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RE: Keeping a charge on AGM batteries

To keep things simple if you have a single stage charger in your MH you can always just buy a 40 amp portable that has settings for wet cell, agm and gel battery. I have an old Magnatech 9050 single stage charger in my MH and use a 40 amp B&D portable to charge, equalize and desulfate. I charge my 2 6v GC batteries in Oct when I winterize and push the battery disconnect switch for the house batteries and disconnect the neg cable on the chassis battery then fully charge again in April. Just checked the voltage and they are at 80% SOC. They only lost 20% in 4 1/2 months. I don't keep them plugged in 24/7 even in the summer, just recharge when they self discharge to 80%.
Gjac 03/03/21 07:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

The real question for me is an EV really cost effective when compared to an ICE or hybrid type vehicle. It is hard to cut through the marketing hyperbole on some of the EV web sites. I will probably give my 2009 CRV to my GS so I am looking for another car anyways and started looking at the some of these EV's. I tried to compare an EV to my current RAV4 Hybrid and this is my logic. I live in CT and my total cost per KWH is 27 cents( 9 cents to generate and 18 cents for delivery costs). Most EV's I looked would use 30 KWH's to go 100 miles. At 27 cents/KWH X 30 KWH's= $8.1 to travel 100 miles. My 2019 RAV4 averages 40MPGs so 100 miles/ 40 MPG's=2.5 gals x $2.00/gal = $5.00. If gas goes to $3/gal and it will that would be $7.50. At $4/gal = $10 to travel 100 miles. So to me the equivalent cost is about $3.40/gal. Not factored in is Ct uses mostly oil to generate electric so the electric cost will go up as the price of oil just not as fast as gas. This does not include all the other stuff others have mentioned such as higher initial cost of the vehicle, etc. Bottom line EV's don't make sense to me unless gas prices exceed $4/gal. Am I missing something in my math? Here in Michigan, I have a separate meter and rate for the electric car which helps. Also when we got our Volt a few years ago they gave us a credit on the lease of the car and a free charging station from Uncle Sam. They gave you a free charging station at your home? Or did you have to drive to the Chevy dealer to charge it for free?
Gjac 03/03/21 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Too old to drive ?

Do you feel more confident driving a car vs a Class A? Maybe a good compromise would be a 24 ft Class C or B+. Thanks! I am more comfortable driving our car or my full size pick up. If we jump back in it will be a smaller class C. Some other things to consider that may help, in a small C with no tow car would not only be easier to drive, easier to park and easier to set up your wife may share some of the driving which would reduce your actual time behind the wheel and make for a more enjoyable trip.
Gjac 03/03/21 06:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

I could of replaced my older metal key for 75 cents, not cool. My Honda in college had a metal key. It was super convenient because it also worked in my roommate's similar year Honda, and it also worked in his girlfriend's Honda, but only to start the car, it wouldn't open the doors. Despite the convenience, it probably wasn't all that secure. Beside the replacement cost what do you do with the fob when you want to swim, fish a stream, free dive or scuba from the shore all of which I like to do. The low tech metal key I could just keep in my pocket and it did not mind getting wet. I have slipped on rocks in a stream and gotten wet many times. If I think I'll get somewhat wet, I just put it in a ziplock baggy in my pocket. When I go snorkeling, I put it in the plastic underwater cover with my cell phone (which itself is a glorified ziplock baggy). I rarely go anywhere without my cell phone, so having to handle a keyfob isn't much different (and if I had the right car, I could just use my phone as the key). Or you can buy a purpose built keyfob drybag. I can start my car with the phone also but I just don't like the idea of putting my phone and key fob in a baggy and taking it very deep when scuba diving or needing to buy a underwater housing for it. I did not mean to get off topic with the key fob it was just an example of hi tech stuff I could do without.
Gjac 03/02/21 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

I could of replaced my older metal key for 75 cents, not cool. My Honda in college had a metal key. It was super convenient because it also worked in my roommate's similar year Honda, and it also worked in his girlfriend's Honda, but only to start the car, it wouldn't open the doors. Despite the convenience, it probably wasn't all that secure. Beside the replacement cost what do you do with the fob when you want to swim, fish a stream, free dive or scuba from the shore all of which I like to do. The low tech metal key I could just keep in my pocket and it did not mind getting wet. I have slipped on rocks in a stream and gotten wet many times.
Gjac 03/02/21 06:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla is thinking of making a Van. B plus MOHO?

