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RE: Adding a 220 volt panel question

I thought an RV dryer was 120v or propane.Normally yes so they will operate on a 30A pedestal and barely on a 20A pedestal. But these dryers take forever to dry vs say a 30A 120/240V circuit. His post implies a 240V residential dryer.
CA Traveler 01/20/17 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: More Solar for "Us"

I chose that 300 minutes, remember we full-time, I want to maintain voltage not have it drop off, my batteries are Never not being used If the controller went into float and the fridge is on and other things using power It would start discharging the batteries instead of maintaining voltage and amps for the longest possible time And I chose that 3mv for similar reasons regarding our useFrom your description you are over charging the batteries. When the batteries are charged lowering the voltage to float keeps them charged. When the batteries are charged and you then add house loads the extra amps should be provided by the solar controller provided there is adequate panels and sun. If the Grape controller doesn't do this then get a better controller that does operate in a optimal mode. Full time and battery cycles reduce their life and a better controller is very justified.
CA Traveler 01/20/17 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: Adding a 220 volt panel question

I'd say no, but will let others more familiar with the code comment. Updating a 30A panel to 50A can also be expensive. Instead replace the 30A cord with a 50A cord feeding a new 50A panel located anywhere you like. One 30A breaker feeds the existing panel which is now a sub panel to the new 50A panel and a dual breaker feeds the dryer. I only recall one other poster that had a 240V dryer.
CA Traveler 01/19/17 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Arizona (AZDOT) posts new tags for fuel pumps

down home, Interesting, thanks for explaining.
CA Traveler 01/16/17 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arizona (AZDOT) posts new tags for fuel pumps

What we have done is pay inside of course for truck diesel pumps, and signed a log, with our plate number. The Clerk made the tax adjustment, and we paid the non commercial or cheaper price.Why did you sign a log? Is it a commercial account? Is this for AZ?
CA Traveler 01/15/17 09:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arizona (AZDOT) posts new tags for fuel pumps

All of the confusion started a few years back when the Escapees published a article indicating a RV paid the higher tax rate in AZ which was incorrect. It's great that the labels are now being changed. Yes, it's great that the labels are being changed, but the question remains, how do you get the lower price?? It certainly sounds like an inconvenience at least!If you use the GS cards and Pilot/FJ truck pumps then the price is automatically reduced. Otherwise you first go inside leave your CC and tell them you are a RV. I'm not aware of any US truck pumps for any stations where you can pay at the pump with a CC. If you have a commercial account you can but then I'd guess you pay the higher price in AZ. There may be some and/or RV lanes. I have an account with a small commercial provider in western Canada where I can use my CC. Yes it's inconvenient. I treat it as a break and sometimes talk to the truckers inside. Fuel up, DW pulls the rig forward while I go inside for the second time.
CA Traveler 01/14/17 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arizona (AZDOT) posts new tags for fuel pumps

All of the confusion started a few years back when the Escapees published a article indicating a RV paid the higher tax rate in AZ which was incorrect. It's great that the labels are now being changed.
CA Traveler 01/14/17 05:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Arizona (AZDOT) posts new tags for fuel pumps

So if I understand this correctly (based on the labels), if I use the truck pumps at a Pilot/J using my Good Sam/Pilot/J card, I will initially be charged the higher tax and then must get an attendant to arrange for a rebate of 8 cents per gallon? Or do you have to go inside before pumping to get the RV price? If this is correct, it sort of defeats the convenience of pull in, swipe, fill and leave that this card provides. Unless Pilot/J changes the pump software and menus to allow you to identify yourself as a RV or the pump recognizes our cards as RV discount cards?? Maybe I don't fully understand it correctly.Both GS cards start the truck pumps and set the price to the cash price minus the discount for using the card at Pilot/FJ. I use the Swipe & Save GS card and get 3 cents/gallon discount and pay with a 5 percent cash back CC. At other branded stations you must make sure the price is set correctly before pumping by going inside first since they don't take the GS cards. All of this applies to the AZ truck pumps and not the car or RV pumps.
CA Traveler 01/14/17 05:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best RV Satellite Configuration?

So I would have to run two cables into my camper? I only have one input to my camper for satellite. I don't think I want to snake a separate cable into my camper for the second output. Don't make the mistake of thinking you need to run coax for satellite to the rear of the camper. Run it to the nearest access point which can be a much easier run. I ran coax to a locker with barrel connectors to connect the portable dish coax.
CA Traveler 01/11/17 10:02am Technology Corner
RE: Solar System Feedback - Go Power Extreme

Solar minus house load. Very concise. When the result is positive the battery is charging, typically during the day. When the result is negative the battery is being depleted, typically at night. Common battery monitors (shunt on negative post) display volts and amps in/out of the battery. Many solar controllers display volts and amps supplied by the solar. A meter to measure dynamic house loads is not as common but a few posters have installed one. I recorded static house loads with my battery monitor by noting the amps turning on a light and recording the difference. I did this for all house loads. Charger minus house load is the same but usually the charger exceeds the house load so that the batteries are charging or maintained at full charge.
CA Traveler 01/11/17 09:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Best RV Satellite Configuration?

