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RE: Georgia to the Grand Canyon

We take 10/17 through Phoenix midday w/o issues. Any secondary or street roads will be longer. You could try 202/101/17.
CA Traveler 10/22/17 06:19pm Family Camping
RE: Magnum MSH 3012

Mex is correct that 50HZ is less efficient. However there should be NO issues or modifications required to run on 50HZ. Sorry but I can't buy into Magnum spec'd it for 50HZ but it won't operate at 50HZ. They have a good reputation.
CA Traveler 10/22/17 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Magnum MSH 3012

Ok thanks so far, we had a issue with the 240V side when first connecting to pedestal in Australia It tripped the pedestal breaker, electrician sorted this out but as no power was passed true we thought that something may had shorted out in inverterDetails as to what was done are important. I could interpret this to mean that 240V was applied to the unit and it was damaged. Did the Australian distributor test the unit at 120V and 50HZ? If so why didn't they repair or replace the unit since it's spec'd for 120V 50HZ? Or indicated that believe 240V was applied to the unit? Is this just a distributor or a certified repair shop? Having purchased the unit in the US do you have any warranty in Australia or has it expired?
CA Traveler 10/22/17 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Magnum MSH 3012

Did you measure the AC voltage to the Magnum and what was it? Everything else AC work in Australia?
CA Traveler 10/22/17 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Magnum MSH 3012

BTW If your fiver is 50A did you connect both hot leads to the step down transformer? Did you measure the rig AC voltage under loads in Australia? Have you tried connecting the Magnum to the step down w/o any rig wiring?
CA Traveler 10/22/17 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: Magnum MSH 3012

The MSH 3012 specs show 50-70 HZ at 60-140V. "Australian distributor which we did and was told by them that it works fine at 110v 60 HZ but will not work in Australia on 50HZ" Of course it doesn't work on 240V 50HZ Australian power. Sounds like miscommunication to me. But to be very sure call Magnum with your SN and confirm the above specs for YOUR unit. And I suspect something else is wrong with your step down power set up.
CA Traveler 10/22/17 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: New class A gas without bedroom slide

I would not buy any rig that did not have access to the bed and bathroom with the slides in. Access may be more restricted. What if you want to park somewhere that you cannot deploy the slides. Slides give you more and better access. Driving w/o seat belts increase risk of course.
CA Traveler 10/22/17 08:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: ? Which Resale Campground Membership to get ?

Be very careful about signing a membership. You may be a limited partner with no say in camping or yearly fees. Furthermore as a limited partner you may be (likely will be) legally libel for property taxes and all debt including any mortgage and bankruptcy. Over the years we've seen lots of membership CG changes not necessarily for the better in ones that we had some interest. For us the right longer term choice was to not join.
CA Traveler 10/21/17 08:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Solar panel shading

Do you now feel that the antenna shadow was the main reason for the reduced charging for the given light conditions?
CA Traveler 10/20/17 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: NRA, BLM, NFS...Lack of Courtesy or Free Range Cattle?

If you're near Q then go to Silly Al's and have pizza and beer. After all you have Nothing-Else-To-Do. :@ OK OK I do understand and it can be annoying.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 08:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar panel shading

liborko, The example I posted was 7 current sources and 2 bypass diodes in series for the 9 sub panels and the output was not 0W. Plus the link I posted clearly shows how bypass diodes work, and the output was not 0W for the graph. Google bypass diodes for solar panels and you'll find various articles and explanations that may help you to understand. time2roll has it correct. I deliberately did not introduce the small diode voltage drop to keep the example simpler.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 04:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Through Phoenix

Option 1 midday.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 02:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Solar panel shading

If you had serial panels and a MPPT controller then the bypass diodes were not working. As you can see from my link above serial panels with bypass diodes work very well.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 12:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel shading

Solar panel is a CURRENT source. How much power(watts) does it produce when short circuit amps are say 8A and voltage is 0V?Panel short circuit is one way to test for Isc and along with Voc is a good indication of expected panel performance. I preform these tests on all of my new panels. Vmp is the expected maximum MPPT voltage/power output and Isc is used for PWM controllers.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel shading

Itinerant1, The problem is the shaded panel (if in series) limits the amperage of the entire string. Even if you only had the upright part of the antenna casting shade through put would be reduced. The only "fix" is bypass diodes between each and every cell. So far as I am aware, only Unisolar ever did that--and they are no longer in business.Activation of a bypass diode does not change serial panel amps, they do reduce the panel voltage. The MPPT CC controller output amps/power is reduced.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel shading

Solar Panel Bypass Panel Example Three 60 cell 30V panels with 3 bypass diodes in each panel. Each panel can be viewed as composed of 3 subpanels each with a bypass diode. As shown below the output would consist of 20+30+20 = 70V at the given amps. The amps depend upon the given light conditions. Assuming 8A the output would be 8*70 = 560W for the serial panels. For parallel connected panels the output would be 8*30 = 240W. With shadows on 7 of the 9 subpanels there would be 8*20 = 160W available for charging with serial panels. https://i.imgur.com/W8mYZQNl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1jtQSidClick For Full-Size Image.
CA Traveler 10/19/17 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel shading

30% drop, and antenna shade probably didn't cover 28-29 sq.ft. (30% of 1,280W). When I posted about this oddity in series panels few years ago, nobody believed me. People were talking about magical powers of bypass diodes, sheesh...There is nothing magical about bypass diodes in solar panels. But clearly they are often not understood so perhaps that qualifies as having "magical powers". :@ Click here to see the magical powers of my bypass diodes in leafy shade. :B
CA Traveler 10/19/17 08:37am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel shading

Good catch. Just orient the RV different to eliminate the antenna shadow.
CA Traveler 10/18/17 05:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Analog TV in my 2006 Hitchhiker

Good decision to replace the old TVs. The above post is absolutely correct that your current antenna may not be adequate. With the advent of "digital" many channels switched to the UHF frequencies and older antennas often had to be upgraded or replaced due to their limited performance on UHF. You might want to research your antenna and be prepared for a possible change.
CA Traveler 10/16/17 06:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Switch at the door

I can easily retract my steps while in storage, but don't. If you can't place a magnet near the door switch then add a switch and some wiring so that the door will remain retracted while open. But either of these can introduce a safety issue since it's expected to have the steps out with the door open.
CA Traveler 10/16/17 03:18pm Class A Motorhomes
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