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RE: Autoformer storage over the winter.

Other than critters( bugs, etc) my only concern would be moisture. I left a battery charger outside in an unheated shed a few years ago and it got quite rusty but worked OM. The autotransformer will be fine, assuming it's safe from flooding and critters and such like hazards. Cold weather won't harm it.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/21/14 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: How to measure how much solar we need?

How much solar do you need? More than you have room for! It will never be enough--it's like a boat or an RV. Always need just a little more. Like BLF I too live on Vancouver Island. My solar, 420 Watts, and 484 AH of battery is almost enough for the winter in Mexico (without AC) and the same up here in the summer if we're not under the trees. On a day like today I consider installing rain gutters and a downspout with a water turbine on the end.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/21/14 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

redguard just sent me this as a PM in reference to my post where I said that gasser RV's have no problems in the mountains with either the climb or the descent. "you obviously have not driven a larger A gasser loaded in the rockies etc as this statement is pure bunk simply put UNTRUE " I'll let those of you that have driven their gassers in the mountains respond. I have never had a problem with my Monaco gas coach in the Rockies, but I also never had a problem with the diesel coaches I've owned in the mountains. Apparently he wanted to call me liar in private. Oh well! :B As the above posts already seem to indicate, gas RV's do fine in the mountains. A lot depends on wheel/brake size. I learned to drive in British Columbia and am quite comfortable with mountain driving. Years ago we drove our 30' 1997 Triple E Commander, on a Ford 460 chassis down the Espinazo del Diablo (Devil's Backbone) in Mexico, from Durango to Mazatlan. From 6,000 feet up to 9,000 ft, down to 6000 then back to 9000 then to sea level. At one of the very few places to pull off I stopped for a "rest" break. Bad mistake. With no air moving past the wheels the drums on the 16" rear wheels heated the brake fluid to the point that there was vapour instead of fluid in the brake system. I pulled out behind a bus and braked for the corner and the pedal went to the floor :E Fortunately I was still going slow enough that I could pull it into 1st gear. A lot of pumping on the brake pedal gave me a little (just enough) braking. After following the bus downhill and pumping like mad when needed I regained reasonable braking in about 20 minutes. We now drive a small (32') diesel pusher with 22.5" wheels, airbrakes and a great Allison 6 speed an excellent cruise control and exhaust brake.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/19/14 11:56pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

Canadian Rainbirds 11/19/14 11:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: mexican vehicle insurance

Don't know about "best" but Lewis and Lewis online works well. We can attest to Lewis and Lewis. They are Insurance Brokers and they will go to bat for you with the company if it becomes necessary. Don't ask me how I know that! :E Cross Country: If you're near home send me a PM and I'll give you our phone number. We're just across the bay. We should get together some time say at Blue's Bayou.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/17/14 05:05pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Inverter/charger died! :(

"The 12 Volt version is no longer made"....Its still available at Amazon, and Xantrex still shows it at their website...Please Clarify. Thanks The local dealer told me they no longer made the 12V units. I only saw the 24 volt ones on the site I looked at the other day. Now you made me check again and battery voltage isn't mentioned. :h At any rate, I have one coming. I hope.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/16/14 12:18am Tech Issues
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Inverter/charger died! :(

Thanks all for their input. To clarify; The unit was sent to and returned from Xantrex, "parts not available". No visible damage inside (I looked first) Inverter ran the microwave just fine. Just bought a re-manufactured on ebay for $900.00 I now have a very nice inverter for the ham shack beer fridge and 150 AH of batteries to power it.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/14/14 11:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Inverter/charger died! :(

The OP has 1920 Ah Capacity? No, 484AH (2X242) C20 of 484 is 96.8
Canadian Rainbirds 11/14/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Inverter/charger died! :(

Would this do? No shipping if you pick up http://www.wegosolar.com/products.php?product=KI%252dSW2012%252d55-2000W-12VDC-Pure-Sine-Wave-Inverter-with-55A-Battery-Charger- The battery charging is a bit lower than I would like; I run 4 GS that have been happy charging at C20, or 96 Amps. I was in Ladysmith Wednesday for lunch with a bunch of former classmates and as I went by Chemainus on the way home I remembered that I had meant to get in touch with them and perhaps stop in. :S It might be the way to go. I'll have look at the manual and see what parameters are adjustable. I really liked the Xantrex though. The remote display was quite accurate and had lots of programmable settings.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/13/14 11:30pm Tech Issues
Xantrex Prosine 2.0 Inverter/charger died! :(

