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RE: Power conditioner at koa campground

If my PI shuts down for low voltage I will be plugging in the Frank's booster.
smkettner 08/20/14 08:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: WFCO Converter Longevity

If you mostly plug in to charge, a 45 amp Powermax Boondocker. If charging from a generator then Progressive Dynamics or IOTA. Battery Tender brand is fine for plugged in. Get the 5 amp model.
smkettner 08/20/14 07:25pm Truck Campers
RE: Preventive Maintenance

Just did mine (F150) at 12 years 180,000 Although I will put the second belt on at 200,000 Check the upper hose for soft spots but I would run it a bit longer.
smkettner 08/20/14 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing Magnetek 6332 "Q" convertor - Any suggestions ?

Did your PD4655 have a "built in" Charge Wizard ?? Yes Charge Wizard 4-State charging system built-in.
smkettner 08/20/14 06:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing Magnetek 6332 "Q" convertor - Any suggestions ?

From what I've seen and read, WFCO converters fail mainly because two power resistors soldered to the main board get too hot, resulting in either a fracture of the solder joint or slow changing of the board substrate into a carbon-like conductor. This is independent of the "won't go into boost mode" issue, and independent of market penetration. Would this be a fix as simple as replacing a 1/2 watt resistor with a 2 watt resistor? I wonder if it would be worth the effort as a maintenance item as soon as the warranty is out.
smkettner 08/20/14 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: fifth wheel for 1/2 ton pickups

I bought into the 1/2 ton towable, and while my 1500 Ram did ok locally, as soon as I went into the Smokies, I decided to upgrade to a 2500 mostly for the brakes as I warped a new set of high end front rotors, even down shifting and gradually pumping the brakes to keep my speed in check. I camped next to a guy that had a 29' Cougar with bunks and a Tundra and was happy to see him leave before me. If your just camping near by, and no steep grades to have to slow down for you might be ok short term. You didn't have enough trailer brakes dialed in. The trailer should stop itself and the truck should stop =itself=. If you feel the trailer starting to push your truck, then you need to pull over and let everything cool down. Lyle+1 My rotors are original with 185,000 miles.
smkettner 08/20/14 05:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel for 1/2 ton pickups

To pull most half ton rated you will need a 8200 GVWR F150 or equivalent 2500+ payload rating. For your truck you will need a dry pin under 900 pounds and even that is pushing it hard. Good luck.
smkettner 08/20/14 04:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: SRT Charger Hellcat

Not as quick, not as fast but I would sooner have a Tesla.
smkettner 08/20/14 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uninteruptible Power Supply as RV Inverter?

How much are the batteries? Are you assuming they are 12 volt? Otherwise where is the link to this item?
smkettner 08/20/14 02:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing Magnetek 6332 "Q" convertor - Any suggestions ?

Actually the WFCO works quite well once it is sized and wired correctly. Most RVs with WFCO have the 55a that is too large, #6 wire that is too small and too long and just a single battery. For these the smaller 35 amp would probably work just fine but for $5 more the OEM can brag about the big "55 amp" converter. I have a 35 amp WFCO in my trailer and while it is about never used it worked just fine when tested. Yes a lot fail because WFCO had maybe half the OEM market for a while.
smkettner 08/20/14 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Charger: Meanwell 10a or Iota DLS 15?

As for PF, does this work for me or against me? Can I use more watts or less? Help! Xantrex white paper on Power Factor afaik the 30 amp IOTA will run on a Honda 1000 (900va rated) so I assume the 15 amp will run on your 450.
smkettner 08/20/14 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: TC Battery infomation over load

How much charge do you expect? I think you will be lucky to get 20 amps so you need a 5+ hour drive to really bring a low battery up to 80/90% charged.
smkettner 08/19/14 10:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Max watts for inverter at idle on 150 amp alternator?

Microwave generally will need 2000 watt inverter and will pull close to 160 amps from the battery. Really need four batteries to drive it properly. Alternator can recharge as you continue down the road. Final recharge when you arrive and plug in or run the generator.
smkettner 08/19/14 10:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: solar boost

Was the converter charging at 14.4+ volts? You do have 2+ batteries, yes?
smkettner 08/19/14 10:29pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: To solar or not to solar? That is the question....

If I elect not to install the solar I will be running my generator in the event of power failure or when traveling between parks.I would still add a 1000 watt inverter for in transit. May also run overnight without the generator if necessary or during an unattended power failure.
smkettner 08/19/14 10:25pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Home Depot Roof Junction Box for Panels

Any J-Box should work as long as you get the correct strain reliefs.
smkettner 08/19/14 07:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Amp

3 leg cord, 30 amp. 4 leg cord, 50 amps.
smkettner 08/19/14 06:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing Magnetek 6332 "Q" convertor - Any suggestions ?

WFCO kit to avoid
smkettner 08/19/14 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Charger: Meanwell 10a or Iota DLS 15?

DLS with built in IQ controller.
smkettner 08/19/14 06:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Need 50amp at the Ranch, which romex ???

You can use 6/3 wg UF cable. UF is underground feeders suitable for direct. Burial and is sunlight resistant. Can UF go in conduit OK?
smkettner 08/19/14 04:26pm Fifth-Wheels
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