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RE: Please help me decide if this battery is ok, I need help!

Hi, If you have room look for a used telecom battery at the local interstate store. I got four for my rv last fall.
pianotuna 02/12/16 08:40am Tech Issues
RE: Frozen pipes inWinnebago 36Y

I added an electric fan to force warm cabin air into places with low air flow. A computer fan on a thermostat would meet your needs.
pianotuna 02/12/16 08:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: LPG assistance

Add an extend-a-stay fitting.
pianotuna 02/12/16 08:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What size of generator do you have?

Hi, I have a Yamaha Sieb 2800 VA which is mated to a Magnum 3000 watt hybrid inverter. That allows me to run air conditioner with the generator in economy mode in the mountains at 9000 feet.
pianotuna 02/11/16 03:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

The hydrometer is miles better than voltage or amps, or even amp-hour counters. Volts and amps are useful for instantaneous readings. Amp-hour counters with one exception drift out of calibration.
pianotuna 02/11/16 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: Induction Cooktops

Hi, I love my Nu-Wave. They have many more heat settings than any other product I've seen. My only wish is that it were smaller. I store it on a cutting board that covers the (unused) propane range.
pianotuna 02/11/16 10:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: unlimited data plans

Hi Jim, I have a phone that I only use as a hotspot. I'm grandfathered in as unlimited but they throttle me after 10 gigs to 256k.
pianotuna 02/11/16 10:22am Technology Corner
RE: Adding Inverter

Hi, Good plan. How much for the total install? What make of inverter? Thanks everyone for you input. I think I am comfortable with going with the PSW 50A/1000W. I will not be using it for Microwave or AC or anything heavy output. I have a generator for that. It will mostly be for evenings when we have no power and want to watch a little TV. We have 12v outlets for any charging of electronics.
pianotuna 02/11/16 10:19am Tech Issues
RE: unlimited data plans

Hi Jim, Does your T-Mobile device use the 700 megahertz band?
pianotuna 02/11/16 09:26am Technology Corner
RE: Cold Weather Camping Tips

Be aware of what happens to battery capacity. Propane boils at -42.5, so production of gas is lower in extreme cold. Having a way to warm the tank is a good plan. I use a magnetic (small) block heater. The engine may almost certainly need to be equipped with a block heater. Fuel consumption will be higher partly because the air is denser and pushing the RV through that takes more energy. Enclosed tanks and valves need to have heating from some source. The fridge needs to be protected from extreme cold or the working fluid may gel and may possibly destroy it.
pianotuna 02/11/16 09:20am RV Lifestyle
RE: What generator size works best?

Hi, See how you manage on a 15 amp shore power. If that is not enough then try a 30 amp-shore power. How big is the battery bank and how many watts is the inverter?
pianotuna 02/10/16 06:26pm Tech Issues
RE: unlimited data plans

Hi, Thanks for the correction! I'll change the original post to reflect that. The $150 no-contract plan is on T-Mobile.
pianotuna 02/10/16 06:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

Hi, Yet another reason why capacity is hard to measure. What this is saying is you might if you don't exceed the C/20 rate; or 230/20 = 11.5 amps. But then these are ball park figures and change as battery temperature goes up or down. Check this site on SOC info:Solar Homestead or here Battery FAQ's
pianotuna 02/10/16 06:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding Inverter

Hi, You don't say how much the total cost of the inverters are--and what make and model they are. Be CAREFUL. When you replace the batteries there may be good reasons to go to twin twelve volt AGM batteries. My installation is to have an outlet powered from my inverter in the shore power cord box. I do need to do 3 things each time I switch over. 1 turn off the converter, 2 turn off the water heater electric, 3 switch fridge to gas. If you plan to boondock I'd encourage you to add a solar system.
pianotuna 02/10/16 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: unlimited data plans

Hi blangen, These are dedicated wobbly wide web devices--no phone at all.
pianotuna 02/10/16 03:30pm Technology Corner
RE: battery based on sodium ion (salt)

Hi Drew 17 amps @ 48 volts =~68 amps @ 12 volts.
pianotuna 02/10/16 02:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

Hi, If you use a high draw appliance the "apparent" capacity of the battery bank becomes much lower. https://www.victronenergy.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2015/02/Useable_Energy_Lead_Acid.png width=350 So a 5 amp load on a 100 amp-hour bank drained to 0% state of charge will last for 20 hours--but a 10 amp load reduces total by 15% less. You might get a "rule of thumb" for your own bank and camping style but it may be a rough guess. Gjac, Look up peukert law. If you want long battery life 50% is as deep as you want to go, so it is time to recharge. The gas valve on the fridge may use more than 16 amp-hours per day. Mine uses about 29 amp-hours per day. Don, wouldn't my simple calculation include the peukert effect? Am I missing something basic with this simple calculation?
pianotuna 02/10/16 02:09pm Tech Issues
unlimited data plans

Hi, Has anyone tried this? http://www.unlimitedville.com/plans $50 is sprint requires a 2 year contract $150 is verizon but without contract and so can be stopped at any time. Oops-Make that T-Mobile. sorry.
pianotuna 02/10/16 11:03am Technology Corner
RE: Calculating AH usage Based on SOC

Gjac, Look up peukert law. If you want long battery life 50% is as deep as you want to go, so it is time to recharge. The gas valve on the fridge may use more than 16 amp-hours per day. Mine uses about 29 amp-hours per day.
pianotuna 02/10/16 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: battery based on sodium ion (salt)

Hi Sam, These are rechargeable. 3000 cycles to zero state of charge.
pianotuna 02/10/16 10:45am Tech Issues
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