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RE: Bedroom Air Conditioner . . . . Worth It??

Unless you are setup for 50MPS SERVICE you will probably run into a problem running both air conditioners at same time. My 30 AMP Trailer already kicks my main breaker occasionally when I I have the A/C on and lots of other items and kick on the high wattage Microwave... If you are only using the 30AMP Service then if I was to hook up a second A/C unit I would wire it to an outside 120VAC receptacle and then plug it into the 20AMP SERVICE at the camp ground. Sometimes the camp grounds frown on folks using both the 30A and 20A service but we do it all time spreading out the power distribution when needed. Also where I would be able to install the bedroom air conditioner would put it directly above our bed and I can now reach up and touch the ceiling. Don't think I would like having the A/C unit just above us when we are sleeping???? Other folks are using the portable installed air conditioners and venting the exhaust out the window. Might want to check into that as well... Parking in the shade certainly helps us with our roof mounted air conditioner... My thoughts Roy Ken
RoyB 08/20/14 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: Portable AC unit to use in travel trailers

I have brought along my 5000BTU House Window A/C unit on my tent camping trips and it would run just fine on my 2KW Honda Generator. Even the 8000 BTU Window units would be under the maxiumum watts draw from the 2KW Honda type generator. Try it out before you commit... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/19/14 03:02pm Beginning RVing
RE: kid chopping down live trees?

You always perk up an ear when you hear a chain saw fire up or some one chopping away down in the woods... I carry the famous bow saw with me at all times to cut up downed limbs and the such.. My source for kindling for my camp fires. Never had any issues with anyone doing this... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/19/14 07:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Topo maps

Been using TOPO maps for many years now... Always great to look at the off-road camping locations with TOPO maps... We also use the GOOGLE MAPS VIEWs to look down on the camp grounds and see where the best site for us is located. Some camp grounds are totally covered with trees however. Our favorite site in the SMOKY MTN Natl Park ELKMONT CAMP is almost totally covered by trees. Its like a rain forest in there under the trees which drip water for a couple of days after a heavy rain storm goes thru... Using GOOGLE MAPS if I have time on my hands I will run my new route with side view and actually drive down the roads so to speak seeing what obstacles and hills might be along the way. Good use for the computers we all have... Thanks for the new to me TOPO link... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/19/14 07:53am Technology Corner
RE: Replacing Magnetek 6332 "Q" convertor - Any suggestions ?

All I did was add a PD9260C 60AMP SMART MODE 'STAND ALONE' Converter close to my 340AH Capacity battery bank. If you are happy with your Magnetek Power Distribution Panel with the 120VAC Circuit Breakers and 12VDC fuses then this is the best solution as stated above you do not have to rewire (reconnect) all the 120VAC and 12VDC circuits. The PD9260C was an easy install for us as all I had to do was add a separate 120VAC circuit drop just for the PD9260C Converter/Charger unit. It just plugs into the 120VAC Receptacle. Then I run the DC OUTPUT cables to fed both the 12VDC side of the Power Distribution Panel and the Battery Main switch I have connected to the battery terminals. My original install actually was using the WFCO 8900 series Power Distribution Panel with a WF8945 Converter/charger module located in the bottom compartment. My problem like most other WFCO products owners was it would never go into BOOST CHARGE MODE. I actually just flipped OFF the 120VAC breaker for the WF8945 Converter unit and left it installed. This is a now a working back-up unit for me if needed. When camping off the power grid I like to re-charge my batteries in a quick three hour generator run time so using the PD9260C works out fine for me when having my 30AMP SHORE POWER cable connected directly to my 2kw Honda Generator. My wiring looks like this with the PD9260C added. http://i.imgur.com/4UQXH.png height=500 Food for thought Roy Ken
RoyB 08/19/14 07:43am Tech Issues
RE: Need 50amp at the Ranch, which romex ???

