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RE: Tire comments / experience / recommendations

Those are top line Goodyear and will serve you well. If you just want to save money... go with a different brand.
smkettner 10/25/14 05:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Charging Amps engine alternator vs Generator

Lots of amp readings. Not much on voltage. When the batteries are low and you start the generator make a voltage measurement at the converter and at the battery while the converter is in boost mode. You should easily get 40 amps into the battery or there are issues to solve or improve.
smkettner 10/25/14 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Dual Trojans and furnace

Your batteries have either lost capacity or were not fully charged. No need to add anything for a simple overnight using the furnace and two batteries. Focus on the battery condition and verifying a full charge. Were you plugged in 24 hours before the drive & overnight at Wal Mart?
smkettner 10/25/14 03:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Non twist lock 30 amp inlet

Need the NEMA code from the inlet to verify correct and to match the connector needed. Never seen a NEMA TT-30 inlet. You probably need to make an adapter or change the female end of your cord to the proper twist lock.
smkettner 10/24/14 09:39pm Beginning RVing
RE: Solar and battery help

RC is reserve capacity in minutes. 160 RC = 25 amps for 160 minutes before you reach 10.5 volts. It is a hybrid rating as it does measure a deep cycle but at a fairly heavy load. More capacity available with a slower discharge.
smkettner 10/24/14 09:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Competition Solar 145 watt with controller for $125

If the size works I would call that a good deal. Multiple controllers is fine. Started? Probably call it done.
smkettner 10/24/14 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Repaired Samlex inverter not working at night

Inverter should run fine down to at least 11.0 volts. Most run to 10.5 or 10.0 before they shut down. Any chance you have a low cut out voltage that was adjusted too high? 12.4 volts is not over discharged. Do verify the voltage right at the inverter. Otherwise I recommend GoPower sine wave.
smkettner 10/24/14 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

Which model is it that has a boost button on the DC fuse panel instead of using a remote gizmo? (People have mentioned the fuse panel location is hard to get at) That is the 4600, see page 5 of the manual. http://www.progressivedyn.com/4600_operation_guide.pdf Also the new power centers have the wizard built in. /PD4560-50-Amp-Power-Center-with-60-Amp-ConverterCharger
smkettner 10/24/14 07:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Need two X 24 volt 10 - 20 watt panel with blocking diodes.

I would guess most do not have a blocking diode but rely on a controller. Probably going to need to contact some manufacturers directly. Only seen diodes listed if it is designed as part of a kit to maintain a battery.
smkettner 10/24/14 05:43pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

My voltage drop calculator says you will drop from .9 to .5 by swapping from #6 to #4. The rest is in the connections. http://www.genuinedealz.com/voltage-drop-calculator
smkettner 10/24/14 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

Ouch... that 1.3 volt drop is really going to hurt your charging performance and could be restricting the boost mode. You said you had #6 wire but how long is it? If it is an easy pull you may consider going #4 or #2. But first check any connections such as fuses, circuit breakers, switches etc. along that path for a bad connection adding to the voltage drop in the wire.
smkettner 10/24/14 03:26pm Tech Issues
RE: E 350 with dead differential

Does the original mechanic actually do rear ends himself? Even dealers often send this work out to a good shop and double the invoice.
smkettner 10/24/14 02:21pm Tech Issues

Do you have a sewer hose? Connect and let it rip. Close valves, remove and rinse. Done.
smkettner 10/24/14 02:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

How much battery do you have? Leave the lights on as you plug in.
smkettner 10/24/14 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 Volt Power to My Outlets

The trick will be finding a power cord to go from the CPAP to the new outlet.post the model #. Someone has probably already solved the issue.
smkettner 10/24/14 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Time to charge a bank of 8 6v batteries using a generator

14.2 is plenty fast IMO. Otherwise there is always Victron or Mastervolt.... hope you have a fat wallet.
smkettner 10/24/14 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

It read 13.6, briefly 13.7, then 13.6 That is done. No boost that cycle. Voltage will only rise in boost mode.
smkettner 10/23/14 11:10pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

No it starts at 14.4 voltage setting but the battery wants so much current that the voltage sags to 13.6 or even below. As the current tapers off the measured voltage rises to 14.4 This is why it takes some time to rise. Not going to see an instant 14.4 unless the battery is charged and you force it with the pendent. Perfectly normal for all battery chargers. The sagging voltage is how the charger protects itself from over current damage. Then in time it will drop back to 13.6 and 13.2
smkettner 10/23/14 10:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Don't you LOVE electrical problems...

Sounds like a battery fuse or self resetting circuit breaker is shot. Voltmeter will find it.
smkettner 10/23/14 10:20pm Truck Campers
RE: PD9260 Convertor Never Goes To 14.4V

You may need to let the battery drift down to 12.0 to confirm it is just not working. Yes when the battery is super low it may take some time to get to 14.4 volts. Although you should see the battery voltage steadily rise over maybe 30 to 60 minutes if it has shifted to boost mode. Sure it is 9260? A 9160 needs a pendent. Otherwise I would be looking at replacement.
smkettner 10/23/14 10:18pm Tech Issues
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