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RE: Problems with Boondocker 60 amp converter

With a pair of GC-2's from Costco, assuming they aren't dead... You have about 206 amp hours at 12v. A MegaWatt or a Meanwell, set at 14.8V, with an RC charger meter in line, will get the job done to an 80 to 90% charge faster than most anything else. 1.5 to 2.5 hours if discharged to 60% SOC, should get you back to where solar can finish the rest. I would look at getting a RC watt meter off of ebay, and when at 14.8V, the charging rate drops off from 30+ amps to a 10 amp rate of charge, I'd shut the generator off then. Your batteries will be fine. Keep an eye on the water level when doing this. I've done this many times with my Trojan T-1275 150 amp battery, with the $50 30 amp MegaWatt version, set at 14.8v. Works like a charm. Use 8 gauge wire for the connections. A Honda Eu1000i will run the 30 amp version, it will not run the 36 amp version, you need a bit more generator for that. The objective when doing this is but one... while dry camping, bulk charge your batteries as quickly as possible with least amount of run time on the generator. Absorption and float charging can and should be done with solar panel setups.
NinerBikes 02/01/16 01:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Idling an engine

Some day we will have electric power to move along in silence. :) Whatchoo talkin about, Willis? I got my $2500 rebate from the state, and come end of this month, my $7500 tax credit from Uncle Sam will be refunded too. :B Already driving a Golf Cart.
NinerBikes 01/31/16 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda eu3000 overload running carrier air v for 5 minutes

How loud is the generator when running the air and micro? Time will tell. I only put 14 hours on the cheep Chinese generator. Going back out this weekend. Thanks for your opinion. Contractor grade, at $300. Very loud. 70db. We don't know at how many feet, but you wouldn't want to be camping near by to hear it.
NinerBikes 01/31/16 10:11am Tech Issues
RE: Honda eu3000 overload running carrier air v for 5 minutes

Honda guy here... Let's check the frame serial number on the generator. Those in the range EZGF-1023302 through EZGF-1120322 were part of Service Bulletin issued by Honda way back in 2005. http://powerequipment.honda.com/content/images/Manuals/SerialHelp/sn_eu3000is.gif The described symptom is "The electronic breaker trips in hot weather when the generator is powering a heavy load that cycles on and off, such as an air conditioner." The red overload LED will light-up, the internal circuit protector will engaged, power from the generator will stop, but the engine will continue to run. It may take up to 15 minutes for the (thermal) protector to reset (engine switch must be switched OFF). The good news is Honda developed an improved inverter with better over-voltage protection function to eliminate unnecessary breaker tripping. The bad news is the new inverter is quite pricy ($539.25 list) and the regular warranty applies to replacements; most in the affected serial number range have been out of warranty for many, many years now. - - - I work for Honda, but the preceding is my opinion alone. Robert@Honda Everyone, check your serial numbers first, before reading this whole thread, if you have a Honda EU3000.
NinerBikes 01/31/16 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Question on wire size for 30a

I'd pull #0 to a sub w/ a couple 50 amp breakers,....never know when 2 50 amp visitors mite show up at the same time:R. Fixed it for you. :W
NinerBikes 01/30/16 10:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Problems with Boondocker 60 amp converter

The wire charts and calulators show 10 ga to be far more than adequate for 60 amps on a 3 ft run. I'd get a different converter, and notice I said converter, not no power supply. I'm no expert on this topic, but I would try larger wires. I think at least AWG 6, maybe larger. 10 gauge is 30 amp rated, in AC. a 3 foot run in DC is run both ways, and considered a 6 foot run. I'd want something rated at least 75 amps or better, with a 1% or less loss, for 6 ft run, so as to not fool the charger with resistance to the battery and thinking the battery is over 80% SOC. I'd run 4 gauge to play it safe, so it's a non issue. Wire gauge chart rated to only 3% loss.
NinerBikes 01/29/16 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Walmart Battery Lifespan?

