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  • tcherke
    Welcome Aboard!
    July 3
  • Tprim67
    Welcome Aboard!
    July 2
  • Dutch061
    Scott,

    Rather than post on the thread, I thought it proper to send you a message instead. To my knowledge and understanding 50 Amp is not 240 volts in an RV, the 2 hots are not combined for 240 but rather are used for providing 2 separate sources of 120 VAC.

    Brad
    July 2
    • ScottG
      ScottG
      Hi Brad,

      It's two sides of the same coin. The outlet (I'm sitting next to one now) is 240/120V 50A. You can draw off either hot leg for 120V, or both legs for 240V.

      Whether anything in the camper uses 240V is another question, but electrically it is available regardless of whether we are talking a house or an RV.
  • kathrynlynn221
    Is your tab 400 still for sale?  Is it. Boondock model?
    July 2
  • rtalmadge
    rtalmadge, gaherty, JTrock59, Msal, raynoldsd and 3 others joined.
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    July 1
  • Basil48192
    Thank you.  I'll check that out.
    July 1
  • Tabnero
    I would try 

    Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Pawnee National

    there is not much disbursed camping in Rock Mountain national park if any. You could also look in the Indian Peaks Wilderness area

    July 1
  • lnye26
    lnye26, jayhawk78, gcareynh, YakRV, wen19 and 5 others joined.
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    June 30
  • Dutch061
    None of my business, but I want to make sure that you are aware you are not asking enough. New today are over 50K list and are selling for 48K to 49K. If I didn't already have a 2020 400 BDL, this would be a great deal!

    Brad
    June 30
  • xdr
    HI, saw your 400 for sale on the forum and noticed you have a 4 season holding tank. Would you mind sharing the details of that? I have a 2021 400 and would like to upgrade it to 4 season as well. We live in Albuquerque. 
    Thanks in advance!
    Zane
    June 30
    • andmel1234
      andmel1234
      My husband put an insulating heat blanket on the tank (he’s an engineer and does this kind of stuff pretty regularly, so you’d need a little electrical knowledge to do it), and used heat trace on the drain valves. I believe he bought the equipment on amazon and watched several videos on YouTube. It works very well…we were out in minus 13 and freak heavy snow in February and we were super comfortable. Hope that helps!
  • RubyRoadhouse
    RubyRoadhouse, Eve, dougf, andmel1234, bamboofly and 2 others joined.
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    June 29
  • bamboofly
    Could you pm me the drawings of the supports? I will keep it private. I have a 2004 Tan. Hoping that the construction was similar, even though Nu Camp did not make mine. I find no older Tab construction on the Internet. I might want mount my rigid panels uo abbithigherbthan you'd. I am going to make some spoilers to mount in front of each panel (mounting 2 100 watt Renology)
    June 29
  • AldebaranJill
    Hi Wes,
    I cant remember where I got the drawing from but honestly I would ask Elsie or NuCamp for current drawings as the ones I got are very old now. Mine show cross beams every 12”. If you can cause condensation on the interior, you can see these beams readily, assuming the exterior temp is cooler than interior. 

    Feel free to text me 206-730-8635 happy to discuss and try to help. 
    June 29
  • Mellow_Yellow
    Hi Susan! Sorry for the delay. Seems that I posted my reply to myself on my own wall. LOL. Great to meet you! I saw your post as well about your trips in BC. 
    French Beach and China Beach are both fabulous, especially for those of us who love boondocking. However, they are both jam packed for reservations throughout the summer. They are old style campgrounds with pit toilets and excellent quality water. 
    China Beach has about 12 "first come first serve" sites, but French Beach is all pre-reserved. 
    There is also a 'free' sani-dump just across the road from the French Beach campground. 
    That said, I live in Victoria and I'd love to stop by your campsite if you're at either French Beach or China Beach this summer. It would be so cool to connect with you!
    Unless it's as hot as it's been this past week, I will be at China Beach July 12-16.
    June 29
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    June 28
  • judebradley
    Welcome Aboard!
    June 28
  • weberhead
    weberhead, chesapeake, AZGal, happytogo, cowboy2417 and 6 others joined.
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    June 26
  • TNOutback
    Saw your post about biking at Mount Pisgah.  I think we’ve decided not to take our bikes with us this time.  If I take the bikes, I cannot close the tonneau cover on my truck and with rain the forecast coming and going, I just don’t want to mess with it.  We are staying Monday to Thursday, and then Thursday heading to Wilson’s Riverfront RV for one night to spend a bit of time downtown and eat dinner Thursday, do a bit of driving around Friday morning. We came to Asheville three years ago for an anniversary trip and really enjoyed the town, and we’ve given thought to retiring around Asheville in a few years. The bear activity is probably why I was able to grab a site for 4 days there!  I’ve heard it is a young bear that’s causing the problems, so maybe they will catch him.  Do you know of a good place to pick up some firewood before we head up the Parkway?
    June 27
  • DebK
    The cover is still available
    June 27
  • yshelburne
    Welcome Aboard!
    June 25
  • Knollwood14
    Welcome Aboard!
    June 24
    • trasimm62
      trasimm62
      Thanks! I'm planning on purchasing a TAB 320 within 18 months. This forum will help me learn a bunch. Are these purchased from the factory or from a dealership?
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Hi,

      Saw your post on the public wall. Please note that you should not use the large Activity box on your own profile page. By doing so, you essentially send a message to yourself. Use that area on another member’s profile page to send a wall message to that person. Copy your post and start a New Discussion from the Home page.

