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RE: GPS Why not a smart phone?

Many people put GPS on the dash so they don't have to look down and away from the road. They do sell dash mounts for cell phones also.
Gjac 02/11/16 01:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

That is what I have always believed also but I learn something new with each post.
Gjac 02/11/16 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

Yes, your method would work. It would not be real accurate, unless you can accurately measure SOC. That is a problem, as the meter needs to be accurate, and the batteries need to be at rest for several hours. It would be quite hard to do this while the trailer is being used. I suppose you could also pop the covers on the batteries and do a hydrometer measurement. For the reasons stated above, most people use a shunt and battery meter of some type. Wouldn't the shut and battery meter give you the same voltage reading a volt meter? Yes, they would. The voltmeter is a general purpose tool that EVERYONE should have in their toolbox. I prefer the clamp-on DC meters, as they allow you to measure DC amps without opening up the circuit. The shunt and battery monitor combination also measure DC amps, but since the shunt is a precision resistor that is always in the circuit, it tends to be more accurate. Also, when measuring current (as opposed to voltage) you get decent readings no matter what the current draw or how long the batteries have sat idle. The voltage reading on a battery monitor has the same drawbacks as a standalone meter, you have to let the batteries rest for several hours before getting an accurate measure of SOC So, I think in the end it just a question of how much work/money you want to put into it. If you just want to get an estimate of your battery usage. Then using the meter to measure SOC might be good enough, as long as you are willing to let the battery rest for several hours. If you want continuous, accurate, SOC measurements then the shunt/battery monitor is the way to go.I have a shunt ammeter/voltmeter monitor but I have never trusted the amp readings. Other than measuring amps in or amps out, how is using amps any more accurate than using resting voltage or a hydrometer reading?
Gjac 02/11/16 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

Yes, your method would work. It would not be real accurate, unless you can accurately measure SOC. That is a problem, as the meter needs to be accurate, and the batteries need to be at rest for several hours. It would be quite hard to do this while the trailer is being used. I suppose you could also pop the covers on the batteries and do a hydrometer measurement. For the reasons stated above, most people use a shunt and battery meter of some type. Wouldn't the shut and battery meter give you the same voltage reading a volt meter?
Gjac 02/11/16 08:12am Tech Issues
RE: Electric powered bed lift

Re positioning the gas lifts farther from the hing should solve your problem. I have seen units that have adjustable brackets for this reason. Another contributing factor may be that if it's an older unit the gas lifts might be tired. When my wife put memory foam on top of our mattress it was heavy and would not stay up. Moving the hinge point 1.5 ins solved the problem.
Gjac 02/11/16 06:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV leaking

It looks like there is some sealer (white)in your photos where the gaps are. That black rubber will continue to shrink with age making the gap bigger. Some times they pull away from the corners when they shrink. What I did was to push the rubber up to the top to eliminate the gap there then packed in butyl tape into the lower gap as shown in your photo. The tape comes in a roll and is the same tape you use to seal the windows to the sidewalls. It molds easily to the shape of the rubber and will seal better because there is no gap.
Gjac 02/10/16 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

your 230 ah is based on a constant 11.5 a load for 20 hrs. Used intermittently and at lower load yields a higher capacity. SoC based on voltage is not that accurate either. Your simple calc works for me to determine your ave usage in that type weather. round it up by some factor! By higher capacity do you mean more than 230 AH's with lower amp draws? Yes, pianotuner's example misses the other side, ie when low load (amp) are used the capacity is in excess of 100% One calculator suggests a 4.6 amp load for 60 hrs yields a 60 hr capacity of 276 ah or 120% of the 20hr capacity. Thanks for posting this, this is very interesting and I did not know this. I dry camped with a friend with 4 6 v GC batteries and he had to recharge every day because of higher amp draws(residential refer) were as my 2 batteries last 6-7 days before they reach 50%.
Gjac 02/10/16 08:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

