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Simplest battery monitor and shunt? Advice for non-expert

I have seen references in various threads to shunts and battery monitors. I have searched the archives for a very basic "how to" and have come up empty. Youtube has some instructional stuff, but it tends to be fairly technical. A little background info -- my battery sits in a box on the tongue of my trailer. I am not an electronics expert at all. What I am looking for is a fairly easy, fairly inexpensive way to monitor the capacity of my battery on a real time basis. I'm guessing that I will have to install the monitor inside the trailer and run wires to a shunt installed on the negative cable near the battery. In your opinion, which is the most basic and inexpensive monitor? Are shunts sold separately from the monitors? What gauge cable does the shunt/monitor require? Thanks in advance for your advice and expertise!
profdant139 12/14/21 01:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Australian all Electric Family Off Road Caravan

No one has yet answered the perennial and obvious question: why does Australia have such a wide variety of "boondockable" trailers, while the USA does not? One would think that our much larger population would justify a variety of niche manufacturers. Someday soon, some smart person is going to figure out how to import those wonderful caravans in bulk and will make a lot of money.
profdant139 12/10/21 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

Back of the Pack, I am about to display my ignorance -- what does it mean that trailer drums have no reserve? Do you mean that it is not safe to go over 60 even though the tires themselves are rated at a higher speed? Why not? Note that I am not disagreeing with you -- I am just looking for information. Judging by your post, it looks like you know more about tires and wheels than I do.
profdant139 12/10/21 10:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Taos or Santa Fe, New Mexico

This blog post may be of interest: Blog post Bring your appetite. The food is amazing, no matter where you go in New Mexico.
profdant139 12/09/21 09:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Canyon June 2022

Boondocking is wonderful -- but not in hot weather. I think the South Rim area will be pretty hot in June. So I would recommend hookups. But that is just me -- other folks boondock in the heat, with no apparent ill effects. If you want cool boondocking, maybe think about the North Rim? Let us know if that is an option for you, and we'll post some links.
profdant139 12/01/21 01:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Nice looking small trailer rig

It's a pity those Nests never caught on -- we've talked to several Nest owners, and they really loved their trailers. But the cost was prohibitive for most folks. Someday, someone is going to build an affordable rugged little trailer, without all the bells and whistles. That segment of the market is virtually empty right now.
profdant139 11/28/21 12:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Portable deck / step

Here is a thought -- decouple the step and the deck parts of the project. Get a set of Torklift Glowsteps. Then find a modular deck, maybe something like this: Deck
profdant139 11/27/21 05:46pm Tech Issues
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Another shot from the dinette -- this is a view of Gooseberry Mesa, not far from Zion NP, in April of 2021. We were boondocking on BLM land: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/22/21 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Rv awning -- does it pencil out?

If I were entering data on that spreadsheet, I would need a separate column for an intangible cost: the noise and smell that accompany generator use. I have a Honda 2000 and almost never use it (except at home when "exercising" it during routine maintenance). For us, silence and the smell of the forest are both very valuable -- we live in the dense suburbs of Southern California, and escaping that environment is one of the reasons we go camping. That's especially true since we are avid boondockers. So how to quantify that variable?? I don't know. The Honda is a "sunk cost" -- we have to have it in case the sun does not shine and our panel does not produce juice.
profdant139 11/22/21 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

I have a very small trailer, and I still get less than 10 mpg at 63 mph. Air resistance. It's like towing a vertical sheet of plywood at highway speeds. I could get much better mileage at 55 mph, but I would die of boredom. Plus I would be holding up traffic.
profdant139 11/20/21 05:54pm Travel Trailers
Solar Rv awning -- does it pencil out?

Great idea, but at ten thousand dollars for a thousand watts, I'm not sure it is worthwhile for me: Article
profdant139 11/19/21 01:10pm Tech Issues
RE: The View from Your Trailer -- let's see 'em!

Trying to keep this old thread alive!! This was taken at the end of September, 2021, on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon -- we were boondocking near the East Rim trailhead. There are several campsites there that are right on the edge of the cliff. (And yes, the wheels were very securely chocked.). This shot was taken from our dinette table, looking through the front window: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/18/21 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best route from Fresno to Groveland?

I can't help on the route. But I had the best calzone of my life at Two Guys Pizza in Groveland -- so try to work that into your plans! Artichoke and garlic and Italian sausage. Don't try to eat it while driving -- it's messy. Don't ask how I know this.
profdant139 11/09/21 09:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Boondocking Resources - Tips, Tricks, and Information

Another tip on searching for boondocking sites: create two windows on your computer, side by side. In one window, bring up the motor vehicle use map for the area in question. In the other window, bring up the same area on Google Earth. Using the MVUM, find the forest roads that seem to be the most promising -- for example, those that are close to your destination or hiking trailheads. Then jump over to your Google Earth window and "fly" along those particular roads, looking for campsites. You can zoom in a lot -- you can even see fire rings left by prior campers! Yes, this is tedious. But if you can't scout in person, scouting on the computer is the next best thing. Plus it is more fun than doing the things that you should be doing, like mowing the lawn or raking leaves. ;)
profdant139 11/08/21 09:42pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Yet another solar flare tonight!

Good luck!!
profdant139 11/05/21 03:39am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Yet another solar flare tonight!

My error -- the flare already happened, and the aurora should be tonight. Hope for the best.
profdant139 11/04/21 05:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Yet another solar flare tonight!

Here we go again!
profdant139 11/04/21 05:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Installing Glowsteps as a one person DIY job (long post)

(I had to look it up, but a B&W Companion is a fifth wheel hitch -- very heavy and hard to lift into the bed of the truck.)
profdant139 11/03/21 10:15am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Your Favorite Boondocking Pics

September 30, 2021, North Rim of the Grand Canyon: "border=0" For Full-Size Image.
profdant139 11/02/21 05:10pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: From whom does Rockwood get their tank heaters

"From whom??" I am delighted that someone else on this forum follows the rule that one must not end a phrase with a preposition. But as Churchill said, "That rule is pedantry, up with which I shall not put." And now, back on topic! ;)
profdant139 11/02/21 10:17am Tech Issues
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