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RE: Solar as battery maintenance during storage - opinions

I maintain our single Gr 27 AH TT battery with a 55W panel and a small Morningstar controller. You do need to measure your parasitic current draw and estimate how many hours of sun you will average to make sure you have enough AH capacity. I used to use a single 10W panel but I think that was not quite enough in the winter time. The 55W panel is overkill but it was bought for a dry camping trip to the Grand Canyon to supplement our generator since generator hours were very limited in that national park. Dick
dclark1946 12/14/14 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

A few $10 coolant water filters can prevent the problems that the 6L and 6.4L engines had on them. I put a coolant filter on my 1997 Ford Bounder motorhome with a 460" gas engine in it, and it has had no engine problems whatsoever! I only changed the rotor and spark plug wires on it at around 15 years old, 50,000 miles. Still running the original spark plugs, coil, heater hoses. I did change the radiator to engine 2" diameter hoses at 10 years old, along with it's only coolant change. And I changed both fan belts somewhere outside Yellowstone NP, where one broke in 2006. Not bad for a 18 year old motorhome that is always at 20,000 GCVW. I installed Napa coolant filter #FIL 4070 and kit to install it is FIL 4019. My truck driving buddy highly recommends the coolant filters to me, because they stop minerals from wandering around in the cooling system, clogging the radiator, allowing minerals and dirt to build up on radiator heat exchanger, and keeps wear on the water pump minimal. Hoses and seals also benefit from the coolant filter and the SCA's that come precharged in some of the water filters. Glad that you are having a great time with your truck too! Have fun camping! Fred. I am certainly one that had a really bad experience with my 04 PSD. By year 2 it was consuming a gallon of coolant every time I towed in the mountains. It received all the proper maintenance since it was at the dealer's service department all the time. I traded it in with 35K miles and by then it had had head gaskets twice, EGR coolers 3 times and finally an oil cooler plus it had started to leak oil. About that time Ford sent out a notice about having the coolant checked since it was breaking down and clogging the oil cooler. Mine had so many coolant changes because of the engine repairs it never had a chance to get old. From what I learned from diesel forums, a major contributor to the clogged oil cooler was the Ford coolant breaking down. The International version of the 6.0L engine did not seeme to exhibit this problem and many learned to switch over to the International coolant to mitigate this issue otherwise you had to install a bypss coolant filter. I now have a 09 V10 F250 and have had no issues at all with the engine and it does not even need a coolant filter. I have never regretted getting rid of my 6.0L PSD. Dick
dclark1946 12/12/14 07:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: black and decker 18 volt battery question?

Incidently the B&D 18V products are going away. If you want to keep using your 18V products you should consider buying some replacement batteries while they are still available. I have started rebuilding mine with Sanyo 2.4AH cells. I have done two so far and have enough cells to do two more. Run time has significantly improved compared to the standard B&D 1.5AH battery. I have too many 18V products that I use on a regular basis to switch over to something different. Dick
dclark1946 12/08/14 04:23am Tech Issues
RE: Is there an app for anroid tablets?

Any browser for your Android device will work. I use Chrome on my tablet and smart phone. Dick
dclark1946 12/04/14 04:55pm Forum Technical Support
RE: Astable 555 Timer (Recommended Resistors Are NUTS!)

Mex. try using some Low Self Discharge NiMH batteries. Work great for me. Can leave them for a month in remote and still charged. My suggestion exactly. The Sanyo Eneloop cells have excellent low self discharge characteristics. They are available with two mA capacities. I use both types exclusively for rechargeable AA and AAA applications and am pretty happy with them. Dick
dclark1946 12/02/14 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: Best Long Range Wireless Weather Station?

