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RE: Truly towable with 1/2 ton?

Don't tell my truck. 32K+ towing miles. In mountains. To Alaska. Would go again if I could find a way across Canada.
12thgenusa 03/13/21 10:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Inverter Install?

Many trailers have the non-GFCI outlets tied to the same breaker as the converter (mine was). Throwing the breaker to disable the converter also disables the outlets. If this is the case you will need to remove the outlet circuit wire from the converter breaker and add another breaker just for the outlets.
12thgenusa 02/20/21 07:54am Tech Issues
RE: Sticker and residue removal

Another vote for Rapid Remover. I just redid all the graphics on my trailer in 2019. Ten-year old graphics. Heat gun works to remove the graphics. Actually I found the heat gun too hot even on low, tended to make the graphics too soft and tear apart. I used a hair blower on low and it was just right. One quart of Rapid Remover removed the glue residue from the whole trailer with a little left over, some of which I just used to remove glue remaining from a seven-year old clear bra on a car I am getting ready to sell.
12thgenusa 02/13/21 11:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar installation

Kits are not usually the best value. Takes a little more effort but buying individual pieces that fit exactly what you need is a better way to go.
12thgenusa 02/12/21 11:15am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Wear Two Masks?

Here's the deal. A face shield is good if someone coughs or spits on you. If the virus is indeed an aerosol (air born) than a shield is worthless. Likewise for doubling up of masks. The harder it is for air to pass through the mask, the more likely it is to enter and exit around the edges making it less effective.
12thgenusa 01/23/21 09:23am Around the Campfire
RE: SeeLevel tank monitors

Great system. Mine's eight years old.
12thgenusa 01/18/21 09:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Oven ignitor

Here is a link to my post of 2010 where I installed a battery powered ignitor for the stovetop burners and added a sparker for the oven pilot light. Sorry the picture links are all broken due to the demise of TinyPic and I no longer have the pictures to relink them. It's still working great. I just open the oven door, hold the gas valve button in and press the ignitor button. You can see the reflection of the pilot flame in the bottom of the oven when it lights.
12thgenusa 11/19/20 05:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Decals cracking

Seven to ten years is about it for graphics no matter what you do.
12thgenusa 09/10/20 10:02am General RVing Issues
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

Most interstate highways also have a posted minimum speed of 55 mph. If traffic engineers thought that was so unsafe don't you think they would increase that number? Those that think slower drivers are unsafe should probable slow down theselves in case they overtake one of these "unsafe situations".
12thgenusa 08/29/20 10:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gut check on transfer switch for inverter - special case

You are correct in that as you have it drawn there is not a charging loop between the converter and inverter however, powering everything through the inverter is very inefficient and overly complex. You have losses inverting 12V to 120V and then back to 12V through the converter to power the 12V items. A much better way is to leave the 12V distribution panel connected to the batteries and disconnect the 120V feed to the converter. Another plus is that in the event of an inverter failure all 12V items would still operate.
12thgenusa 08/28/20 10:19am Truck Campers
RE: Understanding GVWR

I'm more optimistic and realistic than most of the previous posters. The tongue weight given by the manufacturer is set by the such things as the configuration of the equipment in the trailer and the distance from the hitch point to the axles. Unless you load your things in the trailer very oddly, the tongue weight percentage will remain very close to the same, loaded or unloaded. Even if the batteries and propane are not included in the dry weight which is rare these days, that weight is distributed between the axles and the tongue and not all on the tongue. If you load 1000 pounds in the trailer (which is quite alot for one; my wife and I add less that 1000 pounds not including water), 10 percent tongue weight will put you right at 700 pounds. Adding in the other weights you listed will reduce your available payload to 270 pounds. I don't see a problem with these numbers.
12thgenusa 07/26/20 11:42am Towing
RE: mono vs poly real life testing

from days of yore 'identical' 36 cell panels, 2x mono, 1 poly graphs at 1:00 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB-dVPrDwFI A much more credible test. The Mono wins by a small mount. Still not enough to get excited about. My suspicion is that mono is slightly ahead in some conditions and poly is sightly ahead in others. Comes down to whether you like blue or black better and what is on sale.
12thgenusa 07/17/20 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: mono vs poly real life testing

Several problems with the testing. First, there is no full sun test to see how close they measure up to their rated output. This would have been the most important test for me. Second, the cloud conditions he shows are highly variable and there is no way to know how much time elapses as he changes between panels. I have real time output on my remote control panel and in those kinds of clouds the watt output is continually moving up and down as the clouds pass across the sun. Conclusion is that the variation in irradiance could easily be most of the difference in the output he showed. Third, the half-shaded panel either horizontal or vertical is a non-issue. In all cases the output is less than or equal to one amp. Who cares? None of them in those conditions will make a difference to your battery bank at the end of the day. Solar panel efficiency is calculated by dividing the rated output by the area of the panel. Since poly panels are larger than mono panels for the same output they are less efficient than mono panels. I just got back from a weeklong trip to the edge of the Flat Tops Wilderness in Colorado. The elevation of the campsite was 9,500 feet, the trailer was pointed due South, the panels have a natural tilt of 5 degrees due to the slope of the roof and a 3 degree tilt to the sides due to the curvature of the roof. I have the capability to tilt further but chose not to for enhanced shoulder time. Noontime temperatures were in the mid-80s. Three of the days had on-off clouds, sunshine, rain, from late morning to evening. As you all know, solar panels only produce what is used but here is my production for the eight days. 1.02 kwh, 71.7 ah 1.29 kwh, 92.1 ah 1.25 kwh, 90.2 ah 1.11 kwh, 81.8 ah 1.60 kwh, 115.4 ah 1.36 kwh, 97.3 ah 1.83 kwh, 132.1 ah 1.34 kwh, 95.2 ah Four of the days I had peak outputs of 379, 383, 406 and 394 watts. This is pretty good for nine year old MONO panels rated at 370 watts. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can never reach rated output of your panels. As far as mono/poly, buy what is on sale. There is not enough difference to matter.
12thgenusa 07/16/20 08:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Graphics replacement

If you are looking for exact replacements they are usually hard to find. Here is a LINK to the company I used for replacements for my Cougar. Somewhat pricey but good quality. They also sell the glue remover (Rapid Remover) you will need after removing the graphics. I removed ten-year old graphics using a hairdryer on low heat with a plastic scraper. I found a heat gun was too hot. After I got a section started, I would gently remove the graphic with one hand as I applied heat just ahead of where the graphic was releasing. But where they were more brittle they would come off in bits. I then polished the whole camper with Meguiar's 105 compound to remove the oxidation. This was on fiberglass gelcoat. You will be left with ghost images where the old graphics were so if you put the same ones back on you will easily tell where they go. I will tell you it is quite a bit of hard work but the results were very satisfying. https://i.imgur.com/bYC69erl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
12thgenusa 06/20/20 06:22pm Travel Trailers
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