I had the DTV HR24, used it at home and the RV with different dish types. Currently have DTV HR44 at home and RV and it requires SWM dishes. Genie Clients either wired or wireless can be added for additional TVs but one TV serves our needs.
CA Traveler 01/10/17 07:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Best RV Satellite Configuration?

We opted for a portable dish as a rig mounted one sometimes have signal blocked by obstacles.We rarely watch live TV so a DVR receiver serves us well for those times when our roof mounted dish is blocked.
CA Traveler 01/10/17 07:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Best RV Satellite Configuration?

I noticed that there's also a Trav'ler dish for Dish network. Do you know if there's an easy way to change between Dish and Direct-TV with a Trav'ler dish? I'm leaning towards Dish network due to their "pay as you go" plan. It's a little more expensive but worth it to have the "no contract" issue. I have cable TV at home so I don't have an existing plan.Another option is to drop cable and use your sat receiver at home and in the RV, either DTV or Dish.
CA Traveler 01/10/17 07:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Best RV Satellite Configuration?

You can't get Directv HD without the roof-mounted Winegard Travler. So it looks like DISH is your answer, which I know nothing about.Incorrect. There are a variety of DTV Slimline 3 and SWM dishes that can be mounted on a tripod for example. My RF Mogul roof mounted dish also folds down and is lower than other roof stuff but automatic dishes are pricey.
CA Traveler 01/10/17 07:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Winegard SK1000 Satellite dish kapot afer 2.5 years

Sorry but I just can't imagine shipping my RF Mogul dish back. My limited access to RF Mogul has been positive. I have drawing and diagrams of the dish. There is really very little up there other than 3 motors and some gears. All of the electronics remains warm and dry inside the rig. Perhaps in some scenario I might have to ship the control box back to them but I'm betting they would be very helpful. Certainly other dish problem like a unrecognized bent dish could require professional help.
CA Traveler 01/09/17 09:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Solar wiring !

One small fly in the ointment. If the solar goes above the cut out voltage on the inverter you won't be too happy for the inverter to be cycling on and off. The work around is to have a switch on the input side of the solar so you can turn it off to prevent over voltage. Would the inverter not do the same thing if the charge controller wires were connected directly to the battery?Hopefully he will clarify the post. I thought that this could only happen if the inverter was on with no AC loads and the CC switched to equalized and hence higher voltage. It doesn't tank very much inverter AC load to draw significant battery amps and hence drop the battery voltage below 14.8V. I don't allow automatic equalization but apparently it can't be disabled for some CCs or chargers
CA Traveler 01/09/17 10:20am Tech Issues
RE: Solar wiring !

Lots of wiring considerations. With my serial panels and higher voltage I used a Lowes A/C disconnect switch for both solar wires. And a DC CB/switch combination for the connection to the inverter.
CA Traveler 01/09/17 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: Solar wiring !

Why not ? The wires coming from solar mptt controller to batteries , could they not go to the large feed wires that feed the invertor .Save wire and the inverter has BIG wires coming to it . In other words I would use the front of inverter as a junction box >I did with a 1.4 percent loss at 60A which is very respectable.
CA Traveler 01/08/17 08:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar System Feedback - Go Power Extreme

Quick question. Is there a way to configure a system so I can combine the inverter output with the generator output to be able to run heavier loads like my AC units?Sure install a Magnum MSH3012M and it will combine battery power and gen power and it only cost $2,000. :S But wait A/Cs can draw 15A AC or 150A DC so you will need more batteries and more solar. Or a larger gen in which case you won't need the above hybird unit. On install a much smaller window A/C. :h Lots of pricey options when you want to run high draw items off grid. :@
CA Traveler 01/08/17 06:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar System Feedback - Go Power Extreme

And....:) If I was putting holes in the living room wall, they would probably be 2 or 4 small holes for the installation of a Bogart trimetric or victron, not a gaping hole for a go power controller. Controller goes down by the batteries. Monitor goes in living area for easy viewing from the lazy boy. Captain has to keep an eye on things. :)My CC remote is in a cabinet along with other stuff. I can leave the door open to view or not. The equipment can be changed etc without any concern for holes in walls etc.
CA Traveler 01/08/17 05:51pm General RVing Issues
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