X2 on the above comment about CHECKING your 50AMP setup before 'EVER' plugging in the RV 50AMP TRAILER. This is a typical wiring diagram for the 50AMP and 30/20AMP Service http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb122/EdConley/Plugs/rv-service1.jpg height=400 This is neat drawing of checking your 50AMP service drop. http://rvtravel.com/uploads/1/50_Amp_240V_metered.JPG height=400 This is neat drawing of checking your 30/20AMP service drop. http://www.noshockzone.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/20-30_Amp_120V-metered.jpg height=400 Always insure your local electrician knows this is for the RV TRAILERS and be aware of the difference between house wiring and RV trailer wiring. It would almost be best to use a BONDED ELECTRICIAN as then he will pay for the damages for blowing up many of your 120VAC APPLIANCES plugged into the 50AMP System if wired wrong. Note I indicated 120VAC APPLIANCES - NOT 220VAC Appliances as the Qualified Electrician is expecting you to be using... Ask the electrician to read up on the RV TRAILER wiring requirements. The RV 50AMP setup is actually two 50AMP 120VAC ELECTRIC ZONES like shown here.. http://www.dmbruss.com/images/FullTimingLifeStyle/Adapters/50ampRVDistribution.jpg height=400 Just my thoughts... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/19/14 07:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace this type TV with Flat Screen

BUKHRN - You're probably right. I guess I would try not to give any LEO an excuse to stop me and check something. I always thought it had to be physically out of the driver position view. I will check on that for driving here in Virginia... I'm always looking down to my truck information video screen - what would be the difference???? EDIT NOTE: Just looked this DOT REG up DOT VA 46.2-1077 The last two para state what you said I reckon... " 8. A television receiver, video monitor, television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or signal, if that equipment has an interlock device that, when the motor vehicle is driven, disables the equipment for all uses except as a visual display described in subdivisions 1 through 7. B. Except for displays explicitly authorized in subsection A, no driver of any motor vehicle shall view any motion picture or similar video display while driving." I guess I stand corrected on having it mounted in view of the driver if it has an INTERLOCK to be off when the Vehicle motor is running... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 03:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cable snap while setting up on campsite?

My 2008 STARCRAFT 14RT has the electric motor roof raise. I always keep the cables lubed good and listen to it when raising and lowering. You can really tell if it is in a big strain going up... When I first got my POPUP it didn't have the Air Conditioner mounted on the roof option in stock and the roof went up and down with ease... Then after they added the 100lb plus air conditioner weight to the roof you can tell it is pushing up more weight. My POPUP also came with a couple of what they call LIFTER ARM SAFETY POST that you insert around the lift mechanism and then you can let the roof come down on top of the bars. This takes all the pressure off the lift cable. Gives you a sense of relief knowning the roof isn't going to fall down on you in the middle of the night if the cable does break. They look like this photo... You may already have something like this.. http://i.imgur.com/r9lt8JI.png height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 03:23pm Folding Trailers
RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

When I compare two GP24 85AH Standard Issue 12VDC battery in parallel with the Trojan T105 6VDC batteries in series to produce 12VDC the results stand out which will perform longer camping off the power grid. This is a T105 Spec sheet similar to the GOLF CART GC2 6VDC Batteries from COSTCO. http://i.imgur.com/JKxKF.png height=300 Connected in series will look like this https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRji-D6oSw50s9IGTTcMFdtEJ41SzWhzllvsQKiGvmLa5SWBrMhWg height=200 The big thing that stands out for me is these two T105 6VDC 225AH Batteries in series will produce 12VDC for 447 minutes (7.45 hours) before going to 0% Charge State. These two 6VDC GOLF CART batteries will cost around $90 each from COSTCO. This is similar 24TMX 85AH 12VDC Battery spec sheet similar to the 12VDC 85AH Interstate Batteries http://i.imgur.com/upSqjbk.png height=300 Connected in parallel will look like this http://www.pirate4x4.com/tech/billavista/Wiring/Part1/images/Bat-Parallel.jpg height=200 These two 12VDC 85AH Batteries in Parallel will only produce 12VDC for 280 minutes (4.6HOURS) before going to 0% Charge State. The cost of each battery is about the same as the GC2 batteries from COSTCO ($90 each). This alone says the two GC2 type golf battery will provide around 50% more capacity than the two GP24 85AH batteries you have for the same price. The trouble I would have with just two 6VDC batteries in series is if one goes bad you will only have 6VDC of usable DC voltage that will not be any good use for you with the trailer 12VDC system. You kinda have to think about the two 6VDC golf cart batteries as one very large 12VDC batteries. Now having two groups of two 6VDC batteries connected in series is a very less expensive way to get some real 12VDC Capacity for camping off the power grid. This setup would provide 25AMPS DC current for around 14 hours of run time before totally discharging the batteries. Of course you NEVER EVER ever want to discharge your batteries lower than 50% charge state as this may do damage to your batteries performance... Just my thoughts here... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 12:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Replace this type TV with Flat Screen

It is also illegal to be in plain view of the driver when the vehicle is in motion. DOT will get after you haha... Probably will be a safety inspection point to make sure you have an interlock installed to insure the TV monitor will not come on when the Vehicle is in motion... Just saying... Edited after reading VA-DOT 46.1-1077 regulation information... Sorry for misleading information in previous post... Roy ken
RoyB 08/18/14 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: air card for lap top when traveling/which one?

