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RE: Paging Mena661

Rather than start a new thread since everyone is here.. Any of you battery boys ever used one of THESE ?Nope, it looks like the typical circular counter weighted hydrometers but in a better package. Francis Freas has made the industry standard glass hydrometer for a number of years. You can buy direct from them, singly here, or buy eight of them plus shipping and give them away as Xmas gifts to your RV buddies. A little spendy for a stocking stuffer, eh?I dunno, unless my math is bad or comprehension lacking, the eight for $59 + $18 shipping works out to be less than $9 a unit. I don't feel that's too much for you to pay for my Xmas gift, lol. :B As Mex mentioned, proper tool use with these rubber ended hydrometers involves the rinse cycle. I rinse mine three times when I'm done and put it away in the enclosed battery box, at hand for another use. I'm not tapping away trying to eliminate air bubbles and the rinse may have something to do with that. The cut sheet that was posted shows that the hydrometer under consideration isn't your garden variety circular job. That looks like a good tool. My take on it was that only 2 of the 8 were Freas brand hydrometers, the ones shown, not all 8 units?
NinerBikes 10/27/14 09:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Alright SCVJeff... did you push the "Buy It Now" button yet, or not? :h
NinerBikes 10/27/14 07:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk, float, equalization levels for Costco 6V batteries

I think someone with US batteries labeled "Screwy 31's" had to go to 15.3 V also. About time Dometic and others get circuit boards for refrigerators that can handle more than 15.4V without going poof and failing.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 02:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Actually Niner, if it is halfway accurate and "easier to use" than a standard hydrometer, I am all for the hydrometer-reluctant to choose it rather than not use a hydrometer at all. I save my sarcasm for those individuals who publicly ridicule hydrometer use in general. Us fishermen don't get no respect!
NinerBikes 10/27/14 12:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Ill post the .pdf on it. Looks interesting tho. My complaints on glass it sticktion(sp), and errant bubbles screwing up the readings. I have the same problem with my floating bulb in the reef tank and finally resorted to a refractometer because nothing was repeatable. In the cut sheet for this thing they say they addressed those exact things as priority #1 Well, if you order one, let us know how well or not so well it works.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Unless force fed... :) A NA 3L will flow a MAX of 3L...but a forced fed can flow double or more depending on boost level Suitcase muffler too? Not sure, I never looked under the truck. I wouldn't worry too much, a 3 liter motor only flows so much air, and it would be rare for you to be running much over 3000 rpm, usually considerably less. One muffler is plenty for that little low rpm motor. I am sure that with a boost of 23 psi or + 1.5ATM's, the engineers took that into account, along with all the other restrictions in line, like DPF's, lamba sensors for and aft for clogging and regeneration, resistance to backpressure exhaust side, pre turbo, cat convertor, etc, etc, etc. Muffler is the last in a long line of resistance to exhaust flow, it's a non issue in this design, too much upstream. Dual tips and dual mufflers would be more an appearance package and a metric ton of weight and redundancy.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 11:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Paralleling Power Supply Units Made Easy ???

Someone here should take some time and visit some EE forums where PhD EE discuss this problem and arrive at a conclusion that with some power supplies it can lead to disaster. A 22 dollar power supply is not a Lamda with it's inherent current and feedback protection attributes. I have no idea if a Megawatt design can be paralleled without isolation, but I am not dealing with it or any other PS. Just the 22 dollar unit. FWIW, when first turning on the Mega Watt, after hooking up to battery first, then starting and warming up the generator, then turning it on, it will draw 40 amps on the amp meter, on a 70% soc T-1275. The amp rate falls off/decays at about an amp a second, until it gets to around the 27 amp mark, or 90% of the 30 amp capability. At no point in time does the Mega Watt make funny sounds, humming sounds, vibrating sounds or any other unusual sounds during this process. Take it for what it is worth, I am not an EE, just sharing what my observations are, I don't know what to look for or sniff for before the blue electric melt down cloud goes poof before my eyes and nose. YMMV... my experience with the unit, in my particular circumstances, so far, has been flawless.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: What is boondocking and dry camping?

Do you have to be married to become an Elks member?
NinerBikes 10/27/14 09:32am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: What is boondocking and dry camping?

