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RE: Between Solar Controller & Batteries, What?

About 2' of #4 and a 70 amp Maxi-Fuse.
smkettner 02/27/15 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: charging batteries

Again it depends on what you have. Might just need a $25 Wizard or IQ controller. Get into the panel and list a model number. If you go above 45 amps you may need to pull new wire.
smkettner 02/27/15 04:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Bulk-Absorption Charging Voltage

You will not see absorption set point voltage until amps begin to taper. I recommend running the generator one more hour after the amps are tapering.
smkettner 02/27/15 04:47pm Tech Issues
RE: solar + batteris

The beauty of the Trimetric 2030 is that it ties into the battery monitor to better control the charge rate. I don't understand about this being tied into monitor for better control.The monitor will tell the controller when the battery is full. This allows for automatic extended absorption time during heavy use and very short absorption when in storage or light use. No sense in having the battery at 14.8 volts three hours every day when in storage. Like wise some controllers drop to float as soon as they hit the voltage set point and will be a bit weak while in use. Excellent system IMO. Morningstar adjusts absorption based on the start voltage of the day but this Trimetric sounds even better.
smkettner 02/27/15 02:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Plugged new TT into 220v (wired wrong by electrician) HELP?!

Is it too early in the thread to suggest a Progressive EMS to prevent future mishaps?Or a voltmeter? It's difficult to understand how a licensed electrician does not understand, nor check his work.The electrician knew it was supposed to be 240v, voltmeter would just confirm he did the work correctly. OP could have checked voltage or asked the electrician to show voltage on the meter... Just unfortunate.
smkettner 02/27/15 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Charger Upgrade Question

12/2 romex off the breaker panel is best.
smkettner 02/27/15 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: charging batteries

Onan just powers the converter or inverter/charger. You need to list the model of the charging equipment for best answers. Although generally when camping off grid most shoot for about 90% charge because the last 10% will always take an extended period. Once the battery hits 14.2 volts, run the generator one more hour. If your voltage does not go above 13.8 volts you need a new charging system.
smkettner 02/27/15 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Plugged new TT into 220v (wired wrong by electrician) HELP?!

Is it too early in the thread to suggest a Progressive EMS to prevent future mishaps? http://www.progressiveindustries.net/ems_hw30c.htm Best of luck on the repairs. Everything 120vac needs to be tested and verified by you or the RV dealer.
smkettner 02/27/15 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: I am HOMELESS!

Cleaning out all the stuff must have sold the house. Enjoy the couch surfing while you can. Congrats.
smkettner 02/26/15 09:50pm Full-time RVing
RE: Advice needed!!!

4" block would not really change the ride even if it gives some lift. I doubt the oem 2012 shocks are bad and recommend Monomax over the Bills.
smkettner 02/26/15 09:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ST Tire "Plies" Question and a PSI Question

I would run the D's at 65psi.+1
smkettner 02/26/15 09:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: solar + batteris

#8 is fine
smkettner 02/26/15 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Narrow driveway, pull in or back in?

Better find another place to store the trailer :R
smkettner 02/26/15 02:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: solar + batteris

The beauty of the Trimetric 2030 is that it ties into the battery monitor to better control the charge rate. Unless Trimetric makes a larger controller I would stick with what you have and use fewer panels.
smkettner 02/26/15 02:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Charger Upgrade Question

Big battery? Like 4+ of those GC2? Otherwise I think 9280 is as big as it gets. 55 or 60 amps is fine with just two batteries.
smkettner 02/26/15 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Downshifting fix for hills

to this day I can never understand why people want to go up a hill as fast as they do on the flats. take it out of cruise and give it a little more gas to help maintain speed. To this day I never understand why people wouldn't want to go up a hill as fast as going on flat ground. Let it rev and just go.....there is a company the has chip solutions called 5 Star Tuning.A real hill is fine. The OP is talking about some small rise or overpass where the transmission downshifts for the 4 seconds it takes to go over. Then upshifts on the backside. Just an annoyance not to mention extra wear on the transmission.
smkettner 02/26/15 12:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: solar + batteris

Don't connect more than 30 amps (Isc rating) to that controller. Probably just 2 or 3 panels only. Connect panels in parallel not series.
smkettner 02/26/15 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: add water to batteries?

Fill to 1/4" to 1/8" below the split ring that extends down into the cell. Just touching is absolute max. Wear eye protection. Check levels every 1 to 4 months. If water use seems excessive, your float voltage could be too high or your batteries might be getting near end of life.
smkettner 02/26/15 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: Waterless coolant

Rather than use distilled water, why not just get the pre mixed 50/50 off the shelf?Cost is 80% of the full strength. Distilled is just $1 per gallon. Nothing wrong with using premix to top off the tank. Also if you have rinsed out the old coolant with distilled water you still have a lot of water in the system after you drain. If you just add 50/50 mix you will never have actual 50/50 in the engine because of dilution.
smkettner 02/26/15 10:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bringing a generator with to a FHU campground?

I have a generator built into my class A. Last year, I was getting ready to go home and the campground lost power. The generator allowed me to bring the slides in and get the rig ready to go home. The power was still out when I left.I thought the slides usually worked on 12v power. Do hydraulics need 120v power?
smkettner 02/25/15 10:22pm General RVing Issues
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