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RE: What Kind Of Tool Kit Do You Carry?

Depends, are you a full timer or a weak end warrior type of camper? RV campsite with pedestal or Boondocker /Dry camper. How far do your trips take you from home? How big or small a rig are you in?
NinerBikes 10/01/14 10:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Life and Low Temps

For the first time, you used your 3 season TT in cold weather... says it all. I can tell you all about it, I was up in MT camped on the Madison River 7 miles inside MT on the Continental Divide. 17F in the morning 9-11-14... 26F inside the TT at 8 AM. Yeah... Brrrr cold. You don't mention the amp capacity of your batteries. Or types of lights inside your travel trailer. Or voltage your charger puts out while recharging your batteries. Suggestion... next pair of batteries, get a set of 6v Golf Cart batteries at Costco, and connect them in series for 12V and 210 Amp hours capacity. Next, change out all your lights into LED's 48 SMD 1210 3624 mm versions from ebay. Warm White or cool white. Saves a ton of amps. Third, you need something when running a generator that is a true battery battery charger that is a quick, high amp charger, if you run minimal time on a generator. Something that shoves the amps in there, in a short amount of time, to 90% charge or a bit more in 2 hours or slightly less. Something that bulk charges at at least 14.8V on those GC-2 batteries. Don't worry about boiling the batteries... ain't gonna happen dry camping, and they are industrial strength and tough as nails, they can handle it. Forget about your existing charge controller if it is a WFCO 8955... they sit at 13.6V trickle charge all day long on your generator, they are fine when hooked up to a pedestal, they are no good dry camping, Epic Fail. That should do it. Get rid of the group 24 or 27 or 29 or 31 car batteries, next spring. Disconnect the batteries from the trailer circuit, and Top charge them to 15.0V when you get home. and then the following day, equalize charge them to either 1.285 Specific battery on each cell with a charger capable of 7.5 Amps and 16.0V and watch the voltage go up while baby sitting them, until it goes up to 16.0V, or SG reaches 1.285 and then shut it off. It might take 3 or 4 attempts at 16.0V over every other day applications to get all your cells to 1.285 or as high as possible, being fully disconnected from any electrical in your trailer. Both my Yamaha gennies came with direct battery charging hardware. It tells you how to do it in the manual. I just hoped I'd never have to go to all that trouble with the TT. Oh, well. I really want the series wired 6 volts. I have known about how much better they are for a while, but had always skated through. Till recently. Your yamaha puts out 8 amps. Maybe, at 13.6V. How will you replace 50-70 amps/hrs you used overnight in cold weather running the heater all night? That heater fan SUCKS 5-6 amps/hour, and probably runs 30-50% of the time all night. Say goodbye to 25 to 35 amps, in addition to your regular lights, and what your water pump sucks taking a shower, running the sink, toilet, washing dishes, etc, etc. REREAD what I said... 14.8V-15.0V is what you need, at the battery terminals, after voltage loss through all the wiring. And you need something capable of charging at 30 amps an hour, minimum... real amps, not some smart charger that is as dumb as dirt when you are out dry camping/boondocking and you want the charge job done quick and dirty, not wasting gas or generator time and noise. Do yourself a favor, buy a DC current AMP/volt meter on ebay and do a power audit. Write it all down, figure out how many amps your rig uses during a 24 hour period. Once you do a power audit, come back and we'll look for areas of improvement. About $32 to $40. Do a Search on Mean Well S-35-15, or Mega Watt S-35-15 here and read up on the threads on them, maybe find one used on Ebay. Manual charging when dry camping, is the only way to go when you need electricity made by an inverter generator running red or blue. I've laid the path for you to get up to speed... I can lead a horse to water, but I can't make them drink. Your Rockwood Mini Lite comes with the same******my 2012 Palomino Gazelle 21 came with. Crappy incandescent lights and an even more crappy WVCO 8955 charge/controller, that never goes in to "bulk" mode charging giving you a measeley 14.4V. Instead, all it might give you is give you a float voltage of 13.5 to 13.6 V, even less at the battery. Even your car alternator, on a low battery, charges at in excess of 14.4V more like 14.6 -14.7. And a crappy Group 24 battery. What have I done? 1. Real Trojan Deep cycle battery, a T -1275, 150 AH battery. 2. All the incandescent lights are gone, replaced with LEDS 3. I listened to the Pro's from Dover here and MexicoWanderer, and got a Mega Watt S- 35-15 power supply in tandem with a honda Eu1000i I already owned. I mounted it stand alone. I ran 2 or 3 feet of 8 gauge wire straight to the battery terminals. 4. I bought a portable 120W 6.6 Ah portable solar panel, OK for my usage, but yours sounds like you need a portable 160W to 200W worth, more like 9 amps/ hr to 12 amps /hr charge rate.
NinerBikes 10/01/14 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: WFCO modification Images?

