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RE: Shore Power at Home Wired Wrong and Lightning also.

I know it's a little late but: A surge protector won't do much good should there be a direct (or close by) lightning strike to the powerlines. If lightning is forecast pull the power plug (don't just turn the breaker off), disconnect any phone line, internet or cable TV connection. They can all provide a path for lightning. A direct hit to a nearby power line can cross any breakers or fuses you have in the line.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/27/15 12:54am Tech Issues
RE: solar battery needs/ requirements

Most of us find that what we thought was enough wasn't. We went from 160 watts of panels and supposedly 300 AH of battery (4 group 24 marine/deep cycle) to 420 watts of panels and 484 AH of battery. We could use another couple of hundred watts of panel. Besides the energy audit I have two specific recommendations: 1) Use a wire gauge capable of at least twice the current you plan to get from your panels. Makes it much easier to upgrade later. 2) Mount the controller as close as possible (a few feet) to the batteries with as large a gauge wire as possible without being stupid about it. (4/0 cables with for 10 amps of current is just plain silly and a waste of money) You can afford to loose a few tenths of a volt between the panels and the controller but NOT between the controller and the battery. If you must skimp on wire size do it on the input side of the controller.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/22/15 08:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Why don't all electrical plugs work on inverter only??

Ours was wired that way too. I think it was easier to wire it that way. It doesn't run the kitchen outlets but it will power the microwave. Fortunately it powers the satellite receiver and TV!
Canadian Rainbirds 05/22/15 08:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Whirring noise from inverter

With some inverters the cooling fan in thermostatically controlled. Large load, more heat, fan comes on. Load reduces, inverter cools down, fan shuts off. Some inverters, this is programmable.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/20/15 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Between Los Mochis and Ixtapa - Which place you prefer

Just found this: https://www.facebook.com/ElManglarRvPark The RV park is Edmundo's, the Restaurant is Memo's. They are brothers. Memo's English is excellent, Edmundo's is basic. El Manglar has several regulars, such as ourselves, who stay three months or so. Except last year when a couple of us didn't come down. My wife and I hope to be able to make it this fall. It is often full, esp Christmas - New Year. The beach is close. Very close. In the photo on the Restaurant facebook page, the RV Park is on the other side of the restaurant kitchen building, the beach is behind the photographer,s back via a foot bridge over the estuary. It can also be accessed from the street entrance. 2 minute walk if you are a slow walker! There is an even smaller park across the road, Costa Bella, with only about 4 spaces. There is also a third park a couple of blocks away behind a hotel. Usually managed by a man from Quebec. Sorry don't have a contact for him. In the past it has been run as a primarily private park. As I said, we weren't down this year but have been in touch with friends there. You can PM me for Edmundo's email if you like. His English is basic so don't get too complex. You can tell him that I (Arturo) gave you his email. Note he can be slow responding. The trees weren't too bad, you just have to be aware. Will you be taking the DP or the camper?
Canadian Rainbirds 05/20/15 10:31am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Install solar on a hybrid trailer

But where ever you put it, put it CLOSE to the batteries. The higher the charging current the closer you should be. In our rig, due to poor placement of the controller and an awkward battery location, I have seen a full one volt drop between the voltage at the controller and the voltage at the battery at 20+ Amps. This fools the controller into tapering the charge waaaay too early.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/20/15 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Nebraska higher than Alaska?

I would have thought that question would best be asked about Colorado and Washington. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 05/20/15 08:40am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Need advice on Canada to Alaska route

No problems. After Hazelton I presume that you are going west then north on the 37 to the Yukon. A detour to Stewart BC is worth a drive. From Stewart you can also walk (or drive--take the toad not the rig) to Hyder Alaska. If you are daring (or crazy) you can get Hyderized. In the old days, the was a frozen human toe in the glass but for some reason they aren't allowed to do that any more! Note that there is NO U.S. Border station here. Coming back into Stewart (Canada) there is. Or at least that was the case when we did the trip some years ago. Here is a link to our blog describing Alaska and Round North America trip in 2010. Have a great time.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/19/15 03:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Between Los Mochis and Ixtapa - Which place you prefer

And if you are willing to drive a couple of miles past Ixtapa, we highly recommend El Manglar. The RV Park (only 11 spaces) is behind the restaurant. Here is a link to our blog. We crossed at Laredo a couple of times and before that Eagle Pass. We prefer Laredo. We didn't go down last year due to our dog being very ill. Probably head down this October once again. If you like the bigger cities Puerto Vallarta is one of our regular stops either in transit north or south bound and/or for Spanish lessons. Only 2 blocks from the Puerto Vallarta Trailer park on Francia. The best Spanish Language school we have done. But the posters above have valid points too. If you don't already have it get a copy of Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/19/15 02:51pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Down to Panama and back, TIP questions.

