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Old 10-09-2013, 06:18 AM   #379
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That's a GREAT looking trailer and TV, Thom !!
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Old 10-09-2013, 03:51 PM   #380
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Thanks Pam, it's been a fun project.

One of the recent tweaks in the Parkliner might be of interest to other PL owners. As you know the stock setup on the screen door does not allow clearance for an entry carpet.

The modification to the screen door to allow for the fit of the door mat was to trim off 3/8" of an inch from the bottom at the door so it can be opened/closed with mat in place : )

Since Cari & I do all our adventures in the soggy Pacific Northwest we wanted to utilize one of the "Miracle Door Mats" we've grown to appreciate around the _home_ [Thom's note, i have no affiliation with MM. I purchased our units at Costco during a roadshow which has much better prices. . . This week i purchased the 30"x60" runner for $69.95 which is listed at the MM website at $119.95). We use the door-mat size at the entry way of our 5th wheel & also Parkliner. Then we have the 30"x40" in the van and Parkliner dinette. And recently purchased the 30"x60" as a runner in the PL galley area. So you might say we are satisfied customers!

Here are two pictures i took of our mod:
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:00 PM   #381
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Nice job! I've contemplated doing the same thing....where I camp a lot the soil is sandy kinda dirt and would benice to contain it at the door.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:09 PM   #382
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Thom, are there no ParkLiner logos on your trailer? Did you remove them?

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Greetings Jack,


Well i posted some time ago to that question by another that even if my wife drove a Lamborghini it would be de-badged ASAP. Needless to say within a week all but the rear-most decal were removed! Here is the only remaining decal on our Parkliner:
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Old 10-18-2013, 07:32 PM   #384
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Lightbulb This is a repost of a comment i made on another PL related thread...

Re-Post of that comment:

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...something still needs to be done to manage the heat generated by the converter when charging at full load...
Just as a simple & positive comment FWIW on our PL#35...

I ran a test per the Progressive Dynamic tech & also in conjunction with the Optima tech peeps on the PD4045 (the converter/charger in the PL) to see if i could purposely cause an overheating situation (monitored and controlled)... I could not.

Here is what i was instructed to do by the techies of both firms. Test was done before any of my mods to converter area (i added vents in the converter area after this test, cuz i could and they looked cool (pun) And i had previously vented the battery bay, . All this activity happened quickly in the last couple weeks of May 2013.) > link to mod w/images <.:

1) Take the Optima Blue Top batteries down to about 45 to 50% capacity
2) Plug in PD4045 to shore power and keep it plugged in during entire 2 hr test if no issues arise.
3) Monitor temp in converter box, if overheating is occurring built in automatic fan should turn on. (tech stated it should turn on within ~10-20m if overheating is occurring.)
--------after 2 hour mark:
4) Call tech support back with results, which were:
a) Fan did not turn on
b) temp in PD converter area was ~"Room temperature" when checked after 2 hr test.
c) Optima Blue top batteries were neutral in temp to touch after 2 hr test on a ~65 degree day during charging (~13.6v @ ~2ah average. Checked on Xantrex monitor ( > link to mod < ) ~15 minute intervals).

Note, our Optimas are now plugged in and maintained by an Optima 1200 charger ( > Link to my charging mod in PL#35 < ) i state this only as an FYI and as something i chose to do after further research. Our Optima batteries are never discharged below ~60%, and this is typically after ~5 to 7 days of use camping off grid. I believe it is EXTREMELY important for anyone with a battery bank to properly maintain them...and that includes not allowing them to drop below ~50% capacity and charging them appropriately, weather that is with your rig's built in charger/converter (a PD4045 in the case of PL) or a dedicated charger (as i have chosen).

Happy trails,
Thom

end repost of 1st response.
Then we talked some more on same "Test". Here is that repost:


Greetings,
Here are my comments on "Test" : )

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You said this was before your mods, so none of the partitions or vents that you added were in the compartment, right?
Correct. Totally stock from PL factory. Which in PL#35 case was two Optima BT 55AH batteries in rear area of a large box containing PD4045 in front area of same box with a ~7/8ths wall with air flow between batteries and converter areas. Box had stock ~1/2" x 2" rectangles in four areas on the bottom to allow egress of wires. From what i recall of the test i had yet to completely seal off the rear/front areas inside the large box.

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You said the converter cooling fan never turned on during the test? I know ours has run during heavy charging.
Correct. Tech said fan will usually go on during "Heavy charging" which he defined as a typical battery bank at ~12 volts (which was the reading on handheld VOM on battery posts and Xantrex.)

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Shore power cord door open or closed? Closed with cable pass thru open?
Closed with 30amp cord exiting out small pass thru.