If I dry camp for x days and my SOC is at say 50%, can I then assume that I have 115 AH's left? Most people recharge at 12.0 to 12.2 volts. Do you expect to run them flat dead? Down 50% is fine. Lower than 50% is harder on the battery. Lower than 20% is VERY hard on the battery. Are you expecting to go to 0%? 200+ watts of solar and your worries could be over.I have never gone below 50% so no I would never expect to run them flat dead just to 50%. I just wanted to understand if my calculation was correct, assuming 7 days in a row had the same temperature range similar low amp draws each day(water pump,refer and a few lights).
Gjac 02/10/16 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

your 230 ah is based on a constant 11.5 a load for 20 hrs. Used intermittently and at lower load yields a higher capacity. SoC based on voltage is not that accurate either. Your simple calc works for me to determine your ave usage in that type weather. round it up by some factor! By higher capacity do you mean more than 230 AH's with lower amp draws?
Gjac 02/10/16 04:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Trouble posting with new computer

Doesn't sound like a cookie problem to me. On the computer, do you see Welcome Gjac in the upper-right portion of the forum pages? If yes, it is not a cookie problem, you are logged in. I would try the Woodall's portal. If you are successful there, it would seem not to be a problem on your end. Tom Yes I see that and my reply went through this time.
Gjac 02/10/16 04:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Trouble posting with new computer

What browser are you using?. I am using Internet explorer. I am posting this from my phone.
Gjac 02/10/16 02:21pm Technology Corner
RE: Trouble posting with new computer

Have you set the computer up to accept cookies? how do I check for that?
Gjac 02/10/16 12:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Trouble posting with new computer

Probably better to post in Forum Help. Looks like you also have a problem with double-posting. :) I have had a number of problems with this new laptop. Most have been fixed or at least my under standing has been fixed except for this one.
Gjac 02/10/16 12:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Lights get bright and then dim

As Wildman says you got a lot of good info. If you can answer a few questions it would help. Does this happen when the generator is running, or hooked up to shore power? If you disconnect from shore power and run off just batteries(no generator power) do the lights still behave the same way?
Gjac 02/10/16 12:02pm Class A Motorhomes
Trouble posting with new computer

I have not been able to post with my new HP laptop using windows 10. I don't know if this is the problem or a problem with RV, net. When I go to reply to a message the little circle just spins forever but does not post. If I copy my response then close and reopen Rv.net then paste my response it goes through immediately. Anyone know what causes this. This only seems to happen when replying to posts. New posts go through as they should.
Gjac 02/10/16 11:28am Technology Corner
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

Gjac, Look up peukert law. If you want long battery life 50% is as deep as you want to go, so it is time to recharge. The gas valve on the fridge may use more than 16 amp-hours per day. Mine uses about 29 amp-hours per day. Don, wouldn't my simple calculation include the peukert effect? Am I missing something basic with this simple calculation?
Gjac 02/10/16 11:20am Tech Issues
Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

I have 2 6 v GC batteries with 230 AHs. If I dry camp for x days and my SOC is at say 50%, can I then assume that I have 115 AH's left? Can I calculate AH's used per day by dividing 115 by x? Or say 7 days and my AH usage is 16.4 AH/day?
Gjac 02/10/16 10:41am Tech Issues
RE: Cheap replacement for awning catch springs?

Any RV store that handles A&E awnings should have that kit. I have replaced mine before as those plastic pieces get brittle with age and break. Doesn't have to come from CW. Or like stated above, any hardware store should have a collection of springs. I would think they would have something close enough to work. Good luck, John Funny how the older MH's were made from metal. Mine is made from metal with a leaf spring made of SS attached, it is 20 years old and still works. Don't know if this design is available for replacement any more.
Gjac 02/10/16 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Windows 10 problems

What's a "one finger scroll"? One finger scroll is when you go to the right side of your mouse pad and scroll up or down. Windows 10 default is 2 finger scroll but in reverse to what I was used to with my old laptop. I spent a total of 4 hrs with HP techs getting all my problems fixed. The search engine Edge that comes on the laptop was causing most of my issues. Buy switching to internet explorer fixed my problems. Chrome will fix things also. By fix I mean to make things like I was used to from my Vista system, like copy and search internet, using the back button and selecting the page you want to go back to, one finger scroll, not having a split screen when searching on RV.net.
Gjac 02/09/16 09:06am Technology Corner
RE: Windows 10 problems

I deleted this post because I double posted(having problems posting with windows 10) maybe Mod could combine into one post.
Gjac 02/08/16 04:42pm Technology Corner
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