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RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

sorry about the model ,mine is the 30C1002 and i am hoping there is no water tank to remove I did a search for you and the only thing I could find was this thread and post from 54suds. He just says his is a 99 3000. On his he had to remove the plate and the valves were easily accessible. https://forums.woodalls.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28052054/gotomsg/28052342.cfm#28052342 The 2500 valves are easily removed and repaired. I too had to cut the gray water tubing from the tank to the valve to get the assembly out. I then used a rubber plumbing coupler and reducer to match sizes... Not a big deal. Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 11:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Is this converter safe to install?

32 to 45 will require determining the charge wire sizes and length... OP, use this to determine what is required... Be aware that the distance must be X 2.. converter to batteries and back.... http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/amps-wire-gauge-d_730.html JimAccording to this table, the original equipment 10 gage wire is not sufficient for the original equipment 32 amp converter. True. Now for some reality. The PD units produce max current at 13.6 VDC output with load when in bulk/boost mode. Due to the 10 ga wire producing resistance the voltage drop of a 10' run (20'there and back) the voltage drop is going to be sufficient that max current is not going to be supplied for very long... I'm betting that there will be 1-1.5 volt drop from the PD to the battery (s). So if your discharged battery is 12.2 (example) thus the voltage difference is going to make the PD start at 13.1-13.7 and rapidly raise up to the 14.X volts (14.4 max).... Charge current is going to drop off fast.... and will continue to drop as the PD finishes the bulk mode charge of about 4 hrs and then will drop to Absorb mode of 13.6 for about 30 hrs. The graph of the following shows the timing for the various modes. It is a non technical graph. Look at it for the time spent in each mode. http://www.progressivedyn.com/charge_wizard.html Like Smkittner said, "As long as you have #10 wire to the battery the 4645 will work fine and provide improved charging and longer battery life. Never seen an RV with less than #10 wire to the battery. For top performance and fast charging to reduce generator time I recommend two batteries and pulling new #4 wire. ". You can add the bigger wire later or now.... Many of us keep the old wire in place and will do a piggy back with a bigger wire. Some other makes of converters will produce max current at 14.2+... Those can be a problem with smaller wire. Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 02:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Is this converter safe to install?

The difference between 32 and 35 is insignificant. Go for it. Ditto this! Jim The OP is going from 32 to 45 amp, the supplier was out of 35 amp, for safety reasons I would not put it in our TC. Got that, 32 to 35 is ok... Like Pianotuna asked, " what size is the wire".... 32 to 45 will require determining the charge wire sizes and length... OP, use this to determine what is required... Be aware that the distance must be X 2.. converter to batteries and back.... http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/amps-wire-gauge-d_730.html Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 09:39am Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot 2008 sewage valve repairs

Has anyone had experience in removing the bottom panel and repairing the remote operated sewage valve. Mine has been acting up and this year needs a fix or a lub job Which model? Mine is a 2500 9'6" mfg in 2000. I did mine, replaced the gray water valve. Not too bad of a job. Removing all those screws to remove the bottom plate was the worse... hahaaaa Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 09:09am Truck Campers
RE: Is this converter safe to install?

The difference between 32 and 35 is insignificant. Go for it. Ditto this! Jim
bigfootford 04/23/15 08:57am Truck Campers
RE: Rescued Lite-Craft camper

That's a great price for a solid popup. Been watching Clist for a couple of years for something like that for my son. Welcome to the forum. Jim
bigfootford 04/18/15 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: House batteries not up to ah rating

Bigfootford, the fridge is 2 way 12v/propane and 110v. My draw is .6amps normally with no lights, pump, fans or furnace going. It makes a difference with the solar, I guess it could with the alternator also. Looks like 2awg wire going to solenoid and to batteries. 2/0awg cables xing across batteries. Good. I have fought that voltage drop from the alt to house batteries as many others have. The given advice is great so you should be able to get the drop down enough to aid your charge with the alt. I have a switch to control a solenoid and only use it in bad weather and night travel. My solar does most road travel charging otherwise. I rarely use Alt charging now. Jim
bigfootford 04/17/15 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: House batteries not up to ah rating

