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RE: More MPPT Confusion and Question

The accuracy of a $500 Fluke clamp on DC ammeter is only +-2%, I suspect my $100 Craftsman is not as good as that. My Rogue display's input as well as output if I remember correctly. I can't perform any test at this time.
CJW8 12/05/14 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: DMM thermocouple cant reach alternator.

Two dis-similar metal wires (Type K so chromel and Alumel) twisted together generate a millivolts that is some what proportional to temperature change. That is why when you extend with copper wire, you create another thermocouple junction and it is adding to or taking away from the total Mv reading.
CJW8 12/05/14 06:27am Tech Issues
RE: More MPPT Confusion and Question

A residential solar installer told me that new panels have a higher Isc measurement than spec so that they are still within spec after their 20 year warranty. This may differ between manufacturers.
CJW8 12/05/14 06:14am Tech Issues
RE: DMM thermocouple cant reach alternator.

Everything you need right hereOMEGA
CJW8 12/04/14 06:58am Tech Issues
RE: Choosing and installing an inverter

Some other thoughts: I have the Xantrex 2K PSW and it runs the microwave just fine. It does have a high idle current so I only turn it on when I need it and I have the remote switch. No personal experience but most of the consensus on here is that the controls on electric blankets DO NOT like MSW inverters. Your electric blanket probable only needs a 400-600 Watt inverter but it needs to be PSW.
CJW8 12/03/14 09:00am Tech Issues
RE: Choosing and installing an inverter

I got so sic and tired of the blips from the ATS clicking off the tv,......never again. :( Me too and not just the TV but the satellite receiver had to do a complete reboot. I solved it by buying a small UPS like you would use for a computer and all of my entertainment system is plugged into it. Now when the switch is done the TV/satellite never miss a beat.
CJW8 12/03/14 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: Should I Change My WFCO Converter?

BFL13, With your VEC1093DBD, do you have to set it up (push buttons) each time you start your generator? In other words, suppose you have it connected and it is morning and you start your generator, do you have to go to your VEC1093DBD and push some buttons to make it do what you want or does it automatically start charging with no human interference? I am well versed as I have been through most of the learning curve. I am thinking of my two sons who are new to RV'ing and are clueless and are both are already complaining about batteries not getting through the night. I know what the problem is but it will take time for me to educate them. In the mean time I want to suggest a portable smart charger that requires no buttons to be pressed to get it going. I have a B&D 40 charger that I think is similar to yours but it requires that you push the start button.
CJW8 12/03/14 04:00am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for LOWEST BTU Roof A/C available-

Here is an option, although designed to be portable, with some ingenuity, I'll bet it could be made to be semi permanent.CruseAir CarryOn Designed for boat hatches. They came as large as 7000 btu's. I have a 5000 btu and my 2k Kipor runs it just fine. It list 6A running and 18A starting.
CJW8 11/28/14 02:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I Change My WFCO Converter?

jrnynm7, yeah I know but like I said, I only had 2 batteries when I bought it and I do have 405 watts of solar and in AZ solar is more hit than miss. I can run both chargers together but since the charging profiles are different, I only get 55 amps if batteries are down.
CJW8 11/28/14 12:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I Change My WFCO Converter?

