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Forum: Boondocking 04-12-2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
-Power- (measured in Watts) is what charges a...

-Power- (measured in Watts) is what charges a battery.

Not enough volts, no charge.

Not enough amps, no charge.

Just to beat the horse and make sure it's fully dead.

A 100 amp 6 volt...
Forum: Boondocking 12-15-2010, 10:00 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
That information looks odd... Bulk charge at...

That information looks odd...

Bulk charge at 14.4V at c/10...normal
Absorption at 15.5V <----that is odd...this is usually maintained at the bulk charge Voltage.
Float at 13.2....normal...
Forum: Boondocking 12-12-2010, 07:14 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
Nor do you need a sewing machine at all...but if...

Nor do you need a sewing machine at all...but if you choose to buy a sewing machine, knowing about them becomes quite useful. If you know nothing about sewing machines, how can you prevent the...
Forum: Boondocking 12-10-2010, 08:08 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I've been lurking in this thread since I got...

I've been lurking in this thread since I got "slapped" down for trying to explain why HB's advice works.

If you look deep enough into what he says, you can tease out the truth. However, you will...
Forum: Boondocking 11-22-2010, 09:00 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I like the Malita coffee pots. You can get them...

I like the Malita coffee pots. You can get them for a single cup all the way up to a 10 cup pot.

We have the 10 cup, and a vacuum pot. We make a couple pots of coffee one after the other and put...
Forum: Just Conversation 11-21-2010, 04:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,472
Posted By RocketDork
The GM thing is just another in a long list of...

The GM thing is just another in a long list of American business giving the shaft to the American public.

I can't believe that these companies are still allowed to claim they are American.

Too...
Forum: Boondocking 11-17-2010, 08:17 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
Not at 12V its not. That works out to about...

Not at 12V its not.

That works out to about 110 watts.

Remember that he's running it off the inverter and the trimetric is reading the current at the batteries.
Forum: Boondocking 11-14-2010, 10:09 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I'm not completely familiar with the TriMetric,...

I'm not completely familiar with the TriMetric, but I took a quick look at the install manual.

It seems to me that you want to set your battery full volts level to the full charge voltage value of...
Forum: Boondocking 11-14-2010, 09:53 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
No, I'm not saying that Bob does anything that...

No, I'm not saying that Bob does anything that violates science. I'm just trying to find the science behind what he does successfully. I believe there are a couple things that he's got "wrong", but...
Forum: Boondocking 11-14-2010, 08:40 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
No, neither, just a general statement about the...

No, neither, just a general statement about the industry...
Forum: Boondocking 11-13-2010, 10:36 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
This confuses me. Is solar somehow insulated...

This confuses me. Is solar somehow insulated from the outlandish claims made in your two examples? Or is it that solar is so common sense that it needs no science?
Forum: Boondocking 11-13-2010, 07:17 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
My point was, why even take the time to respond? ...

My point was, why even take the time to respond? he doesn't have the time and

Ok, I've been chastised. My excuse for trying to understand is too much of the "take my word for it", "its worked...
Forum: Boondocking 11-12-2010, 06:39 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I'm confused by this post...am I alone? Why...

I'm confused by this post...am I alone?

Why come here, join, put in the first paragraph that you don't have time for this, take the time to speak your mind and leave?

Here's the thing that I...
Forum: Boondocking 10-28-2010, 09:27 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I'm going to guess that the DVM he is refering to...

I'm going to guess that the DVM he is refering to is a just a panel meter that's been packaged. It's pby powered from the same 12V its trying to measure. There will be extra circuitry that's...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 10-27-2010, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,515
Posted By RocketDork
Keep in mind that the minimum thickness is when...

Keep in mind that the minimum thickness is when the rotor is worn out...not that it is still good and can be put back on the coach.

Not defending the service center if they are trying to fleece...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 10-19-2010, 10:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,946
Posted By RocketDork
I wouldn't assume that you have enough water in...

I wouldn't assume that you have enough water in the radiator based on external tank observations. I made the same assumption, and decided to take the radiator cap off one day. I didn't see any...
Forum: Boondocking 10-18-2010, 09:41 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
Amperage sums in Paralleled...

