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RE: LP Tank check.

A lot of us that camp in the winter have found that those auto crossover valves work too well. You will have both tanks run out and then you are in trouble. I keep my second tank off until the first drops off. I just thought this was a cool gadget and I love automation ChrisIt is a cool gadget. And if you are having trouble with your regulator I recommend a Cavagna replacement. And yes I have been down below zero using lots of propane with no trouble.
smkettner 05/03/16 03:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mixing Poly and Mono panels.

There is no poly and mono electricity. If the Vmp spec is close the MPPT will be fine.
smkettner 05/03/16 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Do I need solar or more batteries and a better charger?

sketter - If I go with something larger than the 55A converter/charger,do I need to up the circuit breaker for it and can I just replace it with a larger one in the same slot or does that mean wire size changes as well?Somewhere about 65+ amps the installation will call for a 20 amp circuit. And yes a 20 amp circuit requires #12 wire that is thicker than typical #14 used with a 15a breaker. If you have an open slot you could just install a dedicated circuit for the larger converter. If the circuit breaker controls a string of outlets you have to pull all new wire to add a 20a breaker. Read the literature before you click and buy.
smkettner 05/03/16 03:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Do I need solar or more batteries and a better charger?

I assume 20 amps minimum per battery for fast charging and I think you said you would have 4x GC2. Could go 30 amps per battery but the benefit is marginal. Yes IOTA-DLS with IQ along with Progressive Dynamics with Wizard are both good options. DLS-55 is fine just takes longer than 3 hours. 75 might overload one generator or run at max. Might have to run both and probably both with a DLS-90. If the 55 seems slow you can parallel a second and get a parallel IQ controller for 110 amps when running both generators. PD tends to run a bit under rating so always choose 10+ amps more than you think you need. the 70 might be a good fit with a single generator. I do not recommend WFCO except maybe the 100 amp model with a Boost button. Can't recommend Boondocker either as it cuts out of boost at about 70% charged.
smkettner 05/03/16 12:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Do I need solar or more batteries and a better charger?

I'm thinking solar might be more trouble than it's worth since we camp in the shade most of the time.Yes. More battery and 80+ amps charging may fit better for what you want. 100w of roof solar still makes a good maintainer if you park in the sun without utility power.
smkettner 05/03/16 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: What to look for in an inverter/charger?

Just TVs, DVDs, mobile devices, and a CPAP. All you need is 300 watts, maybe 600 max. Small transfer switch for each branch circuit (two?). And maybe a converter upgrade. Monster all-in-one is a bit overkill.
smkettner 05/03/16 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: What to look for in an inverter/charger?

24 amp rated switch on a 50 amp circuit would not work for me. Does the OP have 30 amp or 50 amp RV?
smkettner 05/03/16 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: Adjusting a Magnatec 950 converter

I don't think these smart chargers ever fully charge the batteries because I notice I get a few more days of dry camping when I float for a couple of days with the old Magnatec after B&D says full. I would just like to have it float a little higher.You are correct. Even better is a multistage converter. Get a Progressive Dynamics with Wizard or IOTA with IQ controller.
smkettner 05/03/16 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter usage while underway

You have to make sure it is a pure sign wave inverter to start up a high torque motor,I think the OP has a 2-way absorption fridge not a residential.
smkettner 05/02/16 10:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter usage while underway

I worry more about the propane fridge while I sleep ;) Prefer to just help with an inverter. Propane safety is debated at least once a week around here.
smkettner 05/02/16 10:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Switch from 30 lb. to 20 lb.propane tanks?

When it is real cold a partial fill twenty pounder would go too fast for me. I still would stick with 30 pound bottles and carry a spare 30 if supply was sparse or needs were heavy.
smkettner 05/02/16 10:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lifetime sealed bearings on Cedar Creek

Any chance it is a standard cartridge bearing? Dexter Nev-R-Lube http://fl.b5z.net/i/u/6149609/i/031-071-03_cart-bearing_6-09_thumb.jpg width=150
smkettner 05/02/16 09:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Inverter usage while underway

I appreciate your input SM. From what I had been reading the 12v wires need to be kept as short as possible to minimize voltage drop, the AC lines will not experience that so I was going to mount the inverter in the battery compartment.Even better if access is easy. I assumed you would use the same wire the 55 amp converter pushes power to the battery. With alternator providing 14 volts I don't think voltage would be an issue on the road. Yes battery alone and down 30% on charge and voltage drops quickly under significant load.
smkettner 05/02/16 09:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter usage while underway

OP should have his own RV operate the way he wants. No justification needed.
smkettner 05/02/16 09:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What to look for in an inverter/charger?

I prefer separate components. Dedicated sine wave inverter, transfer switch, and a three stage smart converter. Something fails and that is all you replace.
smkettner 05/02/16 08:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter usage while underway

Fridge will pull about 30 amps from the battery when operating. Yes the alternator should be able to provide that level of power. Typical fridge once cooled is on 40 minutes off 20 minutes so the alternator will have some time to catch up as needed. I recommend a GoPower 600 Watt sine wave inverter. Get a small transfer switch such as KISAE 20a or 15 amp. Mount the inverter close to the power distribution panel. Use the main battery feed for 12v power. Connect the transfer switch to just the fridge branch circuit. Attach a remote power switch. No pulling wire, just make connections. No hassle instant power that anyone can use. No connection to water heater, A/C or microwave. Might power some other convenience outlets to charge small items on the road.
smkettner 05/02/16 07:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hmmmmmmmmmm

Do you have a module to convert the relay signal to DC? Fairly common on new relays. the unit’s DC coiled relay prevents AC “chatter” noise and drop-out in low-voltage conditions.
smkettner 05/02/16 07:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Overfilled Propane tank is what the firemen said...

So I grabbed a wrench and pulled the bottle (7.5 gal) out and as I tipped it to clear the door it really started spitting and was venting LP pretty fast so I took it to the end of the driveway away from everything.Have him stop at 7.0 gallons next time. That is all it really holds.
smkettner 05/02/16 07:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Odd Wheel

Generally a trailer wheel should have zero offset. Either the single or set of four should be replaced IMO. Get out your tape measure and compare. Yes as long as you are mounting tires this is the time to get it right.
smkettner 05/02/16 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Tips and Tricks - Wet Shackle Kit

I filed a relief or chamfer around the exit hole to allow more surface area for the grease to wedge itself out of the hole. Also verified all bolts were fully drilled before inserting the zerk. No trouble yet with getting grease to flow.
smkettner 05/01/16 10:32pm General RVing Issues
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