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RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

installing a french drain to redirect the water to a place where it wont harm anything else would be the best bet. Steve Since the flooding is at the lowest spot on the lot grade, the safest place to redirect the water is uphill (6 foot higher than the low spot). There in lies the challenge on how to get the water to the lake side (high side) of the lot by using natural means or drainage. Mechanical pumps are an option, but since I don't live there permanently, it is the less ideal solution. ya I gathered that by the photo but its a prmanant soultion , would just take some work and could be expensive if you cant do it your self. if its only once and a while then a pump could work but you have to be there to pump it, but probably the cheepest way. Steve
StirCrazy 09/16/20 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

installing a french drain to redirect the water to a place where it wont harm anything else would be the best bet. Steve
StirCrazy 09/16/20 07:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom Dry Pipe

neat idea, but if your tanks are exposed would it not be easier to just add a tank rinser? thats what I did on my old trailer... worked great. Steve
StirCrazy 09/15/20 07:59am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Deep cycle battery maintenance

For MAXIMUM battery life, I believe that lead acid batteries should NOT be on a charger 24/7 ! 4 - 6 hours per day on a "maintainer" is plenty. shoot, some one forgot to tell my batteries that. they have been plugged in for the last 14 years and are just starting to show there age this year.. Steve
StirCrazy 09/15/20 07:51am Tech Issues
RE: 15.2 v during solar equalization charge - what do you do?

if you have a deicent fuse set up it will be filtered dc current so you realy dont need to worry about it. Steve A fuse performs no filtering. It’s just a wire, and even if it did that would have no effect on the voltage. yup thats true, but the electronics in my power centre do have dc filtering.. the max DC voltage it will put out is 13.6 at no load and it will maintain over 12.6 at full load. it also has electronic current limiting. Steve
StirCrazy 09/14/20 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: Just bought Truck Camper- how do I move

my situation was that I coulden't wait as there were three other people that wanted it so i used 8 ratchet straps and drove real nice to get mine home. I bought it about 120 miles from my house. when I got home I took it off then didnt put it back on till my torklift tiedowns finaly arived. Steve
StirCrazy 09/14/20 07:29am Truck Campers
RE: 15.2 v during solar equalization charge - what do you do?

if you have a deicent fuse set up it will be filtered dc current so you realy dont need to worry about it. Steve
StirCrazy 09/13/20 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

dont know if it has been asked or not, but what valve stems were in the rim. as in were they rubber or metal valve stems? Steve
StirCrazy 09/13/20 07:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Lithium Batteries

An integrating ammeter type battery monitor for an LiFePO4 based RV system can be an expensive kindof toy, like so many things that we think we need nowadays. These type ammeters need to be calibrated relative to the actual battery(ies) that you're expecting it to monitor SOC accurately, and they should be recalibrated every once in a while to maintain their SOC accuracy as the capacity of the battery bank declines over time. mine cost a whole 40 bucks cdn. it doesnt care about the voltage it reads amps in/out. the solar controler and the converter worry about the voltage. it will tell you the voltage also but the battery capacity is set by me when I first hook it up at full charge. Steve That sounds like a regular ammeter - I have one of those too, mounted permanently in the coach - that shows how much current is flowing INTO or OUT OF the coach batteries at any point in time. Since the current lithium RV batteries have an output voltage that sags so very little as they run down, it's very tricky knowing how low they're getting merely by taking a look at their output voltage - unlike lead acid batteries (AGM or wet acid) in which their output voltage declines enough so as to be a good indicator of when to charge them. What's needed is a meter that shows more than instantaneous amps going in or out of the batteries. An integrating ammeter keeps track of up all the amps that have left the battery over time since the last charge, and then indicates how many amp hours of storage are left in the batteries (assuming you keep the integrating ammeter calibrated periodically). That's the best way to tell when you need to charge the batteries without having to rely on estimating based on how much their output voltage has declined. I'm not sure I'd "trust" a true integrating ammeter to remain accurate or continue working over the years that cost only $40. I certainly wouldn't - considering what lithium RV batteries cost up front - I wouldn't risk it. That's one of the reasons (among other performance characteristics close to or exceeding lithium) why drop-in silicon dioxide (SiO2) batteries for RV use look good to me so far - their voltage sags enough as they discharge so as to not need to add a high quality integrating ammeter cost to their purchase cost. it shows remaing AH so it is what you are talking about. it is also rated for Li AGM LA batteries.. lighium dont realy have a flat curve either, some may as in flashlight batteries but the ones we are looking at are fully charges at 12.4V and 20% at 11.9, so yes it is more shallow but it is still linier and readable. Steve
StirCrazy 09/12/20 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Batteries

mine cost a whole 40 bucks cdn. it doesnt care about the voltage it reads amps in/out. the solar controler and the converter worry about the voltage. it will tell you the voltage also but the battery capacity is set by me when I first hook it up at full charge. Steve So which infernal device do you have? (Link requested, thanks in advance.) I ended up getting this one. its a knock off but works very well. I see the proce has gone up a tiney bit but still a lot cheeper than 300 bucks. montior oh found out this month that it is time for new batteries. is there a reasonable price anywhere on these SI batteries yet. I have 470AH of lead asid and I figure after 14 years they are acting at about 1/2 the original capacity, so its time. well before next summer anyways. Steve
StirCrazy 09/11/20 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Batteries

