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RE: Will solid state batteries change the world?

Ford just introduced their new all electric Mustang with up to 459 HP, depending on model. And a range up to 300 miles on current battery technology. Obviously these manufacturers feel a battery breakthrough is imminent. You are putting WAY TOO MUCH into this EV announcement. What it means is that Ford believes there is sufficient demand (people with $$$)and the CURRENT technology is adequate to mass produce an EV. No big company "bets their business" on "an invention will happen soon" ! BTW, within the past 2 years Ford launched a new full size SUV (Expedition), a new truck (Ranger) and a new mid-sized SUV (Explorer). They will launch a new rugged SUV next year (Bronco). Only the Explorer is available as a Hybrid. Ford still is heavily "hedging their bets" on EV with a lot of old fashioned gasoline vehicles.
theoldwizard1 11/18/19 07:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Super duper plug in code scanner w. WiFi?

The "pro" level scanner do come with bluetooth dongles, but all of them seem to use a tablet size display unit, some smaller, some larger. The pro ones require a subscription service for constant updates. This cost at least $100/mo.
theoldwizard1 11/18/19 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: first report new springs with a surprize result

My E150 started sagging at about 5-7 years, especially when I hooked up my pop up to it (NO WDH). Added a leaf, What a difference ! It does sit a bit high when empty, but I would rather have that.
theoldwizard1 11/16/19 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Serpentine Belt

Gates or Dayco. Save the old one as an emergency backup.
theoldwizard1 11/16/19 03:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Monitors

A "shunt" is a device that is used to measure how much electricity flows through it, so it can measure the amount of electricity flowing "into" a battery bank or "out of" a battery bank. It is typically mounted very near the battery. Some are connected on the positive side of the battery and some on the negative, it depends on the meter. Any decent meter will ship WITH a shunt and instructions on where to install it. The Victron BMV-700 is nice.
theoldwizard1 11/16/19 02:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Rated engine power

In the US, all light duty vehicles are rated using the same testing procedures defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers. It is horsepower at the rear wheels with all accessories installed (A/C is likely turned off). When you get to medium duty vehicles, I believe the horsepower is measured "at the crankshaft", but again with all accessories (probably not A/C). The important thing is that it is done CONSISTENTLY across all manufacturers.
theoldwizard1 11/14/19 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Alternator

If your chassis battery is fully charged, expect the alternator output to be a fraction of it's maximum rated capacity until the existing loads drop the charge in the chassis battery. Partially correct. The actual current (amps) output will be what ever is required to MAINTAIN the desired charging voltage. The point is, within a few minutes of starting the computer adjusts that voltage down to between 13.2V and 13.8V Ford engineers designed their charging system that way to improve fuel mileage ... Not just Ford. Every light and most medium duty vehicles. It has been that way for over 15 years. ... and to prevent people from doing what they want to do . . . . . charge the batteries in their camper with the chassis alternator. Yes I intended to run a heavy cable to rear for charging FW, I know that the is a orange wire with 40A fuse from factory ... You can still charge your house batteries, but it will require a DC-DC battery charger like from CTEK or Renology. And you won't need to use huge oversized wire to eliminate voltage drop !
theoldwizard1 11/13/19 06:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Is a fuse a fuse?

IIRC, automotive fuses rating are based on a maximum of 32VDC-36VDC. Voltages above that may cause the fuse to blow (48VDC) the fuse to blow "early". ktrmrfs is spot on with his statements. What people need to understand that the "variability" of a fuse. A 15A fuse will "carry" 16A of current for hours and not blow. It might even carry 20A for several seconds. Back to the OP original concern. ATO/ATC sized inline fuses older with either 10AWG or 12AWG are readily available online. Although you can get these fuses up to 40A, If I needed a fuse larger than 30A I think i would use a Maxi-fuse. These typically come with 8AWG wire.
theoldwizard1 11/10/19 09:38am Tech Issues
RE: When will the 2020 Ford Super Duty show up?

For some reason, the 2020 HD are coming out slow. My gut tells me they don't want to rush the 7.3L and 10 speed combination. These will become "killer" sales leaders for HD pickups, Class C and Class A.
theoldwizard1 11/05/19 04:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Tow Vehicle Battery and Alternator

With the entire life of a Lead/Acid battery between 12.0 and 12.6, and peak charging limited to 14.4 (or .6), there is no room for voltage drop. So a huge alternator will be a lost cause even if you run welding cable from the alternator to the house bank. First, it takes AT LEAST 13.2V to put energy into a lead-acid battery, PERIOD ! I have mentioned this in a least a dozen other posts. Modern cars, light and most medium duty truck (Class A) use "smart charging". In short, the voltage is regulated AT THE VEHICLE BATTERY to about 13.2V for 99% of the time the engine is running. After the voltage drop to your house battery bank, there is simply not enough voltage left to charge it !
theoldwizard1 11/05/19 04:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle Battery and Alternator

