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RE: Charging 4 12-volt house batteries with portable charger

Ahhh for the good old days when rigs only used power if you turned on a switch. No blower on the furnace, no pump on the water. no control boards and you lit the pilot yourself. On the downside, those furnaces took forever to warm up the rig. It was a pain to go out and relight the pilots when they blew out. My brother and I took turns with a bike pump on the water system so the old folk could take a nice hot shower. Then they tossed our butts in the lake with a bar of ivory. (it floats) Our rigs biggest issue was we never intended to go back to boondocking. We had roughed it for decades and were going to see how the other half did it. One trip in campgrounds and we found out we couldn't stand being crammed into a tiny spot with noisy neighbors. So we were stuck with a rig that couldn't go more than a few days without life support. Had i done what was recommended back then, I would have mounted the two extremely mismatched panels and confused the heck out of the recommended controller of the day, the Rogue 30a. Even Mark at Rogue didn't mention the problem with mismatched panels, I figured it out in my yard testing. AGM was and still is the best thing since sliced bread and back then I had a line on four Lifeline AGM 8-Ds. They would be toast by now as my controllers, converter and home chargers wouldn't do well with them. I would have a very expensive generator that would never get used. Oh wait, the solar system would be messed up and the AGMs dieing, so maybe I would need it after all. ;) Being able to test different panels has been a blessing. Try to tell someone about the results and they will read the hype off of a web site and tell you are wrong. They will never know the difference because they buy one type of panel and that's it. If a mono panel takes a nose dive, well it's cloudy stupid. what did you expect. Niner, I wouldn't pick on you, well no more than anyone else I suppose. lol I think that anyone here that has worked out their systems to meet their needs is doing pretty well. I would never tell another that they were wrong considering my set up is about as far from recommended as you can get. Too much solar for the banks, batteries that are being used for things they were not intended for. My generator, inverters and controllers are all cheapies. It's amazing we haven't blown up and lit the forest on fire. lol All I am saying is wouldn't it be easier to have a sticky labeled "Taking your rig off grid? You need...." and then list every high dollar, most recommended equipment that full timers need because they depend on it in all conditions. Isn't it wonderful that we all take different wonderful bumpy roads, and chose different forks in the road to take when dry camping? There is no one way to skin a cat. Options, options, options.
NinerBikes 10/24/14 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

One day, VW Audi Porsche Group will come along with an 8 speed DSG transmission. It's 2 parallel synchromeshed manual gear boxes, with 2 annular direct drive clutch plate packs, shifted by ECM programming parameters. VW/Audi runs a 6 speed DSG in it's upper end cars, but the 8 speed in my Touareg is Aisin, with a torque convertor. It was originally designed for a 737 ft lb of torque 6.0 V12 TDI diesel monster, shoehorned into an Audi Q7 SUV. One can dream, but someday, I hope, it comes to fruition. The 6 speed DSG in my Passat TDI is slick, but for towing, the 8 speed would really be perfect, it engages, drives and delivers the MPGs like a manual, because it is a manual, not an automatic, in the normal sense. The brain and rpms deliver oil pressure to engage the clutch, one at a time for the 2 parallel gear boxes. My wife's tdi beetle has that tranny & I hate it. It's so clunky & jerky on deceleration to a stop I actually kick it out of gear. You might try servicing it with 4.7 liters and a filter... every 40 k miles, and also doing a clutch/shift reset with VCDS /Ross-tech cable and software. It probably has something to do with your wife and you having different driving styles. The DSG on my 2014 passat with 11k is smooth as butter, rarely if ever a clunky shift. Blauparts DSG service kits I bought a case of 12, without filters, for like $115, less than $10 a qt, a very good price for DSG transmissions.
NinerBikes 10/24/14 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Charging 4 12-volt house batteries with portable charger

Even better is the person that wants to dry camp for a weekend ending up with a pair of 6v's, a 2000w generator, solar, a new converter, LEDs, a portable propane heater and NOW..... low power TV too. lol I am glad people buy the stuff though. What is interesting is seeing what is hype and what is real with all the high dollar gear. Sometimes the small usable advantage is so over hyped and there is always a downside beside the extra cost. With some batteries it isn't just their cost but the cost of the controller/converter needed to keep them up. I have a year or two left on my banks, I hope you guys find the holy grail soon. Who, me? :)
NinerBikes 10/24/14 08:47am Tech Issues
RE: Charging 4 12-volt house batteries with portable charger

