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RE: Engine surge, generator

Thx. I found a thread on the Honda surging and it took me to a video. Sounds like the low speed Jet is the culprit. This problem (also called "throttle/governor hunting") is very common in small, carbureted engines. First, the carburetors are set as lean as possible from the factory. Second the jets are fixed, not adjustable. The term "low speed jet" is really not correct. It is the PRIMARY jet. "Low speed" makes you think that it is only used at lower RPMs. In fact it is ALWAYS used and establishes the "base" fuel flow. Cleaning small engine carburetors can be a challenge. They MUST be removed from the engine and disassembled. Take care not to tear any gaskets as they can be reused multiple times (buy spares or gasket paper with a good sharp X-Acto knife). Heated ultrasonic cleaner is the best tool, but unless you do dozens per minth, they are not worth the cost. A 1 gallon bucket of carburetor cleaner and an over night soak is also good. Or place the disassembled carburetor in a pot of water with some lemon/lime juice or vinegar or a few drops of Dawn dish soap and boil for about 10 minutes. Probe all passages/jets with a single wire from a wire brush. Blow out. Baloney. Honda carbs do not "need" to be removed to fix them, the typical issue with especially the Honda carb design is the "main jet" clogging. This jet is easily accessed simply by removing the fuel bowl. The using a flat blade screw driver you STICK the screw driver right up the center where the fuel bowl screw goes into. Then you unscrew the jet. Carefully remove the screwdriver and the jet plus the tube should fall right out. Observe the order and direction of the parts that came out, you will need to ensure you put them back in correctly when done cleaning. Then with a can of carb cleaner SPRAY OPEN the tiny holes in the tube and jet. Reassemble once every hole in the jet tube is open. You do not need special tools, you do not need ultrasonic cleaners you should not need gaskets since the bowl gasket is resuable. Just need to take care to ensure you do not loose any of the small parts. That's it, there is not hidden passages in this carb to warrant such drastic measures of ultrasonic bath. This is as simple of a carb as you can get, the only downside to it is just how easy it is to clog the main jet. Honda dealers repair shops must make a killing on these.. If all else fails, you can actually buy brand new Honda carbs dirt cheap and even better yet is the fact that all of the Chinese Honda clone engines use this same Honda designed carb and they are even cheaper ($19-$29) than the Honda brand and will bolt up and work just as well.. There are a few variations but you can typically eyeball them and find the correct carb.. There is no mystery, no smoke and mirrors and no Baloney needed for this fix. You can even find videos on Ytube that will show you step by step on how to clean this carb design.
Gdetrailer 07/09/20 08:47pm Tech Issues
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

And I actually don't have an RV battery because I junked it (recycled) after realizing it was dead. You do not have the RV battery at all? Hope you got something back when you "recycled" it. You do realize that when you buy new batteries you WILL be charged a "core charge" if you do not have a battery to exchange? ANY lead acid battery can be used for a core exchange from motorcycle to the largest lead acid battery that you cannot pick up. Right now, my states mandated core charge is $18 per lead acid battery which if you are buying 2 GC2 batteries is gonna cost you $30-$40 on top of your purchase if you do not have any cores depending on your states core charge..
Gdetrailer 07/04/20 12:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: sway

