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RE: Recs for Solar Cut Off Switch?

I used this little DC circuit breaker. I'm a bit over on the voltage rating, but I know it isn't going to be an issue. Mounted it on the same panel as the CC. I chose to interrupt the positive lead, because it is good practice, but it make no difference in a non-grounded solar circuit. Just makes me feel better in case something around the panels decides to find a path to ground.
bpounds 12/10/19 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: do you do this

You're going to be replacing them due to age anyway. And lifting isn't going to make them age any less. Keep them covered from sunlight if you want maximum life of the rubber.
bpounds 11/18/19 12:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Evolving Canines, de-evoloving people?

This is the inevitable result of liberal policies. S.F. is just the point of the spear, and as long as we keep electing liberal leadership, it will only worsen and spread wider. And it won't just be S.F. or just CA. It is coming soon to your blue state too.
bpounds 11/15/19 02:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: UTV trails/campgrounds in Richfield Utah area ???

Google Duck Creek Village. There is a FS campground called Duck Creek Campground. Nice sized sites, but no hookups. There is a dump station. There is also plentiful dispersed boondocking available, which is probably what we would do next time. I don't know offhand if there is a full hookup park, but it is likely that there is. Lots of dedicated ATV/UTV trails, rentals for same, etc. We don't ride those, but we off-roaded in the pickup where we could and that was great. Lots more trails where trucks were excluded.
bpounds 11/13/19 02:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Landing gear motor.

I don't think the distance down is too important. I would be happy to measure mine for anyone who asks. It's more than 4" I'm sure. Guessing 6-8" from top end of leg. I wanted to be able to spray lube right at the follower nut (the top of the inner leg where it is threaded), so that it could penetrate. Then run the leg down a little and spray some more. Then run the leg up/down to spread the lube along the leadscrew. You can't reach all the threads with just the 4" straw on a spray can, but working the leg up and down while spraying will get it effectively spread along the thread. To really do it right, pulling the legs would get it done. More work than its worth IMO, unless some other repair is needed. Don't bother lubing the sides of the square tube legs. They are never a tight fit, unless you've bent one.
bpounds 11/13/19 08:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Landing gear motor.

I think 2 motors is a fine idea. But whether you do that or not, you need to get some grease on the leadscrews, or it is just a matter of time before a leg seizes up on you. Most trailers don't have zerks, and if they do it will only be for the bevel gears at the top. The leadscrews cannot be lubed through a zerk, unless you just willy nilly fill the leg with grease. You need to get the grease into the follower nut and along the threads of the screw. I drilled access holes in each leg, and I use spray grease with a straw nozzle to direct the lube on the screw. I use motorcycle chain and cable spray, because it is very clingy, but regular old grease will work too. Heavy stuff preferably. You can see where I drilled the holes in the photos below. They are only about 3/8" diameter. Once you lube the leadscrews (they are NOT worm gears BTW), I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how much easier your motor handles the load. height=640 height=640
bpounds 11/12/19 02:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Filling Propane While Traveling

I've used Yelp to find propane when away from a familiar area. But I rarely need to fill in the middle of a trip and prefer to refill near home. I also used Yelp to find propane near my home, after getting disgusted with the U-Haul dealer that I had used for years. Found the new guy based on Yelp reviews, and his service is outstanding, open 24 hours, and will even deliver for free.
bpounds 11/07/19 10:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing 12-volt batteries with 6-volt

Have you replaced two 12-volt batteries in parallel with two 6-volt batteries in series to improve ampere hours? Were the results satisfactory? Please elaborate. Was the rewiring difficult? Just do it. You'll be happy you did.
bpounds 11/04/19 04:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Which direction do you spin the trailer brake adjuster?

This was kind of touched on above, but so it doesn't get missed I'll repeat it. I like to tighten the shoes hard into the drum first. Then back off until I can spin the wheel with slight drag. What that does is force the shoes into concentricity with the drum. If you don't do that, and only snug up until you feel/hear drag, chances are only 1 shoe is doing the dragging.
bpounds 11/04/19 04:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Trouble with California

Cars, RVs, even motorcycles, all have to stop. Commercial carriers are handled separately. An actual inspection is a small percentage. Often you won't even stop, just get waved through.
bpounds 10/30/19 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

Same old nonsense from those scaredy-cats who won't use their EZ lube feature. Just ignore that. Follow instructions on how to use the EZ lube axles. You can find a video on it. Most importantly is to raise the wheel and rotate it while you slowly pump the grease. Watch around the spindle nut area, and as soon as you see the slightest movement of the old grease, stop. It is full. Yes it will use a lot of grease the first time you do it, because the factory did not fill the voids in the hub. After the first time, it will take LESS grease than if you packed by hand. It shouldn't take more than 2 tubes the first time to do all 4 hubs. Buy 3 to be safe. Not a big expense. I don't worry too much about brand, but Valvoline makes one that I like. Any of the wheel bearing greases will do, but I always pay the extra to get high pressure/temp grease that would normally go in disk brake applications. It will be more temperature stable. Valvoline Clicky
bpounds 10/30/19 02:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trouble with California

