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RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

So I am also having an issue with my new Morningstar Sun Saver 10A controller but it is different from the OPs. Mine seems to operate normally when the two 55W panels are in full sunlight but in the late afternoon or sometimes early evening the status led changes from green to full on red and the battery status leds are sequencing red,yellow,green. In the the controller stays in that state even with the panels illuminated by the sun (low angle) but later in the day the controller goes into normal charging operation with the expected charge and battery led status Being as expected. I have discussed this with Morninstar tech support and they are sending me a replacement controller. I am wondering if they are having quality issues with their off shore supplier.Solid red status LED is a "critical error" (see page 29) and the battery status LED R-Y-G sequencing is "Self-test Error" (see page 37).Had the same problem on my truck camper, disconected charge line from truck and problem went away, no explanation for over charging with 2 power leads???? So are you saying that you were charging both your camper battery and your truck battery using a solar panel?
dclark1946 10/31/16 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

So I am also having an issue with my new Morningstar Sun Saver 10A controller but it is different from the OPs. Mine seems to operate normally when the two 55W panels are in full sunlight but in the late afternoon or sometimes early evening the status led changes from green to full on red and the battery status leds are sequencing red,yellow,green. In the morning the controller stays in that state even with the panels illuminated by the sun (low angle) but later in the day the controller goes into normal charging operation with the expected charge and battery led status being as expected. I have discussed this with Morningstar tech support and they are sending me a replacement controller. I am wondering if they are having quality issues with their off shore supplier.
dclark1946 10/31/16 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Need High Capacity Laptop Battery For Old Gateway

What age is your laptop and what battery technology? What is the laptop DC input voltage provided by the original ac supply? How portable does your laptop need to be? In the past I used small (output voltage programable) dc-dc converters supplied with different laptop DC plugs that operated off of +12V. That was when the only way I could see my GPS derived position on a map while traveling.
dclark1946 10/24/16 05:52am Technology Corner
RE: Applying Trailer 12V to Trailer Brakes

Thanks for your input
dclark1946 10/23/16 06:32am Tech Issues
RE: Applying Trailer 12V to Trailer Brakes

No problem If you look at end of trailer umbilical cord plug with raised part UP 11 o'clock is 12V HOT 7 o'clock is brake controller output Make up a momentary spring loaded toggle switch with flat terminals and push them into corresponding pin positions Then toggle on/off for braking as needed. When On you will have FULL trailer battery voltage so limit amount of on time. Otherwise brake magnets could be damaged So I sometimes have the brake on for about a minute or so since our pad has some slope. How long can you leave 12V applied before causing damage? I can put a small (0.1 - 0.2 Ohm) power resistor in series to limit current.
dclark1946 10/22/16 02:31pm Tech Issues
Applying Trailer 12V to Trailer Brakes

I use an electric trailer dolly to precision position our TT after pulling it onto our paved parking pad. (We have very limited manuvering room) The dolly has a 7 pin connector cable and a brake control toggle switch that allows you to stop the trailer quickly. The switch is powered by a separate 12V source fed by a cable with small battery clamps. I have been using a jump start for the 12V source but would like to power the switch from the trailer 12V available on the 7 pin connector. I will also probably add a couple of LEDs to verify 12V power to the switch and 12V power supplied to the brakes. The four brakes pull about 11A when using the jump start but I suspect they will pull more current from the Gr 27 battery. Anyone see any issue with using the trailer battery for short term braking?
dclark1946 10/22/16 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator ran off level

Absorption fridges will go the way of the Dodo as solar gets cheaper. The 12-24v DC compressor fridges are efficient. and can be improved further with more insulation and a proper install, venting condenser heat properly Same with 120vaAC fridges on an inverter. Propane is for cooking. I hope not. Where we dry camp we have heavy shade but do nicely with LP and have done so for many years. Because we have propane powered refrigerator we can dry camp with a single Trojan SCS 200 12V deep cycle battery and an EU1000 generator. Solar is not for all campers.
dclark1946 10/13/16 07:15am Tech Issues
RE: Jayflight 29 RKS but the kitchen is at the back