      Sharon - Moderator
  • Dutch061
    Okay, when I installed the shunt, I put it just forward of the Battery Junction Block. I moved the factory made and installed negative cable from the negative terminal of the junction block to the shunt and installed a short jumper between the shunt and the junction block. When I installed the 4 gauge cables for the PD9260CV, I installed those directly to the junction block terminals also.

    In the attached photo, you can see the PD9260CV but more importantly just above it you can see the shunt. I drew a yellow circle (difficult with a mouse and pc) around the factory cable on the shunt. 

    This allows any power that is going in or out of the battery to pass through the shunt. The charger wouldn't have to go through the shunt, other than to measure the efficiency of the converter set up. Since this information (current flow during charging) is not used to determine when to set the SOC (state of charge) to 100%.

    In upgrading the batteries, I made all new cables for everything other than the inverter using 2/0 solid copper cables and crimped on the ends. So I no longer have the smaller gauge cables and poorly crimped ends. Yes, they are adequate for low power, but if you want to use the 1200 watt Inverter towards the upper end, they are not sufficient due to the wire size and low conductor count. I have thought a lot about upgrading the inverter but haven't convinced myself of the need, yet anyway. 


    Let me know if that helps, otherwise I can provide additional input and/or answer questions you may have. 

    Brad



    June 24
  • trasimm62
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  • TNOutback
    I figured I can ask you this question since you’ve installed a converter/charger closer to the batteries.  I’m having a brain moment and want someone else’s thoughts on this.  As I mentioned in my post, I’ve bought a portable battery charger as a temporary solution to charging the batts from a generator.  I was about to wire the leads of the charger directly to the battery posts, but if I do that, I think I will lose visibility to the amount of power going into the batts since the negative lead will be upstream of my BMV-712 shunt.  So, maybe I should mount the + lead of the battery charger to the termination block outside of the battery compartment, and the - lead to the downstream side of the BMV shunt.  Thoughts?
    June 24
  • HWalter
    Hi,
    I'm wondering if you had any luck finder a buyer/taker for your awning..? We inherited the same one with our 2006 [email protected], and we would be happy to give it away for the cost of shipping only, to anywhere in Canada. (Hate to simply dispose of it.)
    June 24
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  • CCTab_400
    Welcome Aboard!
    June 23
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    June 23
  • fishtait
    Thanks for your comments. I am leaning toward getting an AGM battery but also considering lithium ion, although the cost is probably too much. Do you have a reference for estimating the percentage of power remaining at various voltages, i.e., at 12.5V there is x percentage of power remaining? I'm sure that a chart exists somewhere but I don't know where. Thanks again
    June 8
    • pthomas745
      pthomas745
      I have a 2017 trailer, and a 3 way fridge. Consequently, I don't really have the need for bigger batteries. I have the stock 80 amp hour battery that came with the camper. I will soon change it over to a new AGM battery of 100 amp hours.
      This is the basic battery "best practice for longest life" idea for an AGM or lead acid: if you keep your state of charge for a battery above 50 percent, you will get the most charge and discharge cycles from it. You can go lower sometimes....but the more times you crash your battery into the 20 percent mark...the faster it will quit.
      So, for my 80 amp hour battery, every 10 percent of the state of charge chart equals 8 amp hours.
      12.5 means I've used 8 amp hours, so I have 32 left.
      12.4 means I've used 16 amp hours, so I have 24 left.
      12.3 means I've used 24 amp hours, so I have 16 left.
      12.2 means I've used 32 amp hours, so I have 8 left.
      12.0 means I've used 40 amp hours......so I'm down to the limit for "maximized battery life."

      Batteries are the weirdest thing: nothing about them is hard and fast. They are still "old tech", and, as such, have many caveats. Every one of the numbers I put up there...are assumptions and guesses! Not bad guesses, but, guesses. The process above is what I went through when I first bought the trailer and learned how to use a multimeter, and before I got really comfortable with my solar panels.
    • rrcbov
      rrcbov
      Some objective info in this utube

      https://youtu.be/iy3hga_P5YY
  • Mellow_Yellow
    Hi Susan! Great to meet you! I saw your post as well about your trips in BC. 
    French Beach and China Beach are both fabulous, especially for those of us who love boondocking. However, they are both jam packed for reservations throughout the summer. They are old style campgrounds with pit toilets and excellent quality water. 
    China Beach has about 12 "first come first serve" sites, but French Beach is all pre-reserved. 
    That said, I live in Victoria and I'd love to stop by your campsite if you're at either French Beach or China Beach this summer. It would be so cool to connect with you!
    I will be at China Beach July 12-16

    June 22