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  1. I thought all HDTs were required to put their single plate on the front. In fact I thought no HDT only get one plate eve in CA.
  2. Timon

    Welding box to rv plug

    Does the welder plug have 4 pins or 3 pins? If it’s 4 then it’s not hard but I’d its 3 you’ll have to pull the receptacle and see if the box is being feed with 4 wires. If it is you can replace or add another receptacle.
  3. If it's registered as a motorhomes you insure it as a motorhome. Simple!
  4. Looks like the main issue I had is not gone. I just didn't want to run 2.4GHz inside the coach but just for the connection to the Internet. Now when the time comes I'll be able to run 5GHz only inside the coach.
  5. Few things. I don't consider LiFePO4 lithium cutting edge any more. It's solid but improving technology. We'll see both battery and BMS improvements over the next few years but I don't thnk we'll see any large price reductions in battery pricing. I think BMSs will add more diagnostics features so we can better see how the packs are functioning but their basic function won't change a lot. As far as which cells to use I'm leaning toward GBS. I like the ThunderSky but there just isn't any good sources in the US since Balqon went the way of the dodo bird. When it comes to the BMS I like one made in Europe but it won't fit the mounting posts on the GBS cells so I'll stick with Elite plus I'll always know the BMS and batteries will work well together. I do hope that the Elite BMS will get some upgrades but they are a solid product. I like the GBS 200AH cells over the 100AH ones. True they are a little more expensive but they are a better design. However the location they will be mounted will likely dictate which ones get used. As has been said the issues with fire are over rated. LiFePO4 type batteries just don't have a fire problem. In fact I feel they are so safe I'd rather keep them inside the coach to better control the temperature they operate in.
  6. I basically agree however RO "waste" is not contaminated it has exactly the same as it had when you started but with a little less H2O. The waste from recharging a water softener is simulat except it has a lot of sodium added to what was already in the water which is why you don't use softener wast for plants but you can use RO water for plants. Actually there is nothing wrong with just dumping RO waste on the ground other than leaving a big wet spot. Water is always water. All that's being done with either RO or a softener is the removal of any impurities and leaving the water. Are those impurities bad? Well maybe yes, maybe no or just maybe just something that messes with your plumbing. What's the best system to use? I don't know but I'm leaning toward filling the tank with water that's been run through good filtering and a softener and then use carbon filters and a UVC sterilizer on any water coming out of the tank and then RO the drinking water. Water will always be used from the tank and never directly from the street so you always operate in a controlled environment.
  7. If you're going to fill your main water tank with RO water then you have no choice but to direct the RO waste to a waste holding tank. If you're filling a second tank just for drinking then send the RO waste to your fresh water tank. There isn't anything wrong with RO waste for general water use. The waste just has a higher mineral content but it's still the same water that feed the RO membrane. That way you don't wast any water. In either case if you want to reduce the amount of waste then use two RO membranes. Feed both the RO outputs to the RO tank and feed the second RO membrane from the waste output of the first RO membrane. This will reduce the waste from 75% to 50% and double the production rate. This makes the most sense if your filling your fresh tank with RO water but is not really necessary if you're sending the waste to your fresh water tank. All of this assumes that your are filtering all incoming water to a lever that removed any harmful bacteria but you should be doing that even if you just shower in it. IMHO
  8. On my friends California license and vehicle registration his PO Box is his mailing address where all correspondence is sent but his home is his residence address. This is because CA allows both a residence and mailing address which can be different.
  9. Pet loader and other ramp and steps are great except they have to basically extend at a right angle to the truck. This is a problem when youre at a rest or truck stop or parking lot and need to unload in a tight space. It would be great if there was a product that could extend along the side of the truck so you can walk your dog down without running into vehicles next to you.
  10. I think the question that needs to be answered is what would have happened if he RV was attached at the time?
  11. I think the PD LiFePO4 chargers would work out just fine. What I really like is that you can run them is series or parallel configurations. I don't see using a series configuration but parallel is a no brainer. This should allow one to keep one charger always connected when on a 120VAC 20A service and then kick the others in when running or 120/240VAC 50A service. They still require the BMS to disconnect them from the battery bank when fully charged. Many BMSs will disconnect both the load and charge side as they only have one disconnect output so these will work best with ones that allows disconnecting the charging and loads independently. This also works best with Inverters only not Inverter/chargers such as the Magnums. Magnum doesn't have a good way to disable inverting and charging from a BMS so if using them I'd use an external charger and disable the internal one completely. I might change my mind if they could offer a connection which allow for independent disabling of charging and inverting using a two contact closures.
  12. See Daveh following post as he goes over the basics. Right, in addition you have no information from the BMS, such that it is, in the "all in one" batteries so you have no idea what's going on. A good BMS will have a display so you can monitor the condition of the batteries. The one 12V LiFePO4 battery that has an internal BMS that works very well is Vectron however they are quite expensive compared to other good LiFePO4 with external BMS solutions. AMSolar is a source for Vectrons excellent system. As far as a PD LiFePO4 charger I'll have to look it over. You still need to be able to have the BMS shut it down when a full charged is reached as I don't want the charger doing that. This is why the best place for LiFePO4 is inside the conditioned space of your coach and not in hot compartments. Even during outdoor storage you can run your ventilation fans which should keep the inside of your coach in a range that the LiFePO4 can handle.
  13. Don't dismiss the 5th wheel due to the hitch weight and difficultly to put in and take out. You need to look at a Andersen Ultimate 5th Wheel hitch. The hitch weighs around 30 pounds and is super easy for one person to put in and remove in under 5 minutes. It's what we're going with.
  14. Keeping LiFePo4 batteries safe and well maintained is the function of the BMS. If you don't have a god BMS you WILL kill your batteries. With out a BMS any charger you use even a fully programmable one is going to kill your batteries. As long as your BMS has the ability to start and stop the charging and has the ability to disconnect all the loads your fine. The charger becomes nothing more and a source of bulk charging power. You don't need any of the other settings, just bulk as the BMS handles the rest. If your chargers malfunction the BMS will disconnect them thus protecting the batteries. In addition the location of your LiFePo4 batters is important. You really don't want them in an area of your RV that sees extreme temperature extremes. To some this may sound strange but the best place for them is in the conditions space of your coach not out outside where the heat can reach over 100 or more and the lows can be below freezing. Since LiFePo4 batteries don't vent they are totally safe inside your coach. My plan when we get our 5th wheel is the batterie and BMS under the bed with the Inverter and charger equipment in the garage just underneath it. As far as plug and play LiFePo4 that look like standard batteries, I'd stay away from them. IMHO
  15. I think the bottom line is what you're allowed to drive based on the state you're licensed in. None of the other states drivers license rules matter. Since I assume you'll be driving back bobtailed your only talking about can you drive a vehicle with three axels, I'm assuming it's not been converted to two axels such as Greg's RV Haulers, and it's weight. If you can then your good to go. However I'd have the DOT tags removed, the DOT hitch removed and marked with "Private Coach, Not for Hire" on it. This is why it's easier to get one from RV Haulers, or another up fitter like them, rather than go it on your own.
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