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RE: wave 3 heater

From the Wave Heater User Guide https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2824/32315093664_95d4f4a044_o.jpg Excellent! Jim
bigfootford 02/27/17 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: wave 3 heater

Did you look at it in the dark? Hard to see the full glow during daylight. Ours, in the dark glows full even on low. it will be brightest about an inch from the perimeter. Jimread the manual above PS- always always always keep the heater covered when not in use. Ours is used really only at Quartzsite once a year, so it got the factory Olympian cover that does a pretty good job of sealing out any airborne contaminates (dust) from the pad Have always kept ours covered and it is a requirement! Good information! We have 3 Co detectors...2 with CO level readings... Never seen any reading from our Wave... But making coffee in the Am with a vent open I have seen a negligible reading... All is great using a wave! Love leaving the camper door open and the inside of the camper can still remain warm unlike forced air furnace heating... It is like having a little fire place in the camper! Take a shower, come out and dry off in front of the Wave is marvelous! Our Wave is mounted in a very accessible location.. http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S0K_hmIkWPI/AAAAAAAAAc0/8ME6z3BwOK0/s800/100_2814.JPG My thread on the installation: My Wave 3 installation. The section of the manual says: Glowing on Heating Element The red glowing on the face of the heater (particularly noticeable in the dark) will resemble charcoal glowing when hot. This is a normal phenomenon of catalization. A properly operating heater will slightly “glow” on about 40% of the bottom area of the heating element. At times, a high glow “spot” may be seen on the heating element. This is normal. The glowing phenomenon diminishes over a period of years usage. Jim
bigfootford 02/27/17 07:38pm Truck Campers
RE: wave 3 heater

Did you look at it in the dark? Hard to see the full glow during daylight. Ours, in the dark glows full even on low. it will be brightest about an inch from the perimeter. Jim
bigfootford 02/27/17 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Ammeter Suggestions?

If you want to see the current coming and going into your battery this unit will not do that. Read the Q/A's. This is the response from the seller! Question: does this meter count up the amp hrs used and then start subtracting them when charging begins. Giving you a running total Answer: No. The meter can not measure reversed current. If the current is reversed, the meter will show 0. By Bayite SELLER on April 10, 2016 There are LOT's of meters that will do what you need / want to do... Just search EBAY! Jim
bigfootford 02/24/17 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: water pump upgrade 2005 Bigfoot

bigfootford THANK YOU very much for the reply!! Our last trip is thanksgiving for the year so i winterize for winter with rv antifreeze is that expansion tank going to change the way i do that. Only thing I would do is mount the tank Vertically so you can drain it. I do not winterize mine... I keep a small 750 watt electric heater set for 50deg... I do not like my camper to get cold and then damp. We rarely get below freezing here in Sacramento anyway. Jim
bigfootford 02/09/17 10:12am Truck Campers
RE: water pump upgrade 2005 Bigfoot

bigfootford, Is your water pump located under the table floor by the table leg? If so did tank fit down in there beside the pump? Did you keep the original pump? Not for sure what pump i have but will look. Thanks all for the reply's My BF is a 2500 9'6". My pump is in the compartment under the rear dinette seat wall that is against the bathroom and is . covered by 1/8 plywood. In the compartment is the hot water tank too, along with it's plumbing and the winterizing plumbing. I installed the Accumulator Tank on it's side... in that compartment against the hot water tank. Prior to the accumulator tank install I replaced the OEM water pump because it was so noisy. I installed the Surflo Whisper pump... hahahaaa It was almost as noisy as the OEM... Plumbing tubing actually makes all the noise. So I liked how Reddog1's Accumulator tank worked along with other local Rv.net folks so I installed the tank... I can run about 1.5 quarts before the pump turns on... Sorry, I have no pictures. Jim
bigfootford 02/09/17 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: water pump upgrade 2005 Bigfoot

Here is what Reddog1 did: http://i1219.photobucket.com/albums/dd435/Bigfoot_Wayne/Camper/Misc%20camper%20Stuff/expansiontank.jpg width=640 Here is his post in a "anyone added an accumulator tank"? http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26396850/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm As a note I am surprised that this topic has not come up in quite a few years.... Jim
bigfootford 02/08/17 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: water pump upgrade 2005 Bigfoot

