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RE: Been a busy year

Here is a loop we have done a couple of times over the 30+years of TC'ing!. Indian ruins loop. Great in early fall or after school starts in the spring.... Indian ruins loop.
bigfootford 10/18/21 11:43am Truck Campers
RE: Been a busy year

Wonderful write up... Congrats on your retirement. Stay on those backroads! Jim
bigfootford 10/18/21 09:49am Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone heard from Sleepy?

I hear from him periodically. They have been locked down due to Covid and health issues. No TC travels in over a year. Jim
bigfootford 10/04/21 09:23am Truck Campers
RE: West Coast Jamboree 2022, Who is Interested?

We signed up! Whoohoo. Who needs GRID support eh? I see a few interesting trails nearby... Also for those who have not seen the Rainbow bridge in Reading it is quite unique. Jim Hi Jim, great to have you onboard! Will be great to see you guys once again. By bridge, I think you are referring to the Sun Dial Bridge perhaps? Haw, yep! Sun Dial Bridge..hahahaa Jim
bigfootford 09/16/21 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: West Coast Jamboree 2022, Who is Interested?

We signed up! Whoohoo. Who needs GRID support eh? I see a few interesting trails nearby... Also for those who have not seen the Rainbow bridge in Reading it is quite unique. Jim
bigfootford 09/15/21 06:18pm Truck Campers
RE: 2003 Bigfoot 10.5E Project

Wow that project took some tenacious fix it attitude. Well done! Our BF is a 2000, got it new. It is the 9.6 2500 so less compartments to lead..hahahaa It has traveled almost 200,000 miles on two f250's. I have over the years had some water intrusion and have fixed each one. Rear kitchen window, running lights, skylight... There can be a leaky running light and the water will follow the foam seam all the way to the next seam and and... So a wet place can be a leak anywhere. Had one from a front running light that left the cabinet on the passenger side bed wet along with the clothes compartment on the same side. I caught it early and no damage occurred.. I really learned about the traveling of the water. I do have a camper cave thankfully. Jim
bigfootford 09/13/21 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Well now it just might be that the WFCO is thermalling out and shuts down the charge, cools off and starts charging again.... PROBLEM: Converter keeps shutting down. SOLUTION: Ensure proper ventilation and check for obstructions regarding the cooling fan. WFCO converters are over temperature protected and will shut down. FACT: Voltage will be present on both sides of the DC fuse terminals due to the LED circuit. https://wfcoelectronics.com/common-power-products-misconceptions-issues/ I have had my 9260 PD... for over 10 years and it has had lots of use... I installed it into my Magnetic converter cabinet years ago. I only ran two FWC batteries and switched to 1 100ah Lifeline AGM a long time ago. Jim
bigfootford 09/12/21 12:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Checked at power distribution panel and the voltage is going up and down a few 10ths of a volt as the converter cycles up and down. Plus the fan goes on and off as the cycle starts at high amps and then goes off as it gets to low amps. Over and over and over I see Go Power makes a converter smart charger that will fit in the same place as the WFCO charger. Any reocomendations? Well that pretty much confirms the issue.... Bad converter. Many of us recommend the Progressive Dynamics series of converters. If you have questions you can call them. Randy is the owner and he knows about installing and recommendations. https://www.bestconverter.com/Progressive-Dynamics-Converters_c_81.html Jim
bigfootford 09/11/21 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

You need to check the voltage at the converter or power distribution doing the same thing. That is the only way to really know if the converter is doing it or it is a resetable breaker somewhere in the path to the batteries. Jim
bigfootford 09/10/21 11:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