Who follows the door sticker for tire inflation, especially for non-OEM tires? I put in the max cold PSI indicated on the sidewall. OP HAS "E" load rated tires. What do you not understand about that? E load rated tires have a side wall pressure of 80 PSI which is most likely well above the rim pressure rating. Those tires have a load rating well over 3000 lbs at the sidewall pressure of 80 PSI. Those tires BELONG on a F250/350, not on a F150. That combo is not going to work well at full sidewall pressure and most likely will become a lot more unhinged. For some odd reason folks seem to believe moving to the heaviest LT tires are the fix to everything, it is not, this is the case where doing so can and will make things far worse. You cannot ever make a 1/2 truck into a 3/4 or 1 ton truck by simply switching tires. It takes a whole bunch of OTHER parts and even then in the end you STILL have a truck that legally is a 1/2 ton truck. You REALLY should stick to the MANUFACTURERS OEM tire size and style choices.. If you want to move from P to LT tires, choose wisely and don't over choose, a "C" load rating would have well exceeded a 1/2 ton capability by around 1,000 lbs on the axle and it would have done that with 45 PSI.. The E load rated will most likely need around 60-65 PSI to be near the "C" load rating.. Should be illegal for tire shops to sell E load rated LT tires to 1/2 truck owners. Heavier tire is not "always" better. All I can say is another "amateur day" rookie mistake :E ..
Gdetrailer 07/03/20 09:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Are you saying that welders used to run off batteries? And because batteries ran welders there's a potential risk of batteries malfunctioning and expelling that much energy? Is there an easy fuse or breaker setup that won't take any cutting up a wire? Like one that goes from the end of the charge controller wire and bolts to the battery? I'm wanting to not splice or cut up wires if theres another way. And I was thinking having a setup of panels that lay flat on the roof but could be adjusted to around 45 degrees when no longer traveling to get better direct hit of sunlight would be superior even though it adds an extra thing to set up. And would the batteries I plan to buy between 300 and 400$ for two high quality GC 6 volts be worth all that money? They are still lead acid and need to have maintenance but I could get three 12 volt 27DC batteries from wally world for cheaper than that (slightly over 300 with core charge). But everything I read seems to point out GC batteries being superior. Walmart Battery It IS possible to arc weld using nothing but "car" batteries, however, not a safe or recommended thing to do. Basically takes about 24V-36V open circuit voltage to get enough current to make a half decent field repair welding bead. Would I bet my life on it? No. But in a pinch it could be done.. https://i1.wp.com/www.wildernessarena.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/image_thumb35.png?resize=240%2C180 height=300 width=300 Welding from battery comes with some inherent risks which could cause your battery to explode.. After all stick welding is nothing more than SHORTING the battery posts together if you think about it. As far as the battery you linked, that is a "combo" RV/Marine battery, while it could be made to work, ONE pair of 6V GC batteries will supply the SAME capacity as three of those group 27 batteries. You also DO NOT NEED to pay a premium price for supposed "HIGH QUALITY" GC2 batteries. That is plain foolish to spend anywhere near $400 for ONE PAIR of GC2 batteries. You get only 10Ahr-15Ahr more in the $400 set vs a $200 set. That is very little "gain" for a whole lot more money. That will net you maybe an additional 1 or 2 hrs of use. The more expensive batteries you are typically prepaying for the additional warranty period and nothing more. The other thing is since this is your first time camping and camping without commercial power, $400 is a lot of money on the line to waste if you kill the batteries on the first time out.. You may want to go with the lower cost GC2 batteries and see how well that works for you. For $400 I would rather buy two sets of lower priced GC2 batteries and get a lot more capacity than one set of "high PRICED" GC2s. In other words, the $90 Sams batteries I linked give about 215Ar, two pairs of those gives 430Ahr. The $400 pair of "high quality" GC2s gives you 235Ahr.. Which setup do you think will last longer? My bet is on the two sets of lower cost GC2s since you get more capacity which means you will draw down the batteries much less.. A lot of folks here push the expensive brands by saying they are better and will last longer. That is not always the case especially if you constantly over discharge and undercharge them. I have been able to get 10yrs out of a set of low priced GC2 batteries, they could have gone another several yrs but I depend on them to power my home fridge conversion. Well taken care of batteries typically can offer 9-12 yrs of service provided you do not deeply discharge and you immediately recharge them as soon as possible. Never leave them fully or partially discharged state. On edit.. Have you considered trying a "test" camping experience in your backyard without power for the weekend or the time you expect to camp? That would be best in order to see just how long you can camp without power before committing a large sum of money.. Your trailer should have come with a battery of some sort, it is required in order to have a working emergency breakaway brake system.. Or you could pull a battery out of your car for the weekend (provided it isn't your only form of transportation).
Gdetrailer 07/03/20 03:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: marginal park power on hot days

