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RE: How much gas does your genny use? And a charging question

@SoundGuy: You are almost certainly more knowledgeable than I. And I don't know enough yet to always choose wisely between your advice and that of those who say the opposite. But your aggressive, hostile, tone makes it harder for me to take the information you offer seriously. I am here for help, not a fight. When you are hostile, I feel like I want to just turn away. Edit: Do you think I am a man? I notice that the aggressive attitude seems to come more often from guys who do, here. There is some subtle difference in gender roles at work that I do not understand -- the same post, when read by people who know I am female, often gets a very different response. Would you use your purse to haul and carry boulders? Same thing with a car alternator used to do heavy recharging of a deep cycle battery. The alternator is designed to charge up your engines battery quickly after starting up the car, a very small, short usage of energy. Recharging heavy duty deep cycle battery, stuff is best left to a generator set and a charge controller, designed for that purpose. It's going to cost money to have the right tools for the job at hand, no two ways about it. If money is tight, come back and ask when you have some money to address the project. When my gal talks and has a problem... all she wants from me is someone that will listen, acknowledge her problem, and give sympathy. The last thing she wants is for me to solve her problem with a workable solution, something that pisses her off to no end, because that's normally what young men do. Most of the men here are older, and wiser and have learned this, how to cope with women. We listen to women, but we don't attempt to solve their problems, best to just let them figure it out on their own. Otherwise we get grief from the whole incident, and end up in the dog house.
NinerBikes 04/01/15 11:03am Tech Issues
RE: ULSD in Baja

Try as I might, RV.NET cut off 50% of the last four paragraphs of my above post so that portion makes no sense at all. Sorry. Less then one percent of the USA UBA diesel feeds the REMAINDER of Baja California the northern state. Try PMing them to me, or another method... email? Maybe dictate the words, slowly, to that Galaxy S2 smart phone I gave you last year?
NinerBikes 04/01/15 09:32am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Best MPG

The one that is parked ;) Yeah. Or a moped and tarp-on-a-rope. My Opinion---If you are worried about gas mileage don't even consider a RV. I'd agree. I have a 21 foot full height/width TT I've towed around with a small diesel SUV. First a Jeep Libby CRD, now a BMW X5 35d, when towing, I get around 14 average at 60 mph. Worst tank, 9 into a 50 mph headwind; best tank 18 with a strong tailwind. 21 ft full height and width 21 foot TT I tow with a 2013 Touareg TDI AWD SUV that weighs a full 5000 pounds. 57-58 MPH yields 16.5 to 19.5 MPG's on 4 trips from L.A. to Yellowstone, 500 to 550 miles per day. 31 to 34-35 MPG's when empty, 31 mostly city, 34 -35, all interstate.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 11:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Best MPG

My Opinion---If you are worried about gas mileage don't even consider a RV. /\ This
NinerBikes 03/31/15 11:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: Can I go through car wash with solar panels on my roofrack?

Can I install them in such a way that this would be ok? Very protected and secured wiring, controller indoors, etc.? Or is hand washing a sacrifice I would have to make? I thought you said you were cheap? Hand wash your car.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 11:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Who Leaves the on-demand Pump On

I recommended shutting off ALL water supplies when not in the rig and when sleeping - whether on the water pump supply or the campground water supply. If you ever looked in behind stuff in the motorhome to see all that thin looking plastic water tubing running everywhere - you'd begin to appreciate the habit of leaving no in-coming water supply connected to those lines any more than absolutely necessary. :) Very valid points, and make damn sure you put a pressure regulator in line too before turning the water on, to keep things at 40-45 psi if you are on City Water. The only reason to turn the water pump on is to pressurize the water lines when you need water shortly. Turn it off it you don't need water immediately or are finished up with using water from tap, shower, toilet, what ever.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 09:50pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Who Leaves the on-demand Pump On

I recommended shutting off ALL water supplies when not in the rig and when sleeping - whether on the water pump supply or the campground water supply. If you ever looked in behind stuff in the motorhome to see all that thin looking plastic water tubing running everywhere - you'd begin to appreciate the habit of leaving no in-coming water supply connected to those lines any more than absolutely necessary. :) Very valid points, and make damn sure you put a pressure regulator in line too before turning the water on, to keep things at 40-45 psi if you are on City Water.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 09:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: My Screwy 31

The morgue called, said they saw your group 31 stumbling weakly in their direction? Denied a ride in a Hearst due to pre existing conditions, said it should have retired 2 weeks ago in the infirmary next door?
NinerBikes 03/31/15 09:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Latest Equalize Charging w 20 Amp Solar Charge controller

