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RE: Series/parallel charging question for les tinkerers grandes

I would connect the batteries to whatever charging source is available. If 12v is available, use it. If 24v is available use it. Need to configure a system to easily put them in series or parallel depending on what is available.
smkettner 06/29/15 10:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics (PD9260CV) Question.

smkettner 06/29/15 08:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding More Batteries to My Class A - What gauge Wire?

If I do what you recommend: "either 9 needs to go direct to 3" ......... battery terminal 8 will not have a cable on it? "OR 10 needs to go direct to 2" ........ then battery terminal 5 will not have a cable on it? What is the real downside of wiring it up the way I've shown. Would the "balance" be that bad to affect the life or power from the batteries?The 6' jumper stays in place so the terminal is not empty. If #10 is a frame ground only... just move the frame connection close to #2. Otherwise the right hand batteries will wear out faster. Normal use at 20 amps or under it may not matter much. 150 amps into an inverter will matter a lot more.
smkettner 06/29/15 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Cheap Portable Inverter

Just curious but if I have a 10A fuse on the lighter socket, am I correct in assuming the most I'll ever get out of the Tripp-Lite is more like 120 watts minus inverter loss?YES, you are correct.Just before the self-regulating fuse opens up.. :)May actually shut down from low voltage before the fuse opens ;)
smkettner 06/29/15 08:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Cheap Portable Inverter

Just curious but if I have a 10A fuse on the lighter socket, am I correct in assuming the most I'll ever get out of the Tripp-Lite is more like 120 watts minus inverter loss?YES, you are correct.
smkettner 06/29/15 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: Adding More Batteries to My Class A - What gauge Wire?

To balance... either 9 needs to go direct to 3 OR 10 needs to go direct to 2. 6' jumper stays in place. No need for wire larger than the main RV feeder.
smkettner 06/29/15 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: CFL bulbs

Today I noticed that when they were off two of them were flickering a little.Is it a mechanical timer? Otherwise if they are truly off you will see nothing. Is the hot lead switched or the neutral? That or maybe look for son neutral to ground voltage.
smkettner 06/28/15 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Yellowstone

Long drive for 2 days in the park. If you arrive early there is a good chance you will get a spot. +1 for staying in Teton Colter Bay (no reservations) and drive up to see Old Faithful as a day trip. Maybe the whole lower loop to see other sights.
smkettner 06/28/15 04:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Surge protectors

I would just get the 30 for what you need now.
smkettner 06/28/15 04:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: AC cycling...Maybe??

Probably the fan automatically switching from high speed to low speed. Mine does similar. I have the single unit Dometic digital thermostat. Can be set to hi, low, or automatic.
smkettner 06/28/15 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Converter questions

WFCO 8835 is an obsolete deck mount converter. Direct replacement would be the WFCO 9835. http://www.bestconverter.com/WFCO-9835-35-Amp-Deckmount-Converter Have not heard as much trouble with the 35 amp deck mount so nothing wrong with sticking with WFCO on this. It is the low cost solution if the old one has been working for you. Otherwise I recommend the 30 amp IOTA with IQ controller. http://www.bestconverter.com/DLS-30-30-Amp-Power-Converter-wIQ4
smkettner 06/28/15 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical - High Voltage

Hughes Autoformer has a plug and outlet. Plug and play, no real install. Just insert between the outlet and RV.
smkettner 06/28/15 10:04am Tech Issues
RE: "Top-of-The-Line" A/C Replacement (Only the best)

https://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-air-conditioners/carrier-rv-air-conditioners.htm Looks like Carrier is possibly out of the RV business. The link will lead to some other brands available. I would get the latest most efficient unit that has the features you want such as the remote, multi-function programmable thermostat and load sharing if applicable. I think they all fit the same roof opening and will work with your existing furnace. Probably best to get to a shop that sells different brands to see what fits your needs.
smkettner 06/27/15 10:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging Battery More Efficiently

If the 30 amp supply actually does 40 amps.... yes the Honda 1000 will struggle and possibly overload in certain conditions. No one answered my inquiry above relating to this issue, but .... why can't one just turn the power supply output voltage down slightly (to reduce current acceptance by the battery slightly) such that the little Honda can keep going? That seems like a no-brainer way to use a small generator to supply as much as it can at all times to bring just about any size battery bank back up to full charge. Of course that works. Would not call it a no-brainer as some thinking, adjustment and attention is needed. 30 amp IOTA is a more plug and play solution. Start the generator and walk away.
smkettner 06/27/15 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Tornado

Check your policy. Mine was full original retail for the first five years.
smkettner 06/27/15 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best battery for $100

For 6v under $100 go to Sam's Club or Costco. Call first as not available in all locations. Sams Club - Golf Battery GC2 6V GC batts from Sams are the best bang for the buck.. However the OP specifically stated that the budget is $100 total which would rule out 6V GC batts.Missed that. $100 total is about one battery only. WalMart group 29 is under $100
smkettner 06/27/15 09:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Laundry $$ @ Yellowstone

They seemed a bit extra so maybe $2 wash and 25 cents for 10 minutes drying.
smkettner 06/27/15 05:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bicycles in Sequoia Park

You can ride around Lodgepole campground a bit if staying there. More for the kids maybe. IIRC most roads are a bit steep and narrow for biking. Nothing like Yosemite Valley. Do take the tram when possible.
smkettner 06/27/15 05:50pm Family Camping
RE: Ford superduty inventory ?

I would never get an option to improve resale. Get what you want and need only.
smkettner 06/27/15 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electrical - High Voltage

Or the house itself is getting low voltage from the utility? 5 volts here, 6 volts there and soon you are at 104 or less. If the barn cannot handle 20 amps something is wrong and needs to be fixed before the RV is connected. I would have sooner installed a 14-20 outlet if power was that marginal. RV would have AC on one side and anything else on the other. Far better to have put that $800 toward a new barn feeder or have the utility correct the voltage at the house.
smkettner 06/27/15 03:44pm Tech Issues
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