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RE: Are the new WFCO's as crappy as the old ones?

According to their ads, the latest version of the WECO converters "automatically" sense what type of battery is installed, and switch to the appropriate voltages. That said, if they do it like they did with the older converters, I'll believe it when I see it.
vermilye 01/20/23 09:54am Tech Issues
RE: LTO batteries

Hi all, It looks as if LTO batteries are becoming available. I've written to the company below for pricing on a 100 amp-hour nominal 12 volt battery. They can be charged at 10 C. (i.e. 1000 amps) They work from -50 c (-58 f) to 60 C (140 f) The cycle life is 30,000 Assuming a 100 amp-hour jar: They can be drawn from at up to 10 C (1000 amps or 12000 watts) They can be drawn continuously at 3C (300 amps or 3600 watts) It seems to me that they would be a great choice where battery space is limited. https://www.osnpower.com/12v100ah-lithuim-titanate-battery-lto-12v100ah-deep-cycle-life-12v100ah-lithuim-battery-12v-100ah-lto-battery-pack_p228.html from OSN POWER Anyone know much about them? https://www.osnpower.com/lto-batteries_c10 I'd also ask about the physical size of a 100 amp hour 12V battery. Since it appears that the energy density is close to 1/3 that of a standard lithium battery, it may be impracticably large.
vermilye 01/02/23 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

While I did replace my converter with a lithium compatible version, in retrospect, I didn't need to. My 320 watts of solar through a lithium compatible solar controller provides most of the battery recharging. The WFCO probably won't go into bulk so it won't bring the lithium batteries to full, but the solar controller will usually provide the final 20%. Since you primarily dry camp, the converter isn't as necessary as it would be for those without solar that camp with utilities. As pianotuna said, try it first. I'd only make the change if I had to depend on a generator to recharge the batteries. A lithium compatible converter will shorten charging time.
vermilye 12/07/22 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

Many battery users are unaware that consumer-grade lithium-ion batteries cannot be charged below 0°C (32°F). Although the pack appears to be charging normally, plating of metallic lithium occurs on the anode during a sub-freezing charge that leads to a permanent degradation in performance and safety. You are more aware of battery chemistry than I, so hopefully you can answer this question. I am aware if the cod charging issue, but can you store or discharge LiFePO4 batteries below freezing ? How far below ?It may be different for other manufacturers, but my Battleborn batteries can be discharged down to -4°F. They can be stored well below freezing, preferable at 80% SOC, and they suggest not traveling with them below -15°F because the internal supports may fracture due to the cold & vibrations.
vermilye 12/06/22 01:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

I made the change to lithium 4 years ago and have been pleased with the change. While it is getting a bit dated, here is the documentation of the change, although prices have come down, particularly if you look at sources other than Battleborn. I currently winter camp, but it is at Quartzsite, AZ with temperatures rarely going below freezing, and daytime temperatures in the 50's or above. That said, I have followed your adventures, and you do enough cold weather camping that I'd be concerned about charging. While the lithium battery will be OK discharging down to -4*F or so, as others have pointed out they should not be charged below 32°F. Heated batteries are a solution, but you still need to find the energy to heat them. You mentioned days only going up to 30°F with 10° nights - it may be tough to carry enough solar to bring the battery up to charging temperatures after a 10°F night. Unless you carry a generator, a couple of cloudy days may leave you unable to catch up.
vermilye 12/06/22 08:41am Tech Issues
RE: CGs Near Osseo/Eau Claire, WI w/o Minimum Stay Requirement?

You don't say WHEN this summer, and that is the kicker. Many, many campgrounds institute a minimum 2 night stay on major holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day. It is because demand is so high, they sell out early, and rather than take a loss on a site they could have filled both nights, they make it mandatory. I have never run into a minimum 2 night stay except on one of those major holiday weekends. So I'm guessing you are talking about one of those holidays, and all I can say is "good luck" finding one. Might just be the night you spend in a Wally World parking lot. Given how popular camping is on those weekends, you are very likely to find that finding a place to stay at all on the second night of that weekend will be very difficult. If you really want to camp, this might be God's way of telling you to sit still for that second night. I know, not what you wanted to hear. I wish I could point you to the campground of your dreams for a single night that weekend. Best of luck finding what you want, and remember to stay safe out there. Good point, however, I am NOT referring to one of those weekends, as of course it would be obvious that such a requirement may be in place, and if so it would probably be three nights. It is possible there is a local festival that weekend, which would be prudent for me to investigate, and a quick search indicated there was no such thing. We travel a lot, and to many places, and this is unique. Generic weekend stay requirements in the middle of WI? Just seemed odd.Not all that unique. Some NY State Parks have 2 day minimums throughout most of the summer.
vermilye 12/02/22 08:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leadville, CO

