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RE: Can1500w inverter or Honda 2k gen work 900w Microwave

Whether the inverter can power your brother's microwave is one matter, the toll to 2 batteries for just a few minutes of microwave use will take a significant bite out of the onboard 12 volt reserves. This will eventually lead to powering up the genny earlier and longer to replenish consumed amphours, our inverter could power up our microwave but I always would run the genny since it would literally zap our 2 battery setup. We have plenty of solar which helps, inevitably when using high amperage items (microwave, blow dryer, curling irons, coffee makers, blenders, etc.) on just a dual battery bank the generator ends up being used more than necessary. We have an Iota IQ4 smart converter that quickly restores our batteries during bulk charging, having a remote start genny (Onan/Champion 3100) makes it easy for us to use high amp items at our convenience.
Sandia Man 05/10/21 11:24am Tech Issues
RE: Need recommendation for a replacement inverter

First, our Xantrex 2K watt inverter charger has performed flawlessly whether providing 120Vac to our coach or charging our 4 golfcart batteries. Second, we have the larger 4 door Norcold in our rig and inverter is not wired from the factory to power our fridge. I asked the previous owner and they stated the factory told them no need as propane mode is commonly used when off the power grid. On my last rig I installed a dedicated inverter for our RV fridge thinking I would save on propane and not have to have it in gas mode while traveling. Neither assumption were truly vindicated, we found batteries down upon arrival, not good when you are boondocking. Our RV fridges have always performed well across many rigs, they stay cold for hours, we use propane mode as needed while traveling.
Sandia Man 05/04/21 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fish bowl cooling class A

Obviously a bugaboo for motorized RVs, the larger they are the worse it is for driving in triple digit temps. All the ideas mentioned above can have some effect for some, more than likely not dramatic enough for most. We purchased our current class A in Texas and picked it up in late July enduring record temps that hovered around 115 degrees. Previous owners replaced dash AC in hopes of making it more bearable, indeed air out of vents was really cold but the time it reached us in cockpit seats it simply did not do the trick. You can throw a bunch of money at it with minimal results, kind of like trying to get better mpg, best and most effective method is to just drive a bit slower. We found if we just left a little bit earlier when temps soared by noon we were at least accustomed to it, thankfully my DW and I were born, raised, and lived most of our adult life in Phoenix and are able to tolerate heat somewhat. Hopefully you find a method that at least makes it more bearable, I know it would be helpful for so many with same issue.
Sandia Man 05/03/21 11:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much is too much voltage from chargers 14.6v?

Our Iota IQ4 smart converter outputs 14.84Vdc during bulk charging, don't monitor our solar controller much but it is set @ 14.8Vdc, and alternator in our motorhome can exceed 15 Vdc for short periods of time, never noticed any issues with items posted.
Sandia Man 04/27/21 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

We prefer boondocking, we have plenty of solar, couple pairs of golfcart batteries, extremely quick Iota IQ4 smart charging converter, alas without a genny we are just playing games. Wouldn't go RVing without one, prefer Onans as we like to be able to run our rig as if connected to shorepower, no power scrimping here, why have an RV if you can't use all the amenities onboard wherever you are. Onans are wonderful but overkill for most situations. We needed something to occasionally give our onboard genny a break, something powerful enough to run at least a single RV AC unit, fuel efficient and quiet with inverter technology. Most of all it had to have remote start to mimic Onan ease of operation, the answer for us was the Champion 3100 inverter genny, after 5 years our answer to you is Champion. Approaching 600 hours it has never failed to give us the power we need, high elevations, single or triple digit temps it just doesn't matter. Very easy to work on and maintain, plenty of parts availability, friendly customer service, and 3 year warranty made it a no brainer for us. Had cause to contact Champion for a high elevation jet as we primarily camp above 7K', a few days later it was at our doorstep.
Sandia Man 04/26/21 07:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Newby Satellite Questions

We have VIP211z and it has been working well for many years, added hard drive and see no reason to get a Wally. Used it initially for our manual setup residential sat. antenna, currently using it with a King dome and it starts setting itself up as soon as we plug into shore power, 2K watt inverter, or Onan genny. Since we often leave our rig unattended making it easy for others to walk away with it, we chose to roof mount our automated sat. antenna dome, it is easily removable in case we need to place it elsewhere when trees or other obstacles are blocking southern skies.
Sandia Man 04/26/21 02:08pm Technology Corner
RE: BAttery replacement.

