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  • Anyone use the Skyroam Solis for WiFi?
    I've never heard of it. Found this brief review on the Technomadia Mobile Internet website - https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/skyroam-introduces-solis-x-global-wifi-smartspot/ They do in-depth reviewing of all the mobile internet options out there.
  • OEM Bathroom Fan Upgrade
    Nice! The same one on Amazon Canada goes for $131 CAD about 100 USD.
  • Shoe storage
    Early on I converted some dead space near our Cougar's entrance door into a pair of shoe cubbies shelves, worked out well. https://www.loveyourrv.com/keystone-cougar-fifth-wheel-shoe-storage-mod/

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  • OEM Bathroom Fan Upgrade
    Thanks, Drew tell them its best to get the one with 3 speeds. As the single speed is always on high and it really sucks! haha. I'm gonna DIY a variable speed control into mine, to give me more options.
  • OEM Bathroom Fan Upgrade
    My old fan used to do that too sometimes, Guess since its such a small room.
  • Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Review
    Question for you; did you ever try running the batteries right down to see if the BMS would restart the batteries?Steve S

    Yes, during some tests I ran them all the way down till the BMS low voltage cut off kicked in. I found to get them going again I had to charge with just 5-10 amps for a bit until they recovered, if I tried to throw say 50 amps at them they kept shutting down and cycling on and off
  • Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Review
    Thanks. :) That reminds me I had some footage of a floatplane coming in really close to our RV site. Kind of freaky the first time it happened.

  • Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Review
    In this video, I conclude my initial review of my new Lion Energy Safari UT 1200 lithium batteries.
    See full blog post and review Information - https://www.loveyourrv.com/battery-review-lion-energy-safari-ut/

  • Ventura Ranch KOA
    Great review thanks! :up: Like the pool and hiking trails.
  • Campground Wildlife Photo/Video Thread
    Lots of rain overnight. Awoke to find a pair of juvenile bald eagles drying their wings on some posts. The juveniles sure have a pretty set of feathers.

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  • Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Review
    Good deal, seems really cheap, even for raw cells, are they used? I'm just asking because I notice at the bottom of the spec sheet they listed appearance.
  • Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Review
    In this video, I remove the outside cover and we take a peek inside a Lion Energy Safari UT lithium battery. Inside we find 4 LiFePO4 (lithium iron phosphate) prismatic type battery cells, a robust-looking BMS (battery management system, heavy-duty connections, and wiring. Overall I'm impressed with the components and build quality of the Safari UT.

  • Awning cleaner
    Here is what I do, following the Dometic manual recommendations, works pretty well.
    https://www.loveyourrv.com/rv-power-awning-super-easy-maintenance-how-to/

  • Jets
    I edited it for you. :) I'll increase the edit time to one week, the forum software defaulted to one day
  • Remote Solar Power Disconnect Switch Installation
    Thanks, that's what I'm finding when researching lithium. Seems that high temperatures and long periods held at a high state of charge will make them age faster. Supposedly if you can use them in the 20% - 80% range or even a tighter middle range its best for them. Unlike lead-acid they don't need to be recharged fully, it's easy to do. That got me to thinking its probably not good to have them sitting a full charge on float charge the months that we are on full hookups in the summer.
    If boondocking all the time it's not that big of a deal as time spent at full charge won't be as significant

    I found one really interesting in-depth article done by a marine mechanic all about LiFePO4 batteries. https://marinehowto.com/lifepo4-batteries-on-boats/ This one section really stood out.

    JUST SAY NO TO FLOAT CHARGING

    Hardly a day goes by without someone asking if it is okay to float your LiFePO4 batteries. The answer, from me, is still going to be no. Float charging however has different meanings to different segments. In the lead acid world we charge to a high voltage of say 14.7V then drop back to a “float voltage that well exceeds the resting open circuit voltage of say a 13.6V float. This holds the bank at 100% SOC, a desirable feature for lead acid. LFP has no need to be at 100% and the mere act of storing them at 100% has a negative impact on battery life. I break “floating” & LFP down like this;

    Float Charging LFP = Holding the cells at a voltage that results in the battery being maintained at 100% SOC continually

    LFP Storage Voltage = A voltage that results in the battery being held at a “mid range” SOC or below 100% SOC.

    Why do I break it down to “float” and “storage”? Because there is a lot of confusion surrounding this subject and the term float is really a lead acid charging subject. Many folks, who get stuck in a lead acid mind set, want to try and adopt lead acid charging practices to LFP and this can negatively impact cycle life.

    Dockside Use: If you’re in a situation where charge equipment can’t be turned off or set to achieve a “mid-range SOC” and would necessitate floating the LFP bank, you can wire in a cross-over lead acid battery to handle dock-side loads. For dock side or unattended uses you ideally want to be able to discharge the LFP to 50-60% SOC and take it off-line. With the LFP bank in storage mode the small lead acid bank & shore charger can run DC system loads.

    Alternatively a “storage voltage” can be applied that will allow the battery to slowly discharge to a mid-range SOC and then be held there by the charger. This approach essentially allows the charger to supply the house loads while the battery is comfortably sitting at a more comfortable storage voltage. Of course with this approach, if you lose dock power, you are relying on your BMS to protect the LFP bank where as with a lead acid battery taking dock side duty you lose a $100.00 battery as opposed to a 3K to 15K bank.

    STORAGE SOC EXPERIMENT: I recently ended a very expensive experiment regarding storage at 100% SOC. The test duration wound up being 12 1/2 months using four 100Ah CALB cells where they were charged to 100% SOC and then left to sit idle with no connections to a BMS or other parasitic loads. The low temp recorded over the 12 1/2 months was 46°F and the high temp was 87°F and was meant to be a representation of the real wold.

    A min/max capture thermometer was used to record the peaks. The cells, prior to letting them sit at 100% SOC for 12 1/2 months, were regularly testing at 101.2 to 101.3 Ah’s of capacity (previous 6 Ah capacity tests) as a 12V nominal bank. After 12 1/2 months the cells were discharged to a cut off voltage of 2.9V for the lowest cell. After 12 1/2 months of doing nothing but sitting there, at 100% SOC, the cells had lost 11.6% of their previous rigorously confirmed Ah capacity. Now imagine if you additionally stressed the cells by continually float charging them. Ouch!!!!

    “The cells lost 11.6% of their confirmed capacity just sitting at 100% SOC”

    How can these manufacturers suggest that the mere act of storage, at 100% SOC, is bad for the cells, which I have now confirmed is, and then suggest it is okay to float? How can they say “store at 50-60% SOC” yet then give you a “float” voltage? Really?
  • Sanitize water hose
    I'd just add a little bleach and water mixture inside it and screw the ends together, let it sit a day then flush it out well. Or when you are sanitizing your fresh tank and rig plumbing, connect the hose with shut off on the end to the outside shower spigot and run the sanitized water into it and shut it off and let it sit.
  • Remote Solar Power Disconnect Switch Installation
    Yeah, I have the charge converter breaker off. Just let the solar take care of charging the batteries now since I no longer need to worry about float charging them at night like the old lead acids.
  • Jets
    Wow!
  • Remote Solar Power Disconnect Switch Installation
    I started to use my inverter to run my 2 way fridge last year during the day when solar was good.Greg F

    Good idea!
  • Our PEI Campsite
    Looks, like a beauty campsite, enjoy!