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RE: first time sanitize fresh water tanks

OK, so I've not sanitized mine...........ever and I think it's time. What is the ratio of gallons of water Vs. chlorine or peroxide?
Vintage465 05/30/20 08:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Reverse Lights

I did exactly the same thing with mine. Put two on the back then two on the sides for all the same reasons you did. My cousin did the same thing after I did mine and he one upped my by also tying the backup light circuit into the switch that is for the little power jack light. He can flip the switch on the tongue jack light and everything lights up. I may need to do that.
Vintage465 05/27/20 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hooking grill to onboard propane

I have this same grill. It is supposed to come with hose and regulator. You should be able to hook up a quick disconnect type set up and remove or not use the existing hose. There is no hard plumbed in or built in regulator on this bad boy. Set up a quick connect if you coach doesn't already have one and have the other end attached to the grill.
Vintage465 05/27/20 01:14pm Tech Issues
RE: What's the Latest Solar Tech?

There is all kinds of tech out there but 2 things don't change....put the controller, mppt or pwm as close to the battery as possible. If running parallel solar, run BIG wire. I have #4 conductor from the combiner to the controller(that is near the battery bank)and #2 from the controller to the battery bank. I have no inverter. Just my opinion
Vintage465 05/27/20 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Yet another reason to love trailering

This is the thread that will bring everyone together! We stop when we want to do what we want or need to do. It's the best ever! Tired of road side coffee? Make it in the rig!
Vintage465 04/16/20 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Amp hours

So I can help a little here. I had 2-6v GC batteries and 300w of solar for four years prior to my last upgrade to 4-6v GC batteries and 450w of solar. Assuming your 300w of solar is a poorly designed(yes I did say that)setup that has the controller somewhere in the living space of the coach and the batteries are solid, the only difference between what we do is the TV and Video stuff your kids are doing. I'd start by a Mr. Heater Buddy or Big Buddy to heat up the coach prior nigh, night(meme's), then turn it off. Then set your thermostat down to 55 degrees and blanket up. And as everyone has said, the furnace is the big draw, like 7-8 amps. The less it works the better you are. The Buddy will heat the coach up PDQ in the A.M. And usually you'll have the stove on making coffee that will heat up the coach too. Is the best way to know all this stuff to track it with an actual audit and a battery monitor....yes. Have I gotten that far? No. Will I? Yes, some day. Right now, trial and error, reading forums, then applying this knowledge to upgrading my solar and battery bank has made a huge difference in my boondocking comfort. We went to the Mojave desert and spent a week in the snow and the night temps were in the mid twenty's. Days were like 36 degrees. Holds up perfectly now with no generator. I would really do some reading about what a solid Solar System would look like and start there. The controller in the pass thru as close to the battery as possible is prolly the single most profitable thing you can do for your system.
Vintage465 04/13/20 09:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Batteries needed

If you got 7 and 10 years out of your current batteries I wouldn't change a thing. That is incredible service life. I have to agree ! I am a big fan of 6V golf cart batteries for non-starting applications. A pair of flooded 6V golf cart would cost less than a pair of "dual purpose" batteries and provide much more energy storage. Unfortunately, the only TRUE deep discharge AGM golf cart batteries I have been able to locates are made by Trojan (T105-AGM). You would have to order then through a golf cart distributor or solar power store and they would cost 200%-300% more than what you would pay for a golf cart battery at Costco or Sams Club. I believe that the AGMs made by Eastern Penn Mfg. are true deep cycle AGMs. I don't know that much about AGMs, but their 6v flooded GC batteries seem to be right with Trojan. Eastern Penn is the nations largest lead acid battery maker. https://www.eastpennmanufacturing.com/wp-content/uploads/Intimidator-Deep-Cycle-Flyer-1740.pdf
Vintage465 04/09/20 08:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford F350 7.3 Gas Pulling 15k

I know the diesel guys love their diesels but that is one hell of a gasser. 4.30 gears, 10 speeds from what looks like an amazing tranny and all that HP and torque. The speed management going downhill was very impressive (I know the hills weren't huge). Nice looking setup. Thanks Fish! Yup......them Diesel guys love their Diesels.......oops, that's me,.....just thinking out loud. Can't even visualize me without a Diesel now. But I am glad someone finally made a good big gasser.
Vintage465 04/08/20 08:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cooking on a Discada