From my experience in aircraft design when ever a new piece of equipment is added to the existing airframe it adds a lot of weight because the surrounding airframe has to be beefed up to support the added item. However when the paper is blank the required item like an antenna for example can be integrated in the the structure for a lot less weight. So an antenna can be part of the structure, be an antenna and a grab handle all at the same time. Having said all that I think the only way that an electric RV can save weight is to integrate the batteries and other electrical stuff say into the initial design of the box beam frame for example or making the RV shell where the outside layer of fiber glass is replaced with a bonded on solar panel film thus reducing the over all weight. I don't know enough about solar to understand if the panels are getting more efficient as a function of time like Moore's Law in electronics or not. I know cost has come down over time has the efficiency improved also? If so can solar add much charging to the batteries to make it worth while in 5 years? 10 years? any years?
Gjac 03/02/21 06:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

I could of (sic) replaced my older metal key for 75 cents, not cool.But I can still think they're cool, right? I guess what is cool is very subjective.
Gjac 03/02/21 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

Even Elon Musk has said it would be unsustainable,and stupid to flood the "users" market with all electric vehicles,as the means for huge amounts of more production, and the grids to transfer it will both be a long time coming,perhaps not in his lifetime. You are right, Ct. has a very old grid system that is just about maxed out now.
Gjac 03/02/21 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

My next car will be electric just because they're so quiet, clean, and very cool. And loaded with technology. My 54 Ford I had in HS with with a bored out 312 eng, 411 gears and lake pipes was cool, electric cars not as cool. As far as clean I can't verify that either, I have a coal fired plant 10 miles from my house supposedly used just in peak times and a garbage burning generator in the next town over also. Coal, oil, NG, nuclear, hydro need to be used to generate electricity. If EV's make up 3% today and 80%-100% by 2030 that is a lot more stuff being added to the air if generation ratios stay the same. Technology, I like simple and cost effective stuff if technology helps that's great. When my key fob was stolen out of my new car it cost me $450 for a new one and to reprogram my existing one. I could of replaced my older metal key for 75 cents, not cool.
Gjac 03/02/21 04:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

The real question for me is an EV really cost effective when compared to an ICE or hybrid type vehicle. It is hard to cut through the marketing hyperbole on some of the EV web sites. I will probably give my 2009 CRV to my GS so I am looking for another car anyways and started looking at the some of these EV's. I tried to compare an EV to my current RAV4 Hybrid and this is my logic. I live in CT and my total cost per KWH is 27 cents( 9 cents to generate and 18 cents for delivery costs). Most EV's I looked would use 30 KWH's to go 100 miles. At 27 cents/KWH X 30 KWH's= $8.1 to travel 100 miles. My 2019 RAV4 averages 40MPGs so 100 miles/ 40 MPG's=2.5 gals x $2.00/gal = $5.00. If gas goes to $3/gal and it will that would be $7.50. At $4/gal = $10 to travel 100 miles. So to me the equivalent cost is about $3.40/gal. Not factored in is Ct uses mostly oil to generate electric so the electric cost will go up as the price of oil just not as fast as gas. This does not include all the other stuff others have mentioned such as higher initial cost of the vehicle, etc. Bottom line EV's don't make sense to me unless gas prices exceed $4/gal. Am I missing something in my math? I don't have a dog in this fight. I plan to use the 2 vehicles we have for as long as we are driving. As to your math, what about the cost of maintaining the ICE? And I can see how the "fueling" on long trips would be a issue. But the fuel at home for most trips would be great. I don't have a dog in this fight either and my initial plan was to use my RAV4 for long trips and just use the EV for running around town until I actually ran the numbers and found the RAV4 to be more cost effective in daily driving. As far as maintenance goes oil changes every 10,000 miles would be extra along with other fluid changes, but I don't think enough to exceed the initial cost of the EV.
Gjac 03/02/21 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

The real question for me is an EV really cost effective when compared to an ICE or hybrid type vehicle. It is hard to cut through the marketing hyperbole on some of the EV web sites. I will probably give my 2009 CRV to my GS so I am looking for another car anyways and started looking at the some of these EV's. I tried to compare an EV to my current RAV4 Hybrid and this is my logic. I live in CT and my total cost per KWH is 27 cents( 9 cents to generate and 18 cents for delivery costs). Most EV's I looked would use 30 KWH's to go 100 miles. At 27 cents/KWH X 30 KWH's= $8.1 to travel 100 miles. My 2019 RAV4 averages 40MPGs so 100 miles/ 40 MPG's=2.5 gals x $2.00/gal = $5.00. If gas goes to $3/gal and it will that would be $7.50. At $4/gal = $10 to travel 100 miles. So to me the equivalent cost is about $3.40/gal. Not factored in is Ct uses mostly oil to generate electric so the electric cost will go up as the price of oil just not as fast as gas. This does not include all the other stuff others have mentioned such as higher initial cost of the vehicle, etc. Bottom line EV's don't make sense to me unless gas prices exceed $4/gal. Am I missing something in my math?
Gjac 03/02/21 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New type of lead acid battery: with silicone wafers

It sounds like they are plating the lead over a light weight plastic substrate. Seams like it would be cheaper to mfg and lighter. Didn't Jim Varney die after he went to Washington?
Gjac 03/02/21 06:59am Tech Issues
RE: Too old to drive ?

