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RE: Switch

Hi, Yes, Transfer switches do fail--particularly if they are switched under load.
pianotuna 09/16/14 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Windynation solar kit install and performance.

Hi Muddy, Do you intend the fuse between the panels and the controller to be used as a switch? If not, you don't need it.
pianotuna 09/16/14 08:06pm Tech Issues
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

Hi, I think you may find that doing this is now considered illegal in most places. Waste tanks will be closed and emptied as needed into a drain field I am building out of gravel, lyme and biodegradable solution... a mini version of what a normal sewer system uses.
pianotuna 09/16/14 03:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Canadian Tire AGM 92 amp-hour batteries on sale

Hi, AGM by nature are deep cycle. It may be the Nautilus has more capacity.
pianotuna 09/16/14 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

Hi, The fridge can freeze up. See the winter camping thread post #1 How are you going to empty the waste tanks? What is the total energy you are getting from solar and wind per day? Do, if possible, take some pictures of the insulation modifications please. Your verbal description doesn't make it clear. I have successfully wintered at -37 C (-34 f) while heating 100% electrically. In the worst of the weather I was using 5400 watts per hour.
pianotuna 09/16/14 08:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extended season use of TT near freezing temperatures

Hi, As westend said, you need a fan to circulate the warm air. Opening the doors would rely on thermocycling--and that only works if there is a large temperature difference. 5 C is not a large difference. I replace the return air grill for the furnace with dual window fans. Happily for me, that pressurized the heat ducts and keeps the cabinets warm. dual fan http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41R1W4PTK0L._SL500_AA300_.jpg I'll not touch on the bath and kitchen sink drain yet and I'll connect and install my small ceramic electric heater set at 5'C tonight, just in case... I'll open the cabinets door to make warm air to circulate everywhere there's water pipes. I'll also drain the water heater because it only took a minutes to do.
pianotuna 09/15/14 09:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: 50 Ways to Lighten Your RV

Hi, I often am in locations where there are multiple 15 amp shore power connections available. I have modified my RV so I have the OEM 30 amp shore power cord, and two Auxiliary shore power cords (A 20 and a 15 amp). Hence I need *LOTS* of cords. I've changed my mind again and will go 100 foot #10, 67 foot #10, and 33 foot #10. I'll keep a #10 50 foot that I already own, a #10 25 foot and a 100 foot #12. ...... I'll be rationalizing all my various and sundry cords limiting myself to one #12 100 foot, a 100 foot #10, 50 foot #10, 30 foot #10 and 20 foot #10. ........................ Holy Smokes! What do you do with so many power cords?
pianotuna 09/15/14 08:42pm RV Lifestyle
Canadian Tire AGM 92 amp-hour batteries on sale

Hi, Canadian Tire has an agm on sale for $139 agm 92 amp-hours
pianotuna 09/15/14 08:28pm Tech Issues
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

Hi, I prefer oil filled heaters. I found some 1/2 size ones that draw only 462 watts each.
pianotuna 09/15/14 06:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to RV's and need some advice for winter....

Hi, The light issue is why I used the insulbright covers and industrial velcro. Very few folks enjoy living in a cave. I even cover the entry door at night. You are underestimating the heat loss. Once the true cold hits with some wind you may understand what I am talking about. Have you done anything about the fridge? Are your waste tanks and valves enclosed and heated? How big is your generator? How long will it run on a full tank?
pianotuna 09/15/14 12:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: My Compliments To Lifeline Support

Hi Mex, Definitely a good read.
pianotuna 09/15/14 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: Battery charging process with EU2000i and poor converter?

That particular make of converter rarely goes into "bulk" mode for charging. Sometimes it can be improved with thicker wire--but most folks replace them.
pianotuna 09/15/14 11:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Atwood Stove Increase in BTU's?

Hi Westend, I'll take some measurements at lunch. It "flips" through wattage, so there are often three "readings".
pianotuna 09/15/14 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Stove Increase in BTU's?

Hi, You would have to replace the burner with a larger unit. I love my Nuwave induction cooker. Much faster than ordinary electric or gas. It does need pure sine wave power--but I have that in abundance.
pianotuna 09/15/14 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Winterizing errors and such

Don't forget the sprayer by the toilet if you have one. I blow the lines, install antifreeze, and blow the lines again with the exception of the toilet and sprayer.
pianotuna 09/15/14 08:51am Travel Trailers

Hi, I chose to use automatic circuit breakers after blowing 3 60 amp fuses. You need one at both ends.
pianotuna 09/15/14 08:40am Tech Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Hi Harvard, Now, if only we could "harvest" that voltage....
pianotuna 09/15/14 08:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Drove it to Lumsden, and used the new hybrid inverter to limit the incoming power to 15 amps. Any over loads will be powered from the battery bank. In the old days I had to be careful to never overload a 15 amp circuit.
pianotuna 09/14/14 08:43pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 6 volt vs 12 volt batteries

Hi, If the new batteries weigh more than the old batteries you may have increased capacity. If you plan on running a large inverter then four batteries may be a better way to go. Will they be flooded batteries or AGM? If they are AGM then I personally would favor 12 volt jars.
pianotuna 09/14/14 10:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winter solar battery charging when you can't add water?

Hi, The colder the better so long as they are fully charged. Mine winter nicely and we do get to -40. I do have solar.
pianotuna 09/14/14 09:50am Tech Issues
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