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RE: Can't overcome the fear of buying a Truck and TC.......

Part of the delay is perhaps stumbling on a good used TC, but there is no inventory. I've been looking nationwide and in Western Canada for over a year, unfortunately I did pass on some early last year that were great deals. Where are you in idaho? I see some good deals every once in a while,mostly used units in very good shape,it appeared..
jaycocreek 05/08/21 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: 12v to 6v review?

how many cycles will the 12V give at 50%? unknown but probably enough to be adequate for many users Lifeline are rated at 1000 cycles at 50% and Vmax are rated at 900 for the same..
jaycocreek 05/04/21 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: What do you guys use for communication in your truck camper?

To each his own on sat messaging..I looked at all of them and chose Zoleo because of the plans..$35 for 250 messages,none of the others come close..Somewear is $30 for 75 messages and Bivy is $39.99 (100 credits)/messages..Each incoming and outgoing message counts so there plans just would not work for me or especially the wife if she is with me.. I also use my Zoleo year around as where I live,seven miles out of town in most directions there is no cell service..Most everywhere I go there is not any cell service or very poor service...
jaycocreek 05/02/21 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

Just about all logging trucks have scales and they can be quite accurate..
jaycocreek 04/30/21 09:24am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

I like the Wolf Creek without all the graffiti on it.. Nice
jaycocreek 04/29/21 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone heard of a Combo AC/DC Air conditioner?

Leaving dogs in the camper can lead to some bad experiences.. We were up Elk hunting in a TC and left the Wave heater on to keep the dogs and camper warm..Well,they got to playing grab azz and knocked a cushion off the dinette right up against the heater..We were on the hill just above the truck camper and saw smoke coming out the top vent and thought oh chit..Literly ran down the hill and opened the door as the dogs flew out..The plastic on the seats was smoldering and just a small open flame.. We lucked out on that one.. Another time someone started shooting near the camper and our Australian shepherd tried to chew his way out the dinette window with tooth marks on the window trim with blood..I could not believe he had the power to do what he did to the window trim.... We seldom leave our dogs in a camper anymore because of our experiences doing so..
jaycocreek 04/28/21 10:11am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

If you are storing your rv and wish to have it plugged in, we would recommend a float voltage of 13.6 volts. If you have a higher voltage applied in float(such as 14.6) then we would recommend that this be no longer than 3 weeks at a time.
jaycocreek 04/28/21 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I installed a 100AH Battle Born battery and Progressive Dynamics Lithium Convertor in my trailer. No maintenance, no removing the battery during the winter, no battery tender during the off season. I don't obsess about SOC and all the other stuff in this thread. I just ignore the battery and expect to do so for the next ten years. So far, the battery meets all my needs. So, for me, the lithium conversion was worth it. That's pretty much how I feel also..While there are alot of things about the lifepo4 that interest me to totally understand it,none of it really matters in my day to day use.. It is just another battery except it can be drawn down 100% and it is totally lighter/charges way faster and does not need a 100% charge/ and the life cycles far exceed the others with caution towards charging below 32C..What's not to like..
jaycocreek 04/28/21 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

Nice spec sheet but I don't see anything on internal cell type and how there configured..Battleborn makes a deal about there cylindrical cells and discharging to 0% and stated some other types cannot do that..Just another interesting point other companies don't discuss...
jaycocreek 04/27/21 12:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

I have two Hondas also but last year I bought a camo Westinghouse Igen 2200 and so far it's a keeper...It's not A honda but darn close in noise...Quite impressed so far..
jaycocreek 04/26/21 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

Have you used it in cool/cold weather yet? Just our local weather with highs in the 40-50's when I ran my fridge for 11 days off it..I charged it up to 70% when I was done playing with the Engel fridge and haven't used it since because plans keep getting changed for my fishing trip..LOL.. But I must ad,I keep it inside my TC,not in the battery compartment provided so weather is not a concern to me..While using or discharging them in cooler weather is not a problem,it is the charging that is the problem below 32ish.. My last two batteries I bought off line came with several foam exterior protectors for the battery that would make a great insulator for colder weather and making an opening to the battery compartment for inside heat circulation... For every issue there is a fix...LOL
jaycocreek 04/26/21 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone heard of a Combo AC/DC Air conditioner?

My little 5K window unit only draws 330 watts with the compressor on which would run a very long time on a gen set.. https://i.imgur.com/6rG87ed.jpg height=640 width=440
jaycocreek 04/24/21 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Basics of Lithium conversion... I'm lost!

