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RE: Battery SG

I never had any luck... They look like they have made a couple of times but when I started my long periods of pulling 20AMPS continuous at 6PM settling in for the evening they always seem to go out on me around 10PM at night. A long slow charge starting with 14.4VDC for a couple or three days is the way I always try to bring them back... Sounds like 13.6VDC eat up some more batteries to me... When I finally bit the bullet and replaced out my new WFCO WF-8945 Converter/charger for the PD9260C converter/charger I haven't boiled out any fluids since then. This was in 2009... You can bet I still do my bi-weekly fluid checks on them when on long charge times sitting here at the house haha... Then ther batteries are expensive to not keep your checks going... Roy Ken I have been checking them on 6 month bases, was doing good at that. This time I went9 months, but I did use them a lot. Will have to rethink that routine. Back to 6months or less. These batteries are not on the solar system. Gary Simce you were using them a lot in the 9 month period how were they recharged? (I am assuming you were doing some dry camping) Were the batteries being charged/maintained by the converter the rest of the time when you were not using the batteries? Dick
dclark1946 11/11/15 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: Refilling propane tanks

Quote: NOT filling by weight regardless of where they are is dangerous. --------------------------------------------------------------- I don't believe a word of it. I been fillin dot cyls for 50 yrs, and I ain't found a place yet in CA or OR, or AZ that even has a scale. Its all done in gallons, or should I say the OPD, or the bleeder valve or both. So what, every filler in 3 states is wrong or illegal, or dangerous ?? Get real. Most real propane dealers I have used open the bleed port and fill until they get a lot of vapor coming from the port. Dick
dclark1946 11/07/15 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Thermal Mounting Paste Specifications

What kind of info are you looking for? I assume this is the thermal paste type used for mounting PC processors. How much power does the ss relay dissipate? I assume this will be mounted on some type of heat sink? Does the relay mfg provide any guidance in mounting this component and does it provide theta j-c information so you can calculate junction temp? Dick
dclark1946 11/07/15 05:42am Tech Issues
RE: Winegard TV signal booster not working

Sorry you did that, The Jack is not as powerful as a Sensar IV... But glad you are happy with it. Especially for VHF channels. Dick
dclark1946 11/02/15 07:46am Technology Corner
RE: Solar, Generator or ?

If you do consider solar make sure your camp sites have direct sun available. Where we dry camp the trees are over 100 ft tall and very dense and more than likely it will be raining off and on half the time we are there. There is very little direct sunlight and the rest of the time it is deep shade. I use solar here in sunny TX when the trailer is being stored at home for battery maintenance. For us, a small (1000 W) quiet generator is a good solution with a single Gr27 115AH deep cycle 12V battery. What is extremely important is that you make sure that your battery(s)have been well maintained and are in good condition so that you are getting the energy storage you expect. Dick
dclark1946 11/01/15 11:10am Tech Issues
RE: 30 amp variac instead of an autoformer?

Actually I would not use a Variac. they do a fair job of regulating voltage.. not as good as some other devices but a fairly good job, but they do it by wasting a whole lot of energy.. This means you may plug into a 30 amp park outlet but if you get 25 out of the Variac before you trip the breaker you are doing good (or you don't need it) You might notice the case is well vented and on that size most likely fan forced as well. That said I do have a small one (Two small ones actually) I use in electronic testing.. but These are for the "Test Bench" normally not plugged in. Since a variac is basically an auto transformer, I would expect it to be fairly low loss assuming a large heavy transformer with associated low I^2 R and magnetic loss. Not having ever used or considered one, can you quantify specified efficiency of some available variac examples rather than speaking in general terms? Dick
dclark1946 10/31/15 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: 30 amp variac instead of an autoformer?

Hi GDE, I had already eliminated that unit as it is not quite big enough to handle the surge from the air conditioner. The A/C was tripping the campground breaker not the RV breaker. An Autoformer, line conditioner with AVR will NOT HELP you at all. There is no free lunch, an autoformer may "boost" the voltage on the output but in doing so it requires MORE CURRENT at the INPUT. In many respects it will most likely end up tripping the campground breaker even faster. The device you are seeking would essentially break every known laws of physics.. Those types of devices are known as "Over Unity" devices (IE making energy from nothing).. Many have tried and ALL have failed at making perpetual motion or energy devices. Sorry, but that is the way it works. Seems like it might still work. It is my understanding that an A/C will draw more current when input voltage is low so when it is fed with correct voltage the decrease in input current might be enough to offset the current draw into the AVR which of course will be higher than the A/C current since the AVR is boosting the line voltage. Dick
dclark1946 10/30/15 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Service in Dallas TX Area

