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RE: Is there a quiet NON inverter generator?

Just idle the van or load up on solar. Big solar will cost more than $900. Idling the van might use a bit more fuel(vs Honda 2000) but no initial cost.
smkettner 07/07/15 11:50am Tech Issues
RE: 120W portable solar: works great! (and some questions)

This wire is copper clad aluminum. It will work, but voltage loss will be greater than all copper.I always worry that aluminum tends to weaken from bending too much. Maybe with a permanent install, but for portable I would go fine stranded copper every day. My choice: http://www.genuinedealz.com/marine-wire/flat-duplex-dc-boat-wire Also mentioned is the controller on the panel.... as the wire is extended your charging voltage is going to be significantly reduced. Far better to relocate the controller close to the battery.
smkettner 07/07/15 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: Is converter going bad

Voltage at 13.6 is the high end of normal for a battery and should not cause excessive water use unless temperatures are 100+ every day. Battery in good condition held at 13.6 certainly will not have excessive gassing. Check the converter voltage but I think you have a bad battery with a classic shorted cell. The real battery boilers were the old Magnetek at 13.8 volts or possibly a WFCO stuck in boost mode.
smkettner 07/07/15 08:50am Tech Issues
RE: Wfco 75amp converter or inteli-power 9200

I know a guy who has the 100 watt Wfco in his toy hauler. He has never seen 14 volts charging, even on very low batteries.Did he push the button? Manual Bulk Charging Switch For AGM/Lead-Acid type of batteries, with a push of a button on the front cover you can manually bring the converter to bulk charge mode.
smkettner 07/07/15 08:42am Tech Issues
RE: My first solar installation, looking for direction

Kid 30 looks MPPT and plenty of great features. Priced just under the Tristar 30 amp MPPT.
smkettner 07/06/15 10:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Wfco 75amp converter or inteli-power 9200

Slam dunk, hands down, 9280 all the way :B
smkettner 07/06/15 10:24pm Tech Issues
RE: My first solar installation, looking for direction

45 amp Tristar does it all. Excellent controller. 270 must be Canadian? Since you have a monitor, consider skipping the display.
smkettner 07/06/15 09:28pm Tech Issues
RE: question about my AC cycling on and off

I have misplaced the manual for the thermostat. Do you mind me asking what it says?Make a bookmark http://www.primetimerv.com/download/ComponentManuals/Thermostat-SingleZoneDigital-Dometic-OperatingInstructions.pdf
smkettner 07/06/15 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: My first solar installation, looking for direction

Spoke to Ralph at Bogart Engineering, they don't have any kinda "trade up" plan for upgrading from the Trimetric 2025 to the 2030 as of yet, darn ... So what do people recommend for a PWM contoller (with an external display) that will work with 300 to 400 watts worth of panels?When did you buy? UPGRADE OFFERS Rebate offer for recent purchasers of TM-2025 Monitor that want to trade it in for the TM-2030 Monitor and the SC-2030 Solar Charger. If you’ve purchased a TM-2025 after September 2014, call us to inquire about this. The rebate amount will be larger for more recent purchasers of the TM-2025. http://www.bogartengineering.com/content/upgrade
smkettner 07/06/15 07:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Is there a cordless hand vac that will charge using DC?

I use a 2 gallon wet dry vacuum powered by the 2000 watt inverter. Cleaning power is somewhat better than those rechargeable toys. Otherwise I recommend a small sine wave inverter to recharge. Probably find it handy charging other items also.
smkettner 07/06/15 02:47pm Tech Issues
RE: question about my AC cycling on and off

This Dometic thermostat? The auto-fan selection will change fan speed depending on the set point vs temperature spread. Yes it sounds like it goes off before coming back on at a different speed. All is normal. http://i1232.photobucket.com/albums/ff363/smkettner/Thermostat028_zpsb0b67bca.jpg height=400 width=500
smkettner 07/06/15 12:40pm Tech Issues
RE: New Inverter Charger, wiring question

Yes the chassis ground is correct to the frame and should be independent of the B- connection. This keeps the unit grounded during service of the 120v, the battery or battery connection. The idea is that for safety it is better for a fault to be conducted by the wire instead of a person. No issues with the old unit sitting unplugged ready to go if needed.
smkettner 07/06/15 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: Had to Lower My Solar Float Voltage

75%... I thought so. IMO the generator came out a little quick. Anyway I hope the sun comes out again soon. ;) I guess I am far more inclined to conserve than fire up a generator.
smkettner 07/06/15 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Had to Lower My Solar Float Voltage

How low did the batteries get?
smkettner 07/06/15 08:32am Tech Issues
RE: My first solar installation, looking for direction

Panels are generic IMO. With 12v system and PWM controller such as the 30 amp Bogart you are buying Isc (short circuit amps) so that is the rating to look at. The 100s are 6.32 and the 120s are 7.5 amps. So up to four of either panel will work great with the Bogart. I especially like the Bogart as it ties into the monitor to float the batteries as soon as you get fully charged. Some days you will need 15 minutes of absorption (storage) and other days you may need 4+ hours of absorption voltage (heavy use). I don't have this controller but BFL13 can tell you all about manually adjusting the panels and controller(non-Bogart) every day depending on usage and conditions. Wire should not be made into a huge issue with PWM. As long as you get 15 volts to the controller you are fine. I would use the MC4 parallel connectors to connect panels in parallel. Then run #8 MC4 cable down to the controller. All Plug and play.
smkettner 07/05/15 09:04pm Tech Issues
RE: 45A Iota vs AGM bank AH rating?

50 to 600 will be fine with the IOTA. Although check the battery charge specs for a maximum charge rate.
smkettner 07/05/15 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Maintenance, multiple batteries

Yes, down in the basement ;)
smkettner 07/04/15 10:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Air Conditioner

Check the freeze sensor is actually mounted on the evaporator. Need to remove interior trim to check. While apart check the plenum divider is properly separating the warm/in vs the cool/out.
smkettner 07/04/15 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Maintenance, multiple batteries

As long as you fully charge each battery and float at 13.2 they will all be fine in parallel.
smkettner 07/04/15 07:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Had to Lower My Solar Float Voltage

Today was a little different, so this needs more watching.Put some duct tape over the meters and crush the hydrometer :B I dare you to go a whole 48 hours and then check where you are at.
smkettner 07/04/15 07:12pm Tech Issues
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