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RE: Panel Tilt angle ??

I can't believe this is an RJ thread.
mena661 12/18/14 01:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Charging

Depends on the converter and the wiring between it and the batteries. If it's a WFCO converter you're better off with a separate charger. If you have a Progressive Dynamics or IOTA converter and heavy gauge wiring to the battery, go with the on-board converter.X2
mena661 12/17/14 08:46pm Tech Issues
RE: QUESTION New Fords And Chassis Battery Disconnect

MEX, reliability between old and new cars has been proven ad nauseam. This is not up for debate nor anecdotal. New cars are an order of magnitude MORE reliable than old one's. AND they continue to get even MORE reliable. I never heard of thousands of parts needed for ECU troubleshooting. Sounds like a hack shop to me. My GM and previous Nissan's only require one portable piece of equipment for ECU code reading AND flashing. Both of those cars could be flashed in the parking lot. KJ, is most correct, parts substitution is long gone. Codes tell me exactly what's wrong with the car and if the description is cryptic, off to the internet I go. I fixed my thermostat and a sensor (both super cheap parts) with a simple code read and forum search (sensor required the search as I didn't know where that sensor was located). PS - Yes the in tank fuel pump is PITA but cars have been running aftermarket performance in tank fuel pumps for 30 years now. There are SO many cars nowadays that can be modified WELL beyond stock performance its ridiculous. And a lot ot this can STILL be done by guys in their garages. How does a 1000hp 4 cylinder sound to you? There MANY in existence believe it or not. Hot rodding is definitely not dead or even close. IMO, it's better than ever.
mena661 12/17/14 03:13pm Tech Issues
RE: QUESTION New Fords And Chassis Battery Disconnect

Yes, MrWiz, probably should be reversed there. See, I think the old stuff is harder cause you HAVE to tweak for it to run right. There isn't much tweaking on new stuff unless you've hacked your ECU. Most stuff nowadays is just drop in and go. There's even a big difference between my 2007 and my old 1992.
mena661 12/17/14 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: QUESTION New Fords And Chassis Battery Disconnect

MEX, I have a code reader, you can buy them nearly anywhere. Not to mention, if anyone is even remotely interested in the car you own, there will be an internet forum for it. You can always ask there. Don't buy into the hype that you can't fix a new car. Been doing it since the early 90's. It's actually an order of magnitude easier than old cars. And don't blame the manufacturers for hack mechanics. Same principles apply to new cars as old one's. Don't let some hack mechanic tell you otherwise. Example: I have a friend that is just as comfortable working on his 64 Mustang as he is on his 2010 Nissan GTR.
mena661 12/17/14 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie from Scotland looking to Tour USA Canada

Camp out in Western US near the coast in the summer and you'll be fine. Besides, there's a hell of a lot more areas to boondock out here than in the Eastern part. Might want to get yourself familiar with BLM land (Bureau Of Land Management). These are public areas that are not National, State or local parks. http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html EDIT: Also, camping in high elevations out West will be cooler too for the most part. Maybe I should ask what temperatures do you consider tolerable for camping.
mena661 12/16/14 09:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 600 watt pure sine wave inverter

I chose GoPower for lowest idle draw and provision for a remote power switch.X2
mena661 12/16/14 07:10pm Tech Issues
RE: QUESTION New Fords And Chassis Battery Disconnect

Sorry but new vehicles are 1 billion times more reliable than ANY of the old one's and I'm old enough and young enough to be thoroughly familiar with both. I LOVE old cars but let's face it, they were junk. Thank God they're relegated to fun cars now. I can fix them at my leisure.
mena661 12/16/14 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: More Solar for "Us"

Thanks again MrWiz for these posts.
mena661 12/15/14 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: 600 watt pure sine wave inverter

Excellent! Can you report back on how things are going when you get it setup?
mena661 12/15/14 12:17pm Tech Issues
RE: 600 watt pure sine wave inverter

Then if you have a 120v Samsung TV with a 12 or 14v power brick in line, you can also run that direct to get it off the inverter.In my case, it's easier just to run them off an inverter than to run new 12V wires/cig plugs to the TV's (they don't have bricks anyways). Also, can't run the receiver and DVD players on 12V so I have to use an inverter anyways. Some other stuff runs on 120V only too. I plug the shore cord directly into the inverter and turn off all breakers except the receptacles (they're all normally off anyways...I only leave the MegaWatt's breaker on at home...easy to remember).
mena661 12/15/14 10:22am Tech Issues
RE: 600 watt pure sine wave inverter

Break the load down in amps, item by item.Missed this part. Looking through my doc on draws, I only broke out the front TV from the entertainment system. Samsung 26" LCD (no LED backlighting) draws 6.18A by itself. The front surround system as a whole draws 13.6A. The rear Samsung 23" (also no LED backlighting) draws 3.88A but that includes a DVD player. That's not connected to the front surround system, it uses the TV's speakers.
mena661 12/15/14 08:51am Tech Issues
RE: 600 watt pure sine wave inverter

Yeah, but your new TV draws something stupid low like 22 watts or less. Break the load down in amps, item by item.That one's not in the rig BUT it will be soon cause the one in the rig crapped out.
mena661 12/14/14 10:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar as battery maintenance during storage - opinions

My goal is maintenance only during storage. I am not concerned with power when I'm dry camping. Those needs are already met with my generator & would like to avoid installing any permanent panel on the TT roof or carrying a portable panel & setting it up each time. I am only wanting to avoid removing the batteries while in storage, but yet, keeping them charged. I understand the controller is overkill for what I want to do & can handle larger panels, but it seems to have very good reviews.Sounds like you got a plan. Good to go.
mena661 12/14/14 09:12pm Tech Issues
RE: 600 watt pure sine wave inverter

A 300W will more than run your entertainment system. I have 5.1 surround, a receiver and a 26 inch LCD TV. My 300W will run that and the second 23 inch LCD at the same time no problem with some room to spare. I also have a Go Power 300W PSW like smk does, very happy with it. EDIT: My entertainment system draws about 180W altogether.
mena661 12/14/14 08:34pm Tech Issues
RE: More Solar for "Us"

280W should be more than enough for heat and fridge.
mena661 12/12/14 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: More Solar for "Us"

? What's special about Mr. Wizard's panels that they do so well in low light?He's got some amorphous panels.
mena661 12/12/14 04:16pm Tech Issues
RE: More Solar for "Us"

Dec 11, 2014 storm on the way, cloudy and overcast ALL day 29.07 AmpHrs... 390.5 watt Hrs this from 505w of panels flat on the roof, parked in the clear..No shade trees etc. this is what heavy cover does too solar outputThat's WAY more than I would've expected.
mena661 12/12/14 01:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie from Scotland looking to Tour USA Canada

For internet, I'd go with a Verizon Pre-paid plan using a LTE (4G) tablet (just buy one of their certified pre-owned tablets). You'll actually get a bit more data than using a cellphone AND you can use the tablet as a hotspot without paying extra (hotspots on smartphones are extra).
mena661 12/11/14 10:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TowMax ST tires recalled

I think that makes it structural.LOL!
mena661 12/10/14 09:10am Tech Issues
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