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RE: Renogy DC-DC Charger UPDATE 2 Test

The you tuber "Foresty Forest" from Alberta has just built out another van. He uses a Renogy DCDC charger. He installed a high output alternator on his GM 6 litre engine. In this video at about 2 minute mark he said the system charges the lithium battery at about 1ah per minute. Foresty Forest
noteven 02/28/21 06:17am Tech Issues
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

... I've got a boat stuck in Canada (Sidney) and they won't let me in. Friends of mine tried twice, once driving through Vancouver and another time flew to Victoria, both times got turned back without humor. HMSBeagle - commercial traffic across the border is not closed. Suggest you contact a tow boat or similar operation to sail your boat to a US harbor for you. It is a complicated problem. Commercial tow is phenomenally expensive and until fairly recently very few wanted to try it because of the risk (might get stuck in 14 days quarantine). There are now a few delivery captains that have worked out the kinks, so with luck my boat will get delivered next month. Boat has to get launched first, I'm not there to recommission it - it's complicated. Ok. Ya I was thinking hire it sailed to the US. I hope everything works out.
noteven 02/27/21 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

Just hit T.C. site. More stuff coming in Mar. They look pretty neat. But looks like their targeting the tent campers that just want a step up to something more secure and dryer. Which is a smart market to fill. I'd be in that market. Maybe they'll eventually make bigger units. Just think they'd be smarter with their leg brackets by having tab's that go under the corners to help with load bearing. Bert I got lost in the thread here. Total Composites is a commercial truck body manufacturer. They will include backing for all kinds of mounts and brackets in the floor and rear wall panels of a camper body. I think they told me panels can be up to 48 feet long.
noteven 02/26/21 10:06am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

... I've got a boat stuck in Canada (Sidney) and they won't let me in. Friends of mine tried twice, once driving through Vancouver and another time flew to Victoria, both times got turned back without humor. HMSBeagle - commercial traffic across the border is not closed. Suggest you contact a tow boat or similar operation to sail your boat to a US harbor for you.
noteven 02/26/21 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: DC-DC Charging ?

The cleanest connector I've figured so far is the trolling motor 3 pole - + and - from vehicle battery plus + wire to turn on the DCDC charger. On my pickup there is no need to wire into the cab from the battery. I think I can get where I need to go by using long booster cables wire as it is joined and easy to protect inside loom. I've seen a video where the owner jumped the DCDC turn on from the + battery cable coming in. He said this works but you have to remember to unplug the tow vehicle or the RV will continue to draw on the starting battery of the tow/haul vehicle. DCDC chargers are also isolators so current on flows one way from the starting battery. Again, any I've seen are supposed to be install close to the batteries they are charging. Yes it would be super convenient to have it on the truck because I have 2 trailers with batteries and a truck camper.... I'm thinking of a weather proof enclosure where it can still cool somewhere near the rear of the truck. When I'm done wasting time on that idea I'll throw hat on the ground and order more chargers :) In Europe these are called "Battery to battery" or B2B chargers - which kind of explains what they are for.
noteven 02/23/21 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: DC-DC Charging ?

I ran 2 x 6v golf car batteries and charged them through a diode isolator in our camper outfit in the 2000's. Dodge diesel with 160amp alternator. I connected with an Anderson plug and used big cables. "Charge wire" disconnected in the 7way camper cord. Never did get around to doing a solar spend on that camper - we didn't sit for much more that 3 or 4 days, temps at just below freezing or above, no inverter/AC loads, outside doing stuff all the time, never ran out of DC power. If batteries got a bit low in cold weather I would start the 300hp Cummins generator. We weren't full time but trips lasted 7 to 30 days a couple times a year. The DCDC charger is a more sophistimicated version of what I had before, adjustable for different batteries, controlled output. Near as I can figure. I think it is important not to have a second connection between the house batteries and the truck via the 7 way plug. When sizing wiring and connectors for the Renogy "40 amp" unit I have, I think the literature states input current is 1.3 times what output is so 40amp output will be running 60amp on the input side. I see Marinco trolling motor connectors rated at 70amp.
noteven 02/21/21 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: DC-DC Charging ?

I’m thinking of using a 3 pole electric trolling motor connector to make the connection between truck and camper. One pole for the ignition on wire that turns the charger on and the other two for size large cable to carry the charge current. I will disconnect the “charge wire” in the camper 7 way plug.
noteven 02/21/21 05:17am Tech Issues
RE: oh joy...........

Can a guy install the factory brake control module and controls in a new to you truck like Marty's?
noteven 02/19/21 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: oh joy...........

That's a nice truck Marty.
noteven 02/19/21 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: New F350 owner seeks TC information

A phone call to Lance will clear up the c of g question. A phone call to the jack oem will tell you the lift inches so you can measure the camper.
noteven 02/16/21 03:22pm Truck Campers
RE: oh joy...........

Dang it! Oh well they won't be able to charge you $300 for "diagnostics" annyways...
noteven 02/14/21 11:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chassis Ground on a Bigfoot truck camper????

