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RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

Thought I would add a bit to some of this which I believe is pertinent. I monitor battery temperature with a probe on the battery post when on the road/boondocking/camping. I have had FWC's for years and for the past 5+ lifeline AGM's. My 9 year old converter is a 9260 Progressive Dynamics with the remote to select the mode to charge when needed. Prior to Solar and a good controller that has temp compensation I always did the following if my batteries needed charging: If my battery post temperature was 90deg+ I would switch my converter out of boost mode 14.4 and drop it to Absorb 13.6... Did this for both my FWC's and Lifelines. According to all the tech documents for batteries I always felt that I was not stressing my batteries. And likewise, when my batteries were cold 60deg or less and the PD would not go into boost mode 14.4 I would use the remote to switch to boost. During storage I let my PD do the work.... Both my FWC's and Lifeline 13.2 float and the 14.4 every 23hrs for 15 min.... My lifelines are now 5+ years old... I test them for capacity quite often... They still have the original capacity.... Resting voltage v/s ah removed... (all one can do with AGM's) Periodic load checking 20/c discharge to 60% SOC (40%) When off grid my solar takes care of my batteries now... I sometimes see 14.9vdc when the batteries are cold and charging.... And barely 14 when hot. Temp compensated... I have many friends that have had the same continuing results with Lifelines.... One had 7 + years on his lifelines.... Jim
bigfootford 10/30/14 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: How Do You Transport Your Portable Generators?

Like this: http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823048.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823059.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823064.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/21056147/344823056.jpg Reddog1's welding and fabrication expertise and a little help from me. Been sitting up there 6 years, lots of rough roads and about 70,000 miles. Jim
bigfootford 10/28/14 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Cool sunset behind the Lance tonight

Well we do have winter here and that does not stop lot's of us from having fun... Here's a picture of a group of us all huddled together at Yosemite back on Feb of 07. Left to right: Bigfoot Ford, Reddog1, Raiders5, Mooney and unseen behind us was Junket43. All of us are still active TC'ers... Not much of a sunset! http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223191/230279398.jpg http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223191/230280377.jpg Jim
bigfootford 10/23/14 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Concrete pad and hook ups

I did 12X25 pad... and a 12X25 carport covered sides. Wish I would have done 14X30... with a bigger carport to match 12 does not give you very much on the sides.... and 25 length does not quite get it when the steps are lowers to get into the camper.... I ran a 20 amp service from my pool shed... Plenty for 9000btu ac and electric heater for the winter....etc. Carport cost was $17xx installed back in 07... http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL1437/6215710/15223706/230289590.jpg Jim
bigfootford 10/16/14 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Eco-Worthy 12v solar panels, Now drifting to... mono vs poly

Is this a decent panel set up? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Solar-Panel-Off-Grid-100W-Watts-100-Watt-Mono-12-Volt-12V-RV-Boat-PV-Charger-/281117901727?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4173eec39f I would like something to help keep the batteries juiced so I don't have to run the gen as much!Those are fine. Get at least two. Nice size panels but be aware that the VMP on this panel is 18.9vdc... 22.5 VOC... I would not use a PWM type controller with this, MPPT is what I would recommend and use. http://renogy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RNG-100D-Datasheet-02.jpg height=640 width=640 Jim
bigfootford 10/15/14 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: Dyna-glo portable propane heater

I will also add that my Cat 3 heater does not produce all this excess water that some complain about. Its never been a problem what so ever. I open up a roof vent just a little and crack the dinette window when I run it. No smell and no electric usage. Ditto on this. (wave 3). My install: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S0K_hmIkWPI/AAAAAAAAAc0/8ME6z3BwOK0/s800/100_2814.JPG Jim
bigfootford 10/09/14 09:45am Truck Campers
RE: Dyna-glo portable propane heater

The Buddy has an "always on" pilot flame. I'm not sure about the Wave, I don't think so. Maybe Kerry would be able to tell you. Im not sure but I think the vented cat uses some 12 v power , the PLAT Cat . But that's a VG safe heater. Bob Wave has a heat range 1600 btus to 3000. There is no open flame, just a glow. Plat cat does vent... Takes .5 amps to run the fan. Can operate with a remote thermostat like your furnace. Each time it turns on to heat it takes around 2-3 minutes to start... During that time the heating element takes about 5 amps. Jim
bigfootford 10/09/14 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Propane heater