An update: Called several RV dealers/repair shops. Many had really long back logs. Blue Moon did not return my call. Of all the ones I talked to, Hill Top seemed to be a good choice but it would be 3 weeks before they could look at our trailer. They asked me where the trailer was now and I told them the name of the small town dealer where we originally purchased the trailer, they indicated that was still one of the better dealers. Finally got a call from our dealer yesterday after it had been there 8 working days after bringing it in with a scheduled appointment. Their estimate to repair the slide floor damage was pretty reasonable so I will leave it there. Maybe we can squeeze in one more in state camping trip before winter sets in. Thanks for the inputs. I learned about some other viable options based on this research. Dick
dclark1946 10/28/15 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: RV Service in Dallas TX Area

blue moon mobile rv service in denton is the best ive found in that area. good guys to work with. Have you used them recently? Do they have a service center or only mobil? Dick
dclark1946 10/26/15 06:46am Tech Issues
RE: RV Service in Dallas TX Area

jstar, Excellent input. Dick
dclark1946 10/25/15 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Service in Dallas TX Area

We are looking for a RV service department with a good track record for our 2007 KZ Spree TT that is needing some slide floor water damage repair. We have been using a small town dealer about 90 miles from where we live in Richardson, TX where we bought the trailer new but they appear to no longer have much of a service department. Any recommendations backed by personal experience would be welcome. Dick ..........If , you call a mobile RV repair , you had better find out what they charge per hour , what their milage rate is , do you have to purchase parts through them , do they charge to drive to your residence to figure an estimate !!! This , information should be clearly spelled out , BEFORE they get off the phone . , jf Good input as one of the rv repair services I am considering is a mobil service. Dick
dclark1946 10/24/15 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Service in Dallas TX Area

NO personal experience but did you look at RVSERVICEREVIEWS.COM to see what someone else may have posted. Thanks I did not know about that site. I will check it out. Dick I did check the site out and found it very useful in that it provided a few more candidate repair facilities to consider. Most facilities have only a few reviews however but still good info.
dclark1946 10/24/15 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: fuel treatment for storage

The blue "marine" Sta-Bil is much superior to the normal red. I add the blue to every can of gasoline I buy for the small engines. I neglected to start my Champion generator for over 2 years. Pulled it out, expecting the worst. Started first pull. I believe in the blue Sta-Bil. Wayne That is what I use after having an issue with the original Stabil about 4 years ago but the fuel was a year old and the EU1000's do have very tiny jets. I tried to use Sea Foam to correct the problem but it did not help at all. The original red Stabil was reformulated to deal with the ethanol issue shortly after that but I have continued using the blue stuff for all of my small engines and my 70 Mustang. I don't leave fuel in my generators for more than a couple of months any more. Dick
dclark1946 10/24/15 08:11am Tech Issues
RV Service in Dallas TX Area

We are looking for a RV service department with a good track record for our 2007 KZ Spree TT that is needing some slide floor water damage repair. We have been using a small town dealer about 90 miles from where we live in Richardson, TX where we bought the trailer new but they appear to no longer have much of a service department. Any recommendations backed by personal experience would be welcome. Dick
dclark1946 10/24/15 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Mouse Alert!

http://ct.thisonesite.com/ol/to/se/i56/5/9/29/frabzfunny_43d95b6ce09a51180a7c3c84f8deb96c.jpg Way too funny! Dick
dclark1946 10/23/15 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Handy solar info for lead acid batteries

http://www.soil-net.com/sm3objects/casestudies/dense_shade_treefall_Sarawak.jpg For me? Solar? Well I can always dream. Image a house and rig in an environment like this... That is close to what our camp sites look like in the Smokies. That is why solar is only good for maintaining our battery at home in sunny TX. Dick
dclark1946 10/23/15 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: honda eu2000i

Most the campers I know use their 2000 for no more than I use my 1000 for. And my 1000 is smaller and lighter, I love it. X2 Dick
dclark1946 10/21/15 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: The Right Battery

Keep your new battery charged when you are not using it even if you just disconnect it during storage. Dick
dclark1946 10/18/15 08:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Parallel Yamaha generators can't run the AC now

Any chance you have extra ac loads such as water heater, fridge (in ac mode)or converter trying to charge discharged batteries? You should get a clamp on Ammeter with peak capability to check steady state draw and startup current while running off shore power before starting troubleshooting your issue with generators. I have had issues with my Hondas load sharing equally when in a parallel configuration so there may possibly be an issue there. If one generator went in overload mode I would expect the other to also since the A/C should still be trying to start. Dick
dclark1946 10/18/15 06:38am Tech Issues
RE: Now have 3 tires @ 2 seasons old & one new

What kind of damage to the tire? Hit something or blowout? I am assuming these are ST tires. If so, 3 seasons is all you should count on. Dick Yes, ST tires. Mechanical damage, rather not get into detail. Shop stated on receipt for me: "damaged beyond repair - scrap". I thought some say you can do up to 5 years depending on mileage and if they're taken care of. I'm picky about doing all the right stuff including religious checking of air pressure before each leg of a trip. According to Discount Tire, in 3 years 30% of an ST tire strength is gone. Five years is the absolute maximum life with 3 years being more conservative. Dick
dclark1946 10/16/15 04:29pm Tech Issues
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