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RE: Batteries for adult toy.

It would depend somewhat on the demands of both. How big an engine are you starting? I have had a couple of old cruisers in the old days; a 24' Bellbuoy with the "Volvo" engine--really a GM 350, and a 28' Chriscraft similarly powered. I ran a pair of group 27 "Marine Deep Cycle" batteries using a manual battery switch. 1, 2, , BOTH and OFF. Battery one was the engine battery, 2 for all the 12V loads (power anchor windlass on the Chriscraft). Batteries lasted me about three years due to the difficulty of staying on top of the charging during the off season.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/26/17 01:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Birth Of The Gigawatt

Jim in Denver's Megawatt has been perverted. Larger toroid choke, 80 amp 150 volt diodes rather than 30 amp 100 volt. Panasonic 680uf caps, 10x more airflow via two external roof fans. And... 57.2 amperes* into 12.0 volts for 9 hours and 10 more or less minutes. 16.67 wide open volts. Didn't even breathe hard. Cool to touch on rectifiers and bi-polar transistors. Like having a Derringer 12-gauge. I did delta the three positive and three negative circuit board terminal strip output screws. Total fans drive current .84 amps. Transistor life will be a "maybe". *three instruments verification Tinker Tinker Tinker ... Mex, the bi polar transistors would be more stable on a lithium regimen.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/26/17 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: 2017 Last year for gas smart car in USA and Canada.

J&A Why fool with a dolly or trailer? That thing is probably short enough that you could hang a couple of davits off the back of the rig. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 02/26/17 01:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Professional repairs

You all know what professional means someone that gets paid to do a job where as an Expert knows what he is doing. I'm always a little suspect of people who claim to be an Expert: An Ex is a has-been; a spurt is a drip under pressure. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 02/26/17 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driving on the lateral with a MH (in PV)- What is the rule?

The Puerto Vallarta info below is primarily for those who are not familiar with it: In Puerto Vallarta, the lateral rule only applies to the Northern section of the 200. The southern part, from where the highway goes towards El Tunel and the road that leads through centro and to the old town splits off, the laterals do not need to be used, and in fact should not as they are not continuous and you may find yourself heading somewhere you really don't want to be in an RV! Such as into a loading bay! Nor do you want to be in Centro with and RV. Southbound, (if going south through the city) stay on the lateral(left lane, though NOT the left turn lane)until just past Plaza Las Glorias then follow the exit(left)off the lateral onto the main lanes. In a VERY SHORT distance there is a traffic light which includes a left arrow. You need to turn left here. This is the main 200 which takes you through the tunnels and into old town for a few blocks where you turn left again to the 200. Driving on the laterals in PV, which are for the most part two lanes, it is permitted to be in the left lane; the right lane will take for ever as all the bus stops are in the right lane. If the right lane is light traffic I will stay right when I can. Note these lanes are very narrow. We lost a mirror here many years ago. Other locations: Zihuatanejo: Laterals not required and best avoided UNLESS you are turning off Morelia: The periferico is multilane,but still very very busy. If I recall correctly for most of it there are no laterals. Good news; traffic to and from Patzcuaro and/or the Pacific Coast there is a new toll road off the 15D north f the city that misses Morelia completely! Queretero; Laterals not needed. Except for turning off. As stated by others watch for the No Duals signs OR Trafico Pesado Obligatorio. (Heavy Traffic Mandatory) NOTE: Trafico Pesado = Heavy Traffic (Anything with duals OR pulling a trailer) Trafico Pasado = Through Traffic. Big difference!
Canadian Rainbirds 02/26/17 10:29am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: UPDATE Splicing 30A plug to 50 amp cord

UPDATE (Late, sorry) Once I changed the 30/50 dogbone the heating decreased substantially do I did nothing with the 50A plug. Later noticed that the park's breaker box was very warm. Notified the park owner who called an electrician. A BURNT buss in the breaker box. New box, new breaker, new wires spliced in: about a foot of red #8, and about 8 inches of a green #10 or possibly 12, into the middle of the white neutral! Ground? We don't need no stinkin' ground! The earth grounds (Tiera Fisica) consists of a piece of no more than #14 from the ground terminal of each breaker boxes to a ground rod at each site. There is no ground lead back to the service entrance. To fool the test devices, in the box, the neutral is jumpered to the earth ground terminal. I am SO glad that I am not an Electrical Inspector, or Electrician--I wouldn't be able to sleep at night! The electrician told me that he has many customers where he has to return year after year to replace outlets and breaker boxes due to the high salt content and humidity of the off shore winds. Not to mention many of their appliances.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/24/17 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Still looking for a short Class A 30-34 ft

