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Old 08-22-2003, 07:09 AM   #15
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The E-meter is the same one I have installed. It's made by Xantrex who I find a pretty competent company.

I've had more experience with mine with a couple boondocking trips and one backyard camping outing courtesy of the power grid. As mentioned elsewhere, it doesn't really provide anything that couldn't be had with a digital multimeter, but it is pretty handy. I like the forecast of how many more hours the battery will last at the current current(!) drain. Sort of a one button check to see if it's time to think about the generator for a recharge. I like it.

You've already cost me too much ;) with the LED lights and various associated fixtures but heaven help me, the water gauge appeals to me as well. I can already hear some grousing from the back row about, Good Grief! how hard is it to open an access door and peek at the water tank? But, imagine; My access door on the Casita is outside. I might bend over to look, crack my head on the open door, stumble backwards, trip over a camp chair and fall on some passing orphan child, hurting them. I see this gauge as a potential must have! :r
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Old 08-22-2003, 07:11 AM   #16
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I agree Steve:wave
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Old 08-22-2003, 08:18 AM   #17
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a small glass battery hydrometer

i pick up a cheap 5 dollar one years ago .
It has 5 balls that float inside a tube when you draw up some acid from the battery cell. it is not temperture corrected but for this type of use it works great .
i keep it in a glass jar 3/4 full of distilled water. this keeps acid bruns to other items to a minimum. i also carry distilled water in a pint size squeeze bottle for keeping the battery watered.
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Old 08-22-2003, 12:34 PM   #18
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Yup! That works too. A whole spectrum of options ranging between 'do/buy nothing' to particle beam accelerators. I won't install a gadget that, if it fails, I can't camp. Beyond that, it's whatever the toy fund allows. Wahoo! :sporty

All the talk about Harbor Freight (different thread) sent me over :steer at lunch to buy one of those long armed riveters ($17). I'm starting to have some problems with my hands and I have some trouble pulling the big rivets like those holding the cabinets to the ceiling with the typical hand riveter. Heck, I even looked at the air/hydraulic riveter. Not this trip.
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Old 08-22-2003, 04:15 PM   #19
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GADGETS????

Glad to hear the e-meter works. Sorry to hear I'm putting you in the poorhouse. Guess it's just the old keeping up with the eggers syndrome.
I got the tank meter kit on e-bay, after doing a lot of research on what type to get.
Saved a whack of money, and got what I wanted too!

Steve ; just for you I'm not going to tell you what I'm working on next, Maybe you won't notice it in the pictures I put up.

BTW, the air riveters work great, I used to use one at my last job
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