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RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

You’re ignoring the part about “for future generations” which will be difficult to fulfill if the numbers of this generation are destroying or changing what is to be preserved for future generations. So do we just pick and choose who and when gets to see the NP’s? No. They need to restructure the NP service. It’s not the 1900’s anymore, parks need to grow with the people for future generations! Unfortunately it is not like you can build another Yosemite Valley, or another Longs Peak, Yellowstone caldera, or a glacier. Even if you were to grow the system and add more National Parks, I am not sure it would reduce the visitations at the ones that have gone to reservations - there is a reason the visitation at RMNP is ten times higher than the Black Canyon. The NPS isn't picking and choosing who and when you can visit the parks, the users are still choosing, they just have to plan ahead. This is the same system that has been in place for campgrounds, back country hikers, river runners and climbers for years.
FWC 06/10/21 10:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

I still don't think you know if you need a DC-DC charger. In most cases you don't need one. Figure out what is actually happening with the alternator charging the batteries before investing in something you probably don't need that may make the situation worse.
FWC 06/09/21 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar charging a plugin hybrid car

A Tesla model 3 is about 250 Wh per mile. For every 250W panel you would get about one mile per hour of sun (assuming full output). With flat mounted panels and losses it is probably more like 0.7 miles per 250W panel per hour. Assuming you could put about 2500W of solar on the roof, that would be 7 miles per hour of charging, or 28 miles in 4 hours of driving. Given how incredibly energy inefficient a motor home is, I am not sure there would be much point to this.
FWC 06/09/21 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

According to the RMNP website the fee is $25.00. Maybe $2.00 goes to the contractor. 2015-2019 they averaged about 4.4 million visitors. 2020 was limited to 3.3 million guests. About 70% of the visits will be during the months the fee is collected. (Allow about four guests per vehicle and the fee will equal about $70 million this year). $25 is the entrance fee to the park, this is not new and unless you have a pass (either annual or geezer) you have always had to pay this at the entrance station and still do this year. What is new is that you have to book ahead and pay a $2 reservation fee. You still have to pay $2 even if you have a pass, this is the part of the fee that goes to the contractor. Based on the estimate above, the park is actually loosing money by reducing visitation, however the experience will be better for the visitors.
FWC 06/09/21 11:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

That is probably too much current for a 135A alternator to sustain, but does it actually provide this much current without a huge load? What is the current when just charging the batteries? Most modern alternators are ECU controlled (although I don't specifically know about the F53/Triton) and are self regulating - the ECU monitors the alternator temperature and will decrease the output voltage (and thus the load) if the alternator gets too hot. However, this won't work with a DC-DC converter as it will draw more current if the input voltage decreases. A general rule of thumb is that you can safely run an alternator continuously at 50- 60% of its peak rating, but this is just a guideline. Run the batteries down to 50% SOC or so and then fire up the engine and see what your actual current draw is, and if the alternator throttles back. If you in fact do have an an issue, instead of a DC-DC converter that will limit your charging current, a higher output alternator may be a better investment.
FWC 06/09/21 11:04am Tech Issues
RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

The issue was that some of the most popular parks were becoming so crowded that the visits were no longer enjoyable. We have entrusted the NPS to manage the parks for the 'benefit and enjoyment of the people' but also to 'preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources' within the parks.
FWC 06/09/21 10:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

How much current are you getting from the alternator with the existing set up? You really need to know this before changing things up.
FWC 06/09/21 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: What's up with Rocky Mt. National Park entry?

Yep, they figured out a new way to make money from the NP’s we have already paid to use! And it’s not just RMNP either! To be clear, the parks are not making any money off this. The fee is $2 and it goes to the contractor that operates the reservation system. The park could pay the fee instead, but that would mean even less money for the parks themselves as the contractor still expects to be paid. Same deal for the folks that are upset about this being charged to annual and geezer pass holders. This is a fixed cost to the park per visitor, would you prefer they take it out of their operating and maintenance budget?
FWC 06/09/21 10:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Quiet series generator 9500 watts!!!

Or 31.6 times louder, however you want to spin it. It appears that 67dB is also the minimum noise level for the Predator, which would imply it is louder under load.
FWC 06/06/21 11:51am Tech Issues
RE: Quiet series generator 9500 watts!!!

10-30 times louder? Someone needs to read up about the db scale. :B Seems that some folks do. An increase of X db = 10^(X/10) increase in sound. Honda rates their generator at 52 - 57 dB.. At 52dB the Honda is 15 dB quieter, which is 10^(15/10) = 10^1.5 = 31.6 times quieter. At 57 dB, it would be 10^(10/10) = 10^1 = 10 times quieter. Now human hearing may not be linear, but that is how much noise the generator is producing. Any way you look at it, 10-15 dB is a huge difference in noise.
FWC 06/06/21 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Quiet series generator 9500 watts!!!

