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RE: Do flooded batteries prefer 10 percent or higher discharge?

" When it comes to charging, I would not charge my FLA's at 30%" BC is not in the PNW of course, but if you ever camp here in a provincial park in February, with your furnace eating over 100AH a day, plus whatever else you are doing 12v-wise, you would have to. BC Campground rules say gen hours from 9-11 am or else wait till after dark 6-8pm. So if you want to get your 50-80 or 50-90 done in that two hours 9-11 when you can see what you are doing, you will need a high amp recharge and a big enough generator to run that high an amp charger. Or else forget it, and stay home! :) Wow!! 100A/H in a day! I think you need a new furnace. In weather comparable to Vancouver BC I use 1/3 that. There is definitely a limit to how fast you can charge FLA batteries without damaging them. 30% of C20 is going to boil your batteries and require close attention to electrolyte level. Ignore that and you will destroy your batteries.
PNW_Steve 09/13/19 07:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Do flooded batteries prefer 10 percent or higher discharge?

I am curious as to why you are manually discharging your batteries? Fast or slow discharge, within reason, will not have significant impact on battery life. When it comes to charging, I would not charge my FLA's at 30%. If you do, keep a CLOSE eye on your electrolyte levels and top regularly with DISTILLED water. 8-13% of C20 is closer to ideal.
PNW_Steve 09/13/19 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

Do you have 110v power at the storage site? I have wintered in cold country in the past. I added some heat tape and a small radiant heater to keep the inside temperature above freezing when I was not using it. I don't camp in the winter anymore unless it is in Arizona or Mexico.
PNW_Steve 09/12/19 10:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need a door handle

:) Sorry I don't have an answer. Only a funny story that you brought to mind... I had the door latch fail on my converted Eagle 10 leaving me trapped inside in a small town in central Pennsylvania. That was a pretty tall rig. I didn't relish the idea of jumping out of the window. I finally decided that if I climbed out of the bedroom I could catch the top of the tag tire and ease my decent. I was wrong..... I missed, landed on my heals and bruised them badly. I could hardly walk. When people asked what happened I told them: "I hurt myself when I jumped out of the bedroom window in the middle of Intercourse.......... Pennsylvania... " :)
PNW_Steve 09/12/19 10:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

I don't know why I never thought of that.......... Duhhh... I am in Eastern Washington and winterize my sprinkler system by blowing it out with compressed air every Fall. Then I use pink antifreeze to winterize my RV. Never even considered using air on my RV's and have a bit of a challenge getting it all flushed in the Spring. I am really curious to hear what experience others have had.
PNW_Steve 09/12/19 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Congrats! I have been towing with 5.9 equipped Dodge 3500's for years. It's a long story but I wound up with a short trailer That Won't fit my tall truck so I bought a Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 gas motor. I made a handful of local trips and all seemed OK. Then I took a longer trip including a couple of Mountain passes. The gas truck is now for sale. You made the right decision buying the diesel. I got around 15 mpg towing with the Dodge. With the gas motor it has ranged from 6-9 mpg depending on the road. It's definitely a Hoover climbing passes... It really sucks.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Three way fridge

PNW Steve, If there is room, just expand the solar harvest by adding another panel. If you really "must" have charging from a tow vehicle, add an inverter and run a 120 volt cord to the RV. I had planned on two 300 watt panels on my 5er but the roof is crowded with roof vents, plumbing vents, roof air and TV antenna. I only managed to fit one. My new to me rig is getting 1800 watts of panels and either four L-16's or eight GC-2's. I lean strongly towards the L-16's until I look at the price. The GC-2's are 40% cheaper and will give me about 10% more capacity. I just hate parallel strings. I like the inverter in the tow vehicle idea. If I planned on keeping my current 5er I would do that. The 5er and the Chevy 2500 that I bought to tow it with are for sale as a package. I am going to a class A of sorts. I have a 40' Bluebird that is getting 1800 watts on the roof.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Louder TV??

I have trouble hearing people who muble or don't enunciate well. That became a problem with a Sony TV I bought for the bedroom. The audio is "muddy". I can hear it fine if I turn the volume up loud enough to annoy my wife. I found a partial work around. Most of our TV watching is via a Roku device. I found the Roku app for my tablet. It allows me to redirect the TV audio to my tablet. I can place the tablet next to me and turn it up loud enough to hear without annoying my wife.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 03:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: House batteries (has 2) durning storage.

Opnspaces makes a good point. You need to make sure that you accommodate the breakaway brakes. I put a 300 watt panel, Renogy Rover MPPT charge controller and 2 GC-2's on my 5er like Ajriding suggested. When stored it sits at 13.6-13.8volts float. I have been monitoring it and feel comfortable leaving it running over the Winter.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Three way fridge

I've seen some of the newer RVs have "Three way refrigerators" 120V...12V and gas. I've had the typical 2 way (120V and Gas) wht's up with the third? 3-way fridges have been around for decades, mainly in folding trailers and truck campers. Most are dorm fridge sized, because the tow vehicle charging wire can't keep up the battery's charge, if the fridge was bigger. Mine were all the same size as similar 2 way absorption refrigerators. I have moved away from absorption refrigerators and have been replacing them with 10.8cu.ft. home refrigerators. The unit that I have in my 5er fit in the existing opening with minor modifications. With appropriate solar and batteries to support the refrigerator when off grid it works very well and gives us 50% more space. I am starting to get a little envious of you folks that charge your trailer battery from the tow vehicle.... :) :) I am on my third trailer and NONE of them were wired to charge while underway. I looked at adding it and it turned into more of a project than I want to take on.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging ?

