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  1. Cowdog353

    Electric Baseboard in our 5th wheel

    I use the propane pro com heater too. Very efficient use of propane. Very useful when boondocking.
  2. Shopping for tires and have looked at Sailun tires alsoMichelins. Currently have Michelins with about 40k on them (they are worn out). These are LTX model. Sailuns get good reviews as far as I can tell. Price wise the Sailuns win. PS I pull a 18k Excel 5th wheel. I would appreciate your views suggestions. Thanks ,Jim
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    Adding 2 6v batteries

    Thanks to all who replied. Jim
  4. Cowdog353

    Adding 2 6v batteries

    I want to add 2 6v batteries to my 2 6v battery system . The system will remain 12v. I will add two batteries of the same brand and near the same age. My problem is that the only place I can install new batteries is about 5 foot from existing batteries. I will use 2/0 cables and make sure both positive and negative leads are the same length . I will also be adding 200 to 300 watts of panels to an existing 280 watt system. anyone have any comments or suggestions thanks
  5. I just received the Viair 300p air compressor and have given it a try on my 17.5" 5th wheel tire. Very pleased, outstanding product. Brought the tire from around 8opsi to 125psi in a matter of minutes. Quite and easy to use. With the storage bag will fit and travel well yet remain ready for use in a few seconds. i highly recommend this compressor and the price was pretty easy on the wallet. I paid $ 128 delivered. Jim
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    How long should batteries last

    This will tell the story jim
  7. Cowdog353

    How long should batteries last

    Your wake up voltage is good. Battery was pretty much at rest and showing 12.7 v could not ask for much better than that. If you run the generator the same time your solar is providing power whichever one has the higher voltage will be the one providing amperage. So both with the sun shine is wasting fuel. I still would suggest buying Trimetic TM 2030 battery monitor. Using it is the only way to know for sure the condition of your batteries. Has lots more information available too. Jim
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    How long should batteries last

    Watching the lights does not tell you anything about battery SOC. (State of charge). i would highly recommend installing a battery monitor such as the one from Bogart or I ve heard people recommend the link meter. This will measure total amps "in" and total amps "out". I to would suggest turning the inverter off until needed, it has a idle current draw. is your solar charge controller programmable, if so what volatage are the batteries being charged. Each battery manufacture has different requirement for charge voltage. Sounds to me that it might be possible that the batteries are not getting 100% charged. In addition the inverter draw when not in use does not help. Hope this helps, I am no expert but have researched on line . Jim
  9. Cowdog353

    Macerator Pump

    Thanks for the replies. Jim
  10. Cowdog353

    Macerator Pump

    I just bought one to use when boondocking . To pump tanks into portable blue tank in bed of truck. Qusetion is ,. Are there other times when you might use the macerator pump instead of the regular hose to dump the tanks.? Thanks Jim
  11. Cowdog353

    Dash cams. What do you use or recommend?

    Thank's for the replies. Will check them out . Almost a necessity nowadays. Jim
  12. Looking at dash cams and not sure the best way to go. What are you using? Thanks, jim
  13. Nice, show us and tell us more. I am very interested in your project. Seems like your approaching solar correctly. Jim
  14. Anyone ever boondock at the upper or lower Teton view campsites near Jackson Wy? Any opinions would be appreciated thanks
  15. Cowdog353

    Yellowstone / Teton Recommendations

    Although I have not been yet, I have seen pictures of the spring creek campground on Hebgen Lake. It's about 18 mi to the west gate. I will be camp host there starting around June 1.. I have been told there are other dry camping site on the way to spring creek. if you or anyone else makes it up that way stop by and say hello. jim