• Nature's Beauty Thread - Post Your Pictures
    A brief but beautiful respite during a series of strong low-pressure systems buffeting the BC coast with lots of wind and rain this week. Low slung rainbow over the Discovery Passage here at Thunderbird RV Park in Campbell River, BC

  • EZ Snap RV Winter Skirting Installation
    In this second installation video, I install the EZ Snap fifth wheel kit to form a small storage shed area under the fifth wheel trailer front overhang area. In the video, I show where I placed the EZ Snap studs and demoed the optional sewn on the zipper door I included with my order.

    Luckily enough, I finished the job just before major systems of Pacific coast storms rolled through the area. The storms dump tons of rain on us and whipped up strong wind gusts as high as 70 KPH.

    It was a great initial test for the new EZ Snap winter skirting, which performed well. So far, I’m pleased with the setup. I’ll come back in a couple of months once temps get the coldest here and give my full review on the skirting performance. Stay tuned.
  • Afternoon Clouds & Tide Rolling in Time Lapse
    Here is another I did the other day of the morning fog clearing behind our campsite. :)

  • Afternoon Clouds & Tide Rolling in Time Lapse
    Not for this time-lapse with the HomeHawk window cam, it is from the 24/ video recording. It records in HD saving 5-minute clips to its micro SD card, So I stitched them all together then sped the footage up. Took a few runs through the video editor.
    It kinda cool, if something happens I have the footage recorded without setting anything up.

    If I use my other regular cameras I usually set for 5 sec time-lapse still photos.
  • New RV Skirting
    That's great to hear! I went with almost all screw-in adhesive snaps as the winds here can get brutal in the winter. Our trailer is about 9 years old now so don't mind making holes, also most are into the sheet metal of the trailers lower portion versus the fiberglass sidewalls.
    I added some extra velcro to my order to make an access door and use it for various areas around the skirting. So far I'm happy with the product. Not cheap but pretty easy to install and take down and store. Cheers, Ray
  • New RV Skirting
    Just got the skirting job completed in the nick of time. Big wind and rainstorm on the way! Will see how this EZ Snap skirt performs.

  • New RV Skirting
    Our pedestal is just a 30 amp plug. I plan to only use the Big Buddy if required or if humidity is low as it will throw moisture into the rig. I have a little True North heater that has a 600 W setting so planning to put that down in the underbelly skirting and run it off the solar and lithium battery bank as extra. I have over 1000 watts of solar panels and 315 AH battery bank so will see how that works out. Usually around here, the cold periods are often sunny high pressures. The normal rain systems bring clouds that keep the temps mild like a big blanket. The ocean temps stay around 50F.
    Electric power is free here and of course, so is solar. So the goal is to maximize its use and reduce propane use as its expensive in these parts. If it gets really cold for a bit I'll just burn lots of propane. :)
  • Nature's Beauty Thread - Post Your Pictures
    Finally, after 3-4 days of thick wildfire smoke, a Pacific system came in dumped some rain, and thankfully cleared things out. And just near sunset, we got a quick glimpse of Mr. Sun

  • Squealing RV Water Heater Fix - Failed Check Valve
    Interesting. Maybe someone that has a rig that doesn't use the check valve on the water heater can tell us. I've seen so many people comment on the dribble on the showerhead and the cold blast.
  • Nature's Beauty Thread - Post Your Pictures
    We have barely seen the sun for days due to the fire smoke from the US. Here is a pic of last nights sunset

  • On the Road With Lithium?
    Yeah, its a little more tricky on motorhomes as the batteries and alternator are usually quite close but I imagine companies wire them in different ways with different forms of isolating. Maybe you can located a wiring diagram for your make and model.

    With the trailers, it's not much of an issue as the tow cable can only provide a limited amount of charge amperage due to its long length and small gauge. I think the only issue they have is some tow cable setups may not have an isolation relay and the trailer lithium bank having a higher resting voltage can end up charging the truck batteries when parked. But again even without a relay the small gauge, long run of wire may have so much voltage drop even that may not be much of an issue.
  • Nature's Beauty Thread - Post Your Pictures
    Wow, look at that clear sky! So many stars, cool. :starstruck:
  • New RV Skirting
    I lived on Vancouver Island for over 40 years and often winter camped in a van, so have an idea of what to expect. Average daytime highs in mid-winter around here are in the neighborhood or 40F and lows around 33F, average snowfall in mid-winter around 6" a month. Fighting moisture and windy rainstorms will be the biggest deal, versus any bitter cold. Usually what happens is low-pressure systems stack up in the Pacific and roll in one after the other bringing lots of clouds, wind, and rain but keeping temps mild, but every once on a while an Arctic outflow will happen, and cold air dives down over the Rockies and out to the coast. During these spells skies usually clear and temps drop below freezing even during the day and at night as low as 10F.

    It usually lasts a few days or so, maybe a week, and then the normal westerly Pacific airflow returns. But every once on a while you can get the cold arctic air hitting the moist Pacific air right over the Island and a big snow dump can occur. One year in the 90s in Victoria we had over 3 feet in a day or so. But many years barely a dusting takes place. So there is quite a bit of variability but overall the area is known for mild winters, much like Seattle.

    Many Canadians actually snowbird out here every year as a winter destination versus traveling down into the USA or Mexico. Compared to the middle of Saskatchewan its downright balmy. ;)

    I'm planning to add 3M shrink plastic to the windows we don't look out of much and will have at least one heater under the skirting, likely below our bedroom. We have free electricity at this park so will try and max out our 30A service as much as I can so I can save on propane cost. Also, may use some solar power when the sun is out to help heat. Usually when its sunny here in the winter is means its cold, so would help in the day to run a small heater.
  • On the Road With Lithium?
    It depends on what's already wired into the Class A. I'm not as familiar with the wiring as with a truck and trailer, but usually with lithium, you want to add a regulator/isolator device between the alternator/charging batteries and the lithium house batteries. Lithium batteries can take much higher charge amperage than lead-acid so may overload the alternator.
    There are many different devices on the market. Some are just switches that isolate and cut off if the amperage gets too high, others are smart regulators.
    In my system, I installed what's called a DC-DC converter It provides a consistent near 40 amps of charging.
    I imagine your Class A should have a pretty beefy alternator since most charge a large lead-acid house battery bank.