The Subject pretty much says it all. No throughput, immediately trips shorepower breaker, doesn't trip generator breaker, but does not pass the AC through to the coach. Inverter function seems to work fine. Returned from Xantrex and Not repairable, no parts available. The 12 Volt version is no longer made. I see a few offered on Amazon.com and ebay. I can find no other 2 KW pure sinewave inverters that will fit the space. The storage forward of the battery compartment (to the right in the photo) in in a slide out which would make wiring difficult if not hazardous. Thoughts? http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xuNJJb1wGVA/UtxPWcXS9kI/AAAAAAAAHZY/OJ0nZYZj_Yo/s1600/DSCN4112.JPG width=400
Canadian Rainbirds 11/13/14 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: power awning problem

Our tech was able to fit a new motor (different style than shown) to replace this bent one. Probably the same vintage as yours, ours rig is also a 2002. The new one fits inside the roller. The arms did not have to be removed though the roller unit did. I could post an "after" photo if you need it. We had been told by a shop in Yuma that it couldn't be done. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-DA-Qy70KLOA/U7zKt38qOoI/AAAAAAAAHcU/zlVJ_o_4jDY/s1600/DSCN1576.JPG
Canadian Rainbirds 11/13/14 08:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: driving and parking in Puebla

We have driven our little Chevy Tracker in Puebla and it was very busy and tight though we eventually found a parking place. I think the truck and pop up would be really tight. Some parking areas might be OK but I doubt you'd fit in the underground or most inside lots. I think leaving it in Cholua is the best bet. You won't loose much time, getting out of Puebla to highway during the morning rush would take as much time as getting there from Las America park.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/12/14 07:56pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Homemade Jack Stands

For stability, you need the width of the ramps to be greater than the height. They should also be wider than the tire. How much wider depends on how good you are at making sure you are going up those ramps dead straight.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/10/14 06:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: real or hoax?

One acronym from Robert Heinlein pretty much sums things up: "TANSTAAFL" My favourite word!
Canadian Rainbirds 11/08/14 11:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Credit Card at Pemex

Our Mastercards have been compromised (unauthorised charges) twice in the past two years. They have never been used in Mexico. The first bunch showed up in January last year, the card had last been used in Laredo November 1st. The second time was this spring after arriving home. We suspect both were scammed in the USA at fuel stops. Mastercard made good but it's a PITA to have to change card numbers and redo out accounts in the computer.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/07/14 08:42am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: How do you keep power on when the voltage is 130?

We run a Xantrex prosine 2.0 a 2 KW pure sinewave inverter which kills the incoming A.C. if the voltage or frequency is too low or two high. If we really needed to keep important things running (like the TV and Starchoice!) we simply enabled the invert function of the Xantrex. Otherwise we just let it cut off. Better than burning things out. In some locations we ran everything off the inverter and charged the batteries with a 40 Amp smart charger from Canadian Tire. It is pretty flexible about input voltage. Also not too expensive to replace if it burns up! You could look into various line voltage regulator systems but they get a bit pricy. We just live with it. The inverter (prosine 2.0) is good to run everything except the AC. If you don't get a better answer here ask the moderator to move this topic to the Tech Issues forum.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/05/14 11:24pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Morelia North Bypass

Going through centro was not as big a problem as we thought it was going to be. There was a Trafico Pesado sign to the periferico so I assumed we weren't supposed to be going through town, though there were a few dually dump and delivery trucks along the way. We made it through with out getting stopped. Here is a link to the appropriate blog page. of last years trip. (a Saturday) We have also driven most of the southern part of periferico in the Tracker some years ago. at that time it was quite doable in a motorhome but then so was the northern route! Note that the GPS was sometimes shaded by trees and/or buildings and was frequently a bit behind.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/05/14 07:40pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Napa 24 RVS Batteries?

As wa8yxm said, GCs match the footprint of group 24s and give a lot more bang for the buck. Or at least a lot more bang! We replaced 4 Les Schwabe group 24s with 4 242 AH Golfcarts and are extremely happy with the change. It needed a little metal work to get them to fit but worth the effort. It depends of course how much off grid camping you do. IIRC, the group 24s were listed at 80 AH. so we went from 320 to 484 AH. Of course in reality only half of that should be used.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/05/14 12:17am Tech Issues
RE: Napa 24 RVS Batteries?

As wa8yxm said, GCs match the footprint of group 24s and give a lot more bang for the buck. Or at least a lot more bang! We replaced 4 Les Schwabe group 24s with 4 242 AH Golfcarts and are extremely happy with the change. It needed a little metal work to get them to fit but worth the effort. It depends of course how much off grid camping you do.
Canadian Rainbirds 11/05/14 12:15am Tech Issues
RE: We took the leap (out)

Eh-Up lad! What part of the North?
Canadian Rainbirds 11/05/14 12:07am Class A Motorhomes
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