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RE: LED flicker part deux

Don't know if this was mentioned before. I did LED conversion about three years ago so we had LOTS of hours on them. LED's typically do not fail like regular bulbs. Most likely they will start to flicker - but only in small segments - typically three leds. It is not necessary to replace them until the flicker is bad enough to bother you. I usually moved a failing one to a seldom used spot - like porch light until I got around to ordering more. Early failures usually attributed to poor/cheep design. Most are OK and have long life at 12V but some just won't last long at 14V. I have seen some of these failures. My analysis has shown the failure to be the connection between the panel and the LED, not the LED itself. They fail in groups off 3 because the LEDs are usually connected with 3 in series with a current limiting resistor. If they fail at higher voltages its probably due to the increased heat that causes the connection to fail earlier.
tenbear 11/26/14 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: 300 KW solar panels

Interesting, George, I can't get solar panels or cider at any of the dump sites I use. LOL! Ditto. And definitely wouldn't buy ANYTHING someone is hawking at a dump. Our dump is sort of the place that is a meeting place. We usually meet someone we know when we go there. One of the joys of living in a small rural town.
tenbear 11/25/14 04:40pm Tech Issues
300 KW solar panels

The other day we went to the dump and there was a lady there offering free cider and selling household solar installations. After listening to her pitch, I asked her if they sold 100-150 watt panels. She said, oh no, we use 300 Kilowatt panels. After some discussion she still insisted they were 300 KW. I thought about buying one for my MH but decided I couldn't afford the wire to carry the 12500 Amps, assuming they were 24v panels. One panel would supply power for the whole campsite. WOW!!! :h
tenbear 11/25/14 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Trickle Charge 2 12v batts in parallel question???

Batteries in parallel act as one big battery. I leave my battery in place and use the OEM battery disconnect switch, and turn the Converter circuit breaker off. I use a Battery Minder to keep the battery charged.
tenbear 11/25/14 06:18am Beginning RVing
RE: bright enough?

Those are 3528 LEDs. You can tell the difference by the soldered contacts on the side of each LED. 5050 has 3 individual contacts on each side while the 3528 has only one wide contact on each side. Each 5050 has 3 individual LEDs in each package, thus the 3 contacts on each side.
tenbear 11/25/14 05:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: breaker bad???

Whenever I read that work has just been done on a unit and now it doesn't work, I suspect that the unit hasn't been reconnected correctly. One of the first things to check after making sure it is reconnected correctly is the electric heating element. Did you fill the heater with water before turning it on?
tenbear 11/24/14 04:01pm Tech Issues
RE: How to hook up a toad to an RV using a tow bar?

Here is what Blue Ox says about leveling the tow bar. "Verify the baseplate attachment tabs are level or no more than 4” lower than the receiver hitch. Adjust with a drop/rise receiver as necessary."
tenbear 11/24/14 12:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: How to hook up a toad to an RV using a tow bar?

I have a Blue Ox tow bar but I suspect the principals are the same. My tow bar assembly is attached to the MH and stays there all season. The toad is driven into position behind the MH. Ideally the tow bars should be level. I use a drop receiver to accomplish his. It seems that different manufacturers have different requirements. Check your tow bar owners manual. I take it back. Clearly, you couldn't leave the towbar attached to the MH or the toad.
tenbear 11/24/14 11:57am Dinghy Towing
RE: How to hook up a toad to an RV using a tow bar?

I have a Blue Ox tow bar but I suspect the principals are the same. My tow bar assembly is attached to the MH and stays there all season. The toad is driven into position behind the MH. Ideally the tow bars should be level. I use a drop receiver to accomplish his. It seems that different manufacturers have different requirements. Check your tow bar owners manual.
tenbear 11/24/14 11:29am Dinghy Towing
RE: Thinking of purchasing

I presume that you are going to have to drive from your camping spot to your place of work. If you have a 5er you will be driving your big TV with something about 10 mpg to and from work. With a MH you can tow a car (toad) and drive that to and from work at about 30+ mpg. Maybe something to consider.
tenbear 11/23/14 02:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

Not to forget the value of the ARRL Handbooks. You're right. They were my bible as a teenage ham.
tenbear 11/23/14 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: bright enough?

In my experience I have found the 3528 LEDs are about half as bright as the 5050s, I also like the warm white. I have also found a big difference in venders on eBay. Whatever you decide on, buy 1 or 2 and try them before buying a whole bunch.
tenbear 11/23/14 07:09am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Lighted Water Heater & Pump Switches

Good idea. They probably use an LED and it draws very little current.
tenbear 11/23/14 07:03am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: More lack of control in Chinese goods

Interesting!
tenbear 11/23/14 06:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Thinking of purchasing

Most of my friends who fulltime eventually end up in a Class A. If you are single you might be ok in a large Class C, but the available storage in a class A is nice to have.
tenbear 11/23/14 06:39am Beginning RVing
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

Ham radio back in the days when hams built their own gear. College BS math and physics. 28 years in IBM as EE. Not much of that applies to RVs, IBM= Itty-Bitty Machines. Loved tinkering with electronics. Read a lot on this forum.
tenbear 11/22/14 03:35pm Tech Issues
RE: What Do You Do First?

I usually hook up the power first so the DW can do her thing. Then the water, and then the sewer sometime before I want to dump.
tenbear 11/22/14 06:17am Beginning RVing
RE: Security While On Long Trip

Like some others, we have a safe bolted to the floor.
tenbear 11/21/14 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toilet upgrade and chemical question

When I first started RVing I used chemicals, later I decided to see if I needed them so I stopped using them. No difference. Haven't used them since.
tenbear 11/21/14 11:36am Class C Motorhomes
RE: BEWARE ... Kissimmee & Orlando - toll roads

Tolls or 6' of snow....the choice is yours. :) :) I'll take the 6' of snow. Makes for great skiing.:B :B And, not a single toll road in Vermont. :)
tenbear 11/20/14 09:05am General RVing Issues
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