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RE: Deep cycle battery maintenance

Don’t need a watering system. Those are for helpful for folks with multiple batteries in a hard-to-reach place. Waste of money for us mortals with one easy to reach battery. Don’t sweat it. If you check the water frequently you are good.
naturist 09/14/20 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: smoking diesel exhaust

I’d check the entire intake for blockages, starting at the open end all the way to the intake valves. It’s not a Cummins, but my 2001 VW Jetta diesel has a rodent blocking screen at the intake end under the wheel well. That screen keeps the squirrels out, a good thing, but it also catches leaves and other stuff and can restrict airflow if not cleaned out from time to time. It also has an issue common to diesels with egr systems (as all do now) in the formation of a hard carbon Buildup in the intake manifold down stream of the egr. It is quite possible you have such a buildup, which requires removing the manifold and hammer/chisel cleaning. No parts, just labor, but a lot of that. Or you could need a new air cleaner. Good luck. Do get it fixed, as the air we all breathe will thank you.
naturist 09/14/20 06:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: alaska 2021 ???

2020 turned brown and smelly for so many people and businesses. So many small businesses are going permanently out of business, some of which just haven’t announced it yet.
naturist 09/14/20 05:45pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Need hitch advice please.

The rise or drop is determined by whatever it takes to make the trailer tow level. If it requires 6-1/2 inches, 4 inches is going to be WAY off and bad things will be likely. I would highly recommend you find somebody local who knows what they are doing who can both help you set it up right and explain it as they do it. It takes a lot more info than the pictures you provided to get it right.
naturist 09/14/20 05:38pm Towing
RE: How do you pay your bills on the road on extended trips?

VPN. ProtonVPN offers both a free, secure, untracked VPN and a several faster paid VPN services with added bells and whistles. Their iOS and Android apps are also very aggressive at keeping the VPN connection open while you are using it at one of those free WiFi hotspots that you find in Mickey Dees and elsewhere that go out of their way to disconnect and reconnect you. Using either the free or paid VPN for almost everything is highly recommended especially when on the road.
naturist 09/09/20 08:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Repair Help (Sealing)

Plastidip spray?
naturist 09/09/20 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: Scenic View

Small window does explain the rig's brand name, doesn't it?
naturist 09/07/20 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom Dry Pipe

That is one solution to a problem we all have, whether we know it or not. Thank you for the idea. In my case, I came across a bidet at Lowes that consisted of a hand sprayer & fittings. Being tired of the two-liter-coke-bottle full of water used to rinse the back side of the toilet after use to prevent untoward odors, I bought and installed said sprayer on the back of my toilet. Now I have the best of both worlds: a bidet for rinsing off my bum after conducting business AND a sprayer to rinse the back side of the toilet bowl AND an easy way to add those extra gallons the OP mentions.
naturist 09/07/20 11:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tire mismatch

I agree about replacing all due to age alone. On an undriven axle, only handling would be the performance issue. Put that mismatch on a driven axle and watch the differential explode in flames within 30 miles at highway speeds. Don’t ask how I know that.
naturist 09/06/20 10:12am Tech Issues
RE: Coffee maker off inverter and battery in a truck camper

Making a pot of coffee off your battery is not the end of the world.Nope, we just thought it was the end of the battery. Yup. The original poster of the most recent inquiry of which I am aware was thinking about a coffee maker on an 80 AH (ie, 960 WH) flooded cell lead acid battery using a 2,000 watt inverter. Such a battery is capable of at most 480 WH of power before you start drastically shortening its useful life. The combination of that battery, that inverter, and a coffee maker is, um, less than ideal. Just for what it is worth, there is nothing magical about electric coffee makers. And when your most limited power source is an 80 AH battery, propane, either to run a percolator on your range top or a French press makes a lot more sense. You can do either of these for around $30 and have coffee out the yin-yang several times a day, every day until the cows come home. Or you can upgrade your battery, buy an inverter, spend your $500 more or less and use that electrical coffee maker to your heart's content. Your money, your choice. Choose wisely.
naturist 09/04/20 03:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Bad Water Smell

May I suggest using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach? Peroxide isn't hard on seals and hoses, doesn't leave behind any horrible and hard to flush out tastes and odors. A quart bottle in my 35 gallon fresh water tank pumped through the water system, including filling the water heater, and left for a couple days does as good as bleach.
naturist 09/01/20 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Moles

For mice, you need to plug ALL the holes on the bottom of the RV. I used steel wool plugs then filled them with spray foam. For moles, park a running lawn mower on top of one of their tunnels for a bit every couple days and just let it run until out of gas. The racket drives them nuts. And as long as they get crazy before you do, all will be well.
naturist 08/29/20 01:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moving on up... to the mountains!

