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RE: Who can be the last poster?

You got bad advice, last.
RambleOnNW 07/29/19 05:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Who can be the last poster?

Yup, last.
RambleOnNW 07/29/19 04:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Who can be the last poster?

Mid last PDT.
RambleOnNW 07/29/19 01:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV.NET

Anybody remember USENET forums like alt.rv.pop-up-trailers (I think I got the name right) ?? Still around.... (but full of junk posts) https://groups.google.com/d/forum/alt.rv.pop-up-trailers
RambleOnNW 07/29/19 12:10am Around the Campfire
RE: Who can be the last poster?

I got to be last 1260% longer last time.
RambleOnNW 07/28/19 11:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Who can be the last poster?

Ah last at last.
RambleOnNW 07/28/19 06:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Who can be the last poster?

Late last. Should last for a while since east coast is snoozing.
RambleOnNW 07/28/19 01:08am Around the Campfire
RE: Had to replace Automatic Transfer Switch

I'm not a fan of the flip connectors. The transfer switch I bought looks very similar, but had a Furrion brand logo on it. The main difference I see is the instructions had me connect directly to the terminals on the contactor itself. I used crimped ring terminals. http://2manytoyz.com/hardware/solar/newhouse/transferswitch/dscn0010.jpg width=640 http://2manytoyz.com/hardware/solar/newhouse/transferswitch/dscn0080.jpg width=640 I use mine in an unconventional fashion: http://2manytoyz.com/autoxfersw.html If you're okay with those connectors, great. If not, it's easy enough to use ring terminals instead, and you won't need tape. That is a clean looking install. Your input, gen, and output are all stranded copper wire. Ours has stranded copper only for the AC line. Gen and output are solid copper wire. I'm satisfied with the flip connectors. They will go where the solid wires best fit with their more limited mobility. The flip connectors are spring loaded so they likely didn't need to be taped but their was little information available so overkill is in order.
RambleOnNW 07/26/19 02:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery recommendations

I'm curious ... why do you think that you were running your previous flooded chassis battery partly discharged too much? I'm assuming that our flooded chassis battery is getting fully charged by the alternator between campsites - but we do change campsites often on RV trips. For those of us fortunate enough to be able to store our Class C RV's at home, I agree on keeping it kindof ready for use as a get-away vehicle at all times. Took a look at the log data I had. I’ve been running 84-month batteries in several vehicles and never paid much attention to them. Would replace them at 84 months with no issues. The moho chassis battery lasted only 64 months and had to use the house battery emergency start when it failed. One car did have a battery issue but it turned out the alternator was failing. Have had the chassis battery connected for a while when working on it and measuring 12.44V currently. Fully charged I remember measuring 12.7V where fully charged AGM should be 12.8V+. The electric steps + other drains are likely drawing enough current to pull the voltage down 0.1V. I haven’t measured the actual current draw. Charging chassis battery now until I disconnect it until the next trip.
RambleOnNW 07/26/19 02:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery recommendations

I have a pair of 6V Duracell AGM golf car batteries from Sams Club supporting our house operations for over 4 years now. They are still awesome. I never deal with acid boil-overs or corroded terminals. I have not touched them in the 4 year period except to manually charge them when usage is high or when in storage. With easy access terminals, even that is a breeze. https://live.staticflickr.com/7696/17305883992_baf0b47812_o.jpg width=400 I wonder how a 12V AGM battery would do in supporting the chassis. I've had an AGM battery in my 4X4 pickup for engine starting about a couple of years now. No problems so far - but it's not a "deep cycle" AGM - it's an AGM intended for starting and chassis use. I almost put an AGM starting battery under the hood in our Class C a few weeks ago, but opted instead to default to the Dark Side by installing a heavy duty liquid acid battery there - just to save a few bucks. :( The 2 12-volt AGM house batteries we have are still doing well at 8 years. They were made by Odyssey for Sears and are identical to the Odyssey Extreme which is rated for 400 cycles at 80% discharge. Usually discharged them just 30% so they still have cycles left. I am getting a better sense of how many amp hours are needed to recharge to full using a solar suitcase with a charge controller. May replace after this season if we decide to do some cold weather dry camping. Also carry an extra X2 power AGM for misc use dry camping. The chassis battery is also an X2Power AGM. It powers the electric steps as well as the chassis. I am finding I have to recharge periodically to keep it topped up. Running the previous flooded battery partly discharged killed it early before it’s rated 7 years. Why all the AGM? The southern half of the Cascadia Subduction Zone is well overdue for a megaquake so each time we go out near the vulnerable areas we are prepared to be cut off.
RambleOnNW 07/26/19 12:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Gas 7.3L V8 and 10-speed TorqShift

Here's what I've been able to find in Ford's fleet document: -There is no 2020 E-series. Instead, they will have an early release of the 2021 model. -Production starts in January. -The 7.3L will come in both an "Economy" calibration, and a "Premium" calibration. I suspect the economy calibration will match the numbers for the current 6.2L in the E-series (330 horsepower). Or maybe be better still, otherwise they'd just keep the 6.2L option like they are in the F-series. So the Premium calibration has potential to be quite a bit more powerful than the V10. -The 2021 E-series does NOT get the 10-speed. It gets the 6-speed still. I'm hoping it won't take long for the 10-speed to get added. -Dual alternators (240 + 157 amp) are optional -The instrument cluster and steering wheel finally get updated to current F-series spec. Which means they are also adding Emergency Brake Assist, Lane departure warning, adaptive cruise, TPMS etc. 2020 Fleet Preview Guide https://media.ford.com/content/fordmedia/fna/us/en/asset.download.image.original.html/content/dam/fordmedia/North%20America/US/product/2021/e-series/ESeries_Interior_1.jpg width=800 That is good. The 6-speed TorqShift is used only on the F250 in 2020 so perhaps that indicates a fit issue in the E350/E450
RambleOnNW 07/25/19 09:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Gas 7.3L V8 and 10-speed TorqShift

