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RE: How do you lock/secure your generator?

I had a hardened steel cable. They came equipped with something to cut it. It was gone in seconds.
pianotuna 07/21/17 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do you lock/secure your generator?

Hi, I had a cage built for my Yamaha 3000 sIEB. A determined thief could still steal it--but they are going to have to work a lot harder to do so.
pianotuna 07/21/17 11:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery boomdocking dlemma.

Hi, For your upgrade, consider one of the hybrid inverter chargers from Victron, Outback, or Magnum. They all allow charging at over 100 amps. Finally, now I bought a Champion 3100 generator so I can charge batteries and run AC if I want to. I only use it sparingly, but it definitely extends my camp time. I've given the group 24's to someone who needed them. I'll probably upgrade my charger so I don't have to run the generator very long to bring the batteries up. The generator weighs slightly less than the pair of group 24 batteries.
pianotuna 07/21/17 11:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Researching Class C Motorhomes

Hi 26 feet is the ideal length to wheel base ratio. I would look for one of these: http://www.lazydaze.com/ Cold weather use and slides don't mix. That is why Lazydaze units are desirable--no slides.
pianotuna 07/21/17 11:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Internet question for full time rving medical coders

Find an unlimited data plan, and set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
pianotuna 07/21/17 11:07am Full-time RVing
RE: Battery boomdocking dlemma.

Hi 2oldman, Any idea of the cost per day for fuel when the air is needed? Any success with running the air from the solar? I camp in the sun and use 2 Honda generators to run air.
pianotuna 07/21/17 11:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Replace oven or Not to replace oven

Yes you can run a 1300 watt convection oven. Just don't plug anything else into that circuit.
pianotuna 07/21/17 09:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery boomdocking dlemma.

Increase the size of the battery bank as much as is possible. Battery charging is not linear. It slows down as the battery bank gets closer to full.
pianotuna 07/21/17 09:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocking with satellite

How many hours per day will you be drawing the 17 amps?
pianotuna 07/21/17 09:22am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Do you turn off your refrigerator?

Hi Bob, Hope you are managing the smoke ok. Did you go on your dry ice trip? I think the 12 volt setting on mine is 175 watts (or less) that's why it doesn't work well. Being resistance heating, voltage does matter considerably to the output. Mine, on 120 volt, often reads 335 watts, but I have seen 312 watts, too. Don, I thought mine was only 175 watts. Seems I pulled it apart once to look. It's been a while, maybe I'm mistaken. Wouldn't be the first time - LOL!
pianotuna 07/20/17 09:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Buying older motorhome as first purchase

Make sure chassis parts are available.
pianotuna 07/20/17 09:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I've got a weird one

Is there a transfer switch? If so one of the two legs may have burned contacts.
pianotuna 07/20/17 09:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Roof air conditioners

Hi j-d, I successfully run one 13500 on 15 amps. By definition 30 amps is twice as large, therefore running 2 13500 on 30 amps may actually be easier than running one on 15. The compressor start ups are not likely to coincide. It is true there won't be a lot left over for other purposes. So I would do as I have done with my water heater. I added an additional shore power cord with male and female plugs so I can switch back to the OEM wiring in 20 seconds if I so wish. The real risk is low voltage (brown out). That can be solved by adding an autoformer.
pianotuna 07/20/17 12:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Running ac from generator

Gary153, Impressive results at 10,000 feet!
pianotuna 07/20/17 12:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: adding to coach battery capacity

Hi LOG, The 3 12 volt jars need to be wired in a balanced manner. What would be a solution on my coach? I have three 12 volt batteries in parallel. Two 6 volt batteries would be less amp hours than the three 12 volt batteries. And, there is not enough room in the battery compartment for four 6 volt batteries.
pianotuna 07/20/17 11:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: adding to coach battery capacity

It won't diminish capacity but it would be far better to get two new batteries that are identical, than to mix a smaller newer battery with a much older one.
pianotuna 07/19/17 10:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do you turn off your refrigerator?

325 watts x 2 /3 x 24 = 5.2 kwh per day 365 x 5.2 = 1898 Kwh per year 1898 x 0.12 =~ $227.00 per year
pianotuna 07/19/17 10:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Roof air conditioners

Hi, If there is a vent available then 2 Air Conditioners could be installed.
pianotuna 07/19/17 10:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Running ac from generator

Hi, Do you know how much the voltage drops while using eco mode when starting up the air conditioner? I have a 2800 Subaru/Robin generator that couldn't start my 13.5 AC without a soft start kit. I then bought a new 5th with a 15 btu AC and no way it would start it. I purchased a Micro Air soft start and now with it on economy mode it starts it just fine. No need to turn off the convertor or fridge. BIG difference!
pianotuna 07/19/17 01:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Making batteries easier to charge. question

On my generator that was stolen I had added an external charging plug. I never had to use it, so I'll not bother with the replacement genny. I think your plan is good, so long as you use an appropriate connector. Bare wires are not acceptable (can you say catastrophic short?).
pianotuna 07/19/17 12:55pm Tech Issues
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