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RE: More Solar for "Us"

Wed 4-27-16 25.56 peak amps 362.9 peak watts 164.09 amphrs 2328.8 watt hrs similar results on Monday and tues two day total for Mon & Tues 307.1 ampHrs 4244.2 watt hrs need some rain to wash the panels 164 ah is great... At 25 panel amps max that would be over 6 hrs st 25 amps.... We know that 25 is peak. Sun up time is, what, about 8am to 6pm? So 10 hrs to get 164ah... That is an average of 10ah per hr... damnnn goooooood! And you do not tilt your panels do you? Jim
bigfootford 04/28/16 12:35pm Tech Issues
RE: My $7,200 TC door.... Lots of pics.

Yea for you. Nice glue lam there along with the door! I love having my camper and truck covered.... Jim
bigfootford 04/21/16 03:34pm Truck Campers
RE: TCA Video White Rim Trail

Thanks for posting, that video is inspirational! Do each of you have manual transmissions? If not how do you keep your trans temperature down to a reasonable level? Jim
bigfootford 04/17/16 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: Travels With Charlie, something many do not know

If you're into Travels with Charley you may want to look into Dogging Steinbeck: Discovering America and Exposing the Truth about 'Travels With Charley'. Kind of exposes Steinbeck book as really a work of mostly fiction. Good read. You can get the gist of the book doing a Google search and read some of the stuff written about the book. http://www.amazon.com/Dogging-Steinbeck-Discovering-America-Exposing-ebook/dp/B00A6X9ZR0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1460251564&sr=1-2&keywords=travels+with+charley Jim... Guess I was attempting to convey the way many of us travel with no real itinerary thus the boondocking and lackluster travel... The RLS description says it. Who cares that Steinbeck was writing fiction or partially, his TC was not fiction. What a great story, along with his other writings in my opinion. Jim
bigfootford 04/09/16 08:47pm Truck Campers
Travels With Charlie, something many do not know

I was listening to a favorite talk show yesterday and he had a quiz going for his audience. He asked if anyone knew what inspired Steinbeck to write "Travels With Charlie"... The Answer was "Travels with a Donkey" by R.L. Stevenson...hahahaaa https://static01.nyt.com/images/2011/04/04/arts/JPSTEINBECK1/JPSTEINBECK1-popup.jpg width=640 https://static01.nyt.com/images/2011/04/04/arts/STEINBECK/STEINBECK-popup.jpg width=640 http://www.foliosociety.com/images/books/illustrations/lrg/TWD_13503089790.jpg width=640 The following is the philosophy behind his undertaking! Wife and I have this same feeling as we travel around in our camper and truck. Most of the time we love to travel the less traveled roads. About 200,000 miles now... Across the US 3 times, Across Canada except Quebec, Yukon and Alaska... "For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more clearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints. Alas, as we get up in life, and are more preoccupied with our affairs, even a holiday is a thing that must be worked for. To hold a pack upon a pack-saddle against a gale out of the freezing north is no high industry, but it is one that serves to occupy and compose the mind. And when the present is so exacting who can annoy himself about the future?" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travels_with_a_Donkey_in_the_Cévennes Jim
bigfootford 04/09/16 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Jack Remote Control Caution

I mounted the cutoff switch inside the door low so I could reach it standing outside... Jim
bigfootford 03/28/16 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Jack Remote Control Caution

Do the Riecos have a manual release lever to disconnect the motor? That would stop the jack even if the motor kept running. What if all 4 jacks are out of control? That's what happened to me and some others. Many versions of the various jacks have no release. Jim
bigfootford 03/27/16 11:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Jack Remote Control Caution

This is the exact reason I installed a jack power switch just inside the back door of my camper. I keep the power off at all times when the jacks are not in use. I used and recommend a 50+ amp switch. After 50+ years in the electronics industry from every aspect imaginable I respect methods of stoping a disaster. My jack controller acted up only one time in 16 years.... I reached in and pushed the button which reset the condition. Never happened again. Here's what I use: 75 amp. I have measured 40 amps of draw from my jacks. Usually 30-35. http://www.ebay.com/itm/HEAVY-DUTY-75-AMP-PUSH-PULL-SWITCH-6-28-VOLT-/331366216551 http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/SF4AAOSwl8NVffU8/s-l400.jpg Jim
bigfootford 03/27/16 04:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot 2005 9.6 2500

My 2000 2500 9'6" Bigfoot weighs 4200 lbs fully loaded... Water, propane, Solar, 1 or 2 batteries, food, beer, cooking utensils, clothes, tools and all the other items to make going with the camper relaxing and pleasurable. Factory says 2600lbs wet... 50gal water and 2 propane bottles. That weight is without fridge, stove, mattress, batteries, electric jacks (heavy) etc. The camper has traveled almost 200,000 miles, been on 2 different trucks, both Ford F250 extended cab SWD 460 gassers. Suspension improvements are... AirLift Air bags, Bilstein Shocks and 19.5 tires/rims. Jim
bigfootford 03/05/16 09:57am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 NL Delamination

I'm not sure how you repair something that is more or less composite construction. I would think it's a one and done build. Actually composite is quite easy to repair, but requires different skills than you typically find in an an RV shop. Take it to a boat repair place. They deal with stuff like this all the time. Problem is, access to the area that needs repair is problematic. In this case... I believe it is in a difficult area... Gut the interior or area that needs access to the insides and re-do.... I do not believe it would be a pleasant experience... As some on RV.net have done to Bfoots and Nlights. Jim
bigfootford 03/04/16 07:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift Glow steps, issues and questions

