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  1. In this age of open sourcing and the internet pretty much anyone and everyone can research any topic of interest or news to find truth, connect dots and come to their own conclusions. This has become a huge trend which is a good thing IMHO. Some of it is probably a natural progression however Trump pointing them out, setting them up and them going way too far in abusing the power over a dwindling mass is quickly coming to a head. Sooner better than later they will be forced to either reform themselves or be reformed with laws as mentioned above.
  2. Found a Cricket coolpad phone at Patton the day after thanksgiving after a torrential rain. Judging by where it was found it was probably dropped when pants were dropped! Put it in a vacuum oven to dry out and surprisingly it charged and powers up.... It seems to think it is March 23 so it might have been out there since about then and kind of looks like it. Only info I found on it shows the user as Jodie Holloway
  3. I had an appointment for my x3 on the camp rzr weekend and they serviced my clutches with 2600 dune miles on them. I was more than happy with them even tho there was a glitch with damage from shipping so did not get exactly what I asked for but I did get what I needed and they made it all more than right for a fair price.
  4. AZ plate with an off road sticker for every sand toy... Dune pass annual or temporary for the rig that towed them in. If you buy the temp pass know exactly when you are going as they scratch off the dates. They are cheaper outside of the area as opposed to getting one right there. Available at most motorsports dealers or the closest place is the chevron on the 8 just inside California on sidewinder road if you go that way from az.
  5. Take into account that rules like this are written somewhat ambiguously and on purpose to give a wide range of interpretation for enforcers, judges and when it comes right down to it we the public and how it sees fit to demand enforcement or not. It is a writing art form all to its own if you think about it... it gives everyone wiggle room on all sides because it is subject to interpretation. Make a hard and fast rule that cannot be interpreted in any other way locks everyone in and possibly more subject to zero tolerance type of enforcement so to speak. To me the primary is what you drive in and secondary are the toys you bring... argue about this long and hard enough and can only buy them into going to the extreme of having a permit for anything you bring out there too. Is that what anyone on here wants? That's how the off road sticker deal got started and one can argue that they already do that but it did not stop them from declaring this area different from all the others. Demanding clarification might get you what you ask for but not what you expected or wanted. You driving the moho or towing the toy hauler in is the primary for you however your wife drives in something else that was not the primary you but how can you argue or prove that the car was not what primarily carried her azz there.
  6. Good on you get in a long talk with somebody there... Their website states that they will not or do not support their products in the secondary market which I can understand somewhat from a business perspective. Did he give any indication of a way to actually purchase that monitoring system or anything else? There is some info that I found in relation to these since I first promoted them that may be useful here to some people. Trying to charge a bank of these or really any lipo4's that are deeply discharged with an alternator is not a good idea without a dc to dc regulator. https://www.amazon.com/Renogy-Battery-Batteries-Multi-stage-Charging/dp/B07Q4SVX3M/ref=as_li_ss_tl?keywords=renogy+dc+battery+charger&qid=1555026651&s=gateway&sr=8-17&linkCode=sl1&tag=vehicledwelling-20&linkId=7a29b1ff6cf1ca0028bb6a11c01f06ea&language=en_US Because they are going to suck up everything your alternator is going to make and you will likely shorten the life of it... just not worth it imho. Additionally somebody said this in regard to the fact that you should not leave them too long without charging them... easily avoidable with our use with solar panels but good to know. You do NOT hook up the communication cables on Valence batteries when in parallel, they are only for use in in series and require a terminator. The BMS has three indication green, yellow and red. If you drop below 10v then you need to get a charger or another battery to attempt to restore it. The batteries also have a shelf mode, unfortunately the BMS with its blinking light does have a bit of a drain. If you let the battery sit for months it is best to put it in shelf mode which basically disables the BMS. The self discharge rate is listed at 4 Ah a week on the U1-12RT or about 17 aH a month. Anyone looking for specs for a charger charge voltage is 14.6, float 13.8v, max allowed charge is 15.2 till disconnect. Discharge temp -10C (14F) to 50C (122F), charge temps are 0C (32F) to 45C (113F).