Do you feel more confident driving a car vs a Class A? Maybe a good compromise would be a 24 ft Class C or B+.
Gjac 03/02/21 06:39am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Harbor Freight - what happened to the 20% off coupons

I miss the batteries and the multimeters that were free with any purchase. Also bought their adhesives for $.99 and their butt splices with heat shrink ends for $1.99 which I used a lot of. Sand paper, caulking, grinding and wire wheels also when on sale. I also liked their free tarps to cover wood when camping. I bought mostly their consumables rather than electrical or hand tools. However since they stopped the free batteries and coupons I have not found anything else I needed, but I guess I fall into the geezer category but I have never seen a line at HF.
Gjac 03/01/21 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: 2001 Fleetwood Southwind Front-end sags

Check your ride height first, how much space do you have between the upper a arm and lower stop? Now jack up the front end and fully inflate the bags. Lower the jacks and check ride height again, if you don't see 1.5 ins or more I would then replace with the HD springs. I had no more than 1/4 in so I went with the HD springs from Henderson also, and it fixed the ride height. I have seen several P-30 front end where they were just resting on the stops. Also resist the temptation to put in heavier springs than required thinking more is better, this could lead to more force on the upper A arms causing stress cracks.
Gjac 02/27/21 09:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C Aluminum Wheels

Alloy wheels are machined within .005 ins, steel wheels are stamped and are maybe +or- .030. So the alloy wheels are much more accurate. The down side is hitting a large pot hole the steel wheel will bend and can be straightened out wit a hammer. The alloy wheel in not as ductile and is more apt to crack. I could never tell the difference in ride in a car between steel or alloy wheels, some people say they can. Some claim a 22.5 tire rides better that a 19.5 tire I couldn't. Ride quality is very subjective.
Gjac 02/25/21 08:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Stand Alone Charger

Is your WFCO a constant charger or a 3 stage charger? What is the max amp output of the WFCO in your trailer? How many AHs in your boat marine batteries? If you have 2 12v batteries in your TT with 150 AHs total, a 3 stage portable that charges at 30 amps is fine. Do you charge your marine batteries from shore power or an on board genset? If shore power only 30 amp output is fine it will just take longer to recharge than a higher amp output if batteries are depleted. To charge your batteries from a genset It would take too long and use too much fuel to fully charge them so the most practical way to charge from a genset when dry camping is to charge from 50%SOC to 80%SOC then fully charge when you come home using shore power. The last 20% takes a long time, kind of like the half life of uranium.
Gjac 02/25/21 08:43am Tech Issues
RE: Stand Alone Charger

If you are going to use it to charge 2 6v GC batteries in you RV I would get the Stanley 40 amp charger about $100 or if you can find an older B&D 40 amp charger. I bought my B&D for $50 when Stanley bought them out. If not the convertors that BFL13 showed are good options especially the 45 amp for $114. If you want it just for your cars any 10 amp charger will work, Stanley makes 10,15 and 25 amp one.
Gjac 02/24/21 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: For BFL13 et al... FLA vs AGM vs Li vs heated Li

It has gotten to the point where I think twice about buying green bananas. I guess everything we buy now has a lifetime warranty.
Gjac 02/24/21 05:59am Tech Issues
RE: For BFL13 et al... FLA vs AGM vs Li vs heated Li

I realize everyone on here has different electrical req's with how they camp. I don't fulltime and don't camp in the winter and have minimal electrical req's. I dry camp don't watch TV or play on the internet, so basically some lights, refer, WH, and water pump. He kept talking about real world experience and did 20 amp discharge test down running MV's to 8 amp tests and then concluded that LI was cheaper over the life cycle of battery usage. What I would have rather seen was low amp draws "real world" how I use my batteries and how long each battery would last. At $900/ battery for lithium and $90 for 6v flooded that is 10 times the cost. Will the LI's last 10 times longer to recover the initial cost? The only advantage for you would be never ever having to buy a battery again. Like me, you may be dead before you manage 2800 cycles. If I camped every weekend, and took the SiO2 that meet my needs to stone bone dead (claim 620 cycles), then I'd reach 80% of oem capacity in only 4340 weeks, or about 83 years. But, the float life is about 16 to 18 years--and I'll be 89. My needs are cold weather performance, and enough storage to run an O2 concentrator over night. Your right. My 2 6v Sams club batteries which I paid $74 apiece 13 years ago are still going strong. I will be 74 in 1 hr so one more set would last me until at least 87. If I needed to buy another set at that age, I would consider that to be a high class problem to have.
Gjac 02/23/21 08:53pm Tech Issues
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