Sure sounds like the guts out of a 8955 WFCO. Original owner probably has the owners manual for the charge controller, with model number. Wouldn't hurt to email him or PM him and ask?
NinerBikes 09/30/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Life and Low Temps

For the first time, you used your 3 season TT in cold weather... says it all. I can tell you all about it, I was up in MT camped on the Madison River 7 miles inside MT on the Continental Divide. 17F in the morning 9-11-14... 26F inside the TT at 8 AM. Yeah... Brrrr cold. You don't mention the amp capacity of your batteries. Or types of lights inside your travel trailer. Or voltage your charger puts out while recharging your batteries. Suggestion... next pair of batteries, get a set of 6v Golf Cart batteries at Costco, and connect them in series for 12V and 210 Amp hours capacity. Next, change out all your lights into LED's 48 SMD 1210 3624 mm versions from ebay. Warm White or cool white. Saves a ton of amps. Third, you need something when running a generator that is a true battery battery charger that is a quick, high amp charger, if you run minimal time on a generator. Something that shoves the amps in there, in a short amount of time, to 90% charge or a bit more in 2 hours or slightly less. Something that bulk charges at at least 14.8V on those GC-2 batteries. Don't worry about boiling the batteries... ain't gonna happen dry camping, and they are industrial strength and tough as nails, they can handle it. Forget about your existing charge controller if it is a WFCO 8955... they sit at 13.6V trickle charge all day long on your generator, they are fine when hooked up to a pedestal, they are no good dry camping, Epic Fail. That should do it. Get rid of the group 24 or 27 or 29 or 31 car batteries, next spring. Disconnect the batteries from the trailer circuit, and Top charge them to 15.0V when you get home. and then the following day, equalize charge them to either 1.285 Specific battery on each cell with a charger capable of 7.5 Amps and 16.0V and watch the voltage go up while baby sitting them, until it goes up to 16.0V, or SG reaches 1.285 and then shut it off. It might take 3 or 4 attempts at 16.0V over every other day applications to get all your cells to 1.285 or as high as possible, being fully disconnected from any electrical in your trailer.
NinerBikes 09/30/14 10:43pm Tech Issues
RE: when should a powermax pm4b drop into float mode

I'm in the process of switching all my wiring over to 2ga with heavy duty tinned copper ends. I charged one of the 215Ah banks last evening, from about 72% soc, and the only wire changed there so far was the one from the neg batt terminal to the shunt post. It was a 16" length of 4ga with cheapo metal ends. It is now a 2" length of 2ga plus the two new ends, so 3 1/2" in all. Result: The pm pumped out a wapping 47.1 amps! (to the moon, alice!) compared to its previous 45.6a. And the voltage drop across the shunt, at that amperage, dropped from .03v to .01 !!! You have a 50 amp or a 100 amp shunt?
NinerBikes 09/30/14 05:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Mean Well RSP-500-15 Switching Power Supply

It was about 5.276598 cheapowatts delivered. Onlinecomponents.com So, about 5.276598 x $25 = $131?
NinerBikes 09/30/14 11:05am Tech Issues
RE: Mean Well RSP-500-15 Switching Power Supply

No parakeet rant, what the heck happened?
NinerBikes 09/30/14 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: samsung phones

how old is it? when is your contract up? just get another one when renewing contract. try warranty issue. Its one year old. I didn't think of googling it. I looked on E-Bay and Amazon they seamed pretty cheap around $20 or so. The next time Im in a place where there is a Sprint (I have sprint service) I will talk to them or go to a BestBuy. BestBuy seams pretty savvey about phones. $20 is too much, they should be $5 to $10, before shipping. samsung replacement batteries or extend your run time for cheap, with a bigger battery and a new back for it. High capacity samsung battery replacement I've put what I call a FATback on every single Samsung I've ever owned. S2, S3, S4. I get 4 DAYS now between recharges, easily. Well worth it, in my eyes.
NinerBikes 09/29/14 09:30am Tech Issues
RE: Walmart Straight Talk Phone Plan

