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RE: Flashlights

How often do you need that much light? Light up that much area? IMHO, most use for this kind of light is for illegal hunting. Those are great for hunting. And not all night hunting is illegal. I suppose if you were night hunting illegally, you might not want to use that much light, and it would be better if it were red.
bpounds 07/04/20 05:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best way to add a cable pass through/access in camper.

You don't really need any special boxes or conduits to get a wire through the roof. But if you have end connectors that you want to pass through large holes, or if you want several or more cables to pass through at one location, it might be the best way to do it. But for a single cable, which you will add end connectors to after pulling, all you really need is a small hole and a dollop of Dicor. A drip loop is always recommended. width=640
bpounds 07/02/20 11:34am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Flashlights

For the RV, I have a D-cell Maglite mounted just inside the entry door. Handy for entering at night so we can find the actual light switch, as well as for quick trips outside in the middle of the night. Really only needs batteries ever few years. But the most handy flashlight I have bought recently is this HF one. Rechargeable via USB port. Holds a charge for many months between uses, and charges fast. Best for mechanical jobs, because the base magnet is super strong, and the head swivels to point the light where you need it. I want another. They also have a shorter less powerful one. Want one of those too, LOL. Harbor Freight Flashlight
bpounds 07/02/20 11:13am General RVing Issues
RE: dry docking and charging

As a dedicated boondocker for many years, I've written several times about how to manage generator battery charging. Rather than write more stuff, I copied and pasted from past discussions. I have solar now and rarely have to pull out the generator, so it was better for me to look up old posts. Couple points that are not in the below posts - make sure your water heater stays on propane. Turn off the AC switch if it is dual heating. Same with your refrigerator - run it on gas only. You want all that charging juice to hit the batteries, not running appliances that are more efficient on gas. Lastly, all I ever did was plug the trailer shore power cord into the generator. I never carried a separate battery charger. Past posts. 6/2012 Depends on how discharged they are. And the key thing is to not let them discharge any more than necessary. So if you're going to boondock for several days or more, you want to run the generator every single day, starting on the first full day of camp. It is better to keep the batteries topped up, than it is to let them deeply discharge and then try to bring them back. I usually schedule between 1 and 2 hours per day for generator charging. That will keep me up around 90 percent. The last 10 percent takes a very long time to recover, and is an inefficient use of the gen. 6/2012 I've learned that the key to boondocking with battery and generator, is to charge for 1 or 2 hours per day, beginning on the very first day. Don't wait until you need to charge. It is better to keep the batteries topped up than it is to try to bring them back from a deep discharge. This is also why solar charging works so well, but that is another topic. It will take a long generator run time to fully recharge batteries. I'm talking 24-48 hours. Not realistic. 9/2011 I've found that in practice, I can get through a week of dry camping very nicely by running the generator between 1 and 2 hours per day. That keeps me in the 90% range. It is that last 10% that takes so much time, and you don't need to try for that. And it is important that you start charging that on the very first day, so the batteries don't ever get too low. It will seem like you don't need to charge on day 1, but it is important that you start replacing the used amps. If you have to run a heater overnight, that really uses the juice and you'll have to extend the genny time. But if you don't have a quality converter or standalone charger, you will fall further behind each day.
bpounds 06/29/20 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is anyone here into surf fishing?

It is legal here in CA, at least for freshwater. I'm pretty sure for saltwater too. I read a Q&A by a game warden recently that confirmed the legality. It will vary by state though.
bpounds 06/12/20 03:52pm Around the Campfire
RE: Is anyone here into surf fishing?

It's an interesting idea, and probably fun to play with. But I doubt that it is beneficial to catching fish. Probably just more a distraction than anything. People new to fishing, maybe not catching much, tend to think that if they could just cast farther their luck would improve. It rarely helps. I've watched people casting as far as they could heave, not realizing that they were casting right over where the fish were feeding, which tends to be nearer to shore where the food sources are better. I'm mostly a freshwater fisher, but have surf fished in my younger days. And I think the same thing is true. The fish you are targeting are likely feeding right IN the surf foam. That's were the worms, sand crabs, and other prey are found. That's my thoughts. But hey, drones are still cool.
bpounds 06/09/20 03:31pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best AGM batteries

So far I am happy with these: VMax AGM 6V Wanted Trojan AGM, but hard to find at a decent price delivered.
bpounds 06/01/20 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire Balance

My opinion, many are making way too much out of hub versus lug centric balancing. You might have a wheel bad enough to matter, but very very unlikely. And if your wheel is that bad, it is going to run OOR, and never balance well anyway. The shop would see that, and if they are any good at all, they will try to figure out why. If they slap way too much weight on one side, and you let that pass, look in the mirror. As far as balancing or not, how would you even know if you need balancing until you've done it? And if you're going to buy the mounting and hazard insurance, balancing is going to already be included. At most shops anyway. If they try to charge extra they are just gouging you.
bpounds 05/29/20 09:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Balance

Balance them. Your shop isn't exactly wrong. Balancing is for better handling and consistent road contact. Which isn't a big deal on a trailer. But it is still worth doing it to reduce wear on suspension components and reduce vibration in your living space. On some trailers we wouldn't care about those things, but on an RV, we do.
bpounds 05/26/20 03:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar trickle charger fail!

