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RE: Unique Usage -- Looking to Buy

Hi abimarye, Let me be totally blunt. The words "quality" and "RV" should never be used in the same sentence. The designers and makers are not folks who actually use RV's. Fit and finish are barely acceptable. Everything is made with the lightest (and therefore weak) materials that can be found. There are lots of horror stories about new units that spend months and months waiting for the dealer to get around to fixing serious faults. When buying a used unit look for leaks. Then look even harder for leaks. Finally LOOK FOR LEAKS. You will know within ten seconds whether the owner has maintained the RV. Just look at it carefully. You know what to look for for insurance so you are miles ahead of most buyers. Ask if you can have it independently inspected. If they say "no" say "thanks" and walk away. It is almost always wise to buy used. The first owner gets the "kinks" worked out. Quality control appears to be non existent in the RV market. I'd suggest you rent for one trip to see if this really "fits" your lifestyle. Is this more accurate than the reverse, than the first owner fails to care for the unit? What would you look for when buying a used unit?
pianotuna 07/28/16 11:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Unique Usage -- Looking to Buy

It is almost always wise to buy used. The first owner gets the "kinks" worked out. Quality control appears to be non existent in the RV market. I'd suggest you rent for one trip to see if this really "fits" your lifestyle.
pianotuna 07/28/16 09:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: unlimited data plans

Thanks Jim.
pianotuna 07/28/16 08:36pm Technology Corner
RE: unlimited data plans

Hi Jim, Can 3g support netflix? (I'm assuming you have one of these devices) Thanks in advance. As I said from the start in the other thread, there are other sellers and the Verizon 3G is still a wonderful deal.
pianotuna 07/28/16 07:45pm Technology Corner
RE: MSW Inverter

Go Power is an inverter only product and is generally pretty well made. That doesn't say it is PSW--but then my Cobra 2500 watt MSW would run a 1591 watt microwave.
pianotuna 07/28/16 04:23pm Tech Issues
RE: MSW Inverter

Is it rated to run motors? If so, go for it. If not, well I hope it was not an expensive coffee pot. My Cobra 2500 watt inverter did not damage my Nuwave induction cooker--but I did not attempt to run it. I want to install a Go-Power 1750 MSW Inverter to run the coffee pot. I wonder if there would be any problems using a MSW Inverter on a coffee pot that has digital clock and programing circuits.
pianotuna 07/28/16 02:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane fridge operation

There is a gas valve if the flame blow out the gas valve closes.
pianotuna 07/28/16 12:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help choosing water heater...

Hi, They do NOT sip propane. I would recommend a ten gallon unit with electric. I find that I can turn on the heater first thing in the morning--get washed up and then turn it off and it "coasts" for the rest of the day with enough heated water for the supper dishes. In my previous RV with a 6 gallon tank--I would run out of hot water and have to turn it on a 2nd time. There are some that have a "motor assist" coil where heat from the engine is used to heat up the water in the tank. If mine fails, I'll try to find one of those units.
pianotuna 07/28/16 09:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: wiring solar to batteries

Hi Naio, Yes you are correct. And it makes a huge difference to lifespan. Besides with two 12 volt jars it doesn't cost a dime more to balance them. I was thinking that the problem is that they don't get charged correctly if they are not balanced at load time. One gets too much or the other gets too little.Is that wrong?
pianotuna 07/27/16 09:49pm Tech Issues
RE: DC not working

There is often a circuit breaker or fuse near or in the battery bank box. It may have failed. Do you carry a volt meter?
pianotuna 07/27/16 08:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: wiring solar to batteries

Hi Almot, The Tristar units do not let out the magic blue smoke when they over load. They simply clip off the excess. (within reason, of course)
pianotuna 07/27/16 08:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane fridge operation

Definitely normal.
pianotuna 07/27/16 07:11pm Tech Issues
RE: wiring solar to batteries

Ah but it does matter. The wiring needs to be done so the jars are balanced. See the link posted above and read it. 12V are wired in parallel so it doesnt really matter which battery you connect +/- to.
pianotuna 07/27/16 07:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Any ideas on the best Norcold fridge service in Vancouver BC

My understanding is that most absorption fridges die from blockages not from leaks. Did they tell you "Why" it had to be replaced? About the only reason it would need to be replaced is an ammonia leak which they can show you the greenish/yellowish discharge at the leak. But odds are you should have been smelling it too.
pianotuna 07/27/16 07:08pm Tech Issues
RE: wiring solar to batteries

Naio, That link should be required reading. There are a whole bunch of other topics there that are useful. And there is even a Peukert Calculator to download.
pianotuna 07/27/16 06:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Hot to touch fuse (solar)

How many watts is the solar system? What voltage?
pianotuna 07/27/16 04:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane and 12 volt battery

I did a little test today. Starting at 6 a.m. I used my laptop for 7 hours using a small MSW inverter. I used the microwave for 3'33" on the Magnum 3000 watt inverter, and ran the fantastic roof fan on high for 5 hours. The fridge was on propane. Then I drove for 25 minutes. After ten minutes of driving the solar was sending 15 amps to the engine. When I arrived at my brother's cottage and plugged in, 2 amps were going into the battery bank. Gotta love what 256 watts of solar can do.
pianotuna 07/27/16 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: motorhomes

Buy one that is five years old with low mileage.
pianotuna 07/27/16 02:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any ideas on the best Norcold fridge service in Vancouver BC

If you have to replace, consider going to a 120 volt residential model, add solar panels and an inverter to run it. Cost will be quite similar.
pianotuna 07/27/16 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: wiring solar to batteries

Wiring to the positive on one battery and negative on the other is the correct and balanced way to do this. All other loads and charging should be done the same way.
pianotuna 07/27/16 02:22pm Tech Issues
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