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RE: Occasional Winter Camping??

I spent a couple months on the road camping in winter before. My best improvement was putting a couple sheets of lattice fencing in the cab over for breathability with 1" RMAX foamboard on top under the mattress. That greatly helped keep the bed warmer. The other thing was to get a set of heavy flannel sheets. That was one of the biggest helps. Another trick I used was to sleep with my head at the foot of the bed, so it was more in the center of the camper and my feet out front of the cabover. That kept my head and body closer to the warm area of the camper and my feet in the colder area. I like having my feet cooler. I like my comfort, so My furnace is set to not less than 62 degrees at night and 65 or 70 in the day, whatever it takes to be comfortable. I have 400 AH of lithium and 675 watts solar on the roof, so power is of no concern excepting for clouds and shade. Charging gets better the farther south you go in winter. If I fall short of charging after a couple days, no matter because I'll probably be relocating to the next location and the 30-amp dc to dc charger will recharge the battery system back to full in the time it takes me to drive to the next location. If I stay at a site with electricity, I have a 1000-watt 3' wide baseboard heater that works well down to about 25 degrees, then I need to supplement heating using the furnace. I think 5 degrees F is the coldest I've camped. Keep in mind I have measured a 30-degree difference between the floor and the countertop in the TC. In the real cold conditions, I have a small fan that blows cabin air down into the basement for the holding tanks. The tanks do sit on top of 1/2" Styrofoam, so they have a little thermal protection. Get some really thick slippers and socks for hanging in the TC because your feet will get cold in those conditions. OK, those are my tricks. That's how I stay warm in the winter.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/16/22 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: got a new camper

the fridge issue was a bad thermister. Holding at 35 with the new one in place. Lost water pressure. Another easy fix. Camper had been sitting for a while and they did not drain the fresh tank, Algae totally pugged the pre water pump strainer. cleaned that out Clorox bombed the water system, multiple times with a bunch of fill, add clorox, drive to shake the water everywhere let sit for a day drain, repeat, then do multiple fills and drain plus flush the hose lines to clear the clorox and gunk out of the system. https://tinyurl.com/2s43wc6p width=600 https://tinyurl.com/4944pe37 width=600 Never seen algae in the freshwater system before. I do fill my fresh system with Seattle city water after each trip knowing it might be a while before we head out again. There is zero light getting to the tank and water system. I guess the chlorinated city water stores well and prevents growth
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/16/22 03:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Victron DC to DC in engine compartment?

I mounted my Victron 30 amp charger about 2 feet from the batteries. I ran 4 gauge wire from the alternator back to the charger. 4 gauge is good for the distance The charger terminals accept up to 6 gauge wire so I had to trim out a few strands of wire before the 4 gauge would fit the terminal. The setup works great and I've never noticed the unit getting hot.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/08/22 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: got a new camper

only frustrating thing so far is the fridge. Of course I have nothing in it. The ambient daytime temps are going up to 115 so the Norcold N7LX.3 goes up to 60 in the day ( camper windows are open and the AC is off}. The fridge returns to 34F in the morning. I probably can't expect much better from a gas absorption fridge though. I will have it out this weekend and the temps with only be in the mid 80s so I will see haw it does then. The Thermister wires were seriously kinked so it could be an issue. I have a replacement coming. Other than that everything works really well. First project besides loading gear is to fix the known wire issue in the kitchen slide. Unprotected wires running over 2 90 degree wooden edges which can bare the wiring and cause a short. Easy fix. Is the side with the fridge exposed to the sun? My fridge would heat up when that side was exposed to the sun. Lowering the awning to shade the side helped greatly. When I installed the new cooling g unit, I also installed an inch of RMAX foam board on the exterior wall, inside the fridge compartment. I actually installed the foam board throughout the fridge compartment and it greatly improved cooling g performance.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/08/22 10:24pm Truck Campers
RE: got a new camper

Nice upgrade. Can you hear an echo in there with all that space? Any suspension adjustments anticipated? nope it weighs the same as my 1055. On the way home we took the Rogue river from near Crater Lake NP to Medford which was the same way we went coming up. I noticed no difference in handling between carrying both campers Great to hear it handles well, makes the transition simple. Enjoy the times ahead.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/07/22 12:35am Truck Campers
RE: got a new camper

