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Quartzsite 2018

I got an email from someone already counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds, until it starts. Anybody else had enough of this heat?
NinerBikes 08/09/17 12:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: So long summer,

Big triple digit electric bill in the works for July and August, someone keeps turning the AC down instead of turning the fan on, and wearing less clothes.
NinerBikes 08/09/17 12:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Does anyone know how many amps an Fantastic Fan pulls?

I close the door when using the fantastic phart fan. There's a nice 1 inch gap at the bottom of the door to the bathroom, to clear the carpet, makes for a good place to draw air from when the door is fully closed, to ventilate up and out. It makes a nice inlet for air from the rest of the trailer. Turn the fan on, do your business with the door closed, and the fan will work as designed, fantastic at removing moisture, stink, whatever. Slow speed is plenty good enough for me.
NinerBikes 07/18/17 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: 15k BTU AC on Parallel Hondas?

Huntingdog Do you mean eCon mode No generator is running at idle while powering the A/C I've run a paired set of EU2000I's with my Dometic 13.5k in eco mode on both, and once the AC is started up, they do indeed loaf at the regular Eco rpm settings. Elevation was 3000 feet and outside temp was 96F. That's 5 to 5.5 amps per generator, and both of them did not change their engine speed when the AC turned off. The tone of the exhaust note changed a bit, but the pitch and rpms remained the same. This was my observation. YMMV. I was running ethanol free gas in it, at the time. Gas with ethanol in it really takes a good chunk of power away from a Honda EU2000I, as does going up in elevation.
NinerBikes 06/18/17 11:45am Tech Issues
RE: Priming Honda 2000 after draining carb: when is it primed?

I don't care which model you have. Unless you live out in the boonies, and non city areas and KNOW you are getting and buying ethanol free gasoline, drain the carb bowl of all fuel, leave the switch for fuel and spark on the "off" position, turn on the choke, leave it on, and pull the starter cord 4 or 5 times, to suck all the fuel out of the jets, before storage. If you want to start it up easily, leave the top vent in the closed position, turn the switch to the "ON" position, rock the motor back and forth 3 or 4 times, wait 10 seconds, then pull the starter cord, with the choke on. I always start in "eco" mode on. Once running, open up the vent to the "on" position on the fuel cap, let it warm up for 120 seconds, then plug in what you want to run. I always warm my motor up before putting it under any load. Common sense.
NinerBikes 06/14/17 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Got my new (used) batteries!! Now, how do I rejuvenate them?

What I have observed with my Surplus Telecom acid rich Deka. I can set the voltage to what ever on my 30 amp Mega Watt, but I usually keep it at 14.4V. Battery is rated about 150 to 160 ah for 20 hour rating. Battery takes what it takes for current. Rarely will it do over 20 amps recharge rate, at 14.4V. This Mega Watt recharge, 1x a week when boondocking off the grid, keeps the battery in good shape. When the battery won't take more than 0.75 amps /hr on the RC watt meter that is in line with the megawatt, I shut things off. Battery flat out works, very very well. Let it suck up big amps from the meanwell, and the generator, 1x per week, between daily solar panel recharges. Get it really fully charged, by what ever means you must use, to keep it from sulphating.
NinerBikes 06/14/17 12:34am Tech Issues
RE: They say 10 amps maximum, but....

Send me your "dead" Megawatts please LOL, only one, from CO, that I am aware of. Mine has been doing a lot of powering my 100w 20 amp sucking ham radio as of late. No issues, so far. Ran it every morning at 14.4V for an hour an half to stir the juices up in the surplus 150 ah Telecom Deka. Must have worked, I saw the Deka up to 12.92V after off the charger for 24 hours. Usually it's 12.88 to 12.89. Could be temperature related too. For my usage, that Telecom DEKA is perfect. The ham radio will suck 4 to 5 Ah per hour in the evening and night on 40m at , on average. There goes 16 to 20 amps. Perfect companion, the Mega Watt, in the travel trailer.
NinerBikes 06/14/17 12:18am Tech Issues
RE: Question For Experienced Deka AGM Uers

I'm curious .... why is a Lifeline inappropriate? (Other than cost!!) Cost... versus most cost effective or value, $ to years and days worth of use. Going to san diego soon?
NinerBikes 05/29/17 12:22am Tech Issues
RE: How long should my battery last (when not in use)?

Well.... installed a battery disconnect switch over the weekend. I recharged the battery then turned the switch OFF. Battery should be good to to go until our next trip (Memorial Day weekend). Thanks all! Maybe, maybe not, depends if you discharged your new battery so low as to do permanent damage to it's ability to hold a charge.
NinerBikes 05/09/17 01:22am Tech Issues
RE: Trojan T-125's finally gone

That getting them up to 7.75V,( 8.0V would have been better,) once or twice a year is what makes batteries like that get de sulfated, and last a long, long time. Getting them topped off as soon as a trip is over, is beneficial to the chemistry inside them. Some folks understand the electro chemistry inside a battery, and will make the effort to do what it best for the battery. Others have a different level of threshold for amount of care they'll provide for their deep cycle batteries.
NinerBikes 04/23/17 10:43pm Tech Issues
RE: CREE CRXL-B 3-watt Almost have a winner here...

