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RE: Renogy 20A dc to DC report

Hi All, Regarding the Renogy 20A DC to DC Battery Charger 12V, the unit puts out 20 amps, but draws 30 amps when doing so. This is the result of bench testing. Didnt BF test his out with different wire sizes and found that excess drops with bigger wires feeding it?
StirCrazy 06/29/22 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: More on LFP Charging

Some "sales" statements here, but also some possibly good info of interest. One thing is they found longest life (most cycles) was to charge at 14.4v but at lower amps at 0.3C. Some LFP owners on here ISTR have taken to charging at lower voltages hoping for longer battery life. Perhaps it needs to be established which is correct--lower amps or lower voltage? They say 14.4 vs 14.6 to reduce stress, and recommend their own charger (of course!) which is single stage 14.4--BUT they say shut charging down-disconnect- once the charger says the batt is full. (light comes on---what makes that light come on? oh well) They are strongly against floating! see why. Anyway, it covers some of what has come up on here lately. https://dakotalithium.com/2021/09/22/how-to-charge-dakota-lithium-and-lifepo4-batteries/ I am not sure of most intentionaly chose a converter that charges at 0.3C or less. I think its a matter for most (myself included) the converter in my camper is a 45amp and I put in a 310AH LFP battery so I chagre at 0.15C from that and my solar will put out 23Amp at peak so the fastest I can charge is 0.22C even if I had a 90Amp converter that would still be less than 0.3C. so its more of an issue of how expensive of a converter/charger do you want to buy and if you only use 100AM over night is it worth the extra money to replace that in one hour as aposed to a few hours? so in a way just comon sence is limiting the charge rate. the thing is in the space a person can put a 200AH 6V set up, I could easily put two, maybe three, 310AH batteries but I would still have that same charging setup except Li compatable. and I do run mine at 14.6 charge and it holds for 90 min after reaching full charge then drops to 13.5. this is all set up on my solar as my converter is just a single stage for now so it only gets used if I need a quicker deeper charge, but for the most part the solar has me charged up before noon if I run the furnice over night. Steve
StirCrazy 06/29/22 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: More on LFP Charging

At 0.3 C the "rapid charging" feature disappears compared to my favorite chemistry. . kinda, but not realy. if you put 0.3 amps into your favorite chemistry and into LFP and both are at say 20% SOC the LFP will get to 100% long before the other one. even the bulk phase will be faster, due to the lower internal resistane of the LFP less of the energy sent to recharge it will be converted to heat and hence more is availble for actual charging. I am not saying this phase is a houge advantage but it is noticable. and when we hit the top part of the charge the LFP charging speed does run away from other types as there is no drop off untill just before the finished line. Steve
StirCrazy 06/29/22 08:33am Tech Issues
RE: Low Battery Voltage

2020 Keystone Cougar 26RBS. After a 4hr trip home, low voltage prevented the slide from opening. The fridge was running during the trip. Plugged in and opened the slide. The next day I had the battery tested and it's fine. I verified that the truck charges the battery. Yesterday, with battery at 13.6, I unplugged. Fridge was running. This AM, 6.3 volts. What direction do I need to head? Only the fridge and propane detector were running on the battery. put your fridge on propane, and get new batteries. if you ran it down to 6V its toast. I am saying to put your fridge onto propane as when I looked up your model it saud propane/electric fridge so I am asuming you have a 2 or 3 way. Steve
StirCrazy 06/29/22 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Is It Worth It?

I only have a diesel truck for several reasons listed above, diesel pulls better when towing and gets way better milage. even when not towing I get way better milage than the comparable gas model. the price of diesel up here is simular to gas, some times lower sometimes higher but it is a wash as far as I am concerned with the better fuel milage.
StirCrazy 06/27/22 06:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Conditiioning Air Flow Mod

I like part of this modifacation, I think it only makes sence to make sure the take offs for the vent piping are opened up all the way and the edged are all sealed, but I don't think that triangle blocking plate actualy does much aside from getting rid of your dump feature and any slight leakage you might have while that is closed. nowher in a RV is it designed to have laminer flow throughout the piping and to acheive this you would not only have to do the part you did, but you would have to redesign each register point the same way. other wise what ends up happening is you get a slightly better flow untill all the corners and angles in the tracking allow back pressure to build up. I guess if you don't use your dump it doesnt matter much, but with a bigger 5th wheel if no one is in the bedrooms I open the dump during the day to keep the main body of the 5th cooler. but this has got me thinking maybe I'll pull the cover and see how my take offs are.
StirCrazy 06/26/22 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Water Heater Will not Ignite or Stay Lit

open that air slot untill you start to see yellow in the flame, then close it off untill there is just a tiny bit of yellow on the tips. right now your not getting enough air, it wont get any quieter but it will be adjusted properly. I have the same water heater and that sounds normal. Steve
StirCrazy 06/25/22 06:24am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Water Heater Will not Ignite or Stay Lit