Check wireless weather systems available at ambientweather.com These are high quality units with a range of 1000 ft. If you need a longer range you can buy a repeater. I have both the Vantage Pro (at home) and Vantage Vue for our trailer. Dick
dclark1946 11/28/14 04:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Al my small engine stuff i just leave the fuel valve on except when transporting never had an issue with gumming or plugged jets.My honda gen gets used atleast once a month. Most i know who have problems are the ones who drain all the fuel out of carb and let it sit.My guess would be that the carb in mine stays wet vs drying and leaving the residue. Yes, if you use small engines at least once a month, then you don't have to do any special additives or draining. Storing an engine without running it is the issue. Not if you store it properly meaning getting all of the gas out. I have four Honda generators that are not used very often and all of them are stored dry (really dry not just running it until it quits the first time). When I need one I put fresh gas with Stabil Marine in it and crank it 13 times or so and it is off and running. Dick I Okay, I think we are talking in circles now! Ah now we are in agreement. Dick
dclark1946 11/27/14 10:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Al my small engine stuff i just leave the fuel valve on except when transporting never had an issue with gumming or plugged jets.My honda gen gets used atleast once a month. Most i know who have problems are the ones who drain all the fuel out of carb and let it sit.My guess would be that the carb in mine stays wet vs drying and leaving the residue. Yes, if you use small engines at least once a month, then you don't have to do any special additives or draining. Storing an engine without running it is the issue. Not if you store it properly meaning getting all of the gas out. I have four Honda generators that are not used very often and all of them are stored dry (really dry not just running it until it quits the first time). When I need one I put fresh gas with Stabil Marine in it and crank it 13 times or so and it is off and running. Dick
dclark1946 11/25/14 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Your better off draining the fuel from the carb because running it dry will not totally empty the bowl and whats left will dry up and leave residue behind. My Honda generator gas maintenance is as follows: Use Stabil marine in all gas that goes in the generator Syphon gas from tank within a month of last use Drain carb by opening screw on carb underside Crank generator until it will no longer try to start Been following this process for several years and have had no more carb issues. Dick
dclark1946 11/23/14 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I Change My WFCO Converter?

WFCO does not have the best reputation for longetivity, The units have a high failure rate, the normal failure is failure to go into bulk mode. You might want to pick up a Progressive Dynamics 4600 for your spares box. but I'd not replace the WFCO till it fails. Our trailer is now 7 years old and still running with the original WFCO converter. It still functions the same as it did when new. While it is true that it normally will not hit the higher charge voltages, I allow about 4 hours of generator(gas sipping EU 1000)run time every morning for two weeks of dry camping. I monitor the charge current to our single Trojan SCS 200 (Gr 27 115 AH) 12V battery with a clamp-on Ammeter until it drops below 3A before shutting off the generator. Not efficient? Maybe not but 2.5 gallons of gas lasts me two weeks so it is not an issue for me. Dick
dclark1946 11/23/14 06:03am Tech Issues
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

I am a newly retired EE with a masters degree and 44 years in defense electronics design. It all started with playing with electric trains and neither of my parents knew anything about electrical stuff so I had to figure it out. Took electric shop in jr. high and had fun with electronic breadboard kit my brother in law bought me when I was in the 7th grade. By jr. high (when Sputnik was launched) and with the big push for science and engineering electrical engineering became my career path. Dick
dclark1946 11/22/14 09:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Google Chrome

I am running XP and found that IE and Chrome were not liking each other. I uninstalled IE and Chrome has been working flawlessly ever since. I gave up on IE for my XP machines since MS quit supporting IE for XP. I use Chrome on my XP machines but use the latest IE on our Windows 7 PCs. Dick
dclark1946 11/17/14 02:45pm Technology Corner
RE: Napa 24 RVS Batteries?

