Hi, new here and although browsed here ages ago (and previous member of another forum), I'm back and still full of enthusiasm with the prospect of another build. I've visited a few times over the last few days and took the whole two minutes to register this afternoon, and noticed I was then the only "member" logged on, but 35 guests. My thoughts would be a way to have a more "stand-out" "WELCOME" banner on the front/home page with just a couple of lines encouraging those just "browsing" for an answer to a single question, but missing out on the wealth of knowledge contained within by joining. 2p.
It's a shame, it had gathered a bit of momentum - regular posters, banter, a sense of community - but the owner had some kind of argument with regular posters and decided to shut it down. It rose like a phoenix from the ashes a few months later - and we're all grateful for that - but the air had been let out.
I hope it re-inflates but it will take time
I would imagine the individual members are still just as enthusiastic - I fitted my Ring RSC B2B charger today and it works! I was really excited - really excited - but didn't feel that there is a community here worth sharing that with )c:
Fexcellent piece of kit! (https://www.ringautomotive.com/en/product/rscdc30) Takes DC input from the cranking battery or a solar panel. Works a bit like the old "split charge relay" but does a better job (multi-stage charging) and works with modern vans (mine is 201 that utilise "smart" alternators.
The great thing about the Ring is that it will also take input from a solar panel and act as a MPPT controller all from the same box. Not cheap, but a great way of looking after your not-cheap leisure batteries!
When I finally got mine all connected up (having actually located the cranking battery under the passenger footwell, drilled a few holes, and wired it up) it showed an error. My heart sank. Duff unit from eBay? (I bought it over six months ago...). I checked the error code and it was "insufficient voltage from source" - i.e it wasn't drawing any power. When I started the engine it sprang into life and started charging the domestics. Working perfectly and I am a happy bear!
I'm sure the forum will come back to life. Perhaps it's more to do with a bunch of regulars being busy with other things (I'm decorating my house end to end as I want it sold this year). Be assured, I'll be back once the van is at the top of the list again!!!