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RE: Under bed storage

I hate my struts. I will replace with a drop down leg similar to the ones dinette tables used to have.
pianotuna 02/19/18 10:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Canada

Triple E is still in business. http://tripleerv.com/ Here are some others. http://www.rvwest.com/article/manufacturers/top_canadian_rv_manufacturers
pianotuna 02/19/18 06:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Revenue Canada VS the IRS

The 183 days are a calculation not based on your actual physical location. It is nutty. Like I said, I'm seriously confused how it can state 183 days and be only 120 days combined based on the calc's. In addition we've had several friends question this from various sources "border control", general taxation offices etc who were apparently told don't worry about it, the 183 days max is the key. So confused by all this.
pianotuna 02/18/18 07:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Revenue Canada VS the IRS

Hi toedtoes, I would not bet on that. You may still be required to PROVE you have closer connections. The best way is still to stay no more than 120 days. It depends on whether you have a Closer connection to a foreign country. If you have a stick & brick home in Canada and vote in Canada, then you don't have to worry about the 3 year rule. For full-timers with no stick & brick, then it becomes more important. Pianotuna has no owned home in Canada, and cannot vote in Canada, and owns property in the US - so there is a lack of proof to a "connection with a foreign country", so the IRS will see him as a US resident under the rules if he hits that 3-year limit.
pianotuna 02/18/18 07:25pm Snowbirds
RE: For anyone wanting a 350 watt pure sine wave Victron

Did you try the fridge on 120 volt? The fridge is, after all, only a heating unit. I have on sitting in the shed in Australia as I missed that it was 110V and USA plug and I needed 240V for my fridge, hardly worth returning for $50. Frank.
pianotuna 02/18/18 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: For anyone wanting a 350 watt pure sine wave Victron

Hi Richard, The Victron is PSW. The Harbor Freight is useful, until you wish to run devices that have dedicated computer chips in them. Then the inverter survives, but the device being powered may let out the magic blue smoke. That said, I used an MSW for several years before I could afford a large PSW unit. The Victron will replace a 400 watt Canadian Tire MSW that has served me well. I've had the CT unit since 1998. It cost more than the Victron LOL! Don, I keep looking but don't see weather the inverter is PSW or modified SW. Wouldn't this inverter from Harbor Freight, also be of good value? I've had the 750 from HF on line for 3 or 4 years, with no failure. Richard
pianotuna 02/18/18 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

Hi Naio, Mine too! The "house" battery is 300 amp-hours @ 24 volts or 7200 watt-hours. Your AGM's may only be 50% of 500 X 12 volts or 3000 watt-hours. My AGM bank is about the same as yours. Driving 100 miles every 3 days while boondocking, with some nights at electric sites, is about my speed! I would certainly bring along my current 500 ah of agms, though.
pianotuna 02/18/18 06:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Revenue Canada VS the IRS

Hi, I suggest you search the wobbly wide web. The rule works something like this. (I used 120 days to make the math easier). 120 day stay in 2016, 1/3 of days count towards 2017 stay (40), 1/6 of days count towards 2018 (20). 120 day stay in 2017, 1/3 of days count towards 2018 stay (40), and 1/6 towards 2019 (20). If you stay 120 days every year--then you have maxed out your 180 day welcome. i.e. 120 +40 +20 = 180 days. I full time, and do not have a sticks and bricks in Canada. That means I can't vote. Therefore it behooves me to follow the rules carefully. I do own property south of the border which again means I have to be careful. Can you get away with more days? The answer is a resounding "maybe", if you don't get caught. Remember with the new passports that came online in June of 2013, they know EXACTLY how many days you spent in the south.
pianotuna 02/18/18 03:28pm Snowbirds
RE: Delamination: deal breaker?

Run Away.
pianotuna 02/18/18 01:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

Drive battery is 91200 watt-hours (or 91.2 KWH). Could be charged by 50 amp service in 7.2 hours or 31 hours of perfect solar.
pianotuna 02/18/18 01:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

More info here: https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/2017/08/26/dethleffs-electric-drive-motorhome-with-victron-onboard/ The "house" seems to have its own battery bank of 24 volts and 7200 watt hours, with an inverter/charger
pianotuna 02/18/18 01:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: This Solar-Powered RV Runs Without Fuel Or Charging Stations

I wish I could afford such a wonderful unit.
pianotuna 02/18/18 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can I replace 12v light switches with 110v house switches?

Hi, I'd buy dc rated switches. Size is a problem if going from RV to household.
pianotuna 02/18/18 12:33pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: GFCI won't reset

Hi, Check the outlet at the house. If there is power, then check the cord to the RV. Is the outlet at the house 30 amp?
pianotuna 02/18/18 11:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Revenue Canada VS the IRS

Here is a link to the form. https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8840.pdf As a Canadian we get an "automatic" visa for 90 days. If you plan to stay longer, you should apply for an extension. We can only stay 121 days per year if going south each and every day.
pianotuna 02/18/18 11:27am Snowbirds
RE: Revenue Canada VS the IRS

If you end up paying ONLY USA tax, then Revenue Canada deems that all your Canadian assets have been sold and you get to pay capital gains on everything (except perhaps a TFSA account).
pianotuna 02/18/18 11:20am Snowbirds
RE: For anyone wanting a 350 watt pure sine wave Victron

Hi LittleBill, You will need to do an adapter of some kind. The Victron comes with #8 wire (or maybe #6) which goes inside the case. I'm going to try running it on cigarette lighter, too, but will limit my demand to a laptop and heating pad. I'm concerned about the inrush current. i bought one, hope i can adapter a cigarette lighter to it easily, its 88 from boats and rv
pianotuna 02/18/18 10:58am Tech Issues
RE: 3000W Chinese Gensets Info.

Hi Mr Wizard, I don't think it does. The remote start/shut down is a kit from Pinella's.
pianotuna 02/17/18 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Gas Chassis battery

MrWizard, I got nine years out of my Everstart Marine jars. I was part time then at about 90 nights a year.
pianotuna 02/17/18 07:38pm Class A Motorhomes
For anyone wanting a 350 watt pure sine wave Victron

Hi folks, I find this an amazing deal at 90 bucks. I purchased one and it is double the weight of the inverter I was using before. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EW5ZA94/ref=pe_344980_272415450_em_1p_0_ti
pianotuna 02/17/18 07:35pm Tech Issues
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