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RE: CDN/US border closed another month, at least.

On the plus side, there may be some room in campgrounds in BC for those of us who live here
Tequila 06/19/21 09:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: ISB Sola regulators

Tequila, Are you saying the shore power source is not fused or has no circuit breaker? I can't see how adding an additional breaker--if there already is one would help. Thanks for posting the chart--it is where I did the math from for the buck and boost percentages. So it is buck of -10% (135 volts), boost of +10% (110 volts) and additional boost of +20% (100 volts). The buck is a calculation only. The boosts were checked by actual measurements, but under no load. BTW the lowest voltage I've measured was 99 under no load and 97 under load from air conditioner. The Sola basic allow me to cool down my RV safely. Based on the fact the 8000 does not have 2 hots, i see little reason to use it rather than a 4000. I have had voltage drop to 80 volts on one occasion.
Tequila 05/31/21 03:15pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

OK just checked it out, you are correct. So unless the 8000 handles 2 hots separately there is no advantage in buying the 8000/ Learned something.
Tequila 05/31/21 02:04pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

The 50(male)/30 adapter connects one 50A hot to the 30A hot. The 30/50 adapter connects connects the 30A hot to both 50A hots. This is a connection that does not trip the pedestal CB so it's not a short in that sense. What happens with a 120V sola device is dependent on how and where it's installed. Hardwiring inside a 50A RV has potential issues when it's later plugged into a 120/240V 50A plug. The devil is in the details. I would like someone to check it with a meter. The wiring diagram i see on net, shows the hots as bridged. I may have one out in my Rv, I will go check it with an ohmneter. You may be correct.
Tequila 05/31/21 01:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

If they add a 50A CB to the input then they will be OK provided nothing in the RV limits the power. My rig and others have load shedding which would not detect 240V and load shed to the default 30A. This cannot be changed w/o rewiring. In Mexico without a 50A CB on the SOTA and if they are drawing 8000 va which is 67A then the neutral from their 50A power plug to the CB panel is overloaded by 17A. A hardwired unit would have to be removed upon returning to the US because the shorted hots will blow the 120/240V 50A CB. Many years ago I concluded that the least understood topic on any RV forum was electrical and the least understood electrical item is 120/240V 50A power. Just shows how little is known about home power which is the very same circuit except the CB panel will have a 200A rating for example. You're giving them good advice IMHO but they don't understand how different a 120/240V circuit is from a 120V circuit. Thanks for that info. I am not so sure the shorted hots would trip the CB since a 50 amp to 30 amp dog bone shorts them anyway. I have used one in a park that only had a 50 amp socket to plug my 30 amp rig into. Tres Amigos in mazatlan which only has 50 & 15 amp on some pedestals. Whether it is really 50 amp is debabatable. I have only seen 50 amp in 2 other parks in Mexico. Telaquepaque in Lo de Marcos and Arturos park in Cuitzeo
Tequila 05/31/21 01:16pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

Hi, I just checked. Buck is only 10% 1st boost is 10% (110 to 121) 2nd boost is ~20% (100 to 121) here is the chart for the ISB, both models. The reason for all of this is we have caravan customers wanting these. Some have 50 amp service and are asking about the 8000. Since 50 amp service in mexico is as rare as hens teeth, I personally think its overkill, but i have people wanting to wire them permanent in their rigs. If they are not really compatible with 50 Amp RV wiring then they are really degrading their service. Plus I wonder if they are installing a potential fire hazard. I don't think I would install one without a circuit breaker on the input. IMO it is better to just butcher a 30 amp extension, stick the 4000 in a milk crate and use it when you need to. I just push mine under the rig to keep it dry. https://mexicocaravans.com/images/voltreg.jpg
Tequila 05/31/21 11:36am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

The 30A male to 50A female connector does connect both 50A hots together and that's OK since the maximum amps is 30A. A 120V 66A connection means that the neutral can carry 66A and the RV wiring is only rated for 50A. ie For a 120/240V 50A circuit the neutral wire maximum amps is the difference of the 2 hot wires and hence a maximum of 50A. This is why all 3 wires are the same size and rated for 50A. I suggest you remove the 8000 unit from the chart and/or make it very clear that this unit is not compatible with a 50A RV. Are you sure? It seems to me if you butchered a 50 amp extension and bridged the black and red wires using a murette and a suffiently low guage wire to the unit, in and out, it should handle 50 amps OK. If it it can handle 60 amps as it says in the documentation, the factor should be the guage of the wire. I am assuming the 2 hots of the 50 amp cord are the same phase and only diference between the 50 and 30 amp is the total sum of guages of the wires. It woudl be nice to see inside an 8000 and see what the diference with a 4000. Terminal size, etc?
Tequila 05/31/21 11:27am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