What is this that I am supposed to be doing? Are you charging them till the battery has 16v?! Or using a 16v input? And, without solar, how do you get such a high input? Start here, and read all the pages 3 times. Then come back and see if you have any questions. Linky
NinerBikes 03/31/15 09:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Latest Equalize Charging w 20 Amp Solar Charge controller

mexicowander would claim that ticking is the pacemaker your screwy 31 is on, shortly before the bell tolls.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 08:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with portable solar please

OP... until you do an energy audit with amp hours used on a daily basis, you are just guessing at your needs for recharging, and the best means to achieve it. Too many camping variables to even come close to making suggestions. usage, seasons, latitude, shaded or sunny campsite, personal risk levels to theft of charging devices by alien abduction, etc.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 05:27pm Tech Issues
Latest Equalize Charging w 20 Amp Solar Charge controller

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/grand_toots/2012%20Palomino%20Gazelle%20G210/20150331_125938_zpskxdjzkks.jpg NOTICE: Disconnect battery from RV before trying this, you don't want to damage any on board electronics with charging with voltages this high! I have this unit hooked up to 150W poly solar panel, 18.0V and 8.3 Amps rating Imp. Just fiddled with this particular 20 Amp PWM Solar charge controller that I bought on Amazon, for around $32.50 20 amp solar charge controller and found that it can be adjusted to 16.0V to do an equalize charge on my T-1275. Which means no more fiddling out with switching wires to do that every 10 to 12 day Equalize charge any more, Like I used to have to do on my Solar 30. Today's equalize got up to 15.91V before it started falling again, measured at the battery terminals with my Digital Multimeter, after 1 hour and 6 minutes, on my Trojan T-1275. I set the voltage down to 13.2 V after it reached that, a float voltage. Might be worth looking in to this unit if you have a fussy to charge battery like a Screwy 31, or a T-1275, something car jar shaped for a battery instead of golf cart or unrestricted design considerations like tall batteries in industrial applications, like Mena 661. I usually perform this special function before going on a camping trip, and when I get back with the TT to the storage yard, before putting away for a while.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Meanwell SE-200-15

How much I WISH for a hands-off battery maintenance charger. Couple that to an automatic watering system and nasty battery maintenance would be a snap. I also wish for the King of Nigeria to deposit forty million dollars in my bank account, my bad spinal disc to heal itself, atrial fibrillation to not require handfuls of medication, and... BFL, Give your VEC a smack - I mean snack... The more rational a "smart charger" is, the less manual manhandling your batteries will require. Danged batteries are hyper-sensitive. Some folks have a mistaken impression if you don't kiss their ---, they will live long and prosper. Like children and a plug n play approach. No monitoring and maintenance buys a whole bunch of problems. I simply do not have enough money to be lazy with battery maintenance. I can only wonder how many forum contributors have adopted my recommended "Weak-Sister Cell" hydrometer protocol? Marlin P. Jones, has/had 3.75 ampere 16.0 volt power bricks for four dollars. The amperage is close enough for a hundred amp hours worth of battery, and there is nothing in the world stopping a person from paying 32 dollars and get enough bricks to Christmas Tree Light string a bank of eight batteries. Add a common feed timer and it don't get any cheaper or easier than that. Or maybe a four hundred dollar adjustable power supply would be preferable for folks with comfortable means. Or best yet "I have people who do that for me" Linkyhttp://www.mpja.com I see IBM/lenova bricks for $9.95 there. The $4 one remains elusive. That was with typing in "16 volt power supply" in the search function on their website.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Meanwell SE-200-15

I read a lot on this board, listened to some folks that had been doing this a LOT longer than I have, and went with a Mega Watt S350-12 power supply unit. I've since added an inline Radio controller battery charging meter that I found on Ebay for $15, to tell me my output voltage. I set at 14.8V, disconnected from the battery. This is for bulk charging on rainy days. it can be reset to top charge. The Solar 30 charge controller for my 150W solar panel is set at 15.0V for my stubborn to charge fully due to shape and design battery, for top charging, daily. Equalize charging is done by bypassing the solar charge controller once every 10-12 days, and wiring the solar panel directly to the battery under mid day sun for 1.5 to 2 hours, max YMMV, I have a 21 foot travel trailer, and am of the KISS principle of charging batteries. That's as 3 stage as it gets, all manually. I water my batteries manually also, when needed, which is rarely, 7 to 10 month spans, if I recall correctly. I will equalize charge before going on a 2 week camping trip, and equalize charge when I get home, disconnect the batteries while in storage, and do the same thing, next pre trip. I am certain my batteries will last a very, very long time with this minimalist type of treatment.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 10:12am Tech Issues
RE: Honda EU2000i Companion ?

