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RE: VPN software?

I use OpenVPN. Many domestic and foreign servers and always adding more. $9.95 per month - month to month. jor
joraz 03/18/15 09:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

UPDATE from OP Well, I finally got to the RV today (painting my house). Anyhow, as you will recall I was concerned that my 130 amp charger wasn't providing the necessary amperage to my two 8Ds. My Trimetric indicated it was only hitting them with 50 amps or so even when the batts were 30% discharged. Anyhow, I ran the microwave and other stuff today with the inverter and reduced the batts state of charge to 89%. Then I plugged in. The Trimetric showed 50+ amps. Then I put an ammeter on the charger and noted over 100 amps. Same at the batteries. So... it looks like my whole problem is with my meter. Have to do more checking now. I'm pretty certain I have it all wired correctly but you know how that goes. It will probably end up to be user error. I'll post when I have the solution. jor
joraz 03/17/15 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

Try powering the charger with shore power, on 70% batteries, to compare. It may be a combination of things... poor line power, old charger, chronically undercharged batteries, under-wired, etc. I will do that. I've printed out a bunch of the comments and am going to get into it in a week or so. Right now, it's the house getting all my attention! Thanks. jor
joraz 03/05/15 06:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

OP here. I'm back home now but won't be able to address this for a week or so. Anyhow, I've noted a number of comments for my reference and I appreciate all of this great input. I wanted to reply to a few things that have been brought up. JRNY: I have a remote panel with dip switches. Power sharing is off. I set it for wet-cold as this is the closest profile to my Concord AGMs. These batts are about one year old and have never been discharged below 50%. BEND & OTHERS: It's supposed to deliver the full rated current in bulk. I hadn't noticed the timer function determining when it goes to Acceptance (absorption). MEXICO: Yes, they are AGMs. SALVO: I will do as you suggest. Discharge to 50% and take readings at charger and batts. SMK: The inverter works great. Never thought of just adding a charger. Probably save me a bunch of money. Good idea. Anyhow, when I get to this I will relight this post and update with what I have found. I plugged it in when I got home Sunday. The Trimetric indicates it now has a 95% charge and is only accepting point one amps. Thought it would be 100% after driving for five hours. One more thing. Another guy on another forum has a similar rig to mine and also has the Freedom 25. He sees over 100 amps in bulk. Thanks again to all for great comments. jor
joraz 03/03/15 04:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

OP here. After around three hours the charging rate dropped down to float (13.4v) at 5.6a and 88% charge. Size of Wires: The wiring is three ot. Condition of Wires: All connections are clean, shiny and tight. I check that regularly; 3 Stage Time: I understand it takes a long time to get these babies fully charged; Verify with Hand Held: Jrny, thanks for the arithmetic. From reading all the posts it does sound like this charger is doing the job correctly but not putting out enough amps. Anyhow, we will be home this afternoon and I can do some tests. I will double check connections. Here's what I plan to do. Is it a good approach? 1. Plug in to my 50 amp outlet (should already be 100% charged when we get home though); 2. Set the Trimetric. 3. Equalize the Concords (this charger will put out an equalizing charge with a change in the dip switches although I've never done it). 4. Unplug and put big loads on the batts (microwave) and draw them down 30% or so; 5. Plug back in and take a bunch of measurements with a multimeter and of course, check the Trimetric. Anyhow, if I need to I can buy a Magnum to replace this one if it's failing. Thanks for comments (keep them coming) and I'll post results. jor
joraz 02/28/15 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

So if you are already at reduced amps at 70% it means you have a fairly high charging rate and are already on the tapering curve (caused by reducing battery acceptance as SOC rises) This is pretty interesting. Thanks. right now, after like 2 1/2 hours, I am seeing 14.2v and 27.5 amps and 85% battery charge. I have to check out now. Thank you all for your input. Next time I get on, I'll check my post and I will follow up with whatever I find out. Thanks. jor
joraz 02/27/15 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

ou will not see absorption set point voltage until amps begin to taper. Well, I did not know that. Thanks for this information. It's a steady 14.1 now so I guess, as the amps decrease, it should rise to the 14.4 setting that I have selected. Thanks. jor
joraz 02/27/15 04:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

Is that deliberate by some setting you did? No. Never have made any adjustments. Otherwise it seems your batteries are higher in SOC than you thought I don't think so. I have a shunt mounted right at the batteries and the Trimetric 2025 which is supposed to be pretty darn accurate. sulfation I guess it's possible but these babies are only a year old and have not been abused. Thanks. jor
joraz 02/27/15 04:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

Moderator, thanks for moving my post to the proper forum. what is the AC voltage reading from the generator into the Freedom inverter charger I can't get to it right now. I'll be home tomorrow and I'll be able to get that measurement at the inverter. I have a Progressive Industries EMS unit on board. It indicates the generator is producing 110vac on each leg. The Trimetric now shows a steady 14.1v and, as you indicated in your reply, the amperage has dropped from its starting point of 49 amps 34 amps (2 hours after start). I understand the relationship between voltage and amperage but shouldn't I see the full bulk-absorption voltage right away with 30% discharged batteries? Thanks. jor
joraz 02/27/15 04:51pm Tech Issues
Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

