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RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

Have they solved the problem of laminated wall campers coming apart like a cheap watch at the slightest hint of moisture? Proper maintenance prevents water intrusion. Any time I've seen a laminated wall delaminate, it's because it leaked. It leaked because the owner neglected it (translation: didn't do roof inspections / reseal when needed) Absolutely 100% correct ! I just wanted to re-emphasize it !! there was a rash of manufactuing issues that lead to delamination, but even after that can we realy say its owner neglect. I would put that back on manufctures and dealerships for failing to let you knw how much work is involved in upkeep for fear of losing a sale.
StirCrazy 11/26/22 06:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

Thanks for the replies, I'll be using a 2004 dodge 3500 diesel single rear wheel long bed to haul the camper with. I currently have a 2002 Adventurer 100WSB The walls are about 3/4" thick with a bit of fibreglass bat stuffed in the middle. Single pane windows. I'm thinking ~anything~ will be a step up in the insulation department. I have had ice form on the inside corners of the camper before.... Its been a bit of a struggle keeping the water out from the day I got it in 2010. However, it has served me well and taken the abuse I have thrown at it. I don't typically stay in camp sites. Pretty much all locations I have taken the camper has involved several Km of logging road. Even stuffed it down a short 1km quad trail once.... thats kinda cool, you have the same modle as me except mine is a 1991 with alumium siding and sill under the Slumberqueen name. but exact same layout.
StirCrazy 11/25/22 06:03pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck starts on its own

Talked to my service writer, he said there is no way to disable auto start on a 2019, said that feature was started 2022. Said probably a wifi signal close to my house I don't think a remote start will work if the vehicle is unlocked. I think you mentioned its parked in the garage. So, if you leave it unlocked, it should not remote start?... Best solution is to remove the key fob from your pocket once in the house. I just this afternoon triggered a remote start of our Ram while carrying a tool bag next to the pocket with the fob in it. I asked before as to what is the sequence on your GM fob to trigger a remote start. On our Ram it is lock doors then press the start button twice. That is what carrying the tool bag next to my pocket with the fob in it. Our 2014 GMC is lock, then hold start for 3-4 seconds. Seems less likely to happen in a pocket. Not as hard as you think, have you ever set of the alarm with the key fob in your pocket? the panic alarm is 1 button 1 push, designed to be easy to actavate for that reason. the remote starts are usaly combanations of pushes, mine is one push if the lock button followed by two pushes of the start button with in a time period. if you can replacate that in your pocket by a tool bag bouncing thats amazing
StirCrazy 11/24/22 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anode Rod Wear

It's this rod. I'll just plan on buying a new one before camping season. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MNVPSX/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52515782873_a03ee8854a_z.jpg lots of life left for those two rods Yep, if thats from one season of use it looks like they would be good for another 8-10 years, but if folks feel better wasting money every year for a new rod more power to them. Those rods will perform just as well as a new one. https://i.imgur.com/UamNq1xl.jpg I would change them at about 50% use. there cheep insurance. its a little deciving how they wear out, mine look simular to his after 1 season. after the next they are about 50% gone. it also depends where I go camping nd what the water is like there. Steve
StirCrazy 11/24/22 06:16am Tech Issues
RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

Not unlike a 2x4, the advertised 2” wall thickness is merely a nominal figure whereby 2” camper wall thickness is actually at 1.5”, but still good and not to be dismissed… 3 tons I think in the case of artic fox they use 2" aluminum square tube for the frame so the wals would be slightly over 2" at least that what they say is the major difference between the artic fox and the wolf creek line which only uses 1" alumium tubing I did have a actualy construction sheep here from the manufacture I'll see if I can find it and confirm that Steve
StirCrazy 11/23/22 06:26am Truck Campers
RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

Looking at purchasing a new camper. Looking for experiences with the Adventurer 901SB / Arctic Fox 865 I like the 2" R13 insulation of the Adventurer, I dislike the layout and storage. I like the layout and storage of the Arctic Fox but would like there to be something more than the R7? insulation.... (actually, they don't specify what the wall insulation is. Just that it is 5" thick at the crown) What has been everyone's experiences with the laminated aluminum framed walls with either of these campers? How has the build quality been? Have they solved the problem of laminated wall campers coming apart like a cheap watch at the slightest hint of moisture? artic fox is probably one of the best insulated you can get, the wall thickness on the artic fox is 2" so if you assume about R7 to R8 per inch for 2lb closed cell insulation there walls will be R14 to R16. which is pretty much the same for the adventure. the celing on the artic fox will probably be better insulated than the aventure though. My camper is alumium sided but we are upgrading this year to a fiberflass oneand Im looking at the same two companies plus one or two others. all my trailers and 5th wheel have been fiberflass sided and havent had an issue with them over the last 25 years
StirCrazy 11/21/22 08:19am Truck Campers
RE: Li-S Battery

