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RE: New class A owner (Electrical cord)

One thing to remember is that voltage drop is not just dependent on the size of the cord (ie resistance of the wire) but also the current flowing through it at the time. At our stick house I have a 15 A outlet at the well which is fed via #8 ( it think) wire from the house some 200 feet away. Add to this the 50A cord from the rig and an 80' # 10 extension cord and the voltage at the rig is about 109 volts. Until I plug something in! If my batteries happen to be fairly well down and I activate the Xantrex inverter/charger it will sometime drop out due to low voltage esp if it is trying to charge at 65Amps or more. voltage drop equals resistance (in ohms) of the wire for example times the current (in Amps) running through the wire. For example: In a length of wire having 1 ohm resistance having a current of one amp will cause a one volt drop. The same one ohm resistance at 10 amps will cause a 10 volt drop and at 15 Amps a 15 volt drop. A few LED lights may be fine, running the AC would not.
Canadian Rainbirds 10/06/15 11:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Norcold 121x refigerator

We have run ours with our Xatrex Prosine 2.0 (2 KW pure sinewave) without trouble except that the 420 Watts (nominal) of solar panels don't keep up with it. A 450 Watt load at say 13.8 volts is a 32.6 Amp draw. It takes a lot from your battery. Depends a lot on what you can get from the vehicle alternator.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/26/15 02:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Equalizing?

Mexicowanderer didn't do it so I will: Here is his old and excellent post on equalizing.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/25/15 08:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Quick question about power inverter

tropical36 is right. Without decent batteries, (over 200 AH) you are wasting time and money on a big inverter. Our microwave draws 150 amps or more from our 4 GCs. Big batteries and big cables. On a single group 27 or 31 I wouldn't run much over 500 watts.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/25/15 07:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: do I have a battery issue?

Nobody answered your last question: In our rig the steps, jacks and slides are powered by the chassis battery. Probably why the manual says to have the engine running to operate the slides and extend the jacks.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/25/15 07:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

I think you will like the TriStar. It has everything you listed as needs. I'd make sure it has plenty of ventilation because when it gets going for a while, it can put out some heat. That (heat) is about my only concern. It will be in a busy and small compartment, sharing space with the Xantrex Prosine 2.0 inverter. I'll probably end up leaving the compartment door open when we're parked, and when we're driving it shouldn't be running too much. Also, for now, it won't be getting much over 20 Amps. Here is where it will be going: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4eERmjKksEk/UtxPjgvT4zI/AAAAAAAAHZg/rTi-flzIRpU/s1600/DSCN4111.JPG height=400 width=400
Canadian Rainbirds 09/23/15 08:46pm Tech Issues
Routing/Overnight and travel time ideas Laredo to Maz

Or even other options. We had thought of Santa Teresa via Durango, stopping in Chihuahua and Bermmejillo. We have stopped in both those places but that was years ago, not sure if those are still options. Where to stop in Durango, or would we need to? We then thought that via Laredo and Saltillo would be better. Where to stop after Saltillo? (we are familiar with Saltillo). And again, where to stop in Durango? We'll be crossing into Mexico around the first of November.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/23/15 07:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

Well, after much thought, considering all the above, today I bit the bullet and spent some $$$. DW doesn't know how much yet. Wait 'till she sees the VISA bill. :E Oh well, we'll be on our way south by then and it will be too late to do much about it :B Except :M Better think about Brownie Point possibilities. TriStar TS-MPPT-45 and Bogart Engineering Tri-Metric TM-2030 and Shunt. This will mean moving all but the critical stuff from the electrical compartment. Inverter, Transfer switch, and 50A shore power cable. Everything else to another bin. Which means removing something else. There must be something we can leave behind. It's booked in to the tech for the 4th of October, ten days before we hope to head south. I'll update again when it's working.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/23/15 07:15pm Tech Issues
RE: San Juan del Lago (Cuitzeo)

Hope he gets it. November will be too late for us this year.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/14/15 11:16pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Under bed storage

No problem. But not great for cooling your beer. Other than that no worries. We found blankets and winter clothes insulate the bed and keep it cooler. I have to tell you we have a lot of stuff under our bed and nothing has been damaged. X2
Canadian Rainbirds 09/11/15 10:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Re-attached the screen door which had been re-screened by P N R Screens in Saanichton BC for the $28.00 Beats fighting around the latch corners with my arthritic fingers.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/09/15 12:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anyone have info on electric/motorized bikes?

