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RE: How to monitor battery state of charge

I hard wired a voltmeter and ammeter and mounted them in a convenient location. They tell me all I need to know about the battery state of charge. Cost me under $20 at eBay, and a little time.
tenbear 04/22/17 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Has anyone used or made or purchased a Genturi exhaust?

I made my own and it works great.
tenbear 04/22/17 03:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric problem and question

You might also want to get a clamp-on ammeter to measure the current being drawn by the battery. If you do, make sure it can measure both AC and DC.
tenbear 04/19/17 05:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Gauging the wire....

I think your choice of #2 is good. If you have a generator it can draw a very high starting current. With the improvements you are planning, #2 makes a lot of sense.
tenbear 04/19/17 05:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Outdoor speaker install

Maybe you should read THIS post Please do!
tenbear 04/15/17 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: How many make park reservations vs find as you go.

If I am going to a destination for a certain event I will make reservations well in advance. If I am on a trip consisting of many overnight stops I usually don't make reservations but I may phone the campground of choice an hour or so ahead of our expected arrival. These trips are usually planned as we go and our destinations often are not known until only a day or two in advance. Holiday weekends or mid summer trips in busy areas may be exceptions and we may make reservations a day or so in advance. It all depends. If all else fails, there's always a Walmart.
tenbear 04/12/17 04:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Looked under the hood to see if there was any obvious damage, then looked around inside to see if there were any water leaks, or other problems, after the winter. Happy to say there were no problems found. Next comes the dewinterization process.
tenbear 04/12/17 03:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Why did you decide to get an rv?

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tenbear 04/09/17 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: 2 night min stays - negotiable?

Walmarts are a good bet if you are just stopping for the night and then continuing on your way. Just check with the management.
tenbear 04/08/17 11:48am Beginning RVing
RE: Why did you decide to get an rv?

Started canoe camping with a tent, moved to tent camping, then to a small travel trailer, then a larger trailer which we totaled on the first time out but we only got some scratches and bruises. We decided we didn't want another trailer so we bought our current Class C and have used it for many years. Seems to satisfy our needs. Hope to use it several more years.
tenbear 03/29/17 07:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: charging a toad

I am not familiar with the battery maintainer you have, but I have towed my 2010 manual transmission Subaru as long as 2 days and have not had the battery go dead. Maybe you have some other problem.
tenbear 03/26/17 06:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Inverter question

Another thought: If you are using #4 wire fuse it at 100 Amps or less if the coffee pot uses less than 100A. That will at least make it safe.
tenbear 03/21/17 07:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter question

It is best to base the wire size on the inverter current rating rather than on the expected load. You might want to run other things off the inverter at some later date. Is the 30' the distance from the inverter to the coffee maker? If so, the wire length will be 60 feet. 30' positive and 30' negative wire. In either case #4 AWG wire is far too small. Your one battery won't like it either.
tenbear 03/21/17 07:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Is it possible to run 110 outlets off of the battery

Pay attention to the wire gauge chart referenced by SoundGuy. If you have a 400 watt inverter you should use #8 wire for the 12v side for short runs. Even larger wire for long runs. This same chart applies to the wires you are tapping into. Don't tap your #8 wires into a pair of #12 wires.
tenbear 03/19/17 08:58am Beginning RVing
RE: Is it possible to run 110 outlets off of the battery

If you are going to wire in your own 12VDC outlet, be aware that the 400 watt inverter at full load can draw as much as 40 Amps from the 12v source, so be sure to use adequate size wire.
tenbear 03/16/17 02:55pm Beginning RVing
RE: LED/TV reception

I switched my lights over to LEDs several years ago. None of the LED lights have regulators in them and I have never had a problem with interference. In this case cheap is better. Of course, not all regulators cause interference.
tenbear 02/28/17 03:38pm Tech Issues
RE: What cars will tow behind a class c motorhome?

Manual transmission Subarus prior to 2016 can be towed 4 wheels down. Not sure about the 2016 model.
tenbear 02/28/17 03:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

With the weather so warm and most of the snow melted, I ran the generator for about 20 minutes under load. No problem starting it and it ran well.
tenbear 02/25/17 02:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Maybe dumb leveling question.

Totally new to this RV stuff. If I level the rear of the coach, do I put blocks under both of the dual wheels? I do. The wheels are still supporting the weight of the coach.
tenbear 02/23/17 07:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: Maybe dumb leveling question.

I have 2 levels, one shows the side to side level, the other the front to back. The high point stays on the ground, the opposite corner, the low point gets the sum of the two levels in blocks under the wheel(s). The others get the side to side or front to back blocks depending on the placement relative to the high point. I just drive up on the blocks after the blocks are placed in the appropriate locations.
tenbear 02/21/17 11:35am Beginning RVing
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