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RE: Modification ideas for boondocking

Diesel? I meant to just 12v pump some water from the existing water heater to a simple baseboard hydronic heater. www.zoro.com/classic-architectural-closed-loop-heater-white $136
smkettner 10/06/15 11:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: WFCO WF-8900 Not Charging

A portable 10+ amp automatic battery charger will do fine to get you through the trip. Not much good to say about WFCO except it is the low cost option of replacement. www.bestconverter.com/8935MBA-Main-Board-Assembly-For-8935 I recommend the 30 amp IOTA with IQ controller www.bestconverter.com/DLS-30-30-Amp-Power-Converter-wIQ4
smkettner 10/06/15 10:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Modification ideas for boondocking

1) I would pass on trying to use the ducted air conditioner vents to distribute air. Far better to just use a 12 volt fan to distribute air. Amazon - Endless Breeze I would just cover the hole to make more space for another solar panel :B Fantastic fan or equivalent in the bathroom is plenty. 2) Again the air distribution will be poor until the stack of muffin fans makes as much noise as the furnace. See fan above for better solution. Alternatively get a two speed furnace to run on low speed at night. 3) More work than the propane savings will ever pay. I would be more inclined to use the hot water from the heater to warm the trailer with a radiator. This should prove to be quiet. Just my random thoughts. Best of luck and post some pictures.
smkettner 10/06/15 09:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: possible converter problem or ?

If the fan and voltage are jumping up and down in a random pattern the converter is probably shot. Most converters should also hold voltage steady with no battery... try it. WFCO?
smkettner 10/05/15 11:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Differential swap

Well, I went ahead and swapped differentials for 4.56 gears. I was also talking with guys on the Ford Super Duty site. I might regret this as some of you have indicated; time will tell. I think I'll be picking up the truck and trailer this weekend. Will let you know how it performs on the way home.Where is our trip report? ;)
smkettner 10/05/15 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear Marathon tires are not good tires

What is the Marathon date code?
smkettner 10/05/15 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: LED light upgrade in my Class C

No need to ride on wooden spoke wheels with a steel tire.... LED and Robertson all the way.
smkettner 10/04/15 09:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery guru s only. Thanks

Any thoughts on those little trickle charges Harbour freight. SellsNo better than a multistage converter.
smkettner 10/04/15 08:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Short Queen Mattress Shopping

I bought mine here: http://www.replacement-mattress.com/products-page/rv-mattress/ Any custom size you like. I had the space and wanted 3" longer than the short queen, fit perfect. Sleeps very well.
smkettner 10/04/15 07:56pm RV Lifestyle
RE: battery hot

Probably a WFCO stuck in boost mode. BTDT
smkettner 10/03/15 07:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Charge wizard 9100

Normal. And usually four hours max in boost which is fine even if mostly charged.
smkettner 10/03/15 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: What would you offer for this RV?

I would take maybe $9,000 cash and negotiate in person. Find a way to explain you intend to keep it for a while to use it and you are not a dealer looking to make money.
smkettner 10/02/15 08:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Low voltage disconnect switch?

Alarm but not cut off. http://www.amazon.com/VoltMinder-Digital-Volt-Meter
smkettner 10/02/15 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Time for a new converter..

I would go down to a 30 amp IOTA but I am crazy like that.
smkettner 10/02/15 08:10pm Tech Issues
RE: newbie can't figure out battery replacement

A low cost deep cycle group 24 or group 27 from Costco or WalMart is fine to get you rolling. Measure the box and get what fits. Keep it mostly charged 100% for long life. The 12 Volt Side of Life Fairly low tech until you want to camp off grid.
smkettner 10/02/15 03:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Charging

Well if you are always plugged in for ten years... cycling them 20 times (2x per year) will not hurt a bit. But don't run them flat dead. Down to 12.2 volts and plug back in is plenty. The 12 Volt Side of Life
smkettner 10/01/15 08:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Charging

Plug in and keep an eye on the batteries for excessive heat or gassing for a day if they were stone dead. You should be able to use the 12v accessories very shortly after plugging in. Most likely some permanent loss of capacity has occurred. Damage could include a shorted cell and require replacement.
smkettner 10/01/15 08:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential Refrigerator Install Planning

Transfer switch allows two sources of power to a single item. The switch chooses one source and prevents back feeding the second source. Typically the choice is between inverter and utility power. For a dedicated sine wave inverter I recommend a 1000 watt Go Power brand. www.boatandrvaccessories.com/go-power-gp-sw1000-12-inverter Transfer switch www.donrowe.com/KISAE-TS15A-Automatic-Transfer-Switch-p/ts15a.htm
smkettner 10/01/15 07:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: charging capacity for larger battey banks

I have 4x GC2 and a 35 amp converter. Usually the converter is off and the solar does all the charging. NO generator.
smkettner 10/01/15 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Alternator Charging ? Again

It is all because of the 1981 fridge that was in the TC going bad, so no propane fridge anymore. We have the little 120v 3.2 cuft fridge which is a killer on battery via inverter, using say 50AH or so per 24 hrs. If it were not for that thing, we could go a week off grid before needing a recharge. We could use that as an ice-box, but that is cheating!I was going to mention conservation but this thing is killing you. Why not replace with another propane fridge? Probably less $$ than modifications and support of this 120v compressor. Maybe someone knows of a more efficient electric or 12 volt fridge?
smkettner 10/01/15 02:09pm Tech Issues
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