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RE: Tire Pressure Monitor Systems

An unnoticed flat (Passenger's inner dual) was why I got the monitor.
pianotuna 03/24/17 06:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Refrigerator Settings

The control circuitry in the interior fridge requires 12 volt DC to be on. What make and model is the interior fridge?
pianotuna 03/23/17 09:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Tire Pressure Monitor Systems

Hi, I installed a TPMS. I'm not at all happy with the battery life on the monitor.
pianotuna 03/22/17 12:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Panel Wattage Rating Question (Midnite Mystery?)

Mexicowanderer, Regina, Sk, Canada However, there is some one at my USA address to pick up mail.
pianotuna 03/21/17 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Panel Wattage Rating Question (Midnite Mystery?)

60 amps is the output. I imagine wire size is the issue, among other things. Input wattage (and voltage) are the other two factors. Morningstar claims their controllers can just ignore any extra input (within reason). I've always based input wattage on output amps X voltage, so the sixty amp can possibly tolerate 800 watts. My Blue Sky, on the other hand, wants a 25% cushion so that 30 amps becomes only 22.5 amps (X 12.8 = 288 watts). As I have 256 I'm unable to add more panels. I'm possibly going to throw caution to the winds this next summer and do a rack on the roof with 1600 watts of panels. I'll probably go with the 40 amp Grape controller(s).
pianotuna 03/21/17 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: 1998 Class C Super Duty

I'll be blunt. It is too old. It has water damage. Run away.
pianotuna 03/20/17 03:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Weboost vs. Smooth Talker

Dutch, Please give us a link that shows the testing?
pianotuna 03/19/17 10:32pm Technology Corner
RE: solar hook up

connect the panels to a controller, connect the controller to the battery post with a fuse.
pianotuna 03/19/17 11:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tornadoes while RVing

Hi, I was storm stayed by a Tornado in Minnesota (St Cloud area) on 2017 03 07. That was the earliest one on record. Fortunately there was no damage to the RV.
pianotuna 03/18/17 09:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Phoenix to Banff Route

Be aware that May in the Mountains may not be warm. I'd go in June--and take the "long route" to get to Banff via the Crowsnest pass.
pianotuna 03/18/17 06:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Alberta Route Question for my Canadian Friends

Hi padredw, Be aware that Banff is a tourist trap. I prefer Lake Louise. The National Park pass is free this year to honor Canada's 150 birthday. Since this may be a "last hurrah" I would suggest considering adding Jasper to your travels. It's not a lot farther--and it is far less "trappy" than Banff. The Columbia Ice Fields highway is good, and scenic.
pianotuna 03/18/17 06:37pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Weboost vs. Smooth Talker

For best results, use an exterior antenna with the highest gain you can find. For truly long distance results get a directional antenna such as a Yagi. I'd probably pick the WeBoost Drive 4G-M.
pianotuna 03/18/17 05:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Weboost vs. Smooth Talker

Hi Betsy, Start by figuring out which frequencies you need boosted. http://www.ubersignal.com/carriers
pianotuna 03/18/17 05:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Troubleshooting failed solar - Water in your junction box

Panels generally don't "blow".
pianotuna 03/18/17 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Add extra circuit

Hi, Best to stock up on male and female 30 amp ends if you "push" the 30 amp right to the limit. DAMHIK I've even had 30 amp plugs fail when carrying 15 amps, which seems a bit insane. And yes--both ends were brand new and treated with anti-corrosion spray. In Canada, it is acceptable by code to connect & operate fixed heating appliance loads (baseboards, eg.) at 100 percent of the heating circuit's breaker size. Basically in an RV, you can plug in as much stuff as you want until the 30 amp breaker in the pedestal or converter/panel trips, then you'll know it was too much.
pianotuna 03/18/17 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: Alberta Route Question for my Canadian Friends

That's Head Smashed In. A world heritage site. Frank's slide is of interest. There is also the lovely Lundbreck water fall (and campground).
pianotuna 03/17/17 10:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Voltage 50 percent

The best of the best for everything but LI chemistries is the smart gauge. It becomes more accurate as it is used where as all the others drift out of calibration. A distant second is the Victron gauge--which is a LOT better than the trimetric and Xantrex
pianotuna 03/17/17 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Alberta Route Question for my Canadian Friends

What is the destination?
pianotuna 03/17/17 09:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Add extra circuit

Hi, Even better--get one of these Micro-Air Easy Start Soft Starter Kit Piano, Regardless of what I do, I think I might add that capacitor anyway. Looks like it would be a good thing to have no matter what. As long as the 20 amp circuit is enough to handle the startup, that makes the most sense. I could also use that circuit for a space heater in the winter as well. And with 20 amp, I likely won't run into the issue of no hookup at a campground like sometimes happens when there are no 50 amp hookups.
pianotuna 03/17/17 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: Add extra circuit

20 amps is enough to run most if not all RV air conditioners. There are easy start kits that can be added--and they are worthwhile doing.
pianotuna 03/17/17 08:34am Tech Issues
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