Nice upgrade. Can you hear an echo in there with all that space? Any suspension adjustments anticipated?
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/06/22 08:12pm Truck Campers
RE: 2023 TCA Rally

Gonna do it again this year. Lots of fun and nice people last year.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/06/22 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: My new race car alternator for LiFePO4 batt bank

It is all about the internal resistance and admittence of the lifepo battery. Those batteries want a lot of current. The BMS is Lord and Master over those characteristics. The Victron has circuitry to deal with that accordingly. You can get an external BMS that may better regulate the output to input of your alternator. I have a 160 amp alternator with a 30 amp dc to dc. 30 amps limit is a good point when it comes to night driving with everything on. Headlights, windshield wipers,defrost compressor, heater blower on high, all the running lights, stereo cranked up. 30 amps leaves headroom for everything else to run if needed.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/04/22 04:23pm Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC charger

I have the victron 30 amp model. Works great and puts out about 360 watts. My absorption fridge uses 325 watts. I have 400 watts lithium battery so plenty of capacity to run the fridge. I do regularly run the fridge on the TC solar electric system with great performance. The dc dc charger works great.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 09/03/22 01:18pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Relocating Water Utility Access Box To Left Side

I have noticed an interesting side benefit. When the fresh tank was full before with the connections on the right side, When I would make a left turn, water would flow right and pour out the vent hole and a little leakage from the fill cap with no gasket. Because it was a straight shot out, water would just blast right out from the force of changing direction with the turn. Now, with the fill location moved to the left side, no water escapes. The reason is, all the pipes come out of the fresh tank right side and turn 180 degrees reversing direction to the left. When I turn left, water wants to flow to the right and is still going into the hoses but because they reverse direction, water only goes so far and stops, it can't continue flowing out the pipe after the hose direction is reversed. When I turn right, water wants to flow left but there is no exit from the tank on that side. All the water in the pipes going into the tank are sloped to flow into the tank, no stagnant water so no water escapes at all. I fill the water tank until I get some spray out the vent line, so it gets flushed out each time I fill the fresh tank. Just an interesting tidbit I thought I'd share. On a side note, the solar system produced a max of 475 watts today and ran the fridge all day at 325 watts (intermittently cycling on and off) and still fully recharged the batteries by the afternoon. I Had to unplug the fridge at 4:30 as the solar power level was dropping pretty quickly. If you're logged into Facebook, you should be able to see the images if you aren't seeing them now. It's an easy free place to store. https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/302317765_10223608871750052_3864391076186753871_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=8bfeb9&_nc_ohc=2SU0C0h2dJAAX8_EhLZ&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=00_AT-N5V8hsXCzTzYq309DJet5B3-FxFA7_iYsV1tjykj-yw&oe=63142166 height=600
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/30/22 11:08pm Truck Campers
RE: VIDEO: Relocating Water Utility Access Box To Left Side

If it make you feel any better, Host has the fresh water fill on right and the city water hookup on the left. Every time I have to refill the tank, I have to run the hose from left to right except in my driveway... I feel good about the change. It makes me happy. I tell you, I was lucky there was space between the propane compartment and the oven to route the pipes. It was also lucky there was no framing between the mount area. A nice easy fit. I'm sure the connection was on the right originally because it was the easiest and shortest installation point. There is definitely more effort to the setup being on the left. Perhaps yours had limited space issues. Whatever the case, it is what it is unless you change it. May have to force myself to go to Jelly Stone and Grand Tetons after Labor Day to give it a good run down. Take care,
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/28/22 06:14pm Truck Campers
VIDEO: Relocating Water Utility Access Box To Left Side

https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/302152575_10223600145411899_5512282587582331237_n.jpg?stp=cp0_dst-jpg_e15_fr_q65&_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=1480c5&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&_nc_ohc=PTP9OMh-q-kAX8yJYnx&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=00_AT8UTc3J4xo-AVF44B2SWgrdYXLHeEx9ncs655F_yCc3Ug&oe=630FAF7C width=600 https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/301961621_10223602057659704_8224605925042847519_n.jpg?stp=cp0_dst-jpg_e15_fr_q65&_nc_cat=101&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=1480c5&efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&_nc_ohc=xGH4AzFp-cQAX9HypQX&_nc_ht=scontent-sea1-1.xx&oh=00_AT8C1d6Fm4p8DIJ-v-vqd6DgSqFY2R83R03oNRkDed657A&oe=63118C6C width=600 This was a good Truck Camper project. VIDEO >>> Relocating Water Utility Access Box <<< VIDEO Finished my latest Truck Camper project. I always disliked having my water utility access on the right side because all the RV park connections are always on the left side. In my last video, I installed an electrical outlet on the right side where the water connection used to be. With that change, I can now setup lights, fans, tools, anything needing 120 volt power. With the water connection moved to the left, I have a simpler quicker hookup process and don't have that annoying water hose staring me in the face when at the picnic table. Everything works great and looking forward to getting out and traveling again.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/28/22 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: Shocks... KYB Monomax versus Rancho 9000, equivalent?

