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RE: Charging Timer?

Gdetrailer, Does it retain it's "memory" if the power goes off? Similar models from Intermatic actually have a battery to run the clock. Personally, I use an old fashioned mechanical lamp timer on my battery maintainer. I just set it for about 4 hours per day. Who cares which 4 hours.
theoldwizard1 10/25/21 06:14am Tech Issues
RE: Windshield gasket leak

There is only one way to PROPERLY repair this. Have a professional remove the windshield and replace the gasket. 2 problems. I had to buy a new windshield to get a new gasket. If there is any rust on the surface under the gasket (likely) it must be properly repaired, primed and painted or the leak will be back shortly.
theoldwizard1 10/25/21 06:07am Tech Issues
RE: Test for charging house batt

Yes ! A lead acid battery will be charging if it is receiving 13.8V or more.
theoldwizard1 10/25/21 06:01am Tech Issues
RE: Cheapest Li I've seen

The major companies are trying to stick to there crazy pricing they started when they were the only players, ... TRUE ! My gut tells me there are likely going only a couple of companies in China manufacturing the actual individual cells. No markings but they could be the same cells as what Battle Born uses. Same is true with the BMS. The only leaves assembly as the difference.
theoldwizard1 10/24/21 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: I want to run a microwave on an inverter

If you regularly use that kind of power and don’t have a recharging source like a generator or solar, you likely won’t get them recharged while towing. The generator is still the way to go. Not true if you are using a DC-DC charger !
theoldwizard1 10/19/21 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Residential fridge

We are all just shooting in the dark until we know what make and model refrigerator you have. Or at a minimum, is it a true 12V DC refrigerator or does it run on 120V AC from an inverter. Two things that will improve its operation while towing are 1) a DC-DC charger and 2) a better battery, like lithium ion.
theoldwizard1 10/17/21 05:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Amps Draw and Voltage Drop Question 2

If the furnace draws 8 amps and there is a 0.2v drop when it is on ... To properly measure voltage drop you need measure between the connection at the motor and the positive post on the battery.
theoldwizard1 10/16/21 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: DC-DC Charger Wiring Input Suggestions

If you have the Power Pole connectors use them. Periodically clean grease the contacts.
theoldwizard1 10/10/21 07:32am Truck Campers
RE: No start

Remove the battery cable at the battery. Clean the cable ends and the battery posts using baking soda and water and a stiff brush. Continue until it stops bubbling. Rinse well with fresh water. When reconnecting the cables to the battery make sure the are tight. Lace a large gob of Vaseline over the cable end and battery post.
theoldwizard1 10/10/21 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended warranty experiences

Write a letter to your State's Attorney General.
theoldwizard1 10/08/21 02:48pm Truck Campers
RE: 07 E450 Class C rear air bags better handling while towing

Ford E-Series chassis always require a LOT MORE caster angle than the factory specs. Regardless of what your inspection showed, I would replace all 4 ball joints. Put the cupped tires on the rear.
theoldwizard1 10/06/21 03:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Which inverter?

You DEFINITELY. Want a pure sine wave inverter. They cost a bit more, but are worth it. Lots of brands too choose from. If all you are going to use it for is the DVD and the TV and maybe a laptop charger, 300W - 500W is plenty.
theoldwizard1 10/06/21 07:39am Tech Issues
RE: Best WIFI Hotspot

Find one that has external antenna inputs.
theoldwizard1 10/04/21 08:24am Technology Corner
RE: Adding more Solar and DC-DC charger

Next I would look at the fastest way of charging. I don't know anything about Li batteries so I cannot offer specific help. The fastest way to recharge any battery is a 75A+ power supply. This would need about 1500W of AC input power. Look up MexicoWander's post on his Frankenstein system. Fully MANUAL (timer)? It gets most of the charge fast and then you can hook up and automatic charger to finish it off. Will Prowse like his 75A AIMS CON120AC1224DC converter/charger.
theoldwizard1 10/03/21 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Adding more Solar and DC-DC charger

add a 200amp high output alternator and a renogy 60 amp dc to dc charger Don't waste your money on the high output alternator. The Remote DC-DC charger is a good idea, but idling your vehicle to recharge your batteries is not the most energy efficient method.
theoldwizard1 10/03/21 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: simple laptop solution for RV travel

... I'm looking for a simple 13"-15" laptop to use with a phone hotspot to pay bills and check emails and some simple browsing like trip planning, RV forums and craigslist. A couple of items Make sure it has Full HD resolution (1920x1080) and IPS 16GB of memory SSD is worth the money Your big problem will be bloatware. The last 4 or 5 laptops I have set up for myself and friends, the first thing I did was record the MicroSoft License Key, scrape the disk (including factory recovery partitions) and install the MicroSoft Retail version of Windows 10. Huge performance difference. (Not for everyone, but I did my own 8GB - 16GB and SSD upgrades. I saved a lot of money and used the old hard drive as an external HD for backup !)
theoldwizard1 10/03/21 11:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Starting my research

Hybrid. Maximum interior room and easy to tow.
theoldwizard1 10/03/21 11:07am Beginning RVing
RE: House battery charging options

Of all the options I would get a small 2K watt Inverter Generator and run it during the day time to top off the batteries. Depending on the frequency of usage, I still believe a good 40A - 60A DC-DC charger and using the tow vehicle is a reasonable solution to recharging a house battery.
theoldwizard1 09/29/21 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: Battle Born BB8D

Anyone have a reliable source for good cells and BMS? https://docantech.en.alibaba.com Ask for Jenny Wu. Shipping top quality EVE280 from Houston TX. I use this BMS. Limited to 120 amps but very solid reliability. https://overkillsolar.com/product/bms-120a-4s-lifepo4/ Ordered 12 cells yesterday, should have them in a week or two. Please follow up on this purchase !
theoldwizard1 09/29/21 11:10am Tech Issues
RE: Heavy Class C Tire thoughts

Letter and ply ratings are not the most accurate weight rating. It should be embossed on the side wall.
theoldwizard1 09/28/21 04:33pm Class C Motorhomes
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