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RE: Solar wiring issue

Do a proper energy audit. For my detailed thoughts on solar surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 03/28/17 07:22pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar wiring issue

It is not a good idea to "back feed" (which you are really not doing) Here are some reasons why. Many controllers state that they will burn out if they are connected to the panels but not connected to the battery bank. When in storage you would want to disconnect the battery bank from the RV. Wiring directly to the bank allows it to be charged while in storage mode. Wire from the controller to the battery bank may be larger than what is used from the bank to the distribution box. The charge controller ought to be as close to the battery bank as possible.
pianotuna 03/27/17 11:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: AGM batteries and engine heat? Or heat tape?

Naio, I do not heat my batteries, but I do use temperature compensated charging.
pianotuna 03/27/17 10:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Need a small 12VDC heater

You might try just a fan to blow warm air into the cold spot. That's how I prevent my fresh water system from freezing up when I'm driving (the furnace won't cycle because the dash heat keeps the thermostat from turning the heat on).
pianotuna 03/26/17 09:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: AGM batteries and engine heat? Or heat tape?

Niao, You can use a 120 volt heating pad. They are generally 50 watts. The bottom of the line from Walmart doesn't "time out". I use one for my waste tanks and have an external mechanical thermostat on it.
pianotuna 03/26/17 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging specs for group 29HM Deep Cycle Marine/RV battery

I set my Blue Sky 3024 up and I forgot it. It is important to have temperature compensation enabled. My jars lasted 9 years. I set my Magnum inverter charger up and I forgot it. So far 2 years and a bit.
pianotuna 03/25/17 09:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Portable Induction Cooktops

I love my NuWave 2 it draws a maximum of 1300 watts. On lower settings it draws less power, unlike a hot plate. I solved the energy problem by getting a Hybrid load support inverter. That allows me to run the roof air, water heater, fridge and induction cooker all at once on a 30 amp supply.
pianotuna 03/25/17 06:40pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Toyo tires

My Dealer sells Micheline and Toyo. They suggested to me that the Toyo would be better. I'm happy with mine.
pianotuna 03/25/17 09:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AT&T Unlimited LTE Hotspot $20 without AT&T phones

Does it work in Canada? Can it be purchased in Canada?
pianotuna 03/25/17 07:20am Technology Corner
RE: Exension cords (mainly for fridge and cooking devices)

crazyro, The control system for the fridge is 12 volt DC. That needs to be on even when running the fridge on 120 volts AC. I carry #12 and #10 extension cords.
pianotuna 03/24/17 09:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Pressure Monitor Systems

An unnoticed flat (Passenger's inner dual) was why I got the monitor.
pianotuna 03/24/17 06:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Refrigerator Settings

The control circuitry in the interior fridge requires 12 volt DC to be on. What make and model is the interior fridge?
pianotuna 03/23/17 09:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Tire Pressure Monitor Systems

Hi, I installed a TPMS. I'm not at all happy with the battery life on the monitor.
pianotuna 03/22/17 12:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Panel Wattage Rating Question (Midnite Mystery?)

Mexicowanderer, Regina, Sk, Canada However, there is some one at my USA address to pick up mail.
pianotuna 03/21/17 12:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Panel Wattage Rating Question (Midnite Mystery?)

60 amps is the output. I imagine wire size is the issue, among other things. Input wattage (and voltage) are the other two factors. Morningstar claims their controllers can just ignore any extra input (within reason). I've always based input wattage on output amps X voltage, so the sixty amp can possibly tolerate 800 watts. My Blue Sky, on the other hand, wants a 25% cushion so that 30 amps becomes only 22.5 amps (X 12.8 = 288 watts). As I have 256 I'm unable to add more panels. I'm possibly going to throw caution to the winds this next summer and do a rack on the roof with 1600 watts of panels. I'll probably go with the 40 amp Grape controller(s).
pianotuna 03/21/17 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: 1998 Class C Super Duty

I'll be blunt. It is too old. It has water damage. Run away.
pianotuna 03/20/17 03:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Weboost vs. Smooth Talker

Dutch, Please give us a link that shows the testing?
pianotuna 03/19/17 10:32pm Technology Corner
RE: solar hook up

connect the panels to a controller, connect the controller to the battery post with a fuse.
pianotuna 03/19/17 11:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tornadoes while RVing

Hi, I was storm stayed by a Tornado in Minnesota (St Cloud area) on 2017 03 07. That was the earliest one on record. Fortunately there was no damage to the RV.
pianotuna 03/18/17 09:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Phoenix to Banff Route

Be aware that May in the Mountains may not be warm. I'd go in June--and take the "long route" to get to Banff via the Crowsnest pass.
pianotuna 03/18/17 06:48pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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