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RE: Charging with TV alternator... Mod with pics...

Hi, Do you have a link to this wind machine? but at $400, I may add the windmill cause I'm a gadget freak . . . Jim
pianotuna 03/26/15 06:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Amsoil OE Synthetic

Hi, I use Amsoil because it allows me to change the oil once per year.
pianotuna 03/26/15 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Low Propane Flow after Refill

Hi, Where are you located?
pianotuna 03/26/15 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian Full-Timers

If you stay more than 31 days the 8840 form needs to be filled in every June. The consequences of not doing so can be quite dramatic. As of June 30, 2014, the border crossings automatically share the dates when you cross from one country to the other. The result is that Canadians may stay only 120 days in USA per calendar year. If you are spending a large amount of time down in the USA then you should also look into whether/when necessary for you completing Form 8840 based on your previous 3 years presence = closer connection to home form courtesy of Uncle Sam.
pianotuna 03/26/15 10:41am Full-time RVing
RE: 12v or 2 6v batteries?

One fly in the ointment for Canadian is that parallel kit generators are not sold here. I prefer the convenience of electric and/or remote start generators. Especially at -20 C temperatures.
pianotuna 03/26/15 10:38am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Canadian Full-Timers

Hi, I go south from Mid November to Mid March. My RV is capable of withstanding -40, after some modifications.
pianotuna 03/26/15 09:20am Full-time RVing
RE: victron views on MPPT

Hi Ski, I have four Unisolar US-64 panels wired in series/parallel with a nominal input voltage of 33 to a Blue Sky (not Victron) 3024di controller. Total is 256 watts. Pianotuna, what setup did you use?
pianotuna 03/25/15 08:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging with TV alternator... Mod with pics...

Hi lawrosa, Unfortunately lead acid battery recharging is NOT linear. Once the battery gets to 85% of fully charged the amps going in will taper. If it takes one hour to get from 50% to 85% it probably takes another hour to get from 85% to 90%. At 85% state of charge all that is going to go into the battery is about 12 amps. The above is why no one in their right mind attempts to recharge to 100% on generator. It could take 8 to 10 hours of run time. That is why solar systems work so well. They work over time to get the battery bank fully charged. I have 2- 75 ah battery's. So thats 150 ah... minus 1/2 is 75 ah till 50% soc. So if I can dump 40 amps in from my alt I can recharge in 2 hours or so. So I will run my truck 2 hours maybe every 3rd day..
pianotuna 03/24/15 09:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Boondocking really exists?

Hi, Not only are there lots of places that are free--some of them throw in free electricity too! low cost and free campsites I cant believe that there are places that you can pull off the road and just stay there. Not only for free but without fear of being arrested. That's just crazy talk to a guy from Mass. Technically I can get in trouble for letting someone stay in my MH while its in my driveway. So you cant even boondock on your own property where I live.
pianotuna 03/24/15 06:48pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: victron views on MPPT

Hi, From what I could glean from reading MPPT goes hand in hand with using higher voltage. If you can't do that then PWM appears to me to be better in small installs. At the same time my own personal results are outstanding, so I would probably do as I did again.
pianotuna 03/24/15 06:45pm Tech Issues
victron views on MPPT

This seems to be a "good read". mppt from Victron And a White Paper from the same source.
pianotuna 03/24/15 03:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging with TV alternator... Mod with pics...

Hi Mike, Continuous duty on an ordinary alternator is about 1/3 of total capacity. For short periods of time 100% can be used. The problem is overheating which may cause the diode to fail. There are external diodes that can be put in a cooler area than beside the engine that may be used. I don't think there will be much of an issue.
pianotuna 03/23/15 09:40pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Portable Convection Oven

Hi, What make is it? What is the wattage? Thanks in advance.
pianotuna 03/23/15 02:35pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How long will fridge go?

Hi, Running the fridge on electric costs about $0.70 per day where I live. Over a ten year life span that works out to about $2550.00. Propane would be even more expensive.
pianotuna 03/23/15 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Charging with TV alternator... Mod with pics...

Hi, It will be fine. I prefer to not idle my Ford v-10. Consumption is about 1.5 gph if I remember correctly.
pianotuna 03/22/15 07:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: FW 120v ac wiring guidance

Hi, If you boondock and use an inverter there is a case to be made for having all the items you do NOT wish to run via the inverter on one leg. You could still have each air conditioner on separate legs--just don't turn it on when using the inverter.
pianotuna 03/22/15 03:43pm Tech Issues
RE: length addition

Hi Tail swing will be a lot greater.
pianotuna 03/22/15 03:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Where To Buy 30-A/H Li-Po Battery ?

Hi rtz, Mex needs 12 volts. So that works out to 19.2 pounds
pianotuna 03/22/15 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Where To Buy 30-A/H Li-Po Battery ?

Hi Mex, I don't think you will find an 8 pound battery that does 30 amp-hours.
pianotuna 03/22/15 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: converter

Iota, PD, and Boondocker are all good converters. Talk to Randy at bestconverters.com
pianotuna 03/22/15 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
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