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Forum: General Discussion Forum 01-12-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 54
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Posted By Nic7320
The steering stabilizer is still good thing to...

The steering stabilizer is still good thing to have, as it will keep your steering box healthy. Next, check your tires for shifted belts. Then (best to have a shop do this) check for loose...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 12-15-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By Nic7320
ebay

I bought a 1997 Roadtrek 170P with a rear door that did not electrically lock, but would with the key. After opening up the door panel, I found the link rod was broken in two pieces. Something must...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 11-14-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,828
Posted By Nic7320
A manual disconnect can be useful, but with...

A manual disconnect can be useful, but with lithium batteries you need an automatic disconnect that operates on battery temperature.

I use a Victron BMV712 battery monitor for battery voltage and...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 11-11-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,037
Posted By Nic7320
This is a problem with many RVs. They start life...

This is a problem with many RVs. They start life as an "Incomplete Vehicle" by the chassis manufacturer, but still get a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) at that point. Then the RV manufacturer...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 11-11-2019, 10:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,037
Posted By Nic7320
Show them the RVIA sticker on the side. That...

Show them the RVIA sticker on the side. That makes it an official RV in the eyes of DMV, and your insurance company.

Another case in point, I got stopped at a checkpoint by the Homeland...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 09-10-2019, 02:31 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,116
Posted By Nic7320
my $0.02

Before this gets too vitriolic, I'd like to point out one important issue with absorption refrigerator installations.

They highly depend on a steady flow of cool air to dump heat into.

My first...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 09-09-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,116
Posted By Nic7320
At 70F, I got about the same reading, but when...

At 70F, I got about the same reading, but when it' was hot and the sun was bearing down on the rig in 90+degrees F heat in Reno, I saw 400 watts.

Other than the horrible efficiency on AC power,...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-08-2019, 11:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
I would like to see verification of this for...

I would like to see verification of this for lithium-ion, because i've always heard pushing cells to the maximum charge has a penalty. Let's ask Tesla!
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-08-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
Optimizing battery charge

Booster, this has been a very useful discussion, one that led me to look deeper into how tail-current is used by the BMV. That led me to the conclusion I don't understand all of the inner-workings...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 09-08-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,116
Posted By Nic7320
I run my 'fridge on 110 VAC when I'm home because...

I run my 'fridge on 110 VAC when I'm home because it's parked on a slope, and I don't want the flame tilting into the side of the flue.

But in doing so, I get an email from SoCal Edison warning me...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-06-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
When you referred to "amp based charging control"...

When you referred to "amp based charging control" I didn't read that as tail current shutdown. My apologies. And this is off-topic to BMV cable routing, so maybe this thread should move elsewhere....
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-06-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
Regulating charging current

I haven't found any claims to this on their websites. And it doesn't make sense from an engineering point of view, so you may have misinterpreted some poorly worded information, or some marketing...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-06-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
On the Victron Website, they call this an RJ12...

On the Victron Website, they call this an RJ12 cable. RJ12 simply means it has all 6 conductors present in the 6 position shell.
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-06-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
Bmv712

Yes, using the VE.Smart wireless network, the BMV712 broadcasts Battery Voltage and Battery Temperature to the solar controllers, which use the BMV measured voltage instead of their own voltage...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 09-06-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,483
Posted By Nic7320
Bmv712

If you are referring to a Victron BMV, the cable from the shunt is NOT a cat-5 ethernet cable. It looks similar, but it is a 6 conductor RJ11 like a phone cord, but it has all 6 conductors present. ...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-03-2019, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,529
Posted By Nic7320
GFCI tripping

The reasons GFCI trip can sometimes be a little complicated. GFCI devices measure the the current in the hot wire and subtract it from the current in the neutral using with a small toroid tranformer....
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-01-2019, 04:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,529
Posted By Nic7320
30A GFCI pigtail

Wow, that's nice. thanks for that! At $134, it's not out of line. They even have a 240 volt version for a few dollars more.

It turns out Home Despot does sell a 240 volt GFCI pigtail, but the...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 07-01-2019, 01:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,529
Posted By Nic7320
Portable GFCI devices

The portable "pigtail" GFCI devices I referred to are shown here:

https://www.homedepot.com/s/gfci%2520cord?NCNI-5

Those are for 15 or 20 Amp (120 volt AC) outlets only, and I have yet to see a...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 06-30-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,529
Posted By Nic7320
Voltage drop adds up.

What you have is often better than one long cord. With two shorter cords, you can use just one cord when the distance only requires one, and then you only have the voltage drop from one length of...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-27-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,370
Posted By Nic7320
Dodge RV maintenance issues

Some issues that show up with Dodge based RVs are listed below. I've owned two of them.

The triple windows up top in the roof eventually leak. If you reseal them, there are two versions of...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-13-2019, 11:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,529
Posted By Nic7320
The collective noun for Class B is...

sebtown -- I think that's what we call a swarm of B's.

And it reflects my experience camping in various places, but only after I bought one. I see Roadtreks all the time now.
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-13-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,529
Posted By Nic7320
B-story

Sometimes us "B's" don't want to be noticed. Especially with Homeowner's associations and when stealth camping.

Someday I will pull all the stickers and stripes off my Roadtrek. They're pretty...
Forum: The Manufacturers & Models 06-09-2019, 11:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,986
Posted By Nic7320
retrofit

I always dreamed of making my '97 Roadtrek 170P fiberglass top into a "Westy" style pop-top. Just hinge the back where the AC is, and lift the rest up for some more headroom. Being just shy of...
Forum: General Discussion Forum 06-09-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,819
Posted By Nic7320
Back-up camera issues

There are several problems with some back-up cameras.

1. Some wireless units, particularly the ones that work with smart phones, have too much image lag to be useful. If the delay between what's...
Forum: Electrical | Charging, Systems, Solar and Generators 05-26-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,207
Posted By Nic7320
Lithium battery fire risk

Be afraid. Be very, very afraid. You are playing with fire.

And... enough with the movie sound-bites! But you are dealing with a significant fire risk dealing with abused lithium cells. First,...
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