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RE: Should I Change My WFCO Converter?

How do you camp? Hooked up in a campsite, plugged in to a pedestal? If so, the trojans are not the best choice for you. Get regular group 27 29 or group 31 deep cycle walamrt jar batteries for your needs. If you camp off the grid, run a generator and or solar panels to replenish lost charge, then the Trojan true deep cycle 5% antimony batteries, different charge controller that yields 14.8V with 16.0V equalize capacity needed from time to time is then in order.
NinerBikes 11/22/14 05:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

I've added Sta-bil to EVERY tank of fuel in all my small engines for the last 20 years. They all continue to start easily and run reliably, from my 20 year old lawn mower that hibernates for 5 months at a time to my chainsaw that goes years without use. My 9 year Yamaha generator still runs like a top. I don't bother draining fuel, or sticking with ethanol free blends, or even running them monthly, but I do only use 91+ octane (for other reasons). I have troubles understanding why some have so many problems with gumming up. Maybe different fuel blends for different geographic regions? /\ This... gas bought in larger cities with air pollution problems get additized and blended with junk that causes problems. I never have problems with fuel I buy in Idaho or in St George Utah, gumming up my Honda. Fuel I buy in Los Angeles is another matter, it has to be kept and stay fresh.
NinerBikes 11/22/14 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: electrical problem

I surged my converter with my generator it smoked and quit working. I replaced it now only half of my 12 vote things work lights hot water batterie charge. But the fridg heater won't. Does any one have any advise. Or help thanks fridge circuit board if on a Dometic, can die if it sees 15.4v or more.
NinerBikes 11/21/14 11:57pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

OP needs to tell us more about the rig he is in, what they use that sucks power, and wifey habits. Obviously, hair dryers, and A/C's and microwaves may be out of the picture, without a generator if in a smaller rig. OP here....More info if it will help. We just brought wives TT home last month. We have RV'd for many years and have had several RV's (actually too many). The latest is a 2013 Arctic Fox that and it is the wives. We love to travel in our X-rental Majestic that replaced our 37ft 5th wheel six years ago and will keep it. The places a small class C can get into are great. But as about everything else in RVing there are compromises. One of the compromises is the size of RV. Small class C is great for shorter amount of time, but when its raining or staying put for longer time, they are not so good for us!. We wanted something that we would be more comfortable for staying put for longer time and more room especially in the kitchen area. Overall be more comfortable. Talking with people that do have solar we've noticed that some people want to power a small city and others say they should of put up more. Being we seem to blast thru batteries, we thought why not get some solar? Most of our camping trips are in the winter time the temps are in the 30-40's and raining. But our lack of sun in the pacific NW we'll probably need more than the usual. We are going to start our "going south" again to warmer climate as soon as wife gets OK from her Dr. So knowing nothing about solar, I thought others might chime in and atleast get us going in right direction. Our elec usage IMO is "normal" we like temps 70-72 degrees and wife will read 1/2 the night with some lights on. IMO wife is not as conservative as she should be, but that's OK, she thinks we'd get better MPG if I didn't bring so many tools and spare parts along. But she doesn't complain about my shop labor rate when something needs fixing and I don't complain about all the gadgets or weight of them in the kitchen. So I guess we're even.:B Our generator is an old Honda (1990's model)that is not so quiet compared to newer light weight ones, so we don't use it if we think it will disturb others. And I thought we might be able to leave generator at home with enough solar being tow rig is an older diesel. That would be no gas and gas cans. I'm starting to read some of the links people have posted and starting to believe solar is like tire posts. What works for some doesn't mean it will work for you. Maybe my question should of been, how much solar do you have and do you like it? Thanks With what you tell me, and not sacrificing, and where you camp, and how much roof you have on a C class...I'd sell your 1990's generator, and get a new Honda Eu2000i Generator online from Wise Sales. Maybe a good 14.8V charge controller too.
NinerBikes 11/21/14 09:36pm Tech Issues
RE: The big voltage rip off in my SUV

I'm just going to go with the generator and the MegaWatt when I get there. 1 hour and 33 amps trying to go in to the 150A/H rated battery will have to be "good enough" for the first night. Then an hour again first thing in the morning. Waiting for my solar 6 heater to arrive today, plumb it in and thinking about trying some winter style camping near Yreka on the Klamath River.
NinerBikes 11/21/14 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Yes, 50 Amp hours for the day, more than enough for a little 21 foot travel trailer. My 120w Solar panel makes an easy 6.3 to 6.6 AH for 8 to 10 hours in MT that time of year. I don't sit in the TT all day, when fly fishing or near Yellowstone National Park... so when sight seeing, it's a good thing the days are long. Niner...do you mean 50amp Hrs ? Total for the day Thinking in terms of "reality", I love your wording, "possible" 52 amps But then, I love the 14 hr days too:B. I saw, for real, a 50 amp day on my 120W portable solar panel. It was June 10th, and I was camping in Montana on the Madison River. I had to leave my bathroom fan on all day, just to make it possible, but, past May through August, if you camp in northern latitudes in the summer, on a sunny day, it can happen with portable aimed panels moved 3x a day. OP needs to tell us more about the rig he is in, what they use that sucks power, and wifey habits. Obviously, hair dryers, and A/C's and microwaves may be out of the picture, without a generator if in a smaller rig.
NinerBikes 11/21/14 11:04am Tech Issues
The big voltage rip off in my SUV

