Well what is the thought on these "DRY CELL" type batteries DEEP CYCLE of course.
what is the life expt of them -- does anyone know
I guess what I meant was the "Optima" batteries that are maintence free. They have the different color tops for different applications.
is the jury still out on that type of battery ?
has anyone used or is using this style of battery if so what is your thought.
I've had a yellow top in our CJ-5 for 9 years... it sleeps in the unheated, no doors barn during the winter with neg cable disconnected, has stared up every spring so far :)
That's exactly what I am planning! :D
I haven't gotten very far in your thread but was wondering if the roof is rubber or not? The Wilderness' roof actually came off when the previous owners were driving. An emergency fix and it was put back on but She got breast cancer and He died so the fixing of the problem never happened. I want a TT with a solid outside and that is the biggest problem.
Like West said, rebuilding a tt takes $$ and Time. but when it's finished it will last way beyond what the OM every considered. as to living in a small space... Designing it the way YOU need as to making it fit.
If you will be parked a dorm or even apt fridge would be great... for moving about, I would WANT not necessarily need some type of 3 way fridge?
rubber roofs can be replaced, aluminum roof can also be replaced, I believe both, though rubber somewhat less depending on condition, over coated with some sealants.
TIME and $$, your call
Thanks for the info. Apparently the subject matter of whether or not to store a battery on a concrete floor during the winter is still being debated! The battery that came with my Keystone Passport doesn't have standard battery posts like you see on your car battery. I am not crazy about them -- so when I get a new battery tomorrow, I will also install new battery cables and a disconnect switch to keep the battery charged for a longer time period.
This is more a issue of cold and of the battery "discharging" to keep from freezing, no such thing as perpetual motion :), were any battery able to keep from discharging Energizer/ Duracell et al. would be out of business.
That some may have encountered greater discharging while having their batteries on concrete during winter.....
Have a great summer, tinkering with these things are as much fun as camping in them at times.
Also do not store the battery on concrete. Put wood under it when storing.
Hello there boys and girls-
I guess I'm going to keep posting about this myth and have no intension of offending the persons I quote. :)
Will a battery be damaged or discharged by letting it sit on concrete? NO!
Why do so many people believe that concrete is a battery enemy? Years ago,batteries could have been electrically discharged by sitting on a concrete floor.
For more than a decade, automotive and commercial battery containers have been made of polypropylene, which is a highly insulative material.
read more from interstate batteries...
There are a few threads out there with lots of pictures....
Hope these help
You are with in an hour of Lake Tahoe...
WHY would you WANT to stay in Reno?
Even 30 min west on 80, one can find a number of reservoirs that are not Reno, I'm sorry if that is where you HAVE to be, make the best of it... But get out of Reno/sparks there is beauty near that doesn't involve desert.
Can you plug your trailer in at home? If so all you really do do from that poi t is to check water level in The batteries every month or so. If you cant leave it plugged in then by all means take the batteries out and leave them in the garage on a piece of wood and charge them every month or so.
I ASK this as a question not to slam Donn0128....
Is placing batteries on something to insulate it from the ground still necessary??
I was under the impression that was OLD SCHOOL and no longer applied to new batteries, 1940/50 and up??
Thank for your time if you know more and take the time to share :)
I'd say it has much to do with where one live/ travels.
I don't always boondock:
I'm at about 60% dry camping, tough to get to lakes and streams, ski area parking lots, fire stations, Hospitals, truck stops while getting there.
Aprox 25% all by our lonesomeness, or w/ friends, in the boonies.
15% attendance at anti-camping campgrounds, fed, state, local parks w/ hookups, screaming kids and flat parking pads :)
These guys did awesome work... and it seems still working on new projects.
IT CAN be done and with TIME, it can even perfect for what you need.
I linked these two to show the ease.... or difficulty depending on ones handiness factor.
There are tons of GREAT helpful hints in the way these 2 guys do things, if you are going to do it have fun and read these thread for all the advice one needs without ever asking.
This last one is mine, I'm in a full year and a half taking up space in the garage... My wife is pleased, WE bought a business and that has sucked up all my time, but I see light and may have a 4 day work week figured out, all I need is a week or 2 many hours weekends to finish. We totally gutted and built to suit our needs/ precieved need, OK mostly wants :)
... TIME all one needs, more time and it's more fun to make things work again and paint than buy all new everything however new would save time.
I stole this idea from a guy over in the truck camper section a few years ago, did the mod this past year for Diddums...
here is the link, did a quick picture guide on how I did it, you may find an easier way?
Buy a water proof hatch cover, 5-6" (one with o ring) from boating store.
Cut required size hole in fresh H2O tank,
Mount hatch cover,
Open hatch reach inside and clean out tank at the end of each season...
I'd second the light.....
Then look at the calking on the front corner seam.
Not TOO much work, seems like you could fix the leak, dry it out and check from time to time to see if you get rot, if so, start another threat the work is time consuming but relatively easy.
I had the big Gorilla Guard lock on mine but the bad guys must have really wanted my unit.
Ahhh, but that lock only guards against gorillas stealing it ;-)
Yep he needed a Guerrilla lock :)
I'm Still working, well not for the past 2 1/2 months but it is in play still, I placed 3/8ths ply directly over the tin, used liquid nails, then boxed it out so I could insulate the metal and wood.
Here are some Pics......... I think page 4 towards the bottom.
From the looks of it, especially on the inside, it looks brand new. No personal belongings, gear, food, nothing. Maybe it was on a delivery run.???
Exactly my thought. There are no personal goods. Not even dishes, silverware, paper products, nothing that is not in a showroom for a dealer.
Might have been a delivery that went bad.
"fell off the back of a truck"