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RE: keeping passengers in back of class A cool

Hi, I've had good success running the fan only setting on the roof air. That can be run be a pure sine wave inverter. The demand on the electrical system is about 20 amps DC, so the alternator can easily keep up with the load. If that fails, then run the genny and pay the price.
pianotuna 07/24/14 04:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C towing

Hi, The web site says 6000 pounds towing.
pianotuna 07/24/14 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C towing

Lazydaze is worth consideration.
pianotuna 07/24/14 03:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Are there any quality RV manufacturers?

Hi, If you are open to considering a class C then Lazydaze is worth consideration. Triple E makes a better than average product as well. I'm not sure they are still doing 5th wheels. I know they dropped doing Class A, and instead do a Super B (or a small C).
pianotuna 07/24/14 03:02pm Toy Haulers
RE: Generator Help - need to buy in next week...

Hi Mr. Wizard, Part of the reason you get good service is the constant use. For myself, since I started full timing I've used less than 100 hours of genny time. I had a Kipor which served me well for nine years. Then I decided to replace it. Finally I ended up with a Yamaha 3000 sIEB, because, with infrequent use, lesser generators don't do well at all. I'm still "on the fence" about going "whole hog" on upgrading my solar. I am only using one tank of fuel per week with the generator. I am urban docking with access to shore power. In your shoes, I'd definitely be redoing my solar with higher output panels. I have enough roof real estate to have 1450 watts which would pretty much eliminate generator use.
pianotuna 07/24/14 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: toad is dead

2014 guide is free The 2013 guide is also free.
pianotuna 07/24/14 12:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newbie needs generator/power advice

Hi Sally, By any chance was the electric water heater on when you were trying to run the air conditioner?
pianotuna 07/24/14 11:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many days to fill gray and black holding tanks???

Hi, To get a better idea of how much fresh water you have, fill the tank, then run the pump until the tank is dry. Mine takes about 24 minutes to go from full to empty. I have 66 gallons of fresh water. If I pee in the toilet, I pressurize the water system, then turn off the pump. That is enough water to "clear" the bowl of urine. The sensors are pretty much a joke except for the fresh water. I urban dock a lot, so McDonalds and the like provides me with toilet facilities. I extend my water by using bottled for cooking and drinking. Paper plates are much better than they used to be. I try to find recycled paper products. I tend to NOT stay in campgrounds. With one shower per day I can go for 3 weeks.
pianotuna 07/24/14 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Construction of trailers

Hi, I would have thought that Fiberglass was the best, particularly if it were one piece.
pianotuna 07/23/14 11:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: 12 volt inverter 300watt reconmendation

Hi Gordon, The Rosewell is a MSW. If you want the best--go for the Morningstar. It does not even have a fan. http://www.morningstarcorp.com/products/suresine/
pianotuna 07/23/14 09:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Using a Ceramic Heater

Hi, If you plan on running a 1500 watt heater it may be prudent to replace the "dime store" outlet that the RV maker put into the RV with a "real" 20 amp female outlet from Lowe's (or your favorite supplier). I've replaced all but three of mine.
pianotuna 07/23/14 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie needs generator/power advice

Hi, You won't get full power--but try running just one genny--and plug the shore power cord into that. It should be enough to run the washing machine.
pianotuna 07/23/14 08:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What to use to keep battery charged while sitting?

Hi, Definitely consider solar.
pianotuna 07/22/14 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

Hi Bob, And lead acid very happily produces Chlorine gas if sea water infiltrates a cell. Not exactly what I'd call "friendly". Still? Lithium-Ion doesn't play well with salt water environments
pianotuna 07/22/14 08:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

Hi Mena, Interesting but as usual with such promotional material quite biased.
pianotuna 07/22/14 01:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Please Review my Inverter and Charger Install

Hi, Many inverters allow remote control. I'd use that option if you can. Inverters do "heat" under low or no load when ever they are on. Also, yeah the issue with space, it is wide open all around EXCEPT I opened a hold in the wall to the interior so that the plug and toggle switch on the face would be accessible from the interior...
pianotuna 07/21/14 11:13pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Charging RV batteries with EU1000i and Charge Wizard

Hi Chilli, In the summer in unshaded conditions I "see" 17 amps at solar noon, if the batteries are hungry enough or there is inverter use. Based on 5 solar "hours" per day that leaves me with about 85 amp hours going into the battery bank 7 amps means about 40% of the maximum possible. 85 x .4 = 34 amp-hours per day. My system has 256 watts of panels and a blue sky 3024 di controller with a temperature sensor (I believe the temperature sensor is a MUST DO). In actual fact, the solar probably does better than the above calculations as it stopped charging at 9 p.m. on 2014 07 21. That means that all parasitic loads are absent for 15 hours per day, as the panels provide the energy so needed.
pianotuna 07/21/14 11:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Help - need to buy in next week...

Hi, For peace and quiet go to an inverter generator. If you wish to run the air conditioner in the mountains, I'd recommend the Yamaha sIEB which is a 2800 VA generator with 500 watts of boost for ten seconds. Honda makes a similar model--but it does not do the boost. These are electric start and can be equipped with a remote starter. Twin Yamaha 1600 watt, twin Honda 1600 watt, and twin Champion 1600 watt would also work. These require a connector kit which is illegal in Canada and are NOT electric start. The next step up from 2800 is a 4500 VA unit. They are considerably heavier and lots more money. They are electric start and a serious piece of kit. In theory, a 2000 watt (really 1600) could run the air conditioner if it were used with a hybrid boost inverter. If you are unwilling to run a generator at night, then more battery capacity needs to be added. In addition change all the lighting to led.
pianotuna 07/20/14 11:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: AC or generator???

Hi, Plug in an electric heater and run the microwave. If the genny powers that then the issue is in the air conditioner.
pianotuna 07/20/14 10:40pm Tech Issues
RE: AC or generator???

Hi, Turn off all other loads--i.e. water heater, fridge and converter. See if that helps. Then add them, one at a time until you find what the genny can support.
pianotuna 07/20/14 07:57pm Tech Issues
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