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RE: Burnt Circuit box

. . . . . . . I use # 6 fork terminals crimped to wire ends on receptacles and plugs. . . . . . . Thanks of the tip MW! :C
Canadian Rainbirds 07/28/15 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Achieving full charge with solar system

Canadian Rainbirds 07/28/15 03:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Achieving full charge with solar system

4 Golf Cart batteries will have an AH rating of anywhere from 420 to 480 AH. A 20 A charger will take a long time to recharge from 50% Here is a paragraph shamelessly copied from the Trojan web site: "A properly sized charger takes into account battery capacity and the time interval between charges. In applications where cycling is infrequent, such as weekend RV users, or infrequent or seasonal trolling motor usage, a charger with an output current rating between 10 and 13% of the battery's rated 20-hour capacity will suffice. In applications where battery recharge must be accomplished within 8 to 10 hours, a three stage, automatic charger, rated at 20% of the battery capacity, may be required." (Highlight is mine) According to the above you should be charging with at least a 45 Amp charger. My Xantrex Prosine 2.0 (2 KW pure sinewave inverter with a 100A charger) is set to charge at to 96 Amps (20% of AH rating). My 420 AH of solar (charges at a max of just over 20A) needs a boost every 4 or 5 days so that is when I run the Xantrex charger either overnight or a at least few hours in the morning before the sun gets over the hill. This allows the solar to get the batteries up to or very near 100%. I was seriously undercharging my previous set of group 24 batteries by not getting the Xantrex on often enough. (Response to an often asked question: I run on solar when possible to reduce electricity costs which are very high in Mexico.) If any of the real experts (from whom I have learned a lot I think) wish to contradict or correct me I'm always ready to learn!)
Canadian Rainbirds 07/28/15 03:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Burnt Circuit box

Yup, it looks like the larger neutral wire, the one that connects the bus to shore power had loosened. That caused the other neutral wires to lose connectivity. Added resistance made added heat and that is the result you see. Strip wires back to clean copper. Remove and replace the bus bar. X2. I see lots of over heated wire there. And don't skip the part that I highlighted in red! And thanks for the photo. As they say, one picture. . . .
Canadian Rainbirds 07/28/15 12:02am Tech Issues
RE: Help/Advice on those water filters

The only time we buy bottled water is in Mexico. And even there I brush my teeth, wash, shower etc with what comes from the tap BUT we fill the tank and add a little bleach. There is a filter and separate tap in the galley for drinking The filter takes the chlorine taste out. In Canada and the USA? Never worry--just keep the tank clean.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/27/15 11:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Help...1st time RV'r - plugin's not working

You'll need an inverter (12v to 120v conversion device) in order to make that happen. These are either hard wired or plug into a cigarette lighter outlet. You need to do a little research into those to make the right choice of which one to buy, and what you expect to power with it. Also realize that high powered items (haridryers, microwaves) are impossible to run without spending a LOT of money on heavy wire, a large group of batteries, and a high quality high power sine wave type inverter. However, if you simply want to run a laptop or charge a cell phone, a small cigarette lighter type plug in one might do the trick for you. I agree with James, except that I would have said ". . . . a LOT of research. . . " :B Welcome to a big learning curve. There is lots of great help here.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/27/15 08:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

If you lose .47V with existing wire, bump the voltage up correspondingly at the controller to offset the loss, ie program the controller 0.5V higher for bulk charge, and .4V higher for float voltage. Verify at the battery in float voltage what you are getting at the battery terminals with a Digital multimeter, a good one like a Fluke. I tried that, and do do that occasionally, but as the battery charges and the current increases the voltage drop in the wire decreases also, to the point that the voltage to the battery can sometimes rise to over 15 Volts. It takes watching, which means that the controller has to be pulled from the wall and left dangling by the wires so that I can get to the voltage set pot on the back! Somehow DW gets annoyed when it gets in the way of cooking dinner:R. And that is not a good thing. :E
Canadian Rainbirds 07/26/15 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

While some power is lost in the controller to battery connection, the voltage sense will most certainly improve battery charging. Although if pulling wire is so difficult how will the voltage sense wire get connected? It will be much easier to pull a small sensing cable than a #2 or bigger! Plus it can be much longer if needed to find an easier routing.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/26/15 07:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Yes it's my own D***N fault

The rain started just as I got the last negative lead on. Can't seem to find enough room on the post for the Xantrex temp sensor. Still a little re-thinking to do which will wait for a sunnier day. But the rain is welcome; we are officially in a drought. At the stick house 5.4mm of rain in May (Normal is 67mm) same in June, none in July until a couple of days ago when we had 4.5mm. Today's is forecast to be more. At least the neighbour's well still has water and mine is 300 feet deeper than his! For the non metrics still left in the world, 4.5 mm is approx 0.177 inches, or 11/64 inch. Or 1/4 inch = 6.35mm
Canadian Rainbirds 07/26/15 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

