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RE: A/C off of 20 amp service?

OK, didn't know you were referring to the Sola unit. Didn't yours let the smoke out?
CA Traveler 09/16/16 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C off of 20 amp service?

Autoformers are very useful devices as they can boost low pedestal voltage. However they cannot replace the lost power due to low pedestal voltage. Let’s take an example of 105V at the pedestal which limits the power to 2100W input to the autoformer running 98% efficiency yields autoformer output of 17.2A at 120V. Here’s the math: 105V*20A=2100W*98%/120V=17.2A So using a autoformer to boost the voltage reduces the watts and amps available for the rig. In addition the recommended sustained load on a plug is 80% not 100%. And certainly an A/C especially in hot weather represents a sustained load. So now the amps available are down to 13.7A. 105V*20A*80%=1680W*98%/120V=13.7A Certainly 17.2A or 13.7A is adequate to run some A/Cs. My last rig had a 15K BTU Dometic A/C that drew 14A for the compressor plus 1.5A for the fan or 15.5A. So I would have been hard pressed to run the A/C on a 20A 120V circuit considering that there are other rig loads. However a autoformer is a more useful device on 30A in this situation. In my 12 years of using 50A power I’ve had exactly one CG with low voltage on 50A which limits my justification for a 50A autoformer. There is no panacea with free power using a autoformer but they are a useful tool.
CA Traveler 09/16/16 09:31am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery question

You've also learned one of the most important lessons of buying a RV. NEVER EVER let a dealer do a Pre Delivery Inspection. You have your own complete list of PDI items to check regardless of how long it takes. And if the experience isn't good (yours wasn't) walk. And to answer another question: If a nearby dealer doesn't handle your brand RV they are unlikely to do warranty work. And if they do carry your brand you will LIKELY be placed very low on their priority since you didn't buy from them. You're learning - keep asking.
CA Traveler 09/14/16 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery question

The longer a battery is discharged the more compromised it becomes. Besides your complete discharge you don't know the dealer history. Take the battery to a auto store and have it load tested for free. The sears DC clampon ammeter (or equivalent) can go a long way towards your understanding of the draws on the battery. Posting your battery size and your charger model number will get you additional information. It would not be unusual to discover that one or both are marginal for your usage.
CA Traveler 09/14/16 09:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: I40 in Arizona

If it's as bad as some have posted I'm wondering if it's vehicle suspension related??? I believe it is all ROAD RELATED. I've done the drive a couple of times and I will (in the future) take ANY road instead of I-40. It's just horrible. As someone said - it'll rattle your fillings out.Except for the 20 miles that I posted I don't have that issue. So it's not road related for me so what else is left?
CA Traveler 09/14/16 06:54pm Roads and Routes
RE: A/C off of 20 amp service?

Most houses have multiple 15A rated plugs on a 20A circuit. So in addition to the RV loads house loads may also be present. A 20A plug on a dedicated 20A CB is not as common in a house. But voltage and wiring to the plug under load are factors for both 15A and 20A plugs. The salesman's advice is sound and remember guys he has no idea what other loads in the RV or 20A ciruit will be present or the condition of the plug. For smaller A/Cs or on a case by case basis using a 20A plug may be OK. One of my A/Cs on my last 2 rigs draws 15.5A and no way would I ever consider running it on a 20A plug. In fact I don't run the 13K BTU A/Cs on 20A.
CA Traveler 09/14/16 09:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C off of 20 amp service?

20A is definitely borderline because of the smaller wiring. I'd be cautious about running a 15K BTU A/C on 20A. This post makes no sense. The A/C circuit inside the RV will be a 20 amp circuit wired with a 12 gauge wire and a 20 amp circuit breaker. What's the difference?OK but the OP referred to 20A shore plug which will also have the smaller wiring with the additional voltage loss vs a 30A or 50A plug. Plus the OP referred to a 20A home plug. It's very typical that the problem is not the rig wiring but the voltage drop at the pedestal due to the 20A plug/wiring.
CA Traveler 09/13/16 09:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: A/C off of 20 amp service?

20A is definitely borderline because of the smaller wiring. But everything depends upon your A/C draw, other rig draws and the actual voltage. I'd be cautious about running a 15K BTU A/C on 20A.
CA Traveler 09/13/16 08:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Members Solar Installations With Pics

Added wannabegone Installation.
CA Traveler 09/12/16 10:22pm Tech Issues
RE: I40 in Arizona

Just drove I40 from Flagstaff to Barstow and it's in good shape except for an estimated 20 miles of rough road. I'll take this segment over the 2 lane portions of 58 any time. :) If it's as bad as some have posted I'm wondering if it's vehicle suspension related??? :h
CA Traveler 09/12/16 10:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate 8 from Yuma to San Diego

The standard wisdom is to limit your down hill speed to the same as your up hill speed, don't let the speed ramp up on you. Down shift first then exhaust brakes if so equipped then the service brakes. Stop when you can and check the wheel temperatures. An extremely valuable tool for this and many other purposes is a $15 IR thermometer.
CA Traveler 09/12/16 09:26am Roads and Routes
RE: Interstate 8 from Yuma to San Diego

The grade looks like it climbs fast on the map.It's a standard interstate that is only about 4000' high with all kinds of vehicles. Your concern should not be the upgrade unless you have engine cooling issues but the downgrades and your ability to control your speed, ie brakes, tires, etc.
CA Traveler 09/12/16 09:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

yes but read what I posted.The guy suggested getting the receiver activated and THEN get a signal.it don't work that way was my point you can not have a receiver activated without a signalAgree and I just tried to add additional clarification.
CA Traveler 09/11/16 09:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

