Thursday, April 12, 2018

Errands To Run

Today was the day for lots of errands including putting the four golf cart batteries into the RV. The sidecar easily held the four batteries plus the group 24 battery in the plastic case. Over 400 lbs of batteries. I also had tools, cables, hardware, and other things to get the trailer ready to pull out of storage. I could definitely tell that the sidecar was really heavy.

But first, I needed to go to the clinic, then federal building and, naturally, College Coffeehouse. At the RV, step one was to remove the fabric cover. Since the trailer is still surrounded by snow, I left the cover piled up on the roof until it gets pulled towards the front parking lot at the RV shop. Then I can drop it to the ground and stuff it into the back seat of the truck. Today, I wouldn't have been able to get the truck within 100 m of the trailer. The Ural wound through all of the parked rigs easily. I installed the batteries into the front compartment and switched on the DC to the RV and flipped the breakers for the charge controller. A quick check showed the batteries around 60% and the Timetric monitor indicated 15 amps of charge current from the solar panels. A quick check of the trailer showed no evidence of moisture or rodents. The shop will pull the trailer out of its slot tomorrow (Friday morning) and I'll pick it up around noon.

The video is just playing with the GoPro again. Leaving home around 7am heading east into the sun on Farmers Loop Road. It really is nice to see the snow pushed off to the side of the road.



9 comments:

Bluekat said...

I hate riding into the sunlight, but it does make a pretty scene.

redlegsrides said...

Yay the RV comes out of hibernation! 400lbs of battery, bet you were close to gross weight limits! :)

RichardM said...

It wasn't too bad though you may have noticed in the video all of the vehicles that don't have their headlights on. Some people just don't engage their brain and think about how invisible they are when the sun is right behind them. For that reason, I prefer to ride into the sun than have it at my back.

RichardM said...

It didn't make it out today. The RV place was waiting for a loader to come and move the huge pile of snow that was in front of it.

Trobairitz said...

Wow, that is a lot of batteries. I bet the Ural handled a little different with that weight.

Hopefully you will get the RV pulled out early next week. When do you think your snow will be done for good? Or have you had the last spring storm yet?

RichardM said...

The weight of the batteries really shows the benefit of switching to LiFePO4 batteries instead of the flooded lead acid batteries. The same capacity would be around 50 lbs.

The snow is disappearing pretty fast. Maybe by May...

redlegsrides said...

Sadly it might be 8 times lighter but its probably 8 times more expensive to go LiFePO4?

RichardM said...

It kind of depends what is important. If you "need" the capacity but can't handle the weight, then the LiFePO4 option may make sense. There is a YouTube video which describes the installation of a Tesla battery pack in an RV. A lot more complex due to the temperature sensitivity,

david R said...

nice vid Richard.