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RE: Help me pick a tow vehicle

F150HD if you can find one. Otherwise I would be partial to a one-ton srw but a 3/4 is fine.
smkettner 05/29/16 10:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Solar Charge Controller & Batt Monitor:

Monitor: http://www.bestconverter.com/Trimetric-2030RV-Battery-System-Monitor_p_557.html#.V0uw8JErKUk Controller: http://www.bestconverter.com/SC-2030-Charge-Controller_p_558.html#.V0uxIZErKUk These two are designed to be integrated with each other. Great combo unless you need MPPT.
smkettner 05/29/16 09:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding an inverter off the Distribution block

For 600 watts you want to use that connector on the lower left grouped with the black wire for your positive connection. Connect the negative at the ground bus. So just go directly to the white and black comening into the panel from the batteries and put it's own fuse inline?Use the same size wire as the black and I would skip the fuse because you already have one at the battery. Looks like #6 but verify.
smkettner 05/29/16 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding an inverter off the Distribution block

For 600 watts you want to use that connector on the lower left grouped with the black wire for your positive connection. Connect the negative at the ground bus.
smkettner 05/29/16 03:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Help me understand California Turnouts

Just do the best you can. Yes some are larger than others and it is a bit random. Only pick what is safe for your vehicle. I believe the vehicle code is three or more that you need to pull over but don't put too much urgency in it.
smkettner 05/28/16 11:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tires

Sounds like you are going soft and so are the tires.
smkettner 05/28/16 08:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Doable or overly ambitious?

How old are the kids? They sound young and will not even remember the trip except for the pictures. I would find some place local or fly. Or save this trip for when you have a solid TWO weeks.
smkettner 05/28/16 08:23pm Beginning RVing
RE: Traveling By RV: How to Reduce Your Expenses

How about drive a little slower and enjoy the day. 55 max will generally save fuel vs 65-70. If you don't like the subject there is plenty else to read.
smkettner 05/28/16 06:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: Solar Panels

Rubbing alcohol will loosen the pine tar.
smkettner 05/28/16 06:41pm Truck Campers
RE: 12 volt plugs

What I am wanting to do is figure out a way to power a cpap when not on electricity. The battery bank is in the front part of the Motorhome and the bed is in the back. There are no 12 volt plugs anywhere else in the coach. I though it getting a pure sine wave inverter and installing it, but the. I would have to run an extensions n cord through the Motorhome because of trying to mount the inverter near the batteries. And then Finding a good pace to mount it is another thing.Do you have space behind the breaker-fuse panel? 300w inverter could use the main feed from the 12v battery and a small transfer switch will connect power to the 120vac single branch circuit. No pulling wire, just make connections.
smkettner 05/28/16 06:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie question about plugging in at the house

20a should run any single large item or all the small stuff. Large is A/C, Micro, electric water heater, hair dryer, Keurig etc. Worse case the breaker will trip and you reduce the load.
smkettner 05/28/16 05:03pm Truck Campers
RE: how to get rid of bumble bees

Run the furnace?
smkettner 05/28/16 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trailer Battery Usage

10 amps :E Go LED ;) https://5fc98fa113f6897cea53-06dfa63be377ed632ae798753ae0fb3f.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/product_images/files/000/103/559/legacy_product_detail_large/115475_a1ba1c5ae10285f537deb25a33ed7f5d38a195ad_original.jpg?1459793668 width=250 https://www.1000bulbs.com/product/175074/PLT-10397.html
smkettner 05/28/16 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Transmission Temp 08 1500 Silverado

Location would be for an aftermarket. Does the gauge have a temp limit or red zone so to speak? What does the manual say. I think you are fine at this point.
smkettner 05/28/16 02:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2 year old tires - small cracks

If headed to the hot South-West I would probably be looking for new tires.
smkettner 05/28/16 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at new a/c units, recommendations?

The unit I have still cools, but not like it used to and the evaporator core starts freezing up in really hot weather.Have you checked the freeze sensor is placed against the evaporator? Often they fall away and become ineffective. If you are looking at two units on a 30 amp RV I strongly suggest reviewing the specs for lowest amp draw. Maybe even get a 15k and a 9k or 13.5 unit. Will not cool well if the breaker is tripping off.
smkettner 05/28/16 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Transmission Temp 08 1500 Silverado

Factory gauge or aftermarket? Where is the sensor? Although I think you are fine. Up a grade you may even see 240 and a little more. 65 is the rated speed limit of ST tires...
smkettner 05/28/16 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Invertor power consumption

for a brief period the battery was show 14.5 volts and full charge. After a while it's down to 13v and showing float.Sounds like all is normal with the charging system. After it has been on float overnight try the tv test again. And of course plug in and recharge after the test. If you are on a 20a circuit consider 16 amps as max input to comply with the NEC 80% rule for continuous loads.
smkettner 05/28/16 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: Bad ground?

Are you plugged in? Check your power source first.
smkettner 05/28/16 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: 14 day meal planning

Actually there are groceries available in the park. Like others I plan a few days and let the rest happen. Trying new things is good for the soul.
smkettner 05/27/16 11:29pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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