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RE: Harbor Freight/Honda smackdown....

My Boliy did not even last 2 months. They did not stand behind the warranty because I did not have the original shipping box. I was warned buying "off brand" generators years ago.. I bought a Boliy 3600 which is a Yamaha clone, I was told it would be a POS and last 6 months at best.. that was 6 years ago and it's been 100% reliable and has several thousand hours on it..
pianotuna 07/26/17 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Air conditioner causing fridge temp to rise

Hi, Energy drops off dramatically when voltage drops. Example: at 118 volts watts of output will be about 325. at 108 volts watts of output will be about 297. That's about a 10% loss of heat--enough to make a huge difference in cooling for the fridge.
pianotuna 07/26/17 01:13am Tech Issues
RE: Recharging batteries when boondocking

If boondocking is in your future consider a solar solution.
pianotuna 07/26/17 01:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery-AGM

I love my telecom jars.
pianotuna 07/26/17 12:57am General RVing Issues
RE: 50A Transfer Switch Recommendations

mena, Another way to go is solid state. When I did my upgrade that was pie in the sky tech.
pianotuna 07/26/17 12:30am Tech Issues
RE: 50A Transfer Switch Recommendations

Hi CA Traveler, Because the OEM relay had burned contacts within 12 months of my first use. Because the circuit also blew three sixty amp fuses. I replaced the fuse with a 50 amp automatic circuit breaker. It has been fine ever since. I'd upgrade to one that is rated for at least 100 amps. Mine are 200 amps.Why so much higher than 50A?
pianotuna 07/26/17 12:29am Tech Issues
RE: How much propane will I use?

Hi tatest, My fridge has a duty cycle of 2:3 (i.e. 40 minutes on for every 60 minutes of operation) That does not necessarily run continuously, depends on temperature settings, how often the fridge is opened, how often warm stuff is put in, and outside temperatures (heat load).
pianotuna 07/25/17 08:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: Harbor Freight/Honda smackdown....

Looks like it is electric start, too.
pianotuna 07/25/17 01:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Help replacing an OLD isolator

I would go to a relay rather than a diode. I replaced mine with units rated at 200 amps.
pianotuna 07/25/17 01:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Fitting question

Don't use silicone
pianotuna 07/25/17 01:48pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Can I hack into my heat ducts in new TT? Extra AC / heat.

cover the windows from the outside. Park with the bedroom facing the sun. Close all the doors. Cook outdoors. Do not run the water heater.
pianotuna 07/25/17 01:47pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How much propane will I use?

EstorilM, Folks don't do the math. The heat strip in a roof air conditioner can put out about 5100 btu's. Compare that to the furnace at 35,000! If the air conditioner is a heat pump then energy output will be much higher than a plain jane heat strip. If planning to use a 1500 watt heater replace the outlet you intend to plug it into with a top of the line unit.
pianotuna 07/25/17 11:00am Beginning RVing
RE: Delamination caused by heat

run away
pianotuna 07/25/17 10:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar advice needed!

Handy is at best dated and is mostly a rant. As some of the information is wrong headed it is no place for a beginner. I would start here. https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/
pianotuna 07/25/17 09:28am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar advice needed!

Hi, I was invited to write a series of articles on installing solar. Surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 07/24/17 10:55pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 50A Transfer Switch Recommendations

Hi mena661, I'd upgrade to one that is rated for at least 100 amps. Mine are 200 amps.
pianotuna 07/24/17 10:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Microwave and converter fried at campground

Bobbo, See wa8yxm's explanation. Think about how a duplexed outlet works in a Kitchen.
pianotuna 07/23/17 09:47pm Tech Issues
RE: This kinda thing can't help but keep fuel prices down.

Don't forget the first transamerican road trip was made in a gasoline powered car. The fuel was purchased mainly at hardware stores. As EV's take over the market, there will be more and more charging locations. http://amhistory.si.edu/onthemove/exhibition/exhibition_7_2.html Here is a link to the PBS movie on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suvT4J6w_EE
pianotuna 07/23/17 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: This kinda thing can't help but keep fuel prices down.

Hi John and Angela, That's wonderful news. Just maybe I'll live long enough to have a battery powered vehicle. One caveat is I'll only have a 15 amp 120 volt source for charging.
pianotuna 07/23/17 02:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Microwave and converter fried at campground

Hi Mike, I wish that were so--but the 30 amp shore power can be on either the high or low voltage side of a neutral. It is rarer, but not impossible. That is why I always check voltage and polarity under load before I plug in the RV. BTW I'm not a surge protector believer, but rather an energy management believer. Mostly low voltage is what causes slow but progressive damage to items such as the air conditioner. That is why the first line of defense is measurement under load, before plugging in the RV. The second line is a Sola Basic autoformer which does 3 layers of boost and 1 layer of buck. Assuming that it may be my plug that's defective, if I continue to only use the 30 amp adapter that should prevent a similar overvoltage from happening again right?
pianotuna 07/23/17 02:32pm Tech Issues
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