Get a 20 amp to 30 amp Camco dog bone at Walmart in the camping section.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: How much gas does your genny use? And a charging question

I've run my Honda Eu1000i on Eco mode charging batteries, and 6 to 7 hours on .45 gallon of gas seems to be about my regular consumption rate, if charging with it for an hour first thing in the morning, and topping the battery off with solar the rest of the day. Charger is a Switch charger power supply unit rated at 30 amps and set at 14.8V. This set up lets the generator do the quick and dirty part of the charge cycle, the 50 to 80% section. The solar does the 80 to 95-98% SOC section. I do warm my generator up for 3 or 4 minute before I turn on the Power Supply Unit. Important if you want your generator to last, to warm it up properly before putting it under heavy load.
NinerBikes 03/31/15 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: Help with portable solar please

"Turn-key" means what? A solar kit that you have to rebuild isn't. You might as well get the components you really want and assemble your own. A portable may be turn-key if it does not need to be rebuilt, but it is not turn-key to use, since you have to deploy it every stop. An installed solar set-up is turn-key to use but not to install. Utility of portable can depend on length of stay and other factors as mentioned above. If theft is the issue, you can also put the portable on the roof for its location if your situation allows. If you have a cargo rail you can make a tray to lash to that to carry the panel in so it still works up there and only take it down for a ground set-up when you want that. Also means no storage problems inside the rig between stops. http://i58.tinypic.com/2s96psk.jpg Wrong choice of words... Plug and play would be more accurate for portable solar panels. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/grand_toots/2012%20Palomino%20Gazelle%20G210/1487385_10201203485077892_2026542710_n_zpseae35e99.jpg
NinerBikes 03/31/15 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: ULSD in Baja

What ever gave you the idea that I asked you to respond I have always understood this is an open forum where anyone can respond. So what is this "culture" of which you speak? diverting off topic Topic is ULSD - you brought up "culture and theft"? mexicowanderer brought up theft of oil from pemex pipelines. You really are not following this thread, just me. Calling me a bigot because I've quoted of multiple occasions where Hispanic folks of Mexican descent have stolen from me. That's a burr under your skin, not mine. You probably feel that "profiling" is wrong also, even though law enforcement uses it constantly. Sherriff Joe Arpaio must make your blood boil. Mexicowander has made numerous examples/comment of mexicans where he lives stealing everything that is not screwed or nailed down. He quotes them as stealing pemex oil also. A news clip above confirms it. As I said, you are not following the thread, just following and trolling up myself. And at the rate you are going, you'll get this thread shut down and closed also. I want to make you feel special... you are the first person I've ever blocked on this board. Enjoy your special privileges.
NinerBikes 03/30/15 09:11am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ULSD in Baja

"non USLD" option from the factory (no DPF and other emission stuff). I would have loved to get this option but it wasn't allowed in our jurisdiction. I am wondering about this question. Is this in Canada? In the US all from 2007 are ULSD. Maybe in Canada not all are ULSD? No ULSD in Mexico so new vehicles do not have the same equipment as those in the US. Maybe not all in Canada are required to have this equipment? Maybe someone in Canada knows? What is it about the culture and theft? No idea how to answer this question. What "culture"? There are thieves in all cultures and at all levels of every culture. Bankers and stockbrokers top the list - Bernie Madoff? And so many others. List longer than the long arm of the law. Billionaires!! Thieves all. But minorities at least have a bit more of an excuse - they live in poverty and in some cases stealing is the only way to feed their family. What is the excuse of the "culture" on Wall Street? They stole my retirement!! What ever gave you the idea that I asked you to respond when I quoted mexicowanderer with my question? Especially when you have acknowledged you have no idea how to answer it, short of baiting or trolling or diverting off topic. You've reached the point of being an internet stalker and a troll. Give it a rest, as there is a pattern being established that threads you post in get locked down. Terilingua
NinerBikes 03/29/15 09:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Charge controller ?

Rough rule of thumb for stuff like group 24 batteries, which can be a PIA to get top charged... Set your unit at 14.8V when charging while camping, and I'd set it at 13.4V when you completely disconnect the battery from the camper, but leave just the solar panel connected while in storage. 14.8V camping 13.4V storage The Chinese are banking on you being cheap, and running thin gauge copper wire from the charge controller to the battery, which will create DC voltage losses, depending on the length of the copper wire run and how close the controller is or isn't to the battery. Don't be cheap, run fat wire, your battery will last a lot longer running the fat wire and staying top charged like it should
NinerBikes 03/29/15 08:38am Tech Issues
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