1L243, DO NOT BUY WFCO Ditto that! Jim
bigfootford 09/10/21 11:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Sure sounds like you have a restable breaker that is sometimes installed on rv's/campers. It is on the line from the Converter to the batteries. Your converter is putting out enough amps to trip the breaker.. Your solar for most installs bypasses that breaker, depends on how it was installed. Jim I replaced all the re settable breakers with manual ones a few months ago. All is still working as it should. Im going to drain the system down to 80% again to make sure all is still good. When you do this, using a dvm measure the voltage on the battery as the surge occurs. If you see the voltage climb then drop there is the clue. Jim
bigfootford 09/10/21 10:36am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Sure sounds like you have a restable breaker that is sometimes installed on rv's/campers. It is on the line from the Converter to the batteries. Your converter is putting out enough amps to trip the breaker.. Your solar for most installs bypasses that breaker, depends on how it was installed. Jim
bigfootford 09/08/21 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: loosing old members

Still here but have not been doing much due to the virus. Big cross country trip planned in Nov. Jim
bigfootford 09/08/21 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper carport

Sounds like a good plan... The American carports in Tex may provide the steel for your project through Alans Factory... The steel panels and framing is ordered by locals and the steel comes from somewhere.. Alans puts the trusses/bends the etc and produces your product... At least that is what I went through with my 2 projects. Jim
bigfootford 08/20/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

Sounds like you might have a self resetting breaker on the battery + wire. Charge amps exceed the rating of the breaker it trips, resets and the cycle starts all over again. Your solar might be wired where it bypasses the breaker. This would reduce the converter charge and thus the breaker would not trip. Jim
bigfootford 08/20/21 10:55am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone with 12v Air Conditioning Experience?

To add to the discussion, I found this chart that gives an estimate of the BTUs needed to cool a particular square footage. Looks like ~5000 BTUs is enough to cool 150 square feet which is about what a truck camper is I think. The Dometic Coolair 1000RTX provides 4,094 BTUs so I think it would be a bit undersized for the job. The RTX 2000 however looks like a better contender with 6,824 BTUs of cooling capacity. I know in my original post a mentioned the RTX 3000 but in light of this information, it seems overkill. I also didn't realize there was an RTX 2000 until someone mentioned it earlier in this thread. During this summers smoke and heat I put a 5000btu window unit temporarily in my BF's kitchen sliding window. To cool the camper from 98 inside and 100+ outside it took a couple of hrs to get the camper into the low 80's. Once cool the AC started cycling and it was comfortable at about 78.. The bed area was really slow to cool off at the head of the bed. I have a nice 12vdc fan that I was able to position to make the cool air get into the bed area. The AC pulls about 4 amps in cooling mode compressor running. $140.00 Jim
bigfootford 08/17/21 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper carport

I have had two structures built by American Carports. They have several outlets in calif. Our closest is in Colusa, Northern Calif. I live in he Sacramento area. I would use them.... The installers put together my 30x30x 13. shop, insulated 16x 12 rollup and a 8x7... Took them 2 days! Both the camper barn and shop was built to the 90mph wind. If you are going to have sides I would have the panels installed vertical instead of horizontal! Horizontal collects dirt etc and is not easy to clean. It might cost a bit more but that is what I recommend. https://americancarportsinc.com Jim
bigfootford 08/16/21 01:44pm Truck Campers
RE: TorkLift GlowStep on Bigfoot, How to Install? (Solved)

Good job using the jack mounts. That stiffens things up very well. Great design too! Jim
bigfootford 08/01/21 09:54am Truck Campers
RE: 2021 Northern Lite 10-2 Le wet bath

I only drop the jacks for minor leveling....If I need to go more that an inch or two I loosen my HJ tiedowns. I also une my airbags to assist leveling. Jim
bigfootford 07/29/21 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: Happijac 4500 Fun

The motor and gear box should come off with some gentle tapping...If not that would be strange. I wonder if someone put the motor/gear box back on with some sealer..uggg. My BF is 21 years old now. My jacks have been used 100's of times. I have serviced them 2 times, only the fronts. One broke the shaft keeper and was binding up. I ended up buying 2 new 4500's a couple of years ago. I have only serviced the rears one time. Here is the link to HJ repairs.... https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/22881036.cfm Jim
bigfootford 07/28/21 09:18am Truck Campers
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