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RE: Quandry at Yellowstone campground - extra person

As a single family unit IMO it is a non-issue. Park just does not want 10 unrelated adults at one site causing a ruckus. It is just a reason to ask you to leave if there is trouble. You will be fine.
smkettner 04/01/15 08:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar panel system advice/personal experiences please

I recommend about 200 to 300 watts from Solarblvd.com > Forum Members Solar Installations With Pic
smkettner 04/01/15 08:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electric Plug in question

The small arc is caused by power going to the coils of the transfer switch. Turning off the main circuit breaker will make no difference. Not in the RV, but turning off the breaker to the plug in the garage/house will make a difference. No power to the plug - no electricity to arc when the plug is inserted.I thought the transfer switch coil was only energized after the generator is running for about 30 seconds. Besides the coil is just a couple milliamps. Electric water heater or house charging system OTOH can easily want 12+ amps to get started.
smkettner 04/01/15 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping Batteries Charged During Storage

Forget the trickle charger and just plug in the RV. Class A should have good charging equipment but post the model here for best answers. Upgrade as needed. Also verify if the house system will charge the chassis battery. If not add a Trik-L-Start combiner.
smkettner 04/01/15 08:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cleaning up the mess of battery cables.

Posts are fine and you probably need a bus.
smkettner 04/01/15 06:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Surge protector

Install is very basic. However you should have someone check your work if this is the first time you have done any home wiring.
smkettner 04/01/15 02:06pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electric Plug in question

You could just turn off the main breakers in the RV. Or if you are ever inclined to install an energy management system surge protector this will also stop any arcing at home and away. Power is not connected until voltage, ground and polarity is checked as stable for about a minute before power is connected. http://www.progressiveindustries.net
smkettner 04/01/15 02:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Summer in Phoenix in a fifth-wheel? Has anyone done it?

Forget the window and portable nonsense. You need TWO roof units and 50 amp power.
smkettner 04/01/15 12:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Small RV Microwave

Can you return the microwave and get a Panasonic Inverter Series microwave? These actually reduce power consumption at the lower settings. Otherwise 2000 watt sine wave inverter and four batteries is generally needed to run a microwave.
smkettner 04/01/15 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery drain + solar

For the effort I would go 80 to 100 watts minimum for solar. I assume you are running the fridge on propane. In the mean time charge the battery 48 hours and remove a cable when stored without power.
smkettner 04/01/15 11:01am Tech Issues
RE: installing Bogart Trimetric Question

BTW if the shunt is overloaded it will conveniently act like a fuse. Don't need to ask how I know ;)
smkettner 03/31/15 11:26pm Tech Issues
RE: California Battery Core Deposit

For best results bring the core in at time of purchase.
smkettner 03/31/15 10:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: double conversion problems

Ever think you might be overworking the 9140? Maybe reduce the wire to #8 to put continuous amps down to 30 or 35.
smkettner 03/31/15 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: new converter

Needs a couple inches around the fan and vents. They don't need much unless you are charging a big battery from very low. I would have recommended the MBA that fits in the WFCO slot. Or maybe you have something different. Powermax is a good converter.
smkettner 03/31/15 07:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: House batteries not up to ah rating

85 must be a 100 hour rate. Real world closer to 75 AFAIK.
smkettner 03/31/15 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: How much gas does your genny use? And a charging question

I tend to seek out sunny spots or just partial shade now that I have solar. Deep shade I would be in conservation mode and need to move toward the sun about the fifth day(or hookups). Worst case use jumper cables to charge from the truck similar to the OP. Generator stays at home for some disaster style emergency.
smkettner 03/31/15 04:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Wild guess -- we will soon be using Tesla batteries for RVs

AFAIK it should be a fairly large but flat panel configuration. I could see the battery integrated into an interior wall or the bedroom floor. I try to assume it will be a Model S sized battery or about 5,000 amp/hrs at 12v equivalent. Yea it is going to cost some money. Good luck on smallish versions.. these are made for a regular home.
smkettner 03/31/15 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Survival Food Companies???

I saw Costco was selling this stuff on line. Sorry no experience.
smkettner 03/31/15 10:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Older Progressive Dynamics Dist panel Charger/Conv HELP

Same as any new panel. Nothing looks especially different. Have you done any wiring before?
smkettner 03/30/15 10:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with portable solar please

https://www.solarblvd.com/product_info.php?cPath=1_272&products_id=2869 Trouble with plug and play kit is that it is never quite how you would like to have. Above kit could use a better controller and longer wire. Beware of kits where the controller is attached to the panel as you can get too much voltage drop between the controller and battery. Controller should be separate and mounted close to the battery. Longer wire to the panels is not such a big deal.
smkettner 03/30/15 10:13pm Tech Issues
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