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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
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

Zee brackets, set in a puddle of dicor, screwed to the roof, one screw per bracket if I could get it over a truss, 2 screws on the few where I couldn't, then dicor covering the screw heads. This is for mounting on a EPDM roof. width=640
bpounds 03/26/20 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Inverter location

I would put it in the front compartment, and higher than the batteries. That compartment is not well sealed at all. And if you're not seeing corrosion on things in the compartment now, you won't. It would also be a good reason to upgrade your batteries to AGM if budget permits.
bpounds 03/26/20 04:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

When approached by a hot woman, a Covid-19 test is recommended.
bpounds 03/24/20 02:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

I've been very happy with my Epever system. Search that term on Amazon. It will stretch your $100 budget, but worth the extra money IMO. I would go with a 40a, even though the 20 or 30a would suffice for your 200w panel array. Unless you have zero chance of adding panels later, for example, no roof space left. In which case, go with the smaller rating CC. I would also recommend the kit that includes the MT50 monitor that you can place inside the coach. The kit also gets you the temp probe. Money spent on a PWM is money poorly saved IMO.
bpounds 03/22/20 10:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Senior Citizens Speak Up

California government sucks. A bunch of enviro-nazi whackos run the place. But that's a subject for another thread. CA has closed some beach campgrounds and has stocked all the spaces with RV's, to be used as quarantine quarters. Is it possible the COE is anticipating the same need? If you've built your living situation around low price government plots of land, I guess you'll just have to accept whatever they dish out, and vote as you see fit.
bpounds 03/20/20 11:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar panels

... all four panels in series... This may result in more voltage than your controller is rated to handle. Typically about 100V is max, but you'll need to check your documentation. That's why series/parallel is so popular. Even if you had 6 panels you could do 3S x 2P, but then you likely would want to upsize the conductors. Also, it can sometimes be easier to run parallel conductors instead of pulling and replacing with larger size. Every situation will be different.
bpounds 03/19/20 08:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar panels

^^^ It's 10 gauge wire, so I guess if all 4 panels are hooked in series the 10 gauge would be heavy enough. Is that a bad idea? Not a bad idea, in fact it is what you should do with an MTTP controller. With 4 panels, I would suggest 2-pairs in series, those pairs in parallel. That will be well within reasonable current for 10ga wire, as well as reasonable voltage. Folks around here tend to get stuck in the weeds over excessively sized conductors.
bpounds 03/18/20 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

Seems a lot of people assume that their rigs would have been badly damaged if not for the fact that their EMS shut down. When actually, how many people camped at that exact site without any harm, and no nuisance disconnects? Like I said, those who have them were already convinced it was deadly out there and they just had to have that insurance policy. So these RV forum threads are heavily slanted so that it looks like the majority of the RV world has EMS. While I'm betting that is not the case at all, in fact just the opposite.
bpounds 03/07/20 03:39pm Travel Trailers
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