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RE: Traveling Alone

I never married and travel alone.
steveh27 12/04/19 04:53am RV Lifestyle
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

I do not do facebook or any other social media.
steveh27 12/03/19 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

I removed the lifepo4 batteries from the rv & brought them inside. The trimetric meter said they had 72% SOC. Not sure how accurate that was. Inside their voltage is 13.4. I've hooked up a small led light to drain a bit of power. I know the voltage stays flat even as the SOC drops. I want to store them for months and know that's best at 60% SOC or so. ANy thoughts on what that may be for mine?
steveh27 12/02/19 05:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish tailgater

The small dish inside the tailgater can have a difficult time locking in all the sats if there are any trees or other potential obstructions. Frequently when I channel surf it will want to search again for sats.
steveh27 12/01/19 05:13am Technology Corner
RE: Battery Monitors

I have 200ah lifepo4 battery bank and pd 35 amp charger/converter and Trimetric meter. Here's what Bogart Mfg said about the Trimetric: We have a link below to the TM-2025's User Manual. In it you'll find, on pages 6 & 7, a description of all the 'P' parameters. For Lithium LFP batteries, the changes needed are as follows: P1 - 14.4 Volts. P2 - 2% of P3 (battery bank capacity) P3 - Battery Bank capacity in Amp-hrs P7 - L3 P10 - 98% P14 - 0.00 hrs http://www.bogartengineering.com/wp-content/uploads/docs/TM-2025%20Users%20Instructions062017.pdf Progressive Dynamics said to use the boost button to fully charge the battery. I am not using the RV now due to health issues, haven't since July. I've had the rv on shore power for 5 weeks now without pushing in the boost button as lifeo4 are best stored at 50-60% soc or so. My meter says SOC = 72% and it's not being charged, just maintained. It has gotten below freezing at night & the BMS is supposed to shut off the charging then. I hope this is working well. I could limp out and spend time unhooking from shore power & removing the batteries to bring inside. But if what I have now is OK I may leave it that way. Not sure though.
steveh27 11/28/19 06:27am Tech Issues
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

Nice heated compartment. My battery box has no room for a heater & is under my Class B so it gets cold. I noticed yesterday that it was not taking a charge probably due to the BMS shutting down the charging below 32. It got into the 20's. It does still allow a draw and the SOC is 72% so I think I'm OK.
steveh27 11/18/19 04:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Short Term Winterising

SImilar situation for me in Michigan. DUe to medical issues I am physically limited. I did drain all the water including the water heater. Nothing in the toilet. So only the lines have some water. I never thought about leaving the faucets open to allow for expansion - seems good. I've never blown out lines, always used the pink stuff. Still need to buy some, but cannot drive yet. I was hoping to use it over Thanksgiving, but my recovery seems too slow to allow that. I can't reach the water heater bypass valves. Need to find someone to do that. May hit 19 here next Monday night, and be below freezing for 48 hours, 20 degrees below normal.
steveh27 11/06/19 05:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile hot spots

Barney, As long as I keep buying service time I keep everything. Been doing that for a decade, just not with the smart phone.
steveh27 11/02/19 09:37am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile hot spots

Barney, I have a tracfone now for making calls when I travel. It is not a smart phone. I am thinking of buying one of those reconditioned smart phones from tracfone, but not getting the plan as I would only use it when on the road. I would buy service time, minutes & data as needed like I do now for the phone, for less than $20/month.
steveh27 11/02/19 06:16am Technology Corner
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

Thanks Mike. The battery draw from propane detector, etc is about 0.2 amps or about 5 amps per day. So without being plugged in it can draw down the SOC in a month.
steveh27 11/01/19 05:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile hot spots

I will not use a smart phone as a tv. Probably no more than an hour a week looking at radar & checking email. I do have Dish sat tv and a sat radio as well.
steveh27 10/31/19 11:27am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile hot spots

I do not stream anything. Have no smart phone now. If I went with comcast I would only use it to check some news and weather now & then. And then the unlimited free phone calls if on wifi or by a hotspot.
steveh27 10/31/19 08:39am Technology Corner
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

