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RE: Popping spark plugs V10

So does Champion make a plug for the two valve engines?
pianotuna 05/03/16 08:20am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter usage while underway

Hi, Duty cycle on the fridge is 2:3. Wattage is about 325 so amps @ 12 volts are about 33 by the time the inverter overhead is included. I'd try to power the inverter from the chassis battery. I'd isolate the house battery and run the 12 volt side of the fridge from the converter. The charging path for the "house" battery is often poor, even in a class C. I do regularly run my absorption fridge via the inverter while trundling down the road.
pianotuna 05/02/16 10:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: E450 Front Suspension

Make sure the front tires are not over inflated.
pianotuna 05/02/16 10:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: First night as a full timer

Don't forget as full timers we don't have any deadlines! Take your time.
pianotuna 05/02/16 10:28pm Full-time RVing
RE: Gas mileage E450

Hi Phil, Wow what a memory you have. Mine are 235/85r16 which replaced the OEM 225/75R16 This gives me about an 8% error but also boosts me to 11 mpg @ 48 mph. Don ... I've never reset my E450's speedometer. According to the tracking of our Garmin navigator unit, our speedometer reads about 0.5 MPH low ... which is pretty much trivial. I don't tightly track our gas mileage and drive well below speed limits, so speedometer accuracy is not that important. However, I believe that your over-stock-diameter tires probably introduce a more (serious) speedometer error? (My 215/85R16 tires are only 1.2 inches larger diameter than the stock tires that ship on most Chevy/Ford/Sprinter based Class C motorhomes.)
pianotuna 05/02/16 09:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Issues

Having just changed the oil in my generator today I have to disagree. It took me about 45 minutes. I cut my hand. There is oil on the ground. I have to find a safe place to dispose of the used oil. I have to buy more oil. The generator is an inverter type that is quiet, which means it is ten thousand times louder than my solar panels. Only in dire straights can the generator be used to completely recharge the battery bank which consumes a great deal of fuel. Oh yes, and if I use it--I have to fill it with gas. Of course that can happen when it is raining outside--or when it is dark, or when it is cold. So, get some solar--and avoid the generator. If you are serious about boondocking add some solar. I am assuming I may get a lot more battery life by fully charging and shutting off at the disconnect switch until I need them. True?? Off the grid or boondocking for me means using the batteries for a while and cranking up the generator for a recharge.
pianotuna 05/02/16 09:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Battery Issues

Hi, The real answer is "that depends". If you are serious about boondocking add some solar. I am assuming I may get a lot more battery life by fully charging and shutting off at the disconnect switch until I need them. True??
pianotuna 05/02/16 05:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on Western Route thru Canada

"On August 26, 2014, Burger King agreed to purchase Tim Hortons for US$11.4 billion; the chain became a subsidiary of the Oakville-based holding company Restaurant Brands International on December 15, 2014, which is majority-owned by Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital." There are many Starbucks locations. Also, when I drove through Canada the Starbucks equivalent was Tim Horton's, but Starbucks purchased them a few years ago, so your caffeine fix is available throughout Canada. But learn the Starbucks lingo before you leave so you don't sound like a newbie. :)
pianotuna 05/02/16 05:07pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Newbie here, no RV, but have serious situation. need advice

Install the chair lift to the 2nd floor. Laying in the rear bed of my class C is not a terribly comfortable experience. I find it impossible to read a book, for example. A class B may ride better.
pianotuna 05/02/16 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Issues

Hi, If you never camp off the grid get a single used 12 volt surplus acid AGM and put it in place. Unless there is some reason, I'd unplugged between trips and plug in 48 hours before leaving. I'd use a battery disconnect switch in between times.
pianotuna 05/02/16 01:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Advice on Western Route thru Canada

Hi, I've not driven the Icefields for about ten years. I was quoting what Google Maps said. I'm glad to be wrong. A sakatchewan flatlander said " The Icefields highway is one of the few toll roads and is posted if my memory serves at 50 MPH (80 kph). Drive time at the speed limit for the 144 miles is 3 hours and 7 minutes"
pianotuna 05/02/16 01:37pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Gas mileage E450

Hi Phil, Were you able to have your speedometer/odometer reset so the readings are accurate? Or did you just ignore the difference? Nevertheless I do still improve our V10's fuel mileage just a bit by using larger diameter tires on our Class C (to make overdrive even more "over") and by cruising between 57 and 60 MPH.
pianotuna 05/02/16 01:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Small Electric Barbecue Wattage?

