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RE: Life lesson - In case you're not aware

Hi, It may not be the case in Canada, but I've had my card shut down when traveling to the USA and also to B.C. I've been told by CIBC visa that I need to call before I travel. It used to be that I could do one transaction "out of the usual territory". That is no longer true. That is not the case here in Canada. The so called sophisticated fraud protection systems you're referring to are not all that sophisticated and they are available to issuers both big and small. This is a numbers game, card suspensions are used to manage risk, its really no more complicated than that.
pianotuna 10/01/14 09:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charge Controller

Hi, For a much more succinct and correct explanation of solar instead of handybob, try this link: Golden rules of solar
pianotuna 10/01/14 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Charge Controller

Hi, No, RV's don't often come with solar charge controllers. How many amp-hours is your battery bank?
pianotuna 10/01/14 07:06am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Life and Low Temps

Hi, 1. go to a converter that does temperature compensated charging 2. warm the battery compartment if possible. Use propane heat for doing so. 3. add some solar with a temperature compensated charge controller. 4. increase battery capacity. 5. consider a Platinum Cat vented heater.
pianotuna 09/30/14 09:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Life and Low Temps

Hi, There would be nothing to recover. Also recharging needs a higher voltage as temperature drops, so the converter won't do as good a job. I have camped at -37 c (-34 f). Have a look at this chart: http://cdn.freshdesk.com/data/helpdesk/attachments/production/3719/original/Capacity%20vs%20Temperature.jpg?1310389193 width=450
pianotuna 09/30/14 08:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel disconnect switch.

Hi Muddy, So far as I am aware no one has ever cooked a battery using solar with a controller.
pianotuna 09/30/14 07:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Drawing off two banks thru Switch?

Hi jrnymn, I love my kill-a-watt unit.
pianotuna 09/30/14 07:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for Class C/Best Quality

Hi, I'd buy a Lazy Daze. No slides. Comes equipped with solar. Purchase direct from factory.
pianotuna 09/30/14 01:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Drawing off two banks thru Switch?

Hi jrnymn7, That's amazing, so good on Xantrex. So far, the inverter has done o.k with the microwave's 1280w draw, running for short stints of up to 3 or 4 minutes (on the 430 bank)... enough time to cook some scrambled eggs the way I like them. It has never set off any alarms, yet.
pianotuna 09/30/14 01:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Life lesson - In case you're not aware

Hi, It is pretty much a requirement with both master card and visa, no matter what bank they are issued by. I have to call before any trips to USA, or my card will not work.
pianotuna 09/30/14 12:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Drawing off two banks thru Switch?

Hi Roy, With respect, a 1000 watt load on a 430 amp bank will draw far more than 80 amps. It is moot because the OP's inverter is not large enough to run the microwave. OP, The load will be shared as smk said--determined by the resistance to the battery banks. I use simple Napa switches to conjoin my battery banks and feed the inverter. That way I can shut off the dc power to the inverter.
pianotuna 09/30/14 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel disconnect switch.

Hi Muddy, You may as well use a breaker. Before I full timed I left my batteries in the storage area with the solar active. That worked for me for 13 years.
pianotuna 09/30/14 11:45am Tech Issues
RE: Cold Weather Camping Tips?

Hi, How cold is it going to get?
pianotuna 09/29/14 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Converter/Charger Upgrade

Hi, You won't be sorry!
pianotuna 09/29/14 10:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Surge protector - advise please

Hi Bruce, Thanks for pointing out the typo. I've corrected it. I don't use more than very rudimentary surge suppression because I don't believe what is available meets my needs. I'm in a 30 amp RV that is highly modified, including three shore power cords (OEM 30, a 20, and a 15 amp). I use a hybrid inverter because I'm often at locations that have only a 15 amp circuit. When there is more than one 15 amp I am happy as a clam. If I were using a 50 amp service, that would be an entirely different matter. At that point I'd get the top of the line unit from progressive. Not because it is necessarily better, but because it does come with a life time warranty. That said, an autoformer would be of far more use to me, though I can run off the inverter only and use double conversion from the OEM PD converter, if need be. Lightning and lightening are two totally different things. Bruce
pianotuna 09/29/14 09:19am General RVing Issues
RE: When to Dump??

Hi, I tend to dump once every two weeks. I add water to the black tank and use the built in rinser.
pianotuna 09/29/14 09:06am Beginning RVing
RE: stuff needing repair

Hi Bob, My unit is a class C. I've done 75,000 miles. Here is a list of failures: Bad connection to the water pump--inconvenient, but not a trip ender. It meant using the campground facilities, and carrying some bottled water for drinking and cooking. Bad board in the air conditioner/heat strip--taken care of under warranty by the seller. Mass air flow sensor. Ford advised to continue the trip unless the V-10 started to run rough. Blown fuse for alternator charging of the OEM house battery bank. Replaced and upgraded with an automatic circuit breaker. Crack in windshield. It does not interfere with sight lines so I'm still using it as is. As part of normal wear and tear I've replaced the brakes. I did replace the brake master cylinder--but probably I was being over cautious. I have upgraded to larger wheels and new wider/taller tires. I purchased the unit which is a 2004 used in 2009. There have been many instances of screws needing to be tightened--but I see those as normal. I put away 20 cents per mile for maintenance. I'm definitely ahead of the cost curve so far.
pianotuna 09/29/14 08:52am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Surge Protector

Hi Ken, Near by lightening strike is going to kill anything in an RV. The only adequate protection is unplugging.
pianotuna 09/28/14 07:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: inverter

Hi, Many small inverters could run a cpap all night. Do turn off the humidifier. Some units come with a power brick--measure the output--it may be that the unit itself is 12 volts dc already.
pianotuna 09/28/14 07:00pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Surge Protector

Hi, Yes, but I'm unhappy below 108 volts--and the current crop don't shut down until about 104 or 105 istr. Therefore they are useless to me.
pianotuna 09/28/14 05:42pm Fifth-Wheels
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