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RE: Pls define "solar ready" in terms of RV industry

It means they were kind enough to run some pull wires so you can install sufficiently sized cables.
CJW8 10/21/16 01:12am Tech Issues
RE: AMP Draw Issues

You stated twice that your battery was charged by the inverter. An inverter does NOT charge the battery. A converter charges the battery. There are some high end inverters that have a built in battery charger but they are not very common as standard equipment on most RV's Since you checked the connections and found them good, I suspect you either have a bad battery or it is not getting fully charged. Another possibility is you have a converter and a whole house inverter. In this case, the inverter is powering the converter and the converter is charging the batteries that are being drawn down by the inverter. Perpetual motion doesn't work and will quickly draw down a set of batteries. If you indeed have an inverter, turn it off before proceeding to take it out of the equation. You also keep giving test results but unless I missed it, you have not answered questions asked such as what make and model of your converter? Someone else posted the "12 Volt Side of Life" link. I suggest you read it and part 2 as well as it is very helpful.
CJW8 10/19/16 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: Modifying The 36-Amp Megawatt List Of Materials

After 4 hours this morning at 14.8 battery was taking two amps the whole time. I suspended charging for the day because I had to leave. Is this As Good As It Gets? I will test SG and load test tomorrow.
CJW8 10/18/16 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery question

Keep looking, there is a battery location somewhere. If the original owner was in a park full time, they may have not needed batteries, they just let let the converter power all of the DC stuff. If there is an inverter, it is not for the slides as they run on 12VDC. Inverters are connected to batteries to invert 12VDC to 120VAC.
CJW8 10/17/16 10:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Modifying The 36-Amp Megawatt List Of Materials

Can I play? My power supply is a Samlex SEC-1223, 23 amp switching power supply factory set at 13.8V. I have found that VR2 on the circuit board is a 1K variable resistor, and seems to be less than one turn. Open circuit, it will adjust output from 12-20V. I am currently using it to resurrect my boat battery that someone left the key on. I found it at less than one volt. None of my smart chargers would talk to it. I connected the SEC-1223 and set the voltage at 12.7. Very slowly, the current it would take ramped up from less than 1A to about 6A. I increased the voltage to 13.6 for an hour or so and the current went to 8A. I am now at 14.8 and the battery is taking 11A.
CJW8 10/17/16 09:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Fascinating Tool For Use With CPAP BiPAP

My meter arrived today. Will record tonight when I sleep. I do not use a CPAP but it is reported that I do snore.... I think she lies!
CJW8 09/28/16 07:57pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Superglide on Super Duty

I have what you describe in a 2013 f-350 SD. I bought the truck new and had the frame mount for the super rails installed. If I remember, the only drilling was the bed holes. I had it done before I had a spray in bed liner done. This coated the edges of the cut holes. I use an engine hoist to remove my hitch, works great!
CJW8 09/28/16 02:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying a 39' Keystone Alpine 3660 and picking up Oct. 1st.

Why are so many trailers GVWR at 15,500 lbs? I believe this the upper limit of most modern SRW 350/3500 trucks. I have also had this confirmed my multiple RV dealers. Granted the OP would be more comfortable with a DRW truck but a SRW truck, properly setup would suffice.
CJW8 09/28/16 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Full size breakers vs. tandem (double) breakers?

If I remember correctly, the total of all branch breakers shouldn't exceed 125 percent of the main breaker size. Someone more current with the Code may correct me.
CJW8 09/28/16 12:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Interior Frig Fans

Blowing into the fins, because then the airflow across the fins is maximized. For a shelf, depends on which one. Blow down if on an upper shelf, blow up if on a lower shelf. The idea is to push the cold air down, or the warmer air up. Fans blow in a specific direction much more than they suck from a direction. But, simply moving the air around is 90 percent of it. Well, not exactly correct. Fact- air volume into fan = air volume out of fan. Don't confuse velocity with volume. Agreed "But, simply moving the air around is 90 percent of it."
CJW8 09/28/16 12:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Full size breakers vs. tandem (double) breakers?

