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RE: School Me on Solar Panels

Serial panels should be the same Imp rating. Parallel the same Vmp rating.
CA Traveler 03/31/23 01:46pm Tech Issues
RE: School Me on Solar Panels

2" spacing is adequate, mine are 6" to eliminate shade from the A/Cs. MC4 is a standard connector. Bypass diodes provide better shade tolerance for serial panels and more power than parallel panels. You'll need a MPPT controller with input voltage spec greater that the combined Voc of the serial panels.
CA Traveler 03/31/23 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: 1986 Dodge B350 FALCON Van

37 years old - Perhaps just replace the entire plug, cover and all... Sometimes an old well stocked hardware store in a small town will have forgotten items in the attic...
CA Traveler 03/30/23 03:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Consumption dometic freshwell

Wondering if you used 120V instead if 240V at the shop to calculate watts???
CA Traveler 03/30/23 02:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Consumption dometic freshwell

Dometic lists 2700W cooling, 3000W heating.
CA Traveler 03/30/23 02:27pm Tech Issues
RE: California Highway 20 or 299

From a road standpoint I5 is the best, otherwise 20. 101 is a much slower and more scenic route. The weather this year favors I5.
CA Traveler 03/30/23 09:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Genny won't start a/ trying to turn on while on shore power.

Cheryl, It the spirit of trying to help you - Hire and pay a good person to fully inspect the RV. Problems can go way beyond the gen not starting. The gen didn't start and now you're willing to hear it run on the phone? Instead THINK - what was wrong and changed? And why in the world would you listen on the phone and possibly conclude everything is OK? Why do you think he should be pay for gen repairs? Did you BUY it (as stated) or NOT? All sales are AS-IS unless you have a written warranty. Just thinking you need help.
CA Traveler 03/28/23 09:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter Upgrade

Thanks for the responses. After looking I may just leave it as is except I would like to power the outlet by the bed for my CPAP at night. Does anyone have a schematic or picture of how the inverter is wired into the 120 volt load center? I’ve looked at the wiring manual from Winnebago and can’t figure it out.Why not just install a new outlet and wire it to the inverter?
CA Traveler 03/28/23 09:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Inverter Upgrade

As long as you learn and follow the basics of 120V wiring codes so that the change over is safe then it's reasonable. Keep in mind that a 15A AC draw is about 165A DC which is a large battery discharge with the inverter. So other factors like battery capacity, how to recharge them etc are factors. Likely your 600W inverter DC wires are inadequate. ie Look at the big picture and your usage to see if it meets your obectives.
CA Traveler 03/27/23 10:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Oil changes

Auto store. Large container and transfer to empty 1 gal container.
CA Traveler 03/27/23 02:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: batteies

Most likely your RV is set up for flooded batteries and doesn't have a lithium profile setting. The best option is to add a DC-DC charger that has a lithium setting for charging from both the AC charger and the alternator. This applies to trailers also as they are charged by the tow vehicle alternator. Solar is a third possible charging source. MHs with 2 different type battery banks present additional changes for charging. Maybe as posted above, but it could also be an expensive lesson.
CA Traveler 03/27/23 07:57am Tech Issues
RE: Genny won't start a/ trying to turn on while on shore power.

Have the batteries load checked, free at auto stores. Plus fuse, disconnect, wiring, etc. Also an issue like that suggests poor maintenance and you should check everything after this issue is fixed.
CA Traveler 03/26/23 08:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have you ever been scammed

We've had several - A very intelligent person bought air line tickets 3 weeks in advance and his trip didn't go as planned. Another bought a $900 pair of hiking boots and changed the Amazon delivery address, imagine he hiked pretty fast... Never cost us a penny. :B
CA Traveler 03/25/23 06:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Help with Trailer legalities, Nova Scotia

Perhaps you can apply for a lost title? Suspect almost no value? 31 years old. Perhaps better to pay to have it hauled to a wrecking yard? Any option to just leave it there for who ever owns the property?
CA Traveler 03/25/23 03:05pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Replacing Emergency Exit Cover

I have repaired covers with fiberglass, sand and paint.
CA Traveler 03/23/23 09:17am Truck Campers
RE: 30amp surge protector on 50amp line

Most houses do not have surge protection. Most RV's don't come with surge protection, some do including more advanced EMS protection (voltage, miswired pedestal, etc).
CA Traveler 03/20/23 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: 30amp surge protector on 50amp line

For reference it's been discussed many times that a 50A 4 wire RV circuit is actually 2 120V 50A circuits allowing for 3 or 4 A/C units or combinations of other higher draw devices. Without getting into the details of the 50A RV circuit which has been discussed many times this circuit can and does cause very high and low voltage when the common neutral is open or partially open which can be a pedestal or RV problem. Hence it's been my recommendation that all 50A RVs use a EMS protects against this possibility since high voltage can damage connected equipment in the RV. In 2004 with my first 50A RV I installed the Progressive Industries HW 50C EMS which protects against an open 50A neutral and 10 other faults.
CA Traveler 03/20/23 10:10am Tech Issues
RE: 30amp surge protector on 50amp line

Without the 2nd AC, I wouldn’t think that the RV would routinely pull more than 30 amps. All it takes is 3 higher draw devices like: A/C, HW, charger, toaster, coffee pot, hair dryer etc to exceed 30A. Get a 50A EMS.
CA Traveler 03/19/23 03:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Spare tire size

Find out what the mfg says about 1 different sized tire on a 4x4. It is a 4x4 correct? First and foremost there are many Alaska trip areas where there is no tire related shop for many miles, think hundreds. This can/does also include most of Canada. Plus when you get they may not have your size and getting one could take days. My advice is be prepared. Take one full sized mounted tire and consider a unmounted spare for extra caution. And note that even the same sized tire may not have the same diameter due to wear or other differences due to brands so that could be a consideration for longer distances. Our round trip mileage was 9600 miles.
CA Traveler 03/17/23 10:18am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Hwy 89A in Northern Arizona

CA Traveler, do you drive a big rig and are you saying Hwy89A across to Page?Yes, profile was in a earlier post. 89A is OK for the N Rim and 89 is better for a direct route.
CA Traveler 03/16/23 10:06am Roads and Routes
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