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RE: New Meter on order

Thanks for the replies. We intend to be on full hookups for the next few nights, and use an electric space heater, so the trailer furnace will not need to be run. If my meter is accurate, the 2 amp maintainer will keep up with loads most of the time. I'm still hoping Best Converter will have an answer for us, as we will be boon docking some in the future.
K_and_I 08/23/19 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: New Meter on order

Thanks, CA Traveler. No problem using a charger if that will work. I've been reading that the current crop of automatic chargers will shut off if a dc load is detected when they are charging. I don't have the luxury of disconnecting the batteries while I charge them, so I question if an automatic charger will really work for me.
K_and_I 08/22/19 11:52pm Tech Issues
RE: New Meter on order

Well, it may be that I found the problem. I kept watching the voltage drop on the batteries when I was connected to shore power. I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer when it comes to electrical things, but I tested the converter as best I know how, and I don't think it's putting out any charge. I replaced the WFCO with a PD from Best Converter a few years ago. I have a call into them, but have not heard back. In the mean time (I am in Alaska, and have limited options) I jumped the batteries with the truck for an hour, then hooked up a 2 amp maintainer I have to help overnight. I have read through the battery charger thread going on, but there is too much drama for me to engage there. If Best Converter cannot walk me through a fix, what is the best option I have for a charger at an auto parts store? I don't think I'll have much success finding a good converter in stock in Homer. Suggestions?
K_and_I 08/22/19 11:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Using an automotive battery charger when onboard fails

Usually thegreen light means the charger has stopped applying 14.x volts. It might either completely shut off, or hold a 'float' voltage which on a flooded battery is around 13.2v at 77f and 13.6v on an AGM at 77f with a few variances depending on manufacturer. The ammeters on chese chargers are not to be trusted without confirming it, and like most 'smart' chargers will actually stop absorption voltage before the battery is indeed full. Charging does still occur at float voltage, but at a very tiny rate as the electrical pressure is so low. So voltage tells only part of the story, how much amperage is flowing at that voltage tells nearly all of it. Unfortunately, I have found on the three different chargers that have their own needle analog type of ammeters, to be generally representative of current high vs low but nowhere near the actual numbers printed along the bottom when tested with a known to be accurate DC clampmeter or an inline shunted wattmeter and often, both. Good enough for most starter battery/garage applications, and any charging is better than no charging, but the regularly cycled lead acid battery craves the true full charge applied regularly, and plugging in for many hours with a charging source incapable of achieving the true full charge, just ain't right. The key to reaching true full charge is holding the battery at high enough voltage for long enough, and no longer. Few automatic chargers do a good job at even approaching this ideal. The inability of chargers to hold high enough voltage for long enough to truly fully charge a hard working deeply cycling battery, has had some of us resort to adjustable voltage power supplies that seek and hold a chosen voltage until turned off, by a human or a timer set by a human. I have achieved a nearly unbelievable amount of deep cycles from my current AGM battery by insuring I can get it truly full, often, and I take it well below 50% state of charge, often. PM sent.
K_and_I 08/22/19 11:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Just back from two weeks in AK

We left Seward last Sunday (2 days ago) a little before Noon, headed toward Soldotna. We got as far as Cooper Landing, when we got caught up in a traffic jam due to wildfires on the Sterling Hwy. We got stopped around 1:00, and sat there until Noon on Monday, when they finally opened the highway. Many campers turned around, so we assumed the campgrounds would be full. We just camped on the highway. It was pretty scenery, but we got tired of it after the first 12 hours.
K_and_I 08/20/19 09:37pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New Meter on order

no jumps in reading the meter K & I how are you powering the display mine is on all the time it sounds the converter charge current is NOT going thru the sensor, but some parasitic load is being measured where did you place the hall effect sensor ? you might need to move it to a different location in the wiring, how many wires connect to the battery posts, and how many wires are going thru the sensor ( a picture would help) what does the meter display, if you hitch up and start the engine but DON"T move it works in either the Positive line or the negative wire, just flip the sensor the other way IF you change wires do NOT use the battery disconnect switch, when using shore power The hall effect sensor is in a weatherproof box mounted beside one of the 6 volt batteries on the A-frame. The positive wire from the battery goes through it. 3 wires come off of the positive battery terminal: the main battery wire; a wire powering the jack in front; a wire feeding the board on the meter in question. A comment about interference reminded me that I recently replaced my tire pressure monitoring system. The new one came with a repeater for the tire sensors. It needed to be mounted toward the front of the trailer, and is weatherproof, so I mounted it to the weatherproof box I'm using for the meter components, and ran the repeater =/- wire into the box and connected to the wires I am using to power the meter components. It was the path of least resistance at the time. Do you think the repeater is messing with the meter?
K_and_I 08/20/19 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: New Meter on order