We got our first trailer with a rear kitchen (our fourth trailer) on the second trip after going over some rough road we had a top cabinet door open and two bowls fall out hit the counter and disintergrate into a thousand pieces. We then started using a very small diameter bungy cord to hold the cabinet doors closed. On a 1000 mile return trip the cabinet door molding separated at a mitered corner. I am sure we will eventually get this working.
dclark1946 10/08/16 04:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: ATT doing away with satellite TV

The author took several soundbites and pieced them together to form a "story". There's too much invested in current satellite technology to abandon it by 2020. And wireless has not advanced to the point of being able to ubiquitously replace satellite. The day will come, yes, but not by 2020. AT&T and Verizon have both announced "5G" plans, but there are a lot of logistic hurdles to be solved. AT&T is not going to abandon the market they purchased through their acquisition of DirecTV until there is a replacement available that is suitable from a technological and price perspective. I don't see that happening by 2020. I switched from AT&T Uverse back to Comcast earlier this year. AT&T price went up a lot. The only deal they had to offer was to switch to DirecTV. Our son had the same experience with them. Why push people off UVerse to DirecTV if you plan on eliminating it? In our DFW suburban neighborhood AT&T is pushing their TV customers from Uverse to Direct TV because their fiber optic system does not have the bandwidth to support video. Their whole system needs to be updated to significantly increase bandwidth. So far no plans to do that. Also not sure how people that live in remote areas where there is no cell coverage are going to get TV. Guess they are out of luck or maybe it will be down to one satellite provider.
dclark1946 09/28/16 05:52am Technology Corner
RE: Working underneath a trailer--best way to do it?

I prefer the grass. Spread out a cheap big blue tarp and back the trailer over it. Much easier on my old bones than concrete. Easy to slide around on the tarp and things don't get lost in the grass. Another good suggestion, it would be somewhat softer than concrete! Try one of those half inch camping firm foam pads used for sleeping on the ground. They make a lot of difference and you can cut then to a smaller size if you don't need the full length. I use smaller sections for knee pads when I am kneeling to work on checking tire presssure. I keep a full length one rolled up in the bed of my truck so I always have something soft to lay on even if we are on the road (pulled over on the shoulder) or camping. Our trailer has its spare tire mounted on the underside of the trailer so that would be fun getting under there if you need to change a tire.
dclark1946 09/28/16 04:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Working underneath a trailer--best way to do it?

You are wise to be cautious going under vehicles that are elevated. Our trailer sits high enough that I can get under it. I do use a thin foam pad so I am not laying on the concrete. On occasions when I need to jack it up like to remove all 4 wheels I use 4 bottle jacks and one jack stand for each jack.
dclark1946 09/27/16 06:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Why hasn't anyone released a HD truck with a Turbo V8?

The 5.0L with Ecoboost will provide a significant increase in torque and HP compared to the 6.2L. I would love to have one in an F250 to replace my V10. It will be interesting to see if Ford will put a V8 Ecoboost in the SD series. It would be good low cost competition for the diesel for those who do not need the high torque of the modern diesels.
dclark1946 09/21/16 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to tell bat wing type

Lucky you with a real RV TV antenna. You might need to add the Wingman accessory if it does not already have it to maximize UHF reception. You can replace most of the key components if any are damaged or worn out.
dclark1946 09/15/16 08:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery question

How do you determine the battery is fully charged? Hydrometer is best method but only used for diagnostics. You don't want to take it camping. Resting disconnected 48 hours should hold 12.65+ volts at full charge. Do you have a voltmeter? If not get one. Even better is a DC clamp-on ammeter to know where the power is going. Regular meter has an ammeter too for light loads and not as convenient. If you incorporate your test with voltage or amperage readings it will help. More to read here: The 12 Volt Side of Life Absolute best advice in this response. You need to verify battery voltage before and during charge and charge current at intervals during the charge. You should see the current start off between 12 to 18A maybe more depending on state of battery discharge and taper off to 1-2 A indicating nearly full charge. If the battery seems to charge in an hour or two after being significantly discharged that indicates the battery may be sulfated and has lost most of its capacity. After charging, disconnect the power cord and measure the current drawn from the battery with all accessories off. The current should be less than 0.5A. If it is more you need to determine what is pulling the extra current. Finally, disconnect the positive connection to the battery and check the battery voltage. It should stay at 12.6 to 12.7V for 24 hours after you stopped charging. If not the battery probably needs replacing. Sears sells a nice combo clamp on DC Ammeter/ multimeter that will be all you need to help you figure out what the problem is. If you are doing any dry camping you absolutely need to have the capability to make these measurements to minimize the possibility of "no DC power" conditions.
dclark1946 09/14/16 08:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor 450 hp & 510 lb-ft of torque

