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RE: Anyone using Lithium batteries? Comments?

just RELAX on the beach beaches, I have heard of them. :B https://i.imgur.com/FTrxDMQl.jpg
bobndot 09/29/20 09:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone using Lithium batteries? Comments?

Thank you craz z and pianotuna for the info. Much appreciated.
bobndot 09/29/20 09:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Food Storage

Your install looks nice. I was looking into buying one of the Dometic model of 12v fridge/freezer combos. I would use it to pre-pack for a trip so I don't have to move and level my rv to op the fridge for a day prior to departing. Once I was on the road for 8 hours or so with the absorption fridge running , I would transfer the food into the rv fridge and then use the 12v compressor fridge for additional food as a fridge or a freezer. They are temp controlled and can be used either way as freezer or not. They offer many different sizes. Like the Dometic CF-40 etc.
bobndot 09/29/20 11:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone using Lithium batteries? Comments?

This subject is new to me. I am missing something here ? During cold weather, between 0-32F, it would be necessary to preheat a Lithium battery before my solar panel starts to charge it. Correct ? Therefore, if I have my rv stored or parked in my driveway for days or weeks, I can't just forget about it like I do using my AGM batteries, correct ? Using lithium's , I too was thinking about using an insulated battery box and install a heat pad in order for my solar to start charging it. Therefore, I really need to leave the rv plugged in to shore power in order to heat the pads. The only real advantage for me to use lithium is for summer use when I could drop below 50% while boondocking and not worry about charging them back up on warm days. If that's the case, using my AGM's in the winter and lithium's in the summer seems to be a better option . Either that or look into the Si02 batts as suggested. Am I correct on my thinking ?
bobndot 09/29/20 11:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone using Lithium batteries? Comments?

I am thinking of going the same route when my AGM's are done. I do use my rv all year round and that includes cold temps below 32F. 0-32F I'm on the fence as of now. If you are interested , there is a good comparison on YouTube for cold temp camping. "AGM vs Lithium Batteries for Sub-Freezing Solar Powered Camping"
bobndot 09/29/20 06:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New to me 1979 Dodge Fireball

But he is buying new tires to drive it to a place with sunshine. :)
bobndot 09/28/20 05:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: camco wave 3 heater QUESTION

3000 btu’s is not a lot of heat. It would take the chill out of the air once you have had it on for an hour or so. You would have keep a vent cracked open to ventilate. You have to mount it so you dont burn anything above it. I prefer a portable Mr Heater from 4000-9000 btu’s. I like the option to move it around as needed.
bobndot 09/28/20 05:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New to me 1979 Dodge Fireball

Precise schematics may very well not exist. Most RVs have pretty similar and generally reasonably straightforward wiring and plumbing systems, with only a few variants in places. Generic information should be sufficient to get you on the right track, and from there it's "just" tracing wires to see what goes where. Briefly, you have two basically distinct electrical systems in the house part (besides the vehicle chassis electrical system): a 12V DC system, and a 120V AC system. The two meet at the converter, a sort of built-in battery charger and 12V power supply for use when on shore power. The 12V system powers the lights, ceiling vent fans, furnace, water heater controls (if it's not a pilot ignition model), fridge controls (if applicable), water pump, etc. The 120 V AC system powers the air conditioner, the AC heating element for the fridge, and the convenience outlets, the microwave if you have one, and maybe a few other odds and ends. If you're gutting it, probably the best plan is to rip out the old wiring and install new. Some of the components may be worth salvaging and reusing (appliances in particular). The converter, if original, is only worth saving if you need something to keep a door from closing or a boat from drifting away. x2, absolutely ! Make it a better than new 1979 :C look into a Truma hot water system , see if that appeals to your needs. Maybe some solar to support a 12v compressor style fridge so you do not have to be level all the time. Design it to support an interior Lithium battery bank so you can keep them at room temp. during cold weather.
bobndot 09/27/20 06:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

“ center of gravity” marked on a slide in camper carried in a truck bed has nothing to do with height That's correct :)
bobndot 09/27/20 04:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: House batteries

Yes , those detectors depending on the age and model can draw up to a full amp. That plus the 1/2 amp or more from the fridge on gas, the radio, the TV if its plugged in, all add up to a sleepy battery by morning. I put a temp volt/amp meter in line so I can see exactly how much power each item draws while using it. I do not use an LP detector as of now, but I do spray my fittings 2x a season to check for leaks. I have never had any kind of leak since 1969. My DW's nose will tell me if I have a leak somewhere. The OEM LP detector is also a Methane detector, ask my dog who sleeps next to it at 3 AM. They did make a couple of them that were battery operated. The TC guys used them while off grid hunting/fishing. One looked like a pen. The other were Kidde style detectors. When I recently did a search for a battery model, the initial description in bold letters said 'plug-in' but when I clicked 'more details' it said battery powered too. " ... Kidde Nighthawk Plug-In AC/DC Carbon Monoxide Alarm Detector with Digital Display KN ... Amazon Business : For business-only pricing, quantity discounts and FREE Shipping." hand-held models avl too "Y201 Propane and Natural Gas Leak Detector; Portable Gas Sniffer to Locate Gas Leaks of Combustible Gases like Methane, LPG, LNG, Fuel, Sewer Gas; w/ Flexible Sensor Neck, Sound & LED Alarm," Using Amazon Prime allows us to simply return it , all paid shipping. That's what I have been doing. If its not what I expected, I send it back. Sometimes they tell me to 'not bother, keep it' and refund me . That usually happens with electronic cords and connectors. Have not tried that on other items yet. Bob
bobndot 09/27/20 07:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