I have Post Polio Syndrome and too much exercise is bad for me. Now I cannot even ride a regular bike on the level for more than a few minutes. The e-bikes have been great. I have had 4 over the last 12 years or so. Good ones are not cheap. Get one with lithium ion batteries--last much longer, charge faster. The front wheel drives I didn't like (found on most cheaper ones and DIY kits) There is not enough weight on the front drive wheel and can cause skidding if accelerating on gravel or even wet roads. I currently have a Pedago the best so far. I can do 30 mile round trip (15 each way) with big hills at each end, on one charge. If you have never ridden a bicycle before, they are not the thing to learn on without being very very careful.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/05/15 06:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: House batteries to use with large inverter

We use our 4 GC batteries (484 AH) and a Xantrex Prosine 2.0 pure sinewave inverter with our micro-convection oven regularly. It pulls about 150-160 Amps from the batteries, (75-80A each) Cables are 4/0 about 3 feet long. For those thinking about purchasing a microwave for use with an inverter, consider a microwave that uses inverter technology for power control such as Panasonic and GE. (Note that the inverter of an Inverter Microwave oven has nothing to do with running it from batteries via an inverter. The inverter technology in those microwaves use an inverter to control the power level. For example, an inverter microwave oven at 50% power really only draws half of the full power while running. An NON inverter microwave oven at 50% power level draws 100% power but for half the time. The first method is much better for the batteries.
Canadian Rainbirds 09/02/15 11:50pm Tech Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Brought it back from the shop after serviced, Oil change, trans fluid, brakes etc etc. I had taken the screen door off at the shop and taken it away to have it repaired. OOPS. The step won't retract because the switch magnet is on the screen door! :S Fortunately the tech loaned me a magnet that we put down against the switch. Did the trick, even stayed in place over our twisty and bumpy road. He still has a couple of parts to install, which haven't arrived, such as the levelers panel. He'll do that here next week.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/31/15 08:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Santa Teresa, NM Border Crossing?

Haven't done it in years but the paperwork was done south of El Paso on the 45 at Km 30, near Pemex 5716. After Santa Teresa, from Route 1, turn East on Route 2 to intersect the 45 north north of the check point. If you continue south on route 1 past the route 2 intersection you will also intersect 45 be SOUTH of the checkpoint. Above info from Church & Church Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping 4th Edition (2009) If I recall, the Km markers were really strange until we were almost on top of it.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/28/15 10:24am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Emergency Escape - What to Do??

throw a blanket over the lip feet first stomach down and drop out and down Just what I was going to say. If you go that way you should be able to grab the window lip and get out without a big drop or fall. A stick cut to length will hold the window up so you're not fighting it and it won't fall on your hands. PRACTICE IT! BOTH (ALL) OF YOU!
Canadian Rainbirds 08/25/15 08:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Took it to the shop for basic service (lube, oil change, filters, trans, brake check etc as well as awning adjustment. Nice to have a Cummins authorised tech who is also an RV tech. And he'll make house calls
Canadian Rainbirds 08/25/15 08:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First time snowbird....need help

In San Antonio, we have stayed at http://brauniglakervresort.com/ a couple of times and found it excellent. Nice dog walk areas, very helpful staff and volunteers. A bit out of town but with the freeway system it doesn't take long to get into the city. (Which by the way we like very much). If we HAD to stay the winter in Texas, this would be our choice.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/24/15 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Learn from my stupidity !!! I did

Just to make you feel better: Our stick house has a 4 burner gas stove top. The two right burners can be replaced with a grill. After we bought a large BQ for the patio we realised that we never used the stove grill so put the the two burners back. Since we almost never use more than two burners, at a time we have large thick maple cutting cutting board over the two right hand burners. See it coming? We now have two lovely black patterns on the under side of the cutting board.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/22/15 12:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0

Mine died a while ago, shipped if off for repair, came back unrepairable. I believe that it was the transfer switch that failed so I now have a 2KW puresine wave inverter that won't pass AC and won't charge the batteries. It's about the only one that charges at 100A and fits the space I have so I went searching and found a "reconditioned" one online for $650.00. Working fine so far. The old one is sitting in my ham shack while I ponder connecting it to my battery bank there. They are a great unit when they work. Too bad the service has gone for a s***.
Canadian Rainbirds 08/19/15 10:37pm Class A Motorhomes
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