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RE: Lithium crossing the acceptance threshold…

As demand increases, the cheaply made batteries are flooding the market and the established name brands are overcharging. BUYER BEWARE !!
theoldwizard1 09/14/22 06:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Compressor refrigerator opinons

In general, they are much better at keeping things cool and frozen items frozen. Quality varies from manufacturer to manufacturer like any appliance. If you boondoggle you are going to need a lot more battery or LiFePO4. I also strongly suggest a DC-DC battery charger to make sure the batteries get fully charged while driving.
theoldwizard1 09/14/22 05:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Antennae or booster

Anyway we noticed a bunch of people that had little portable antennae things sitting out. They were white with a flat face about 12” square. They could be an Over-The-Air TV antenna. The BEST WiFi "hot spot" (capture cell phone signal and convert it to WiFi for Internet) have 2 connectors for antennas to receive cell phone signals and possibly 2 more for transmitting WiFi signals. Many different style of antenna and if they are portable, they don't have to cost an arm and a leg.
theoldwizard1 09/13/22 02:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Fiberglass Hairline Cracks

Go to a boat repair shop.
theoldwizard1 09/12/22 03:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Storing My Diesel Truck Over Winter Advice

Skip the maintainer. Make sure all fluids are topped off and the batteries are fully charged. Remove BOTH negative leads. For extra insurance, put blocks under the frame so that there is no weight on the tires.
theoldwizard1 09/11/22 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Open neutral

You are mixing up a converter with an inverter! A converter changes 120AC power to 12-volt DC. An inverter changes 12_volts DC to 120-volt AC power. Your surge protector is telling you that the power between the rig and shore power source has an open neutral. Are you using an adapter? Are you connecting to 30, 50 or 15/20 shore power? Assuming that you ARE using a converter and the power post is confirmed good and the surge protector is reporting an open ground, then the problem is between the post and the surge protector.
theoldwizard1 09/11/22 02:38pm Tech Issues
RE: AGM batteries & solar battery tender

Solar panels behind glass, especially if it is tinted, put out much less power.
theoldwizard1 09/11/22 02:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Converter not charging batteries

Or if it says WFCO just plan on replacing it. WFCO is what comes with most RVs. Concur, replace it with one that does multi-stage charging. If you are thinking about getting an inverter, now is the time to get a combination inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch.
theoldwizard1 09/09/22 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Repair Price

The compressor itself is about $200 and a new dryer another $50. Flushing out the entire system might use $30 worth of chemicals. $1800 sounds like the "I don't really want to do this job but if I do, they will have to pay for it" price. Shop around and I think you will find others that may be interested in doing your work. I concur !
theoldwizard1 09/09/22 01:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 Running hot

On this last trip I found my self hitting 240 on a couple of grades before I backed it down to "creep and crawl" to keep it from getting hotter. So....I am thinking to go through the usual subjects in this order....thermostat, fan, radiator hoses, water pump, then the radiator itself. OVERKILL ! Yes, 240 is hot, but with the newer high pressure (21 psi) cooling systems, you still had some cushion. I would always kick down a gear when towing up a grade with with my E150. My process for "flush and fill". • Drain coolant. Refill with plain water. Add flushing chemical (Prestone Flush). Double if you have a rear heater. Drive for at least 30 minutes. • Repeat • Drain. Refill with 100% coolant (there is still water in the engine). Drive for 30 minutes and then check and adjust the coolant strength
theoldwizard1 09/09/22 01:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Arctic Fox 1150 onboard batteries

I have a 2019 AF1150 and don't see any charging of the house batteries while driving, ... First, verify that you ARE getting power from the truck. Second, you really need a DC-DC charger. It creates the proper voltages to charge your lithium battery (different voltages than lead acid).
theoldwizard1 09/06/22 08:16am Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC charger

Think of it this way. You are trying to fill a water tank (charge the batteries to 100%). You are adding water at the top (power from the DC-DC charger). Some one occasionally opens a valve at the bottom for a few minutes (inverter must run the refrigerator). As long as the tank never runs completely empty (batteries below the level to tun the inverter) there are no problems.
theoldwizard1 09/02/22 04:49am Truck Campers
RE: Recent cost to install solar by an RV tech/shop???

Most RV places assume you have deep pockets. VERY DEEP POCKETS.
theoldwizard1 08/31/22 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Purchasing a Jackery or something similar....need help....

Ok, got more specifics from my husband....."Can the Jackery charge my house batteries which in turn will run my refrig, TV and coffee maker. We are planning to get a Jackery 1000 ... The Jackery can NOT directly charge your house batteries. You could plug the RV into the Jackery and then you converter would charge the batteries, but this is very INEFFICIENT! How are you charging your house batteries now with your 100W solar panel ? Jackery recommends their 1500 for a coffee maker (?). Buy as many solar panels as you can afford and can easily be mounted (and stored if they are portable).
theoldwizard1 08/31/22 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Purchasing a Jackery or something similar....need help....

If your batteries are not too old, and you don't plan to make more than one pot of coffee per day and watch a few hours of TV, you don't need one. More solar panels, yes ! When it comes time to replace them, get a pair of 6V golf cart batteries. Probably cheaper and they will store a bit more power. Do you have an inverter ? If not you want a pure sine wave, inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch and you can get rid of your old converter. I would buy a 2000W generator before I would buy one of those "solar generators". Nice but OVER PRICED !
theoldwizard1 08/31/22 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Why shouldn't I go this route? (AC Roof Delete)

If planning to run on solar-battery.... I would be looking at a 240v mini-split heat pump with 2x or 3x the SEER. Small mini-splits run on 120VAC.
theoldwizard1 08/29/22 07:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Why shouldn't I go this route? (AC Roof Delete)

It is a AC / Heater unit designed to fit under a bed or in my case the dinette seating in place of the current furnace. Granted, this is for the European market so it is setup for 240v but that is fust a flip of a switch on an inverter so not a big deal in my opinion. I have never seen an inverter that can change from 120VAC/60Hz to 230VAC/50Hz with a flip of the switch. I am all for heat pumps, but I would go with a known "name brand" that you can get service for before going with this one.
theoldwizard1 08/29/22 07:27pm Truck Campers
RE: DIY electrical system

Any vehicle charging system will not fully charge your auxiliary battery unless you you are using a DC-DC charger.
theoldwizard1 08/29/22 07:19pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Onan marquis 7000 shutting off after like 15 min/overheat

Exhaust leak.
theoldwizard1 08/29/22 07:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to the TT world

All of the brands I suggested use molded fiberglass construction. There is virtually no wood used in them, other than interior cabinetry and a wood floor inside another fiberglass shell. I think "eggshell campers" (that is what they call 100% fiberglass models) are great ! Two downsides. Most are small. The larger ones are EXPENSIVE !! Regarding appliances. I would seriously consider going 100% electric, no propane. Few people camp in cold weather some you really don't need a furnace. Take a small electric space heater to "take the chill off". Solar is nice, but first put your money into a good set of batteries and an inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch. A portable generator is a must ! If you really want to get radicle, skip the black water tank. Use a cassette or composting toilet.
theoldwizard1 08/27/22 06:09am Travel Trailers
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