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RE: Quality of Forest River

I'd pack it full of course steel wool then cover it with spray foam. Stainless steel wool if you can find it !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 07:41pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Need some help with a genset Onan 5500 starting issue

Clicking usually means bad connection. Removing and clean ALL connections between the battery and starter, including the battery to frame ground and generator to frame ground. Find the chassis to body ground straps also.
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 07:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lift

Cheapest and easiest. Add a leaf or two and maybe a spacer block. New spring bolts required.
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 07:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 -- Adding Memory

75 pages HERE all about running Win10 on old hardware like P4 processor say's you are dead wrong about your assumption. The issue is not the processor, it is drivers for the things like keyboard, mouse, display, USB ports, etc. Hit and miss. Also, I'll bet Win 10 would be swapping its brain out on 2 GB of memory. Time for Linux !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 07:35pm Technology Corner
RE: Hauling a Honda 3000

I carry a toolbox on the front of my truck, and the turnbuckles to the tow loops make it rock solid. https://i.imgur.com/3xxJmJQl.jpg Brilliant ! That would make a HUGE difference !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 07:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Jump starters

As a general rule how often do jump starters need to be recharged especially the small ones that just jump start? Never If you use this one that has ultracapacitors, instead of lithium battery https://youtu.be/ZMfo4mk3eIw I would never bet on that !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 07:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Should I buy a Class C or not for this specific situation?

2. As a result of having to buy a unit about 10 years old (due to budget constraints) I worry that it would need a lot of repairs both inside and mechanically and therefore would be troublesome and costly. What is your experience with units 10 to 15 years old? I would be less concerned about (chassis) mechanical repairs than repairs of the "body". At 10 years, it is time for a new roof. NOT a re-coat, a peel off, inspect for rot and replace. If you are up to the challenge this can be DIY. If there have been any roof/window leaks then you need to carefully inspect for mold/rot in the walls and in the floors. If the floors are soft, walk away.
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 03:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hauling a Honda 3000

Not really secure, but potential theft would have to spend some time figuring out the setup and getting 10 mm socket on extension. Not only generator holding bolts are not visible, but close to the ground, so you can't stick your head under. The only key lock is on platform pin. That should slow them down a lot ! As for cooling - my 2017 Ford displays digital thermometer when engine temperature goes over 215F. Coming from 124F in Death Valley with 6300 lb camper, I was really pushing the gas pedal going 55 mph over the mountain pass. The temperature come up to 225F and dropped very fast once I come to flatter road. That is starting to get a bit warm, but modern cooling systems use higher pressure than they used to (about 21 psi instead of about 14 psi). This gives you a higher margin before you coolant actually starts to boil (about 270F) .
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 03:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Jump starters

No worries about recharging this jump pack. TrekPow TJ2500 It charges from a standard USB cell phone charger ! New KING of the Portable Jump Starters !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Please critique decision on batteries and charging

YIf you have solar you can get them to a higher SOC before dark. In that case, do your 50-80 in the morning and let the solar do what it can the rest of the day. You can run the solar while doing your gen/charger to get more amps--just leave the solar on all day--it will do whatever it can. A properly sized solar system (and adequate sunlight) will recharge your batteries AND do the long, slow equalization charge as necessary.
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: Please critique decision on batteries and charging

... this forum has convinced me to go the golf cart battery route. At this time I hope to go with at least two golf cart batteries and if room allows, have them hook up four. NOCO does make a battery box that hold TWO 6V golf cart batteries. HM426. These are NOT designed for interior mounting. From what I understand, the two golf cart batteries should give me more amp hours than two group 27's??? Is there a big difference in brand quality on golf cart batteries? Or all they all better than 12 volt deep cycles? Yes, more power with the GC2 batteries. Trojan batteries are considered some of the best, but boy do you pay a lot for them. Interstate from Costco or Duracell from Sam's Club is the "best bang for the buck" ! Once they are fully charged, would the 2200 be able to supply enough power to keep fridge and batteries charged for the day? Once you have topped off your batteries in the AM, 2 golf cart batteries should carry you through until early evening. Top off again. Probably less than 1 hour of run time. I also have a champion 3100 I could use and may to keep one ac running during the day and then fire the onan up later in the afternoon so both can keep it cool for sleeping. 3 different generators to choose from ? If you only have 1 A/C, your Champion should be able to run it AND charge your batteries. If you have 2 A/C units, time to fire up the Onan !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 11:11am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Question

