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RE: Renogy portable suitcase solar

I kinda like the idea of a portable suitcase style solar panel setup. I guess they come with a built-in SOLAR CONTROLLER and all you need to do is just connect the setup to your battery bank and set the panels in full sun. If the solar controller is built-in to the panels I wonder how the controllers are powered up. External DC ??? 4-5 AMPS DC Current from a 100W Panel should be a good Battery Bank top-off charge for you during the high sun day... Certainly would be a good SOLAR PLAN B thing... My future planned upgrade thinking will include having one of these 2-pin Chassis cable connectors on both my trailer and truck. This portable solar panel could be adapted to plug-in either spot to top-off the battery banks installed in these locations... These ETRAILER POLLAX PK12800/PK12801 connector and plug is an overkill but since they would already be used on both the trailer and truck would be a neat way to get to the battery banks in both places. http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/P/K/PK12801_2_1000.jpg height=200 http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/P/K/PK12800_500.jpg height=200 NOTE: I got my answer about the solar controllers from looking up the manual... Had a quick chuckle where it read if your battery is down below 9VC then recharge the battery by other means before using the portable solar panels hehe... PORTABLE SOLAR PANEL KIT Roy Ken
RoyB 03/31/15 07:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: honda genny theft deterrent apparatus

As most everyone agrees the best thief deterrent is to keep your Honda Generator out of sight - out of mind. My generator lives secured in the tailgate corner of my truck bed that is covered with locked hard plastic folding panels. When I need to use it I just pull it out onto the tailgate... My generator goes where I go... http://i.imgur.com/YZMuX.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 03/30/15 03:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: keeping cabinet doors closed when traveling

I carry a bunch of these short elastic bungee cords to use through the door handles or knobs etc.. If only one door knob is used then you can add a tie point on the door frame to tie it off too. http://img.diytrade.com/cdimg/2113901/33927964/0/1385714487/High_quality_pp_elastic_bungee_shock_cord_loops_with_plastic_toggle_balls.jpg height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 03/30/15 01:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: Space Heaters

We are RV campers and like to use the Electric Oil-filled Electric heater to supplement the propane heater. Especially at camp grounds with electric hookups. It is much better to use their electric then to use my propane. When camping off the power grid we need to use the propane furnace. We never set our Electric Heater over a #3 setting and most of the time use the middle heat setting. This is the Oil Filled heater we like to use with its low profile. This type of heater has no visible flame or red hot heat core which makes it one of the safest type of heaters to use in the trailer especially with small kids and animals. They are also very quiet in operation - just go CLICK every now and then. These do not have a fan but we will use the O2COOL 10-inch AC/DC/D-CELL portable fan behind one if we want to move some heated air aorund the trailer. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41jFOq%2B8grL._SY300_.jpg height=200 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51sASeC-WEL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=200 We also alot of the times plug an extension cord into the camp ground pedestal 20AMP SERVICE receptacle and plug our small electric heater into that. This does not draw from the 30AMP SERVICE our trailer is connected too. Roy Ken
RoyB 03/30/15 01:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to tel if you have 30 or 50 amp service?

Additionally most trailers I have seen also has a STICKER next to the 30A or 50A Shore Power Cable Door that tells you what SERVICE the trailer has been setup for... (30AMPS or 50AMP) http://i1306.photobucket.com/albums/s561/hankpage/07%20Cougar%20290RKS/2671526120047821328oexvdW_fs.jpg height=400 photo from google images
RoyB 03/30/15 01:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Robots invaded my truck camper

Fried up bologna is not bad with eggs either. All of this spam of late is a new member status and usually the first post. Seems like the MODS could come up with a way to eliminate first time users somehow...
RoyB 03/30/15 04:46am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a deep cycle battery

If you gots the room the two GC2 6VDC batteries is a great buy. This will give you over 200AHs of battery capacity and is great for those times when you may want to camp over night somewhere off the batteries. These GOLF CART batteries are built for outstanding performance having the large internal cores and gives you 25AMPS of 12VDC power for around 7 hours before discharging down to 0% charge state. Two typical GP24 12VDC 85AH Interstate batteries will only give you 25AMPS of 12VDC power for around 4.6 hours of use for around the same Battery cost. The rule of thumb for running the furnace blower is one nights use per battery. A typical Propane furnace blower will pull around 5-6AMPS DC Current. The automotive type lights in the trailer will each draw around 1AMP DC current. It all adds up pretty quick... You can't do much about the furnace blower but you can switch out all of the incandescent automotive type high current light bulbs for LED BOARDS. The savings in DC power for the same amount of light is around 80%. Thats alot...
RoyB 03/30/15 04:02am Beginning RVing
RE: Retired, want roomy "portable apartment" for two only

