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Old 09-01-2014, 01:09 PM   #533
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I bought all of the gaskets for the front windows (wipers and all) from out of doors mart if that helps.....
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Old 10-03-2014, 09:10 PM   #534
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General question for those that certainly have more electrical knowledge than myself. What's the difference between these two? Besides the obvious of mounting and the 100amp shunt and the 500 amp shunt?

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Old 10-04-2014, 06:43 PM   #535
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Derek,


Here is what I know and why I went with the 500 amp shunt. Be forewarned I am not an electrician and am considered dangerous with anything ove a 9v battery. I even have trouble with 9v occasionally! LOL

You want your shunt to be able to handle the most amps that you think you will be putting through it. Which realistically isn't much for the house batteries.... However, you can monitor 2 separate battery banks with the trim ethics. I set mine up on the house and start batt. So you can hook one lead up to measure across the shunt. So not only can you see volts but amp draw on one of the banks. therefore you can easily switch it to see your start amps.

But most importantly since I wasn't sure how exactly I would be using it I figured the bigger the better. I have not noticed any difference in precision between it and my multimeter.

The trimetrics is great because it makes it so easy to find parasitic drains. Shut everything off and if it is still reading amps..... You have a para site. witch the 12V breakers off and flip them on one at a time. When the draw comes back you have the breaker. Then just start shutting things down till it disappears. Found a few things in mine this way. Most importantly Before I went up on the roof I found stray voltage and amps. There was a tiny solar panel to trickle charge the batts on top of one of the air conditioners. You couldn't see it unless you were looking down on it. The diode must have died long ago, so at night it was back feeding the solar panel.

Let me know if you have questions have pics and words of wisdom from my install.

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Old 10-04-2014, 06:45 PM   #536
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Oh almost forgot. if I had to do it over, I would get the flush mount ( and still might) since my mounting location by the entrance door isn't ideal for the surface mount.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...-99706-14.html

see post 185 for pics. It is OK for now since it is behind the rail, but my anal retentive side says it can look better.
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Old 10-05-2014, 10:14 PM   #537
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Thanks Dave, the Trimetric is now on my 'wish-list'.
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Old 12-21-2014, 11:36 PM   #538
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My apologies for the extended absence here on the Forum. Some of you may know that I work at as a City Letter Carrier. Holidays are here, and so is TONS of overtime. Two weeks off in January, and I hope to get ALL of my 'to-do' list completed in those 2 weeks. Already had to cancel 2 camping trips, because just not enough time to get motorhome road-ready.

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Old 12-22-2014, 12:10 AM   #539
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Hi Derek. Good to hear from you!


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Glad to hear ya back online! The overtime will come in handy for the cost of improvements! Keep us posted ..... So I can barrow all your good ideas!


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Old 07-17-2015, 02:17 PM   #541
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Like Keyair, life keeps throwing curveballs at me and restoration work on Airstream. I have been able to remove old batwing antenna, as well as 'Kool-O-Matic' New digital capable tv antenna, as well as another Fantastic Fan in place of the Kool-O-Matic. Along with all of that, I've started painting my roof. Place Eternabond Tape (4") along all roof seams. Will get 2nd coat applied tomorrow, and next weekend FINALLY get the Elastomeric roofing paint, along with micro-glass beads for the 3rd coat. Roof completion photos next weekend

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Keep the faith! We await your pics!


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Hey Derek,

Glad to hear that you're still in the fight!

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FINALLY! Temps in West Central Florida are decent, even in full sun. Finally got 2nd coat of roofing paint applied. Now 3rd coat with micro-glass beads. That's on agenda for this weekend. Could really tell difference of roof temp as white paint was applied. EternaBond tape was applied to all roof seams 1st. No leaks at all now!
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That's cool

I plan on doing something similar to the 10' upper section of my Argosy.
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I am a great fan of Eternabond, but I have found that you still have to
1. make sure that there are no dips where water can puddle around a seam.... it will migrate into that seam. So I build low areas up, like framing of a vent or AC unit for instance, and
2. leading edges that face the 70mph wind as you drive along need to have a narrow bead of lap sealant applied over them, and be inspected periodically after long drives.

But, it is wonderful stuff, and you can make a leaky RV waterproof in a couple of hours of careful work. But anyone who is thinking of using it, be sure to clean the surfaces you are going to be bonding to with acetone very carefully before doing it. All grease, algae, loose paint, old sealant and dust must be removed religiously first.
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