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RE: 50 amp female to 30 amp male shore power cord question

30a is 3600 watts, 50 amp is 12,000 watts. Two air conditioners will be marginal and allow about nothing else if it even works. Fridge and water on propane and give your battery an hour+ to fully charge first. Otherwise yes all items are available for use to the limit of 3600 watts. For near continuous use it is best to limit to 24 amps (80%).
smkettner 09/29/16 10:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trojan T105 Batteries - Need a charger

This is all great stuff. Thank you so much. Hm... I do have two 100W Renogy panels on my roof with the Tracer 2210RN charge controller, but it is NOT doing the job (I think). Seems nice but you probably need to baby sit the thing through a charge cycle to verify it is working as designed. Wire size is not the issue here as the controller makes it to float. Otherwise I recommend Morningstar SunSaver MPPT for your 200w in series. http://www.morningstarcorp.com/products/sunsaver-mppt/
smkettner 09/29/16 09:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Class A house charging system issue help needed

Propane lines? No issues. Fittings and connectors maybe.
smkettner 09/29/16 04:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Short life batteries

First review the charging system and upgrade as needed. Post the converter model for suggestions. Optima is fine for what it is however I recommend Lifeline deep cycle over Optima. I have used both.
smkettner 09/29/16 01:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery

Many are killed by the owner in 12 to 24 months. Others seem to last 10+ years. What is the issue? The 12 Volt Side of Life
smkettner 09/29/16 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Batteries draining too fast after solar recharge

Could be a battery issue however I would start by measuring the draw as your RV idles running the fridge etc. Should be less than one amp. Fridge humidity control is the first item to verify is off.
smkettner 09/29/16 01:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Comments About Brands Of Shock Absorbers?

Put bills on my truck at 100k and it made no change. OEM must be really good or .... Next set for the truck will be KYB Monomax. I absolutely loved these (KYB gas-a-just)on my old 1970 Mach 1
smkettner 09/29/16 12:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Axle Shackle Question

Just in time! ;)
smkettner 09/29/16 08:48am Tech Issues
RE: Class A house charging system issue help needed

Do you have 120v power anyplace close to the batteries? Close to the generator? That is when it really matters.
smkettner 09/28/16 11:07pm Tech Issues
RE: What to do first?

Garage sale. Start unloading the junk.
smkettner 09/28/16 09:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: Testing new inverter?

All we do is shop by price and lowest shipping. Then it comes barely wrapped :R BTW my GoPower came the same way. Inverter is probably fine. Install it and plug something in.
smkettner 09/28/16 04:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Mistaken ideas about how a diesel engine works

Everyone thinks I am nuts but I will say it again.... Manufacturers are up against a wall on economy and emissions. The real improvement will be a hybrid with a smaller diesel (300hp?) and battery/electric boost for another 200 to 300 hp.
smkettner 09/28/16 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Class A house charging system issue help needed

OK so you discovered a battery charges fairly slow at 13.4 volts ;) Now go back and check voltage along the path to discover any big drops at the connection points. Could be any terminal, fuse holder, switch etc. Measure on each side of each connection. Clean, tighten, repair or replace any issues found. Since it used to work OK I think you will find something significant. Don't forget to check ground connections. First suspect is the battery terminals. For best charging move the converter close to the battery. Connect right on the shunt.
smkettner 09/28/16 02:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Trojan T105 Batteries - Need a charger

For best results replace your existing converter with 55 to 70 amp PD or IOTA converter. Upgrade the wire if needed. If you get much sun... 100 to 400 watts solar would fit nicely. A good solar controller is very programmable to meet the specs required.
smkettner 09/28/16 12:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 20lb Horizontal Propane Tank out of date....

Could you go ASME tank instead of a cylinder? No more recert. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/lp-gas/lp-gas-tanks.htm Not exactly low cost option.
smkettner 09/27/16 07:29pm Truck Campers
RE: 13.5 rear AC amps

Sounds like the cut condenser fins may have sprung a leak. And it is now time to replace the AC.Yes by the time you diagnose, repair leak, install freon valves, charge with Freon you are probably less than $100 away from a new unit installed with a warranty.
smkettner 09/27/16 03:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Advice

Keep the trailer GVWR within the tow rating for best results.
smkettner 09/27/16 02:08pm Towing
RE: Inverter install

If the inverter is right there and the wire is short and in plain view with sufficient ampacity I would skip the fuse. If the wire is longer than a couple feet or twists into blind areas or through a panel then I would have a single fuse on the positive side close to the source(switch stud).
smkettner 09/27/16 12:57pm Beginning RVing
RE: Should I Fix This - Frame Cross Member

For the crossmember I would apply some forgetaboutit. The wires however I would look to get those tucked up in the frame area. Drill a hole and pull them through if needed. Grommet or other protection is needed through the hole.
smkettner 09/27/16 11:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Tender Questions???

Battery Tender is a brand name and is very good. http://www.batterytender.com/Chargers/ I would get the 1.25 or 3 amp version for what you describe. Shop around for lower price. The other brand I recommend is Battery Minder. This one has temperature compensation that could be important if your truck will be below freezing at times. http://www.batteryminders.com/batteryminder-model-15cec1b-12volt-1-5-amp-maintenance-charger-desulfator-with-push-button-battery-indicator/
smkettner 09/27/16 10:45am Fifth-Wheels
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