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RE: Morningstar, Outback, Midnite, which to choose.

I considered serial/parallel with just a switch at the top of the cabinet where the wires enter the rig but other priorities came into focus. Instead I chose a conservative route - ie flat mounted and plan on the equivalent of 2 of 3 panels output. And I've already seen 600W from the 750W panels. Happy camper.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 08:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Strange power problems with PI EMS 30 and autoformer?

If the extension cord was plugged into the pedestal 20A and tripped the pedestal 30A then this sounds like a pedestal problem. I guess one should assume you had some kind on load on the extension cord when you flipped on the breaker? Actually the extension cord was not hooked to anything when I flipped the pedestal breaker. I agree that that part of my problem was probably pedestal related although I could not duplicate the surge with my meter hooked up. But then again, at that time there was no load on the 30amp either.Wow incredible. No 30A load on the pedestal and it tripped with the addition of a 20A cord with no load? The jury isn't out on this one - the pedestal has problems. Now if you can reproduce the problem at another CG then there is more to the story. :@
CA Traveler 03/29/15 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Strange power problems with PI EMS 30 and autoformer?

I will try the autoformer after the EMS. But wouldn't that leave me vulnerable to a malfunction in the autoformer?Of course but any more than a EMS failure? It's just a test after all. Basically with the EMS first low voltage causes it to disconnect so that's not the best long term approach.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 08:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Morningstar, Outback, Midnite, which to choose.

The plan is to wire for parallel and run test in both. In parallel I gain the advantages of tolerance if shade is on one panel, better efficiency from a lower Voc to 12v and less heat at the controller. Switching to series in extended lower light situations may prove better then.It would be good to have a parallel/serial comparison. My take is different. For 2 panels one in shade parallel may/may not be better than serial. Parallel loses power from unused voltage while serial loses power from bypass diodes in one panel and controller efficiency. When the shadow allows 1/3 or 2/3 of the second panel to conduct there is no contest. Serial wins hands down. This was demonstrated in my rather unscientific observations when my rig was in storage and posted on these boards. Another post when I was parked next to a tree clearly shows the bypass diode effect. You might be surprised at the efficiency of better designed controllers. I'm quite pleased with my setup with 3x250W and MPPT60 controller. I'm running 105V+ panel input and 12V batteries. On 3/3/15 on a clear day in Phoenix with flat mounted panels sloped 4 degrees to the west I got 600W for about 1.5 hours. Ambient was about 70F and panel temps unknown. While I'm not expecting a huge increase with summer time sun elevations it will be interesting to see what the system can produce. Costs last fall for my system was about $100+ more than an equivalent PWM system. PWM involves more panels and mounting hardware, wire and combiner costs. From what I've seen there is probable little difference today except smaller systems may favor PWM but I haven't done the comparison on the current low cost MPPT controllers.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge on AC has "Lo AC" Indicator

BTW Just switching the refer to propane isn't going to solve a low voltage problem or solve potential equipment damage.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 04:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fridge on AC has "Lo AC" Indicator

Every RVer should have a digital voltmeter IMHO. Since you are in Phoenix with near record heat, lots of ACs running and lots of snowbirds haven't gone home yet you very likely have low voltage due to the power demands. Your refer is currently your best friend as low voltage ruins or shortens the life of some equipment like ACs. Check the voltage and find a solution.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 04:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Strange power problems with PI EMS 30 and autoformer?

If the extension cord was plugged into the pedestal 20A and tripped the pedestal 30A then this sounds like a pedestal problem. I guess one should assume you had some kind on load on the extension cord when you flipped on the breaker?
CA Traveler 03/29/15 04:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Strange power problems with PI EMS 30 and autoformer?

Good points above. It's also possible that this CG has lower voltage which is causing the autoformer to boost more often which effects the EMS. Any time you switch power (autoformer boost for example) electrical transients are created. These can cause unexpected results. Try another pedestal/CG or even a 25' 30A extension between the two units. And call both companies. And voltmeter readings might shed more information on the problem.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Dual 30 amp rv's?

Whatever that Rube Goldberg contraption is doesn't look any easier than just using the cord your rig was designed with. Perhaps you missed the post that he's added a second 30A circuit to his rig for more power which of course no RV mfg would ever do. Better to convert his rig to 50A. But he could just plug one 30A cord in the 30A plug and use a 50/30 adapter on the second 30A cord. In spite of the picture with all of the looping wire I think he has a simple 50A male to 2 30A female adapters. With chain. :B
CA Traveler 03/29/15 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: Dual 30 amp rv's?

Yes the adapter works but it has some potential serious issues. It shorts the 2 grounds and the 2 neutrals which means either one can be overloaded. Also since there is no dual CB either male plug when one is removed may be hot due to feedback from the RV. It can also overload the rig neutral with up to 60A. If I was a park owner I would not allow this adapter.
CA Traveler 03/29/15 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: Dual 30 amp rv's?

John, The typical use of the dual 30A male to 50A female is on a 30A pedestal with a 20A plug and it's the 20A plug that is usually GFI protected. The GFI plug will trip and not work with this adapter. One common name for this adapter is The Cheater Adapter. There are a number of potential issues with this adapter and I don't recommend it's use.
CA Traveler 03/28/15 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Dual 30 amp rv's?

