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RE: Microwaves on inverters.

I used a 700 watt microwave & a 5 cup 600 watt drip coffee maker with a 1500 watt PSW inverter on a pair of 232 amp hour 6V golf cart batteries, recharging with between 360 & 420 watts of solar. There were days that because of clouds, rain, etc that I skipped the microwave use, but almost always made the pot of coffee. Used 6-8 amp hours for the coffee. As long as you monitor the batteries & have a means to recharge them, it will probably work. Some microwaves are pretty inefficient, which could present a problem. That said, when the microwave died, I replaced it with a 950 watt Panasonic inverter microwave. The advantage of the inverter type microwave is when you dial down the power it actually drops the input wattage. At lower power levels, a standard microwave runs off & on at full power. When the batteries are low, I can dial down the microwave to as little as 300 watts. It also does a much nicer job of defrosting - no cooked edges of food.
vermilye 11/12/19 08:45am Tech Issues
RE: Ryobi 900 Watt Propane Generator

About the same, although with the smaller engine, probably a bit quieter when running full out.
vermilye 10/30/19 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Ryobi 900 Watt Propane Generator

Just an update - I've been using the Ryobi 900 watt generator for a couple of months, and it does exactly what I wanted. Definitely not for everyone, but it works for me.
vermilye 10/29/19 08:18am Tech Issues
RE: 2020 Albuquerque Balloon Festival RV Reservations

I can only speak (type) for 2018. We did not have reservations, went on the stand by list in August, and managed to get 2 Fiesta dry sites for Monday - Wednesday, then had to leave. When not in the Fiesta sites, we stayed at the Black Mesa Casino, about 22 miles north of the Fiesta grounds. Electric only sites with fresh water & a dump station for $20.00 per night. First come, and the place was never more than 1/4 filled. Basically a parking lot with electricity. The drive to the Fiesta was a PIA, lots of traffic, parking fees, long walks or bus rides from the parking lots to the gate, etc but we did stay at the casino both before & after our stint at the Fiesta grounds. Here is a link to the section of my journal for the start of the Fiesta visit.
vermilye 10/25/19 08:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fix for Error: Change Topics per page to 20

It worked for some topics, but not for all. For example, Tech Issues & RV Parks... now work fine, but Public Lands... and Snowbirds still produces the error.
vermilye 10/07/19 08:08am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Tire Minder problems

Contact them with your model # at https://www.minderresearch.com. They were very responsive to my request for info...
vermilye 10/04/19 06:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: .Options for Highspeed Internet Anywhere (Data Intensive)

l haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve been thinking that a desktop in the “cloud” might be the answer. Let it do all the heavy lifting and all you need is enough bandwidth to communicate with it. There's the rub. . . . while there are satellite services that could meet your requirements, they are not mobile, and very expensive. Not true. Fast, Ka-band mobile sat service has been available for a couple of years -- HughesNet Gen 5 portable dish and HughesNet automatic sat dishes. OP, the most common RV setup is some type of cell data plan, typically from Verizon or AT&T. And unless you use some sort of "biased" Internet speed tester, you'll almost never see the speeds you're looking for. I use a cellular & sat data combo when I travel. Here's my last report of over 40 campgrounds I stayed at this year: Campground Internet Report 2. 50 Mb down & 10Mb up? & 10Gb per day?
vermilye 09/30/19 09:17am Technology Corner
RE: .Options for Highspeed Internet Anywhere (Data Intensive)

Unless you are planning on staying in cities with 5G service, it isn't going to happen. While there are some areas where 4G LTE service meets your requirements, as you move into rural areas, your speeds are going to drop below 50 / 10. As to choices, while there are satellite services that could meet your requirements, they are not mobile, and very expensive. There are satellite based systems currently being developed that will work, but they are years away. You will pretty much need to stick with cell service & its limitations for the near future. In my case I don't require the data speed & volume you are asking for, but carry both an AT&T & Verizon cellular modem (Jetpack) and have generally had 6-8 MB down & 2-4 MB up when I had a connection. I've only had a few locations where neither provider lacked coverage (Big Bend NP in Texas, Cades Cove in Smoky Mountain NP to mention 2). I do carry a cell amplifier for the fringe areas. I'm currently sitting in my house in Upstate NY just outside a small town of 10,000. Not quite rural, but not near a large city. AT&T shows 23.3Mb down, 1.3Mb up, while Verizon is 9.3Mb down & .8Mb up. Both show fairly low signal strength.
vermilye 09/29/19 09:14am Technology Corner
RE: New truck intrest rates

It also depends on the particular truck, year & model. I'm paying 2.49% on a 2018 F 150 purchased July, 18 through my credit union. Dealer got down to 3.2% after some discussion...
vermilye 09/28/19 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US Border agent gave my passport to.....??