Hope this works. Li-S Batteries. Richard here is the solution already ready. I am just hoping eventualy you will be able to get a smaller one but if you have the money or want to finance it for 99 bucks a month, they ship out within the next 4 to 5 months. Solid state $20K - to $70K per unit - where do I sign up? Preorder only.... so not ready yet.. OK. I'm surprised this is still Lithium. There are other materials that are not here yet, but also not Lithium that sound more promising. And shouldn't be $70K... ya it is and isn't it has Li in it but it is a solid state battery. 11000 cycles at full discharge unimited shallow discharge, life time warenty, operates between -40C and 55C ( even PT would be able to use this one) no risk of thermal runnaway (even though normal LiFePO4 is very stable also) and you can finance for 99 per month for basicly a 1000AH battery. ya I agree a bit pricy but probably because there one of the first to market with this big of a solid state. also don't forget this is a 48v unit so not realy practical unless you use some fancy equipment... it is preorder but like I said it will be ready to ship first quarter next year so 1.5 to 5 months. with more compition I would expect this to drop down to about 1/2 that price. the exciting thing is this kind of battery wasnt expected to be on the market for another 5 to 10 years at this kind of capacity. like LiFeP04 I do expect prices to drop fairly quickly battle born was 2000 for a 100ah battery when it fitst came out now we see that range between 3-500 bucks once others jumped into the game.
StirCrazy 11/20/22 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Li-S Battery

Hope this works. Li-S Batteries. Richard here is the solution already ready. I am just hoping eventualy you will be able to get a smaller one but if you have the money or want to finance it for 99 bucks a month, they ship out within the next 4 to 5 months. Solid state
StirCrazy 11/20/22 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: Solar charger for 4 6v golf cart batteries LONG TERM?

Renogy is fine--until it breaks. They are slow to respond to requests for help apparently. I have actualy found them very quick to respond, maybe Im just lucky Steve
StirCrazy 11/13/22 05:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic microwave no START

My Dometic microwave will not start. All the other buttons work. Interweb scanning I've done points to a faulty control board. (or door switches but they look good). I can find similar / identical(?) boards for other brands, but nothing for Dometic. Can you recommend a source? Also, any other ideas what the problem is? test the door switches, even thought they look good they are one of the most comon failures in microwaves. as for he board most places cant get new ones for "rv microwaves" but they can repair them in they find the issue. when mine died it cost me 50 bucks for them to change out a plug that was cheep and failed.
StirCrazy 11/13/22 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Dometic 2022 Burning Rough Not Work Hi Altitude

this is in a 2023 bigfoot truck camper, the Dometic water heater is a model WH-6GEA and 2022 year. It is gas and 110v. bought unit at 7,000 feet lit right away, burned what i thought was rougher than our 2000 model we traded in, and it went out after 30 seconds and relit automatically and stayed lit. Tried a couple times and it stayed lit, but to me was little rough burning, but flame was all blue at 7,500 feet and above it lits, sputters for a few and then goes out, it shoots a small blue flame out the exhaust when it auto re lites. repeat and does not stay lit. i open the door and it stays lit, but is a bit rough but flame is blue. At 500 feet elevation it lites, and stays lit, but a bit rough to me, flame is blue, and a few times it sputtered and shot the small blue flame out. I do not want to rejet for hi altitude even though the majority of use is 7,000 to 10,000 feet. I do travle to sea level so need it to work there too is reason i do not want to mess with jetting. I think the big issue is the way the vent is designed. it is one vent top exhaust and bottom intake. it is too small of inlet and it is cut into the door at the top of water heater and burner tube where it needs air is at bottom of the door. Compared to our 2000 year model the intake vent area is about half. We have used it about 20 times and it is already turning the white metal cover a little brown just above the exhaust vent. I am thinking making a new temp cover and experimenting with adding a vent at bottom of heater near the burner tube. anyone have any ideas? pic of cover https://i.imgur.com/6BLp1jEl.png so your kinda in a pickel, sounds like it is justted wrong to start with if it works fine with the door open. the highest I have been with my camper is 6200 feet and I didnt have to adjust the air intake from when I camped at 30 feet. I initialy set it up so there was a tinge of yellow on the flame tips then when I shut the door it gooes just pure blue, but I have the adjustable air shutter. you might need to go to a different jet size, and since the air is not adjustable if the jet isnt hard to change out you might want to have a couple, one for higher altitudes and one for lower.
StirCrazy 11/12/22 10:08am Tech Issues
RE: Solar charger for 4 6v golf cart batteries LONG TERM?

