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RE: new batteries leaking during off-season storage

Sometimes I have removed my batteries and put on the work bench for winter storage and hooked for charging and see the batteries starting to boil out fluids. This has always been the result of overcharging in my case. If my maintainer charger is putting out 13.6VDC for a long period of time I will start to see the boiling out of the battery fluids... When my PD9260C smart mode charger on my OFF-ROAD Trailer does not see any DC current being pulled from the batteries it will switch down to 13.2VDC mode until something starts demanding DC Current again. Then it will switch to the 13.6VDC mode... The 13.2VDC mode seems to NOT cause the batteries to start boiling out their fluids in my setup. My PD9260C on-board converter/charger pretty much takes care of my batteries automatically however out of habit I will still check the batteries for over heating and fluid levels etc on a scheduled basis... My original OEM single mode battery charger only put out 13.6VDC and before I started checking the batteries in 2008 one of my four GP24 batteries boiled out all of its fluids and shorted out on me with-in a couple of months. I usually leave my three remaining batteries sitting on my trailer tongue during the winter here being switched to OFF and just check them every couple of weeks or so. If the overall Battery charge state drops below 12.4 I will switch them back ON and allow my on-board converter/charger to take over again for a few days to bring them back up to a 100% charge state. Most of the time I can have my main battery switch switched to OFF and the battery bank will not drop below 12.5VDC during the winter months just sitting there... I still check them about every two weeks during the winter months... When my battery bank is switched OFF I still have my roof raise controls and my Breakaway Switch along with my 12V Battery Monitor panel leads still directly wired to the MAIN battery cables. The 12VDC Power Distribution Panel gets switched out when the Battery Switch is switched to OFF. My original batteries installed in late 2008 have performed great until the 2016 season and the three remaining 12VDC GP24 batteries in parallel just won't hold a standard charge for very long anymore. I am currently in the process of replacing my batteries for new ones now... Seems like everytime I get alittle ahead to replace my batteries I get another home emergency so my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer gets put on hold again hehe... Hopefully this upcoming season I will be back on the trails again here locally around Virginia... I have been doing alot using a single 12V Truck start Battery here running my POPUP trailer in my back yard setup location just to keep things going... I am really looking forward to getting back in the real camping mode again... Roy Ken
RoyB 02/18/18 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Signature

I just went to 'My Forums' to check my items and i can bring them all up except 'My Preferences'... It comes up with ERROR message... Always remember if you make any changes in the 'My Forums' section be sure to go down to the bottom of the page and to check the SAVE block... I am checking now to see if my signature line is working... ADDED NOTE: Looks like my signature line got added just fine here... Roy Ken
RoyB 02/17/18 01:03pm Forum Technical Support
RE: I bought something for my AF811 - it's BIG and HEAVY!

I have always wanted to get the Truck camper setup here but there is not enough on-board room to justify it. I have the same dilemma. I take too much junk with me camping and want lockable storage space for my motorcycle and generator. I started with a 6x12 cargo trailer and have a 8.5x20 now, which is totally overkill for my current needs, but I don't want to buy a smaller trailer and re-outfit it to my liking. I was camping at our Local Westmoreland State campground here in VA in my OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer enjoying my bon-fire a couple of years ago and this guy shows with a Truck Camper pulling a utility trailer. He unhooked the trailer right away and then backed in his Truck camper... Then he jacked up the camper and drove out from under it and set the camper on the ground... Did all of this in no time... Then he and his wife get in the truck and headed for somewhere and came back around 4PM... Looks like it had it all down to science haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 02/17/18 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: I bought something for my AF811 - it's BIG and HEAVY!

I have always wanted to get the Truck camper setup here but there is not enough on-board room to justify it. I have a 5x8 front deck on my OFF-ROAD POPUP and the use of my covered and locked truck bed for all of the things we bring along with us including our 2KW Honda Generator. We do everything except the Air Conditioner and high powered Microwave when camping off-grid. https://i.imgur.com/7GOHiav.jpg height=400 Roy's image My idea ended up being a nice battery bank and Power inverter to run all the things we want to have when off-grid and only use our 2KW Honda Generator to run my on-board converter/charger to recharge my 50% depleted battery bank back up to its 90% charge state with a three hour generator run time each morning. This is when we are allowed to run generator here on the East side of the US. Seems like everyone has generator restrictions in place where we camp off grid... https://i.imgur.com/Az6ZBGG.jpg height=400 Roy's image Not having my truck bed and front deck with the Truck Camper i would have to pull one of these trailers with us all the time when camping i guess... https://i.imgur.com/Go6YN9B.jpg height=400 Google search Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 02/17/18 07:36am Truck Campers
RE: Replace the WFCO with an IOTA w/smart charger