Only 67 dB? Pretty good. That is 10-30 times louder than the equivalent Honda offering. This is way too loud to use in a campground or within 1/4 mile of another camper.
FWC 06/06/21 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: Fun with solar and Renogy MPPT 30 Li (kind of)

I would agree with you that there is something not quite right with either the controller or the battery. It does appear to be operating as if the battery is fully charged and the controller is in constant voltage mode when from the battery state of charge it clearly shouldn't be. It does seem to be a shortcoming of either the charge controller voltage and current sensing (which could also explain the 0.3V offset you see) or the charge controller firmware. Can you update the firmware? This maybe another case of false economy, the Renogy is cheaper, but is also not as well designed and supported product as the Victron. As far as I know, Victron is a real hardware development company - they have engineers in house in the Netherlands that design and test all their hardware, whereas Renogy is a branding company that primarily buys hardware designed and built in China with their brand/logo on it.
FWC 06/01/21 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

I like my peace and quiet but believe if you don't like it move. I agree with this to some extent, but my issue is when you are set up (say on some BLM land with dispersed camping without 'sites' or rules) and someone comes and camps near you. It can be kind of hard to pack up and move under these circumstances.
FWC 06/01/21 09:53am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bluetooth Battery Monitor

But if the Bluetooth is anything like the bluetooth in my Hughes Watchdog protector you need to be within 10ft of it. Makes it being Bluetooth kind of worthless.Yep. Like having to go sit near the wifi antenna to get anything done. The one complaint I have about my Victron is the warning buzzer. It only seems to work at the physical unit itself, which is in the battery compartment where I can't hear it. If you want a louder buzzer (or flashing light of whatever) you can use the relay contacts on the BMV to activate a buzzer/light/siren in the location of your choice. It is easy to set them up to switch on with the buzzer. Unfortunately the phone app can only talk to the unit when it is open and connected, thus it would be very hard to have a bluetooth based buzzer/alert.
FWC 06/01/21 09:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Generators!! Yes YOU!

One plus to the people who are running their generators all day is that you know they have a generator and plan on using it, so you can stay well away from them. We rarely camp in campgrounds, but if we do, and there is an option we camp as far away from those with generators as we can. The worst thing is when have a nice isolated dispersed camping spot, and someone pulls up within earshot and fires up their generator. As folks who enjoy the beauty, natural sounds and silence of the great outdoors, we can make a conscious choice to avoid camping near others with generators, ATVs, boomboxes etc. However there is not much we can do to stop them camping near us. I am sure there are a lot of folks who will claim it is a free country and it is crowded out there, both of which are true. But you are also free to break wind in an elevator and loudly discuss your sex life on an airplane, but the expectation is that you don't out of courtesy to those around you. The other argument I often hear is that I have a Honda and you can barely hear it. For many of us, being out in the wilds is getting away from the constant 60Hz hum of civilization so even your barely audible generator can still be annoying. I understand that it is crowded out there and you sometimes have to camp closer to your neighbors than you normally would - but if you do respect your neighbors experience.
FWC 06/01/21 09:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Bluetooth Battery Monitor

If you just want bluetooth (ie no hardware display) then the Victron Smartshunt is the ticket. If you want a display as well as bluetooth then the Victron BMV-712 is the way to go.
FWC 05/31/21 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Valence U1-12RT Lithium Battery

It sounds like you are already running a capacity test, if they still have reasonable capacity (say > 35Ah per battery) then hook them up and use them. They are high quality batteries. There is no issue with running lithium batteries in parallel, and unless you have a 24V system, you wouldn't want to run them in series.
FWC 05/28/21 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: National Parks entry tickets

Am I correct that Yosemite is now charging $2 to enter even with a federal senior pass? That is the case if you are entering for day use and don't have any other reservation/permit such as a wilderness permit, camping reservation etc. The same $2 fee applies to folks who have annual National Park Passes. The money doesn't even go to the park, but the contractor that runs the reservation system. What a joke this country/government has gone to the dogs. This is not new - the fee goes to Booz Allen Hamilton that runs recreation.gov. When you make a camping or backcountry permit reservation you pay a fee to Booz Allen as well, you just tend not to notice as it is attached to the park service fee, and it is typically $6 not $2.
FWC 05/26/21 09:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National Parks entry tickets

Rocky Mountain National Park and Haleakala National Park also require reservations.
FWC 05/26/21 04:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: National Parks entry tickets

It is a tricky issue. In general the parks are being inundated with people, leading to major overcrowding, a diminished experience for all, and damage to the natural and cultural resources within the parks. That on top of the need to reduce crowding in the face of COVID have lead to timed/reserved entry at the most popular parks. If the current level of use continues, I can't see the reservation system going away. The Park Service is in an impossible situation with competing missions - to provide access to these wonders while at the same time 'preserving unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the parks'. Reservations seem like a reasonable compromise between these competing mandates, but I do wonder if it should be on a lottery basis (like river rafting permits) as opposed to who can click the links fastest at 12:00:01 am.
FWC 05/26/21 04:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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