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RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

Here are the most useful "tips" I received and followed as I was learning DO cooking. I still use them 10 years later: 1. Use briquettes, and put 1/3 of them under the DO and 2/3 on the top. Arrange the ones on top in a ring around the outside edge. 2. 30 briquettes produces about 350 degrees. 3. Rotate your DO 90 degrees every ten minutes. After you rotate it, rotate THE LID back to its original position. (This keeps any hot spots from burning what you're cooking.) 4. Use two firebricks side-by-side to give yourself an insulated and safe 9-inch-square platform for building your fire. 5. Don't feel like every step of the recipe has to be done on the fire in order for your meal to be "authentic." A lot of times I start out with the DO on the range-top to get things started, then I move it to the fire for the 30 to 45 minutes or more needed for baking. Mostly, have fun and don't stress out! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/28/20 07:42am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Inverter Installed - Open Ground?

In the quote from the manual, the phrase "one of the AC output wires must be connected to the chassis" is what I am calling "bonding". That phrase in the manual implies that it is perfectly fine to go ahead and bond the inverter if it makes you feel better. There will be no actual benefit from doing so, but your tester will show what you want it to. If you do this, just be sure you bond the NEUTRAL wire to the chassis, otherwise, your tester will show the outlet as reverse polarity. Understood. Thanks again. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/20 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Installed - Open Ground?

It is showing OPEN GROUND because there is electrical potential between the inverter's outlet GROUND pin and its "NEUTRAL" pin. The only way to get this to not show OPEN GROUND is to connect the inverter's NEUTRAL pin to its GROUND pin. The same thing happens with a lot of the inverter generators. We build a "bonding plug" and plug it into an outlet on the generator that fixes that. This is NOT of concern. This is not power from the utility company. The inverter, like the inverter generators, has a floating NEUTRAL and does not need to have its GROUND pin connected. Read some of the threads on this topic concerning the inverter generators. There are a lot of them. There is disagreement on whether to bond the generators with good arguments on both sides. (The only good argument on the side of bonding the generator is because some EMS units won't let power in if you don't.) My advice is to contact the manufacturer, merely for your peace of mind, then stop testing the outlet. It is fine. WARNING: I do not know if bonding is safe with your inverter. I do not know if bonding should be done with your inverter. I am providing this information only so you know what is causing that error message. Thank you. Your explanation not only makes sense, but it helps me understand the following statement in the manual: "Local regulations may require a true neutral. In this case one of the AC output wires must be connected to the chassis, and the chassis must be connected to a reliable ground. Please note that a true neutral is needed to ensure correct operation of an earth leakage circuit breaker." -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/20 07:31am Tech Issues
Inverter Installed - Open Ground?

I finished installing my new Victron 250w 12v inverter. I hard-wired it with direct connections to + and - battery terminals using 9 feet of 8AWG wire. There is a connection point on the inverter for a ground wire. The manual tells me that the "AC outlet is isolated from the DC input and the chassis." (They mean the inverter's chassis, not the trailer.) My circuit tester registered the AC output as "open ground." I tried running a ground wire from the inverter's ground connection to the trailer frame, believing the trailer frame to be the ground in this case. The circuit tester still registers "open ground." First question - is any of this a concern? Second question - why is it still registering "open ground"? Third question - if I do need to ground it, how do I do so? Thanks in advance. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/19/20 06:05am Tech Issues
RE: Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

Well. Florida is closing the state park campgrounds for the next 60 days. There goes our spring trip. 25 nights that we had reserved in various FL state parks. Some reservations that we bagged eleven months ago. ****. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/17/20 08:35am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

It's not about "you." It's about "us." -Speak And you are a Doctor? Does it make a difference? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/20 06:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: Corona Virus and RV Travel Video

There are TWO different perspectives to take when thinking about the situation we're in, and both of them are true and valid. One is the perspective taken by the doctor in this video: the effects of the virus on individuals. The other perspective is the social perspective: how the virus moves through a population and what the effects of that are. By far, the most serious issue is the population issue. She stated that "only" about 5% of patients become critically ill. OK - that means each individual has a pretty low probability of having serious problems (unless that individual is in a high-risk category.) But here's the rub: That small percentage ... of a very large number of sick people all at once will overwhelm the capacity of the health care system to care for them. That's when things get scary and truly dangerous. When people who desperately NEED critical care can't get it, because there aren't enough beds, ventilators, doctors, and respiratory therapists, they will die. In some cases, needlessly. If they could get the care they need, many could recover. But they won't get that chance if our health system is overwhelmed. If we can keep the numbers of people needing critical care below the threshold of what our capacity is, then we'll be relatively fine. But to do that, we have to take some pretty drastic social measures like closing down events where large numbers of people gather. It's the contagiousness of this virus that creates the problem, not the seriousness of it for most people. So we have to request/require large numbers of healthy (or apparently healthy) people to change their lifestyles for a while to disrupt the spread of this thing. Not for their sake, but for the sake of that 5%, and for the sake of the health care system and people trying to care for them. It's not about "you." It's about "us." -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/16/20 06:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