Now that the pricing is close to equivalent (or soon will be), why wouldn't you want a lighter, faster charging, longer lasting battery for the same money? Just because it is too fancy? Those are the exact reasons I switched to lithium especially the faster charging for boondocking and not having to fully charge..Lighter is always a plus and not worrying about life cycles doesn't hurt either.. Other than the cold weather part,I see no downside to going lifepo4 and the cold part can be dealt with in individual bases..I am truly happy I made the change...if a guy doesn't over think it,there just another battery...lol
jaycocreek 04/24/21 09:49am Tech Issues
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

LFP batteries can also last a very long time. Our Battle Born LFP batteries are rated at 3000 cycles, at a full 100% charge/discharge cycle. If you did that every day it makes for over 8 years of cycling! They last even longer when used in less-than-100% cycles, in fact for simplicity you can use a linear relationship: 50% discharge cycles means twice the cycles, 33% discharge cycles and you can reasonably expect three times the cycles.
jaycocreek 04/22/21 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

Just for kix I went to Amazon this morning and typed in 100ah lithium battery and just in the first two pages there was 10 Lifepo4 100ah batteries for under $500...That makes them not overly expensive anymore imho and a good reason to make the change if someone has been on the fence on going lithium.. After being on the fence myself for sometime and finally buying one and using it,I could not be more impressed..
jaycocreek 04/22/21 08:11am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

I can tell you this about lithium,there are more opinions on what to do and what not to do than I ever expected...One guy says this and another says that then Battleborn itself answers questions and the experts disagree...No kidding.. So I guess it's common sense that prevails and of course your battery maker...Good support is mandatory in my opinion so there advice trumps the experts..lol I read that regular old voltage meters do not work with lithium..Wrong,atleast in my case..I check my battery daily for SOC and voltage with a Victron smart shunt but my old regular voltage meter is spot on,all but exactly the same except to the tenths not hundreths...Yet nobody agrees on voltage as a way to tell capacity...Some say it is others say it isn't.... So I won't argue anything lithium because there is no absolute it appears..lol
jaycocreek 04/21/21 10:56am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

Add required B2B charger and you are in 4-digits very fast. That's funny,I don't have one..lol Your a redneck of sort with work arounds..Easy to do..A B2B is not necessary..
jaycocreek 04/21/21 10:19am Truck Campers
RE: Are lithium batteries worth the cost?

They are definitely worth it,especially for a truck camper..100ah lifepo4 batteries start around $399 with quite a few in the $400 range and a bunch in the $500 range...Buy 2 good agm's for 100ah and your in the $400's..Most lifepo4 advertise 2000 cycles to 0% and of course more at 20%/30% or less.. There lighter and charge faster..Just last week I put 50ah back into my battery in less than 3 hours making it 100% full..Can't do that with my lead acid..I am 6 hours short of 10 days using my Engel fridge/freezer set at 35 degree's and I am at 43% battery capacity on my 120ah lithium battery. My battery spread sheet say's 6000 cycles to 80% and I paid less than $600 tomy door for 120ah and I am glad I went this way for my TC..To each there own but you don't have to buy a Battleborn and pay there price because the competition is growing fast and as said above,DIY lifepo4 are cheaper yet and easy to do anymore.. JMHO
jaycocreek 04/21/21 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: Pinging

Do a Google search on Ford V-10 pinging,there's a ton of post and other people with the same issue..
jaycocreek 04/20/21 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: LFP on Shore Power with Inverter/charger?

FWC has shown how temperature changes the LFP voltage so much that you can't really use the voltage/SOC table if I understand him on that. I don't know if you can use a temp/voltage table and allow for the temp so you get "close enough". The main thing you want to know while camping is whether you need to haul out the gen today or can it wait till tomorrow to do a recharge. You need your SOC now to decide that based on your planned usage between now and tomorrow. Solar is part of that decision of course. "Close enough" is where the accuracy of the voltage reading matters. An AH counting monitor would be a better guide IMO, with your estimated adjusted for temp, low load, "resting" voltage as a rough cross-check. So far I have found what StirCrazy said to be fairly accurate on voltage...Going on 9 days running my Engel fridge/freezer set at 35 degree's...And note the accuracy of the dumb voltage meter..LOL https://i.imgur.com/SBtTCtu.jpg height=640 width=340 https://i.imgur.com/yf2nzj0.png height=640 width=340
jaycocreek 04/20/21 10:24am Tech Issues
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