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RE: Honda 2000I versus Cpe 2000 inverter

"... provide 2000 VA fIor the specified 30 minutes," Where is that in the specs? Thanks. (It didn't say anything like that in my 3000's specs AFAIK)It's not in the official spec sheet, just like "watts" isn't. In my manual in the "AC applications" section it says: "Limit operation requiring maximum power to 30 minutes. Maximum power is: 2,000 VA." The eu3000i manual I have has a similar statement for 3.0 kVA for 30 minutes.
road-runner 11/29/19 12:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000I versus Cpe 2000 inverter

"•Honda EU2000i has 2000W starting power, stabilizing at 1600W continuous power" So just what does that mean? How long before it can't do 2000 anymore? Based on my experience the answer is totally dependent on altitude and temperature. Near sea level when it's not horribly hot, mine will easily provide 2000 VA for the specified 30 minutes, and at least 1800 VA indefinitely. At 3500 feet on a hot day, it can't come even close to 2000 VA for more than a few seconds, and struggles to maintain 1600 VA after a few minutes. My conclusion is that the engine is just strong enough to meet the output specs in favorable atmospheric conditions. The one place where the eu2000i seems to stand out of the crowd is surviving short overloads, i.e. starting loads, lasting not more than a few seconds.
road-runner 11/29/19 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

In the dash is neat and convenient. I have 2 of them plus a Garmin portable, and the Garmin is my hands down favorite. The Audi GPS is such a pain-in-the-*** to use that it's almost not worth trying. The Honda GPS is usable, but the Garmin is the most user friendly. The Garmin has free map updates, while the others cost over $100 a pop. I have the Garmin mounted in the motorhome such that it's close to a built-in installation. When I use it in the cars, it's the mess of the power wire and sub-optimal temporary mounting. I've had a hard time understanding why the multi-thousand $ builtins can't be as easy to use as the $100 portable.
road-runner 11/26/19 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Operating on a 20amp circuit

Mine came from the factory with a 30 amp main breaker and 4x 20 amp branch breakers. All the wiring except the flexible part to the slideout is 12 awg yellow romex.
road-runner 11/24/19 09:45am Tech Issues
RE: Operating on a 20amp circuit

Do Americans now say "20a" when they really are talking about 15a with 14 wire, or do they mean actual 20a with 12 wire and the sideways plug-ins?My guess is that they mean a circuit with a 20 amp breaker, that has 12 awg wire to a combo 15/20 amp outlet, or possibly just a 15 amp outlet. If an extension cord is used, it will be anything from 12 awg to 16 awg, but even if 12 awg, will likely not have the sideways prong on the plug.
road-runner 11/23/19 06:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

"Independent of the Maintenance Minder information, replace the brake fluid every 3 years."2009 Honda Fit manual says the same thing, except it's "information display" in place of "information". Sprinter maintenance schedule says brake fluid change every 2 years. As far as some manuals not calling for brake fluid change, there's a similar situation with Audi and BMW automatic transmission fluid going back more than 10 years. They both say it's lifetime fluid, and the transmission is "sealed for life". Audi dealers refuse to change the ATF. The transmission manufacturers on the other hand have a recommended change interval, and it's totally accepted in the enthusiast communities that the lifetime fluid is what limits the lifetime of the transmission.
road-runner 11/10/19 07:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

I have a little bit of data. In the days before I did brake fluid changes I had a few seal failures in master and wheel cylinders. Since going to fluid changes I've had no seal failures. The oldest vehicle is 26 years with about a quarter million miles. The 2nd oldest vehicle is pretty young, at 11 years. As much as I'd like to change the fluid every 2 years, in actuality it's every 3 or 4. The initial discharge from the calipers or wheel cylinders is always dirty, which I've unscientifically assumed is debris from the seals.
road-runner 11/09/19 11:06pm Tech Issues
RE: no hot water electric or LP

Does the gas flame ignite? If it does, check if the bypass valve is in the wrong position.
road-runner 11/05/19 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9180, 9180A, 9180AV

I can't tell you how many times bad meters screwed me and most of the time they where fluke meters.Blasphemy!;)
road-runner 10/27/19 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

My feeling is that changing the fluid helps prevent maintenance jobs down the road, like master cylinder failures, wheel/caliper cylinder failures, and rusted hard lines. I have a 25 year old car that has had none of these failures. Without brake fluid changes I believe I would have seen them happen. If you never keep a vehicle past its 10th birthday, I suspect you're just handing off the future failures to the next owner.
road-runner 10/27/19 02:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Quiet generators

