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RE: Amature Wiring Diagram. I Need Help.

The mighty mini is a typical RV panel. It is split into two systems including distribution of 120vac with a main and five branch circuit breakers. You need to supply 120v power from the utility, generator or an inverter. Separately it has a 12v distribution with a stack of maybe 10 fuses for multiple circuits. The converter is the connection between the 120v and 12v sides. Unfortunately it only goes one way 120v --> 12v The converter will also keep the battery charged as the battery connects on the 12v side. So again the 12v side just distributes 12v power supplied by the converter or direct from the battery.
smkettner 03/03/15 10:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Can you name this trailer?

Put that movie on you tube already. We need to see this one in action :B
smkettner 03/03/15 10:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Amature Wiring Diagram. I Need Help.

Yes the lights are low power and can all be on one switch. No you will need to add an inverter and transfer switch to power the outlets from the battery. As long as you are pulling wire I would go #4 for the main battery cables to improve charging. The 6v batteries need to be wired in series. Need about 50 amp fuse near the + battery terminal.
smkettner 03/03/15 10:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Tires.... Keep for awhile or get them off???

Best is to get credit from the dealer to swap tires as part of the purchase. Otherwise I would run what it comes with for one maybe two Summers.
smkettner 03/03/15 08:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar: I have a converter, need a charge controller too?

If your solar panels puts out 120vac the converter will plug right in. Otherwise you need a controller if you have more than ~8 watts per battery. > Forum Members Solar Installations With Pics
smkettner 03/03/15 08:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping

Worst case the park will sell you any extra adapter you need. Most likely you will you will not even need the adapter you have.
smkettner 03/03/15 08:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: 400 Watts of Solar for $37 ?

Keep track of the deadlines to make a refund claim ;)
smkettner 03/03/15 03:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I go 50amp or 30amp?

50 unless if designed primarily to be off-grid. I plan to make it so it can go off grid with solar. My wife is entering Med School this fall so we will most likely move a bit and there could be situations where we go off the grid for a year or two. If I was to be primarily off grid why would you recommend 30 over 50? I appreciate the input.If 95% of camping is off grid then you would be running everything off the battery anyway. 30a power would just be to charge the battery or run the air conditioner for an extended period. Built in generator would probably be hard wired anyway. Portable generator should be fine on 30 amp supply. If you are off-grid you will be in near constant conservation mode even with fairly large solar. Plenty of other stuff like large water holding tanks etc. to play into this. Just some random thoughts.... Nothing wrong with going 50 amp for the extra breaker slots.
smkettner 03/03/15 02:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I go 50amp or 30amp?

50 unless if designed primarily to be off-grid.
smkettner 03/03/15 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Simple 110V-12V car battery charger?

smkettner 03/03/15 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: EMS Installation Question

Just replace the J-box with the EMS. If the stranded wire does not set well in the connectors just pigtail some solid wire in the box.
smkettner 03/03/15 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Cable size for 160W portable solar panel

A couple wires and some battery clamps is fine. Just let it dangle. Could get fancy and mount it on a small piece of wood to provide wire strain relief and a hook of sort to keep it out of the mud.
smkettner 03/03/15 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: Sizing a replacement converter

9270 is fine if you pull some #4 wire. If you will be using existing wire that is smaller you may as well stick with 45 or 60 amp.
smkettner 03/03/15 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: solar panel output

I am guessing 180 to 200 watts total. Should serve you well. What controller is it? 15 volts is maybe on the high side of normal depending on use and conditions.
smkettner 03/02/15 08:48pm Tech Issues
RE: How does this elderly Voltage Limiter work?

I would open it up just for fun ;)
smkettner 03/02/15 08:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Simple 110V-12V car battery charger?

This one posted to another thread does the basic two-step. http://www.quickcharge.com/on-board-chargers-standard.html
smkettner 03/02/15 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Bilsteins or Not

I will take Monomax over Bills next time.Why would you want to downgrade?After 100k miles I put the Bills on. Had no effect over the OEM shocks. So IMO Ford OEM is a superior shock or Bills are weak. Had KYBs on a previous vehicle and they seemed far better than anything else. Softer compression and stiffer on the rebound. Enjoy the 5100 coolaid...
smkettner 03/02/15 06:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cable size for 160W portable solar panel

Controller is on the back of the panel? Don't use it that way. Controller should be within 3' of the battery.
smkettner 03/02/15 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: What is a "sway bar" on rv.net

Sway Bar is to control body roll not trailer sway. Trailer sway control is generally use with a few extra terms or in context with a hitch etc. Although I do wonder if a sway bar reducing trailer body roll would assist with trailer sway. Have not read of anyone trying this approach.
smkettner 03/02/15 04:48pm Towing
RE: Another battery question

Forgive me, but what is a pfc and a non-pfc charger? I saw those terms on one of the other threads too and was wondering...:?PFC=Power Factor Corrected. This relates to using the entire sine wave to extract power. Many devices that are not PFC pull off the peak area only and the generator needs to have more apparent power than is actually drawn. Typical PF correction is 30% for these chargers. Xantrex PFC white paper
smkettner 03/02/15 04:37pm Tech Issues
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