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RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Lots of good recommendations here.....but I want to emphasize one comment....do NOT waste your money on Optima batteries. They are costly and do not have the capacity you need.
Ed_Gee 10/28/20 10:02am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 30 amp vs. 50 amp question

Yes. Shore power-->adapter-->ems-->rv Limit your loads to 24 amps if that is possible. If you are lucky enough to have a hybrid inverter/charger, then turn on the load support feature. Not really --- You'll do it this way: shore power pedestal >> eMS >> adapter >> rv cable.
Ed_Gee 10/27/20 07:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Suggestions

Much better off with two 6V golf cart batteries. AGM 6V golf cart batteries do exist but they are $$$ (Trojan T105-AGM) and would have to be ordered through a golf cart store or solar power store. I need to double check and see if my two house batteries are 12volt or 6volt. Thanks for the input! Not really a problem going either way. If you get two 6v batteries you just wire them in series.
Ed_Gee 10/26/20 03:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Suggestions

If you don't mind checking battery cell electrolyte levels and battery corrosion cleaning then two GC-2 6V batteries would do just fine. Otherwise I'd suggest two 12V AGM batteries like Renogy 12V 100Ah units...
Ed_Gee 10/26/20 02:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best RV repair company, roof replacement Oregon

Oregon Motorcoach has a superb reputation, as does Carrier RV services .... both on Airport Road between Eugene and Junction City. I would check these two out before anyone else. I believe the Winnebago facility in Junction City has terminated their service activities recently. Normally I shout stay away from Camping World, but give the high numbers of skilled RV service people in this area I might say the store in Coburg may be OK.
Ed_Gee 10/23/20 09:19pm Tech Issues
RE: House and Engine Battery -Update 2-Surge? REGEN threat!

My solution - long: My Winnebago Fuse on the Ford Transit 350 HD chassis had this issue. The Ford engine alternator uses a new Ford Smart Charge technology to charge the Ford engine battery (2 AGM batteries) . However we Fuse owners have discovered that when the Winnebago Fuse House batteries are connected to the engine alternator system, the Ford Smart Charge regulator never drops charge down from its high 14.7 Volt output level. What this means is that all batteries are constantly being charged high rate for many hours a day while driving. This is a good way to cook and ruin nice AGM batteries, including the Ford chassis batteries. I resolved this issue by adding a simple switch to in the battery solenoid circuit that disconnects the Ford 12 V system totally from the House battery bank when driving. The Ford Smart Charge system now drops down to the 13.7V level as it should when the chassis batteries are full and the House batteries are kept safe - my 200W solar keep them up just fine. Same principle could be applied if one changed out the House batteries to another type.
Ed_Gee 10/19/20 09:02pm Tech Issues
RE: RV dump station Fee - pay if only getting fresh water ?

There is a reason they call it a DUMP fee. Covers the cost of waste treatment or hauling off. Should be no charge for fresh water, but as others have said, I'd be real cautious using a dump site's fresh water. I've seen RVers stick the fresh water hose in their septic tubes. I never get water from a dump site.
Ed_Gee 10/18/20 10:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Thousand Trails Membership

We received a membership with a new trailer purchase and are considering another year. I am considering the purchase of an existing membership. Any info would be helpful. Thanks, Jeff If you use it a lot, are happy with their restrictions and limitations, and are happy with the campgrounds you stay in, then may be worth it. We were not happy so we dropped our 4 year membership.....which Thousand Trails did not make easy. A written notice sent at least 30 days in advance of cancelling membership is required.
Ed_Gee 10/18/20 10:25am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire Inflation - What RU Using

Viair 88P for me. Tires only require 70PSI and snall RV has limited storage. Viair is small, reliable, and high quality.
Ed_Gee 10/16/20 08:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar charge to chassis battery

I am doing the very thing the OP wants using a Trik-L-Start. Super easy installation and does the job perfectly.
Ed_Gee 10/15/20 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 -- Adding Memory

The specs say a maximum of 2GB memory. This is a P4 computer....so outdated I doubt it can even run Windows 10. Don't expect much performance increase by adding RAM. You should really consider something newer.... Specifications overview 75 pages HERE all about running Win10 on old hardware like P4 processor say's you are dead wrong about your assumption. In a nutshell, P4 "J" version supported "NX" instructions which Win10 requires.. That P4 version started shipping around 2004-2005 timeframe.. Listen, the OP already spent $100 just to buy the laptop (that IS a lot of money to simply throw your hands in the air and surrender). OP has it, may as well try it, has nothing to lose other than maybe some hair pulling and time lost.. Win10 most likely has a better chance of running than Win7 or any flavor of Win8.. The progression of the OSs has been trimming down what is loaded and running at all times. Older OSs loaded every single driver known to man in the startup process and never unloaded them even if the hardware did not exist on that PC.. If OP can get past the installer and driver issues, it most likely will be fine. I will admit, 1 GB of Ram will be pretty skinny, should be comfortable with 2 GB. OP most likely will need to load 32 bit version, not sure if 64bit will even install but has good chance 32bit W10 will. If OPs computer specs say max of 2 gb ram, that is the max the MB will accept, they are limited to two 1gb memory chips, some MBs may be flexible and allow one 2 MB ram chip but that is not always the case. Manufacturer should have a chart listing exactly what to use and how to install. All else fails, use the part number on the chip and run an Internet search to see exactly what it crosses to. Memory chips vary a lot in how they are wired. I see this differently. That 75 pages was mostly a bunch of people trying to dink and tinker with old computers to make Windows 10 work ... and most of those cited were not as old as the Original Posters 15+ year old Laptop. Also, I cannot see anywhere in the OP's post where he spent $100. on his laptop.... it appears to be an old one he has always had .. Regardless, 15 years is well beyond good service and needs be retired. Windows 10 will almost certainly be slower than cold tar on that laptop, if it can be installed at all. Last year I purchased a completely refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T410 laptop on Amazon for $160. ... with new battery. That was an Intel Core i5 with 16GB Ram. It is foolish to fuss with such an old Laptop such as OP's when such modern refurbished laptops can be had for such low prices. Admittedly, I see Amazon selling the T-410 now for $279. ....but there are others at lower price, if one only makes the effort to search. Gave up my IBM Thinkpad R52e years ago when it could no longer upgrade to Windows 8, even ... and that one was a P4 1.5GB Ram unit similar to the OP's. Of course if one wants to dink and tinker with that old stuff...more power to them ... maybe it will work ... albeit very slowly.... not my problem.
Ed_Gee 10/11/20 01:59pm Technology Corner
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 -- Adding Memory

