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Old 04-08-2021, 01:06 PM   #1
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All is good!

I don't post often. I do want to say a big Thank You for all the info here.


Getting Ready! Just DE-Winterized my Scamp 16 and everything went well. Flushed out the pink RV antifreeze; NO leaks in the plumbing over the Winter. No mice! Battery good - trickle charged it a few times. No window leaks. Black & gray tanks OK. All is GOOD! Actually GREAT!


Still need to install the keg and beer tap. Then hit the road!
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:32 PM   #2
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Where ya goiní, J.D?
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Old 04-08-2021, 07:54 PM   #3
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The Plan

Slowly... Slowly meander from here in WV down towards Tennessee. Boon docking thru State and National Forests and other places along the way. I've found that stopping at rural bars and asking the locals for a place to camp elicits some great spots! Their fav fishing spot and fav hunting spots that are way off grid. Sometimes! "Come stay on my 100 acres and we'll have another beer." Which usually means I can run an extension cord over to their barn. People are friendly everywhere.



Thru Tennessee and visit a friend in Huntsville, Al. Then...? If the Canadian border opens up, I would like to visit a niece in Alaska.
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Old 04-09-2021, 05:44 AM   #4
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Battery good - trickle charged it a few times.
Make sure about that battery. Run the heat on the battery for a while check the voltage and see how it stands up. A sulfated battery can fool you and die when you really need it.
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Old 04-09-2021, 06:38 AM   #5
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Great to hear all is well this spring JD

We are also getting everything ready to travel, and hoping to get to do much more this year than last.

Hope you have a great summer, wherever the "path less traveled" leads
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:21 AM   #6
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Make sure about that battery. Run the heat on the battery for a while check the voltage and see how it stands up. A sulfated battery can fool you and die when you really need it.

I am somewhat aware of a sulfated battery; but, "run the heat on the battery" confuses me...? Enlighten me, please.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:23 AM   #7
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Great to hear all is well this spring JD

We are also getting everything ready to travel, and hoping to get to do much more this year than last.

Hope you have a great summer, wherever the "path less traveled" leads

Thanks TZ...!!! Where are you folks headed this year? Be nice to cross paths somewhere.
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Old 04-09-2021, 08:41 AM   #8
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I am somewhat aware of a sulfated battery; but, "run the heat on the battery" confuses me...? Enlighten me, please.
He means to put a load on the battery that is high enough and long enough to let you know if the battery really has enough stored energy for your needs, or if it might show good voltage readings at first (or with no load) but then runs out of juice too fast. Running a roof fan on high for a minimum of 3-5 hours is another option. That should use about ten amp-hours. Or you could take the battery to an auto parts store that does load testing on batteries.

And don't forget that using a hydrometer to check the specific gravity of each cell (assuming an unsealed battery) is one of the best diagnostic methods when dealing with questionable lead-acid batteries.
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Old 04-09-2021, 11:02 AM   #9
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You could also pull up to any auto parts store and get your battery tested for free. I've done that on occasion.
Meanwhile on Wednesday I'm headed down to Elkmont NFS CG in TN for a few days, then on to Bolding Mill COE CG in GA. My Geezer Pass makes for very inexpensive stays.

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[QUOTE=gordon2;810579]He means to put a load on the battery that is high enough and long enough to let you know if the battery really has enough stored energy for your needs, or if it might show good voltage readings at first (or with no load) but then runs out of juice too fast. Running a roof fan on high for a minimum of 3-5 hours is another option. That should use about ten amp-hours. Or you could take the battery to an auto parts store that does load testing on batteries.
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Ah! Hah! "Running heat on the battery" = A load test!


Wish I had read all this before putting a big 2500 watt heat gun on that battery! Melted the case a bit...<g>... NO - Just joking!


My Scamp has no battery monitoring gadgetry. Nor for fresh tank, gray tank, black tank. I use my VOM to check the battery. AND! The new Jackery I have gives me some good info too!


Thanks everyone!
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He means to put a load on the battery that is high enough and long enough to let you know if the battery really has enough stored energy for your needs, or if it might show good voltage readings at first (or with no load) but then runs out of juice too fast. Running a roof fan on high for a minimum of 3-5 hours is another option. That should use about ten amp-hours. Or you could take the battery to an auto parts store that does load testing on batteries.

And don't forget that using a hydrometer to check the specific gravity of each cell (assuming an unsealed battery) is one of the best diagnostic methods when dealing with questionable lead-acid batteries.
Running the heater on propane for a couple of hours should show a lot. The heater motors seem to run down a battery fast. Our RV with 2 batteries will run down in about 8 hours.
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Thanks TZ...!!! Where are you folks headed this year? Be nice to cross paths somewhere.
Mackinaw city this coming week, French Farm lake, https://drivinvibin.com/2016/06/17/b...city-michigan/
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Make sure about that battery. Run the heat on the battery for a while check the voltage and see how it stands up. A sulfated battery can fool you and die when you really need it.
I wouldn't worry about the battery. Batteries can be purchased almost any where.
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Old 04-14-2021, 12:34 PM   #14
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Back to Mackinaw in May for a fiberglass truck camper gathering

Mid summer heading to somewhere west, Utah or Idaho area

September to Algonac state park for a fiberglass trailer gathering
https://drivinvibin.com/2016/06/17/b...city-michigan/

And every chance we get heading out somewhere

Nice agenda! I should be able to go to Algonac in Sept. Hope to see you there.


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JD,

Great plan. Enjoy the road.

Did you squirt some grease into the wheel hubs?
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