An integrating ammeter type battery monitor for an LiFePO4 based RV system can be an expensive kindof toy, like so many things that we think we need nowadays. These type ammeters need to be calibrated relative to the actual battery(ies) that you're expecting it to monitor SOC accurately, and they should be recalibrated every once in a while to maintain their SOC accuracy as the capacity of the battery bank declines over time. mine cost a whole 40 bucks cdn. it doesnt care about the voltage it reads amps in/out. the solar controler and the converter worry about the voltage. it will tell you the voltage also but the battery capacity is set by me when I first hook it up at full charge. Steve
StirCrazy 09/10/20 07:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Another Battery Question - Are my batteries OK?

So, not to bring up an old thread but wanted to update and have a new question. After the first night of our trip, batteries proved they were going to be an issue, and with the cold weather ended up running our furnace for just a little bit in the morning. So, to not have to worry, stopped and bought 2 6V GC batteries. Piece of mind is nice. Not sure if I could have gotten away without and just struggled, but didn't want to struggle especially with overnight lows in the 40's. So, now my question. My battery boxes are too small for the 6V GC Battery, they are taller. I have a 5th wheel so the boxes are vented with a tube, not open like a travel trailer box. I have been searching a few websites and have not found the taller boxes. I went to a local RV supply and they can order them, but I gave up when the guy couldn't find how to order them or what the cost was. He admitted he wasn't the parts guy. Any ideas where to find these? Also, is it better to buy the same 2 boxes like the original batteries or buy a single box that fits both batteries on the one side. If I go with the original setup I have to figure out a new battery cable as my original cables were for a 12v setup and don't have the correct connections to go straight from battery to battery. I would want to replace that wire with the correct size battery wire and new connections. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks I took out the boxes in the front of my 5th wheen and fastened two boxes designed to hold 2 6v batteries in each one. as for the venting that whole front space is open to the outside in mine so it wasnt an issue we just left the top vent through the wall in place. if yours are in a sealed compartment just take the hose off the factory box and cut a hole in the 6v box lid and fasten it to that. Steve
StirCrazy 09/10/20 07:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

You have to be careful telling people they should get a diesel because it will help them slow down better. This is not at all true. A diesel engine has less engine braking then a gas engine. All new turbo diesels have them in one form or another and have had them for quite a few years. weather it is by use of a varable vane turbo or a true exhaust brake, no gas engine has close to the engine braking power of the moderen disels. Steve
StirCrazy 09/09/20 07:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Your total length, truck and trailer

Hi all, I may have found an opportunity on a fifth wheel and I’m waiting on the specs, but I believe it’s going to be a 40 foot long Montana. Right now, hooked to my travel trailer, I know my truck is 22’ long and I have a foot more for the wd hitch, then my current travel trailer is 28’ long from coupler to spare tire. I can safely figure that I am 51 feet long overall when hitched. I’ve tried searching every way I can think and I’m not coming up with a solid answer for myself. I figured (and am probably wrong) that about three feet of the fifth wheel length will be in the bed of my truck, then about three feet of my truck will be under the fifth wheel. So if I take six feet away from the truck and the trailer, I’m coming up with about 56 feet long overall when hitched. Does this sound about right? Does anyone with a crew cab long bed truck know what they’re overall length is with their 40 foot fifth wheel hitched? Anyone possibly with a (within five year old) Montana? Im running a 39.5 foot 5th on a long box crew cab and am running 56-57 feet long with the bike rack closed, 59 feet long with it open. so ya your guess is pretty close. Steve
StirCrazy 09/08/20 07:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Requesting your thoughts on Montana Super Solarflex system

