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RE: Happy Labor Day!

I think those signs originate in Alaska.The Mosquito Festival starts Memorial Day Weekend and ends Labor Day weekend. Tourists are suckers for it.
NinerBikes 09/04/16 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: Magnum inverter, Yamaha Generator

UGH what a pain in the arse it is not being able to use the percent sign. I really need to stop using rv.netX2 Use a different portal or change the URL to https:// and then % signs are happy. 100% thank you for the tip on using https. Seems some of the sites internal links switch me back to http though. I'll try to get in the habit of using a different portal Woodall's works for me. %%% I do run the https version that is secure Add it to your "favorites" or library, on on my smart phone, I think I add a star to it to add it.
NinerBikes 09/03/16 08:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Low water pressure and toilet won't shut off.

We always travel with a full fresh water tank........ Got caught w/o water at one CG and very little water on board ONCE! We only use on board pump and fill tank as needed. That way we are NOT beholden to CG water pressures or issues RVs are 'self-contained' ----use them as such This has been my MO since day 1. It flat out just works, all the time.
NinerBikes 09/03/16 08:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Diesel Fuel

We started a 6 month work kamper job Mount Pleasant South Carolina. He is going to be in SC, he doesn't need Winter treatment. You are correct 'ish... Winter additives are usually better at dealing with condensation and water in the tank.The "deicing" additives in what could be called "winter formula" are the same additives that keep moisture out of your fuel tank, put it in suspension in the fuel, and allow all of it to go through your fuel system safely and out your tail pipe. Just because it is labeled winter deicing formula does not mean that it is restricted to winter use only. Anyone in hot humid climates should run the stuff with their fuel from time to time to keep their fuel dry. And consider it preventative maintenance with a full tank of fuel if you put your RV into storage.
NinerBikes 09/02/16 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: Diesel Fuel

Fill your tank 100% and properly treat the fuel with something like Diesel Kleen White Bottle fuel treatment that will take the moisture out of your fuel, once you start driving again. A full tank allows very, very little breathing of the tank daily due to adiabatic heating and cooling cycles while in storage, which causes your fuel tank to "breathe" more than it should, so less condensation collects in your fuel. Store it full, treat the fuel, and don't worry, one more potential problem solved. Also, keep biodiesel blends out of your fuel tank while in storage, it can turn rancid.
NinerBikes 08/31/16 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Absorbed Glass Mat Battery Management Nuggets

I encourage all to read Mexi's ramblings carefully, several times. Have a couple of beers, and re read them several more times. Then distill the wisdom that is within them. Use your deductive reasoning skills to see where he's stretching it and where he's rock solid. In short, I let the battery chemistry and the 14.4 voltage charging setting decide how much current my very unique surplus Telecom battery will take on. My 150 AH telecom takes on 20 to 21 amps when set at 14.4V and below a 70 to 75% SOC. That's it. It's no big deal. Run the generator with the Mega Watt 30 amp switch PSA unit for 45 minutes to an hour and 15 minutes every 4 to 5 days with the little Honda EU1000i, and things get shaken and stirred up as needed. I don't force anything, it will do what it's going to do in it's sweet MaryAnn time. I strive to top charge it daily. Take a few notes the first few weeks of camping on any new battery and push it just a little bit, and you'll baseline really quickly, for the rest of the life, what the battery will and won't do. Sorry, it just seems like common sense to me.... YMMV... I've met a few great people from this board in person, and a few characters.... it's all good. Y'all know who you are. E'nuff said. One of them know's batteries, but smart phones kick his butt every time he gets a new one. Oh well... ;-) As long as you are good at something and share... Unless you buy a pallet of them and wire them all together to cover surge loads the wifey might incur... these Telecom surplus AGM's are NOT good batteries for the big inverter toting /microwaving/hair dryer 120V amp sucking crowd to employ. I am single, I am solo, I am in a 21 ft travel trailer, and I am frugal with my electrical consumption, so it works great for me, and for me only... YMMV, know the limitations of your power supply when off the grid and dry camping. I have not dipped, dribbled acid, burned holes in any T shirts, Levi 501 blue jeans or underwear since getting my surplus telecom AGM battery. As such, the savings have been HUGE in replacement clothing. ;-) Mexi has indicated to me that I should have no problems getting 10 years of life out of my battery. I don't doubt him... does anyone want to place a wager? My particular AGM just does not seem to drop that much in voltage in storage for 2 or 3 months at a time. Time to cycle it and do another Grand Teton trip or see the Black Hills of SD.
NinerBikes 08/30/16 11:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Absorbed Glass Mat Battery Management Nuggets

