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RE: Northern Lite 10-2 on SRW

While losing your wheels would be bad it's not the only way to tear out the rear of your camper by catching a jack on the ground. What the OP is referring to is departure angle. As the length of overhang increases the departure angle decreases making it more likely that you will contact the ground with the back end of the camper or in most cases the camper jacks because they are the lowest point at the rear. Uneven back country roads, pulling out of parking lots, pulling off the side of the highway all have the potential of making contact if you are unaware. This would be catastrophic to the rear of the camper. Keep in mind the extension will now be your lowest point and decrease your departure angle even further. I have bottomed out exiting a few parking lots already. Great post insp1505! I removed the pictures just to keep the reply short... Even with my 9'6" Bfoot I pay close attention when doing an acute transition or backing up. Jim
bigfootford 02/07/16 01:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Garage ceiling clearance

What ever happened to the OP?
bigfootford 02/06/16 11:33am Truck Campers
RE: Small Microwave

I did not have a place for a Microwave so I mounted a cheap, medium size MW under my cabinets. I did have to install a cross brace in the cabinet to attach the lid to the underside of the cabinet. I mounted the lid first, then attached the MW to the lid. http://lh4.ggpht.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/S1ojcDVBPTI/AAAAAAAAAfc/oB41FnwlLNg/s800/100_2830.JPG width=640 Many MW mfg's are now using Inverters to power the MW's. Much lighter 1/2 the weight but they are not Smaller packages. Guess they need to run out of transformers before they begin to put Inverters in the smaller MW's. Thread here: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23603727.cfm Jim
bigfootford 02/03/16 10:31am Truck Campers
RE: Small Microwave

Might try thrift stores if you have them in your area. wife found one for her classroom that was small. Jim
bigfootford 02/03/16 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 install into Lance 915

What size of solar panel did you go with? And what monitor? Panels are 100watt each using a Morningstar Sunsaver MPPT controller. I added the remote panel and temperature compensation. Panel size is 23X52" I needed panels that were narrow so I could work up on the roof so here is what I did: Thread here: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/_lAsuwHaXHEs/TVG_FV0TU0I/AAAAAAAABSg/IJ5ZF1aLNww/s800/101_3816.JPG width=640 If you find panels that are under 18vdc Vmp... mine are 23vdc, you can get a good PWM controller for 1/2 the price of MPPt and it will work great. I would recommend that anyone get the temperature compensation and a remote control display panel.. These are great panels: http://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Watts-Volts-Monocrystalline-Solar/dp/B009Z6CW7O And this kit is a great starter but has no temperature compensation: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFCNFRM/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_3?pf_rd_p=1944687542&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B009Z6CW7O&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1TX0WXSSB7DYWNPB9JZF Here is a nice controller by Morningstar with Temperature Compensation: http://www.solar-electric.com/lib/wind-sun/PSdatasheet.pdf Enough, Jim
bigfootford 01/28/16 10:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 install into Lance 915

My next upgrade with solar. Curious to hear how it works for you....and if you would have went with a wave 6.... Solar? Haw no question how good it is. Most trips we do I have never needed to run the gen, and I do not use the trucks engine to assist charging when traveling. Last year we did 8 weeks to Alaska... No shore power needed... Some of us have found that with solar, led lights, led tv we do not even need 2 batteries. I run 1 100ah AGM... We charge phones, laptops etc, watch tv 2 hrs at a time but not every day. Winter, solar and all the 12 vdc things we do stated above and the Wave to provide a majority of heat we do not need the gen, shore power. The solar keeps us charged. There are some stormy days that we have needed to do the Gen or shore power. My daily 12vdc loads are 15-20 non need for the furnace and 20-25 using the furnace for heat assist in the mornings or when we have left the camper for the day and return at night. Most of our furnaces pull 6-8 amps... Every hour you use it will be about 3-4 AH.. cycling on and off... So over a 12 hr span.... 12X3 is 36 AH.... There you can see the problem eh? Yea for the wave! Leave it on low and go have fun! No furnace. Jim
bigfootford 01/28/16 07:43pm Truck Campers
RE: When main electric switch is off ?