I have a 30-amp trailer and I added an auxillary 20-amp inlet, along with a discrete run of wire feeding 20-amp GFCI outlets placed near to major items that I may want to plug in. I use this when my main source of shore power is rather weaker than the 30-amp capacity, and/or I wish to exceed the available capacity, even at a full 30 amps. I can feed the aux inlet from a generator or from a second, separate shore power source. I don't use this aux inlet very often, but when I need it it really saves the day. Even if my next RV has a 50 amp service, I will still add an aux inlet and power bus, just to have the option of a secondary (concurrent) power source.I installed an auxillary 20A circuit in my 50A rig. It can plug into the engine block heater circuit which is a dedicated 20A circuit or it can be plugged into a CG pedestal when the CG is 30A. This circuit is used for 2 additional ceramic heaters.
CA Traveler 03/27/15 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Dual 30 amp rv's?

OK, smkettners post likely described the adapter you saw. I was thinking of a different adapter.
CA Traveler 03/27/15 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Dual 30 amp rv's?

Some have installed a second circuit for more power. The adapter you saw will allow a 50A RV to plug into two 30A plugs or 30A and 20A which provides more power than a 30/50 adapter. There are many posts on this subject. While it can be useful there are pitfalls that can occur. Best to avoid this adapter.
CA Traveler 03/27/15 07:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel Wiring Issue?

And no battery means no brakes!
CA Traveler 03/27/15 04:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Route from Birch Bay, WA, to Casa Grande, AZ - Comments?

hooking up with the I-10 which will get you to Casa Grande thru Phoenix. Since our RV Park is on the West side of CG we turn off on the 85 to the I-8 and come in that way which also bypass the Phoenix area. Thinking now of staying on the 10 into Phoenix instead of turning S on the 85. Looks like the 17 is a truck route off the 10 which goes S around the airport before hooking up again with the 10 to Casa Grande. Miles and time look to be about the same either way just thinking the 17 being a truck route might have a little less traffic depending on time of day which for us coming from Indio, CA should be around noon. Thoughts?10 vs 17 in Phoenix is the same. The only difference is a tunnel on 10, otherwise 6 of one and half a dozen of the other. Midday the Phoenix route is OK with traffic. 85/8 will bypass Phoenix of course.
CA Traveler 03/25/15 08:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

RV.NET Alaskan Travelers for 2015 - If you plan to go let us know! Posted weekly. Place a sign on your RV, the bigger the better. Posting your location as you travel can also be helpful for meeting others. Here’s the current list: CA Traveler, Bob & Diane, Sun Lakes, AZ Chiefelectusn, Rick & Gaye Meade, Sarasota, FL cdbinns, Brett and Celina Binns, Gouldsboro, ME trcgolf, Gregg & Dawn Bender, Jamestown, NY beeman1, Jerry, Claremont NH Firehawvvk, Bob and Shelley Deffenbaugh, Oskaloosa, IA jimbow2, Jim & Irene, La Junta, CO agesilaus, Bryan and Cindy Kramer, North FL oldtrojan66, Debra & David Kirkpatrick, New Castle, IN 2hams2alaska, Mike and Arlyce, Quincy, IL sljohnson1938, Stuart and Darlene, Mount Airy, NC mxwi, Mike MW Jones, Max & Ann, Texas MissouriBird, Ken and Robin, Stewartsville, MO americanrascal, Joe and Joy, LaGrange, GA SpencerRB, Spencer & Rachel, Ft. Lauderdale, FL NewallaBus, Richard, Newalla, OK RamblinManGA, Craig, Arizona Joyceyam, Joyce, Kenai, AK Staring in MT oldtrojan66, David & Debra, IN lakeside013104 papermaker2, Mobile, AL PILOTRACE, Randy Kissimmee, FL Chopper Hopper, David Waco, TX stickdog, John & Sandi okgc, MI Rocky2, Ventura, CA FL Gator, FL tmuckenfuss, AL Prairie Wanderer, Mark and Zee marsharini, Ed and Marsha, Great Lakes Region richarfg, Wildwood, TX dahkota
CA Traveler 03/23/15 07:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Buying a CR-V for a Toad

I have been told 2015 crv can not be towed 4 down? What years can be towed 4 down? Willing to go from 2014 and ten years older thanks.04-14 is OK and even earlier. I have a 04. But always check the manual of any car you may buy. The 15 tranny was changed.
CA Traveler 03/19/15 06:53pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Crossing Into Canada with a Firearm

Tell them just transporting it through to destination. So is your post a April Fools joke or you're suggesting lying to the border agents? How many times have I posted: Remove your hat and sun glasses, look directly at the agent and answer every question directly and honestly?
CA Traveler 03/18/15 07:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying a CR-V for a Toad

Forgot to mention that in Alaska we noticed a small leak in the front crankcase seal. What's with towing a CRV anyway? :@ Only 60K miles and something leaks???
CA Traveler 03/18/15 07:48pm Dinghy Towing
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