Since day one, I've always had marginal charging ability from my VW Touareg to charge up the travel trailer battery on trips. Almost without fail, driving and trailering all day, the silly 1/3 or 2/3 charged wall light indicator would show 2/3 charged within minutes after stopping for a lunch break or a Wal Mart overnighter. Yesterday, I was dinking around with the electronic control module with some Ross-Tech Volkswagen Audi Group (VAG) software, and that software allowed me to see and set all kinds of parameters. The clue to me was that even after starting up glow plugs on a cold motor, the maximum Voltage ever shown on my Scan Gauge II was 14.2V. It would drop down to 14.0 or 13.9 within minutes. And it was then, when I saw the adjustment in the Ross-Tech for voltage charging setup, that I saw that my SUV diesel is set for running a factory AGM battery... and a factory AGM battery should get, tops 14.4V, and 14.4V is not enough for my T-1275 to keep it topped off and fully charged while driving. So forgive me for having a double facepalm moment. The point is don't mix types of batteries and expect 100% performance. Eventually, I may get an AGM battery that likes 14.4V for my travel trailer. Or just set up the solar panel quickly when I get to a campsite and hope I have a few hours of daylight left to get that last 25 or 30 AH back into the battery and topped off before night fall. But a fussy charging 14.8 or 15.0V demanding battery on the trailer and an AGM that likes 14.2 to 14.0V from the alternator on the SUV is not the best working combo while driving down the road trying to get to my destination.
NinerBikes 11/21/14 10:59am Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Thinking in terms of "reality", I love your wording, "possible" 52 amps But then, I love the 14 hr days too:B. I saw, for real, a 50 amp day on my 120W portable solar panel. It was June 10th, and I was camping in Montana on the Madison River. I had to leave my bathroom fan on all day, just to make it possible, but, past May through August, if you camp in northern latitudes in the summer, on a sunny day, it can happen with portable aimed panels moved 3x a day. OP needs to tell us more about the rig he is in, what they use that sucks power, and wifey habits. Obviously, hair dryers, and A/C's and microwaves may be out of the picture, without a generator if in a smaller rig.
NinerBikes 11/21/14 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Wife runs the battery down? Want to get rid of the gasoline? Max it out. Post a pic of the roof and figure out how to get 500+ watts up there :B can't post pic's, haven't sign up yet. I will measure the space on roof that I have and see what will fit. So far I don't even see a way to run the wires. (minor side note)...I know this is not good for batteries, but when we do long dry camps in our small Class C, I bring my 6 batteries (all charged) 2 batteries hooked up in RV and my 4 spares and change them out when the little light says they are on 1/4 mark. If we run out of batteries then we live like the chickens in daylight only till end of trip. Sort of fun actually. But that's in the summer not when it's cold. Think hard sided tent. Wife on "power diet". Yep, been discussed many times. "why bother having an RV if we aren't going to use what the heck is in it?" She's got a point, just wish the power problem could be solved easier. I use everything in my 21 foot travel trailer... in moderation. Key words, in moderation. They can be taught.
NinerBikes 11/20/14 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Testing the new to me NON MPPT 20 amp Charge controller

Mr. Wizard, you ARE the Wizard for that find! That should make the MPPT crowde mighty happy, if it works as it's supposed to. We need someone with 30 amps worth or near there with 24v panels to give it a test... I sense a job for Mena661!
NinerBikes 11/20/14 05:59pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Sounds like the OP hasn't even taken their camper out camping yet. Absolutely true. Got in home and took care of big stuff... changed out tires, pulled hubs and bearings, load up wives stuff and about ready to use first time. My posting was an interest in solar because wife runs down batteries in our little Majestic when it's cold out. It is like 1 night 1 battery. This newer TT (her RV) is going to need something because our generator (older Honda) runs on gas and our tow vehicle is diesel. So now I'll have to carry along gas and if we stay longer (1 week is about our camping time at one place) I'll be bringing lots of gas and cans. Solar would solve some of that situation. NinerBikes said... if your unit does not have all LED lights inside, change those all out first from incandescents." Yep, bank account shows I did that. But those LED's must be one of the best things that happened to RV's, after installing them. I did not know solar was as cheap as people commented here, that's a good thing IMO. Thanks You may have to go the route some of us went that camp off grid, off pedestal, and dry camp... get a separate charge controller that charges at a 14.8V charge rate, bulk, mount it as close to the batteries as possible with fat gauge wire, and run the device first thing in the morning off the generator, to get the easy bulk charging done quickly before letting the solar panel take over and finish off what the bulk charging PSU or charge controller that the generator started. Lots for you to learn about recharging batteries, state of charge, and how to measure properly your batteries to determine their health. '' Search'' is your friend. Put your wife on a power diet.
NinerBikes 11/20/14 03:08pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