I got my 9000 shocks at O'Reilly a few years back during a 2 for 1 or 3 for 4 deal saving some bucks, then spent maybe an hour or two installing them. I think I set them at 7 out of 9 settings. They have performed well. Other than stock, I have nothing to compare them to.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/19/22 10:44am Truck Campers
New Outside Electrical Outlet And New Main Breaker

New Outside Electrical Outlet And New Main Breaker https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/304362481_10223609615008633_8997957616249709634_n.jpg?stp=dst-jpg_p75x225&_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=dbeb18&_nc_ohc=Qv_6dZ53-v4AX8lqou7&_nc_ad=z-m&_nc_cid=0&_nc_ht=scontent.xx&oh=00_AT-VKEK3zpRf7L9wLwsND52Y97P5qE_81nQkZq6blm_DIA&oe=6313876B Looking forward to using this new outlet for outdoor activities around the Truck Camper. Lighting at night, cooking appliances, tools, box fan for keeping cool in hot climates. A worthy project!
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/18/22 01:48am Truck Campers
RE: Might sell the F450 and go F550 with liquid springs

We went with a F550 Super Duty with the heavy suspension pkg. to get the most GVW possible. Added the Kelderman 4 link air ride to the rear and Kelderman air bags in the front. The package came with Rancho Shocks and an extra heavy rear torsion bar. Each wheel has a ride height automatic adjuster so the truck never changes the ride height no matter how much load you carry. The empty ride is still a little rough but not as bad as with the springs and loaded it rides very well. Total weight with the boat we are at 28,500 lbs. https://i.postimg.cc/Y4h73XSy/Begore-Air-lines.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/pmKctz6X/Front-bags-in.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/Sj7WqVyP/Empty.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/S2ccnfcJ/Full-load.jpg Beautiful Setup! That's Having Your Cake And Eating It Too!
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 08/03/22 01:44am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

First off, Solar panels do not discharge energy into the night. Solarnight discharge The back flow diodes and solar controller will prevent it. There is a minor voltage Vbf but it's very small. Also, it doesn't discharge back into the either or sky, it's just a resistance load to the batteries. Most modern solar electronics have some sort of circuit protection. Even so, since you seem to have power in the day with sun, I would guess your solar charge controller is functio I g to some degree. Since your battery dies quickly, my guess.is.you damaged your batteries BMS. You'll have to do or have done, your own testing. Good luck.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 07/28/22 11:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

I ended up building my own LifePO4 set-up myself. Went from 98ahr's to 560ahr's. Already had 510w of solar on roof and a 30a charge controller that was compatible. Changed out my 120v on-board charger ( have yet to even use ). Also added a Victron DC/DC 18a isolated charger to top off when driving down the road and never have to worry. Also added a 3000w inverter that we use for the coffee maker in the AM and occasional microwave use and haven't used my generator since going this route. Probably set me back 2.5k total but should last quite a while. With the storage capacity I have now I don't even charge everyday. Not a cheap way to go but I know it will last and it's installed correctly. Retired IBEW Contractor here in SD so I gots the skills. Good luck. I'm close to the same solar and battery system as you with a couple differences.. Four solar panels on the roof, 180, 190, 190, and 115 watts respectively for 675 watts total power. Two 202 AH LIFEPO batteries for a total of 404 watts. I oversized the solar because we live in the Pacific Northwest and are subject to low winter sun and lots of cloudy, rainy days. Victron 150|70 MPPT Converter and for driving and backup, a Victron Orion DC to DC 30 amp 12 volt charger. I have a Xantrex 600 watt Pure Sinewave Inverter that we're happy with for now, don't know if I'll ever upgrade to the Victron 3000 watt inverter. My system cost $ 6200.00 for everything at Discount Solar in Quartzite. I shopped around at the time and several stores simply didn't have stock or were running out of stock. I'm sure I got the bend over special but I am happy with the performance of the system. Highly recommend LIFEPO to anyone looking to change batteries.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 07/22/22 01:46am Truck Campers
RE: Absorption Fridge Running on Solar/Battery/Inverter System

