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RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

In my setup, I framed and boxed in where the batteries are, then used a section of abs pipe with a louverd vent cover on the outside that goes straight through the tub wall (As my battery boxes are inside the two dinette seats) at the highest point in the compartment. Any recommendations on the style of louver for going to the exterior of the camper? I actually found them pre-made in the roofing aisle at home depot. They make round soffit louvers caps that have a screen in them that fit perfectly inside of a 2" piece of ABS pipe. Mine extend past the skin about an inch and a half and I angled the opening just a bit to match the curvature of the aluminum skin on the outside. As to the subject about watering the batteries, that's very easily taken care of with a water filling cap kit for the batteries themselves. https://www.amazon.com/Flow-Rite-RV2000-Pro-Fill-Battery-Kit/dp/B001FCAXT0/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3VL6ACX18AOLS&dchild=1&keywords=battery+watering+system&qid=1611622375&sprefix=Battery+Water%2Cautomotive%2C315&sr=8-3 This method only requires connecting a squeeze ball assembly and inserting the hose into a jug of distilled water and squeezing till the ball becomes first (The battery caps have floats in them that close when the batteries reach ideal water levels). I am using this method on my rig as well, so I only have to open one compartment up to go and water the batteries periodically. Thanks for the advice Most welcome :). For yours, since you can't direct anchor through the top of the pipe like I was able to, a flat abs flange like the kind used for attaching to holding tank could be used on the inside wall with a bead of automotive seam sealer between it and the compartment wall-side, which would allow you to screw it into the wall material to keep the joint in as much compression as reasonably possible. The outside louver I mentioned, I simply used a 1/2" self-taping screw to secure into the end of the pipe to keep it from vibrating out, I did not put any sealant between the outlet side of the pipe and louver, so to allow as much air flow as possible, as mine extend out from the wall a little ways on the outside because they're exit point is below the overhanging wing of the outside wall, so visually they are out of sight, out of mind and because they're painted to match the rest of the camper, they're not an immediate eye grabber. The louver was mainly meant to act as a rain and bug preventer in my setup, because the camper itself shelters the outlet from the majority of rain that could get to it. In your case, you will likely want to seal the the pipe to the outside skin in some fashion, as the louver itself will not have a big enough flange to seal to the wall on its own. There are exterior battery vent louvers that you can get that are plastic, but they are designed for use with a flexible hose coming off a battery box and may require some extra engineering to make work with a rigid pipe going through the wall. Also, make sure you get the pipe at the very top of the battery compartment space, so that you don't get a pocket of pooled hydrogen gas trapped above the vent.
JoeChiOhki 01/26/21 01:08pm Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

In my setup, I framed and boxed in where the batteries are, then used a section of abs pipe with a louverd vent cover on the outside that goes straight through the tub wall (As my battery boxes are inside the two dinette seats) at the highest point in the compartment. Any recommendations on the style of louver for going to the exterior of the camper? I actually found them pre-made in the roofing aisle at home depot. They make round soffit louvers caps that have a screen in them that fit perfectly inside of a 2" piece of ABS pipe. Mine extend past the skin about an inch and a half and I angled the opening just a bit to match the curvature of the aluminum skin on the outside. As to the subject about watering the batteries, that's very easily taken care of with a water filling cap kit for the batteries themselves. https://www.amazon.com/Flow-Rite-RV2000-Pro-Fill-Battery-Kit/dp/B001FCAXT0/ref=sr_1_3?crid=3VL6ACX18AOLS&dchild=1&keywords=battery+watering+system&qid=1611622375&sprefix=Battery+Water%2Cautomotive%2C315&sr=8-3 This method only requires connecting a squeeze ball assembly and inserting the hose into a jug of distilled water and squeezing till the ball becomes first (The battery caps have floats in them that close when the batteries reach ideal water levels). I am using this method on my rig as well, so I only have to open one compartment up to go and water the batteries periodically.
JoeChiOhki 01/25/21 05:42pm Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

