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RE: Charging Battery with Solar Panel

Texas Nomad. You might check out the Forest River Forums, https://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/. They have an active section of electrical/solar that gets many posts. Quite a few trailers on the forum the same model as yours. Also here is a link to the Coachmen online owners manual, https://forestriverinc.help/#/coachmenrv/guide/2021/1355-spirit/browse. This may be for our model (Coachment Spirit) but you might be able to find your specific model as well. We got a binder from the dealer with ours so I haven’t used the online manual much. Good luck!
RollandB 12/07/21 07:48am Travel Trailers
RE: exterior trim sealing

You might want to check out this video, Ray does a good job documenting the steps he told to seal up the corners after doing some rot repair. https://youtu.be/PO8EvZ4AAp8
RollandB 11/10/21 08:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Please help with solar and electrical questions...

We have a new trailer we picked up last spring, has a 12v fridge which compared to the gas/electric absorption ones I’ve had in the past is a nice change I really am pleased with. The trailer came with a 100w poly solar panel, 10 amp PMW charge controller, then I set it up with 2 6v GC2 lead acid batteries. In a 4 night dry camping trip last June it did well, the campsite was in full sun after 10am. I didn’t need to pull out the generator during the trip to recharge but would have had we planned to stay longer. It showed me for a shaded site or overcast days it needs more of its array on the roof and/or a portable unit. I’ll also be changing the charge controller to a MPPT. One recommendation I’d have is to install a good battery monitor to keep an eye on your batteries. I went with a Victron BMV712 which provides some good info on what’s going in and out as well as a quick look at the SOC
RollandB 10/28/21 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Eternabond tape on fiberglass sides

X2 on removing the metal corner molding, first I’d check the water damage JD deal with repairing it as left alone will just get worse. Then put down new butyl tape, then reinstall the metal trim and seal with Dicor. A good video to watch is this one….. https://youtu.be/PO8EvZ4AAp8 In it you will see a Dicor corner tape available on Amazon used. If I ever have to do this job it’s exactly what I would use….. https://www.amazon.com/Dicor-CS200B-1-Seal-Tite-Corner-Seal/dp/B0778W37ZD?dchild=1&keywords=Dicor+CS200B-1+Seal-Tite+Corner+Seal+Tape+-+2%22+x+50%27&qid=1626444496&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=lo02f-20&linkId=1955b9423a92affab706dfd5d1c137b8&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
RollandB 10/02/21 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Nash 18FM

We considered the same model after selling our AF 27-5L and downsizing. The biggest thing we had an issue with is the Murphy Bed. Was also concerned about its weight with our Yukon as the tow vehicle.
RollandB 05/14/21 07:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Adding a new 120 vac circuit and outlet

We downsized to. 19’ TT recently and are out in its maiden voyage. One task has been to determine the place best for our portable tower heater. Like the OP we don’t expect to camp in freezing temps. Once home a dedicated circuit will be added to the location we determine. The little portable heater does a great job keeping the small trailer nice and warm. Thanks for the info
RollandB 05/12/21 09:11am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cottonwood Trees and their Seeds

I’d me just as concerned if you are parked under them for their limbs falling on your rig. They are notoriously a weak tree. We have them on the lower part of the property and have several limbs snap and break spurring the spring/summer months
RollandB 05/07/21 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Need recommendations for a new Short Queen size mattress

Curious what kind of platform your mattress sits on. We had one in our last rig that was a metal frame around the edges and metal bars in a few other places in the middle. To give the mattered something ti sit on it then had a webbing done like a basket weave that worked pretty good, but the mattress funnels two people to the middle like yours. The metal bars were 1” below the outside metal frame which caused most of the issue, got some 1” aluminum tubing from Home Depot that fixed the problem.
RollandB 04/28/21 08:22am Travel Trailers
RE: TT Brake Service

I will never use the EZ-Lube grease zerk because of the excessive amount of grease in the hub and the very likely chance of grease getting on the brakes. Thoroughly clean the bearings and inspect them, then grease by hand. I use the grease gun to flush the old grease out of the hole in the spindle while it is apart, then never use it again. Do it right by hand and don't depend on gimmicks like EZ-Lube. Completely agree and after seeing a new fifth wheel brake loaded with grease from the Dexter factory, very few people are able to use the system correctly. Dexter has a good video on how it should be done, but I prefer doing it by pulling and inspecting the bearings and replacing the seals.
RollandB 04/05/21 08:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Removed dinette added fireplace and bar

Nice work and love the wood top
RollandB 03/31/21 08:24am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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