There are always "Kibitzers" Don. These people actually -do- nothing but critique and criticize everything. A source of amusement since LBJ was in office. The "I've read where the AGM battery is not good in a vehicle because the charging system voltage is too high" got to me. 5 emails in 3 days. And a PM message early this morning. Besides telling me "You gotta be smarter than the problem", my uncle was also famous for his quip: "Stop and think. If you've the gall to criticize something, you damned sure better come up with an good alternative, right after you criticize". This is old news. I know VW Touaregs, Audi Q7's and Porsche Cayennes ALL come with AGM batteries. In fact, they are mounted underneath the DRIVERS seat. That's correct. If you are the driver, you are sitting on them. Heat is not a factor from the engine, unless the exhaust pipes are mounted under the seats and they aren't. They are nothing new in the automotive industry. The other feature is that the Electronic Control Module or Brain has settings for charging voltage for different batteries, VRLA or regular lead acid batteries. My Touareg will show up with 14.2V right after start up, from running the glow plugs. The Alternator is supposedly 175 amp capable, for a diesel SUV. It does, and it will charge at 14.0 to 14.1V all day long on a cooler 65F day. It is more likely to show 13.9V on a 95 to 105F day to the battery. My Scangauge 2 on the dash does not lie. The 2012 Touareg battery is at least 4 years old now, no signs of abuse or quitting. Usually 2x a year, I give it a 99.5% top charge of a full 14.4V with the terminals disconnected. Once on a cool day in the fall, and once, on a cool day in the spring. I am hoping this helps the battery life a little bit with desulphation. Touareg AGM battery change out.
NinerBikes 08/30/16 01:29am Tech Issues
RE: acceptance charging rate AGM batteries

We had measurements and reports before on here that you could draw far more in amps from AGMs than with Wets (especially 6v Wets) for the voltage drop that would trigger the inverter alarm at 11v. So the idea was (I thought!) :( that if you had a small rig that could only carry say two batts, but wanted to run a 2000w inverter to run the microwave, toaster, etc, you should make those two batts AGMs. Now we are hearing you should not pull high amp draws from AGMs? Which is it? It depends, again, on the construction of the AGM battery. I run a surplus Telecom Battery. It is unique in it's construction. It's designed to run a mild steady state withdrawal, when a power outage occurs at a cell phone site. It is in no way designed to handle high surge loadings. Very few plates. Thick heavy plates that take up a lot of space inside the battery, hence a lot less surface area for chemical reaction with sulfuric acid. Slow and steady as she goes is what at Telecom battery is designed for. 10 years life, because it's expensive to run crew up to remote sites to R&R all the battery packs, so the Telecom co's want batteries that will be warrantied for 8 years, and hope they get 10 years out of them. My situation is unique to MY battery. Ask the manufacturer of your battery. Make the phone call, find out what it will or won't do for surge loading. I'm in a small 21 foot travel trailer, solo. My needs are unique to me, and me only. Everyone's needs are different, I don't have a wife's electrical needs to satisfy daily when dry camping. To me, it's still camping, I like it a little rough.
NinerBikes 08/29/16 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: acceptance charging rate AGM batteries

