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RE: back up cameras which one is best for class c

I bought this monitor and camera a few years ago and it has performed flawlessly. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B004Y3FE6O/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0079R2MH6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Our C has a rear window. After trying the license plate I moved the camera to the inside top of the rear window frame and set it so I can see to back up very close to a trailer or a post. I mounted a switch on the base of the driver’s seat to power up the camera and monitor.
Harvey51 03/23/20 07:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Replacement Assistance

So when testing for parasitic draw, do I connect the multimeter to the battery? If there's parasitic draw how do you know which device it is coming from? You don’t know where the current is going and risk damage to the meter. I lost a range on one of my multimeters when checking a lady’s car that way. The draw was a few mA until she leaned on the car - her under-hood light went on and the meter went off. Now I always use a DC clampmeter to measure current. No chance of damaging the meter on an RV, and the measurement is nearly as accurate as a multimeter. It is possible to detect a current going through a fuse by measuring the voltage across it. Zero current will have the full battery voltage across the fuse. If there is a smaller voltage then check the current with a current meter.
Harvey51 02/29/20 10:03am Travel Trailers
RE: First Timers

We first bought a used popup tent trailer in poor shape. Then a new one in 1992, which was loved until our youngest child grew up. Then we got a bit of motorhome fever when camping at our favourite BC park and visited a German couple next door who spent their months of maternity leave in North America, buying a used one in California and driving to Yukon and back. That MH looked really comfortable in the rain. Water shortages are due to showering. We use campground showers and stop at swimming pools. Our water tank and waste tanks last 5 or 6 days for the two of us so we only need to find a dump and fill site every 5 days. We never hookup to water, sewer or electricity. One solar panel (100 watt) provides all the power we need. If you don’t have solar, I recommend a battery monitor that shows the per cent of full charge for the house batteries. LED lights make a big difference.
Harvey51 02/26/20 10:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: engine longevity?

I’m one of those who bought a former rental class C - a 2004 in 2008 wth 70 000 km. Everything worked then and its still working. In 2019 I got thinking it is probably at the half way point in our use so I took it to a garage for the first time and got the serpentine belt replaced. This year I took it to the same local garage for coolant, transmission and rear end fluids changes. Also, the dreaded spark plugs. It’s at 120,000 km. I asked around for a mechanic that had experience with Triton engine spark plugs. I said we won’t need it until spring so the work is proceeding slowly as it is the busiest garage in town and it has been a tough winter here near where the Alaska Highway begins. The spark plugs are replaced with no problems.
Harvey51 02/26/20 06:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dually Valve Stems

X2 on Kluchdust’s tools. I asked Costco tire shop to use slightly longer rubber stems and have no trouble checking pressures or airing up.
Harvey51 01/18/20 12:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Stabil or Seafoam for long term gas can storage?

So Seafoam for gasoline and Diesel engines is the product best for keeping my grass trimmer carburetor clean. Thank you!
Harvey51 12/07/19 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging electric car

Thanks for the facts in familiar units, Reisender! On the regeneration braking, kinetic energy of the moving car is converted to electric energy by the motor and that energy must be used to charge the battery or be converted to heat to dissipate.
Harvey51 12/06/19 05:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Stabil or Seafoam for long term gas can storage?

Sea Foam appears to be a corporation with many products. Which one should I use to prevent carburetor problems with the snowthrower and riding lawnmower? I always use gas free of ethanol grass Trimmers. I had a Stihl and it needed a new carburetor every spring until I gave it away. Now I’m hoping a Home Depot brand will be better. Amazon.ca search finds 100,000 Sea Foam products. Locally, in automobile repair shops I see maybe a dozen. Which one to buy?
Harvey51 12/06/19 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: It is no wonder

I have experienced that in other forums but not this one (via goodsamclub.com).
Harvey51 12/05/19 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Routing Solar Wiring from Roof to Pass Through Storage

The refrigerator vent is a surprisingly easy route for running heavy cable down from the roof.
Harvey51 11/29/19 09:58am Travel Trailers
RE: 2 12v batteries---Mallard TT help

I also think it will be disappointing to heat anything with battery power. Propane heat is the way to go for heat. Charging from the tow vehicle will also be frustrating unless a fairly heavy wire and very low resistance connectors can be implemented. In my experience a 100 watt solar panel is far better for charging and you won’t be leaving your tow vehicle running when camping.
Harvey51 11/29/19 09:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Charging electric car

“one killowatt gets you about 6 ish kilometers in most EV's. ” Unit confusion in this topic! The kilowatt is not a unit of energy. It is a unit of power - how fast energy is consumed. Analogous to a gasoline car’s gallons per hour. The unit of electric energy is the kilowatt hour. Analogous to gas car’s gallon of gas. Driving an electric car a kilometre requires some amount of energy. How many kilowatt hours is it? How much does a kilowatt hour (KWH) cost? This is indicated on any electricity bill. It may be ten cents plus another ten cents delivery charge.
Harvey51 11/24/19 10:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Seeking propane dealer