JAYCO has an excellent view page just showing FLOOR PLAN layouts of the variou model trailers... A TOYHAULER model has all kinds of open space you can fix up to any number of ideas... The resulting RAMP DOOR make for a great raised PATIO setup...
RoyB 03/29/15 01:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck bed stuff

I always thought this was a neat setup for additional storage boxes... The problem of course is how to lock up the truck bed when unhooked from the trailer. http://www.800toolbox.com/5thwheel/5th_wheel_tool_box-5.jpg height=300 The locking FOLD-A_COVER idea would work great where all of the folding panels would stack up behind the rear window and not interfere with the fifth wheel hookups. http://www.foldacover.com/wp-content/themes/striking/cache/images/G4-Elite-6-630x355.jpg height=300 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v479/ClaeTA/Tacoma%20pics/P1170748.jpg height=300 All PHOTOS from GOOGLE images
RoyB 03/29/15 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Back up camera for truck and even on a fifth wheel??

My back up camera that came with my 2010 Truck sure get used alot. Has a nice large display in the console and has the foot markera and alarms when you are getting close to something. http://feistyfrugalandfabulous.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Reverse-Camera-System.png height=300 http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j382/jamzauto/BM-9002-950311.jpg height=200 This is mounted in the rear tailgate and shows the hitch. You can watch the trailer hitch go right over the top of the ball mount when hooking up the trailer. This does flare up some at night when it picks up light from something. If this was on the back of the trailer it would have to be mounted high and looking more down to prevent the flare up. Roy Ken
RoyB 03/29/15 07:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Progressive Dynamics - max current before overload

I am using a P9260C 60AMP Converter/Charger here and have two banks of GP24 12VC Interstate 85AH batteries, One battery bank only has one working 12VDC Battery in it. I will run down my batteries to around 12.0VDC over night and when I first fire up my generator running the PD9260C Converter/charger I will see 14.4VDC on my BATTERY MONITOR PANEL reading both selected battery banks and my DC CURRENT meter is reading around 53-54 DC AMP. This is telling me my selected batteries are demanding around 18AMP DC current each when first hit with 14.4VDC. This sets in this mode for two hours showing 14.4VDC and DC current starts tapering off after around 15 minutes. The DC current slowly tapers back to around 8AMP DC CURRENT in the two hour period. After two hours the PD9260C switches to 13.6VDC and the DC current drops to around 6AMPs DC. It will remain in this mode for about an hour and then gets to it 90% charge state. If no current drain is being detected from the trailer side then the PD9260C will drop back to 13.2VDC but as soon as current start being drawn then the PD9260C will revert back to it 13.6VDC mode. This is basically what I see each morning on my battery monitor panel when camping off the battery banks. Pretty much follows the battery charging chart shown in the PD9260C manual. Roy Ken
RoyB 03/29/15 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: 7 way trailer plug issue...

My 2010 F150 FORD Truck has the built-in OEM Brake controller. I'm not sure when this came out but was not on my 2004 F150 Truck. I'm thinking the 2009 F150 was the first year for this OEM Ford brake controller. When I first got the truck and hooked up to my trailer I found out I did not have electric brake action except when I operated the slider bar. http://www.road-reality.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/2011-Ford-F-150-Trailer-Brake-Controller.jpg height=200 It turns out the 2010 FORD OEM Brake controller is really embedded with the truck electronics and the speedometer has to be indicating at least 10MPH before the brake controller engages the electric brake action. Using the slider bar over-rides this action. I am not a big fan of this but was confirmed by the FORD Folks to be true. I kinda like the idea of pushing in my brake pedal when stopped at stop sign and actually apply electric brake action on the trailer. The only way I can do this is reach down with my hand and operate the slide bar to hold the trailer brake action while being stopped at a stop sign. My 2010 OEM FORD Brake Controller works just fine when going faster than 10MPH when applying brakes pushing down the brake pedal.. I could slide the trailer brakes like you indicated by setting the controller too high of setting when pushing down on the brake pedal.. Mine is set around a 5 setting for my trailer electric brake operation. You may be running into something like this in your 2009 Ford truck. Roy Ken
RoyB 03/28/15 07:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Driveing in overdrive?

