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Forum: RV Trip Wizard - Trip Planner Topics 06-03-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 166
Posted By GyroGypsy
"Avoid Toll Road" mode induces routing error

Meanwhile, is there a way I can allow a certain toll road while using "drag route"? It does not appear to allow this.

The above question is because of the subject error condition. My trip is from...
Forum: Going Green 01-17-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,701
Posted By GyroGypsy
Sorry to hear of your issues. My 4 x 200 are...

Sorry to hear of your issues. My 4 x 200 are still fine.
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 12-22-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,627
Posted By GyroGypsy
Thank you. I was unaware of that forum and will...

Thank you. I was unaware of that forum and will subscribe. I am a member of several others, but the Facebook group seems the most active. Then there are those other non-RV interests, each getting a...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 12-21-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,627
Posted By GyroGypsy
Tesla Coach Battery Installation - Why? How?

I am asked numerous times about my system. I performed this upgrade in spring 2000. The COVID quarantine gave me plenty of free time, and it achieved my "5 C" goals of Capacity, Cubic Inches, Cost,...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 10-06-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,336
Posted By GyroGypsy
New testing results

I have measured the g forces using a dash mounted smart phone app with my Hellwig/Agile Fox installation against both a stock View, and another test with my Hellwig removed, but Fox shocks installed....
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 07-20-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 598,947
Posted By GyroGypsy
Congrats on your purchase. I have a t-shirt...

Congrats on your purchase. I have a t-shirt stating "I am a aircraft mechanic, "In God we trust, everything else we OPS-CHECK". Sadly I did not follow that when I picked up my lightly pre-owned unit....
Forum: Going Green 06-23-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,701
Posted By GyroGypsy
At 70 y.o., I don't mess with PV tilt unless we...

At 70 y.o., I don't mess with PV tilt unless we are using the A/C while boondocking just to eek out the last few watts of solar to better prepare for a/c use a t night.

I began my solar upgrade as...
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 06-18-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,336
Posted By GyroGypsy
Which bolts? Was this with stock suspension...

Which bolts? Was this with stock suspension components, or something changed?
Forum: Sprinter Chassis Forum 06-03-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,336
Posted By GyroGypsy
I went with Helwig and Agile Fox rear shocks. My...

I went with Helwig and Agile Fox rear shocks. My 2018 bar was about 10 mm smaller diameter. I am quite handy, and well equipped tool-wise, but non- professional. All was replaced in my garage within...
Forum: Truck Camper Discussion 05-24-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,106
Posted By GyroGypsy
I have a Ram 1500 4WD, crew cab, 8 ft bed,, big...

I have a Ram 1500 4WD, crew cab, 8 ft bed,, big tires, with Sun Valley pop-up. WE LOVE THIS TRUCK And CAMPER, but just bought a Winnie Navion. Selling now.
Forum: Country Coach Owners Forum 05-24-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 9,851
Posted By GyroGypsy
VHB tape just like the professionals use. Just...

VHB tape just like the professionals use. Just ask them, not a bunch of non-pros like us! ;^)
Forum: Going Green 05-22-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By GyroGypsy
My fault. I just verified that my low voltage...

My fault. I just verified that my low voltage cutoff is 3.13V/cell, thus 18.78V. I have not worried about this setting for a long time.

I had not seen that chart before and the upper end seems...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-21-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By GyroGypsy
Sure don't want to spend four hours stuck on my...

Sure don't want to spend four hours stuck on my back under RV removing goo! The tape arrived yesterday, and I think i will give it a try hoping UV deterioration was the issue. I still need to remove...
Forum: Going Green 05-20-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By GyroGypsy
Please detail any "safety" issues pertaining to...

Please detail any "safety" issues pertaining to fully charging this battery. I am not fully charging just to prolong battery life, although I can only imagine its replacement costs will decrease as...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-20-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By GyroGypsy
Thanks for the feedback, all. Nothing silicone...

Thanks for the feedback, all. Nothing silicone has ever been applied. I really need it to be like a tape. Somebody suggested Flex Tape, I watched some YouTube videos and reviews, and then ordered...
Forum: Going Green 05-18-2020, 02:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By GyroGypsy
I am only charging to 85% of rated capacity thus...

I am only charging to 85% of rated capacity thus expect a 9 kWh yield. Untested as of yet.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-16-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By GyroGypsy
Better than Eternabond?