hmmmmmm well, if you have a spare msw inverter of the 2000 watt class--you could power from a battery and then recharge? After all resistance heat doesn't care if the wave form is square or not.
pianotuna 05/02/16 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: Advice on Western Route thru Canada

Hi, There is a great deal to see in the area. Jasper is 179 miles from Banff (which I would give a miss) to Jasper. After Jasper, the next logical stop is Kamloops which is 274 miles. That means missing Golden, Revelstoke and Sicamous. Or you may back track to Lake Louise and proceed west. I love the scenery from Lake Louise to Sicamous. That 274 miles from Jasper to Kamloops is 4 hours and 44 minutes assuming you can drive the speed limit (I don't choose to do so, as I'm in no rush). I find Jasper a little less of a tourist trap than Banff. I travel the area from the Crow's Nest pass to Peachland including Invermere and Radium Hot springs every July. I sometimes drive the route clockwise, and some times counter clockwise. My start and end points are in Saskatchewan. I am usually in that zone for two weeks. Doing Banff to Jasper and then back to Lake Louise is nearly 7% of 5600 miles. I'd not call that a blip. The Icefields highway is one of the few toll roads and is posted if my memory serves at 50 MPH (80 kph). Drive time at the speed limit for the 144 miles is 3 hours and 7 minutes. "Jasper is a long way north." Really? I would say it's a blip on the map of a 5600 mile journey. It really is something to experience the touristy, commercial hubbub of Banff then drive the Icefields Parkway to the sublime, relaxed atmosphere of Jasper.
pianotuna 05/01/16 09:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Solar component(s) help needed

Hi, Having an array sized too large for the controller makes no sense at all to me. There are controllers that will handle up to 100 amps. If you are going to have 45 amps--then get a controller that can do at least that number. There are PWM that do up to 60 amps. They are less expensive that the Trimetric I believe. 45A array won't generate 45A on 30A PWM, but having oversized array - with this particular controller - will be beneficial in low-light conditions. With PWM you normally have to under-size by 20%, but Trimetric monitor will clip the excess current, so you can over-size. PWM with 12V bank "favors" low-wattage arrays. You have to use 12V panels and wire parallel only. With arrays larger than 300W this becomes awkward. Besides, there are fewer 12v panels on the market now, less choice, more $/W. The OP with his planned 100-200W portable - he says there is always some sun within 20ft - will be fine with PWM. I would stay within 100W though. Too much weight and bulk.
pianotuna 05/01/16 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Advice on Western Route thru Canada

Hi, I would stay in USA as long as I could. I don't find Jasper any better than the rest of the mountain areas and it is a long way north. Be sure to fill up to the gills at the last fuel stop in USA. If you plan on going west from Banff, fill up at Lake Louise--but not at the Husky--go to the Petrocan It is often about 15 cents a US Gallon cheaper. Once you are in BC there is a 15 cents per liter carbon tax hidden in the price--that works out to 56 cents per gallon extra--so again fill to the gills. I love Lake Louise.
pianotuna 05/01/16 05:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Solar component(s) help needed

Hi, It may depend on the system chosen. I harvest 7 amps at solar noon when I am in leafy shade. My system includes a Blue Sky 3024 di controller and 256 watts of Unisolar panels configured in series parallel to allow a nominal input of 33 volts to the controller. Maximum output if the panels are perfectly clean and it is late June is 17 amps. Partial shade - spatial not temporal - may affect MPPT more than PWM, if it's a single panel or 2 panels in series.
pianotuna 05/01/16 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Grand Rapids, MI

https://freecampsites.net/#!Grand+Rapids,+MI+ 35 miles from Grand Rapids, but free with power.
pianotuna 05/01/16 02:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for a catalytic heater

Why buy an unvented heater at any price?
pianotuna 05/01/16 02:18pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Hard Wired or Portable EMS (surge protector)???

Hi, It is possible to have the best of both worlds. Cut the shore power cord down to about 4 feet. Put a female end on the "extra" cord. Plug the RV into the Progressive unit (it has a life time warranty) and plug the surge device into the "extra" cord. Mount the surge device in your rv at some convenient location. Low voltage causes far more damage that surges. I'll be going the autoformer route myself.
pianotuna 05/01/16 02:16pm Tech Issues
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