I had a WFCO 55 from Randy's, never worked but he traded it out for a Xantrex XADC 40 that is a wonderful converter. The only thing that would make ideal in my opinion is if it had temperature compensation, but no converters do as far as I know. Every time it sees generator or shore power, it slams 14.4 volts and up to 42 amps into the battery for 4 hours. TOO BAD THEY QUIT MAKING IT!!! I added the TrueCharge II 40 as a second charger and love it as well. reason being, I am not able to attend to my RV six months of the year on an every other month basis. I needed something I could set and forget that would automatically adjust for 50-60F degree daily temperature swings and 0-100+ seasonal temperature swings. The temperature compensation on the TC does this. The TC is also highly configurable for any battery technology and it well Equalize to 16 VDC if I remember correctly. I know BFL13 likes the VEC1093DBD and no doubt it is a fine battery charger, but it is an automotive charger that must be clamped on and removed AND you have to push some buttons to get it to do what you want it to do... EVERYTIME! That works for him but not for most folks. If it were me, I'd bite the bullet and go with what Trojan recommends. It is a one time cost and good insurance. It will take good care of your batteries, even if you have to leave it for weeks at a time. I personally believe you'd be fine with the 40A as Xanatrex says the 40A is ok for up to 228 AH. I have 460AH the 40 works fine for me. I would have gotten the 60 but at the time I only had 2 grp 27,s and later added two more.
CJW8 11/28/14 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

I am pleasantly surprised how many of you are military trained or are/were defense contractors, even some "rocket scientist"! A SHOUT OUT to you! Thank you for your service!
CJW8 11/24/14 02:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical truck to trailer connection question

Simple answer is yes. buy the proper length 2 conductor cord, Attach appropriate trailer plugs on both ends and go to work.
CJW8 11/22/14 11:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Small Engine Storage

I am on my 3rd carburetor in 4-5 years in my Champion 3500/4000 generator due to gunk in the carb. I use stabil or sea foam in every tank. when I removed my last carb, it looked like varnish inside. Champion says they are not worth cleaning or rebuilding and sell them for $28.
CJW8 11/22/14 11:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Where did you get your Electrical knowledge?

2 years technical school then 40 years and going in process control instrumentation, oilfield. It was all pneumatics in the beginning, now it is 90% electronic and computers. Best adult friend is an electrician. Built and wired my own house in my 20's. A lot of reading in my lifetime.
CJW8 11/22/14 10:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Please help with prep for freezing weather

What kind of RV do you have? How old? It makes a difference.
CJW8 11/22/14 11:18am Tech Issues
RE: What gauge wire?

Why put in high end Kyocera panels and cheep out on wire? 40 feet is a long way from the battery with a lot of voltage loss that you will never get back. Such a waste. If this is just going to be a battery maintainer, your little bitty #10 wire will be fine but if you are going to do some serious off grid camping, then go with at least # 4 cable as suggested. I have helped 3 others replace their factory installed #10 wire because their solar system didn't work as expected. In all cases there was big improvement.
CJW8 10/31/14 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: New Interstate Pro ECL battery?

They have a 18 month warranty compared to 12 for the standard Interstate warranty. 36 month for their AGM.
CJW8 10/31/14 01:00am Tech Issues
RE: What gauge wire?

I wouldn't use less than #4 if the panels are in parallel. Welding cable is very flexible, UV resistant and no more expensive than big box store wire.
CJW8 10/31/14 12:47am Tech Issues
RE: Clearance lights not working.

YES! That did it! Thanks Forest River for making a hidden connection! Now, since I can't see to inspect those hidden wires and it is possible that the hot wire that melted could have compromised the insulation on other wires, I am going to install an inline 15 amp fuse in the POS for the clearance lights just in case. Thanks MEX for making me think about the cut out wires. It was not a wasted effort because I cleaned up all of my tail light wiring eliminating factory crimp nuts and installing waterproof butt splices and refreshing the grounds with new screw to frame and waterproof ring terminals. Another success story.
CJW8 10/30/14 08:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Clearance lights not working.

MEX, All wires are that were cut out are connected at both ends. All functions have been tested by plugging into vehicle. A second test was done by jumpering black (pos) on the trailer plug to each light function and all worked except clearance lights which should have come on with the tail lights. What I can't see are the wires from cut end to cut end because they are hidden in the overhang and will not pull out, must be clamped in there. Maybe the power for the clearance lights are spliced on in the overhang and that is why I cant find them. Next test it to apply power to king pin cut end green and white and see if they come on.
CJW8 10/30/14 08:06pm Tech Issues
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