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RE: Mod a grill using 1 lb propane tanks to work with RV propane

I was going to do the same with my Grill but got to thinking since I use one of those MR BUDDY heaters for back up heat I will always have the 1lb canisters around so just decided to leave my grill running off the 1lb canisters... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/24/19 10:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: dual AC on 30 amps - I think I made it work

I solved my coffee pot problem of always being 'ON' keeping the coffee hot.. I went with the CUISINART BRAND Grind and Brew Coffee maker. It is only 'ON' for the five minutes or so for grinding the coffee beans and making the coffee then it pours up into a thermos carafe. This keeps my coffee hot all day... Then it shuts completely OFF... We also bring along our favorite taste bottled water just for making coffee. This insures the same good coffee taste every time... I also have a MR COFFEE grinder to grind up the beans if necessary. My truck has a low wattage PSW Power Inverter in it perfect for running the Mr Coffee grinder when needed... This way I can use my ole standby COLEMAN stove top perc to make somewhat the same taste of coffee when off grid running off my batteries... I usually however just plug the Cuisinart Grind and Brew into my 2KW generator for five minutes... That works too... https://i.imgur.com/EmhncaB.jpg height=300 Google image Gotta have my coffee first then I can do everything else when camping hehe https://i.imgur.com/vwCFXsv.jpg height=300 Roy's image This all fits in great in our tent camping as well... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/24/19 08:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Golf Cart Battery Boxes (Housing)

You might want to check out BATTERIES PLUS store which most towns have... They carry the DURACELL part number SLIGC110 6V GC2 GOLF12 Battery. This is a 215AH size battery. They had plenty on display and ready for pickup... They also took my 12V Interstate batteries for core replacement... Going here you don't have to join the club like at COSTCO... I went to the local store with my four 12V Interstate depleted batteries and walked out of there in about ten minutes... https://i.imgur.com/38649pO.jpg height=250 Google image Probably the TROJAN 6V Batteries are the most well known batteries to use but you pay a lot more for them... Some places you can get them on-line but they have to be shipped to a local dealership somewhere is what I understand. Won't ship direct to your house... I paid $84.98 each for the four I picked up... This was in APR 2018... They have been sitting on my work bench until I get my box finished up... I trickle charge them when I see the voltage of two of them in series drop to the 12.4-5VDC level... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/23/19 12:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Golf Cart Battery Boxes (Housing)

I am very pleased with the TORKLIFT 59-inch slide off lid battery box... https://i.imgur.com/D4rMqhP.jpg height=300 Google image This came with a 10-watt SOlar Panel on one end of the slide of lid. I am adding a second one on the other end. Being 59-inches long I will have two groups of GC2 DURACELL Golf Cart 6v Batteries in series. With a BLue Sea Rotary Switch arrangement I can have either OFF-Group I- Both Groups-OFF again... This will give 215AHs or 430AHs or total disconnect... The two 10-watt solar panels will keep a good trickle charge on both groups all the time when In high Sun... This also comes with compartment panels which I have two large compartments on both ends and a 14-inch wide compartment in the middle for my Blue Sea control switches, fuse blocks and bus bars. All connections here uses ring terminal connections... All like cabling is same gauge and length. I also will have two digital VOLTMETERS along with the Blue Sea selector Switch on the front side... This also comes with a full battery width floor battery mat. The model number I have is the TLA7710RS 58-1/2" x 7-5/8" x 12-3/4" box... This TORKLIFT 59-inch Diamond plate Battery box will fit my two welded on battery angle rails. The 59-inch battery box will extend out on both sides of the trailer tongue area... Replacing this group of 12V Interstate Batteries on my Trailer Tongue... https://i.imgur.com/Az6ZBGG.jpg height=300 Roy's image The TORKLIFT battery case gets great reviews from RV users and offers a pretty good challenge for being quickly removed by battery thief. I use the round head stove bolts on the bottom of my trailer frame with all of the nuts and washers on the inside of the locked battery box.. Would take a lot of grinding of the round heads to remove the battery box from the trailer tongue... I haven't been on the road yet with this setup but from all the local testing I have done here at the home base I think this is going to well worth the $$ spent and effort involved... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/23/19 11:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Converter Replacement

