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RE: Best internet solution for 2018?

Verizon MiFi works good for us. I also have used daughters T Mobile phone which seems to have less data throttling than Verizon.
CA Traveler 04/22/18 09:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar experts....Matching solar panels help needed.

IMHO The Littlefuse switch or the Blue Seas will be OK for your application. You could also get a DPST Littlefuse and parallel the contacts.
CA Traveler 04/22/18 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Solar experts....Matching solar panels help needed.

No need to disconnect both wires. Many AC switches will be OK as the total power is on the low side. I used a A/C 240V disconnect switch from HD for about $8, but it's a little large. And since it is dual pole I disconnected both wires.
CA Traveler 04/20/18 08:07am Tech Issues
RE: Solar experts....Matching solar panels help needed.

Also, what size fuse(s) would I need for either way of wiring?You do not need fuses. If a panel has an Isc of 3 amps and you put a 5 amp fuse in the circuit, a short would not blow the fuse because the panel can only produce 3 amps.For 3 panels in parallel the shorted panel would receive 6 amps using your example. The general rule is that 3 or more parallel panels each panel needs to be fused. A 2x2 series/parallel arrangement is equivalent to 2 in parallel and fuses are not needed.
CA Traveler 04/19/18 09:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Trouble shooting and other questions from a newbie

My 1383 ceiling fixture looks like your picture. In the last 3 years I have not found a 1383 LED replacement for less that $12. Maybe this one for a substitute? https://www.ledlight.com/9-led-light.aspx
CA Traveler 04/12/18 08:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery cut-off switch and Solar ?

And just the opposite during installation. With an MC4 disconnected I wired the panel wires to the switch and controller. Checked, double checked and triple checked the wiring for polarity. With the panel and battery switches off connect the MC4 connector. Now with a voltmeter recheck the polarity to the switch. Then battery switch on then the panel switch on. Success! :B
CA Traveler 04/08/18 06:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery cut-off switch and Solar ?

The controllers have set screws for the wiring, but I’d rather not have bare wires dangling around if I can avoid it, rather save fireworks for holidays ;). The DC breakers sound interesting, I will look into those. You can cover the bare wire end with a wire nut during the time it is out of its slot. To disconnect the array you can use either the pos or neg "array" wire.Definitely not advised as one panel has 30V and the other 90V. If I had to do anything with my panel wiring (90V+) I would first turn off the panel switch then the battery switch and then disconnect one of the MC4 connectors on the roof. Then I could safely be a wire jockey.
CA Traveler 04/08/18 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery cut-off switch and Solar ?

I used a 240V AC disconnect panel which is about $8 from HD. It's 2 pole so you could connect/disconnect both panels together or use 1 for each panel. There is no need for a fuse or CB for your panels. My panels are 90V+ at 8A+. While not DC rated there is no need for concern with this 60A AC rated panel and a few panel amps.
CA Traveler 04/08/18 05:34pm Tech Issues
RE: no power when plugged into 30 amp

Generator power output and shore power output go to transfer switch ,,,from transfer switch power goes to main AC Panel Gen power OK Shore power doesn't work..........TRANSFER Switch Stuck on GEN (Default)X2 Plus - Any power at the pedestal? Could also be plug/cord etc to the transfer switch.
CA Traveler 04/08/18 10:56am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What to Buy in US (Everett WA) Before Crossing into Canada

Isn't a Costco card simply a Costco card? :)In the US it's issued by Citi/Visa, usable everywhere - well apparently not Costco in Canada. I swipe mine at the pump for membership access then use a different 5% cash back Visa card.
CA Traveler 04/03/18 01:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Magnum MS2812 - Meter vs BMK Voltage/Amps values?

