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RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

What happens in our industry is the wood will not go dark enough for various reasons such as heavy dense woods like oak, sometimes it's the summer growth with harder grain, all will only accept so much stain so adding more stain to achieve the look we may want isn't going to happen. Sometimes it's the summer growth rings ending up showing too light as compared to the spring growth causing radical light and dark spots in the surface. The solution is to find a top coat finish, most often lacquer, that will mix with a lacguer thinner base stain and slowly mix the two till you achieve a slight tone or tint that is effective in darkening the surface. Sort of like laying tinted glass as a top coat but, with the right color or tone we want. You want to add only a little at a time to the liquid finish and test what it does till you achieve the look your going to want but, don't go too dark right off the bat because with a toned top coat you can always go darker by adding a second or third coat. Each time you coat will tell you if you want to add another to gradually tone it darker. Lacquer is nice because pro paint shops can help with the tone you want. Also 00 fine steel wool does wonders to a lacquered surface.
covered wagon 08/13/22 06:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help from experienced woodworker

In the cabinet business we 'tone' the surface by mixing just a little bit of the stain into the finish coat as long as they are both oil and compatible. The toning works great because it has a tendency to darken with each coat and even out the color. Add more as needed while testing on a scrape piece of oak. Mix a little each time till you get a desired tone on the test piece. Oak tends to not take stain as well as a soft wood so toning is a good way to get the desired look you want.
covered wagon 08/08/22 10:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

First off, Solar panels do not discharge energy into the night. Solarnight discharge The back flow diodes and solar controller will prevent it. There is a minor voltage Vbf but it's very small. Also, it doesn't discharge back into the either or sky, it's just a resistance load to the batteries. Most modern solar electronics have some sort of circuit protection. Even so, since you seem to have power in the day with sun, I would guess your solar charge controller is functio I g to some degree. Since your battery dies quickly, my guess.is.you damaged your batteries BMS. You'll have to do or have done, your own testing. Good luck. Right! we are discussing a possible damaged controller with possible burnt diodes. And panels will discharge a battery at night without the diodes or a disconnect, I would rather have a controller that switches off as a disconnect rather than one way diodes as Each diode will reduce the charging capability.
covered wagon 08/01/22 10:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Just a pic of interest

I think he's got the hitch bolted to the campers overhang otherwise why would the camper be crushing down in the back and raising up at the cabover nose?
covered wagon 08/01/22 10:03pm Towing
RE: EV's need gas too - Tow with a Tesla?

He just needs to attach a platform to the back of the trailer for the gens to run and charge while going down the road. Be sure the cord doesn't get damaged, is long enough in tight turning radius. I saw a pic with a smokey diesel generator on a trailer being towed by a Tesla the other day. The price of batteries is another trade off as well.
covered wagon 07/30/22 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need warm enough campground for Oct

It's amazing the differences in peoples tolerance levels and what temps they get used too. To give you an example I don't go camping until the nights are in the 40's, 30's even the teens but condensation build up is not good for an RV in the teens. I love the fall weather for camping and cannot wait for it to arrive. I am sorry I cannot help you as I live out west. Good luck with the new home it's the best alternative for getting what you want.
covered wagon 07/30/22 10:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

It has to be checked out since a solar controller needs to disconnect the panels at night. If it does not open that connection, between batteries and panels, the panels will suck out all the charging of the batteries back out into the night sky. You could manually unhook the panels yourself at night and see if the batteries stay charged.
covered wagon 07/26/22 04:09am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

I am not the one to rely on for info but, I do know without a properly working solar charge controller that the solar panels will reverse all the energy and loose all the charging back into the night sky. That is interesting to me but, I wonder if the reversed polarity damaged the controller. Hope you find what it is and is simple to fix.
covered wagon 07/25/22 07:29am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

LFP battery actually takes quite an effort to make it burn. I promise to look into it then. Right now I have a load of firewood to get in the woodshed before it gets hot today.
covered wagon 07/24/22 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

It’s good exercise hauling it back and forth to the camper:) At 70 I still do it. I just don't like the idea of fires you hear so much about. Thank you for the schooling anyway.
covered wagon 07/24/22 07:40am Truck Campers
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

Smart to stay with wet cell batteries. The more the other types are sold the less expensive wet cells become. Adjusting for inflation of course. A big plus for me is not worrying over my batteries and any potential hazard.
covered wagon 07/21/22 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: EVs Stealing RV Campsites!! Not....