I use OVERDRIVE with my towing usually when on the INTERSTATE for long non-hills driving. I can tell by watching my RPMs if the engine is in any strain and will switch out when needed... Not really sure I get any savings in fuel consumption or not.
RoyB 03/28/15 11:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: DC voltage off

Being the unit is a JAYCO you can contact them along with the VIN number and request a wiring diagram. That may help track down a possible bad junction point somewhere behind your walls that may lead to fixing your problem...
RoyB 03/28/15 10:41am Tech Issues
RE: Oh Lord Stuck in Old Lodi....

It certainly pays to have a good dealer and connections for sure. My sister and her hubby from central Illinois got T-BONED at an intersection in middle Arkansas towing their Montana fifth wheel trailer on a trip. Totaled the truck. Their local CHEVY Dealer in Illinois sent out a new 3500 Chevy truck equipped to tow their trailer on a roll back and exchanged trucks in Arkansas at a local KOA... Didn't really lose anytime on their trip as Arkansas was a planned stop to visit friends anyway... I know exactly what would have happened to this old PLOW BOY from Horse Creek Country in Southern Illinois hehe.... I'd still be there working odd jobs paying off my towing bill and trying to trade my trailer for some wheels to get home in.. Roy Ken
RoyB 03/28/15 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery and solar question

You might want to investigate the "for the money" comment you mentioned...
RoyB 03/27/15 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Update on 50 ft 50 amp extension cord

SOmetimes that just 6 more feet really hurts you day haha... Most places we go to when you back in the pedestal is right next to the trailer connector side... I did pull into one in VA one time however where they shared a pedestal with two trailers. Can't image running the shore power cable across someone elses camp spot. There was just enough room to drive in instead of backing in so that is what I did but now my awning is on the wrong side. Glad it was just a one night stay... Roy Ken
RoyB 03/27/15 11:11am Tech Issues
RE: Morningstar, Outback, Midnite, which to choose.

I'm just going to wait for JIM to pick one - then that is what I will get for my three panels for my OFF-ROAD POPUP hehe...
RoyB 03/27/15 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Below freezing advice

We camp all the time in our off-road POPUP camper which has a fresh water tank and inside plumbing for that as well as a hot water water heater etc... We also do not have any under belly membrane covering. We do just fine by unhooking any water connections and running heat inside the trailer on the very cold nights. We also are setup for doing a quick drain of the trailer fresh water low points which also drains the hot water water tank to some degree if we open the hot water faucet. Once all of the water gets drained from the low water point we can do a quick blow-out of the water lines using our tankless 12VDC air compressor connected to the city water inlet port using an air adapter... Then we just add some pink stuff to the couple of p-traps we have. All of this just takes a few minutes and we can start using the water system again by just adding fresh water the next day to the fresh water tank or hook back up to city water. Have camped thru some low single digit temps doing this here in the high country of VA-TN-NC-GA camp sites. We also have all of our cabinets that are interconnected around our floorspace using internal small vents and use a 12VDC vent fan on one end to force air movement through all of the cabinets. this helps big time keeping our internal warm air inside our cabinets... Not really a big deal for us camping during the winter months... Having a bigger trailer might be more of a problem... Our winters here in Northern Neck Virginia are not harsh at all - It may get down to freezing overnite but usually warms back up the next day. The only thing that has ever frozen up for us water forgetting to unhook the water hose connection to the camp ground pedestal one cold night. Roy Ken
RoyB 03/27/15 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: CB Radios

I have one under the seat set for TRUCKERS freq. Squelch turned up all the way so I don't have to listen to all of the NASTYs on there. Only comes in handy when in bad traffic. Follow the big trucks... Have never heard or talked to another RV'er using CB radio. Have more success using FRS RADIOS talking with other RV CAMPER folks... There was some comments on here trying to get a RV CHANNEL setup for all of us to tune to - never heard anymore about it... We use CELL PHONES here to keep in touch with family traveling with us along the roadways... Roy Ken
RoyB 03/27/15 06:15am Class A Motorhomes
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