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RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

Your camper can not sit over 1-2 months without shore power on it or have solar to maintain your batteries.. Other wise you will be replacing batteries yearly. .....kind of...My AGMs have been over-wintering in storage 7 months a year since I bought them in 2007 (10 years ago) with no maintenance whatsoever. I make sure that the AGM is fully charged just before storing the camper (the camper is stored indoors in a heated facility), then I snap the master battery disconnect to the OFF position for the duration of storage. The AGMs are still in very, good condition to this day. Just picked the camper up yesterday from storage, and am running on the batteries after 7 months as I type (the camper is my office for the next 6 months, when then it will be in Florida), no problem. I'll charge them back to 100% this weekend :p AGMs are very, very, VERY slow self discharge over time (compare: flooded lead acid cells discharge much to quickly for my liking when sitting in storage)... Right! Thanks for clarifying. I was referring to Flooded Wet Cells and did not reference them. Jim
bigfootford 04/19/17 01:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

First, use absolute caution using jumper cables or even installing new batteries! Even if someone helps you jump it... Watch like a HAWK! Know that + goes to + and - goes to -!!!! Why? There have been many disasters posted here on RV.net of folks hooking their batteries backwards and blowing all of the voltage sensitive appliances etc electronics... BIG $$$! ABSOLUTE attention to polarity is necessary. That said... There are many issues you will need to learn about.....A crawl before you walk thing. Your camper can not sit over 1-2 months without shore power on it or have solar to maintain your batteries.. Other wise you will be replacing batteries yearly. If you could disclose an approximate where you live there should be some RV.net TC'er nearby that could help and teach you.... Do not go out and purchase batteries without first determining what type of Converter/charger you have. The box that sits under the step is where the converter is on the BF. Open the little door and check the make and model... If it a Magnetek you will need to upgrade that. I am not sure what year they upgraded. I can not even imagine AGM batteries being maintained by a magnetek so maybe the previous owner upgraded or the factory did. Hope there is someone nearby that can help you get started! Congratulations on your combo truck and camper... We love our BF... had it 17 years now... nearly 200,000 miles on it... hahahaaaa 2 trucks. Jim This is super helpful, Jim.. Thank you! I am on the very East End of Long Island, NY (The North Fork). I don't see many fellow campers out here so I doubt there are any around. But it's a big boating area and I have a marine electrician friend who is going to help me with my solar/battery setup when that time comes. I've just been focusing on the remodel right now and want to wait on the electrical side of things until I'm ready to start moving in. I just checked and I have a Parallax 32amp Power Converter. Series 6300. I just googled and I guess this technically is a Magnetek? So it's no good huh? There's also this little Intellipower 9200 Remote Pendant thing that is hooked up to it. Not sure if that makes any difference to the overall setup. So do I need to buy a new converter charger? Any recommendations? I'll be upgrading my battery bank to two 6V (haven't yet decided if I'm going with T105s or Lifeline AGMs.. but definitely two 6V). Haw, New Yorkkkkkk well that would be a long drive! I thought you were here in Cali. We do have some folks that are around the New York area so a raised flag might help! So here we go! When storing you need to turn the cutoff switch to off.... Some folks will add on other things direct to the battery. Some investigation of the battery connections should reveal if that has been done. Usually there are only 2 leads from the battery (s)... Red and Black or white that go through the battery enclosure box to the cutoff switch and to the negative buss. So I would check that... Sometimes there are 2 wires on the Negative that go through the enclosure box... so do not be alarmed if you see that. The Positive lead is the important one... I am not familiar with the way the BF folks wired up the ONAN so there might be leads going to it from the batteries. Discuss that later. As for the Parallax..... You are in luck it seems :B... Someone has performed the modification to bypass the actual charge portion of the Parallax with a Progressive Dynamics converter. That little pendant says the mod has been performed, or should.. The capacity of that converter from you post is 60 amps... That is great for 2 batteries! Here is a link to one of the very best vendors that provide converters for the rv industry. The link will be to show you the pendant and the chargers of different types. http://www.bestconverter.com/9200-Series-Deck-Mount_c_84.html http://www.bestconverter.com/assets/images/pendant_thumbnail.jpg Here is the write-ups that various folks have done to do the upgrade from Parallax to Progressive Dynamics.... http://www.bestconverter.com/MagnetekParallax-to-PDI-or-PM_ep_13-1.html So now you have some reading to do and it seems to me you are on the right path! Solar later and maybe a Trimetric meter to monitor your batter usage because full timing and battery status is a thing to behold! Jim
bigfootford 04/18/17 02:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Starting Generator with dead batteries