Thanks everyone. I'm new to RV'ing as of the fall of 2013. I didn't know you should avoid discharging your battery below 50% to maximize it's lifespan. I've learned a ton from all of you. Will the Progressive Dynamics in my TT and the Schumacher charger/maintainer in my garage work with AGM baterries? Yes, but with AGM batteries, you don't really put on a maintainer charger, since they lose charge much, much slower than flooded lead acid batteries.
NinerBikes 01/29/16 12:12pm Tech Issues
RE: 13.0V Resting

I am happy as a clam when my Telecom surplus DEKA 150ah AGM acid rich 1.300 SG battery sits for a couple of months completely disconnected, sitting at 12.88V to 12.86V, depending on temps in the garage. Thick, thick, thick plates, lucky to charge at much over 21 amps, supposed lifetime of 10 years, warrantied for 8 years. I make sure, as soon as I get back from any trip, to immediately give it 14.4V for 3 to 4 hours, until the Amperage take rate gets down to 0.75 amps... that 1/2 of 1% charge rate that shows it's fully charged, for proper storage purposes. I fully intend to get that 10 years out of it, God willing. Added a 150W polycrystal 8.33amp portable aimed solar panel and pwm adjustable charge controller set at 14.4V, and it gets near topped off adding 25-40 amps, daily, if the sun shines a bit. System is working fantastic so far. 6 days down at Quartzsite, and I never needed the Honda generator fired up to recharge. Sun went down around 6 pm, I aimed the panel 2x during the morning and that was it... get back at 7 to 8 pm, and Voltage in the battery would be sitting at 12.77 to 12.80 every night on the battery, with almost everything shut off except fridge and parasitic draw items. Most mornings saw 12.60 to 12.66V, depending on how much TV and how long I ran the heater at night before going to sleep. The beauty of a solar panel is that during the day time, your parasitic loss is being covered by the solar panel at 14.4V, and drawing less amps than it would at 12.6 to 12.8V, so you only lose 14 to 16 hours of parasitic draw amperage in the winter time when dark, to be picked up by the solar panels, instead of 22 hours, with a generator and charger.
NinerBikes 01/29/16 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: Problems with Boondocker 60 amp converter

I'd make sure your batteries are not toast first, before blaming the Boondocker. Go get them recharged fully, and then take them in for load testing and specific gravity readings fully charged. You may have issues other than the Boondocker. One thing for certain, a MegaWatt or a Meanwell power supply unit, with an external 500 ohm pot soldered on to control the voltage, will recharge, consistently, at any voltage you set it to. What it won't do is shut off if your batteries get old and short out. So you do need to stay on top of battery maintenance, off gassing, and preventing catastrophic battery failure yourself, when recharging with nothing more than a power supply unit. You are the safety, not the equipment. The liability is on you to know what you are doing using it in this application.
NinerBikes 01/29/16 10:06am Tech Issues
RE: Charge Batteries by Idling Tow Vehicle?

hairpin stators
NinerBikes 01/28/16 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on wire size for 30a

You must understand that between RV pedestals and the rig is not a branch circuit but a feeder circuit. There is different criteria. What it's claimed, vs how it is potentially used, are two different matters. Burning the place down or overheating any electrical circuit is no good. Wires get hot, copper gets malleable, terminals then get loose, aggravating the amount of surface area flowing electrons. Enough cycles, with no one maintaining or tightening the screws, burns the place down. This is not fiction, it is fact, no one does the proper maintenance, going down and tightening all the screws at an RV park, or changing out the female receptacles when they get worn out, from plugging and unplugging, and running A/C and microwaves, all summer long. It is so cheap, insurance wise, to slightly overengineer on wire requirements, so, to me, as a General Contractor, it's a no brainer. Slighty more efficient heavier gauge Wire is cheap compared to rework labor. When I am in an RV park, microwaving a baked potato for 6 minutes, and my AC kicks on again and the lights dim in my TT, I KNOW it's not doing anything good for my AC unit, it, instead is shortening the life of the AC motor, capacitors, and windings on my AC unit. Who pays for that when it fails, sooner, rather than later? I do, not the cheap skate that wired the whole place on the cheap, to save a buck. Do you think I will ever return to that RV park when I know this? Only if I am a fool.
NinerBikes 01/28/16 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: Question on wire size for 30a