I used to use the VERIZON AIR CARD all the time back in my working days but the down side to that is you are tying up your one LAPTOP. Changing to the VERIZON MIFI concept which creates a WIFI HOT SPOT where you can use several different WIFI enabled devices at the same time was a much better situation for us... http://cdn.skatter.com/blob/files/2009/10/verizon-wireless-mifi-2200.jpg height=200 My Verizon MIFI sits in a WILSON SLEEK Cradle with outside antenna as its home docking station and provides us a hugh secured WIFI HOTSPOT area around our camping setup. If we want to take some chairs to the beach we just grab the MIFI unit and keep in the shirt pocket and bring along our tablets/computers with as well. Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 09:30am Technology Corner
RE: tackling the H2O system this fall

X2 on the expansion pump tank. It is amazing how this reduces the PUMP motor running time. I got one from LOWES... Easy to install in-line with the hoses. Looks similar to this GOOGLE IMAGES install photo... https://byfiles.storage.live.com/y1pPPkf27xpbhrt3myfztvuaE5jwhUkKKs4HpcyR-PJmhk_zQcRgEdgIl5YWlInS7oD07kRGnWfapM/photo75.JPG?psid=1 height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 09:19am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 12V Portable air compressor

I am still using my the Q Industries portable MV50 12VDC 150 PSI Air Compressor (AMAZON) I purchased back in the OFF-ROAD JEEP days. It fits in its nice carry bag under my truck back seat. I usually sit this on my truck tailgate and hook into the trailer batteries and then I can use the provided long air coil hose to walk around the trailer and tires... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hYwPsge1L.jpg height=200 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61YICfUUqiL.jpg height=200 I also use this air compressor along with the CAMCO 36153 Blow Out Adaptor (AMAZON) to blow out my water lines for winterizing. Being TANKLESS it takes more time to build up air compressor which is ideal for blowing out water lines. This ADAPTER connects to the CITY WATER FILL PORT of the Trailer. This is great when camping in the high country and it gets down below freezing at night. I can blow out the water in the lines and add a small amount of of RV Antifreeze to the P-TRAPS. I can do this a quick five minutes time or and then refill the fresh water tank during the day when the temp gets above freezing.. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41JjZ9BsviL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=200 Perfect setup for me and my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer. Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with water supply issue from fresh water tank

This is a typical water flow plan for the older trailers... The newer trailers are similar but may have alternate ways to fill the fresh water tank from the city water port. My 2008 trailer only has a manual fill port for the fresh water tank like this diagram shows. I have one exception to the drawing and that is I have the ONE WAY VALVE built-in with the WATER PUMP. It will only suck water from the tank and will not allow water on the city water side back fill the fresh water tank when connected to city water. The other ONE WAY VALVE shown here does not allow water from the PUMP when running to back fill the city port port. I have had my ONE WAY VALVE get debris in it and when the water pump was turned it would shoot water out the city water fill port. http://bigdiscountrv.com/images/water_system_diagram.png height=400 One suggestion on cutting through the underbelly membrane material - I would do it at a spot where I could install VELCRO or some type of sealing door so to to speak and not destroy the purpose of having the underbelly membrane. I am also curious if you are parked like you suggest where does all your BLACK an GRAY water go. Hopefully you are capturing all of this in portable tanks and toting off somewhere for legal disposal... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/18/14 08:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Back up camera for hitching to my TT ??

My new 2010 Ford F150 came with the OEM BACK UP camera... This one is mounted in lowed part of the FORD EMBLEM on the rear tail gate... The round black object shown here at the bottom of the Ford Emblem http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTAyWDU3Nw==/z/gDUAAOxyUrZS6fEF/$_35.JPG?set_id=880000500F height=200 The camera screen is the FORD information panel and shows a nice large view. The View also has one foot markers on it and sounds a increasing BEEP the closer it gets to the rear of the truck and finally goes to a solid TONE when closer than the ONE FOOT marker. The rear view also has a built-in center line. I can see my trailer mounted ball in the view and can watch it disappear under the trailer hitch on the first try. It is one time back-up for me everytime. Could not be any easier... This camera only comes on when you go to REVERSE. http://www.tadibrothers.com/Files/Misc/7a3283d3-a256-4bb0-9fb4-0415d1820b97.jpg height=200 http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/57866704.jpg height=200 The camera lens also has night vision and is very sensitive to external lights. Your RED STOPS lights really show what is behind you at night. The only drawback is at night when backing up the camera will flare up big time when a bright light hits the lens... https://camera-source.com/sites/default/files/styles/uc_product_full/public/guidelines-night-branded_0.jpg?itok=YWomdMfN height=200 I probably would have never got a rear view camera but I use this one all the time. Probably at the point I can't do anything without one now haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/17/14 05:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do I mount TV's in Forest River EVO 2700

