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RE: Keeping cool in 95 degree heat...

Hi, I run both as needed. I do tend to run the roof air for 2 hours before we stop for the day. Otherwise it takes a long long time to cool things down. I often run just the roof air fan until that two hour window as it helps keep the heat distributed.
pianotuna 06/28/16 06:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

And I gave you a solution where you can run the fridge without paying for electricity. -30-
pianotuna 06/28/16 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Yo Mex, read about cheap solar panels

Mex, I can find ultra cheap panels (made by Sharp). I can't find reasonable shippinG costs.
pianotuna 06/28/16 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

Hi TomG, With respect, your thread was about the fridge. At this moment I'm "forcing" the load support feature on my Magnum 3000 hybrid inverter to support the voltage to my air conditioner and fridge. That means my (modest) solar system is providing about 175 watts. The total use is between 1500 and 1600 watts. I'm not doing that to save the park money (electric is included in site rental), I'm doing it to protect my air conditioner. As a side benefit, it is cheaper for me to run the fridge from the park power, than to run on propane. If I so wished I could (and have done in the past) run my roof air and fridge from the inverter/battery bank. I can do that for about 2 hours. However, then I would be at the mercy of the (old, tired) electrical system at the park, unless I was willing to drop below 50% state of charge on the battery bank. Running the roof air is quite possible. 1600 watts of solar, a 48 volt LI battery bank (200 amp-hours @ 48 volts), a dc 48 volt to dc 12 volt converter for house loads, a Magnum 4048 hybrid inverter, and a PT-100 Magnum solar charge controller. Of course, with that sort of system one would abandon the propane fridge, and get a nice residential unit instead. Funnily enough, the cheapest part of doing so is the cost of the panels. Well if you don't want to "pay the park" you could always add a solar system. It is the nearest thing to a free lunch that one can find. The investment in solar large enough to run my air conditioner twenty hours a day would be pretty large. More than I want to make.
pianotuna 06/28/16 02:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

Well if you don't want to "pay the park" you could always add a solar system. It is the nearest thing to a free lunch that one can find.
pianotuna 06/28/16 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter plugged into battery when on shore power

Why not repost the pertinent information here? The answer is "it depends". I often did double conversion when I had a 2500 watt MSW Cobra inverter. My PD 40 amp converter was quite happy to work with it. If I had only 15 amps of shore power, I would often use the dedicated inverter powered outlet in the kitchen so as not to blow a shore power breaker. That way I could use a induction cooker (on shore power), toaster (on inverter), and coffee pot (on inverter) all at the same time. The PD would replenish the battery bank after I stopped cooking. However, when I tried the same things with my much more sophisticated Magnum 3000 Hybrid inverter, it "took out" the reverse polarity fuses on the PD more or less instantly. Fortunately I have switches so it is rather easy for me to disconnect the Magnum from the battery bank. I also have an easy way to disconnect the PD from the 120 volt power shore power source. So, the "safe" answer is, no need to disconnect from the battery bank, if you do NOT have the inverter active. I am asking because I just did a perminant inverter install. See my solar post. My question is when I am at a campground with hook ups do I need to disconnect the inverter cables from the battery? Or can I just keep them connected.
pianotuna 06/27/16 10:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hey Westend, lower watt A/C

Gulf, Probably a 1000 watt psw. But if you wanted to be sure a 1500 watt PSW.
pianotuna 06/27/16 10:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

1 Gallon of Propane = 27 kWh (Kilowatt Hours) of electricity - This means that one gallon of propane contains the same amount of usable energy as 27 Kilowatt Hours. Or we can say that 27 kWh equals approximately 91,500 BTU. A 100 watt light bulb left on for a full day (24 hours) will consume 2.4 kWh. If propane were to power the same light bulb (hypothetically- remember, we're comparing energy content) for 24 hours, it would use .09 gallons of propane. So to scale that up, multiply by 4 to get approximately the 10 KWH. i.e. 0.09 x 4 = 0.36 gallons of propane per day. http://www.propane101.com/propanevselectricity.htm
pianotuna 06/27/16 10:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator on propane or electric?

Hi Tom, It is nearly impossible to use 10 KWH for just the fridge. They commonly draw 325 watts. That would 7.8 KWH per day if it never cycled. Are you running the seal heater? If so turn it off.
pianotuna 06/27/16 10:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 3000 (2800) enough?

I bought a Yamaha 3000sIEB. If Champion had been available at the time, I would have purchased that make instead.
pianotuna 06/27/16 10:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator duration

How big is the generator? Make and model?
pianotuna 06/27/16 10:11am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yamaha ef2000is Twin Tech cables overloading gennies

Hi, I always use eco mode after the air conditioner is running.
pianotuna 06/27/16 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

ty Mr Wizard. high today was 60 f. I'm going to have to turn on the darn heat!
pianotuna 06/26/16 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Hi Mr Wizard, What is the fuel consumption on the generator per day?
pianotuna 06/26/16 03:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Woo Hoo..New AGM Batteries

Hi Jim, They are tall. They barely fit in my OEM battery compartment with the (piece of junk) slide out removed. I had 3 group 29's in that location. They are narrow--I have two in the compartment done side by side. They are long. Did I mention I love mine? (Well, I do). Nice batteries but I never have a feel for just how large they are in the CL ads until you show them next to another battery.
pianotuna 06/26/16 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: Boon docking Near Lake Louise in Banff NP

Folks who live in the towns are given two passes. Friends and family have to pay for a pass. Do the people that live in these towns have to buy a park pass too, or can they pass on the pass? What about their kids, what about friends / family coming for a visit?
pianotuna 06/25/16 08:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Inverter installation

Micro will run better on PSW rather than MSW. Not enough battery bank for a 2000 watt inverter (see Bestconverter for a psw for $349.00) My inverter runs the whole RV. I'd rather just have one inverter than two.
pianotuna 06/25/16 07:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Boon docking Near Lake Louise in Banff NP

Hi racorman, They do have an overflow area. I'd phone and ask. There are no boondocking sites in the Park. https://freecampsites.net/#!lake+louise
pianotuna 06/25/16 07:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Electrical questions

Hi, Not a good idea to start the generator when connected to shore power.
pianotuna 06/24/16 07:07pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Calling Solar Gurus

Add a 3rd panel instead, unless you plan to automate the tilting. I'm going to shop the local home improvement store to see what I can make work for panel mounts. I'm going with something I can tilt the panels and have the ability to raise the panels out of any shaded areas when stopped for extended stays.
pianotuna 06/24/16 12:17pm Truck Campers
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