Just be aware the spare IOTA DLS45 you have is a 45AMP 4-stage smart mode unit. Your WFCO is rated at 55AMPS so you are replacing it with a 45AMP unit. If you only have one or two batteries to charge the 45AMP model should be ok... I like the idea of leaving your WFCO converter/charger in its place and just turn off the 120VAC Breaker for it. Then install the IOTA unit by itself and run a second 120VAC source to it with its own breaker. This way you can still use the WFCO 55AMP model as a backup if needed. Just turn on the 120VAC Breaker to the one you need to use... This is what I did with my WFCO 8900 series that was using a WF-8945 converter/charger unit. I got the Progressive PD9260C 60AMP Converter/Charger unit and added it stand alone to the dual 12VDC connection closer to my battery bank... The PD9260C has the dual 12VDC output connection so it is in-line now between the WF8945 DC connection and the main battery switch setup... https://i.imgur.com/IRyRD1N.png height=300 https://i.imgur.com/XwN8E9X.jpg height=400 Roy Ken
RoyB 02/15/18 05:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Bluetooth Wireless speaker would like ?

I use one of these DELL AD211 Portable BLUETOOTH Speakers to use outside of my Camping setup. Has great Bluetooth range (50-60 feet away). Great sound... This also has a direct audio input port... This is a battery operated unit and will run for several days on a single USB PORT charge. https://i.imgur.com/EZM7syf.jpg height=300 I also have a belt loop GOPAC for hiking and carrying my various cell phone/tablets etc with Portable Battery source and BLACKWEB BWA17AA001 Portable Bluetooth and direct connect Speaker (WALMART). This too has excellent sound... https://i.imgur.com/WISpciD.jpg height=300 Keeping a BATTERY OPERATED Speaker plugged into a USB PORT Charger all the time like in your case is probably not a good idea... WALMART has big supply of various BLUETOOTH speakers... I got my DELL Speaker from AMAZON... I also picked up a SOUNDBAR Speaker setup (AMAZON) for the bottom of my 24-inch DELL monitor setup. This operates from a USB port (NO BATTERY) and has great sound. I see those at WALMART as well... I guess this soundbar speaker is not a Bluetooth speaker - mine has to be plugged into an audio speaker port to operate. Roy Ken
RoyB 02/08/18 06:33am General RVing Issues
RE: voltage meter for inside camper

AMAZON has a big supply of meter panels - I like the BLUE SEA small round meters on a panel something like this. Using the round meter components you can rotate them and mount your panel either vertical or horizontal... https://i.imgur.com/tF9TdHt.jpg height=300 I have a couple of these BLUE SEA panels in my OFF-ROAD POPUP and I use a ON-OFF SWITCH unit type panel to turn off the meters. They put out a very bright display when on... ALmost too bright for a nite lights haha... https://i.imgur.com/XiWU3GN.jpg height=300 You can get four position panels as well. Amazon will show all kinds of round meters and sockets you can use in these panels... Nice to have those cell phone and tablet chargers in two or three places in your camper.. Like TOM M above says Amazon also has the multi-function 2 X 3 inch DROK flat panels that has many features monitored. Those a pretty popular as well. All inexpensive... Roy Ken
RoyB 02/01/18 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: Waking up in the middle of nowhere, 15 F outside. Utah. RTR

I live for those days hehe... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=40
RoyB 01/27/18 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Static electricity

RoyB 12/23/17 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Tortilla Flats

To clarify... there is a State Campground, Tortilla Flats, that was closed due to budgetary considerations several years ago. It is extremely vertical and the sites are small but some of the views are worth your time. The CG obviously remained in place and I would love to hear confirmation that it is now reopened. Tortilla Flats is just east of the CG in question and while not much more than a wide spot in an already skinny road, it is a lot of fun. The local bar/burger joint is a hoot featuring saddles instead of barstools and they have some of the finest Chile on the planet. The best CG nearby is Lost Dutchman SP, been there many times. Both are just outside of Apache Junction. As noted there is a CG at Canyon Lake but it is obscenely overpriced {just a parking lot and not much else}. :C Been in the restaurant/bar many times... https://i.imgur.com/GLTd1Uz.jpg height=400 Roy's image They also have the walls lined up with dollar bills and people's name written on the money. You would find a whole bunch of us in there eatingt their good chilly even on the hottest days haha... This is where the GOOD PAVED road part of Apache trail ended coming out of Apache Junction. Hope it is all still there... Roy Ken
RoyB 11/04/17 02:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wi-Fi router pass word

RoyB 10/29/17 02:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Huge Earthquake Mexico City this is no joke