I have had the wave3 for 4+ years. We travel, boondocks/dry camp almost 100% of the time. We do lots of winter trips... Humid or dry weather. I track the internal humidity v/s outside.... Even with the wave the inside is always lower than the outside and that is with the vent cracked open and a couple of windows open 1/2 in or so. It's really nice to have fresh air even in the dead of winter. I have found that inside humidity is higher if I close the camper up, no windows/vents open and we stay in the camper all evening and night. Just us breathing. I have 2 CO detectors... one has a PPM readout. Never has it registered even 1 PPM in all these years when using the Wave3. OH, if I do not open vents in the AM (summer or winter) when making coffee I will get a reading.... PPM... Think the highest I saw was 40....I forgot to open a vent. Here's how I installed my Wave3: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S0K_hmIkWPI/AAAAAAAAAc0/8ME6z3BwOK0/s800/100_2814.JPG Here's the link to my install! http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23544764.cfm http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23544764.cfm I will add this, a Buddy heater is not a Catalytic heater, it is a ceramic type heater. Either the Platinum Catalytic or the wave is an excellent choice. Some of us can not install a Platnum Cat due to the need to vent it. It also relies on 12vdc to run... They both have their pluses. A wave3 running on low, 1600btus are used each hour... There are 92,xxx BTU's in a gallon of propane.... You will use 1 gallon of propane in about 60hrs.... We run ours on low 99% of the time. The max Btu's for the Wave3 is 3000. A Platinum cat can be controlled with a thermostat! Pretty cool. Read Sleepy's thread. The Btu's are set at 3000 for the small unit and 5200 for the big one. It is great to have the door open in 20 + deg weather and still be warm in the camper... Radiant heat V/S blown hot air! Jim
bigfootford 10/01/14 02:42pm Truck Campers
RE: getting the fridge ready for a trip

Yup, the refrigerator PC board, ignitor and propane solenoid are all 12 VDC powered. Should be off the house battery bank. So OP should make sure his battery is in good shape and fully charged.. Make sure all unnecessary 12vdc items are OFF. Fridge and safety devices, propane, CO etc will pull about .5 amps when the fridge is cooling. Once the fridge is cooled down figure on .2 amps.. .5 amps an hour = 12ah for a full day of initial cool down. Jim
bigfootford 09/27/14 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Freezer to cold

Those wireless thermometers are great. Ordered a set from Amazon. Didn't work. Sent back no hassle and fortunately decided to order replacements. This set is faultless. It's good to re-set the High/Low feature once the fridge has cooled down. So far, bought 5 sets, 2 for us and 3 for christmas presents.. They all still work. Found that the tab for the + battery lead can be just a little shy of making good contact. Found that on one transmitter. I keep a log of fridge temps along with all aspects of solar charging/amp hours/battery voltages etc.... I reset my fridge thermometers daily for hi/lo. A great feature! Jim
bigfootford 09/27/14 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Freezer to cold

What refrigerator do you have? Most RV/absorption refrigerators have the thermostat in the refrigerator only. And, yes if you have a question about temperature in either refrigerator or freezer, put a thermometer in and verify actual temperature. True... If you want your freezer compartment get colder leave the fridge door open for a while.. Opening it and getting a cold beer every hr will further cool the freezer compartment. I have dual wireless temp transmitters to monitor fridge temps House and Rig. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41kGF%2BVk2uL._SY355_.jpg They work like a champ... Jim
bigfootford 09/27/14 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: getting the fridge ready for a trip

I use shore power to do the initial cool down and leave it on that mode until we are ready to go. I do make it run on propane for an hour or so to make sure that function works! No surprises when you are firing up the truck, ready to go. I always run the hot water tank and furnace too for a bit just to make sure they operate. I Keep a gallon ziplock bag full of ice cubes in the house freezer. I put it in the freezer compartment of the rv's fridge... That helps a lot. Also put 5-6 cans of soda pop or beer in the tray below the cooling fins of the fridge compartment. This get's the fridge cool quite quick.... I do not know how long it takes. I always start the fridge up on the day before leaving. As for how long a 40# tank will last. Our fridges take about 1000btus/hr when cooling.. If the fridge is in the process of cooling down it will use about 24,000 btu's (24 hrs). There is about 92,000 btu's in a gallon of Propane. Easy math eh? Rounding you can figure the initial cool down will take about 1/3 gallon. A 40# tank holds about 4 gallons. Depends on the fella filling... After the fridge has cooled down the big variable will be the outside temperature. At around 100deg I think the fridge is in cooling mode almost 100%... So 1 gallon every 3 days... At around 70 deg maybe it runs a little less than 1/2 of the time... You do the math. Jim
bigfootford 09/27/14 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel install? Newbie

