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RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

From a post by TechWriter, it appears the Victron shows the combined current draw of the 2 lines. I don't know how their load sharing works which they call "load assist". I'm no power user, so here is a source I used for Multiplus II eval & install . . . Multiplus II Performance & Install – Power Assist explained Multiplus II Dynamic Current Limiting
TechWriter 11/08/22 09:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

It is my understanding that the Victron does this on both lines of 50 amp service but calls it "assist". Does it come with or is a control/monitor panel (for settings, etc) available for the RV interior? Yes. Inside my RV I have a Victron Touch 50 display which animates your power situation: Touch 50 display at work Also, the Touch 50 can be accessed via BlueTooth (good for 10-20 feet) and over the Internet if your Touch 50 is setup to a WiFI hotspot like so (on an iPhone): https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/pvinstall13.jpg height=240 width=520 From the Touch 50 display you can access a multitude a parameters . . . https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2022/10/pvinstall14.jpg height=240 width=520 It slices, it dices. My Victron RV install
TechWriter 11/04/22 11:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Two inverters for 50 amp service

TechWriter, my current GoPower IC 3kw inverter/charger does incoming and outgoing L1 and L2. The problem is it only monitors and controls the current on L1. Does the Victron Multiplus II monitor and control current on both lines? Not if incoming AC is connected via a dogbone.
TechWriter 11/01/22 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Two inverters for 50 amp service

So the output of the 2 inverters would be out of phase when plugged into a 50 amp service and in phase when plugged into 30 (or less) amp service. But I don't see an issue with that. Am I missing something? Or, buy a single Victron Multiplus II inverter and run both L1 & L2 into and out of it.
TechWriter 11/01/22 01:57pm Tech Issues
RE: 4th RV Solar Installation Complete

That is a truly a Masterful install Sir, and the GX panel interface is outstanding !!…Just curious, though not depicted in the schematic, have you considered installing a sub-panel to sequester certain AC loads (e.g. converter-charger, refer, water heater, possibly air conditioner?) away from the inverter (to prevent inadvertent battery drawdown)? Nope. The whole purpose of installing the Victron Multiplus II was to be able to connect it directly the my transfer switch w/o using a sub panel. My fridge is AC or propane so I can force it into propane mode, and my water heater is propane only. Yes, my two ACs could run off my batteries as well as other appliances like an AC heater. However, my inverter is set to shut off when battery voltage drops below a preset voltage.
TechWriter 10/24/22 07:09pm Tech Issues
4th RV Solar Installation Complete

Took nearly a year (fixed income speed) . . . 4th Solar Install
TechWriter 10/23/22 12:51am Tech Issues
RE: The Television won't pick up the cable channels

If the campground has digital cable, your TV must have a QAM tuner.
TechWriter 10/06/22 01:27am Tech Issues
RE: Rear Fiberglass Cap Damage

We started fixing the damage to the rear cap of our RV . . . Here's the poop -- Fixing Our RV Damage – The Ladder The next step will be repairing the fiberglass damage . . . which I plan to tackle myself. We'll see. Stay tuned.
TechWriter 09/24/22 05:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Space Storms Destroy Elon Musk's Starlink Satellites

So where are the reports of Starlink users with no service? Not here. Seeing 156 Mbps this morning.
TechWriter 09/20/22 12:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Sanitizing your RV water storage tank

How do yall sanitize you water storage tank. Per NFPA 1192 Standard on RVs, use 1/4 cup bleach per 15 gal of water (50 ppm ratio). So for a 90 gal RV water tank, you would use 1 1/2 cups of bleach. Run the bleached water throughout the RV plumbing, let it stand for 4 hours, then thoroughly flush with fresh water. For a stronger dose (100 ppm), you would use 1/2 cup of bleach per 15 gal water. If you don't like using bleach, then you can sanitize your tank with Purogene On the other hand, if you want to sanitize the water, and not the water tank, then you're talking about adding drops of bleach. Here are the EPA's Recommendations.
TechWriter 09/15/22 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dish TV Satellites

. . . the 1000 dishes are being replaced by what they refer to as the hybrid pro dishes. The dish isn't hybrid pro, the LNB is.
TechWriter 09/10/22 11:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Dish TV Satellites

If you have conventional tripod mounted dish you will need either 2 dishes, one for EA and one for WA so you can choose, or if you can find a 1000.4 Eastern Arc dish it can be used with a western arc LNB with a small mod to the LNB. Both the 1000.4 and 1000.2 dishes can be fitted with either a EA or a WA LNB . . . like so.
TechWriter 09/09/22 11:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Solar panel system fires

This story is over a year old.
TechWriter 09/05/22 01:13am Tech Issues
RE: Gas Class A