Subscribed. The narrow range of voltage is just a minor engineering problem. The 800 ma part is what interests me, more battery longevity between recharges while camping, better efficiency. See if you can get a spec on the color of the chips... are they 5000k "sunlight type models?
NinerBikes 04/23/17 09:23am Tech Issues
RE: Rough Survey / Who Switched To AGM Last 12 months? HAPPY?

Joined the Telco AGM group about 20 months ago. Will last a looooong time. However, doubt it would power a 300w inverter very well, being just only 150Ah and having very, very thick heavy lead plates so it will last 10+ years in an isolated cell phone site location miles and miles up a dirt road on the mountains in the boonies. Also, my Teleco does NOT like to take much more than a 20Ah recharge rate so far... YMMV, it's a Deka. Highly doubt I will ever again buy FLA battery ever again, would buy an AGM, and when the prices drop a lot, Lithium chemistry may in my future. YMMV.
NinerBikes 04/17/17 12:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Use

OP should ask themselves if they want to budget for nightly RV park fees with hookups, instead of budgeting for generator hour run times. Either way, one needs to inevitably budget for both, or be shocked at the bills at the end of the trip.
NinerBikes 04/13/17 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Maintenance or not

Take a look at your photo on the left side, near the top. See that clear vent hose? Stop and ask your self, what does it mean? Your existing battery is a non AGM battery. Your battery is strong because you use it frequently enough to keep it nearly fully charged, and infrequently enough that it doesn't go through a lot of charge /discharge cycles. It also helps that your diesel probably starts up first time, every time, very, very quickly, due to low mileage on the motor. Nothing is easier on a battery than starting up once in the morning cold with glow plugs, and then going 200-300 miles before the next diesel refuel at the end of the day, then shutting down for the night, to repeat the process the next day. Only one major glow plug running discharge session and one cold start per 200 or 300 miles is easy, peasy life on a starting battery. Do that 2 to 4 times a year, between sitting there stored, fully charged, and it's an easy life.
NinerBikes 04/13/17 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Maintenance or not

I am showing that that 2008 sprinter takes a GRoup 49 AGM battery, so please double check before buying or ordering Deka Intimidator Group 49 AGM I have a 5 year old VARTA AGM sitting under the drivers seat of my 2012 VW Touareg TDI Sport, May 2012 build. Without question, I equalize charge it 1x per year, whether it needs it or not. I KNOW, for a fact, that doing this and desulphating the cells 1x per year will help with the longevity of the battery in that car. VARTA, when treated properly, makes great batteries. That said, I run a used DEKA Telecom Surplus AGM in my Travel Trailer. If the utilities company like Verizon at their cell phone sites in remote locations is using DEKA, on contract, all I can say is that you know THAT model of battery is good. I would trust DEKA in my MB Sprinter, as I would VARTA. I do drive all german cars, and I do use all german brand filters and oils in them too, with good reason. East Penn /DEKA makes nothing but batteries. You can bet they are very good at it. The battery in your Sprinter was made in the 33rd week of 2008, FYI.
NinerBikes 04/12/17 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Alternative Megawatt Shutoff Timer (link)

My 30 amp MegaWatt came with the pigtail and plug to attach. I tinned the 3 wires first before attaching to power in screws on the far right of the terminal block. Is it not still the same? This was 3 or 4 years ago?
NinerBikes 04/12/17 05:00pm Tech Issues
RE: What are your hobbies

Fly fish, tie flies, drink IPA's, beer tours, mineral shows, ham radio, mtn bike ride, make new friends around campfires, tell stories, hear even BETTER stories, see natural wonders of nature in all forms, make campfires, and smell like campfires, BBQ good meat, monitor my solar panels and SOC on the AGM battery, help fellow campers, and drive to and from new sights to see, trailer in tow, while travelling slowly. Sometimes dump, add water and propane. Compared to a 2 person tent, I don't care if others call it "Glamping". I like a warm comfortable bed, OTA TV weather reports from the Batwing, a hot shower in the morning, and a cold beer in the evening.
NinerBikes 04/10/17 10:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Truck stops

Small rv in huge space is kinda selfish, unless most of the parking lot is empty. my pet peeves is when gas rigs park in front of the only diesel pump, when there are other gas pumps available. People are so self centered they don't even consider how their actions affect others. Ding, ding, ding! My pet peeve. Which is why I wish there were just separate diesel pump locations, period.
NinerBikes 04/09/17 08:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: li fe po4 battery upgrade?

Hence in my original post my protocol for an exaggerated drawn-out recharging event. You can bet I was thermal scanning all six accumulators during the process. The 11.2 volt pack was perfect for checking 800ma LED chips prior to assembly. Now I have (another) lab power supply so I do not need the pack as much. But using the pack in conjunction with a 347 nm UV 800 ma LED chip for portable night-time scorpion hunting has me intrigued. The price of the chip howver is daunting. 9.5 watt 347 nm chips are pricey. 365nm scorpion flashlight
NinerBikes 04/08/17 12:13am Tech Issues
RE: li fe po4 battery upgrade?

Everything from them needs to be taken with copious amounts of salt They went from the bus to a new RV, to now in a Sail boat Iirc Sponsors paid for everything RV, batteries, solar,etc.. Any links on their new motor home, and then their boat?
NinerBikes 04/06/17 10:23pm Tech Issues
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