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RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Personally I prefer consumption taxes because then those who make the most purchases pay the lion's share of the tax. But, normally I'm on the down side of the consumption graph. Furnishing my retirement condo has been an eye opener.
pianotuna 08/24/19 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar Panel

How new is "new"? Is it under warranty? If so, don't touch it!
pianotuna 08/24/19 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: How to clean battery acid spill

rinse with water, apply baking soda in solution, rinse again.
pianotuna 08/24/19 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: storage tips for keeping batteries in good shape ????

CA Traveller, My solar controller is far more useful than the Magnum. For one reason. You don't have to plug it in.
pianotuna 08/24/19 08:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: storage tips for keeping batteries in good shape ????

1 & 2 I do not keep the rv plugged in but I do have a solar system. Solar charge controllers are a lot more sophisticated than a converter. If you wish--get a timer and connect for only one hour per day. Battery life may be dramatically improved. Never add acid to a battery. Only add distilled water. There is no reason to leave the inverter on.
pianotuna 08/23/19 09:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Isolating TT's Lithium from TV's Lead Acid Batteries

Dan, Think about beefing up the charging wire to meet the 40 amp requirement?
pianotuna 08/23/19 05:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Mex, I hope all these procedures work wonderfully well for you.
pianotuna 08/23/19 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: wilson electronics 4G-X RV cellular signal booster

If using data the design of the weboost rv unit may slow it down. If there is poor signal it may allow you to connect where this was not possible before and have some data capabilities. I dislike the "broadcast" side antenna on mine. You have to be not closer than 15 inches--but not farther than 30 inches for best results. The external antenna needs to be a long way from the internal antenna as well. The external antenna needs to be on a metal plate to provide a ground plane. I use a pizza pan from a dollar store. I have one phone I use mostly for data. I've had good success putting it in a plastic bag after activating the wifi hotspot feature and placing it as high as I can get it on a nearby tree.
pianotuna 08/23/19 09:20am Tech Issues
RE: How to wire 6-6V batteries-Oh yes, I'm still here

for any odd number of batteries (3 six volt pairs) only method #3 at the smartguage site should be used. http://www.smartgauge.co.uk/batt_con.html
pianotuna 08/23/19 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: shutting down generator with air conditioner running

Doug, The cooling fans on my inverter are AC motors. Turn off the inverter, and you turn off the cooling. That is why mine caught on fire.
pianotuna 08/23/19 08:59am Tech Issues
RE: Phone/email question

2oldman client = fancy word for program.
pianotuna 08/22/19 07:33pm Technology Corner
RE: shutting down generator with air conditioner running

Phil, Because the generator needs to cool down. And my inverter/charger actually caught on fire internally. I have soot marks as proof.
pianotuna 08/22/19 07:31pm Tech Issues
RE: shutting down generator with air conditioner running

Best practice shut down the air conditioner. Wait a while (5 minutes) and then shut down the generator. The same applies to large inverters. My Yamaha has a switch to shut down the power.
pianotuna 08/22/19 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Best tankless water heaters (LP) 2.5gph or higher

Hi, I'd go for ten gallon electric/propane with a motoraide circuit. Getting to the point I need to decide how Im going to heat my water in the toy hauler. I was pretty set on tankless but if they are just a huge hassle I can use conventional. What is your opinion?
pianotuna 08/22/19 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Mex I failed to answer your bedrock question. This used to be a lake bottom--so the "foundation" is potash. Lots and lots of it. Farther north where almost no one lives there is bedrock. It's possible that at least some of the uranium used at Hiroshima and Nagasaki came from Saskatchewan, but no one knows for sure.
pianotuna 08/22/19 03:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Mex, The Province is a shining example of the "red neck right". Among their agendas are the desire to shut down the "crown" corporations, selling them off to the highest bidder, and introducing a 2 tier medicare system where those with big bucks can "jump the ques". An example of this is that the Provincial electrical power crown does not own even one of the wind power systems. So the corporation is forced to buy power from these entities instead of producing the power directly. They also do not directly own any solar panel systems. Estevan SK is the only large scale carbon sequestration plant (150 megawatts). It had a cost over run of 50% and it consumes 1/3 of its output to try to scrub the co2. But that require a catalyst. Not much of a problem--except the fly ash keeps contaminating the catalyst--and it has to be replaced a few times per month. They are also under contract to provide co2 for pressurizing oil fields in North Dakota--but since the system keeps breaking--they have to pay fines to ND for non delivery. The Canadian Federal government wants to shut down ALL coal fired plants in Canada with the single exception of the above (broken) system by 2030. The power grid between Provinces to the east and west is pitifully inadequate. There are no plans for large energy storage faculties and ten years is a tiny window of opportunity to build such devices. I have NO idea where Saskatchewan will get the power to replace the plants. I'm 71--so it may not matter to me.
pianotuna 08/22/19 03:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

JaxDad, Regina does not allow private vehicles to dump. I've been told that Commercial sani-dump trucks are charged $300 for dumping, but do not know if that is true or not. The two sites that closed were on the city sewer system. The campground is not, as it was, at one time, owned by a farmer--who would have the waste dumped on his land for fertilizer.
pianotuna 08/22/19 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: Will GFCI work with items without equipment ground

Sam, My Magnum hybrid inverter/charger trips on SOME but not all GFCI outlets. When I remove the inverter from the circuit path, the RV does not trip any of the GFCI outlets. This behavior is why I'm getting bald. * grin *. Another anomaly is that occasionally when I run the Yamaha generator, the one and only gfci circuit in the RV may trip. Again--not always. And it does reset.
pianotuna 08/21/19 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: British Columbia, Canada

It may be the most boring drive possible in BC. Just as if being on any of the large interstate highways.
pianotuna 08/21/19 05:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Electric Propulsion Reality Check

Hi Phil, Hence the need for a solar powered RV. In the last year the only "free" dumpsite in town (Regina, SK) has been paved over. The local Husky (gas) station has permanently closed theirs. The only "year round" Campground now wants $40 for a dump and fill up with water. I'd say I live in a pretty RV unfriendly location.
pianotuna 08/21/19 02:29pm Tech Issues
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