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RE: 4 Gauge eBay Cable vs 4AWG Cable Images

OK so what is better? I tend to stick with copper. Long run of fat wire I would be tempted to go aluminum to save a buck. Same ampacity? Same resistance? Can copper plated aluminum hold a crimp? Does it need anti-oxidation compound?
smkettner 05/26/16 11:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Pedestals open grounds.

Could be a bad connection as you push the tester in the pedestal. What does the tester say inside your RV?
smkettner 05/26/16 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Invertor power consumption

AGM can rest at 12.9 to 13.1 volts. (fully charged, disconnected 48+ hours) Does the 458 show charging amps? When charging do the amps taper to maybe 10 or 5 amps before voltage drops from 14.3 to 13.3? Are you reading the remote panel for voltage or do you have a meter right on the battery terminals? Are you sure the connections are clean and tight? What size 458? http://www.xantrex.com/documents/Inverter-Chargers/Freedom-458/Freedom458(445-0193-01-01_rev-2).pdf
smkettner 05/26/16 08:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Making an offer question

Offer half then break the blank stare with a chuckle and ask for a counter. Know your price before you start.
smkettner 05/26/16 07:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Invertor power consumption

Maybe 2 amps at idle should last about 100 hours. tv might cut that time in half. I suspect the batteries are not charged or they are sulfated. What is your charging routine and voltage? Possible other items are draining the battery such as incandescent lighting? Yes I would turn off the 458 when not expected to use in the next hour.
smkettner 05/26/16 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Watch out MS10 is still trying to force itself on you!

10 works way better than 8 that came on my computer. Way better than 8.1 too. There is nothing in 7 or prior that I miss. Upgrade was seamless and easy.
smkettner 05/26/16 02:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter breaker trips when battery disconnected.

This is the 120v 15a branch circuit breaker in the RV right? Or is the garage GFCI tripping? No cables are disconnected... you are using a switch to disconnect the battery? What happens if you plug in with battery connected and then disconnect the battery? What converter model? Anything else on that circuit?
smkettner 05/26/16 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: 4 Gauge eBay Cable vs 4AWG Cable Images

http://1048.photobucket.com/user/mexbungalows/media/S4%20034_zpsxm6nr0ki.jpg width=640
smkettner 05/26/16 12:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Air conditioner freezing up question

My trailer has an airxcel 48000 series roof top unit. My question is have any of you, who have this unit, had any problems with the evaporator icing up? I did not need to use the unit on our first trip but I'm sure I will have to on the next. The guy who made our trailer ready and gave us the walk through said we should always run the unit at max cool to keep it from icing up. I read the owners manual for the unit and this doesn't seem correct. It seems like that would make it ice up. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.If you have a wall thermostat you will have a freeze sensor. Very common for the sensor to be poorly installed. Sensor needs to be right up against the evaporator. When ice is detected it will cycle the compressor off. Very simple. If you want to check the installation just remove the interior trim.
smkettner 05/26/16 10:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Need some opinions on pin weight effects for....

I would not worry. Maybe 30% of that weight will come off the pin. I would worry more about the frame itself and a good install should take care of that. Keep the rear holding tanks empty when you can to reduce the worry.
smkettner 05/25/16 10:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stupid battery and solar questions

SoCal? Be sure to check out www.solarblvd.com out in Norco. At least to compare prices or save shipping. Everyone I read posting with residential and solar does not seem to mind 600+ watts of solar and a sizable battery. Three of those 250 watt 24v panels and a 45 amp MPPT would be what I was looking at. Would it fit is the question....
smkettner 05/25/16 09:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter Amps

Most only need 35 amps. 65 or 90 is just overkill to brag on the spec sheet.
smkettner 05/25/16 08:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing Converter

Don't get Boondocker for generator charging. Get Progressive Dynamics or IOTA. Boondocker drops out of boost at about 70% charge then you are back to the trickle charge. Boondocker is fine if you are plugged in with lots of time.
smkettner 05/25/16 04:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: GoPower! SW-3000-12 Inverter Shutdown?

Now that you know the length consider some custom cables. 4/0 takes the right tool and a bit of effort to make a good crimp. http://www.genuinedealz.com/custom-cables?size=46
smkettner 05/25/16 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Wire gauge recommendation

No need to debate soldered vs crimped again. Just look around for what OEM does. I crimp mine.
smkettner 05/25/16 01:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery and cahrger replacement advice

Dang it, sorry. I had in my mind you were replacing a WFCO. Elixir Elx-45 I don't know much about. Maybe you do want to replace the entire panel. I would still be inclined to just mount the new converter behind and pull wire in. Of course PD makes a panel such as PD4045 & PD4060 that may work. But then you need to match the full opening, cut it larger, or add trim to make smaller. bestconverter.com/4000-Series-Compact-Power-Center
smkettner 05/25/16 01:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery and cahrger replacement advice

9245 probably will not fit the WFCO slot. This might be why Randy recommended something else. Although perfectly fine to mount behind the power center if you have space. 9260 is shaped with a lower profile and should fit the slot. 4645 & 4655 are designed to fit in the WFCO slot.
smkettner 05/25/16 11:28am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Wire gauge recommendation

Once again what is your point? #6 and #4 have the cross-section of #2 not 2/0. Adding diameter of parallel conductors is not the proper way to compare equivalent sizes for resistance or ampacity.
smkettner 05/25/16 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Wire gauge recommendation

Wire size can be measured in several ways. We could speak of a wire’s diameter, but since its really the cross-sectional area that matters most regarding the flow of electrons, we are better off designating wire size in terms of area. http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/direct-current/chpt-12/conductor-size/
smkettner 05/24/16 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery and cahrger replacement advice

You bought the whole power center? That will be a bit of work. Consider an exchange for PD or IOTA. BPC4-60 at Best Converter
smkettner 05/24/16 09:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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