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RE: Propane furnace battery usage

Hi, If the engine is a v-10 it is safe to idle it for hours at a time. That will "get you through" and you can use the dash air to heat up the RV, too.
pianotuna 10/20/14 09:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Use during winter in Mid-West

Hi, If the waste tanks are enclosed it is possible to add a 120 volt heater. I recommend you read this thread: winter camping
pianotuna 10/20/14 08:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric Cable

Hi, In Canada it would be against code to add a 15 amp outlet. I'd be looking at #6 wire for such a long run. That would allow the box to be upgraded to 50 amp, if and when the time comes that you change RV's to a 50 amp unit.
pianotuna 10/20/14 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Free campimg

Hi, Unless you full time, such clubs are generally a poor idea. Passport America does make sense because it is inexpensive and easy to leave if you so wish. I enjoy using http://freecampsites.net/
pianotuna 10/20/14 07:14am Coast to Coast
RE: 100% electrical conversion?

Hi, Before I was full time I used to use my solar and battery bank to run the water heater, particularly when the battery bank was full for the day. Jim, the ten gallon water heater on mine is 1200 watts and takes 90 minutes to reach full temperature. After that it cycles about every four hours and draws power for 15 minutes. My guess is that a 600 watt heater would take about 180 minutes to get to the first cycle. If I know I will have shore power after a day's travel, I run my absorption fridge from the battery bank/alternator/solar/inverter. The fridge uses about 5 kwh per day. For fun, in the past, I have heated the water using a five minutes on ten minutes off duty cycle, so as not to over stress the alternator. If there is room on the roof for 1500 watts of solar and a hybrid inverter is used, it is theoretically possible to run the air conditioner. The cost works out to about double that of a Yamaha 3000 sIEB inverter generator. I have run my roof air successfully from the inverter without the engine running on my class C. Because I have manual control of the alternator to house bank charging circuits, I am able to keep the duty cycle down to a safe level. I do use the fan only setting on the ducted roof air to help distribute cool air from the dash air throughout the RV. I discovered last summer (before the hybrid inverter) that the roof air would cycle off when I ran it from the generator, when using the dash air.
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing tires with wider tires.

Hi, Yes it does. It may be possible to have the speedometer adjusted to read correctly. I have a question .. if one changes wheel and tire size even one inch in diameter, doesn't the speedometer read incorrectly both in MPH and mileasge? If so, can that we adjusted according at the speedo end?? :h
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Batteries: Two-6V In Series, or Two-12V In Parallel ???

Hi, There are reasons to consider 12 volt jars. Redundancy is about number 7000 down from the top of the list. The point that keeps coming up is if one battery fails, it can be taken out of the bank. At at the lake, one camper borrowed one of his four 12Volt batteries to replace his trolling motor battery that suddenly developed an open cell.
pianotuna 10/19/14 03:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Secure internet access?

Hi Mama, Do a coverage search. Verizon used to be the clear winner. That may have changed but I doubt it.
pianotuna 10/19/14 03:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this PT's future?

Hi Mr. Wizard, I'm at 100 inches wide. I am not sure but I think that leaves me with 2 inches to "play with".
pianotuna 10/19/14 02:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

Hi Mex, Nice find. Will it work with an AGM?
pianotuna 10/19/14 11:00am Tech Issues
RE: Is this PT's future?

Hi, Width of vehicle (legality) becomes an issue. RV's sometimes are already pushing that limit. I'd have to have mounting that is narrower than the existing awning. That means panels on one side only. It would be possible with deep enough pockets to nest a double layer of panels on the roof which could be deployed with electric actuators. Unfortunately, my pockets are not so deep and are often threadbare. LOL I think it's kind of a neat idea to use the panels as window shades.
pianotuna 10/19/14 10:58am Tech Issues
RE: Is this PT's future?

Hi, This might be my (long term) future. All electric powered camper I love the idea of a single fuel vehicle. My fall upgrade is 100 feet #10 with 30 amp ends, and a 66 foot, and a 34 foot. I have 3 dogbones for 15 to 30, and another 3 for 30 to 15.
pianotuna 10/19/14 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: Secure internet access?

Hi, Virgin USA piggybacks on Sprint. That means poor coverage in the West. I'd check out something that piggybacks on Verizon. Walmart may have some solutions. It may be an idea to get two different network phones with hotspots. In urban centers Metro PCS offers unlimited tethered data but I believe the network is T-mobile.
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing tires with wider tires.

Hi, I upgraded to wider and taller tires. If you have duals it requires new rims so the offset is correct. It improved mileage and handling and got me into a "safe zone" for tire carrying capacity. I would do it again. Make sure there is fender clearance.
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice/input?/Soon to be "full time"

Hi Tyler, Welcome to the forums. I'd recommend you rent for a month before committing to a particular type of RV. Living in "close quarters" can be a challenge. You might want to try spending a week in your present accommodations where you only use the bathroom and the kitchen. Buying used can save thousands of dollars, but don't buy anything that has any sign of a water leak. I would not buy new unless I were a seasoned RV'er and was ordering a custom built unit from a quality manufacturer. Most RV people are a bit different (it is all the fruit cake we eat? *grin*). If you are buying from a dealer, it would be best to buy in the area where you are going to live, so that any warranty issues can be taken care of. The tow vehicle looks good--but make sure to upgrade the suspension. Active air bags would be a good place to start. Add a tranny cooler? My favorite web site for finding places to stay is free and low cost campsites The next three years have me in school to finish up a degree. We have been discussing for awhile our plans for those three years. RVing is something new to both of us, besides a few trips with family members. I have always been the "buy used" guy, so naturally I am drawn to the used trailers. We have an 08 F-450 We plan on being in the 5er for 2 months before heading back to Texas Plan on making the purchase from the San Diego area but not locked into that There are a few higher quality coaches we have looked at but are not sure we want to spend more than we have discussed. Used or new? Am I crazy for wanting to do this?! Thanks for any input. -Tyler
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: PowerMax PM3. vs PM4. Converter

Hi, Yes, the PD line up with wizard does a "stirring" voltage every 21 hours for 15 minutes. It goes to 14.4 volts to do so. That is not going to equalize or desulphate anything. It comes under the category of "better than a punch in the nose".
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Getting all the water out of the water heater

Hi, I do use a plastic tube to siphon as much water out of the heater as I can.
pianotuna 10/19/14 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: Tips for keeping mice out?

Hi, Stainless steel pot scrubbers and great stuff foam.
pianotuna 10/19/14 06:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Eco-Worthy 12v solar panels, Now drifting to... mono vs poly

Hi, If your RV is under a "roof" of solar panels is it in the sun? *grin*. There is a thread with pictures of solar installs. Don't reinvent the wheel for the mounts. I would only consider having powered tilt myself. One axis is enough.
pianotuna 10/18/14 09:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Eco-Worthy 12v solar panels, Now drifting to... mono vs poly

Hi jrnymn7, Folks usually give up tilting after seven times doing so. Since there is a lot of roof space add an extra panel or two and forgo the tilt. The savings from not having a tilt may pay for about one extra panel. Permanent mounting on the roof pretty much eliminates the "five finger discount". A fixed installation also means that any trip will start with a bursting full battery bank. Having portable panels is almost, from my point of view, like tent camping. You have to put them up, and take them down. In my case, I jump into the driver's seat, turn on the key, and leave.
pianotuna 10/18/14 08:06pm Tech Issues
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