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RE: Converter voltage drop

Hi Gdetrailer, I agree. Li are FUSSY. They can work well. I'll never own them as I camp in extreme cold.
pianotuna 06/24/22 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical question

And now you have people with electric vehicles plugging in which will make things worse. Please provide a link that supports your opinion.
pianotuna 06/24/22 03:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Warm Fridge - Dometic DM2882

Typical in hot weather. Adding a fan that clips onto the fins inside the fridge helps. Adding fans to the "chimney" also helps. My twin fans for the chimney are on a mechanical thermostat.
pianotuna 06/24/22 08:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Converter voltage drop

I'd go inverter/charger. Li follow the makers recommendations.
pianotuna 06/23/22 11:43pm Tech Issues
RE: What should I do if my EPDM roof turns black

What about using bed liner?
pianotuna 06/23/22 11:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery question???? XXXX UPDATE XXXXX

They need to be "Equalized" how to do that on your system I do not know. I know how I'd do it but it requires hooking them in parallel to a DIFFERENT charger. Don’t equalize AGMs. It will damage them. True statement. Everything I've read is that AGM's aren't supposed to be equalized. Lifeline calls it "conditioning" charge. It is, defacto, an equalization charge.
pianotuna 06/21/22 09:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

Apparently nobody watched the video I linked back when. Hi BFL13, I watched it.
pianotuna 06/21/22 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

profdant139, A good decision.
pianotuna 06/21/22 06:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Where have all the members gone on this forum?

I try to be helpful. On one of my earliest posts, I wished the OP "good luck". He took GREAT offence. Facebook is full of iffy advice. As of today 36,952 posts.
pianotuna 06/21/22 05:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical Help pls

Reflectix is for heat infiltration and isn't intended for cold. Details are on its packaging. So maybe find a better insulation material to put in its place and it could make a big difference! Aerogel may be a solution.
pianotuna 06/21/22 05:02pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

notsobigjoe, 5% more in fuel cost? I get about 11 mpg. But I drive slowly. (about 79 mph) If I drive 80 mph that drops to 10 mpg. My GVW is 14500, so I'm well within the limits.
pianotuna 06/21/22 04:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Electrical Help pls

RickW, I'm with you 1000% on CO. I won't run a non vented combustion heater--and I won't run a generator while sleeping, either. My daughter is a CO survivor.
pianotuna 06/21/22 12:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

profdant139 pwm controllers do not drop the voltage. They operate at what ever the battery voltage is. As the battery gets fuller the control "pulses" the power, with shorter "on" time and greater "off" time. PWM does include a one way diode to prevent the panels from drawing power from the battery bank. 110 amp-hour battery flooded? Then with this panel under PERFECT conditions 5.5 amps are going into the battery. But that only happens around solar noon. I would be comfortable doing direct connection to the battery with an on/off switch between the panel and the bank.
pianotuna 06/21/22 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical Help pls

Yes, I am bummed. How many amp hours is the battery bank? The rule of thumb is multiply amps by 10 to get the draw at 12 volts. This is due to inverters being at best about 88% efficient. If the voltage on the battery is low, the inverter may well draw even more amps, causing the fuse to die. Generally the inverter may be sized to do 125% of the load. 250 x 1.25 = 312.5 watts (so the inverter is busting its heart out trying to run that heater). There are a couple of solutions. 1. connect the inverter directly to the battery posts. That will eliminate the fuse and amperage issues. 2. Use a 50 heating pad instead. You could run two. 3. There are 12 volt heaters available. In any event the batteries are not going love running the heater for long periods of time. My first battery bank was 875 amp-hours. Heaters were not an issue.
pianotuna 06/20/22 09:03pm Truck Campers
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

Since water weighs 8.3 lbs a gallon, my full tank was around 500 lbs. I saved a few hundred lbs by not filing it all of the way up. My weight with ALL tanks full (black, gray, fresh, propane, and fuel) is 13750 lb. That included two humans, with the RV provisioned for a 2 week trip. Fresh water is 80 us gallons or 664 lbs. That's less than 5% of the total weight. Not enough to make a difference in fuel economy.
pianotuna 06/20/22 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Costco 100W 18V solar blanket: which controller to use?

Hi, How large is the battery bank?
pianotuna 06/20/22 05:30pm Tech Issues
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

Hi, I travel with the fresh water tank full. The savings from having partly full are negligible. Partly full the water will slosh around. It may even act as a "captive hammer".
pianotuna 06/20/22 05:27pm Truck Campers
RE: You tube Fulltimers getting squeezed

Folks underestimate the costs. They don't have a reserve fund. I think mine is on the low side at 10 grand. Some people are able to discipline themselves, and almost never stay in a commercial campground. Where I was full timing it may be nearly impossible from November to March. And due to covid there was no place to go south of the border. The only year round campground decided to become a seasonal site. Fortunately I had an exit strategy in place. My heart does go out to these new to RV people.
pianotuna 06/18/22 05:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: The man who invented the Motorhome

Nice thread.
pianotuna 06/18/22 01:18pm RV Lifestyle
RE: battery to inverter wiring

What make and model is the inverter? Change the wiring to balanced.
pianotuna 06/18/22 01:15am Tech Issues
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