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RE: Surge Guard Came In handy Today

Reversed polarity cannot cause an damage to any equipment. .., it really isn't a big deal. No need to avoid that site for the rest of all eternity.x2. Doesn't AC switch polarity 60x a second? It may have come in handy, but it did make you move when you really didn't need to.No it does not exactly work that way. Think of it as more of a hose and a drain. When the water is coming up through the drain you are in trouble. There is no valve to stop the flow. Tripped breaker does not shut off power... just cuts the circuit. Reverse polarity makes the neutral hot so everything stays energized during a fault or overload. Yes as long as there are no issues the appliances do not care. Life can go on normal but still a hazard.
smkettner 05/23/15 11:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: Computers while traveling

+1 for Chromebook
smkettner 05/23/15 10:29pm Technology Corner
RE: Inverter query

I suppose my question is, could this be the issue? Inverter pulling power out of battery, converter taking that power from the inverter and then just pushing it back into the battery. And of course the loss of amps in that process of 12VDC to 110VAC back to 12VDC and so on? And if so, what could be potentially solutions?Yes. Disconnect the converter. Put the converter on its' own breaker so it can be shut off. Check other stuff also like electric water heat and even the fridge. These need to be set to propane only. A mobile tech should get this straightened out if needed. If in So Cal I could walk you through it.
smkettner 05/23/15 10:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar-Panel to Controller Loss Importance

Unless I have an issue of poor performance that I believe can be improved I am not even taking the time to measure. Reason is for the exact reason BFL13 illustrates... lots of effort for little gain.
smkettner 05/23/15 08:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical question???

No added breaker needed. Just add a 30a outlet box from Home Depot. Extra breaker is fine too.
smkettner 05/23/15 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: 2016 F-150 Option

smkettner 05/23/15 09:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar Panel Size To Battery Bank Size

Plan is good.
smkettner 05/23/15 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: I'm addicted to mods...

That's it? Still in the gateway stage but may soon approach hard core stuff.
smkettner 05/22/15 10:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Now I've seen it all...

Anyone complaining about this gadget had better not be driving an automatic transmission :B
smkettner 05/22/15 09:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you Buy your Dicor

Tube and a caulking gun. CW by me has always had a fresh tube.
smkettner 05/22/15 08:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: dual batteries

smkettner 05/22/15 08:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Use Shark Bite connectors in RV?

+1 for Sharkbite. Is there anything else?
smkettner 05/22/15 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why don't all electrical plugs work on inverter only??

As long as you don't power up the converter or fridge etc after the rewire you are good to go.
smkettner 05/22/15 07:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: solar battery needs/ requirements

Easy... 200 to 300 watts and a programmable controller. Do you have any local suppliers to save shipping?
smkettner 05/22/15 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Air compressors recommendations

+1 for MV50 for occasional use. As long as it clamps direct on the battery only, the compressor is probably fine up to 80psi fill. If it has a cigar plug stay away as it will be weak.
smkettner 05/22/15 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar crunch time! Please review my plan.

Unless the budget is very limited I would always recommend aiming for the high side on solar. This allows for other than perfect circumstances. It is a myth to think you can size the system to consistently arrive at 100% charged just as the sun is setting. 150w per battery is the high side, 100w is about middle, 50w is the low side. JMHO.
smkettner 05/22/15 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Efficiency 99% ???

Grid tie is 400+ volts in and 230 volts out so it will inherently be more efficient than any RV inverter pulling in 180 amps to make power. I also find European ratings in some areas are not quite as realistic as the US.
smkettner 05/21/15 11:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical questions, alternator? amps? generator?

Alternator is fine. 30 amp is fine... especially with no air conditioner. 2000w generator is fine to run everything else and charge batteries. Minimum 2x Group 27 or a pair of GC2. If you expect the inverter to run the microwave, hair drier, coffee pot etc you better have 4+ batteries. I would buy wire according to the load. That is a lot of power in roof lighting. I would have recommended LED. Diagram is a bit simplistic but is fine.
smkettner 05/21/15 07:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Do in-tank fuel pumps give any warning of impending failure/

Can't speak for Chevy but my Ford gave some hard to start warning in cold weather. Then it failed when we went to the snow two months later :R Hindsight is 20/20.
smkettner 05/21/15 07:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Wiring to charge trailer from my van's alternator?

As long as you are pulling wire I would go #10 or even #8. Use a step down splice if it will not fit the connector. Fuse for the smallest wire in the loop. 6" #14 will not stop the flow near as much as 20' of same. You are the relay... unplug when appropriate. Still may take a 5+ hour drive to get a good charge into a low battery. Dad probably does some significant driving along with good with conservation.
smkettner 05/21/15 07:07pm Tech Issues
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