CGs like houses are usually wired to supply about 40-50% of the pedestals amp rating. Hence every summer low voltage is common with lots of A/Cs running. In my experienc 50A pedestals are not likely to have low voltage due to better wiring and 12000W rating vs 3600W for 30A. ???? No, not true that CGs like "houses" are wired to supply 40%-50% of the service rating. If it was there would be many more service entrance wiring fires. I know myself when I personally rewired my entire house the wiring from the pole transformer IS much heavier than the 4/0 aluminum service entrance wire I used. My house originally had a 60A fuse box, I went with a 200A breaker panel. We experienced a few yrs later during summer, low voltage issues, POCO checked the voltage at my box, at my meter and at the pole. They found the problem was BEFORE the pole that the transformer which service my house was on. The explanation given was the POCO NEEDED to UPGRADE their high voltage lines feeding my neighborhood. The lines were not sufficient for the additional homes that been added since to lines were put in back in the 1930s. As a "temporary fix", they installed voltage boosting transformers about 3 miles from my home in between the local substation. That was 25 yrs ago and they have never upgraded the lines. As for campground pedestal posts, combo 50A/30A/20A boxes must be fed with heavy enough wire to be able to sustain 50A. 30A/20A Pedestal posts must be fed with heavy enough wire to be able to sustain 30A. If the campground has a long loop or run then that wire must be able to sustain the total of all the pedestal posts on that run or loop. This often means high voltage pole or underground wiring with distribution transformers spaced as needed. What you are really seeing in campgrounds with low voltage is an issue BEFORE the campgrounds wiring, in other words, it is the POCOs lines which are not sufficient for the more modern heavy loads. Now, in some cases, you might find the 50A plug in socket a bit less problematic and that means the 30A socket (and perhaps breaker) is worn out and needs to be replaced and that is on the campground management to fix. You can connect a 30A RV to a 50A socket provided you use a 50A to 30A dog bone adapter and that is what I do to avoid the worn out 30A sockets. I started doing that after noticing my 30A plug starting to melt..
Gdetrailer 07/03/20 03:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: sway

He has E rated tires, they certainly aren't passenger tires! And E rating is not "stock" for that truck. If OP is following inflation chart on the truck door post and is running LT tires rated for E loads, that chart is invalid as it will give them too low of a pressure. That truck was equipped with PASSENGER tires and as such will have typical passenger tire pressures. The tires in E rating will require MORE pressure than P tires to get the same weight rating or higher than P tires. E rating tires to get max rated capacity are rated at 80 PSI, Passenger tires typically will max out at 35-36 PSI.. 35 PSI in LT E rated tires would be considered as having a flat tire.. Too little air pressure in those E rated tires can easily give you an odd feeling of being pushed around.. OP should have gone with LT tires with C rating which would have given them some extra weight capacity over stock P tires and would be a much better match to the vehicle. E capacity is too much overkill and potentially part of the problem they are having. And yes, you CAN have overkill on tires.
Gdetrailer 07/03/20 01:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Furnace fan speed control

Wow.. Looks like a potential Darwin Award candidate. Take the extra air flow and noise and live with it, your furnace will thank you, heck you might even wakeup alive and not on fire.. Seriously, reducing the motor speed on these furnaces is asking for trouble, they are highly compact and depend on a certain minimum amount of airflow to keep them from igniting things like the floor and walls. So, unless you manage to dial in and nail the exact minimum airflow (which is not only on the inside but the outside combustion side) you are taking some big chances even with maintaining enough flow to keep the sail switch happy. Perhaps you bought the wrong motor? They DO make different motors for different BTU furnaces that run different RPMS.. I would suggest attempting to find the correct exact replacement before kludging your own work around fix.
Gdetrailer 06/30/20 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Glad you have got it worked out. Sams does sell smaller versions of "bulk" items, no need to buy a single huge can of Tuna, instead many items they sell multiple smaller cans. For instance, we like canned chicken to make homemade noodle soup, or Chicken Salad sandwiches, they sell that in smaller 12.5 oz cans. They however are bundled and sold in a "six pack". The good thing though is canned items have pretty long shelf life. We buy all of our ground beef, steaks, pork ribs, boneless chicken, chicken quarters, porkloins at Sams, we divide up the meat and vacuum pack and freeze. Much cheaper than our retail grocery stores and the meat is fresher also. Things like cheese we buy a large brick or package of slices, divide and vacuum seal and it will stay fresh for many months in the fridge. Pretty much our go to place for green grapes, apples, oranges for fresh fruits, started buying stuff like salt, pepper and other seasonings at a far cheaper price than retail stores when comparing cost per ounce. Granted, not everyone likes to stock up like a "restaurant" for season but for us it works great. Quite a few yrs ago when Sears started going out of business and closed our nearest store I found that Sam's automotive batteries were a better deal and the quality is above par from the old Sears brands. Never tried Sam's for tires but I suspect they are priced competitively also.
Gdetrailer 06/29/20 04:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

