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RE: Solar Installation

Very impressed with your skills and quality of workmanship. Do you have an updated pic with fuses of this box and explain how its wired? https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/91099844/IMG_3922_web.jpg
McKenziek 07/07/14 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another Solar Setup

Did I understand correctly that you ran the 6 gauge from the controller to your Intellipower chargers secondary posts instead of directly to the battery? Thats something I didnt consider in my install and would've saved me some cable.
McKenziek 07/07/14 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: Wire Size & fuses for solar install

Ok, so much for doing this on the cheap. I found this combiner that will accept inputs from the MC4's. Looks like I would mount this on the roof and run two 6 AWG wires, one positive, one negative, from it to the controller. Sound right? http://www.solar-electric.com/misomnsoarco4.html Which fuse between battery and controller? Thanks for the inputs.
McKenziek 07/06/14 07:46pm Tech Issues
Wire Size & fuses for solar install

I have 4 140 Watt 12v panels connected in parallel on the roof. I took the guy at Solar Blvd's advice and bought #10 AWG wire for the run to the controller. Controller is a Mornigstar TS-45 PWM. It is about 35' away from the panels. Is this wire size big enough? Should I use the same size wire to the battery bank? And lastly what size and type fuse should I use between the load & batteries to the controller or should I use a re-settable breaker? Thanks.
McKenziek 07/06/14 04:49pm Tech Issues
Trimetric 2025 RV

This monitor requires either a 100 or 500 amp shunt. I cannot find any help on which one to choose. I am building a 560 watt solar system and have 2 pairs or Trojan T105's with 450 amp hours if that helps.
McKenziek 06/29/14 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Cynergy Panels

Ok PWM it is. Thanks for the replies. Next question, I have selected this one: http://www.solarblvd.com/Charge-Controllers-PWM-Charge-Controllers-Morningstar-Charge-Controllers/c6_48_100/p95/Morningstar-Tristar-45,-45A-Charge-Controller-Without-Display/product_info.html is the digital display important or will I get the same info from a tri-metric? Don't know how good is Morningstar display - have heard that it's not too good. What I do know is that you don't need anywhere near 45A with 2*120W panels. 20A controller would suffice, and 35A will leave room for expansion up to 400-450W. I am getting two sets or 560W:B
McKenziek 06/27/14 04:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Cynergy Panels

Jim, I never noticed if the MPPT or PWM was on and the other off due to this question. Ah, MPPT vs PWM again :)... Have no PWM to compare, but MPPT works very well as long as there is a lot of sunshine. I would believe that it does show some boost over PWM then. In low light conditions MPP tracking slows down and I am less sure that it beats PWM then. Btw, OP: those Y-connectors you only need if you wire in parallel. Solar Blvd have same 120W panels without Y, exactly $1 cheaper. To get 12V I would be wiring in parallel correct???
McKenziek 06/27/14 04:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Cynergy Panels

Ok PWM it is. Thanks for the replies. Next question, I have selected this one: http://www.solarblvd.com/Charge-Controllers-PWM-Charge-Controllers-Morningstar-Charge-Controllers/c6_48_100/p95/Morningstar-Tristar-45,-45A-Charge-Controller-Without-Display/product_info.html is the digital display important or will I get the same info from a tri-metric?
McKenziek 06/27/14 03:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Cynergy Panels

Hi, I would not hesitate to buy those panels. There are cheaper prices per watt--but those are for higher voltage panels requiring an MPPT controller to be used. I was considering an MPPT from Morningstar. So, you're saying there is no need for MPPT with these panels? This is my first solar install and was trying to stay on budget under $1,000 so getting the PWM would save me some $$$. I have 2 pairs of T105's and plan to get 4 panels.
McKenziek 06/26/14 10:17pm Tech Issues
Solar Cynergy Panels

I'm looking at these panels which seem to be a really good deal at $144 a piece. http://www.solarblvd.com/p2711/Two-Solar-Cynergy-140-Watt-12-Volt-Solar-Panels-with-Y-Connector/product_info.html But im curious about the quality. A similar sized Kyocera panel can be found on AZ wind & suns website for $285, almost double. When it comes to solar panels is it a "get what you pay for proposition" ? Anywone have good or bad luck with the Cynergy panels?
McKenziek 06/26/14 09:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Schwintek Slide Problem

