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RE: modifying fiberglass?

Mine leaks from the rear access door if both locks are not fastened or if the foam seal is not in good shape. Jim
bigfootford 11/25/14 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: modifying fiberglass?

Hello again, I have found a 1995 Bigfoot that they are offering for 6700$ It does not have AC. I love the 2 piece molded fiberglass, but I am wondering if it is a good idea to make modifications like adding AC. I had also thought about perhaps switching to a composting toilet in the future because I have heard they are great for boondocking. Seems scary to cut into the fiberglass frame. Do people do that? If not, I will probably keep looking as I would like to be able to take my mom and her dogs on trips so having AC is a survival thing for the dogs if we are out during the day. AC fits like Reddog1 says... I removed the front, over the bed 12"X12" vent and installed a 24X24 vent/hatch... Had to cut/fit..... Not a problem. Actually the metal frame of the hatch is stronger than the roof itself. The roof is very sturdy in that area. Sounds like a hell of a deal! If you go check it out... Raise the mattress up and look at the wood for water stains... Windows do leak if not maintained... It will leak and be in the bed area. Also look on the sides and bottom of the bed side left and right storage cabinets. Look inside the cabinets in the front left and right by the bed... on the bottom.. See if there is any indication that water has gotten into the wood.. If the front running lights leak the water will run along the seams of the foam on the walls, behind the wood overlay and end up in those corners. Pull the mattress up in the front and see if there is any indication of moisture there too.... Caused by the same reason, running lights. Even if the windows have leaked or not if the windows have not been snugged down a few times with age they can begin to leak.... So if you get the camper you will need to spend a few hrs of love time removing the windows, cleaning the old Butyl Tape and installing fresh. You will need to examine the type of battery charger/ converter if you get it... Let us know which mfg and model and we will recommend which one to replace it with if needed. OH, you did not say which model of BF it is.... 1500/2500/3500... Good luck, Jim
bigfootford 11/23/14 12:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

Thanks Bigfoot, very helpful link. Welcome, I ordered this kit after 2 attempts to make the "T" connection. That short section was tough. I have experience flaring pipe but that shortie was tough. I also wanted the Wave connection under the stove burners.... The quality of the hardware in the kit was excellent. That elbow for the wave is needed for our applications. Otherwise the connection makes the install difficult. Jim
bigfootford 11/20/14 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

Deleted post. Jim
bigfootford 11/19/14 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

If some of you got invalid links to my previous 2 posts they are fixed. Having trouble with Apple's Safari.... Jim
bigfootford 11/19/14 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

My install: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S0K_hmIkWPI/AAAAAAAAAc0/8ME6z3BwOK0/s800/100_2814.JPG My install: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23544764.cfm Jim
bigfootford 11/19/14 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

I bought a wave three and in 20 degree F it wasn't enough so I bought a wave 6 no hose came with either of mine and FWIW it does need a regulator prior to the unit, so if you tap into the system prior to the existing regulator you will need one on the supply line Thinking of tapping in on the low pressure side, with a 3/8" ball valve, maybe near the fridge, or oven, or cook top. Will know more once I see how it's all piped in. I got this kit! http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=28&product_id=61 http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/image/cache/data/hookup_kit_pub-500x500.jpg Here's a link to various connectors and fittings that are helpful for your install: http://www.gashosesandregulators.com/lowpressurehoses.html I also installed one of these in case something happened to the gas lines: http://hardwareonlinestore.com/images/stories/virtuemart/product/393503.jpg You can get them at Home Depot etc in the Gas appliance install section: http://hardwareonlinestore.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=40850&virtuemart_category_id=46204&gclid=CMH5gcidh8ICFUiRfgodlkQAMA I can disconnect my wave and take it elsewhere when I need it. I ran Stainless steel flex tubing from the burner section to where I wanted the wave... I then used the rubber tubing with the kit and the quick disconnect so when I want the Wave elsewhere the rubber tubing comes too. I installed the wave cutoff valve under the stove burner top. We keep that valve off unless we are going to use the wave. Hope this helps.... Jim
bigfootford 11/19/14 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: What Wattage or size Panels for twin Batteries do you have?