In my setup, I framed and boxed in where the batteries are, then used a section of abs pipe with a louverd vent cover on the outside that goes straight through the tub wall (As my battery boxes are inside the two dinette seats) at the highest point in the compartment. I sealed all the seams, including the vent, (Aside from the access hatch) with automotive seam sealer, then coated the inside of it in herculiner. For the opening where the wires and the battery filling hose are exiting the compartments, I filled in the gaps with fire barrier expanding foam. For the hatch, I also coated it with herculiner, and then installed threaded fittings into the top of the frame to accept screws and then lined the edge of the hatch with foam gasket tape. Once the screws are tightened down through the lid, the compartment is air tight to the camper's interior and has a vent directly outside to allow for the off gassing. My charger/converter is part of the main distribution panel from Progressive Dynamics, so its on the other side of the camper. A set of #4 wires will be run from the main battery use selector (I have charging and use on two different switches) and charging unit so that I can separate which bank is getting charge and which is in use (That way I can make efficient use of generator run times for charging when off grid, so the used battery bank is solely the recipient of the energy coming from the charger and amperage isn't being lost to regular loads). 1/0 it used going from the batteries to usage selector (And to the ground plug that the inverter connects to) and from the use selector to the 150 amp breaker for the inverter (Its #4 past that point because the main load panel doesn't need more than #4). Charging is entirely #4 because the converter only puts out 45 amps and that's more than sufficient for the distance run.
JoeChiOhki 01/19/21 12:13pm Truck Campers
RE: 1977 Sunline Truck Camper FULL BUILD

DIY BATTERY VENTILATION - Truck Camper Build Part 29 https://i.postimg.cc/Jhss0mLC/batt-vent-THUMB.jpg height=360 width=640 I would recomend against anyone venting a battery like this. what you have done by venting into your propane compartment is allowed a potential propane leake into the camper any time your fan is not running. since you have it hooked up to only run when you are pluged in and the batteries are charging any other time propane can travel into your camper, especialy if you are using an interior fan which would put your camper into a negitive perssure. Steve Hell, I was thinking even more simply, you just created a direct route for ignition since both batteries and propane tanks both off gas, nevermind leaking into the living space. The fact that the batteries are not separate from the charger also gives an ignition route, which is traditionally why the batteries are fully cut off from the rest of the camper in the same fashion the propane tank is.
JoeChiOhki 01/18/21 02:12am Truck Campers
RE: TCs and Covid Vaccinations

I totally agree! This is just my humble opinion and not being snarky OK, I think if you want the shot then you should get it. If you don't want it you shouldn't. I think both sides should be able to exercise there god given freedoms and make a choice that's good for them and no one else. Lets face it, Not a lot is known about Covid 19 and I am suspect about the whole thing because of China and of course the political environment here in the states. The doctor in the ER told me some truths about the whole thing that I won't pass on to you here because I respect you all. I am on a ton of forums. This one is the best because of the age of the members. No offense. I left another forum recently because of the millennial crowd just biting my head off every time I said something. Frankly I'm just not that smart and savvy enough to catch on sometimes and things go right over my head. Not here. Members are very truthful with each other here and very down to earth. There is no deceptive motive included in there statements. I appreciate that. The back and forth here is about the usual stuff like the weight issue and other TC things that we all have a passion about. Thanks for taking me on. God bless you all... I totally agree with you. https://i.postimg.cc/ZRb1DqMS/patti.jpg All three of these ladies are front line workers in a hospital and they just got their 2nd dose. I have known two of them for over 10 years. When I started volunteering there several years ago they did some blood work on me to determine what vaccine's I'd had because I had no idea what vaccinations I got when I was in elementary school. That was a long time ago. ;) I'd missed a big one and I'd never had a flu shot. So I agreed to get them so I didn't have to wear a mask while volunteering. The vaccinations went on my medical record but I was never given a piece of paper stating that I had received them. What is it that they're holding?? Is it something that they need to carry with them to prove they received the Covid 19 vaccination?? My wife and I nicknamed what they're holding a "Freedom Card", because once you've gotten both shots, medical workers at least, are sent a laminated Covid vaccination proof card. She's half way in on her vaccination already, Moderna vaccine for her. Other than being fuzzy headed for a couple days (most of which she mitigated using plain old aspirin) and the injection site being sore in a similar fashion to a tetanus shot, she pretty much went back to normal after about a week. The second dose is usually the one expected to cause a greater immune reaction than the first, where you potentially will have cold-like symptoms for a period afterwards.
JoeChiOhki 01/15/21 07:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Putting camper on gravel

I'd put some 12x12 or 14x14 1" or 3/4 " marine plywood squares under the jack feet to give them an even weight distribution point and something they can walk a little on during load/unload (they will walk a tiny bit), but as long as the gravel us thick enough pack and packed down cryshed minus, you shp6ukd golden. You'll want something similar for the saw horses.
JoeChiOhki 01/12/21 03:01am Truck Campers
RE: Everyone Check your Female 7 pin connector.....

