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RE: Parallel powermaxes outputs

The Honda 2000 is rated for 1600 continuous watts. 150amps at 12v is 1800watts before considering losses. At best the little Honda will be running flat out and won't be quiet. Assuming it doesn't cut out from overload, it will put a lot of wear and tear on the generator. Also, what size is your battery bank? Unless it's pretty big, it won't be able to absorb 150amps. I have a PowerMax BPCM-75 PF corrected Adjustable model ,,,My Honda 2000i runs the PowerMax pumping 75 amps into two gc2 6 volters (12 volt bank) and the Honda barely comes out of Eco mode and runs pretty quiet and then when the amps start to drop gets really quiet . I was thinking of adding two more gc2 batteries for a total of four and then run dual Powermaxes Sure a single 75amp charger should only draw around 1000w (900w + some for losses). That' well within it's capabilities and once the amps drop off, it's even lower. Double that and you will be pushing the little generator hard during the bulk charging. When it drops back to float charging, it should be fine but you also don't really need a 150amps of charging at that point. Reality is 4 batteries isn't a very large bank...maybe 420amp-hr(?). Assuming bulk charging is from 50-80% then it drops off, it's the difference between 1.7hr and 0.9hr to bulk charge.
valhalla360 11/26/16 06:10am Tech Issues
RE: Parallel powermaxes outputs

The Honda 2000 is rated for 1600 continuous watts. 150amps at 12v is 1800watts before considering losses. At best the little Honda will be running flat out and won't be quiet. Assuming it doesn't cut out from overload, it will put a lot of wear and tear on the generator. Also, what size is your battery bank? Unless it's pretty big, it won't be able to absorb 150amps.
valhalla360 11/25/16 07:25pm Tech Issues
RE: 38' 5er vs 34' 5er

Out on the road, it will make almost no difference (assuming the truck is rated to handle the larger unit). It's in campgrounds with tight roads and tight spaces where there can be advantages to a smaller unit.
valhalla360 11/25/16 09:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: WiFi Range Extender

If you are able to tap into a campground WIFI and extend the range, then you better believe everyone else around you will be using the same signal from your extender too, slowing it down even more, as campground wifi's have the known reputation of running horrible when so many attempt to connect all at the same time. Only if you leave the extender non-password protected.
valhalla360 11/24/16 07:59pm Technology Corner
RE: RV Daily "5 Solar Facts You Can't Ignore"

#1 is poorly written. If they are saying you have a 100amp-hr battery bank, you should only use 50amp-hr max (less if you don't fully charge each day). 300w solar will produce around 125amp-hr on a typical day. Way more than needed. Even on a stray cloudy day, it should be keeping up. It will certainly work but more efficient would be 150w solar which would keep up most days and if you get a couple cloudy days, you can do bulk charging for an hour or two in the morning. Reality is you should do an energy audit and size the system accordingly.
valhalla360 11/23/16 09:17am Tech Issues
RE: Driver's License Dillema

We had the same problem in Michigan 10yrs ago. It was a fun discussion: - So where do you live? - On our boat. - Don't you have a house or apt? - No - Well what's the address of the marina? - I can give you that but it's only good till next week. - Well what marina are you going to be at after next week? - Not sure but won't be there more than a few days anyway. - and so on... Finally, gave them my parents address and that made the girl so much happier.
valhalla360 11/23/16 08:08am Full-time RVing
RE: Mr. Pink Stuff

For $6/yr, not worth filling with antifreeze than blowing out.
valhalla360 11/23/16 06:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery replacement

The cost difference is small and the 6v batteries are legitimate deep cycle batteries. (most 12v are not true deep cycle batteries regardless of what the label says). It's simple to set up and as long as the 6v batteries fit in the existing battery boxes, would highly recommend the switch.
valhalla360 11/23/16 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Winterizing water system?

No need to worry about your water tank catching fire or dying if you ingest trace amounts (we are talking RV antifreeze not automotive engine antifreeze which is a whole different ball game). The main reason you don't want to simply put it in your tank is you need far more antifreeze to do your system and you need to flush the tank multiple times to get the taste out. The issue is most tank pickups are an inch or so above the bottom, so in order to get enough in the tank that the pump will pick it up, requires a few gallons. Then it leaves a layer an inch or two deep on the bottom of the tank. The first tank you use in the spring will have 2-3 gal of antifreeze mixed in. Then when you drain and refill, it probably still has 1/2 gal mixed in the water at the bottom. It takes 3-4 fills before you get it thinned out enough that the taste isn't objectionable. It won't hurt you but it makes it unpleasant to drink.
valhalla360 11/21/16 12:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Under Warranty Held Hostage?

This is why warrantees aren't so great. They already have your money (and yes, you paid for this up front when you bought) but there is no time constraint for getting the work done. At the same time they guy who walks in ready to pay cash get's quick service because if you don't provide him quick service, he will go elsewhere to get the work done. I've seen it a number of times with Boats & RV's. People buy new thinking all will be perfect on a large complex device and then lose significant time the first year to getting warrantee items fixed.
valhalla360 11/21/16 09:36am Camping World Service and Installation
RE: Interesting Bill Gates Article

If your toilet smells, there is something wrong. Rose scented poo still smells nasty. As far as 3rd world toilets, composting toilets make a lot more sense than flush toilets as the water system to feed them and dispose of the waste are really expensive and use up limited fresh water supplies. We have one on the boat and no odor. In a rural residential setting, the composting process can be allowed to finish and you have fertilizer.
valhalla360 11/21/16 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Help findhing a nice park Phoenix area, not age restricted.

