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RE: Inverter/Battery/load combination

My batteries were not dead when I arrived at the campsite, as the fridge was still operating, and I was able to lower landing gear, push slides out, etc before plugging in to shore power, so the batteries had to be maintained while driving too. Not a battery or inverter issue. This is purely a fridge temperature control issue. Keep a watch but I think all is normal.
smkettner 07/01/16 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: Electronic Transfer Switch - add a second shore power inlet?

10-4 on all the responses and thanks. What is the proper name of the 4 wire 50A cord that that I need? Can it be sourced at a Home Depot or similar or is it RV specific? It looks like it uses a bare ground wire in the switch. The wiring from the inlet to the TS looks pretty self explanitory. Going to be 6/4 cord. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Southwire-By-the-Foot-6-4-600-Volt-Black-Stranded-CU-SOOW-Cord
smkettner 07/01/16 09:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Electronic Transfer Switch - add a second shore power inlet?

Odd to have a transfer switch and no generator. And yes you can connect a second cord to the unused transfer switch input. Only one cord will supply power to the RV.
smkettner 06/30/16 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cable Lugs or 1/0 cable

12' is a long run to a large inverter. I would get 4/0 if you are going 2000w. Four crimps is $4 all premade and shipped right here: http://www.genuinedealz.com/custom-cables?size=49 12' 1/0 AWG, 2 lugs, heat shrink, procrimp and ship $70.
smkettner 06/30/16 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter Toubleshooting Question

My Converter - WFO WF-8955ANThat is plenty of information right there to recommend a replacement with a different brand. I recommend Progressive Dynamics or IOTA. Possibly PowerMax if you are always plugged in.
smkettner 06/30/16 07:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Pure Sine Wave vs Modified Sine Wave for fridge

My home fridge has a converter to run the compressor motor on three-phase power.
smkettner 06/30/16 06:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Here it comes... the F-150 Diesel

Diesel F150 does nothing for me. I want a hybrid truck with 150+ mile electric range(not towing).
smkettner 06/30/16 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Too old???

Used is the best way to get started. A week rental would help decide if you really want to do this at all. How many days do you expect to be on the road each year? 30, 120, 365? Better to try it now than to regret it later.
smkettner 06/30/16 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: help from the electrical wizards

Last try, all breakers were off except main, and a/c. it ran about 45 mins, and overloaded again.This overload was with all breakers off except main and A/C correct? Does seem odd that the air conditioner would start-run and later overload. Did the compressor cycle off and back on? Are you using eco mode? Best I can say is that you need to measure the power being used and see if it is within the rated amount. One of those kill-a-watt meters should give you a good picture of what is happening.
smkettner 06/30/16 09:02am General RVing Issues
RE: How to keep fridge cooler?

I noticed over memorial day the fridge was slow to cool down after constant usage (and kids) when the temps were in the 90s. Do you mean initial cool down or not holding temperature? Yes performance suffers in the heat. Let it run 24 hours before your trip for best results.
smkettner 06/29/16 10:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running fridge on generator

Get inside the chimney and see if you have any open space to be blocked so the convection cooling air runs mostly over the coils. +1 to keep the fridge on propane.
smkettner 06/29/16 10:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Residential Fridge Cool Down on Batteries

Give it a go and I think you will be fine at least 12 hours on a good battery. Assuming outside storage 200 watts of solar would keep the battery tip top charged and help with the draw as needed.
smkettner 06/29/16 08:20pm Travel Trailers

What size and length is the 12 volt wire? GoPower 300 watt sine wave $172
smkettner 06/29/16 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Winches..110 or 12V ???

Also I believe the hydraulics have a tendency to let cable out before the brake catches once the pull is stopped. Which is why the Jeep Club that used to hold Panamint Valley Days wouldn't let a vehicle running a hydro winch participate on the Surprise Canyon run.I don't think there is a brake. If the solenoids are closed no fluid moves and the hydraulics just hold same as a hydraulic leveling system. Instructions do warn that if the engine is off and you use the control it will allow the drum to turn. This is MM specific. There could be others that operate differently.
smkettner 06/29/16 07:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Pure Sine Wave vs Modified Sine Wave for fridge

I was hoping someone could tell me what filtered modified sine wave means and how that is different from regular modified sine wave.It is a non-scientific definition. Sine wave is measure in THD or Total Harmonic Distortion. Most sine wave are rated 3% to 5% THD. Regardless most non sine wave inverters have a lower peak voltage than what equipment like microwaves and motors are looking for. Motors may run hotter, microwaves run at a lower power level. Apple products are also known to give trouble. If you want all to run as designed then you need sine wave even if some might muddle along fine with modified. I have and recommend GoPower sine wave inverters but they do not make an all in one like the 458. And on that note I prefer separate components anyway for when something fails that is all you replace.
smkettner 06/29/16 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Sorting out 12v system on 85

A Trik-L-Start combiner will charge your chassis battery when charging voltage is present at the house battery such as when plugged in or while the sun is on your solar panels. http://www.lslproducts.net/TLSPage.html
smkettner 06/28/16 09:13pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Inverter plugged into battery when on shore power

Is it ok to have an inverter hooked up to your battery when plugged into shore power?Inverter can remain connected to the battery in all conditions.
smkettner 06/28/16 03:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

All of this is in 95 degree weather.Assuming this is a 30 amp RV running the air conditioner all day... I would definitely have the fridge and water on propane only.
smkettner 06/28/16 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Question on fuse size

Yes replace with a 7.5 amp fuse. If the 7.5 opens... fix the issue causing overload and replace with 7.5 amp. BTW the 15a home circuit is a bit undersize for running the air conditioner. It may work most of the time but anything extra will open the breaker. Still may experience nuisance tripping periodically. No do not install a 20 amp breaker without increasing the wire size. On Edit: Actually you did not post the breaker size that tripped....
smkettner 06/28/16 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: Winches..110 or 12V ???

Milemarker is unstoppable and will run continuous. Never overheat or run your battery low. If your engine runs it runs. Upside down, dead under water is not so good. http://milemarker.com/product_type/hydraulic-winch/
smkettner 06/27/16 10:20pm Truck Campers
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