Add one of these as some of us have and you will love it. Fill your coffee pot and the pump will not come on. Flush the toilet quite a few times at night, wash dishes etc. and no more pulsing of the pump... You will be a happy camper! http://www.homedepot.com/p/8-5-in-W-x-11-5-in-D-x-8-5-in-H-Pre-Pressurized-Steel-Water-Expansion-Tank-DET-5/100677607 http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/65/659c3bcd-062c-4013-8115-32061fc42899_1000.jpg width=640 Jim
bigfootford 02/08/17 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: toad behind Truck camper and brakes question

Many of us use the Ready Brake system. Install does require mechanical skill. I love the simplicity of the system... http://www.readybrake.com/store/c3/Supplemental_Braking_Systems.html Here is a video. You might want to watch the first bit of footage then skip to 2 min And again at 5 min. Ready brake in action. Cheaper from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/NSA-RV-Products-RB-4000-Receiver/dp/B00IK56OC0
bigfootford 02/02/17 12:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Mounting solar arrays to the roof of a Bigfoot

I have operated the truck and camper for a couple of years without the charge wire connected. But I have found one or two occasions where I wanted it - several days parked under trees in heavy shade, cold temps so heater runs a bit. I had to move the truck into the sun for a few hours after 3 days. If you have upgraded the charge circuit to the camper, the alternator will charge flat batteries much faster than the solar (assuming a small array) for the initial bulk charge. When I get around to it I will hook the charge circuit from the truck back up. I would not want to run my truck to charge the house batteries when Boondocking or camping if I do not have to... I run my little Honda 2000I... As for the truck charging the camper house batteries most of our Alternators settle on a voltage output of 13.8 to 14.2... My solar will do 14.6-14.9 depending on the temperature of my camper battery.. To prove that I have seen my truck battery start to take a charge from the solar because the Solar voltage is higher than the camper... I know one can modify the truck charge system to over come that but I elect not to put diodes etc in the truck circuit to accomplish this. Diodes drop the voltage by .7 vdc... Jim
bigfootford 01/25/17 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Mounting solar arrays to the roof of a Bigfoot

An update: now driven a few hundred freeway miles, panels appear to be staying put without problems. 200 watts seems to be plenty - even after the heater is run a bit overnight, if it is sunny, by 10 AM all is charged full again. I have actually unhooked the charge cable from the truck (another story) and don't seem to have to worry about power in the camper at all! One of the more worthwhile mods for your camper.... Those extra watts of panels will be nice when the weather is overcast and harvest is way down and you still recover ah used! I removed the fuse for the charge line in my truck instead of disconnecting the charge wire from the truck's charge system. Easy to put it back in if needed. Why would you disconnect or remove the fuse on your solar systym? Jim What was the question? If it was, "Why would you disconnect or remove the fuse on your solar system" then that should not be in my quote.... I do not remove the fuse from my solar system.... I remove the fuse in the truck for the trailer charge wire that is part of the truck harness. My solar charges my house batteries better than the truck... It is just my preference. Some guys put a relay in there and switch the charge line for the camper as needed. My Ford and many other trucks have the fuse and a factory relay... I just do not use that feature. It appears that HMS Begale disconnected his charge wire from the truck to the camper. Says,"That's another story" and I could say the same thing and just removed the fuse. Jim
bigfootford 01/25/17 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: solar on a bigfoot

I mounted two 100 watt panels on the roof over the overhead bunk. One on each side of the Fantastic Vent. I ran the wires to a combiner box mounted to the side and under the refrigerator vent cover. The wires then run down inside the camper behind the refrigerator. The panels were mounted to the roof using stainless steel L style Rocker Feet Mounts and two-sided 3M VHB(vary high bond)tape. I bought the kit from AM Solar awhile ago but I believe they still sell the Rocker Feet. Am Solar also recommends covering the mounts in self-leveling sealant. I found that I wanted to be able to get to the front of the camper roof so I mounted my panels in line... Like my pictures on the link I provided. After I installed the panels I decided to replace the vent over the bed with a 24x24 hatch... Could not have done that without having the narrow panels... I was not comfortable with just the VHB tape so I bedded in my homemade brackets with Geocell proflex and then screws into the fiberglas. Jim
bigfootford 01/24/17 11:07pm Truck Campers
RE: solar on a bigfoot

Heres mine. I measured the roof free space. Reserched the various size panels.... Found 100 watt 27X58".... Cut out cardboard templates and determined how I could place them and still get around on the roof. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 01/24/17 05:38pm Truck Campers
RE: jefe's Extreme Truck Camper Drivetrain Build

Dang Jefe, you just might finish this ongoing pursuit of tow crawl perfection! Reminds me of Johnny Cash's.... "Built It One Piece At A Time"! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWHniL8MyMM Jim
bigfootford 01/13/17 10:59am Truck Campers
RE: HF Batt Maintainer, A Waste?

