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General Discussion / Re: Towed vehicle electrical
« on: April 13, 2024, 03:57:52 pm »
I finally found the problem.  It indeed was a 20 amp fuse that was blown.  It was in the fuse box under the hood.  There are two combination fuse/relays in the same box.  One operates the left turn/stop and the other operates the right turn/stop for the 7 pin connector.  The fuse/relays were ok.  The 20 amp fuse I think supplies power to the two fuse/relays and it was this fuse that was bad.  The location of these fuses are shown in the Ford Operators Manual.  It is not a normal blade type fuse thus it required a trip to the auto parts store to pick up two.  One to replace the blown fuse and the other as a spare.  I carry a pretty good assortment of blade fuses but they were no help this time.

I wanted to respond to my own question in case someone has a similar issue in the future.

General Discussion / Towed vehicle electrical
« on: April 13, 2024, 10:08:29 am »
I am trying to connect my towed vehicle to my PC.  I am having an issue with the taillights on the toad.  The towed charge wire and the running/tail lights work ok but the turn and stop lights do not.  I have checked the 7 pin connector on the PC and I do not get any voltage on the left turn or right turn connector pins.  The lights on the PC appear to working ok but no signal output to the 7 pin connector.

I am suspecting a blown fuse but do not know where to check.  Any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

General Discussion / Re: Inverter "Remote" Madness
« on: June 23, 2023, 11:23:13 am »
I had Phoenix install a Samlex pure sine wave 2,000 watt inverter when the unit was being built in 2016.  They also installed a separate transfer switch.  Knock on wood I have not had any problems with this arrangement.

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Install
« on: September 15, 2022, 06:36:37 pm »
I have recently returned from an extended trip with infrequent internet access and was not aware until yesterday that Lance was no longer on the forum.

I also met Lance at a Phoenix regional gathering and found him very cordial and willing to give of his time in helping others.  His background and ability to logically troubleshoot problems was a real asset to this forum.  I will certainly miss his well thought out answers and his sharing of his experiences.


General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Install
« on: August 01, 2022, 07:30:12 pm »
As expected from seeing some of your other PC upgrade projects,  the Lithium battery installation appears very neat and well thought out.  You should have ample electrical storage for most anything you choose to power.

I hope you provide a follow up after the batteries, solar panels, etc. are installed and you have a few off grid camping experiences to share.


General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 watt Inverter
« on: July 23, 2022, 09:31:03 pm »
As a follow up to my previous post, I just confirmed with Battleborn they recommend a full charge voltage of 14.4 - 14.6 volts with an absorption (cell balancing) time of 30 minutes per 100 ah battery or in the case of two 100 ah batteries in parallel a 1 hour absorption time.  They use those settings on their MPPTs to balance the battery cells.

General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 watt Inverter
« on: July 22, 2022, 11:28:44 am »
My 2016 model 2552 has a Progressive Dynamics 9270 (70 amps max) which I ordered from PC in the initial build.  It has their Charge Wizard control which allows one the choice of 3 voltage levels if manual control is desired or an automatic charge profile.  I contacted Battleborn and Progressive Dynamics before converting to two 100ah Battleborn batteries.  Both companies were ok with the 9270.  I very seldom use shore power or generator but rather rely on solar panels.  I have the Victron 30 amp solar controller which has the flexibility to change the automatic charge profile.

I know you didnít ask about solar controllers but I thought I would share the charge settings I have programmed on my solar controller.  I consulted Battleborn to get their recommended settings.  I have the full charge setting at 14.4 volts.  The batteries have a battery management system (BMS) that at full charge voltage balances each of the individual cells in the battery but it needs some time to accomplish this.  I have mine set to hold 14.4 volts for 30 minutes to allow the BMS to optimize individual cell charge level.  I think that Battleborn is good with 30 minutes per battery or in my case with two batteries one hour.  Since I am typically on extended trips I chose to shorten this as the batteries are balanced daily.  After this balancing phase I have the controller to drop to 13.2 volts.  As I recall reading somewhere this balancing function needs a minimum of 14.2 volts to perform this balancing (this should be checked with the battery manufacturer).