actually the chemistry of batteries is tilted in favor of discharge it always has been the amount of power needed can vary, and can be extreme its reversing the chemical process that is harder to do and uses more power yes you can dead short a battery but in all automotive vehicles the intense starter drain, is much higher than the recharge rate the battery is not hurt by this unless the car won't start and you totally drain the battery That's fine with thin plate batteries, where there is a surplus of very thin plates designed to handle that surge capicity for starting. My AGM is very special purpose, being telecom surplus, has few plates, but there are very few of them, they are thick and very heavy and are pretty much 10 year life design batteries. It's the "few Plates" that both limits the charge and discharge rate, not enough surface area for the battery acid chemistry involved to allow more amps in a completed circuit, without voltage drop, which excacerbates the need for more amps drawn. Those more amps drawn to compensate for voltage loss makes expensive parts inside a ham radio overheat, burn up, blue smoke, and fail. I have a workaround already... run the Honda Generator with the Megawatt 30 when I want to run barefoot with 100 Watts on the ham radio. Radio pulls 23 amps tx, Switching power supply unit makes 30. Plenty of surplus, and the battery acts as a buffer when keying the mic.
NinerBikes 08/29/16 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: acceptance charging rate AGM batteries

Hi Niner, How do you know they don't like high discharge rates? i.e. what are the symptoms you are seeing to make you believe that? They also do NOT like being taxed with high discharge rates, either. I try to keep the draw down to nothing more than 10 amps... try to take my showers in the morning when the sun is beating on the solar panel and the voltage is up a bit, let the solar panel make the electricity to run the water pump at a higher voltage and lower amperage draw. I have a ham radio that at 100w will draw at 23 amps. The Telecom battery does NOT like that, so I usually limit my watts to 75 or 80w Tx. Listening Rx is a whole another matter, 2 to 3 amps listening or idling. These are my observations, YMMV this is what works for me on 2 to 4 week camping trips dry camping. Stop and think about the chemistry involved. If you can recharge at 21 amps, and there is some energy lost in possible heat generation, then you are effectively saying the chemistry with VERY thick lead acid plates might actually take 18 or 19 amp per hour. With that magical number of 18 or 19 amps, how do you expect the chemistry to allow you to discharge it at a faster rate than it will recharge? It flat out just won't. You'll try, but you'll see the voltage drop quickly. That's not good for the radio, the Transmit finals, or the chemistry of the battery or longevity either.... I don't know, it just seems like common sense to me? Blowing Tx finals is a very, very expensive lesson on a ham radio. I've no intention of trying to blue smoke a Yaesu FT-991 on a boon docking trip.
NinerBikes 08/29/16 05:49pm Tech Issues
RE: acceptance charging rate AGM batteries

I've been running one of those 150AH, 105 # Deka Telecom batteries now for a year. In a travel trailer. Some observations... I run about 30-40 amps pulled in a 24 hour period, but it's somewhat misleading. I say it's misleading because I pull maybe 20 amps to 25 amps with watching TV and lights, at night. During the day, I am pulling 10 to 15 amps. Since I have a 150w 18v solar panel that will give me a good 8.8 amps easily 5 to 6 hours a day, most sunny days, I am usually darn near filled up by 11 am or noon, with the charge controller set at 14.4v. I usually back it off to 13.6V mid day, but if I leave it at 14.4v for the whole day, I don't think much happens with this acid rich battery. The whole afternoon, the surplus charge capacity just covers actual usage until it gets dark enough to not cover an amp to 2 amps per hour usage by the fridge. What I do know is this... that Telecom battery, if below 70% SOC, and it's a DEKA, won't take more than 20 to 21 amps from my 30 amp MegaWatt, when set at 14.4V. It just does not take amps fast like a flooded lead acid Trojan 1275 150 amp hour battery. I find that every 4 to 5 days, even if the solar panel is covering the needs of what I am pulling down, the Telecom battery needs a good 45 minutes to an hour at 20 amps ant 14.4v that the current solar panel setup I have just won't generate. So I try to run an hour to hour and a half on the Honda every 4 or 5 days, first thing in the morning, to shake things up inside the battery. I am usually down to a 6 or 7 amp hour take rate, down from 20 amps, in an hour to hour and 15 minutes. I will end up with a 12.88V charge on the battery at the end of the day after running the generator, and then topping with solar. Usually by the end of the 4th day, just solar, I am at 12.77 to 12.80V for a top charge, with previous days being all solar recharging. I don't know why, I am just sharing my observations. AGM's need that generator recharge to start things off, from time to time, and they need it, in my case with a surplus telecom, every 4 to 5 days. They also do NOT like being taxed with high discharge rates, either. I try to keep the draw down to nothing more than 10 amps... try to take my showers in the morning when the sun is beating on the solar panel and the voltage is up a bit, let the solar panel make the electricity to run the water pump at a higher voltage and lower amperage draw. I have a ham radio that at 100w will draw at 23 amps. The Telecom battery does NOT like that, so I usually limit my watts to 75 or 80w Tx. Listening Rx is a whole another matter, 2 to 3 amps listening or idling. These are my observations, YMMV this is what works for me on 2 to 4 week camping trips dry camping.
NinerBikes 08/28/16 11:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Scorpion Hunting / Bottled Water Sterility Maintenance

