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RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Have you considered sending the announcement to camper dealers and Camping World stores in the area? The dealers and Camping World stores I have been inside of have bulletin boards with announcements like your's. Thanks for the suggestion. I had thought about it way back and initially contacted a local dealer here but didn't receive a response so I let it slip my mind. I'll start working on contacting other local dealers this week to see if I have more success this time around. I have a feeling, sad to say that we TC guys are not of much interest to most dealers and parts places.... I do know that some online and local parts folks will donate to TC events. Jim
bigfootford 11/26/17 02:34pm Truck Campers
RE: For those that tow 4 down

Roadmaster/stowmaster..... Brake system by Ready Brake.... Towing 88 Samurai Tin Top...2200lbs. Jim
bigfootford 11/20/17 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: Solar project thoughts.

Looking really good! Class A work and craftsmanship! Jim
bigfootford 11/13/17 12:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Wave Heater Install

When set on the low setting our Wave6 heater burns about 1/3 gallon of propane in 10 hours of use(verified by weight). We open two opposing windows and a roof vent 1/2 inch when using the cat heater. There is minimal condensation which collects in the window drains camping in weather where the outside temperatures reach mid 20's. The minimum inside temperature is in the upper 50's without using the camper furnace. On another note, we have two CO monitors in the camper. One is an Atwood(Model# 32703) which is RV approved and has a digital readout. The Wave6 has NEVER caused the readout to register any CO level. Use of the oven without having the vent fan on is another story! Never seen any Co readings on our monitors either... OH yea, just making coffee in the AM.... gets readings. Jim
bigfootford 11/09/17 03:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Wave Heater Install

Question I would have is how much humidity issues do you have. Here in the Pacific Northwest humidity in winter is a big problem. We do pretty well with our double pane windows and a little venting but just running the stove or oven adds a lot of humidify. I would think that would be a problem with the Wave or Buddy heaters unlike the regular furnace. Those of you that have them, what is your experience? We have traveled and stayed in high humidity areas in the winter using our wave. Washington, Oregon etc.. Because it is radiant heat we usually can have the door open in 30 deg weather running the Wave 3 on high or low... Thus no more humidity than using a furnace and having the camper windows closed and all tight. Two humans and a dog can create a LOT of humidity.. We open a couple of windows and inch or more and the vent over our bed about 1", we like the fresh air and still being warm... If we were doing it just for safety we would not have them opened as far for sure.... Got to remember that the Wave 3 is sipping propane..... 3000BTU's on high will burn a gallon of propane... 92,000BTU's in about 30 hrs of steady use... and on low 1600BTU's about 58 hrs... The oven/stove eats those BTU's... 6500 for the front burner and about 7200 for the oven. Oh, and if your interested in BTU's the furnace we have is the big one... 35,000 BTU's! Our fridges, running on Propane consume about 650BTU's/hr when cooling... Figure a 15 min duty cycle and you could say that our fridges, when fully cooled will use about 300-400 BTU's per hr.. You can do the math to tell how long your fridge should run on a gallon of propane... Jim
bigfootford 11/08/17 02:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Replacing Flooring on Bigfoot

Replaced our BF flooring with Linoleum. Used metal floor trim around the basement and access door. Looks good. Used news paper to get the pattern to cut the linoleum. Used double side carpet tape to lay the linoleum down. Oh yea, it was a chore! Used 1/4 round on the edges. Jim
bigfootford 11/06/17 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: Tires

Discussing tires and not knowing the actual weight of your camper loaded is something that should be considered. Ignore dry weight or even wet weight. You need to weigh that truck and camper loaded with water, and all the STUFF! You will be surprised. Probably coming in at about 4,000 lbs. Jim
bigfootford 11/05/17 10:42am Truck Campers
RE: truck camper 6 pak

Haw, here's the bathroom... Bummer that they have a trash can in the way so you can not see how it works.... https://i.imgur.com/DDMup3Il.jpg From this ad: https://www.rvtrader.com/dealers/Bish%27s-RV-3008270/listing/1979-Six-Pac-SIX-PAC-138-5000473034 Jim
bigfootford 10/22/17 10:41pm Truck Campers
RE: truck camper 6 pak

We bought a used one back in the 90's to see if we wanted to do a camper again. It was a 70's or early 80's. $500, it was rotten in the corners but still stable. It was an 8ft camper. Fully equipped. Water heater, 2 way fridge full bath... Light weight. It had the best bathroom ever! The toilet actually folded up into the wall so you had the whole bath floor space. It had a flex tube that connected to the Black tank which was under the rear of the camper. It was sad to send it to Dr. George for dismantling. We bought our Bigfoot right after that. Jim
bigfootford 10/22/17 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: reconsidering recomendataions on solar

Real advantage of MPPT is using large high voltage panels that may not even fit well on a TC. Panels with 18+volts works way better with MPPT.. My 100watt panels have a VMP of 23 Volts. They have 48 cells... Still considered in the 12vdc class. PWM would loose a lot with this higher voltage. Jim
bigfootford 10/21/17 11:26am Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Bigfootford, reading another topic you're contributing to, I would start the gathering of lawn chairs for solar info and advice. We have the factory set-up and I would like to improve it. That would be fun! Here is that topic: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29455603/srt/pa/pging/1/page/3 Jim
bigfootford 10/20/17 01:03pm Truck Campers
RE: reconsidering recomendataions on solar