My meter is powered off of the battery and is on all the time. I've run the + line off of the battery through the coil. The readings are fairly erratic making me wonder if something is wrong with it. I can't see it now- we're sitting on the Sterling Highway waiting for authorities to open it back up when the wildfires are away from the road. We've been here since 1:00 pm yesterday. Thankful to have the camper, but my meter is behind a slide wall, and I can't put the slide out due to trooper and forestry people driving by the camper on a regular basis. I'll see if I can make something out from the instructions but if I remember right, I had a hard time making anything out from them.
K_and_I 08/19/19 11:44am Tech Issues
RE: Just back from two weeks in AK

We're in Seward today. There is heavy smoke in the air and it's quite windy, and warm. Perhaps we crossed paths somewhere along the way. Glad you enjoyed your trip- we are certainly enjoying ours.
K_and_I 08/17/19 07:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New Meter on order

Wiz, or anyone else who uses this meter (and understands it). My DW and I have been on an extended trip with a number of boondocking opportunities. I have noticed that, when I am on shore power after a couple of days off grid, and batteries down to 89% or so, the meter does not show amperage going into the batteries. In some cases, with the converter running, the meter shows the batteries continuing to drain. This morning, I had run the generator for a couple of hours, with the meter showing a declining percentage of charge. After hitching up and driving 3 or 4 hours, then connecting to shore power, the meter instantly showed 97% charge. Is there a long interval between meter checks of the battery? When on shore power, should I not be seeing amperage going into the batts? Can someone help educate me on this? Sometimes I know just enough to be dangerous. TIA
K_and_I 08/17/19 12:22am Tech Issues
RE: not your normal tire thread

Why are those tires sitting in a warehouse for 3 years, aren't they selling? Don't they FIFO their stock? Five years/15k miles and falling apart is not a sign of quality. For comparison I bought a new explorer in 2002 and put the original spare (michelin crossterrain ) on the car in 2009. Replacing the tire this month after 10 yrs on the road and 17yrs since manufacture with about 60k miles. Apparently, they use the FISH inventory system- first in, still here.
K_and_I 07/26/19 07:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Go 5 miles over in Indiana and foreit your vehicle

Don’t be so gullible Did you know that the word gullible isn't even in the dictionary...? https://i.imgur.com/sLsz4XOl.jpg
K_and_I 07/10/19 05:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Replacement mattress

My husband and I own a 2000 Coachmen Catalina travel trailer. We are debating a new smaller more efficient one, but we would be trading for less space and more expense. My biggest gripe in the old one is the mattress. I am considering buying a Zinus 10 inch memory foam. I have tried putting 2 4 inch memory foam mattresses on the bed together but it is horrible and my pressure points sink to the hard wood platform. Will the same thing happen with a Zinus? Also we have a soft bathroom floor that my husband has patched up, but it is still soft and uneven. Has anybody just ripped out the entire bathroom, replaced the floor and put in a new toilet and shower? I hate that useless little tub in there. I'm thinking that maybe a small investment is better than over 25,000 for a new smaller trailer. Advice??? After dealing with the mattress that came with the camper, trying a memory foam topper with little success, we bought the 10" Zinus at the beginning of this season. We've slept on it about a dozen times, and are happy with it. I'm 250 pounds, my wife about half of that. We both like how it sleeps. I had the pressure point problem with the old mattress and topper, but no longer do with this one. I was able to get it for around $200 from Amazon. I don't know what they cost now.
K_and_I 06/13/19 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Rear-Living TTs: Likes, dislikes, features, models...

