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RE: Power problems-batteries are charged, but acting dead

Lead acid batteries will fool you. They will show full charge and even act like they're taking a charge, but will have zero capacity. That's why a voltage check only shows half the story. Exactly... Quick check is to measure the battery (s) with no load and no charging. remove your shore power.... Then while watching the voltage turn on your lights one or two at a time.. If the voltage starts dropping .1 or .2 that might be ok, more than that is deep poo! Then turn on a fan... If your battery voltage drops more than around .4 you have a battery problem or a charging problem... or both. Jim
bigfootford 08/31/15 12:27pm Truck Campers
RE: jefe's converter upgrade and new 200W solar panels

For those of you with campers and thinking about getting solar this Renolgy kit is as good as it gets for solar on a camper. The panels are narrow and long... Trying to find something that is 25 inches wide or less is becoming almost impossible.... This deal may be one of the last we see. So if you are just thinking I would do a quick cursory roof layout and order the 2 panel kit with controller and just put it away until you are ready to do the install. These panels are 21X47.... Get your cardboard out, cut and throw them up on your roof and see how they will fit! http://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Watts-Volts-Monocrystalline-Solar/dp/B009Z6CW7O As a note.... These panels will really work well with a Morningstar or Rogue MPPT controller. One can expect up to an extra 5 amps of charging with 2 panels and these controllers. This is due to the 18.9vmp voltage of these panels which is + 1.X volts higher than most 12vdc panels. The Renology controller is great and is not expensive so you can later upgrade to the MPPT controller if you think you need it. A good video to get an understanding of the difference of MPPT and PWM. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7NWpxxEB9o Jim
bigfootford 08/31/15 11:37am Truck Campers
RE: jefe's converter upgrade and new 200W solar panels

Wow, that is about the fastest install of solar and a new converter that I have ever seen! From the here's what you need to install= less than 2 weeks. Great job... Congratulations and thanks for the nice comments. Jim
bigfootford 08/31/15 11:15am Truck Campers
RE: Fixing AC polarity issues.

Added this to my todo camper bucket list.... Nice mod! I always check shore power plugs prior to plugging in.... Only seen a problem of reverse polarity one time.... I went around to the empty sites to check. Went to the office and told them.... They probably never did anything about it... Thanks for the IDEA! Jim
bigfootford 08/23/15 11:50pm Truck Campers
RE: my solar install

Yea, way to go..... Great install... Jim
bigfootford 08/22/15 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: LPG Detector Problem

The only time that mine has ever gone off was from the dog passing gas during the middle of the night. We were all quite startled, including the dog. Haw,,, for sure Dog F@@@S set it off.... We were in a rest area along I5 for a quick stop... had the windows open and the lp detector started going off.... Fumes from the cars was setting it off... If I leave the camper door open and start the truck (cold) the LP alarm will go off if there is a air motion just right. Sometimes it sets off my Co detector too. A bottle of wine fell and spilled on the carpet. Alarm went off... Hay, we know it's working... Yes to replace every 5 years. EXPENSIVE buggers! Jim
bigfootford 08/21/15 05:19pm Truck Campers
RE: What is normal parasitic DC amp draw?

I thought all appliances were off. Does the fridge light work even when the fridge is switched off? Don't forget about the anti-condensation heater on the door seal. I disconnected mine to ensure it doesn't get switched on accidentally. Not suppose to... You can test it if it has a lever to turn on/off the light. Think all Dometic's have the lever. Yep, that anti-condensation heater can eat that battery. Jim
bigfootford 08/21/15 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: What is normal parasitic DC amp draw?

kyle86 you have done excellent! Front of the class for you! Jim
bigfootford 08/20/15 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: What is normal parasitic DC amp draw?

Quote afinepoint: "Thanks Bigfoot. I thought it was high as well. I'll look around. All I know of are the detectors and a Tire Minder booster which is wired into the lighting circuit. Regarding addition power sources. I don't understand the design of the electrical system of a trailer. Every load in a house goes through the electrical panel. What's the point in a breaker box if you're going to bypass it? " Well 2 different systems... the 120vac system is like a house and wired as such... But the 12vdc system is like a car/truck in a way.... Battery has a fuse link Fuse panel under the hood Fuse panel under the dash And there may be fuses else where.... If you have the owners manual for the trailer there may be locations for the fuses and their function.... hahahaaaa probably not... A major sore point for most rv consumers.. No wiring diagram.. Jim
bigfootford 08/20/15 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: What is normal parasitic DC amp draw?

What is considered excessive parasitic draw? My current draw is 2,7amps. I opened breakers and pulled fuses one at a time with no change. The batteries are two size 24DC with 92amp hour capacity each. I do have an inverter. The trailer is an Adventure Manufacturing FBS 26. Maybe you have other fuses in the trailer... Many of us have fuses in our distribution panel and another fuse block some place else for other things. Most of us run .5 or less with everything off or disconnected and safety monitors running. 2.7 amps is BIG! Inverter parasitic draw varies between units. I have measured .5 to .75 parasitic.
bigfootford 08/20/15 10:52am Tech Issues
RE: What is normal parasitic DC amp draw?