I would check that the ignightor is still properly gapped, althought it sounds like it is sparking, and before your go nuts try spraying compressed aire throught the compustion path and make sure there is nothing causing interferance with the air flow. I had a simular problem and it ended up being bugs.
StirCrazy 06/24/22 06:39am Tech Issues
RE: 5th wheel front tripod

All jacks on ground the wheels do not bounce. YES the RV can have some lateral movement. MobileSuites rams have a 5 degree slant out at the bottom helping with this. All six jacks on the ground along with my boxes under each jack my 24k RV is VERY stable. Assuming a relatively long trailer with 4 stabilizers on the corner, the frame will flex enough in the center that you can feel it. This is why many of the larger trailers have gone to the 6 stabilizer approach. It puts one close to the axles to stop that flexing. actualy there are measurments on weather you need 4 or 6 from the maker of ground control. surprising enough mine measures long enough for 6 (39.5 feet) but only had 4 and its rock solid.
StirCrazy 06/24/22 06:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: One brake over adjusted

Gdetrailer said: "Changing to disc brakes is a pretty extreme drastic uneeded and expensive change which also has some very expensive pitfalls. Disc brakes adds additional maintenance with needing to check brake fluid level and periodic replacement of said fluid. Unless you run DOT5 (silicone) brake fluid (which has it's own problems), it will go bad over time from drawing moisture from the air while the trailer sits still.. Adds in a very expensive EOH pump to the trailer which is a failure point and some brake controllers will rebel with EOH pumps." A lot of negativity for no reason. Expensive pitfalls? Not hardly. Everyone that has gone to Disks has said I wish I had done it sooner. I would love disk braks, just not the 6000 buck bill that comes with them. would be nice if it was a option for them from the factry where you pay the difference so 2000 fo the disk brake option. or somthing like that. Steve
StirCrazy 06/23/22 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: One brake over adjusted

It IS possible IF the brake drum is "out of round" which is also possible.. Check the offending brake drum turns evenly by hand all the way around.. If any time the brake drum gets hard to turn (catch/stop) you might have a brake drum that is not perfectly round on the inside.. The out of round condition can allow the adjuster take up extra slack where the drum is further from the brake shoes.. As the drum turns to where the drum surface is closer to the brake shoes it gets too tight.. Heating up the brake shoes and drum surface.. A small amount of out of round can exist, but if it too extreme it can cause issues. that would be pretty rare to find unless you overheated your brakes pretty hard. the last step they do when making the drums is to throw them on a laith and turn the braking surface so it should be true.
StirCrazy 06/23/22 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: 5th wheel front tripod

my old 5th I had one and it helped but it had the rear stabalizer jacks like the cheep campers had 15 years ago. my new 5th has the auto leavling system, so more heavy duity linera jacks front and rear and is pretty much rock solid when set up. the tripod worked on my old 5th but the new one it didnt make a difference. so it got given away. if your back end is solid but the bedroom area moves you have other issues. Steve
StirCrazy 06/23/22 07:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank flush overfill

Why do people not leave their black tank valve open when flushing the tank? Valve open, tank won't overfill, why would I want to risk a disaster? Nick, I close the black valve when using flusher because the flusher does not clean the tank out. After years of use I have found filling the tank several times and draining does a much better job of getting stuff out. Maybe the shape of my tank is difficult to rinse with just the flusher but I do what works best for me. By the way, my accident was a error on my part by hooking water hose to flusher instead of water supply fitting. I also close mine, but the first time I timed how long it took to get to 1/2 a tank with strong water pressure and I never let it go over that time. the tank doesnt need to be full to get it clean, 1/3 of a tank or more will do it, you just have to do it a few times.
StirCrazy 06/23/22 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Point to ponder, hornets nest stir

Well, his reply was correct. SOME 350/3500 SRWs have payload capacities in excess of 4,000 lbs now with certain configurations. While that may be true, that doesn’t mean you can haul a 5th wheel with a 4,000# pin. That payload sticker is only valid on the factory floor. Anything added to that 5er after that time, reduces that payload. Depending on number of passengers and stuff carried in the TV the available payload left for pin might be as low as 3,000#! My 2014 f350 platinum has 4000lbs of payload available with a full tank of gas and myself already in it. take off another 200 lbs for wife and dog and I have 3800lbs available. don't know what it is by sticker weight just going by tires and axels, but if it was just myself going away I could haul a 4000lb pin but with the wife and dog I would have to drop that to 3800. my fith wheek is 2800 lbs and I have never been left wishing I had a DRW.
StirCrazy 06/21/22 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2 stage PD lithium Converter charger yet?