For runs under 50 feet, 10 gauge wire may be rated for a 30 amp load, but for continuous load, it is derated to 80% of it's value, or 24 amps. This is important to factor in if you ever decide to plug in an Electric car with an EVSE to recharge the car... your circuit is only rated 24 amps. You might want to think about future proofing your installation. This does not apply to RV pedestals. NEC article 551.73(D) states "feeder-circuit conductors shall have an ampacity not less than the loads supplied and shall be rated not less than 30 amperes." Your RV was built with a #10 supply cord and meets the NEC, no reason a pedestal must have larger wire unless for voltage drop. 60 feet of #10 at 30 amps will drop 3.0-3.5% (3.5-4.0 volts). You may say it doesn't apply, per NEC, but I can guarantee it, RV pedestals are being used by the electric vehicle crowd far from the inner cities in rural areas, constantly. Yes, even Tesla's plug in, when their superchargers are down, at the nearest RV park. As I said, future proof, plan ahead. Electric cars are coming, whether you like it or not, and they do need to have places to recharge. Any electric vehicle will pull a constant long term full load for over 3 hours, through the EVSE when recharging. Which is why LADWP here in Los Angeles, who offers a rebate, is so anal about the wiring you install to a 14-50 NEMA outlet (RV outlet), and derating to 80%, so that houses and apartments don't burn down. I didn't cut corners when I pulled 6 gauge for 50 amps, for a 14 foot run even though I get 244 volts and my e-motorwerks 40 Amp EVSE device will charge at about 10 kwh. Sure, I could have pulled 8 gauge, but I don't want to waste money buying electricity and turning it into heated wires inside my walls. All those watts used heating wire add up, if you recharge daily, and end up on your electric bill, you still pay for them, they do nothing productive for you.
NinerBikes 01/28/16 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Charge Batteries by Idling Tow Vehicle?

is a hairpin alternator the same as a horseshoe alternator? In other words, the outside magnetic field is not generated by excited current at the start through an outside wire wrapping, creating the magnetic field for the rotor inside to react with, it is a hard neodynium magnet in the shape of a horse shoe or hair pin U?
NinerBikes 01/27/16 07:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Diesal filling

spell check Spill check is what this thread is about, and venting... Something us Old reprobates are dang good at.
NinerBikes 01/27/16 07:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on wire size for 30a

Smart decision. You'll never have to regret it. Calculate twice, pull wire once, and be done with it. Definitely how I would roll, since all the value is added in the labor of the install, materials are minor part of the expense, it's rework labor that gets you.
NinerBikes 01/27/16 07:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Questions about power for overnighting

Sometimes you just gotta quit being such a cheapskate, and just go spend the money and get an air conditioned room. It's the nature of trips through the midwest and south during the hotter months of the year, budget accordingly. Cheapskate has nothing to do with quick overnight stops in Walmart parking lots (with permission), church parking lots (with permission), Port-of-Entry parking lots (with permission), Cracker Barrel parking lots (with permission), out in back by farmer's barns (with permission), and truck stop parking lots (with permission). Convenienceskate is what it's all about. When we're shooting for making time on long RV excursions, I'll be dead and gone before I drive all over the place in maybe late afternoons trying to find a "hookup" campground when the places I just mentioned are close to main travel routes. And this includes touring the Southern U.S. in August. We don't want to have to camp for comfort at high altitude or only in places with temperatures below 75 degrees - that's not what self-containment and the money you spend for it is all about. As for as staying in an air conditioned room with one's $$$ RV sitting outside unoccupied just because of generator paranoia - one has to be kidding. Not in a million years would we do that - assuming that the RV's built-in generator and air conditioner(s) are high quality, well installed, and fully operational!! BTW, bedbugs can be an expensive nightmare to get out of an RV or stick house once a person has stayed in the wrong rented room on the wrong night. No point in debating with someone as self centered as you... you seem to believe you can do no wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. A sure sign that something is not right is if you do a search for it, and nothing comes up on the Bulletin Board. If you have to ask if you can, something internally is probably telling you that you shouldn't do it, you are seeking validation from a few selfish like minded individuals as you. If it's acceptable to do it, you wouldn't even consider asking the question... it's a given. Consider it an application of common sense, unless you are a narcissist. Running a generator when you are camping is acceptable, generally you are far enough away from fellow campers that noise pollution and exhaust fumes are not a problem. Running a generator when you are overnighting disturbs everyone. I have no hesitation when I am there first at a WalMart to ask someone to shut their generator off, as I don't wish to hear it or smell it. Recharge while you are driving down the road with your alternator, and no one is offended by it. Do you go up to the 18 wheelers and ask them to turn off their engines and/or fridge units. On a few Wal-Mart overnights there have been trucks present making more noise the my genset. If it were a hot July or August night, I seriously doubt I would turn off my genset per your request. Especially if I where there first before you arrived. I would obey if asked to turn off by Wal-Mart,neighbor or LEO. But being ask to turn off by a camper that just arrived would just end up with me suggesting you park farther away or deal with it Pay attention, and re read. I clearly stated I was there first. I don't park in truck stops, ever. So that is a non issue in your debate. The stated goal in overnighting is to be unobtrusive to all, including fellow overnighters. No different than camping. Including quiet hours from 10 pm to 6 am. Why would it or should it be any different, unless you are a selfish bore. The issue isn't noise being created by your AC unit, the issue is if you make noise to generate electricity to power up your AC unit, when your AC unit and whole Rv was designed from scratch, to be hooked up to a pedestal, not a generator, to power the AC. RV parks and RV builders are in bed together, they have a symbiotic relationship. As for me, I plan my trips to make stops, even in the summer time, such that I have enough elevation, where it cools off at night, at any given overnight spot so as to never have to run the AC unit, let alone the generator. This means climbing up out of the desert southwest onto a 5000 ft elevation plateau around or north of Cedar City, UT before stopping, about a 450 mile one day drive. Or else, I pay a fee at an Indian Casino to plug in at a pedestal overnight and cool down.
NinerBikes 01/27/16 12:40pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 amp generator with 12 gauge wire?????