I never thought of auto parts store having them I problem I've had asking about batteries at an auto part store is, they ask you what make and model of vehicle you have. They are geared toward fitting the battery in a vehicle, not RV electrical storage. Correct! Most autoparts stores do not have experienced folks manning the store, instead they depend on their "computers" to look up parts.. Personally, for what it is worth, if you have a Sams or Costco near you, buy a one year BASIC membership, I know Sam's is around $45 for that membership and Costco is most likely the same. Yes, that adds a little to the battery purchase but it does give you the option to purchase other things during that year of membership which helps to level out the cost. For instance, my local Sam's club is currently selling 87 octane gas at $.20-$.30 LESS than all of the other gas stations.. For myself, I commute 500 miles per week so I am saving quite a bit monthly in fuel costs. Last year, we upgraded to Sam's Plus membership, in nine months between buying a lot of bulk food and gas we have earned nearly $70 towards our next membership renewal! Basically we will be able to renew with another Plus Membership ($100 cost) for most likely not much more than $20 which is less than half of a regular membership.. I am not a big proponent for membership clubs but in this case you are going to have a tough time finding GC2 batteries for $90 each from other sources. Took me one call to a golfcart dealer to figure out paying for a membership for one year was a lower cost solution.. GC dealer wanted over $200 per GC2 battery and they were no-name batteries.. Other places to consider, I have a Rural King store near me, at times I have seen them stock their own house brand GC2 batteries for around $100 each. You could check at Tractor Supply but you do need to be careful you do not get a 6V TRACTOR battery which is not the same as a GC2 (old tractors often used 6V starting battery). Barring that, I found a Interstate Battery Dealer locator.. HERE Found a US Battery dealer locator.. HERE Not the cheapest place to buy, you can also check with BATTERIES PLUS.. Looks like they have around 10 stores in NC Here is link to their GC2 battery.. BATTERIES PLUS You can pay an arm and leg and go to a NAPA dealer.. Lots of those stores around should be easy to find one near you.. NAPA 6V GC2 battery for $150 each Cat dealer? Yep.. HERE you can check their dealer network to find a dealer near you.. Crown Battery.. HERE you can search the dealer network to find the nearest location to you. I don't give up that easy, GC2 batteries are not all that hard to find.. You just need to be willing to do some work to find them.
Gdetrailer 06/29/20 03:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a 4500lb TT with an SUV

It is less safe to have that Pilot towing at the top of it's rated range, than using a big truck or suv to tow at the low end of its range, but... If the Pilot is towing it, though slow on hills and white knuckle at speed, then it may be cheaper to rag this vehicle out to the end of its life than to sell it and buy another vehicle. OK, that certainly is sending mixed messages to the OP. On one hand you admit the OPs Pilot may be at the top of it's rated range and the other hand you are telling the OP that it might be cheaper to continue on using their Pilot until the end of it's life in spite of it's maxed out capability and "white Knuckle driving experience in order to "save some money" on trade out time. Saving them a couple of pennies loss in a vehicle UPGRADE now most likely will result in HUGE losses in money down the road continuing to use the Pilot at it's max capability.. The cost could be transmission, brakes, engine, cooling system and many other high wear parts at the most inopportune time. However, the tragic cost may come at the expense of the OPs and or other motorists lives when that vehicle/trailer combo comes unhinged and causes an fatal accident. If the OP does not feel comfortable driving a poorly handling tow vehicle combination then they should stop driving it and get a more capable vehicle that is more suited for their trailer. SAFETY should come first, not money. I have in the past driven poor tow vehicle/trailer combos, but I did not know better, it is not fun, it does not "save money" having to fix things that should not have broke and under the wrong conditions may test out and exceed the OPs driving skills beyond expectations. A properly matched tow vehicle/trailer combo should never result in a white knuckle experience under normal circumstances (weather, driving conditions, at highway speed, ect). A badly matched combo starts out from the beginning with poor handling and white knuckles below or near highway speeds. If OP does not feel comfortable at highway speeds then why tell them to continue driving this combination?
Gdetrailer 06/29/20 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