Any of the batteries we received from the dealer were 12 volt car, or at best a so called hybrid RV battery. In either case they just can't deal with being drawn down time and again if you do lots of RVing off the power grid. If you mostly camp hooked up to a power pedestal any type of battery would suffice. Since we most often attempt to boondock or drycamp we found golfcart batteries give more bang for the buck. We purchase our GC2 6 volt batteries from Samsclub, we use a smart charging converter or inverter charger to keep them happy.
Sandia Man 04/12/21 01:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Shark Bite on older pex

Properly prepped pex tubing should have no issues with sharkbite fittings, I always carry a couple along with a variety of standard plastic fittings commonly used by RV manufacturers. As long as they are not leaking you are good, otherwise use whatever type fitting was installed at the factory, they are usually less expensive anyway and last for years.
Sandia Man 04/10/21 11:21am Tech Issues
RE: Battery price question...

Couple of 12 volt car batteries I purchased over the last year were well over $120, GC2 6 volt batteries can be purchased for less at Samsclub or Costco. Did the two 12 volt battery set-up every time we got a brand new RV since dealer would always installed a 12 volt, we would have them add another battery since we do lots of RVing off the power grid. Was never satisfied with their performance, would trade them out for a pair of 6 volt golfcart batteries from Samsclub after a year. Current pair are 5 years old and doing great, paid about $130 for the set. We use more gas on a single RV trip than what I pay for at least 8 years of reliable 12 volt reserves, proper charging and watering is paramount.
Sandia Man 04/10/21 11:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Dish rec’r No Satellites found using new 2000w inverter

That can happen although we have a different Winegard dome, when moving from one location to another the receiver may stay stuck on last setup. For the most part once we plug into shorepower, generator, or inverter our sat. dome and receiver automatically sets up. As long as receiver turns on I would not consider it a power source issue, we have used our sat. dome/receiver, and all our A/V equipment on MSW inverters without issue. On the rare occasion it does not set up properly, I will get remote and manually set location, dome reconfigures and all is well.
Sandia Man 04/07/21 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Follow up Solar Question

We have a solar suitcase we implement from time to time to supplement the solar panels we have on the roof, particularly when camping in forests or on cloudy days. Nothing wrong with trying to eek out an extra .25A/.50A, but as you have stated it may be more work than it's worth. We have a Renogy solar suitcase and use the rear mounted solar charger until it went through one heck of a monsoon storm, ordered a slightly better water resistant solar charger from Renogy. We did go with a heavier gauge wire mounted directly to battery, simply deploy and connect.
Sandia Man 04/07/21 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Amirillo to Denver via 87-25?

Both would work well, as mentioned above there are other routes as well. Biggest issue (we have a 40' rig) is these Spring winds that tend to roar more than ever this time of year. On those especially windy days we get an early start in hope of avoiding the worst part which usually occurs mid to late afternoon, in any event we just drive a bit slower during these scenarios. Have a great trip, been a few years since we made the trek to the Grand Tetons.
Sandia Man 04/07/21 01:35pm Roads and Routes
RE: Solar expert please help me understand

With charging wire from solar panel going through front access they are probably keeping a starting battery from completely discharging, when plugged to shorepower many rig's only charge house batteries.
Sandia Man 04/06/21 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide Seal Conditioner that doesn't "stink"

We have been using 3-in-1 RV rubber seal conditioner along with 3-in-1 slide lubrication from good ole Wallyworld, really rejuvenates our seals and doesn't have any strong odor that I can notice. I know that you are not interested in what a man thinks, I apply it every couple of months and DW hasn't complained, she is ultra sensitive to strong odors.
Sandia Man 04/05/21 03:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: What are you using for external water filtration?

