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RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Dang guys! Sounds like we need at least 2 weeks! It also sounds like we can't go wrong...just gotta get there (and make some reservations soon). Yesterday my wife mentioned Portland. Looks like we'll be going right to if we take 26 past Mt. Hood with a stop in Govy for some pie. I'm not too thrilled with camping near raiding bears. I dunno if she wants to go into Portland or not. I'd rather not with our rig...other than pass through.
d-mac1 01/19/15 09:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Wow, lots of GREAT info from you all! Many thanks! Maybe September is the time to go. Say right after Labor Day. Might miss the berries, but we're looking for when it will be warmest, driest and least crowded. Will plan for a N-S run down the coast for sure. With a 36' trailer, we can't do a lot of spur of the moment maneuvers, but if we see some big openings, we could hit them. Most sight-seeing will be done without the trailer. Air museum sounds cool. We won't be fishing. Whale watching from the rig would be great. Our best for that is backed in cuz our trailer is a toyhauler. Drop the ramp and enjoy the view!! Anyone know of a beach or ocean view campspot where we'd fit backed in to a spot on the beach on edge of view with truck parked next to us? I've got some homework to do! Thanks again! Dave
d-mac1 01/18/15 05:52am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM meeting on Friday January 23, 2015 in Quartzsite

I agree that all who can attend, should. This business of closing our land is getting ridiculous and will never end until we have nowhere to go. Virtually every one of our riding places has been subject to BLM or whomever studies and every time there is one, we lose something. Our most favorite dirt biking area has just come under the gun....again. The environmentalists are to blame in many of the cases that have directly impacted us. Not only do they have direct involvement in some of the specific 'cases' but they are the ones making all the noise that have resulted in all the stuff the BLM and forest service have to do. I'm talking Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, the Colorado Mountain Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and others. Patagonia is in there too along with other companies. It doesn't help that every president seems to think they need to designate some new national monuments before their term ends. Every time they do, we lose something. I'll stop there before getting on a major rant. About all we can do is participate with the hope of slowing things down. And yes, they (BLM) will do what they want, but if we show no resistance, the process will be faster and we'll lose more access. Good luck and post up the results.
d-mac1 01/17/15 06:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Oregon Coast Trip

Hi My wife and I are hoping to go to Oregon and I'm looking for some suggestions on where to camp. Our rig is 36' long, so need a place with some good sized sites. We've heard nothing but great stuff about the Oregon coast and want to come see for ourselves. Awesome views along the coast are desired, but if there are some inland spots with cool stuff to see, please let me know. Just beginning the planning, so ground zero right now. Campgrounds are fine if they are gorgeous, boondocking too is cool. Trip date is around mid-August, driving from Denver area. Thanks.
d-mac1 01/17/15 06:37am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Costco vs Sams Club 6V Golf Cart Batteries

I pulled the trigger and installed 2 6v yesterday. I dunno if, with my genny running, I could start my Dodge 2500 but, knock on wood, hopefully I wont have to try. I was going to switch from dual purpose to straight deep cycle anyway for longer life. We most often boondock. One of my dual purpose batteries had a problem so I had to take action.
d-mac1 10/19/14 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Appreciate everyone's help. We belong to sams so thats where I went first. Was gonna go check on price of trojans but there was a big road. construction jam up so I opted out. Does anyone know if I can use a Battery Tender (thats the brand) to keep em topped up or do I need to use a regular charger set to 6 volts? Also, I'll check the water level, but wonder if I shouldn't charge them before my trip? I've got 2 days. Thanks again. I had a similar setup using the Battery Tender in my class A, worked great no problems, still working well when I traded it! I thought my Battery Tender was adequate until my most recent trip. I used it to keep my two 12v batteries in good shape, or so I thought. I went to turn on the furnace when we got a cold blast recently and not enough juice to fire it up. I thought I had a furnace problem. I learned otherwise via this forum. Even after a week of use and charging via generator each day in addition to 2 solid days of towing it wouldn't hold a 'full' charge for more than a day. I may be to blame as one of the batteries was low in electrolyte, but I couldn't see the top of the plates when I refilled it with distilled water. I now know to check fluid level regularly, so I'm gonna go check a couple other batteries that I've been neglecting. I think I'm going to read the Battery Tender's website to see what they say as far as what types of batteries their tenders are designed for. It would take days to charge my 12v...and probably never fully charged em.
d-mac1 10/18/14 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

