Victron Battery Monitor
May 15, 2019
I just wanted to share the current project I’m working on. I’m installing the Victron BMV 700 battery monitor.
The most challenging part was running the data cable from the shunt, located near the batteries, to the mounting location of the display.
My batteries are on the tongue of the trailer, so I am running the data cable, inside of some protective loom, along the steel gas line under the trailer. The cable then follows the gas line into the trailer’s floor under the cabinets where the display is installed. I had to disassemble the cabinets a little but I was able to get the cable through the wall to the mounting location. The display is mounted right next to all of the other controls and displays.
The last thing I need to do is mount the shunt on the tongue of the trailer. I ordered a weatherproof box for it today and hopefully that installation goes smoothly.
I’ll give an update when the whole project is done. Thanks for reading!
April 21, 2019
I recently had a leak issue with our year and a half old truck camper.
Insert trim is a common joint system on many RV's.
The beauty cap on this trim isn't always sealed to the metal trim. At least it wasn't on our camper. Because of that water can get behind it and down on to the screws that attach the trim to the structure of the camper. It's important to make sure these screws are well sealed. They can be inspected by popping the insert trim out. This insert trim is a serviceable part and can be replaced easily. Here is a video in which Ray is inspecting (and covering) his.
Start at 6:45
In our case with a truck camper this trim runs from the face of the cap to the underside of the camper where the insert trim becomes inverted and holds any water that comes from the trim above. So our leak went undetected as water that was wicking up from the underside of the cabover collected into the cap and not noticeable.
Despite being out of warranty the manufacturer stepped up and offered to make the repair. Being out of state and not able to travel right now I decided to fix it myself. The leak was contained to the fiberglass cap which wasn't damaged so the leak didn't concern me that much. Here was the fix.
I removed the insert trim which is very easy to do. Just use a small flat bar or wide screwdriver. Once one side pops out the trim easily pulls out of the track. Then liberal amounts of dicor on the screw heads.
I also added weep holes on the underside where we had water collecting.
Finally I caulked the insert trim to the channel using Proflex Sealant to keep water out from the start.
This insert trim cap is readily available, cheap and easy to replace. Not a bad idea to pull it out and inspect your screws to make sure they are sealed well, or cover this seam as ray did in the above video with eternabond tape. Just thought I would throw that out there for any of you that do your own camper caulking and sealing. Don't forget your insert trim!
March 11, 2019
One of the best upgrades I did was to add the vortex generators (VGs) to our class A motor home (MH).
The VGs improved the handling more than the expensive shocks and swaybar.
Even though the shocks and swaybar made the ride better the VGs really blew my mind on how much they improved the wind issues from crosswinds and trucks passing.
Crosswinds? What crosswinds? They don't push the MH around like they did before.
Totaly amazing. The truck trailers used to get sucked towards me as they passed which increased the pucker factor quite a bit. Now they don't move toward me and I barely know they are passing. I still get a very small bump on the noise when the truck hits my bow wave but most of the time I don't even have to correct for it. Some smart person out there may tell me how to fix that too.
The other benefit is way less dirt on the back end of the MH. Stays as clean as the sides now.
Where did I get them you may ask?
Well they do make a commercial version of them called Air Tabs, but I 3D printed mine.
The cost was less and I ended up with a 3D printer for other projects.
They are installed 4 inch on centers (where they can be) and they are up both sides and across the top.
I hope to paint match them to the MH this summer just to spruce them up a bit.
I hope this will help others out there that may be experiencing the same issues with wind or trucks.
As Ray would say,,, Cheers!
March 1, 2019
Any Harvest Hosts members here?
We signed up for the first time this year. Harvest Host is a network of businesses that allow free overnight RV access to members. Most are family type businesses such as wineries, ranches, farms, museums etc. The number of locations is fairly impressive for such a low yearly cost.
We paid $45/year after finding a discount code online. Normally $50. After becoming a member they will give you little kickbacks to bring new members on. We haven't done that ourselves but for someone with a youtube audiance it could be a way to make a few bucks if you like the service enough to recommend them.
Unfortunately our trip was cut short this year but we did stay at 4 locations. A date farm just outside Death Valley, 2 wineries and one cauliflower farm seen here near Yuma. Much better than the overcrowded BLM stop just a mile down the road.
These are one night stays unless business allows longer We stayed 2 nights at the cauliflower farm. No hook-ups or other services. You are not required to buy anything but it certainly is encouraged to at least find the owner and thank them while you have a look around. At each location we made some small purchases. Good stuff like wine that we would normally purchase anyway.
We have been very happy. The stops are unique and fun. Never had a date shake before.
Just thought I would pass it along. Here is a link to learn more if it sounds like something interesting to you.
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