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RE: Power "vampire" on coach batteries

I would test each battery individually and make sure you don't have one that's going bad.
blaczero 10/21/21 10:07am Tech Issues
RE: Renting your RV

2 different things we're talking about maybe? One is renting it, someone takes it. Another is I airbnb it and it doesn't move from my property.
blaczero 10/13/21 07:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Renting your RV

Great responses from everyone, thanks. I would like to park my RV on my property and Airbnb it. I am considering renting it out since I am getting a new one. We'll have to put some more thought into it. It's one thing renting out a class c, a whole other to rent out a towable.
blaczero 10/12/21 06:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Replacement Water Pump

I'm going to carry a replacement water pump as a spare. I'm interested in max flow and quiet operation. Any recommendations? I'd post this in general forum.
blaczero 10/07/21 06:22am Tech Issues
RE: blowing a 20a and 30a fuse instantly

Thanks!!! Every bronze connector on the panel is ground, except the cigarette lighter. I had the wires on wrong! Good info on the multimeter, I had tested it but didn't know which should be + (side or all the way in). Excellent! :) I had thought about mentioning the brass color may be positive which would typically follow other electrical guidelines but was concerned not all were marked that way.. Max fuse size also should be selected to protect the wire. 12Ga = 20A fuse.. 10Ga = 30A fuse.. While there may be a few exceptions to that rule, it is very wise to follow typical recommended fusing sizes for the wire size in use. You really want the fuse/breaker to pop before the wire over heats and causes a fire. Just be aware 20A at 13.8V is 276W max your inverter will be able to supply. Might handle a quick surge above that before fuse blows but that should be fine. Thanks to you and the others for the feedback. Learning something every day here. The panel is in and working great, one more step toward everything on DC
blaczero 10/07/21 06:14am Tech Issues
RE: blowing a 20a and 30a fuse instantly

Plugged a USB charger into cigarette port, works fine Recheck the wiring to the cig port, it still can be reversed and a plug in USB charger still work. Plug in power port USB chargers may have the ability to operate with reversed polarity since they could be used in older vehicles with a positive ground. Your inverter however may not work at all with reverse polarity and may have a reverse polarity diode which acts like a short when reverse polarity happens.. Looking at the back of your power center it is easy to switch the pos and negative wires although this one I picked does have pos (+) and neg (-) markings. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71+Mhhu6u-L._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=400 width=400 You need to ensure the center connection inside the power port is correctly connected to the positive of your 12V system. You can verify the correct polarity with using a DVM set to volt meter if you have one by touching the red lead to the center of the port and the black lead to any 12V ground. The voltage on the DVM should read positive and should not indicate (-). Thanks!!! Every bronze connector on the panel is ground, except the cigarette lighter. I had the wires on wrong! Good info on the multimeter, I had tested it but didn't know which should be + (side or all the way in).
blaczero 10/06/21 11:11am Tech Issues
RE: blowing a 20a and 30a fuse instantly

Plugged a USB charger into cigarette port, works fine
blaczero 10/06/21 07:59am Tech Issues
blowing a 20a and 30a fuse instantly

hey guys, I plug in a cigarette lighter 200w inverter into this... https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTBXHEV and it immediatly blows a 20a or 30a fuse. I wired this up with 12awg. by my math, it should be drawing nowhere near 30a the back of the inverter says 200w peak 150w sustained. Nothing is plugged into the inverter when I plug it in, and it works in my truck fine. Any ideas?
blaczero 10/06/21 06:27am Tech Issues
Renting your RV

Just heard about this, know nothing about it. Someone told me there are companies that will take your RV, and you'll just get a check every month. Anyone have good experience with this?
blaczero 10/04/21 07:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

My Magnum 3000w inverter has 2a idle draw with enough batteries and solar it's not a big issue just leaving it on 24/7. If you're going to be switching it on and off then it shouldn't matter unless you forget to turn it off. How much PV wattage do you have?
blaczero 10/04/21 07:18pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

That sounds good to me. I'll never be charging my cell via AC again after this set up. Putting DC USB charging ports all over the rig. My overall goal is to run everything I can from DC (TV, laptop/cell charge, small fans, LED light strips, etc)
blaczero 10/04/21 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

Thanks for all the advice so far. The 3500w inverter I got is listed as 1a idle draw. It also has a remote pannel that I can install in a convienient place to shut it off when not in use too. The size is what is constricting me right now. I have a travel trailer and will get a 5th wheel soon. No storage bin in the front, so I don't have many places to mount the inverter without going over 5' in length away from the batteries. I may hold off on the inverter for this rig and just go with running a 20a 12awg from dc main panel to a housing with cigarette lighter/usb inputs and a 90+w dc charger for the laptops (they all charge USB C) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTBXHEV/ and https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B098TKDDGC Thanks to the above poster for the idea.
blaczero 10/03/21 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

