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RE: More on LFP Charging

My Victron solar controller defaults to auto absorption, but I chose to go with 15 minutes.
Cptnvideo 06/30/22 06:04pm Tech Issues
RE: More on LFP Charging

I'm happy with what I do but I'm not saying it is the correct thing to do. The charger part of my 3kw inverter/charger is turned off and the converter that came with my 5th wheel is unplugged. So battery charging (whether plugged in or not) is only done by the solar panels. I bulk charge to 14.2V, then absorb for 15 minutes, then float at 13.6V.
Cptnvideo 06/30/22 03:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Everybody must get stoned, rock on...

I'm wondering why you didn't back in putting the entry on the driveway side.
Cptnvideo 06/29/22 07:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dish Tv help needed

No wiring to reconfigure in the house or RV. A single co-ax cable from the dish to the Hopper 3. That's it.
Cptnvideo 06/25/22 02:52pm Technology Corner
RE: AZ 260 between Payson and Heber... expect delays

I think - but don't hold me to it - that the plan is to make it 4 lane from Star Valley to Heber. BTW, Desert Cptn, we're sitting at the Payson Elks until Thursday. Then we have to go to the heat for a couple Dr appointments. Yuck.
Cptnvideo 06/25/22 02:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dish Tv help needed

I'm not positive, but I think RF energy (satellite signal) will pass thru fiberglass but not glass due to the chemical composition of glass. For the OP, switch to a Hopper 3 with 2 wireless Joeys.
Cptnvideo 06/25/22 01:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Harbor Freight Predator 3500

We have the 3500 HF. It stays in the truck bed. Used it once when we had too much shade from tall pine trees for the solar to charge. With the genny running on one side of the 5th wheel, I could barely hear it from the other side of the RV. And it was VERY quiet in a tall pine forest - no traffic or wind noise.
Cptnvideo 06/17/22 04:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Series-parallel configurations for solar panels

Excellent answers and I appreciate the feedback.
Cptnvideo 06/13/22 11:18pm Tech Issues
Series-parallel configurations for solar panels

We have 6 200 watt panels on the roof of our 5th wheel. Considering adding 1 or 2 more panels for those cloudy days. Our 6 panels are arranged as 3 in series, 2 strings parallel. Our Victron MPPT controller is the 150/100. The manual says 100 amps and 150 volts are max and mentions a "nominal" of 1450 watts. Our solar system company says we can go to 8 panels in a 4 series, 2 parallel configuration. But I'm a little leery. We could add a 100 watt panel to each string, making 1400 watts total. But do the 2 parallel sets have to be of equal wattage? Could I just add one 200 watt panel to one of the series strings? I realize that would create unequal voltages, but MPPT controllers convert the voltage anyway. Think about what happens when one panel gets shaded. Thoughts and opinions?
Cptnvideo 06/13/22 08:45pm Tech Issues
Composting toilet - pros and cons

Considering changing to a composting toilet (we boondock about 70% of the time). I would like to hear the pros and cons from those that either have one or have done some research.
Cptnvideo 06/11/22 12:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Help with Winegard

The red light indicates that the amplifier (built in) is not powered. The light will be green when the amp is powered. BTW, amplifier not powered is worse (gain wise) than no amplifier at all.
Cptnvideo 06/11/22 11:44am Technology Corner
RE: Convert RV fridge to residential

"Electric isn’t even needed except for water pump and furnace. Get priorities straight." Your 3 way fridge won't run without electric (battery). Neither will lights. Without electric from either solar or generator, your batteries will eventually become useless and at that point, nothing will function in your RV. I've got my priorities straight.
Cptnvideo 06/05/22 07:23pm Full-time RVing
RE: Convert RV fridge to residential

Why is it that I have not seen one person that regrets going from a propane fridge to a residential fridge? Solar is extremely reliable but if ours should ever fail, we have a backup generator. Solar allows us to boondock practically indefinitely in peace and quiet. The only limitation is dumping and water. We can even go without propane if we don't mind waking up a little chilly.
Cptnvideo 06/05/22 07:08pm Full-time RVing
RE: Purchasing advice?

