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RE: Merging grey tanks, is it possible?

You can sterilize the grey after dumping, pour 1/2 gallon of bleach (far more then needed, but no open bottles to store) in each grey tank after dumping, and fill with water, let set overnight, then dump (not into septic) at a dump station. Kills anything in the grey tanks, and you can dump in forests again (where legal).
christopherglenn 11/25/15 09:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2 ACs with a 4K generator

My only concern is if the batteries are low, and the converter is running full out, is there still enough power to restart (cycling) one unit with the other already running.
christopherglenn 11/01/15 10:03am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Times they are a changing

Diesel motors pre 2007 are pre DPF and DEF, all my 07 classic (06 motor) has is the cat and egr / pcv. I got 7.x mph towing my 40' 18k TH in Wyoming at 75, I usually get 11.x at 58 on I5 in California. Speed and hills kill mpg's. If you are getting much less then 10 with a newer diesel loaded, you are in regen, stop and go, uphill, flying low, and / or something is very wrong.
christopherglenn 10/29/15 12:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Slide toppers

I had them added to the super slide and bedroom slide on my trailer. No more standing water when retracting the slides, just a light film of moisture (think condensation). No more sweeping pine needles off the slides, or snow / ice, they all fall off the edge (yes, it makes a mess) when I close the slides. On the fridge I didn't bother getting the topper, as it is under the awning. In the summer the slides are also cooler, as the topper acts like a permanent shade tree that follows you around. I got the toppers with the metal starter ~6 inches long, so the fabric is not in the sun when closed.
christopherglenn 10/29/15 11:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators and current

A 30 amp trailer is only capable of 3600 watts of usage before popping the input breaker on the power center. Even a 4.5KW genset is capable of that at altitude.
christopherglenn 09/28/15 12:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Running roof air off solar, a Honda EU1000, and batteries

I have a 55 amp charger set at 14.4 volts intended to run off a Costco 2000 inverter generator. My idea was to supplement my existing batteries and existing 3kw inverter. I do not yet have solar on the trailer, but when I do the plan is to do similar to you - except with double conversion VS sync AC like you. Your syncing to the generator makes you somewhere in the 30% more efficient. You already have 600 watts of solar, which can easily make up for the generators shortfall on the cycling AC, and likely support most of the other loads when it is not. While the cost of the inverter is steep VS the cheapies, you already have everything else installed and operating - I would consider this project more of a way to add 12-14 hundred watts of solar without the roof real-estate when loads require it VS how to make solar back up an undersized generator.
christopherglenn 09/10/15 04:21pm Tech Issues
RE: High Vdc error on fridge. 19 Volts dc to the power board.

Slap a meter on the battery. If it is 16+ volts, pull it and go to an auto parts store, and have them test it. if it is between 12 and 16 volts retest the leads on the fridge. If it is less then 12 volts, look for blown fuses, loose or disconnected wires at he battery, converter, and DC power center. You may also have a battery disconnect switch, check for and make sure it is NOT disconnected (the converter is charging the battery).
christopherglenn 09/07/15 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: Switching out 110/120 volt wall outlet in RV

No, they are RV outlets. Most (all?) home depot outlets are intended to be put in a box, RV outlets are direct wired, and have covers - covering the wires and connections. They are also designed to be mounted directly to the wall covering. Stick and brick outlets screw top and bottom into the mounting box. Pull one before going to the store and look at it. I have never seen them at HD / Lowes / ACE / Orchard Supply / ETC..
christopherglenn 09/06/15 05:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How should I adjust tire pressure to/from mountains

With 70-80 psi inside the tire, the less then 8 psi difference from sea level to 20,000 feet - amounts to nothing. Tire pressure on the sunny side of a parked car to the shade side will change the internal pressure more. At least monthly, (weekly towing) check the pressure before driving, and air up to your preferred pressure. Never let air out - it leaks out not in. Unless someone overinflated the tire you should never need to release air.
christopherglenn 09/06/15 05:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What the max size inverter

I have a 3kw inverter with a built in transfer switch. My main incoming power cable goes to a 8 breaker sub panel, 2 for the ac's, 2 for the Inverter / Charger (I/C), 1 for the electric water heater, 1 for the factory 100 amp converter. The other 2 are spare at the moment, 1 will be a garage AC at some point. The 2 going to the I/C charges at up to 150 amps, as well as powers the factory main breaker panel. This means when I have either shore power or generator power I have everything working, running off batteries I loose both AC's and the electric water heater - everything else works as normal. I am installing a 15 amp transfer switch so I can run the main AC off the inverter, for now using a Costco 2000 generator to top off the batteries (55 amp charger about maxes it out) but soon solar..
christopherglenn 09/05/15 07:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Well crapola...have the code of a bad cat converter.....

