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Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 05-02-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
Sandy, Thanks for the report. Your lithium...

Sandy,

Thanks for the report. Your lithium install was the inspiration for ours (and our subsequent solar upgrade too). I really like the aesthetics of your flex panels on the curved Airstream...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-20-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Where to find the Li-Ion BIM

I searched and couldn't find the Li-Ion BIM product you referred to. Can you post a link? Thanks!
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-20-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 50,611
Posted By larry9000
The diode MAY work.

Here is the link to the complete data sheet:

http://www.irf.com/product-info/datasheets/data/100bgq015.pdf

Good catch.

The 15V is the max reverse voltage, which is TT voltage - TV voltage....
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-18-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 50,611
Posted By larry9000
Thanks for the link! This is an easy fix for...

Thanks for the link!

This is an easy fix for those not wanting to get a real DC-DC converter. I plan to get a DC-DC converter in the future, but I think I'll order one of these as a quick fix for...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-17-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
An isolation switch is not enough

Reminder: an ignition operated switch or relay may not be sufficient to prevent the TT lithium battery from discharging into the TV battery.

In my case, the alternator voltage was high enough for...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 03-08-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Jay and wponder, This might be the answer to...

Jay and wponder,

This might be the answer to both your questions, or at least a clue.

In my case, I hooked up our lithiumized trailer (Battleborn battery) to our Toyota 4Runner.

-When only...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 02-02-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,909
Posted By larry9000
Exactly what I want. Will get one converted for...

Exactly what I want. Will get one converted for propane, with the extra power helping to combat the effects of high altitude. I just need to wait until they are available.
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 01-19-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
I had to disconnect from the TV 12v power line

Hi Dry Fly,

I think that SiiverHouseDreams focused on the aspect that the TT battery would discharge into the TV battery while hooked up and parked to start this thread. If that was the only...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 01-14-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 36,196
Posted By larry9000
My experience is that the Weboost 4G helps weak...

My experience is that the Weboost 4G helps weak signals, but not strong signals. I don't know what you are testing against, but you may not see improvements with relatively strong signals.

If the...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 12-18-2017, 07:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,820
Posted By larry9000
20A circuit may run AC already.

If you have a 16' Bambi, you probably have a 11K BTU AC unit. At least, my 2006 unit does. I did a test, and found that I could run AC on a 20A circuit. I didn't have anything else on, though. I...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 12-05-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,530
Posted By larry9000
Voyager

I use the Voyager wireless camera. I mounted it next to the license plate looking backwards, and tapped into the power there. This requires turning on the running lights while driving, but that's a...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-04-2017, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
Iíd do the same. The 200W on top is a great...

Iíd do the same. The 200W on top is a great convenience. There isnít room for more. The angle on the roof isnít optimal so a 109W portable may add as much or more than the 200 on the roof. If I ever...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-04-2017, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
If you have a 16' Bambi, that originally came...

If you have a 16' Bambi, that originally came with a single 80Ah lead acid battery (I'm not sure if liquid cell or AGM). If you have two now, it's been upgraded in some way. Of the 80 Ah, only half...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-03-2017, 10:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
Iíd do the same. The 200W on top is a great...

Iíd do the same. The 200W on top is a great convenience. There isnít room for more. The angle on the roof isnít optimal so a 109W portable may add as much or more than the 200 on the roof. If I ever...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-03-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
Thanks. I'll take a look.

Thanks. I'll take a look.
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-03-2017, 06:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
I really like the folding concept and the little...

I really like the folding concept and the little "tent pole" kit you can get too. I'll investigate further. They seem a bit pricey though.
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-03-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
Adam, This all makes sense. If I put the...

Adam,

This all makes sense. If I put the Voyager into the battery case, by definition I'll have longer cable runs from the panels. Yes, the higher voltages the panels put out should deal better...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-03-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
Thanks Al and Adam, Al, I get your point...