A buddy and I made a few with the tractor blade and horseshoes. https://i.imgur.com/ypq3cnal.jpg https://i.imgur.com/NWEk3wel.jpg That is real cool.............I think I have all the stuff to make that! And I'm usually not critical about descriptions........but I'm a farm boy, that is a disc blade, not a tractor blade......
Vintage465 04/08/20 04:13pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

OK, lets stop discussing if putting a hole in the roof is as good as not putting a hole in the roof. This is a pointless and futile discussion.LOL....of course! We all know its better to screw them down....that is except you. My thought.........2 cents worth. The roof was built by humans with good materials. Hopefully they used the good materials blended with some skill and abilities. Where am I going with this? The factory workers aren't magicians. They are humans like us. We have all the same stuff available to us to do this work. We can do just as good or very likely better than what they do. I personally have no fear of punching holes all over my roof.........cause I-gots-da-skeeeeeels and all the right stuff to cut holes, mount things, do maintenance and make repairs to my roof. You also get to know your roof better too. I say do it!
Vintage465 04/08/20 04:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Understanding length of time for absorption & finish charge

This is way over my head. My solar charges my four 6v using 14.8 volts and when I see the Panel voltage gauge jumps to 20v on the gauge and my battery voltage is over 13.5v..........it's done.I learned something from this forum that might relate to your setup. The flooded 6v like a big strong charge current. Which you probably wont get from your solar. I had batteries die premature. Only 2 years old. They were on solar 24/7 and rarely cycled. I figured they died from living on float charge during the day. The smart guys on here told me they most likely died from being undercharged. My solar setup was not giving the strong charge current the flooded batteries wanted. It might benefit you to turn on a bunch of lights at night. Cycle the battery down. Then if you run your generator once a month maybe the trailer charger is giving a somewhat stronger charge than the solar. After I revamped my solar and put the controller in the pass thru, ran hefty conductors, it charges fast and hard unless it's rain clouds. Nearly always charging @ 14.v plus and right around 20 amps. I also shake them up once a month with a 15.3 volt equalization for 3hrs.
Vintage465 04/04/20 08:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Understanding length of time for absorption & finish charge

ISTR old batteries will have more heat loss when charging and when you get down to the end for tapering amps, the lowest the amps get to will be higher, where more of those amps are going to heat instead of charging. So your "end current" or whatever you call it, will be higher than with new batteries. LY has seen with AGMs (me too) that after they get down to "end current" at 0.5a/100AH and you leave them at 14.x volts they will keep warming up and that takes more amps, so amps start going back up. Time to lower the voltage! I am guessing these 8v batts are for a golf car. You can use four T-1275 12v or six 8v to get your 48v. What is the make/model of your charger if it is not one of those kind that comes with a golf car? It has settings of interest not found in many chargers. My bad. getting read to respond to the wrong post!
Vintage465 04/04/20 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Understanding length of time for absorption & finish charge

This is way over my head. My solar charges my four 6v using 14.8 volts and when I see the Panel voltage gauge jumps to 20v on the gauge and my battery voltage is over 13.5v..........it's done.
Vintage465 04/04/20 07:11am Tech Issues
RE: Just bought my first travel trailer

I’m leaning towards the Ram 2500. I already own a Dodge and I’m happy with it. The next step will be a 6.4L Hemi vs a 6.7L Cummins. A little about myself. I’ve been driving trucks for UPS for about 27 years. We use Freightliner tractors with Cummins engines. I’m mostly pulling a 53’ trailer with 30,000+ lbs. I don’t like these trucks going up hills. Going over the Devore pass I sometimes slow down to about 30 mph. Since I’m not a linehaul driver and do all local work I frequently run into the regen light coming on which I hate because it’s usually a parked 30-40 minute wait for this process to finish. I understand it will do a regen while driving on the highway but I never drive enough miles for this to happen. What I like on the diesel is the engine and transmission brakes for coming down a steep incline. For comfort level I’m leaning towards the gas although the diesel has better towing capabilities. I’m planning on test driving both just to get a feel of how they drive. I’m basing all my knowledge of diesel trucks on the rig I drive. I know a pickup will not be as loud. But want to see the difference if there is any on cabin noise at freeway speeds between gas and diesel. The comfort level on big trucks has come a long way with air ride suspension and air seats. The one plus that is huge for me on a diesel is the engine braking function. Overheated brakes are no fun. Either engine will do the trick. But there is no (none, zero) comparison to the ease that diesel will pull the trailer you're speaking of. The Diesel will go up the hills and down the hills just as easy as driving on flat roads with a tail wind. They make just about as much engine noise going up and down the hills as on flat roads too. It is truly "deluxe towing". But it comes at a price. If you have your mind made up that trailering is a "solid" in your future, try and go the diesel. You'll never be sorry.....once it's paid for. Also, IMHO, don't get caught up in trying justify a diesel from a maintenance or cost to operate or better MPG perspective. You will never make up the cost of a diesel,(unless you drive it more that 500,000 miles) but it is a far better tow experience.......assuming you're not always driving 30 miles on flat ground to your destination.
Vintage465 04/01/20 07:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Just bought my first travel trailer

