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RE: Battery question

Nope! Converter should be keeping battery(s) full.
freetime58 06/26/20 09:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stainless steel screws

The hardware and fasteners used on the millions and millions and millions and millions of aluminum boats out there is stainless steel.....just sayin!!!!
freetime58 05/17/20 06:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Durable tire recommendation

Towing both a trailer and boat over the better part of 40 years now...........trust me, I have run the gauntlet of tires, I have had them all!!!! I am a firm believer, get the best, tires are your only contact with the ground, that seems important to me. I have run mostly Goodyear tires for the last 20+ years, the only issues were with the Chinese made Marathons many, many years ago. Currently running Goodyear Endurance Radials, have 8 of them! Do yourself a favor..........Buy yourself a set and call it a day!
freetime58 05/14/20 06:51am Towing
RE: Batteries - simple question

AGMs by their nature have nearly 10%-20% LESS capacity for the same size. What????? Not true at all. A quick check of group 31 specs from Northstar AGM, Exide, Interstate and Trojan for Flooded Lead Acid proves you completely wrong! LOL Northstar AGM had better specs than all but one example, that one example was tough as they used a different discharge rate in their testing than all the others.....which is something to watch for when comparing specs....some manufacturers use a lower discharge rate to get better numbers. Now if you're talking Opitma........ Spiral cell AGM battery, they are terrible with some of the lowest capacities in the industry. Stay away from Optima!!!! I am not talking about comparing "group31" batteries, nor am I comparing Optima Spiral cells. Many AGMs are not spirals. AGMs by their CONSTRUCTION TAKE MORE SPACE per Ahr than flooded and that IS a fact. Here is an example of easy to get Duracel brand which is sold at Sams Club. AGM Specifications 1 amp hour rate: 103 100 amp hour rate: 220 20 amp hour rate: 190 3 amp hour rate: 145 5 amp hour rate: 163 6 amp hour rate: 167.8 8 amp hour rate: 173.7 Battery Electrolyte Composition: Glass Mat Battery End Type: Top Post Battery Purpose: Starting Lighting Instrumentation BCI Group Size: GC2 CCA at 0 degrees F: 680 Freight Class: 65 MCA at 32 degrees F: 900 Minutes at 15 amps: 718 Minutes at 25 amps: 409 Minutes at 5 amps: 2304 Minutes at 50 amps: 171 Minutes at 75 amps: 94 Minutes at 8 amps: 1409 Reserve Capacity: 380 Terminal Type: SAE Volts: 6 Duracell GC2 FLOODED FLA GC2 Specifications 20 amp hour rate:215 5 amp hour rate: 157 6 amp hour rate: 156 Battery Electrolyte Composition:Acid Battery End Type: Top Post Battery Purpose: Deep Cycle BCI Group Size: GC2 Contents: ONE EACH Freight Class:65 Minutes at 25 amps: 395 Minutes at 75 amps: 105 Terminal Type: DIN Volts:6 Now, unless you have been taught some "new math" 190 Ahr of AGM IS LESS than 215Ahr of GC2 FLA! AGM is only 88.3% the capacity of THE SAME SIZE GC2 FLA. To add insult to injury, the last time I priced those GC2 AGMs they were going for $109 each vs GC2 FLA at $89. That puts the GC2 FLAs at 81.7% LESS COST than the same size GC2 AGM. So, in reality, you WILL pay MORE for AGM and GET LESS capacity for the SAME BATTERY SIZE and will not get any longer service life. I think even if you compare YOUR "preferred" "premium" brands you WILL find a similar difference in CAPACITY AND COST. With Premnium brands, you get a longer warranty, but you PAID MORE for that battery which means you PAID UPFRONT for that extra warranty. You will not find any real extra life.. Compare them, don't be an Internet "Lemming" and play follow the "leader". If you want the bragging rights for paying more and getting less, by all means spend your money and buy the AGMs. Been using AGM's for 15+ years in my boat, so not really an internet Lemming FFS, all 4 are Northstar, will never go back to lead acid because of all the benefits AGM's provide. Money has never been a concern for me and I do like bragging rights........so I guess I'll continue. I'm probably making the jump to LiFePO4 (Lithium Iron Phosphate) batteries, those replacement batteries should be about $5000....now those are some serious batteries.
freetime58 04/11/20 07:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Batteries - simple question

AGMs by their nature have nearly 10%-20% LESS capacity for the same size. What????? Not true at all. A quick check of group 31 specs from Northstar AGM, Exide, Interstate and Trojan for Flooded Lead Acid proves you completely wrong! LOL Northstar AGM had better specs than all but one example, that one example was tough as they used a different discharge rate in their testing than all the others.....which is something to watch for when comparing specs....some manufacturers use a lower discharge rate to get better numbers. Now if you're talking Opitma........ Spiral cell AGM battery, they are terrible with some of the lowest capacities in the industry. Stay away from Optima!!!!
freetime58 04/11/20 02:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Batteries - simple question