I installed 200 ah of lithium lifepo4 batteries in my small battery box in my 1997 Xplorer 230XL (classB) in early July. Then I fractured my hip & have been diagnosed w stage 1 multiple myeloma, a blood cancer. I had a partial hip replacement & am still recovering, was in the hosptial & rehab 3+ weeks. My Trimetric showed the batteries were almost totally discharged. Plugged the van in to shore power & it has been recharging slowly. The PD charger people told me to charge it full I should manually push in the boost button for lithium batteries. I have not been able to climb into the rv let alone reach down neaar the floor where the charger boost button is. The state of charge on the Trimetric shows 67% SOC with a little charging ongoing. So I think I'm OK with the batteries and it may be best to just leave it plugged in with the slow charging as the batt mfrs said it's best to store them near 50% SOC. Any thoughts on this?
steveh27 10/31/19 06:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mobile hot spots

My neighbor said with his comcast internet he can use a smart phone he bought from them for free if using wifi or any of the thousands of comcast hotspots country wide. If he is out of range then it costs only $12/mo for 1 gb data. I'm still trying to learn the details of this.
steveh27 10/31/19 06:11am Technology Corner
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

My experience dealt with Long Pine cg in the everglades. I had stayed there twice using my senior pass. There are no site hookups. They do have a communal water fill & dump site. The toilets are good and they have solar showers. A couple years ago I checked about going again & a private concessionaire was now in charge & refused to honor the senior pass discount. Almost seems like fraud to change it after the fact. I called & emailed complaints to the NPS but never heard back. I have not returned. I found other free boondocking sites. Just sad they want to take away our senior discount. By "change it after the fact" do you mean the price changed between when you made a reservation and when you arrived, or that the price basically went up (due to there no longer being a discount offered) between your previous stay and your inquiry? The former seems questionable, the latter in my opinion is nothing at all near fraud, any more than a store or restaurant raising their prices substantially. You, of course, have the option of taking your custom elsewhere, as indeed you did. Change it after the purchase of the senior pass which promised the discount. Now it's gone. They should have said the discount could betaken away at any time at their whim. That cg has no reservations.
steveh27 10/16/19 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

My experience dealt with Long Pine cg in the everglades. I had stayed there twice using my senior pass. There are no site hookups. They do have a communal water fill & dump site. The toilets are good and they have solar showers. A couple years ago I checked about going again & a private concessionaire was now in charge & refused to honor the senior pass discount. Almost seems like fraud to change it after the fact. I called & emailed complaints to the NPS but never heard back. I have not returned. I found other free boondocking sites. Just sad they want to take away our senior discount.
steveh27 10/16/19 07:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Generator pros and cons

I use my Honda 2000 once or twice a year. Does what I need. I follow the manuals instruction for storage; full gas tank with stabil, drain the carb, and it's good for up to a year. Pull a few times to get gas through the carb & she starts. Also used it when my house lost power for 3 1/2 days. Ran extension cords to power fridge, sat tv, computer, lights, and my neighbors fridge and a light. I used an extended tank to run it for over a day before refueling. I'm thinking of having a transfer switch installed or getting the furnace powerline altered to have a plug end so I could use an extension cord for it.
steveh27 10/12/19 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Comments on cancel your car Insurance

I have AAA insurance. In Early Dec I park the rv and will not drive it for months. I have AAA cut all coverage except comprehensive which covers damage to a 'stored' vehicle. I reinstate full coverage when I head to FLA in late Jan. That's when I cut all coverage to my car except comprehensive and leave it in Michigan. This saves almost $100/month, course Michigan has the highest insurance rates.
steveh27 10/01/19 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV toilet with a self contained holding tank

I have Thetford's recirculating toilet with it's own black tank.
steveh27 09/26/19 05:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: propane tank removal

rv jj, I see you are in my neighborhood. am interested in this as well. I have a 1997 Xplorer 230XL. I sand and paint my propane tank under the van every 2 years or so. But I'm thinking I should have it replaced. It seems only RV shops do that. None of the propane or tank places I have called do that. I would not try this myself. I found the tank for $470 or so, but the one rv shop, Klines in Warren, said they would supply the tank (to make the profit on it) and would charge $130/hour for the labor. Here is the tank. You can see where it is mounted. https://www.rvautoparts.com/6814-Manchester-Tank-Propane-Tank-ASME-Permanent-Mount-Tank_p_34213.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI38e8-trz4wIVy8DACh0sygokEAQYBSABEgIZMPD_BwE We should meet to show each our Xplorers.
steveh27 08/17/19 05:29am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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