My comment about air shipment was merely in response to your opening sentence. They ship them with the 30% SOC due to regulations rather than ideal storage SOC. Prior to the regulation Lithium batteries often left the factory at 100% SOC (or close to it). yup, when I first started looking at them you could have them top balanced at the factory so they were ready for you to install when you got them.
StirCrazy 06/21/22 08:26am Tech Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch - tried searcing

I had to buy a newer truck to get that. didn't make anything for my older ford back then. but ya a normal hitch bolts to the fram through your bed and you cant take it out easy at all. like has been sugested see if anyone makes a under bed conversion for your truck. it will basicly convert you to something like the puck mounted systems the new trucks have. with the ford puck system it takes me 5 min to take my hitch out and be left with a flat bed ready for my camper.
StirCrazy 06/21/22 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

I think the only disavantage I could see is the raising of your centre of gravity, so it might be a little less stable in high winds, cornering. when your set up and camping there will be a bit more movment as the jacks will all be extended more. is any of this serious enough not to do it.. I doube it probably pretty minor overall.
StirCrazy 06/21/22 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: New 2 stage PD lithium Converter charger yet?

Lastly, lifepo4 cell/battery manufacturers ship their units with a 30-50% SOC for a reason. It's the ideal SOC for a lifepo4---for the short and long-term. I think it's just a matter of time before manufacturers eventually transition to 3-stage units to address this unique lifepo4 storage/float requirement. Until then, those set-it & forget-it folks (who may be striving for maximum lifepo4 cycle life) will just have to remember to turn-off their 1 and 2-stage lifepo4 converter/chargers when they're not camping. Since I put my cells in the Camper I created a second profile for my solar charger and I don't use the house charger at all when at home except for the day before I leave for camping to top it off and ballance the cells. for conventance I picked 3 days as the max I leave it at full charge with out any use. I havent been able to find any numbers on what the manufactures concider storage but they ship at a middleish level as it could be a year with shipping and sitting in a where house and retailers shelf.
StirCrazy 06/18/22 06:42pm Tech Issues
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Actually the whole 'more truck then what is needed' all depends on where one lives and travels. Lets face it, different parts of North America have different regulations. While discussing and attempting to debunk the whole weight thing on another forum we got this information for BC: "Here are two different documents that outline GVWR maximums in BC, specifically. Document #1 Document #2" The above comes with the mention of two popular tales: The first being that they regularly have 'weight road blocks' and weigh everyone. While its rather unlikely to happen in most/all USA (they can't do roadblocks for drunks on NewYears Eve for example). No evidence of this actually happening. The second is that at any accident it is standard practice to weigh all the vehicles involved and drop coverage on anyone that is over their GVWR. (no, I've not seen a actual insurance policy with this) While I'm told that Alberta cares about the GAWR I have not seen a actual document to support that. Where I live we have the following: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/MCT/Documents/weight_limits.pdf I don't have any specifics on GM or Dodge but when it comes to Ford: - F250/350SRW same axle (9700lbs) and breaks+pads - F350DRW Dana80 (11K lbs), slightly larger master cylinder then above but the same rotors and breaks+pads as 250/350 SRW - F450 Dana80 (11K lbs), IDK about master cylinder however larger rotor and pads (odd because BOTH DRW's 350/450 have same 14K GVWR). While many of us only care what the actual hardware is capable of and will factor in (or not!) our own personal margin of 'safety' I recall a conversation I had with a commercial truck driving friend (+50yrs experience and runs his own trucking company and builds/plays with race cars as a hobby) that he and any of his drivers would/could refuse to haul a load that had <1000lbs margin of safety per tire. (he was rather shocked that I clocked +40K miles with just a few 100lbs margin!) Lets face it, different people have different ideas/limits to what they consider 'safe'. - Mark0 you can throw thoes documents out the window. BC only cares about money. if your unit is over 10400lbs you have to get a special licence and they go by the GVWRnot the actual weight. and your truck registration fee is based off the GVWR as well as other factors. there has only been one over weight ticket issued to a rv that we can find and it was grosly overloaded, 1/2 tone with a camper hauling a fishing boat with a quad off some bracket on the back of the camper. in 40 years I have never seen a road stop, they are for comercial vehicles and the christmas and newyears ones are for drinking. if they see anything obvious they will take it and run, but police dont carry scales so you have to look unsafe not just overloaded befor they will stop you. So it looks like you live in BC and have actual knowledge of how things operate there. One respondent claimed that you paid for your registration AND insurance at the same place (Government insurance?) and that the policy would be canceled if you were 'over weight'. They went on to claim that 'weight' was the FIRST thing LEO's looked at after a accident. I think, just about anywhere you'll get stopped if you are visibly overweight and hence unsafe, even in Oregon. How does a Peace/Police Officer decide if a vehicle is unsafe? Peace/Police Officers will use visual cues to determine if a vehicle is obviously overloaded. These cues include vehicles: • that look unstable when moving • that have a front end higher than the back end (the vehicle is not level) • with tires that appear deflated - Mark0. you do pay at the same time, we have only one basic insurance provider so your insurance and registration is tied togeather, optional insurance you have choices like colision. I supose a insurance company would try to deny insurance for any reason they can but it isnt how our basic insurance works here, you as well as the other party still get basic coverage so medical coverage etc. your not allowed to sue here but rather have a maximum pay out of 5600 bucks for muscular injuries, can go higher for more serious stuff but its a process. to deny some one insurance because they were overloaded after the accident would be pretty hard to do to a privat vehicle as how does some one realy know if there overloaded. if you go pick up a load of gravel you might be or might not, there is no scales to weight yourself on aside from the comercial DOT ones but, normal vehicles are not alowed on them when they are open and not all leave the scale active when there closed. visual clues are misleading but I supose they could form a reason to pull them over but then what do you detain them for a couple hours till the understaffed comercial transport department can get some portable scales to you, or do you ask the driver if he will drive out of his way to go to a highway scale, I know I wouldn't spend extra gas to do them a favor. aswell people who know they are going to be overloaded normaly do things like put airbags in, get tires rated for the load and add stabalizer bars and such so they don't apear loaded. so its a big bag of snakes and hence this is why we can't realy give any examples of people who have been nabbed except that 1 that I know of.. probably more though but its a rare ticket.
StirCrazy 06/18/22 06:35pm Truck Campers
RE: A Little Help With Weights

