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RE: Voltage drop to 1200 watt inverter

To answer your question: Yes, No, Maybe. Buy a reasonable digital voltmeter for $10 and measure the battery voltage and inverter DC input voltage at the inverter DC input terminals. 0.3V drop is certainly possible given whatever wiring you have. Let's be clear: Marine batteries are NOT deep cycle batteries other than the label. A little better than starting batteries but much less than say 6V GCs. Truth on the batteries. The misrepresentation of those "RV/Marine" batteries by the big box stores pisses me off! WAY to many people waste their money thinking that they got a great price on deep cycle batteries. The inverters battery voltage is read at the inverter side of the battery/inverter DC connection. If you have a measurable voltage drop on the DC connection that will show up on the DC voltage display. If the battery measures 13.8v AT THE BATTERY and you have a significant load on one inverter, that inverter will display battery voltage minus voltage drop. The inverter with no load will experience an insignificant voltage drop on the DC connection. That too will manifest in the inverter DC voltage display. This could present as one inverter (no load) displaying the same voltage as your battery monitor and the second inverter(running a load) showing a lower voltage. I apologize for the disjointed reply. I find myself having a challenge communicating coherently when typing with one finger on a touch screen. I sound much smarter when I have my laptop. :) :)
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:57am Tech Issues
RE: Yamaha Generator question

I'm curious what this thread comes up with. I get the same thing with my Honda eu2000i and the generator. I can hear the microwave running slower than normal and the interior light is dimmer as well. It doesn't matter if I switch the eco throttle off, nor does it seem to matter if I flip the breaker on the charger. I'm boondocking at the time so everything is on propane. I noticed something similar with a borrowed Honda 2000 running my 1100watt coffee maker. I know it sounds crazy but I can hear the difference. I snagged my multimeter and checked the generator output while running my coffee maker. During startup when both heating elements and the grinder are running the generator output dropped to 103 volts. I know that it sounds crazy but the first time my wife started the coffee maker I could plainly hear a difference in the way it sounded. My EU3000i runs it normally.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Help: 300Ah AGM battery, substantially decreased performanc

What did you leave on while gone, Residential fridge? Heater/furnace set to high, something sucked all those ampHrs from the batteries, Yes properly charged batteries would have faired better, but something used that power, Solar was not enough to resupply the batteries Leaving the inverter turned on with no load will drain the battery as will the refrigerator on propane. The batteries will also self discharge if left for a while. I disconnect my batteries if they are going to be idle for long. I have a "battery tender" coming to keep my brand new batteries healthy through the Winter.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: Recs for Solar Cut Off Switch?

12v inline circuit breaker This would be appropriate if your array Voc is 24v or less. For higher voltage arrays the Midnite Solar DC breakers may be a good option. If you are running an MPPT controller it is very possible for you to exceed the capacity of that breaker. For example: My array is wired 2S3P with panel Voc of about 37 volts. That gives me an array Voc of 74 volts.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: running fridge in cold weather?

If I understand your question...... If the refrigerator is turned on and set to propane, you have propane and 12v to the fridge it should operate normally. When ambient temperature rises enough that the interior of the fridge warms above the thermostat set point the fridge will fire up the propane.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

I have looked at this as well: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Miles-Lubricants-Milesyn-SB-15W-40-API-CK-4-5-Gal-Synthetic-Blend-Diesel-Motor-Oil-Pail-MSF200103/305238438 And wonder what our oil Gurus think of it? 5 Gallons of synthetic blend for $83 delivered. Edit: Oops! I got in my head that you had a diesel. This oil is definitely no appropriate for your rig. I have seen a 5 gallon synthetic blend for gas engines for $52 including freight.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 09:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

