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RE: Anybody run Lithium battery bank with solar

You need 200AH a day and have two 225AH AGMs. I will guess that they are 6 volt so your bank is 225AH. Now that BFL13 mentions it, this seems "odd". 12V AGM batteries are "typically" 100Ah-120Ah each. Two would give you a total of about 225Ah, not the stated 2 TIMES 225Ah ! 6V AGM golf cart batteries do exist. Not common and they are $$$ !
theoldwizard1 12/02/20 11:24am Tech Issues
RE: Cincinnatti bypass

When my in-laws live in NC, I drove i-75 a couple of times a year. If you avoid peak rush hour traffic, driving straight though Cincinnati is not that bad. Stick to the right, drive the minimum speed and you'll be fine. A navigator helps to tell you what lane to be in. Same advice for Atlanta.
theoldwizard1 12/02/20 11:19am Roads and Routes
RE: Anybody run Lithium battery bank with solar

If possible, run your CPAP on 12V (most models have a 12v power supply available). Switch to an MPPT charge controller. Make sure you buy one that supports flooded, AGM and LiOn. 12.6V does not sound "fully charged" to me !
theoldwizard1 12/01/20 02:25pm Tech Issues
RE: tranny temp got to 250!! yikes,, troubling questions

I worked in transmission engineering over 30 years ago. While 250F is pretty hot for non-synthetic oil, it is not "over the limit". IIRC, things got bad over 270F. The simple thing to do now is pull the dip stick. If the ATF is still bright cherry read and does not smell "burnt", ho harm ! If you are using synthetic or even blend you have a lot more room. I think all Motorcraft ATF is semi-synthetic now. BTW, you did the right thing, backing off.
theoldwizard1 11/29/20 06:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winter Camping in Myrtle Beach

Take your winter coat. The nights will be colder than you think.
theoldwizard1 11/29/20 06:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Check water level on new battery! And screw-on lids??

You must be under 50. Screw caps on battery were "standard" for many, MANY years "back in the day" !
theoldwizard1 11/28/20 03:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Good News for AT&T TV new channels

I have the original DirecTV Now plan. No extras, but HBO and some other premium channels are free for the next couple of days. AT&T needed to stay competitive. Agree ! I don't think they have a plan.
theoldwizard1 11/27/20 06:04pm Technology Corner
RE: RV roof UV coating. Worth it?

What are they proposing to use. Could be a scam of using something as simple as 303. A simple mild soap and water wash and spray down with 303 is cheap insurance. If the trailer is parked out in the SW sun, twice a year would be good.
theoldwizard1 11/27/20 09:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Broken Leaf Springs

My gut says that spring failure is most likely caused by the manufacturer UNDER SIZING the spring pack to begin with. If you are concerned, adding one additional leaf is cheap insurance.
theoldwizard1 11/27/20 09:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery failure puzzle: voltage good, little power

Mystery solved! And the bottom line here is that although these same types of batteries have usually lasted me five years (three sets in fifteen years), I will probably schedule replacement for every four years. You have a rather un-orthodox procedure of swapping out a weak battery in the middle of a camping trip, something very few people would do. I would recommend a pair of 6V golf cart batteries. 200+ Ah. If you buy them at Sam's Club or Costco, I am sure they will cost less than those NAPA Group 31 batteries. If you camp with a generator, you should not have to carry a spare set, especially if you install a battery monitor.
theoldwizard1 11/25/20 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery failure puzzle: voltage good, little power

A load tester is a good tool. A better that you can use all of the time is a battery monitor, like a Victron Victron BMV-700. Second, depending on how many cycles those batteries have been through, it just may be their "time".
theoldwizard1 11/25/20 06:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane Tank Vacuum Purge

Just means that the propane dealer doesn’t need to use propane to purge the air from the tanks. Otherwise they need to put a small amount of propane in the tank then release it to flush any air out of the tank. Every time I get my tank refilled, they open the overflow (?) valve and fill until propane comes out. No air left !
theoldwizard1 11/25/20 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: E85 in fuel station?

For a week, you are not likely going to have a problem. Just make sure to drain all of it before storing longer ? The only people who really "like" E85 are people running turbochargers with a LOT of boost !
theoldwizard1 11/25/20 09:46am Toy Haulers
RE: Air bags on a Class A gasser

Air "bags" are springs. They will only help mildly with sway/body roll assuming your current springs can not carry the load. If your current springs are so bad that you are bouncing off the bump stops they will help a lot.
theoldwizard1 11/23/20 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is there any difference in DRIVING a gas class A vs diesel?

The most popular chassis for gasoline powered Class A is the Ford F53. No one has ever praised it for its handling and the old 6.8L V10 engine would get quite load when climbing hills. The 2021 version of the F53 has many improvements in both the chassis and the engine (all new 7.3L gasoline). I would say it is still not on par with a diesel pusher, but it cost a whole lot less $,$$$ !!
theoldwizard1 11/20/20 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lifting or Leveling a Class B van

New springs. Add a leaf in the rear.
theoldwizard1 11/18/20 04:11pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 2 Years Without Changing Oil?

As long as it gets hot enough every month or so to drive out any condensation.
theoldwizard1 11/18/20 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: What roof paint / sealer do I need? Jayco Eagle 2007

PS- The PO painted the roof once a year. I’ve owned it for 5 years and have only cleaned the roof and used a roll-on clear sealer. I have 2 areas in the bedroom where water / moister intrusion is evident. I do not see any damage or holes on the roof in the vicinity of the apparent intrusion. Most RV used a type of rubber roofing called EPDM. Based on your RVs age (over 10 years old) and because you have evidence of leaks, it is time for a complete tear off, inspect, replacement of any rot, new decking and roof. Re-coating annually is not necessary, even in places with a lot of UV. What should be done is wash the roof and apply a good UV protectant, like 303 Protectant, twice a year.
theoldwizard1 11/17/20 06:35am Tech Issues
RE: Generator use during travel

As long as you have a battery charge line running from the truck to he camper via the 7-way plug then the battery will stay charged. Run the furnace and tune on the heated tanks if you have them. I would add a DC-DC battery charger in the trailer.
theoldwizard1 11/15/20 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Generator use during travel

Most generator have a low oil sensor. Bouncing that oil around will likely trip that sensor and you will have no power !
theoldwizard1 11/15/20 06:50am Travel Trailers
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