Good info all. I was Class B licensed before they came up with all the new rules, so should have no problem with a CDL, if that comes up. (Although I don't expect it to) The following info is much appreciated, and sort of the way we are going. I never want a Class C. Before purchasing our current Class A, we looked at used Class Cs and were incredibly disappointed. For example, for similar pricing we found a Class A with greater carrying capacity, more storage, better floorplan, and 50A electrical (2 ACs) -- and levelers (many Class Cs don't have them and they are expensive to add). I never want another DP (unless I come into a lot of money). Our 2001 Newmar was generally a joy to drive and ride in while our first RV (2004 Sea Breeze) was difficult to drive, loud, and uncomfortable. However, our DP was VERY expensive to repair. Since it was about 20 years old, expensive things (e.g., radiator) needed replacement. Yearly "tune ups" were also pricey. 3rd time's the charm. So far. Our 3rd RV is a 21-year-old, 31-foot, Ford V10, one owner gasser. One owner who didn't drive it much and appears to have kept it in storage when not driving. We lucked out. It's EASY to drive. The V10 has plenty of power. It's comfortable, not an air bag ride, but comfortable. Finally, despite the up front engine, it's not loud. Go figure. Conclusion: If you can, test drive because YRMV. Tx. Final thought — if you’re getting a Class A gasser, go short. I’d never get a gasser longer than 34 feet (32 feet = perfection). A DP works the other way — longer is generally better. I’d never buy a DP shorter than 34 feet. Well, unless it’s a Country Coach, then 32 feet is hunky dory.
TechWriter 08/14/22 11:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Class A

I am thinking we should be pretty happy with a gas Class A. We are tied to our home town until our mom passes, she is 91 and going strong, so no full time diesel pusher. And the very first post is "Why I have a DP". Classic. People (present company included) write about what they own/owned and generalize from there. For example, the guy who said his Damon has limited carrying capacity. His Damon was 37 1/2' long. IMHO, WAY too long for a Class A. Very little CCC and probably drove horribly too. My current 2001 31' Sea View has over a ton of CCC. Ergo, Class As need not have low CCC. My first Class A was a gasser (2004 National RV). Our second one was a DP (2001 Newmar Mountain Aire). Our third and current is a gasser again (2001 National RV Sea View). What have we learned? I never want a Class C. Before purchasing our current Class A, we looked at used Class Cs and were incredibly disappointed. For example, for similar pricing we found a Class A with greater carrying capacity, more storage, better floorplan, and 50A electrical (2 ACs) -- and levelers (many Class Cs don't have them and they are expensive to add). I never want another DP (unless I come into a lot of money). Our 2001 Newmar was generally a joy to drive and ride in while our first RV (2004 Sea Breeze) was difficult to drive, loud, and uncomfortable. However, our DP was VERY expensive to repair. Since it was about 20 years old, expensive things (e.g., radiator) needed replacement. Yearly "tune ups" were also pricey. 3rd time's the charm. So far. Our 3rd RV is a 21-year-old, 31-foot, Ford V10, one owner gasser. One owner who didn't drive it much and appears to have kept it in storage when not driving. We lucked out. It's EASY to drive. The V10 has plenty of power. It's comfortable, not an air bag ride, but comfortable. Finally, despite the up front engine, it's not loud. Go figure. Conclusion: If you can, test drive because YRMV.
TechWriter 08/12/22 11:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Rear Fiberglass Cap Damage

While it's probably not necessary, I would recommend that you use marine grade plywood behind the fiberglass. It adds a bit to the price but you won't have to worry about water that splashes up on it from underneath the vehicle degrading the plywood. I'm also considering a plastic or aluminum sheet (leaning towards aluminum), but both (especially aluminum) are much more expensive than plywood. See this IRV2 post (post #12). PLEASE keep us up to date on the repair. I'm really interested in seeing how this turns out for you. You bet. I may try fixing the fiberglass to make it more structurally stable this fall, but probably won't be complete until Spring.
TechWriter 08/06/22 09:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rear Fiberglass Cap Damage

OP Here . . . Here's more info on HOW the accident occurred and HOW we plan to fix it. The Safari Solution Of the three forums I posted on, I think the best advice came from here. Thanks!
TechWriter 08/06/22 12:20am General RVing Issues
Rear Fiberglass Cap Damage

Had a very bad day when our Jeep toad apparently kissed our RV's rear end during a hard stop. No interior damage, just the outer fiberglass skin (and ladder). Estimated cost to repair ??? https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/jalama03-72522-seaview-damaged1.jpg height=461 width=614 https://rvseniormoments.files.wordpress.com/2022/07/jalama04-72522-seaview-damaged2.jpg height=461 width=614
TechWriter 08/01/22 10:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Inverter ?

Assuming that I have the battery power would a 3,000 watt inverter run a rooftop 13,500 air for an hour or so ? Do you have a 30A or 50A system?
TechWriter 07/21/22 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Using a swamp cooler

With a swamp cooler you also want to make sure that you're pumping soft water into it. Our next door neighbor in AZ failed to do that and after a year or so our local hard water completely ruined his cooler.
TechWriter 07/18/22 02:22pm Tech Issues
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