I have two Lifeline AGM 125AH and 1080 watts of solar but no hard data yet on how quickly they are topped off each day. 1080 watts of Solar????? Geezzzzzzzzz This is the TC forum... Most of us only have room for 200watts I have been running 1 100ah Lifeline for 5+ years now. 200 watts of solar... For the OP, it's like Reddog1 says... Many of us TC'ers have minimized our AH needs. I can travel winter and summer and not need my Gen to charge.... Even when we go into CG's that have shore power I usually do not plug in.... TV, lights, charging phones, laptops, Androids and all we rarely use over 25 ah a day. We rarely use our furnace for heat. We rely on our Wave3. Jim
bigfootford 11/11/14 11:10am Truck Campers
RE: TR: Some time at the Reef

Great trip report. We have been there 2 times and each time we see different things.. Your pic's inspire us to do it again. Have not taken our Toad there... Do believe that would be a benefit. Jim
bigfootford 11/11/14 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000i Carb Job With Photos Must Read!!!!!

Here is a great set of videos on the Tube on how to completely remove/tear down/reassembly an EU1000I and EU2000I carb! This is gold for all of us! Part 1.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8341uTNFses&index=19&list=UUs8pPJCJf-4oHQGptU4lHyA Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OowN8Z-_MAU Jim
bigfootford 11/01/14 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

Thought I would add a bit to some of this which I believe is pertinent. I monitor battery temperature with a probe on the battery post when on the road/boondocking/camping. I have had FWC's for years and for the past 5+ lifeline AGM's. My 9 year old converter is a 9260 Progressive Dynamics with the remote to select the mode to charge when needed. Prior to Solar and a good controller that has temp compensation I always did the following if my batteries needed charging: If my battery post temperature was 90deg+ I would switch my converter out of boost mode 14.4 and drop it to Absorb 13.6... Did this for both my FWC's and Lifelines. According to all the tech documents for batteries I always felt that I was not stressing my batteries. And likewise, when my batteries were cold 60deg or less and the PD would not go into boost mode 14.4 I would use the remote to switch to boost. During storage I let my PD do the work.... Both my FWC's and Lifeline 13.2 float and the 14.4 every 23hrs for 15 min.... My lifelines are now 5+ years old... I test them for capacity quite often... They still have the original capacity.... Resting voltage v/s ah removed... (all one can do with AGM's) Periodic load checking 20/c discharge to 60% SOC (40%) When off grid my solar takes care of my batteries now... I sometimes see 14.9vdc when the batteries are cold and charging.... And barely 14 when hot. Temp compensated... I have many friends that have had the same continuing results with Lifelines.... One had 7 + years on his lifelines.... Jim
bigfootford 10/30/14 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: How Do You Transport Your Portable Generators?

Like this: http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823048.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823059.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823064.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823056.jpg Reddog1's welding and fabrication expertise and a little help from me. Been sitting up there 6 years, lots of rough roads and about 70,000 miles. Jim
bigfootford 10/28/14 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Cool sunset behind the Lance tonight

Well we do have winter here and that does not stop lot's of us from having fun... Here's a picture of a group of us all huddled together at Yosemite back on Feb of 07. Left to right: Bigfoot Ford, Reddog1, Raiders5, Mooney and unseen behind us was Junket43. All of us are still active TC'ers... Not much of a sunset! http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223191/230279398.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223191/230280377.jpg Jim
bigfootford 10/23/14 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Concrete pad and hook ups

I did 12X25 pad... and a 12X25 carport covered sides. Wish I would have done 14X30... with a bigger carport to match 12 does not give you very much on the sides.... and 25 length does not quite get it when the steps are lowers to get into the camper.... I ran a 20 amp service from my pool shed... Plenty for 9000btu ac and electric heater for the winter....etc. Carport cost was $17xx installed back in 07... http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223706/230289590.jpg Jim
bigfootford 10/16/14 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Eco-Worthy 12v solar panels, Now drifting to... mono vs poly

Is this a decent panel set up? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solar-Panel-Off-Grid-100W-Watts-100-Watt-Mono-12-Volt-12V-RV-Boat-PV-Charger-/281117901727?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4173eec39f I would like something to help keep the batteries juiced so I don't have to run the gen as much!Those are fine. Get at least two. Nice size panels but be aware that the VMP on this panel is 18.9vdc... 22.5 VOC... I would not use a PWM type controller with this, MPPT is what I would recommend and use. http://renogy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RNG-100D-Datasheet-02.jpg height=640 width=640 Jim
bigfootford 10/15/14 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: Dyna-glo portable propane heater

