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RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

Your converter-charger is going to make more difference to the amount of time you need to recharge the batteries than the generator size. A 900-1000 watt gen has more than enough capacity to run the battery charger you are likely to have (probably 45-55 amp). If you want to run the microwave, that will take more power than a gen that size can produce, but most likely no more than a 2000 watt. There’s no way I would want to lug a 3000 watt gen around just for battery charging and mwave duty. You can expect a sore back from that. I actually use a Yamaha 1000 for about 99% of my power needs when dry camping, and that includes running our small-ish mwave. The mwave is running from an inverter when the Yamaha is running though, because it can’t support the load on its own. By running the mwave from the inverter while the gen is running, about half the power is coming directly from the camper battery, and the rest is coming from the gen through the battery charger. :):)
NRALIFR 06/23/19 12:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: Flowjet Waste Pump Blessing or Curse...?

They are a blessing until a “feminine hygiene” product gets stuck in it, then you will curse. :):)
NRALIFR 06/23/19 08:30am Tech Issues
RE: Interesting delam issue - revised 6-24, more pics

I think anev942 has the best idear. I think it would be hard to ensure enough adhesive coverage from a few very small strategically placed holes to endure it stays up. I “think” it’s heavy plywood sheeting but I’d verify that and use some trim strips. Push it back in place like you’re thinking and sink a bunch of screws in it. Something like the pic he showed or possibly nice looking washer and screws. Stainless or coated and make it look like it supposed to be ther. I don’t think re-glueing is going to work either. The one piece design has probably contributed to causing the delamination, and glue alone isn’t going to be able to fix it. That large panel under the bunk, with no windows or other mechanically attached fixtures to help hold it in place, plus gravity working on it, was just a matter of time before it came loose. The way it wraps around the edges may have caused sheer and buckling stresses to be transferred to that area as the camper twists. The thickness and weight of it is probably more than the filon/luan skin on my camper. I wonder if there is a luan backing on that one piece section at all? Knowing what’s on the backside would be critical to making an adhesive-only repair. Is the framing in that area wood or aluminum? If wood, I would try to find the structural members under the bunk, and fasten 5-6 of those flat trim moldings underneath the full width of the bunk. Choose your screw length so you get as much penetration as possible. If it’s aluminum, you may have to consider some other type of fastener, like a blind rivet. :):)
NRALIFR 06/23/19 05:40am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper mileage

What matters to me is the total cost of operating the truck over time. Most of the time (~99%) the camper is on the truck, so I may see MPG’s as high as 12.5 (downhill, tailwind, ideal driving conditions, etc) and as low as 6 (chugging up a steep grade, during regen, speeds above 65, etc). I used to keep track of fuel mileage in my older trucks with handwritten logs. Even after vehicle’s started displaying MPG on the dash, they didn’t seem to be that accurate all the time. On both my 2010 and 2016 F450’s though, I hand calculated the fuel mileage for the first few months I had them and eventually concluded that what the truck was displaying was pretty accurate, so I quit doing it manually. This display showing the average MPG I’ve never reset. I’m not sure how many miles it’s averaging, but it has to be several hundred at least. Or maybe it’s every mile I’ve put on the truck. All I know is I have to drive several hours at an MPG higher/lower than it’s displaying before it will tick up/down .1 of an mpg. As far as I’m concerned, that’s what my average MPG is for this truck. Keep in mind that most F450 pickups have a 4.30 axle ratio. I think they could be ordered with a 4.80 as well, but those are pretty rare. https://i.imgur.com/PThKyrel.jpg I use the trip odometers to get a more focused idea of what my MPG is. The “A” trip odo is where I keep track of how long it’s been since the last regen. When the regen starts, I’ll reset it and keep an eye on the mpg. It will be significantly lower than normal during the regen process, and will start going up noticeably when the regen stops. Between this, and the DPF soot load screen, I can keep pretty close track of what’s happening. The “B” trip odo is the one I reset a lot. https://i.imgur.com/5256cvPl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 06/22/19 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: TC's in movies...