Alternative method. Charge your batteries fully, 100% before leaving on a trip. Measure voltage disconnected. Measure the specific gravity after doing so, and log it down per cell. Note the time you arrived at the campsite and started running strictly off the batteries. 24 hours later, shut all electrical off, take a specific gravity reading, and take a voltage reading with everything disconnected. Compare. That will give you a rough State Of Charge from 100% down to 50%. Your specific gravity will tell you more, % wise, what you've consumed, based on the total Amp hour ratings of your batteries. Go from there...but first, if your unit does not have all LED lights inside, change those all out first from incandescents. Next might be a no fan heater like a Olympic Solar 6 or solar 3 or solar 8. Next after that might be a low amperage draw LED TV. Plenty of ways to cut amps consumed, though in the end, its probably way cheaper to just add more watts in solar panels. However, LEDs are best bang for the buck in dropping your amp hours consumption quickly and effectively. Do a search here on ¨48 SMD warm white LEDs¨ 120 to 200 watts of solar panel is a good start if you are going through 25 -45 amp hours in a 24 hour period. You;ll burn a lot more than that in winter time if you keep those stock incandscent bulbs, though. Those bulbs are pretty much a ''Must go'' item if you want to keep consumption down on long fall, winter and early spring nights.
NinerBikes 11/20/14 11:37am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

I've never ordered a new car or a new truck. Being retired, I find exactly what I want already sitting on some dealer's lot and then try to come to an agreement on price. I'd be pizzed and frosted paying $1100 delivery fee for a new truck, when I could probably fly out and drive it off the parking lot where it was made and drive it home myself. It's one thing to pay for delivery if it came across the pond on a boat from Germany or Bratislava Slovakia, like my Touareg, it's another thing when it's made right here in the good old USA. Dealer prep nowadays, and dealer inspection pre delivery are laughable, IMHO, it never seems to get accomplished or done. For me, internet sales has been where it's at. And the future of where it may be going.
NinerBikes 11/20/14 10:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

Thanks Bigfoot, very helpful link.
NinerBikes 11/20/14 10:13am Truck Campers
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Dodgeboy Don, where's that truck you ordered?
NinerBikes 11/19/14 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I'M FREEZING PLEASE HELP

Probably hooking up in a warm bed with another college coed back at her place, if he's smart. What do you call a Guitarist without a Girlfriend? . . . . . . . . . . Homeless.
NinerBikes 11/19/14 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: I'M FREEZING PLEASE HELP

Get a down comforter for your bed. Other option is you are young... and the old Marine "HTFU!"
NinerBikes 11/19/14 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

I used a hose with a quick disconnect on the wave unit and left the valve outside so any leak ( hasn't happened yet but valves do sometime leak at the stem as they wear) would not be in the unit. Mines on a class B so I just place it on the sink cover at night and let it run all night. I leave one window open on the end of the unit and the top vet in the ceiling open. My class B is a 3 season unit but with the wave 6 I can keep it comfortable warm in 20 degree weather. It probably has about the same interior cubic feet as TC. I am going to sell it and get a true 4 season unit, kind of hate to because I spent a ton of money on upgrades before I figured out its not as well suited for my camping style as it could be. Someone is going to get a nice B from me, live and learn LOL. With that in mind, I could probably use the quick disconnect for my outdoor BBQ gas plumbing, and just run it off of that if I drill a hole in the floor near by and run 12 feet of hose.
NinerBikes 11/19/14 08:04am Truck Campers
RE: Wave 3 Catalytic Heater?

I just bought a Wave 3, I can't wait to install it, but the camper is on the truck and Lance has the propane lines on the bottom of the drivers side over hang, so I can't reach it until I unload, if we like it I will remove the power hungry, noisy, and propane wasting forced air unit, gain space and lose weight I am in the process of buying a Wave 6, for my 21 foot travel trailer. Will figure out plumbing once I get my hands on the unit. Probably a T, some swage fit 3/8" copper to a cutoff ball valve inside, to the hose, to the Wave 6.
NinerBikes 11/18/14 09:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Testing the new to me NON MPPT 20 amp Charge controller

Let's see. It's not MPPT, the temp sensor provides a readout and nothing more, the load feature is unless you wire some night lights. So the thing has one settable voltage, is that all it has going for itself or is it the pretty display? Yep, that's it. Adjustable voltage, for odd shaped, poorly designed sweeper battery problem child batteries like mine, and the ability to do a top charge at 15.0V and an equalize charge too at 16.0V. So I can stir or shake my electrolyte to my hearts delight. Maybe even charge pretty darn close to a full 99 or 100% SOC off of a solar panel. I suppose yours does that too? Otherwise, it's useless.
NinerBikes 11/18/14 09:19pm Tech Issues
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