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RE: Atwood Air- any problems?

Doug, I wasn't aware that Airxcel had two motors in the AC/HP. They do not advertise it nor can I find any install/service manuals that reflect that in their line-up. I did not look through all of them as they have a lot of different products. I don't know if it's industry standard (I don't work on this stuff for a living), but my Atwood came with a QA sheet that was hand-written with my specific unit's power consumption in amps for the various speeds/modes. Nice touch. Joel
joelabq 03/06/16 05:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Air- any problems?

When my Dometic died I researched and replaced it with an AirCommand 15k by Atwood. I misunderstood the instructions (actually, I decided I was smarter than the wiring diagram included and paid the price) and fried the control board. I ordered it through Atwood direct, no hassle, and replaced without issue. I've had limited use of it but I do like it better. It's much more quiet, cools better then the 13.5k I pulled off (which it better!)and the heat pump feature is a bonus. Additionally, it's more generator friendly. My 13.5k struggled at my home at 5500ft asl on a Yamaha 2400ishc. I installed the same hard start cap on this 15k that I had on the 13.5k. Not only does it barely bother my Generator, I am able to start the A/C and run it from my Prowatt 2000 (3k surge) inverter. The design is better, in my opinion, and shows that someone with some HVAC engineering experience might have got their a but more with the accounting department. It uses two ECM motors instead of a single PSC motor like all other RV A/C units do for the condenser and blower fans. The insulation had an appearance of a better install, and the control system is more "high-tech". The shroud attaches better than my original unit with four stout screws vs the 1+ million tiny screws of the previous unit. The unit is noticeably more quiet then the old Dometic unit on the outside of the RV as well, as the compressor and fan combo hums at a more pleasant frequency. What I don't like: 1. The fan runs 100% of the time in A/C mode as the compressor cycles off. It does select low speed fan mode, and it's not horribly loud, but I would like it if it would just turn off. 2. The thermostat uses a special communication protocol making it the only thermostat you can use with this unit. The interface is kinda big, and not my favorite. 3. The shroud design looks kinda old/goofy to me when up close to it. On the ground looking up you don't really care and doesn't look out of place. 4. Like most heat pumps, don't rely on it in super cold weather. I've not been able to get it to fire at less then about 45F. Not really a show stopper for me, but the manual doesn't specify what the lowest operational temp is for the heat pump. I was pleasantly suprised at how warm the air is when it is running. All that said, only had the unit since August, so time will tell. Joel
joelabq 03/04/16 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Can I get help with battery math...batteries-inverter-coffee

I have a commercial B45 Keurig I picked up for free, and 4 GC2s w/ a Xantrex Prowatt 2Kw Inverter. Wiring is very short and 000. I also have a Victron Ammeter. I also just ran this a week ago to see the draw on the batteries. The b45 is a little slower to warm up then the other consumer grade versions, but this model draws 115amps for about five minutes, and then every minute or so will draw 115amps for about 3-5 seconds. I wouldn't leave it running while you aren't actively making coffee due to the fact that it's power hungry just keeping the water ready. However, with my setup it will work fine for us, but I am not sure it's worth it. You can get a Presto MyJo (there are other brands too) which is like a coffee press but will take Kcups. I have one and may just use it instead of wasting my time/effort recharging batteries more often.
joelabq 02/20/16 08:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Air Conditioners? Driving myself crazy.

I replaced my Dometic (died in 2 years) with an Atwood. I even had to buy a new control board since I hooked it up wrong and was able to get parts no problem. The unit is much more quiet, the 15k comes with a heat pump too. The fan doesn't turn off (that turns some people off), but goes to such a low speed that it doesn't bother us. Power usage is way better, I can even run it off of a Xantrex Prosine 2000 on my 4 Golf carts for an hour after installing a Hard start cap I had put in the Dometic. I am not sure how the insides of a Dometic or RVP/Coleman that aren't "builder grade" look, but the Atwood had insulated linesets, the duct insulation appeared much higher quality and better engineered, and it came with two seperate fan motors for the Condensor and blower unlike the Dometic and colemans I've owned/seen. I did upgrade from a 13.5k btu to a 15k when I bought the Atwood, but I feel it cools better than if I would have just bought a Dometic 15k. No data to back it up though. Joel
joelabq 10/16/15 04:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Converter ( Brag)

My Errin provieded 100Amp adjustable Maxes out my Yamaha 2400ishc. The adjustable voltage feature makes for the best charges even when at high-altitude and the 2400ishc can't keep up for more than a few minutes at 94+amps. I marked mine when I first got it based on a recommendation I read in a previous thread of yours. Love these converters. Joel
joelabq 10/06/15 09:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic A/C troubleshooting

My Dometic 13.5k A/C just died over vacation 2 months ago. Worked okay then suddenly wasn't cooling much if at all. I climbed up on the roof and saw oily stuff all over the compressor which was still running. Something sprung a leak. Just replaced the unit myself since these things are pretty much non-serviceable. I hope your luck was better than mine. Joel
joelabq 09/06/15 02:57pm Tech Issues
RE: high pressure propane regulator

I had the same regulator go out on me a month ago on a trip. I replaced it with this one: Amazon High-Pressure Propane regulator Works good! Joel
joelabq 09/03/15 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Boliy generator?