better off having it fixed in CA. CARB requires certain serialized cats for replacements, the rest of the country can slap anything on. No point in having to change it again next smog test.
christopherglenn 09/05/15 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Destroyed a Reese 16K

Anyone else notice it is not a 5th wheel hitch? It is now riding on a ball, which makes it some form of gooseneck, which now requires safety chains. For those 10-15k California people, the RV endorsement no longer applies, as it is now a gooseneck RV not a 5th wheel RV trailer.
christopherglenn 09/05/15 06:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Math question

The roofs are so "dirty" with AC's, vents, shower domes, antennas, etc. The slight angle of attack you are getting, and the fairly low airspeed don't amount to much. You are looking at about 0.0807 lbs. per cubic foot of air at standard temperature and pressure. Assuming the trailer is 8.5 feet wide, 4 inches higher at the rear then front, and you have 100 mph wind over the top. That's 528,000 linear feet per hour (3600 seconds), or 146.667 linear feet per second. 8.5 feet across times 4 inches tall is 2.831 feet of displacement * 146.667 linear feet per second. So you are vertically displacing 145.141 cubic feet per second total, or about 33.5 lbs of air per second. The axles are over 50% of the way back, so over 50% of that occurs in front of the axles, and in theory is added to the TV. The reality is there is a huge low pressure at the front, far larger then the slope of the trailer, random high and low pressure spots above and below the trailer down it's length, and an 8.5 by 10 foot box (tv and trailer)is shoving 12466 cubic feet of air out of the way, and dragging it back behind it - per second (at 100 mph air speed). The 1000+ lbs of air you are pumping at each end per second has far more to do with anything then the 30 something the roof is moving.
christopherglenn 09/05/15 04:05am Travel Trailers
RE: to grease or not to grease

My basic rule for anything that rubs: If it is rusty, paint it. If it is shiny, lube it. I use White lithium grease on kingpins, hitch balls, equalizers, slide parts (not the rams), pretty much all zerc's...
christopherglenn 09/05/15 03:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Xantrex inverter and generator issue with Air con start.

I opted to install one of these. The transfer switch is between the inverter output, and my subpanel on the inverter input. It is set up so if I have shore / generator power, the ac is powered off that, if I don't, it switches the AC to the inverter. My subpanel powers the inverter's 2 30 amp inputs, both ac's, the electric water heater, and my 100 amp converter. The converter is for when all I have available is 20 amp service, I can use double conversion and use the microwave, toaster, coffee pot, and the girls can use the hair drier all at the same time - not for long, but other then the hair drier everything is quick, and the batteries recover at 100 amps.
christopherglenn 09/02/15 11:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Home Built Toy hauler using pop-up camper

What would be involved with spinning the AC 90 degrees, so the fins are protected at the rear?
christopherglenn 08/30/15 06:04pm Toy Haulers
RE: Solar or Genny

Costco has a nice 2k inverter generator with a Yamaha engine for 2/3 the cost of the Honda 2k. We have 2 Honda 2k's at work, and I have a Honda 3k and the Costco 2k inverter generator at home. The Hondas ARE quieter side by side, but 20 feet away no one can tell which one is running.
christopherglenn 08/28/15 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 32bit vs 64bit machines

In most cases you want 4-8 Gigs of ram, and 2-4 cores in the cpu. The higher clock rate the better. Going beyond 3.4 GB of ram requires a 64 bit os. Once you hit 8 gigs of ram, start spending money on a SSD. *Most* computers don't *need* more then 3-4 cores, assuming windows and the video chews up 1-2 cores (peak) that leaves 2-3 cores for everything else. Unless you are going nuts with multi threaded software, or only have 2 cores, turn hyper threading off on Intel cpu's. The machine I am sitting in front of has 64 gigs, and 6 cores. I am currently bouncing between 7% and 13% cpu, and using 6.2 Gigs of the ram. Task manager says 2 cores are 0-1%, 3 of the other 4 are bouncing between 5-10%, the last one is actually doing some work. I also have a 480 gig RVD3X2-FHPX4-480G. This disk is beyond stupid fast. I routinely benchmark 1.2 Gig / second rear and .8 Gig / second write.
christopherglenn 08/24/15 08:33pm Technology Corner
RE: tuner for sub or not

First thing to do is a CAT back exhaust. It helps a bit in stock form, even more with a tuner. Most tuners advance timing (not much else to do) which requires higher octane then the "cheap stuff"..
christopherglenn 08/24/15 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: triple axle toy hauler

I have found fuel economy is more of a function of aerodynamics then weight.
christopherglenn 08/24/15 07:50pm Toy Haulers
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