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RE: Dipping my fuel tank

I'm in the same boat, but I'm having a local shop do the work as they've done it before. The shop uses 4 jacks to slowly lower the tank -- even if it's full. But remember that diesel weights 7 pounds per gallon. Good luck.
TechWriter 01/29/23 12:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Diesel Chassis service

Spartan chassis service locator
TechWriter 01/23/23 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: generator fuel line

I have a 2003 Duch star on a spartan chassis. I figured out the fuel line to the gen set must have an air leak. Or something I have to keep bleeding the gen set. Has anyone ever had with problems and got it fixed? It runs great from a 5 gallon can. Have the identical problem. Dropping my fuel tank is the LAST thing I want to do to fix it. My current "fix" is to detach the fuel line at the generator, connect it to a pump action siphon, and start pumping until I get flow. Then reattach to the generator. However, I'd like a better more permanent fix before dropping my fuel tank. So I'm going to try the "catheter" approach. Got this idea during an angiogram when my doctor routed a catheter up my arm vein into my heart. Very slick. I'm buying a small fuel line to run inside my current fuel line. We'll see.
TechWriter 01/14/23 10:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying J / Pilot to install megachargers for med/heavy trks

. . . once roads are electrified there won't be near the need for big batteries as this process continues. Currently (no pun intended) that's about $2M per mile. When pigs fly.
TechWriter 01/05/23 01:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flying J / Pilot to install megachargers for med/heavy trks

Slavery has existed for thousands of years (and sadly exists to day), yet people still go to see the pyramids . . . The pyramids weren't built by slaves.
TechWriter 01/04/23 02:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Flying J / Pilot to install megachargers for med/heavy trks

Where was your anger when we bombed Iraq stole their oil and murdered milions of muslims including women and children. Same in Afganistan Syria Lybia Serbia Vietnam. And you want to brag about defending human rights ?? And then there's China who accounts for 42% of all goods shipped to the US. Since the admin mentioned the persecution of the Jews, China has been systematically trying to eliminate the Uyghurs for years.
TechWriter 01/03/23 10:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

I like the SOK 206ah LFPs so much that I just bought 2 more. Haven't installed them yet as I'm waiting for the weather to warm up a little. That will bring my total capacity to 1030 ah. Did you get the SOKs with heaters?
TechWriter 12/13/22 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

Cold weather: What does one do about charging a lithium battery when camping in sub-freezing weather? We really like snow camping -- is that a deal killer? We are almost never subjected to temps below ten degrees. And the daytime usually warms up to around 30 or so. Lithium batteries should not be charged when temps drop below freezing. Doing so could damage the battery. At the very least, buy lithium batteries that have a built-in BMS (Battery Management System) that also have low temp sensors which will turn the batteries off when they get too cold. Getting batteries with internal heaters is also a possibility. If you like snow camping, then make sure you at least have lithium batteries with low-temp sensors. Relying on "warm" battery compartments is foolish. However, be advised that many (most?) inexpensive lithium batteries do NOT have low temp sensors or heaters. Make sure before you buy.
TechWriter 12/05/22 09:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

From a post by TechWriter, it appears the Victron shows the combined current draw of the 2 lines. I don't know how their load sharing works which they call "load assist". I'm no power user, so here is a source I used for Multiplus II eval & install . . . Multiplus II Performance & Install – Power Assist explained Multiplus II Dynamic Current Limiting
TechWriter 11/08/22 09:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

It is my understanding that the Victron does this on both lines of 50 amp service but calls it "assist". Does it come with or is a control/monitor panel (for settings, etc) available for the RV interior? Yes. Inside my RV I have a Victron Touch 50 display which animates your power situation: Touch 50 display at work Also, the Touch 50 can be accessed via BlueTooth (good for 10-20 feet) and over the Internet if your Touch 50 is setup to a WiFI hotspot like so (on an iPhone): https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/pvinstall13.jpg height=240 width=520 From the Touch 50 display you can access a multitude a parameters . . . https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/pvinstall14.jpg height=240 width=520 It slices, it dices. My Victron RV install
TechWriter 11/04/22 11:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Two inverters for 50 amp service

TechWriter, my current GoPower IC 3kw inverter/charger does incoming and outgoing L1 and L2. The problem is it only monitors and controls the current on L1. Does the Victron Multiplus II monitor and control current on both lines? Not if incoming AC is connected via a dogbone.
TechWriter 11/01/22 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Two inverters for 50 amp service

So the output of the 2 inverters would be out of phase when plugged into a 50 amp service and in phase when plugged into 30 (or less) amp service. But I don't see an issue with that. Am I missing something? Or, buy a single Victron Multiplus II inverter and run both L1 & L2 into and out of it.
TechWriter 11/01/22 01:57pm Tech Issues
RE: 4th RV Solar Installation Complete

That is a truly a Masterful install Sir, and the GX panel interface is outstanding !!…Just curious, though not depicted in the schematic, have you considered installing a sub-panel to sequester certain AC loads (e.g. converter-charger, refer, water heater, possibly air conditioner?) away from the inverter (to prevent inadvertent battery drawdown)? Nope. The whole purpose of installing the Victron Multiplus II was to be able to connect it directly the my transfer switch w/o using a sub panel. My fridge is AC or propane so I can force it into propane mode, and my water heater is propane only. Yes, my two ACs could run off my batteries as well as other appliances like an AC heater. However, my inverter is set to shut off when battery voltage drops below a preset voltage.
TechWriter 10/24/22 07:09pm Tech Issues
4th RV Solar Installation Complete

Took nearly a year (fixed income speed) . . . 4th Solar Install
TechWriter 10/23/22 12:51am Tech Issues
RE: The Television won't pick up the cable channels

If the campground has digital cable, your TV must have a QAM tuner.
TechWriter 10/06/22 01:27am Tech Issues
RE: Rear Fiberglass Cap Damage

We started fixing the damage to the rear cap of our RV . . . Here's the poop -- Fixing Our RV Damage – The Ladder The next step will be repairing the fiberglass damage . . . which I plan to tackle myself. We'll see. Stay tuned.
TechWriter 09/24/22 05:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Space Storms Destroy Elon Musk's Starlink Satellites

So where are the reports of Starlink users with no service? Not here. Seeing 156 Mbps this morning.
TechWriter 09/20/22 12:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Sanitizing your RV water storage tank

How do yall sanitize you water storage tank. Per NFPA 1192 Standard on RVs, use 1/4 cup bleach per 15 gal of water (50 ppm ratio). So for a 90 gal RV water tank, you would use 1 1/2 cups of bleach. Run the bleached water throughout the RV plumbing, let it stand for 4 hours, then thoroughly flush with fresh water. For a stronger dose (100 ppm), you would use 1/2 cup of bleach per 15 gal water. If you don't like using bleach, then you can sanitize your tank with Purogene On the other hand, if you want to sanitize the water, and not the water tank, then you're talking about adding drops of bleach. Here are the EPA's Recommendations.
TechWriter 09/15/22 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish TV Satellites

. . . the 1000 dishes are being replaced by what they refer to as the hybrid pro dishes. The dish isn't hybrid pro, the LNB is.
TechWriter 09/10/22 11:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish TV Satellites

If you have conventional tripod mounted dish you will need either 2 dishes, one for EA and one for WA so you can choose, or if you can find a 1000.4 Eastern Arc dish it can be used with a western arc LNB with a small mod to the LNB. Both the 1000.4 and 1000.2 dishes can be fitted with either a EA or a WA LNB . . . like so.
TechWriter 09/09/22 11:46pm Technology Corner
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