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RE: oil change on a class C rv with ford V10 engine

I would look underneath the engine, and see what brand and number oil filter is already on there. Cross reference it first via Google, then go buy the parts local. Oil should be pretty common, it takes what 5 or 6 quarts? What does the chassis manual say that came with the owner's manual?
NinerBikes 02/23/15 04:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Propane leak

I have a propane leak, found it when I got home from my last trip last year, been lazy on getting it fixed. I have dual tanks and the full one leaks, so it's after the tanks, somewhere in the line to my camper. I never smelt propane in the camper. I read that this is a large pain to find the leak, and that propane companies will often fix for free. I live in the Spokane, WA area and called a couple and none will even look at it. I'm hesitant to go to the dealer, as the local dealer likes to charge $300 for anything. And I'm too busy/lazy to try to diagnose it myself. This is a 2013 shockwave toy hauler, I noticed it just a month after my warranty was up and I didn't buy an extended warranty. Please let me know your thoughts on the best way to get it fixed. Thanks!! Why do you wait since last year to address this potential health hazard now, as if it's an afterthought? Do you not understand the dangers of a flammable explosive gas leaking out and igniting and destroying your toy hauler as well as injuring other innocent bystanders potentially nearby? May I suggest you adjust your priorities in life in the future to gas leaks needing immediate attention. Do not wait, it's a fuel leak. Let me know where your 5th wheel is camped or stored, so I can stay far, far, far away. The power of leaking propane
NinerBikes 02/23/15 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Kit

Can the suitcase panel's 15awg cable bypass the existing controller and be attached to the added panel. From the added panel run 10awg to a new Solar30 controller at the MH Then 2feet of 10awg fused at 10amps to the batteries? I would add Anderson SB50 connectors for ease in setup and takedown. I believe this should cut the voltage drop, right? Yes, it can be done that way. just use the input side of the existing charge controller as nothing more than a connector or a bus.
NinerBikes 02/22/15 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Tree Sapp

When I get sap on the paint on a vehicle, I use GoJo with lanolin hand cleaner in the tub, and a little bit of elbow grease. Clean it off, rinse, and then I rewax the paint in the area affected immediately afterwards. On a rubber or EDP roof, I'd leave it alone.
NinerBikes 02/22/15 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Kit

I bet you could use your existing charge controller with adding a 40 watt solar panel, and still have enough head room. Change out the gauge wiring to 12 or 14 gauge and you have plenty capacity. What I would do is add the 40 watt panel. Wire all three panels in parallel to some sort of junction box. Run 14 gauge wire the 20 to 50 feet to your charge controller, which you took off the back of the portable panels and remounted inside your Class C, close to the batteries. Run 10 gauge wire from the controller to the batteries, no more than 4 or 5 feet worth. Calculate V loss for the 5 feet of 10 gauge wire, and compensate at the charge controller to get around 14.8v at the battery, not what the charge controller reads, that's going to a solve for "X" voltage at the to account for line losses to get 14.8V at the batteries. Might be .2 V might be .3 V, might be even .1V
NinerBikes 02/22/15 12:05am Tech Issues
RE: eu2000i

I can't speak for others, but the only thing my EU2000i won't run is my 13.5K Btu AC unit, a Dometic model. It will run easy start 11k units, as well as some of the smaller 8k or 9k Coleman polartec models. My Eu2000i will run my microwave oven. My Eu1000 won't run much of anything except lights, heater that burns propane, and the battery charger. Not even a hair dryer. YMMV. The Eu1000i is most sensitive to crappy gas laden with alcohol clogging it's jets and being a PIA to start and then start hunting or searching with fluctuating rpm's to maintain a load, due to the carb size and main jet size being the smallest. You have to load the gas you buy up with Seafoam and Techron and Blue Marine Sta-bil to keep the jets clean, and turn your gas over frequently, as well as drain the carb anytime you won't be using the /Eu1000i for more than a week. This can mean more frequent carb tear downs, rebuilds, or flat out replacements. It keeps you broke and small gardener shops very busy sucking money out of your wallet to fix or repair, if you yourself are not mechanically inclined. Hmmmm ... doesn't your commentary above leave one with the impression that the Honda 1000i has negatives connected with it relative to the Honda 2000i?? Sorry if I misinterpreted ... in that you actually meant that BOTH the 1000i and 2000i have the fuel sensitivity issue. That's where I got my idea ... from you! :h FWIW, my ancient but excellent running condition Honda EX650 has no trouble with any kind of gas I've ever thrown at it and this is even including sitting around for months/years at a time between uses ... and I suspect that it has a good old fashioned carburetor. Why are the new(er) Honda generators more finicky about their fuel condition? If that's the case, it sounds like regressive engineering on Honda's part. Your assumption is that Honda makes the carburetor, they don't. Probably a Kehin or a Mikuni. Japan and Taiwan and the rest of the world are not running E-10 ethanol in their gasoline, to subsidize US corn farmers that are greasing the palms of politicians to grow more corn. Any time the govt subsidizes farmers, you get these problems, government creating markets, instead of leaving well enough alone, as ethanol is crappy fuel, period, and a crappy additive also. Ask anyone that's used ethanol for fuel in racing what it does to jets in carburetors if left in contact, it's an oxidizer. it destroys brass jets.
NinerBikes 02/21/15 10:50pm Tech Issues
RE: eu2000i