Just got mine back from the dealer. the slide seems to go in and out better now but there is another problem. The slide comes in tight at the top but about an inch short at the bottom. Any ideas before I take it back for another 3 months.
McKenziek 04/30/14 10:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Thor Super C (Chateau/Four Winds) improvements and mods

We sure do share a lot of the same issues and I've had a few more. Water fitting leaking under the bed, not being able to fill the rear fuel tank, front levelers too low, terrible battery capacity, Slide issues, metal trim gouging the floor under the dinette, pantry slides and bedroom door slides are complete made in china junk, any many more I cant remember at the moment. I've also done the leveler mod you've so excellently documented above. And as you, I've fixed most of the above myself. It has been in the shop since January having the schwintek slides repaired. The rail screws are junk and will back out or break off. The rollers are super cheap and are being replaced. The real problem I believe is the slide is too damn big for two motors. I will never again buy another rig with a full wall slide. The best mod I've done to date is to replace the batteries. Here I have 4 Trojan T105's which are a necessity if you dry camp a lot like us especially since we have a residential fridge that uses mucho amps. Solar is the next project http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/kevlarzbucket/WP_20131117_007.jpg In summary I do love my rig as modified. I bought it for the Superduty chassis its built upon and its excellent towing capacity. I hope other manufacturers will build on this rig as I most certainly will NEVER by another Thor. I'm sure they will step up and improve on some things which reminds me of a rule I broke: Never buy a first year model of anything!!!
McKenziek 04/06/14 11:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Box Venting Question

Kind of difficult to see but i have an intake w/filter at the bottom of the right box with an exhaust to the upper left. http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/kevlarzbucket/WP_20131117_007.jpg
McKenziek 03/03/14 09:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Fuel economy on Thor Super C

Earthroamer is too small and way too expensive. Host only offers the 6.4 and thats a deal breaker with me. The Ford chassis is not available with the 6.4 and hasn't been for how many years now? Check their specs again. "Chassis Features Ford® 550 Ford® 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel Ford® 5 year limited powertrain warranty Ford® 3 year bumper to bumper warranty..." Host Super C specs I see that now thanks but their pdf brochure still shows and lists the 6.4 as standard. http://www.hostcampers.com/downloads/Host_Motorcoach.pdf Hopefully the 4x4 Super C will have more selection in a few years when I plan on trading up.
McKenziek 02/12/14 09:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy on Thor Super C

As soon as someone builds a 6.7 with 4WD I'll be first in line to buy it! EarthRoamer is already doing that! Can't wait to see your new rig!!:) Host does too. Earthroamer is too small and way too expensive. Host only offers the 6.4 and thats a deal breaker with me.
McKenziek 02/11/14 09:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy on Thor Super C

As soon as someone builds a 6.7 with 4WD I'll be first in line to buy it!
McKenziek 02/11/14 08:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy on Thor Super C

Btw, a word on the residential fridge. The POS 12volt Thor supplies is not enough to power it for more than a few hours. I've upgraded to two pairs of Trojan T-105's and consequently I run the Onan a lot less. I too have recently added a 120 watt solar panel with plans for more as we desert camp quite often. A few pics http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/kevlarzbucket/WP_20131017_001.jpg http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r237/kevlarzbucket/WP_20131117_006.jpg
McKenziek 02/10/14 10:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy on Thor Super C

The dealer finally fixed my front fuel tank - had a fill issue in the neck. The heat was not working, fixed now, and all is well. I have this problem too but the rear tank is much worse than the rear. What was the fix?
McKenziek 02/10/14 10:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy on Thor Super C

I have the 2013 Four Winds 33SW with about 9,000 miles now and I'm seeing about 12.5 mpg's empty and 11.5 mpg towing a 20' enclosed totalling about 7,000 lbs. I hardly know its there.
McKenziek 02/09/14 11:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Desert set-up pictures

I thought you were.......:B Well, between us 3 we might get a fire started, lol.
McKenziek 01/27/14 09:27pm Toy Haulers
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