Randy at BEST CONVERTERS has the PD9200 version converter chargers that has the 14.8VDC BOOST mode modification done to them if you ever think you want to put the 6V golf cart batteries in your trailer.. The golf Cart batteries likes to see the 14.8 BOOST voltage over the old standard 14.4VDC... Cost is around $200 for the PD9260C 60AMP model... That is model I use here for charging my batteries... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/20/19 11:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Routing Solar Wires Through Fridge Vent

I have done a lot of cable paths under my floor on my off-road popup trailer using the PVC CONDUIT and ELECTRICAL Conduit boxes. When I need to come up under cabinets inside the POPUP I cut a hole in the bottom of the conduit box... I actually did a round robin under my floor shown in blue below and have at least 4-5 places where it comes up inside the trailer. The beauty of this is all my cables are now inside PVC conduit and electrical boxes. After I am done then I can mount the conduit box lid and all is out of the way... This is a typical PVC Conduit box with ports. They come in all sizes with all kinds of port configuration. When I need to get inside the trailer I cur a hole in the middle of the box. Then I can seal everything with sealant. No more pulling cables off under my trailer when running the back off road trailer with my POPUP... https://i.imgur.com/FKs69ms.jpg height=300 Google image https://i.imgur.com/vKtD6US.png height=300 Roy's image I will probably go with the same more permanent installation for my up coming solar plans for the roof... I like to drill holes in the side of the roof to gain entrance to the inside of the trailer and not on the roof itself... I expect I will be using the ALUMINUM UNISTRUT going across the roof and attached to brackets on the side of the roof where I can drill holes... Something like this... https://i.imgur.com/HmgahF3.jpg height=300 google image I can run another install between my roof mounted air condition and the end of the roof... I add some PVC Electrical boxes on the side and go through the side to another PVC BOX ion the inside behind the wrap around valance curtains we have that goes around the whole inside of the trailer... Every thing will be in conduit and out of sight... Hanging flapping wires on the side of the trailer would not be my thing to do... Of course everyone has different situations.. Just some of my planning here for future solar panels... I am seriously thinking about removing my Air Conditioner and adding a second fantastic fan in the 14-inch hole through the roof. This will free up a lot of room on the roof for solar panels... Since we are off-grid most of the time the Air Conditioner doesn't get used much for us... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/20/19 06:43am Tech Issues
RE: Don't adopt a dog when you are drinking

I saw this on facebook a coupe of months ago.... Pretty funny... I bet the cow doesn't mind being called a dog... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/19/19 12:18pm RV Pet Stop
RE: On the Road to Virginia and Back Again

I always wanted to go with the truck camper but losing all of my hauling space was the killer. I would have to haul a util trailer behind the truck for all the things we bring along with us... My trailer has the front deck and with the truck bed we can haul some serious items and supplies... My truck has the back seat as well and this is where we usually have our clothes and personal things for safe keeping. Usually just the two of us on the trips... I'm always turning my head when we pass the truck campers on the road... We lived in Tempe AZ for a few years and that was camper machine of choice... Even for Camper Mike haha... As it has turned out all of our off-grid POPUP camping has been TEX/OKLA and South East States in the high country.. Have done a lot of TENT camping with my trusty ole Jeep pulling a util trailer when in AZ up on the Apache trail and beyond... Getting up in years now so I guess I have outlived my PIPE DREAM... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/19/19 07:02am Truck Campers
RE: Drinking Campground Water...