Amperage sums in Paralleled configurations...voltage remains the same.
Forum: Boondocking 10-17-2010, 12:25 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I agree in a round about way. The caveat...

I agree in a round about way.

The caveat that I'd mention is related to MPPT controllers. They can and do convert the wasted energy of the difference in the cell and the battery.

That allows...
Forum: Boondocking 10-14-2010, 02:48 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
Its still about power. Your example on charging...

Its still about power. Your example on charging is invalid.

Batteries act as a load to a constant current power supply that has an upper voltage limit (This is what a charger is). The power...
Forum: Boondocking 10-13-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 57,306
Posted By RocketDork
I've been reading this stuff and HandyBob's page....

I've been reading this stuff and HandyBob's page. I'm scratching my head a little bit here.

When we charge a battery, we are putting in power. Power is measured in Watts. We don't care about...
Forum: Boondocking 10-10-2010, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,798
Posted By RocketDork
You could also hook them up to a different charge...

You could also hook them up to a different charge controller.
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10-05-2010, 10:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,133
Posted By RocketDork
I consider $250 shipping to be excessive. That's...

I consider $250 shipping to be excessive. That's my point.

It's my latest pet peeve. Cheap price, expensive shipping and handling. It seems like a bait and switch to me. I know it's just to...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10-04-2010, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,133
Posted By RocketDork
At 10 watts, why bother? I'm not even sure...

At 10 watts, why bother? I'm not even sure that's enough to keep the batteries from self discharging.

Watch the shipping on SunElec. In many cases the shipping will equalize the $'s per watt.
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 09-27-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,727
Posted By RocketDork
I took a ride in a Volvo S70 in France in 2002, I...

I took a ride in a Volvo S70 in France in 2002, I couldn't even tell it was a diesel, until we stopped for fuel. I was stunned to find out it was a diesel engine under the hood.

Seriously, no...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 09-27-2010, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,727
Posted By RocketDork
Exhaust Fluid...sheesh, I thought this was a joke...

Exhaust Fluid...sheesh, I thought this was a joke at first...

What's next? Muffler bearings? Winter/Summer air? Stripped paint?

Truth is stranger than fiction sometimes.

I like the idea of...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-10-2010, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By RocketDork
I'm interested in the MPPT controllers too, but...

I'm interested in the MPPT controllers too, but I'm not convinced that the make that much of a difference. The marketing looks good, but I haven't really seen a lot of science that indicates they...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-10-2010, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By RocketDork
Exactly like that! I think I'm going to be...

Exactly like that!

I think I'm going to be buying one from Bogart Engineering.
Bogart Engineering | manufacturer of the TriMetric battery monitor which measures volts, amps and amp-hours for...
Forum: RV Systems & Appliances 09-10-2010, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By RocketDork
I wouldn't go the route of inserting an Ammeter. ...

I wouldn't go the route of inserting an Ammeter. To do it right, you'd have to have one that would handle all the current your system could ever deliver...and if you have a large inverter, that...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 09-09-2010, 12:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,328
Posted By RocketDork
Well, now that the brake recall has begun, maybe...

Well, now that the brake recall has begun, maybe this forum can have topics about something else!
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-30-2010, 09:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,905
Posted By RocketDork
Then come here and gripe about...

Then come here and gripe about it!:dance::banghead::laugh:
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-24-2010, 10:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,895
Posted By RocketDork
Does that explain the hard to start after 48...

Does that explain the hard to start after 48 hours? If so, there's your answer.

Could you trouble shoot with an external check valve? Lot of work and expense to change a fuel pump if its not...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-23-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,895
Posted By RocketDork
I thought vapor lock was a function of the...

I thought vapor lock was a function of the suction of the fuel pump. Modern pumps shouldn't suffer from that. I could be wrong though.

I'd still look at the fuel enrichment circuit.
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-23-2010, 02:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,895
Posted By RocketDork
OH, and a easy check of the fuel pump is to put...

OH, and a easy check of the fuel pump is to put the engine at full load for a while, climb a hill or something...if it falters, its the fuel delivery system not giving you enough fuel...if it climbs...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-23-2010, 02:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,895
Posted By RocketDork
There is some stuff I didn't catch the first time...

There is some stuff I didn't catch the first time around...

