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RE: Blackhills of South Dakota

Nearly all have sites that will accommodate large trailers. I 2nd the recommendation to not go in August. The bikes are neat at first, but the constant noise gets old after a while ... If you don't know what I'm talking about in terms of the bikes, it's this: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally It's not just Sturgis, it's everywhere, and it's not just the week of the rally, but also a week or so before and after. Yes, the bike noise is really obnoxious. And they will be all over SD, MT, & WY for 2 weeks before and after. Nothing like the peace of a quiet mountain morning shattered by a string of bikers reving up.
coolmom42 10/24/14 04:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dropbox, Pros and Cons

I use it for sharing files that are too large to easily email--like high-res video & multiple large photos. You can share a file or folder with anyone else who has Dropbox, all you need is their email. It's a good way to handle a situation where multiple people work on a project. You still can't have the same file open at the same time, or one version will over-write the other, but it's very handy. It's also a good place to backup files, since you can easily restore them to any computer. For handling large files or backups, you will need the paid version, which is $99/yr for a terabyte. You can also automatically sync a file that you use on different devices. It's worth $99/yr to me, for sure.
coolmom42 10/23/14 12:03pm Technology Corner
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

The plan is to start out with a good quality cooler, which I already own, possibly add a 12 V fridge at some point. The only bigger power hog that would tempt me is a microwave. If it's too hot to be comfortable with a fan for ventilation, I'll go up, north, or home. If it's too cold to be comfortable, I'll go south, home, or to a RV park with electricity for a space heater. But I definitely will check out the alternator capacity. On Saturday I'll be over near a large Nissan dealer that has 3 of the NVs on the lot, if time permits, I'm going to check them out.
coolmom42 10/22/14 07:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Equalizer brand Hitch problems

Put it back the way it was.
coolmom42 10/22/14 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

Hi coolmom, Nice that it comes with an inverter. How many watts can they do on a continuous basis? Pure Sine Wave? See if a 2nd alternator is an option. I do see pulses of up to 70 amps from the alternator my dual path charging system. At about 35 amps continuous voltage starts to drop on the engine side. At that point I sometimes shut down one charging path to limit amperage and not over load the OEM 130 amp Ford alternator. I've toyed with the idea of adding a second rectifier located away from the hot engine compartment. Duty cycle is something to not ignore. It might be an expensive lesson to burn out an alternator. Double conversion is rarely the best path for battery charging. You have chosen an exciting project--I wish you great times while doing so. I'm looking at the Nissan NV or Ford Transit vans, and they generally do have a heavy-duty alternator. That's on the list to double-check when serious van-looking time arrives. They also have a built-in inverter that would allow me to plug in the battery charger at any time the van is running. The inverter plug-in while driving would be a good way to top off the batteries, since most days I will be driving some. I'm not sure about the inverter details. That's one thing I'm going to look at pretty closely. My understanding is that it's marketed towards construction/tradespeople, so is intended to run power tools. So it should be 15 amps or so. A friend of mine burned out the alternator on his F-350 running a circular saw off the inverter, so I'm well aware of the potential for problems. Marketing and reality don't always match for sure. Good point about the double conversion. You people will talk me into solar yet. Nice thing about a project like this is that a person can start very basic and then add extras as desired.
coolmom42 10/22/14 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: pleasure-way shower

I've seen pictures of people using a concrete mixing pan, add a hole for a drain and use whatever fittings you need. CONCRETE MIXING PAN
coolmom42 10/22/14 01:56pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

^^^^OK OK so I'll look at solar!!! LOL Quite possibly in a couple of years the prices will have come down more.
coolmom42 10/22/14 01:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Severe Weather App for Android

I like Weather Underground better than Weatherbug. I found that Weatherbug had pretty intrusive advertising, and fewer reporting stations that Weather Underground. WU has excellent radar images, plus options to show 24 hour rain totals, cloud cover, and sends you alerts for severe weather warnings.
coolmom42 10/22/14 01:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

coolmom42, I have nothing of substance to contribute to this thread, but I do want to congratulate you on how well you have researched your upcoming project and verbalized your questions. Good job. Steve Thanks. I've done a lot of research into batteries while travelling with now-former boyfriend in a travel trailer. He has good mechanical skills but wasn't really interested in the electrical stuff. My background in chemistry made it pretty easy to comprehend.
coolmom42 10/22/14 04:55am Tech Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

45A charger on the Honda 1000W generators is about the max it will do. Makes sense, thanks.
coolmom42 10/22/14 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

A question is, with one thousand watt limit what are the options in a power factor corrected charger dept? Trying to recharge 100 amp hours at 30 amps is dooming the user to listen to the generator for four hours at a stretch to charge to 75-80% with regular batteries and perhaps 80-85% with AGM. I would be -mighty- tempted to fit a 140 amp alternator to that van and let it whack the AGM's for a half hour while concurrently running the Honda. But there is a finite amount of amps that a Honda 1000 will ignite and if memory serves me correctly that figure is 50 amperes or less I'm looking at the Nissan NV or Ford Transit vans, and they generally do have a heavy-duty alternator. That's on the list to double-check when serious van-looking time arrives. They also have a built-in inverter that would allow me to plug in the battery charger at any time the van is running. The inverter plug-in while driving would be a good way to top off the batteries, since most days I will be driving some.
coolmom42 10/22/14 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