A battery disconnect switch should remove ALL load/charge connections to the battery.... Why? 1. when removing the leads from the battery you do not want any sparking/arcing. A potential for explosion from the gasses from the battery. Your solar controller, if hardwired could cause this condition.. 2. when your solar controller is not getting any sun there is a parasitic load on the battery... So if your TC is in storage and you turn off the main battery cutoff switch you do not want any loads on the battery... I have separate cutoff switch for the solar so I can remove the solar controller completely and still have the normal 12 vdc stuff operational. I find no reason for the solar controller to have power on if there is no need for solar when the camper is sitting in it's cave with no sun to harvest. Jim
bigfootford 01/28/16 06:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 install into Lance 915

Ditto what Fred HVAC said, it does take15 minutes or more for the wave to get going. Always leave it on high for about 30 min. before you turn it on low. That gets the pad really cooking. I always open the door when it is initially starting, giving it about 3-5 min to get burning good. That way any fumes will be removed. If the wind is coming in the door then you may have trouble getting the pad to fully ignite! I will add that it does take a couple of hours running for the smell of the parts etc to out gas... I ran mine with the door open... Jim
bigfootford 01/27/16 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 install into Lance 915

We usually run our wave on low at night. In 20+ outside it will hold the camper in the high 50's. When we get up I put the wave on high, turn own the furnace set it to 74 or so... after the camper warms up the furnace will not cycle and things are comfy in the camper. If it is cold outside 30+ we will leave the wave on low all day. You will learn to fine tune to get the warmth from that wave. Love to have the vent open and a side window by the bed.. Get that fresh crisp air and still the living area of the camper stays warm from the Wave's radiant heat. Radiant heat is like a campfire. You can be 10+ feet away and feel the heat even with the wind blowing. Try that with our furnace and see if you can feel the warmth. I have found that having the Wave as low to the floor works better than up on a counter. Heat rises eh? Getting the floor a bit warm helps a lot. When you are not using the wave make sure you cover it! Even dust contaminates the pad! Jim
bigfootford 01/27/16 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 NL Delamination

I would expect the anchor point for the tiedowns to pull through the fiberglass before the delam occurs... Just thinking! I too am glad that NL wants to take a look.... I have faith in NL to do the right thing. Jim
bigfootford 01/21/16 07:42pm Truck Campers
RE: 2016 NL Delamination

I've been interested in both the NL 10-2 and BF 10.4, so are you saying that the structure of the fiberglass does not support itself? It requires being bonded to the polystyrene and interior paneling to support the structure of the camper? I understand how strong stress skin panels are. I've worked on a few. I had a Palomino 8801 that was made that way. Very strong, but the glass was only 1/16" thick and it had an aluminum frame around the edge of each panel. I thought that both BF and NL were made like a boat, which has a few frames and the transom glassed into the hull but most of the strength in the thickness of the molded fiberglass which is a factor of only fiberglass lamination. Correct for most if not all structure ridgedness of the camper. On the Bf the corners are concentrated with fiberglass strands and quite structurally sound. The weakness that is obvious is in the spans, not corners. The spans are enforced by the sandwiched foam... Both campers survive very well under these conditions but there are the few that do not Why? Any flexing is subject to stressing of the foam to fiberglass bond.... So the twisting of the camper in any way will stress that bond, SAME as a wood metal structure... so what gives? A Class B motorhome may be a real comparison... Chassis flex/ twist.. Not a problem Camper twist flex a problem Why is the camper flex twist a problem.... Probably deals with how we elect to hold our campers to the frame... Jim
bigfootford 01/19/16 11:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood 8940-III fan won't stop

So do you know if I need to get the Dino Fan50 board or the small, form universal ignition board? The chart says Fan50, but so many other links say the UIB S is my replacement. Best to contact the Dinosaur folks tomorrow. Guess you know the website but will post here in case someone does not know about these great aftermarket boards they provide... I have had one in my fridge for +10 years.. Great product. http://www.dinosaurelectronics.com/Ignitor_boards.htm Jim
bigfootford 01/10/16 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Please Learn how to post photos in this Forum

