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Old 09-12-2017, 06:16 PM   #11501
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Nothing to the camper, parked TOWTA's old junker out by the highway with a FOR SALE sign on it. Only 78,330 miles on a 96.
Well, I guess it's going to a couple in Denver, CO. The lady's BIL will take to his house and keep it until they fly in later this week or early next week.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:30 PM   #11502
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Well, I guess it's going to a couple in Denver, CO. The lady's BIL will take to his house and keep it until they fly in later this week or early next week.
Looks like a very nice ride. The word plush comes to mind. I bought and tried to set my DW up in a very nice Park Avenue but it was just too big for her. She is a little bitty woman.

So I hope you get your investment back or feel good about letting that land barge go. Lol...
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:52 PM   #11503
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Looks like a very nice ride. The word plush comes to mind. I bought and tried to set my DW up in a very nice Park Avenue but it was just too big for her. She is a little bitty woman.

So I hope you get your investment back or feel good about letting that land barge go. Lol...
It's only 15" longer and 600# heavier than a 99 Grand Prix Pontiac. So, it's really not that much larger than a mid-size now.
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Old 09-12-2017, 06:59 PM   #11504
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You have me thinking about those cars that were a dream to take on long interstate trips. The ride was so smooth and it usually took a small child to remind you that a bathroom stop was required. LOL...

I still like those big boats and think I would survive any crash in one of those...

Mid-Size? Have you rented one at the airport?
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:41 PM   #11505
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Setting up to run some real power to the R-Pod.

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Old 09-13-2017, 12:06 AM   #11506
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Removed the interior grade galvanized junction box (Not suitable for wet locations) and the 7' trailer plug that was a few inches too short for my liking. They just sprayed the connections and box with red anti-corrsion battery terminal spray. It amazes me how cheap they are on some items.

Replaced it with a Bargman RV junction box and 8' cord.

Before and after pic.

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Old 09-13-2017, 01:34 AM   #11507
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What lithium batteries did you choose?
I opted for drop-in 12v replacements by Battle Born. The idea is that you can take out an existing 12v and just put a new one in it's place. That was my initial idea but I ended up eyeing the future and boondocking more and upgraded by quite a bit.

There are quite a few drop-in lithium options. I ultimately decided on Battle Born because of customer service (they're based in Reno and are easy to communicate with) and price. The alternatives are running $1,000+.

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also interested. which lithium batteries and what was the cost? also, do you have to change the converter to one designed for lithium?
I opted for Battle Born 100ah lithium drop-ins. They have a built-in BMS so that it protects the cells inside of the battery (which is mucho important for lithium). The cost was expensive - the best price I'm seeing out there for BB batteries is through Brian Boone. He has them for $875/each. I got a special deal from BB for some blogging/review stuff, so my price was a bit less.

After my WFCO crapped the bed, I upgraded to a Progressive Dynamics converter (back around Christmas 2015, I think). I didn't NEED to change the converter. My existing one, so long as I hit the "boost mode" on the Charge Wizard- it would send enough current down to the batteries. BUT, I opted to replace my PD converter with a lithium aware PD converter from BestConverter.com. I felt that it would give me the best performance out of such expensive batteries with the least amount of manual involvement.

I've been posting about it on my blog FB page with decisions and reasons along the way.

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Put a hinge on the cover and use the space to store something.
Maybe, but it's already under the basement/front hatch floor and I'll have about a battery and a half sitting on it. It's a set of 4 batteries all tied together in parallel, so getting to it would be a big hassle. Plus, with my weight issues - I don't need more storage space.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:37 AM   #11508
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Nice work on the junction box, kollinr!

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Old 09-13-2017, 04:20 PM   #11509
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I have a 30A extension cord that they female end had a ridge around it that prevented seating properly to the TT's cord. So, changed it out to an aftermarket socket.


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Old 09-13-2017, 04:54 PM   #11510
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Started digging a 90' ditch for conduit to feed a 50 A pedestal. In clay, rooted out a grand total of 7'.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:57 PM   #11511
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Started digging a 90' ditch for conduit to feed a 50 A pedestal. In clay, rooted out a grand total of 7'.
They make trenching machines for that. Even direct bury wire.
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Old 09-13-2017, 05:07 PM   #11512
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They make trenching machines for that. Even direct bury wire.
Sure they do. But at 72, I need my exercise. Dug a 150' trench for a propane line a few years ago...

Direct burial wire is supposed to be 36" deep, conduit only 18.
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:42 PM   #11513
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Sure they do. But at 72, I need my exercise. Dug a 150' trench for a propane line a few years ago...
You're one tough SOB! You've got 21 years on me, and while I'm fit but scrawny, I'd be the first guy in line at Diamond Rentals when they opened in the morning.

Edit: oh wait, I see you're a Vermonter. That explains it. (Was once one myself, although I don't think that I qualified because I wasn't at least fourth generation.)
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Old 09-14-2017, 12:50 AM   #11514
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Got my battery disconnect switch hooked up. It looks crappy because of the 6" battery cable I'm trying to work off of. I might swap that out for something a little longer or move the battery disconnect. We'll see.

Also got my Victron BMV-702 hooked up.

I numbered my batteries and will be charging them in order to make sure they're all equal and topped up before I wire them in parallel.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:02 AM   #11515
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Setting up to run some real power to the R-Pod.

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Done, helps to be an IT geek even though it was simple enough...lol

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Old 09-14-2017, 08:43 AM   #11516
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Nice job!
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:04 AM   #11517
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Looks good!
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Old 09-14-2017, 04:57 PM   #11518
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Started digging a 90' ditch for conduit to feed a 50 A pedestal. In clay, rooted out a grand total of 7'.
When I dig in clay, or any other hard soil, I break out my pick... Any way you do it, it ain't a fun job...
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:06 PM   #11519
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$50 to rent a trencher is a no brainer. Did enough of that hand digging for a life time!
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:09 PM   #11520
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When I dig in clay, or any other hard soil, I break out my pick... Any way you do it, it ain't a fun job...
I use a chisel tooth bar from the 1800s that was originally used to move blocks of ice. I'm 22 of 90' into the ditch, 24%. Have a big blister on the palm of my right hand from the shovel handle. I have fun at it, sort of fall into a Zen state and lose track of everything but the motions of the job i'm doing.
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