I'm a big fan of the BatteryMinder line of "float chargers" They are meant to be left on your battery and help prevent the sulfation that kills battery before their time. They're available from Northern Tool: BatteryMINDer Plus Battery Charger/Trickle Charger/Desulfator — 12 Volt, 1 Amp, Model# 12117TC https://www.northerntool.com/images/product/2000x2000/167/167981_2000x2000.jpg height=200 I have to agree with DFord. A good maintainer will help you get longer life out of your batteries. If you need to charge a significantly discharged battery I would recommend a mulistage smart charger. Examples would be the Iota DLS or Progressive IQ4 line. I am reluctant to recommend a "dumb" charger except in a pinch. There is a ton of battery and charging info over on solarpaneltalk.com including a great thread on the perils of cheap auto chargers. Unfortunately I cannot find it this morning.. It's hiding in here somewhere: https://www.solarpaneltalk.com/forum/off-grid-solar/batteries-energy-storage
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: House batteries (has 2) durning storage.

I like the solar charger idea. say a 100 watt panel should handle most if not all. monitor the voltage (battery) and if you see it start to drop go to 200 watts of panel but I think 100 will do it. DO not forget a good charge controller for a 100 watt panel you need a 10 amp controller minimum. I'd not go bigger than 20 amp for the controller or the loss in the box will be too great. MPPT is best. Don't follow my example....... I was in a pinch for storage so I moved my Bluebird to a lot with no power. I knew I needed a battery maintainer but to get me by until I ordered one I connected a stray 80 watt panel directly to the batteries (3x group 31) with no charge controller. I got away with it. I think that if it had not been November -December in the Seattle area I would have boiled three batteries... Shame on me for taking two months to get the correct maintainer....
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 12:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: House batteries (has 2) durning storage.

Google "solar battery tender" It's a small solar panel and charge controller that simply floats the battery. I would recommed that you top your batteries with DISTILLED WATER while you are preparing for storage and again at the beginning of next season.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: battery disconnect in storage

Here is an example: https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Tender-021-1163-Maintainer-Controller/dp/B004Q83TGO/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?gclid=CjwKCAjw-7LrBRB6EiwAhh1yXwzbYI4-YURdkd49nadP9WJsvMl64mpYQT4m-HudKv88oBipvc-r0hoCDfwQAvD_BwE&hvadid=241893072888&hvdev=t&hvlocphy=9033806&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t2&hvqmt=e&hvrand=5281702074885686856&hvtargid=kwd-13616374167&hydadcr=24634_10399775&keywords=solar+battery+minder&qid=1567447116&s=gateway&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExNEc3MzVITjRORkFMJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNzIyMDQ0M1YzRUlUSFFNNjYxNCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNjYwNTQwMlJOOE1GNzFRVDRHMiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 11:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: battery disconnect in storage

Lead acid batteries "self discharge" when stored. I would recommend a good battery maintainer. They are available in 120v or solar versions. They won't charge a dead battery nor will they boil your batteries. They will overcome the self discharge. Some claim to desulfate your batteries as well. I can't speak to that.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 11:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Three way fridge

I have owned a couple of 3way refrigerators and trying to get them to cool adequately on 12v was nearly impossible. They do make 12v compressor refrigerators that work very well on 12v or 120v but no propane. They are more often seen in boats or off grid homes. I have lusted over them but my pockets are not deep enough :)
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 11:50am Tech Issues
RE: Needing advice for black tank issue

I have lived full time for extended periods both on the road and stationary. I found that keeping a tidy black tank becomes more difficult when stationary. My guess is that the motion helps keep things "stirred up". We had a 325 gallon external tank that we dumped into using a macerator pump. Then the porta-potty folks would come by and empty the big tank. Keeping the solids from building up in the RV tank was a challenge. I found that filling the tank with water and half a bottle of Calgon water softener and let it sit overnight helped. I had some issues with solids build up and failing dump valves. The final straw was when I had company and discovered that they were putting prodigious amounts OT toilet paper in the toilet. I was rightfully concerned.... When I tried to dump, it was plugged up solid. I tried everything I could think of to clear it. No luck... I called a septic pump company. They came out and hooked up their big vacuum to the drain. No luck... We took the big nasty vacuum hose inside the trailer and attacked it from the top. No luck.. Then I figured, if I can't suck it out, maybe I can blow it out?? I mcgivored a connection to pressurize the drain and gently turned on the air.... It almost worked.... Some air made it past the block but it didn't break the clog free. However, it was enough to spray poo on the walls and ceiling. After cleaning up my mess I unbolted the toilet and installed a composting toilet. Without reservation, my new rig will have a composting toilet from day one.
PNW_Steve 09/02/19 04:57am Full-time RVing
RE: Chevy 6.0

Different strokes.... I recently bought a Chevy Silverado 2500 with the 6.0. I bought it for the sole purpose of towing my little 5er. I just took my first long trip with that rig. When I got home I promptly put a for sale sign on it. After all of the praise that I have heard, I am quite disappointed. I am going to stick with my 3500 Dodge diesel with a 6speed manual.
PNW_Steve 09/01/19 06:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: OTA television while traveling?

Thanks Everyone! It looks like OTA is a good way to go when traveling.
PNW_Steve 08/31/19 01:41pm Technology Corner
OTA television while traveling?

Hey Everyone, We are definitely "cord cutter's". We have not had satellite, cable or OTA in 10+ years. Where we live we cannot get OTA broadcasts so we have gotten used to not having it. On a recent trip we found ourselves without Internet and our DVD player died. No problem! I am well versed in the ancient technology called "books"...:) While enjoying a good paperback it occurred to me that,if I had an antenna we could probably get TV there. In this age of Internet and satellite TV, how many of you still watch OTA? How is coverage/reception of the new digital signal compared to the old analog? Its been that long..... :) Any recommendations for a good antenna? Thanks. S.
PNW_Steve 08/31/19 11:39am Technology Corner
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