Thanks Niner, but I realized I was just being too lazy to click on BFL's link and read the old thread... my bad. I repented, cleared my post, and did some interesting reading. Nice explanation though, thanks. I EQ'd a pair of 6's last week, and posted the results in my pm4b-75 thread. Should be the last post. "Screwy 31" is another benchmark must read on trials and tribulations of batteries, and getting a free education at someone else's expense, as we all wise up to the reality that sometimes, when recharging, a little bit higher Voltage with modest amperage is King to healthy battery life.
NinerBikes 10/24/14 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Not the OTA channels here. They may not be 1080p all the time but the major networks are especially for sports. Major league teams in all the big cities get the 1080p camera's and 60 frames per second, me thinks. SCVjeff is the guru on that stuff, he would know for certain, he's the guy that puts the airwaves in the air.Depends on the network... ABC (and all of their sports holdings) & Fox went 720 vs. 1080 because they were very early adopters, and at the time the gear of the day couldn't build a picture fast enough to chase a NASCAR driver or flying football across the field without the picture completely breaking down. It's not the problem it once used to be as processors have gotten faster and faster, and the new encoders are simply magic. But off-air you can often see the difference the reduction in data has by looking at maybe a CBS station (1080) up against Fox or any of the ABC stations (both 720). If you can see them on the same band, in the same location (Apples to Apples), AND get out to where both are equally weak, the 720 transmitter will always outperform the higher data (CBS) simply because the TV is having to deal with 1/2 the data payload to create a picture. It's very easy to demo this in Los Angeles where everyone is grouped together on the same mountain. Back to motion.. On a smaller monitor it's very difficult to see the difference of the two formats with moving video, and impossible on most non-fast motion programs. Watching any reasonably strong station not sitting at threshold is getting more and more difficult to pick between what's 720 or 1080. Back to the previously scheduled thread... NB- It's entirely possible that plugging the Samsung into a 12V source vs. the 14v brick on AC could yield either the same or more current over running it on AC because the current draw of the TV could increase as the voltage goes down, depending on what voltage the internal regulator is providing. Only one way to tell... ABC and Fox went 720P, because that was the format they could get in the then state of the art DLP/Texas Instrument chipped camera's they mounted all over the football field on guy wires. Those cameras cost a fortune back then, only larger sports markets could afford them, but they were absolutely magic in skilled teams hands on the football field. Quantum light years ahead of old analog and 480i format. I remember a sports director I bumped into up at Mammoth Lakes in a coffee shop from Fox Sports. I complemented him and the organization for the quality of the camera's and the camera work over CBS and NBC. It was very, very noticeable then in 2006. At the time, we had Time Warner and Cable card ready Toshiba. The Scientific Altantic cable cards sucked, the Motorola card system was much, much better. Being early adopters, it was just amazing, seeing sweat fly off of football players on hits, or blades of grass fly up and flutter from divots from the players cleats. The camera's caught it all. They also seemed to have a much better depth of field than older cameras. Another great show was National Geographic, as well as some very high quality hi def stuff shot by KCET, nature stuff. Of course, Time Warner over subscribed for the bandwidth they had for cable as more and more customers came on board, and pixelated work over cable and freezing, due to packets of data that carried encrypted digital codes to protect digital owners rights being missing caused all kinds of audio and visual freezing problems. We had to tell TWC to stick it where the sun don't shine when they foisted a crappy cable box on us that chintzed on the quality of picture and saved bandwidth. Time for a simple OTA antenna then. 720p in OTA is fine and dandy... but if you watch blu ray with DVD's shot in 1080p cameras and have 1080p with good hdmi cables... then it can be a noticeable improvement, not so much 1080i.
NinerBikes 10/24/14 12:35am Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

For a little Samsung 24" class TV, it's a very, very nice picture. Whether it's money well spent to save amp hours is kind of a moot point... it makes the travel trailer feel more like home with the quality... I am actually kind of looking forward to going out to the ManCave trailer for some beer, chips and dip and football this weekend. Kind of wish I was there tonight to see Peyton Manning and Denver play San Diego on the little unit... :-(is that the man cave down the street from mine? I'd call it a dry camping man cave, but the IPA sitting in the doors ajar on the fridge that's not turned on... well, that ain't really dry camping. IPA's keep very well without refrigeration. Being Dutch, I have no problem drinking a good IPA at temps the Brits consider normal. I even fake myself out sometimes putting a warm bottle in a beer koozie. Must be psychological.
NinerBikes 10/24/14 12:18am Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