  7. There used to be about a 50% price difference between the Costco and those trojans and I generally assumed the trojans were superior for the cost. My rig came with a pair and I managed to squeeze seven years out of them but could not justify paying that much more so I gambled on the costco and I got right at the same amount of time out of those so I considered that a win. I would go with the trojans myself cost being equal but in reality they probably come out of the same factory in mexico and have the same internals but it seems like the trohan cases are a better stronger plastic.
  8. The daisy chaining is more for putting them in series for much higher voltage uses by being able to control contactors or relays by monitoring the battery condition, temps and such for safety. Each battery has a serial number and can be assigned a pack number so they can be monitored individually as well as in a large bank and you can even pull up how many times each battery has been cycled. They each have their own stand alone bms that has high and low voltage cut off, balancing board and temperature cut outs and monitoring. I suspect they can even warm themselves in extreme cold when you apply voltage to charge them. Here is a video on how to communicate with it fairly easy with a 486 to usb converter and where to get a plug that can plug into it... totally unnecessary for what most rvers use but its a four pin flat weather pack kind of connector and the outer contacts are for 5v supply and the inner are for com. I would consider them pretty much top of the food chain in quality and their cost probably approaches 2k for each one new.
  9. To add to this topic there is a screaming deal on ebay for drop in lithium 12v batteries suitable for rv use for $350 each and easily very worth it if you are even remotely considering lithium or need to replace your batteries for this season. These compare to a battle borns that cost near or over 1k each yet these have more almost 1/3rd more capacity. Jump on them quick I bet they wont last with only a few left at this price but these would be worth it at even twice the price but there are other listed around $450.. Those of you near huntington beach can grab them up without paying shipping... I had to pay an extra $50 and while you are at it grab me another one for the tip and I get it from you at glamis and give yo some cash. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Rechargeable-Valence-u-charge-XP-Series-U27-12XP-Lithium-Battery-12-14-6V/123922005060?hash=item1cda53bc44:g:PloAAOSwDjNdj9ID I bought one from this exact vendor and it looks like new and it load tests even better than full rated capacity. I suspect these were used in staples electric medium duty box delivery trucks by the hundreds and for some reason it did not pan out. Either the business had financial problems or the trucks were not practical or reliable or something (not likely the fault of these batteries) because these trucks have been showing up in auctions and getting parted out mostly for the batteries... a hint to those that have the means and want to make some coin. They are group 31 size which you might recognize as what is usually used for dp starter batteries so a pair wont fit in the space of a pair of gc batteries but one of them will and has about the same usable amp hours as a pair of six volt flooded cell batteries. Another point about lithium batteries is that they can absorb 100% of what you can reasonably throw at them so you could use a less than ten dollar buck converter voltage regulator instead of an expensive charge controller that has three stage and mppt and theoretically less solar panels than you would traditionally need for a lead acid set up if you have limited roof space. Otherwise these lifepo4's can likely safely utilize the charger that your rig already has in it tho it might not take these to 100% but they would last even longer that way actually and it would be best to disable the three stage feature if you have it.. If you wanted a specific charger for these a 20 charger can be had for about $50.
  10. Seems like more and more production TV offerings are using separate power supply bricks that knock the 120 vac down to a oftentimes convenient for us 12vdc for whatever reason. It might be to make the tv's lighter and cheaper to produce but having less wattage requirements helped tremendously so these seem like a great option for rv'ers. The parasitic losses of converting 12vdc to 120vac add up so of course it would be much more handy and efficient to just adapt directly... no need for an inverter or having to switch anything on but the tv. However I kind of wonder out loud if something like this might last longer with some kind of filtering and/or low or high voltage protection ie; a regulator circuit? Electro geeks looking for a side hussle might consider designing and building something if needed and there is not something like that available. I have a cpap that can run like this and for some reason the factory 12v cord has some serious filter choke looking things on each end of it. Specifically I am looking for a 32" smart tv and maybe a 24" smart tv but would imagine anyone looking to upgrade might want to consider this if it is a option. Is there a way to look up exactly what makes and models are configured this way or do we just have to bug clueless salespeople or go peeking around on the display units? Maybe people could post up with what they have found that would work in this application and somebody could pin it for everyone else for reference?
