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Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 01-06-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,349
Posted By Alumineer
The other posters gave some options. If you’re...

The other posters gave some options. If you’re interested in keeping small iron and steel particles out of circulation then just place a 1/2 inch rare earth magnet on the outside of your engine oil...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-23-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,558
Posted By Alumineer
I'm an electrical engineer by profession and I've...

I'm an electrical engineer by profession and I've spent my entire career (going on 30 years) doing wireless communication systems, from 5 kHz electromagnetic pulse generators through 800 MHz digital...
Forum: On The Road... 09-15-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,033
Posted By Alumineer
We're in Calgary... we did a trip through...

We're in Calgary... we did a trip through Washington to Oregon a couple of years ago. Stops along the way that might be interesting are:
1. Farragut State Park in Idaho (just at the southern tip of...
Forum: Roof Vents, Skylights & Fans 09-09-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By Alumineer
I see you're already done, but I figured I'd...

I see you're already done, but I figured I'd chime in anyway. I recently replaced three of the four roof openings (rearmost one still to do) with Maxxair roof vents on our '74 Tradewind. I placed the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 08-18-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,602
Posted By Alumineer
A. The shunt should always go on the negative...

A. The shunt should always go on the negative battery lead between the negative-most terminal, and the chassis (or electrical) ground. That way you can track everything that goes into and out of the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-29-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 9,504
Posted By Alumineer
The main, primary cause of the plug and socket...

The main, primary cause of the plug and socket melting was due to high resistance in that connection causing localized heating when a significant current is passed through. Low line voltage is a...
Forum: Wheels, Hubs & Bearings 07-10-2019, 08:20 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,029
Posted By Alumineer
I agreed with everything else that you wrote but...

I agreed with everything else that you wrote but as a point of fact, Toyota specifies 154 foot-pounds on my 2013 Tundra for steel wheels, but only 97 for aluminum wheels. That is with 14 mm studs.
...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-26-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alumineer
I used worst case numbers for the input...

I used worst case numbers for the input voltage... I suppose that it should make sense to use the max-power voltage for a panel and in that case you can reduce the current to about 33 amps at 18...
Forum: Generators & Solar Power 12-25-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,635
Posted By Alumineer
600 watts at 12V is 50 A. Your 35 foot run of 10...

600 watts at 12V is 50 A. Your 35 foot run of 10 gauge cable would have 0.035 ohms resistance. So you would lose about 1.5 volts. That is quite a bit and you are right to do something about it... but...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11-10-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Posted By Alumineer
Your panels should have a disconnect breaker that...

Your panels should have a disconnect breaker that you can trip to separate the panels from the controller. If you need to ‘safe’ the panels themselves, cover them up...
Forum: Our Community 10-22-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 733
Posted By Alumineer
When reversing, the gear used by the transmission...

When reversing, the gear used by the transmission is usually “reverse” ;) .

The gear ratio for reverse is usually the same as first or it can be slightly taller but it’s never higher than the...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-29-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,149
Posted By Alumineer
I don’t have a reference handy for that plug but...

I don’t have a reference handy for that plug but you do not want to have the hot and neutral mixed up. It will not damage any of your electrical parts but it can cause the skin of your trailer to...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 08-31-2017, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,408
Posted By Alumineer
We took our 19 foot SOB (the Trade Wind is...

We took our 19 foot SOB (the Trade Wind is currently missing all of its interior, one axle, and at least 12 feet of floor) from Calgary to the Sugarloaf campground in Cascade Lake State park (Idaho)....
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 05-03-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,026
Posted By Alumineer
Start creating a hookup checklist. Airplane...

Start creating a hookup checklist. Airplane pilots have checklists for almost any conceivable situation (to tie into the "cockpit" analogies some are drawing here). It won't save you from everything...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 12-16-2016, 09:45 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,032
Posted By Alumineer
Is a 40% overload safe? No. Would the state...

Is a 40% overload safe? No. Would the state police require you to leave your trailer by the side of the road if they decided to inspect your rig for any reason? Yes. You're talking about a trailer...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 12-15-2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,194
Posted By Alumineer
I'm in a place where my daily commute involves a...

I'm in a place where my daily commute involves a 2 mile descent on a 7 percent grade. I see lots of folks riding their brakes all the way down, and every couple of years there is a near disaster...
Forum: Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 11-07-2016, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 973
Posted By Alumineer
I'm sure that your gas heater unit has a...

I'm sure that your gas heater unit has a thermostat control, you might need to adjust it. I've had the same problem (failure to light with popping etc.) with a fridge, blowing out the combustion tube...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 10-31-2016, 11:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,285
Posted By Alumineer
I think that will be our choice. But I won't use...

