Lion Energy Safari UT Lithium Battery Review
I just got an email from Lion that they are changing their marketing to now state 90Ah and 1100 Wh. I remember when I first read the manual it said 90AH rated capacity and pointed that out to them. Came up again when I was setting my Trimetric capacity and was advised best to set to 90AH rate.
Travis, looks like you're getting lots of good advice. Here's one other (different) suggestion: Be sure to consider possible future DC loads and charging sources - where they might be located and the negative wire run needed to reach the 'load' side of the shunt - before you finalize the location of the shunt. E.g. if you plan to enclose the shunt, allow for 'growth' at a later date. If a later added solar panel will be coming into the front bay from the passenger's side or you want to add an externally accessed connector e.g. to run a water pump on the driver's side, consider how that might affect the orientation of the shunt. Ray's block diagram is indeed a helpful (and for most of us, coveted) reference to have on hand. But I've found that it's when you start wrangling with wire, breakers, fuses and gaining the access you need to work them all - both now and in the future - that DC wiring can become a lot more challenging that one would think. Good luck with the project!
New steps and storage box
I had ordered these steps and was totally in love with them. However at my home I do not have the space between my home and the neighbors fence to swing the stairs down. I did buy the other model, that you attach the mounts to the side of the rig. This way you put the steps on and take them off each time. I like them, but it's a hassle to put them on and take them off.
What is your favorite method to keep track of points of interest?
If you have an android phone that syncs to your google account - take pictures of places you like. The photos will be synced to your photos account and should also appear in your map timeline. We do this for not only places we liked, but also good food/dining experiences
Insurance for Class A that will be stationary and used
We had the same issue last fall - we lived in our class A on family property. We cancelled our ICBC insurance and got a private policy for contents etc. It was easy, at least here in BC. Not sure of other provinces. The hardest part was finding an agent who knew all about RV insurance. We've talked to many many over the years but so many of them didn't know all the in's and out's of additional RV insurance. We ended up finding an agent in Vernon, BC (close to where we were parked last winter) who knew her stuff and was able to help us find the right policy.
VW, I’ve got some tools with the same battery system as yours, the problem is most times when I need to use those tools my battery is very low....
Securing stuff in a fifth wheel while underway
I use the shelf liner like in the link above for the kitchen cabinets and have never had anything shift, although we do have a central kitchen. I have an almost finished roll of paper towel I run better the wine glass stems so they don’t flop over.
I have 2 sets of glass door cabinets, the one having electronics, candles and other small items. I have soft side baskets from the dollar store for keeping things separated and safe.
There are plenty of good tips here on how to keep your things safe from breakage or from moving around, but one very important factor with any 5th wheel is weight and especially weight side to side.
Once you have everything into your 5th wheel, fill your water tank (especially if you fill to go boondocking) or at least fill to how ever much you may typically travel with. Have your propane tanks full and fill the fuel tank in the truck. You want to weigh with the maximum you will carry.
At the scales weigh the front axle of the truck, the rear axle with king pin weight on it, the RV axles and weigh each side of the RV. Some scales may not be able to do this, so find one that can. We flattened springs on the drivers side of ours once over a big pot hole outside Denver and again over a nasty overpass on I-10 in Louisiana. When we finally weighed side to side, we were shocked to learn we were 900 lbs heavier on that side than the other!
Now, when we travel, we move inside stuff from that slide and stow on the other side. That slide has the two recliners, a free standing end table, stationary bike, and a few things tucked behind a chair. All but the chairs get moved over to travel.
The heavy side already has the batteries, Xantrex inverter/converter, water softener, and fridge stove, furnace and water heater, so we stow any other heavy stuff (totes of stuff, golf clubs, our three 5 gallon jugs of water) on the opposite side to displace some of that weight.
Many blow outs are very likely from a weight problem as well as all the other factors surrounding tires. We run a 14 ply tire and have not had any failures in 7+ years and 80,000 miles on the 5th wheel.
Weighing will allow you to be sure you don’t have too much king pin weight in the truck, that your combined weight does not meet or exceed your truck’s GCVW, and that you haven’t met or exceeded your RVs GVW.
I got one of these. I'm still not sure what type of battery it takes or where it goes.
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