All good here :). Use a 2 pin lift gate plug, plus two four pin round (one modified to be a 3 pin to prevent the back up cam from getting plugged into the running lights socket), and a six pin round for the intercom :p
JoeChiOhki 01/12/21 02:53am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

Why wouldn’t you put in a 6BT Cummins? Same no-electronics deal, better power, and it bolts right in More readily available, sadly. Folks want a mint for a Cummins, out this way. Lol. Old relics that haven’t been in production since before I was born are more readily avaiLbe? It’s ok to say that’s what you “want” to do, but let’s not pretend those are in any way shape or form a great choice, or even a good choice. Whereas 12V Cummins are comparably dime a dozen. Unless you weren't born in the 90s, which are the fuso turbo diesels I'm talking about, they're very common medium duty cabover truck. On the west coast light duty 12 valve turbo diesels for dodges go used for $10,000 or more run into the ground and have dodges weaker a618 transmissions to deal with. The fuso's were built for heavy work and can easily be mated to an np205 transfer case. That's part of the reason I'm looking at putting a fuso drive train as a possible plan. My truck is already a weird marriage of grafted on parts as her rear end is out an old winnebago, plus bits and pieces from Chevys and fords
JoeChiOhki 01/09/21 02:38am Truck Campers
RE: BetterWeigh Mobile Tongue Weight and Payload Scale

Yeah, this is really more a ride height sensor, and not an actual weight device. I thought that maybe it was a small scale plate that had a Bluetooth connection that you'd place your tongue jack on or the load axle tires (one side at a time) onto to get weights before I opened the page to look.
JoeChiOhki 01/08/21 02:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Interstate Golf Cart batteries, which line is best deal?

Due to the large amount of bot generated positive reviews you find on market places like amazon anymore, I generally tend to give vastly more weight to negative reviews. How do you identify bot generated reviews? Usually most folks who bother to actually fill in the review box usually write something somewhat unique related to their actual purchase. Bot Reviews are generally vague platitudes that can be applied to literally any product without really getting into true specifics of an order.
JoeChiOhki 01/05/21 03:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Interstate Golf Cart batteries, which line is best deal?

Isn't it curious how you look at a product that has an overwhelming number of 5 star reviews, but those two one-star reviews STILL make you question purchasing the product? Of course 90% of those 5 star reviews are from people who "review" the product the minute they get it home from the store, "It's all shiny and new! Great product!" There again 90% of the 1 star reviews are from people who either have irrational expectations or abuse the product, "Does not stand up to being beaten repeatedly with a pickaxe! Horrible product!" Due to the large amount of bot generated positive reviews you find on market places like amazon anymore, I generally tend to give vastly more weight to negative reviews. Especially if the reviews are all of a similar logical theme spread across a fairly large time period (If folks have been giving it poor reviews for months for the same reason, odds are good that the product actually has this defect). In this particular scenario, I'm deviating from my normal battery procedure which is "Trojan all the things!" because Interstate batteries were the second most praised flooded cell lead acid battery line on this forum in the past seventeen years. :) Also keep in mind, its been eight years since I last used my RV or camped at all, so I'm having to update alot of knowledge that's now stale.
JoeChiOhki 01/04/21 04:22pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Disassembled the window I was using from Mr. Kit to replace the missing pass thru window (Last owner had filled it in with a piece of foil faced foam board and aluminum ducting tape (Ungluing the glass pane was all kinds of butt pucker), reverse which side was the slider by flipping the middle and side pieces, then reassembled it and glued the glass pane back in with a flexible automotive seam sealer. Cleaning the window edges and trimming it out with under flashing (The original window was 3/4" taller, so flashing it around the perimeter to make the edge fully water tight) and then finally installing a window in the opening that's been open to the world since 2015 when I started the resto.
JoeChiOhki 01/04/21 01:39am Truck Campers
RE: Interstate Golf Cart batteries, which line is best deal?

