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DanDweller

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    U.S. Mountain
  • My. T.C.'s Year
    2015
  1. DanDweller

    What is Correct Alternator Voltage?

    Yeah, after posting this I also called a dealership and talked to a service tech who said it sounded normal.
  2. Hi all, I just had an alternator shop look at my alternator because 1) I want to see if the transmission's hard shifting is related to a bad alternator, and 2) I am going to install a battery in the back of the van for vandwelling and one of the ways in which I will charge that battery is by a 20amp battery-to-battery charger made by Renogy, so I want to be sure my alternator is up to the task. When we first started the engine, the alternator was putting out up to 14.8volts, but after a minute, it went down and stayed around 13.3-13.4. When I kicked on the AC and brights, it dipped to 13.0 for a half-second and then went back to stay at 13.3-13.4. The guys at the shop were not able to say whether the alternator is definitely faulty or perhaps is made to behave this way. So I am putting the question on this forum before spending $235 to have them rebuild the alternator. Thanks for any input.
  3. DanDweller

    Charging Coach Battery with Alternator

    So then back to the question of whether the 50A capacity will put too much strain on the alternator (or impact fuel economy)?
  4. DanDweller

    Charging Coach Battery with Alternator

    I guess I'm more confused now. So does the wiring coming from the alternator-relay not go to a MPPT controller? How does this interface with the solar charge controller? I thought from prior conversations in a different forum that I needed to use a DC to DC charger to protect the alternator.
  5. Hello all, I am about to convert my TC 2015 XL for vandwelling and am looking at how to charge the 100ah lithium iron phosphate battery I plan on getting to power vent fan and lights. In addition to solar panels, I also want the option to charge from the alternator. What I learned from talking to a technician at Renogy (who makes the battery I'm going to buy) is that with an MPPT DC to DC charger, it will control both options. But the one they sell draws 50 amps from the alternator and he advised me to find out if my alternator can handle the additional draw. (Of course, calling Ford and Ford dealers has proved to be useless--as always, on any question.) It is this one: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.renogy.com/amp/dcc50s-12v-50a-dc-dc-on-board-battery-charger-with-mppt/ I bet this is probably too much draw, but I don't really understand these things so well. Can someone help me out here, or recommend another brand which has a similar DC to DC battery charger with MPPT but which draws less amps from the alternator (how many would be safe?), allowing to charge via alternator or solar panels? Also, I understand from our conversation that I would also need an inverter charger to be able to connect to shore power, but the one Renogy sells is 2000 watts--more than I think I will need. (The inverter I would use to charge my electric shaver and use a laptop every now and then--not much at all). Is there another brand someone could recommend, and that is for lithium iron phosphate batteries? Thank you!
  6. DanDweller

    No AC after Carwash

    I did notice this plastic shield beside the rqdiator (driver side) is busted.
  7. DanDweller

    No AC after Carwash

    Not that I know of.
  8. DanDweller

    No AC after Carwash

    After going through an automatic carwash, the AC is blowing, but not cold air. Any idea what is getting wet? Last time this happened, it started working again a few hours later. (TC, 2015, XL, LWB)
  9. DanDweller

    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Thanks for clarifying.
  10. DanDweller

    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Thanks again for helping me understand! I just went ahead and ordered the 12-pack through Amazon. Rockauto.com seems to have the best price until you get to paying for shipping, and then it comes to the same cost as Amazon. But then they also impose a tax even though my state doesn't require one (there was an IRS-style interrogation-gauntlet I started to go through to be deemed "exempt from the tax, but it quickly gave me a headache as I don't know the answers to some of the questions and usually only handle one research rabbit hole at a time--the current one being the transmission-gauntlet).
  11. Hi, I just got a 2015 TC, LWB and have noticed that when driving obliquely over the slightest rain gutter or other indentation in the road that a wheel or two will lift off the ground. Never noticed this in any car I've ever owned. Is this normal? Might I have bad shocks/springs?
  12. DanDweller

    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Ok, so I'm about to order the Mercon LV on Amazon and I see they come in 12 quart boxes. I'm trying to understand about how much total I'll end up using if I do this three times in a row. From this video, it seems like it should be between 12-14 quarts, but other comments say as many as 16 quarts. ???
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    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Ah ok, I see, thank you.
  14. DanDweller

    Aftermarket Transmission Cooler

    Yup, I see right where you're talking about.
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