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RE: Please help with solar and electrical questions...

Hi, You will still save money with a 3rd party installer. In order to get a good system you need to know what you want before you darken their door. I can already tell you that 190 watts is unlikely to be enough. Why? Because I have 256 watts of panels that may be the best ever made for low light conditions--and it is not enough. Why is my system too small? Because in 2005 the cost was $5 per watt for the panels so it cost me $1700 when all was said and done. Now costs for panels are often lower than $1 per watt. The best price I've seen was $0.36 cents per watt. I would suggest bumping up to between 400 and 800 watts. If you must do just 190, then make sure the charge controller and wiring can handle a lot more watts. Otherwise you may find yourself having to start over as though there were no system at all. The factory, you may find, gets a LOT of things wrong. The words quality control and RV should not be used in the same sentence. Feel free to message me directly or to reply on the thread. I've had solar since 1992. Just to show how prices have dropped, the 1992 system cost $1700 for 30 watts.
pianotuna 10/27/21 05:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: And Another Battery Question

Katdaddy, 90% after sitting idle for 24 hours?
pianotuna 10/27/21 01:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Please help with solar and electrical questions...

This Salem FSX comes with a new large ever-chill 11 cu ft 12v refrigerator standard. My other option is to add the $850 solar package from the factory which includes a "Roof mounted 190 watt solar panel, 30 amp controller and battery". So am assuming this adds a second group 24 battery for a total of two after the one the trailer comes with. So I would have two group 24 batteries in my bank and the solar system to charge them. The dealer also recommended upgrading the two batteries to group 27 batteries at a cost of $280. After reading a little bit it sounds like these new 12v refrigerators are pretty efficient and dont draw too much. I want the ability to go off grid for 48-72 hours and run the fridge as well as lights, stereo and charge devices. I understand this is dependant on sunshine and our usage but do you think its possible? the ad on ever-chills website said the fridge is sustainable with a 200 watt solar pannel and two batteries. What would you guys recommend for my needs? I am kind of hoping that we can get by with the larger 12v fridge, solar package and two batteries in my bank. Thanks in advance for your time!!! Welcome to the forums! Definitely go with the 12 volt fridge. I would add a dc to DC charger for use when towing. One with a 20 amp output will serve you well and make sure you arrive with a full battery bank. https://www.amazon.ca/Renogy-Battery-Batteries-Multi-Stage-Charging/dp/B07Q5VYPCF/ref=asc_df_B07Q5VYPCF/?tag=googleshopc0c-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=335950807635&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=743853709765311581&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001253&hvtargid=pla-728968810259&psc=1 $950 is a rip off price. If you are "handy" with tools you can do MUCH better. This series of articles may help you "size" the solar system: https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/ They have a pretty good trip planner, too (and yes there are lots of Canadian sites listed). Most Federal Parks do have power. Many of the Provincial ones do too. Ontario is famous for needing LONG extension cords. The exception is BC where few of the Provincial parks have power.
pianotuna 10/27/21 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: And Another Battery Question

More details needed. How many 6 volt batteries? What total capacity at 12 volts? How did you equalize them? I.E. with a converter or? Did you get them up to 14.8 volts during equalization?
pianotuna 10/27/21 11:23am Tech Issues
RE: genny conundrum

Hi, My RV grew a cage for the Yamaha 2800. It has remote electric start added. The reason it grew was theft. If I end up replacing it, I'll go to Champion 3400. I'm leery of running the generator while sleeping. I don't think a slide out is far enough away unless a genturi is used. I've had the CO detector alarm go off in the past and my cage would be more away from the RV than a slide out. My previous RV I used a box and ramp--so I could get the generator 30 feet away.
pianotuna 10/26/21 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wind!

I think covers cause more damage than they protect against. It's OK to think things. I've covered 5 different trailers from Nov to April going back about 15 years and have yet to witness any damage from them, I think I'll keep using them, they're Skookum, whatever the #$%@ that means lol. The storage yard I use has 1000 RV's and not one single cover. None of the other local storage places have any RV's with covers. Could I be in the majority who don't use covers? Another reason I do not cover is that I do use my RV in extreme cold. If the cover were frozen it would not be too easy to remove it.
pianotuna 10/26/21 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Wind!