Just install your tandem breaker but don't put your two heater circuits on it. Move other loads around so that it will be more balanced. It will never be perfectly balanced. Your microwave and coffee maker only run for a brief period of time.
CJW8 09/28/16 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: Class A house charging system issue help needed

Assumption: 50' one way, grounding through the frame. If it used to work fine and now doesn't, disconnect and clean each connection including converter to frame ground and frame ground to battery. Visually they may look "good" but there can be corrosion that you cannot see.
CJW8 09/28/16 11:47am Tech Issues
RE: Interior Frig Fans

Observation and comment: No interior fan is going to make a fridge cooler. It is going to cool to the thermostat setting, fan or no fan. It may, provided there is enough free air space, circulate the air so there is more even cooling. This allows landyacht's beer cool down faster. I don't see how having fans that only blow across less than one third of the cooling fins would be of much value. I would think a fan that circulates air in the overall box would provide more even cooling or have a fan that blows across ALL of the cooling fins.
CJW8 09/26/16 04:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Question about RDS gravity feed Aux Tank

Some of us don't know what an RDS tank is. Real Darn Slick?
CJW8 09/21/16 10:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Andersen hitch??

I fail to see how this will replace an automatic slider. It only gains you 9" while my slider gains me 14". I need about 12 of those inches to keep from making contact.
CJW8 09/15/16 11:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wire Pin Terminal For Terminal Block Attachment

Most industrial control panels nowadays use these ferrules. I personally have crimped thousands if not 10's of thousands. A common crimper is a tool like THIS
CJW8 09/15/16 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Preparing for the freeze

I did this last winter in Carlsbad NM. Was a hard winter for that area. Many nights in the teens and 20's with 3 feet of snow at one point. This is what I did: *Used installed electric fireplace and electric heaters for main heat and propane for supplemental heat. (electricity was include in rent) *Used a water hose with a built in heat trace. *Bought a 100 LB (not gallon) propane HD for $120 and an extension hose to tee it into my two installed tanks. I did this because there was only one propane seller in town and the line was sometimes 8 deep. This tank and my two installed tanks lasted me all winter. *Bought an irrigation box and put it over the water spigot and filled it with insulation. *IMPORTANT* Dump tanks only when full or when leaving RV for a few days. *Used a fan to circulate the electric heat. *Bought and installed holding tank heaters bur never installed them. My RV has an enclosed underbelly. I never had any freeze up problems. Good luck and have fun.
CJW8 09/13/16 12:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Another Solar Install

Nice install. The hammer crimper is fine for 4 GA wire. I have used it for crimps that have lasted for years. I have used it with a hammer but I prefer to use it in my hydraulic press as it is easier to control the crimp. I also use a HF hydraulic crimper as it is better for the bigger stuff.
CJW8 09/13/16 10:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Absorbed Glass Mat Battery Management Nuggets

Thanks Mex, much appreciated. I've been wondering if AGM's would be happy my PD 70 amp charge which tops out at 14.4 To the bikers and ATVers, which I am one, it has always been my understanding that AGM's are used so that acid doesn't spill on your a$$ when you get upside down on one.
CJW8 08/30/16 01:23am Tech Issues
RE: Champion dual-mode generator # 100155 $799

I camped next to one at the lake. It was about 30-40 feet away from our bedroom. It was 100 degrees at night and everyone was running their generators all night. First night, I finally put in ear plugs and got some sleep. The next night and there after, I parked my truck between the noise maker and our bedroom. It was still loud but this helped a lot. I actually have this same generator for home back up power. It has never seen a drop of gas. Today's corn fed gas is awful on small engines that set for long periods of time. I test run it monthly on propane. when the time comes that I need it, I'll run what ever fuel is available. I have 2 200 gallon propane tanks on the property I can connect to if need be.
CJW8 08/17/16 11:35pm Tech Issues
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