Call NAPA and ask weight. 46 lbs is around tops for flooded group 24 rv batteries. Trojan SCS 150 weighs in at 50 pounds and 100AH. If you can fit a Gr 27 in your battery box the SCS 200 weighs 60 pounds and is rated @ 115 AH. These are pricey compared to generic 12V batteries but worth it in my opinion. They work nicely for me when we dry camp in the Smokies. Dick
dclark1946 11/07/14 07:29pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure DC current

A DC clamp on Ammeter makes it really easy to make current measurements without breaking a connection. Sears sells a really nice DMM combined with DC/AC clamp on Ammeter. I have both the Sears unit and an Extex true RMS clamp on Ammeter. Great for measuring load and charge current. Dick
dclark1946 10/29/14 07:49pm Tech Issues
RE: condensation on windows

Thanks to all for helping. We had virtually no condensation on the windows after cracking a couple windows and the roof vents. We stayed warm for the most part too. That is all you should need to do based on our experience in cold weather camping. No need for a dehumidifier. We do get a little moisture on the windows when we use a catalytic heater (when dry camping) but we have both a window and a vent opened slightly. We do the same with an electric heater except we we don't usually have the window opened until we make coffee and run the bathroom vent fan on low to vent excessive moisture. Dick
dclark1946 10/26/14 06:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane tank monitor

Twenty pound tanks are now available with true float guages so surely the thirty pounders will be available with the guages soon. Dick
dclark1946 10/26/14 06:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Didn't Believe about the Chinese Tires

I'm guessing they were original equipment? So 5 yr old tires grenade, don't think it had anything to do with them being Chinese. Just my very humble opinion. I would be surprised if a 5 year old trailer only has 2000 miles but maybe they were originals and the trailer is not used much. My experience is that you can have blowouts with even 3 year old ST tires well maintained and driving at 60 MPH. After switching to LTs I have had no more issues and just completed my fourth season with a 2000 mile trip this summer in upper 90 deg weather. In the past, the quality of China supplied ST tires has been all over the map and you had no way of knowing what you had. On our last trailer we left the dealer with our new trailer and drove directly to a tire store to have the original STs replaced with quality (LT) tires. Dick
dclark1946 10/26/14 05:27am Travel Trailers
RE: New to dry camping, questions?

Here is a suggestion -- just for one night, try to do without the generator. The silence is golden. For your coffee, check out the idea of "pour-over" coffee using boiled water -- it is all the rage these days, and it is delicious, and it uses no electricity. And is it absolutely necessary to use a blow dryer? In dry climates, hair will dry pretty quickly without electricity. (In a wet climate, there may be no other option.) I understand if you and your wife choose to use electric power so that you need a generator. That is your choice. But a lot of folks camp "off the grid" and enjoy the peace and quiet. It is a lot easier than you'd think. Thank goodness it is a free country, and you can do what you please!! Along that same line of thought, my wife and I camp at state parks with electricity but really enjoy national parks which have no electricity and only water at central locations. We find it is rather fun working out alternative approaches (we used to tent camp)to doing things that require significant electric power. While we use an electric drip coffee maker when camping with electricity, we switch over to a stove top percolator when dry camping. The MW becomes a bread box and do fine without using it. We do use a quiet 1 kW generator but it is to recharge the battery which powers the water pump, fridge and water heater electronics, lights and vent fan. Everyone has their own style. We actually saw tent campers once in the Smokies running a loud contractor style generator two or three times a day to power a MW sitting on a table outside.
dclark1946 10/26/14 05:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Verizon hotspot

I use a Verizon Jet Pack with a 5G data plan and leave my smart phone with a 250M data plan for receiving phone calls and texts which you can't do while you are using your phone for a hot spot with Verizon (last time I checked). The Jet pack has a serious battery and can run for many hours rather than draining my phone battery. In addition, the Jet Pack has an RF connector for an external antenna if you are in a weak signal area. Dick
dclark1946 10/25/14 09:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Spring Shackles

I had our 2007 travel trailer springs checked out this year by a truck axle shop. The bolt holes were slightly elongated but the plastic or nylon bushings were not in too bad of shape. Our TT does have shocks which I also replaced so maybe that does help minimize wear. Dick
dclark1946 10/22/14 09:15pm Tech Issues
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