I think covers cause more damage than they protect against.
pianotuna 10/26/21 01:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: "Solar" Sub-Forum

Perry, I use the new messages to get where I want to go. If I find something I hope is useful for others, I simply start a new thread. Technology is for computers, mapping, and cell phones.
pianotuna 10/26/21 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking for new motorhomeā€¦

Give the state of poor quality control I believe a good used RV would be the best bang for the buck. If I were buying new I would look carefully at: http://www.lazydaze.com/
pianotuna 10/26/21 10:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Laptop battery stored in a cold car...?

Remove the battery. Wrap it in a blanket And that will do what? Is the battery going to generate its own heat? Electric blanket? You'll need a long cord, those airport parking lots are huge. Wrap in blanket laptop and battery (removed). Then allow the laptop and battery to slowly warm up to room temperature. Then charge. Li can be frozen--not recommended. But charge them when it is -4 F and you have a poor and expensive door stop. You want them to warm up slowly if at all possible.
pianotuna 10/26/21 09:53am Technology Corner
RE: Looking for new motorhomeā€¦

I'd recommend looking for a good used Class C.
pianotuna 10/25/21 11:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to build a LiFePo4 battery bank.

time2roll, Any idea how cold it got and what the high temperatures were during the day time? I'm glad it has worked out so well.
pianotuna 10/25/21 04:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

JaxDad, Since you have plenty of power, I'd go for enough solar to maintain and/or slowly recharge all battery banks in the RV. It is so nice to not have to worry about things needing to start. I'd still go for a hybrid inverter/charger as load support makes life easier. I'm revising my plans for a massive battery bank. I do have remote electric start for my generator--and a way to keep the battery from going stone bone dead when I leave it in 'standby' mode.
pianotuna 10/25/21 10:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charging Timer?

Otherwise, what would be the point of a timer that looses not only the time but the programming.. You can also opt for the simpler and cheaper "mechanical" versions that use a adjustable "pin" to trip on/off, those typically give you 30 minute increments and are "24hr" type which means the program repeats every 24 hrs. https://m.media-amazon.com/images/I/81Qqm+VbJmL._AC_SL1500_.jpg height=300 width=400 Found HERE for about $8 Granted, the time will stop when you lose power, no big deal when it comes to charging a battery and you can leave it pickup anytime the power comes back on or adjust it. Dirt cheap, simple and reliable. My local Ham radio clubs used the simple timer method for 20 some yrs to maintain backup power (old car battery) for the clubs emergency communications shack.. Now days they use newer tech but idea is still the same. As a note, you want one that is rated for appliances which uses relays or mechanical switches. Ones not rated for appliances can and often use solid state Triac devices to do the switching which may not work well with your converter or power supply. The mechanical ones are currently at Dollerama in Canada for $4.
pianotuna 10/25/21 10:44am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator replacement

on the other hand--by the time you pay for a propane fridge--you can add solar and batteries and still have money in the bank.
pianotuna 10/25/21 10:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Recent "improvements" to the web site.

QCman, I use the trip planner from freecampsites.net It gets me where I want to go, mostly.
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:25pm Good Sam Club
RE: Refrigerator replacement

Have you considered residential?
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:22pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Newly Retired

agesilaus Active cases rate is 2.4% in Florida. Active cases rate is 0.8% in Arizona. Active cases rate is 0.2% in Saskatchewan--and that is the WORST in Canada. So IF I were going to choose which is safer, I'd pick Arizona. I'm not going to either, at least for now.
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:20pm Snowbirds
RE: Charging Timer?

Gdetrailer, Does it retain it's "memory" if the power goes off?
pianotuna 10/24/21 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Gasser guys and gals ...why not a diesel ?

JaxDad, I hope it works beyond your wildest dreams. Solar and inverter/charger? (Victron or Outback NOT Magnum).
pianotuna 10/24/21 04:59pm Class A Motorhomes
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