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RE: New Solar System

A long time poster on this TC Forum has frequently made a good suggestion when deciding size and position of a Solar Panel, bigfootford. This is to cut a piece of cardboard (or similar) the size of the solar panel you are considering/purchased. Then set it in the location/s on the roof of your Truck Camper. Determing the position of your Solar Panel in the roof landscape of your TC is important. b Like this: My panels were long and narrow.... 23"X56". 100watts each. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D_cz4lchVVg/TUhfMWd92CI/AAAAAAAABPw/cOuZQfmJ7vs/w645-h484-no/100_3533.JPG height=640 width=480 Link to some of my pictures: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 02/19/15 12:13pm Truck Campers
Lithium based batteries cycle v/s life

Some of you will find this study very interesting.... http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries Jim
bigfootford 02/17/15 07:27am Tech Issues
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

This is a great write up by MathewB..... How to wire up heavy duty for truck to camper charging... http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23601503.cfm Jim
bigfootford 02/13/15 12:29am Truck Campers
RE: 26" LCD TV with DVD Player Power Draw?

Some really detailed explanations here, all will work, but the simple answer is look at the label (required by UL) on the back and you'll find your answer. I know UL does not write laws and bla, bla, bla. "K.I.S.S." Now that is not a good answer! Some folks do not understand the conversion of watts to amps or amps to watts. Couple that with an inverter and it's inefficiency factor along with the conversion to DC.... How do you K.I.S.S. that? Jim
bigfootford 02/09/15 09:30am Tech Issues
RE: 26" LCD TV with DVD Player Power Draw?

21 in led TV and standalone DVD/VCR... running through an inverter. 3.5 amps draw to watch TV DVD in standby. (off but plugged in. 4.5 amps draw DVD/VCR playing, TV on. Did have a lcd TV with the same DVD combo. It added about .3 amps to the draw. Jim
bigfootford 02/09/15 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: Amp draw reading

If your radio is 12vdc there will be parasitic drain from it too. I put an external switch for it. Any inverter that is on but not providing any 120vdc to something will have parasitic draw. One of mine 700watt will pull about .4 My absolute min parasitic draw fridge on but not cooling is around .3amps.. Jim
bigfootford 02/08/15 09:28am Tech Issues
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

THe thing about the "Universal" brand batteries is dealer network. I've never heard of them before. I'm not a big fan of the style terminals on them (tabs, with holes in them) UPG has been around for a few years... For AGM's >< 6 years. Connections issues are true with lifelines etc.... Bestconverter has been around for over 12 years... I think they stand by their products and will still be around to take care of any warranty and Issues you may have ... I beat the S**** out of a new one years ago and it still is working from what I have been told. That is another story. Jim
bigfootford 02/07/15 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

Might just look at this, no tax and free shipping from Bestconverter.. Several folks are using them and are happy. http://www.bestconverter.com/Universal-AGM-Batteries_c_127.html
bigfootford 02/06/15 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

BTW, Bestconverter has great prices, no tax, no shipping! http://www.bestconverter.com/Universal-AGM-Batteries_c_127.html Jim
bigfootford 02/04/15 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

Various AGM battery mfg's have different spec's for charging... I searched hard to see if I could find the charge spec's for the Intimidator/Deca AGM's and could not find it.... Example of the Universal Power Group battery... They say max current for a group 27 is .3C or 30 amps max... 14.4 vdc. http://upgi.com/Themes/leanandgreen/images/UPG/ProductDownloads/45826.pdf Lifeline is totally different, you can check it out if you are thinking about Lifelines. They are more expensive. I have had lifeline for 5+ years. Still has factory spec capacity, which I watch almost every camper trip.... Per my Trimetric I have a total AH on them of 4500+. How I check it is each morning I see what the AH tot al for the evening or days and compare with the resting voltage of the battery. Just wanted you to be aware. Jim
bigfootford 02/04/15 09:59am Truck Campers
RE: Eagle Cap owners.....

Thanks for the tips everyone. With a flashlight and a mirror, I was able to plug the converter back in. Thanks Now you need to make sure that it works.... Wonder why it was unplugged? Makes no sense to me. Jim
bigfootford 02/04/15 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: War of the Worlds, a photoposé of the Page area

I'm glad this got sorted out and we now can continue to follow the Wizard of Wazz Ji
bigfootford 02/01/15 09:31am Truck Campers
RE: Heater won't stay lit

I figured I'd come close this up for others in my situation. I ended up having to change my circuit board that controls the ignition. Easy 5 min fix, fires up and runs great. Yea, thanks for ending your thread... So many folks leave it hang makes the thread worthless most of the time.. Congrats... Jim
bigfootford 01/19/15 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i Carb Job With Photos Must Read!!!!!