OK, translated the Spanish and it appears that the 8000 unit is for a single 120V circuit rated at 66A. But not sure about the specs... Yes that makes me thing it you are wiring it up with a 50 amp cord you need to bridge the 2 hots. From what I can tell that is what happens in a 50 to 30 amp convertor dog bone. I don't have one or I would check with a meter
Tequila 05/31/21 10:00am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

dimensions corrected
Tequila 05/31/21 09:58am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: ISB Sola regulators

Also wondering about your dimensions. The 8000 unit is only 1" higher than the 4000 unit and the Hughes 50A is smaller than the 30A unit? Let me check on those. I will correct if I made a mistake
Tequila 05/31/21 09:27am RVing in Mexico and South America
ISB Sola regulators

Some info and a question. First of all I have created a chart with the specs for the ISB Sola 4000 & 8000 compared to the Hughes 30 and 50 amp autoformers. Here it is https://www.mexicocaravans.com/ISBvsHughes.pdf Now the question. Has anyone wired up an ISB Sola 8000? Are there separate terminals for the 2 hots in a 50 amp cable, or do you strap them together? I do have wiring instructions for the ISB 4000 here: https://www.mexicocaravans.com/Regulator.pdf
Tequila 05/30/21 08:16pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

One thing to consider is the emergence of a dominant non lethal mutation. It is sometimes speculated that that is what ended the 1918 pandemic. It is not in the intersts of the virus to kill its host.
Tequila 05/04/21 12:33pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

True enough, but it is still a big risk for emergence of dangerous mutations.
Tequila 05/04/21 07:28am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

I dom't know about anyone else but I feel I've been in bad zombie apocalypse movie
Tequila 05/03/21 07:27am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

Well, he has been a disappointment to many and it is hard to know what to believe. When politicians say stuff like that, I just point to India which said the same thing a month back. We all want normal, but we can't let our guard down yet.
Tequila 05/02/21 09:54am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

Me too another winter in Canada would really suck
Tequila 04/30/21 01:30pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

I was told my second shot is in August but could be sooner (moderna). If fully vaccinated I may do the ship across and fly routine if needed, but I suspect the border will open for vaccinated people by summer.
Tequila 04/30/21 12:58pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

I think we will see everything open up by 2021 summers end. My gut feeling as well, but what is happening in India is alarming. It shows what can happen if the guard is let down. The rate of increase there is incredible and it shows what happens if you open up everything all of aa sudden. I hope Mexico is taking note. The uS is oding well with vaccine supply, I suspect it will feel it is in its best interest to help get Canada & Mexico secured ASAP. Regardless every country has to do what it can to help India get under control.
Tequila 04/29/21 01:06pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

Well my partner will be in trouble if it is not. He has 3 full Quebec caravans and 3 Enlgish ones plus 2 airstream ones with canadians in them. 2 lost seasons could finish him. I suspect by late summer most Americnas and Canadians are vaccinated, this should die down to an acceptabel level, but you neve rknow. The next 2 months will tell. The big unknown is mutations. For me it's a hobby, for him it's his income. I want to drive down in October, but flying may be the only option. I can absolutely see proof of vaccination being required to cross the US/Canada border once it re-opens for awhile at least.
Tequila 04/29/21 12:36pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Ixtapa Trailer Park

Thanks for this post. As some of you know I am in an RV and tourism related business here in Mexico. My tour company has been shut down since March 17th 2020, that is for private tours in my vans. I have little to no overhead, and am debt free. So we are going to be able to ride it out. When the market comes back... and it will, I will be glad to see it. This year we did have 4 RV caravans come to Puerto Penasco for a combined 54 rigs over a 3 week period. All sanitary protocols were followed by everyone who came here plus all of my vendors on the ground here and it was good to see these folks travelling safely again. We miss our Canadian friends though and hope that restrictions are lifted for season 2022. I already have 6 caravans scheduled for 2022 (close to 100 rigs) so there is a big demand. Hasta la vista, hopefully next year! We shut down our RV Caravan business for the 2020/2021 season entirely. It has been tough on our local Mexican tour guides all over Mexico. Our nightmare scenario would have been a customer crossing asymptomatic and infecting the entire group. Just not worth it. We also have a large demand for 2021/2022 with some of trips already full. French Canadian ones are, which could be an issue if the US/Canada border does not re-open by Fall. It is still pretty uncertain. We have decided to require proof of vaccination and we may have to modify things like restaurant meals if protocols are still in place. We have 4 regular English language caravans, 4 French and 2 Airstream club trips planned for this upcoming season, so we are hoping Covid is a minor issue by late Fall. At least PP is close enough to the border you can hightail it back in case of an outbreak
Tequila 04/26/21 09:38am RVing in Mexico and South America
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