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RE: inverter power cables cca or ofc

What type of power cables can be used for battery connections to 1500 watt inverter? CCA or OFC I use welding cable. I attach my own ends with a hydraulic crimper but most welding stores will attach lugs for you. Welding cable is much easier to run, nice thick insulation very fine stranded wire so it is easy to route. you can get colors but I just get black and then attach red shrink wrap on the ends. Compare 4/0 welding cable to std variety 4/0 battery cable. you'll immediately see the advantage to welding cable. For my 1000W inverter I use 4/0 welding cable. what thickness should be used for about 10-15 feet run for a 1500 watt inverter? I know it should be as close as possible to batteries but just for convenience, hoping to put further away with a thicker wire if possible. I keep my 3000 watt inverter about 2 feet from battery bank (not wet cell), and I use 4/0 welding cable as mentioned. That will be tough to run 15 feet as you want, I'd look at a way to get it closer and the if needed run 120 AC from there (much easier). Anything less than 4/0 and I don't think you'll like the voltage drop, unless you're keeping the draw to something other than microwave/coffee maker/etc. Anyone know the largest size wire a Go Power 1500 watt inverter can take? My GoPower GP-HS1500 is designed to use lugs (3/8" Ring) for the connections. 2/0 crimped lugs needed to be shaved a bit on the sides to fit into the space for the bolts. Cables from GeunineDealZ...
vermilye 08/20/19 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: RV sales are slipping

Sales of RVs are slipping: newsMore room in the campgrounds for the rest of us?
vermilye 08/19/19 12:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery or no battery????????

If you have electric brakes, the trailer battery powers them when you trip the breakaway switch.
vermilye 08/19/19 07:15am Tech Issues
RE: neat little solar light

I use them to chase away the pack rats. Don't know if they really work, but so far I haven't had a problem with them, and prefer that to a lamp that is on all night.
vermilye 08/13/19 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Voltage drop on inverter

Really hard to find premade 00 and 0000 cables though ;) Honestly, for my situation, it was just easier to solder. I had a bunch of cables to do, prepped them all and then did them in a batch. Didn't seem that much harder or longer than crimping. I leave the relative merits of each to the experts.But you can order any length from GenuinedealZ.
vermilye 08/12/19 07:45am Tech Issues
RE: A/C on 116 volts?

108v and higher and your good while running is the important point. If you see 108V with the compressor off, it will likely drop below that when it starts & runs.
vermilye 08/08/19 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: AT&T Hot-spot performance?

I'd suspect the hotspot. I use a Mobley, and if I have AT&T coverage, it never shuts down or reboots.
vermilye 08/08/19 02:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Leaf Peeping

If you like waterfalls & hiking, I don't think you can beat Ricketts Glen State Park in PA. Within the park is a pair of streams with 21 waterfalls. Described as "strenuous" but that is mostly because of the steps that climb around the individual falls - I managed the hike the last time at age 74. Because there is a considerable drop between the top of the stream & the bottom, you will find the season changes as you work your way up or down. The campground are dry, but bathrooms with showers. If you approach from the south, there is a 2 mile, 18% grade up to the park. Relatively flat from the north. Some more photos here. http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/images147/ASE_1209.jpg width=500
vermilye 08/08/19 08:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Should older hotspot still work on new 4G/5G towers?

Verizon is currently planning to drop CDMA / 3G service as of January 1, 2020. (Link to Verizon). It would be wise to look for a hotspot or phone that covers 4G. The 4510L will function after 3G & CDMA is dropped, is still available from Verizon, although it is now called a 4G Hotspot (they dropped the 3G/4G description). 4510L Page at Verizon As to 5G, as mentioned, it won't be happening outside of cities for awhile. Typical 5G towers cover a city block or so - it will be a long time before any kind of 5G reaches the rural areas.
vermilye 08/08/19 08:16am Technology Corner
RE: Leaf Peeping

