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RE: Battery Question -- 2xTrojan L16RE, 1500w Inverter?

L-16 is a case size, not a particular make of battery. Blanket statements may be misleading.
pianotuna 11/28/15 10:51am Beginning RVing
RE: Problem Finding Next Coach

Hi, I'd add Murphy beds to that list. I can't imagine traveling with 11 souls, even in a 45 foot. You are BRAVE!
pianotuna 11/28/15 10:47am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 4000 watt Generator with A/C vs 1500 watt Gen without A/C???

Excellent plan! You can also search for low cost or even free campsites filtering for those that have electricity here: https://freecampsites.net/ then click on filter and select what you want. If I camp in summer in a hot area I search out a COE or state campground that has electricity.
pianotuna 11/28/15 10:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Need help choosing a pure sine wave inverter

None of mine have been hard wired on the 120 volt side. Instead they have fed an outlet into which I plug in the shore power cord. This allows for maximum flexibility and means that when I come across an extra sensitive GFI outlet, I can by pass the inverter quickly and easily. All my inverters have been hard-wired.
pianotuna 11/28/15 10:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help choosing a pure sine wave inverter

Hi, So add a male plug to the "hard wire" and insert it into the output of the inverter. Sorry. I forgot to include that the inverter has to be hard wired.
pianotuna 11/28/15 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Furnace Amps

Hi Fred, There is now a much better alternative power free vented heater available. Just what a boondocker who wishes to heat with propane needs. It even has a thermostat. It is available at Amazon for a lower price--but the write up at Home Depot is better. I believe it is lower cost than the unvented (and hence UNSAFE) wave catalytic units. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Ashley-Hearth-Products-8-000-BTU-LP-Gas-Direct-Vent-Heater-AGDV8L/206165166 Use and care manual: http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pdfImages/59/596984a9-53a6-41f3-a93d-85c9bf4945c9.pdf http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/1000/11/11430db0-130e-4d70-a1c3-bb6f046de5d7_1000.jpg width=450 You might also consider a Olympic catalytic safety heater. I have a 6000 BTU model and it keeps my 30' Bounder toasty warm at 30F outside, and with a little furnace use, I can keep it 70 inside and 19 outside. The olympic heater does not use any electrical power, and has no fan or exhaust system. You would keep a window and roof vent open, just like when running your stove. . . GOod luck, Fred.
pianotuna 11/28/15 06:34am Travel Trailers
RE: dual pane windows

I've had dual pane windows since 1987. No fogging. They make a big difference when it is truly cold and they do lower the noise level as well.
pianotuna 11/27/15 07:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help choosing a pure sine wave inverter

Hi, You may wish to look at the cheaper Xantrex Prowatt line. http://www.bestconverter.com/Prowatt-SW1000-Sine-Wave-Inverter_p_374.html#.VlkNcF7k-1t $287 for the 1000 watt and $347.50 for the 2000 watt. I'd go with the 2000 watt as the extra capacity means the inverter won't often be working hard.
pianotuna 11/27/15 07:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery Question -- 2xTrojan L16RE, 1500w Inverter?

Hi, Just another item that handy bob gets wrong. Flooded L-16 batteries need to have the electrolyte "stirred". Handy Bob would tell you to stay away from L16`s as they have developed issues of some type which I cannot recall or find. I highly recommend reading hs solar blog, very enlightening.
pianotuna 11/27/15 03:35pm Beginning RVing
RE: Furnace Amps

Rule of thumb is one battery one night. Don't forget that in cold weather battery capacity is drastically reduced.
pianotuna 11/27/15 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Magnum inverter issue

Hi, Try removing all power sources to the Magnum. Wait a minute. Connect the 12 volt batteries, then connect shore power.
pianotuna 11/27/15 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is my Propane system clogged?

Hi, How cold is it? Are you sure you have propane and not butane in the supply tanks?
pianotuna 11/27/15 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: Generator questions

Hi, Upgrade to a hybrid inverter with load support and the 2000 watt generator will star the air conditioner reliably. It does cost more to do this than to buy the 2800 VA generator. It is expensive to run the air conditioner from a generator. I'd prefer to go to an inexpensive campground instead. https://freecampsites.net/
pianotuna 11/27/15 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Live outlets with inverter

Hi, If it came with the inverter from the factory the only way would be to check each outlet--unless it is specified in the owners manual.
pianotuna 11/27/15 09:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: need recomendation for 200 watt solar kit and batteries

Hi, The controller needs to have adjustable voltage set points for charging. It is best to buy a controller that may allow growth of the solar harvest. http://m.ebay.com/itm/231747724588?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368. What do you think of this one?
pianotuna 11/27/15 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Recommendation for amp/hour monitors?

Smart Gauge Victron or simply a volt meter (this is what I use). A Hall effect ammeter. I do use a watt meter.
pianotuna 11/27/15 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: 4000 watt Generator with A/C vs 1500 watt Gen without A/C???

Hi, Solar is no longer "big dollar". Cost is at most $3 per watt. DIY is easy. Battery life will improve and you won't have a nasty, smelly, noisy generator. I would be curtious with the neighbors but surely they will have to realize not everybody can have a big dollar solar setup.
pianotuna 11/27/15 06:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Pull battery for winter?

Best is to leave in the RV with a (modest) solar system. Using a disconnect switch so that all parasitic loads are removed is good, too.
pianotuna 11/25/15 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does Using SmartPhone as Hotspot Ruin Battery?

Hi, Some wifi hotspot devices have a problem with being constantly plugged in. Most do not. I've used my cell phone as a hotspot for more than a week at a time. The biggest issue is running out of data.
pianotuna 11/25/15 05:26pm Technology Corner
RE: UL's View Of Aluminum Electrical Components

Hi Mex, Thanks for the heads up.
pianotuna 11/25/15 05:11pm Tech Issues
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