Northstar Pure Lead AGM batteries are some of the best you can buy. 4 year free replacement warranty, not prorated, absolutely free replacement. They sure stand behind their product. I run 4 group 31's in my boat and have one grp 31 on my trailer, been flawless for me. AGM batteries self discharge at a far slower rate than Flooded Lead Acid batteries, charge twice as quick and can sustain many more charge/discharge cycles! Expensive but worth every penny, no brainer for me! https://www.northstarbattery.com/product/nsb-agm31
freetime58 04/11/20 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Unchecked covid-19 could be double the combined list. Very true..................the spring breakers not taking the warnings seriously can wipe out thousands and thousands and thousands!
freetime58 03/21/20 05:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Unchecked covid-19 could be double the combined list. Very possible!
freetime58 03/21/20 05:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Not to make light of the corona virus as I am sure more will die from it but.....this is for the United States in 2017 Number of deaths for leading causes of death: Heart disease: 647,457 Cancer: 599,108 Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936 Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201 Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383 Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404 Diabetes: 83,564 Influenza and Pneumonia: 55,672 Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 50,633 Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173 coronavirus: 298 so far So...try to stay away from crowds....but don,t panic...imo None of those have the ability to tank the economy like Covid-19 already has....none of those stand to tax the health care system to the max and overwhelm things to the point where health care professional will have to make a decision on who lives and who dies . People may not only loose their lives but the economic impact will also lose people their jobs, homes, savings, retirement savings, cars, trucks, rv's....you name it. Seems many folks are just too narrow minded and selfish to take it serious enough...........let's see you post again in 3 to 6 months and see if you've changed your attitude and perspective on things.
freetime58 03/21/20 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mexico /US border

The new rules come into effect mid-night tonight.......so as of 1201 Saturday morning, the border is closed.........better drive fast!
freetime58 03/20/20 05:31pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Portable suitcase solar panels

Striking the panels and setting them up is annoying. A fixed installation means that the battery bank will be maintained between trips. Park under trees in the shade for a few days and those fixed panels will let you down! I love the flexibility of my Renogy suitcase, 100 amp seems plenty to keep two group 31 AGM batteries topped up.
freetime58 02/29/20 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Rear Observation camera

Mine works great, monitor can be hard to see at times and just needs to be slightly adjusted when the light hits it at certain angles, no big deal really. I love the benefits of the camera. What brand and model? Furion Vision S, 7" display and a single Camera, factory prep was done with housing on rear of TT, simple plug'n play installation, think it took 15 minutes.
freetime58 02/26/20 06:38am Technology Corner
RE: Rear Observation camera

Mine works great, monitor can be hard to see at times and just needs to be slightly adjusted when the light hits it at certain angles, no big deal really. I love the benefits of the camera.
freetime58 02/25/20 06:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Superduty Limited Cocoa leather

That's what it is called in Canada anyway. Those of you that have it, have you had a hard time keeping it clean? Oldcow Not really, a few times a year with a good leather cleaner/conditioner and it's been good.......have had it in my last two trucks, 8 years running.......I just grew tired of the black on black on black interiors!
freetime58 02/25/20 05:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Furrion back up camera

Get up there and take a close look at it. The cover provided on (empty) Furrion camera mounts looks like a camera - but it's not. The actual camera will have a lens in the center and a ring of small LED lights around it. All Furrion cameras come with a monitor. Chances are that either the previous owner is clueless or there's not camera there (or both). Rob No need to get up there....the details are easily seen from the ground. It will also have an antenna sticking out (about 4") from the top of the housing......that's if it's actually camera and not just the prep housing!
freetime58 02/24/20 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tablet Battery Charging

I have 4 Ipad's that provide access/controls to all the smart systems in my home, steams music, runs the security and camera system, etc., they are constantly plugged into power and have been for 4 years now with never a hint of any issues.
freetime58 12/24/19 10:36am Technology Corner
RE: The smell of a dead mouse..

Setting traps with bait on the inside of your unit in an attempt to capture upon entry is a REAL BAD idea.I guess it's REAL BAD for you. Works fine for ME. I don't want them inside pissing and **** ting in my walls. You can have a mouse inside for weeks and not even know it. Good for you, just know by baiting them with traps on the inside when they are still outside is the reason they are coming inside to begin with.....to get in and at the food source......the bait! Pretty simple actually. But if it's working for you, carry on!
freetime58 12/19/19 01:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: The smell of a dead mouse..

Why in the world would you want to entice them in with bait? Trap or no trap, bad idea! Why not take care of the opening, obviously you have identified the opening......stuff it with brass/steel wool and spray foam it!The opening is the power cord. Not real practical to steel wool or foam that. Besides, mice can get in places you can't imagine and you definitely don't want to poison them and then they crawl off somewhere in your wall to die. Trust me, I don't need to be educated on the subject. Setting traps with bait on the inside of your unit in an attempt to capture upon entry is a REAL BAD idea. Now, if they are already inside.....bait/trap away! Once eliminated, remove the bait and traps.
freetime58 12/19/19 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: The smell of a dead mouse..

I can't help with your smell, but I can suggest how to prevent it from happening again. Keep a mousetrap loaded with peanut butter at all times near any opening where they can get in. Why in the world would you want to entice them in with bait? Trap or no trap, bad idea! Why not take care of the opening, obviously you have identified the opening......stuff it with brass/steel wool and spray foam it!
freetime58 12/19/19 11:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Installing rear wireless camera

Also make sure your camera is a observation camera and not just a backup camera. Observation camera can be left on 24/7 and most backup camera will burn out if left on for extended time. A good friend of mine found that out after leaving his backup camera on while on the road after a couple hours. Some of the cheaper backup cams have a delay in displaying the rear view, which makes them unsuitable as observation cams. The monitor might show nobody there, when in reality there is indeed a vehicle. Furrion cameras and monitors are the same whether used as a back up camera or an observation camera.
freetime58 12/01/19 10:38am Travel Trailers
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