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RE: Battery monitor that connects to wifi

My Alpenlite is always plugged in and sits around 150 feet from my house. I have a converted Tesla model S battery that has replaced my four FLA batteries. I like to keep tabs on what the battery is doing. I have 1250 watts of solar charging and rarely does the Xantrex charger/inverter ever have to kick in. I have no problem whether the info goes on the web though I do understand others who feel otherwise. Anyway, that’s why I would like to be able to verify state of charge from my house. Essentially, I’m lazy.
howardwheeler 01/23/22 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery monitor that connects to wifi

If your Trimetric reads amphours (BFL 13) then it has the same functionality as my LinkLite. I believe I’ll go for that.
howardwheeler 01/22/22 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery monitor that connects to wifi

The trimetric might work but I notice it doesn’t seem to read anything in amphours like my Linklite. My LinkLite gives volts amps in and out at a given time and amp hours used over time or put in over time. Am I missing something?
howardwheeler 01/18/22 10:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery monitor that connects to wifi

Thank you! I'll look into that.
howardwheeler 01/17/22 09:02am Tech Issues
Battery monitor that connects to wifi

Does anyone know of a battery monitor like my Xantrex Linklite that will connect to Wifi? I know Victron has bluetooth shunts and monitors but i see no WiFi.
howardwheeler 01/16/22 09:16pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

I agree about the slim insulation. A few years back I did secure below the entire underbelly one inch solid sheet urethane foam sealed in place by polyurethane spray foam. So the floor ducting is now much better than factory, but I fully realize it’s not up to residential specs. There’s not a lot more that I can do. I have installed full acrylic storm windows throughout that help some with temps but mostly to help with sweating in the cold. It just seems that the current furnaces ought to have progressed in efficiency but I don’t think they have. These old Alpenlites are generally considered to be well made, but again, I do realize they aren’t super insulated. It does have, relatively speaking, okay roof foam insulation.
howardwheeler 01/08/22 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

I don't fulltime but I like to camp offgrid whenever I can. My furnace seems to be properly sized. When its cold out (20 degrees) it will run maybe 60% 0f the time. The coldest I've been is around zero and that ran 85 to 90% of the time. Looks like I need to live with it.
howardwheeler 01/08/22 05:47pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

Well it does seem the two stage Atwood units are no more. I can’t find them anywhere. Everyone says no longer available or sold out.
howardwheeler 01/08/22 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

Aha! I found it. An Atwood Excalibur. I’m going to look into it. Thanks.
howardwheeler 01/08/22 03:53pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

I know my camper isn’t insulated like a house, but the furnaces in RVs seem unusually inefficient, even crude. It does seem like someone would improve on what is essentially thirty year old technology. My unit is in fact 18 years old. And it was no state of the art furnace when new. Someone mentioned a two stage unit. That sounds very interesting. A better heat exchanger seems possible. I know two stage units in houses do have greater efficiency. Anyway, every time I get home from boondocking I complain to myself and just thought I’d share my complaint. Does anyone know someone who makes a two stage furnace?
howardwheeler 01/08/22 03:50pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

What is the two speed model number? And yes, my concern is when I boondock.
howardwheeler 01/08/22 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

I have an Olympian Wave 8 that I use in my home’s sunroom during the winter. How safe would that be inside an RV?
howardwheeler 01/07/22 09:37pm Tech Issues
More efficient propane furnace

I have a fair-sized fifth wheel and am often surprised at both the propane usage and 12v power the furnace consumes. It is 18 years old but works good and is clean (no dirt dauber nests and so on). Has anyone come out with a more efficient furnace that big over the years? I can live with this one but it sure would be nice to have a more efficient unit.
howardwheeler 01/07/22 06:09pm Tech Issues
Converted to a Bigfoot Hydraulic Autoleveler--Wow!

My sons and grandsons just helped me convert my old electric jacks over to a four point Bigfoot system. Not only is this thing way quicker and beefier, but it's also rock solid. Little to no movement inside the trailer. It was around $3600 for parts and took us 22 hours for installation, having had to do some significant modification to my Alpenlite to get everything to fit (and we didn't know what we were doing). But the outcome seems well worth the effort. I knew the hydraulic system would be faster than the old electric Atwoods, but I wasn't expecting the huge gain in stability. I think it might be because the Bigfoot actually lifts the trailer almost completely off the wheels. No support coming through the suspension which would allow jiggling and bounce. Of course, also the jacks themselves are amazingly beefy and seem to be of very high quality. My son has a Lippert six point hydraulic system, and the Bigfoot jacks seem to be much higher quality. But that's judging only from their weight and appearance. All the wiring harnesses were pre-made and fit everything perfectly. The jacks give me a rated lift power of 58,000 lbs! Seems that ought to be enough even when we've all eaten too much. Anyway, I am very pleased.
howardwheeler 12/20/21 07:21pm Fifth-Wheels
Good report on Lippert support-- beyond outstanding!

Through the years, I've read many posts slamming Lippert, especially for their frames. So with the experience with Lippert support that we just had with my son's hydraulic Ground Control leveling system, I had to write. First, the system is out of warranty. Second, the fault eventually was discovered to be not even caused by a Lippert component. Now with this understanding, Melvin with the support team at Lippert took multiple phone calls from us, walked us through multiple troubleshooting scenarios and finally led us to the problem: improper wiring from the factory on a four year old Sierra fifth wheel! I know y'all are amazed to think the factory may have put out a less than perfect unit (smiley face). The hydraulic system has never really worked correctly, but we just thought it was the limits of the system--slide outs timing out before fully extended, the jacks sometimes doing the same. But then, worst of all, it blew out the control module. Then we started calling. After we replaced and corrected all the wiring and replaced the module (which Lippert gave us!!) everything is literally better than new. I really am amazed at the extra miles Melvin took to solve our problem. So kudos to Lippert Support!
howardwheeler 11/14/21 11:06am Fifth-Wheels
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