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RE: Someone help please...Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C

You will always be confused when talking to someone that knows very little about the product or RVs. Just because he works at an RV place does not mean he knows what he is talking about. Although I could see customers removing the EMS so they can stop getting bothered by the power cutting out. :R If he does install the EMS I would ask to see what, where and how he will be doing the install.
smkettner 07/03/14 02:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire issues

I own a 2003 Viking 2270 pop up. I am having unusual tire wear with radials that are only a couple of years old. Two tires have done exactly the same thing. They are Loadstar 175/80D13's 8ply load range D. 175/80D13 is a bias ply. Tire would read 175/80R13 if radial. The D is for Diagonal or Bias ply. Anyway I recommend MAXXIS or Marathon radials. I believe your Loadstar is literally coming apart. You are lucky to make it home. Possibly still under warranty.
smkettner 07/03/14 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: Installing 12 v power port; Question

If I go 300w, what amp transfer switch will I need?You need 15 amp minimum to use the branch circuit as normal when plugged into utility power. +1 for GoPower 300w :B
smkettner 07/02/14 08:36pm Tech Issues
RE: How much reliability would I gain replacing an old AC?

The only real solution is a second air conditioner. I have read of alarm systems that will send a message if the temperature rises beyond a set point. You could hurry back or send someone to check the RV. Assumes you get the message.
smkettner 07/01/14 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Installing 12 v power port; Question

^^^^^ Exactly! Cell phone, games, laptop can charge or use where convenient without the big jumble by the tv. Do be careful of items that may also be on that circuit such as fridge and converter.
smkettner 07/01/14 03:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Installing 12 v power port; Question

www.bestconverter.com/Xantrex-Prowatt-15-Amp-Transfer-Switch $55 on amazon Should plug direct into the inverter. May need a handfull of wire nuts to connect the rest.
smkettner 07/01/14 03:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha iSEB 3000

23 amps for a resistive load at 120v. I think you are better to set it for 20a for some PF and voltage fluctuation headroom. Maybe even less if running eco throttle. But you definitely want to have amps high enough to power the air plus some charging the battery. JMHO, worst case bump it up or down a bit.
smkettner 07/01/14 02:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Installing 12 v power port; Question

The lamp circuit might work marginally and I think you would be better served with a more direct connection to the battery. For 150w you can also connect close to the 12v fuse panel and connect to the single 120v circuit with a $59 transfer switch. Very convenient and no pulling wire.
smkettner 07/01/14 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Forum Members Solar Installations With Pics

Need to put Heap64 on the list just for the battery box. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27802827
smkettner 06/30/14 11:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Installation

Has anyone here used 24V inverters? I'm thinking about adding two more 6V batteries, tapping one bank for the lighting/refer control loads, the other bank for the water pump load, and the total 24V series load for a 1500 Watt Military Spec pure sine inverter with 24V input. New in box for $80.Member 2oldman uses 24v. 12v provided by Victron DC/DC converter.
smkettner 06/30/14 11:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Inverter install help needed as to wiring

3 sts's, sounds like a nightmare, so U spent $200 on the ats's A sub took me less money and time, sorry don't agree with that layout, but if works for U more power to 'ya I started with a Prosine 1800 to run the microwave. Built in transfer switch. Added a GFI outlet in the kitchen to run what ever I like. Works great but idles at ~2 amps so I try not to leave it on. Then I got bored with a the cheepo inverter stuck into the 12v connector along with a gaggle of wires to run the tv and charge a half dozen small items in one place. So I added a 300w inverter with two transfer switches to power the two convenience outlet circuits. Now I can run anything in the kitchen and charge/use phones, toys, laptop, ipad etc where ever is most convenient. tv is no longer jammed up with the junk. The 2 switches were about $140 and well worth it.
smkettner 06/30/14 09:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter install help needed as to wiring

webpilot, you can use a small single pole transfer switch after the panel to avoid a subpanel. Need a transfer switch for each circuit. I have three set up like this. Still you need to make sure the converter is not powered by the inverter circuit. I recommend Xantrex Prowatt 15a transfer switch for $59 if you go down this road.
smkettner 06/30/14 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: 15000 but a/c

Check the branch circuit breaker..... It is running on just 20 amps. ;)
smkettner 06/30/14 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery losses & charging from a vehicle

If the battery is truly off then it will lose no charge in one week. I recommend removing the negative battery cable if you are not absolutely certain the switch cuts all connections. The vehicle charging is generally fairly slow especially above 90%. And I need to give a plug for 100+ watts of solar would make this a non-issue. Might make the boondocking part go smoother too.
smkettner 06/30/14 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: Tristar Remote Meter or is my TriMetric Enough?

If you are hitting 14.2+ volts at least once per day I would not add any additional monitoring unless you want to make a hobby out of it.
smkettner 06/29/14 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard wired surge protector versus Autoformer?

Surge protector is cheep and does about nothing. Don't bother IMO. Power protection device has surge protection, verifies voltage, polarity and ground before power is connected. Cuts power if an error develops while in use. These are great to have but will just keep cutting power in your situation. Voltage booster is just that boosting voltage about 10% as needed. I have a Frank's booster and it basically works but if spending money today it would be Powermaster, Hughes, Surgeguard, and Frank's last. That yellow box posted above is probably Surgeguard at campingworld. Just a booster. Does not cut power if too low to boost. Even worse it goes to bypass mode if lower than 95 volts :E
smkettner 06/29/14 09:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator use...

Best shot with a Honda 1000 is 40 amps and ~14.4 volts. Portable I recommend the Black and Decker 40 amp. We don't know your converter to compare. EM500 you may need to run that B&D at 20 amps.
smkettner 06/28/14 07:22pm Tech Issues
Truck cover for storage

Ok lots of debate on covering class A or travel trailer but what about storing my F150? Getting it detailed today before a trip and would like to keep it cleaner between trips in the future. The F150 sits out in the sun here in So CA. Any brand recommendations for a cover?
smkettner 06/28/14 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: electrican sent 240v to my rv.

ALL 120 volt items are suspect. Need to run them all.
smkettner 06/28/14 11:07am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Thermostat

Blue furnace wires in the ceiling need to connect to the control box. Thread on conversion with some pics. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/26820366.cfm
smkettner 06/28/14 11:03am Tech Issues
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