I think 10 to 25% is way low especialy for a stationary place they won't be towing home each time. I would still do double the recomendation for batteries this keeps the cycle depth even lower so better for the batteries and you have even more reserve if you there and you get a week of bad weathet. I have 10 times my max daily use in battery for my camper, and emough solar to fill my max daily use by noon on a good day. I do a lot of bad weather and shaded camping with that one and two years ago with the normal deep cycles I found with 50% duty on the furnace I was realy getting worried on the 3rd night about the batteries staying over 50%. I was going below freezing each night and only just above in the day and I was camped in the trees while it rained for 3 days :R No harm to go massive overkill...other than to the OP's wallet. A fixed location would actually lead me to be less conservative as you don't have to build a system for a wide variety of conditions (Ie: you know up front if there are shading issues on the panels) ya panels are cheep as heck , its the batteries that cost the money, but you guys south of the boarder are luckey, you could get 8 costco 6V for less than 800 bucks... up here it would be a lot more. Im more worried in a fixed location of being able to ensure your batteries stay charged up while your not there. I am not sure how cold it gets where the OP is talking about or what kind of winter storms come through.. snow covering of the panels can stop the charging dead if they are low and it gets real cold you could dammage the batteries, where as if they are charged up fast you will be safe for a while. on a moble set up you can just plug it in at home when you get that snow storm (which I had to do last week.) so im not worried about the battery state running low and freezing the electralite when it gets cold. Unless the plan is to bring the batteries back and forth each trip.. the other thing I try to do is eliminate the use of generators in 6 years of having solar I have never even had the desire to have a generator and never had to worry about power. well except once.. but that was during the heat wave two summers ago when it was 48 degree celcius and I was camping... the truck ac was my friend haha...
StirCrazy 11/12/22 09:55am Tech Issues
RE: Newbie - 36ft vs 41ft fifth wheel

I tow a 40 foot, and I realy don't find it much different than my 30 foot trailer. yes the 5th rides better but my overall lenght only increased by 2 or 3 feet. yes there are some places you have to book in advance to get a site you'll fit in, and the hight increase took a bit to get used to. and yes you have to pick your fueling places a bit better, but I have never had an issue finding one.. Steve
StirCrazy 11/12/22 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

Stir, for us, microwave, res fridge, 1 A/C, etc are on Line 2. When we boondock, we have pretty much a constant 20 amp draw from the batteries. This is mainly the fridge. The fridge is frost free, so a heater likely turns on from time to time. (I haven't figured out how to turn it off.) I could assume 2 amps shore on Line 2 for the fridge when I want to power share but you know what happens when you assume. BTW, 1 A/C is on Line 2, the other 2 are on Line 1. Also, we are fulltimers and split our time between boondocking, friends/relatives and RV Parks. ya I can see why you would want that haha, what kinda of solar / battery bank are you running if you are able to boondock using that much power.
StirCrazy 11/10/22 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar charger for 4 6v golf cart batteries LONG TERM?

