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RE: Our DIY tire cover project

Darryl&Rita 06/24/16 09:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Headed to Alaska?..Highway 97 closed

Hwy 97 through the Pine Pass is reported open, with pilot cars leading groups through single lane areas. Currently recommended for light traffic only. No overwidth, or overlength loads.
Darryl&Rita 06/23/16 07:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Headed to Alaska?..Highway 97 closed

Damage was pretty bad, in multiple locations. When it re-opens, it'll be on unpaved stretches first, with single lane alternating one way traffic. Word I'm hearing is at least another couple weeks to get to this state.
Darryl&Rita 06/21/16 10:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Headed to Alaska?..Highway 97 closed

Off to Grande Prairie tomorrow. Taking the long way, two hours extra. At least there is an alternative route. From Grande Prairie, Hwy 2 northbound to Rycroft may be a better route choice than 43 west. Dawson Creek also had some flooding, and last I heard had several single lane stretches over the creek. 2 to 59 will bring you into Dawson east of the Mile Zero traffic circle, while 43 to BC 2 will bring you to the circle from the south. Major road work on the bridge beside the mall.
Darryl&Rita 06/21/16 05:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Solar Panels - The Good, the Bad and the Cheap!

Ok I've read over the link I got on series vs parallel for panel arrays and beginning to get a grip on things.. So for me, my 3 panels are all just right around 50W so I am thinking series.. Only if the charge controller you decide on can handle the additive voltage of series panels.
Darryl&Rita 05/30/16 07:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Doing a Solar Audit::?

Plug the 4400 into a pedestal and your shore cord in the 4400. Do a normal 24HR dry camping test and the 4400 will tell you the usage. The kWh then needs to be converted to equivalent battery draw. With the TV and CPAP your usage may be higher than expected. Careful with this, the 4400 is only rated for 15 amp. And it's not weather-proof.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Big Rig Friendly Gas Station

The only "membership" fuel stations I can think of in Canada is Costco. Edit to add: I can't believe anyone drove from Lethbridge to Red Deer? (1/2 way to Edmonton) without seeing 1 truck stop, let alone a gas station they could fit in.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Doing a Solar Audit::?

Lights, fridge controls (even on propane), water pump are all examples of the 12 volt stuff. Your CPAP may even have the option to run on 12 volt, not all do. The reason to look into whether it will or not is the reduction in efficiency running an inverter to produce 120, just to reduce it back down via a cord power supply. As noted in the other thread, you don't have a very large energy piggy bank (battery bank), so you'll have to be judicious with the withdrawals you make.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Doing a Solar Audit::?

Plug the Kill-A-Watt into a receptacle, plug device into it. Best bet is to run it for an average day's use, for 24 hours. Kill-A-Watt will give total energy used, in a few formats, such as kWh, ah, etc. Do this for any 120 volt devices you want to use. The 12 volt things, you'll have to estimate the total time used in a day, multiplied by the wattage or amp load of the device.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Rebuilding Entire Solar on my TC: Matching everything up?

One thing I did wonder about is the difference in the color.. The one marked Siemens on the top is much blacker and the other much blue-er.. Different age, different production run.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 02:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Rebuilding Entire Solar on my TC: Matching everything up?

Flip over the PANELS on the roof. I think they're matching units, of different age. Siemens had a habit of changing up their markings. I would guess the're 50 w PANELS, and should have close to matching voltage/current capabilities. The ASC isn't any great charge controller, but if you already own it, I'd use it to get your feet wet. After all, it's only 150-ish watts. Same deal for the battery, 90 Ahr isn't that big, but the price is right. It'll also teach you real quick about battery conservation. Edit to add: The battery posted here is just barely bigger than the Les Schwab Group 24 you've posted in the other thread. I wouldn't run them together, due to differing charge characteristics. PS: They're panels, not chargers. Not even when used as a battery charger.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 01:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Boondocking near Major City Experiences

Rig size is a huge determining factor here. We've (I've) parked a B-style conversion van all over in several major cities, a truck camper in almost as many places, and now tend to the more industrial/commercial side of town with a fifth wheel. Even as large as we currently are, there's almost always an empty yard in the warehouse district to fit for an overnight. Depending on location, and requirements, we have left the trailer and toured with the truck. For overnighting while travelling, Wal-Mart, or other box store parking lots work, as well as truck stops.
Darryl&Rita 05/23/16 09:16am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Route Suggestion Glacier NP USA to Cassiar Hwy BC

Help us help you. What part of the season? What are your interests? Do you like museums, or find them tedious? Do you enjoy seeing small animals stuffed and posed in old-timey costumes?
Darryl&Rita 05/22/16 08:43pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Solar Questions

MC4 connectors are garbage for repetitive connect/disconnect use. Use Anderson.
Darryl&Rita 05/21/16 05:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Difference between two Alliance fuel filters

Why would you use anything but FleetGaurd filters on an expensive engine?
Darryl&Rita 05/02/16 01:19pm Tech Issues
RE: wiring res fridge

If you plug it into inverter direct - it will work, and then you'll have to unplug it from inverter, turn the inverter off and plug fridge into wall receptacle every time you have the grid power. To have it trouble-free, you keep it plugged into the closest AC receptacle, just like you do at home. AC receptacles, in turn, should be switched between grid power and inverter, all of them, because you might also want to use MW or some other AC device. You use transfer switch to go from inverter to grid power and back, and it will also turn the inverter on and off. If it's a portable temporary 120V fridge - then yes, plug it into inverter when you need it. Plug it direct to the inverter, let the convertor take care of the batteries, when plugged in.
Darryl&Rita 04/14/16 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: National Marketing Classifieds - Wont stop calling!

Boat air horn, judiciously applied. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41I8-AhR9qL._AC_UL320_SR180,320_.jpg width=400
Darryl&Rita 03/22/16 11:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Position of the shackles on the idler after tire change

Time to get the jack back out.
Darryl&Rita 03/17/16 02:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV security

Paid insurance bill, valuables removed, door and storage bays left unlocked. Have had people inside, but no damage or theft. Neighbors on both sides have had significant damage and items removed.
Darryl&Rita 02/20/16 10:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Does trailer connector need to be in pick up box

You either have an in-bed receptacle, or you want one. I've added multiple kits, similar to RoyB's, to family members and friends trucks. All advantage, no disadvantage.
Darryl&Rita 02/10/16 03:28pm Fifth-Wheels
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