We have the Rockwood 2604. We like the rear living arrangement, as the view to the back is often better than the view to the front. We really wanted the 2 rocking chairs along with the sofa, but quickly found that the chairs had to be moved each time the slide was retracted. One had to be turned upside down and strapped to the sofa. We got rid of the two chairs, and found 1 rocking recliner that can be slid toward the door to make room for the slide. It's sill somewhat of a pain, but better than having two. If I had it to do over, I would probably still go with this model, as everything else is laid out to our satisfaction.
K_and_I 06/06/19 11:17am Travel Trailers
RE: TST 507 parts are expensive.

" I had a sensor fail. It reported no change in the tire pressure even after the tire had totally ripped itself apart. I no longer trusted the system I had. TST was no help, even though the sensor was less than a year old. I did end up buying a hew TST system as it seems to have the best reputation on the forums" ??? I watch the TP monitor fairly closely. I didn't see any pressure drop. We got to our location for the evening, and saw that one tire was completely shredded. I went back to the truck to check the monitor, and it still showed the tire had normal pressure (with no tire there at all). My question is why after such poor support would you buy a second system. If your truck had a engine failure when under warranty and they did not fix the engine would you then go buy a new truck of the same manufacture if it had the best reputation on a forum such as this one? Possibly. Every company has a defective part or two sneak through. I usually buy items like this based on word of mouth as much as any other factor. If most are having good success with this product, chances are I will too next time around.
K_and_I 06/05/19 01:40pm Tech Issues
RE: TST 507 parts are expensive.

" I had a sensor fail. It reported no change in the tire pressure even after the tire had totally ripped itself apart. I no longer trusted the system I had. TST was no help, even though the sensor was less than a year old. I did end up buying a hew TST system as it seems to have the best reputation on the forums" ??? I watch the TP monitor fairly closely. I didn't see any pressure drop. We got to our location for the evening, and saw that one tire was completely shredded. I went back to the truck to check the monitor, and it still showed the tire had normal pressure (with no tire there at all).
K_and_I 06/05/19 06:52am Tech Issues
RE: TST 507 parts are expensive.

I've had outstanding customer service from TST. I called when I needed a couple screws for the anti-theft caps and they sent me a package of screws, extra caps, o rings for the valve stem connection and o rings for the battery cap--- all free of charge. I have enough to last a long time I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I called TST a couple of years ago for o-rings, and was quoted a price and an equal price for shipping. I ended up ordering 2 sets of o-rings since the shipping charge was the same. Last trip (last month), I had a sensor fail. It reported no change in the tire pressure even after the tire had totally ripped itself apart. I no longer trusted the system I had. TST was no help, even though the sensor was less than a year old. I did end up buying a hew TST system as it seems to have the best reputation on the forums, and I wanted the color monitor and repeater. I got it from Great RV Products rather than TST directly. How do some of you get this stuff sent free?
K_and_I 06/04/19 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: How do you share camping expenses?

The agreement prior to the trip was the sister was going to pay the extra vehicle charges and you were going to pay the site fees. How could it possibly be a surprise you paid more than she did? Only in my sweet dreams are extra vehicle charges as much as site fees. If they were, there would be another Ferrari in my garage. So, would that be the 3rd or 4th? :)I am thinking an F40 would look great sitting between a TestaRossa and 250 GTO. Go extra vehicle fees! Just raise your daily fee to $100. People might complain, but...
K_and_I 06/01/19 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: How do you share camping expenses?

The agreement prior to the trip was the sister was going to pay the extra vehicle charges and you were going to pay the site fees. How could it possibly be a surprise you paid more than she did? Only in my sweet dreams are extra vehicle charges as much as site fees. If they were, there would be another Ferrari in my garage. So, would that be the 3rd or 4th? :)
K_and_I 06/01/19 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: New mattress recommendations for not petite people?

I'm not exactly what you would call petite at 260 pounds. We just replaced our mattress with: Zinus My DW is quite a bit smaller than me. We both like it having slept on it 10 nights. It is a little firmer than I expected, but that has not been a problem.
K_and_I 05/30/19 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: new generator question

I have my EMS set to delay 136 seconds for the AC, but it also serves as a delay between generator start and power to trailer. EMS also cuts power to trailer when voltage drops below 104V.
K_and_I 04/24/19 09:55am Tech Issues
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