I will also add that my Cat 3 heater does not produce all this excess water that some complain about. Its never been a problem what so ever. I open up a roof vent just a little and crack the dinette window when I run it. No smell and no electric usage. Ditto on this. (wave 3). My install: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S0K_hmIkWPI/AAAAAAAAAc0/8ME6z3BwOK0/s800/100_2814.JPG Jim
bigfootford 10/09/14 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Dyna-glo portable propane heater

The Buddy has an "always on" pilot flame. I'm not sure about the Wave, I don't think so. Maybe Kerry would be able to tell you. Im not sure but I think the vented cat uses some 12 v power , the PLAT Cat . But that's a VG safe heater. Bob Wave has a heat range 1600 btus to 3000. There is no open flame, just a glow. Plat cat does vent... Takes .5 amps to run the fan. Can operate with a remote thermostat like your furnace. Each time it turns on to heat it takes around 2-3 minutes to start... During that time the heating element takes about 5 amps. Jim
bigfootford 10/09/14 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

I have had the wave3 for 4+ years. We travel, boondocks/dry camp almost 100% of the time. We do lots of winter trips... Humid or dry weather. I track the internal humidity v/s outside.... Even with the wave the inside is always lower than the outside and that is with the vent cracked open and a couple of windows open 1/2 in or so. It's really nice to have fresh air even in the dead of winter. I have found that inside humidity is higher if I close the camper up, no windows/vents open and we stay in the camper all evening and night. Just us breathing. I have 2 CO detectors... one has a PPM readout. Never has it registered even 1 PPM in all these years when using the Wave3. OH, if I do not open vents in the AM (summer or winter) when making coffee I will get a reading.... PPM... Think the highest I saw was 40....I forgot to open a vent. Here's how I installed my Wave3: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S0K_hmIkWPI/AAAAAAAAAc0/8ME6z3BwOK0/s800/100_2814.JPG Here's the link to my install! http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23544764.cfm http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23544764.cfm I will add this, a Buddy heater is not a Catalytic heater, it is a ceramic type heater. Either the Platinum Catalytic or the wave is an excellent choice. Some of us can not install a Platnum Cat due to the need to vent it. It also relies on 12vdc to run... They both have their pluses. A wave3 running on low, 1600btus are used each hour... There are 92,xxx BTU's in a gallon of propane.... You will use 1 gallon of propane in about 60hrs.... We run ours on low 99% of the time. The max Btu's for the Wave3 is 3000. A Platinum cat can be controlled with a thermostat! Pretty cool. Read Sleepy's thread. The Btu's are set at 3000 for the small unit and 5200 for the big one. It is great to have the door open in 20 + deg weather and still be warm in the camper... Radiant heat V/S blown hot air! Jim
bigfootford 10/01/14 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: getting the fridge ready for a trip

Yup, the refrigerator PC board, ignitor and propane solenoid are all 12 VDC powered. Should be off the house battery bank. So OP should make sure his battery is in good shape and fully charged.. Make sure all unnecessary 12vdc items are OFF. Fridge and safety devices, propane, CO etc will pull about .5 amps when the fridge is cooling. Once the fridge is cooled down figure on .2 amps.. .5 amps an hour = 12ah for a full day of initial cool down. Jim
bigfootford 09/27/14 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Freezer to cold

Those wireless thermometers are great. Ordered a set from Amazon. Didn't work. Sent back no hassle and fortunately decided to order replacements. This set is faultless. It's good to re-set the High/Low feature once the fridge has cooled down. So far, bought 5 sets, 2 for us and 3 for christmas presents.. They all still work. Found that the tab for the + battery lead can be just a little shy of making good contact. Found that on one transmitter. I keep a log of fridge temps along with all aspects of solar charging/amp hours/battery voltages etc.... I reset my fridge thermometers daily for hi/lo. A great feature! Jim
bigfootford 09/27/14 09:57am Tech Issues
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