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RE: Low Voltage on 50A - A First

Hi CAtraveller, I saw 106 today on the pedestal which is 50 amps. I'm heating 100% electrically again this year. I use a break out box which gives me a 30 amp outlet on one leg, and twin 20 amp outlets on the other leg. I have 3 shore power cords, the oem 30, a 20, and a 15 amp. I'd love to have an autoformer--but I want one from Mexico that has more than one set of taps.
pianotuna 10/30/14 09:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Measuring V loss during charging

Hi, I wonder if there is a case to be made for using the setting for AGM batteries when charging flooded batteries via a generator/converter, or generator/inverter/charger?
pianotuna 10/30/14 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: what size genny????

Hi, A non inverter gas genny runs at 3600 rpm. The diesel runs at 1800 rpm. That explains most of the difference. I would recommend either a Yamaha 3000 sIEB or a 2000 watt unit combined with a hybrid inverter. I've noticed those diesel gennys, too. They're amazingly quiet - I don't know how they do it. Just a quiet hum even from outside.
pianotuna 10/29/14 07:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grid Tie Inverters with Generator

Hi BFL13 found a 2000 watt hybrid inverter for $700.00 That would do the trick. I'm loving the Magnum I purchased.
pianotuna 10/29/14 07:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Very Inexpensive Battery Maintenance Charger

Hi, For the generator recharging crowd, do lifelines tolerate less than 100% recharges? For the solar fraternity, how much wattage is needed per 100 amp-hours of lifeline battery to get them from 30% to 100% in a day?
pianotuna 10/29/14 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: ?'s about AC, Electric in BR and and thank you!

Hi, It sounds as if your rv is equipped with an inverter, but it is wired in such a manner as to not power all the outlets. It is becoming more common for RV's to have an inverter. It would be possible to move the outlet you need to the same circuit as the bathroom--but it might also mean having too many outlets on one breaker. Proceed with care. It is probably better to have a separate thread for each question.
pianotuna 10/28/14 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fridge power consumption and operation

Hi Limoges, Four of my batteries are 10, the others are 5 years old. It is about having enough battery capacity, and recharging to 100% when ever humanly possible. Using it in electric mode, be it in 120VAC or 12 VDC uses up more of the battery's power than the propane does of the total available capacity, thus the effect of using it would be quite noticeable in battery drain. another reason to not use the battery/inverter is wear and tear on the battery: the more you use it, the less sooner it dies.
pianotuna 10/28/14 06:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Below freezing nights

Hi Read about it here: winter camping fridge Norcold does sell a cold weather kit. Hi, Best to protect the fridge, too. This is new to me, can you please let me know what you mean?
pianotuna 10/28/14 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Below freezing nights

Hi, Best to protect the fridge, too.
pianotuna 10/28/14 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Replaced 13500 A/C's w/ 15500 A/C's

13500/15000= 0.9 so expect about a 10% improvement. Outside awning shading the windows would be much more of an improvement.
pianotuna 10/28/14 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on buying USED motorhome

Hi, Motor homes are filled with plastic parts in the "house". Plastic become depalmerized over time and those parts become brittle. Expected life span may be in the region of ten years. For that reason, I'd look for an RV that is only five years old. The #1 item to look for is any signs of water leaks or damage. If you see the barest hint--run away.
pianotuna 10/28/14 08:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

Hi, I have 66 gallons of fresh water. It takes less than 30 minutes for the pump to empty it all. Conclusion--4 amp-hours of battery capacity is used. The pump is high draw but the duty cycle is extremely tiny. The furnace is a different matter altogether and needs lots of battery capacity. When temperatures are below freezing the furnace may use as much power in one hour as the pump does to empty the water tank.
pianotuna 10/28/14 08:30am Tech Issues
RE: Can you hook two different kinds of generators together?

Hi, I think the Yamaha 2400 can not be paralleled.
pianotuna 10/27/14 11:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing a 55 amp converter with a 45?

Hi, Much better to have the PD than the wfco.
pianotuna 10/27/14 09:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Verizon reseller Millenicom to explore energy coil

Hi, I'd love to know what an "energy coil" is exactly.
pianotuna 10/27/14 07:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Edmonton to Humboldt Redwoods State Park December

Hi Birdie123, I'd build in a couple of "extra" days. That way, if there is a storm, you can wait it out. I had to do that one year at Radium Hotsprings. There is a hotel/rv park in Fernie that is open year round (electric only). You can flush the toilet with windshield washer antifreeze (from the bottle). Be sure to winter protect the fridge if you plan on using it in cold weather. It sounds like a lovely trip.
pianotuna 10/27/14 07:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dry Camping: Many Power Solutions. What about Waste/Water?

Hi Phil, How come coffee cups are great and paper bowls are marginally bad?
pianotuna 10/27/14 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane furnace battery usage

Hi, Solar panels are not really on the toy list especially if camping "off the grid". Mine have paid for themselves in saved campground fees, and battery replacement fees. Cost for 256 watts was $1700.00 plus $600.00 for installation. One set of four batteries is now ten years old, the others are five years old. They still meet my needs.
pianotuna 10/27/14 06:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Have you ever, or would you ever ....

Hi, Yes, with the clear understanding that any damage would be paid for by them.
pianotuna 10/27/14 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are Tioga 31M m/h's equipped with inverter by Fleetwood?

Hi, Install the fuse or circuit breaker near to the battery. I would have used larger wire.
pianotuna 10/27/14 05:29pm Class C Motorhomes
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