Jay; Anything with a remote battery voltage sense would take care of the problem with little if any loss of charging efficiency over one placed next to the batteries.What makes you think that? How does a remote battery voltage sensor make up for voltage drop due to inadequate wire size on the controller to batteries run? The Blue Sky SB3024iL with a IPN-ProRemote will allow placing the controller closer to the batteries and have remote control and monitoring. For a PWM solution perhaps the Bogart SC2030 and TM2030. It will allow the controller to keep the battery voltage up to to where it should be. For instance, now, if charging at near 20 Amps, the controller will think the batteries have reached 14.8 when they are in fact only at about 13.8. Therefore they never let the batteries get to full charge. I have described my set up at length in previous posts but in a nutshell here it is again: There is about 6feet of #10 connecting to about 20 feet of #6 between the output of the controller and the batteries. The #6 is the original connection between the batteries and converter which is no longer there. This in on the passenger side of the rig under the stove. The batteries are on the driver side in a compartment under the bedroom slide. The electrical compartment is beside that, also under the slide. Replacing that #6 will be a real chore, and I would have to pay someone to do that. There is very little room in that electrical compartment. Pics here on our blog.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/26/15 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Yes it's my own D***N fault

Update: After being left disconnected for 5 weeks (we were away) batteries are S.G 1.265 across the board. Another 15 Amps with the 6V charger, (Max voltage reached was about 7.75V) on each battery brought the S.G up to 1.275 in all cells. Next test: I'll put them all back in tomorrow if it doesn't rain and reconnect the Xantrex (Prosine 2 inverter/charger) and then in a couple of weeks we're off to 4 days of boondock camping with the Vancouver Islanders FMCA Chapter.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/25/15 08:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

I've investigated almost every option. There is NO room in the battery compartment and little enough in the bay next to it which is located UNDER a slide. Beside which, the BlueSky is a bulkhead (set into a hollow wall) and would need make mounting brackets but even then it would not be easy to get at in order to see what it was doing or to make any adjustments. (The electrical bay is under the slide.) Anything with a remote battery voltage sense would take care of the problem with little if any loss of charging efficiency over one placed next to the batteries. Also, I have been tempted for several years to add more solar panels and the BlueSkye is maxed out with the 420 Watts that I have already.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/25/15 08:13pm Tech Issues
Recommendations to replace BlueSky 2000 MPPT

Getting closer to end my charging problems; (long cable run) Easiest is to replace the controller Need one with: Remote battery voltage sense Battery temp sense user defined and easily set charge parameters Not a lot of room near the batteries for the controller so it needs to be where the BlueSky is now, or if it is too large for that, have a Display/control panel that will fit/cover the hole in the galley wall where the BlueSky is, and I'll put it under a drawer in the galley where the old converter was.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/25/15 07:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Extending the Chassis Battery Cable Question

If you move it closer, you should figure a way to shorten the cable, not add to it I agree. One more point for connection corrosion to cause frustrating problems.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/25/15 07:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How Many Solar Panels Needed

I'm looking at 300 watt panels 77" x 38" that will fit on my roof. Do I need 3 or 4 of them? As many as you can fit on your roof. Why? Because your electrical needs will probably increase over time and there will almost always be some kind of derating factor -- shade, off-angle sun, clouds, etc -- unless you are always parked in the Southwest. Also, take a look at MidNite's Classic 150. This is a 96A controller than can handle 4, 300W panels in parallel. For further info, check out Jack Mayer's web site. I sort of agree with TechWriter. We have 420 Watts of solar panels and 480 AH of battery. Started with 160 Watts of PV and 300 AH of Battery I'd like to add at least another 200 Watts. Even where we park in Southern Mexico, where we are in full sun from about 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, after 4 or five days the batteries need a good top charge. We have shore power available but it is unreliable and very expensive so I run on the batteries and activate the charger function of the Xantrex Inverter/charger overnight as needed. (When the solar panels haven't been able to bring the batteries up to 14.8V for a day or two.) IF you can afford it, go with as big an array as you have room for. Also make sure it is done right. There are a lot of installers that don't really know all they should. Big enough wire, controller CLOSE to the batteries unless the controller has remote voltage sense are two biggies. ASK HERE. There are LOT of very knowledgeable people on this board.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/23/15 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: indicator panel reading 11v. Newbie!!!

Battery monitor ...........same as tank level indicators A tool for salesman to show off.....nothing but bells & whistles X2 Seldom read accurately, especially if they are the led light indicators. Look for a good multimeter and learn how to use it. You can also look for a small digital voltmeter that you can you can replace that led waste of space with. Get one that reads at least one decimal place. (ie 13.4V ) 2 decimal places could be more useful at times.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/21/15 07:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter fan noise solutions?

You got a couple of bites anyway Roy, but no big fish!
Canadian Rainbirds 07/21/15 07:01pm Tech Issues
RE: starting engine while plugged in to short power

Often start while hooked to shore.. BIGGEST DANGER.. Forgetting to unhook from shore. That's why I never do it! About 30 years ago I noticed something in the sideview mirror: a Power cord chasing me down the street!. Not much left of the plug. :E :S
Canadian Rainbirds 07/19/15 11:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Ooooooooo Wireless no less!

Stop trying to help me spend my money! :B Fortunately, the battery tray/drawer is soooo full I don't think I have room for it.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/18/15 01:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Grill Adapter/Connector

Thanks. Some of these are adapters for standard propane tanks. I will have to see if they will work on my coach tank. Chuck The one I posted is identical to the one we have on our coach EXCEPT for the left hand connection. I don't know why I cant find it on line but all CWs seem to have it. It runs our Baby Q just fine.
Canadian Rainbirds 07/18/15 01:02pm Class A Motorhomes
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