We have a very similar rig to the Journey 32T. I'm surprised though that it has the 275 HP Cummins and 5 speed Allison. Ours is 300 HP and 6 speed Allison. It doesn't shift into 6th until around 58 MPH. I'm pretty sure it is the same engine, the 5.9L ISB with a different chip. If you contact Cummins with the vin number they can tell you exactly what engine is in it Ours is a 2002 Itasca Horizon 32T. We bought it in 2008 with 25,000 miles on it, it now has just over 100,000. No problems with either engine or trans. We have been hard on it, half the miles we put on it have been in Mexico with Topes (speed bumps on steroids) pot holes and even cobble stone streets. We have twice had fractured injector lines, probably due to the vibration of bad roads. We have also twice had the serpentine break. The second time probably due to an improperly set belt tensioner. At least the second time we had a spare!
Canadian Rainbirds 02/24/17 02:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: exquisetely Rare Cellular Internet

David, glad to see you back. Thought that you (and others) would be pleased to hear that we and the Jeep successfully transited your former part of the Michoacan Coast last week. Mind you the new one is a 2 door grey rather than a 4 door bright blue! No need to contact Jim Lewis this year!
Canadian Rainbirds 02/23/17 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Can a Norcold 3 way fridge be made to run with no battery?

All you really need is the 12vdc power for the control board. So, get a juice friendly acquaintance to: A - Locate a 12VDC wall wort. B - Attach it to the DC supply terminals of the unit. There is usually a duplex receptacle behind the unit that the wall wort (plug in power supply) can use. Matt Wall warts usually produce really crappy unfiltered DC. That fridge also requires 400 mA of current at 12VDC. Make sure the wall wart will supply at least that. The one I have to charge my ham radio handheld puts out 13.2 V at only 70 mA
Canadian Rainbirds 02/23/17 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Hiway 2 Caborca to Lukeville

Also watching for an update. Hasn't anyone gone home yet? :h
Canadian Rainbirds 02/23/17 08:17am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Jake Brake

And to add to the confusion our 2002 Itasca Horizon with the 5.9 Cummins ISB, the switch is labeled "Engine Brake" but is in fact an Exhaust brake.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/22/17 07:25pm Class A Motorhomes

I don't suppose this would be legal either: In fact I suspect it would be ileagle. (sorry, can't resist puns. :B Eagle VS drone
Canadian Rainbirds 02/22/17 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

We can highly recommend WeGo Solar for Canadian solar equipment and prices. Very knowledgeable. Home base is Chemainus on Vancouver Island but have pickup and ship from locations in Victoria and Vancouver BC, Edmonton AB and Barrie ON. We too will be in the Comox Valley sometime this summer, perhaps we'll run into you. (Figuratively of course! :B
Canadian Rainbirds 02/21/17 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Is 70 the age to stop towing

I think maybe if you drive a motorhome at 70 you are safe, but pulling anything behind it is not safe. So I'm OK to drive my 13 ton motorhome but not with the Jeep behind? :h What arrogance!
Canadian Rainbirds 02/21/17 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: melting temperature of waste tanks

Hehehehe! I was going to ask what on earth did you eat...... Beat me to it!:B
Canadian Rainbirds 02/20/17 06:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Mexwanderer in accident

My brother in law was broadsided by a bus in Guadalajara yesterday. It was not his fault, but the cops handcuffed one of his hands to a post. Is this normal? Yes. The police do not attach blame or guilt. That is usually decided between the insurance adjusters, unless there is injury involved when it will probably be left to a judge to decide. IF one or both parties can show financial responsibility (Liability insurance) they will usually be let go. That is why the first place to call is your insurance company. The adjusters will usually be at the scene in 30 minutes.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/19/17 09:46am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: how did you start your travel blog

We have used Blogger (blogspot.com) since October 2008 and are happy enough with it. No pressure to buy, easy to post photos.Our blog.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/18/17 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Stuck in the mud, any tips?

You will have to dig the jacks clear all around the foot. You can try to get something under pad to pry it up, but be careful. When we did that we somehow knocked one of the return springs off when the 4X4 we were using rolled on the unstable fulcrum. It was a B****R getting it back on! Use LARGE pads. It took us several hours of digging and messing about. Here is a link to our adventures in 2012. Stuck in the mud
Canadian Rainbirds 02/13/17 02:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Big rig traveling from PV to Puerto Escondido advice

Avoid traveling hwy 200 by yourself Have there been any problems in the last couple of years? I know a couple of rigs who have come southbound this year.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/13/17 02:00pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Big rig traveling from PV to Puerto Escondido advice

I guess you are on your way by now, we are staying in Zihuatanejo for a few more days, heading north on Wednesday, 15th. Drop a note here when you next get internet and let us all know how you made out.
Canadian Rainbirds 02/12/17 08:14am RVing in Mexico and South America
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