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RE: Portable Solar Smoking

I used a 120 watt suitcase kit with the controller attached to the back of one panel for years and I connected the batteries to the controller after I had the panels set up. I never had a problem and never heard anyone mention having to hook up the batteries before the panels were exposed to sunlight. Instructions don't mention this either, just says plug into port or connect to batteries. I'll buy a cheap controller and try again.
Grodyman 08/08/19 09:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable Solar Smoking

Controller is connected to rear of panel, so I would need to connect the clips while keeping the suitcase covered from the sun, then open the panels to the sun after connecting.....Is this the standard procedure?
Grodyman 08/08/19 07:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable Solar Smoking

Not reverse polarity. Interesting about the controller needing battery before opening panel. I wasn't aware of that. It is a cheap plastic controller, garbage.
Grodyman 08/08/19 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable Solar Smoking

Reversed polarity? Maybe, if the red and black wires are mixed up from the factory. Also, no current going into the battery was registering on my battery monitor.
Grodyman 08/08/19 06:08pm Tech Issues
Portable Solar Smoking

I inherited a NaturePower 120 Watt suitcase solar kit. Opened it up and hooked alligator clips to terminals of battery, after a short time, smoke coming from the wiring/charge controller area behind the solar panel. What could cause this? Wire run was maybe 6 feet. Gman
Grodyman 08/08/19 05:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

Enjoy your democratic socialism, comrade: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/08/07/you-gotta-hear-what-happened-at-the-socialist-convention/ So what's your point, argument or thesis? And please, Rush "Oxycontin" "Failed All College Subjects" Limbaugh again? What does he know about economics? Just watched the video again! Your comrades even oppress their own members! I thought it was a SNL skit, but it's real.....wow
Grodyman 08/07/19 09:53pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

Truth is, you need wealthy people to invest in businesses and corporations that create jobs. When you take away the incentive, jobs are lost and the system collapses (Socialism). This is the myth that has developed since the '80s. I'm reasonably sure that if there is no demand for a good or service, there will be no investment in businesses or corporations to create new jobs. Instead the try to buy existing business, merger, cut costs (Workers). While Socialism is considered a foul word, if Capitalism is not regulated by Government, or IMHO better, strong unions, the wealth will be concentrated in fewer hands until the middle class is only people that used to be rich. Hear, hear, this is a knowledgeable view. This is Keynes economic theory which Reaganomics tried to replace with trickle down – giving tax breaks for companies to invest and expand without the underlying consumer demand. We got instead bigger deficit, higher borrowings and eventually 3 recessions. Looks like history will repeat this time again. Let’s also update ourselves and not be scared-sh*tless with the word “socialism”. It’s not the 50’s or the 60’s anymore where this means Soviet Union nor Russia. The new economic-political system now refers to it as Democractic Socialism modeled by the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Switzerland, etc. These countries have been surveyed to be the happiest and healthiest on earth with free college, universal healthcare, 48:1 CEO to worker pay gap (US is 354 times average worker), and comfortable social security pensions for seniors. Enjoy your democratic socialism, comrade: https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2019/08/07/you-gotta-hear-what-happened-at-the-socialist-convention/
Grodyman 08/07/19 04:43pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

Jeff Bezos is the worlds richest man with a net worth estimated at $165,000,000,000.. Never mind Bezos, Amazon with $10 B in income paid zero tax. And I should be happy, I'm a stockholder. But fair is fair. Or Trump? How can IRS don't get a red flag when every year this "businessman' would have a loss of $1 billion year after year for 10 years to avoid income taxes. As a first step, we can eliminate those tax loopholes for big business and the rich (I can incorporate myself and my vacation trip to Europe, disguised as meeting with a client, as tax deductible business expenses. While on the surface it seems unfair, and it may well be. But....how many jobs has Amazon created, and how much revenue has the government received via income tax on all of those jobs? You tax the businesses, maybe they cut jobs, then you lose the income tax on those jobs, so is it a wash? Don't know. Also, Bezos probably pays taxes personally on his earnings, as does Trump. Truth is, you need wealthy people to invest in businesses and corporations that create jobs. When you take away the incentive, jobs are lost and the system collapses (Socialism). It is the middle class that gets the shaft, hence Trump. Trump is a middle class warrior. Dems and corporate Repubs fight for (exploit) the underclass and (for) the elite. I don't hate wealthy people, in a lot of cases it took generations to get to that point. I don't think it is reasonable for someone to immigrate to the US with no skill and no money to support themselves and their families, and in one generation, or even less, expect to be wealthy, and denounce those who have already accumulated some. Flame on. Gman
Grodyman 08/05/19 07:19pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Battery Charging

Interesting. My Wfco converter takes too long to charge on generator. I have 2group 24 12 v batteries. Short of replacing with a progressive dynamics converter, I’m looking for a fast way to charge on generator. Maybe solar is the answer.
Grodyman 08/04/19 10:49pm Tech Issues
Battery Charging

So I went on a 3 day trip and charged on the 3rd day by plugging the shore cord into the Honda 2000 and also putting a dumb automotive charger on the terminals. I used the 10 amp setting, and with the onboard converter got about 20 amps of charging current into the batteries according to the battery monitor. For some reason, the 50 amp (jump start) setting didn't work, the needle gauge started to jump all over the place. Switch back to 10 amp setting and things were great. Anybody know why the 50 amp setting wouldn't work to charge dual 12v batteries? Gman
Grodyman 08/04/19 09:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