I have an Iphone 5 that I bought from Straight Talk. I also have the Straight Talk monthly plan. It runs on the Verizon system. I specifically wanted to be on Verizon so I picked a phone that runs on their system. As has been stated - 1. The phone you buy from STRAIGHT TALK drives which carrier you end up with. There is no choice. Cost is $45/month. 2. The rules state you cannot use the phone as a hotspot. I use Millenicom.com for data which gives me the portable MiFi. I have the phone set to search for it's signal and use it if available. With newer model Samsung Galaxy's, this is not a correct statement... an "unlocked" phone can get any carrier, with the change of a SIM card. Some models must have the first SIM card be a certain flagship brand that you insert... but generally speaking, if you get an enterprise rated or type smartphone... (think Galaxy Note II and newer, or Galaxy S4 or newer, in a Verizon brand, updated to Kit Kat 4.4.2 Operating System) you can run any carriers card. It's basically pretty similar to the Samsung I9505 International models, which run any providers SIM card. This became an FCC mandate, I believe, when Verizon bought 800mh bandwidth, the FCC mandated that the phone be unlocked if that bandwidth was going to be used on the phone. Samsung obliged with a chip set that handled both GSM and CDMA type OTA cell tower signals. Nowadays, you should be able to get a sim card, and go in to a walmart, or an Office Depot, or Staples, etc, and buy a AT&T refill card for $2 for a days service, on up to $25 or more, to make your smart phone run for however long you are visiting. The ATT $2 a day card is good for unlimited phone calls and unlimited data, for a day. Of course, if you go to McDonalds and have a sim card that's active and a phone number you could also use their wifi to use Google Talk for free phone calls, or Google Hangouts for video calls, similar to Skype.
NinerBikes 09/29/14 08:40am Technology Corner
RE: Doesn't seem to have been many ST tire failures this year.

There's too many factors that could skew the results.IMO, there's only one factor, people drive too fast. I see this from people towing almost daily. Yesterday, long bed 3/4 ton Dodge towing a 5th wheel at 75 mph. I will second this, I see it all the time in NV, UT, and especially the drivers on Interstates in Idaho, all of them. All going way too fast for the tire ratings... UT has 85 MPH speed limits in Southern and Central UT just south of SLC.
NinerBikes 09/28/14 11:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Walmart Straight Talk Phone Plan

For MexicoWanderer, A Galaxy S2 if AT&T is 4G or pseudo 4G in speed. It uses HSPA+ for it's 4G or something like that service. It's chip, the Snap Dragon 1.2 Gh does not have 4G LTE capability, like Verizon offers. Verizon never carried this model. If you get one, go to the PlayStore Icon App on one of the screens by Google (it'w where you can go to get all the free apps, for free, and some for pay, if you want to go that way) and type in "OOKLA" for a speed test app. You can run the app for free and it will tell you if your upload or download speed is good, so so, or bad. AT&T will generally choke down your speed when or if you get close to your data limit. Go to "High on Android" and do a search for "Galaxy S2 AT&T how to root JellyBean 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean is the most current up to date operating system) for AT&T. You may need drivers from Kies Samsung to do so, on your desktop, first. Once your root your phone, you have super moderator powers and can shut down AT&T cr*p bloatware running in the backround. If you are on limited data plans, turn your data off when you are near a wifi point, and try to use free wifi instead, always. If you are not near a wifi point, turn your wifi off, and turn data on , and use what you have for data carefully. Wifi is usually free, like at Mcdonalds, where you can get free coffee in the mornings or for very cheap, $.59 and free refills. Data and using it on your phone, is on your dime. Do a search on Google "How to use a Galaxy S2 with android" to learn how to operate your new phone. I think I threw in a protective case with the phone, a BodyGlove model. It only works or fits with the smaller 1700ah stock battery. There's a fatty battery in there to, with a back, 3000mah, lasts much longer. You will also have to do a search on how to unlock your S2 for free on the internet. You can then probably install another brand SIM card in your S2 down there in Mexico, and it will work fine. Or it should. You have a lot of reading and studying to do to learn how to get the most out of a smart phone with an Android operating system. Trust me, it is worth it, there are brilliant hackers out there that make open source Android systems the "go to" system for the intelligent smart phone users. A good starting point. In it's day, a few years back, it was the best of the best. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_S_II
NinerBikes 09/28/14 10:45am Technology Corner
RE: samsung phones

