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RE: Need some battery advice!

Fully charge the batteries. Then desulphate them using a 12 volt manual charger. Do this with the jars disconnected from the RV. When you return them to the RV wire them in a balanced manner.
pianotuna 09/19/17 10:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda EU2000I On Groupon For $477

Except Yamaha developed the inverter generator and Honda did not. Right now Honda has the best of both on their payroll and their competitors don't. I'll say it again, until such time as the engineers working for Honda's competitors address "performance and features", SPECIFICALLY: sound level, inrush, and price/reliability they will not gain market share on Honda.
pianotuna 09/19/17 09:37pm Tech Issues
RE: WEN Brand Generators?

The wfco converter never gets into "boost" mode when charging--so it is slow.
pianotuna 09/19/17 07:39pm Full-time RVing
RE: WEN Brand Generators?

Surviver76, Yes, adding a battery will help so long as the solar system has enough capacity to recharge the battery bank. Rule of thumb is between 60 and 150 watts of panels for every 100 amp-hours of storage.
pianotuna 09/19/17 07:38pm Full-time RVing
RE: Charge spare battery

It may have been better to order a single 12 to 24 converter that was large enough to power both units. I just ordered the 12 to 24 adapters for both my wife and I. Cost was more than I wanted to spend, but hopefully over enough time it will make sense. I did see Resmed's pdf on power inverters, and used it to size the battery I bought. Thanks again for your help.
pianotuna 09/19/17 04:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: WEN Brand Generators?

Surviver76, Look at the Panasonic inverter microwaves. They can be operated on 50% power and so will run longer--but draw 1/2 the watts. When you have ample power you can run them full throttle.
pianotuna 09/19/17 10:28am Full-time RVing
RE: Honda EU2000I On Groupon For $477

I'd go Champion inverter/generator.
pianotuna 09/19/17 10:08am Tech Issues
RE: Honda EU2000I On Groupon For $477

I'd go Champion inverter/generator.
pianotuna 09/19/17 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Heating and cooling

It may be similar to trying to heat a tent. Shore power would be needed or a large inverter generator.
pianotuna 09/19/17 10:03am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: WFCO inverter

They are reverse polarity fuses.
pianotuna 09/18/17 05:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Brisk Air Mod 57915-541 Tripped breaker

Hi, Air conditioners can draw a LOT of power. Mine starts out at about 1200 watts @ 115 volts (~10.5 amps) and can go up to 1900 watts @ 113 volts (18.5 amps). I suspect there is low voltage where you are. That may be corrected by using an autoformer. All an energy management system will do is cut off the power. The air cond ran for quite a while 30 min, and then tripped the breaker again. That doesn't sound right to me, seems like it should have kept running with no problem, and this is with the thermostat set higher at about 74 deg with ambient at 82 deg.
pianotuna 09/17/17 07:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will Honda 2000 supply MSH 3012's charger?

outwestbound, I don't see how you could ruin AGM's with 960 watts of solar to maintain them. Do you full time in the RV?
pianotuna 09/17/17 12:23pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 and 31 ft. C's

60% length to wheel base ratio is ideal. On a 176" that works out to 26'. Below 50% driving suffers. Mine is at about 54% and my previous was 60%. I find it MUCH more fatiguing to drive. I also had 4 tail swing accidents. Fortunately there was little damage to the RV, but the cars were.....not pretty. I believe there are some where the wheel base is 213", but I don't know if that is "stock" from Ford or not. I'm at 28'5" on a 176" base. They designed it with water tanks, battery bank, and waste tanks all on the drivers side. I upgraded my wheels and tires so that the driver's rear duals would not be over the tire rating--and I'm just under the maximum for the chassis with all tanks full (waste and fresh water, too) with the RV provisioned and two souls in the cab. I do have rear air bags and wish I had them at the front, too. The new wheels and tires had the added benefit of raising me up about 1.5 inches, but it is still definitely a pavement princess.
pianotuna 09/17/17 11:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Charge spare battery

Hi, You could get an Amp-L-Start and leave the battery connected to charging sources all the time. I would opt for upgrading the "house" battery bank myself.
pianotuna 09/17/17 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar panel wiring

Just run the wire for the most amps you dream of having. #4 would be great.
pianotuna 09/17/17 10:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: ballpark cost to rebuild engin/tranny; Roadtrek 190 popular

A small class C would cost a bundle less than the roadtrek.
pianotuna 09/17/17 10:29am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Dometic Brisk Air Mod 57915-541 Tripped breaker

Hi, Circuits are not intended to be run "flat out" so a 30 amp breaker can provide 24 amps on a continuous basis. There are (expensive) ways around this and some less expensive solutions. I "broke out" the electric water heater and have male and female plugs so I can run the heater on a separate circuit. The expensive solution is to use a hybrid inverter charger which will draw energy from the battery bank if the load exceeds a certain level (I keep mine at 24 amps). This is called "load support". Of course you can't do that forever--but the water heater cycles on for 15 minutes every four hours once it has reached full temperature. Be aware that load support is NOT voltage support. It may well be that with the fridge, water heater and roof air cycled on, that voltage became too low. That would cause the roof air to draw more amps. Then the breaker pops.
pianotuna 09/17/17 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Will Honda 2000 supply MSH 3012's charger?

Li is unforgiving. Abuse it just once and you have an expensive dud on your hands. Keeping them warm at -30 would be problematic for storage. Does anyone know the self discharge rate for the LiFe format?
pianotuna 09/17/17 10:07am Tech Issues
RE: Will Honda 2000 supply MSH 3012's charger?

Li have issues with cold. I'd rather go to firefly or outback jars.
pianotuna 09/16/17 06:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Interested in any solar advice

I part timed for 5 years with no generator and ran what ever I wanted. Charging batteries with a generator to 100% full is extremely expensive. No one would do it unless they had no other choice. Always have a generator. Quick and easy to use A/C, Microwave, and charge house batteries quickly.
pianotuna 09/16/17 06:51pm Travel Trailers
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