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RE: Hot water heater has lumps of clear slime!!

A few clicks and it appears to be Aluminum Hydroxide formed from the anode rod and can vary depending on water quality. Solution is a magnesium rod. http://www.waterheaterrescue.com/pages/WHRpages/English/Troubleshooting/Tanklets/jelly.html http://www.hotwater.com/lit/bulletin/bulletin14.pdf http://www.google.com/patents/US4789407
smkettner 10/18/14 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt and dehumidifier

Good to go
smkettner 10/18/14 04:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Charging

14.25 is on the low side for charging. No worries from the alternator. 13.46 from the ONAN seems way low. What converter model is that?
smkettner 10/18/14 04:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Battery minder

I would just plug in the RV. If that does not charge the chassis battery add a Trik-L-Start combiner.
smkettner 10/18/14 04:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hot water heater has lumps of clear slime!!

I would try to determine if the lumps were created in the water heater or brought up from the fresh water tank. When was the last time the system was sanitized? Could send a water sample to a lab. Include some of the lumps.
smkettner 10/18/14 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Voltage Monitor

If the meter says 12.3 or less by all means start the generator. That covers 12.11 showing 12.2 volts. Once generator is started let voltage climb over 14 and run one additional hour. Or just run it 2 to 3 hours. That will get you through the night. Or if you really want a 100% charge run the generator all night because that is how long it takes. Does it matter if you are 87% or 92% charged? If it does maybe more battery is needed.
smkettner 10/18/14 03:58pm Tech Issues
RE: De-rating the 230w

You could short the middle string in the J-box. You would lose 33% power and voltage. Not sure if that helps or hurts to use the buck converter.
smkettner 10/18/14 02:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Any accessible fire roads in Yellowstone?

In a word, no. Back country hiking is allowed but driving on fire roads/maintenance roads is prohibited.The dirt road up Mt Washburn was open this summer. By the time I saw it we did not have time. Looks like an easy adventure. Called Chittendon Road on Google maps. Any others?
smkettner 10/18/14 01:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: 12 V or 110 TV

I always recommend a small sine wave inverter and a low wattage tv.
smkettner 10/18/14 01:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Semi floater,full floating rear axel.

9" Ford axle slides out nicely if the pressed on bearing comes lose from the axle. Don't have to ask how I know. 1970 Mustang. Ford uses the 8.8", 9.75", 10.25" in the F150 depending on options. These are now a C-Clip vs the press on.
smkettner 10/18/14 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: De-rating the 230w

I hauled the 230w Schottpoly out to see if I could tone down the voltage by turning it or partially shading it.How many cells 60? Have you looked at rewiring the cells to have half in parallel with the other half? http://www.folsomlabs.com/content/img/infographic/circuit_diagram.jpg width=500 Not sure how to best incorporate the bypass diodes. Looks like you clip the left middle connection and bring wire to the other end. Give Vmp of 15 volts.... might be a little low or might be perfect with PWM.
smkettner 10/18/14 01:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Voltage Monitor

I just want to see voltage above 14 at some point in the day. 14.1 or 14.111 does not matter to me. Even if I had a generator with me I don't see the need for more than one digit. I'm sure you would agree though, there can be a noticeable difference between charging at 14.1 vabs and 14.19 vabs, especially when running a generator? And yes, there is little difference between 14.1v and 14.111v, while charging, but there is a significant difference between 12.1v and 12.19v when considering soc. All I'm trying to point out is there are much better alternatives to using a 'single decimal place' volt meter for monitoring battery soc.The charging source is a fixed voltage. Nothing I do will change that known set point. If I see the battery within .1 of the known voltage I would charge one additional hour and be done. My watch is analog with no second hand.... An hour might be 50 minutes or 70. I am not setting a timer. More data is not necessarily more information. There is a place for additional accuracy and I don't see it for managing an RV battery.
smkettner 10/18/14 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Voltage Monitor

I just want to see voltage above 14 at some point in the day. 14.1 or 14.111 does not matter to me. Even if I had a generator with me I don't see the need for more than one digit.
smkettner 10/18/14 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: Unisolar - sale at Solar Blvd

For low light conditions test those 24v monos in series. 12v panels in parallel are going nowhere.
smkettner 10/18/14 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Do I have 2 WFCO Converters?

Odd to have a deck mount behind the integrated panel. I don't see why a 35a converter would have more than one 40a fuse. Have read posts the WFCO is often an easy fix...
smkettner 10/18/14 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Unisolar - sale at Solar Blvd

Good price. And dang look at all the solar at 80 cents per watt :E I thought we slapped a bunch of tariffs on these. Prices are in the basement.
smkettner 10/17/14 11:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Group 29 VS Group 27

No issues with the alternator. Even with 4x Group 29 you will not have an issue. If you are expecting a fast charge from generator you should post the converter model. Some are excellent, others very slow. Or consider 100 watts of solar to really keep the battery in good shape.
smkettner 10/17/14 08:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question for the planners?

We reserve when a campground is notoriously sold out all summer.
smkettner 10/17/14 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are You Buying All These Half-ton Claims?

Don't get rid of the One Ton but I have long wondered why they bother with the 3/4.
smkettner 10/17/14 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Just plug in the RV to charge the battery. One amp Tender could easily take more than two days to charge.
smkettner 10/17/14 03:27pm Fifth-Wheels
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