I believe that engine is a 5.0L Ecoboost not 3.5L. I want that engine in my F250.
dclark1946 09/14/16 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replacing decals on all 4 sides of trailer

We had problems with our 2007 KZ Spree decals cracking several years ago. Based on what I had read on this forum, I took head on photos of all 4 sides and found a graphic sign shop that would make new matching decals. We got to pick the material so we picked the highest quality. The sign company removed and installed the new graphics.
dclark1946 09/14/16 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Blinking check engine light

Gde trailer thanks for all your help. Just an update then I'm going to that ford enthusiast page. I got truck in to shop and they scanned, only saw the po300, checked plugs and found to be in good shape. Found nearly plugged fuel filter so replaced. Lol accelerates again. All was well for couple weeks and when passing a car today the light blinked a few times and didn't stay on. I'm gonna check for code with my neat new blue tooth scanner. Thanks again all. What APP are you using with your ELM 327 type OBD2 adapter? I have had good luck with the Torque APP for Android. The APP has explanations for the codes as well as links for troubleshooting the specific code if you have Internet connection. I can also monitor and graph much of the available realtime parametric data such as trim,O2 sensor voltage etc.
dclark1946 09/13/16 06:06am Tech Issues
RE: Charging the battery with generator issue

You really should share your expertise with WFCO tech support so that you can correct them. The WFCO in one of my trailers will not pass convert 12v from my Honda 3000, UNLESS THE GROUND & NEUTRAL ARE BONDED. The same with a neighbor. Remove the bond plug = fail. Reinstall the bond and it works. Tech support advised contrary to your remark so contact them and advise that your advice supersedes. I have nothing else in between the trailer plug and the generator, so please advise why it fails.I'll agree with Mr. Wizard here. If there's no "surge protector" type of device in the RV blocking the AC to the converter, then I'd suspect something like a bad minus connection from the converter output, causing the AC bond to carry the converter's DC output, or alternatively an open neutral at the converter, causing the ground wire to carry the neutral side of the AC power. Easiest way to find the sure answer is to check for AC power at the converter's plug, or run an extension cord to connect the converter directly to the generator. Not sure what is going on with your trailer but we are on our 4th trailer that I have powered the converter with an EU generator by plugging the trailer ac power cord into the generator using a standard plug to 30 A RV adapater. I have two EU 2000s and two EU 1000s and all of them have been used during various dry camping trips to power the trailer and charge the battery. The last two trailers came with WFCO converters.
dclark1946 09/13/16 05:45am Tech Issues
RE: Charging the battery with generator issue

We need more information to help. Do you have any idea how discharged the battery was before you charged it for 2 hours? If it was significantly discharged 2 hours would not have been enough to recharge the battery. You can always use the battery monitor panel in your RV to verify that the battery is being charged. Unless the battery is really discharged all the leds should be lit. Of course this does not mean the battery is charged. To help monitor battery health and converter charging you need a DMM and clamp on Ammeter to prevent unpleasant surprises such as a dead battery in the morning.
dclark1946 09/11/16 09:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking For Online Thermal Loss Calculator Tool

If you don't find what you need I have my hand calculations for heat gain in the summer and loss in the winter that I could e-mail you. Once you have the area for your attic, walls and windows it is pretty straight forward. I also have a detailed work sheet that the power company used to provide. I did this back in the first energy crisis around 1976 as a fun engineering project. Based on the calculations, we added more insulation in the attic, installed storm windows and added 2 in. duct insulation over the original 1 in.
dclark1946 09/07/16 09:08pm Tech Issues
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