Gitpicker check your PM's Jim
bigfootford 03/04/16 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: Help with Bigfoot TC Faucet Replacement

I would not want to think about a faucet replacement on the 9.6... A fully formed bathroom bottom to roof... Probably the only way to reach the plumbing for the faucet is to cut a hole in the side of the camper in that area. Jim
bigfootford 03/02/16 08:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Update with a Super Hitch and a Super Truss

Nice setup. Can't go wrong with Superhitch. We flat tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee using a 48" extension behind our Lance 1181 on a Dodge DRW with no problems and handles great. Good Luck! Sticky Did you actually get a super hitch? The tow bar weight is all the super hitch is being used for when flat towing. Now if you tow a boat or trailer then good for you for getting a super hitch. Jim It's not just the weight of the tow bar, though. You've got the side loading from the Jeep when going around corners, and a sloppy generic hitch extension would make for a rough ride. I flat tow with 3.5 ft of extension. I and many others just use chains to stabilize the side loading. I see no reason what so ever for a $500 super truss for flat towing. Jim
bigfootford 03/02/16 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: Update with a Super Hitch and a Super Truss

Nice setup. Can't go wrong with Superhitch. We flat tow a Jeep Grand Cherokee using a 48" extension behind our Lance 1181 on a Dodge DRW with no problems and handles great. Good Luck! Sticky Did you actually get a super hitch? The tow bar weight is all the super hitch is being used for when flat towing. Now if you tow a boat or trailer then good for you for getting a super hitch. Jim
bigfootford 03/02/16 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: Northern Lite 10-2 on SRW

While losing your wheels would be bad it's not the only way to tear out the rear of your camper by catching a jack on the ground. What the OP is referring to is departure angle. As the length of overhang increases the departure angle decreases making it more likely that you will contact the ground with the back end of the camper or in most cases the camper jacks because they are the lowest point at the rear. Uneven back country roads, pulling out of parking lots, pulling off the side of the highway all have the potential of making contact if you are unaware. This would be catastrophic to the rear of the camper. Keep in mind the extension will now be your lowest point and decrease your departure angle even further. I have bottomed out exiting a few parking lots already. Great post insp1505! I removed the pictures just to keep the reply short... Even with my 9'6" Bfoot I pay close attention when doing an acute transition or backing up. Jim
bigfootford 02/07/16 01:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Garage ceiling clearance

What ever happened to the OP?
bigfootford 02/06/16 11:33am Truck Campers
RE: Small Microwave

I did not have a place for a Microwave so I mounted a cheap, medium size MW under my cabinets. I did have to install a cross brace in the cabinet to attach the lid to the underside of the cabinet. I mounted the lid first, then attached the MW to the lid. http://lh4.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S1ojcDVBPTI/AAAAAAAAAfc/oB41FnwlLNg/s800/100_2830.JPG width=640 Many MW mfg's are now using Inverters to power the MW's. Much lighter 1/2 the weight but they are not Smaller packages. Guess they need to run out of transformers before they begin to put Inverters in the smaller MW's. Thread here: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23603727.cfm Jim
bigfootford 02/03/16 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Small Microwave

Might try thrift stores if you have them in your area. wife found one for her classroom that was small. Jim
bigfootford 02/03/16 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 install into Lance 915

What size of solar panel did you go with? And what monitor? Panels are 100watt each using a Morningstar Sunsaver MPPT controller. I added the remote panel and temperature compensation. Panel size is 23X52" I needed panels that were narrow so I could work up on the roof so here is what I did: Thread here: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/TVG_FV0TU0I/AAAAAAAABSg/IJ5ZF1aLNww/s800/101_3816.JPG width=640 If you find panels that are under 18vdc Vmp... mine are 23vdc, you can get a good PWM controller for 1/2 the price of MPPt and it will work great. I would recommend that anyone get the temperature compensation and a remote control display panel.. These are great panels: http://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Watts-Volts-Monocrystalline-Solar/dp/B009Z6CW7O And this kit is a great starter but has no temperature compensation: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFCNFRM/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687542&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B009Z6CW7O&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1TX0WXSSB7DYWNPB9JZF Here is a nice controller by Morningstar with Temperature Compensation: http://www.solar-electric.com/lib/wind-sun/PSdatasheet.pdf Enough, Jim
bigfootford 01/28/16 10:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 install into Lance 915

My next upgrade with solar. Curious to hear how it works for you....and if you would have went with a wave 6.... Solar? Haw no question how good it is. Most trips we do I have never needed to run the gen, and I do not use the trucks engine to assist charging when traveling. Last year we did 8 weeks to Alaska... No shore power needed... Some of us have found that with solar, led lights, led tv we do not even need 2 batteries. I run 1 100ah AGM... We charge phones, laptops etc, watch tv 2 hrs at a time but not every day. Winter, solar and all the 12 vdc things we do stated above and the Wave to provide a majority of heat we do not need the gen, shore power. The solar keeps us charged. There are some stormy days that we have needed to do the Gen or shore power. My daily 12vdc loads are 15-20 non need for the furnace and 20-25 using the furnace for heat assist in the mornings or when we have left the camper for the day and return at night. Most of our furnaces pull 6-8 amps... Every hour you use it will be about 3-4 AH.. cycling on and off... So over a 12 hr span.... 12X3 is 36 AH.... There you can see the problem eh? Yea for the wave! Leave it on low and go have fun! No furnace. Jim
bigfootford 01/28/16 07:43pm Truck Campers
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