I tried out that solar calculator. It came back with 530 watts with 55 amp MPPT, 425ah lead acid batteries. Used winter numbers with furnace at 20hrs per day, 0.5hrs microwave usage, etc We have 4x 6v golf cart batteries (Duracell) and 2kw inverter. Batteries are a few years old, always connected to 4 stage charger/AC. Believe they are 215ah/each with 2 pairs in parallel (standard for 12v setup) Likely will be adding a 24/7 camera and internet wifi backhaul link across the top and then down the mountainside to our house. So that will add a little more usage. so if thats what you are getting , I would personaly pad my chances and at least double the solar panels and batteries. if I got that for numbers I would put 3 or 4 400 watt panels and I would double your battery capacity to help keep the usage under 50% of the battery capacity to get maximum life. and theres no harm in haveing extra battery capacity for thoes stormy few days when you won't get full preformace from the solar. The website already has depth of discharge as part of the calculations. Padding a bit is a good idea but I would be looking at 10-25%, not double. Better to look up the wifi & camera specs and put in real numbers. The idea of doing an audit is not to just pick random numbers out of your.... At 24/7, the wife/camera could be fairly substantial. A big question if camping in the dead of winter (as evidenced by 20hr of furnace run time), is what sun-hours did you select. Normally, using 4 is a good generic assumption but most people don't camp in the north in the dead of winter. I did a quick check and in Erie PA for a panel mounted flat, it varies from 1.13 (December) to 6.51 (July). Assuming 4hr could leave you way under powered in the winter but compared to more typical users who camp mostly April-October will report much higher output than you will see in the winter. I think 10 to 25% is way low especialy for a stationary place they won't be towing home each time. I would still do double the recomendation for batteries this keeps the cycle depth even lower so better for the batteries and you have even more reserve if you there and you get a week of bad weathet. I have 10 times my max daily use in battery for my camper, and emough solar to fill my max daily use by noon on a good day. I do a lot of bad weather and shaded camping with that one and two years ago with the normal deep cycles I found with 50% duty on the furnace I was realy getting worried on the 3rd night about the batteries staying over 50%. I was going below freezing each night and only just above in the day and I was camped in the trees while it rained for 3 days :R
StirCrazy 11/10/22 06:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar charger for 4 6v golf cart batteries LONG TERM?

I tried out that solar calculator. It came back with 530 watts with 55 amp MPPT, 425ah lead acid batteries. Used winter numbers with furnace at 20hrs per day, 0.5hrs microwave usage, etc We have 4x 6v golf cart batteries (Duracell) and 2kw inverter. Batteries are a few years old, always connected to 4 stage charger/AC. Believe they are 215ah/each with 2 pairs in parallel (standard for 12v setup) Likely will be adding a 24/7 camera and internet wifi backhaul link across the top and then down the mountainside to our house. So that will add a little more usage. so if thats what you are getting , I would personaly pad my chances and at least double the solar panels and batteries. if I got that for numbers I would put 3 or 4 400 watt panels and I would double your battery capacity to help keep the usage under 50% of the battery capacity to get maximum life. and theres no harm in haveing extra battery capacity for thoes stormy few days when you won't get full preformace from the solar.
StirCrazy 11/09/22 06:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

StirCrazy, first you have a 50 amp RV. Then, plugged into 15,20 or 30 amp shore power. Then your load would be a little more than shore power provides, therefore necessitating load sharing. Since GoPower (in all their wisdom) does not monitor or take into account the current draw on Line 2, you must know the current draw on Line 2 and take that into account when setting the incoming current limit. I have the capability to provide additional power from my solar and battery system, so why not use it. In other words, I can run 2 A/C units while on 15 amp service, but I need to know current draw on both legs and limit accordingly. ya I got a 50 amp but the way I camp I have probabaly never used it as I am either plugged into 50 amp (only have 1 ac) or Im running of the batteries and solar so I have never been in the situation to use the load sharing part. so I guess for me, I would only have to know the current of the leg the ac is on to do that since I only have 1? and if that so I could do that if I ever desired I guess...
StirCrazy 11/09/22 06:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

StirCrazy, I apologize if I insulted you. However that is exactly what you did when you basically said I didn't know the product I owned. You implied that I was stupid. sorry if it came accross that way, I should have asked where did you find this out as I wanted to look at it also. I was under the asumption it did monitor both legs. so my next question, how does this affect us and why are we concerned about it, I have been blisfully ignorant of it for years, should I even be worried about it now?
StirCrazy 11/08/22 06:30am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

StirCrazy, I apologize if I insulted you. However that is exactly what you did when you basically said I didn't know the product I owned. You implied that I was stupid. sorry if it came accross that way, I should have asked where did you find this out as I wanted to look at it also. I was under the asumption it did monitor both legs.
StirCrazy 11/08/22 06:25am Tech Issues
RE: TT keeps popping shore breaker

I'll be calling WFCO tomorrow to see if they have any further thoughts. I assume the spark was because the charge circuit on the converter was still energized. Seems a better design would be to kill that when the battery is not connected but who knows. . It has to be that way otherwise you wouldnt have any 12V items working in the rv. converter does two things, supplies 12V power for use and charges the battery if you don't have the battery in it still has to do the other.
StirCrazy 11/08/22 06:18am Travel Trailers
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