You are a long way from me in Canada, but I must say that here we have an American retail store, Costco, that has the best prices for propane refills and 20 pound bottles.
Harvey51 11/23/19 11:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: East Canada

We packed our tent and camping stuff in boxes and flew to St John’s in Newfoundland a few years ago. Rented a car and drove all over. The extreme southeast was very interesting with fossil evidence of once being attached to Africa, a lighthouse and radio tower that was first to hear the Titanic’s SOS. Campsites were scarce but other accommodation was very friendly and not expensive. We headed north and west along shorelines which offered cool weather near the shore and warm weather away from it. Gros Morne Park with fabulous views, boat tours and hikes was spectacular. They call a motel a Convenience Unit. We stayed in several of those, tent camped a view times and took an apartment for several days. Another year we flew to Montreal, rented a car and drove along the St Lawrence River, across New Brunswick, over to Nova Scotia where we got lucky and rented a house on the shore for 3 days. We made it as far as Cape Britain, tenting and moteling. Ferry to PEI for fabulous beaches, touring historic homes in Charlottetown. Finally the Confederation Bridge back to the mainland and Montreal. Total of 2 weeks.
Harvey51 11/20/19 09:00pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Remembrance Day

In our small town we gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion hall and walked behind the RCMP members, firemen and other uniformed service people to the town hall where a service was held with every name of the local men and women who served in war and peacekeeping was honoured, many by wreaths displayed by their descendants. Unfortunately our community doesn’t have any living veterans of the world wars living here. My family lost two Spitfire pilots in the Battle of Britain.
Harvey51 11/20/19 08:40pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Battery Monitors

I’m sure the Trimetric is much more accurate and easy to calibrate and has more useful features. I do think my cheapo Ebay one is far better than having no monitor that can count amp hours out and in. Voltmeters alone are not adequate. I do understand that more energy must be put back than is taken out due to losses so I just leave the solar panel charging after the monitor says 100%. If using generator, shore power, or a lot of solar an automatic or manual shut off would be necessary. My first set of batteries lasted one year; the second pair are working well after 8 years.
Harvey51 11/17/19 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Monitors

I don’t find it complicated or in need of micromanagement. I charged it fully, set the amp hour capacity and 100% charge on the monitor when I first installed it. The solar charge controller keeps on charging slowly after the monitor reads 100% but the monitor doesn’t go beyond 100%. It has recalibrated itself so 100% means charging has replaced all the amp hours used since it was last fully charged. No adjusting ever. No doubt it is getting less accurate as the battery capacity diminishes but I always know when I’ve got a full charge. https://i.imgur.com/4e5FJhWl.jpg The battery monitor is perfectly easy to use and the only convenient means of knowing how charged the batteries are. The voltage method, including idiot lights, is overly optimistic because it reads the charging voltage for hours after charging has ceased and you think all is well until your batteries die. For me, on our first long trip, it was no heat on a cold morning. Fortunately we were near a town on Vancouver Island that had a Costco store where I could get new batteries. Those batteries I bought in 2011 now seem to be as good as new so I figure the $25 battery monitor is doing its job.
Harvey51 11/17/19 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Monitors

Battery monitors are wonderful! I got a cheap one with a built in shunt about 6 years ago. Now I always know what per cent of full charge the batteries are at. I bought a Hall Effect one with wireless display screen last year for a car that had a bit of a parasytic current problem that got solved before I installed the monitor so I have a spare for the motor home.
Harvey51 11/16/19 04:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Fresh water tank under camper-Camping in colder weather.

We bought a former rental class C in 2008. Our first trip was early in the spring when we headed south toward Jasper. Of course it snowed and got cold so we could learn by experience. Highway 40 got tough due to quite a bit of snow so we stopped at a rest stop/campsite high in the foothills for the night. We enjoyed our nice warm camper, really comfortable compared to popup tent trailers. I remember it was -10 C, 15F and the plastic drain tap on the freshwater tank froze up so I couldn’t turn it. I put a warm mitt over it and the tap turned easily in the morning. No other signs of freezing. It was lucky that happened so we learned that we were okay down to -10. I carried a jug of RV antifreeze on trips that might be colder.
Harvey51 11/16/19 01:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: battery charging

We always boondock. Never plug in, never bring the generator. A 100 watt solar panel and charge controller keep the batteries over 80% charge all the time in summer here in sunny northern Alberta. I have the house batteries and engine battery connected so It is also kept charged. We have all LED lights, no TV and the microwave oven serves as a bread box. We just had a week at 20 below zero C and a foot of snow. The snow on the solar panel put it out of production, and the engine parasytic current draw discharged the engine battery well below 50%. I’ve got the smart charger on it now and am hoping it isn’t damaged too badly.
Harvey51 11/12/19 04:37pm Tech Issues
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