I think that will be our choice. But I won't use Airstream's method of retaining the batts (which is, to lay it down across the frame members and then crush it down with the wood floor. I think the...
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 10-30-2016, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,127
Posted By Alumineer
yeah... they're talking about oxide removal prior...

yeah... they're talking about oxide removal prior to welding. The thing that makes aluminum have a persistent and somewhat durable shine is the atoms-thick aluminum oxide coating that automatically...
Forum: 1969 - 1973 Safari 10-24-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 10,349
Posted By Alumineer
Just noticed this thread. If that...

Just noticed this thread. If that black/white/green cable is the 110V circuit that goes to the shore power (30A) plug: The ground (green) is disconnected and if you were to plug the trailer into...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 10-16-2016, 10:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 854
Posted By Alumineer
If the fitting has pipe threads then Teflon tape...

If the fitting has pipe threads then Teflon tape can help seal the gaps. If it's a barb type fit or a slip fit, then just a hose clamp should do it. If you're going to use pipe dope then make sure...
Forum: On The Road... 10-16-2016, 11:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,438
Posted By Alumineer
The previous owner of our '74 certainly did a lot...

The previous owner of our '74 certainly did a lot of parking by Braille. We're going to replace the (parts of) the side panel that were gouged right through by whatever side-swipe it was that landed...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-11-2016, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 523
Posted By Alumineer
Is this with a load applied (say, a 60W...

Is this with a load applied (say, a 60W incandescent light bulb)? Does it vary with the applied load? What happens if you plug in an electric toaster?

I would measure the voltage from hot to...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 10-03-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,894
Posted By Alumineer
I installed a 2025 in our SOB (19 foot Wanderer)....

I installed a 2025 in our SOB (19 foot Wanderer). I got a plastic (outdoor style) 5" square, 3" deep electrical box with pipe ports and mounted the current shunt in it and then mounted the box to the...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-29-2016, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By Alumineer
Looks good on that end (and from that distance)....

Looks good on that end (and from that distance). I just pulled the rearmost floor sheet out from our '74, and I'll likely be removing two or three (or four) more. Have a close look at the rear...
Forum: General Repair Forum 09-21-2016, 10:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,009
Posted By Alumineer
One of the best hole saws I've ever bought was...

One of the best hole saws I've ever bought was this Greenlee carbide cutter (http://www.greenlee.com/products/CARBIDE-CUTTER%2540c-1%2540d1%2540F8%2522.html?product_id=19254). I've used it on...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-21-2016, 08:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,139
Posted By Alumineer
If you're planning to go with lithium then you...

If you're planning to go with lithium then you definitely need to be aware of the system state of charge and make sure you have a properly programmed charger.
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-21-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,139
Posted By Alumineer
It's a valid idea but with a 4x6 battery setup...

It's a valid idea but with a 4x6 battery setup (presumably the 6v batteries are each pretty large?) you should not have a problem maintaining 12 volts. When your batteries are run down to 10 volts,...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 09-16-2016, 05:35 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 33,361
Posted By Alumineer
Roger has already answered, but it's important to...

Roger has already answered, but it's important to understand the purpose of the safety chains so that you properly attach them to the tow vehicle, and also the breakaway switch lanyard cable. Years...
Forum: Ribs, Skins & Rivets 09-12-2016, 06:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,688
Posted By Alumineer
For free-hand cutting, these offset Wiss snips...

For free-hand cutting, these offset Wiss snips (http://www.wisstool.com/product/dsp_product_detail.cfm?hier=602&pf=210&upc=037103583376) are great.

They make mirror-image tools for left/straight...
Forum: Argosy Motorhomes 09-08-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 1,732
Views: 277,829
Posted By Alumineer
The lower (water pump inlet) hose usually needs a...

The lower (water pump inlet) hose usually needs a large spring inside it to keep it from collapsing due to the pump suction. If you're getting a new hose and it's not marked as being intended for a...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-08-2016, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,489
Posted By Alumineer
This is incorrect. Unfortunately, the reasons...

This is incorrect. Unfortunately, the reasons require a deeper insight into electrical theory than the usual voltage-is-like-pressure analogies can easily explain.

A hair dryer's main use of power...
Forum: General Interior Topics 09-08-2016, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,290
Posted By Alumineer
You would preferably locate the heavier interior...

You would preferably locate the heavier interior items such that you can anchor to the vertical ribs. That way you're taking advantage of the strongest parts of the shell. If not, you need to build...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-07-2016, 08:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,396
Posted By Alumineer
This webpage...