https://i.imgur.com/2b7zSQhl.jpg Designated Survivor, Season 1, Episode 17. The name on the back of the TC is “Legend”. The TC owner is a bad guy. A prepper, survivalist, domestic terrorist, anarchist type. Those TC guys are always like that. You gotta watch ‘em. :W :):)
NRALIFR 06/21/19 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Camco RV Wall Clock

This is my camping clock. Makes me get outta bed sooner! :B https://i.imgur.com/8ISN1jTl.jpg :):)
NRALIFR 06/19/19 05:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generac generator quits power output...UPDATE

Low oil level or pressure, and over temp will shut the engine down. That’s what those two sensors are protecting. Maybe a self-resetting circuit breaker somewhere? :):)
NRALIFR 06/17/19 06:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Medical marijuana

I try to only have hard and fast rules for myself and those I share a household with. Of course being human, I have been known to express a strident opinion from time to time. But, I can typically be reasoned with when dealing with actions that truly only affect the person who’s doing the acting. I’m compassionate enough to not want to see anyone suffer, especially from chronic pain. I’ve been in that situation and it just sucks the joy out of life. So, whatever works for you and your legitimate medical condition is what I want you to have. I’m also a realist though, so I do have a legitimate concern that “medical marijuana” is being used a lot by people with no medical condition. But, that’s obviously happening with opioids as well. I firmly believe that it’s in everyone’s best interest that misuse and abuse of all forms of drugs (and alcohol too) be socially discouraged, legally prohibited, treated if possible, and as a last resort, punished if necessary. I do wish those who choose to smoke/vape in public places would be more mindful about the second-hand effects of smoking and vaping any substance at all. Even when you’re in full compliance with the laws, your “emissions” can cause problems for those around you. Smoke and vapors tend to go wherever the wind lets them go. I should never see or smell your use of medical marijuana in any form. Strangers will never see me treat my medical conditions, yet I do need to treat them daily. :):)
NRALIFR 06/17/19 06:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire plugs

^ I can’t find any verification that tire plugging is “illegal” anywhere. There are rules, guidelines, best practices, and there may be certain industries and businesses that have outright banned it. But, illegal? As I said, I can’t find any evidence that is the case anywhere. :):)
NRALIFR 06/16/19 11:07am General RVing Issues
RE: CBD oil

Hemp and marijuana are from the same SPECIES of plant. Kinda like wolves and poodles are the same species. Big difference. It’s also NOT illegal to POSSESS hemp in the US. It’s illegal to grow it. :):)
NRALIFR 06/16/19 09:26am RV Pet Stop
RE: Tire plugs

Actually, the Tire Industry Association says: “A plug by itself or a patch by itself is not an acceptable repair because the plug does not permanently seal the innerliner and the patch does not fill the void left by the penetrating object, which allows water to enter the body of the tire and starting corroding the steel belts.” Also, the U.S. government through the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates several aspects of tire repairs and maintenance. DOT sets tire repair guidelines that tire shops have to follow. They say: “Repairing a punctured tire involves plugging the hole in the tire. It also requires a patch for the inside of the tire, around the area of the puncture. Note that tires have to be completely separated from the rim to be properly repaired, plugged, and patched.” :):)
NRALIFR 06/16/19 07:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Fridge on propane while driving

Old guy, I think you should disconnect the electricity, water and natural gas from your house because that stuff is all dangerous and will eventually fail and kill you! I mean, how many times have you read about a house burning down and the fire inspector says after the fact that it was caused by an electrical short? I’ll tell you exactly how many times.......lots! I don’t even need to be on the fire department for 30 years to know that. And that natural gas, did you know you can’t even see it? It’s invisible! That right there is proof of how dangerous it is. Anything that sneaks around and won’t let you see it is up to something I tell you! Don’t even get me started about water. That stuff can kill you so many ways it’s not even funny. If you don’t drink enough of it, your dead. If you drink too much, your just as dead. It can drown you, and it can conduct electricity, so therefore water can electrocute you too. I bet you didn’t know that, did you? I’m going back to bed and pulling the covers over my head now. :):)
NRALIFR 06/16/19 06:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Tire plugs