I have a rather unique RV application where Eternabond is not working. I have installed two used Tesla S batteries within the original battery box in the entryway. This provides 10kWh of battery...
Forum: Going Green 05-16-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By GyroGypsy
Still not sure what you (both?) are asking. The...

Still not sure what you (both?) are asking. The (120VAC only) air conditioner draws about 1100 watts at 120V, or ~9 amp AC load. The 24V inverter is about 90% efficient when used, thus is using ~1200...
Forum: Going Green 05-05-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By GyroGypsy
Thanks for the many replies, guys. I realize that...

Thanks for the many replies, guys. I realize that I did not mention the 24 V buss used due to the Tesla batteries, nor the AWG used and short wire run lengths. I did not think they were important as...
Forum: Going Green 05-04-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,328
Posted By GyroGypsy
Chinese may make good firecrackers, but not good circuit breakers!

Went for our first real-world one day boondocking experience anticipating limited use of A/C. Outside temp was about 90 F during the day, and the A/C felt pretty good for about 45 minutes at...
Forum: Going Green 05-04-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,827
Posted By GyroGypsy
Efficiency is a ratio measurement of how much of...

Efficiency is a ratio measurement of how much of the sun's actual energy in watts, is converted to electrical energy, in watts. Other than more power is always more better (per Tim the Tool-man...
Forum: Going Green 05-03-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,827
Posted By GyroGypsy
I am using four in series + parallel combination....

I am using four in series + parallel combination. See my previous post within "Going Green"
Forum: Going Green 05-03-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,701
Posted By GyroGypsy
I have four of the HighTec 200W panels mounted on...

I have four of the HighTec 200W panels mounted on my View for about nine months. I have seen 680W output on a sunny Colorado day at 39 degree latitude pointed south, with no extra panel tilting,...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 04-24-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,393
Posted By GyroGypsy
I assume you mean by block and tackle style of...

I assume you mean by block and tackle style of reduction? I think that would merely lengthen the time to assemble/disassemble because of threading the nylon line. I have considered using a high power...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 04-23-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,393
Posted By GyroGypsy
Awesome. I was also thinking that it would be...

Awesome. I was also thinking that it would be good to be able to rotate to the side for when the sun is abeam your rig. Do your top panels tilt for that?

I also saw this expanding system which may...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 04-22-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,393
Posted By GyroGypsy
R Cabesa - that's a sweet-looking and flexible...

R Cabesa - that's a sweet-looking and flexible setup. Are those other PV panels on the roof? What's your total watts? (NPI)

Podivin - you bring up a good point. Many times RV'ers are camped in...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 04-21-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,393
Posted By GyroGypsy
The best answer - "It depends" Strength -...

The best answer - "It depends"

Strength - how thick are the structures? Are all components flat or angled (two perpendicular surfaces)? Wind is not likely going to deform angled structures.
...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-16-2020, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
Early on, we had a noob issue with the LPG - the...

Early on, we had a noob issue with the LPG - the indicator said 1/4 tank but would not accept more. TransWest spent a couple hours troubleshooting and convinced themselves and us that that gauge was...
Forum: Going Green 04-16-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 608
Posted By GyroGypsy
The "Off Grid" website is shown as a hyperlink in...

The "Off Grid" website is shown as a hyperlink in my original post - 100% Off-Grid – RV Solar to the Max! (https://www.OffGrid100.com)

jacwjames - a "transformer" can not be used to step down...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-16-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
I can't wait to be released from...

I can't wait to be released from "self-quarantine" and really try out the new battery system. I did spent one night at a nearby cross-country skiing parking lot at 10,000 ft in order to test the...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-15-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
I was considering those. However each Tesla S...

I was considering those. However each Tesla S battery is rated at 233 Ah at 24V, thus 5.2 kWh and available for $1100 compared to the Relion 12.8V/100Ah (1.3 kWh) for $1400. So for slightly less...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-12-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
Thanks so much for the link and information...

Thanks so much for the link and information Youracman. One of my pads has a loose corner and I was just about to Google for what adhesive to use for repair.

Can you easily send me a image of your...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-10-2020, 04:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
That is discouraging to hear they could not find...

That is discouraging to hear they could not find a relay either. I will recheck my pads for who made them.