More and more we are going to see different off the wall things going on. Best thing I do is to avoid the crowds and go where there is an abundance of wildlife. Go where there is no electricity is the best for viewing the stars at night. So good to learn to conserve electricity at night too going off solar or like me run the Honda a few hrs a day. I have been to some beautiful places, I admit are very scary when you hear a cougar call or rustling in the undergrowth at night but, that thrill is part of the get away.
covered wagon 07/19/22 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lithium Battery Charging System

Nothing wrong with wet cell batteries, especially if you want to keep it simple, not have to worry about anything. The technology to recycle them is there too.
covered wagon 07/19/22 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for recommendations on a two bike rack

Here's my review on a swing away two bike locking hitch based bike rack that I used in the past with my camper: New Swing away Bike rack for Behind the Camper Matt, mine swings the bikes out and around the corner of the camper to the side. I got a new Yakima swing away for 300 bucks because only the carton was damaged. I get lucky once in awhile. Yup, I paid $225 new at the time I bought it back in 2012, that one ironically is only about $60 more new than it was then, and its an American made bike rack, which is impressive for the price. I still have it, and am planning to likely modify it to extend the length of the swing arm a bit to allow it to completely swing away from the rear of the camper to allow the snap-n-nap bed to extend. I had a fabricator modify mine so both bikes would go around the corner of the camper instead of just the one. For some reason bicycling in the mountains seems easier and more fun.
covered wagon 07/15/22 02:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Renting My Truck Camper

I tried to help a person get back on their feet but wouldn't look for even a part time job. We finally had to evict them off our acreage. It was tough to get them off our land but we've had a good real estate attorney for a long time who worked it out.
covered wagon 07/14/22 08:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for recommendations on a two bike rack

Here's my review on a swing away two bike locking hitch based bike rack that I used in the past with my camper: New Swing away Bike rack for Behind the Camper Matt, mine swings the bikes out and around the corner of the camper to the side. I got a new Yakima swing away for 300 bucks because only the carton was damaged. I get lucky once in awhile.
covered wagon 07/13/22 07:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Renting My Truck Camper

Bed bugs are for those renters who failed to pay, failed to leave when asked and then try to sue you because they get a pro bono attorney to file new charges every week with the court in an effort to scare you into giving free money from your supposed millions in your account. Stop it. Grit's head is going to pop. Sorry, I couldn't help it since this actually happened to me.
covered wagon 07/13/22 07:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for recommendations on a two bike rack

Look into what is called a 'Swing Away Bike Rack' Love mine because it swings out of the way nicely on the rear hitch. My bikes swing away from the back door and reach around the corner of the camper. Mine is a Yakima swing away with a Thule hanging bike rack. There are a few brands with varying dimensions so you want to scrutinize each one. Most importantly look at all the critical reviews about each one. Also any videos too.
covered wagon 07/12/22 05:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Renting My Truck Camper

Bed bugs are for those renters who failed to pay, failed to leave when asked and then try to sue you because they get a pro bono attorney to file new charges every week with the court in an effort to scare you into giving free money from your supposed millions in your account.
covered wagon 07/12/22 04:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Shower Pan Reinforcement

Expanding spray foam is best but make sure you do not spray too much into areas that have no place to expand or it will build too much pressure and cause distortion to the fiberglass or even damage. Also do not close off access to the drain, if it ever needed replacing.
covered wagon 07/10/22 10:43pm Truck Campers
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