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Old 01-10-2010, 11:00 AM   #1
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A few modifications...

I have finally posted a few pictures of mods from this summer. I hope they are of interest to some. I have a few more on my site here:
http://www.pbase.com/rpaspey/camper_mods

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Old 01-10-2010, 11:24 AM   #2
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:17 PM   #3
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Nice mods.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:18 PM   #4
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Very professional.

Please explain how you decided on the amp meter scale and
where in the DC path it is located.

It would be a smart thing for power supply
manufactures to add to their designs.


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Old 01-10-2010, 08:50 PM   #5
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Very professional.

It would be a smart thing for power supply
manufactures to add to their designs.


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I have to agree with you Gary but unfortunately a very large percentage of RV owners don't care as they only use hookups and never dry camp. Of those that do dry camp I would guess that most don't have a good understanding of the importance of knowing your battery bank's Amp Hour rating or how their consumption effects it. Most people think that voltage is the only concern.

To this end we get cheesy "battery level" indicators which tell us nothing about the health of our batteries and at what capacity the bank is at.

I am looking into getting a good (read expensive) digital battery monitor system which can tell the Amp Hours available in the bank, current draw, total amps used over a time period and amps returned to the bank by recharging. There are several of these available but run upwards of $300.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:18 PM   #6
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Gary,
the meter was removed from an old battery charger. I used a hand-held ammeter at the battery to read the draw with lights on and furnace running. Then I dug through the "bone yard" at work. I don't have a TV or inverter so the draw isn't too much. To hook up the meter, I took the lead from the power panel, and placed onto the one terminal on the meter. I place another wire on the other terminal on the meter and ran it back to the power panel where the first wire was removed. In case anyone is interested, it is a direct read meter, no shunt and is available through suppliers such as McMaster-Carr.

I monitor the current draw with the meter and also use a cigarette type meter to check voltage. Doing this enables me to mentally calculate when the battery will need to be charged. Simply put, I keep the current draw as low as possible and charge the batteries whenever the voltage gets to 12v. I know that the batteries have about 160 A-hr and if I keep the average load to less than 5A, I can last about 2 days.

I'm getting ready for dual golf cart batteries... I can't wait till spring.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:42 PM   #7
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GREAT ideas
the dc ampmeter is a A+ in my book
i added a volt and amp meter in our last fiver, after our power center converter failure, it combined with the surge guard panel gave you instant power consumption readings
all coaches should have them

our new coach has them built in plus my surgegaurd


you sir should be proud

the little lights are one of those WOW i wish i had thought of it to moments
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:18 PM   #8
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Sweet! That amp meter mod will make it to the top of my to do list since I dry camp often. My voltminder is in place already, but I really need the amp readings.

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Very nice. We love doing lots of mods ourselves...

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