First, use absolute caution using jumper cables or even installing new batteries! Even if someone helps you jump it... Watch like a HAWK! Know that + goes to + and - goes to -!!!! Why? There have been many disasters posted here on RV.net of folks hooking their batteries backwards and blowing all of the voltage sensitive appliances etc electronics... BIG $$$! ABSOLUTE attention to polarity is necessary. That said... There are many issues you will need to learn about.....A crawl before you walk thing. Your camper can not sit over 1-2 months without shore power on it or have solar to maintain your batteries.. Other wise you will be replacing batteries yearly. If you could disclose an approximate where you live there should be some RV.net TC'er nearby that could help and teach you.... Do not go out and purchase batteries without first determining what type of Converter/charger you have. The box that sits under the step is where the converter is on the BF. Open the little door and check the make and model... If it a Magnetek you will need to upgrade that. I am not sure what year they upgraded. I can not even imagine AGM batteries being maintained by a magnetek so maybe the previous owner upgraded or the factory did. Hope there is someone nearby that can help you get started! Congratulations on your combo truck and camper... We love our BF... had it 17 years now... nearly 200,000 miles on it... hahahaaaa 2 trucks. Jim
bigfootford 04/18/17 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

When you're finished touring the city (we lived in the Bay Area for 10 + years), head out to Point Reyes and enjoy the lighthouse and the shore. Closer to the city, is Stinson Beach, then head up Hwy 101 towards Mendocino. Yep and you could stay a day or two across from Point Reyes in Lawsons Landing... There are some great places to see along the 101 or 1 route north! Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 07:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

So from the two above posts the have provided more insight into why I said... Walk to the Ferry... Ride it over, a great ride! Figure out what you want to do and go see the sights... For the things to see and do on the north end of the bay just take your TC. It is easy to get around and park.... Then you could go up to wine country... Healdsberg and West Side Road... or over to Sonoma for wine country. Also there is a great exhibit in Sausalito. It is called the Bay Model... It is a huge building with the whole SF Bay and all the rivers that feed it. http://www.oursausalito.com/fun-sausalito-activities/bay-model.html Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 06:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

you can also consider camping like 1 hr away from the City, leaving the camper there and drive the truck only. I was living 15 miles from the City for 26 years and never liked driving there. It is good to follow "49 miles scenic view" and avoid parking downtown. Here is campground where RV.net organized rally years ago. Good for the purpose Remote SF campground. The RV park I referred to in the link I provided is easy in and out unless you arrive or leave during high traffic times. I would avoid going across the Bay or Golden bridges though. Either come in from the north or from the N/E... Easy to circle around the Bay and stay out of the SF area. From that RV park you can be in the city in 1/2 hr. No driving. And if you have bicycles, take them on the Ferry and then ride them back to the RV park.. Oh, some of the hills in SF are very steep.... Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 11:24am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

There are a couple of RV parks in Larkspur/Greenbrae ... Walking distance to the Ferry! Take the Ferry over to SF and ride the trollies, take a tour, visit the Wharf etc. This one is the best.. Reservations are needed.. 10 min walk to the ferry! http://www.marinrvpark.com/campground/ You can drive your TC to things that are on the North side of the bay... Go see the Maritime Museum in Sausalito, the WWII bunkers and lots more! Easy to get around with the TC. Driving the TC in downtown SF is something I would not do! Jim $100 RV parks.... What is this world coming to??? Around SF things are not cheap. It is all high rent!
bigfootford 04/17/17 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Need Suggestions on San francisco visit

There are a couple of RV parks in Larkspur/Greenbrae ... Walking distance to the Ferry! Take the Ferry over to SF and ride the trollies, take a tour, visit the Wharf etc. This one is the best.. Reservations are needed.. 10 min walk to the ferry! http://www.marinrvpark.com/campground/ You can drive your TC to things that are on the North side of the bay... Go see the Maritime Museum in Sausalito, the WWII bunkers and lots more! Easy to get around with the TC. Driving the TC in downtown SF is something I would not do! Jim
bigfootford 04/17/17 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Atwood Water Heater shutting down fix

