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RE: Costco battery?

Get the largest battery that will fit in your box. Don't waste your money on a "marine" battery.
theoldwizard1 05/23/19 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone use a new LIFAN generator?

I noticed LIFAN generators on a Web retailer. What caught my attention was It was EFI inverter unit enclosed. A 7000 watt unit was around $1600. Was thinking for a home backup unit, I tell the same thing to anyone think of a home backup generator. How much power do you REALLY need ? You need a HUGE generator to run AC or a heat pump. For homes with a gas furnace, hot water, gas cooking and clothes drying, you can "get by" on 3000W or less. 2000W if you are careful.Where are you going to store your fuel ?Do you have room to SAFELY store a lot of fuel ?How many hours of continuous operation are required.Liquid fuel should be used up every 6 months. Are you prepared to do that ?
theoldwizard1 05/23/19 09:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tiny Soldering "gun"?

I am working on micro-size parts that challenge perspective perspectives when trying to describe to others. Imagine an EIGHT conductor plug that can fit perhaps 15 (or 20) pieces atop a postage stamp. Remember, each plug has eight pins. Jeez now to describe the pins :( First, before solder each joint CLEAN THE TIP ! Use a damp sponge or a damp rag to wipe it clean. The tip should be shiny with solder before attempting a connection. You need an iron with some kind of heat control. Either feedback to a built in temperature controller or even the old fashioned irons that the Curie Point to control temp. Second, use the "old fashion" tin/lead solder. Anything else is a pain in the butt ! Available on eBay for sure. What most "makers" on YouTube use is a TS80 or a TS100. Not cheap. https://oscarliang.com/ts80-soldering-iron-ts100/
theoldwizard1 05/23/19 09:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Extended Service Plan

Most service plans do NOT cover appliances like A/C or water heater. Better read the fine print about roof leaks and how much damage they will cover. (It is not uncommon for a roof leak to cause major wall delamination and rotted floor.) Also, most service plans do not cover anything on the engine or chassis.
theoldwizard1 05/21/19 06:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Boarder crossing insanity - CBP gone crazy...

We are not there yet, but I encourage anyone who crosses the US/Canada border regularly to get a passport. It will make it much easier getting into the US !
theoldwizard1 05/21/19 06:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: At least I found an honest dealer...

Used RV are like used cars. THEY WILL NEED REPAIRS ! For example, unless the previous owner did METICULOUS maintenance figure any RV over 5-8 years weill need a new roof. Not a "coating", a new roof ! The problem is on RVs it is easier for there to be SERIOUS hidden damage, especially if you don't know where to look !
theoldwizard1 05/21/19 06:39pm Beginning RVing
RE: Switch to LIFePO4?

One of my concerns is the limitation on charging and discharging below 0C. We don’t have those conditions often here in Canada, but it is a consideration. I'm sure Montreal gets below freezing often. Did you mean below 0F ?
theoldwizard1 05/19/19 09:23am Tech Issues
RE: Motor with many miles on it

However, I would like opinions on potential problems that could develop on such a well used motor and transmission. Also an estimate on how many miles a motor would still be effective before needing replacement. It is a Ford V10 engine. The motor DOES have one high mileage issue. Timing chain. It is also one of those repairs that you "might as well" replace the timing chain guides, tensioners and oil pump (replace with a HD oil pump). My SWAG is getting this done at a Ford dealer would cost about $1,000. The flip side is, you might drive another 100k miles with no issues ! New shocks, ball joints, tie rod ends and full brake job will cost almost $1,000.
theoldwizard1 05/17/19 04:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Anyone ever use one of these

I have one of those gizmos. The idea is simple enough. It does help to have the big tank warm, like sitting in the sun for a while, and the tiny tank ice cold. I could not get the vent open on my little 1 pounders which is an important step, need to let the air out so the liquid can flow in. Maybe 50% or less transfer without opening the vent. Use a non-medical grade hemostat. Cheap at Harbor Freight.
theoldwizard1 05/16/19 11:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone ever use one of these

Air???? How did air get in a used 1 lb propane bottle? When its empty and connected to an appliance with the valve open? It might not be "air", it might be propane "vapor". The bottom line is you want to put as much LIQUID propane into your cylinder as is reasonable. Segue - connecting a hose between and empty and a full 20 lb tank will result in two tanks half full. They will "equalize". The simple solution is to use a hose that is long enough that full bottle can be placed in the sunshine and other in the shade or better yet in a container of cold water. 10-20F will cause enough difference in pressure that, over 30-60 (?) minutes the empty one will be mostly full.
theoldwizard1 05/16/19 11:29am General RVing Issues
RE: realistic power usage