I always try a plug I can put in first. Most of the time I have no problems with them. The few times I’ve had an issue I take the tire to a repair shop and ask them to use the type of patch that looks like a combination of a patch and a plug. The tire has to be off the rim for that type of repair. :):)
NRALIFR 06/16/19 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Medical marijuana

I'll support you in nationally legalizing Marijuana if you support a national reciprocity for being able to carry my firearm everywhere in the country. And I’d be a an abortion supporter if they’d allow it up to the 18th year. Sometimes you don’t know you’ve got a bad one until it’s a teenager. Ok, unknot your panties. I was just kidding. :):)
NRALIFR 06/15/19 05:53am Travel Trailers
RE: REDARC Manager30 Battery Management System

I know, it’s hard to compete with projectile vomiting and other unsavory bodily functions. :):)
NRALIFR 06/14/19 10:50am Tech Issues
RE: REDARC Manager30 Battery Management System

Yes, I looked briefly at Samlex when I was looking for a DC-DC charger, and it didn’t look like they had anything I could use. That appears to still be the case. As for the other members who looked looked at this topic but have remained silent up to now, is it the price? It is a lot, but good battery chargers, solar controllers, isolators, etc aren’t cheap either. I think the fact that it monitors the battery temperature and compensates for it is awesome. I thought that’s what all the off-grid full timers wanted. Or maybe you’re too busy discussing the perils drinking lake water. :W :):)
NRALIFR 06/14/19 09:35am Tech Issues
RE: August deal at GA state parks

Just do like the tenters do in the hottest months: BYOAC (Bring your own air conditioner) :):)
NRALIFR 06/13/19 05:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Spend 400 bucks for dual alternators on new Ram build?

If you don’t have solar installed get it installed. Great way to keep the batteries charged while traveling. Solar is good until the sun sets. You can also harvest more amp-hours from the truck than any solar install on a TC roof. One of the reasons I chose the Redarc DC-DC charger is because it has a built-in MPPT solar controller, and the unit will always take as much power from the Solar input as it can before supplementing that power, up to the maximum rated output, from Vehicle power input. Best of both worlds. :):)
NRALIFR 06/12/19 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
REDARC Manager30 Battery Management System

Just saw this on etrailer.com Redarc’s come out with a new battery management system, and it looks impressive. Pretty impressive price too, but it operates like 6 products in 1 - DC-DC battery charger, 110-volt battery charger, MPPT solar regulator, battery isolator, load disconnect controller, and remote battery monitor. It’s a bit more than I need in my TC, but it might be just what someone else is looking for. A couple of points that might get your attention: Includes lithium profile to let you charge lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries as well as traditional lead acid, gel, calcium, and absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries. The battery sensor monitors current, voltage and temperature of the house batteries. https://i.imgur.com/DwahlXWl.jpg LINK :):)
NRALIFR 06/12/19 08:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Spend 400 bucks for dual alternators on new Ram build?

Arctic Fox 990 is a truck camper, so it’s hauled, not pulled like a trailer. If you truly want to “more efficiently charge my camper while driving”, you’d be way better off putting a DC-DC charger in the TC as close to the camper battery as possible, rather than trying to do it with the truck’s alternator and bigger wires alone. I have no experience with dual alternators, but if the alternator is connected to the truck’s starting batteries, they are always going to base their output on the state of charge of those because they are closer to them. If they’re close to fully charged, and the camper batteries are lower, the camper batteries aren’t going to charge very well. If you want to actually charge up your camper batteries as close to 100% as possible, Read This. DC-DC chargers will also require heavier charging wires, but not as heavy as you’d need to get better charging using just the alternator alone. My install called for 6 gauge wires, but I had already installed 4 gauge wires and was disappointed with the results using just the alternator. There are other brands of DC-DC chargers than the one I used (Redarc). CTEK and Renogy just off the top of my head. Renogy just recently came out with some very attractively priced units that I wish had been available when I bought mine. I’d love to see someone on here “Guinea Pig” one of them for us! :W :):)
NRALIFR 06/12/19 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
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