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RE: Cold weather skirting info/photo's

Thanks for the pictures. My idea would be to use weather proof Velcro to attach flexible skirting.
pianotuna 12/07/16 07:10am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I am looking for a couple good books on RV solar

Hi Westend, It is very much a "work in progress" so please let me know what you think about it--and make any suggestions for improvement. For my current thoughts on solar surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/ Wow Don, I've got some reading to do, also. I didn't know you had all of that RV information compiled. Great resource! Thanks!
pianotuna 12/04/16 06:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

BFL13, Not enough equipment with just a battery charger.
pianotuna 12/04/16 04:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Hi BFL13, By having the charge voltage higher than the float voltage, and monitoring what is going into the bank. 1/2 amp per 100 amp-hours of capacity is full. I have an ammeter on the output to the RV and a reading from the Magnum inverter charger. Magnum amps - output amps = amps going into the battery bank. I'm considering adding one of the field effect ammeters that Landyacht found.
pianotuna 12/04/16 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Cold weather

There is a great thread here: Winter RV Camping
pianotuna 12/04/16 03:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: RV Trip Planner

Surf to: https://freecampsites.net/ and click on the trip planner.
pianotuna 12/04/16 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I am looking for a couple good books on RV solar

Handybob is at best dated and mostly a rant. Jacks site is good. For my current thoughts on solar surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 12/04/16 09:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: solar powered air conditioning company

Hi Jim, I think it may come with the solar panels and battery bank. Though I'm not sure about that. They do have another model specifically for RV's. Power requirements appear to be 48 V DC @ 18 amps or 864 watts. https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Powered-Window-Air-Conditioner/dp/B00K7KAAZI/ref=pd_sbs_263_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00K7KAAZI&pd_rd_r=SHPKSQY4T9FM10BMT3ME&pd_rd_w=Q1LMZ&pd_rd_wg=d6RDL&psc=1&refRID=SHPKSQY4T9FM10BMT3ME
pianotuna 12/04/16 09:10am Tech Issues
solar powered air conditioning company

Hi, It's not cheap--but it does run on solar! http://kingtecsolar.com/products/
pianotuna 12/04/16 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: 240V split phase inverter

Hi, Yes it exists. Look at the Magnum inverter/chargers, or other high end makes such as Victron and Outback.
pianotuna 12/04/16 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: MotoMaster 1000 Watt pure sine wave Inverter sale this Fri

Hi brulaz, The main reason for lower voltage drop is there are twice as many cells in paralleled 12 volts vs series 6 volts. That means each cell in the 12 volt configuration provides 1/2 the amps that the 6 volts has to, provided that balanced wiring is used. SoundGuy: AFAIK a pair of Marine G27s or G31s in parallel should have less V drop than a pair of GC2s under high loads. Their design specs include motor starting, so I guess they have more surface area or whatever that deals with that issue. But they usually have less Ah and can't do as many cycles as GC2s.
pianotuna 12/04/16 05:48am Tech Issues
RE: Costco GC2 Batts

I could not agree more. Once we get to more exotic technologies the same rule should apply. I'm intrigued by the new carbon foam jars. I must try to research them somehow. Again cents per kWh is the only intelligent way to measure a cyclable battery. Avoiding this calculation is bunk science and economics
pianotuna 12/03/16 08:22am Tech Issues
RE: Costco GC2 Batts

What inverter are you using? What is the wattage when the air is running? Voltage drop on the batteries? Well, since I never drive the camper over the greens, and can run my 11k air conditioner for short periods (30 to 60 min, depending on SOC) off of two 208 a/hr Costco $85 GCs, I believe thay are a serious alternative to the 'better' brands....JMO from actual personal experience.... 3 tons
pianotuna 12/03/16 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Another freezing water line question

For a Class C the fresh water tank and pump are generally inside the heated space. Waste tanks are not. I replaced the cold air return grate for the furnace with dual window fans. That allows me to heat 100% electrically.
pianotuna 12/02/16 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: AGM vs Flooded Bulk Times

Hi, After ten days of idle, solar is keeping the batteries at 13.2. After dusk that drops to 12.9. I plugged the Magnum into shore power. It started at 27 amps @ 14.6 volts and within five minutes was at 20. After 15 minutes it was at 12 @ 14.4 volts. I expect that by tomorrow the demand will be much lower.
pianotuna 12/01/16 11:31pm Tech Issues
RE: MotoMaster 1000 Watt pure sine wave Inverter sale this Fri

Hi, These prices are in Canadian Dollars and FOB in Calgary. http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels No, that's not a good price for solar in Canada. Just to add there is a in store clearance special at some Canadian tire stores of 2x 100 watt (200 watt total) Coleman solar panels for $369.00 can. plus taxes. Good solar panel prices for up here in Canada. I suppose not if you live close to a solar wholesaler, many don't and must factor in transport. Around here rv dealers still charge over 5$ a watt for panels. For many it is a good price.
pianotuna 12/01/16 07:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Charger selection help please

jharell, The equipment: Yamaha 3000 sIEB inverter generator Magnum 3000 hybrid inverter/charger 556 amp-hours of surplus acid AGM telecom batteries ambient temperature about 4 c (39 f) The sequence of events: 1. deliberate discharge for testing purposes, between four and five hours @ 600 watts. 2. Yamaha 3000 sIEB as a power source 3. ARC remote set to 23 amps to NOT overload the Yamaha 4. Magnum starts to charge and amps rise extremely quickly to 127 5. Magnum shuts down charging to protect itself 6. ARC remote set to 13 amps to limit charging rate to 108 amps 2 hours later charging rate under 10 amps
pianotuna 12/01/16 07:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Output in Shade?

Hedge the Grape is only $45.00
pianotuna 12/01/16 11:39am Tech Issues
RE: Winter camping

Hi, Unless you have an RV custom built, you simply won't find a unit that meets all the needs of -40 weather. There will need to be modifications. I'm not interested in retrofitting anything. I want to buy an RV that is built for cold weather
pianotuna 12/01/16 11:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Charger selection help please

Hi BFL13, It is odd that's for sure. But the 13 amps in with 108 amps out was a real life measurement. I'm guessing at the voltage, because I don't remember it.
pianotuna 12/01/16 11:34am Tech Issues
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