You were fortunate that you stayed closed to border and your passport was returned the next day. Otherwise it would likely been a PIA and cost you money to replace the passport.The last time I entered Canada at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, they had RVs pull into a separate parking area. After a 20 minute wait, one individual collected passports from 3 different vehicles, took them into the building to process, then came out 5 minutes later & returned them. A mistake would be fairly easy...
vermilye 09/26/19 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: lobsters in Maine

If you stay at Lamoine State Park, you can have live or steamed lobsters delivered to your site.https://lakeshoreimages.com/images519/_JRV2478.jpg width=640
vermilye 09/25/19 07:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Viair Portable Compressor uses

While I prefer a compressor (oilless) with a large tank, the Viair compressors can be used if you use a fitting to attach it to the water system. Let the pressure build to 30 - 40 pounds with the water faucets closed, then open. Repeat moving down the water lines, and do it once or twice. Not as fast or easy as a tank compressor, but it works.
vermilye 09/18/19 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: NEC 2020 & Receptacles

I believe the NEC should revisit Article 547 for agricultural buildings and Article 551 for RVs and RV parks to address valid shock hazard concerns and consider increasing GFCI protection to 50 amps.I'm not sure how this statement in the article for future considerations apply to a home RV plug. After the new regulations in 2020 go into effect you have an electrician install a 30A or 50A plug in your home for your RV. Is he required to use a GFCI or not? I suspect he will be because homes are now required to have GFCIs and of course who knows what a homeowner might plug into their "RV plug". For example I have a 30A extension cord that I can plug into my 50A RV pedestal (with adapter) to have less voltage drop for using back yard tools. My otherwise outside GFCI plugs are on a 15A GFCI with very long length and 14 gauge wire. ie The very last one located in the garage won't allow my saw to cut hot butter. And it's 100% to code. I've been able to use my garden tools on my GFCI circuit and it's becoming mute for me as I slowly switch to battery operated tools. That will leave my smoker BBQ which only draws a few amps and some Christmas lights. And yes those lights trip the GFCI when it rains but the protection is there. The exception for RV parks is in their section of the code - it does not apply to a home receptacle, whether designated for an RV or not.
vermilye 09/10/19 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: NEC 2020 & Receptacles

Yea, the campgrounds are holding off as long as possible, although I found a couple of Missouri state parks that had GFCIs on their 30 amp pedestal receptacles. It does look like when the local authority accepts the 2020 code, home 30 & 50 amp receptacles will need GFCIs, and they probably will start appearing in campgrounds in the future. It would be good to check your RV to insure that it will connect to a GFCI without problems.
vermilye 09/10/19 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: Grand Canyon Early April

I hit 3" of snow on the roads in the park on May 18th. At the Desert View campground (the south side of the canyon), I was in a small trailer - better than the couple next to me that were under a tarp stretched between their two motorcycles!
vermilye 09/10/19 09:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Parks near Crater Lake National Park

We stayed at Collier Memorial State Park near Chiloquin, OR about 35 miles from Crater Lake and found it very convenient and a very nice place to stay. Pictures of our site and what we did are available on our blog. I've stayed in both Farewell Bend & Collier Memorial State Park. Collier has a great logging museum. My favorite campground in the area (well two hours away) is Susan Creek Campground. No hookups, but water and restrooms with hot showers. It is on OR 138 at milepost 28. Highway 138 has a bunch of beautiful waterfalls that are short hikes off the road: https://lakeshoreimages.com/18trip/images1820/_JRV8884.jpg width=640
vermilye 09/10/19 09:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
NEC 2020 & Receptacles

For those considering installing a 30 or 50 amp receptacle at home for their RV's, you might check out the changes the 2020 NEC has instituted. Looks like GFCI's will be required on all outdoor receptacles. NEC Increased GFCI Protection
vermilye 09/10/19 08:43am Tech Issues
RE: Best Solvent To Remove RV Window & Roof Caulk?

For ProFlex, a plastic scraper (to avoid damaging the surface) for as much as possible, acetone for the remainder. Be careful - acetone is highly flammable!
vermilye 09/10/19 08:32am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 3000eu issue using a bonding plug

Check polarity of 30 amp outlet against 15 amp outlet, e.g. "hot wire to hot wire" should show zero voltage. If it shows 120v they are wired reverse from each other and one of them should be changed. Triple check the bonding plug. This only makes sense if both: 1. 30 amp and 15 amp have reversed polarity from each other and 2. something in your RV has a neutral/ground short The reason this would explain the problem is the RV's neutral/ground short puts one leg of power on the ground wire (the leg that is hot on the other outlet). The bonding plug puts the other leg on the ground wire. That is a dead short between the two legs through the ground wire. Thanks.. The plug is correct and I’m just surprised that a breaker wouldn’t have tripped somewhere... Certainly could be something wired wrong...I doubt it from Honda it’s more likely that I’m wired wrong.... when I get home I’ll do some further inspection... Bobbo pointed out a likely reason. Since the Honda (and many other brands) don't bond the neutral, in theory there is no hot or neutral. Because of that, there is no need to carry the same polarity between the 15 amp & 30 amp connectors, and if it makes it easier/cheaper to "reverse the polarity" they do. A couple of threads here & on other forums noted the discovery of reversals between the two connectors.
vermilye 09/06/19 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Quartzsite LTVA

It is still a bit warm at the LTVA for me this time of year, but will be there in November for the winter.
vermilye 09/05/19 01:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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