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RE: Best route Salinas to Petaluma California

Thanks everyone for your replies. This route 101 to 680 to 780 to 80 to 37 and back worked perfect. Very easy drive with no traffic both up and back. Parts of the 680 were rough and rattled the motorhome pretty good and the $20 toll bridge is a bit much though.I'm in the bay area enough that I got the Fast Track device. I believe you save a buck or so. The kicker for me was no cash on the Golden Gate bridge, no toll collectors, etc.
CA Traveler 07/01/15 08:25am Roads and Routes
RE: Leveling side to side method from seasoned campers

My son really likes the Anderson levelers. One member decided to make his own, all you need it the wood and band saw.
CA Traveler 06/29/15 10:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Members Solar Installations With Pics

My son has a 5er and rubber roof and I used VHB tape and screws. The panels are located on the front sloped portion of the roof. In Here is the install.
CA Traveler 06/29/15 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Easiest route from hwy 101 to ca coast hwy

Since he's coming from the south Toad Rd to 12 avoids Santa Rosa traffic and brings you to 1 just south of Bodega Bay. The Petaluma route is good but you do get the city traffic.
CA Traveler 06/29/15 09:07am Roads and Routes
RE: Easiest route from hwy 101 to ca coast hwy

The mini truck fuel station at Todd Rd/101 often has lower priced fuel. Then west on Todd Rd and on to Bodega Bay.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 10:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Members Solar Installations With Pics

The screws added some extra strength in addition to making sure the VHB tape was evenly compressed between the brackets and roof. Plus since the panels were mounted higher than most I wanted to be sure it was secure.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 09:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Easiest route from hwy 101 to ca coast hwy

Mountain Directory West will give you information on various grades which can be helpful. You can cross on 20 or take 80 to 37 over to 101, kinda depends upon where you want to go next.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 07:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Solar Illuminace vs Panel Output

Sure but what does Voc have to do with the MPPT operation which uses Vmp? Another panel spec is Isc and what does this have to do with a MPPT controller that uses Imp? It’s just not apparent how you can use panel specs and temp coefficients to get a reasonable idea of what to expect with MPPT. Perhaps the bottom line is the controller output. For my flat panels at noonish I was getting 44A and 605W from my flat 750W panels at 100F ambient and perhaps 131F panel cell temps. OK, heat reduces the output but by how much? At 131F my panel specs say I should get 658W and I got 605W, so perhaps 53W was loss due to flat mounted? But my panels are mounted 6” off of the roof so perhaps the panel cell temp is below 131F which is just a guess anyway. We all use generalized panel information which is what we’ve got and what I used as a basis for my system. But having a quality controller that logs data under live operating conditions is proving enlightening.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 06:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2016

The Milepost will still be good. The Church book is good but don't expect perfection. The tour book will be obsolete in 2016. We're planning to go in 2016 and will purchase the tour book.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 01:30pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
Solar Illuminace vs Panel Output

How does solar illuminace effect panel output? From yesterdays observation at noonish: 750W, poly, flat, 100F ambient, Vmp=91.7V, Imp=8.18 Logged Varray=75V, Iarray=8.5A, Controller out=605W Loads were greater than panel output so the controller was in max MPPT state. So it appears that the illuminace is keeping the voltage down but not restricting the amps??? BTW It was very hot all day so at 100F ambient those black panels had to rather hot. So why is the amp output greater than Imp? This raises a red flag for me about the discussions of significant reduction in amps when the panels are hot and PWM is better than MPPT? Wonder what my amps would have been at Jim's 11,000' playground? No I'm not in denial about reduced amps at higher temperatures. But now wondering about all of the generalized comments about how much better PWM is vs MPPT when the panels are hot. Now wondering if this might be less general and apply to certain panels and/or controllers? There is nothing like having logged controller data to raise red flags.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Hot, hot, hot in the West!

So curiosity has got my attention. compare RV inside and outside temps with one a/c or two a/c, include humidity and dew point. My last two worst days, one a/c, direct sunlight, 113* outside, 43 on the dew point and 90* inside. this lasted about 2 1/2 hours from about 3:30 to 6 pm in Blythe Ca. during a non planned stay. Just curious. You???Last rig with 30A we could keep either the back or front tolerable in those temps. Current rig with those temps and we need all 3 A/Cs. We make only planned stops in Q or Blythe. :B
CA Traveler 06/28/15 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: No Tire or TMPS at 70 MPH – Disaster Avoided

I also use a $30 IR temperature gauge to check the tires/hubs and radiators when I stop. And there are many other uses for this handy tool.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 08:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Members Solar Installations With Pics

From what I could determine the correct VHB tape will be more than adequate provided the roof etc is adequate. This includes the type of roof and the structure to hold the panels. I used VHB tape and SS screws all sealed with Dicor and it will never leak. I got over holes in the roof after removing the inmotion SD dish and internet dish. Both were scrapped.
CA Traveler 06/28/15 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: YQK crimping tool

Not sure I understand your question. I made the copper adapter to have the minimum possible length from the battery bank to the negative cable and to support the shunt.
CA Traveler 06/27/15 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: YQK crimping tool

CA Traveler, what am I looking at here? Are those blocks of WOOD, with layers of metal let into them? What's all that about? And what are the teeny wires in the housing? My eyes iz confused.Nope that's brass. The entire unit is a 500A precision shunt which is used with a battery monitor, in my case a Trimetric. The small wires provide the voltage sense capability for the Trimetric to measure battery drain/charge, etc. For 500A the shunt has a 50mV drop.
CA Traveler 06/27/15 07:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Hot, hot, hot in the West!

Hot in western CO. Only change is that 50A CGs are a requirement!
CA Traveler 06/27/15 06:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: YQK crimping tool

Flattened, double wall. No problem with the 2KW inverter.
CA Traveler 06/27/15 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: YQK crimping tool

Do people here use flattened 1/2" copper pipe for bus bars and battery interconnects too? How much current can it carry? Too much to worry about? 3/4" pipe. If you are concerned about current capacity use the heavier wall pipe. Or calculate the area and look up the amp capacity. http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/catraveler/6fad9d5c-4e11-43d8-8486-3d8ea048d7a6_zps9b6b49dc.jpg width=800 And those are AGM batteries so not concerned about fumes for the shunt.
CA Traveler 06/27/15 06:04pm Tech Issues
RE: DTV local channels when traveling

This is what I do. I get on DTV web site and contact account management. This is what I send them. It works for me.I' ...I'll try that. For the new service address (phone calls) they almost always want the zip and county so include that in the email. I'm sure a PO Box would not work. I've had untrained reps and 2 different times they changed the billing address w/o telling me. But lately the training seems better. How many times is this acceptable? No idea. However since they tell me I'm a "valuable customer" I know they will make the change.
CA Traveler 06/27/15 07:50am Technology Corner
RE: Running with air

Cab air when adequate and gen as needed.
CA Traveler 06/25/15 12:14pm Class A Motorhomes
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