The first year of a brand new engine always seems to have it's issues. I agree with the completely. It's been 23 years since Ford made a pushrod V8. Regardless of how well it's been engineered, I suspect the production line (and suppliers) will have a bit of a re-learning curve. Looking at the video they mentioned they use elements from other engines such as valve seats from the turbo diesel. The design could be great and preproduction testing done but having every engine in the initial production run perfect unlikely.
RambleOnNW 07/25/19 09:31pm Class C Motorhomes
New Ford Gas 7.3L V8 and 10-speed TorqShift

Have read with interest about the new gas 7.3L V8 and 10-speed TorqShift for the Ford 2020 SuperDuty Trucks. The question is when this power train will show up in the E450 cutaway chassis. https://www.tfltruck.com/2019/02/how-much-power-will-fords-new-7-3l-v8-make-over-506-lb-ft-of-torque/
RambleOnNW 07/24/19 07:18pm Class C Motorhomes
Had to replace Automatic Transfer Switch

Our 30 amp transfer switch failed while we were dry camping recently so were unable to get power from our Onan generator. Used the chassis engine as a backup source, not a problem. When we got back I popped the lid on the switch, an Iota ITS-30RL, and probed it with my DMM. The generator voltage was present on the input but not the output. The control board LED was off indicating the control board had failed. Neither the switch nor the control board is available any longer so a different brand was in order. I decided to go with the Progressive Dynamics PD5110010Q. This switch has the hot and neutral connections encapsulated within flip connectors. I had some difficulty jamming the stranded wires of the AC line in the connector. I taped all the connectors with electrical tape to insure that the flip levers don’t flop around. I like that the connections are fully encapsulated (grounds still connect to a bus bar). I also like that the connections are not rigid like on a bus bar and are free to flex. https://www.progressivedyn.com/wp-content/uploads/Sales/Products/RV-Transfer-Switches/PD5110010Q-1024x682.jpg height=480 width=640 All comments IMO.
RambleOnNW 07/24/19 03:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: battery

what is the voltage on a fully charged 12v battery For an AGM battery here is the charge table (open circuit voltage after surface charge has dissipated): 100% SOC 12.8 volts+ 90% SOC 12.7 volts 80% SOC 12.6 volts 70% SOC 12.50 volts 60% SOC 12.30 volts 50% SOC 12.20 volts 40% SOC 12.00 volts 30% SOC 11.80 volts 20% SOC 11.70 volts 10% SOC 11.50 volts 0% SOC 10.50 volts
RambleOnNW 07/08/19 01:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar panel lifespan...

Have the Renogy 100 watt suitcase. Supplements our generator runs and sometimes don’t need to run the generator. More efficient than flat mounted roof panels with the suitcase tilt and can track the sun. We usually park in the shade so have mc4 long cable extensions to reach the sun. The best we have seen was 25Ah in a day but that was not optimal conditions. That was enough charge to not run the generator that day since we are not heavy energy users. Have not used it long enough to notice degradation.
RambleOnNW 06/20/19 11:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Service Temporarily Unavailable! Please try again later.

I just hit reload on the browser and that pops up the page. Reliable workaround.
RambleOnNW 05/07/19 02:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: When leaving for the day...

We carry an empty gallon water jug with masking tape on it with written big letters “Site Occupied”. Fill it with water and put it in the middle of the parking area. Never have had an issue. If someone were to take it, easy and cheap to make another.
RambleOnNW 05/04/19 03:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery recommendations

I like the BatteriesPlus X2Power AGM batteries so when the Group 65 flooded battery was failing I replaced it with this: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/car-and-truck/ford/e=450-super-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agmdp 5 year full replacement. When dry camping I like another AGM deep cycle source. It was 10% off ordering online and picking up in store. The Duracell AGM looks good too: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/car-and-truck/ford/e=450-super-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agm I don't know much about the AGM batteries and know there are advantages such as not having to add water and vibration but how long do the last compared to wet cells? At $200-$300 apiece I would hope they would last at least twice as long. We had a good flooded battery in the RV that was the same type 84-month flooded battery as in our other cars but it did not last nearly as long. It may have been due to the fact that the RV sits a lot and flooded batteries have higher self discharge rates and also the chassis battery powers the electric steps. I disconnect the battery when not in use. The batteries plus AGMs are made by Northstar that allegedly has people from Odyssey that is a well regarded battery company. Our house batteries are Sears Platinum AGM marine batteries made by Odyssey and have the same specs as the Batteries Plus AGM. They are going on 8 years old and still going strong.
RambleOnNW 04/27/19 05:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery recommendations

I like the BatteriesPlus X2Power AGM batteries so when the Group 65 flooded battery was failing I replaced it with this: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/car-and-truck/ford/e=450-super-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agmdp 5 year full replacement. When dry camping I like another AGM deep cycle source. It was 10% off ordering online and picking up in store. The Duracell AGM looks good too: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/car-and-truck/ford/e=450-super-duty/2006/v10-6.8l-650cca/sli65agm
RambleOnNW 04/25/19 08:19pm Class C Motorhomes
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