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RE: Streaming

Its pricey, but we have Starlink AND Dish. We also have TV and internet ANYWHERE.
Cptnvideo 09/29/23 04:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Inverter on Generator wiring?

I'm in NW Surprise. Drove here yesterday from Payson. We went across Dynamite from Rio Verde to avoid Shea. If you don't want the hassle with the 50 amp cord, you could pick up a 50 to 20 dog bone that plugs into the side of the RV, then hook up an ordinary extension cord to the inverter.
Cptnvideo 09/29/23 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter on Generator wiring?

Frying the inverter is very possible as generator output would go into inverter output. The output of the transfer switch goes to the AC breaker panel. I'm assuming the inverter you're buying has pass thru. If not, forget about the transfer switch. PM me your phone number if you want to discuss.
Cptnvideo 09/29/23 03:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter on Generator wiring?

If the inverter you are installing has a 20 amp outlet on it, you could simply pick up a 20 amp dog bone adapter and plug your shore cord directly into it. I did that on a previous Class C with a 1500 watt inverter I added. And I forgot, you absolutely want the inverter as close to the batteries as possible. Where in AZ are you?
Cptnvideo 09/29/23 03:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter on Generator wiring?

Where is your transfer switch located? In my Solitude which is pre-wired for a generator but does not have one, the wires to my inverter/charger come from the transfer switch which is located just to the rear of the pass thru compartment. Then the output of the inverter is wired to the AC distribution panel. The OEM converter is unplugged. With this configuration, shore power is passed thru the inverter and I am able to use the load share feature on the inverter. I also have a lot of solar. With your proposal, you would want to make DANG sure inverter is turned off before running the generator.
Cptnvideo 09/29/23 03:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Concerns about buying from a distant dealer?

There are other places besides dealers that will do warranty work. When our Solitude was nearing one year since purchase, we took it to RV Renovators in Mesa, AZ to have 6 items repaired/replaced. They either billed Grand Design or the OEM and we paid nothing. Plus we got to stay in our full time rig while all the work was done. We bought 2 diesel pushers from a dealer in Auburn, CA - between 2006 and 2010. RV Renovators did all the warranty work on both since we lived/hung out in the central AZ area.
Cptnvideo 09/29/23 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tips on how to hook up at an extreme angle?

After reading all the comments, I sure am happy we have a 8' bed on our dually.
Cptnvideo 09/22/23 12:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I-77 WV

Oklahoma is ridiculous for 5 axles and they don't care what the 5 axles are under. I bitched at the toll taker (which of course did no good) and told her that I could disconnect my pickup from my tag axle MH (not current RV) before driving thru the toll booth, and pay for 3 axles and 2 axles and save quite a bit of money.
Cptnvideo 09/17/23 02:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best app for spam blocking

Answering like businesses do helps to reduce spam calls. Instead of answering saying "Hello", say "Bill's RV Service". I would love to answer spam calls with "FBI, Special Agent Banks", but that might be illegal. :(
Cptnvideo 09/17/23 01:46pm Technology Corner
RE: electric RV appliances

When we bought our current RV, we wanted to boondock 75% of the time (and sold the house becoming full timers). So we outfitted it with a large solar setup. But in reality, it is more like 50% or less. The issue is holding tanks and needing heating or cooling to be comfortable.
Cptnvideo 09/11/23 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: electric RV appliances

I thought this was a thread about all electric RVs.
Cptnvideo 09/11/23 03:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: electric RV appliances

You don't BBQ every day when you full time RV. :)
Cptnvideo 09/10/23 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best spam blocker app

Answering be saying "Hello" tells the telemarketer/spammer that they have reached a private/personal number. I answer any unknown caller with "Joe's Bar & Grill". The caller usually hangs up immediately. Sometimes I answer with "Mel's Mortuary, you stab 'em, we slab 'em". In all seriousness, the Hiya app works well for me. My phone never even rings for most of the spammers.
Cptnvideo 09/08/23 03:52pm Tech Issues
RE: electric RV appliances

Not positive, but I think all electric MHs have been offered for some time now. We have lots of solar and battery capacity, a residential fridge and one of the 3 A/Cs is also a heat pump. But we still have propane stove/oven, water heater and furnace. While we could manage (even while boondocking) without propane, I really wouldn't want to. By the way, we are full-timers, so we have to think about all 4 seasons when it comes to heating and cooling. A lot of this can be blamed on the push to eliminate fossil fuels which is ridiculous to begin with.
Cptnvideo 09/08/23 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toy Haulers with lowest ground clearance

If I read your post correctly, you want to be able to go up the ramp with your wheelchair. One possible alternative would be to have a pair of cable extensions made so the ramp goes about halfway between level and contacting the ground. Then add a pair of ATV ramps (like for loading an ATV into a pickup bed) to the end of the toy hauler ramp. This would make the slope very gentle but LONG. This could be a problem in RV parks where you would be backed up to a wall or another RV.
Cptnvideo 09/08/23 03:32pm Toy Haulers
RE: Solar Power forTrailer

Pretty much what StirCrazy said. I would go oversized on a MPPT controller because adding solar panels and batteries is fairly simple. SJ-Chris suggested 150 watts solar for every 100 ah of batteries. I can agree with that as I have 160 watts per 100 ah.
Cptnvideo 08/30/23 12:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Survey: impact of weather and fires

We have changed plans 3 or 4 times this year but not due to fires or high temperatures. But we have tended to sit at higher elevations in Arizona due to the heat.
Cptnvideo 08/30/23 12:40pm RV Lifestyle
RE: add another MPPT

Magnum also makes a 100 amp controller, the PT-100. They will communicate when used in multipole. Usually just adding multiple controllers will work but they work better if networked. As for getting 200 amps into a battery, it needs to be capable of accepting that much current. As it charges it will take less and less charge. Victron also makes a 100 amp MPPT controller. Mine is the 150/100, 150 VDC, 100 amps for 1500 watts.
Cptnvideo 08/25/23 01:39pm Tech Issues
RE: 100w panels

I have seen more than rated power once. End of May at 7500' elevation in Arizona. So, it is definitely possible to see more than rated output. I might add that partly cloudy days yield a higher "peak wattage" for the day. I assume it is because the panels have a chance to cool down a little during cloud cover.
Cptnvideo 08/23/23 06:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where is my shoreline charge controller?

The original converter (now unplugged) in my Solitude is located in a dead space behind the pass thru compartment, right next to the transfer switch. A panel in the pass thru has to be removed to access. So your converter is unplugged because you have a new one that replaced it? Or does the battery charger plug into the inverter? Thanks, I have an inverter/charger and a solar controller. The charger portion of the inverter/charger is almost always turned off since the solar controller normally supplies enough amps to keep the batteries charged.
Cptnvideo 08/18/23 09:08pm Tech Issues
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