You've probably seen enough recommendations to buy a 250 or 2500 so my only input is to make sure your new truck has towing mirrors, not soccer mom mirrors. And the factory installed brake controller. So Nice to just plug and play!
Vintage465 04/01/20 07:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

Vintage, like regular ovens cast iron DOs vary between manufacturers. Everything from thickness of the iron to the type of iron formula and casting will factor into it. Types of briquettes vary in temp output too. Most DO chefs find a charcoal they like and stick with that brand so they know what to expect. Like a large number of DO chefs I use the basic Kingsford. If you have Lodge, start with the basic Lodge chart and just start cooking. There’s no teacher like experience. Remember that cooler weather and windy weather will affect the times and temps because you are outdoors instead of indoors. Humidity can als affect it. These aren’t like “set it and forget it” slow cookers. They need to be watched and smelled. That means staying close by to detect burning. If you think it’s burning remove coals and let the temp drop some. If it’s not cooking fast enough add coals. It’s more an art form than an absolute science but I’m pretty sure most people can master if they’re willing to put their mind to it. It just takes practice. Here’s a copy of the Lodge chart to get you on your way. It gives approximates for the different size ovens. Lodge Baking Temperature Chart. The FIRST THING I do is:..............Make sure dinner isn't depending entirely on my skills with the Dutch Oven. I really don't have much issue with heat on mine. I was just sharing what little I know with the OP. Like you said, time and experience is the best teacher. I've done biscuits and cobblers in mine and had great results. Nothing burned yet. And I would only use Kingsford briquettes. Not worth the worry using lower grade stuff
Vintage465 03/30/20 04:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Questions on using a Dutch Oven

So my cousin is quite the accomplished Dutch Oven cook. When I was first starting he told me the rule to start with is consider each briquette for 20-25 degrees each. Which always seemed to me to run a little hot. Then I read the thing below that I copied and pasted and if I did that plan below, then the math above, it would be about 500 degrees in my oven figuring 25 degrees per briquette. The normal formula for Baking is to use twice the number of briquettes as the diameter of the oven with 3/4 of them on the lid. For a 12 inch oven, you would use 24 briquettes with 18 on top and 6 underneath.
Vintage465 03/29/20 08:15pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New smoker grill

Looks good! I think it holds temps fine when on high. I tend to always be looking for a low temp like 225 to 275 ish. So holding temps is kind of on the other side of the scale for me. I have noticed it doesn't really "Grill" that well. I think a Weber-Q is much better at grilling with the ceramic coated cast iron grill. Makes serious nice marks on a burger. When the smoke hollow is on high an the grill is real hot it really doesn't make nice tasty marks like the Q does. That's actually all I "Grill" for the most part on the little Q.
Vintage465 03/27/20 03:48pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: If I went to a Progressive Dynamics Converter.......

You just use a transition post to change the size of wire right before the converter. Not a big deal. Run 1/0 wire from the battery to the post and 4AWG or 6AWG from the post to the convertor for the last foot. That's what I was thinking.......
Vintage465 03/26/20 01:07pm Tech Issues
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

Mine are screwed down using 2 stainless steel 1/4 screws per bracket(4 per panel)into trusses. Where I couldn't get into a truss I used "Well Nuts" and stainless 1/4" bolts. I don't tilt panels, for the roof's sake, I don't really like unnecessarily getting on the roof. Some day I may set up a tilt set up my set up doesn't meet my needs. I'd have to be more comfortable with the durability of my roof if I set up a tilt mechanism. So far it meets my needs.
Vintage465 03/26/20 11:19am Travel Trailers
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