Geekery

MOD: TESLA Powered Tiffin!

That is not a typo... our RV is now powered by TESLA! Well, Tesla battery modules that is! Oh, and the Sun! Yes, the Sun, too! WARNING -- This post is full of technical content. Here's the TLDR; Our original House batteries only powered part of our coach via the inverter, and could only power the coach in a boondock situation for about 4 to 6 hours. After that, the battery voltages were below 11.8vdc and we'd have to start the Generator. Our new Tesla batteries can power ALL of the coach, not every load in parallel, but 2 of 3 ACs can be running at the same time! Given the same loads that would only last 4 to 6 hours on the old batteries, we can now last indefinitely on the batteries / solar combo! Check the bottom of the post for loads of photos! (more…)

By Michael, ago
Randomosity

e-Bikes, get em while they’re hot!

SOLD...

Last December, we bought two premium electric bikes with the idea that we'd use them to slowly get back into biking since you can pedal with various levels of electric motor assist, or use the twist throttle when you're tired of pedaling and just need to get home. :) We have, however, rarely used them. Thus we are putting them up for sale in hopes someone else can make use of them at a drastic discount over the new retail cost. Which e-Bikes you ask?  Only the top of the line and both with several upgrades! (more…)

By Michael, ago
Activism

iRV2 – Banned forever

As a tech nut, operator of a few forums, and moderator of a few others, I'm no stranger to the potential headaches of managing a forum and keeping things civil and helpful. I also recognize and commiserate on the desire to protect members from spammers and scammers or those just there for commercial profit. There is, however, a bit of logic that should be kept in mind when maintaining these communities. iRV2 appears to not subscribe to this logic. Today, friend, fellow RVer, and geek David Bott was banned from iRV2 until January because someone asked him for where to find a video he'd created on the topic of better RV Wi-Fi, and he posted a direct link to it on his blog. Like most bloggers, David does have a small Amazon search on his site and uses affiliate links when he's talking about a specific product. In the eyes of iRV2, this made his site 'commercial' and they banned him for the link. (more…)

By Michael, ago
Geekery

Tire Pressure: Great to see it, but what should it be set to?

A couple months back, we posted about how a TPMS saved our bacon (link to that post).  A TPMS is great, but what should your tires be inflated to?  This is a question that many new RV'ers have because, in their regular drive around town car, they just inflate to the pressure listed on the door post of your car (you do.. right?). The right answer for RV's is a bit more complicated. Warning: Lots of words ahead! (more…)

By Michael, ago