I good strong charge is good for a battery, it stirs the aid up. Never run your trailer on just batteries unit the lights are getting dim, as you are way below 50% charge and damaging the batteries. While you have 220 AH, only 110 are really usable without damage to the batteries. Here is a good start in learn more about batteries. There is a part two also. http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm Chris That is some GREAT info Chris! I can't thank you enough!! I haven't read part 2 yet, but I did check em with a good volt ohm meter when I got them home and based on his open circuit charge chart, I now know that my brand new batteries are between 50 and 75% charged....even though I thought they were nearly fully charged at 6.17 and 6.22 v. For a few hours last night I had one of em on my 35 year old 6 amp battery charger and made some progress but now that I've read this, I may hafta look into getting a better charger. I dunno about integrating one into the trailer...yet...but a stand alone one could work for my other vehicles if needed. Thanks again! Dave
d-mac1 10/18/14 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Got it. Thanks. Anyone know if I can you a tender on them or do I need to use a charger? I wonder if the tender never got my 12v batteries fully charged and that contributed to failure...plus me letting fluid get low in the one that got a bad cell.
d-mac1 10/17/14 03:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Appreciate everyone's help. We belong to sams so thats where I went first. Was gonna go check on price of trojans but there was a big road. construction jam up so I opted out. Does anyone know if I can use a Battery Tender (thats the brand) to keep em topped up or do I need to use a regular charger set to 6 volts? Also, I'll check the water level, but wonder if I shouldn't charge them before my trip? I've got 2 days. Thanks again. When you hook them up in series you treat/charge them like any other 12V. Ground/Chassis - Neg (Batt 1 6v) Pos -jumper- Neg (Batt 2 6v) Pos - To camper loads. Ground on one battery get the same ground as the 12vers. The Pos of that battery is jumper to the neg of the second battery, the Pos of the second battery is your 12V lead for the camper. Chris Thanks Chris...So for charging, connect charger red lead to positive of battery who's positive is 12v lead to trailer and connect black charger lead to trailer ground where 2nd battery's negative lead connects to trailer. Thereby its one big battery. Is this right? Thanks again. Dave
d-mac1 10/17/14 02:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Appreciate everyone's help. We belong to sams so thats where I went first. Was gonna go check on price of trojans but there was a big road. construction jam up so I opted out. Does anyone know if I can use a Battery Tender (thats the brand) to keep em topped up or do I need to use a regular charger set to 6 volts? Also, I'll check the water level, but wonder if I shouldn't charge them before my trip? I've got 2 days. Thanks again. When you hook them up in series you treat/charge them like any other 12V. Ground/Chassis - Neg (Batt 1 6v) Pos -jumper- Neg (Batt 2 6v) Pos - To camper loads. Ground on one battery get the same ground as the 12vers. The Pos of that battery is jumper to the neg of the second battery, the Pos of the second battery is your 12V lead for the camper. Chris Thanks Chris...So for charging, connect charger red lead to positive of battery who's positive is 12v lead to trailer and connect black charger lead to trailer ground where 2nd battery's negative lead connects to trailer. Thereby its one big battery. Is this right? Thanks again. Dave
d-mac1 10/17/14 02:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Appreciate everyone's help. We belong to sams so thats where I went first. Was gonna go check on price of trojans but there was a big road. construction jam up so I opted out. Does anyone know if I can use a Battery Tender (thats the brand) to keep em topped up or do I need to use a regular charger set to 6 volts? Also, I'll check the water level, but wonder if I shouldn't charge them before my trip? I've got 2 days. Thanks again.
d-mac1 10/17/14 01:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Interstate Product ID: GC2-HD-UT Voltage: 6 Weight: 64.3 Width: 7.12 Length: 10.25 Height: 11.12 CAP-20: 216.00 ReserveCapacity-25: 445.00 WET/DRY: W Thanks! I'll see what I can find tomorrow.
d-mac1 10/16/14 09:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