I note you are in Denver, any issue when in real cold areas? We have some 20F nights...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-10-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
I have checked underneath. The pads are properly...

I have checked underneath. The pads are properly connected with no hang-downs, and the wiring goes directly into the coach floor from below. It appears near the fixed bathroom wall, adjacent to the...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-10-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 897
Posted By GyroGypsy
Fresh/Holding Tank Heaters - Relay?

The tank heaters on my 2018 Navion are not working. I don't know how long it has been this way. But I installed a Victron battery monitor and did not see any house battery current draw when I turned...
Forum: Going Green 04-04-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 608
Posted By GyroGypsy
Tesla S Battery Temperature Control

My Covid-19 "Shelter in Place" project is completion of the third and final phase of my Navion solar system upgrade. This being installation of two used Tesla S batteries within modified and...
Forum: Going Green 03-01-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,546
Posted By GyroGypsy
I apologize for not being clearer. Although the...

I apologize for not being clearer. Although the additional parallel conductor may not take the same physical path as the original wire, it MUST connect to a circuit breaker. The same one can be used....
Forum: Going Green 02-28-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,546
Posted By GyroGypsy
You might use this chart to determine your cable...

You might use this chart to determine your cable needs:

https://assets.bluesea.com/files/resources/newsletter/images/DC_wire_selection_chartlg.jpg

If you plan to run a typical (high power) 15...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 01-17-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By GyroGypsy
Thanks guys! These sources help.

Thanks guys! These sources help.
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 01-16-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By GyroGypsy
Air Ride and levelers for a Navion?

Anybody done these? Suggestions?

...especially if can be done by the owner.
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 12-28-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 19,722
Posted By GyroGypsy
Myself and DW are also both pilots. We both do...

Myself and DW are also both pilots. We both do walk-arounds inside and outside as a double-check, and go through verbal checklist before "Drive" selected on the "Prndicator". An RV has too many...
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 11-27-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,836
Posted By GyroGypsy
Kamloops is beautiful. Great place to call home! ...

Kamloops is beautiful. Great place to call home!

Thank you for the suggestion. But this sounds suspiciously like one of my wife's (honey-do) "small" projects. :cool:

I am a pretty good...
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 11-25-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,836
Posted By GyroGypsy
Over Cab Storage Bins

Any products, vendors, or nice tips out there for removing the over cab mattress and using for additional storage? How is it secured?

Been looking at those cloth covered storage bins as whatever...
Forum: Going Green 11-22-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 768
Posted By GyroGypsy
The folks at AM Solar told me they have done...

The folks at AM Solar told me they have done several hundred solar panel installs, and only used VHB tape with Dicor sealing the edges unless finding roof curvature or other extenuating...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 10-29-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,502
Posted By GyroGypsy
I have been going to Oshkosh as part of my...

I have been going to Oshkosh as part of my website development business for over 20 years. Sold the business three years ago. Did both back-to-back while I was making my mind up about which model to...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 10-25-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,502
Posted By GyroGypsy
First - beautiful rig you have there! Is it comfy...

First - beautiful rig you have there! Is it comfy driving a big rig? From your stated location, it is too bad you were not aware of the annual gyro convention at nearby Mentone IN in July, during the...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 10-24-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,502
Posted By GyroGypsy
Legally speaking, a rotorcraft-gyroplane rating...

Legally speaking, a rotorcraft-gyroplane rating is required. They fly very differently, and will require about the same amount of ab initio training as fixed wing. Teaching a fixed wing pilot how to...
Forum: Going Green 10-10-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,836
Posted By GyroGypsy
In my Navion installation, the "control panel"...

In my Navion installation, the "control panel" above the refrigerator is just another foot away from the roof hole. It is actually better from an electrical standpoint to have the lower amperage from...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 10-04-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,502
Posted By GyroGypsy
I am a CFI, and also an A&P. Perhaps I should be...

I am a CFI, and also an A&P. Perhaps I should be a "CFI gypsy", and give BFR flights to expired pilots? I went to the last 20 years of Oshkosh in my Cessna as that was where I could meet with my...
Forum: Hobbies, Passions & Pastimes 10-03-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,502
Posted By GyroGypsy
I am towing a 2003 RAF gyrocopter.

I am towing a 2003 RAF gyrocopter.
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