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RE: 400 Watts of Solar for $37 ?

Hi, Price is edging up but here is a similar 100 watt package: 100 watts $42 shipping $18
pianotuna 03/03/15 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Ongoing saga of the motorhome

Hi, Any time you can't have an independent assessment done, run away. It may be that the dealer and the other person have had issues before, but I sure would insist on it now.
pianotuna 03/02/15 05:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: windows 8.1 or windows 7

Hi Jeff, I had specific software that had to run in what was called "real mode". After two years the latest Apple OS no longer supported that mode with the amount of Ram I had--which I had maxed out when I made the original purchase. Therefore 6k/2 = 3k per year. I was left with an obsolete Mac that I had little or no use for. The program I needed was distributed on CDROM, so I had to buy a drive and a docking port. I was already emailing clients so I had to buy a modem. I needed a floppy drive, so that was another expense. None of this made the laptop particularly portable, and the Mac did not support my database, so I had to carry two computers. The replacement for the Mac was about 1500, and I had to buy nothing extra. I really wish that computers would stop evolving, and that they were worthwhile fixing, instead of being a "throw away". Hi Jeff, This was back in 1996, so I don't remember the details. All said it done it cost me 6 grand. 3k per year is too rich for my blood3k all in for top of the line Mac is about right in US$$, but per year?? I'm just barely getting used to 7, and now I gotta learn 2 more? Grrrr
pianotuna 03/02/15 04:47pm Technology Corner
RE: A quick Hello...

How do you tell when an RV salesman is lying? Answer, his lips are moving. The above is probably an unfair statement, but sadly most RV sellers want your money. They will tell you your tow vehicle could easily handle pulling the Titanic (and underwater is not a problem, either). To some extent RV'ers have created a situation where quality comes last and low price comes first. You will need to know EXACTLY what you want in an RV before you buy. Don't put a dime down on the table until any deficiencies are fixed to your specifications. Will you boondock? Camp off the grid? Be in RV parks? Be in campgrounds? Decide those items and then narrow the search to units that meet your needs. I will more than likely buy from a reputable dealer to minimize the risk. I would rather spend the extra 25% for the peace of mind.
pianotuna 03/02/15 03:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: windows 8.1 or windows 7

Hi Jeff, This was back in 1996, so I don't remember the details. All said it done it cost me 6 grand. 3k per year is too rich for my blood. Mac's are nice. So are Pc's. Find the program you want to run, then buy the platform that supports it.
pianotuna 03/02/15 03:28pm Technology Corner
RE: windows 8.1 or windows 7

Hi, I had a Mac. It was a pain. It was the most expensive laptop I've ever owned and was totally obsolete within 24 months. I had maxed out the ram and there was still not enough memory to run the one program I got it for in "real mode" so it could not be upgraded to the next apple OS. It had no modem, no disk drive, and a special docking port was needed for using a cdrom drive. It would lock up on a regular basis, requiring me to "zap the pram". If I wished to change the battery, it had to go back to the factory. I'll never willing own another Mac. The OP should go for win 7 and probably consider transitioning to windows 10. Neither. Do yourself a favor & buy a Mac.
pianotuna 03/02/15 12:47pm Technology Corner
RE: Oil Change, shocks and possible wheel alignment

Hi, Welcome to the forums. Which chassis do you have?
pianotuna 03/02/15 12:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A quick Hello...

Hi, Welcome to the forums. Check for any sign of water damage. If found, run away! Other than that, try to find a floor plan that will make your wife happy.
pianotuna 03/02/15 12:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why won't my inverter put out?

Hi, Find out what alternator you have. I would not count on doing more than about 30 amps (300 watts) of load from a 130 amp alternator. Connect up the loads, watch the voltage on the battery. If it goes below 13.2 consider reducing the load. If it goes below 12.9, you are pushing the envelope. If it goes to 12.2 reduce the load immediately, or be prepared to purchase a new alternator shortly.
pianotuna 03/02/15 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery in a cell phone

Hi, Sometimes a phone will "lock up" and removing the battery is a way to "reboot" it. I'd prefer to be able to do so.
pianotuna 03/02/15 09:28am Technology Corner
RE: Why won't my inverter put out?

Start up surge, with the exception of the compressor freezer can be from 0 to 100%. I.E. plug in the heating pad and instead of 45 watts it might be 90 (Unlikely). For the freezer you may need a 1000 watt PSW inverter and large DC cables --probably 00 or even 000 size. You could try large size DC cables to the existing inverter, but it may be a BORG situation. Sure, these low-power items have startup surges. But how big can those surges be? And what can I do about the freezer?
pianotuna 03/02/15 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Why won't my inverter put out?

Hi, Thicker cables and a shorter run to the inverter may help. Cleaning up the battery posts and the clamps may help. A 750 watt may draw up to 75 amps from the battery, depending on how it is loaded. Be careful to make sure you don't end up with a dead starter battery. Have you tried plugging the shore power cord into the inverter? If the fridge has a compressor, it may want a start up surge of ten times the running watts. Without enough battery power that is not going to work well, particularly on a modified sine wave inverter. Most folks with compressor types look at a 1000 watt continuous pure sine wave inverter.
pianotuna 03/02/15 07:34am Tech Issues
RE: 400 Watts of Solar for $37 ?

Price now $39
pianotuna 03/02/15 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: 400 Watts of Solar for $37 ?

Hi, It is a great price for 100 watts.
pianotuna 03/01/15 10:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter Replacement

Hi, Contact Randy at Bestconverters.com for an appropriate replacement. There are several good converters, including (in no particular order) Boondocker, Progressive Dynamics (with wizard), and Iota.
pianotuna 03/01/15 10:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panels for battery charging

Hi, Start with a big battery. Add 150 watts of solar for every 100 amp-hours of battery bank, with a good controller. Cost is currently under $2 per watt for materials.
pianotuna 03/01/15 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Charging question

Hi, Use the wfco and the battery charger together.
pianotuna 03/01/15 02:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford E350 Handling

Hi, Ratio of wheel base to length is ideal at 55%. Right now you are at 158:288 = 54% or 159:288 = 55%. Thanks to everyone, The Ford has the 158" WB and the GM is 159" but they both have the same rear overhang. The GM is 5" longer front axle to front bumper. I did notice the extra room in the GM cab but the Ford Dog house has much more storage.
pianotuna 03/01/15 02:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thousand Trails Reviews Please

Hi How is your Latin? difficile est, facile ex in Once you join, it may not be easy to quit. Thousand Trails and other (essentially) time share type memberships may only make sense for full time, and I'm not convinced I'd save a dime, given my camping style which is mostly urban docking.
pianotuna 03/01/15 10:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford E350 Handling

Hi, How long is the wheel base?
pianotuna 03/01/15 09:38am Class C Motorhomes
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