I definitely prefer the Forest Service campgrounds on Turquoise Lake, but they are tough to get into on weekends, and are, of course, not in the city.
vermilye 11/06/22 09:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leadville, CO

While it has been awhile, I stayed atSugar Loafin'. As noted on their web page, they don't reopen util May 13th...
vermilye 11/05/22 03:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Visible Phone Hotspot

Just a curious question as to why folks are using travel routers. It seems most phones/mifi devices have a hotspot feature where they can share the connection so I wanted to know of why go through the trouble of all the other setups people have. One advantage of a cell modem (travel router) is the ability to add an external antenna. In fact, most cell modems have two antenna connections, allowing dual external antennas in a MIMO configuration resulting in considerable data speed increases.
vermilye 10/27/22 08:26am Technology Corner
RE: fresh water hose

2X on the RVWaterFilter store hoses. While expensive, they will make any length, have great fittings, don't kink, and well worth the extra $.
vermilye 10/23/22 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Natchez Trace State Park

If you are punching the location in your GPS, don't confuse the location with Natchez State Park, which is in Mississippi...
vermilye 08/31/22 04:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

I used a DOKIO 300 watt folding panel over the winter in Quartzsite. Made a 3/4"PVC frame to keep it tiled in the correct angle. It came with a controller, although I didn't use it - tied it in with the rooftop solar panels.https://www.lakeshoreimages.com/22trip/images2210/IMG_2281.jpg width=640
vermilye 06/20/22 03:44pm Tech Issues
RE: New River Gorge NP

Babcock State Park is about 20 miles from the New River Gorge National Park. A campground with electric only first come sites (bathrooms with showers) and a very pretty grist mill: https://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images148/ASE_1299.jpg height=480
vermilye 06/12/22 09:16am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

While I tow a 4700 lb 21' Escape fiberglass trailer with a F150, I often travel with friends that tow a 16' Scamp with a Toyota Sienna mini van. No need to sleep in the van - a bed, bathroom with shower & a pair of bunk beds in front and a bed/dining table in the back in the Scamp. They leave the rear area set up as a permanent bed & eat at lap tables or outside. Well under the 3500 lb limit on the Sienna.
vermilye 06/07/22 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hughes Auto PWD50

looks like normal pricing - even cheaper at eTrailer & Amazon. I prefer a built in EMS rather than external...
vermilye 06/03/22 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: RV Park recommendations for Alaska

Along with the Milepost, which I find a bit too commercial, check out The Traveler's Guide to Alaskan Camping by Mike Church. Far more useful. If you start the Alaskan Highway at Dawson Creek, stop at the visitor center for their fuel & campground guide handout. Probably the most up to date list available (if they are still doing it). We made the trip in 2015 and found the Teklanika Campground in Denali a good location - you can't drive after hauling your trailer to the campground, but you have a open pass for the buses for your entire stay. Even in 2015 Teklanika was "full" (with lots of empty sites) by the time we got there. We made reservations in December for a July visit. Our Alaska Trip.
vermilye 05/28/22 02:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hot water element

It might, depending of the device. Again, I'd use an adapter & plug the trailer into a GFCI just to be sure the heating element isn't shorted to the tank water. A short to the water might not draw enough current to trip a breaker, but be enough to trip a GFCI.
vermilye 05/05/22 03:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water element

If he destroyed the cladding on the element it may still work, but cause a GFCI receptacle to trip due to electrical leakage to the water. I'd plug the trailer into a GFCI to check before he ends up in a situation where he needs to plug into one.
vermilye 05/05/22 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Antelope Canyon

While it has been awhile, here is a link to my Upper Antelope Canyon Photo tour. It also has a link to a tour of the Lower Antelope Canyon. I know they have stopped the photo tours, and there are probably many changes, but I'd do my best to visit off season (when ever that is) since it can be very crowded. While there check out Horseshoe Bend.
vermilye 04/14/22 04:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Parking permits in the GSMNP

I was at Zion and thought the shuttle system was the WORST I have seen anywhere in the world. I will NEVER use them again. I will only go when I can use my own car to get around.Well, I was at Zion the day before the shuttle system opened for the season, and every parking pull off was full with cars parked along the road for a half mile or so either side of every pullout. Many sections were reduced to one lane with volunteers trying to guide traffic. A complete zoo. While the shuttle system isn't perfect, it is far better than the results when there is nothing.
vermilye 04/08/22 09:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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