If you have a 12vdc radio.....It is one of the most forgotten source of drain. I installed a switch to remove all power from it. As stated the TV antenna booster also... If you have an inverter it is a standby amp gobbler! Turn it off. With just the safety detectors and everything else off you should see .2 -.3 amps... Jim
bigfootford 08/20/15 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on 100W Solar System

on amazon two 100watt monocrytaline panels, controller, connectors, $324 shipped, by renogy as a kit Nice kit.... Use this kit PWM controller and later upgrade with a good mppt controller and get the benefit of the 18.9vdc Vmp... That would add about +5 amps charging... Then one could use the PWM controller with a small panel 25-50 watts to keep the camper batteries charged when in storage or if you have a camper cave. http://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Watts-Volts-Monocrystalline-Bundle/dp/B00B8L8MD2 Jim
bigfootford 08/19/15 05:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Question to all Vision 19.5 wheel users

Umm I found this post over in the Turbodiesel forum: http://www.turbodieselregister.com/threads/251026-Lug-Centric-19-5-vision-wheels Update to what I said previously in this thread I had to order two new front wheels because the el-cheapo clear coat that Vison uses on their machine finish "type 81 heavy hauler" wheels was failing. After 10,000 miles of summer use only. Disappointing to say the least. Anyhow, the wheels with the failed finish were 3 years old, and were lug-centric (coned lug nuts and loose tolerance on hub hole). The new replacement front wheels are hub-centric (hub piloted) with a flat washer type of lug nut. So it appears that Vision recently changed their design on the wheels. Interesting.
bigfootford 08/19/15 11:04am Truck Campers
RE: Question to all Vision 19.5 wheel users

NTSB time.... Easy to file a complaint. That way it's on record. I am going to take my computer to LES Schwab and show them the thread and pictures. See what they say. Jim
bigfootford 08/18/15 11:28pm Truck Campers
RE: 2007 Bigfoot 15c9.3...about to pull the trigger...Update

Hear of that happening before... Maybe a good omen... We all will keep a look out for another one, maybe even better... Maybe a 2500... Jim
bigfootford 08/16/15 09:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Question to all Vision 19.5 wheel users

There should be no recess cut on any wheel on the inside of the rim. This situation is a manufacturing machining mistake, not a flaw.. Jim
bigfootford 08/15/15 12:07am Truck Campers
RE: Question to all Vision 19.5 wheel users

I don't know about the other series wheels,I am talking about just the 19.5 81A Heavy Haulers, the ones that you see on this site. I don't know when they started with the machined back plate or if it was just a bad batch that they are not aware of. I just know I have $2000 of tires and wheels that I don't want to use because of the failure of the one I had. I don't feel comfortable running them with the camper on the truck. I'm with you! This really needs to be resolved and anyone with Vision rims needs to check and see it they have that recess... This is a very bad problem! Thanks for your persistence and if you get no answers some of us will... Keep us informed. Jim
bigfootford 08/14/15 08:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Question to all Vision 19.5 wheel users

I just got a call from the tire shop and the replacement rim just came in,I will find out Monday if it is the same as the damaged one but I suspect that it will be. Regardless,all the others have the same machining on the back. The people at Vision have not called me after a multitude of emails so I am going to try and get a contact number Monday and see if I can get some answers. At this point I would not recommend using these wheels,especially if you had a load on the truck like a camper or 5th wheel. Your are saying all Vision wheels or 19.5 heavy haulers with the inside recessed holes? Hopefully we can get an answer from Vision.. I would think that Les Schwaub would find out in a heart beat... Take a bad rim down there and have a discussion.... Jim
bigfootford 08/14/15 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on 100W Solar System

Then will go with the rogue controller based on Jim's recommendation and the fact I can get the data from with my PC. . That makes me smile! Your reading the good stuff about the Rogue, although Morningstar does some of that too.... For some of you here is a rogue install by one of the great RV.net fellas around...CJW8. Not a TC'er but still you will obtain some knowledge.. You can search his posts about the Rogue and all the arguing and **** that went on, even with the owed/engineer of Rogue if you so desire. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/25129980/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm Jim
bigfootford 08/12/15 11:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on 100W Solar System

Must be an addicted to my RV. Spent 1-1/2 hours in it tonight without AC with the temps in the 90s drawing up my roof. Good news is I have much more real estate than I thought. http://i.imgur.com/keTn4Bxl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/tl9bGrol.jpg Enough so that I could go three 100 watt panels if I wanted to, but still think I will just go with the one from renogy. Then will go with the rogue controller based on Jim's recommendation and the fact I can get the data from with my PC. Plan is to mount the panel in the lower left of the on the luggage rails. Will make a cross bar out of 1-1/2" square aluminum tubing and mount the panel to it. Will then only be about 6" from the front edge of the panel to the fridge vent. Great! You have worked it out and see the possibilities... I really vacillated with my install. As you can see I slightly offset my rear panel. Why did I do that? I could have put the other panel on the other side of the vent! Why did I not do that? Because I wanted to be able to move around on the roof, up to the front vent. After I installed the solar I later installed an escape vent 24X24! I can get out of that vent now and get up on the roof and move around easy. I will say this and shut up ok? I would get that 2nd panel and not install it if you don't want to do it right now, just save it. These 36 cell 18+vdc panels may not be around next year... So get it and store it! Just my opinion. My48 cell 23Vmp panels are no longer avail! So glad I bought 2. All you guys thinking about this heed! Jim
bigfootford 08/12/15 11:34pm Truck Campers
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