We see our national parks being sold off to oil rigs in pristine lands, oil and mining being sold in our other parks, coal runoff being put back in our streams, air quality under attack and climate change being ignored. The parks are ours not any particular administration. Any monies gathered by making our enviroment worse should be dumped back into the parks it is the least the thieves of the public could do. A Duramax Diesel and a giant trailer, a full tank of diesel and a Honda gas generator....and you complain about “climate change.” Stop preaching and walk the walk. I guess you don't know that diesels are greener than everything but electric and there are no 2500 electrics...yet. My giant trailer weighs far less than most 5ers. The Honda genny uses far less fuel than other gennys. So enough on the soap box stuff. Yep I complain about a government ignoring climate change and my use of a few hundred gallons of diesel each year likely doesn't compare to you going to work. You can justify your hypocrisy any way you like. Fossil fuel is fossil fuel, and if you believe in man caused "climate change" then you should give yours up, not try and give yourself a pass and state that your use is less than someone else's when you can't possibly know. Why wait for the government to come along and make you give yours up? Leftists: Fossil Fuels equal Global Warming You: Giant trailer with diesel engine and gasoline electric power. I know you are offended, and you will probably come on here and say something stupid again like "my giant trailer weighs less than most 5ers" to convince yourself that you are somehow doing your part to fight "climate change," but deep down, you know your are a hypocrite.
Grodyman 08/04/19 10:31am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Sad state of our National Parks-II

We see our national parks being sold off to oil rigs in pristine lands, oil and mining being sold in our other parks, coal runoff being put back in our streams, air quality under attack and climate change being ignored. The parks are ours not any particular administration. Any monies gathered by making our enviroment worse should be dumped back into the parks it is the least the thieves of the public could do. A Duramax Diesel and a giant trailer, a full tank of diesel and a Honda gas generator....and you complain about “climate change.” Stop preaching and walk the walk.
Grodyman 08/04/19 01:01am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: The verdict is in! DRW vs SRW....real world

Yes, really no comparison. 990 is a beast. Gman
Grodyman 07/25/19 05:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Problems with our new camper

I’ve got a story about the California DMV.......
Grodyman 07/23/19 07:36pm Travel Trailers
3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

So I have a 2017 F150 with 3.5 Ecoboost and 3.55 gears. I rented a 6x10 dual axle dump trailer and loaded it with 2.5 yards of landscape rock. I'm thinking maybe 8000-9000lbs total. Engine did the job, but felt like a lawn mower. My previous 6.2 V8's easily outperform this motor. Now I know why this motor can't be placed in a Super Duty.Trailer also pushed the truck around and was tough on the brakes. Thankfully only went about 8 miles. This motor is great for anything 5000lbs or less, as long as you are fairly aerodynamic. My truck gets 7 mpg towing an ultralight Passport 153ML. Since I drive most miles empty, I like this truck and it is a good compromise. If I pulled over 5000lbs and used the truck only as a tow vehicle, I would pass. Gman
Grodyman 06/30/19 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Feds open 1.4 million acres to hunters and fishermen

I like clean air and water and the regulations that used to prohibit those who would plunder and pollute for their own greedy purposes from doing as they please. When the last tree is cut down and the last bit of drinkable water is poisoned and there's nowhere for your children and grandchildren to visit that hasn't been destroyed with industrialization you'll have nothing left to do but eat your petroleum and fossil fuel. Capitalism works best for everyone only when it's well regulated. Unregulated capitalism made the USA the greatest country the planet has ever seen. Don't mess with it, if you want your decendents to have the same opportunities to prosper. Don't worry about the environment too much, until you're ready to enforce it everywhere, because as you blow your brains out trying to save your little portion of the planet, the rest of the world is polluting and destroying their parts of it just as quickly. We share the oceans and the atmosphere with the rest of the world, and if they keep on ruining it, what chance do we have to fix it? Haha....."Capitalism works best...." Well, socialism, communism, leftism can't make it past the first 2 words. Fox is too left wing and corporate for me. Yes, corporate America needs to be regulated, same as big government.
Grodyman 06/22/19 08:51am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Just picked Her up! 2020 Outdoors RV 21RD

I love truck campers also, but came to the conclusion that unless you have the really small truck campers, it's just not worth the loading and unloading, and driving around with a behemoth loaded on your back. Gman
Grodyman 06/11/19 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Medical marijuana

I prefer medical methamphetamine. It helps me keep my weight down which helps with my type 2 diabetes. I feel I am able to concentrate more, especially while driving.
Grodyman 06/09/19 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: TT stolen from Haylett RV in Coldwater MI

Those guys at Haylett RV are a bunch of crooks anyway, what goes around comes around. - Karma. So in your view, crime is an acceptable form of recourse against those in which you personally find to be dishonest? That being the case, if I bought a used chinese chainsaw from you for $1000 and later came to the recognition that this wasn't a good deal after all...it would then be fine if someone came over and stole your truck, boat, RV and burned your house down because...well...karma. That line of thought doesn't make much sense to me, but then again I don't believe in karma anyway. I think he is saying that he doesn't care. That's all.
Grodyman 06/04/19 05:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Charging with Dumb Charger

Good to know, I had a very nice Schumacher "Smart" charger, that I found cooking my batteries. Gman
Grodyman 06/03/19 05:39pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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