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RE: dedicated charging station for phones, wifi, tablets

I installed 3 of those dual USB ports in my RV; one on each side of the bed, and one in the dash. Easy install, and no need for 120VAC (shore, genset, or inverter). Makes no sense to me to convert 12vdc into 120VAC and then back down to 5vdc. That's like melting ice cubes to provide water for filling ice trays!:S
4x4van 08/22/19 02:12pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV lifestyle...

I pull in, level and deploy slides from the driver seat. Extend awning and unroll mat (yes, a big 8'x20' so I can make sure to kill the grass:B), and put my cooler outside on that mat. I'll plug in to electric, but use the freshwater tank and don't dump til I'm ready to head home. At that point (only about 15-20 minutes) I'm reaching for a cold one. Chairs come out only as needed, and the BBQ grille and sink table if it's getting close to dinner time. DW does put out the Flamingo, and I'll eventually get around to the flagpole. Now if you really want entertainment, go somewhere with a boat launch ramp and set your chair in view of it!:C
4x4van 08/21/19 04:35pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Getting ADCO Windshield Cover Into Storage Bag?

On my last RV ('88 Jamboree), I had both an inside cover and an outside cover. For camping, we used the inside cover; vinyl, that snapped in place to block the windshield and both side cab windows. It was easy, no matter the weather, and we could pull up the bottom and take a peek outside if needed. At home while stored, we used the exterior cover over the windshield and both side cab windows. That kept the windshield/windows clean and ready to go for the next trip.
4x4van 08/21/19 04:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Using an automotive battery charger when onboard fails

My cheap HF charger (2/10/50 Amp) tapers down the charge amperage as the battery SOC increases. I've never used it in an RV for an emergency power supply, but wouldn't be worried about it overcharging. Not sure why I would need a "timer", as it automatically ramps down to just a trickle charge. This statement reveals an incomplete understanding of how batteries charge or how battery chargers work. The charger has a maximum allowed voltage. As the battery nears full charge it requires less and less amperage to maintain that maximum voltage. This is called constant voltage stage or absorption, whereas the time before battery voltage has reached that plateau is called bulk, and is a constant current stage. Float stage applies just enough amperage to maintain a lesser voltage that will not overcharge the battery. Most garage 'smart' chargers in float stage will have a hissy fit if the current required to hold float voltage, or absorption voltage varies, and it will vary if someone is inside turning DC items on and off. So yes, the charger ramps down the current, but not because it senses the battery is nearing full, it simply is ramping down as it it trying to prevent the voltage from going higher than the maximum allowed. If the current were constant, not allowed to taper, then battery voltage would keep rising, and 12 amps constant on an otherwise healthy group 31 flooded battery can likely push voltage up into the 17's in just a few hours after current would have started tapering had voltage been capped at 14.7v. All the while the battery fizzes up a storm, smells of sulfur burps and spews electrolyte, and begins heating up rapidly in thermal runaway. Those Giuant wheeled chargers at auto repair joints from 20 years ago can easily accomplish this if they are left on for too long. As to when a charger shuts off, well this amount of time it holds absorption voltage, is a guess, as every battery will be different and change as they age, so the time in which to hold absorption voltage is a big guess, with a large lean toward safe, which means undercharging as overcharging can be dangerous. The battery that has a chance to actually achieve full charge, but is not allowed the time to do so by a 'safe' charging source, is like getting kicked in the balls right before climax. The chargers which insist that amperage taper to such and such a level before dropping to float, when used as a power supply in an RV powering loads, might possibly keep the battery at 14.7ish volts long after it is fully charged, so NOT worrying about it overcharging in such a task, could be unwise. How much effect it will have on the battery if this is to occur, is highly variable, if the battery is sulfated then the prolonged time at 14.7ish volts could be beneficial. If it is healthy and then held at 14.7 for many many hours afterwards it is being overcharged, using water, and shedding positive plate material. Anybody using a regular car charger as a power supply would be quite foolish to not monitor battery terminal voltage initially and then later on, and every so often thereafter. That is if the charger remains on and does not shut off thinking something is wrong. Never assume it will be 'just fine', unless you have experience with that specific charger in the same specific usage on a battery at and battery capacity at nearly the same state of health. 'Just fine' could be uttered a few seconds before something is just about to fail, without any tools or data or previous experience doing the same thing with similar variables to make such a declaration. I equate proclamations of 'just fine', in most cases, to be words uttered by the deliberately and proudly ignorant. Interesting. So you're saying that even though the amperage tapers down on the charger, the voltage stays high, and could push the actual battery voltage way above safe levels if left on too long? I have in fact left my charger hooked up overnight AFTER the meter has tapered down to zero and the green "battery charged" LED comes on, but I've never actually checked the voltage that the charger is putting out, neither when first hooked up nor after it has tapered down; guess that's something to put on my "to do" list next time I need to use the charger.:C
4x4van 08/21/19 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: Sundance 241BH - Black water tank fell out

