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RE: Gear Vendors for Excursion V-10 4.30 rear

OD is a bit of a jump. Maybe go to 4.56/4.88 gear to stay in OD more or go 3.73/4.10 and don't use OD unless downhill with a tail wind. Need to do some calculating about what RPM/speed/gear you want to be in.
smkettner 04/17/15 08:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tioga Pass is open!

As of today 4/17/15: Plowing began on the Tioga Road the week of April 13. There is no estimated opening date for the Tioga Road. http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tioga.htm
smkettner 04/17/15 08:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: Battery backup (UPS) for computer while on house batteries?

Your RV is the UPS. Just get an inverter to complete the package. Forget those little portable UPS units.
smkettner 04/17/15 08:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Autoformer

If spending money today I would have a PowerMaster first, then TRC or Hughes, and very very last is Frank's. What happened to Power Master web page? was www.powermasterrv.com afaik If one air conditioner is the primary concern consider a TrippLite LC2400 on the branch circuit. http://www.tripplite.com/line-conditioner-2400w-avr-system-automatic-voltage-regulator-power-conditioner-ac-surge-protector~LC2400/
smkettner 04/17/15 07:47pm Tech Issues
RE: converter

I have a 2003 Coachmen Catalina 29 FT Class C. When I plug into electric the coach's ceiling lights do not come on shouldn't there be inverter for the coach to make 12 volts. ThanksYes there is. Find it close to the breaker/fuse panel. Post the model number of the converter or the breaker panel for best answers to diagnose and repair.
smkettner 04/17/15 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: ?? 6 or 12 VOLT BATTERY ??

Planning on power A few 100 watt cfl bulbs so only 23 watts each total 115 watts, maybe a fan 200 watts I am guessing, led tv 50'watt DVD player 50 watt shuffle pressure pump 103 watts, radio50 watts, total 500 watts or so. Maybe a coffee maker, toaster, or microwave -all about 1000 watts each but not all on at once. Going with the Energizer 1500C/3000S watt inverter (I like this one because it has the modified sine wave and a digital read out on the top of the unit so I can mount it to the wall and be able to read it). OK and I think you are better with 12v lighting and run the big stuff like coffee, toaster, microwave direct off the Yamaha 2000. Some of the electronic controls may not even work properly on MSW. Batteries are slow to charge so 10 minutes of use can be 30 to 60 minutes of charging. For charging small items like a phone or laptop I recommend 150 to 300 watt sine wave inverter.
smkettner 04/17/15 01:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: ?? 6 or 12 VOLT BATTERY ??

I am pretty sure I am going with 2 Duracell 6 volt 215 amp hour batteries from Sam's Club connected in series to make 1 12 volt at 215 amp hour.These will serve you well.
smkettner 04/17/15 01:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: ?? 6 or 12 VOLT BATTERY ??

Can I charge two 6 volt batteries connected in series with a 12 volt charger?Yes but those chargers are too slow. Far better to invest in a 3-stage converter such as Progressive dynamics 9260. http://www.bestconverter.com/9200-Series-Deck-Mount_c_84.html
smkettner 04/17/15 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: ?? 6 or 12 VOLT BATTERY ??

Is this a good charger: Schumacher SC-1200A/CA SpeedCharge 3/6/12 Amp Charger/Maintainer/Tester or how about this one: Schumacher SSC-1500A-CA Ship 'N' Shore 15 Amp SpeedCharge Charger with Battery ClampsThose are fine if you have all day. 15 amps is a bit slow on a generator. If spending money you are far better to get a 45 to 75 amp 3-stage converter that charges at 14.4 volts. But I would far prefer 200 to 400 watts solar. Typical microwave will take 2000 watt sine wave inverter and four batteries. A few low power microwaves or a Panasonic inverter microwave can be run on two batteries and 1000 watt inverter.
smkettner 04/16/15 09:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar, Controllers, and trying to stay warm on a budget

You need 100 to 300 watts to really get some charge in the battery. Yes 18w is a good maintainer. Some solarblvd kits to compare Could use one of these kits as portable and direct on the battery for this trip. Later you probably would mount on the roof.
smkettner 04/16/15 07:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: voltage

....arguing w a neighbor. ...is the voltage coming out of a shore power pole in a cg 110 or 220...Neither. USA standard household voltage is 240/120 volt service. 30 amp RV service will be at 120 volts. (NEMA TT-30 connector) 50 amp RV service is 240/120 service for standard center tapped single phase service. A few will have 208/120 service if they are connected to 3-phase supply. (NEMA 14-50 connector) http://www.myrv.us/electric/ Generally RVs only utilize 120 volts even if 240 is available.
smkettner 04/16/15 01:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: wfco 8955

smkettner 04/16/15 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: Leaking plumbing...Ideas?

I would replace the barb attachment point with a Sharkbite or Gatorbite threaded fitting and likewise replace that tubing with a threaded faucet hose connector. No hose clamps.
smkettner 04/16/15 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: Battery SOC Low - Voltage Normal

Exactly what equipment is giving such accurate percentages of battery charge level? Need make and model number. Charging on generator/converter or solar should get voltage in the 14.2 to 14.8 range at some point. If not the converter or controller should be updated.
smkettner 04/15/15 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: Is this a good setup for charging my batteries.

100 watt panel combined with Morningstar 45 amp controller will be excellent. System will expand nicely if more power is needed.
smkettner 04/15/15 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: Power inverter issue

Check your GFI for the outlets... or a lose connection early in the string. Breakers don't always look tripped and must be firmly switched off and firmly back on to reset. As for 12 volt you probably need a new converter and a new battery.
smkettner 04/14/15 04:14pm Tech Issues
RE: 2wd vs 4 wd?

I wonder if in situations most campers are liable to get in that 2WD with a locking differential wouldn't work as well as 4WD. I often drive my 4WD F-150 out on the beach here, south of St. Augustine, and find that in loose, fairly deep sand I can go as well in 2WD with the differential locked as I can in 4WD.With two open differentials you get the traction of worst front wheel and the worst rear wheel that together may amount to about nothing. Lock one axle and you get the best and worst on that axle and can easily be a significant improvement. Lock both axles and look out. I don't have lockers but with True-Trac both front and rear sand is easy.. even up some modest dunes. Stock open front and weak rear clutches I had before was pretty iffy and I had to actually pay attention, not turn too sharp and keep speed up and smooth etc.
smkettner 04/14/15 03:35pm Towing
RE: panel wire AWG to controller

The voltage drop on 40' of #10 @ 105vdc and 7.0a is 0.21%. The voltage drop on 40' of #6 @ 30vdc and 24.5a is 2.57% That could be a wash, considering any inefficiency of a higher PV voltage at the controller. Looks like you'd have to use 4/0 cable @30vdc (parallel) to achive a line loss equal to the 105vcd (series) setup.Brilliant :B $300 of wire to gain 2% or 15 watts. Is there no limit to the nonsense....
smkettner 04/14/15 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Low Voltage

What is the voltage with the converter on? Is this a WFCO? I am thinking more converter issue over a bad connection.
smkettner 04/14/15 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: PEX piping question for plumbers

PEX pipe will not crack, fittings will. I always thought PEX was more resistant than immune. Sounds like keeping fittings away from low points would be a priority.
smkettner 04/14/15 12:08pm Tech Issues
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