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RE: Need Opinions for getting internet provider / hotspot

T-Mobile has pulled up its socks coverage wise. I've decided to use it as I can get unlimited data in Canada with it. 24 gigs of tethering or hotspot at full speed.
pianotuna 12/10/16 10:25pm Technology Corner
RE: Which is the Better Battery Bank?

Hi landy, Here is the corrected first link: http://www.sandia.gov/ess/docs/pr_conferences/2012/papers/Thursday/Session2/03_Enos_PbCVRLABatteryCRADA_2012.pdf First linky no work for me Second linky good read, but 8 years old.
pianotuna 12/10/16 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Maintenance free starting battery recommendations?

Mex, Unfortunately the Ford E series vans use.....a group 65 battery. I managed to squeeze in a group 29 last time around by cutting the top post off and using the side post instead. However, this time around, I want to go AGM. They are a measly 650 CCA. Odyssey $329 Duracell Ultimate $219 Xpower $299 Duracell Gold $149
pianotuna 12/09/16 06:22am Tech Issues
RE: Batteries

handybob is mostly a rant and quite dated. I chose to get used AGM surplus telecom jars. I'm happy with the results. Battery selection needs to match the user. A power pole princess needs very little in the way of capacity. A full timer who boondocks needs every watt-hour of battery they can squeeze into the available space. That makes LI and carbon foam chemistries extremely interesting. while the lifetime AGM batteries are a good product for sure, but at a cost that is two-three times that of a Wet cell GC battery. There are thousands of GC batteries in use every day that last 7 or more years. Having worked around golf carts for some years they get a work out every day. With proper charging, which a lot of folks and battery charger manufactures dont know much about, the average battery can go 7 or more years with little issue. The biggest issue with most RV installed chargers is they do not charge at high enough voltage for long enough to fully charge the battery.This is especially with a lot of solar charge controllers. If you read Handy bob solar's web you will see what is up with that. https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/the-rv-battery-charging-puzzle-2/ In some cases AGM batteries make better sense but for many, me included, good quality GC batteries charged and maintained properly look to be a better deal. Installed a 4D Lifeline AGM battery in spring of 2010. Disconnected for the winter last week. Still going strong. 7 years & about 150 nights use per year. Near 6 months storage each year with zero maintenance. In 7 years you would most likely be into your 3rd pair of wet cell GC batterys.
pianotuna 12/08/16 07:31am Full-time RVing
RE: Which is the Better Battery Bank?

Hi all, I'm loving this thread. Does anyone know much about the carbon foam batteries?
pianotuna 12/08/16 07:23am Tech Issues
RE: rv camping in Canada, different than camping in the US?

It depends on where you are planning to go. I much prefer small town campgrounds run by the local community.
pianotuna 12/07/16 10:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Problem with the TH solar project

Sounds like a great system. I'd add a dc breaker, or DC switch just before the input of the Tristar.
pianotuna 12/07/16 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Which is the Better Battery Bank?

Hi landy, I fear the wally worlds have passed now. The RV itself is at the wreckers yard. But they did reach the ripe old age of 12. BTW they were group 29, not 27. Only one wally world left--being used as a starter battery. It is 8 and what saves it is constant recharging via a trik-l-start with solar feeding it. I may well replace it this winter. In 2017 it will be 9 years old. All hail the flooded Rolls/Surrette L-16, Absolute King of the Lead acid deep Cycle battery world. With the exception of 6 2v L-16 in series cells of course. And PT's 18 year old wally world 12v group 27 jars that are still serving the new owner well :)
pianotuna 12/07/16 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Which is the Better Battery Bank?

Of course not! But agm to agm, and flooded to flooded, weight is a good place to start. I would't base a AGM vs Flooded on Weight per $.
pianotuna 12/07/16 01:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda Yamaha vs Kipor Generators Reliability

Hi, I had the 2800 watt Kipor and it served me well. I'd go for the Champion 3500 watt with remote and electric start before any other choice today.
pianotuna 12/07/16 01:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Please review a Renogy 200 watt solar system for me

Hi, Always get a controller that has adjustable voltage set points and a temperature sensor for the battery bank.
pianotuna 12/07/16 01:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mr Heater Buddy

I won't use an unvented combustion heater.
pianotuna 12/07/16 01:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which is the Better Battery Bank?

Hi BFL13, Weigh them against each other, and pick the heavier one. Mex thanks. What do you think of the Surrette L16 compared with the Trojan L16? (Not sure you already answered that) (Where the Trojan L16 is their nearest model to the OP Surrette for doing the same job)
pianotuna 12/07/16 11:57am Tech Issues
RE: Cold weather skirting info/photo's

Thanks for the pictures. My idea would be to use weather proof Velcro to attach flexible skirting.
pianotuna 12/07/16 07:10am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: I am looking for a couple good books on RV solar

Hi Westend, It is very much a "work in progress" so please let me know what you think about it--and make any suggestions for improvement. For my current thoughts on solar surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/ Wow Don, I've got some reading to do, also. I didn't know you had all of that RV information compiled. Great resource! Thanks!
pianotuna 12/04/16 06:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

BFL13, Not enough equipment with just a battery charger.
pianotuna 12/04/16 04:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Hi BFL13, By having the charge voltage higher than the float voltage, and monitoring what is going into the bank. 1/2 amp per 100 amp-hours of capacity is full. I have an ammeter on the output to the RV and a reading from the Magnum inverter charger. Magnum amps - output amps = amps going into the battery bank. I'm considering adding one of the field effect ammeters that Landyacht found.
pianotuna 12/04/16 04:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Cold weather

There is a great thread here: Winter RV Camping
pianotuna 12/04/16 03:19pm Beginning RVing
RE: RV Trip Planner

Surf to: https://freecampsites.net/ and click on the trip planner.
pianotuna 12/04/16 03:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I am looking for a couple good books on RV solar

Handybob is at best dated and mostly a rant. Jacks site is good. For my current thoughts on solar surf here: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 12/04/16 09:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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