If you do a search on this site you will find lots of good information on the 6 versus 12 volt issue. I just changed to two 6 volt GC batteries.I hope it pays off in longevity. Man...ya coulda told me something that helps in the time it told me to "go search". I am searching! I don't have much time as I just discovered the problem and need to fix my problem ASAP. Ya see, I live in the country and if I go into the office in town tomorrow morning, I need to know what to get before I go in. That leaves me just a couple hours more...and I've already spent 2 hours.
d-mac1 10/16/14 08:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Please tell me more about this change. I'd heard it before but never understood. What is the advantage? Will they start my genny? My battery compartment has two 'containers' one above the other in which sit the D27 batteries. Aren't the 6V batteries smaller? Golf Cart batteries are about the same width and length as your current batteries. They are however taller by a 1" to 1.5" which might be a problem for you. Golf Cart batteries have heavier duty plates and last much longer if taken care of correctly. Chris Thank you! I've got almost 5" more clearance in my lower battery box and 8" in the upper so height shouldn't be an issue. My battery boxes are just almost 7 3/8" wide and 12 7/8" long unless I need max width then length would be about 1/2" less due to the rounded corners.
d-mac1 10/16/14 08:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Costco vs Sams Club 6V Golf Cart Batteries

I'm contemplating switching from 2 12v to 2 6v but I don't understand why the 6v have an advantage. Can someone enlighten me? Also, am I correct that the 6v need to be wired in series...seems like that must be how you get 12v out of 6v batteries, but again, what is the advantage of the 6v? I had the 12v connected parallel. Thanks!
d-mac1 10/16/14 08:23pm Tech Issues
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Bad idea. Batteries in parallel should be similar age and condition. When the older battery has a cell go dead it will drag down and kill the newer battery if you're not lucky. If your compartment will accomodate best thing would be 2 6V GC batteries and go series. Please tell me more about this change. I'd heard it before but never understood. What is the advantage? Will they start my genny? My battery compartment has two 'containers' one above the other in which sit the D27 batteries. Aren't the 6V batteries smaller?
d-mac1 10/16/14 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

One of my 12V dual purpose batteries has a bad cell and the other is fine. I've read on here that the dual purpose aren't preferred cuz we don't need the CCA for a genny so I'd like to replace the bad one with a pure deep cycle battery, but I don't know if there is a downside to having 2 slightly different batteries hooked up in parallel? I've currently got two of these Deka DP27 (dual purpose) batteries: http://www.easternmarine.com/deka-12v-marine-master-dp27-dual-purpose-battery Walmart has the following Everstart Grp 27 deep cycle batteries which per the Q&A has a 109 amp hour rating: http://www.walmart.com/ip/EverStart-27DC-6-Marine-Battery/16795212#Specifications I can't find the amp hour rating of the Deka's but it says 150 min at 25 amps. What do you think? Can I hook a regular deep cycle with the remaining dual purpose? Thanks!
d-mac1 10/16/14 07:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh Water in Barstow? I-15 near LA

Don't worry about the drought comments. The drought is only going to be fixed by cutting down on agriculture irrigation and the watering of lawns, golf courses, and other landscaping. Ag and Landscaping use over 90% of California's water. Thanks! Yeah...flood irrigation is highly inefficient. If my 100 gallon usage causes the State to run dry, well (pun intended), there is a bigger problem than is known. I've learned that the water at Flying J is by the RV pumps...whatever those are. Do they not want us civilians mixing with the big rigs? Thanks again all for responding.
d-mac1 09/29/14 10:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Fresh Water in Barstow? I-15 near LA

The Flying J in Barstow has a dump and water. Thanks! I see that the dump is $10. Is the water free or do ya gotta pay for the dump to access water? As far as bringing it from home...sure, I could, but there are some major climbs between here and Cali. I'll have a little water but would prefer to haul mostly empty to save a buck or two.
d-mac1 09/28/14 07:44pm Roads and Routes
Fresh Water in Barstow? I-15 near LA

Coming from Colorado to CA next week and would like to haul with just a little water if possible. Route is I-15 from Utah to Victorville then west on CA-18 thru Santa Clarita to US 101 to Santa Barbara area. Does anyone know if the major truck stops in Barstow have water faucets we could connect to while getting fuel? If no, how about before we get that far such as Vegas? Thanks!
d-mac1 09/28/14 08:52am Roads and Routes
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