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RE: AGM Batt on Trickle Charge?

I would still get a controller if you expect to leave it charging unattended. Otherwise good to go.
smkettner 04/23/14 12:05pm Tech Issues
RE: charging battery

1) No disconnect needed. Although I recommend plugging the portable into the generator first to get it started. 2) Generally the battery switch needs to be on to get a charge from the on board converter. Most modern converters will power the RV fine without a battery. Lead-acid batteries prefer to be 100% charged and held at 100% charge for longer life.
smkettner 04/23/14 11:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Charge Requirements

Most any controller with a float voltage will charge and maintain those batteries just fine.
smkettner 04/23/14 09:49am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panels wire to controller: Length of wire?

For that set up as pictured I would skip the fuse.
smkettner 04/23/14 08:53am Tech Issues

Costco GC2
smkettner 04/22/14 09:55pm Tech Issues
RE: PWM vs MPPT Test Results

Did you try the 130w panel on the PWM and MPPT?
smkettner 04/22/14 09:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Simple Inverter Setup Test - FAIL>?

Not enough battery and not enough wire for 1500 watts. If the heater has any electronic controls it may not like the modified sine wave (MSW). Incandescent bulb does not care about MSW. Heavy jump cables would be 1 awg like these: http://www.genuinedealz.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/j/u/jumper_cables_black_1ga.jpg You really should have 400+ amp hours to drive that inverter. If you plan to use it to watch tv fine but to run a heater I think your battery will be dead before you feel much heat.
smkettner 04/22/14 09:23pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Battery Tender Jr. fine to maintain my two 6-Volt batteries?

Battery Tender is an excellent brand. However 0.75 amp is a little light for 200+ amp hours of battery. For a few dollars more I recommend the waterproof 5 amp version. Battery Tender 022-0157-1 Waterproof 12 Volt Power Tender Plus OK maybe it is more than a few $$$ :(
smkettner 04/22/14 09:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie! PB waterline leak fix.

Home Depot/Lowes etc has all you need. +1 for SharkBite/Gatorbite and pex. For flexible connections use standard faucet connectors.
smkettner 04/22/14 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: What grease is best for repacking

I use Mobil 1. 550 drop point, lithium complex.
smkettner 04/22/14 07:08pm Towing
RE: PWM vs MPPT Test Results

I can't wait for the shade tests ;)
smkettner 04/22/14 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator question

What about solar, does anyone use those. Forum Members Solar Installations With Pics
smkettner 04/22/14 09:01am Travel Trailers
RE: Sell it then promise to fix it....seriously

^^^^ Even on my new trailer I refused to sign the finance papers until all promises were complete.
smkettner 04/22/14 08:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sell it then promise to fix it....seriously

If it seems just cosmetic, offer half price or less as is. No deal, just walk. Stuff still needs to work so complete inspection is still needed.
smkettner 04/21/14 10:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 08 Gearbox electrical questions

A 300 watt inverter will power the radio and tv just fine. Fairly easy self install if you have done any home wiring before.
smkettner 04/21/14 10:15pm Toy Haulers
RE: Generator question

You should also have 2 to 4 batteries and LED lighting for camping off-grid in the RV. 1000w will drive about 40 amps into the battery. If your converter is larger than 40 amps it is probably best to get 2000 watts. The 2000 will also run the microwave in most cases. I always recommend 100w to 300w solar as a compliment to the generator or possibly instead of a generator.
smkettner 04/21/14 08:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Repairing Damage from a Blowout

Some duct tape to hold it together then some diamond plate aluminum to shield against the issue next time. Anyway that is what I did.
smkettner 04/21/14 07:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical Shock!!

And some leakage to ground. This is why I recommend plugging into a GFI outlet to see if the leakage is over 5mA and needs further study to discover the cause.
smkettner 04/21/14 07:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: solar charger effectiveness

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/nature-power-solar-battery-charger-kit-18-watt/56006 That is maintenance only for two batteries. I recommend fully charging and disconnecting a cable for best results in storage. For $125 you could get a 100 watt panel then a low cost controller for a system that will actually do some charging. http://www.solarblvd.com/Solar-Panels-&-Systems-12-Volt-Solar-Panels/c1_269/p2666/Solar-Cynergy-100-Watt-12-Volt-Solar-Panel/product_info.html
smkettner 04/21/14 07:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Please help me identify an engine part and the required cap

+1 for having the whole system inspected and replacing at least that one hose. At 14 years old it has put in some good service and looks done. New hose should come with the new cap.
smkettner 04/21/14 07:00pm Tech Issues
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