A full engineered system must also have proper maintenance personnel. It is not just a blanket engineered design so it is OK not to follow the NEC. Please don't use double negatives in one sentence... try rephrasing the last sentence with no negatives, so we know what you mean.
NinerBikes 01/27/16 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Charge Batteries by Idling Tow Vehicle?

Look into solar panels and an adjustable voltage charge controller set to 14.8V for most lead acid batteries, for recharging your batteries also. Some lead acid batteries may require up to a full 15.3 volts daily to fully recharge. Read the battery manufacturers specs to find out for certain, on their website, or call and speak to an engineer. Do a search.
NinerBikes 01/26/16 09:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Questions about power for overnighting

Sometimes you just gotta quit being such a cheapskate, and just go spend the money and get an air conditioned room. It's the nature of trips through the midwest and south during the hotter months of the year, budget accordingly. Cheapskate has nothing to do with quick overnight stops in Walmart parking lots (with permission), church parking lots (with permission), Port-of-Entry parking lots (with permission), Cracker Barrel parking lots (with permission), out in back by farmer's barns (with permission), and truck stop parking lots (with permission). Convenienceskate is what it's all about. When we're shooting for making time on long RV excursions, I'll be dead and gone before I drive all over the place in maybe late afternoons trying to find a "hookup" campground when the places I just mentioned are close to main travel routes. And this includes touring the Southern U.S. in August. We don't want to have to camp for comfort at high altitude or only in places with temperatures below 75 degrees - that's not what self-containment and the money you spend for it is all about. As for as staying in an air conditioned room with one's $$$ RV sitting outside unoccupied just because of generator paranoia - one has to be kidding. Not in a million years would we do that - assuming that the RV's built-in generator and air conditioner(s) are high quality, well installed, and fully operational!! BTW, bedbugs can be an expensive nightmare to get out of an RV or stick house once a person has stayed in the wrong rented room on the wrong night. No point in debating with someone as self centered as you... you seem to believe you can do no wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. A sure sign that something is not right is if you do a search for it, and nothing comes up on the Bulletin Board. If you have to ask if you can, something internally is probably telling you that you shouldn't do it, you are seeking validation from a few selfish like minded individuals as you. If it's acceptable to do it, you wouldn't even consider asking the question... it's a given. Consider it an application of common sense, unless you are a narcissist. Running a generator when you are camping is acceptable, generally you are far enough away from fellow campers that noise pollution and exhaust fumes are not a problem. Running a generator when you are overnighting disturbs everyone. I have no hesitation when I am there first at a WalMart to ask someone to shut their generator off, as I don't wish to hear it or smell it. Recharge while you are driving down the road with your alternator, and no one is offended by it.
NinerBikes 01/26/16 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 amp generator with 12 gauge wire?????

This will probably get me booted, but here goes. You are completely wrong. The NEC says that you can not use a 30amp c/b on 12awg. Period. And 10awg can not have a c/b larger than a 30amp. Oh, and by the way I am not a "wannabe electrician" as you call some people. Statements like yours get me rialed up. Rj's fishing alright... he's trolling. I don't waste my time quoting him. IMHO... some folks posts around here, I heavily discount. Apply information from outliers suggestions from most posts at your own peril. Or ask for their professional qualifications. Critical thinking skills should be applied to all posts, and all posters, for trend analysis.
NinerBikes 01/26/16 08:12pm Tech Issues
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