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RE: Solar/Inverter Question

All of the math aside a decent battery monitor would display the battery charge left (SOC) and you would be well on the road to conserving or upgrading. Victron makes some very nice battery monitors. Even their basic model works well.
theoldwizard1 04/19/21 04:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Recommendation

Several YouTube channels endorse the WZRELB "Chinese" inverters. Buy oversized (3000w/6000w). You need to buy better cables than what ships with the inverter.
theoldwizard1 04/13/21 05:17pm Tech Issues
RE: F150 and Reflection 150 series?

Upgrade the shocks to the best you can buy (Koni, Bilstein). You might even want to upgrade the rear sway bar. If the rear "squats" more than a couple of inches, you might need air springs (bags).
theoldwizard1 04/13/21 05:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12 volt only refrigerator

A friend of mine just bought a new TT. It has a 12 volt only refrigerator. I am completely unfamiliar with this type refrigerator. Is this the new move on TTers? Is it better that a 120 volt/propane unit? My propane unit works great and it is 15 years old. I cool it down with 120 volts and then it keeps up just fine. Most people feel to propane (evaporative) refrigerators could be "better". They do not do well in very high temperatures (>90F). "Compressor" refrigerators work well regardless of the ambient temperature.
theoldwizard1 04/13/21 06:05am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Recommendation

"... Break the bank ..." is hard ! What you want is an inverter with automatic transfer switch. I suggest going one step further and getting an inverter with automatic transfer switch and charger. Then you can get rid of your converter and simplify your wiring. One such device is the Samlex EVO-2212
theoldwizard1 04/13/21 05:59am Tech Issues
RE: Multimeter Question

I made a tester as shown in the link below. Simply plug it is when you arrive at new site to test the pedestal. Quick and easy. 50 amp tester This thing is great ! It does 2 jobs ! First it convert a standard 50 outlet into 2 120VAC outlets (not protected for 20A) and gives you a quick visual check if things are okay ! https://www.myrv.us/electric/img/tester1-8B.jpg I can't find a meter exactly like that, but digital ones are on eBay for <$10.
theoldwizard1 04/12/21 12:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Anybody Using iPad as a Laptop Replacement?

Have you checked the settings for photos? There’s a setting affecting the photos going to another device. I think it’s the last option in the photos settings. It is not the photos I take, it is the photos I receive via text.
theoldwizard1 04/11/21 02:14am Technology Corner
RE: Is my inverter fried?

Plugged into shore power, nothing. Start by verifying the obvious upstream. • Do you have 120VAC at the shore power outlet? • Do you have 120VAC at the Renogy AC inlet and outlet ? Could be just a bad transfer switch relay.
theoldwizard1 04/11/21 02:08am Tech Issues
RE: Changing Cruise Control on a F53

Most of the time on a Ford when the Cruise shuts off on its own it’s the small switch on the side of the master cylinder. My Excursion was doing that. It may be leaking internally and that’s by it’s turning off. Could be. There was a recall once on this. IIRC, the Cruise Control is integrated in the Engine Control Computer. Not much can go wrong as long as it is getting the correct information from the steering wheel buttons.
theoldwizard1 04/10/21 04:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Anybody Using iPad as a Laptop Replacement?

You have two issues : Switching from a laptop to a tabletSwitching from Windows to Apple. If one doesn't get you, the other will ! I have been trying to use a tablet (Amazon Fire 10 HD) for about 6 months. I works fine for watching video and reading, but is terrible for many other things. A keyboard and mouse will help, but I can cut, copy and paste SO MUCH FASTER on a Windows PC than on a tablet. Many other things that seem so easy are difficult/impossible to do on a tablet. The only Apple device I have is an iPhone. Works fine for making phone calls and sending text message. One thing I ran into the other day was receiving a text with a picture. The only way to get it off of your iPhone into a Windows environment is to mail it to yourself. Even then it is in some weird format that you need special software to convert it to something useful. Get the largest tablet you can afford ! 10" is barely big enough !!
theoldwizard1 04/10/21 04:33pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery price question...

Seems to me I could just buy 2 12V and have similar Ah. So I guess I am just not seeing the cost savings. What am I missing? Thanks you are missing nothing. Not likely to have similar Ah rating OR the similar price. Golf cart batteries are specifically designed to put out "modest" amounts of current as opposed to hugs amounts for a starting battery) over long periods of time. They will last longer. Another issue with group24/27 or any "RV/Marine" battery is they are a "hybrid" between "starting" and "deep cycle", they have "trade offs" which make them not as good for starting and "deep cycle" use. This has been stated HUNDREDS of time on this forum !
theoldwizard1 04/10/21 08:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Sports chassis and similar units becoming obsolete?

With this do you think the days of medium duty trucks are somewhat numbered? Medium Duty/Class 6 and 7, (think F600, F650 and F750) are the back bone of local deliveries. Most have a medium to large "box" mounted on them. Many are made into dump trucks. Very few would have ever been used as RV chassis. Personally, I am very surprised that these local fleets have not switched over to the Ford chassis with the new 7.3L gasoline engine. Lower initial cost and lower operating costs, admittedly at lower payload. Some might call the Ford E450 a "medium duty", but it is really at the very bottom of that scale. The F550-F600 woul make a much better RV chassis Class C motorhome chassis, except for the height and no pass through from the drivers area to the living area.
theoldwizard1 04/09/21 03:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wow, 6 months wait for a Chevy-Tahoe

You mean make investments in chip makers, electric vehicle manufacturers and lithium mining companies. Actually, short term, I would want to own companies that make the equipment that has to be installed in an IC manufacturing facility.
theoldwizard1 04/09/21 02:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 30 amps for 50 amp trailer

Yeah, I was referring to these: I have never seen an adapter like that ! It may not give the desired results (30A on one leg and 20A on the other) as some campgrounds may use the same "leg" for both the 20A and 30A circuit.
theoldwizard1 04/09/21 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Wow, 6 months wait for a Chevy-Tahoe

If you are lucky ! Some people are predicting that the chip shortage will not be resolved until 2023 !!
theoldwizard1 04/09/21 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Power chords stuck together

An once of prevention ... A dab of silicon dielectric grease on the male prongs would have prevented this.
theoldwizard1 04/08/21 02:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Class C that's easy to fix?

Ford E-series with the new V8 engine has a lot more room than the old V10.
theoldwizard1 04/07/21 04:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 6v Battery replacement

According to the specs I could find, they are the same size as a standard GC2 golf cart battery. East Penn manufactures both Deka and Duracell brand batteries.
theoldwizard1 04/04/21 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Internet for 4 months

Nomad internet is month by month, unlimited data. Not cheap
theoldwizard1 04/03/21 08:22pm Tech Issues
RE: how long of a 12 ga extension cord is safe to use

I would use a 10 gauge cord AND a Micro Air EZ Start on the AC.
theoldwizard1 04/03/21 08:12pm Travel Trailers
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