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Battery/converter compartment lid Open? Closed? Closed with a set of gauge wires hanging out? In other words, was the lid closed and sitting reasonably tight on the compartment?
Closed & Tight with Xantrex monitor installed by way of stock openings on the bottom of box where other wires pass into interior of trailer. Xantex was doing real time monitoring of voltage & amp after initial open-top VOM reading before test. Also, please note that i had set up the xantrex in a temporary fashion and it was not fully installed...so the timeline of posts looks a bit off.

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Were cushions in place?
Yes. And i was sitting on top reading my kindle paperwhite : ) I was alone during testing. No other humans or animals were subjected to the boredom of checking a battery monitor for ~2 hours ; )

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What was the ambient temperature in the trailer during your test?
It was close to 65 degrees and clear skies...a typical _summer_ day on the Oregon Coast.
end repost of 2nd response.

I often repost some of my comments made elsewhere as they directly relate to my set up on our PL#35.
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:23 PM   #385
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Greetings,

I thought i'd share a picture of my wife's Daily Driver that doubles as our Tow Vehicle.
During October we added a lift kit and rhino lined the rockers/wells/bumpers.
We love the _look_.

cheers!
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PS. Thanks for any comments!

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Greetings,

I thought i'd share a picture of my wife's Daily Driver that doubles as our Tow Vehicle.
During October we added a lift kit and rhino lined the rockers/wells/bumpers.
We love the _look_.

cheers!
Thom

PS. Thanks for any comments!

Gee, thanks for sharing Thom, but I don't understand any of this battery stuff. I took mine out and am buying a maintainer for them tomorrow. I got a buddy who for many many years drove the NAPA battery truck, and he told me just what to get. Problem is he won't be there when I go tomorrow. Now, while I get ya on the horn, answer me this - can I attach both batteries with 10 ga wire, red to red, black to black and just hook the maintainer up to one battery?

I love my F-150 and ParkLiner #006!

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Looks great Thom..... thanks again for showing Paula & I your rig & trailer this past summer.
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Hi Frank,
You might want to talk to the local NAPA auto guys (or similar) as to what gauge they recommend running in your setup. I used AWG 8 between the batteries and short ~18" run to the optima charger.

I don't recall what type of batteries you ended up with but for myself, i would go with the Optima charger if charging/maintaining Optima batteries. Overkill most likely, but mine is doing a great job.

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Thumbs up

Dave! You are certainly welcome.
Cari & I still talk about that fun visit by you two at the river.

Happy trails,
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Hi Frank,
You might want to talk to the local NAPA auto guys (or similar) as to what gauge they recommend running in your setup. I used AWG 8 between the batteries and short ~18" run to the optima charger.

I don't recall what type of batteries you ended up with but for myself, i would go with the Optima charger if charging/maintaining Optima batteries. Overkill most likely, but mine is doing a great job.

Thom
Thom, I called Jimmy, the old battery guy at NAPA, because I wanted an alternative to Optima's maintainer. Optima's is expensive!

I told Jimmy that I had blue top Optima batteries and asked what I needed to do with them over winter. There was no hesitation, he told me I needed a maintainer for them, and there's one waiting for me at NAPA. I'm either getting it tomorrow or Tuesday, & I'll share.

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...I told Jimmy that I had blue top Optima batteries and asked what I needed to do with them over winter. There was no hesitation, he told me I needed a maintainer for them...
Sounds like your contact has things dialed in for you Frank : )

As you may be aware, i was looking for a day-to-day year-round solution to what i had measured/witnessed the PD4045 (the stock converter/charger) in our PL#35 was putting out. As we will use our PL year round ~every 3 to 4 weeks for a three to five day adventure, the solution i was looking for would be chosen for reasons beyond the winter-maintenance so common among many RV owners.
And for better or worse, we have only two seasons here so we can camp year round;
1) Rain,
2) Not so much Rain
All within a relatively mild temp range.

It's great to read of your tweaking and personalizing on #006 !
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Sounds like your contact has things dialed in for you Frank : )

As you may be aware, i was looking for a day-to-day year-round solution to what i had measured/witnessed the PD4045 (the stock converter/charger) in our PL#35 was putting out. As we will use our PL year round ~every 3 to 4 weeks for a three to five day adventure, the solution i was looking for would be chosen for reasons beyond the winter-maintenance so common among many RV owners.
And for better or worse, we have only two seasons here so we can camp year round;
1) Rain,
2) Not so much Rain
All within a relatively mild temp range.

It's great to read of your tweaking and personalizing on #006 !
Thom
What I'm gonna do Thom is buy a couple some short battery cables (a red & a black) to tie the batteries together instead of making my own 10 ga ones. I was thinking of using 10 ga because I think that's what's in 006 tying them together.

We'll be using our trailer intermittently, with probably just two major trips/year.

I have no idea what this maintainer I'm buying looks like or what it is. I'll know soon!

Thanks!

Frank
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