how old is it? when is your contract up? just get another one when renewing contract. try warranty issue. S3's have been out since May 2012. Since most people run them out of juice daily, they get charged daily. 500 cycles out of a LI ion battery is the norm... about a year and a half worth of usage, not quite, for the average user. Non warranty issue. It's a normal consumable item.
NinerBikes 09/28/14 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: 48 hours on genny. Electrical shorted now.

Neutral's were not connected fully inside the wire nut. That led to the arcing and the heat. If the neutral becomes disconnected, you will have no power continuous to the RV's load center. Probably no damage to the gen set because no power is flowing through the bad connection. This /\. Anyone that's done electrical on residential housing has seen this a time or two in a junction box or in a main circuit breaker. Poor workmanship, not enough stripped wire on both neutrals, and both of them not completely twisted together tight enough before the wire nut goes on. Good wirenut jobs should never require electrical tape.
NinerBikes 09/28/14 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: samsung phones

Did you try Googling it?
NinerBikes 09/28/14 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Gr 31 AGM Unfamilar Territory

Amazon sided with me on it not being what I ordered from the vendor, and gave me a full refund and told me to keep the wire, too expensive for return shipping to the vendor in FL, and time intensive.
NinerBikes 09/27/14 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Gr 31 AGM Unfamilar Territory

RJ showed me a link to buy 100 feet of 10 gauge copper red/black, and what they sent me was 10 gauge clear speaker wire, with what you noted, one side aluminum wire. No Bueno. But at least one side 10 gauge copper should handle 30 amps.
NinerBikes 09/27/14 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Gr 31 AGM Unfamilar Territory

Mex, as far as my Megawatt version...FWIW, if I drop the voltage from 14.8 to 14.4 at start up, the MW does drop the amps it provides to my T 1275. Maybe you want to install a volt meter on your chinesium, plug it in and start the voltage low, and then slowly adjust voltage upwards, to control the amp flows. Don't exaggerate about needing a screw gun. If you start the volts low,the amps will be low also. Keep your ears in tune for the buzzing sound and don't make it buzz, and you should be good. Or water that money tree and buy meanwells next time. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/grand_toots/2012%20Palomino%20Gazelle%20G210/20140905_144501_zps4oo6qzg6.jpg
NinerBikes 09/27/14 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Doesn't seem to have been many ST tire failures this year.

I forget, I am running something like 205-70-14's on my travel trailer. I do 55 to 58 mph, and always top off the pressure to 55 psi as stated in the instructions. I am at 14,000 miles in 2 years of ownership. So far, so good, but I am checking the tires like a hawk now, every time, before every trip, for signs of delamination. Maybe this isn't such a problem with 3700 # dry weight ultralite travel trailers?
NinerBikes 09/27/14 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: voltage drop

the batteries I have i float at 13.5v. once I disconnect them from the charger; I am guessing they shouldn't stay at 13.5v but drop down into the 12v range? example I had the batteries floating at 13.5 volts for a couple of hours. then is disconnected the charger and took a reading of 12.96v across the 8 battery string. this morning the reading was 12.84v. my question is; it this normal? you responded it depends on the make up of the battery. is there any other information I could get from the battery label to help? It can take a couple of days for the top charge excessive voltage to dissapate. Come back in a couple of days and tell us what you got, with nothing attached to them. If you are at or over 12.73V, then you are doing good. What you are seeing sounds normal to me.
NinerBikes 09/27/14 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: Mean Well RSP-500-15 Switching Power Supply

I think if you get a nice feral cat as a pet, your conscience would be clear. Your landlord can then not only hear your tomcat yowl at all hours of the love making night, but then deal with dirt digging, the smell of a dirty kitty litter box, hair balls, and perhaps, one day, a cat with a Cheshire smile on it's face, feathers protruding out of it's mouth.
NinerBikes 09/26/14 09:01am Tech Issues
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