Same with the fridges.. While traveling on trips I probably have rescued 50 folks with this exact problem.. Clean with alcohol and then make absolutely sure there is no moisture left from the alcohol. Look carefully at the ceramic isolator. I have seen little traces of arching via a small carbon track... Fine sand paper, making sure that the paper leaves no residue. Jim
bigfootford 04/10/17 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: 2015 Summer Journey,Crossing Alaska part 10

Great TR! We did Alaska a couple of years ago.. July/Aug... It rained a lot. We did the dalton and Top of the world.. The roads were really mushy and bad... https://68.media.tumblr.com/9ffd10c94a48eb607aadff4b2b018e41/tumblr_n9luncTu9e1tfw5yxo3_540.jpg Our blog: The blog starts with the end of the trip.. You can click on the Archive and start where you want... https://northtoalaska2014.tumblr.com https://northtoalaska2014.tumblr.com Jim
bigfootford 04/08/17 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Ordered Host Mammoth

Wow, wonder why a 1st class camper would install the worse converter ever! WFCO! Glad you got that POS out of there! http://i.imgur.com/e3nJv7Jl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 03/27/17 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Ordered Host Mammoth

How does one get into the basement to do any repair or modifications or upgrades? My Host which isn't a Mammoth also has a front access door accessible when the camper is off the truck as well as an access door at the steps, and it's possible to get into the basement there. However, it looks to me like everything but the tanks is pretty well exposed. Did you have anything in mind as a project? I was just curious how one would get in there to do work. My camper is a Bigfoot 2500. Basement has no equipment in it. It does have a front access also. My basement height is about 12 inches. Jt
bigfootford 03/24/17 10:50am Truck Campers
RE: Ordered Host Mammoth

Boy this is one impressive camper... Host does make a nice rig. Question, just curious: How does one get into the basement to do any repair or modifications or upgrades? http://i.imgur.com/VOimi73l.jpg The workmanship and layout of the equipment in there is commendable for sure. Jim
bigfootford 03/24/17 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Reese Titan 34" hitch for towing car

My safety chains are separate from my stabilizer chains. Chains to cables. http://i.imgur.com/uMMmC0Fl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 03/22/17 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Reese Titan 34" hitch for towing car

Here is my setup for towing the Zuke. My extension is 18". Reddog1 and Skipro1 and I all use the Ready Brake system. http://www.readybrake.com Showing stabilizing chains. http://i.imgur.com/3gjtRvOl.jpg Ready to hook up. Note coiled safety cables http://i.imgur.com/uMMmC0Fl.jpg Hooked up.. Safety cables hook to Safety chains. http://i.imgur.com/TAQmYEhl.jpg Hooked up and ready to go. I can turn as sharp as the truck can and no contact with my camper porch.... http://i.imgur.com/6UDOoXml.jpg Wayne and Jerry also use safety cables. Jim
bigfootford 03/22/17 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: 1996 Ford F250 camper- Long post...

Your good, had a '95 F350 and 10' camper on it. Worked great. Also, have vision 19.5's on my current truck in black and agree, the upkeep is simple. Wish I would have gone with the black... Our trip to Alaska and Prudhoe bay produced checks in the clear coat and beat the plastic chrome on the hub covers bad.. 500 miles of muddy rock and Calcium chlorite are a killer. Think the black would have survived better. Jim
bigfootford 03/13/17 09:56am Truck Campers
RE: 1996 Ford F250 camper- Long post...

Kjenckes, congratulations. Sounds like and looks like you got a nice Lance! Just keep an eye on any leakage from those windows and running lights. They are very problematic. Catch a leak early and that camper will last you a long time. Interesting that the camper removed 100# off the front... I would presume the reason for that is the shorter bed. My camper added 300#. Maybe it is the crew cab v/s super cab. My truck is a f250 94 with the gasser 460. My camper and truck weights 10,400. Jim
bigfootford 03/13/17 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: My interview in Truck Camper Magazine

Great article. We have stayed at many of your "remote" places... Jim
bigfootford 03/12/17 09:32am Truck Campers
RE: Wave Heater Install

For those considering a Wave3 or 6 here is a good thread to read... http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25541055/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 03/10/17 10:39am Truck Campers
RE: Wave Heater Install

OP, nice creative install! Jim
bigfootford 03/10/17 10:33am Truck Campers
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