I took my Dodge CTD to a chain oil change place a few times. The last two visits convinced me to go back to doing it myself. I dropped my truck off and they told me to come back in 45 minutes. 45 minutes later they explained to me that they could not change my oil because the drain plug took a special tool and I would have to go to the dealer to get my oil changed.... It happens that I happen to own that secret tool :) so I went home and changed it myself. Second try went pretty much like the first except the reason that they couldn't change it was that the drain plug was cross threaded and I would have to go to the dealer. Again I went home and did it myself. The drain plug was a little snug but not cross threaded. The next time I saved myself an hour and just stayed home and changed my own oil. My own thoughts on synthetic Vs conventional oil: A big benefit of synthetic is extended oil changes. If you put on a ton of miles and oil changes come frequently it makes sense to run synthetic oil that can be run significantly more miles than conventional oil. Currently my RVing is limited to trips during the Summer. Max of about 400 miles. I put less than 3000 miles last year. With my current activity I never hit 3000 miles before I have run for six months. I run Rotella T and change it every six months. I hope to be going on the road full time in 2022. If I put the miles on like I did last time I was full time then it will make sense to go synthetic. I expect to be putting between 15k and 20k miles a year. The blended oil is new to me. What kind of oil change frequency would be appropriate with blended?
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Flattest, warmest route to Las Vegas in January from NC

Yup I-10. Take it through Phoenix to 303 north to 60/93. I-10 is often closed on the weekends due to major construction. Check ADOT. If closed take 10, 17, 74, 60/93. Dd not take 60 off of 17. If by any chance the 202 construction is done this year then 10, 202 west south of Phoenix, 10, 303. That sounds like good advice. I have been stuck due to Winter weather on I-40 on a handful of occasions. I-10 will be a bit longer route but definitely much less likely to have bad winter weather. It does happen, just not nearly as often. Safe travels.
PNW_Steve 12/10/19 08:56am Roads and Routes
RE: Extension cords

Just get a standard 50' extension with #12 wire from HD/Lowes/Ace and enjoy your RV. Set the fridge and water heater on propane. Any use of the hairdryer, microwave, heatpump could trip the house breaker. Especially on a shared circuit. Furnace, lights or small tv should not present any issues. That is what I would do. If you do decide to make your own, don't use Romex. Use SO or SOJ cable.
PNW_Steve 12/09/19 01:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Help: 300Ah AGM battery, substantially decreased performanc

I would be thinking sufating. I am far more familiar with FLA but I do understand that AGM are subject to sulfating just like FLA. With FLA you want to charge at around 10% of C20. AGMs will handle a higher rate of charge than FLA. If you don't charge aggressively the plates can sulfate reducing battery capacity. I would look at having at least enough solar to be able to charge at 40 amps. Taking into account the fact that you are unlikely to ever see much over 70% of nameplate ratings from your panels. 800 watts of panels will get you in the ballpark. Anything less can reduce the lifespan of your batteries significantly. There is a solar forum with some really sharp mods and members when it comes to solar. Http://www.solarpaneltalk.com I have found that RV specific knowledge is a bit weak but I have not found a better source of quality solar and battery information. Take a look at the stickies in the battery section. They are quite an education. Good luck.
PNW_Steve 12/09/19 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Help: 300Ah AGM battery, substantially decreased performanc

I would be thinking sufating. I am far more familiar with FLA but I do understand that AGM are subject to sulfating just like FLA. With FLA you want to charge at around 10% of C20. AGMs will handle a higher rate of charge than FLA. If you don't charge aggressively the plates can sulfate reducing battery capacity. I would look at having at least enough solar to be able to charge at 40 amps. Taking into account the fact that you are unlikely to ever see much over 70% of nameplate ratings from your panels. 800 watts of panels will get you in the ballpark. Anything less can reduce the lifespan of your batteries significantly. There is a solar forum with some really sharp mods and members when it comes to solar. Http://www.solarpaneltalk.com I have found that RV specific knowledge is a bit weak but I have not found a better source of quality solar and battery information. Take a look at the stickies in the battery section. They are quite an education. Good luck.
PNW_Steve 12/09/19 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Mobile hot spots

A while back I decided to try out the "unlimited /unthrottled" AT&T service that folks are pushing on EBay. I have been using it for 6 months and have not experienced any throttling. Unfortunately, the AT&T coverage is not very good in the area where I spend much of my time. I see other RV'ers with Verizon that have great coverage while on the road. I just ordered the Visible phone and see if that serves me better.
PNW_Steve 12/03/19 11:21am Technology Corner
RE: Mobile hot spots

Does anyone know if you can have more than four members join your party?
PNW_Steve 12/03/19 11:11am Technology Corner
RE: Bringing dog from Mexico to Canada, driving.