If I have room to add another house battery can I just use the existing charging system. Do I have to match the capacity of the two existing house batteries. The biggest problem with "adding" a battery is that the old one will "pull down" the new one down and it will have a shorter than average life.
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 10:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Quality of Forest River

Pretty much the ENTIRE RV INDUSTRY SHOULD BE ASHAMED AT THE QUALITY OF CONSTRUCTION THESE DAYS ! Demand is up. RV are selling like proverbial "hotcakes" ! Quantity over quality ! Some of it is bad design, some of it is bad manufacturing. When you are spending $20K-$50K for a TT would you pay and extra $5K for a 3 year "bumper to bumper" warranty ? I really do believe that around $5,000, mostly in roofing, seams and windows and doors, is all that it would take to make a much more "durable" TT !
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 10:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Hauling a Honda 3000

Very nice installation. And very convenient ! There are some downsides to mounting your generator out front like that. That loaction is going to block a lot of air flow to your radiator, transmission cooler and A/C condenser. Keep an eye on your coolant temperature especially in hot weather. That convenient location is advertisement for thieves. "Out of sight, out of mind" applies to thieves also ! It also allows easy access for a thief. Padlocks and chains only slow them down and with giant bolt cutter and battery operated grinders, that does not slow them down a lot. Even though that is a very "beefy" hitch, I would be a bit nervous about it hold up 150+ lbs, bouncing up and down for long periods of time. Front hitches are not designed to carry a load for long periods of time. Compare it to a Class III hitch you would mount in the rear. Those have a lot more metal.
theoldwizard1 10/11/20 10:40am Truck Campers
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

A full size van, E-350 or 3500 series, to tow your TT. Ford has not made a E-Series van/wagon since 2014.
theoldwizard1 10/10/20 07:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: HP Compaq NX9600 PATA to SSD 120 Gb

I am generally all for salvaging old equipment, however, in this case.. Not so much. As far as I am aware, you will not find SSD in PATA form factor. PATA to SATA adapters are available, however, they take space and with laptop PATA drives there is no separate power connector, it is all integrated in one connection on the PATA drive so you would need a breakout adapter to get power for the adapter board and SATA drive. . . . Having been inside several different laptops of different vintages ... EVERYTHING HE SAID ! Kiss your C-note good bye.
theoldwizard1 10/10/20 07:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery storage with solar

I was taught how the constant solar charge is not enough amps. The flooded batteries like that big beefy charge. Also the solar controller might not reach high enough voltage. I always forget. Don't we want 14.7 or 14.8? Your controller might allow you to choose a flooded option. Modern MPPT solar controllers will provide plenty of amps and volts to charge flooded batteries, if the solar array is sized appropriately for the battery bank. An occasional top off with a AC powered multi-step charger is still a good idea.
theoldwizard1 10/10/20 02:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

2 adults, 3 kids (ages 3-9), and 2 medium sized dogs. How do we do this? Can we make a pickup truck work? Super interested in any experienced feedback! I don't think the dogs would like riding on the floor for hours on end. You would probably have to stop and let them out every 2-4 hours. I know a large SUV is an option but will not tow the size travel trailer we’re really interested in. Define "large SUV" and just what size trailer are you looking at. An Expedition MAX has room for the 3 kids in the second row and plenty of room for the dogs in the back (everything would have to go in the trailer). Properly equipped, it can tow a combined weight of over 15,000 lbs, 9,000 lbs trailer, but I would try to keep the LOADED trailer weight under 8,000 lbs.
theoldwizard1 10/10/20 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interstate 12volt golf cart battery

the GOLF CAR batteries are DEEP CYCLE as opposed to MARINE (starting)/deep cycle (note the change of case). Sadly the industry keeps calling MARINE "dual purpose" batteries "deep cycle" when they are not ! The ONLY COMMONLY AVAILABLE DEEP CYCLE LEAD ACID BATTERIES ARE GOLF CART BATTERIES !
theoldwizard1 10/10/20 07:24am Tech Issues
RE: Reasonably Priced Portable Compressor Fridge

There are only 2 or 3 companies that make low voltage DC compressors. Danfoss (or what ever name they are selling under because the have been bought/sold/merged with other companies over the past 20 tears) is one. Cubigel is another. Technically, these are NOT 12VDC compressors. There is an a small box of electronic that converts the 12VDC to 3 phase AC or brushless DC to drive the actual motor.
theoldwizard1 10/09/20 10:42pm Truck Campers
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