The Eu1000i is most sensitive to crappy gas laden with alcohol clogging it's jets and being a PIA to start and then start hunting or searching with fluctuating rpm's to maintain a load, due to the carb size and main jet size being the smallest. You have to load the gas you buy up with Seafoam and Techron and Blue Marine Sta-bil to keep the jets clean, and turn your gas over frequently, as well as drain the carb anytime you won't be using the /Eu1000i for more than a week. This can mean more frequent carb tear downs, rebuilds, or flat out replacements. It keeps you broke and small gardener shops very busy sucking money out of your wallet to fix or repair, if you yourself are not mechanically inclined. That's the first time I've read anything about the Honda 1000i's design being inferior to the Honda 2000i's design. By the way, has anybody experienced a 13.5K air conditioner not starting up on a single Honda 2000i ... but starting up on paralleled Honda 1000i generators? I'm curious as to whether or not paralleled 1000i generators can supply a bit more inrush current to a compressor than a single 2000i can. If this is the case, then IMHO it may be a no brainer to go with paralled 1000i's instead of paralleled 2000i's in many cases where we're talking about the leaviest RV load being a 13.5K air conditioner. This is not considering high altitude 13.5K air conditioner situations, where paralleled 2000i's would of course be the better way to go. Where did you get the idea the 1000 is inferior to the 2000? The carburetor devices themselves are fine, the fuel with alcohol is what is inferior and causing all the problems with gumming and varnishing up the jets. This was rarely if ever a problem before our govt shoved 10% ethanol blends into our gasoline for powering these small devices. That's a false statement you made.
NinerBikes 02/21/15 06:08pm Tech Issues
RE: eu2000i

I can't speak for others, but the only thing my EU2000i won't run is my 13.5K Btu AC unit, a Dometic model. It will run easy start 11k units, as well as some of the smaller 8k or 9k Coleman polartec models. My Eu2000i will run my microwave oven. My Eu1000 won't run much of anything except lights, heater that burns propane, and the battery charger. Not even a hair dryer. YMMV. The Eu1000i is most sensitive to crappy gas laden with alcohol clogging it's jets and being a PIA to start and then start hunting or searching with fluctuating rpm's to maintain a load, due to the carb size and main jet size being the smallest. You have to load the gas you buy up with Seafoam and Techron and Blue Marine Sta-bil to keep the jets clean, and turn your gas over frequently, as well as drain the carb anytime you won't be using the /Eu1000i for more than a week. This can mean more frequent carb tear downs, rebuilds, or flat out replacements. It keeps you broke and small gardener shops very busy sucking money out of your wallet to fix or repair, if you yourself are not mechanically inclined.
NinerBikes 02/21/15 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Kit

BFL13- I like the readouts and can see how the charging progresses. Ninerbikes-which controller do you have on the 120watt? I've had the original, still on there, which was nicknamed an RJspecial 10 amp model at 14.4V. I've used it in conjunction with a Solar 30... 30 amp, for like $36 shipped which both BFL and I happen to like very much, and I've had it with a MPPT 20, again about $36 shipped, with a couple of different features from the Solar 30. I just alternately wired in the other charge control units, bypassing the stock unit, because I wanted 15.0V if at all possible for a very unique high antimony scrubber battery on my travel trailer that is somewhat problematic to get fully charged on a daily basis, it's a bit cranky, much like a Group 31 like in Landyacht 318's application. Basically, I find the Solar 30 the most useful, it counts total amps charged into the battery, less of course what your rig is using during daylight hours. It has temp correction. I like that cumulative feature. It has a nice LED display.
NinerBikes 02/20/15 11:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Kit

The Renogy Viewstar 1024n 10 amp controller has spoiled me with the LED readouts and functions. I would be disappointed with the cheaper one. How do you know this without at least trying the other units? I don't know how you can reach that conclusion?
NinerBikes 02/20/15 07:40pm Tech Issues
RE: $35.00 Amp Hour Meter

"It's low amperage" you say..... "Chintzy metering gauges" like showing 13.7 volts instead of 13.79 No tenths of an amp. LCD tiny unlit screen. Hah! That price must be without a shunt. .. Wait! I got it! It doesn't measure both directions. $29 99 shipping...taxable! This "Smarter Than I Am" device won't let me cut & paste the URL. So you'll have to wait until I get my laptop to a hotspot. BTW This is a 300-AMP meter and shunt combo and yeah it measures and keeps trsck of comimg and going amp hours... http://www.ebay.com/itm/181136879829 The phartsmone will let you cut and paste. Trust me. look up your ice cream sandwich operating system, or jelly bean, I can't remember which system is on that phone I gave you any more and dictate on teh key board " how do I cut and paste with Ice cream sandwich" or "how do I cut and paste with Jelly bean" You will get an answer, and you will learn. It's all in how you touch with thumb and index finger, the width between them that picks up the url completely or partially, you want completely, and then how you "tap" your finger on the contents between the two cursors to "cut"... go to the page you want then, and tap your finger again to "paste". It is doable on a smart phone, trust me on this, certainly on a Samsung Galaxy S2 with ICS or jellybean.
NinerBikes 02/20/15 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Kit

