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RE: Magnum normal float amp draw

Hi, I have the 3012 Hybrid Magnum. If the bank is charged, it draws about 27 watts (2 amps) on 556 amp-hours of AGM 12 volt battery bank. I do not have the BMK--those numbers were gathered from a Kill-a-Watt tied into the shore power cord. If you are concerned, magicrider, put a KAW in the circuit (but don't exceed 1800 watts).
pianotuna 02/24/17 10:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Unlimited internet

Hi all, I noticed something on my recent visit to Canada. T-Mobile piggybacks on Bell. But--it uses a T-Mobile IP address. That means that when in Canada I have access to the USA Netflix!
pianotuna 02/24/17 07:37pm Technology Corner
RE: AT&T Unlimited 4G LTE Data Hotspot for $40 per month

Hi Lexi, Welcome to the forums! All of the big four are now offering unlimited data. The price certainly is something to be careful of. T-Mobile unlimited data does work in Canada (personal experience) and in Mexico. It is only 2G speed in Canada--but it is good enough to allow me to stream netflix.
pianotuna 02/24/17 07:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Nice Video LY. Thanks!
pianotuna 02/24/17 03:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Plug RV into an invertor.

Hi lawrosa, Rule of thumb is watts divided by 10--so 100 amp draw. You could hook in a kill-a-watt meter and measure the actual consumed watts. It is safer to think in terms of about 34 amp-hours for a 20 minute run. One reason is as the demand goes up, the voltage at the battery bank drops. I'd go for the 1500 watt. I'd go for a Cobra MSW as it is a well known brand and, at least in my case, was a bullet proof item that I ran HARD. MSW may draw fewer amps, too. But the exact numbers need to be done in real life. Only thing I would like to run is a small toaster oven. ( only to make my sons frozen pizza or chicken.. Looking at the label it says. 1000 watts. Thats 8.3 amps? So thats 83 amps 12 volt? Can I assume the toaster with a 20 minute cook time would be less than 1/3 of that 83amps as the element cycles in that 20 minutes. So 27 amps if it was on the whole 20 minutes. IDK. I stink at math... lolol Maybe Ill try the unglazed tile in the oven trick again, and maybe the new oven in the new camper will cook better.. And forget the toaster oven. Umm but it will be nice to have toast for breakfast with eggs.. Arrrggggg
pianotuna 02/24/17 02:54pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Any chance of increasing your solar harvest some how? Solar blvd has flexible panels at a steep discount.
pianotuna 02/24/17 11:51am Tech Issues

Because I wanted to maximize the weight.I do not travel with the waste tanks full.Hi, When I planned on weighing the RV I deliberately filled fresh, gray and black tanks. Gas tank was full and so was the propane tank. Why would you do that? If I start the trip with full fresh tank and empty waste tanks, eventually I'll have full waste tanks and an empty fresh tank. NEVER will all of my tanks be full.
pianotuna 02/23/17 12:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anybody jump to the New UNLIMITED data cell phone plans

Hi catkins, Any new t-mobile plan from Dec 16 on includes unlimited voice, text, and data, in USA, Canada, and Mexico. If you are on an older plan you would have to move to the new plan.
pianotuna 02/22/17 03:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Freezer Icing/Frost Buildup

Home Depot has some gap sealing rubber window seal. It looked to me to be a useful product. Measure the OEM and see if you can find something that is similar.
pianotuna 02/22/17 02:02pm Travel Trailers

Hi, When I planned on weighing the RV I deliberately filled fresh, gray and black tanks. Gas tank was full and so was the propane tank.
pianotuna 02/22/17 01:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Class C new RV'er here

Welcome Chris. I wish you well on your travels.
pianotuna 02/22/17 11:20am Beginning RVing
RE: 160W/12V solar, $169, Poly, free shipping

Nice find.
pianotuna 02/22/17 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: Plug RV into an invertor.

I had a 2500 watt msw inverter which I used to power my microwave. Sometimes it would not do so due to surge from the microwave. A 1500 watt may not be enough ommph Here is what I would recommend if you wish to stay with MSW. Cobra 2500 watt $98.00 Be sure to set the fridge for propane and turn off the electric water heater. Rule of thumb for amps draw is wattage divided by ten. So a 1591 watt microwave will draw 159 amps@12 volts by the time you allow for conversion losses. I prefer to have male and female plugs rather than a transfer switch. With that said im not sure what size to get.. I will limit it to a 1500 watt or 2000 watt unit. May not need all that power but it may be nice to be able to use a toaster oven, microwave, or coffee pot on occasion. I think I settled on the krieger as I cant afford a pure sine wave and like this price point. Comes with fuse, wire, remote on off.. http://www.kriegermfg.com/product/kr1500/ http://www.kriegermfg.com/product/kr2000/
pianotuna 02/22/17 10:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: RV solar systems

Hi Stan, Follow this link for my thoughts on solar: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie questions- battery charger, battery, etc.

Add a modest solar system.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Is this common?

What is the wheel base to length ratio? Ideal is 55%. (i.e. 176 inch wheel base to 312 inch length). Some improvement can be made by adding air tabs. They also improve the noise level in the RV. I'm adding a cage for my generator to the front of my class C. The front end is too light.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is this a good deal for a used 2016 sun seeker 3050?

I'd go for 5 years old. I think the price is rather high for the unit you are looking at.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: rv protections

Mold is an issue in a sub-tropical climate. So is rust. I'd add a dehumidifier, or force the roof air to run by adding an electric heater. My RV is in Orlando, Fl at the moment. Within one month the air compressor hose had mold on it.
pianotuna 02/22/17 09:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

I do carry a box fan as well. As the fans are not horribly expensive and often are low wattage, I've run them on a MSW inverter. The Cobra 2500 watt is rated to run motors, but I've also used a 400 watt from Canadian Tire.
pianotuna 02/22/17 08:58am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Requirements - Confirmation

Hi Resistance loads are a pf of 1. If the KAW (which are quite nice) reads .99 it is a measurement error. led's are NOT a resistance load. Resistance, such as a light bulb, has a power factor of 1. Yes and no. I just measured an incandescent bulb with my Kill-a-Watt and it displayed a PF of 0.99 to 1.00
pianotuna 02/21/17 08:30pm Tech Issues
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