For a little Samsung 24" class TV, it's a very, very nice picture. Whether it's money well spent to save amp hours is kind of a moot point... it makes the travel trailer feel more like home with the quality... I am actually kind of looking forward to going out to the ManCave trailer for some beer, chips and dip and football this weekend. Kind of wish I was there tonight to see Peyton Manning and Denver play San Diego on the little unit... :-(
NinerBikes 10/23/14 11:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

Not the OTA channels here. They may not be 1080p all the time but the major networks are especially for sports. Major league teams in all the big cities get the 1080p camera's and 60 frames per second, me thinks. SCVjeff is the guru on that stuff, he would know for certain, he's the guy that puts the airwaves in the air.
NinerBikes 10/23/14 10:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

NB, You might find that the plug into the TV is a strange one. If you don't want to cannibalize the one from the brick, here is some info for you: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27492979/gotomsg/27493644.cfm#27493644 Thank you, Snowman!!!
NinerBikes 10/23/14 09:09pm Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

One day, VW Audi Porsche Group will come along with an 8 speed DSG transmission. It's 2 parallel synchromeshed manual gear boxes, with 2 annular direct drive clutch plate packs, shifted by ECM programming parameters. VW/Audi runs a 6 speed DSG in it's upper end cars, but the 8 speed in my Touareg is Aisin, with a torque convertor. It was originally designed for a 737 ft lb of torque 6.0 V12 TDI diesel monster, shoehorned into an Audi Q7 SUV. One can dream, but someday, I hope, it comes to fruition. The 6 speed DSG in my Passat TDI is slick, but for towing, the 8 speed would really be perfect, it engages, drives and delivers the MPGs like a manual, because it is a manual, not an automatic, in the normal sense. The brain and rpms deliver oil pressure to engage the clutch, one at a time for the 2 parallel gear boxes.
NinerBikes 10/23/14 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mean Well power supply for my usage

Sorry Niner, my error, Maxxing out the Mega for hours and hours.MegaWatt S 35-12 in action video
NinerBikes 10/23/14 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Power to tv

Can someone tell me if while parked, and you are listening to the dash radio with the ignition key on, does it prevent the tv from working off 12 volt dc power? First, if you are listening to the radio, you could use the ACC setting (I can not, however tell if that messed up the TV) or perhaps switch the radio to aux battery power. IF the TV runs of 12 volts odds are it will NOT be affected if it runs off 120, it will, at least if the switch is in ON (not acc) position. But why would you want both TV and Radio at the same time? Story follows: years ago I was watching the World Series at a campground in their T room, Well their TV had a problem, bad transistor in the audio circuit, sounded like..... Well i won't use that word here. I told the assembled I'd fix it and went to my camper, came back with the BOOM Box, tuned to WJR and Ernie Harwell calling the play by play, We turned the TV's audio to OFF.. For years after, that is how everyone in the room watched a Tiger's game.. Alas, Ernie is gone now, and his replacement is .. Well.. not him, he was the last of the great play by play men. Well, we still have Vin Scully after all these years.
NinerBikes 10/23/14 07:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

I'm on AGM 31 power right now, with a Fantastic Fan blowing. I wonder, Niner, what the low-volts dropout voltage is on that TV. Could it handle operating, say, at 12.3 volts? mexicowanderer, the answer to that is yes, I tried it today with 12.3 volts under load on my beat up T 1275. Works fine. I'd find an old used 2013 for sale if you can if $$$ are tight. I don't really need 1080p on a 24" class TV, it is overkill.
NinerBikes 10/23/14 05:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

I may have to wait until Mena661 coughs $ for the solar panels. Ball is in your court, Mena.
NinerBikes 10/23/14 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v374/grand_toots/2012%20Palomino%20Gazelle%20G210/20141023_145351_zpsq43j35o8.jpg Samsung draws bout 2.6 amps 2.55 amps when I remove the always on parasitic draw shown here. There is less amps to be drawn when the 150w inverter gets taken out of the circuit and I go direct to 12v from the battery 12 power outlet. I've no idea how much amps get added to the suck by the inverter, but it is part of that 2.8 amps.
NinerBikes 10/23/14 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

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NinerBikes 10/23/14 04:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

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NinerBikes 10/23/14 04:18pm Tech Issues
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NinerBikes 10/23/14 04:15pm Tech Issues
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NinerBikes 10/23/14 04:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Paging Mena661

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NinerBikes 10/23/14 01:28pm Tech Issues
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