Bruce, The OP posted a slimline dish. I posted information about SWM because his HR24 is capable of receiving multiswitch signals or SWM. It was food for thought for him.
CA Traveler 09/11/16 10:33am Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

NO, you must have box activated by Directv.. over the phone. then align, using box and select setup.. satellite, signal.. when adjust antenna (dish) till you have some signal.. and fine tune to max.. this can take 20 to 30 minutes for the first 3 or 4 times.... till you learn to do it quicker. very frustrating till you learn how. HOW could u have a receiver activated by dish if you dont have a signal???The receiver is very capable of receiving all satellites for purposes of aligning the dish and getting strong signal strength without activation. But it must receive the signals to continue. At this point the receiver is now able to recognize the activation signals. However that is the end of the road as you will not get any channels until the receiver is activated (with the possible exception of channel 100).
CA Traveler 09/11/16 10:23am Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

I used the HR24 with 3 different dishes and 2 different TVs. For reference here were my setups: Home – Slimline 5 Dish and HD Channels 1. Install 2 B-Band Converters 2. Turn on receiver wait for setup to complete (about 5 minutes). 3. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Display-TV Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 4. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display -TV Resolutions: Check all resolutions. 5. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display – Video: On, Pillar Box, Dark Gray 6. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Display-Preferences-Guide HD Channels: Hide SD duplicates. 7. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings -Satellite-Repeat Satellite Setup: Dish setup: Option 4 – Slimline 5 02: Multiswitch Dual. To confirm: Menu-Setup-System Setup-Info & Test-More System Info and confirm dish type MH – HD Dish – SWM Dish and HD Channels 1. Do not install B-Band Converters 2. Plug in 3 power cords. Turn on receiver wait for setup to complete (about 5 minutes). 3. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Display-TV Ratio: Widescreen 16:9 4. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display -TV Resolutions: Check all resolutions. 5. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display – Video: On, Pillar Box, Dark Gray 6. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Display-Preferences-Guide HD Channels: Hide SD duplicates. 7. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings -Satellite-Repeat Satellite Setup: Dish setup: Option 17 Swimline-3S(SWM), 01: SWM, Dual. To confirm: Menu-Setup-System Setup-Info & Test-More System Info and confirm dish type MH – Portable 18” Dish and SD Channels Only 1. Do not install B-Band Converters 2. Plug in 2 power cords. Turn on receiver wait for setup to complete (about 5 minutes) 3. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Satellite-View Satellite Strength-Satellite 101 4. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display -TV Ratio: Standard 4:3 5. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display -TV Resolutions: Check 480i only 6. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings- Display – Video: On, Pillar Box, Dark Gray 7. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Display-Preferences-Guide HD Channels: Hide HD duplcates. Note: This takes a few minutes to change. 8. The MH Portable dish will not record HD and will display ln not found for HD channels. 9. Menu-Settings & Help-Settings-Satellite-Repeat Satellite Setup: Dish setup: Option 1 – 18” round dish 02: Multiswitch Dual. To confirm: Menu-Setup-System Setup-Info & Test-More System Info and confirm.
CA Traveler 09/11/16 10:05am Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

Forgot to add that the SWM dish also requires a power inserter brick because SWM uses 21 volts.
CA Traveler 09/11/16 10:00am Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

With this said, this receiver was never activated and was never setup before.I believe you can get channel 100 w/o activation. You also need to set the HR24 to use just one tuner since you are using one coax. However in the future you’ll probably want to use both tuners with 2 coax from the dish to the receiver. Have you set the receiver setup to match your dish? You might consider returning that dish and getting a SWM dish which uses one coax for both tuners. The HR24 can be set up for SWM and dual tuners with the one coax. And a future upgrade to the HR44 will give you 5 tuners with one coax. First and foremost many have issues trying to use existing rig coax with satellite so bypass it with a direct connected coax through a window until you get it working. Then see it the rig coax will work. You must get the dish aimed with signal strength of about 80 or more on the tuner(s). Close enough won’t work but close enough may give the signal strength meter a signal then allowing the dish to be further aimed using the meter or the signal levels displayed on the TV (use the receiver settings). You must also setup the receiver to match the dish type.
CA Traveler 09/11/16 09:56am Technology Corner
RE: Can't Get DirecTV To Work in Trailer....

When calling to activate it, they should tell them it is another box for sisters house, which will cost them $7 a month, otherwise it will be another account costing at the minimum $50 or more monthly. Some may think that this is dishonest but until DTV becomes a little more, can't quite think of what word would fit here, I have no problems with it as long as it is used in the RV.You might not have a problem but they might: 1. Once they drive outside the sisters local beam area they will no longer get the locals. And they can't change the service address because that would effect the sisters and she would no longer get her locals. 2. And they will not be able to get any DTV support as all of the receivers are listed at the sisters house.
CA Traveler 09/11/16 09:31am Technology Corner
RE: Directv hookup?

I would add satellite TV as an option to our home away from home. I have DirecTv at home and am thinking about what I would have to do to just add a dish, cable and the receiver. I assume that I would be able to just take the receiver from home. Is that a good assumption? Yes we take or HR44 with us when we leave home. What dish would I need to be able to have it work? Is there a good web site that has more info on what to do? Your rig dish must be a SWM type which is similar in size to a SL3. The HR44 only supports SWM dishes. As background I have a Genie (HR44-500). For what it is worth I just want basic channels, nothing special. You'll have the same channels in the rig as home. Do you have a home HD TV? The HR44 supports SD and HD but a rig HD TV provides a better quality picture. Thanks in advance.
CA Traveler 09/06/16 10:38pm Tech Issues
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