Is your fridge a 3 way? Propane, shore power and 12vdc? If so and you have it on auto it will pull nearly all that current coming from the alternator. Lots of folks have made this mistake. Good job learning and recovering your batteries. Jim
bigfootford 04/17/15 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: House batteries not up to ah rating

You must add between +3-5% greater than 100% every 2-3 days to maintain. Otherwise your batteries will "Walk Down"... Back into the same condition you were in from the start. Good job getting the SG back to normal... Jim
bigfootford 04/15/15 12:25am Tech Issues
RE: Researching batteries

While I like AGMs, I advise against them unless you upgrade your charging system over the usual OEM system. AGMs require more carefully controlled charge voltages, preferably temp compensated. Charging them with the cheap equipment normally installed by an RV factory will bring them to an early death. Can you name the brands of converters that RV mfg's install that would bring an AGM to an early death? Progressive Dynamics, a good working WFCO, Iota w/ DLS, Boondocker and many more do just fine charging our AGM's. I and many of us will disagree with your statement. Pd series and many others do fine with no compensation. Many of us have YEARS on our AGMS with non compensated converters and still performing just fine. Jim
bigfootford 04/12/15 08:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Researching batteries

For years I ran 2 group 24's FWC's. We use our camper more than most folks. A 2000 purchased in 2000 Bigfoot that now has over 170,000 mi traveled. The 24's usually lasted about 2 years before they were down enough on capacity that mandated replacement. My battery compartment is not tall enough for 6'ers nor 27's. I was sick and tired of removing them every 6 mo. to do watering and sooner for a big of desufation with my trusty old transformer type charger.. Good for 16+vdc. So following the lead of Reddog1 I headed down the AGM path. I decided to do the 1 battery 100ah lifeline thing that he had lived with for a couple of years already and did the following... Installed a Wave3 for warmth... So the furnace is not used very much... (AMPAHOLIC) Got rid of the Tube tv... Now led. Added a switch to turn off the power to the radio. Got a couple of led lights to read by... Expensive back then. Ran my generator to maintain the battery and shore power... Also had the truck charging the battery when traveling. We were able to get by with just 1 battery. Monitoring my trimetric to maintain a + ah by5% every couple of days when charging. Then I installed all led lights... Wow Finally I found an exceptional deal on solar.... Now we rarely use more than 15 ah a day.. and rarely use shore power when traveling nor the gen.... We have 3 data devices... Ipad2, Samsung S5 and a Macbook air that need charging. We usually watch 1-2 hrs of tv a night and read for 1-2 hrs. 1 100ah battery, no maintenance... I have had this Lifeline AGM for 6+ years now and it still has the same capacity as it had when it was new. Jim
bigfootford 04/12/15 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

I also want to note my experience with Les Schwab so far. They have been just great. I first went in there and got quotes for a few brands. Nothing special on the price but then also no pressure when I expressed a desire for the Michelins. In fact, they recommended Costco for a great price on them. With a hard quote in writing from Costco, I called Les Schwab and spoke to their commercial tire guy. I told him I had a quote from Costco and asked if he could match them. He told me no on the Michelins, but could on the price but in the Toyo M608Z's. We got to talking tires and he was willing to just take the time to chat. I mean we were on the phone for over 45 minutes. I told him I had to think things over, but would get back to him. When I called back, asking about the 265's over the 245's, first thing he asked was if I had the 2" truck leveling lift on the front. The guy knows his business!! I told him I did and he said they would fit fine and were $9 more each. I asked him if he thought they were worth getting over the 245's. He said the capacity handling for the price was worth it in his opinion and that the overall gearing would probably be the only effect I'd notice between the two sizes. I called a third time to let him know I was ready to order the tires. We chatted again for at least half an hour about the tires and my truck, what I can expect, etc. He had to order them and that's why it would take a couple days. He didn't need my credit card info or anything. Just ordered on my word that I'd be down to buy them. In the conversation, he looked me up in his computer since I've done business with them in the past. Turns out his parents live within a mile or so from me. (We are quite rural, 5 acre minimum parcels with interspread cattle ranches and BLM land) A real home town atmosphere from that guy and Les Schwab in general. I mention all this because there's been concern that the old Les Schwab customer service was slipping with the passing old Les. Not that I can tell from our local dealership. Excellent! This was my experience too! Fingers crossed for you. Jim
bigfootford 04/12/15 10:00am Truck Campers
RE: What do you think of your HappiJacs?