The specs say a maximum of 2GB memory. This is a P4 computer....so outdated I doubt it can even run Windows 10. Don't expect much performance increase by adding RAM. You should really consider something newer.... Specifications overview 75 pages HERE all about running Win10 on old hardware like P4 processor say's you are dead wrong about your assumption. In a nutshell, P4 "J" version supported "NX" instructions which Win10 requires.. That P4 version started shipping around 2004-2005 timeframe.. I see this differently. That 75 pages was mostly a bunch of people trying to dink and tinker with old computers to make Windows 10 work ... and most of those cited were not as old as the Original Posters 15+ year old Laptop. Also, I cannot see anywhere in the OP's post where he spent $100. on his laptop.... it appears to be an old one he has always had .. Regardless, 15 years is well beyond good service and needs be retired. Windows 10 will almost certainly be slower than cold tar on that laptop, if it can be installed at all. Last year I purchased a completely refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad T410 laptop on Amazon for $160. ... with new battery. That was an Intel Core i5 with 16GB Ram. It is foolish to fuss with such an old Laptop such as OP's when such modern refurbished laptops can be had for such low prices. Admittedly, I see Amazon selling the T-410 now for $279. ....but there are others at lower price, if one only makes the effort to search. Gave up my IBM Thinkpad R52e years ago when it could no longer upgrade to Windows 8, even ... and that one was a P4 1.5GB Ram unit similar to the OP's. Of course if one wants to dink and tinker with that old stuff...more power to them ... maybe it will work ... albeit very slowly.... not my problem. Listen, the OP already spent $100 just to buy the laptop (that IS a lot of money to simply throw your hands in the air and surrender). OP has it, may as well try it, has nothing to lose other than maybe some hair pulling and time lost.. Win10 most likely has a better chance of running than Win7 or any flavor of Win8.. The progression of the OSs has been trimming down what is loaded and running at all times. Older OSs loaded every single driver known to man in the startup process and never unloaded them even if the hardware did not exist on that PC.. If OP can get past the installer and driver issues, it most likely will be fine. I will admit, 1 GB of Ram will be pretty skinny, should be comfortable with 2 GB. OP most likely will need to load 32 bit version, not sure if 64bit will even install but has good chance 32bit W10 will. If OPs computer specs say max of 2 gb ram, that is the max the MB will accept, they are limited to two 1gb memory chips, some MBs may be flexible and allow one 2 MB ram chip but that is not always the case. Manufacturer should have a chart listing exactly what to use and how to install. All else fails, use the part number on the chip and run an Internet search to see exactly what it crosses to. Memory chips vary a lot in how they are wired.
Ed_Gee 10/11/20 01:54pm Technology Corner
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 -- Adding Memory

The specs say a maximum of 2GB memory. This is a P4 computer....so outdated I doubt it can even run Windows 10. Don't expect much performance increase by adding RAM. You should really consider something newer.... Specifications overview
Ed_Gee 10/10/20 11:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Grrocery Delivery in Yuma?

Pickup works really well at our Kroger store. Special parking spots ... call when you arrive and they bring out the groceries you ordered on their website and put them in your car for you. No need to even get close to employee.... ( who wears a mask anyway). Delivery can be problematic in some areas so we don't do that.
Ed_Gee 10/10/20 01:03pm Snowbirds
RE: Turned back at border

The border has been closed for many months. Where has this couple been - hiding in some cave? I have little sympathy for this situation.
Ed_Gee 10/09/20 10:29pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: How long can you go on a 50 amp extension cord?

I see no reason whatsoever why you can't run your RV on a 100' 50A extension ..... but do you have any idea how heavy that is going to be? I believe 50A cable is 6AWG. That is going to weigh a ton! I built a 100' 30A cable for my previous ClassA.....out of 10AWG cable from Home Depot....worked great but a bit of a pain to coil up and store.... A properly sized 50A cable is going to be a lot worse.......but again, yes, it will work fine.
Ed_Gee 09/30/20 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Atwood gas furnace

You should seek and download the user manual for whatever furnace model you have. They all contain very helpful troubleshooting procedures. Is this an RV or a house you have? I am curious what your GFI has to do with the furnace. Every RV furnace I have seen runs totally on 12VDC and has nothing to do with 120VAC......
Ed_Gee 09/29/20 10:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Oregon coast to I-5 south?

I would think 18, just north of Lincoln City would be the easiest route......east to 22 and on through Salem where it hits I-5.
Ed_Gee 09/28/20 09:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Dry Camping - Heat with Propane, or electrically w/Inverter?

Another view on this subject -- you can have all the batteries and all the solar panels possible but you can't get more daytime energy than the sun will provide.....even assuming ideal conditions....which are rare....
Ed_Gee 09/25/20 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Tire Pressure Chart For Continental Tires

Here? PSI Chart
Ed_Gee 09/24/20 09:46pm Class A Motorhomes
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