If the issue is starting rough after 5 minutes to 48 hours (and pby longer)...I don't think its the fuel pump or an injector.

My new...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-23-2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,895
Posted By RocketDork
It could be possible, and I say "could" because...

It could be possible, and I say "could" because I'm the dumb one in the room, that the injector is leaking "slowly" compared to engine RPM, and thus only effects things slightly when the engine is...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-23-2010, 10:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,895
Posted By RocketDork
You could also check for a leaking injector(s). ...

You could also check for a leaking injector(s). If the system is losing pressure quickly, you've definitely got something wrong.

Based on the symptoms you've described, I'd be willing to put a...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-22-2010, 12:32 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,920
Posted By RocketDork
Trust me, I'm not...I'm just sayin' that they...

Trust me, I'm not...I'm just sayin' that they probably don't test that specific component as deeply as Bosch does...

WH is likely more interested in how the chassis as a whole is working and only...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-22-2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,920
Posted By RocketDork
I would guess that they MFG of the pads has...

I would guess that they MFG of the pads has tested them at least to some level...And that they are designed to fit within a specific larger system...



Well, really he is taking a part of one...
Forum: Workhorse and Chevrolet Chassis Motorhome Forum 08-22-2010, 10:25 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 27,920
Posted By RocketDork
I can certainly appreciate folks taking matters...

I can certainly appreciate folks taking matters into their own hands and getting the job done. I don't have any skin in this game, so take all with the appropriate grain of salt.

I have to wonder...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 08-11-2010, 09:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,234
Posted By RocketDork
HEY! I like those! I may just have to make some.

HEY! I like those! I may just have to make some.
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 08-11-2010, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,234
Posted By RocketDork
I've seen that. He does have some good points. ...

I've seen that. He does have some good points.

I'm not really worried about the system that I've got. I think I've got the right components, wire gauge, etc. The thing I'm struggling with right...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 08-09-2010, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,547
Posted By RocketDork
OOPS, my error! They look like the Command...

OOPS, my error! They look like the Command Electronics lights, but CE doesn't have a 36 LED version, or one in bright white.

30 LEDs or 21 LEDs and warm white only...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 08-09-2010, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,547
Posted By RocketDork
Command Electronics...

Command Electronics (https://www.commandelectronics.com/)

I have them in my coach, and love them.
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 08-07-2010, 02:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,234
Posted By RocketDork
The tape they refer to is 3M VHB tape. Not even...

The tape they refer to is 3M VHB tape. Not even close to cheap, but the above testimony of performance seems to suggest that its worth it.

I'm also struggling with how to mount the panels I have...
Forum: Fleetwood Owner's Forum 08-05-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,395
Posted By RocketDork
Why track the cost of traveling in a motor home...

Why track the cost of traveling in a motor home at all? You are going away to take a break from the realities of the world. Why bring the issue of whether or not it costs more into that?

Take...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 07-26-2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,084
Posted By RocketDork
My parents had a pop up camper that made a sound...

My parents had a pop up camper that made a sound like frying bacon when it rained.

I also find the sound of rain on the roof relaxing.
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 07-26-2010, 01:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,878
Posted By RocketDork
Not enough info to even get close. How far...

Not enough info to even get close.

How far is up?:laugh:

If you are really interested, I'd be willing to try. I'm just a neophyte on the Solar stuff.
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 07-24-2010, 11:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,878
Posted By RocketDork
It does sound thrilling...I have to admit. I...

It does sound thrilling...I have to admit. I don't even want to think about the size of solar array that is going to keep 1200 AH alive and happy. The nice thing about one that would handle it, is...
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 07-24-2010, 12:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,878
Posted By RocketDork
I thought someone had plans for 6 of the 6c's in...

I thought someone had plans for 6 of the 6c's in the tray and an additional two in another location...I thought that's what I read...if I didn't, sorry.

Now I get it, but still, I'm amazed. It...
Forum: Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 07-24-2010, 12:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,878
Posted By RocketDork
uhm, WOW. I can't wrap my head around 8x300 amp...

uhm, WOW. I can't wrap my head around 8x300 amp hour batteries. That's 1200 amp hours capacity.

I have to ask, how long do you Boon Dock?

I have 245 amp hours capacity right now, and find...
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