BMK-Meter - Reflected 124A going in Back to the Display - Indicated Bulk and 92A The BMK uses a shunt on the battery terminal and should have a accurate value of battery amps. The display is trying to indicate how many amps the Magnum is outputting and this value is the sum of amps that are used by house loads and battery charging. Note that for very low house loads then most of the charger amps go to the battery. Then the Magnum display may also not be very accurate (mine is not) and my quoted post above reflects what I found out from Magnum.
CA Traveler 04/02/18 07:35pm Tech Issues
RE: What to Buy in US (Everett WA) Before Crossing into Canada

Adding to the above good advice - take off your hat. We generally review the regulations, consume what's on the list and then just provide direct answers. Several times the refer has been checked. Leave all food in it's original containers or with any labels attached as banned items may only be from some countries. Use a credit card that does not have transaction fees. We also use a gas CC that has 5% cash back.
CA Traveler 03/30/18 09:24am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: New To Dish

I am not sure why or where the "RG 59 doesnt work" myth comes from. I have seen training and install videos that specifically say its ok to use existing house cabling. I have used 100" of 59 many times not including whats inside the rv.RG 59 is adequate for many setups. HOWEVER TV is trending towards higher picture quality which needs higher bandwidth coax and connectors for a given length. My receiver can record/play 5 HD channels on a single coax. My understanding is that 4K uses 6 channels and higher resolution is in the future. From that perspective it makes no sense to install RG59 and/or lower bandwidth connectors.
CA Traveler 03/29/18 09:25pm Technology Corner
RE: Help troubleshooting AC power outage please

Do you have 120V on both hot legs in the CB panel? Probably best to get help. Why do you think the charger failed? It's not clear from your posts that you even have AC to the CB panel.
CA Traveler 03/26/18 04:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Help troubleshooting AC power outage please

FREAKIN' HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION AND SAFETY DEVICES DO NOT BELONG IN HOUSES THAT GO BOUNCING DOWN THE ROAD. And yet Mex his failure as posted to date was the plug and his rig would have been better protected with a onboard PI EMS. I'm satisfied with annual maintenance and checking of connections. Not that your advice isn't sound it's just something that all but a very very few RVers will do.
CA Traveler 03/26/18 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: Help troubleshooting AC power outage please

Turns out that the neutral connector is fried in our 50 cable where it connects to the portable EMS (which is plugged into the campground box).That's a worst case scenario for frying any connected or standby electronics in the rig perhaps starting with the smell in the basement. Good luck.
CA Traveler 03/26/18 10:13am Tech Issues
RE: Help troubleshooting AC power outage please

As suggested check the ATS. I would pull the plug and not use any gen. Hopefully the problem is not an open neutral. Use an extension cord from the pedestal and portable battery charger as needed until the problem is found.
CA Traveler 03/25/18 11:34pm Tech Issues
RE: CA Hwy 1

I haven't been on the section south of Marshall in a few years and it was exciting. Otherwise no reason to disconnect IMHO. At the far north end there are several 15MPH switch backs.
CA Traveler 03/25/18 01:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: CA Hwy 1

Going to west coast in June. Plan to cut over from Hwy 101 to Hwy 1 just north of GG bridge and take it up to Leggett. I have a 40 ft MH with toad. I don’t mind the curves. What are my chances of getting stopped because of length. MH is actually 41 ft from end to end.Over 40' is prohibited on almost all of US 1. You are over as it's actual length. Your chances of being measured I'd guess are limited. But BE AWARE - if you are checked then not only are there tickets and fines and expect the rig to be towed. And if you are involved in an accident regardless of who's at fault??? We go to Bodega Bay using the good county roads but no longer go to Ft Bragg. You've been advised.
CA Traveler 03/25/18 11:11am Roads and Routes
RE: Communication on the road

We're new to RV ING and planning to be on the road soon. In the olden days everyone seemed to have a CB in there vehicle. What options (if any) are available today that provide access to road conditions, traffic and communication with others on the road?Yup basically none. CB traffic is way down probably due to cell phones. Verizon has the best coverage and we use it for cell and internet. GPS gives some very limited road conditions.
CA Traveler 03/24/18 01:14pm Technology Corner
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