Mex, I only run laptops and with MSW there were no visual artifacts. The power bricks did run hotter. Apple laptops do NOT play well with MSW, letting out the magic blue smoke. ....... A laptop uses a brick so why would an Apple care if were MSW? Yeah, I call BS on that to. Just another scare tactic uneducated folks love to spread.. Dirt cheap MSW inverters can be a bit problematic due to much looser tolerances and less harmonic filtering in the output which are most likely where some of these tall tails of death and destruction of electronic items comes from. Would I intentionally plug anything of value into a $19-$100 cheap inverter, I think not but read on.. Those laptop bricks are the SAME switching power supplies in pretty much every device known to man now days. Switching power supplies do not care what so ever what the waveform looks like and in fact can operate on straight DC if you have enough voltage, typically can operate 100v-250V AC at 50-60hz sinewave, modified sinewave or heck even the old school hardcore SQUAREWAVE with no harm or foul. They are pretty much as universal as you can get. The first stage of a switching power supply is nothing more than a bridge rectifier to unfiltered DC, then that is run through brute force filtering via some high voltage capacitors. Then that voltage is fed to a high frequency chopper circuit. The chopper feeds a small high frequency transformer. The output of the high frequency transformer is fed to a high speed diode and that output is then brute forced filtered with high microfarad capacitors and the output is fed to your laptop. The only concession I would make is some devices like lamp dimmers, electronic blanket controllers or any device that uses a solid state Triac may not work well or may be damaged from a MSW. The reason for that is Triac devices MUST switch on/off when the waveform crosses zero volts. MSW typically has a long zero volt crossing and steep ramp up and down.. Other than that, most devices will handle MSW fine..
Gdetrailer 06/28/20 08:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Camping World Accounts

The question is WHY bother with an account with CW? Getting on CWs mailing list is pretty much as bad as "AAA", your email address will get spammed multiple times a day, you will get all kinds of bogus "offers" in emails and snail mail.. And, you won't save a dime in fact, most likely will cost you more in the long run.. Those specials and coupons are sales gimmicks to get you tempted to buy. Pretty much everything that can be bought at CW can be bought anywhere else and cheaper.. Don't fret it if the account doesn't work and move on.. I buy the bulk of my RV stuff from Amazon..
Gdetrailer 06/28/20 05:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

I agree! But fussy me likes PSW. With a group 31 dedicated Lifeline battery and Megawatt I have a poor man's UPS. I chose a Samlex PSW because long ago the MSW inverters created distracting visual artifacts on my monitors. Is this still the case? I run a Tripplite 1300W MSW UPS on my 50" TV and Dish DVR system with no artifacts in the screen when the UPS switches to battery. Even if there was, it is well worth running that UPS to protect the TV and Sat receiver from power issues.. I have run stereos, TVs, drills, refrigerators, lights of all types from MSW but once again, the quality of the inverter comes into play here.. I am not running Harbor Freight, Cobra or any other cheap import off brands.. Tripplite DOES make PSW UPS and inverter units if it makes you feel and sleep better, but they do cost more upfront.
Gdetrailer 06/28/20 01:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Too Much A Novice To Ask This On Electronics forum

Conversion to wireless sound? BLUETOOTH I realize a little chip can allow a PC or laptop to broadcast a bluetooth signal. Does another gizmo exist that will turn an amplified speaker into a wireless speaker? Like a Polk 10" subwoofer? Yes. What you need is a BT TRANSMITTER for your audio source (phone, tablet, laptop stereo, ect). Then you need a BT RECEIVER for the device you are sending the audio to like a speaker. Amazon search for BT transmitter Note, some of these may transmit only and some transmit/receive, you will need to read the descriptions closely before buying. Personally, for the hassle and the poor quality of BT I would just find a way to run some speaker wire to your subwoofer. BT was never intended for "High Fidelity" nor is it "robust" from interference and can have "pairing issues". I can always tell when someone is using a BT handsfree headset on their phone.. A simple wire works 100% of the time with no loss in fidelity or interference.
Gdetrailer 06/28/20 01:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

