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Old 12-09-2012, 07:58:58 PM
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Hey Andy whats that thing on the trailer? lol

It looks like you have a nice set up for going to shows! Drive, haul, camp all in one.

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Hey Andy whats that thing on the trailer? lol [QUOTE]

I told the guys at Boonville, IN that it was a return flue Keck-Gonnerman to get into their show.

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It looks like you have a nice set up for going to shows! Drive, haul, camp all in one.

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That was the idea Steve. After seeing the flywheel engine guys travel in comfort with their motorhomes I decided to try it with a steamer. I would rather stay at the showgrounds than a motel anyway.
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I never liked the "isolators" (thing with big lugs and heat fins) because,

1: They have diodes in them which drop about a half volt, never allowing the batteries they charge to fully charge.

2: I took a blown one apart once and, although it was rated at 100 amps, the diodes were no larger than any ten amp diode I've ever seen. In other words, cheap!

What I've done in the past is to use a relay to isolate the batteries. On one camper, I energized the relay with a circuit with a delay that looked to see if the oil pressure light was lit. That way, the engine would be running before the relay closed.

If you're really hinky about overloading something from a dead trailer battery or heavy loads, simply buy a box or two of 12 volt brake/tail light bulbs and parallel 'em then hook the string in series with the charging line. The number of bulbs depends on how much current you want the line to draw at maximum load. The bulbs, when not lit, are like a piece of wire. When the current gets high enough to heat the filaments, the resistance rises to limit the current. Works for me!
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Thanks Elden, The possibility of the dead or, nearly dead trailer, battery is my main concern. I may put the light bulb trick to work.
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