We have the CUISINART Grind and Brew Coffee maker here and always bring a couple of bottled water we like just to make coffee with... We found out you have to use the same water to get the same coffee taste all the time... This is what we drink as well at the camp sites... The beauty of this type of coffee maker is it is only 'ON' for about five minutes time then completely shuts off... Great for using generator to make coffee when off-grid... Our back up is the COLEMAN Stove Top Percolator and I have a manual coffee grinder for the coffee beans... My truck also has a PSW Power Inverter that comes in handy at times as well... My GIBBS CAMPING RULE #1 is don't mess with the truck start battery however... This is the only way to get home hehe... https://i.imgur.com/EmhncaB.jpg height=300 Google image This makes up the coffee in a thermos carafe and last a pretty long time... The on-board fresh water is just for the sink... Here locally the dump sites are starting all kinds of new rules for disposing of plastic items… I guess they will be searching the plastic bags next to get the plastic items separated there too... Plastic lives forever I reckon... Looks like we are alittle late on the oceans... I know we campers all want to do our part when we can... I used to burn all the plastic items in the fire pit but that is probably just as bad on the environment as dumping them... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/19/19 06:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Lifting and handling heavy generators

I keep my 2KW Honda generator secured with a cable in the tail gate corner of my truck bed. My truck bed also has the folding hard plastic cover on it which are also locked. When I need to use my generator I just pull it out onto the tail gate and point the exhaust away from the truck... It slides out rather easy for me... This way my generator stays with me and is out of sight when not being used... I have found it very useful to help folks out in various places using my generator. I am always seeing some elderly person standing beside the car with the hood raised. Always a sign of not starting in the WALMART parking lot.. I also carry a small battery charger and use that with the generator to charge their battery back up in five minutes or so enough for them to start their vehicle... Gives you some chat time with them while the battery is getting a quick charge... https://i.imgur.com/7GOHiav.jpg height=300 Roy's image This is also a great position for my generator running my 30A trailer power cord... When camping off grid I usually live off my batteries until 8AM each morning then connect to my generator to let the converter recharge my batteries with a three hour generator run time when allowed. I never want to have my batteries drop below their 50% charge rate so I can do a 50% to 90% charge state in about three hours time. Then I am good to go for the next day/night run off my batteries. We do this during breakfast every morning... I cam make my Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee for the day when on the generator... Works great for me... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/19/19 05:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Converter Location

Everytime some one mentioned BATTERY ISSUES it is always a good idea to check the battery installation... I always look at the battery case and look for the word 'NEG' or the symbol '-' and make sure this is the terminal that goes to frame ground... This is regardless of the battery cable color... The RV trailer should be using the BLACK and WHITE colors where white is the NEGATIVE FRAME GROUND cable. However since this is a battery installation sometimes you see those wires have been changed to the automotive colors of RED and BLACK where BLACK would be the NEGATIVE cable color. Very easy to get it hooked up backwards which blows inline fuses and one thinks the converter is not working. Another quick test for the converter is to not have the battery in the circuit and connect to shore power. If the ceiling lights work normal then the converter is working. Both the Converter and the Battery feed the same point on the 12V Power Distribution Panel so that the trailer 12V items can operate form shore power or off the battery. When on SHORE POWER than this connection also charges the battery... Something like this at any rate haha... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/19/19 05:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Verizon Prepaid $65 Unlimited Jetpack DataPlan Ends 5/21/19

Sure is confusing to me what is being discussed here haha... Guess Im too old to understand... One says it is retiring then it says you can be grandfathered in ??? I know this is probably all about the new 5G coming on line... I have the VERIZON 6620L JETPACK here with 5GB per month setup... Guess I will still be good to go with this unit... Does any of this affect my VERIZON CELL PHONE PLANS. It is unlimited data... and unlimited talk... Roy Ken No it shouldn't This is about the Unlimited (but potentially managed) prepaid Data Plan" Updp" for 70 bucks a month 65 if you auto pay ( one of the best deals out there for the last 6+ months) . Your Going to no longer be able to get in just a couple days. Those on the plan ,if they keep paying the monthly fee, will still keep it. If you turn it off ( or don't continue to prepay) for over I think its 2 months, can't get it back. It was quietly dropped from the web site a couple weeks ago. Bill - Over the years we have really paid a big VERIZON CELL PHONE BILL but of late two of our users have switched to TRAC PHONES pay as you go plan that is carried by VERIZON TOWERS... I am the only one left on the Verizon BILL now... Thinking about going too but once I leave I will lose the unlimited plans for sure... They have been grandfathered for years now... We definitely don't travel hardly any more now Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/18/19 03:44pm Technology Corner
RE: Verizon Prepaid $65 Unlimited Jetpack DataPlan Ends 5/21/19