Actually the whole 'more truck then what is needed' all depends on where one lives and travels. Lets face it, different parts of North America have different regulations. While discussing and attempting to debunk the whole weight thing on another forum we got this information for BC: "Here are two different documents that outline GVWR maximums in BC, specifically. Document #1 Document #2" The above comes with the mention of two popular tales: The first being that they regularly have 'weight road blocks' and weigh everyone. While its rather unlikely to happen in most/all USA (they can't do roadblocks for drunks on NewYears Eve for example). No evidence of this actually happening. The second is that at any accident it is standard practice to weigh all the vehicles involved and drop coverage on anyone that is over their GVWR. (no, I've not seen a actual insurance policy with this) While I'm told that Alberta cares about the GAWR I have not seen a actual document to support that. Where I live we have the following: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/MCT/Documents/weight_limits.pdf I don't have any specifics on GM or Dodge but when it comes to Ford: - F250/350SRW same axle (9700lbs) and breaks+pads - F350DRW Dana80 (11K lbs), slightly larger master cylinder then above but the same rotors and breaks+pads as 250/350 SRW - F450 Dana80 (11K lbs), IDK about master cylinder however larger rotor and pads (odd because BOTH DRW's 350/450 have same 14K GVWR). While many of us only care what the actual hardware is capable of and will factor in (or not!) our own personal margin of 'safety' I recall a conversation I had with a commercial truck driving friend (+50yrs experience and runs his own trucking company and builds/plays with race cars as a hobby) that he and any of his drivers would/could refuse to haul a load that had <1000lbs margin of safety per tire. (he was rather shocked that I clocked +40K miles with just a few 100lbs margin!) Lets face it, different people have different ideas/limits to what they consider 'safe'. - Mark0 you can throw thoes documents out the window. BC only cares about money. if your unit is over 10400lbs you have to get a special licence and they go by the GVWRnot the actual weight. and your truck registration fee is based off the GVWR as well as other factors. there has only been one over weight ticket issued to a rv that we can find and it was grosly overloaded, 1/2 tone with a camper hauling a fishing boat with a quad off some bracket on the back of the camper. in 40 years I have never seen a road stop, they are for comercial vehicles and the christmas and newyears ones are for drinking. if they see anything obvious they will take it and run, but police dont carry scales so you have to look unsafe not just overloaded befor they will stop you.
StirCrazy 06/17/22 06:45am Truck Campers
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