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RE: Planning a trip Jun 2020 to Nova Scotia/PEI

Bring some warm clothes just in case. We were in PEI in June of last year (towards the end of the month even) and had to wear winter jackets on a few of the days. It did warm up rapidly soon thereafter though.
phemens 11/29/19 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Microwaves on inverters.

I just recently bought 5 x 100AH LIFePO4 batteries from a Canadian manufacturer (I researched first, and spoke with him at length, he's an electrical engineer by trade). Each battery was $750 CAD. So far so good, they are good quality and easily power my Samlex 3000w inverter. Sure, they are more expensive than FLA, but weight and voltage drop were the primary concerns for me. Not sure it would be assumed that this would be in addition to house batteries or that a separate bank is required... If the OP wants the contact info, PM me. Close to my setup - YES it can easily be done - Ours Works Great 1200 watt inverter microwave used many times during the day but no coffee pot Just yet Our 2Kw sine wave inverter easily powers the microwave for as long as needed The other half of the equation the batteries, charging & Metering / monitoring 200amp/hr LiFe battery bank that is dedicated to the inverter and heater blower motor no other house loads. A 220amp/hr lead acid battery bank for house loads. 600watts of solar and when cloudy for extended periods a 4kw generator with both a 100amp and 75amp converters Build yourself a nice system and you will enjoy it for years to come Any estimate on what a 200amp/hr LiFe battery bank would cost? (Remember, this is IN ADDITION to the house batteries.) Here is a link to a 100amp/hr LiFe battery for $1,300.00. Two of them would be over $2,500.00. I assume that is ball park. LiFe 100amp/hr battery Do you REALLY want microwave/Mr. Coffee THAT badly?
phemens 11/12/19 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Power awning

We did ours this spring. Only hitch was the delivered fabric was wider than requested, so we had to trim on one side. Other than that it was a simple 2 person job, we did it at the campground with a couple of ladders.
phemens 11/11/19 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: In-Depth RV Lithium Install & Wiring Film - Mike Mas

Very interesting and professional video. Great job!
phemens 10/28/19 04:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5th wheel hitches

We have a 2006 F250 V10 pulling a 10k 5er with the Andersen hitch. I like it for it's flexibility (ability to adjust easily) and portability (don't need a winch to remove it). Glad I chose it, never had an issue other than occasionally needing a hammer to remove one of the pins.
phemens 10/23/19 06:41am Towing
RE: Battery (really solar panel) Disconnect Question

I installed battery disconnects between the array and the controllers, and a single disconnect switch between a busbar serving accessories (MPPT, inverter, etc) and the battery bank. That gives me full flexibility.
phemens 10/16/19 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: Converted to Lithium-Ion be careful.

Thanks for the link, interesting point on reconditioning.
phemens 09/13/19 05:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Converted to Lithium-Ion be careful.

Sure, and getting up in the morning and putting on pants brings a risk of falling and breaking your neck. As with any other technology, risk will never be 0, but needs to be measured in context. 7 reports of battery packs over several 100,000 laptops. Bet that there were more issues with someone getting injured because they were physically hit by a laptop than that. I have LIFePO4 batteries in my 5er. Guess what, I also have 100's of pounds of LP in canisters. Funny how no one constantly brings that up...
phemens 09/13/19 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Upgrade Made Easy

Nice! I did the same with lithium batteries and a Samlex unit. You'll be very happy with the performance no doubt.
phemens 09/06/19 11:51am Truck Campers
RE: 2 6v batters VS 2 12v

It might also depend on your use case. I initially started with a bank of 6v Trojan T-125's, but wasn't satisfied with the voltage drop on heavy inverter draw. I switched to Rolls-Surrette high capacity 12v (210AH) to help mitigate that issue for me.
phemens 09/04/19 07:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