It's always good to see someone realize a dream. Congratulations, may it serve you even better than you imagine for decades to come.
naturist 08/29/20 12:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Small mistakes can make big problems

We've all made mistakes through sheer inexperience, haven't we? If you think about it, isn't that what causes at least half of all mistakes, with the other half being caused by inattention?
naturist 08/28/20 04:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: Help finding LP quick connect pigtail

The quick connect on your rig is indeed a low pressure line. The male fitting was about $7 last time I looked. You need to remove the regulator on the grill. Any RV dealer should have the pieces you need. Do be aware that between propane and compressed air, there are at least 3 visually identical but totally incompatible quick connects.
naturist 08/24/20 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: Hot water heater out of control

My guess, stuck thermostat. Or maybe bad control board. Possible also somebody fiddled with that thermostat. Dunno if that is possible. They used to be adjustable but might not be any more.
naturist 08/24/20 08:18am Tech Issues
RE: Remove Stock 40w Panel Before adding?

Assuming all panels are the same voltage, a 30 amp controller should be able to handle all 240 watts of panels. Put them all in parallel, and it should be fine. 240 watts at 12 volts is 20 amps, well within the controller’s capacity. Of course, upgrades are always possible. But the simplest is just adding the 200 watts. Judging by the spec sheets I was able to find, the voltages are within a volt or two of each other, but they're not identical. Volt or two isn’t important. Raw voltage from a 12 volt panel is going to range from about 8 volts to about 19 volts depending on sun. What matters is spec voltage, thus a 12 volt panel can’t be parallel with a 24 volt panel, which will put out between 16 and 38 volts. The panels will adjust their own output to cover a volt or two. Same thing happens if one panel is in sun, other in shade. Two panels of same nominal voltage will be fine, the shaded one just won’t contribute.
naturist 08/24/20 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: Remove Stock 40w Panel Before adding?

Assuming all panels are the same voltage, a 30 amp controller should be able to handle all 240 watts of panels. Put them all in parallel, and it should be fine. 240 watts at 12 volts is 20 amps, well within the controller’s capacity. But that does require all panels to be the same voltage. If the existing 40 watt panel is 24 volts, your extra 200 watts being 12 volts, you would have to put the new one in series to combine with the existing 40 watt panel. Of course, upgrades are always possible. But the simplest is just adding the 200 watts.
naturist 08/24/20 06:43am Tech Issues
RE: What's your battery setup on your travel trailer?

The OP has a small TT. He doesn’t have either space or payload capacity for some of those suggested setups. The single 12 volt “marine deep cycle” battery provided with his TT is a 75 or 80 AH battery which was used in the first place because it was the cheapest battery possible. With the (also cheap) WIFCO converter, he’s getting maybe 25 or 30 AH service out of that battery. For less than $400, he could buy a 125 AH group 31 true deep cycle 12 volt AGM and a real 30 amp battery charger to make sure it was fully charged. This would at least double his available power. Add a second such battery for another $250, and get 4 times the available power. But even better would be just one such battery and 200 watts of solar panels. That should keep him in power indefinitely. Cost, about $650 plus installation. Operating cost, zero. Battery Charge controller Solar panels
naturist 08/24/20 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: increasing tongue weight

Ain't nothing magical about 10% vs 12%-13%. Depends on the design of the trailer. In Europe, trailers are generally designed to carry 8% or so on the tongue. So I say, if it tow's straight, nobody cares what the tongue weight is. Leave it alone. Don't fix what ain't broke.
naturist 08/23/20 03:13pm Travel Trailers
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