Thanks Al and Adam,

Al, I get your point about the 12v charging line. Today, in a pinch, I could reconnect the charging line and have the TV recharge the BB battery. I would lose this option if I...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-03-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,315
Posted By larry9000
Portable solar panels for lithium battery

We've successfully installed a lithium battery and 200W of solar panels onto our 16' Bambi (dubbed the Aluminium Falcon). Took it on a 3 week trip, where it performed well. Typically, we'd use 30Ah...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-25-2017, 11:19 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
I think this is true. I recorded V vs % Capacity...

I think this is true. I recorded V vs % Capacity remaining and found little correlation. Also, the amount of charging or discharging influences the voltage reading too. I attained the same 13.5v as...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-25-2017, 10:20 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
One more battery voltage test...

I ran one more experiment- I turned on the PD converter into Boost mode. That placed 14.4 v (actually, a bit more than 14.5v) onto the battery. It charged at 30A in for a few moments and quickly...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-25-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Sorry for the delay in reporting back. I started...

Sorry for the delay in reporting back. I started too late in recording Voltage vs. Capacity Remaining on my recent boon docking adventure, so never recorded the fully charged value. I was taking out...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-12-2017, 08:13 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Sure. I'll let you know in a week. We've been...

Sure. I'll let you know in a week. We've been traveling through Utah and Arizona, with electrical hookups at each stop so far. At the end of the coming week we will be boondocking for 3 days in Organ...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 11-10-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
Thanks for reminding me of that link. I just...

Thanks for reminding me of that link. I just posted my experience for those who were reading that thread. For now, I have a solution that "works". If I can find the space I may add the DC-DC...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 11-10-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Update: I had to disconnect TV power

There's nothing like real world experience to see what works and what doesn't. After installing the BB lithium batteries I hitched to my TV (Toyota 4runner), and monitored what happened via the BMV...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 11-09-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
I switched to the PD4655V just before they came...

I switched to the PD4655V just before they came out with the LV lithium version. I have that. My plan is to press the 14.4V boost mode on the Charge Wizard to give a final fill up before leaving a...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 11-09-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
Lithium installed!

I wanted to let people know that I have installed the 100A Battleborn battery into our Bambi, ala SanAndVin who led the way. I did the system design, while a great nearby RV mechanic, Kyle, did the...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 11-08-2017, 08:48 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 36,196
Posted By larry9000
Success!

Woohoo!

This post is being sent from our Bambi at Dead Horse Point SP in Utah. First day of our 3 week adventure. Terrible connection in campground. 1 to 2 bar 1x or 3G. Data impossible, voice...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 10-31-2017, 05:18 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 36,196
Posted By larry9000
Thanks Rocinante! Got it! As it turns out,...

Thanks Rocinante!

Got it! As it turns out, we will drill above the center light fixture in the dinette cabinet and fish it down. We will then snake them into a small nearby hole and into the...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 10-31-2017, 07:37 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 36,196
Posted By larry9000
Thank you. I looked up photos of your trailer...

Thank you. I looked up photos of your trailer model and see what you are saying. What I didn't understand is that your blog said that the cables were fished to a light fixture hole. Why would there...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 10-30-2017, 10:25 PM
Replies: 211
Views: 36,196
Posted By larry9000
Rocinante, I'm following your system and...

Rocinante, I'm following your system and attaching a directional antenna to my bat wing antenna...tomorrow. It will be an experiment to see if it is too close to the amplifier below. Worse case, it's...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-30-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 50,611
Posted By larry9000
I'm reading these posts with interest. I've...

I'm reading these posts with interest. I've installed my BB battery into the space under the dinette seat next to the fresh water tank. I'm using the BMV 700 battery monitor.

I have the old...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-26-2017, 11:27 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
On third thought, everything is OK again.

Now, I'm back to thinking, as long as you have power to the TT that is disconnected when unkeyed, that everything is fine.

I had the Battleborn running the Bambi this morning, without any charging...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-26-2017, 07:48 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Measured the voltage again a few minutes later....

Measured the voltage again a few minutes later. Back to 12.66v. Interesting behavior.

Back to the subject at hand: I am now thinking of putting a large inline fuse into the power connection...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-26-2017, 06:58 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Measured the battery again this morning. 12.66...

