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RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

If you go with a wood deck, I would request 5/4" PT deck boards. They will last longer that even PT 3/4" plywood. Make sure the floor can be replaced without having to dismantle the sides.
theoldwizard1 01/21/20 01:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone with the Ford 6.2 Carrying TC

Wait and get the new 7.3L ! I am not even sure you can get the old engine in combination with the 10 speed and early reviews call that transmission a "game changer"
theoldwizard1 01/21/20 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: First trip with new baby advice

A "screen house" is a great way to limit bugs ! I would not camp without one !
theoldwizard1 01/21/20 04:25am Family Camping
RE: Looking for help on battery charger for 2-3 bank system

It means I will be suing 2 or 3 batteries12 volt batteries wired in parallel. Sorry for the confusion. I did purchase a digital multi meter last year, so I am set there. The UNI-T UT210E is an "amp clamp" meter. place the clamp around a single wire and you can read currentr (amps) flow. VERY handy feature ! I owned 2 other DMM and I still went out and bought one of these.
theoldwizard1 01/21/20 04:21am Tech Issues
RE: Question on inner bearing grease seals

Take the National part number and look it up on Amazon and Rock Auto. You will be surprised at the price.
theoldwizard1 01/21/20 04:11am Travel Trailers
RE: 5 figure 30 foot

There are Class C and there are Class C ! Anything built on a Sprinter or Transit chassis will be a LOT smaller than on built on a Ford E350/E450 chassis. If I was shopping, I would wait another year for Ford's new 7.3L gasoline engine in combination with their new 10 speed transmission. I will become the standard engine and transmission in Ford based RVs, but probably not until 2021.
theoldwizard1 01/20/20 09:05am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

I'm happy to wait for the V8 if it will be out the first half of 2021. You would probably have to wait that long for Class C with the new engine and transmission. I know I WOULD WAIT FOR IT !
theoldwizard1 01/20/20 08:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What is the coldest temp you've started your Honda 2000 in?

There is a YouTube channel where a young couple was using an EU3000i that their only power source in northern Idaho. No warm storage. Frequently used well BELOW 0F. It always started but the RPMs would "hunt" (oscillate) unless it was run on 1/2 choke. After several trip back to an authorized service center, with no success, they stumbled on using Mobil 1 0W-20. Not sure why, but it cured the oscillations. Once the temps got consistently in the 20s, they switched back to Honda's recommended weight oil.
theoldwizard1 01/19/20 04:06am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for help on battery charger for 2-3 bank system

I still have no idea what a "2-3 battery bank system" is ! EVERY RVer should have a digital multi meter with a built in amp clamp like UNI-T UT210E
theoldwizard1 01/15/20 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Warranty coverage

Most warranties do NOT cover the appliances (refrigerator, furnace, A/C, etc) because they are covered by the manufacturer. You also want to know if there is any reimbursement for hotels if it take days to repair.
theoldwizard1 01/14/20 09:18am Full-time RVing
RE: Looking for help on battery charger for 2-3 bank system

I am looking for suggestion on a battery charger I can use for my 2-3 battery bank system that I will be using 5-6 weekends a year in my fish house. last year I was running a two bank system and could get 7-8 hours of use before the batteries fell to 50% charge. I do not understand what you mean by a "2-3 battery bank system". We need more specifics on how this is actually wired and EXACTLY what kind of batteries you are using. I am currently using this power converter That is an INVERTER not a converter. I did purchase this charger last weekend but am not sure I care for it. It does not show the amps going into the battery as it gains charge. Instead it only shows the percentage the battery is charged. Buy a digital multi meter with a built in amp clamp like UNI-T UT210E Two 6V golf carts batteries, wired in series to make 12V, would probably be the best solution.
theoldwizard1 01/14/20 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Towing questions

Sounds reasonable to me, but not to a lot of people. Limiting real world factors are suspension (easy to upgrade by many different means) and tires/wheels, which you have moderately upgraded. You need the best shock absorbers you can buy and likely will need to add air springs.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultimate power inverter/charger question

I posted this yesterday, but people must have missed it. The pdf manual is linked in this, scroll down. Do what it says. https://ultimatepower.com/products/inverter-chargers/pcul-series/3000w-pure-sine-inverter-charger-pcul/ It does have an automatic transfer switch built in. You are better off REMOVING the old converter and hooking your 12VDC fuse panel directly to the battery bank. From the manual While in the Standby (charging) Mode, the AC input is continually monitored. Whenever AC power falls below the Trip voltage, the inverter automatically transfers back to the Invert Mode with minimum interruption to your appliances - as long as the inverter is turned on. The transfer from Standby mode to Inverter mode occurs in approximately 10 milliseconds. And it is the same time from Inverter mode to Standby mode.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Deciding on Battery Replacement

IMHO, you would be better off with a pair of 6V AGM golf cart batteries, like Trojan T105-AGM. Over 35% more stored power. Not cheap. You would have to order them through a golf cart distributor or solar power store.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 12:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Need Audio advice for my build

Sadly, most of the RV specific components are junk. Lots of car audio stuff, but the pricing is not that great and probably over powered for what you want. This of course leads to the large selection of residential, 120VAC equipment. If it has a "wall wart" power supply, you can buy moderately price DC-DC converters and then run everything off of 12V. If this is a "build from scratch" or major (new walls) remodel it is time to run more 12VDC power lines through all of the walls. Use 18AWG Marine Grade tinned copper, duplex cable and 2 port USB outlet charger https://i.ebayimg.com/thumbs/images/g/EkMAAOSw4FdcnY9w/s-l225.webp USB Type C with USB Power Delivery (USB PD) is just rolling out. USB PB is capable of delivering 5V/9V/12V/15V or 20V @ 3A to compatible devices There are also inexpensive converter that will allow you to get anything in-between.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 11:30am Technology Corner
RE: First trip with new baby advice

A large piece of indoor-outdoor carpeting to play on. 1 yo might be a little young, but when they get to be 2 or 3, get a small folding table and a couple of small chairs. Their own table for drawing/coloring/playing and even eating.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 11:04am Family Camping
RE: "Leather" coming apart and peeling

Real leather doesn't peel - you have bonded leather and cheap bonded leather at that. Yep ! The top thin layer is called "plating". Modern "synthetic leathers" (vinyl) are much more durable. Personally, I like cloth, especially microfiber.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice from current owners on new purchase

Quality is "hit and miss" through out most of the industry. Regardless of what you choose, do a thorough inspection BEFORE signing anything. Make them demonstrate all appliances including water tanks/pumps and city water connections. You might want to warn your salesperson ahead of time that without the inspection there is no deal.
theoldwizard1 01/12/20 10:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Ultimate power inverter/charger question

Hello all! My question is... with it can't I just bypass my stock converter/charger. YES ! Just be sure that you are not back-feeding the charger from the inverter. Many (most?) charger/inverters have a built in automatic transfer switch to prevent this from happening.
theoldwizard1 01/11/20 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

You could always swap out the element for a lower wattage one. Long time between showers ! Of course if the shower is big enough, you could always "shower with a friend" ! If you do downgrade to a residential water heater, remember to have double the height available so you can pull the anode rod out the top. Yes, it has one. You must be a plumber ! Never heard of ANYONE changing an anode, not that it is bad idea.
theoldwizard1 01/08/20 07:00pm Travel Trailers
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