Pretty hard to beat Triplite. I have to disagree. I was a loyal Triplite client until I bought a UPS that with that name on it. After about four years the internal battery went bad. I tried to decase the unit to replace it. I could not figure out how that would not break some plastic, so I called them and was told that the UPS (not cheap one) was not a serviceable unit. It was intended to be scrapped. I didn't do that, I did buy an APC replacement and the Triplite is in my shop in pieces so I can salvage small parts from it. Matt UPS units and inverter units are two distinctively different categories. I have had BOTH APC AND TRIPPLITE UPS units. The older APC units were good, but the newer APC units do not hold a candle to Tripplite. I have had to scrap several 3 and 4 yr old APCs because of some failure on the mainboard and yet the Tripplites just replace the batteries and go another 4 yrs. UPS units are a compromise between power, runtime, size, they are not battery efficient and the footprint limits the size of battery. Early UPS units used Gel batteries, newer units come with AGMs, I have noticed less battery life with the AGMs overall, three-four yrs vs the older Gel cells which often got me five to six yrs of life. I also had to scrap a couple of APC units because they would not play well with my backup power generator and replaced those with Tripplites which have no issue with being inline with a backup generator. I have worked also with Minuteman UPS units and some other brands which worked reasonably well as long as you understand that a UPS is designed solely to supply you enough power to safely shut down your PC(s) or other equipment in the event of a long term power outage or in a short term power surge/sag to ride out that even for a few seconds. The Tripplite inverter I posted IS designed for the long haul, it WILL run as long as you have enough external battery capacity. At 42 pounds it is a heavy duty beast, well built and well designed and not your average run of the mill inverter. Yes, you do pay a price upfront, but in the end will outlast the cheap China imports under heavy duty use.
Gdetrailer 06/28/20 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

lol, "power pole princess" I don't believe I have 120 available where I'm going. And calling the golf course is a great idea, I'm going to do that. And honestly, I would really like to keep the battery at or under 150$. 200$ at maximum. And oddly enough my search for SiO2 batteries only lead me to batteries that I could afford, but no Si02 batteries. But I believe the Si02 batteries are out of my need/budget. This is mainly just to charge a phone for minimal work use, camper lights, hopefully get my fridge to operate on propane for an around 2 month boondocking job Do you have or know someone who has a Sam's Club or Costco membership? If so, both places sell Golf cart 6V batteries for a good price. Sam's club GC2 $90 You will need to buy 2 GC2 batteries because they are sold in 6V containers. Simply wire the pos of one battery to the negative of the other and walla, you now have 12V! You will have around 210 Ahrs of capacity Or, you can go to ANY Walmart and buy combo RV/Marine battery in group 24 (lowest capacity of about 70Ahr) or Group 27 (higher capacity around 80Ahr) for around $80. When boondocking capacity is king and the GC2 batteries often offer more capacity at a lower price per Ahr. GC batteries are incredibly low cost since they are used in literally millions of battery powered Golf Carts which means the manufacturers can build them at a lower cost. I would recommend you read up on 12V stuff.. A real good "primer" is a two part article called The 12V SIDE OF LIFE PART1 And The 12V SIDE OF LIFE PART2 Some of battery choice also depends on how well you conserve power and how much high current demands you really need. Low power needs and you could easily getaway with a group 27 for say overnighting, longer than that then two or more may be needed or moving up to GC2 batteries. Typically you want to avoid high current draws like electric coffee pots, Hair driers, Microwave ovens when running solely on battery power. Those items can be powered via a generator much easier with lower cost for solar panels and batteries.
Gdetrailer 06/28/20 11:51am Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

And I honestly am surprised that the panels are so relatively cheap. There's a decently reviewed 100 watt one for 75ish dollars on amazon that might be the same as renogy That IS what I was talking about, there are far better choices with far better pricing once you look past the HF "kit". Renogy is a well known name with a pretty good reputation, however, that does not mean the lesser cost panels are not as good.. Sometimes you are paying for the reputation and IF you find a good deal elsewhere, it may be worth risking trying out the lower cost panel. At $75 for a 100W panel, that seems to be a decent savings and might be worth a small risk. You can then spend a bit more for a higher amperage controller which will allow you to add on a few more panels easily if you find that you need more power.
Gdetrailer 06/27/20 08:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

I'm not sure what you mean about a 12 volt to usb adapter. Are you talking about the thing that sticks into a cigarette lighter and has a female usb on it? If not could you send a picture of what you mean? And wouldn't I need a power inverter to use the adapter? I'm assuming that they can't just be easily hooked on a battery, or can they? And I bought the 10 amp kit but can easily cancel it on amazon as it probably won't ship until Monday https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61cwBFi5EqL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 Plug into ANY 12V cig/power ports. If you do not have a 12V Cig/power port available, you CAN add one easily or one add one of these.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81lSg2TPvgL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 Which you simply wire to your 12V battery.. Or you can add one of these.. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71jyXG5cdgL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=300 Which gives you not only a USB charger but a 12V power port along side it, just simply wire to your 12V battery. All of these solutions are much more efficient than using a 12V to 120V inverter then a 120V to 5V USB charger. The best of all the top pix is the cheapest at about $5 and the most expensive is the last pix at about $15. Much cheaper than buying any 12V to 120V inverter. Each time you do a voltage conversion there is a loss of energy which creates heat and uses more battery than it should, the idea is to minimize the amount of times you must "convert" the voltage. Eliminating the inverter step will save considerable amount of battery power making your camping experience go a bit further. This is especially true when dealing with very small current draw items like charging a cellphone.
Gdetrailer 06/27/20 08:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

