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RE: Electrical Issues??????

Hi, In my rv, there are two fuses (called reverse polarity) on the output of the converter. There are also two automatic circuit breakers. One is at the converter end, the other at the battery end of the connecting wires. There is also a disconnect switch. When using the rv that needs to be in the "on" position. Go and get a cheap voltmeter and learn how to use it.
pianotuna 04/17/14 09:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Space heaters.

Hi GoPackGo, Replace the return air grill on the furnace with a fan. On my rv that circulates warm "living space" air under the cabinets and pushes some air along the furnace duct work. I chose to use a dual window fan unit which is controlled by a mechanical thermostat that lives beside the water pump next to the outside wall of the RV. The fan unit draws just 23 watts and works better than a 1500 watt fan based heater which I tried using inside the cabinet. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51YaTS8wd8L._SX300_.jpg 2. If it's really cold you will want to make sure you get some heat to the underbelly area to keep your lines and tanks from freezing. If you primarily use elec heaters then you may want to somehow circulate the warmer cabin heat to those unheated areas. The problem you can run into is that if the elec heaters are keeping the cabin temp nice and warm, then the furnace doesn't kick on which means no heat is getting to your water tanks/lines.
pianotuna 04/16/14 01:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Re heating Chicken question

Fully cook it. Reheat in a double boiler or microwave, from frozen.
pianotuna 04/16/14 12:24pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: mttb controller

Hi, If you are using nominally 12 volt panels it does not make much (financial) sense to use an MPPT controller.
pianotuna 04/16/14 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: newbie trying to build solar system on a budget

Hi learning, The only way to connect an odd number of 12 volt jars in a balanced manner is method #3 from the smartgauge site. correctly interconnecting multiple twelve volt batteries
pianotuna 04/16/14 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: mttb controller

Hi bob, I have a blue sky 3024 di. It will NOT handle 540 watts. In higher voltage mode it will struggle to do more than about 350 watts. It does not have a battery voltage sense wire, and the temperature probe is an extra cost item. Im going with a blue sky 3000. It will float the batts. Unlike the 2000 I have now. Bob.
pianotuna 04/15/14 09:11pm Tech Issues
RE: mttb controller

Hi, Flat install? Rogue 3048. Possibly to use Tristar MPPT 45 amp as well--but be sure to use the battery temperature probe.
pianotuna 04/15/14 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Class C purchasing decision...

Hi, I'd look at a used unit no more than five years old.
pianotuna 04/15/14 09:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Question for those who store their RV in a storage lot

Hi Burb, The fridge draws about 4.8 khw per day. To get that much from solar probably 1000 watts of panels and 8.4 khw of storage would be needed.
pianotuna 04/15/14 07:32am General RVing Issues
RE: newbie trying to build solar system on a budget

Hi, I think the battery bank is on the small side for 1500 watts of inverter. I'd build the solar for three group 29 twelve volt jars. The smaller the battery bank the greater the wattage per 100 amp-hours of capacity needs to be. Range of wattage: 375 amp-hours x 0.6 = 225 watts 375 amp-hours x 1.5 = 566 watts
pianotuna 04/14/14 02:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with Basic Solar Set Up

Hi red31, 5% of capacity (c/20) is the bare minimum for equalization to take place. For 79 amp-hours 48 watts will equalize. Where I live, temperature compensation is a "must do".
pianotuna 04/14/14 01:55pm Tech Issues
RE: newbie trying to build solar system on a budget

Hi CR, My nose (and hat) are off to BFL13. He loves to play. He has helped many folks and his research is always worth looking at. He and I look at solar from a different perspective. He wants a small system that is aimed and portable. I want a larger fixed "set it and forget it" system. Both approaches work well, but I get to camp while he gets to tweak his panels. Voc should be in the 18-21volt range as far as I recall. Pianotuna and BLF13 both have extensive solar experience. At the risk of putting Don's nose out of joint :B , BLF13 has I think more experience in playing with actual numbers and doing innumerable experiments. Don has lots and lots of experience using solar in the Great White North. (Read COLD and SNOW) There is lots of good Solar help here. In fact I am going to be posting a question for a recommended new solar controller very soon.
pianotuna 04/14/14 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with Basic Solar Set Up

Hi, Kits are often over priced. The smaller the bank the more watts per 100 amp-hours of capacity are needed. The range of size for 232 amp-hours would be 140 watts to 348 watts.
pianotuna 04/14/14 01:16pm Tech Issues
RE: PV solar system charging voltage low

Hi, The minimum for a 440 amp-hour bank is about 264 watts of solar. 95 watts might do for unused storage of the RV.
pianotuna 04/14/14 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with Basic Solar Set Up

Hi, 12.5 watts per 100 amp-hours of storage is the very least. 60 watts per 100 amp-hours is enough to equalize the battery bank. With panel prices in decline it may actually be cheaper to buy a larger wattage panel than a smaller wattage. I would not skimp on the controller.
pianotuna 04/14/14 12:58pm Tech Issues
RE: newbie trying to build solar system on a budget

Hi, Welcome to the forums. 15 volts is a bit too low. By the time the panel heats up in the summer it may not be practical. BFL13 has tried a cheap MPPT controller from Ebay. Seeing as the panel price is extremely low, I'd "go" for a controller that cost a bit more. Temperature compensation is a "must do" imho.
pianotuna 04/14/14 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: led bulbs

Hi, I have 8 Chinese. One has burned out. The others work well for my application.
pianotuna 04/14/14 12:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: magna 3300 generator

Hi, I had a Boliy too. It was totally unreliable. I sold it for $100 unable to start.
pianotuna 04/14/14 12:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: magna 3300 generator

Hi, I had a smaller one. It caught on fire. The four brands that seem to be ok are Yamaha, Honda, Champion and Kipor.
pianotuna 04/13/14 06:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Operating slide using generator no batteries

Hi, If you fully charge the batteries and then disconnect them they can be left in place all winter. No need to transport them to a "warm place".
pianotuna 04/13/14 11:47am Tech Issues
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