Measured the battery again this morning. 12.66 with nothing on. Drops to 12.26 when the ignition is turned on. Turned ignition off, and it rose, but only 12.5. Yes, that may be the leading indicator...
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-24-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,779
Posted By larry9000
Is this really a problem?

I measured the voltage at the 7 way plug on my 4runner. It's keyed to the ignition.

I get somewhere around 12.2V if the key is on, but engine not running.I get 13.9 when the engine is running. ...
Forum: Electronics & Connectivity 10-15-2017, 07:47 AM
Replies: 211
Views: 36,196
Posted By larry9000
Will try the directional antenna with Bambi TV antenna

Since I have another rooftop project going on, I decided to attach the directional Yagi antenna to the rotatable Weingard TV antenna on my 16' Bambi. I'm using the technique that Rocinante did by...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 10-15-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By larry9000
Update

I'm mounting the AM Solar SP100 panels (2 of them) on my 16' Bambi, following the instructions documented by Troutboy in the above thread. I did not have to build an aluminum extension to the roof...
Forum: Member Introductions 10-08-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 722
Posted By larry9000
Welome, from Steamboat Springs CO. I like...

Welome, from Steamboat Springs CO.

I like your name.
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 10-07-2017, 06:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
I ordered the PD4655 in early August, so I got...

I ordered the PD4655 in early August, so I got the "pre-lithium" model that requires the charge wizard to get to 14.4. I would have waited if I had known a lithium-specific model was coming out.
...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 10-06-2017, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By larry9000
I think I have a solution

Thanks 57!

Those links were exactly what I needed. Especially Troutboy's installation. He had the EXACT SAME PANELS as mine (AM Solar SP100), and THE EXACT SAME PROBLEM locating them next to the...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 10-06-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
...and worth it!

Yes, the lithium battery was expensive, but everything else is the same cost as an AGM-based system. And, even with all the costs, it sure beats getting a new TV if the hitch weight exceeds 500...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 10-05-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By larry9000
Mounting options for "wide" solar panels with overhang.

I'm upgrading out 16' Bambi to 200 watts of solar power. I am using two AM Solar SP100 panels, shown here:
http://amsolar.com/rv-solar-panels/solar-sp100

It's not a "wide" panel, but the problem...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 10-05-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,958
Posted By larry9000
I hope to have Lithium within a few days

Well, I pulled the trigger, and ordered all the parts, including a battery for a lithium system. I'm following many of the details used by SanAndVin. Same battery and mounting location- with long...
Forum: Axles 09-23-2017, 11:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,716
Posted By larry9000
Thanks for the excellent videos. I'm...

Thanks for the excellent videos.

I'm looking at doing to something similar if I want to lift my 2006 16' which has a Henschen axle. I have to do something custom, as the Dexter lift holes won't...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-20-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By larry9000
Very interesting Instagram page. Thanks for the...

Very interesting Instagram page. Thanks for the tip.

I read his comments on the lift photos. He said something like it cost him $65 and a bunch of fabrication time, but compared it to >$200 to buy...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-19-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By larry9000
Thanks for the responses. I traced Henschen down...

Thanks for the responses. I traced Henschen down to the distributor that handles them now (I forgot whom) and left a question on their support page. Not sure this will go anywhere. However, I found...
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-18-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 642
Posted By larry9000
Lifting a Bambi with Henschen axle?

We have a 2006 International CCD 16', but would like to lift it 3 inches or so. Crawling underneath, I found it has the Henschen #3500 axle, which pre-dates the Dexters. I am wondering if the #10...
Forum: Our Community 09-16-2017, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By larry9000
I have a similar issue. I have a 2006...

I have a similar issue. I have a 2006 International CCD 16', also with the Henschen #3500 axle. I am wondering if the #10 Dexter lift kit will fit, assuming the frame mount holes remained the same....
Forum: 2005 and newer - Bambi all models 09-03-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 662
Posted By larry9000
I also upgraded to the GY Endurance D rated tire...

I also upgraded to the GY Endurance D rated tire when we got our 2006 Bambi. From reading the issues with the GYM, dual axle trailers had bigger issues, but I didn't want to take chances. I also put...
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