I know I can install a DC to DC charger in the trailer. Do this FIRST ! Use the standard 12V line on your pin trailer harness. I think you will be surprised at how much better it works. Whether it can completely recharge your battery bank depends on 1) the size of the battery bank, 2) the "state of charge" (SOC) when you hit the road and 3) how many hours you drive.
theoldwizard1 11/05/19 04:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Internet

Campground Wifi networks are notoriuosly overloaded so you will likely not be able to use them for streaming. The solution is a cell phone data to wifi network adapter of some sort. Most cell phones will do this (at least until the battery runs out). Some people call them "hot spots". Some people use the name of the device like "Jet Pack", "Mobley" or "ToGo Roadlink". They all do, more or less, the same thing. Of course that is only HALF of your solution ! Then you need a cell phone data plan. Many, MANY options ! Some of the above devices are sold in combination with data plans from the major carriers (Verizon, AT&T and Sprint) or other mobile virtual network operator(MVNO). This is a very hot topic. Search around the internet and you will find dozens of solutions.
theoldwizard1 11/05/19 03:51pm Full-time RVing
RE: Does anyone use Google FI for their cellular service?

If you are a light data user, you should check into Ting. No contract. $6/mo/phone base charge. Only pay for what you use. With 3 phones, my bill is typically under $60/month.
theoldwizard1 11/01/19 06:00pm Technology Corner
RE: Converting to dc fridge

(Danfoss is one of the companies that makes DC compressors ... The Danfoss company has been bought and sold a couple of times in the past 10 years or so. 2008 - merged with Suaer to form Sauer-Danfoss 2010 - the compressor portion of Sauer-Danfoss was sold off. The new company name is Secop 2017 - Nidec acquired Secop 2018 - Nidec also acquire Embraco compressors from Whirpool There are some effort to "kill off" the old Danfoss brand name, but the Secop name seem to be staying. For all of you "techies", the key to the success of the Danfoss DC refrigeration compressor is that it doe NOT use a real DC motor. It is actually a 3 phase AC motor front ended by a dedicated 3 phase DC-AC variable frequency inverter. VERY efficient !
theoldwizard1 10/31/19 06:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda generator oil

API-SJ SAE 10-30 This letter increments as newer oils come out. SN is the latest and exceed all previous levels. Honda 2000 manual
theoldwizard1 10/29/19 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Doom for the RV industry???

Sounds like they were yanked around and it literally took an excessive amount of time to address. Similar to automobiles, if they fix things in a timely manner, it's not covered by lemon laws but if it gets crazy, it is. Lemon laws vary state to state, but in general, factory representatives (dealers) are given a certain number of attempts to repair an issue. Also there is a limited number of days that the vehicle can be away from the customer. If either are exceeded, it is a "lemon" and must be re-purchased from the customer at full price. I am sure, every major auto manufacturer has had to "buy back" vehicles. In all case they are repaired and resold, typically with full disclosure and with the full factory warranty "clock" reset to zero. IMHO, it about time this gets applied to RVs !
theoldwizard1 10/28/19 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Quality versus Price

Try to build an 8 foot by 25 foot cabin with bed, bath, kitchen and the associated plumbing, electrical, lighting and appliances, for $25K to $28K. Now put wheels under it and drive it down the road at 60 mph. then off road for a few more mile. A challenge for sure ! But if they could build the same size "cabin on wheels" for under $40K and warranty it for 5 years (except for appliances), backed by factory trained technicians, with a 90 day "claim until returned to customer" guarantee, do you think they would get more repeat sales ?
theoldwizard1 10/28/19 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Quality versus Price

There is NOT a good correlation between price and quality, even within a given manufacturer. Jayco has a dozen different "lines" of TT. The biggest difference are trim. Basic construction is the same. Eggshell TT seem to be of better quality/durability, but they tend to be on the small side. The only "medium" size eggshell that I know of is made by Oliver, 23'6". Oliver probably has the best warranty in the business, unlimited on the outer fiberglass, 5 years on the chassis, 2 years on everything else (probably not the appliances).
theoldwizard1 10/28/19 06:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: replacement for Directv

Also, I enjoy loading up the DVR with programs for when we are in an area where satellite (or internet) is not available. DVRs are dying fast. A laptop or a tablet does the same function and you can "cast" the video to pretty much any of the devices I listed before. Personally, I think satellite TV (as we currently know it) is on it last legs also.
theoldwizard1 10/26/19 10:25pm Technology Corner
RE: Slow/ No Cranking

If you haven't. Definitely clean battery connections. Not just the battery connections, but ALL connections between the battery and the starter ! This does mean removing the cable at the starter (AFTER removing the cable at the battery) and thoroughly cleanly all connections with a wire brush and/pr sand paper. If you don't have a meter, buy one, even a Harbor Freight cheapy. With someone else behind the wheel, put your leads on the battery and have them start it. Record the lowest voltage. Repeat the same test when hot.
theoldwizard1 10/26/19 11:56am Tech Issues
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