How old are you and how long are you planning to stay? If it's short term or you are in your early 50's they will probably let you in. We stayed in our parents park at 40yrs old for a week. Just called and told them what we were doing and they didn't have an issue.
valhalla360 11/21/16 04:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

For hill climbing, the low end torque won't help significantly. Climbing a hill, you should select a gear that keeps the engine in a range where it produces peak torque/HP. Where the low end torque helps is in stop & go traffic starting from a standstill where the diesel has to wind up to get into it's peak torque range before it puts out it's rated torque. More importantly, to provide 250hp for 30min would require a battery bank of around 1.5tons with standard deep cycle and 3/4 of a ton if you go with much more expensive lithium batteries. Quite true (although no one in their right mind would suggest using Pb batteries in a modern hybrid system). Of course, after spending 20 minutes using batteries to get extra power while climbing the hill, you then recharge them on the downside. What's the advantage? You can then use a smaller, more efficient, engine. (If they do run out, you just climb slower.) It's hard to say exactly how many HP I'm using when climbing (there's no meter in the car for that) but I suspect it's usually substantially less than the engine's rated maximum of 266hp. The only time I really have to wind up the engine is when climbing a 9.5 percent grade with the trailer. I do that climb once a year and it only takes about 5 minutes. Did you miss the part about the drastically more expensive lithium batteries still eating up 1500lb of payload? This likely pushes you into buying a step up in truck size for the same trailer. If the batteries die before reaching the top, you only keep moving if you have a low enough gear ratio, which they likely wouldn't supply if they expect to have the extra HP from the electric motors to cover really heavy load situations. Also with 1/2 the HP, even if you have a low enough gear ratio, you are going to see a drastic reduction in available speed. In theory, you could sit on the shoulder with the engine charging the batteries for a while...of course that comes with a big tradeoff. If you make the charging system big enough to recharge the fully depleted batteries in a short time, it adds greatly to cost, weight and it eats into the power normally available directly off the diesel. If you put in something more modest, it may take a few hours to top up the batteries. Where a hybrid pickup could make sense is for the typical grocery getter who will never tow anything significant. If you never plan to haul more than 1000 lbs and tow more than 2-3000lbs, a 100hp diesel with a 100hp electric would be doable with a typical 1/2ton and 500-1000lb of lithium batteries. It would operate similar to the volt, where commuting most days it would run on pure electric and only bring the diesel online for long trips or if you need extra power. The problem is marketing as most grocery getter buyers don't want to admit that is why they have a pickup.
valhalla360 11/20/16 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: quieter water pump

Keep in mind a little noise is a good thing. If a leak develops, the sooner you find it the better and a pump going off every couple minutes while no one is using water is a dead giveaway.
valhalla360 11/19/16 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: Thinking about Auxiliary Trailer Build

You might consider a composting toilet to save weight and avoid the hassle and cost of plumbing.
valhalla360 11/19/16 08:51am Truck Campers
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

I am still looking for a hybrid. 250hp gas and 250+hp electric. Usually 400+ hp is only needed for 20 or 30 minutes. x2 For low end torque you just can't beat a powerful electric motor. There actually is one in my size range but unfortunately it's not in my price range: Volvo XC90 T8. For hill climbing, the low end torque won't help significantly. Climbing a hill, you should select a gear that keeps the engine in a range where it produces peak torque/HP. Where the low end torque helps is in stop & go traffic starting from a standstill where the diesel has to wind up to get into it's peak torque range before it puts out it's rated torque. More importantly, to provide 250hp for 30min would require a battery bank of around 1.5tons with standard deep cycle and 3/4 of a ton if you go with much more expensive lithium batteries.
valhalla360 11/19/16 08:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: need a tub

Tubs are actually pretty common but so small as to be impractical for anyone over 10yrs old (to use it as a tub and not a shower). You aren't going to find an adult size tub in any production RV's particularly in smaller units. Assuming you are willing to do a little remodeling and give up space for other uses, I'm sure you could do some remodeling and put in a tub. As long as you are on a full hookup site, water usage wouldn't be big deal. An off the wall idea: They have inflatable hot tubs. You could set it up outside. If he needs it for cleaning (and not just a hot soak), you could put it under the awning and put up side curtains.
valhalla360 11/19/16 07:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Twin Turbocharged 4.8L V8 Ecoboost in a Superduty?

So why isn't the 3.5 turbo the base engine for the 3/4 & 1 ton trucks? It's certainly got the power. I wonder if the 10,000lb tow rating for the 1/2 ton are assuming almost no one will do it but once you jump up to the bigger trucks, you will get people pushing those limits.
valhalla360 11/18/16 03:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Understanding Power

I think a lot of the confusion is while you made a statement about not messing with the battery bank/solar array, you keep asking about a 3000w inverter. To utilize a 3000w inverter, you need an upgrade to a decent size battery bank and a way to charge it (typically solar), so the presumption is when you kept asking about a 3000w inverter, you were still going down the battery bank/solar array path even though you stated otherwise. I really suggest reading up on the subject. While there are some RV specific books, you might try a boating one as the cruising world has a longer and larger history off grid power generation. It's really not that hard but there are a few concepts of how voltage/watts/AC/DC/Amps work that would make this discussion much easier because you are mixing and matching without understanding. As stated in a prior comment, if you don't understand and don't want to understand, hire an electrician to set it up for you. If you want to understand there are some good books out there or you might check with your local community college as they might have something.
valhalla360 11/18/16 07:50am Full-time RVing
RE: Where is quality?????

When you get a manufacturer who puts out 50-100k units of the same model per year, you can start to expect automotive production systems to be implemented. Reality is they don't put out that many and it's cheaper to fix a broken latch or small leak rather than implement a $50million dollar quality control program. People won't pay an extra $10k to have someone check all the drawer latches before it leaves the factor...and that's probably a justifiable position for most buyers.
valhalla360 11/16/16 01:59pm Class A Motorhomes
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