I will be there this week or early next... I will see what they have to say... Thanks.. ??? I've never heard of a floating check valve in a black (or grey) tank vent. I can see no reason for a manufacturer to install one; The only way to "overfill" the black tank is with the rinser, and in that case, it would be better to have the overflow go out onto the roof rather than overpressurizing and dropping (like yours did) or even splitting the black tank open, or flowing out through the toilet (or bathroom sink if plumbed that way). Sounds like a made-up excuse by the dealer. :S Have that dealer show you that floating check valve. In 40 years working on RV's and dropping countless tanks, I have NEVER seen anything inside a tank or connected to a Vent system in or around the tank. Every week, I think I cannot find something new that a Dealer/Tech/ customer posts that is BS. Well, this makes my week:B Doug If he says that he can't show it to you since it's hidden from view, ask to see one in an RV parts catalog. :E Additionally, the dealer SHOULD reimburse you for whatever you spent adding angle iron/straps to actually support the tank; which is something that should have been done by the factory.
4x4van 08/21/19 10:59am Tech Issues
RE: Sundance 241BH - Black water tank fell out

??? I've never heard of a floating check valve in a black (or grey) tank vent. I can see no reason for a manufacturer to install one; The only way to "overfill" the black tank is with the rinser, and in that case, it would be better to have the overflow go out onto the roof rather than overpressurizing and dropping (like yours did) or even splitting the black tank open, or flowing out through the toilet (or bathroom sink if plumbed that way). Sounds like a made-up excuse by the dealer. :S
4x4van 08/20/19 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Laws/Regulations for RV Fresh & Waste Water Service

4x4van -What is so terrible about the pipes being in view? Do you want me to put pants and underwear on my TT o that you can't see its private parts. Do you get disturbed when you drive past a field and see a cow taking a **** without using an outhouse? I think we have more important things to get upset about. I was actually being facetious, since the OP seemed so aghast at the sewer outlet and the city water inlet being located near each other. But yes, if you could put at least underpants on your trailer, I'd appreciate it.:W
4x4van 08/20/19 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: No Privacy Curtain w/Overhead Bed?

Neither my first ('79 Roll-a-Long) nor my second ('88 Jamboree) had a curtain for the overhead bunk.
4x4van 08/20/19 03:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Using an automotive battery charger when onboard fails

My cheap HF charger (2/10/50 Amp) tapers down the charge amperage as the battery SOC increases. I've never used it in an RV for an emergency power supply, but wouldn't be worried about it overcharging. Not sure why I would need a "timer", as it automatically ramps down to just a trickle charge.
4x4van 08/15/19 04:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Maintaining air gap in new Atwood water heater

30 years of RVing, 3 different RVs...never once had to "re-establish" an air gap in the water heater (and since I live in SoCal, I've never drained/winterized/refilled it either). Seriously, it would be nearly impossible to "lose" the air pocket in the top of a WH unless there was a leak at the very top of the tank to allow the air to escape (or you park your rig upside-down:E). Air goes up, water goes down; where could the air go?
4x4van 08/15/19 04:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camping guide