A little correction to your understanding. There is no solar power going to waste. You have excess capacity, so the potential to produce power is going unused. Power is not produced until there is a load to use it. So, I suppose in one sense you either have a wasted opportunity, or an overbuilt system for your needs. Since you already have the system, finding ways to use the capacity is good, however you have to weigh the costs of having that system vs the cost of a couple of tanks of propane. Semantics. If you are pumping gas and spill 5gal on the ground because you overfilled, if you only consider what was in the tank when you pull away, there is no waste but we all know 5 gal was wasted. Same thing. X KWH of capturable power hit the panels and it would be wasted if not used because the system can't hold it. Not semantics. In your example actual gas is spilled and wasted on the ground. In a solar example, the energy is not even produced, so it can't be wasted in the same way. You don't think in terms of wasted energy when your truck is parked and the engine is not running. I'm pretty sure the sun did produce the power and deliver it to the solar panels...then it went wasted. If it bothers you that the RV is parked, think in terms of solar vs generator and you get a similar result. I would compare the excess solar to a 2000 watt generator. You have a 2000 watt generator but you are only plugging in a device that uses say, 312 watts. The generator is still running with far more capacity available which is going unused. That's what I'm trying to maximize is the full potential output and try to recover a little of the cost of the solar system. I did like the grid suggestion. the closest I've come to that is running my 50" flat screen in the house off the inverter and it worked fine.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 07/16/22 01:00am Truck Campers
RE: Absorption Fridge Running on Solar/Battery/Inverter System

Ok, upon a recalc (me dummy!!…) I found my error, now revised… At 325w per hr, and a 75% duty cycle for 24 hrs = 244w (admittedly conservative numbers), watts convert to 19,968 btu/day. Propane at 91,451 btu/gal / 19,968 = 4.58 days of refer operation per gallon… 5gal of propane x 4.58 days p/gal = 22.9 days of refer operation… Sounds much more realistic (sorry for my bad)… 3 tons My use of propane is much faster than that. For all TC use of propane, I need to fill my two bottles about every 3rd week. Sooner in winter.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 07/16/22 12:46am Truck Campers
RE: Absorption Fridge Running on Solar/Battery/Inverter System

I have a similar set-up (at 400a/h LFP and 660w) and get the temptation but in the vagaries of the real world harvest, not too sure it’ll always pencil out - In theory something like this: a gallon of propane has about 91,400 BTU’s, while 325w (ac power) at say a more conservative 75% duty cycle (considering local and inverter losses…) would equal 5850w over 24hrs equals 15.6 hrs refer operation per gallon of propane or 78 hrs per 5 gal tank…Just saying… 3 tons Im not sure what your trying to say, but my fridge in my camper is a old one where the burner stays on all the time and I can easily let it go 3 months running 24/7 on a single 5 gal tank. once I start it up in the spring it stays going all summer until I winterize it in the fall, so three years now it has done this. I do this with my 5th wheel also and same thing, I fill my bottles in the spring and they don't get filled untill winter when I am doing inclimate camping. the 5th wheel does have a DSI large fridge, but it has 7lb bottles. Well, in retrospect it does seem oddly high but was only a rapid back of the napkin calc.. However, I believe converting BTU’s into watts is the proper way to draw conclusions… 3 tons Your calculations are probably pretty close. I have not done a solid 24 hour test yet. My feeling is it may be a losing battle trying to maintain the charge in the batteries with the fridge going 24 hours on electric. I think the fridge would deplete down to 10% charge overnight on the second or third day. I will do that test in a couple weeks when I'm on the road in the camper to moniter the conditions. If it was 4 AM and the batteries were down to 20 or 25%, I would end the test there knowing the batteries will not supply enough power till the sun came up high enough to begin supplying sufficient regenerative current. Even if I decide to do this during the daytime, it's still a winner.
Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli 07/16/22 12:42am Truck Campers
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