This webpage (http://www.ledbenchmark.com/faq/LED-interference-issues.html) illustrates some of the radio spectrum interference that can be caused by some poorly designed LED controllers. Your best...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-31-2016, 01:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,830
Posted By Alumineer
When you think you have the perfect alignment...

When you think you have the perfect alignment (but before you put your transmission in PARK and let off the brakes), engage the emergency brake. That will keep the TV from moving after you let off...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 08-24-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 12,401
Posted By Alumineer
A couple of years ago I went from a 2000 Tundra...

A couple of years ago I went from a 2000 Tundra access cab 4WD/4.7 to a 2013 Tundra crew cab 4WD / 5.7. Mainly because my older son grew to 6'3" and he no longer fit in the back of the smaller cab......
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-25-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 217
Views: 31,228
Posted By Alumineer
Get a couple of these fork mounts...

Get a couple of these fork mounts (https://www.mec.ca/en/product/4008-579/Claw-Fork-Mount) and either mount them to a 2x piece of lumber or onto a 2x2 square of 1/2" or thicker plywood (with rubber...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-21-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By Alumineer
+1 to Randy and the gang at Bestconverter. I...

+1 to Randy and the gang at Bestconverter. I haven't yet decided on the overall electrical setup that we will use on our Tradewind but I did get a replacement/upgrade for the Parallax battery toaster...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 07-21-2016, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By Alumineer
Are you planning to keep the rest of the...

Are you planning to keep the rest of the electrical system as it was? Whether you are or not, make a list of the 12V equipment you expect to run, figure out how much current each will use, and add it...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-20-2016, 11:22 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 31,228
Posted By Alumineer
Take your time to read this thesis...

Take your time to read this thesis (http://www.webby.natcoa.net/Caravan.pdf) before you do a bunch of experimenting.

Basically, it's all been done before and the theory is clear and well...
Forum: Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 07-20-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,451
Posted By Alumineer
It's connected to the waste piping under the...

It's connected to the waste piping under the floor. You have to remove the sheetmetal belly pan from under the frame in that area to get access to the various clamps and screws that hold things...
Forum: Repairing/Replacing Floor &/or Frame 07-18-2016, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,833
Posted By Alumineer
I would be surprised if the Airstream (or any...

I would be surprised if the Airstream (or any other travel trailer) used anything other than mild steel for the frame members. The nice things about mild steel are that it's easily weldable, and it's...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-13-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,230
Posted By Alumineer
Here's your chance to relive those days: ...

Here's your chance to relive those days:
http://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/calgary/1967-ford-country-squire-price-reduced/1181061119?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

If our Trade Wind was in...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles & Hitches 07-12-2016, 09:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,230
Posted By Alumineer
The modern car/truck has 45 years of evolution...

The modern car/truck has 45 years of evolution relative to your trailer's build date, and as you note it's mostly in the brakes that you see the huge improvement. The old-school trucks and station...
Forum: General Repair Forum 07-11-2016, 03:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,783
Posted By Alumineer
Phone Colin Hyde? He's right in your area and can...

Phone Colin Hyde? He's right in your area and can at least give you a quote and expert opinion on your best course of action.

https://sites.google.com/a/colinhydetrailerrestorations.com/home/
Forum: Cleaning, Stripping & Polishing 07-10-2016, 08:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,435
Posted By Alumineer
You're thinking of methane, which is the primary...

You're thinking of methane, which is the primary constituent of natural gas.

Methanol is the alcoholized form of methane, and it is a liquid at room temperature. It's also called "methyl alcohol"...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 07-08-2016, 01:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,284
Posted By Alumineer
I did some more reading and I may stand (sit)...

I did some more reading and I may stand (sit) corrected, at least partially. I did find out some interesting stuff.

Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and New Jersey prohibit travel with open propane...
Forum: 1970-79 Tradewind 07-07-2016, 10:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 879
Posted By Alumineer
More pictures and back story... We came across...

More pictures and back story...
We came across this Airstream in our local classifieds (Kijiji), in July of 2015. The trailer had been bought at auction from an insurance salvage yard - it had been...
Forum: LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 07-07-2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,284
Posted By Alumineer
I know this is going to foment a flood of...

I know this is going to foment a flood of indignant replies that "We never shut off our propane and it's okay!" but I think you'll find that if you look at any trailer towing publications anywhere,...
Forum: Windows & Screens 07-07-2016, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,261
Posted By Alumineer
Tempered glass has to be cut to shape by the shop...

Tempered glass has to be cut to shape by the shop that does the tempering - you can't impact the edge of the glass after it's made without breaking the window (again into lots of small pieces).
...
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