Mex, you have such unusual hobbies :B. Also, I hope the prolific posts mean that you are feeling energetic?!Doesnt he tho? Wonder if there's a Hendrix poster soaking up a little of that? Shhhh! We don't want Mex to day trip, or trip, period. Did you load up some Voodoo Child Slight Return for him on an SD card to remind him of his San Francisco days? Voodoo child slight return
NinerBikes 08/22/16 05:39pm Tech Issues
RE: AGMs & Maintainers

every month or two, I allow my surplus 150 Ah Telecom AGM battery that weighs in at a svelt 105 # to get a visit from my MegaWatt, which I set at 14.4V before hooking up to the battery. I set the timer for 2.5 to 3 hours, and then have a peek at the RC watt meter that is in line, to see if it's doing around a 0.5% of amp hour rating for a charge rate, ie 0.75 amps, or slightly less. Usually, it is. Finished, turn off the Mega Watt and wait a few more months in storage if not being used, for another top off charge.
NinerBikes 08/22/16 10:21am Tech Issues

My WFCO never provided more or less than 13.8V, regardless of SOC of the battery on my TravelTrailer. I have since renamed it WTF Co. Because you never know WTF if it's doing the right thing or failing. They do have a high failure rate, and they are very often replaced with a Progressive Dynamics or an IOTA, which is what most people around here will recommend as a replacement. If you are really hard core off the power pedestal and into dry camping, there are much better manual option chargers for less money... MegaWatt and MeanWell for the generator running crowd get the nod, then, for the NON power pedestal camping queens.
NinerBikes 08/10/16 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: advice to install 30A RV Receptacle in garage to power RV

If you have to ask what a monument is, you shouldn't be doing the work yourself. There's a reason electrical contractors have to hire certified electricians to work on electrical. You aren't qualified, your continued questions confirm it, you don't even understand the bare minimum basics. Hire a professional.
NinerBikes 08/08/16 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Onan BFA Oil - Why not 20W-50?

I'd run Mobil 1 0w-40. period. Rated for any temperature you might incur with your air cooled engine. Guaranteed a high % of PAO Type IV and V synthetic oil in the blend, to meet the 0w winter flow specifications, true synthetic to protect rings, oil scraper rings and bore with long chain synthetic hydrocarbon that are exceedingly difficult to shear or break down, regardless of extreme engine part temperatures. Worth every penny, the stuff in an air cooled motor.
NinerBikes 08/06/16 12:06pm Tech Issues
RE: advice to install 30A RV Receptacle in garage to power RV

With all due respect, if you have to ask the questions you asked, you do not have the necessary skills to safely and correctly install the outlet. /\ This. Being penny wise and pounds foolish.
NinerBikes 08/04/16 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: ? How To Route Handheld Radio Antenna Into Truck Cab ?

link 1 144 and 440mhz.
NinerBikes 08/01/16 12:02am Tech Issues
RE: ? Charging Electric Bike Battery

You would be MUCH better off to get a small generator.....which can be used for other things too. Maybe an Eu1000i or EX650 Honda.
NinerBikes 07/18/16 04:51pm Tech Issues
RE: New Battery Gone Bad?

WFCO converter: Abs 13.6v, Bulk 14.4v, Float 13.2v Show me a WFCO converter that goes and charges in 14.4V Bulk mode. That rarely if ever happens. Go out and actually measure it with a volt meter and take pictures of it happening.
NinerBikes 07/16/16 04:55pm Tech Issues
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