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RE: 1981 Hydro-Flame VS Vented Platinum Cat Heater ?

Hi, I'd expect the old furnace to do more btu's than the Platinum Cat. The Cat does have a working thermostat.
pianotuna 01/30/15 06:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help choosing a solar controller

53 watt panel
pianotuna 01/30/15 05:32pm Tech Issues
RE: mppt vs pwm

What mppt can't do is raise voltage higher than what is coming in from the panels. But if the panels are 30 volts and the batteries are nominally 12 volts that is hardly an issue.
pianotuna 01/30/15 05:11pm Tech Issues
RE: mppt vs pwm

No. We know MPPT controllers use excess voltage to create amps. But do they also use available amperage to create voltage?
pianotuna 01/30/15 02:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help choosing a solar controller

Hi, Looks like voc is 21.6 volts. Use any PWM controller that allows for variable set points. A temperature probe on the battery bank is a nice item to have.
pianotuna 01/30/15 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Parking in the yard club ?

http://harvesthosts.com/ http://freecampsites.net/ (the last one is my favorite site--no fee to use it)
pianotuna 01/30/15 02:12pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Parking in the yard club ?

Hi, There are several. Here is one: https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/ Last summer searching around the net, when we were thinking RV I came across a club where everyone allowed travelers (RVers) to spend an overnight at their homes. This year we've gotten serious about a motor home.. Does any one know what I'm talking about ? :?
pianotuna 01/30/15 09:15am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Inverters on Toyhaulers

Inverters are an easy to add item. I'd go pure sine wave if planning to run an entertainment system.
pianotuna 01/30/15 06:45am Toy Haulers
RE: Cabin power goes out on its own

Hi, There may be an automatic circuit breaker. Sometimes as they age they begin to fail.
pianotuna 01/30/15 06:42am Tech Issues
RE: mppt vs pwm

I agree 24 or 48 volts would be the route to follow for the battery bank. Method 3 on the smart gauge site for the wiring. I.E. equal length cables from all jars to a buss. correctly interconnecting multiple twelve volt batteries With 24 batteries that works out to six "strings" of four jars, assuming each jar is 12 volts. Voltage at the buss is 48.
pianotuna 01/30/15 06:30am Tech Issues
RE: An up date to our charging problem.

Hi, Be aware breakers take longer to trip. I would have stayed with 300 amps in a breaker.
pianotuna 01/30/15 06:04am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Great news about wheel adapters for older motorhomes

Hi Jose, I was advised to not use wheel adapters.
pianotuna 01/29/15 06:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What's the worst storm you have been in while camping?

five days of blizzard with a high temperature of -27 C (-16 F)
pianotuna 01/29/15 02:31pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Great news about wheel adapters for older motorhomes

Hi, It may cost more but new wheels might be in order: Southwest Wheel
pianotuna 01/29/15 01:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: An up date to our charging problem.

Hi Tom, If you still have it, send it off to: KJINTF move 6 months ahead to christmas time we found the rebuilt 458 was not charging the batteries above 13.2 VDC. we limped it along with a remote battery charger, until last week, I determined that there was 120 VAC to the inverter and nothing out on the AC or DC side of the inverter. So we decided that we had enough of trying to fix the old inverter, and ordered a new Magnum 2012 pure syne wave 2000 w inverter and remote control from Al's RV in Bellingham Wa. plus a new 50 amp Progressive EMS surge guard to protect it.
pianotuna 01/29/15 11:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cold start Brrrrrrrrrrrrr

Hi, There is still summer and winter fuel. Winter fuel gels at -40. The big difference is the fuel. Diesel is much more refined now than it used to be. It just doesn't gel like it used too.
pianotuna 01/29/15 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Audio Books

Hi, I stream audio from the BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/programmes/genres/drama/player I do download books when I have access to free wifi, too.
pianotuna 01/29/15 11:47am RV Lifestyle
RE: Amp Question, Watts, Electrical system.

Not usually, however sometimes folks wire in (large) stand alone inverters with dedicated outlets. Those run off the battery bank and converter. If the load is large enough they will draw energy directly from the battery bank. I found that convenient when I was in situations where there was only a 15 amp outlet. If you have a modern converter, it will not usually overcharge the battery bank. 1) When plugged in, does ANYTHNG run purely off battery power still or only electric converted to 12 volt. Wondering after reading if I am overcharging my batteries by not using them for anything. The most you will get continuous is 26.6 amps or 3192 VA which is not quite the same as 3192 watts. I added a hybrid inverter to take care of loads larger than my Yamaha 3000 sIEB can handle. Generator makers most often list the surge VA rating so the Honda 2000 is not the continuous load which is approximately 1600 va. 2) With 2 Honda 2000 watt generators going. And by the math I learned here, 30 amps x 120 or 115 or 110 (still confused about which it is, it seems to vary in google) is 3600 watts, does the extra 400 watts go anywhere in helping me to run the plug in heaters, or no because the breakers and wring are still going to pop regardless of how much juice I have coming in over 3600 watts / 30 amps? If 30 amps is 3600 watts and I have 4000 watts, is the extra watts lost? Find a different circuit inside the RV. Consider replacing the outlets that will be used for heaters, or run the heaters on lower settings. 3) Regarding tripping breakers when running couple heater fans, Assuming at LEAST I can plug an extension cord into one of the Hondas 120 outlet in addition to the 30 amp plug and get it that way?
pianotuna 01/29/15 11:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Driving a Class C on Snow and Ice

Hi, If you plan on mountain driving then chains may be necessary. I've made thousands of miles of winter conditions driving my my class C. Slow down, and drive defensively. I've not had an issue yet. I have been storm stayed twice on trips. One of those was in the Canadian Rockies.
pianotuna 01/29/15 11:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: $35.00 Amp Hour Meter

Hi snow, Does the one in your link "count" amp-hours or does it just show consumption at the moment?
pianotuna 01/28/15 02:39pm Tech Issues
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