Great Link Tequila, thanks.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/13/15 12:01am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: New canadian snowbird planning to spend winters in Mexico

1 Check out http://www.rollinghomes.com/ 2 Buy their book "Travelers Guide to Mexican Camping. Either at large bookshops or Amazon.com 3 Check their website (1 above) for updates to the book. 4 Take robatthelake up on his offer. 5 Come back to this forum for specific questions and recommendations. (Ignore the nay-sayers!) 6 Keep reading this Forum. 7 See other's Blogs and websites (Such as ours) http://jacksonsjourneys.blogspot.ca/ (Yes bad stuff can happen anywhere.) Enjoy Mexico. Hope to see you there this winter if our dog is better.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/12/15 11:50pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Insurance warning

In our experience, and those we listen to, Lewis and Lewis not only have the best rates, they are easy, and are there for you. We have used them for years. Let's hear it, Art and Gillian!!! Yes, they paid out a reasonable value. At first Qualitas were very easy to work with but we needed the brokers, Lewis and Lewis to lean on the adjuster at the end. Nothing but good to say about Lewis and Lewis.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/12/15 11:38pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Well, I did get at the dewinterising, all the pink stuff out of the water lines. However I had forgotten to buy a new water filter for the ice maker. :S Trip to the RV shop tomorrow. Then I decided to check the tires. All right up to pressure except the right outside dual which HAD ZERO PSI. :E Call to check with BCAA: They can send a service truck who would change for the spare if we had one (we don't) or add air and see if it holds. If not they would send a tow truck. Where we park and where we live, at the end of a kilometer of single track road, would make a tow a very difficult operation with too big a risk of damage to the rig. So I guess we'll see if it holds air. More later. (Perhaps a day or two.) Fountain Tire showed up this afternoon as promised. Un like the suggestion from BCAA, the tech was prepared to repair on site if needed. Aired it up, changed the valve core, Done. Happy Camper :)
Canadian Rainbirds 05/06/15 05:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Microwave Oven

Panasonic 1.6 cubic foot inverter 1250W microwave---about $140 at Walamrt And the nice thing about the inverter type of microwave oven is that when you used lower power (80%, 50% etc.) that is what you get, not 100% power for 80% or 50% of the time like all the others do. That would be very useful when running the microwave from your batteries ia an inverter. It can really reduce the current draw from your batteries. We have a Panasonic inverter micro/convection oven in the stick house. Wish it would fit in the motorhome. I would really like to be able to reduce the 160 Amp battery draw when camping off the grid! (Note the inverter in "inverter microwave" has nothing to do with the inverter supplying 120 VAC from your batteries)
Canadian Rainbirds 05/06/15 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: Batteyr charging in an RV

Uh partner, me hates to tell you this but an electrical engineering degree is a mere single component needed to make an individual an authority on batteries. A chemical engineering degrer is also mandatory then the two disciplines have to be melded with oh, say, several decades of practical experience actually working with genuine live batteries. It also helps to have some decades of experience working around yachts, RVs and alternative energy. An ability to shovel coal does not make one a locomotive engineer. And I DARE anyone to ask you how you know that. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 05/06/15 10:57am Tech Issues
RE: Weigh Station

. . . . Washington is also one of those states whose weight station operators turn the scale readout so you can read it thru the window when the station is closed. It's a great place to go weigh the rig (when the station is closed) without having to hurry like at a commercial scale. Plus it's FREE. Same in British Columbia.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/06/15 10:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TV stopping when Water is on

X2 for checking all connections.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/05/15 07:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Well, I did get at the dewinterising, all the pink stuff out of the water lines. However I had forgotten to buy a new water filter for the ice maker. :S Trip to the RV shop tomorrow. Then I decided to check the tires. All right up to pressure except the right outside dual which HAD ZERO PSI. :E Call to check with BCAA: They can send a service truck who would change for the spare if we had one (we don't) or add air and see if it holds. If not they would send a tow truck. Where we park and where we live, at the end of a kilometer of single track road, would make a tow a very difficult operation with too big a risk of damage to the rig. So I guess we'll see if it holds air. More later. (Perhaps a day or two.)
Canadian Rainbirds 05/04/15 06:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class A MH today???

Replaced the connectors on the 30A extension cord. Hard work for weak and arthritic fingers! Re licenced and re insured it--the storage policy was about to expire. Tomorrow or later today: dewinterise.
Canadian Rainbirds 05/04/15 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best platform for travelling with kids

Best one I saw some years ago: A trawler heading down the bay to an anchorage. 4 adults relaxing in the cockpit, two more up on the bridge conning the boat, 4 kids in life jackets riding in the dinghy which was being towed with several hundred feet of line. :B
Canadian Rainbirds 05/03/15 07:50pm Class A Motorhomes
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