2 Concord 8D (258 AH each) Freedom 25 Inverter-Charger (130 amp) Trimetric 2025 Gauge I'm dry camping and charging my batteries. They were 30% discharged. My Concords call for 14.2-14.4v absorption and 13.2-13.4v float. My charger (20 years old) is set as close to those numbers as I could get at the wet cell cold setting which is supposed to yield 14.4v bulk-absorption and 13.5v float. I just started my generator (10K) and see that the charger is only putting out 13.5 volts and 47.7 amps. (same after a half hour or so) Shouldn't I be seeing the maximum bulk voltage right now? While waiting for some input an hour has passed. The charger is now supplying 14.1v, still substantially less than the 14.4 I had expected. Thanks. jor
joraz 02/27/15 03:27pm Tech Issues
Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

This topic has been moved to another forum. You can read it here: 28224841
joraz 02/27/15 03:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Sewer Odor (most likely the grey tank)

Make sure you check all of your air admittance valves. My coach, for example, has three (kitchen, bathroom, washer). I always carry a spare having suffered the awful gray tank smell once. Good luck. jor
joraz 10/20/14 12:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Annual Maintenance: Gasser vs Diesel Pusher

I would agree that it's mostly just a matter of quantities. My Cummins calls for an oil change at 10,000 miles. It holds about 10 gallons. It has an oil filter, of course, along with two fuel filters and a coolant filter. All need to be changed at regular intervals. The other chassis stuff is the same as a gasser (lube, etc.). I change my oil and filters and do a little here and there but big stuff all goes to a truck repair facility. jor
joraz 10/20/14 12:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood On Off

I'd bet it was air in the propane line. Well, I'm thinking that you're correctomundo! Both furnaces are now working as before. In the past I've had this issue with the range and oven but never with the furnaces. Anyhow, thanks to everybody else for the troubleshooting tip. I'm printing them and saving for future issues. jor
joraz 10/15/14 08:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood On Off

Thanks to all for your advice. I'm going to troubleshoot this today. We're in Oregon and of course, it't raining (hate rain as I grew up in Seattle!). Just now, something else occurred which may point me in another direction. The back furnace, which has been on all morning, started blowing cold. It lighted again but it's never done that. I put a new regulator on my propane tank a few months ago and everything has been operating fine. I also filled with propane (78 gal tank) a few days ago at a Flying J. The guy filling it used a method I had not seen. He hooked up the hose and turned on the pump. Then he opened and left open the safety valve. He left it open until propane spurted out, then turned off the pump. Is it possible that I have too much LP in the tank with not enough space above it? Just opened the safety a hair and get only vapor. Thanks. Both furnaces were just working again. I'm thinking this has .got to be a bad regulator or some kind of fuel related issue. Frig is working on propane and range burners light . jor
joraz 10/15/14 09:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood On Off

Hmmm... can't get the quotes to work. Thermo Coupler: Sounds promising. I'll check. Sail Switch: Wouldn't that prevent it from lighting? It lights and goes out. It's an Atwood 8516-III Thanks.
joraz 10/14/14 08:08pm Class A Motorhomes
Atwood On Off

My 95 coach has the original Atwood heaters. Both have been working well. Today, my front one started behaving strangely. When the thermostat called for heat, the fan would start as usual and the burner would ignite as usual. However, after burning for maybe three seconds, the burner would turn off (the fan would keep running). Anyhow, I cycled it maybe five times or so and now it's working perfectly. I was thinking the limiter switch or the circuit board but was surprised when it began working again. Ideas? Thanks. jor Arghhh... just cycled on again and no fire. Darn!
joraz 10/14/14 07:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Little Slider

Thanks for sharing the pics jor. I've been carrying my tool box for 10 years and just used my tools a couple of times. Two times? I usually beat that in the first couple of days! Sounds like you've got a great rig. Hang on to it. jor
joraz 09/24/14 06:53am Class A Motorhomes
Little Slider

I posted a while back looking for ideas on putting a slider in a very narrow compartment. A generous forum member gifted me a nice Quickie unit. Came out great. I intend to keep my heavy toolbox on this slider so getting to those tools just became a lot easier. I attached mine by drilling through the bottom of the rig but these sliders allow for side mounting too. Here's a couple of photos for future reference. jor http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m105/joroiga/slider2_zpsc46d5c91.jpg
joraz 09/23/14 11:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chipmonk & Squirrel Damage Prevention Light?

Only thing I have not tried was leaving the light on in the shed and puting a light under the hood of the truck. Has anyone made this work? I'm in Tucson and have fought the packrat battle for many years. Like you, I tried everything I could think of, including all those you mentioned in your post. I've had damage on several vehicles and had to rewire my old 67 F-100 twice. The only thing that has worked for us is light. We surround the rig and cars with LED rope lights which illuminate every night on a timer. I used to raise the hoods on the cars and hang a trouble light every night. Matter of fact, when we first moved into this neighborhood I thought everyone must be always working on their cars as so many hoods were up! As a backup, I am also using the little sonic devices that are supposed to repel rodents. I have a couple on the exterior and a couple inside. Last month I did not have my lights going for a couple of nights. During that time, the little bas***s climbed up on my valve cover (it's a DP) and left their droppings, ran the length of the 40' rig through the cable tunnel and started to set up shop on top of my fuel tank way up front. Man, I went into a full frontal attack. Light it up like Times Square and sound the sonics. They haven't been back. Good luck.
joraz 09/16/14 07:36pm General RVing Issues
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