We moved ours indoors to under our sink as well due to getting to cold in our rig's wet bay. Don't find a need to filter shower, toilet, or dish water although we have an external filter we could hook up, under most circumstances we bring city water from home and use our FW pump. We get our dual filtration system/filters from Lowes, Home Depot, good variety on Amazon if you don't want to hassle with big box stores. Fittings can be had from locations above to easily integrate into plumbing under sink. After all that, we drink bottled water and use filtered water primarily for cooking.
Sandia Man 04/04/21 06:41pm Full-time RVing
RE: 6v Battery replacement

Whatever they have at Samsclub is what we get, current set of GC2 batteries are Duracell with 5 years on them and a good ways to go. Set we had prior from Samsclub were Interstate, still going after 8 years (tested good at Napa) but Samsclub had a ridiculous sale on our Duracells that I couldn't resist, plus they have a few more amphours. Batteries are primarily made by a couple of manufacturers anyway, proper charging is paramount followed closely by monthly maintenance. We always keep our rigs plugged in while in storage, smart converter/inverter charger does the rest. For about the price of gas on a single RVing trip we have our batteries covered for the next 7-9 years,
Sandia Man 04/04/21 02:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Utilizing Refrigerator While Driving to RV Park

Sounds like salesman was telling you to use generator while traveling down the road to keep residential fridge running if you are plugging your 30 amp cord into onboard receptacle. Generally, our experience is if our fridge is at proper operating temps and contents within are cold we can go a few hours without any cooling and just plug in when we arrive to our site. The majority of RVs have absorption type fridges where they can utilize propane to cool while underway to their next destination, of course on propane mode they should be turned off while refueling.
Sandia Man 03/31/21 02:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New again, remind me

We spent a bit over 2 years looking for our next rig, always having towable RVs our search began there. Over 3 decades of RVing and now into our 50s we couldn't decide which type of towable as we have had TTs, 5ers, and even toyhaulers over the duration. After about a year into our search we started thinking about motorized RVs, although we have a very capable truck it has just over 80K miles and did not want to wear it out, we don't plan to buy another anytime soon. That is where our search took a turn towards Class A rigs, I was open minded about which fuel type and brand gathering all the info we could from every point of view. Family, close friends, colleagues, neighbors, and mechanics were all in on giving their 2 cents worth, really opened our minds on what is important for us as we set forth in our quest for our next RV. We purchased new in the past but this time out we want a lightly used low mileage rig, we know it won't be easy. Looked at everything locally at dealers and private sellers, pretty much anything statewide but pickings were sparse for parameters mentioned above. Started perusing RvTrader among other RV selling online sites to see what was available in surrounding states, luckily we live between TX and AZ which are well known for long term RVing. Lots of snowbirds end up selling their rigs and settling in these states fulltime, problem was there were many like us searching the same type of rigs. With the onset of covid-19 it became that much more of a battle to find a suitable rig as they were being purchased within days of being on the market, and at marked up prices whether from dealer or private party. We stayed the course and finally found our current rig, traveled to south Texas while the virus was raging last July, drove it home nesrly 1K miles through record breaking Texas heat. Well maintained and cared for, it's a 39' Monaco, W24 chassis, 8.1L with Allison 2100, 19K miles and 248 hours on Onan genny.
Sandia Man 03/31/21 01:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: All the little things

It looks like the previous owners didn't have the TT for very long to add their personal touches, maybe the layout, size, or whatever did not suit them and knew they were going to sell rig early on. I've seen too many used RVs in the past where owners went way overboard on making changes, at times losing the original appeal that made them purchase the RV in the first place, not always good for resale. We love making mods to the RVs we have owned, mostly to improve functionality of the rig. We replaced mattresses, added powered vent fans/covers, installed inverters and boosted charging and battery reserves.
Sandia Man 03/30/21 11:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Lock em up... a long story

First, being from the valley we always loved Payson as we drove through on our way to the Mogollon Rim and the glorious White Mountains of AZ. Last time we drove through it has grown so much, so many from PHX and Tucson have purchased getaway property that can sit unattended for months. Having property out in the country (as we do) you actually need to be more active with deterrents, thieves are aware that it is easy pickings, all they have to do is drive around, pretty obvious to these lowlifes which properties appear unattended, glad you were watching out for your neighbors. Never had anything burgled at our primary residences, we reside on an acre lot and I do watch for unusual activity, don't have a lot of traffic making it easy to notice vehicles that don't belong. Different story at our ranch, once past the gate thieves can get to our belongings unseen from road.
Sandia Man 03/29/21 04:01pm General RVing Issues
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