makes sense... It's funny, if you look up reviews of inverters on the internet, a lot of times they'll include "didn't ship with wires" sort of thing. Maybe they're throwing them in to just check that box. The inverter is listed as 1a idle draw, so 12w, which I thought was great. I want to be able to run a tv, computer, charge phones and laptop, and possibly run a dehumidifier if/when I need. I have 0awg left over from the battery project so I'll end up using that from the battery to inverter and read the manual to find out what size breaker I need. Have to be careful on reviews, lots of shills for and against the products. I read the middle of the road reviews as they tend to be the most honest. Most inverters can be traced back to being Chinese imports, they may work, but they are often way over rated. One should never buy solely on reviews or low pricing, there is a reason why there are inverters that cost much more than $500 and yet deliver much less wattage than what you have bought. Fr charging low wattage items like cell phones and laptops, I would suggest a completely different route. For cellphones, tablets and any other device that use USB 5V charging cables, go with 12V to 5V USB chargers. The ones that plug into a 12V cig/power port in your car.. Much more direct, much less idle current draw than a inverter. Looks like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61CNMfj+7vS._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=400 You can add in your own 12V power ports in your RV by buying cig lighter/power ports.. Like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/71rGnmXVCTL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=400 You can also buy combo 12V/USB 5V power ports. Like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61y68iPptzL._AC_SL1000_.jpg height=300 width=400 For laptops, you can buy universal 120V/12V power supplies which are designed to plug into 120V AC or 12V DC and use special changeable tips that set the power supply to your laptops needed tip and voltage. Like this.. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/61BlOUHEXyL._AC_SL1000_.jpg height=300 width=400 This one is what I bought for my DD to use for her Dell i7 quad core 2 in one PC. Works great on 120V and 12V. Found HERE for $35.. Phones, laptops are so low of a power draw that it doesn't make sense to run them through a 12V to 120V inverter and then from 120V to 5V or 120V to 19V laptop power supplies.. You can run these devices more direct with correct chargers that run from 12V and save a lot of needless wasted energy in the process. Each voltage conversion has a power loss, typically with inveters you looking at as low as 80%-85% conversion efficiency meaning 15%-20% is lost in heat during the conversion depending on the load. 5V USB chargers laptop 12V chargers will have at least 90%-94% conversion efficiency typical of switching power supplies. I get what you're saying. I'd like everything to be DC and not have to invert. I am buying a new RV in a couple weeks so I'll be kitting that one out with what you've listed (usb 5v stuff). For now, I do have some USB ports in my rig, but they're too low a wattage to charge my laptops unless I replaced them.
blaczero 09/27/21 01:05pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

I have 2 100Ah batteries right now and 200w of solar. Just trying it out to see how it works for us before I spend 10k+. The inverter was reviewed well and only $500 I think you need to step back and layout a full system...a couple 100Ah batteries will be an issue unless you limit the inverter to a small fraction of it's capability. Ya I agree, but again, I started at 3500 watt so I don't have to buy another down the road (who knows, maybe I still will). This is the one I got, its pure. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B092Z8F4H1
blaczero 09/27/21 01:03pm Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

makes sense... It's funny, if you look up reviews of inverters on the internet, a lot of times they'll include "didn't ship with wires" sort of thing. Maybe they're throwing them in to just check that box. The inverter is listed as 1a idle draw, so 12w, which I thought was great. I want to be able to run a tv, computer, charge phones and laptop, and possibly run a dehumidifier if/when I need. I have 0awg left over from the battery project so I'll end up using that from the battery to inverter and read the manual to find out what size breaker I need.
blaczero 09/27/21 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

Sorry, I mixed up my output and input... 7000 watt output / 110v = 63a
blaczero 09/27/21 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

Have not received the unit yet, but I'll read the manual. I usually forget to RTFM This is all self-taught, youtube, forum ideas that I'm building. Thanks for the responses, I am building a system slowly and figured I'd buy a large inverter instead of 2 or 3 inverters as I grow. I have 2 100Ah batteries right now and 200w of solar. Just trying it out to see how it works for us before I spend 10k+. The inverter was reviewed well and only $500 *edit* Just noticed the inverter ships with 2awg wires, hah
blaczero 09/27/21 08:14am Tech Issues
3500w power inverter

Just ordered this, and doing a calculation for a fuse/breaker. This has a peak output of 7000w, 3500w sustained, amperage is calculated to 583amps. I wouldn't think I need a 600a breaker... what am I missing?
blaczero 09/27/21 07:21am Tech Issues
Onboard air and airbag install

I decided to go with onboard air and separate air/manifold for airbags. I bought the Air Lift 25980EZ WirelessONE (2nd Generation) with EZ Mount and VIAIR Constant Duty Onboard Air System - 10007 I went with 1" steel straps to attach the hardware to the frame, as I wasn't sure I'd keep everything where it was and didn't want to drill all over the frame. I was able to attach to the upfitter switches, which is great, and I ran the air intake line into the cab of the truck. This was accessed between the bed and the cab, and you can pull the liner away from the back and see the vent. I bought a rubber mat that I'll install in front of all the hardware to keep junk from the tire getting all over the items. https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford-trucks.com-vbulletin/1297x975/img_20210908_131645_082dd9294aa0bf5ba442327021ec2ecf0022ff93.jpg https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford-trucks.com-vbulletin/732x975/img_20210908_131710_4b23021274cd920ae09c36969a481ec9c52edf05.jpg https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.ford-trucks.com-vbulletin/732x975/img_20210908_162552_1ad213f9dfc475377e2d6e25f673b4c5ffd5d1dd.jpg The quick connect I'll run to the back by the license plate.
blaczero 09/14/21 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 12v dehumidifier

We manage our mouisture in the rig. When we wake up and there is some moisture on the inside of the windows, we know it's too wet inside (and I have sensors showing the % of humidity). We don't always have moisture on the windows, but my kids are allergic to mold so we manage it very strictly.
blaczero 09/11/21 10:38am General RVing Issues
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