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Friday, May 19, 2006

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Howie,
Our experiences on the boat were simular. We had two 220 amp Gel Batteries for our house bank which allowed us to spend three days anchored in some cove running our 12 volt refrig, lights, and fans before we had to run our engine for about four hours to recharge them. These gels lasted us for almost ten years of cruising before they wore out and we can't recommend spending the extra bucks for gels enough. No maintenence for them at all.

Howard,
Hello! I am a fellow Louisville 5th wheeler who has greatly enjoyed your blog since it's inception. I have not added to your e-mail load previously because I didn't think I had anything valuable to add.
However, you got my attention with the trailer drop! Wife and I did the same our 1st yr Rving-
fortunately with minimal physical damage, considerable
ego damage.
The reason I am wiritng now is to warn you about Star
Ford of Oxmoor. They have an unsatisfactory rating with the Louisville BBB, and we are in the middle of trying to get them to stand behind a repair part that failed after only 4188 miles! Their "discounted"
charge for this repair was 37% higher than the regular charge at Tri-County Ford in Oldham County. It seems Star Ford and Oxmoor Toyota have the same ownership and are the only major dealerships in Louisville that are not BBB members. I thought you might like a "heads up" so you didn't have to dust off your legal skills to deal with them.
Best wishes and Good Luck!


Howard,

The LOW tidbits are great! How funny that you mentioned the importance of purchasing a surge protector. We bought a 50amp Surge Guard this morning and we only paid half price. WoooHooo! We learned some important info from this entry today. Thanks so much.

As a step to greater energy independence I would suggest that you put in a battery monitor (like a LINK 1000 or a Trimetric 2020) as a first step. That way you always know the status of your bank, and will not discharge it too deep. A good design goal for discharge depth is 25-30%, IMO. Of course, you can go lower, but the lower and more often you discharge the shorter your battery life. More battereies are destroyed by lack of watering and extra deep discharges than any other way. More commentary on phasing in an alternative energy system is on our website http://jmayer6.tripod.com
Wish you were closer, I would help you install an inverter/charger and some batteries.

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