Here tiz, Wayne posted it! http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26488168/gotomsg/26491320.cfm#26491320 Jim
bigfootford 12/29/14 05:59am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i Carb Job With Photos Must Read!!!!!

Well, I just repeated the process and it worked perfectly! I'm all good. Jim, when I say junk I'm referring to the chalky tarnish residue. Nothing really abnormal. Good for you, finding that and removing it! Yep some of us have found that... Lot's of that in Wayne's (Reddog1) jet.... several times. Almost corroded enough on the end of the emulsion jet that you could not get it out.. Many discussions led us to believe it may have been the salt air of the coast... He ran his gen a lot while being in the San Francisco bay.... Daily for several hours. He and I have installed an inline filter to help in the filtering... We have observed lots of moisture bubbles in the clear tubing loop we installed to replace the fuel line and insert a filter in the path... Hate this E10 crap... Jim
bigfootford 12/28/14 06:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i Carb Job With Photos Must Read!!!!!

You still have some garbage in the carb jets. Wayne MAN! They were full of junk too...I used my micro drill set to clean out all the holes in the jets then sprayed them with carb cleaner, then blew high pressure air through them just as I always do...I'll repeat steps...haha. Thanks Wayne! Wonder how all that ended up in your jets? Usually we find that there is just a small, small piece of******in there.... You should have seen lots of******in the float bowl if you were observing a "full of junk too" thing! You did remove the emulsion jet? That is the normal culprit. Jim
bigfootford 12/28/14 04:09pm Tech Issues
RE: it was one of those oh crud moments (Tire recall see p.5)

Wow, great follow up. Back in the 70's Firestone bias ply's had problems of sidewall de-lamination .. .... I had them on our camper van. We were on vacation, stopped at a gas station, saw about a 2in dia. bubble on the side wall of one of the tires. Short of it, Firestone denied any wrong doing, I replaced the tires with Goodyear... About 3 years later Firestone owned up... We had sold the van, and the paper work was gone.... Jim
bigfootford 12/27/14 10:16am Truck Campers
RE: Happi Jack 4560's stop....

Hey Bigfootford, Whereabouts were those located, I only had one in the fuse panel. Well how big was that fuse???? The 30 amp'ers are located on the HJ control board....under the cover! Picture from the Eagle Cap owners forum.. http://www.eaglecapowners.com/campfire/upload/admin-Rich/2010610144020_happijac_MLB.jpg http://www.eaglecapowners.com/campfire/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1338 Jim
bigfootford 12/18/14 06:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Happi Jack 4560's stop....

I got a response from Adventurer, they indicated have a 30 amp Type 1 resettable fuse in the fuse panel for both the jacks and in my case, the slide. He said he was told by the tech's that if it trips, best to replace it, why I don't understand, but I replaced them both. I will be taking the camper on and off the truck the next two weeks, I will report back if that was a fix. I didn't know that there were resettable ATC fuses or that there are Type 1,2 & 3 resettables. Type 1 resets itself, Type 2 resets after power is turned off, Type 3 is a manual reset. Maybe a 30 amp fuse is not enough, but I am sure they didn't but the required wiring in that would support anything higher. The HJ controllers have 2 ATC fuses rated at 30 amps... 1 for the front, 1 for the rear.... If you think about that we are talking about 60 amps total... Although I do not believe we will see more than 40 continuous It for sure is going to be nudging over 30.... I would replace it with a 40 and be done.... If something happens on the front or rears independently the 30 amp act will blow! If in doubt contact/Call, no email Hjac and ask them what the resettable DC hot wire should be.... Mine is 40 amps, never replaced it and it has never tripped. Jt
bigfootford 12/18/14 05:23pm Truck Campers
RE: This is gonna get moved

Hi narcodog, If you have a smart phone try using the gps mapping feature on it. no smart phone Probably only works where there is a cell signal. A GPS will work pretty much anywhere. Im happy with the Garmin products. Costco is a good bargin source, and sell the latest models. Get one with free lifetime map updates. I find the traffic feature useless and turn it off. You can get a 6 inch screen for around 200 and a 5 inch around 125 with lifetime maps. Many of the cell phone products (example Navigon) do not need a cell connection True but if you watch the video you will see the power of the Delorme product... Adding via's, Put in your comfortable miles to travel... and there will be markers on the map/route where to get gas.... And how far you want to travel each day.... there will be markers.... So when you travel where there is no towns for a long ways you can say, well I best get gas early.... You can tell it to avoid freeways etc.... any kind of roads you want.... Avoid toll roads.... Jim
bigfootford 12/18/14 04:43pm Truck Campers
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