Nothing's free...especially in CA.
4x4van 08/15/19 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Laws/Regulations for RV Fresh & Waste Water Service

What I find disgusting (or at least ugly) is that nearly all TTs and 5ers have the sewer drain valves exposed below the siding of the trailer. Yuck; I don't want to see that all the time. :D
4x4van 08/15/19 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mat rant

Grass was dead and gone on that site right at where everyone's awning is door to the coach or other RV and in an almost uniform pattern as if everyone used the same size mat...Grass has been gone in a rather uniform patch there too for some time.Or maybe the grass is dead in a uniform pattern/patch since that's where everyone walks, cooks, gathers, sits, etc., and has nothing to do with the use of a mat or not.:h Not unless they wear square shoes and walk in square patterns. Usually they put their grills out in the grass, as I observed. A couple of chairs or maybe four, if company, under the awning. usually they are gone as we are, fishing, antiquing, visiting her relative, at that one campground. We sit out in the grass watching the ducks and fishermen or around a campfire, in a ring. Have no desire to sit on the dirt or in the mud that is under the awning area. If we make friends and they come over usually it is toward dark and we eat inside and play cards or talk,because of the mud and the dirt and skeeters, even though there is an outside TV.So you're saying that everyone uses the exact same size/shape mat? Hmmmm...OK. Can't say that I've ever noticed a "pattern" of dead (or no) grass directly next to RVs in the campgrounds, but then again, most places I camp don't have grass "in the RV space" anyway. Personally, I use an 8'x20' mat pretty much every time. I spend a significant amount of time under my awing cooking, and my outdoor sink table, prep table, and grille/griddle go on that mat, along with my ice chest.
4x4van 08/15/19 03:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mat rant

Grass was dead and gone on that site right at where everyone's awning is door to the coach or other RV and in an almost uniform pattern as if everyone used the same size mat...Grass has been gone in a rather uniform patch there too for some time.Or maybe the grass is dead in a uniform pattern/patch since that's where everyone walks, cooks, gathers, sits, etc., and has nothing to do with the use of a mat or not.:h
4x4van 08/14/19 04:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Theft from dealership

Wow, a Sales Manager? And check out his mug shot: He's SMILING!!!
4x4van 08/14/19 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Went to the darkside... TT to MH

The Dark Side always welcomes additional converts! You'll love the room, the view, the storage of an A.
4x4van 08/09/19 04:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: American Tradition Slide Issue

After 30 years RVing, I bought my first RV with slides about 2 1/2 years ago (used). I would never consider buying a slide-equipped RV with a malfunctioning slide.
4x4van 08/09/19 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: F53 Chassis Lean

...but for taken a heavy side to be level I still can't be leave it...According to the OP, the RV is NOT heavy on one side. Leaning that far (where the steps hit the ground!:E) when the rig is not overweight on one side points to a major issue; either the suspension has a defective part or the box was mounted incorrectly on the chassis.
4x4van 08/09/19 03:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: water heater bypass

On a side note: Something I always tell other RV's and friends I actually winterize for. As soon as you winterize your trailer you can instantly de-winterize and return all valves back to operating position as all your really doing is displacing water. Yes,I'm saying run RV antifreeze through all the lines then simply drain it back out. Been doing like this for over 20 years.Now that's an interesting point. Once all of the water has been displaced by anti-freeze, that anti freeze can then be drained. Still have to rinse the residual anti-freeze come time to start camping again, but...
4x4van 08/07/19 01:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Bicyclist/RV Death

There’s no excuse for running down a cyclist in your lane traveling the same direction. Vehicular homicide open and shut case.Really? Be careful with absolutes. What if the cyclist suddenly swerves out into the middle of the lane as you approach? Nice to know that you would still consider the vehicle driver guilty of homicide; open and shut case, right? :R Wow, hope you're never on a jury; the generally accepted thing to do is weigh all of the evidence before rendering a verdict.
4x4van 08/06/19 03:27pm General RVing Issues
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