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RE: Which fridge would you choose?

We replaced our working Norcold 611 refrigerator with a Vitrifrigo about 1 1/2 years ago. I was tired of worrying about keeping the rig level and since we live on somewhat of a hill, had to put the MH on ramps whenever we were loading it for a trip. We also tend to camp a lot in the mountains and often stop on a grade to photograph scenery or animals for hours. The unit uses the Danfoss compressor and is popular in the boating industry as well as RV. Even though it's the same size as our old Norcold, it has about 1 1/2 cubic feet more of space. Vitrifrigo
wguss 11/17/21 02:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jackson, WY to Brookings, OR

We did that trip last May. We really enjoy the 12 through the Bitterroots and along the Lochsa River. We started on the 22 out of Jackson and over the Teton Pass. I personally wouldn't go that way again in my class A. It is very steep and I had to gear way down on a two-way road. If I were to leave from Jackson again, I would go south on the 89 to Alpine and then on the 26 to the I-15, north to the I-90 west across Montana to the 12 south and then through Lolo, Montana. I guess it depends on how quickly you need to get to your next destination because we usually then stop at the Powell campground that is right on the 12 and the Lochsa River. The next morning we then cruise along the flat winding route through the Bitterroots along the Lochsa with very little traffic all the way to I-84 and the Columbia River along the Oregon, Washington borders. We usually overnight at Mary Hill campground which is at the intersection of I-84 and the 97. We then take the 97 the next day south to Redmond, Or., to visit friends which would also take you south to Crater Lake or you could stay on the 84 all the way to the coast. I know it sounds convoluted on paper, but it's a beautiful route if you have the time and it has served us well more than I can count over the years. You can also leave out of the north or west entrance of Yellowstone and still make the Powell campground in a day. Bill
wguss 11/16/21 07:57pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

I ran into that exact situation on our last trip out earlier this year. I haven't changed my solar system for years but for the first time my battery light came on when I started the engine. I had the rig plugged in all night so the batteries were topped off and didn't require much charging. I glanced at the volt meter and it was pushing 15 volts! I turned off the engine then thought to look at the voltage coming out of the solar controller and it was 15 volts. I disconnected the current coming from the solar controller and restarted the engine, no light. I shut down the engine, re-connected the solar and waited a few minutes and the voltage from the controller dropped to 14.6 volts. (What's recommended for my AGMS) I re-started the engine (2005 Ford F-53 chassis with V-10) the light stayed off. My first thought was that the controller will equalize the batteries automatically once a month and that was the cause of the high voltage coming out of the controller so I am going with that, but I could be all wet!
wguss 08/07/21 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: 245/70R 19.5 tires

When my original Goodyears were worn out at 40,000 miles I researched and ended up with Hankook AL11's. I have put 40,000 miles on them, had them rotated once, and they look like they could go another 40,000 miles. I will certainly look at them next time I need tires.
wguss 07/08/21 05:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: So Cal to Yellowstone

We make that trip a couple of times a year. It's hard to avoid the I-15 so we push hard the first day to get to cooler temperatures in the higher elevations of Utah. St. George is a nice town but still pretty warm so we push on to Beaver, Utah. There are a couple of nice RV parks there. It's about 500 miles from our house but gets the worst part of the trip out of the way. You can stop earlier at say Cedar City if you choose and still be in a cooler climate for the night. The next day through Salt Lake City turning onto the 89 at Brigham City. From there through Logan and Logan Canyon for a scenic way, stopping overnight at Rendevous Beach campground at Garden City, Ut. The next day you travel along the shore of Bear Lake into Idaho and Wyoming, then drive through the Star Valley and along the Snake River into Jackson, Wy. If you haven't done the Tetons (Yellowstone's southern neighbor) you might want to give it a look. Has an abundance of wildlife plus those magic mountain scenes. This route will get you into Jackson about noon where you can continue up to Yellowstone through the southern entrance if you don't want to explore the Tetons. If you're in more of a hurry, the I-15 to the Idaho 20 will get you into West Yellowstone the fastest.
wguss 06/27/21 06:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: RV Manners Matter

WGUSS you would be in trouble leaving some of these race tracks I go to where there are 500+ RVs and only 1 dump station. Not only is it a long wait but that is one messy dump. I just go on home where I have a connection into the public sewer, its easier there. That would be a mess, especially if all 500 RV's took 45 minutes each. Our trip was 26 days. It would take mighty big holding tanks to last that long!
wguss 06/25/21 03:58pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Canada sizzling!