if you can DIY you can do a set up for about 5000.00 I think that package is way over priced. If there willing to sell it for 14 they probably pay 7 (or less) for it. they should give a few different options (battery types and such) and they might sell more at different price points. Steve Sorry Steve, but not sure where you are getting your numbers. Batteries alone are worth more than that. I did the math a few posts ago, and to be clear in USD. Now, as to what they probably pay? Anyone's guess and to me that's simply pure conjecture. Perhaps they should have more options, but they really do have 3 options right now: -solar prep; no charge, included with every new Montana and comes with solar connectors and solar prewiring along with 5 outlets wired to inverter location. Everything else can be DIY added -Solar Flex package; about $1500USD. Comes with a single 300watt/24v panel, a Magnum 2000 watt inverter and associated bits, but no batteries. A nice starter system that can be built on -Super Solar Flex package; the topic of this thread, and the only one that comes with included batteries... If you have some DIY numbers you can jump in with that can create a similar package to the Super Solar Flex for $5000, I'm all ears... let us know, that would be a smokin deal! Brad if you DIYing your not buying off the shelf batteries, you can build two 12V 280 AH for about 560 plus 400 in shipping and 100 bucks for a BMS that does equalization. I just paid 230 (including tax) for a 325 watt 24V panel, 300 for a Mppt controler that can handle 4 of thoes and more. can get a 2000 watt pure sign wave inverter from Xantrex for about 1300.00 (not trying to run an ac so realy thats all you need unless your huge power hogs then i dont know what to say, asid from spend more money :) ) I'll add 100 bucks for wires and such which takes us to 3600 bucks for a 1300 watt 24V panel set up feeding 560AH LiPhO4 bank with a 200 watt hardwired pure sign inverter with a 30 amp auto transfer built in. if you wanted to save some money you could go with 4 gc batteries and have about 470 ah (235 usable) which is what I am running on my 5th right now, or you could spend more and buy LiPhO4 if you wernt comfterable with making them. in that cace you would spend 5 - 8K total depending on the capacity you want. as for retail product pricing, you can generaly count on a 100% mark up at the retail store, specialty industries like boating, rv, automotive can and usaly have a higher markup than that, but just assuming it is the industy standard 100% than means if they sell it for 14 they pay 7 to the distrubitor who then would pay around 4 to the company who makes it. I used to run a computer business years and years ago and I used to just shake my heads at the multi levels of doubling of prices. if it is a dealer installed option it would probably cost the dealer about 1/2 after they take there labour out. if it is a factory option then it would be even less as they would be buying straight from the manufactuer. either way it is what are you willing to pay for convenience and how handy are you. people will pay for this , exspecialy since you can roll it into the price of the rv and pay and extra 30 bucks a month on your financing. Steve
StirCrazy 08/26/20 07:31am Tech Issues
RE: Requesting your thoughts on Montana Super Solarflex system

if you can DIY you can do a set up for about 5000.00 I think that package is way over priced. If there willing to sell it for 14 they probably pay 7 (or less) for it. they should give a few different options (battery types and such) and they might sell more at different price points. Steve
StirCrazy 08/25/20 09:19pm Tech Issues
RE: What's your battery setup on your travel trailer?

there is always room on the front a fram for a bunch of batteries, just have to figure it out. I put four 6V on my camper. I moved the propane tanks forward a couple inches to allow a rack I welded to sit between the fron of the camper and the propane tanks. Steve
StirCrazy 08/25/20 05:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lithium batteries

Since Li don't want to be taken to 100% I can't see why a dc to DC booster would be particularly useful. Since when? Can you quote a source for that information? The Battleborn battery I own and even the DIY LiFePo4 cells I bought along a with proper BMS have no issue with being charged to 100%. - Mark0. Many many many sources. Some BMS systems have the 90% set to read as fully charged. Battleborn might be one of them. The ideal is 40% to 90% for most Li chemistries. They tolerate 20% state of charge well. But lifespan may be shorter. Here is a source that suggest maximum of 80% SOC: https://electrek.co/2018/05/04/are-you-killing-your-lithium-batteries/ this is right from your article you posted "Does this apply to all lithium batteries? Theoretically yes, though LiFePO4 batteries aren’t quite as affected by high charge levels as the rest of the lithium-ion lineup. " I have not seen anyone who is making there own cells not charging to 100%. the numbers of cycles is based on a full discharge from 100 to 0 from my understanding, but yes they will probably last longer if you shallow cycle them like any other batery. I have been using my 6V GC lead asid batteries now for 12 years and they still work great. why because they are cycled very shallow, never droping below 70% due to my solar and the total capacity. Steve Steve
StirCrazy 08/23/20 05:36pm Truck Campers
RE: solar project starting to come togeather.

325 watts 120 cell solar panel is low power, and bulky size. It's an old module and not achieve the most usage requirements. Because of the electricity loss in wire and sunshine angle on the roof is not ideal. The real wattage only 40-60% of the panel. you can watch this video and there are lot's on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ht1kl37pJ2E its a split cell design as well as 24V also which is newer than most, as for big and bulky what do you mean its the same size as every other large wattage pannel out there and the efficiency rating on it was right there with the best. ghe wire I used it rated for 4 time the amprage that will be going throught it so realy shouldnt be much loss that way. I did check on solar.reviews and in 2020 (this year) they gave this panel an superior raiting, so not exactly getting what your talking about. every panel will have losses due to sun angle and undersized wires and so on, so your point isnt realy making much sence. as for the video, I saw it, didnt learn anything from it aside that some trailers have factory roof racks which makes things way easier Steve
StirCrazy 08/21/20 06:49am Truck Campers
RE: solar project starting to come togeather.

well got it all hooked up this morning. closet where the controler is https://i.imgur.com/OTPzP2Fl.jpg screen shot of the phone app. very overcast, raining and batteries are already at 100% https://i.imgur.com/vd91KS1l.jpg Steve
StirCrazy 08/20/20 12:48pm Truck Campers
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