At 300 watts I would say that how you plan to connect the inverter to the RV electrical is just as important as the inverter that you buy. If you plan on plugging into a dash mounted cigarette lighter type socket, you'll generally find that the wiring to the socket is sizes/fused for 10 amps DC at 12 volts. (it may be more but you should check that) Many RV's have 1 or more auxiliary sockets (provided by the coach builder) that is/are wired for 20 amps at 12 volts DC. If you buy a 300 watt inverter and load it up, it will try to draw up to 25 amps. Even more as the batteries discharge. See the problem? With lots of use at high loads, the socket will eventually overheat. IMO, at more than 240 watts continuous, it's better to hard wire the inverter directly to the battery posts with terminals or at least use temporary spring loaded compression clamps rather than the cigarette lighter type battery socket if provided with the inverter. Chum lee Excellent point. While I was initially only interested in getting a device that could be plugged in to the 12V outlets, I changed my mind after I learned more. I plan to hard-wire this. This one doesn't even come with a cigarette-lighter cord, which seems to me to be a wise decision on the part of Victron, since that method of powering it seems to be less-than-adequate in the first place. Always more to learn! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/13/20 03:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

Yup. I ordered the Victron one. Glad I asked for your opinions, and feeling pretty satisfied that I made the best choice for my needs. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/13/20 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

Made an interesting discovery as I've been researching this and following suggestions made by you guys. If you look at weight as an indicator of quality... Bestek 300w......... 1.54 lb ($46) Giandel 300w.........1.61 lb ($46) Victron 375w..........6.6lb ($122) GoPower 300w.......7.7lb. ($146) So even though the GoPower is the "most expensive," it only costs $19 per pound, as compared to $30 per pound for the Bestek. I do believe weight correlates with quality in this kind of product. Don't you? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/12/20 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

I bought one of these Victron PSW inverters. It has a remote switch that I wired to a switch near our tv and have been happy with it. Interesting. Sort of priced midway between the bottom and the top. I'm looking into this more. They also have a 250 watt model for under $100. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/12/20 06:58am Tech Issues
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

Amazon is listing the Bestec 300w PSW For $45.99 Yeah. That's one of the ones I saw. Still haven't decided. I plan to use an inverter to charge my laptop when boondocking. Also to watch TV, possibly. The TV I have draws 45 watts, so draw is not an issue. But interference probably is. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/12/20 06:57am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

Someone today cancelled their reservations for Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in the panhandle of Florida. I jumped on it right away and got two more nights for our stay there next month. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/11/20 06:50pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Quality Question about Small Inverters

But here's the deal on inverters; The cheapest have dirty power and are not thermo-controlled, and have noisy fans that run all the time. The better ones are pure sine wave, clean power, that have thermo- controlled fans that run only when needed. The top tier (expensive) inverters (like Morningstar) don't have fans at all. I have a Samlex 300 watt PST series inverter that I bought from Best Converter about 5 years ago and am very satisfied. Very quiet thermo-controlled fan, when it comes on at all. They go for about $145 now. I'm looking ONLY at pure sine wave inverters. And the one that I'm looking at in the <$50 range also says it has a thermostatically-controlled fan. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/11/20 04:37pm Tech Issues
Quality Question about Small Inverters

I'm shopping for a small, pure sine wave inverter. I'm interested in one that provides about 300 watts. Prices vary wildly, from around $40 to over $150 for a seemingly similar product. I'm not naive. I know you generally get what you pay for. But why this wide range of prices for similar-sounding items? What are the factors that determine quality in a small inverter like the one I'm shopping for? Thanks, -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/11/20 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie Seeking Some Information

I don't think I'm going to find a dual axle under 5K GVWR, Not sure why this is necessary. For analysis and illustration: my trailer has a UVW of 4337 and a CCC of 1527. So, if I'm understanding things correctly the GVWR would be 5864. Which I take to mean that if I loaded it to capacity I would be exceeding your 5000 lb desired max. However, I have discretion about how much to load it. If I load it with 663 lb I'll be at the 5000 lb, yourself-imposed max. Just because the trailer CAN carry more doesn't mean it has to. What am I missing here? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 11:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Seeking Some Information

The best place to look? I'd say You can set filters to screen out trailers that don't meet your criteria. You haven't said whether you're looking for new or used. Most used units on the market are probably listed in RVTrader. Many new ones are as well. However, if you're looking for new, there are dealers that don't list there. You're on your own to find them in your area. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 08:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Odometer error

This post veered off topic quickly! If the speedometer was set to kilometers you would know. 60 mph is approxamatly 100 kph. Do you regularly drive at 100 or more on the highway? Yes different size tires can make the speedo read differently. It also screws up the odometer. Do a ten mile test and you will know how much off the speedo is. The SPEEDometer part of it is in both scales. -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
Impact of Coronavirus on Parks?

I've got a 6-week trip planned starting in a couple of weeks. Since a large part of it is in FL state parks, some of our planning has been in the works for the better part of a year. What's going to happen to campers like me if the fear of this new bug continues to spiral out of control? If the authorities decide they need to close the parks, where will we all go? I have no intention of cancelling my trip at this point, but I'm concerned about where I might find myself if I'm 1500 miles from home and being evicted from a campground. I envision Walmart parking lots being inundated with displaced RV'ers. What plan B's is anyone developing? -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 05:58am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Odometer error

I had a rental class C in Alaska. The first couple of days the mileage readings were driving me nuts. Turns out it was made in Cananda, and the odometer was in km. I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out how to set it to miles, and I finally gave up. Not sure it can be done! -Speak
SpeakEasy 03/06/20 05:17am Class A Motorhomes
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