Not as important in a 'C' bc the tc sits taller in the saddle . Actually it’s more of an aid to make sure the COG is ahead of the axle. Yes, my tc’s had COG markers from the mfg. I also remember how crosswinds affected handling on my basement model tc. It was more difficult to operate than my non basement tc , on the same truck. I remember crossing some bridges where i thought of wearing a life jacket. :B
bobndot 09/27/20 06:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is CG info available from MFG's

Not as important in a 'C' bc the tc sits taller in the saddle .
bobndot 09/26/20 07:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: House batteries

I run 100w solar on the roof thru an MPPT and a BIM , it keeps my 2 grp 27 deep cycles as well as keeps my chassis battery at a full charge 12.7v while parked. In the event that I'm parked on a shaded site, I have an additional 100w on the ground as a portable system in case of heavy tree cover. Try to limit what you are drawing off your batts. To conserve my 12v power, I installed a toggle switch on my LP detector which draws about a 1/2 amp. I use a portable battery operated carbon monoxide detector. I also have a toggle on the radio as well unplugging my tv. * Some models of power roof vents might have a constant 12v draw while off. If you find that you are experiencing a slight draw with everything off, look into that vent. I forget which brand it was on the vent we found the draw on. It might have been a thermostat or rain sensor in stand-by mode, not sure. I now have no draw on my coach unless im using something requiring 12v power. Mr Buddy takes care of my heating **unless it drops below 32F, then I let the furnace kick on because all my water lines plastic valves and water pump are heated thru the furnace. My 2 grp 27's never drop below 12.2-12.3v after running the furnace during the night an 28-30F outside temp, with the rv thermostat set at 64F. My interior lighting are LED's with very little draw. An rvs insulation R value and dual pane windows or not will probably have an effect on furnace run time. P.S. when I say 'full charge' I realize its really probably 90%. Close enough .
bobndot 09/26/20 02:33pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: rv inspector

Memphis Tn is only 80 mi from Jonesboro. Search for one in Memphis , see what they say. Memphis shows some listings .
bobndot 09/26/20 07:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Gravity Water Fill

It appears that the OP has left the conversation, I hope not dehydrated somewhere.
bobndot 09/25/20 03:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C side mirror questions

I was under the impression they all fold in . If a mirror is folded in you cant see to back up. You would have to pull forward or back up blind.
bobndot 09/23/20 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Odd Electric Step Problem

https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/f259/entry-steps-extending-retracting-on-their-own-246752.html This is the clicky. It might have an answer for you. https://www.winnieowners.com/forums/f259/entry-steps-extending-retracting-on-their-own-246752.html
bobndot 09/19/20 04:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carrying a Motorcycle with my 2000 Shasta Sprite?

I had a front hitch and tote box on my previous rv. Take measurements as to the height that the motorcycle body might sit. I don't know if it's a good idea or not to block or partially block the front airflow to the radiator and tranny cooler. Your first mountain climb on a summer day would be able to tell you best. Be prepared to clean it often with bug remover. The other thing that comes to my mind is the placement of a front hitch . Some sit lower than others and you do not want to reduce your ground clearance entering and exiting driveways as well hilly intersections. Mine would hit curbs when I pulled head-into parking spots. That's why I suggested to trailer it. I know its a pain to tow and park a trailer at times but I found it to work best. I set up my trailer to also be a big closet, second bathroom and outdoor kitchen. I installed an awning on it. I used E-track fasteners on the interior walls to make easily removable shelves for storage which were installed above the bike .
bobndot 09/17/20 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dah Air Conditioning only half working

IMO, after 13 years it could very well need a boost of refrigerant . Hot and cold is a symptom. Ask to verify, if you decide to charge it here is a video to show 'how to' . 2007 Sprinter https://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/2011_Mercedes-Benz_Sprinter_2500_3.0L_V6_Turbo_Diesel_Standard_Passenger_Van/air_conditioner/recharge_freon
bobndot 09/16/20 03:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carrying a Motorcycle with my 2000 Shasta Sprite?

Liability is not worth the risk. TRAILER it !
bobndot 09/16/20 11:32am Class C Motorhomes
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