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RE: Boondocker converters vs.Progressive converters?

Yes that would be a single stage converter. Low for charging and a bit high for float charge in warm weather. So you are saying my WFCO is not three stage regardless of what the manual says?
rrupert 06/09/19 11:41am Tech Issues
RE: Boondocker converters vs.Progressive converters?

The WFCO 8955 is a three-stage converter and appears to be operating okay now but I am always keeping an eye on it.Have you ever seen boost mode 14.4 volts? After 3 days of minimal use do you actually see storage mode 13.2 volts? These are the functions that often just don't work. I have never seen the 14.4, but I have never let the batteries get down below 12.2 volts. The constant voltage is 13.7 while sitting on charge with just the LP/CO detector drawing any current.
rrupert 06/09/19 09:43am Tech Issues
RE: Boondocker converters vs.Progressive converters?

Duplicate post?
rrupert 06/09/19 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: Boondocker converters vs.Progressive converters?

Thanks for all the great information! I think I will be leaning toward the PD with the Charge Wizard when the time comes. The WFCO 8955 is a three-stage converter and appears to be operating okay now but I am always keeping an eye on it.
rrupert 06/09/19 09:28am Tech Issues
Boondocker converters vs.Progressive converters?

I have seen the Boondocker converters mentioned a lot but I haven't seen any reviews or comparisons anywhere. When my WFCO bites the dust I want to get something that is going to work well. Your thoughts?
rrupert 06/07/19 01:26pm Tech Issues
RE: House Battery Maintenance

The BatteryMinder float charger is meant to be left on the battery ALL THE TIME! That's what it's designed for! It constantly pulses the battery to ensure sulfation doesn't occur. Read up on them, you'll be surprised! I get 5 years or more out of my riding lawnmower 1 year batteries with no problems using one that's left connected to the battery any time the mower isn't in use - summer and winter. They never boil any of the water out of the batteries. It sounds like Rupert isn't knowledgeable about "Float" chargers. They don't taper down when the battery's full, they stop charging and monitor the battery till it needs another boost. I guess I didn't fully explain, what I meant was that you don't have to stay connected all the time but it is good to periodically connect the charger to bring the battery up to full charge. I have been using a Battery Tender for many years and it stays connected all winter.
rrupert 06/05/19 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: House Battery Maintenance

I second the advice to buy true deep cycle golf cart batteries. There are no 12 volt batteries that will perform nearly as well in this application. Other than that, keeping the batteries connected to a BatteryMinder whenever possible will help prolong their life. These chargers pulse the battery after their fully charged to prevent the sulfation that kills batteries. The cheapest place to buy them I've found is Northern Tools - https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200332201_200332201 https://www.northerntool.com/images/product/2000x2000/167/167981_2000x2000.jpg height=500 You don't have to keep the charger going continuously, just plugin for a day or two every month.
rrupert 06/04/19 11:07am Tech Issues
RE: How to add support to my Short Queen?

Take 3 or 4 2x2's and run them the length of the bed and screw them down from the top. Actually, the 2x2's should be put both lengthwise and crosswise because there is flex in both directions. Placing the partition between the under-bed storage area and the pass-thru storage will provide at least part of the cross bracing needed.
rrupert 06/04/19 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: How to add support to my Short Queen?

That is a common problem in the Jayco. You can add ribbing to the underside to strengthen it up and you can add a partition where the pass-through storage area meets the under bed space. Go the Jayco forum where you will find info on the subject: Underbed Partition
rrupert 06/03/19 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Sun Valley X-treme manual

See what you can locate on the Sun Valley website. Maybe you can request a copy or download one. Sometimes a Google search will turn up something.
rrupert 06/03/19 08:07am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Checking Generator oil question

Most engines should have the oil level checked when cold.
rrupert 05/22/19 06:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Northwood Runaround Rant

Jayco told me that I can obtain a schematic after the two year warranty expires. They don't want to take work away from their dealers. By the time dealers get around to doing the warranty work it will be expired anyway.
rrupert 05/22/19 06:42am Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes

Go for the self-adjusting brakes.
rrupert 05/15/19 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Expedition Towing Camper

I have a hard time believing anything a car or RV dealer/salesman has to say about towing.
rrupert 05/10/19 07:23am Towing
RE: Trailer safety chain hooks and F150

I had this problem on my 2012 F150 until I learned to put them on correctly. Point the hook end up and pull it through the loop from front to back, or towards you. Works slick as a whistle. Taking off is just as easy.
rrupert 04/29/19 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas engines in school buses coming back?

Here in Pennsylvania, having been blessed with lots of natural gas, many school buses have converted to CNG. In State College, Penn State, their public bus system has used CNG for many years.
rrupert 04/26/19 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Water Heater Barely Heating

You may have fallen victim to the infamous failing control board, especially if it's an Atwood WH. They have had a bunch go bad and have replaced them with ones built on this side of the Pacific.
rrupert 04/23/19 08:14am Tech Issues
RE: Tracking miles of trailer?

Does anyone know of anything else for tracking miles on the trailer? My 2018 F150 tracks trailer miles :) I have just purchased my 2016 F150 and have not yet hooked a trailer up to it... I think I can use my truck too. If so, an easy solution. Since you posted this, I looked it up and see that I have to manually tell the truck when I disconnect the trailer, but otherwise, it will track the miles. Cool. The truck will sense when the trailer is disconnected.
rrupert 04/17/19 06:13am Travel Trailers
RE: GPS Certainly Not a Perfect Science

Yes, it's been a little while since my Garmin was last updated. Guess I need to do it again. :) Garmin puts out map updates about three times a year. Also, software updates as needed.
rrupert 04/10/19 06:17am Technology Corner
RE: Valterra pull handle

In a situation like that, ViceGrips are your friend. You can at least get ahold of the rod to push or pull it. Then go get a new valve assembly.
rrupert 04/08/19 06:44am General RVing Issues
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