it is to charge up my battery bank starting at 8Am each morning. This takes around three hours of generator run time if I start doing it when my batteries are at their 50% charge state. Then I can run off the batteries the next day/night run off the battery bank... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/02/15 03:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Los Angeles to Montgomery AL - 5wks on the road

I don't know if things have gotten better yet now or not but if you are planning on staying anywhere along SOUTH BLVD in Montgomery please be very much aware this is full blown WAR ZONE for crime... All of the nice HOTELS and Nite CLUBS from the past are all boarded up now... I would definitely not stay at the RV PLACE just south of the TRUCK STOP at I65 and SOUTH BLVD EXIT... Even driving up and down SOUTH BLVD looking for a good place to eat the local Police will pull you over and tell you it isn't safe to be there after dark... That was a first for the wife and me being told by the local police to go back to the Hotel on the East side of town where we was staying.... This has been this way for a few years now and last time we was there was only two years ago... SOUTH BLVD was the place to be just a few years back with all of its real nice hotels and places... Makes you want to cry to see them all boarded up now with bars in the windows... Hopefully it has got better - just passing on what we went thru - Used to visit Montgomery many times just a few years ago in my working years... All of the new HOTELS are now at I85 and EAST BLVD areas... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/02/15 02:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: My first solar installation, looking for direction

You definitely are doing things the way I would do it getting up to the solar panels.. I am currently doing my baby steps doing the DC POWER UPGRADEs getting my OFF-ROAD Trailer ready for solar panels. Good source of Dc POWER, Upgrading to reliable converter/charger unit, adding Inverter and learning how to live with the generator pays off... I am assuming you are also learning how to increase your living off the batteries by doing DC power savings things like changing incandescent lights over to LEDs. We are living off the power grid just fine with our 255AH Battery bank. We have been doing all of these things over the past 5 years and really have a great understanding what we can do with our DC BATTERY setup now. We are also just now at the point to start adding solar panels to supplement the Generator to keep our battery banks topped off. We learned up front the things we can do with the battery banks and have had great success in keeping our 2008 Installed batteries in great shape performance wise. The batteries are just now starting to drop off on performance. The biggest thing we learned was to never allow the battery bank to drop below the 50% charge state and keep them charged to the 90% charge state as soon as possible. We start this Battery re-charge process every morning at 8AM when we are usually allowed to run our generator where we camp. This takes three hours of generator run time each morning. This is when we make our coffee stored up in thermos for the day. Adding solar for us will reduce our dependency on the generator to about one a hour a day of run time. My battery bank wil demand over 50AMPS of DC current when first gettig hit with 14.4VDC boost charge. After around an hour this DC CURENT demand will have dropped to around 8AMPs. The solar panels will take over the battery bank charge the rest of the high sun day and hopefully get us to the 90% charge before the high sun goes away. I am planning to start out with two 120WATT solar panels and eventually add either two additional 120WATT panels later on or maybe just add a larger 240WATT panel. My ultimate goal is to get a good 20AMPS OF DC CURRENT coming from the Solar Panels when in high SUN. This is about all the room I have available for Solar Panels on the roof of my OFF-ROAD trailer. Doing all of this using baby steps will insure us we have an excellent built-in PLAN B capable battery bank setup by having both the Generator and Solar Panels to keep the battery bank up. The baby steps for us also has been a great learning experience on what to expect when camping off the power grid and what we need to have to do our style of camping. I think you are RIGHT ON doing what you are doing... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/02/15 04:51am Tech Issues
RE: Software Question

I use LIBRA OFFICE here... LIBRA OFFICE also has a nice drawing package that can save drawings in PDF format... I use that here since I could not afford my AUTOCAD stuff from work when I retired. LIBRA OFFICE is a free download... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/01/15 04:47pm Technology Corner
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