Dog driving commercial :)Bringing dog from Mexico to Canada, driving. I personally wouldn't let the dog drive. I would have to agree. One duck encounter could ruin your whole trip. :) "Not the ducks!" :) https://youtu.be/CHoSuTLHfE8
PNW_Steve 12/03/19 09:47am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Algodones dental work and prescriptions?

I've had 2 Rc's - not in MX - and since they take out the root, there shouldn't be any pain. The pain came 4 years later when the tooth cracked and irritated the gum. My advice for taking things back across the border is, don't declare it. I don't really think the border is all that concerned about a few pain pills. A trunkful is a different story. I must be going to the wrong dentists :) I have had three root canals over the last 35 years and I had significant pain afterwards.
PNW_Steve 11/28/19 03:07pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: A good Pemex incident from my Partner:

I have lost track of of the unexpected acts of kindness that I have experienced in Mexico over the last 30 years. Just like here in Dayton Washington. There are plenty of good people and a few low life's. I don't think that the border towns are a fair representation of the real Mexico. Nor is Watts a fair representation of California. We stopped in San Carlos Sonora to spend the night on our way to Mazatlan. The people were really nice and it was just "comfortable". We weren't on a schedule so we decided to stay for a day or two. After a couple of days we thought that staying till the end of the week.... Three weeks later we finally had to get back on the road. Mexico has changed since my early visits but it is not devoid of good, honest and generous people. Thank you for sharing your experience. S.
PNW_Steve 11/27/19 05:57pm RVing in Mexico and South America
Algodones dental work and prescriptions?

Hello All, We are considering a trip to Algodones for dental work. Likely either three root canals and crowns or simply three (3rd molar) extractions. Depending on what the dentist says. I have a concern regarding pain medication. Here in Eastern Washington my healthcare providers have, with good cause, become more strict with pain medication. Unfortunately, they have clamped down to the point that patients with legitimate need are, at times, denied effective pain management. If I go to the dentist in Mexico, can I get appropriate pain medication and will I have trouble at the border? I am not talking about trying to cross the border with 100 Oxycontin. Just the appropriate amount to keep me from being miserable for a few days till things settle down. Not feeling good at home sucks. Not feeling good in a strange hotel room sucks ten fold. I spent a week sick in a motel in Kansas earlier this year. My only escape from the motel room were miserable trips (3) to the emergency room. Too sick to travel, I was stuck. I NEVER want to have an experience like that again. OK... I'm rambling. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you. Stephen
PNW_Steve 11/27/19 05:44pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: RV Cover

“Tell me that I cannot park my RV in my own yard and I will get cranky in short order. Its my yard. I will park whatever I want.....” No, Steve, you agreed to those restrictions BEFORE buying in. Your word is your bond. I understand.That is precisely why I do not live in a place with a HOA. I tried it back in the '80s and realized in short order that we didn't fit. I have an independent streak that comes out when I see, what I consider, ridiculous rules and regulations. Back to the topic at hand: OP: I didn't catch your location. If you have wet Winter weather, and go with a cover, I would suggest a dehumidifier. The cover I used was vented to avoid moisture build up. It didn't. Perhaps the Western Washington weather was just too much. I went to take the cover off the first Spring I found mold in a couple of spots. Before winterizing again I bought a dehumidifier and plumbed the drain outside. Problem solved.
PNW_Steve 10/09/19 10:02am Travel Trailers
RE: "We're sorry. An error has Occurred"

I use rv.net and it's working here. No issues here.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 07:19pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Do Flea Collars Really Repel Pests?

I have used a product called "cab fresh" that has been very effective in keeping the mice away. I worry about using bait. It's wonderful when the mice get hold of it. Not so much when a child or dog gets hold of it. I have used traps and don't really care for dealing with dead mice with spring traps so I tried the "live catch" traps and that wasn't much fun either.
PNW_Steve 10/08/19 07:17pm General RVing Issues
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