Woah - I don't plan to do each battery individually, not sure how that floated up... I have a full time job already ;) My batteries are all individually wired to the bus, where they take their charge (either from solar when camping or charger when at home), no paralleling, etc. That's why I was asking if there was any significant impact of having different wire gauge for the 5th battery.
phemens 08/29/19 10:38am Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

the 600 amp bars seemed a little bit overkill - 4 of them would pay for another battery! So far I've not seen a draw over 230 amps on the inverter, so I think 250 should be fine.
phemens 08/28/19 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

For amperage I can draw max 100 amps per battery, in parallel that gives me 500 amps theoretical. Max draw from the inverter is about 250 amps (excluding very short duration peak 6000 watts but I'll never reach that with any equipment I'm currently carrying).
phemens 08/28/19 12:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

well, the fat cables are already sunk cost, and with Lithium the voltage isn't really a factor. I don't have any long wire runs, my longest cable is the one from the bus to the inverter and that's 2 feet (vs. 1.5 feet for each of the batteries). No business case there for me ;)
phemens 08/28/19 11:41am Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

Interesting product. Unfortunately for us poor canucks the shipping cost exceeds the product cost.... https://skycraftsurplus.com/pub/media/catalog/product/cache/c9e0b0ef589f3508e5ba515cde53c5ff/20-awg-dlo-2-kv-black-blk-20-awg-rp5878_1.jpg height=500 width=500 DLO Diesel locomotive cable https://skycraftsurplus.com/20-awg-dlo-2-kv-black-blk-20-awg-rp5878.html It is the best quality cable I have ever used. Notice the multi sheathing. The outermost layer may be a much as 10-times tougher to cut or abrade than the stuff West Marine or Genuine Dealz, sell. The inner layers are water and gas-proof. Acid proof, chemical proof. I use RED shrink tubing to ID positive cables. DLO cable is black. The tin plating is three times as thick as what's on, Anchor Wire Rope stranding for best ampacity. And Skycraft sells it at 50% off. But 30' is the minimum purchase of 2/0 size 3/0 rated terminals highly recommended because 2/0 won't fit. Way too tight. Far and away better cable than simple welding cable which has sheathing that has no cut or abrasion resistance. Skycraft is in FL. The wire ships from a west coast warehouse.
phemens 08/28/19 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

Ordered 2x Blue Seas 250A 4 post (for distribution), and 2x Blue Seas 250A 6 post for batteries. No more weak links (putting aside the human factor ;)
phemens 08/28/19 10:43am Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

Yes - all batteries separate to bus. If I can scrounge up the 2/0 I will, but I know I have some lengths of 4/0 readily available, and all the lugs, so if I can avoid buying I will.
phemens 08/28/19 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

I'm ok for the 5 in parallel, yes, mfg confirmed. I know only the inverter needs the 4/0, which it does. To clarify, my question is: in real-world situation, is there any significant impact in having one battery wired to the bus with 4/0 where the other 4 are all 2/0 (all wire lengths being equal, only variance is gauge) Ok, I will bite the bullet on the higher amperage bus bars
phemens 08/28/19 09:46am Tech Issues
Bus Bars - 150A rated ok?

Have 500AH battery (LIFePO4) and a 3000 watt Samlex inverter. Wiring is all going through bus bars. I made an order to get new ones, received Blue Seas 4 post rated at 150 amps. I thought I had ordered rated at 250 amp. Question is, do I really need to go to 250 amp (return and re-order) - what's my risk? Real world high draw use is occasional microwave, coffee maker, etc. Other question is, I originally had 4x100 AH batteries all wired with 00 gauge welding wire. To add the new 5th one (bought within a few months of the others), I have some spare 0000 wire to make the cable (all wiring from batteries to bus bar is same length), ok to use or do I really need to find some 00 to make everything uniform?
phemens 08/28/19 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling through Canada with Dogs

Good point on the dog food. We clipped out the label and ingredients list (making sure to show country of origin mfg) and taped it to the dog food containers that stay in the RV.
phemens 08/23/19 02:52pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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