Picture posting is quite easy with this little program that an RV.net member wrote. You do not need to have pictures on picture trail or other picture web's. Just drag/drop pictures from your computer and have at it... Practice doing it.. Start a thread but do not post it...just play with it. When you drop your pictures and have your thread ready, view it by clicking the little box above that has the magnifying glass and paper in it, next the the ABC (spell check). Book mark this one! https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/201045551/Forums/PhotoUpload/RV.NET-Photo-Upload.html Tech thread for picture posting and a link to what I wrote above. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15775751.cfm Jim
bigfootford 09/26/14 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: put my 19.5s on today

From a 19.5 tire thread to a trip report... So where does it end? Jim
bigfootford 09/16/14 09:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

Ok, after running the trailer on my Kill A Watt for 2 days, here are the draws I see: Wattage fluctuates between 16.5 and 17.9W .29 A .47 PF 34.7 V/A at. $.11/KW, it's costing me about 16.38/yr to maintain the batteries. Not a huge expense, but it might be worth using the battery minder during the winter to cut down on electrical usage. When I put a larger appliance on, the PF goes up to .99 (fridge, etc). Thanks for all the advice in this thread, I sincerely appreciate it! So our Progressive Dynamics are quite close at idle/float. Watts vary between 15-20 Amps varried a bit... .19 - .26 If your battery minder does not go into boost mode every day or so I would not use it for storage. Jim
bigfootford 09/15/14 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: “NOOB” questions about how TC electronics work?

... Since my fridge is in fact a true 3 way, I think just to save propane I will travel in DC mode, letting the truck alternator run the fridge (through the batteries) then switch to LP or Shore when I get to where I'm going.Certainly an option. Please post when you fail to switch to LP, and discover your truck battery is dead. Wayne OH NO! I def. don't want to do that! I "think" I have an isolator though that would keep the camper from draining the truck batteries right? But still allow the truck to charge them. Isn't that what an isolator does? Check your PM's. Jim
bigfootford 09/15/14 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Older Bigfoot Taillight question

Led running lights have come a long ways. Normally your trucks Alternator is going to put out max 14vdc.. Our converters run between 14.4 and 14.8 depending on the make... That does stress some of the cheaper interior leds.. I always recommend regulated leds for the interior and a good non for the exterior. Lot's of evaluations of led's over in TECH if in doubt. Jim
bigfootford 09/14/14 07:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Older Bigfoot Taillight question

Our new Bigfoot is a 2003 25C9.6. We have the two piece square tail lights with the outer being the running light/brake/turn. The inner has a red outer and clear square center for backup. On braking only the outer light comes on, thI would think e inner only seems to light up on backup and the red outer ring never comes on. that both should light up. Question is how should they work? Could someone with a Bigfoot of about this vintage and taillight arrangement go see how theirs operates for me. Thanks Our Bigfoot is a 2000 25c9.6 like yours... Lights work exactly the same as yours... The backup light glows red along with the white/clear lens. The combo color lenses are not partitioned to do what you think it should.. The outer solid red glows for parking and bright for brakes... 2 elements in one bulb. The backup light are single element. Jim
bigfootford 09/14/14 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: put my 19.5s on today

We recently finished 8,000+ miles from Sacramento, up the Dalton Hwy to Prudhoe bay and on the way home we came back via "Top Of The World" highway.... We towed a trailer for the Son's bike equipment and spare tires for the trailer and truck... The tires and truck took a pounding... Those 19.5's are very comforting! https://lkpzpq.dm2303.livefilestore.com/y2mBXHpyMhQeN6H8kQnaSDr8JrkO-Xh1vsyEoUnyY1ste8cMS1rzDgK5YLlblLCG8ICFNdiDKr9iTKC7-JLvYHIfbBrhGe-HK8rAPp3UAfg8DoDeyYD5mf683Pp7Q__wU-H/100_1754.JPG?psid=1 height=640 width=640 Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 05:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

To verify that my KWmeter is working I did a standalone test with a 60 watt bulb. .48 amps 57.9 watts 119.8vac So the math for a bulb is .48X119.8 is 57.5 watts... Thats close enough to say the meter is working pretty good. Interesting that the PD plays a bit with the readings of the KWmeter. Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 12:53pm Tech Issues
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