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RE: Thunderbolt 1.5 watt solar charger

Hi, I'd suggest you return it. However, it is so small that no controller is needed. I'd aim at no less than 60 watts per 100 amp-hours with a good controller myself.
pianotuna 10/13/15 02:56pm Tech Issues
RE: solar

Cost per watt would be my guide.
pianotuna 10/13/15 02:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Magnum Energy LCD Monitor Display

Do the lights come on? If not, perhaps the cable has been disconnected by accident?
pianotuna 10/13/15 02:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Champion 3,650 vs 3,500

All the open frame generators are too loud. Inverter ones are a bit better. I'd prefer solar for everything.
pianotuna 10/13/15 02:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Champion 3,650 vs 3,500

Too noisy for me.
pianotuna 10/13/15 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: Power cord 30 amp melting!

Deoxit is a good product.
pianotuna 10/12/15 10:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: generator service

Hi, I added a rack and a Yamaha generator. That may be a much cheaper way to solve the problem.
pianotuna 10/12/15 09:54pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Better way to stow 30 amp cord in small cubby hole

Hi, I cut my cord and put on a male end. Then I got a female end for the remainder of the cord.
pianotuna 10/12/15 09:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bigger Tires?

Hi, I bought new wheels and went to 235/85r16. It gave me about 1 mpg improvement. It improved ground clearance as well. In addition the tires have more carrying capacity.
pianotuna 10/12/15 09:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: extra battery ramble

Hi, Add a switch so you can use it to support the six volt twins when using an inverter.
pianotuna 10/12/15 02:57pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Shore power concerns over the winter (new AGM batteries)

Hi, I'd think that with BC power rates it would be better to turn on a heater 24 hours before a trip rather than letting it run. I'd allow the solar system to charge the battery bank and leave the breaker for the converter turned off.
pianotuna 10/12/15 02:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Recommendation

Hi wa8yxm, You must be feeling generous. A marine cycle battery is better off not going below 20% state of charge from all that I've been able to glean. V/s MARINE/deep cycle, which is only able to deliver a smaller fraction (like 30-40% of their capacity before recharge without excess life shortening damage.
pianotuna 10/12/15 02:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Recommendation

Hi BFL13, Mine have a specific gravity of 1.30 when fully charged and new and are a surplus acid design. That means treat them like wet cells--fully recharge as often as possible. For what I paid for them I can replace them often but I don't expect that to happen. I'll let you know in 5 years.
pianotuna 10/12/15 11:04am Tech Issues
RE: Power cord 30 amp melting!

As the wattage increases the voltage drops. Worn plugs offer increased resistance and so they heat up.
pianotuna 10/11/15 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: light bulb to keep fridge warm?

Hi Gordon, You are more than welcome.
pianotuna 10/11/15 03:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Recommendation

Well Mex, what can I say. With 566 amp-hours I'm getting about the same voltage drop as four six volt Surrettes. Istr the Surrettes were 750 amp-hours @ 12 volts.
pianotuna 10/11/15 02:46pm Tech Issues
RE: light bulb to keep fridge warm?

Hi Gordon, I have had no problems with the thermocube. But then, it only has a 60 watt load on it, and is a TC-2 so it cuts in at about 4 C.
pianotuna 10/11/15 02:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Medipac Travel Insurance For Canadians

Hi, Last year I got my coverage from CAA. They said that if I answered the form to the best of my knowledge but there was an error, that I would still have coverage.
pianotuna 10/11/15 11:17am Snowbirds
RE: light bulb to keep fridge warm?

Hi Gordon, I use a light bulb. In my case I have it on a thermocube so it will cut in automatically. It will soon be time to restrict the air flow to the 'chimney' by blocking off the upper two vents. If you wish to know exactly where heat needs to be applied go to the winter camping thread under full time. There are pictures of the Norcold cold weather "kit" and where it should be installed. As I now have the ARP over heating device in place I may be able to take some measurements of the actual temperatures. Typically out of the boiler the maximum I'm seeing is 184 C. I've not looked at the numbers for the fan sensor, but I suppose I should to help establish a base line.
pianotuna 10/11/15 10:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Recommendation

If you are on a limited budget and use a high wattage inverter you may wish to consider used telecom AGM 12 volt jars. I'm loving mine. So far my maximum draw of 208 amps has come while using the load support feature on my inverter.
pianotuna 10/11/15 08:15am Tech Issues
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