... A few years ago the Calexico border checkpoint was backed up...Did not even ask for passports... Checkpoint, or border crossing? Why would you need a passport at a checkpoint? Checkpoints are often many miles inside the country. Citizens mostly would not be carrying passports.
bpounds 10/30/19 11:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Where do you find water

The only faucets I see at truck stops or gas stations are as a part of the dump facilities. Maybe it is just me, but I don't fill from faucets at dump stations. Seen too many ugly things at dump stations. So no matter how much my right brain tells me it's all the same city water, my left brain tells me go somewhere else.
bpounds 10/29/19 12:20pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: question for the solar gurus

...only parasitic load I am aware of is the monitors for the Xantrex and the Morningstar MPPT-60 controller... Entertainment System Television Propane Detector Anything with a wireless remote control Thermostat (depends on style) There are usually more than you realize. But yes the draw should be minimal.
bpounds 10/28/19 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Campground Maximum Length

As others have said, published length means from rear of the site out to the road. Does not take into account what type of rig you are using. With a trailer, I always try to choose a site longer than our trailer. Because if it isn't large enough for the trailer and our truck after unhitching, I could be stuck parking out at a remote lot. And that is completely out of the question for us. If the site isn't long enough or wide enough for my truck to be near, I won't use that site. Google Earth is your friend.
bpounds 10/28/19 02:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: question for the solar gurus

My controller is user programmable too. But I figure you can drive yourself to drink worrying about fine tuning a controller, in an effort to prolong the life of batteries, which are a consumable item anyway. And at the end when you replace those batteries, you won't be able to prove whether your effort did anything positive, but at least you'll be good and drunk. I use the canned program for AGM, which looked almost identical to the flooded settings, except that it disabled the boiling cycle.
bpounds 10/28/19 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Where do you find water

I'm a bit late to this thread... Finding water is one of the things I do worry about a little when on longer trips, when going to places I haven't become familiar with. I can always find water, but the trick is finding water while the trailer is in tow. Most of the suggestions so far for locating water have been good. But may not be convenient to pull up with a trailer. So I make a habit of having one or two of these 7 gallon aqua-tainers in the truck. While the trailer is left in camp, and we are out exploring in the truck, we'll find water easily. And grabbing 7 or 14 gallons in jugs always goes over well with the locals. Filling a trailer tank might not be so agreeable, when they have no idea how much they are giving. So we just keep those jugs filled whenever the opportunity arises. Then I rigged up a little platform to hold the jug while it drains into the tank. Folds up and stores in a compartment. Others use a 12v pump and I'm sure that works well too.
bpounds 10/28/19 11:23am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: question for the solar gurus

I am not a guru, but if you don't mind a non-guru reply... It's perfectly normal. Every night your solar system shuts down, while parasitic draws on the RV continue to use some power and use some battery amps. Every morning your solar system wakes up, senses that lower battery level, and goes into boost mode, then later drops to float mode.
bpounds 10/28/19 09:25am Tech Issues
RE: Free Lippert Trailair Rota Flex Pin Box

This is very kind of you. I hope someone can make good use of it. Thanks for being a giving soul.
bpounds 10/28/19 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: tires/snow rating / not worry? / chains are solution?

Our heavy SFA trucks are never going to be great on tires. Just the price we pay for good 4WD. That and not so great ride quality. A lot of things go into tire life. Compromising performance is a huge one. I personally don't believe OEM tires are any less quality than some of the other brands that don't get selected for OEM delivery. Said another way, there aren't any OEM tires that are not also good sellers as replacements. My truck came OEM with BFG Rugged Trail tires, if I'm remembering the model name correctly. I know I bought one set of replacements of the exact same thing. Then when it came time for the 3rd set, BFG had discontinued that tire model, and the BFG Rugged Terrain was the designated replacement. It was a beautiful looking tire to my off-road experience eye. I ran them long enough to blow one up, which tore up the bed of my truck pretty badly, and then barely caught a second one separating and ready to do the same stunt. I told my tire dealer I wanted those gone, and never wanted to see them again. We negotiated a buy-back and I purchased Michelin replacements. Yeah, I know, same company. But these have been very good to me thus far, and I'm sure they are going to age out before I wear them out. This Michelin is also an OEM on Ford trucks.
bpounds 10/24/19 03:36pm General RVing Issues
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