I'm planning on Boondocking for a few months, plan to run my phone, some lights and hopefully my refrigerator on a 100 watt solar panel charging the Travel Trailer Battery for a short time job. After looking around I really like the harbor freight setup how it comes with lights and the charge controller has usb ports directly on it which makes me think that for my use, I wouldn't even need a power inverter. But I am pressed for time and don't have access to a harbor freight. I am going to rely on amazon shipping. https://www.harborfreight.com/100-watt-solar-panel-kit-63585.html But I see this on amazon and think it would be better cause of timely shipping but also I feel it would be more expandable in the future if I get serious about upgrading. Amazon link renogy 100 watt Solar panel startup kit I wish it was more like the Harbor freight where it came with lights and had usb ports on the charge controller as that's really all I need. I was wondering if anyone had any insight on advice or maybe knows of a power inverter that would work for my situation. I was also wondering if anyone knows if the harbor freight charge controller usb ports run directly from the panels or do they draw power from the battery or a mix of both. Specifically wondering when I could use lights from that. I could make a drive to a Harbor Freight but it really wouldn't be a cost effective or fun trip and it would suck if they didn't even have what I was looking for. But I always appreciate y'alls input Buy the 100W Renogy. The HF kit you get FOUR 25W panels which means you have FOUR panels taking up MORE space, MORE to handle and MORE to connect via very cheap connectors/combiner mess which is not weather proof. The HF kit you get a dirt cheap controller which will not have additional settings. You do not "need" the USB charging port on the controller, instead buy a regular 12V cig lighter plug charger. You do not "need" that HF cheapo 12V bulb, it won't last and you can find much better lights. You WILL in BOTH cases NEED to hook this up to a 12V battery, you cannot run devices directly for the solar panel.. The battery must be present and attempts to run without one will result in damage to your 12V equipment. The Renogy uses standard connectors, you can buy ready made extension cables with connectors already on the them and you can expand your system by adding another 100W or even more panels any time. There are some better prices than the Renogy if you search, if not in a kit with controller, you can sometimes get real bargains by buying panels separate from the controller.. That allows you to buy a more flexible and higher capacity controller. But, I would really recommend steering away from the HF kit, it is a toy and even with coupons it is still a expensive toy. Yes, there are folks who WILL STILL defend buying the HF kit, back in the early days the HF stuff was a deal, but now days it has been passed up and you can get a lot more wattage for a lot less money buying elsewhere. HF has not kept up with the prices of panels, they sell individual 25W panels for $70, you can buy a off brand 100W panel on Amazon for $79.. FOUR times more power for $9 more! You can buy 30A solar charge controllers on Amazon for $30.. 20A controllers for $20.. In reality, HFs kit should be priced no more than $100 without coupon and with 20% off coupon it would be $80, but, they have not kept up with technology and prices.. Instead they are asking $199.99 without coupon and 20% off coupon means you are paying $160.. I won't buy HF panels because of their pricing being so high and I have one only 15 minutes from my home!
Gdetrailer 06/27/20 12:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Decent inexpensive modified sine wave inverter

There's one way I judge: price. YGWYPF... almost every time. Cheaper ones are more likely to have noisy fans that run all the time. Even the cheapest auto parts store ones will work, for a while, but if you want something you don't have to replace in 3 years, spend the money. More expensive products aren't a conspiracy. And since you're looking at big wattage, it's likely the real cheap ones won't live up to those ratings. Other than that, weight will tell you about quality. The internals are NOT the same. Tripplite PV2000.. Product Dimensions 16.26 x 8.5 x 7.24 inches Item Weight 42 pounds Compare that to HF "Jupiter" brand 2000W inverter HERE which is: Product Height 3-1/2 in. Product Length 10-1/2 in. Product Weight 6.63 lb. Product Width 9-5/8 in. Shipping Weight 7.63 lb. Yeah, That HF is a feather weight compared to the Tripplite.. There IS a reason why the Tripplite weights more, it is built like a tank..
Gdetrailer 06/27/20 11:17am Tech Issues
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