Here's a blog post from a local weatherman concerning the upcoming weather. Forecast
wguss 06/25/21 12:19pm Around the Campfire
RE: RV Manners Matter

When dumping and refilling your tanks, please get it done in a timely manner. I had an instance on our last trip in a national park campground when the user took over 45 minutes. It appeared they were flushing their tanks. They had a hose from the fresh water station running all the way back to the trailer while they were still hooked up to the dump station. He looked up at me after more than 40 minutes, smiled and flashed me the peace sign. I could only glare back as I had much better things to do with my afternoon.
wguss 06/25/21 12:14pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Driving to Alpine, WY

We travel up the 89 from Brigham City through Alpine a couple of times a year in a 30' class A. It's a beautiful route and I highly recommend it as it winds up through Logan Canyon and down into Bear Lake. There are a couple of grades out of Brigham that will slow you down for a short while. There is another grade before beginning the drop down into Bear Lake but it's very doable. Just before you drop into Star Valley is a good grade first up then down but it's relatively short. The road through Logan is winding but the speed limit is 45 miles an hour with some passing lanes and big trucks are on it all the time with no problem. All in all if you're not in a hurry and don't mind gearing down a couple of times it should be no problem. We just did the trip in mid May and will do it again mid-September. Our favorite part on the way to the Tetons.
wguss 06/24/21 12:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Question on Winnebago class A's

I ran a wire down from the sconce light in my 2005 Sightseer to add a usb charger next to the shelf in my slide. I had to fish the wire down through the 1"+ foam that is sandwiched between the inside wood and the outside skin. If you have the sconces you should be able to remove one and see the composition of the wall.
wguss 06/17/21 06:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

A DC-DC charger provides two functions. • Provides correct voltage for multi-step charging of different battery chemistries. • Limit the maximum draw on the vehicle charging (alternator and battery) circuit will provide ! These are the exact reasons I am looking into a DC-DC charger. In looking back at the AGM specs it says the initial current for charging is 30 amps. With 4 batteries drawing 120 amps on the alternator it would fry it quickly I'd imagine. It also recommends up to 14.9 volts of incoming voltage. I have my inverter/converter set to 14.7. My solar charger seems to top out at about 14.4 volts when set to AGM. My alternator will put out about 14.2 volts when it's cool. If the life of my batteries are extended by the extra voltage "push" and my alternator is spared from burning out as quickly I think it's all worth doing. There is also the option of limiting the charger output to 20 amps for days when I know I have a lot of driving or when it's particularly hot outside. Thanks for all the input.
wguss 06/10/21 09:35am Tech Issues
RE: Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

Thanks everyone for your responses. So to summarize: My object here with the DC-DC charger is to properly charge my batteries but limit the amperage as to not burn out my alternator. It sounds like my 130 amp alternator may be at the low end of what is needed to really handle 40+ amps of charging for possible hours on end of normal driving. I'm not adverse to upgrading the alternator for a higher amp, or really, a heavier build that can handle the constant current needed to charge the (4) 100amp at possible 50% state of charge. As to the solenoid that is currently separating the chassis and starter batteries. It should be disconnected and I will extend the wire that energizes that solenoid as the D+ wire for the DC-DC charger. Does that sound about right? Any other suggestions of real world experience would be greatly appreciated.
wguss 06/09/21 05:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

What wire size feeds the AGMs? The wire feeding the house batteries, 200 amphrs, appears to be 2 gauge. I would assume it would be capable of delivering as much current as the alternator can deliver, safely. The second bank comes off the house batteries using 4 gauge and can be separated, and used independently from the house batteries. This second bank is also directly connected to my inverter. My intent was to get the Renogy 40 amp charger which I believe the wires can easily support but can the alternator? How much current are you getting from the alternator with the existing set up? Last I checked it was putting out 119 amps at 14.4 volts. I was lowering my jacks to put on a load. It may put out more.
wguss 06/09/21 10:49am Tech Issues
Couple of questions about DC-Dc charging

I've been thinking about adding a DC-DC charger now that I've added 400 amp hours of AGM batteries. There are lots of useful posts but I haven't run into a couple of things I'm curious about. One of the reasons for a dc-dc charger is to avoid burning up the alternator. I have a 130 amp on my F53 Triton V10 engine. What is a safe amount of current to avoid hurting the alternator? There are considerations while charging like the engine speed and accessories being used but is there a percentage to go by? In reading the instructions for the Renogy 40 amp charger it seems pretty simple to install but I'm wondering about the currently installed solenoid that separates the chassis and house batteries. It would seem that the current will go from the starter to the house batteries through the charger but then get back to the chassis battery, which is a regular lead acid, through the solenoid. Should the solenoid be disconnected? Thanks!
wguss 06/09/21 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

Add a receiver to the front of your truck?
wguss 04/22/21 04:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Bear Spray

Last I heard you could rent bear spray for one or multiple days from kiosks around the park. Might be a consideration if you're not needing it for more than a visit or two as it does expire.
wguss 04/06/21 12:35pm General RVing Issues
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