My HJ's are 15 years old. I have serviced the fronts 3 times, disassembly and lube. Have not touched the rears. I was a bit dismayed that the jacks were dragging after about 3 years but after servicing and them lasting all these years I like my HJ's. They get used a lot for final leveling and storage if needed. I have some rust on the outer tubes that I sand and touch up with Rustoleum. Rust caused by rocks hitting the jacks in the 160,000+ miles the camper has traveled. When I got the camper I installed a cut out switch in the 12vdc wire going to the controller. I did not want 12vdc being applied to the controller, forever, 24/7 .... You should not either. The switch needs to handle at least 50 amps. This is like the one I installed, 75 amp: http://cdn2.bigcommerce.com/server500/55923/products/60/images/153/5522x1__33115.1405415427.380.500.jpg?c=2 I was lucky to have my battery and the jack power wire near the rear door. I installed the switch where I can reach it when outside the camper. Jim
bigfootford 04/11/15 10:53am Truck Campers
RE: Sierra Ancha Trip Report

Excellent, love to see family exploring and enjoying! That boy will remember for ever! Jim
bigfootford 04/11/15 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

Reminds me of the jackscrew on the MD80. http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q44/kkeller14k/IMG_0998.jpg height=480 width=640 Oh yea, some of us can relate! Same technology for wing flaps too! US Navy P3's. Jim
bigfootford 04/08/15 07:18pm Truck Campers
RE: LED interior lighting for older TC

jefe, the regulated ones do not change in brightness with battery voltage differences. The non regulated yes. You can see the difference, although not bad when the battery is at 12.x and 13.6+.... Like Wayne, I have been playing with these things since they came out.... In the early days of bright white led's I designed a few but found the voltage/ current tolerances v/s brightness was too much. I then added a regulator... and decided that the cost v/s lumens was not cost effective. There were no small/mini buck regulators back then. When the regulated led's emerged I purchased some... Expensive... $16+ each. But wow what an Amp Hour savings.... .2amps v/s 2... holy cow! I have recently started playing with the "CHEAP" non regulated's... like Wayne.. Running some 24/7.... So my converter Progressive Dynamics does it 14.4 vdc every 23 hrs and all is still ok. I have not introduced this testing to my solar... It can get as high as 14.9 when my battery (s) are cold.... We will see how these CHEAPIES do with that voltage. Jim
bigfootford 04/07/15 12:00pm Truck Campers
Hummafied camper

A buddy of mine down in San Diego took this picture.... Thought I would pass it along. http://i.imgur.com/wJByTnzl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 04/04/15 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Happijac lubrication

Wow, it is good to see this thread again. I believe that it once was a "sticky". Still is a sticky... Truck camper university, scroll down to jacks http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25966285.cfm Jim
bigfootford 04/03/15 02:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

Oh, and I figured out that my rear step won't go down with the extension bar in place too! Just like yours. So I ordered a new Torklift 3 step Glow Step. The new and improved 8" wide step, not the puny 6" wide. Ordered from Tweety's. The price was same as Amazon's, but Amazon now charges sales tax where Tweety's doesn't. Yep that Glowstep 8 in and 20 in wide is wonderful.... Glows nice too at night! Make sure that you check the date code on those tires from Costco. When I ordered a set of 16's for my one of the tires was over a year old... I refused the tire.... That along with the mounting problem was enough for me to give up on Costco. Jim
bigfootford 04/01/15 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

The LS I use is setup and does large truck tires etc. Jim We are local to each other. Can you tell me which one you used? Madison and 80... They do big truck mobile also. Jim
bigfootford 03/18/15 04:43pm Truck Campers
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