JoeChiOhki, I'm aiming at 600 amp-hours @ 12 volts myself. I'll be using SiO2 batteries. Do SiO2 batteries require special charging sauce like the LiPOs where DC-DC charger is needed? My equipment is all old school so the alternators a bit more on the "dumb" side and has worked well charging my battery banks back up going down the road with the 100amp charging setup I use. I've been sticking with standard flooded lead batteries, simply because I can usually find replacements anywhere on the road, but other stuff may be a bit trickier. I still think the reason costco batteries are getting a bad rap is because of solar charging and the internet. People think their solar is maintaining their flooded batteries. Which is not true. Those same people have a battery fail and within 5 minutes they sign into costco and leave a bad review. Most of the reviews were not from Solar folks but from folks who had been using them in golf carts and were seeing poor durability with them vs the previous ones. when I put GC batteries in mine I measured the size of each one, then measured the space and opening I had to get them in. granted I was putting them into an older one that wanst made for more than a car battery so I had to turn the battery compartment into a small storage compartment and use the storage compartment for my batteries. the deciding factor on the batteries was the door opening. the 210AH batteries left me 3/4" of clearance through the door, the 220AH set would only leave me 1/8" and the 235AH were bigger than the door. I also bought a watering kit as although the space was bigger inside there just want enough room to get a turkey baster or measuring cup in there to add water, or your head to see how far it was down. the watering kit works awsome, I just plug the pump extension into the harness put the end in my distilled water and pump it till it wont pump anymore. fills the batteries perfect and takes two min. so now I do this every time I am getting ready to leave instead of the twice a year check I do on the 5th wheel. I am buying a set for the 5th also I like them so much. Steve In this situation, the compartments are loaded from the top from inside the camper (the sealed exterior vented compartments I built are part of the dinette seats), so there's quite a bit of height left. My main thing I need to still measure for is if the batteries are too wide to fit turned 90 degrees from the current group 31 sitting in there and if there's enough space to fit two in without making it impossible to fit them and the wires. I use the aftermarket refilling caps that you use with the squeeze ball to correct fill them every time from a jug of distilled water, and since they have a hose that runs between the two compartments, I only have to open one to top up all the batteries in one go.
JoeChiOhki 01/04/21 01:33am Truck Campers
RE: Interstate Golf Cart batteries, which line is best deal?

Ask why are the batteries failing. If you solve those issues I'm certain they would last a heck of a long time. Is there room to increase capacity so that the batteries are not cycled too deeply? Aye, I have two separate battery compartments with a set of bank charge and use selectors, so I can change between which bank or battery is in use. The forward compartment has a lot of room left with a single scs225 in there and the current batteries are ten years old, so I figured I would see if I could make it a larger bank to get me up to around 400 ah total
JoeChiOhki 01/02/21 07:14pm Truck Campers
Interstate Golf Cart batteries, which line is best deal?

So, I've resumed work on Ms. Merry, and was looking back at one of my battery compartments and thinking "Hmmm..... I think that may be big enough to fit two golf cart batteries in". So, I did a little digging, first looking back at the Costco Golf Cart batteries, because Interstate makes them, but alot of the reviews were coming back negative with the batteries having failed within the first year or just outside the 12 month warranty period. So, since there's an actual Interstate Battery store literally across from that costco in the parking lot, I thought I'd take a look at interstate's main golf cart lines, because I've had decent service from their Group 27 Starting and Deep Cycle batteries. There are, actually four different model lines of Insterstate Golf Cart battery: Extreme Golf Cart Series High Cycle Golf Cart Series PowerFast Golf Cart Series M Line Golf Cart (These are the ones I suspect are the ones Costco sells with their Kirkland branding on them). Of the four, which tier is the best middle ground for durability vs cost?
JoeChiOhki 01/02/21 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your Camper Today?

Finally got her off the truck in the barn and resumed work on her :)
JoeChiOhki 01/02/21 04:41am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

Why wouldn’t you put in a 6BT Cummins? Same no-electronics deal, better power, and it bolts right in More readily available, sadly. Folks want a mint for a Cummins, out this way.
JoeChiOhki 01/02/21 04:40am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck or New Engine

When the 360-1 in my Dodge finally gives up, its getting either a 413-3, 440-3, or I may see if I can graft in one of those medium duty diesel engines from an older Isuzu or Mitsubishi box truck from when they were close to all mechanical, and little to no electronics.
JoeChiOhki 12/22/20 05:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Good greif.....

For a dealer that has to move TC' s around often it looks like a handy tool , like in snow country where lots have to be plowed . I do question the weight capacity of the tires and wheels . Was going to say, judging by the looks of it, that lift has been around a LONG time and looks like it wasn't a home brewed piece of equipment.
JoeChiOhki 12/22/20 05:11pm Truck Campers
RE: "Newer" Ford trucks don't charge house batt's?

Just reading through all this, and being thankful I don't have all the extra pains to deal with that are on the modern rigs.....
JoeChiOhki 12/22/20 05:07pm Truck Campers
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