Sure is confusing to me what is being discussed here haha... Guess Im too old to understand... One says it is retiring then it says you can be grandfathered in ??? I know this is probably all about the new 5G coming on line... I have the VERIZON 6620L JETPACK here with 5GB per month setup... Guess I will still be good to go with this unit... Does any of this affect my VERIZON CELL PHONE PLANS. It is unlimited data... and unlimited talk... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/18/19 12:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Hauling a motorcycle behind a 5er.

They make a platform that attaches to the rear of the fifth wheel and has swivel wheels under it. Those are legal here behind a fifth wheel trailer... Any trailer with a tongue and uses a ball hitch is NOT... I've seen a few of these going down the roads... https://i.imgur.com/qfLauhm.jpg height=300 https://i.imgur.com/dfeAv5y.jpg height=300 Google images I forget what the name of these are... They are not considered trailers but attached platforms... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/17/19 04:58pm Fifth-Wheels

On my 2010 F150 Truck it is labeled TRAILER TOW in the main fuse panel near the radiator for the 12V lead on the 7-way connector... It also has a black relay that plugs into it as well... There was an unmarked envelop in the glove when I got the truck and dealership told me to install the fuse and the black relay in the front main fuse panel... Has to do with trailer tow I guess???? The relay clicks when I turn on the ignition key??? I think all of my trailer safety lights stay ON whether the truck key is ON or OFF so I have no idea what the relay is for... Maybe the relay just kills the 12V lead in the 7-way connector when the ignition key is OFF... I also have a fuse panel on the firewall on the motor side and yet another one inside the truck in the passenger side kick panel... I think one of those fuse panels has a fuse for each of the 7-blades and 4-pin tow connector leads on the rear of the truck. My truck has the tow package... https://i.imgur.com/OMISCIc.jpg height=300 Google image Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/17/19 03:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gauge of extension cord

I picked up a couple of 50-foot contractor grade YELLOW COLOR extension cords from a yard sale.. These are 10 gauge with heavy covering... Those are what I use with my POPUP 30A setup.. Those red-orange cords you find at WALMART are not heavy duty enough... You probably could pick a couple of USED RV30A Extension cords from local RV Dealer that has the RV30A connectors on them. They run power to all of their RV units on display... I know when I purchased my RV it had one connected up and I asked for it and got it laying inside my doorway haha... It was a 50-foot one... I have this one run from the garage 120V-20AMP circuit to mate up with the pull-out 30A cord on my popup in the driveway or in the back yard... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/17/19 02:58pm Tech Issues
RE: 50 amp

A good place to read up on all of this is NO SHOCK ZONE on-line... The 50AMP Service is actually for the 50A named power distribution centers which is actually two zones of 120VAC CIRCUITS which are each protected by a 50A Circuit breaker... Looks something like this... https://i.imgur.com/U4BzQeH.jpg height=300 NO SHOCK ZONE image The big plus here you can run two separate air coditioners under separate zones... This is what you see when you measure across the RV 50AMP Service Plug... https://i.imgur.com/9WRy4YT.jpg height=300 NO SHOCK ZONE image Most of the 50A trailer only use the two 120V 50AMP zone with only some of the high end trailer that want to have washer and dryers would do special wiring to have the 240VAC actually go into the trailers... Messing with the rewiring of the 50A wiring to use 240VAC inside your trailer can get you into trouble and you may burn up some of the 120VAC appliances... best to leave all of that with pros... Goof idea to have a licensed electrician that has insurance... If he burns up your 120VAC appliances his insurance will replace... If you and your neighbor burns up the 120VAC appliances in your trailer guess who gets that bill hehe... Here is how a typical power pedestal is wired up at the camp grounds... https://i.imgur.com/NgktbLl.jpg height=300 google image If you was more specific on what you wanting to do you might get some better answers from all of us... Lots of 30A and 50A service folks on here with great info to pass along... I am a 15A/20A/30A guy here with my off-road popup trailer... Most of the time I run my things off of the batteries and then usually at 8AM each morning when allowed I will hook up my trailer to my 2KW Generator and let it charge the batteries with about a three generator run time using my on-board Converter charger unit... When at home I plug my 30A cable into the garage 20A service using a RV30A to 15A long adapter like this... Got this from WALMART I think... https://i.imgur.com/tshOmbZ.jpg height=300 Google image Check out "NO SHOCK ZONE" on the Google - lots of good info there... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/17/19 08:05am Full-time RVing
RE: Electricity and electric and magnetic fields (EMFs)

