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RE: Newbie boondockers left a mess in Eastern Sierra

Perhaps there really was a large mess to clean up, but I didn't see any pictures of said mess. I am all for responsibility, but the government is partly to blame here if there is any truth to this article (which I doubt), by closing all of the campgrounds and related facilities. This article smells. So before anyone gets their panties in a bunch, I am for a clean environment and leave no trace, but there is too much mis-information and propaganda out there for me to just read some article and take it as the gospel.
Grodyman 03/03/21 08:25am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Stand Alone Charger

So my rv batteries are (2) group 24 at 75ah each for 150ah capacity. Am I to understand that the maximum rate of charge for should be no more than 10% or 15 amps? The Schumacher SC1281 has a 30 amp setting, is that too much? Should I get something in the 15 amp range? Gman
Grodyman 02/24/21 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Stand Alone Charger

I want to charge rv batteries off generator very fast, also use it to charge two marine batteries in a boat as well as automotive and lawn tractor batteries. Someone stole my 2/10/100 amp dumb charger. Gman Doesn't work that way. You can't just FORCE a battery to charge "quicker" by using a higher amperage charger. There is a electro-chemical process when charging and discharging and batteries will only take so much charge in without damage or other possible hazards like overheating or exploding. HERE is some information to get you started on charging. There are lots of material out there that you might find helpful if you search for charging fla batteries.. Many of those 2/10/100A chargers attempt to force charging up to a certain point by boosting the output voltage and in the case of the 100A setting that is for STARTING surge, not for charging. If you have been using portable chargers in an attempt to recharge your batteries "fast" that is why you are "disappointed" with them, no commercial made charger will do what you seek.. While one could "build" their own charger to force a higher acceptance rate, there is a fine line that is easy to cross that has the potential to blow your battery up and or kill you in the process. I would not recommend a DIY approach.. Batteries take time to charge, the more you take out of them the longer it will take to recharge, it is a fact of life. Well, lets just say faster than the WFCO converter. I purchased a Schumacher SC1281 and it seems to work ok, am trying to decide if I want to keep it or go in another direction. I don't want to modify the WFCO in case I sell the trailer.
Grodyman 02/24/21 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Stand Alone Charger

I want to charge rv batteries off generator very fast, also use it to charge two marine batteries in a boat as well as automotive and lawn tractor batteries. Someone stole my 2/10/100 amp dumb charger. Gman
Grodyman 02/24/21 02:58pm Tech Issues
Stand Alone Charger

Hi all, What is the best stand alone battery charger? I have had a couple of Shcumachers and I am really not impressed. Also, there seem to be several dozen Schumacher models, how the heck do you know which one to get, they all look pretty much the same? Also, I am considering just buying a Progressive Dynamics PD9260 and using that as a stand alone charger. Gman
Grodyman 02/24/21 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Electrical Extension Cords

I almost exclusively use a 20 amp rated cord (12 awg minimum, 10 awg if you can find one), but I would not run two major electric appliances at the same time. Don't run the microwave and the a/c or an electric heater simultaneously, or the water heater on electric etc. I usually dry camp and plug into the Honda to charge or run the micro for a few minutes. In extreme temperatures where you need a/c or electric heat stick with the 30 amp cord. Gman
Grodyman 02/21/21 07:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2021 F150 Raptor Reveal

Lame video. The takeaway for me is that nobody really needs this truck, if the only thing they can come up with is a nature-fest fast and furious just to have a cup of coffee. But thanks.
Grodyman 02/07/21 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: ANWR Drilling Stopped

Problem is....no matter how much the United State cuts back on emissions, the biggest polluters are Russia, China ,India and they wont stop. So our sacrifice will not do much at all. Nope. By Capita, which is the only fair way to do it, The US, Australia and Canada are the pigs of the planet. I think Austrailia has moved into "the lead" now. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50896220861_dbd05ee81d_c.jpg How many trees died to bring us this chart??
Grodyman 02/03/21 08:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Behold! to solar project monster!!!

I just looked at the pictures
Grodyman 12/18/20 09:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Costco batteries

I have had great luck with them, but they are 210 amp hours vs. the 225 amp hours of the white Interstates and Trojans. Usually more than enough though for 3-5 day boondocking. Gman
Grodyman 09/23/20 05:59pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Private property parking

I would be very concerned about publicly offering a stay to an unknown party for an extended period and a lot of people knowing there would be no one home for that time. Call me overly cautious, if you will. Be very cautious, evicting someone who decides to stay is a nightmare, especially in these times (COVID). I would reconsider, but best of luck. Gman
Grodyman 09/23/20 05:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Did you notice..........

I have noticed the new trend of "Glamping" where companies buy up blocks of the best campsites for the season and set up circus tents for people with money to burn.
Grodyman 09/23/20 05:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: another article about packed parks

TIME is political trash pushing the climate change agenda. If that is your religion, fine, but please don't post links here as if anything in that rag is fact. Would be long extinct were it not for leftist rich billionaires and public money subsidizing and propping it up.
Grodyman 09/23/20 05:26pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Tried towing after new tires & algnment...it did not go well

I've had a dozen brand new Ford trucks, never experienced "new tire squirm" as noticeable as described here. The only time I have ever experienced front tire squirm is when the rear is loaded too heavy taking too much weight off the front end, will feel like driving on ice. Gman
Grodyman 09/12/20 10:59am Towing
RE: Diesel Towing MPG With Ultralight Trailer

Your F150 should do much better. I get 12 to 13 pulling 5000 pounds but am rarely over 55 mph. https://i.imgur.com/2fnHxF0l.jpg I generally tow 65-70 mph. 7-9 mpg is pretty accurate, maybe as high as 10 max. Gman
Grodyman 07/12/20 11:19am Tow Vehicles
Diesel Towing MPG With Ultralight Trailer

Anybody have any idea what a late model 2500 series DIESEL truck pulling a mini trailer 3500lbs max trailer weight would be? My 2017 3.5 Ecoboost gets about 20 mpg highway empty. It gets 7-9 mpg towing an untralight 4500lb trailer (Passport 153ML), which is terrible (23 gallon fuel tank). Trying to decide what the best retirement truck is, where I will no longer have a long commute with a lot of empty miles like I do now. Gman
Grodyman 07/11/20 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
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