I can't imagine any solar trickle charger would come without a diode. They would be getting returns faster than they shipped new ones. I suppose a few people would just toss it and call it a day, but word would get around pretty fast. Good info, and might have been an issue in the past.
bpounds 05/06/20 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar trickle charger fail!

A 10 watt solar maintainer is not a waste of time, but there are some caveats. * For optimal results, disconnect the batteries from everything except the maintainer. * Batteries must be in good shape to begin with. * Batteries must be fully charged to begin with. That 10w is a maintainer, not a charger. It isn't enough to do more than maintain. I use one of these on my truck, just plugged into the cigar lighter. If I don't start my truck for a couple of weeks, this keeps my batteries fresh for the next start. Diesel truck so dual batteries just like your trailer. Worse than that, the thing sits on my dash, pointing west, so it only gets direct sun in the afternoon, and through a windshield. This works for me, even during the So Cal winter months when it might be cloudy for hours at a time :) But it is much better during the other 3 months. So I don't think your solar maintainer was a fail, but I do think your batteries are toast.
bpounds 05/05/20 03:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Steep Driveway

Might not even need casters. Just drag brackets on the bumper corners. The advantage over casters is that they won't need to be more than an inch or two tall, where casters are at least 3" if not 4". I wouldn't worry too much about frame twist, but that's without knowing just how much rubbing you have. Wheels lifted off the ground? Definitely a problem. Only drag by a couple of inches? Probably NOT a problem. Some lumber piled up in the gutter can sometimes help a lot too.
bpounds 05/05/20 03:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Crushes Truck Follow Up

I love how the hitch experts say... He failed to do this thing and that thing on brand X, so his trailer dropped. He should have had brand Y, and as long as you do this thing and that thing, your trailer won't ever drop.
bpounds 04/16/20 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Converter replacement

Your first step should be to figure out what you have now. Odds are it is a WFCO, and already supposed to be a 4 stage. Problem is they tend to not properly enter the mode, especially not entering boost mode. If you have a deck mount converter, your options are opened up a little. But most of fifth wheels are going to have a combination power center with the converter built in. That makes it pretty painless to use a Progressive Dynamics 4600, which will install right into your existing power center. And it is an excellent converter. But it all starts with knowing what you have now, including what amperage output it is rated for.
bpounds 04/09/20 03:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

Worked for me. This is the first link offered. Tested PWM versus MPPT Here is the short and sweet of it: width=640
bpounds 04/09/20 10:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

We shouldn't even be having the PWM vs MPPT discussions these days. The info is out there for anyone who wants to even briefly study the question. Price difference is so small now that PWM only makes sense for the smallest system, and when there is no chance for future increase. You might even save most of the cost difference by using smaller conductors and higher voltage if there are more than 2 panels in the array. And who doesn't want as much energy as possible out of their investment?
bpounds 04/08/20 09:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Maintenance

I also found a monthly stir to be excessive when I had flooded batts. But check your Renogy documentation. A good CC should allow you to customize all parameters involving charging voltage and routines. If you had AGM batts for example, you would need the equalizing function disabled. So most can do that.
bpounds 04/01/20 02:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

AJ, I love VHB tape. I can see it working on hard surface roofs. Still wouldn't be my first choice. But you're in a travel trailer forum. Other than the Airstream and a few others, not many have solid rigid roofs. We just need to be clear about where it is appropriate. In my opinion your concern over roof penetrations is a little overblown. I doubt if Airstream uses VHB to secure anything to their roof. And doing so would be a real money saver. I suppose they've never heard of it, right? LOL.
bpounds 03/30/20 12:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

BTW Can I post the photo of my neighbor's RV You can post photos. There is a sticky around here somewhere that explains exactly how. I just use a link to my photos storage account elsewhere, but the forum does have a storage solution that works too. On edit: here it is. Forum hosting help and pics FAQ
bpounds 03/27/20 02:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

I might see using tape if you've got a solid material roof, like sheet metal or fiberglass. I think that is a small percentage of RV's, but maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, if you've got any kind of rolled out roof, like EPDM, using tape will only be as secure as the bond between the rubber roof and sub-roof. Which as we all know, from seeing bubbles and even sails when that bond fails, it is not a reliable bond over the entire surface. Also don't think your only concern is the wind created by travel. You may see high lift forces any time the wind blows, while parked, as well as side winds while under way.
bpounds 03/27/20 11:21am Travel Trailers
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