  11. For those that might be interested here are video instructions to build a 200ah LifePo4 that has a high enough discharge rate to start anything and works in the voltage ranges of lead acid batteries so its about as close as you can get to a drop in replacement on a budget. You gotta put it together yourself but it looks pretty easy and when you consider it has the same capacity of a pair of battle borns that would cost you more than double this does and this comes out to less than $600 so its quite a deal. He gives a list of stuff to buy in the comments so all of the figuring out has been done and when you consider how fast you can charge this thing and how many more usable amp hours you can get this is more equivilant to two pairs of gc batts than the one pair as most would assume. By the way this goes nicely into a box about the size of a dp start battery. So far got my cells and the buss bars and waiting on the box and the bms. Regarding charging these or any lithium battery with your alternator I would advise against it as if they are deeply discharged they will take all you can give it and possibly cook your expensive altenator. Renology makes a dc to dc converter that is pretty cheap and will save your alternator and your trip home!
  12. The smallish size of the bottles they send you for the price might shock you. I can guarantee that you will not apply it as generously as they show on their promo's or it will be gone in a flash. It is similar to the watery milky consistency of 303 protectant which is a great product for allot of other things but not typically not marketed for paint. If I had access to a mass spectrometer I would be seriously tempted to see if it is the same stuff repackaged.. I would not bet on it being same stuff but I also would not be surprised if it was. It seems to have zero of the ultra fine grit stuff in it that really does the work of removing oxidation, scuffs, water spots and fine scratches so that may be a plus or minus for you depending on what you are shining on but how often do you find yourself shining up something brand new that does not need some cleaning? I find myself using this waterless dual polymer stuff that is marketed much the same way... only downside is that you have to shake it before you spray it as it does have some fine grit to it but I find that a plus on most of what I shine on. https://buydualpolymer.com/enter-store/dualpolymer-car-products/ It is much more reasonably priced compared to the f-11 and they often have 30% off and free shipping.. so you probably end up with multiple times more of this product than the f-11 for the same price. It smells great in my opinion like cotton candy or bubble gum and does a great job of removing light oxidation on fiberglass and water spots and I really like the job it does on glass. The f-11 smells like nothing. I was not overly impressed with their other products... so I would not recommend getting carried away with a big package deal like I did.
  13. As the price of these go down the temptation grows larger for me... There is a seller on ebay that uses new chevy volt cells and configures 12volt packs from 50 to 400 ah or more with bms for a pretty good price however when it came down to it the odd shape of them would not fit in step of my moho where my two gc batts currently live. However I do goof around with solar, batteries and inverters at the house to power some things to minimize getting into the higher tiered rates so they still intrigue me somewhat. I found a guy that had purchased and was selling a 400ah pack with bms for basically half price at 1k and seemed like a great deal but what bothered me was that he said that even with light loads his inverter would start having low voltage alarms because of the lower voltage that lithium supplies. I do not know if he just had a junky inverter or what but he was selling more because he got in over his head and did not want to upgrade his charger and what not so he just spent another 2k for a pair of those battle born drop ins for 200ah and he was more than happy with them. I mention this as the cost per amp hour might be worth it to some people out there looking into this subject that do not have space limitations.
  14. Want something to go hmmm isn't that an odd coincidence zoom ahead to the 17 min mark. The 11:40 mark is good too if you want to see how fox news and social media is a controlled opposition to truth.
  15. I have a gibson ghost cat delete pipe that I did not end up using if somebody wants to avoid the hassle of removing the turbo band clamp and all of that for $85 shipped. It is pretty slick and the easiest quickest easiest and cheapest way to delete your cat... well maybe not the cheapest if you want the hassle of hammering your cat out. You can use a portable band saw, hack saw or cut off saw to cut the pipe just before the cat and this pipe uses a high quality wide stainless band clamp to clamp this pipe to complete the system to where the muffler spring clamps go on. https://gibsonperformance.com/i-23266335-can-am-maverick-turbo-x3-ghost-cat-stainless-98036.html

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