First looking at your ah draw at 70% you have used about 54ah. If you are running the Fantastic Fan 24/7 and running it on speed 1 I believe the Amp draw is around 1 amp. That equates to 24ah a day... This said your daily draw is around 25ah without the fan and that is what I run on some days, TV, computers, phones etc. If you could find an alternative for that fantastic fan it would be the best alternative. I have the fantastic fan and a Surflo vent fan. It is not without it's troubles but I have managed to get around the issues and it is the best vent fan ever. It is variable speed and thus can be slowed down to the point that it is only pulling about .5 amps! The fan blades are way more efficient than the fantastic fan too. Really bad reviews and I do not believe it is avail anymore. Not sure what the low speed amp draw of this fan is but probably well under 1 amp. 10 speed... Rather expensive. https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Vents-and-Fans/MaxxAir/MA00-07500K.html What I would recommend first... I have read that you are sticking with the Bogart SC so I will be writing this for information to all and you can follow along. I believe you do not have the TEMP compensation for your SC though. Panel stuff... In parallel your voltages VMP need to be pretty close... The lowest voltage panel will take precedence. Lots to read about that. It is a waste of $ to invest in an MPPT controller if your panels are in the 17's VMP. There are cheap PWM controllers with minimum features which I would not recommend. Because you are up there in cold country you would really benefit from having a PWM controller with Temperature compensation. A battery that is cool, below 70deg F needs it's charge voltage raised. My batteries when cold... 50 deg physically will see 14.9 vdc from my morningstar solar controller because of temp comp... If it were to be 14.3 or so I would take forever to get back to 100%.. This applies to our conventional CONVERTERS.... Progressive dynamics, Iota's etc. So first step is to get a good temp comp PWM controller in my opinion. The best and gives you room for that 4th panel if needed. You will have to purchase the sensor for temp.... separate. Morningstar Tristar 45 amp with temp comp https://www.solar-electric.com/trts12vochco.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMItuSEwdn_1gIVlGB-Ch1kPgcGEAQYASABEgKc2vD_BwE Second best.... Renology 30amp PWM with temp comp https://www.renogy.com/renogy-wanderer-30a-pwm-charge-controller/ In the OP's situation with the Bogart SC this is what he needs... if he does not have it. https://www.altestore.com/store/meters-communications-site-analysis/meters-battery-monitors/ammeters-voltmeters-battery-monitors/bogart-engineering-temperature-sensor-for-sc-2030-charge-controller-p11729/ Those that like to read and learn here is what I wrote about the cold battery subject 11 years ago! Shivering Batteries: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/18898156/print/true.cfm Jim
bigfootford 10/20/17 11:31am Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Boooooo! You could come be there and FISH! and Kayak! Come-on! Hay were not you guys at Scotts Flat for that TC party? Skipro is an avid Kayak fisher man... He does the Albion event! Jim
bigfootford 10/19/17 08:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

If there is interest I would be willing to do a seminar on how to use a Digital Volt Meter.. Heck maybe Jerry/Skipro1 would assist. This along with spontaneous conversations on how to do things... Show and Tell. Some of us have lots to offer..... Jim
bigfootford 10/19/17 10:25am Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Well, if JIM is gonna go, I'll have to reserve the date and go too! Ha! It's a long ways off, so I should be able to keep it open. It will be me and DW and our two fur babies. Might tow my Suzuki Samurai for making beach runs so I don't have to take the camper out for trips to the beach and town. Ditto on the Zukee... Maybe a Lost Coast run after the meet? Others could join in. Jim
bigfootford 10/19/17 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Wife has approved! Not sure what is happening in April so we will hold a bit before making reservations.... Jim
bigfootford 10/18/17 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

I will be working a horse show as the EMT that weekend, have fun. Boooooo! You could come be there and FISH! Jim
bigfootford 10/18/17 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Northern California Mini-Rally - April 26th to 29th, 2018

Is it possible to get a list of those that have signed up or considering? I am asking a few RV.net TC'rs if they are going.... Have not heard an answer as of yet. Jim
bigfootford 10/18/17 10:49am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot Battery tray?

My vents are louvers. Go figure. As does mine!
bigfootford 10/12/17 07:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot Battery tray?

My 2000 9.6 2500 has a 3in vent that the battery actually sits on..Crazy.... Got to vent those hydrogen gasses somewhere... My battery box is only tall enough for 2 group 24's. 27's nor 6'ers will fit. Let me tell you what a pain in the butt it was to pull those batteries out of there to check electrolyte and measure SG...... I gave up on FWC batteries years ago.. I now run with 1 Lifeline AGM... I installed it 7 years ago, never pulled it out and rarely even open the access door. It still produces spec AH and voltage, honest! Jim
bigfootford 10/12/17 10:03am Truck Campers
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