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RE: Direct TV (Sat) Question

Thanks for the new input. I believe that his tv screen prompts him to contact Direct, but not sure. So with the King he should be able to just hook up and go following the instructions?So as a suggestion have him post what he sees rather than second hand posts. And I do understand that you are trying to help.
CA Traveler 05/29/15 08:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Interest in mismatched panel test?

As a load I used a oil filled heater with 600/900/1500w settings to bring down the voltage. Even getting down in to the 12's didn't cause the controller to change after it had been connected to all four panels while cloudy. It's like it picked a point and gave up.Interesting and quite different than I got with my 3 identical poly panels. But excellent work and it adds to our knowledge.
CA Traveler 05/29/15 08:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Direct TV (Sat) Question

Thanks for the new input. I believe that his tv screen prompts him to contact Direct, but not sure. So with the King he should be able to just hook up and go following the instructions?Maybe. Not every receiver is compatible with every dish. If they are compatible but the dish is different then he has to go though SETTINGS. No instructions from DTV, trained DTV reps don't need instructions as they know what needs to be setup, see the difference?
CA Traveler 05/29/15 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Direct TV (Sat) Question

I'm guessing that he does not have the receiver or maybe the RV antenna setup correctly. Are they compatible and has he gone through the setup?
CA Traveler 05/29/15 06:12pm Technology Corner
RE: Direct TV (Sat) Question

I've moved several receivers between home and the RV over the years. DTV has no idea where the receiver or dish is located. If it's outside of the local area then you won't get the locals. But I don't use the phone or internet connection so that could be the difference.
CA Traveler 05/29/15 06:08pm Technology Corner
RE: Interest in mismatched panel test?

CA Traveler 05/29/15 04:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Interest in mismatched panel test?

You can make separate data from the one just by deleting the rows and saving the data with a new file name. You may then need to re set up the graph. This is with the csv data. Not sure if you used Excel or the MSView graph. Battery or load demand might have caused the lower than expected amps. Plus I wonder about using panels with different Imp/Vmp and different technology. If higher voltage occurs on one panel due to the different panels then the amps drop off very quick from the ideal MP point for than panel and hence all panels in series. I'm referring to the right of the MP point on the IV curves. ie Just wondering how the MPPT algorithm optimized for maximum power with a mixed panel setup. :h
CA Traveler 05/29/15 04:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

I just returned from my bank here in W. Colorado. I got $750CA for about $650US, plus my bank charged me a $12 bank fee. It's not the prime bank rate quoted as the day's rate, but the banks always win cause they're bigger than me. I think it's around .86.The Yahoo cash exchange rate showed $779CA for your $650US and I think you said something about no cash fees? In 2013 we got the current exchange rate with either Visa card and no other fees. Except for the day the exchange was made the CC exchange rate was the same as the cash made.
CA Traveler 05/27/15 03:54pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Shore Power at Home Wired Wrong and Lightning also.

Does anyone think damage could have been prevented if the shore power box had been wired correctly? From what I have heard, probably not?I doubt it would have made any difference. Always use a 30/20 adapter and household tester to check a outlet before plugging in. Or for 50A a 50/20 adapter which is a decent check. Get the best possible surge protector on your panel and a PI HW30C for the rig.
CA Traveler 05/27/15 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: Adding Canadian service to Verizon plan - any experience???

they must have changed since this time last year. It was $10/month and included however minutes were on your monthly U.S plan (in our case unlimited) and the same for texts (in our case unlimited), but did not include ANY mobile data allowance. I just turned off mobile data while in canada. With that IIRC there were no pictures in text msgs either to send or recieve. That's my understanding - the old Nationwide plus Canada plan we used in our 2009 Alaska and 2010 Eastern Canada trips is no longer available!We used that plan in 2013. The following may help to explain the situation. For years I've read that Verizons CDMA was mostly US based. Can I use my phone in Canada and Mexico? Although CDMA coverage is available in many areas in Canada and Mexico, Verizon's roaming carriers in those countries are turning down their networks as early as this year. For best performance and coverage we recommend a 4G Global Ready device. 4G Global Ready devices will automatically select GSM while in Canada and Mexico. For 3G Global Ready devices, you may need to manually select GSM through the settings on your device. Non Global Ready (CDMA only) devices may have more limited coverage and slower data speeds.
CA Traveler 05/26/15 08:38am Technology Corner
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

I'm not clear on recent BC changes requiring a PIN as it relates to US cards. Can anyone clarify?
CA Traveler 05/25/15 06:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Many credit cards do NOT charge a fee. Our Visa didn't. Also, you could plan ahead a little so you don't run out of cash on Sunday!Our Amex charges a transaction fee while Visa does not. All cards charge the exchange rate. We had about $300 in Canadian cash in 2013 just in case but spent very little instead using the Visa card.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 06:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Eco worthy 20a MPPT vs TS-MPPT-60 and series test

@ JiminDenver use caution with MSview; was over on the solar-electric forums and spotted a post about a minor issue. The battery voltage column headers for max and min were reversed. I had noticed the same thing and didn't think much of it; but this minor issue has been around since it was reported to MS tech support in 2010. Makes you wonder about other things firmware updates that are included with MSview.I looked at my 12/14 MSView data and the values were correct. So apparently it got corrected. While I haven't had any issues with MSView the software could be much more usable and user friendly. The documentation could also be improved. Perhaps the firmware could also be improved.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 05:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar question - 12v versus 24v

X2 I wouldn't change unless you just want to experiment.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 12:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with DP for Full Timing

Snl Good point. I assume that ARG kept the Monaco name for marketing considerations as some buy the name. Similar to my HR Scepter which is a Monaco and not a HR rig other than the name. I read that ARG destroyed all of the Monaco Roadmaster chassis molds.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 08:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Driking from fresh water tank

We've been using city water for 30 years with no problem. We also taste before filling the tank. No issues at all.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with DP for Full Timing

/snip/ 2. I understand Monaco and Fleetwood are out of business. Clicky, Please note the model YEARIt's a Monaco in name only, freighliner chassis etc. It's a ARG rig as the Monaco Corporation is no longer.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 08:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

pet peeve? gas stations that don't convert currency. $100 ($110 can), buy $50 in gas and get $50 in change, they make $10 extra. GGGRRRRRWhy not just use a credit card? For ours current exchange rate and 5% cash back. Plus no extra cash needed on board.
CA Traveler 05/25/15 08:13am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Surge-gaurd

Why would I need more than the SSP30?You might not depending upon what you want to protect and how. Your basic device protects against surges - as in high transient voltages or surges. The more advanced units protect against over/under voltage, reverse polarity, open neutral, etc. For years I did not have any protection. But in 2004 with a rig with expensive electronics I installed a PI HW50C. Dam* good thing I did as shortly after I encountered 160V on a 30A pedestal and the unit protected the rig until I could unplug. 160V lets the smoke out of electronics.
CA Traveler 05/24/15 06:47pm Tech Issues
RE: hooking up shore power to my conversion van

I have a 10 amp diehard charger that I use to charge my car barrettes will this work?Yes but it may not have adequate amps, try it. You may want a larger charger that is a 2 or 3 stage charger to better maintain the batteries.
CA Traveler 05/24/15 01:07pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
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