RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact  



Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'dclark1946' found 64 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
Late model auto charging system question

I am looking for someone who understands how the newer automotive charging systems function. I understand the vehicle's computer now controls this. Trying to understand low observed charging voltage and current on 2017 Ford product with OEM AGM battery.
dclark1946 03/09/17 07:19am Tech Issues
Old Prodigy Controller Question/Auto Start Stop Issue

I am trying to trouble shoot an auto start stop system failure on a 2017 Ford Escape we use to get our TT in and out of it's back yard parking spot. We trasferred an old (2003 vintage w red led display) Prodigy controller to the Escape and the controller has worked fine. After 7 months the car's auto start stop function has become intermittent either failing to restart when it should or turning itself off altogether. The AGM battery was reading 12.5 V in the morning before starting and there was a 0.3A current draw from the battery. The car has been to the dealer and the battery was replaced after failing a load test but the failure to restart occured on the third stop coming home from the dealer. The dealer had initially suspected the Prodigy controller. My question is does anyone have an idea how much standby current this controller should draw? I have not been able to remove the controller from it's holder or release the electrical connector from the back due to the awkward location of the controller and minimal service loop allowed by the dealer installer. Also if anyone understands how the new Ford 12V charging system works I would appreciate a quick tutorial since charge voltage and current(12.9V /2.0A) after starting the engine seem low to me. Thanks
dclark1946 03/05/17 11:53am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Shocks: when to replace?

I replaced the factory shocks on our 08 KZ Spree TT when it was 7 years old with the same type ordered from KZ. I checked the old ones after they were removed and two of the four acted like there were bubbles in the fluid because the resistance was intermittent over both compression and extension strokes. The factory supplied shocks were not gas charged.
dclark1946 02/28/17 07:28am Tech Issues
RE: Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid...

"Be afraid...Be very afraid..." of what? Just wondering why all the drama in the title of this post? And the conspicuous lack of curiousity about it from the other responders. The subject discussed in this post is pretty normal, run-of-the-mill stuff, but the title appears to scream otherwise. Just wondering. As a owner of our second KZ trailer I agree with this response. Please provide sources for all the negative KZ information.
dclark1946 02/19/17 05:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Verizon going after high usage users again

They all would be better served to focus on moving to 5G and put the cable companies out of business. Getting the kind of BW you get on cable or the new high speed fiber optic is a nontrivial effort on a cellular system. When 5G is available I expect it will be pricey.
dclark1946 01/08/17 07:27pm Technology Corner
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

I also received my new replacement 10A Sunsaver from Morningstar. Installed it yesterday and it is working properly. I am pleased with how Morningstar handled my issue but still wonder about their assembly quality. It seems they may be having more escaping defects.
dclark1946 11/04/16 06:31am Tech Issues
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

dcClark should have had it suggested that he start a new thread with his problem. We now have multiple posters responding to that issue and not to the OP's consideration. unbob, If you have everything correctly connected and have disconnected the controller to release and reset any fault minders in the controller, you could be fairly certain that your controller is not operational. I have a different Morningstar controller but the LED's are always active when connected to battery power. BTW, you may wish to put a fuse between the controller and battery. Wire smells awful when it burns. My intent in posting the issue with my SunSaver controller was not to solicit inputs for a solution as I pointed out that I had discussed this issue with Morningstar tech support and they were sending me a new controller. The main point of my post was that Morningstar may be having product quality issues in newly assembled products.
dclark1946 11/01/16 05:42am 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 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
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 4  
Prev  |  Next


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2017 CWI, Inc. © 2017 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS