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RE: Transferring Propane?

The best answer appears to be "no, not easily or safely". If there is NO LIQUID PROPANE INVOLVED, it IS easy and safe.
theoldwizard1 05/21/22 09:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: how to replace the charger inverter in a four winds

Too many unknowns to give you a specific answer. Shop for a combination inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch. All of the good quality ones do "smart charging" and have settings for flooded (wet) or AGM lead acid batteries as well as lithium. Better ones actually have an input for a generator. If you get the combo I suggested, start by removing the old converter. You want your new inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch located as close as possible to your batteries. Wire your DC distribution panel directly to the batteries (via s mega-fuse) and an ampere meter shunt). Your outside cord should go directly to the new unit. The output of the new unit goes to the AC breaker box.
theoldwizard1 05/21/22 09:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Transferring Propane?

I don't know anything about the tank on your RV. If it is a "gaseous, vapor" like a typical BBQ tank, then you can just hook the two together with appropriate hose. THIS WILL NOT FILL YOUR BBQ TANK ! To do that, you need different pressures between the two tanks. The easiest way is to make one hotter than the other. Before you open any valves, put the BBQ tank in a large container of ice water. The more I've the better. Once the tank has cooled to below 40°F, then open the valve. Pouring hot water n the other tank helps. You will have to keep this up for about 30 minutes. Yes, that is a lot of I've !
theoldwizard1 05/21/22 06:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question about Furnace Short Cycling..

Home furnaces have an over temp sensor that will force a shutdown
theoldwizard1 05/20/22 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Can 19 Silverado 1500 pull 23rslw jayco with just a ball

Safely, NO !
theoldwizard1 05/18/22 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Catastrophic Fuse

The fuse was apparently installed at the wrong end of the battery cable. Swap that fuse and cable end to end. The risk is a short to ground at some point along that 5' connection. Like time2roll said, the fuse should always be as close as possible to the battery. Why different size wire ? Stick with one size. There are people on eBay that will custom make battery cables. You choose the wire size, color, type if end and length.
theoldwizard1 05/17/22 07:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Direct TV Question

If getting local/regional sports is important to you and you camp where you have a good cell phone signal you can always do this. • Buy a "hotspot" and a good cell data plan. Nomad Internet sell both. • Sign up for a steaming service that has the regional sports you want, like DirecTV Stream. • Buy a streaming device for your TV. (Fire TV Stick, Roco, Apple TV). • Use a VPN to set your location to within the area that has your sport.
theoldwizard1 05/17/22 07:20pm Technology Corner
RE: New to lithium battery

You will never get a 100% charge without a DC-DC charger. Why would you need or want a 100% charge (14.6v) to begin with? Unlike lead-cell batteries, lifepo4's subjected to 100% SOC (14.6v) on a constant, short-term basis experience reduced cycle life. 13.6v will still net 99% SOC (and a higher cycle life), although at a slower charge rate. Long-term float at =>14.6v can permanently damage a lifepo4. I never said anything about long term float at that voltage. The point of a DC-DC charger is to give the correct voltage at the correct time during the charging cycle.
theoldwizard1 05/14/22 02:25pm Tech Issues
RE: New to lithium battery

“Ditch the old converter and wire the battery to the DC distribution panel.…” I’m not sure what this means?? …Since he merely replaced the previous battery, wouldn’t the LFP still be connected to the distribution panel?? He said he REPLACED the old converter. It needs to be removed. Goggles 14.6 volt figure merely refers to the upper charge limit before BMS protective cut-off…From my own experience, LFP’s are happy to charge even in the high thirteens You will never get a 100% charge without a DC-DC charger.
theoldwizard1 05/14/22 04:52am Tech Issues
RE: New to lithium battery

While driving the alternator charges it just fine also shutting down when full. I question that statement ! Modern vehicle charging system do not supply adequate voltage to properly charge LiFePO4 batteries. That is why DC-DC chargers exist !
theoldwizard1 05/14/22 04:48am Tech Issues
RE: Lance TC - lithium - DC-DC charger question

Yeah, my wife accuses me of over thinking it often! So I could just use the 8 gauge wire and go into the 6-pin plug? That would sure be simplest. Protect the 270 amp alternator from what? I bet the charge line fuse is 40 amps and it will not have any trouble. What he said ! The DC-DC charger also limits the power draw. Next truck, don't waste your money on the oversized alternator.
theoldwizard1 05/14/22 12:15am Truck Campers
RE: Drill motor for stabilizers

Most any 18 volt will work fine, especially the 2 speed ones with a high speed and a lower speed with more torque. I second the 2 speed. Make sure it is a mechanical 2 speed transmission not just and electronic speed limiter.
theoldwizard1 05/14/22 12:11am Travel Trailers
RE: New to lithium battery

Google says A fully charged 12V LiFePO4 battery will have a charging voltage of around 14.6 volts and a resting voltage of around 13.6 volts. Why do people over think these things ! That is well within the range of 12VDC appliances. Ditch the old converter and wire the battery to the DC distribution panel.
theoldwizard1 05/13/22 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: New to lithium battery

If the charger has reasonable amount of power for your 12V needs (lights and ... ?) Just get rid of the converter and wire the battery directly to the 12V distribution box. Plug your charger into a convenient outlet.
theoldwizard1 05/13/22 06:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Lance TC - lithium - DC-DC charger question

You are overthinking this !! If you install a DC-DC charger (highly recommended) immediately upstream for the batteries you will no longer need a battery separator. You should not need larger wire either. Your DC-DC charger will act as both a separator and limit the amount of power that can be drawn from the truck. Add a gauge and shunt on the output side of the battery so you know how much charge it has.
theoldwizard1 05/13/22 06:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Email Issues - Just looking for ideas..

we use 7 or 8 g-mail addresses. as of may 30th G-Mail is implimenting additional security features which may render T-Bird useless. The link you posted explains how Thunderbird already deals with the new security measures ! Security Changes to G-Mail
theoldwizard1 05/13/22 03:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Email Issues - Just looking for ideas..

I have been using the Windows "Thunderbird" email program for many years now ... So have I !! I could not live with out it !!! I use Thunderbird in IMAP mode which means the INBOX is still in Gmail and so are all of your folders unless you have made them local (Hint : make a Local DRAFT folder and tell Thunderbird to use it !) Thunderbird won't let you block a domain like gmail.com Block it in Gmail ! It does the filtering first before it gets to Thunderbird. I have Gmail filter some email into folders and it works fine !
theoldwizard1 05/13/22 03:42pm Technology Corner
RE: Can Tow providers mount new tire to wheel ?

It is POSSIBLE, but not easy, to swap your own tire. I would not want to do it on the side of a road or in bad weather. Bite the bullet and carry a mounted spare.
theoldwizard1 05/12/22 03:40pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is there an Air Conditioner using Inverter Compressor

I love the split systems that I have in my home. Now that I have the roof on my 2000 Bounder 34T cleared for recovering I'm wondering if anybody makes an inverter system unit for RV's. There are some 12VDC or 24VDC A/C systems designed for trucks, but nothing in the RV specific market. Some people have taken residential mini-split systems which do use inverter powered compressors and installed on RV. Not sure how well they would handle all of the bouncing around. If you are a HVAC person, it would not be difficult to build your own. All of the parts are readily available. You can of course run an A/C off of an inverter if you have a large enough one and sufficient battery power. The big win on 12VDC compressors is that they actually use 3 phase AC motors. 3 phase motors are much more energy efficient than straight DC or single phase AC.
theoldwizard1 05/12/22 03:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

I am not familiar with RAM trucks, but on Ford trucks the HD trailer tow option includes a HD radiator, an extra transmission cooler and a higher rear axle ratio. If you don't have these consider adding them.
theoldwizard1 05/11/22 05:10pm Travel Trailers
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