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January 25, 2019 at 3:54 pm in reply to: FanTastic Fan Maintenance – Cleaning & Lubrication Attempt #54550
The screen is just held on by plastic tabs it snaps off and on, takes a bit of force. Always feels like I’m gonna break it. There is one spot where the plastic is raised a bit to start it out from.
We use BCAA. I looked at our policy and it says 10,000,000. We pay roughly a 1000 bucks for 6 months, I’m around 450 and Anne 550, she has a few preexisting.
Not sure what is a safe amount so went with the max, I don’t think it was that much more. what I did do, was up the deductible to $1000, since I’d rather not use it for minor ailments.
Cool, hope you get it fixed up. 🙂
Thanks, Chris, I find the 60 amp works great. For lead-acid battery charging each one will only take so much charging current even during the bulk charging phase. I think the rule of thumb is something like 15 amps per battery. AGM type can charge a little faster and lithium even faster.
It’s important to try and size everything in the system together, one weak link in the chain will lower the efficiency of the system. Most commonly it’s using undersized wiring and making poor connections. You see that a lot in shoddy solar installs.
The InteliPower may help a bit as its a higher quality charger. You could give it a try and see. The best way to improve the converter’s battery charging would be to relocate the converter closer to the battery bank or run a heavier gauge wire.
Happy RVing! :good:
[quote quote=54198]You are welcome Chris. Your choice of converter is independent of your 30 amp RV as that is the total amperage provided to your rig to operate the various AC loads in your rig. The determining factor is the output amp rating of your current converter, which you will want to match as your rig is likely to only have sufficient wire gauge to the battery for the unit provided. By putting a larger one in, you risk an electrical fire. So check the rating on your current converter. If you find it is lower than your proposed higher amp unit, you can run heavier gauge wire from the unit to the battery to handle the higher current. 45 – 55 amp converters are common, but yours may be different. I hope this helps.
Likely what would happen with an undersized wire is inefficient charging due to the voltage drop across the undersized wire. It would trick the converters smart charging circuitry into thinking the battery was charged more than it is and lower the output amperage.
This is the case with my OEM Keystone setup. Its a WFCO 55 amp with around 20-25 feet of 6 gauge cable from under the stove to the battery n front storage compartment. Which is IMHO undersized for the job. I never see anywhere near 55 amps because I never see the max 14.4-volt bulk charging at my battery, max I ever see is 13.6V, so my amperage is actually reduced, max around 30 amps even with a depleted battery bank. It also drops into float mode earlier than it should. I ended up with chronically undercharged batteries.
I think the RV industry prefers this over any chance of overcharging. Better to reduce the battery life with undercharging than risk the chance of overcharging with resulting gassing and potential harm.
I added a second InteliPower 60 amp converter right beside my 4 golf cart battery bank for generator charging and see near 60 amps and 14.4 volts when charging a depleted bank. My battery bank charges up way faster, much less generator run time needed.
One warning about going to a 70 amp converter is many 2000 watt generators might not be able to power it properly. I remember camping with Eddie and my Champion 2000 watt couldn’t get his 70 amp Intelipower going it would go into overload, but worked fine with my 60 amp model but took just about all it had. When the batteries are very depleted there is a large inrush current I guess and temperature can make a difference too. Cheers, RayDecember 30, 2018 at 9:37 pm in reply to: Ogilby Road BLM California – *Update* New Camping Restrictions #54083
[quote quote=54079]I’ve heard that Thousand Trails Road near Cottonwood AZ has been closed also. I wonder if this is a general trend by BLM? Just close off land whenever you can think of a good reason. This has been happening for years on the off road trails.
I drove through that BLM on TT Rd last spring, can see why they closed it, many of the rigs and tent camps looked like squatters, had a real sketchy feel to the area. Guess they don’t have the manpower to police it so easy route is to close it for a while. That’s my guess.December 26, 2018 at 12:41 pm in reply to: Best 5th wheel (in your opinion) for full time living? #54030
If shopping for a new RV I’d look at bargaining with the seller. The last few months have seen a drop in sales for the big RV makers and they have a lot of overhead I’ve read. Most of the big RV manufacturers stocks are in the toilet after a big run-up over the last few years. Maybe motivated to deal.
However, there is also the concern that some manufacturers or dealers go out of business if it gets bad enough. After the last big downturn in 2008 many went bankrupt or were bought out.
Thanks, Merry Christmas! Nice looking little rig you have there. Cheers, Ray
To see if its the water pump you could disconnect the line out of it and plug it, then see if the city water is still filling the tank or not. I have the Shurflo 4008 as well.
Here is what the check valve looks like – https://www.makariosrv.com/shurflo-uni-directional-check-valve-94-800-03/ Funny timing I just had to take apart my city water check valve, was leaking water out when using the onboard water pump.December 11, 2018 at 8:20 am in reply to: Ogilby Road BLM California – *Update* New Camping Restrictions #53900
[quote quote=53897]Would this be because of others miss using the area?
Not sure, I think it may have something to do with a reappearance of the protrected desert tortoise in this area. but just a guess.
[quote quote=53849]Love the hubba hubba…cracked me up!! Just love the videos. Thank you for taking the time to do the videos and blogs and Facebook and everything else. It’s just amazing!
You’re welcome. 🙂
Warning! Long boring video with intermittent commentary. Don’t watch unless you are interested in seeing what it’s like to tow over the Tehachapi Pass in Southern California, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the sound of a Cummins 6.7L motor working.
It’s a long slow climb from 800 feet to 4000 feet with grades of 4-6%. It was a good test for the new 2018 Ram 3500 Cummins with the AISIN transmission.
The truck performed well efficiently holding highway speeds and passing slower traffic. By the end, the engine and transmission temperatures had barely risen.November 24, 2018 at 10:57 am in reply to: Rest Stop at False Klamath Cove (North California Coast) #53790
[quote quote=53784]Great pictures Ray. Is that your new camera equipment you got a while ago? Very smooth, especially as you were walking and taking. Great weather, I am stuck in Ohio this year and winter is on us! Maybe next year? It is great following your adventures! Great travels and enjoy!
Yes, it’s the new camcorder, has excellent optical stabilization system and better sound now that I can use an external microphone. 🙂
[quote quote=53771]We’re currently here at Harris Beach and planning to spend Thanksgiving day riding out the storm pushing in with strong winds and rain. We’ve stayed here several times in the past and always enjoy the beauty of this coast line. We plan to continue our trip South tomorrow towards Arizona.
Cool, will be a spectacular beach to storm watch at.