Hi Coolmom, AGM are faster to charge and can accept current faster, but recharging any lead acid chemistry to 100% will still require MANY hours of generator run time. The trade off comes with lower total capacity. A group 27 is probably not going to be 100 amp-hours. Mostly folks settle for 50% to 90%. If that takes say 3 hours, then getting from 90% to 97% will take an additional 3 hours. Probably 97% to 100% takes yet another 3 hours. OK after looking at the Interstate battery charts, I can see that 2X of the Optima group 31 would get me to 150 amp-hours for 75 useable. That will likely be adequate for my needs.
coolmom42 10/22/14 04:48am Tech Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

Hi Coolmom, AGM are faster to charge and can accept current faster, but recharging any lead acid chemistry to 100% will still require MANY hours of generator run time. The trade off comes with lower total capacity. A group 27 is probably not going to be 100 amp-hours. Mostly folks settle for 50% to 90%. If that takes say 3 hours, then getting from 90% to 97% will take an additional 3 hours. Probably 97% to 100% takes yet another 3 hours. Probably what I'll be doing is 4-5 days dry camping at a time, at the most, followed by going home, or a couple of nights at a campground/RV park with shore power. Then I can plug the battery charger in for about 12-16 hours at a time. That should be plenty of time to get the batteries to 100%. At home, I can leave it plugged in as long as needed. So getting the batteries to approx 90% of charge once every 5 days max time frame, then up to 100% every 5 days or so, should be adequate, from what I've read about battery life.
coolmom42 10/22/14 04:35am Tech Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

Hi Coolmom, The recharging of lead acid batteries is not linear. As the the battery reaches 90% charging rate drops off dramatically. Boost is 14.4 volts, normal is 13.6 and storage is 13.2. http://www.bestconverter.com/assets/images/charge_wiz_curve.gif width=450 I would recommend looking at solar panels when the time comes to design the rv. OK this makes sense. Now I remember seeing this curve but didn't really comprehend it until now.
coolmom42 10/22/14 04:34am Tech Issues
RE: charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

My plan is to start out with all 12 V inside, and just use a small portable car-style inverter for charging electronics. A lot of that will be done while driving, anyway. What my question boils down to is this: How does one determine the size charger to get? Solar is not in the plan; the expense does not seem justifiable, given that I already own a quiet generator. A lot of my travels will be in the Southeast US, with frequent cloud cover and shady sites preferred. Solar doesn't seem like much bang for the buck under those circumstances. I'll probably go with 2 x group 27 AGM batteries, to get the 200 amp-hour bank. No maintenance and no need to vent.
coolmom42 10/21/14 09:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Rebuilding the interior of Big Blue (many pics)

How about painting the wall panels? I've seen pics of several RVs totally transformed by that. Getting rid of all that brown wood, and decorating with some bright colored fabrics would make that into a modern stylish abode. It does look comfy, now, for sure!
coolmom42 10/21/14 08:55pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Backing up computer

Carbonite. Does it seamlessly as you use the computer. Used it for years. You can also download a file or picture on any computer from anywhere in the world. This is what I use. I like having storage off-site, in case of fire or natural disaster at home. It's about $60/yr buying 3 years at a time. I also use Dropbox for sharing files with family & friends, plus some other backups. I get 1 TB for $99/yr.
coolmom42 10/21/14 08:47pm Technology Corner
charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

In 2-3 years, I'm planning to convert a van to a minimalist RV, and estimate that I'll need about 100 amp-hours of power every couple of days, absolute max. (LED lighting, fan, water pump, charging electronics, maybe at some point a 12 V fridge.) So that means a 200 amp-hour battery bank at 50% or less discharge level. I recently purchased a Honda EU1000 generator, with the intent of running home fridge/freezer in a power outage, plus the long-term intent of using it to charge a future camper battery. My understanding is that this will require a good quality battery charger between the generator & battery bank. Battery chargers come in different amp ratings, so how do I choose the most useful amp rating for my needs? Is the amp rating calculated at 12 V DC output? With the generator running at say 800 watts/12 V = 67 amps x 90% charger efficiency that gives 60 amps possibly going to a battery bank. Correct me if that's wrong, please. So given the 60 amps possible from the generator, does the charger then become the limiting factor? With a 20 amp charger.... does that mean it would take 5 hours to restore 100 amp-hours to the battery bank? Just trying to figure this out. My plan is to gradually acquire smaller components and then pull the trigger on the van in 2-3 years, depending on lots of factors. Any input appreciated!
coolmom42 10/21/14 08:29pm Tech Issues
charging battery from generator---how long does it take?

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coolmom42 10/21/14 08:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Another Yellowstone question

Plan to stay at at least 3 different places - a couple of days near Jackson, to see the Tetons, a couple of days in the middle (Grizzly RV would be an excellent choice) and somewhere up near the top (my favorite part of the park). This day you will drive less and see more. I agree with this. Add an extra day if you can, moving around takes time, but otherwise you will spend it driving. Yellowstone is huge.
coolmom42 10/20/14 02:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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