Hi all. This weekend is the first trip with our new to us camper. Last was used primarily as a tent on wheels when we had no hydro. To clarify for those who do not speak "Canadian", "hydro" means AC power ! The vast majority of the population of Canada get their power from Niagara Falls, hence "hydro". Most of the folks in Western Canada still use the term, but they are NOT getting their power from Niagara Falls !
theoldwizard1 05/16/19 11:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Electricity and electric and magnetic fields (EMFs)

EMF is usually does not affect mammals. Properly designed (and TESTED) electrical equipment does not create enough EMF to interfere with other electrical equipment. I have spoken with people who HAVE encounter EMF (also called radio frequency (RF) interference). One was very near an extremely powerful antenna array. Another was a trucker using an illegal amplifier on a CB radio.
theoldwizard1 05/16/19 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: New Tires for Tow Vehicle

check out https://www.tirerack.com/tires/michelin-tires.jsp. The LTX AT 2 is a all terrain (AT) type tread and may be a bit noisy compared to a all season type tread. It has a good performance rating. The LTX M/S is a all season (AS) and shows to have a very good performance rating. The tread should be a bit quieter. The LTX AS is a all season tire. Tirerack shows to have a very poor performance rating from customers. Excellent summary ! Switching from "P" (passenger car) to "LT" (light truck) may give a harsher ride, but the tires will last longer and you will notice less sway when towing.
theoldwizard1 05/15/19 06:53pm Towing
RE: Those dang mineral streaks

Try vinegar. The stronger the better.
theoldwizard1 05/15/19 06:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are these 12v parallel batteries wired incorrectly?

There are several things that can cause battery post corrosion (fluffy deposits). If the deposits are only around the post, most likely, there is a gas leak (charging generates hydrogen gas) between the post and the battery housing. A good gob of Vaseline or dielectric grease under and on top of the battery terminal will act as a seal. Second, despite what is "advertised", lead acid battery do NOT like to be continuously trickle charged/"maintained". It will shorten their life. If the battery is in storage, a few hours per day is adequate. FYI - Two 6v golf cart batteries will likely cost less and last longer. Of course the would have to be wired in SERIES !
theoldwizard1 05/15/19 06:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone ever use one of these

Watch some YouTube on it first. I like this video because it addresses 2 issues ! First, safety. Note, he has a table set up OUTDOORS ! Lots of ventilation. Second the biggest problem with refilling small bottle is getting the air out of the bottle so that you can get a full LP charge. He show a cert simple and quick way to do this !
theoldwizard1 05/15/19 06:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does my 6v have a bad internal connection?

I used to make extra money by repairing broken terminals. RV terminals were a specialty. They were replaced by L Pads. What is an L Pad ? This ? http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=8492&d=1244573374 height=640 width=420
theoldwizard1 05/15/19 06:06am Tech Issues
RE: Does my 6v have a bad internal connection?

You can see how attaching alligator clips to the thread post will result in resistance and voltage drop. Well that sucks. Lets say i wanted to charge these batteries right now using a charger equipped with alligator clips. https://i.imgur.com/O3ndoT1l.jpg Replace those battery charger clips with some GOOD ones, like Mueller BU46 (large) or BU41 (extra large). Very reasonable on eBay.
theoldwizard1 05/14/19 09:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Does my 6v have a bad internal connection?

I used to make extra money by repairing broken terminals. RV terminals were a specialty. They were replaced by L Pads. What is an L Pad ?
theoldwizard1 05/14/19 08:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Negative/Ground wire

On the next two trailers, there was no negative wire. Negative was grounded to the frame at the converter and at the batteries with a fairly small self-tapping hex head screw. My concern is long term corrosion at the frame grounding point. 1) Am I being overly concerned? No ! 2) Is there anything wrong with adding a negative wire, but leaving the frame connections? Yes, you will create a "ground loop", which could potentially depleat the battery. Without getting too technical, connect a multimeter to the battery post and then touch connection of the converter (or other grounds) with the other probe. You could be reading over 100 mV ! Not good. Go one way or the other. Copper wire to all negative load connections OR connect to the chassis. If you are using the chassis for ground, inspect those connections at least once a year. At the first sign of corrosion, remove the screw, clean the chassis to bare metal, re-install with a stainless screw and put a good "gob" of dielectric grease on top.
theoldwizard1 05/14/19 08:45pm Tech Issues
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