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RE: Canada WIFI -- Mobley -- a few weeks.

Hi TenOC T-Mobile has identical coverage to the "big three" cell companies in Canada. It is unlimited data in Canada. Get a "no contract" plan. You may wish to check out Metro PCS as well. Give the route there may be areas that have no cell phone service.
pianotuna 11/22/17 11:06am Technology Corner
RE: Alberta to Tennessee

probably too cold for a bike unless you have heated suits
pianotuna 11/22/17 10:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I want one!

The grid is decrepit. In 1957 an 1100 square foot apartment only required a 40 amp service. A building with 43 suites has a main fuse of only 1000 amps. How do I know? I just paid for upgrading to 70 amps which including drawing #3 wire in a 1 inch conduit for 100 feet (with two bends). I would be hard pressed to charge an electric car from the 15 amp service to my parking spot--but I hope to be able to afford to do so some day.
pianotuna 11/22/17 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter On or Off

Hi, Nice inverter. Now all we need to know if it is an inverter, or an inverter/charger. In the first case--leave it off. If it is an inverter/charger, leave it on, unless the RV is going to be in storage.
pianotuna 11/21/17 05:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter On or Off

specific make and model would help.
pianotuna 11/21/17 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: No power from genset

circuit breakers on the generator.
pianotuna 11/19/17 06:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Winter battery maintenance

charge them. disconnect the positive posts. reconnect in spring or first trip.
pianotuna 11/19/17 06:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: solar

https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 11/17/17 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar trickle charger help

Hi Boon Dooker, 150 watts X .98 MPPT =~ 147 / 12.6 volts =~ 11.6 amps when using an Mppt controller. When panels were $5.50 per watt this made great sense. I do harvest up to 21 amps from 256 watts of solar wired in series/parallel for 33 volts input to a Blue Sky 3024 controller. That is with a flat fixed installation. The harvest would be lower with PWM. With panels as low as $0.24 cents per watt, adding more panels is today's solution. I don't think you are going to get 12.5 amps from a 150 watts of solar, seeing as the average amperage for a 100 watt panel is around 6 amps. To get 12.5 amps you would need 200 watts of solar. Plus you have to take into consideration that the sun is not always shining at 100%
pianotuna 11/17/17 08:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar trickle charger help

Hi Boon Docker, There is little point in having more than 150 watts of panels per 100 amp-hours. The acceptance rate, for a flooded lead acid jar, at 85% state of charge, is around 12.5 amps per 100 amp-hours (or about 150 watts). 60 watts is enough to allow for equalization. For my detailed thoughts on solar, surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/ Raven52, Start with an energy audit. From that, size the battery bank. From that allow 60 watts per 100 amp-hours of storage. What he said but I prefer 120 to 140 watts per 100 aH of battery X2 A minimum of 100 watts of solar per 100 AH of battery, the more watts the better.
pianotuna 11/17/17 04:31pm Travel Trailers
I want one!

Hi All, 500 mile range loaded to 80,000 pounds. 30 minutes to recharge to 400 mile range. It may be self driving, too. https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1113863_tesla-semi-500-mile-range-lower-running-costs-than-diesel-and-its-fast
pianotuna 11/17/17 04:13pm Tech Issues
RE: (Another) Rough electrical question

Hi Naio, Nice to hear from you. I would not use "stab" connectors of any kind. I would not use extension cord material. If using stranded wire then the ends need to be made into an appropriate size "hook" and tinned. Or get the crimp on "ends". My inclination is to over build so I'd use #12 wire. I would use female outlets intended for 20 amp. I would buy Hubble outlets if I could find them in the size I wished to have. My RV is Canadian built and has solid wire romex. It did come with stab connectors--but those have all be replaced. When I changed them out, some had already shown signs of failure. I do tighten the screws in the breaker box once per year. After the initial tightening, none have been loose. But I push my wiring HARD by heating electrically--so I want to know they are tight.
pianotuna 11/16/17 08:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar trickle charger help

Raven52, Start with an energy audit. From that, size the battery bank. From that allow 60 watts per 100 amp-hours of storage.
pianotuna 11/16/17 08:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Voltage Regulator.....5000 watt Realistically Rated

I can't seem to find a manual....but even if I did I'm probably not bright enough to understand it.
pianotuna 11/15/17 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Postive Battery Connection

My buss bar was 3/4 inch copper pipe flattened in a vise--that way it did not work harden.
pianotuna 11/15/17 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: IOTA ITS-50R Transfer Switch Failure

Sounds as if there may have been an "open neutral" event which put 240 volts through one leg of the RV. In other words--the transfer switch may not have caused the failure--but rather was damaged by the failure upstream from it.
pianotuna 11/12/17 11:54am Tech Issues
RE: Towed Vehicle Battery Charging Interesting Idea

So how do we prevent one of these boost units from frying? I.E. how do we limit the input current? Can they be paralleled? I'd really love to send my house back a steady 30 amps.
pianotuna 11/12/17 11:47am Tech Issues
RE: Cheapest source for Honda 2000 genny?

Hi, Better change that to "might run". I would have gone with the Champion 3400 watt with remote electric start. Thanks to all for your help and Geoboy for pointing out that the Honda 2000 will run the RV 13500 BTU AC with a mod to the AC called Micro-Air. Cool product I was unaware of. Hence the value of asking what might be an obvious question on this forum :)
pianotuna 11/12/17 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: Yet another AGM question

X2, but a switch would be desirable, depending on what charge controller is used. Just make sure it is DC rated. ..not that anyone needs fused panels.
pianotuna 11/11/17 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: What battery should I buy?

Lifeline Deep Cycle AGM quote an cold cranking amp number. So do Rolls. To me, any battery that advertises a Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) rating is NOT a true deep discharge battery.
pianotuna 11/11/17 09:04am Travel Trailers
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