I can't let this opportunity pass -- again, I have to thank 1492 for making that app available. It has made it so much easier to post photos! Well done. You bet that is a great contribution to RV.net's forums! Jim
bigfootford 01/10/16 01:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood 8940-III fan won't stop

The circuit broad has a 'blower power'........old timed delay relay incorporated onto board T-stat calls for heat Fan gets power thru circuit board Fan comes up to speed......sail switch makes up/high temp limit switch already closed...power goes back to board and then to gas valve/ignitor Heats blows...... T-stat set point gets satisfied....t-stat contacts open Power to gas valve gets dropped Fan continues to run until 'blower power' shuts down Fan not shutting down....... Bad contact on connector at board. Pull/clean board contact surface with pencil eraser and check that pins in connector are not bent OR bad 'blower power'..........NEW board Low battery ,,,,,,,,, Fan would not start and if it did it wouldn't come up to high enough speed to move enough air to satisfy sail switch. Gas valve wouldn't stay open....heating wouldn't happen Nice description of function, but: Read the first post by the OP... "Now it runs, cycles on and heats great. When it comes to temp, flame cuts off but fan only slows a lot"" jim
bigfootford 01/10/16 01:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Atwood 8940-III fan won't stop

the board has a time delay for turning the gas valve on/off.Also the fan delay for turning the fan off. Here is the link for troubleshooting you furnace. The first thing a all techs do is check all connections on the board also battery should be fully charged. http://bryantrv.com/docs.html Good suggestions, I will expand a bit: Sounds like the OP battery (s) are low or your converter/charger is not functioning. Fan slows = low battery! Fan may continue to blow because the controller does not have enough voltage to control the furnaces functions. Make sure that you are plugged into shore power, check your battery monitor if you have one. Plugged in after about 30 min your battery monitor should show that the battery voltage is high. This is not a charged indication as some believe... It takes hours to charge a low battery! Here is a direct link to the furnace section of the manuals provided by Bryants. http://bryantrv.com/docs.html#furnace Jim
bigfootford 01/10/16 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Please Learn how to post photos in this Forum

How hard is it to put 640 in the width part when inserting your link to you picture? That's all you have to do! Or use this web site to post pictures, then you can upload them from your computer and not use a host for your pictures.... Just add this to you favorites bar. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/201045551/Forums/PhotoUpload/RV.NET-Photo-Upload.html Go read about it here: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/15775751.cfm Jim
bigfootford 01/10/16 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Invitation for repairing delamination Bulge on NL Camper

Wardster, your's might be worth another thread.I agree. This TC structural failure is certainly worthy of a stand alone Thread. This type failure does not often happen, and it would be a shame if it were lost. Wayne Moderator Please do start another thread... Thank you for posting your findings... Jim
bigfootford 01/04/16 11:52am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 90 Degree Elbow Options

Here is a great kit that should provide you all that you need, including a quick disconnect. http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=28&product_id=61 http://www.rvsolarelectric.com/image/cache/data/hookup_kit_pub-250x250.jpg width=640 A link to my Wave3 install. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23544764/srt/pa/pging/1/page/1.cfm Jim
bigfootford 01/03/16 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Death Valley Daze part 1

Great run!!! We did Dvalley 2 years ago about the same timeframe. There was a roaring storm that hit... Winds were clocked at 70+ at night along with a torrential downpour. Then it snowed a bit the next day. We had our VW baja with us so we went site seeing like you did.. Nice. On the way home the weather was really turning bad... We were going to go up 395 but all the passes were closed, even Berryessa pass. So we headed back to the Tehachapi pass... It was snowing but we made it over the pass without chains.. 1/2 hr later they shut it down too... Weather this time of year sure can be un-predictable. Jim
bigfootford 01/03/16 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: Saw this today (fire)

Here we go again!!! Everybody on the forum knows exactly where these fires are caused. Not true.. Go read the various threads I have provided and decide. I agree that some of the fires have been caused by mechanical failure but there is way more to the story. Jim
bigfootford 12/30/15 01:23pm Tech Issues
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