FootSoldier, My wife and I are 75 and purchased a Dodge dually and 42' 5th wheel 3 months ago. Don't worry about the physical part of setting up, the newer 5th wheels mostly just require pushing buttons. We push buttons to operate slides, awnings, leveling jacks and even the power cord reel. We're fulltimers and move about once a week (we like new scenery)(boondocking for 2 weeks then a park for a week). And setting up and tearing down are no big deal.
Cptnvideo 06/04/22 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 89A through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona

We're at 7856' on the edge of the rim between the roads to Bear Canyon lake and Knoll lake.
Cptnvideo 05/31/22 02:46pm Roads and Routes
Solar panel ratings

We have 6 200 watt panels for 1200 watts total. 3 series, 2 parallel. Yesterday, as I was watching the LFPs get charged, I noticed the Victron 150/100 MPPT controller app showed a max power of 1204 watts. Have any of you solar people seen a wattage output higher than the rating? Edit: Maybe elevation has something to do with it. We are currently at 7856' elevation on the Mogollon Rim. Less atmosphere for the sun's energy to travel thru? Is the solar rating for sea level?
Cptnvideo 05/31/22 01:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Slow start system for air conditioner

Oops, double post. Computer glitch.
Cptnvideo 05/31/22 01:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Slow start system for air conditioner

"Lugging around 130# or more generator doesn't sound like fun." My 3500 watt Harbor Freight inverter/generator (which I rarely need or use) is always in the truck bed. Its heavy, but I only have to move it to the tailgate, so weight is not much of an issue. Your solar/ battery system is very similar to mine and in 6 years of continuous boondocking I have never felt anything larger than 2-2200w generator was needed, whether throwing a hold over charge or running the AC even at 7-8,000' elevation on a hot day. I suppose having the hydrid inverter/ charger has its advantages though. If a person had the large generator before hand and don't mind carrying it in the bed of the truck no reason to get rid of it. Having options for different camping....glamping needs makes roughing it easier. ;) We actually bought the genny just before taking delivery of the 5th wheel. I debated about how much genny to buy and finally decided I would rather have too much than not enough. BTW, we're currently boondocking at the edge of the Mogollon Rim in AZ at an elevation of 7856'. Definitely no need for A/C.
Cptnvideo 05/31/22 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Slow start system for air conditioner

"Lugging around 130# or more generator doesn't sound like fun." My 3500 watt Harbor Freight inverter/generator (which I rarely need or use) is always in the truck bed. Its heavy, but I only have to move it to the tailgate, so weight is not much of an issue. Your solar/ battery system is very similar to mine and in 6 years of continuous boondocking I have never felt anything larger than 2-2200w generator was needed, whether throwing a hold over charge or running the AC even at 7-8,000' elevation on a hot day. I suppose having the hydrid inverter/ charger has its advantages though. If a person had the large generator before hand and don't mind carrying it in the bed of the truck no reason to get rid of it. Having options for different camping....glamping needs makes roughing it easier. ;)
Cptnvideo 05/31/22 01:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Slow start system for air conditioner

"Lugging around 130# or more generator doesn't sound like fun." My 3500 watt Harbor Freight inverter/generator (which I rarely need or use) is always in the truck bed. Its heavy, but I only have to move it to the tailgate, so weight is not much of an issue. Your solar/ battery system is very similar to mine and in 6 years of continuous boondocking I have never felt anything larger than 2-2200w generator was needed, whether throwing a hold over charge or running the AC even at 7-8,000' elevation on a hot day. I suppose having the hydrid inverter/ charger has its advantages though. If a person had the large generator before hand and don't mind carrying it in the bed of the truck no reason to get rid of it. Having options for different camping....glamping needs makes roughing it easier. ;) We actually bought the genny just before taking delivery of the 5th wheel. I debated about how much genny to buy but finally decided to have more than needed than the other way around. BTW, we're currently at 7856' elevation on the edge of the Mogollon Rim.
Cptnvideo 05/31/22 01:05pm Tech Issues
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