Here's another Chinese generic generator manufacturer: http://en.xingyue.com/Generator.html Some brands are Earthquake, Porta Source, Dirty Hand Tools, Homegear, Buffalo Tools, Sportsman..
road-runner 10/14/19 03:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator pros and cons

I think it's been said that the qualifying distance for advertising and legal disclaimer use , is a test distance of 21 ft. AKA 7 meters Do that db sound value can be comparedYou're correct, it's 7 meters, which is 22.97 feet.
road-runner 10/09/19 12:48am Tech Issues
RE: Generator pros and cons

I wouldn't call the Predator all that quiet at 65db compared to the Champion at 53db.With both generators having a variable noise level depending on load, and both specs giving a single value instead of a range, I don't see how one could take either spec seriously, much less compare them. The specs should be in the format published for the eu2200i: 57 dB(A) @ rated load 48 dB(A) @ 1/4 load. But even that's not enough, with the distance not being specified.
road-runner 10/08/19 09:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator pros and cons

The problem with Solar is the inverters shut down when the power goes out to protect the utility company linemen. So unless the inverter sees voltage from the utility it won't pass any current from the solar panel.I interpreted the solar suggestion as a standalone system, not a grid tied system.
road-runner 10/08/19 03:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Black Tank flush with valve closed

Yes, but it is also common for said people to get distracted. This results in a very messy flood in your rv.I got distracted like this once with different results: (1) The result wasn't messy because the tank had been flushed well first, and (2) It wasn't a flood because the overflow ran out the roof vent. It taught me to not let myself get distracted during this operation. (Some rigs have a sink or shower plumbed into the black tank, and they would have had a flood).
road-runner 09/17/19 01:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Predator 3500 - surge capability while in eco mode?

My Harbor Freight catalog shows the list price of the Predator 3500 as $799.99. At a minimum you should be able to use a 20% coupon to get it for $640. They have 25% off coupons for holidays, Labor Day being the most recent.Can't use the HF 20-25% coupons on their Predator generators. All stated clearly on each coupon---in very small print, of course--lol!I got out the magnifying glass, and you are absolutely correct. Now I have to find something to help get the foot out of my mouth!
road-runner 09/13/19 11:03am Tech Issues
RE: Predator 3500 - surge capability while in eco mode?

My Harbor Freight catalog shows the list price of the Predator 3500 as $799.99. At a minimum you should be able to use a 20% coupon to get it for $640. They have 25% off coupons for holidays, Labor Day being the most recent.
road-runner 09/12/19 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Predator 3500 - surge capability while in eco mode?

It's all about the kinetic energy of the rotating mass, and the capability of the engine to add energy on short notice. Both are larger on the higher power generators.
road-runner 09/10/19 11:22pm Tech Issues
RE: NEC 2020 & Receptacles

Thank you for the info. This one particular article is easily open to being misinterpreted, IMO, unless read and interpreted very carefully. "The NEC updated the Code for outdoor outlets supplied by single-phase branch circuits rated 150 volts to ground or less, 50 amps or less. Key to this update: it extends beyond receptacle outlets to include all outlets. Now all hard-wired equipment falls under the Code’s purview." A quick read would let one think it doesn't apply to a 240 volt circuit. A non-electrical person would come to the same conclusion. Also, I believe most people think "receptacle" and "outlet" are the same thing. I did, until hitting the definitions section just now. I hope the price of the double-pole GFCI breakers comes down.
road-runner 09/10/19 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: Using Dryer's NEMA 14-30 outlet for RV shore power

Presumably the idea is to prevent excessive tripping of breakers or running the undersized circuit at the very edge of its capacity all the time or something similar (and maybe also to encourage the makers of equipment to provide appropriately sized power cords and plugs, rather than oversizing them for "convenience" or other reasons).An explanation that I heard was if you put a 50 amp outlet on a 30 amp circuit, somebody might come along later and somewhat logically swap the breaker to a 50 amp breaker, clueless that the wires are rated for only 30 amps. I've got a 15 amp breaker on a 50 amp circuit because the load (a pump) is cleanly under 15 amps and I want the breaker to trip if the pump starts drawing too much. It is, however, 50 amp wiring to the 50 amp outlet.
road-runner 09/08/19 02:15pm Tech Issues
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