I know where that is... wine country bound!
NinerBikes 02/19/15 10:04am Tech Issues
RE: How tokeep front TV on while moving

Portable DVD player. Ridiculous going into different states with different laws enforced. Or maybe your kids should actually look out the windows while driving and see the rest of the real world.
NinerBikes 02/18/15 03:14am Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

Camp more, worry less. You'll know when they've lost capacity, worry about it more once the temperatures warm up. Think of the temps causing your batteries, capacity and voltage wise, going into hibernation in such cold temperatures... they'll wake up again come spring and warmer days, if you aren't cycling or using them.
NinerBikes 02/18/15 03:08am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium based batteries cycle v/s life

Good read by technomadia. Still a little bit too bleeding edge for me. I've heard for years now that top charging li ion to 4.2 volts is a lot harder on the life of the battery than to 4.1V per cell.
NinerBikes 02/17/15 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: 2 - 2000 watt vs 1 - 3000 watt noise level

You know what I like about this forum? Other people apply their situation to everyone else's, and they think they have to give there opinion on the subject even when they have nothing productive to add. I can afford gas to run a generator, all day if I need to. I often race in hot, humid conditions and need a way to recover. Being 51, I don't recover like I used to. Yup, and the OP didn't ask about running the AC or about racing, or about your ability to recover, or not recover. Very useful post. I like it. Even though it doesn't apply to me, or the OP. Two or three thing I like after racing... lots of pickle juice so I don't get cramps... oh, and a recovery drink or three, then some beer.
NinerBikes 02/17/15 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: 2 - 2000 watt vs 1 - 3000 watt noise level

2-2ks together running my air are a 'moderate purr'. The 3ks I've heard, well, tried to hear, are the quietest thing going. Problem is, it may not start the air. In reality, very few boondockers run air on a portable gen. I don't know why, maybe it's just too much hassle and gas. /\ All of this. Two EU2000i's do spool up a bit starting my 13.5k AC, but once up and running both fan and compressor, they both are pretty damn quiet in eco mode, purring away. Funny thing is I've never gone boondocking and brought both of them to run the AC unit yet. Always one, to run the microwave, because the Eu1000i won't do that.
NinerBikes 02/16/15 09:38pm Tech Issues
RE: CHEEEEP! HAR! HAR! HAR!

Or buy expensive and get threaded. Tools like critical screwdrivers I insist on WiHa. But for risky work (like salt water) it is absurd to believe a Fluke can tolerate it any better than a Magnificent Golden Dragon. I Did drop the Fluke six years ago. It went to the Fluke hospital for three weeks and a hundred twenty dollars. Some things are worth the premium. It's a matter of VALUE not cost. Some folks get the two words confused. Laff-Top. A local offered me his "beee UUU tee full HP laptop". Starts right up when it's plugged-in. Never tried Windows VISTA before. Special deal only 350 dollars. Computers are stupidly expensive down here. Yes this was written on Niner's Fartsmone. Hey, that was a gift, it's your smartphone now.... don't break it. And don't be afraid to speak / dictate to it and then post. Much faster than all thumbs. lower left has a "microphone" icon key, press it and dictate. BTW, yes I too bought that 203 version ammeter, and I'v no way to verify how accurate it is, but it's close enough for the government type of work I've been doing on the TT. Yes, it stays in the TT, good to have it and not need it, versus need it and not have it.
NinerBikes 02/16/15 09:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Renting a genny -- how big do i need?

READ ON THE LEFT COLUMN AT 43#... you're reading the shipping info! Could be. Although, do you think the dimensions listed on the right are for shipping? I did not even see that the left column contradicts the right :). Anyway, what can I get for under 30lbs and under $200? Not much that I am aware of. You seem to be shopping for unicorn farts. Unobtanium, for the most part.
NinerBikes 02/16/15 04:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Low OCV on Full Batts???

Niner, I knew there was capacity loss due to cold, but I was not aware there was an associated drop in resting voltage. I mean, it does kinda make sense, but I had never seen it mentioned before. I'm just trying to establish what is normal or to be expected, and thus know when I should be worried. The bank will remain in hibernation for the next couple months, but I've been concerned with whether or not last years use(abuse?) had any ill effects? All seems well and good though. If you top charged them, then a few days later, fully equalize charged them before putting them away for the fall and winter season, then revisit them come spring if they've been completely disconnected the whole time. At that time, re top charge them, measure CG again, and if they are not equal, re equalize charge again shortly before going out to use them on a trip.
NinerBikes 02/16/15 04:12pm Tech Issues
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