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RE: Battery Question, Again

Katdaddy, The smart chargers work rather poorly, usually not getting past 97% state of Charge. We need to get to 100% and that requires 14.8 volts for flooded jars.
pianotuna 06/17/18 11:31pm Tech Issues
RE: A Thank You to the members about low voltage

Hi, I check voltage under load before I plug in. If it is low, then I use an autoformer to correct the voltage. I'm not comfortable with voltage below 107, so the PI and SG are not too useful for me.
pianotuna 06/17/18 11:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Air Conditioner

It depends on the surge. It may run it. It may not depending on your location.
pianotuna 06/17/18 09:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Aftermarket Integrated/Permanent Dehumidifiers?

GordonThree, I sometimes have to run a humidifier in my RV in mid winter. But it is MUCH colder here and much drier to start with.
pianotuna 06/17/18 09:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Aftermarket Integrated/Permanent Dehumidifiers?

What is needed is to keep the interior walls above the dew point. Opening a roof vent helps greatly with that. Opening a window adds the possibility of a chimney effect. The R.H. of the incoming air plummets when it is raised to a warm interior temperature.
pianotuna 06/17/18 06:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Air Conditioner

That is 1600 VA not 1600 watts.
pianotuna 06/17/18 06:30pm Tech Issues
RE: MCI Electric motorhome in 2020

2oldman, I agree there is enough for me. But I do have a child. We are leaving a huge mess behind.
pianotuna 06/17/18 06:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Discount Travel Cards

Hi, CAA card may give you a 10% discount at some commercial campgrounds. You do have to be bold and ask for the discount. Passport America may be the only card that I would consider. But then, I mostly boondock. http://www.passportamerica.com/ I search for coupons for restaurant meals--but I sure don't pay "extra" for such discounts. I contribute to the following website as often as I can: https://freecampsites.net/ Don't forget that, on a rolling average, you may only stay in USA about 120 days per calendar year, and that if you stay longer than 31 days a closer connections to Canada form needs to be sent to the US revenue service.
pianotuna 06/17/18 10:54am General RVing Issues
RE: MCI Electric motorhome in 2020

Hi, I don't ask you to believe me. But do look at this graph. https://climate.nasa.gov/system/content_pages/main_images/203_co2-graph-021116.jpeg width=400 Draw your own conclusions. For you amateur scientists, here is what 30,000+ real SCIENTISTS think about Global Warming. Global Warming Turns out that the amateurs may be right. :B
pianotuna 06/17/18 10:36am Around the Campfire
RE: MCI Electric motorhome in 2020

67.50 for 400 miles v/s 210 for about the same distance Gas or Diesel. BRING IT ON X2 I drive 1000 miles per month in my RV. Fuel and maintenance are my #1 and #2 expenses. Last year that totaled ten grand.
pianotuna 06/17/18 06:56am Around the Campfire
RE: MCI Electric motorhome in 2020

Electric coming faster that I believed possible. Thanks for sharing the link!
pianotuna 06/16/18 07:05pm Around the Campfire
RE: Best campgrounds in Glacier Nat. Park that allow gennys

GordonThree, Well said. I have a Magnum. It was in my price range. I think if money were no object, I would replace it with a Victron (should it fail). The remote on the Magnum allows one to "bump up" the float voltage to get amps into the battery bank quickly. Just don't forget to set it back afterwards.
pianotuna 06/16/18 03:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Discount Travel Cards

Need more info on the discount cards. Are they for gas? Food? RV Park rentals?
pianotuna 06/16/18 11:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Best campgrounds in Glacier Nat. Park that allow gennys

I would start by finding out the available generator run hours.
pianotuna 06/16/18 10:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truck Camper adding inverter

Hi, You may find the 3012 a bit better buy than the 2800 and it is hybrid as well, which makes it ideal for the times where there is only 15 amp shore power, or a generator. I mounted mine behind the driver's seat, because there was enough space to do so, and it is right above the OEM battery bank. I use the inverter as a "whole house" but do have one "dedicated" inverter outlet in the Kitchen. That outlet has a circuit breaker on it (20 amps). I use thirty amp plugs so I can "patch around" the inverter. That proves useful when I come across shore power with GFCI. Some of those do NOT like the Magnum and trip immediately. However, I can not do "double conversion" with the Magnum as the inrush current blows the reverse polarity fuses in the OEM PD converter. I get around that by temporarily disconnecting the converter, if I have a load greater than 15 amps I wish to run. What I would do differently: I would use larger wire than #10 on the 120 volt side. Transfer switches: I don't prefer transfer switches but with the Magnum hybrid there is no choice, as it is built in. I try to not plug in with any items on to reduce arching inside the switch. Inverters to avoid: Many of the Chinese PSW inverters are suspect. This thread got me looking at inverters again and this post had me looking at Magnums... pricey. I have a some questions for those who have added inverters to their TCs. A. Where did you put the inverter and why? B. What would you do differently? C. Is it worth getting an inverter with a builtin transfer relay switch? D. What inverters should I absolutely avoid?
pianotuna 06/15/18 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator use

Mitch, The air conditioner is going to draw between 1200 and 1900 watts. Even in eco mode you won't get by on 5 gallons per day. If the OP can find an inexpensive campground he will be money ahead. https://freecampsites.net/
pianotuna 06/14/18 11:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: SOLAR ADVISE FOR A CHALET TS116

The controller should not be in the same compartment as the battery bank, unless the batteries are sealed.
pianotuna 06/14/18 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: SOLAR ADVISE FOR A CHALET TS116

There are less expensive panels than Zamp. Where do the wires from the roof terminate?
pianotuna 06/14/18 03:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper adding inverter

Hi, I have to agree. But they will have LOTS to cut on the cage. Nowadays all a guy needs is a cordless electric grinder with a cutoff disc and he can slice open virtually anything.
pianotuna 06/14/18 03:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper adding inverter

burningman, The Kipor was the best bang for the buck. My ride was an E-450 diesel from 1987. As I used it year round, I needed a way to run the block heater at the storage place. It lasted about 12 years. I'm currently having the rear bumper replaced as the new cage bouncing broke a weld. That won't be cheap. The heavy duty cage won't stop a determined thief, but it would slow them down. I regret not buying a Champion 3400 with remote electric start.
pianotuna 06/14/18 08:57am Truck Campers
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