Wow - That getting close to home huh... How big was it... Hang in there MEX... Roy Ken http://i.imgur.com/a3T3WxN.jpg height=50
RoyB 09/19/17 05:39pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Easier access to cabover bed

I like the hinge-up idea... Looking good... Roy Ken http://i.imgur.com/a3T3WxN.jpg height=50
RoyB 09/12/17 11:29am Truck Campers
RE: Multi Terrain Motorhomes

Robert - Works good... Always like seeing your lastest photos from Down Under... Roy Ken
RoyB 07/03/17 06:41am Class C Motorhomes
Getting too OLD here - I reckon

Well - Its about time I slow down here on the populous Forums Threads and start just reading things and remember the good ole days... I like most others on here always follow NEWEST POSTs which lists all of the forums. Since all of my experience has really only been with TENT Camping and FOLDING TRAILER POPUP camping and alot of off-road trails sleeping in a sleeping bag under a big engulfing large bush... It seems my long term association with the operations and design of Portable Systems and Emergency Radio Operations keeps getting me into trouble when some of my comments... Guess it is time for me to only provide comments with the tent Camping and Folding trailer camping forums. The salvation here is there isn't much conversation on-going with these two threads... Therefore I will be toning down on my comments here on this Forum and most likely you all will only find me making comments on the POPUPPORTAL forum... Being retired and actually in a camping stand down at the present time until I can afford to get my new battery bank up and going again I still will be doing my daily routine of monitoring this Forum including the JAYCO Forum and the POPUPPORTAL forum along with a couple of Ham Radio forums, F150 Truck forum, and my family and Professional followers on-line through social media... Should give me a few things to do when I am not sitting outside under my big tree in the back yard watching all the road traffic go up and down the neighborhood here... I will probably end up like the old folks you see sometimes sitting next to the road and waving at everyone as they go passing by haha... Its been fun trying to stay up with the newer bunch and their new toys... Hopefully I have helped a few folks along the way... I am still here just won't be saying much anymore... Time to let go of the torch so to speak... as we say on ham Radio 73' and CUL Roy Ken
RoyB 06/18/17 09:44am General RVing Issues
RE: take my kayak to Cherokee / Maggie Valley NC ?

I sure see alot of tube floating around the Little River that goes through Smoky Mtns especially around ELKMONT CAMP... I know KAYAKing in the rivers in WVA into VA and NC are popular... Never done KAYAKing before so it must have something to do with either not much stream flow or maybe too much ???? Seems like the Maggie Valley run all the to Cherokee along US19 had alot of trucks with KAYAKS in their beds... Have made the run between Maggie Valley down into GEORGIA areas and have seen KAYAKS in the Nantahala River coming out of Fortuna LAKE I guess that the NC 28 road follows through the high country there... I would think Fishing in an around the Natl Forest there would be really good... I am more into the OFF-ROAD camping through this area. Love it... Roy Ken
RoyB 06/18/17 08:43am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where's the light switch?

Not familiar with your 5th wheel but most outside lights especial on the front and rear of the trailers are powered by the truck safety light connection in the 7-way connection... Was just looking at a photo on-line and don't see any LED LIGHT strips being used. maybe was added by the previous owner... http://cdn.dealerspike.com/imglib/v1/800x600/imglib/Assets/Inventory/71/AC/71ACED90-4A2C-4AC7-83A8-AE765C6189AB.jpg height=400 google image Roy Ken
RoyB 06/18/17 07:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Back burner has yellow flame

A yellow burner flame means the burner is not getting enough air. So much for what I know haha... I always thought it was getting too much air... Went to GOOGLE and it says: "A yellow burner flame means the burner is not getting enough air. Gas stoves are popular with homeowners because they provide efficient heat transfer with precise heat control. They heat cookware with flame from a burner. A properly adjusted gas stove burner burns with a blue flame." So I stand corrected after all these years hehe... Thanks for the info... Learn something new everyday... Roy Ken
RoyB 06/18/17 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Problems logging into Good Sam website

Delete please... I thought they were talking about the GOOD SAM FOrum Portal for RV NET...
RoyB 06/18/17 07:10am Good Sam Club
RE: 5th Wheel Turn Signal Failure

A 7-way and 4-way tester is part of my toolbox... http://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/T/R/TR20117_500.jpg height=250 http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server4600/584d2/products/11143/images/10227/4_way_light_tester__50689__63699.1329501307.1280.1280.JPG height=250 Knowing what is happening at the source sure does speed up finding the problem and saving some monies... My problem sometimes is just a dirty connection at the 7-way socket on the truck. I always squirt some WD40 into the socket and moving it around some before heading out. Some folks will not like the WD40 but that is what I have in truck side pocket along with a roll of duct tape haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 06/18/17 06:44am Tow Vehicles
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