Just subscribed to Delta Bravo :) Sounds like you have a nice setup going there Gulfman
noteven 02/14/21 06:57am Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

3 tons - take a look at a company in Florida called Custom Automatic Conversions they specialize in Allison to Cummins engine work. Fewer and fewer people are making that mistake. Swapping in an Allison is a $10,000++ proposition and it’s not worth it. A properly built 47RE Dodge trans is actually stronger. The bad reputation is all from people throwing power and weight at stock ones. Consider this: a whole lot of Chevy race trucks running Duramax engines have Dodge 47REs swapped into them!! Spend $5000-$7000 on building the Dodge trans instead. Ya the Dodge auto can be super built. When I priced an Allison swap I’m going from a manual 6 spd to the Allison and the Allison was going to have Allison reman warranty good at Allison dealers and be programmed for tow haul more like a medium duty truck. I had a buy lined up for my manual stuff so my net money was going to be around $6 or $7k. Not a race setup. Anyways I left it manual it’s semi retired to ranch work now and my camper truck is a Ford that has a 6 spd tow haul trans that works how I want it to.
noteven 02/13/21 04:18pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

yep that is the camper special. We have a trailer made out of the back end of one of those with a welding skid in it. It has a tool box where that spare tire carrier is. The metal gauge is not of the tin foil type :)
noteven 02/13/21 01:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

That's not a bad price. A Bahn molded shell is around $35K - 40K. I'm pretty sure I can have my boat builder custom build one for less than that. But probably not less than $20K. Yes and the Total kit is insulated and fully finished inside. If you don't want the clinical white fiberglass inside you can add some materials - everyone I've seen on line installs some flooring, most leave the walls and ceilings and build out with nice wood furniture. My Cirrus has a "one step lower than Arctic Tern" "Euro" windows -maybe made by Dometic? I forget. They are great windows except they are acrylic so I clean with Plexus and they will scratch if you run them in the bush. Apparently you can wet sand scratches out of them.
noteven 02/13/21 01:05pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

Kayteg1 - who built your truck camper with a c of g that removes weight from the steer axle and why would they do that do you think? My camper loaded for camping removes 100 lbs off the steer axle. Thanks specta - I've owned 5 various campers and all were c of g ahead of the rear axle on 2006 and 2012 trucks. I always want tow capability with my camper so I look for c of g as far ahead as possible. Learn something every day. :)
noteven 02/13/21 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

Kayteg1 - who built your truck camper with a c of g that removes weight from the steer axle and why would they do that do you think? My camper loaded for camping removes 100 lbs off the steer axle. Thanks specta - I've owned 5 slide in campers and non was built with the c of g behind the rear axle - But come to think of it "Camper Special" trucks used to be built on a longer wheelbase than a std 8ft box truck so I bet some campers from those days would be aft c of g on a modern pickup. Learn something ever day :)
noteven 02/13/21 08:37am Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

1200 lbs for a 9' floor isn't bad - I think a custom built layup might be 900 lbs. Total Composites don't have much info on their website about their kits, out of curiosity what sort of ballpark cost was quoted for that unit, if you don't mind telling? One of the problems with production RVs is that the cheap sealants they use are just good enough to keep the leaks at bay for the warrantee period, and that is all they care about. It was around US $13,000 inc Cdn import duty & fees plus container freight of US$3500 to me located inland 900 miles from the port. My quote was subject to the final amount of steel I would want in the floor panel for attachments and jack points etc. The bodies are made to order so all dimensions are custom within their parameters. Mine was a flatbed model. They are doing slide in pickup kits now too.
noteven 02/13/21 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: New Ford 7.3 Gas

That new 7.3 is way above the old 7.5 460 gasser.. I am impressed. My f250 with it's 4100lb camper on and towing a 2500lb trailer or a 2,000 lb toad it pulled quite good but on some real steep curvy roads it was close to running out of power! Like coming out of Shelter Cove Calif.. and some other places.. 4.10 rear and E4od trans. Old 7.5 205-275 hp and 345-375 torque New 7.3 430 hp and 475 torque! That is some impressive numbers! Jim Haw, If I was a youngster like you I would have not one of these but a nice Dodge with a great diesel.. and a 6 speed Alison trans.. That is my want... Skipro3's truck to me is a great rig. Ok, I’m looking forward to seeing one in your driveway!! 3 tons 3 tons - take a look at a company in Florida called Custom Automatic Conversions they specialize in Allison to Cummins engine work.
noteven 02/12/21 12:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Bigfoot (old vs new)

HMS - yes Total Composites main business is temperature controlled commercial truck bodies which achieve total thermal break insulation at the lowest weight possible. Square corners = maximized volume and ease of fitting out the inside. The 9 ft floor plus queen bed cabover kit I’m looking at is estimated at 1200lbs. R20 walls, R30 roof and floor. Anyways right now I’m running a Cirrus camper. Aluminum frame, styro insulation, azdel plastic inside and out, fibreglass skin, aluminum roof. When it leaks nothing in the shell or floor would rot, and the water can run out the bottom. There are disadvantages to aluminum frames lack of thermal bridging in snowing outside conditions. I’ve had a “conventional” framed and rubber roof camper, $5000 damage from one screw on a roof rack leaking. I’ve had a fibreglass shell camper Kustom Koach / Kodiak- when it leaked before I owned it the water pooled in the tub of the camper and rotted a jack reinforcement area... So, yes, it is all the holes that make trouble ... It’s why I’m toying with a self build composite project. Normal outside stuff like solar panel brackets are glued to the body, no need for any holes in the roof, no mechanical fastening of any seams, doors and windows easy to seal in a rigid structure yada yada yada... There are other considerations with composite bodies - the rigidity has to be designed for to let the truck chassis rack and flex independently of the body etc. Like an old truck camper veteran told me one time, if you cannot put your camper upside down in the lake, and sail it to the far shore, it is going to leak every time it gets a chance over the years you own it...
noteven 02/12/21 11:54am Truck Campers
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