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Upgrade
« on: July 09, 2022, 01:19:39 pm »
As a bit of trivia,  I just used my instapot (electric pressure cooker) and was curious how much power was being drawn from the Lithium batteries.  It appears to be approximately 700-800 watts/60 amps.

I have measured my PC supplied microwave on high setting and it consumes about 17-19 amps at 120  Volts.  I would estimate if the power came from the 12 volt inverter the current would be on the order of 200 amps.  Thus I would be on the ragged edge of what my two 100 ah batteries could provide without tripping the overcurrent protection disconnect. Too close for comfort for me to try.  Lance with your much higher capacity battery bank and adequate wire and inverter size this certainly sounds doable.

I suspect though I havenít researched it to confirm, the PC supplied microwave is a higher capacity unit than many of the other RV installed microwaves.  I suppose one could operate the microwave at a lower power setting if this was a problem but I will leave that to others to confirm.

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Upgrade
« on: July 08, 2022, 04:30:30 pm »
Lance,  I think you will certainly enjoy the benefits of the SOK Lithium batteries.  After about a year of use I much appreciate the benefits of Lithium technology.  When I had the OEM golf cart batteries I was anal about keeping check of the state of charge and if I was getting sufficient solar charging to get them back to full charge as quickly as practical in order to maximize their service life.  With the Lithium I pretty much trust them to do their job without any input from me.  I use what power I want and forget about it.  Even over the winter I left them in the PC outside and this spring found they stood very close to I where left them in terms of state of charge.

I have been out west dry camping for about a month and not needed any shore power for battery charging.  I have run my microwave once in the past month for about 6 minutes and did use the generator for that.  I expect with your much higher capacity system microwaving will be a non issue.  Do you intend to run your AC off the batteries and if so have you run any calculations as to how long could you reasonably expect to run the AC per day?

General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Upgrade
« on: July 08, 2022, 02:26:55 pm »
I have two 100 ah Battleborn in parallel. I have not reconfigured the wiring from the 2000 watt inverter to run the microwave so typically my current draw is much less than the 200 amp limit for the battery bank.  Thus I havenít run into the referenced issue. 

Battleborn BMS appears to have given one an auto reset feature that doesnít require a wakeup voltage to re-energize the battery to allow the converter charge to properly operate.

Unless I have misinterpreted the potential problem this video explains how BB BMS is configured.  [size=78%]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RufHMzaCmfY&t=11s[/size]

General Discussion / Re: Ceiling light question
« on: June 17, 2022, 09:52:52 pm »
Jim and Mikeh you guys were spot on. Feel like an idiot but thanks to the forum and guys like you it keeps me from getting too far off track.  Thanks guys.

General Discussion / Ceiling light question
« on: June 17, 2022, 06:40:03 pm »
My 2016 PC 2552 with LED light in the ceiling above the refrigerator has stopped working.  I first checked power to the bulbs and no power.  Next I removed the fixture to check if I was getting power to the switch and no power there.  Since the wiring runs above the headliner and probably inside one of the walls I donít have any idea as to where it ties into the light supply wiring.  All the other interior lights work fine. I certainly could use some help as to where to start looking for the wire junction.

General Discussion / Re: Tenn rally
« on: May 11, 2022, 10:18:32 am »
I will be there tomorrow.

Tips and Tricks / Re: Annoying Squeak
« on: May 07, 2022, 05:26:34 am »
Good analogy and thanks for the tip.

General Discussion / Re: Exterior silicone
« on: April 12, 2022, 07:23:09 pm »
I have used Geocel clear.  This is an Amazon link https://www.amazon.com/Geocel-GC28100-Flex-Flexible-Clear/dp/B001FC98X2/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=2D8J2OZ1T8GJ0&keywords=geocel+proflex+rv+sealant&qid=1649805417&sprefix=geoce%2Caps%2C103&sr=8-3

Silicone though popular can be very difficult to completely remove when replacement is needed.  All the sealants I am aware do not adhere well to Silicone including Silicone thus are prone to early failure.

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