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RE: Solar Question

The problem with wooded and shady is the panel(s)do not produce enough voltage to actually charge the battery. I made a mistake when I purchased a 66 cell 185W high voltage panel on Ebay meant for a grid tie system which will put out no load 70+V. This required a MPPT controller that will convert that high voltage into usable current. What this means is that I get usable current from sun up to sun down and with shade. I have seen 17V from a full moon and typically 36V in a shaded camp site. The Morningstar SunSaver MPPT controller is about as bullet proof as you can make a solar controller. Ditto here, I went with high voltage grid tie panel for the same reason plus watt for watt they seem to be cheaper. We use that same sunsaver mppt controller and a 230 watt high voltage panel and in treed, cloudy, even rainy conditions its still putting out 25-30 amp hrs per day at 30+ volts. More than enough to maintain 2 batteries IMO. The only other issue is snow, you'll get zero charge if the panels are buried :)
Jetta03 10/29/14 06:28am Tech Issues
RE: loud generators

Not everyone can afford a Honda or a Yamaha so they buy what they can afford and if they need to charge the TT battery then they just gotta do it. Totally disagree here. There are a bunch of options (for example for the price of that noisy generator they could pretty much have a grp24 battery charged and ready to go for each day of their trip :)) I can't figure out any reason you could possibly have that would justify your disturbance of a whole campground full of fellow campers. Ever.
Jetta03 09/20/14 12:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: the search for more storage space

We have a Shamrock 21ss which I believe is the same floorplan as your 21sso. If so there is quite a bit of dead space below the rear bunk behind the bathroom wall. Ours has a divider accessible via the storage space below the back bunk that can be removed to get at it. We also put handles/latches on a couple of cabinet doors covering the furnace and hot water tank that were screwed shut. There was some usable space in there as well.
Jetta03 09/04/14 08:06pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Finally weighed the TV and TT together... ugh

I think your fine, sure it could be better but there's nothing dangerous there. Remember that a lot of the limits put on by manufacturers are for warranty purposes so even IF you were a little over it isn't that big of deal. It's not like there's a line in the sand where disaster looms on the other side. Don't worry and have fun. Funny how people would go bananas if I even approach the limits towing with my minivan (which has more payload btw) but with a half-ton that is 1000lb over weight the response is so different. OP is way over weight with this combo. IMO you really need more truck or less trailer/cargo, there really isn't an easy way around this. This is an accident waiting to happen.
Jetta03 08/31/14 04:12pm Towing
RE: Who makes the best trailer ? - my answer

Have to agree with the OP on this one, pretty much all the TT's out there are of such poor quality so as to be considered to be disposable. Luan, foam, staples, everything is as cheap as possible and the labor/build quality is horrific. There is a reason Berkshire Hathaway is doing well :) I can't wait until they start mass producing these in China, we'll get a better product at a better price.
Jetta03 08/23/14 06:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do You Flush.

I used the chemicals/additives for a couple of seasons and honestly never noticed any difference at all. We settled on a short routine that works for us. After a camping stint... -Dump as normal. Dump a couple gallons of water directly down the toilet at the end of draining the black tank and let that drain. -Close everything up. No time wasted holding up everyone while 'rinsing' the black tank. Geez I hate waiting for that guy. -Add one cup of borax down the toilet, wash another cup into the grey tank. Gallon or 2 of extra water into each tank and we're ready for the next trip. Driving allows the water/borax to wash around. -If the black tank doesn't read empty when we leave for the next trip add a bucket of ice cubes on the drive out. If we're planning on an extended stay we'll dump on the way to get back the couple gallons of capacity. That's it. Simple and quick.
Jetta03 08/04/14 08:18pm Travel Trailers
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