Since this year has been described as warmer than normal, it is expected that the leaf season will be later than normal, at least in the Adirondacks. You might want to keep an eye on the season using a "Leaf Peeping site". My favorite is the Foliage Network.
vermilye 08/06/19 08:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New GPS needed

if we used a dedicated tablet, would the gps function use gps data directly or cell phone signals? It depends on the tablet & the app. Some tablets do not have a GPS receiver, so must use tower locations (not necessarily data) for location. Not as accurate, and, of course, useless outside the cell tower coverage area. Most tablet or phone routing apps use data for the map, however CoPilot installs complete maps on your phone or tablet during installation & does not need any data connection when used. As to stand alone GPS, I currently use a Garmin NUVI 3580. I tried one of their newer "Drive" models when I wanted a larger screen to go with a bigger tow vehicle, however I much preferred the interface of the older NUVI, so I'll keep it until it dies.
vermilye 08/03/19 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

Yesterday I sent Dometic a request to go back to making at least one model 3 way small fridge without electronic controls so when boondocking on propane it will not draw power from the house battery. My 1997 has a Dometic rM 2310 which does not draw power. But it's getting old & I had to repair it this summer. When I checked into replacements they drew so much power when on propane that I could not camp anymore. My Class B does not have a built in genny & I usually do not drag along my Honda 2000. I do have a portable solar panel which worked well in Fl for 33 days this winter, but that would not have kept up with the newer fridge draw. Hope mine holds together as I doubt Dometic will see the needs of a few boondockers. While I loved my 2510 for the same reason, I currently have a 6 cu ft DM2663LBX. While it does draw some current to keep the gas valve open, it is well under 1 amp. I've done 91 days without hookups, although I do have a pair of 6V batteries & 320 watts of solar.
vermilye 08/02/19 08:02am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Monitor choices

I used the Bogart Trimetric for a number of years, but when I updated to lithium this year I switched to Victron, both for the monitor (712) and solar controller (100/30). Both can be monitored & parameters set using Bluetooth from my phone. It is handy to watch the battery charging from the tow vehicle or sitting outside, and the history functions are useful. That said, the Trimetric gave me the same information, but only at the device.
vermilye 07/31/19 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Bowlus Road Chief

I have only seen one on the road - a couple in a Tennessee State Park:http://www.lakeshoreimages.com/19trip/images1952/_JRV1247.jpg width=500
vermilye 07/31/19 12:22pm Travel Trailers

As a mechanical engineer, I don't deal well in imaginary numbers... Are RV pedestal 50a circuits single phase or two phase?Single phase 120/240V
vermilye 07/29/19 08:21am Tech Issues
RE: Glacier Nat'l Park tips?

I won't stop at Glacier National Park without making the long drive out to the Polebridge Mercantile for a cinnamon roll & sticky bun. On the west side of the park.
vermilye 07/05/19 08:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Chisos Basin, Big Bend

It is not just the road. Most of the sites are pretty tight. I had no problem with a 17' trailer, but I would only find a few sites that my 21' would fit.
vermilye 07/02/19 09:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Switch to LIFePO4?

Interesting that they want temperature compensation turned off. I wonder why. I hope they work beyond your wildest dreams. Price FOB was?Unlike wet batteries, temperature compensation is not necessary with lithium batteries, and might cause the BMS to shut down charging if the voltage goes above its preset limit (usually around 15V). Same for equalization. Not necessary or desired.
vermilye 06/30/19 09:40am Tech Issues
RE: Satelite Internet

I travel with both AT&T (through a Mobley) and Verizon (using a Jetpack), both with unlimited data service (which, of course, is not really unlimited). Between the two, I have had data service in most parts of the country, but there are exceptions. A few off the top of my head are Big Bend National Park, Sunny Flat Campground, Coronado National Forest in AZ, & Cades Cove in the Great Smoky National Park, all with no internet or cell coverage. You are always going to find places that don't have internet service, but they are getting fewer all the time. I think you will find satellite service fast enough to stream video more difficult & expensive than practical, at least until Musk's Space X service arrives (if ever).
vermilye 06/30/19 09:31am Beginning RVing
RE: Campgrounds

While I use AllStays as well, if you are looking for non commercial campgrounds, check out the Ultimate Public Campground List. An inexpensive app that lists some campgrounds that AllStays misses.
vermilye 06/30/19 09:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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