Been using them for years.. 2 riding mowers, 2 motorcycles and 2 old VW's. Had one fail years ago. I have had a Battery Tender (brand) go bad too. Two WFCO's.... One thing I will tell you is that the HF one that is simple will drain your battery if it is not plugged into shore power 120vac. The more expensive one does not. http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_20349.jpg width=640 The circuitry in the HF battery tender has no magic. Just a simple regulator IC a couple of resistors and a Capacitor. The transformer is not taxed with over amp draw. They get barely warm... Jim
bigfootford 01/11/17 10:19am Tech Issues
RE: Let's talk about grounding

Camper negative and shore power earth ground are tied together! Where? Your Fridge and if you have a hot water tank that is 120vac and propane. Lot's of discussion back years ago.. If your interested here is a link. Or just look at the pictures that I produced along with the notes showing the grounding. You also will notice that the AC ground and DC- are also tied together at or around the converter. http://www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/16562094 Or if you do not want to go look here is one picture showing the BOND... AC ground to DC- http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/16562094/254821898.jpg width=640 Not to Hijack this thread but if your interested in the reason I came up with these pictures you can learn from this thread: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/19726244/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm Jim
bigfootford 01/10/17 11:56am Truck Campers
RE: solar panels

Ok, so by the same token were is it written that " this stuff is totally inacurate" ?....by who's authority is that?.....I happen to use the rule of thumb of 100w per 6v battery for my solar setup and it provides all the power I need...everyones needs are different as most people know....whats with the "authorative" statement that this is wrong? With the idea of 100 watts per 100 ah of battery your 2 6vdc batteries would fit right in that window. Or someone with 2 group 27's 100ah each 200 ah total would apply also. The real determining factor is how many Amp Hours you are going to consume per day isn't it? If your AH consumption per day is less than 25 AH you will be able to recover "MOST" of the time when in fowl weather. In sunny weather by noon or 1pm. We rarely use over 25 ah. watching a movie, charging phones and laptops etc. LED lights, LED tv's and a Wave 3 heater keep our Ah consumption low. I have many TC friends that are like you and I when it comes to the 100watts per 100ah of battery. For years we used 2 group 27 batteries but when we whittled on the AH consumption by doing the LED etc thing I found no need to have 2 batteries... WHOOOHOO! I now have only 1 100ah Lifeline AGM..... It is 7 years old now and still performs like new. Jim
bigfootford 12/24/16 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: solar panels

I have 200 watts on my Bigfoot roof. I cut out cardboard to match the dimensions of panels I was interested in and tried it in different positions on the roof.... http://i.imgur.com/rkkncKKl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/8bseTikl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/GTxqePgl.jpg My install: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 12/23/16 08:51am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot sewer hose storage

Yep, that is a pain. I ended up extending the tube about 6"... I can get a 10ft slinky hose in there. I have seen some folks mount PVC tube under the camper side overhang that works pretty good if you need more than 10 ft. Hangers something like this: http://www.downwindmarine.com/images/P/890917.jpg width=640 Probably other sources but just to show the sizes etc: http://www.downwindmarine.com/Pipe-Hangers-Clic-Clamps-PVC-p-90890917.html Jim
bigfootford 12/01/16 12:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Where to put shunt

The main reason the shunt is recommended on the Negative "-" lead of the battery wiring is for safety. Bare + connections are unsafe, the bigger the connection the worse, shunt, lugs and bolts. If you are working around any grounded source and a tool etc crosses to the bare connection/shunt MURPHY's head will rise to the occasion. Ever worked on a + lead grounded vehicle??? Hayayaa.... Bumper to bumper they attempted to to get the car started while jumping...... Sparks a flying... Jim
bigfootford 11/23/16 11:54am Tech Issues
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