I was getting small shocks one time when parking under some high voltage lines in Texas... Moved out from under the high voltage wires and it all cleared up haha... Roy Ken I had a similar experience and I always thought it was a Magnetic Field inducing a voltage on the vehicle. It has taken me many years to realize the voltage on the vehicle was because of the capacitive coupling in the Electric Field surrounding the transmission line. It has only been very recent that I ever heard of someone feeling a slight tingle in an RV from a 120VAC Electric Field. Hence my motivation for this thread. Thank you for your contribution. I wasn't feeling anything the inside the RV. This only happened when outside and touching the outer metal of the RV... A very slight tingle... Roy Ken
RoyB 05/16/19 04:21pm Tech Issues
RE: small portable solar panel

should a small portable panel be alligator clipped direct to the house battery or will it feet too much voltage and cook the battery? I don't think they have any logic or controller. I checked on this with my TORKLIFT Battery box that houses two groups of two GC2 6V batteries wired in series giving me 12VDC at 215AHs Capacity out of each group. When I parallel these two groups then I have 430AH capacity. The battery metal case came with a 10WATT Solar Panel on one end... https://i.imgur.com/D4rMqhP.jpg height=300 Google image The comment was if you are connected to two or more batteries than NO BATTERY CONTROLLER will be necessary... You can connect the 10 WATT SOLAR PANEL cables directly to the battery group terminals for BANK1. If you connect the 10WATT Solar panel to a single battery then it may boil out fluids over time... I am going to order a second 10WATT Solar Panel to connect directly to the two GC2 6V batteries wired in series in my BANK2. I am under the assumption I will not need a BATTERY CONTROLLER for either of these two GC 6V Battery groups wired in series. Having the 10WATT Solar panel should only provide a trickle charge to each 12VDC Battery bank group when in HIGH SUN. Having the same setup for the second group will do the same. When I use these my BATTERY switch setup I will use NONE-BANK1-BOTH BANKS-BANK2 then back to NONE or OFF using he master rotary Blue Sea switch... Playing with this solar panel setting in high sun I was able to see 14-15VDC being absorbed into the two GC2 6V BATTERIES wired in series... The current spec this solar panel will deliver 0.58AMPS in high sun... This would take a very long time to charge any of the batteries but once the battery bank is charged up these should provide a trickle charge to keep them topped when not connected to any loads. To get one of the GC2 6V Battery group in series group from its 50% charge state to its 90% charge I estimate will take around 4 hours hitting the group with 60AMPs @ 14.4VDC from my smart mode converter charger PD9260C... I am hoping charging two of the GC2 6V Battery Groups in 'PARALLEL' will take around the same 4 hours to get from a 50% charge to a 90% charge state... Have not done either of the these two groups charging events yet. Some folks are telling I may have to get a different charger unit that has the BULK CHARGE mode at 14.8VDC for my GC2 6v batteries... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/16/19 02:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electricity and electric and magnetic fields (EMFs)

I was getting small shocks one time when parking under some high voltage lines in Texas... Moved out from under the high voltage wires and it all cleared up haha... Roy Ken https://i.imgur.com/SoQ6BfGm.jpg height=45
RoyB 05/16/19 10:45am Tech Issues
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