Using a solid back board works for us mounting things to the thin trailer walls... We was not able to tie into any of the so called studs and use MOLLY BOLTS in the four corners of the solid 3/4-1 inch thick backboard section... You cannot drill into the thin walls for standard screws. They will just pull right out when you try to hang almost anything on them. Using the wall studs or MOLY BOLTS works great. The MOLLY BOLTS Spread out behind the wall and would be very difficult to pull through. The SOLID BACK BOARD idea spreads out the weight and allows you to use standard wood screws for your TV mount. Then you can paint the backboad to match your wall decor and looks very nice. Roy Ken
RoyB 08/17/14 09:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Charging 6 V. batteries while boondocking?

I would connect the trailer shore power cable directly to the generator 120VAC receptacle using a RV30A-15A ADAPTER (WALMART) This is what the 30A-15A long "DOGBONE" type adapter looks like https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSUOm4U0VgzogKQzFml6OJqa_p6WX8p9nLnPc-kz0CYUgYECLWsyQ height=200 This will allow your on-board CONVERTER/CHARGER to recharge your two 6VDC Batteries just like it does when you are on SHORE POWER. Your problem may be however that the 1500WATT Generator may not be large enough to run your converter/charger unit especially if other items in the trailer are on when you connect to your generator. I would turn off (FLIP BREAKERS) everything except the CONVERTER/CHARGER unit while doing this. If your CONVERTER/CHARGER is a smart mode unit it will take about three hours of generator run time to re-charge your batteries back up to their 90% charge state if you had them discharged below 50% charge state. This is what we do every morning when camping off the power grid starting at 8AM when we are allowed to run our generator at the camp ground. We use a 2KW Honda Generator and our Converter/Charger is a PD9260C. My battery bank is three GP24 85AH 12VDC Interstate batteries giving me 255AHs of capacity. Roy Ken
RoyB 08/17/14 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Modification , more counter space

We did something like this on our OFF-ROAD POPUP on one of the inside cabinets... I would have liked to do it just like this one in the POPUP doorway but I already had some meter panels and our AM/FM radio on this wall already. http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/JerryU/Camper%20Mods/100_2109.jpg height=200 http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y134/JerryU/Camper%20Mods/100_2108.jpg height=200 PHOTOs from GOOGLE Images We also have covers for the both the stove top and sink. Not as neat looking as what you did however... Good Job... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/16/14 05:32pm Truck Campers
RE: 50 amp service

Here is a couple of DMBRUSS schematics of what the 30AMP Service will do with the 50AMP trailer. The 50AMP trailer basically has two 50AMP 120VAC POWER ZONES which is fed by the 50AMP Service. http://www.dmbruss.com/images/FullTimingLifeStyle/Adapters/3050ampRVDistribution.jpg height=300 Using a 30A-50A Adapter cord (WALMART) you will essentially power both 50AMP ZONES up but you will be limited to using only 30AMPs of appliance service plugged into both of the two 50AMP ZONES... When looking more closly to the 30A-50A Apapter you can see the two HOT leads are tied together thus providing 30A SERVICE to both of your 50A 120VAC POWER ZONES. http://www.dmbruss.com/images/FullTimingLifeStyle/Adapters/30-50ampDogbone.jpg height=200 When plugged into the 30A Service then the biggest thing you will not be able to use would be both air conditioners at the same time. You can use one or the other but not both at same time otherwise it will trip the pedestal breaker. We even have problems sometimes when plugged into 30A Service with our 30AMP trailer setup where we would be running the Air Conditioner and turn on the high Wattage Microwave which would trip the breaker. Using the 30A-50A Adapter is common thing alot of users use here in the USA. Roy Ken
RoyB 08/16/14 12:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: External Speakers, do you really want them ?

With todays remote speaker setups all you really need to do is just bring one outside and it works where you set it. WALMART AMAZON etc has all kinds of different WIRELESS speakers... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/16/14 10:11am General RVing Issues
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