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RE: RV Parts in Canada

Buy when south. Even with exchange, it's still cheaper.
Darryl&Rita 07/19/16 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Roof Top Solar connector part number needed

For the record, I never said to run without a charge controller.
Darryl&Rita 07/18/16 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Crusader - problem with a drain pipe leaking.

Got a pic? What's the line connected to? Need more info, please.
Darryl&Rita 07/17/16 08:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roof Top Solar connector part number needed

Sorry, Mike. You need to do some more reading about Zamp, without using quality manufacturer's like Renogy. You're the only one quoting a 60w panel. Zamp's smallest is, in fact, a 40. Barely adequate to maintain a battery bank, replacing loads like CO detector, never mind replacing lighting use, any inverter loads, etc. The Zamp website has lots of sparkle, but very little meat. Too high price-wise for the end return.
Darryl&Rita 07/17/16 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: Roof Top Solar connector part number needed

I believe their smallest system is 60W, which is way more than enough to overcharge a battery without a controller. Only if it's high summer season in Alaska, and the battery has no load connected to it. Just won't happen in real world conditions.
Darryl&Rita 07/16/16 09:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof Top Solar connector part number needed

Given the size of most Zamp panels, a charge controller is almost over-kill. They seem to be the kings of "Farkle", as most of their products don't stand up yo closer inspection.
Darryl&Rita 07/16/16 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: "Stuck" in Ohio - Workhorse W22 stalls going into gear

Right foot lightly on the throttle, left foot on the brake?
Darryl&Rita 07/16/16 07:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar question

Look like Harbor Freight 15w panels. I wouldn't worry too much about a controller, unless it's left on the battery in high summer sun with no loads connected.
Darryl&Rita 07/15/16 06:24am Tech Issues
RE: Wifi thermostats question

They will only "work" if they use an on-board battery. If they count on power from the furnace, no. Also, they will only connect to the outside world when they're connected to a WiFi network.
Darryl&Rita 07/05/16 08:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A new solution to the "jacked up" truck

Now if only they'd spend some time at the scales.
Darryl&Rita 07/03/16 08:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question about Routing solar cables down fridge vent

I see most route their solar cables down the fridge vent and do so on the side opposite the flue. Is there any concern for the amount of heat generated by fridge, especially on a HOT sunny day. I was told the heat will add resistance to the cables and they will deteriorate quickly and can cause failure of the cables, panels or controller. Any thoughts? I used PVC water pipe to protect the wires from direct contact and heat. I had no issues due to heat. Good luck! PVC has a lower temp rating than a good quality (temp-wise) wire. Keep both of them away from the flue. Also, being in a conduit lowers the temp rating of all wires vs. open to air.
Darryl&Rita 06/27/16 09:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Our DIY tire cover project

Darryl&Rita 06/24/16 09:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Headed to Alaska?..Highway 97 OPEN

Hwy 97 through the Pine Pass is reported open, with pilot cars leading groups through single lane areas. Currently recommended for light traffic only. No overwidth, or overlength loads.
Darryl&Rita 06/23/16 07:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Headed to Alaska?..Highway 97 OPEN

Damage was pretty bad, in multiple locations. When it re-opens, it'll be on unpaved stretches first, with single lane alternating one way traffic. Word I'm hearing is at least another couple weeks to get to this state.
Darryl&Rita 06/21/16 10:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Headed to Alaska?..Highway 97 OPEN

Off to Grande Prairie tomorrow. Taking the long way, two hours extra. At least there is an alternative route. From Grande Prairie, Hwy 2 northbound to Rycroft may be a better route choice than 43 west. Dawson Creek also had some flooding, and last I heard had several single lane stretches over the creek. 2 to 59 will bring you into Dawson east of the Mile Zero traffic circle, while 43 to BC 2 will bring you to the circle from the south. Major road work on the bridge beside the mall.
Darryl&Rita 06/21/16 05:38pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Solar Panels - The Good, the Bad and the Cheap!

Ok I've read over the link I got on series vs parallel for panel arrays and beginning to get a grip on things.. So for me, my 3 panels are all just right around 50W so I am thinking series.. Only if the charge controller you decide on can handle the additive voltage of series panels.
Darryl&Rita 05/30/16 07:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Doing a Solar Audit::?

Plug the 4400 into a pedestal and your shore cord in the 4400. Do a normal 24HR dry camping test and the 4400 will tell you the usage. The kWh then needs to be converted to equivalent battery draw. With the TV and CPAP your usage may be higher than expected. Careful with this, the 4400 is only rated for 15 amp. And it's not weather-proof.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Big Rig Friendly Gas Station

The only "membership" fuel stations I can think of in Canada is Costco. Edit to add: I can't believe anyone drove from Lethbridge to Red Deer? (1/2 way to Edmonton) without seeing 1 truck stop, let alone a gas station they could fit in.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:41pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Doing a Solar Audit::?

Lights, fridge controls (even on propane), water pump are all examples of the 12 volt stuff. Your CPAP may even have the option to run on 12 volt, not all do. The reason to look into whether it will or not is the reduction in efficiency running an inverter to produce 120, just to reduce it back down via a cord power supply. As noted in the other thread, you don't have a very large energy piggy bank (battery bank), so you'll have to be judicious with the withdrawals you make.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Doing a Solar Audit::?

Plug the Kill-A-Watt into a receptacle, plug device into it. Best bet is to run it for an average day's use, for 24 hours. Kill-A-Watt will give total energy used, in a few formats, such as kWh, ah, etc. Do this for any 120 volt devices you want to use. The 12 volt things, you'll have to estimate the total time used in a day, multiplied by the wattage or amp load of the device.
Darryl&Rita 05/29/16 03:27pm Tech Issues
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