• Perseid Meteors shower
    Wow, nice capture, that's wild looking.
  • Member Recommendations for a 12 Volt Television
    Samsung, Sony, Sharp, LG, Vizio are all pretty good brands. Look for ones that use LED backlighting.
  • Member Recommendations for a 12 Volt Television
    Just a thought but another option may be to use a small inverter then you can just buy a regular 120 VAC TV and have much more selection to choose from and an inverter to power other things.
    There may be a small loss of power in the inverter but not much. The newer LED TVs are very efficient power-wise. Really most 12Vs are like 120 VAC types with circuitry similar to an inverter built into them. Most of the 12V TVs are junk as the better TV manufacturers don't bother with the small 12V market.
    But because they are 12V and a niche market they can charge more. Being cheaply made they may actually draw more power than a good quality more power-efficient TV on an external inverter.
  • Renogy DC-DC 40 Amp Charger Install and Demo
    I borrowed @Eddie Aileen crimper, it did a pretty good job.
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/building-custom-rv-battery-inverter-cables-tips-and-advice/
    I think I remember going one step up to the 2GA die for the 4GA cable, still made a good crimp but no ears.
  • JT's Strong Arm Stabilizers
    When choosing which Lippert Components (LCI) RV products I would like to install and review the JT's Strong Arm stabilizers were high on the wishlist.

    I'm an early riser, and my lovely wife Anne isn't. It's always been a bone of contention. So, I've learned to move slowly around the shaky RV during the morning to limit its movement. Trailers are notorious for rocking around on the narrow front landing gear and rear jacks, especially when the wind whips up.

    The JT Strong Arm stabilizers solve this problem by creating a triangle between the jacks and the solid trailer frame. Once installed and tightened up any side to side and front to back movement is substantially dampened.



    Link to the JT's Strong Arm Stabilizers on the LCI Store - https://www.loveyourrv.com/JTStongArm
    LCI Manual and Installation Video - https://support.lci1.com/jts-strong-arm

    Disclaimer: Love Your RV! received this LCI product sample free of charge for the install and review.

    If you decide to do the installation yourself, expect to spend several hours. It's not overly complicated, but there is quite the assortment of hardware to install and attach. You'll need a decent power drill and some quality metal bits to bore mounting holes in the steel trailer frame.

    I found the included paper manual hard to follow with low-quality pictures but did find this terrific in-depth instructional video on the LCI Store.

    The install on my Keystone Cougar fifth wheel went well, and I got it done in an afternoon. For the front landing jacks, I drilled out holes in the middle of the front storage metal floor pan and on each side frame I-beam. Then drilled out larger holes on the jack legs for a pair of brass bushings and bolted all the hardware in place.

    The rear stabilizers proved to be a little more tricky. My Cougar trailer has a slide-out bike rack and a rear-mounted freshwater tank. Due to this, there was no workable place to attach the stabilizer bars to the frame. I solved the problem by adding an angle iron cross member, as shown in the above LCI video.

    Once everything was bolted in place and adjusted, we gave the JT's Strong Arm system a try and are more than happy with the results. Movement is significantly reduced!

    Pros:

    -Excellent quality, long-lasting hardware
    -Reduces movement and shaking inside the RV
    -More stability in high winds
    -Stays attached to the RV (one time install)
    -Easy to adjust bars and T-handles
    -Transferable to new RV

    Cons:

    -Adds about 40 lbs to the rig weight
    -More hardware to inspect and maintain
    -Extra setup and breakdown time
    -Paper instructions hard to follow and small pictures
    -Lose a notch on the front landing gear height

    Related Links:

    RepairingFresh Water Tank Falling Out - https://www.loveyourrv.com/rv-fresh-water-tank-falling-out/

    10 Tips for RVing in Strong Winds - https://www.loveyourrv.com/10-tips-fifth-wheel-camping-extreme-winds/

    Tips to Avoid Overloading the RV - https://www.loveyourrv.com/avoid-overloading-rv/

    See More of my RV Upgrades from Lippert Components (LCI) - https://www.loveyourrv.com/tag/LCI/
  • Tanks when away from the RV
    Many people boondock in one spot for weeks at a time and no harm is done to the tanks.
  • SOK Lithium (LiFePO4) 12V RV Battery
    On their website they say the company was formed 4 years ago by 3 engineers from CALB. Their rep tells me that the cells are UL and TUV certified and from a top factory in China that provides cells to BMW. They seem like a decent little company trying to put out a good product, though they could use a little more polish to the website for a North American audience. Always good to have competition out there.
  • AcuRite Fridge thermometer
    I like it, nice big readout. Does that rig have absorption of compressor fridge?
  • Nature's Beauty Thread - Post Your Pictures
    A peek under a rock at a local ocean reef at low tide. A whole different world going on down there! :)

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  • Nature's Beauty Thread - Post Your Pictures
    A couple more underwater clips from Willow Point Reef on Vancouver Island near Campbell River. The current was strong so hard to hold the shot steady.

  • Installing a Batter Isolation Manager. BIM-225
    Cool, happy modding! :grin: Hope it all goes smoothly.
  • Installing a Batter Isolation Manager. BIM-225
    Yeah, something just like that, I picked up from a solar parts place in Quartzsite, it was soft covered with lots of strands so quite flexible to be easy to route under the truck.

    This was my initial crack at it with an old solar controller
  • Installing a Batter Isolation Manager. BIM-225
    Here is a video of my recent install of a 40 amp DC-DC charger - https://www.loveyourrv.com/renogy-40-amp-dc-dc-charger-installation-and-demo/
    I was able to get away with using 4 GA and still get near 40 amps charge.
    They say its best to avoid Copper Clad Aluminum, not sure if its a safety myth going back to the old aluminum house wiring days or not, but it also has less conductivity from what I gather so not as good of power transfer.
  • Powered septic vent
    It doesn't get super hot up here on the BC coast but it's actually been between 80 and 90F the last few days and no smells at all. I have the 360 siphons installed and haven't put any tank treatments in the tanks for a couple of months now. On full hookups, so I just make sure to use lots of water. The longer I full time the more I think tank treatments actually disrupt the natural bacterial growth that deals with breaking down the waste. Unless boondocking and trying to conserve water, then they can help with that super concentrated waste we end up with. But take what I say with a grain of salt as we don't get anywhere near the heat you folks get down there in the summertime. :)
  • Aftermarket Power Lumbar Install
    I haven't seen one up close but the pictures look nice. Here is a post I did nothing to check when buying a used RV - https://www.loveyourrv.com/things-to-check-when-buying-used-rv/
  • Replacement backup camera
    I've been using a 32 gig and usually get about 5 or 6 hours out of it if I remember right, I just set it to overwrite the older footage. You can go to a max of 128 gigs. The easiest way to look at the footage is with an SD card reader and laptop. The footage isn't as clear as the live display or what I get off my dashcam but not too bad. Good enough if someone starts to BS the police about what happened. ;) Sound is terrible though, guess due to the little tiny mic port the camera has picks up lots of wind noise.
  • Replacement backup camera
    Should be much better and it records. :)
  • LCI Flow Max Stainless Faucet Install + New Sink
    Just a quick update video to let you know how I’ve ironed out the unforeseen problems I faced during the sink installation.