My dad had one and I had one. I would pass. We found we wasted our money. Joel
joelabq 07/05/15 12:14am Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

Errin sent me two converters free of charge. The first one I screwed up on (I didn't state I had the adjustable one), I told him that and he still sent me a second. Errin has been very responsive since he became away of my issues. If I look back on several years of purchases, I've had no better support from anyone on any item. Add that to the fact that I don't know of any other adjustable voltage 100AMP charger, add in a manufacturer warranty on such a thing, and I think it's a winning combination. I have verified 96 amp output at 14.7 volts with my victron. The adjustable unit is high voltage, and I have verified up to 15.6 volts on my unit. Both of the unit I have had were able to do this. Likewise, I have ignored the warnings previously mentioned here about Hot restarts. I am not in the mood during a camping trip to forget this rule, and sometimes I may be using it as a power supply with surges from my Inverter. This unit has performed flawlessly so far. When I have recommended this product to others, I have also been careful about what to recommend. Adjusting and fiddling with voltages is not for everyone, even if it's the closest one-size-fits-all solution to the myriad of battery choices and combinations. Joel
joelabq 06/27/15 06:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

Errin has already fixed him up. My uncle called and even got an adjustable upgrade. Again, great customer service! Joel
joelabq 06/27/15 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

I gave him the contact info and will be contacting Errin. I am thinking there was a mistake somewhere on these and are mislabeled somewhere. I am sure Errin will be able to get to the bottom of it. Joel
joelabq 06/27/15 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

Admittedly, I don't even know if there is a problem? I was just making note that this 100 appears to be identical top the one I'm sending back to Errin. I can have him call, but I'm not sure this one won't produce the indicated amps. Joel
joelabq 06/27/15 01:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

This pics are from my uncle's pmbc100, which is what's on the label. The pictures have all the measurements if that is what your asking? Joel
joelabq 06/27/15 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

It is a PMBC - Amazon link To clarify - This unit is the PMBC ordered from Amazon. My link shows that, I just didn't type it right (the letters get my confused since they are so close). I did not intent to lead anyone to the conclusion that was wrong because it did not have the adjuster/display, but that this one is just one without that optional item. Also - like I said Errin has been great (he even interrupted a baseball game he was at to help me). I am posting this to clarify that what I thought was possibly a mislabeled product from Randy appears not to be. I do not know what the output issues are with this smaller unit, nor do I know if the one my uncle has does not produce what it's labeled to. So hopefully this clarifies that it is very possible Randy isn't just re-labeling stuff. I have swapped the product with the one Errin sent, and all is well. The converter I received originally could not push more than 75amps. With the same wiring, I have now tested an output of 96 Amps on 40% depleated GC2s. I could only guess why, so therefore I am not going to. I am trying to state facts as I see them. I hope none of my posts are taken as a bad review of Powermax. I am currently very happy, and I recommend the product. Joel
joelabq 06/27/15 10:47am Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

Errin will be getting the smaller one back. I do have yet another plot twist though. My uncle ordered a PBMC-100 from amazon, received one like the one Randy sold me but with no adjuster or display. PMBC-100 from amazon I haven't brought it over to my house yet to test the output. More to come on that one but it'll be a few weeks more than likely before I'll have time. Joel
joelabq 06/26/15 11:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

I believe anything that says Boondocker on it would be a Randy thing. I have already taken any future business (and hopefully a few others) elsewhere. I got my replacement from Errin. Randy did not even offer assistance at all and did not engage in any customer service. Errin, on the other hand, has been great! I have been convinced this is a 75 amp model since I witnessed it on my Victron. I haven't done a battery test with this model yet, however, I know as a power supply it'll add close to 100amps back when I hit my 2000w Inverter with a heavy load. I just fixed up all the wiring with 3/0 for the interconnects and the new inverter, but haven't yet done the charger wiring yet (thats next). I am getting the rated output it seems with the current wiring. Joel
joelabq 06/24/15 09:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

I took pictures, measured, and weighed. I installed it as well. It does appear to have all the amps advertised. Picture comparison
joelabq 06/24/15 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

I was an idiot and didn't tell him it was an adjustable. We are having to swap things around again. So I'll have to wait for the right one to come in.
joelabq 06/12/15 09:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

Off-topic slightly, Any good source on 3/0 or 4/0 wire and connectors?
joelabq 06/10/15 05:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Adjustable Voltage Boondocker Converter Question

Yes, I will when I get the new one I will pull the old one and document it for you. I should be able to do that in the new 3-4 days.
joelabq 06/10/15 05:40pm Tech Issues
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