Dry camping means no water or dumping facilities for hookups. Whether you run a generator or solar panels or even batteries does not affect whether you dry camp or wet camp, or boondock, as far as the utilites portion not being there. That would be called electricless camping, if you didn't have storage and production means for electricity. And if you didn't bring propane or white gas, that would be gasless camping. Yes, you can dry camp with a generator, or solar panels. It's a utility when you are on the grid, it's a luxury when you make your own, or harvest your own. But it doesn't have much to do with the definition of dry camping.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 09:31am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Paging Mena661

Rather than start a new thread since everyone is here.. Any of you battery boys ever used one of THESE ?Nope, it looks like the typical circular counter weighted hydrometers but in a better package. Francis Freas has made the industry standard glass hydrometer for a number of years. You can buy direct from them, singly here, or buy eight of them plus shipping and give them away as Xmas gifts to your RV buddies. A little spendy for a stocking stuffer, eh?
NinerBikes 10/27/14 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Rather than start a new thread since everyone is here.. Any of you battery boys ever used one of THESE ? That'll get Mexicowanderer's ticker cranking up there near redline. Can't say I have, myself.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Suitcase muffler too? Not sure, I never looked under the truck. I wouldn't worry too much, a 3 liter motor only flows so much air, and it would be rare for you to be running much over 3000 rpm, usually considerably less. One muffler is plenty for that little low rpm motor.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Paralleling Power Supply Units Made Easy ???

Pretty much it BFL, With the cheapos I can tweak individual cermets to somewhat balance out the load. Remember the whole idea is to get a 125 amp charger for 110 dollars plus a few minor components. Has anyone run the Megawatt at full potential for like six hours I don't have enough battery. SCVJeff does though, but I don't think he needs any more power supplies or testing to do in the name of science.
NinerBikes 10/27/14 08:52am Tech Issues
RE: Power Efficient Computer Monitor Upgrade?

If you are concerned about power conservation, in the form of amps, ear buds and your smart phone are your best friend. Buy spare Li batteries for the phone.
NinerBikes 10/26/14 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: New to dry camping, questions?

If you are self-contained and bringing your own generator, you are not dry camping. You are electric only camping. Your 2000 watt generator can supply a bit more than 16 amps at 120 volts. My Mr. Coffee draws 900 watts so I doubt if I could run it and a hair dryer at the same time with only 2000 watts. Likewise the AC, the microwave or an electric space heater would all most likely need to be run one at a time. When we camp with no hookups we adjust accordingly, we make cowboy coffee (grounds in the pot) on the stove. The frig and the water heater, are switched to gas, the battery is used for lights and water pump. The 120 volt TV, microwave and AC is out of service. Two or three days is about our no hook-up limit so I have never fussed with a generator. What if I bring my portable solar panels and leave the generator at home? Is that dry camping? Dry camping implies no water hookups and no sewer line, you dump your grey and black water tanks. There is no can or can not for electricity when dry camping. Every year, thousands of RV'ers go dry camping in and around Quartzsite on BLM land. Most of them either have generators or solar panels, but I assure you, they all consider them selves dry campers. Dry camping is bookdocking, but boondocking isn't always dry camping
NinerBikes 10/26/14 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another Yellowstone question

If you have a generator and don't need full hookups, Gros Ventre is worth looking in to, for the Grand Teton's portion. Plan on getting up before day break for pictures of sunrise on the mountains. Lots of wildlife too in that campsite.
NinerBikes 10/26/14 05:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Valley of Fire temps?

Just a heads up. Here in southern Nevada one of our main concerns in the autumn is wind. Be sure to keep an eye on the projected wind speeds forecast for your trip. Even when camping, 35 MPH winds with higher gusts swirling in among the rock formations can be no fun at all! Good to note, he is interested in Winter... how are the winds then?
NinerBikes 10/26/14 04:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to dry camping, questions?

Depends on how many days you go camping for and how you plan to charge your batteries. Standard charge controllers, when on generator power, off the grid, make lousy battery chargers for boondocking /dry camping. Get a kettle for boiling water and a French Press Mr. Coffee coffee maker at a local WalMart before going. Mr Coffee french press Maybe, maybe not, depends on how badly your batteries are discharged and recharging in the morning, and how much electricity you took out of the batteries the night before. Towel dry first, and perhaps let nature take it's course in your wife's hair drying. You are camping, after all, not in a 4 star hotel.
NinerBikes 10/26/14 11:39am Travel Trailers
RE: What should be in our tool kit?

Don't forget spare zip ties, either.
NinerBikes 10/26/14 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: What should be in our tool kit?

Interesting lists. It goes on for 11 pages! And I suspect that a lot of the respondents on it are able to diagnose and fix stuff themselves. That's not us. I think maybe the handiest thing we can have is the phone number for CoachNet ERS. (We also learned, when something went wrong in a campsite in Alberta five years ago, that popping Elvis' hood - Class A - brought half a dozen guys running, toolboxes in hand. More effective than Claudette Colbert's legs in "It Happened One Night.") In that case, I suggest you get a pair of Claudette Colbert's legs then, or some clones of them. :B Link
NinerBikes 10/26/14 11:01am Travel Trailers
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