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RE: Calling on Solar Techies

My battery banks is wired like sample #2. Sample #3 would be difficult at this time as the 4/0 cable has already been cut to fit. The microwave shut down at 12 volts. I think this was the default of the Inverter. I pulled the plug on the coffee maker at 12.2 because I knew where it was headed. I have never heard of equalizing. I'm going to let the rig charge tonight and test with hydrometer tomorrow after it has had a chance to rest for a few hours.
1L243 02/23/21 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

The + wire from the Inverter to the battery bank is 4/0. It is 5 feet long. The battery bank is wired in Parallel. I draw + from one side of the bank and - from the other. I did put in a disconnect switch between the Inverter and the battery bank. The switch is rated for 12/48 volts and 275A continuous and 455A intermittent. I may swap that out for a two pole positive buss bar. It could be a weak link. The batteries are going on 4 years old. Will test them.
1L243 02/23/21 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

Microwave test was a bust. I think it took about 20 seconds before the voltage on the meter dropped to -12 volts and the microwave shut off. Electric drip coffee pot was also a failure ran about 25 seconds and battery level continued to drop. I cut it off at 12.2 volts. On the positive side all my outlets are energized. I turned on a 40 inch tv and two 24 inch TVs at the same time (maybe two tv's at one time would be max)and was able to maintain + 3.5 amps even though it was overcast out. I do have a Tailgator Portable satellite dish that draws 24 watts. I don't think that will be a problem. I was also able to run a small house fan and stay in the +2.5 amps I'm looking for better results on a true sunny day. Tilting my panels would be more work than it would be worth to me. I also want to hydrometer test on my batteries
1L243 02/23/21 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

Your right I was confusing the Main Breaker with the Breaker to the Converter. If I turn off the Breaker to the Converter it does stop the batteries from charging. The 110 outlets continue to work.
1L243 02/22/21 08:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

Believe me your not the one confused. My water heater is propane only. I will have to unplug my Fridge to force it to propane use. Plus I would turn off the breaker to the AC so there is no accidental use. So, will turning off the main breaker of the Converter allow me to plug the trailer shore power into the Inverter without any conflicting issues. I read a couple of DIY Solar installs and this was one of the options for running off grid when plugged into the Inverter?
1L243 02/22/21 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

Thank you I think everyone is tired of this thread. Heck I have only been doing this project off and on for about 3 weeks now. BUT TODAY I FINISHED and all worked as it should. BUT I have not plugged into the Renogy 2000 watt inverter yet. I want to make sure THAT ALL I HAVE TO DO is turn off the main breaker to the Converter before plugging the shore power into the Inverter? I want all the 110 outlets to be powered by the inverter plus I still need the Converter to power the 12 volt system of the trailer. I will also unplug the refrigerator so it will work on Propane and turn off the breaker for the AC.
1L243 02/22/21 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

Once I removed the battery disconnect switch from the negative circuit it eliminated what ever problem I was having from a energized ground??? As I am winding down with my wiring and waiting for a sunny day I have a couple question maybe you guys can help with. I am installing simple DC battery disconnect switche between the power cables going from the Inverter to the battery bank (plus ANL 250 amp fuse ( I may up that to 300 amp) https://www.amazon.com/Ampper-Battery-Disconnect-Isolator-Vehicle/dp/B07413JWLD/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=dc+disconnect+switch&qid=1613978307&sr=8-3 The same DC disconnect switch between the Solar Panel + to charge controller so, I can isolate the panels from controller should I ever have a need. The charge controller will be on a separate 50 amp disconnect breaker. Anything wrong with these disconnect switches because I have seen much more elaborate setups out there. Like this https://www.amazon.com/ENZPOWER-System-Combiner-Isolator-Connector/dp/B0761WZXXR/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=dc+disconnect+switch&qid=1613978307&sr=8-6
1L243 02/22/21 12:28am Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

I installed a Aili battery monitor. (it'similar to the Renogy monitor) It asks for the total ah's in the battery bank (340). It uses this as a base when calculating +/- ah's. Assuming you never want to completely drain the batteries to 0 ah's should I put in the total amount assuming the monitor takes this into account or half the total ah's?
1L243 02/18/21 05:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

When this was going on I was not connected to 110. I have eliminated the disconnect switch for the time being which seems to have eliminated the problem. I will get on it again tomorrow. Puzzling for sure. Can't figure out how a frame ground connection 3 feet long can energize with a inline disconnect switch?
1L243 02/15/21 08:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

This is going to sound confusing because I am LOL! Been waiting for a few more things to arrive including the Battery Meter with Shunt. The panels, charge controller and inverter have been mounted but nothing has been connected electrically to the Rig yet. Interesting wiring issue popped up when I started to wire the battery meter shunt in the battery box today. You see in the picture my battery bank battery A the closest, battery D being the further-est away. You can see I have a battery disconnect switch. The switch is a simple two pole switch that interrupts the negative cable that runs from the frame to battery D negative terminal. https://i.imgur.com/PNWKVOz.jpg height=640 width=380 I have had this switch for 3 years. I mounted the shunt and connected one side of the battery disconnect switch to the Load side of the Shunt (keeping in mind this is just the frame ground cable) I connected the battery side of the Shunt to the negative on Battery D. The disconnect switch was in the off position. Suddenly I noticed the radio from inside the Rig was on ( I did not turn it on) It should not have been on with the disconnect switch in the off position. I came to find that the disconnect switch when in off position would become energized to a test light and not energized when in the ON position???? This is a ground cable?? The disconnect switch worked as it should for cutting 12 volt power to the RV. I disconnected the shunt and put everything back the way it was and sure enough the switch would energize when OFF and not when ON! I disconnected the frame ground cable from the switch and connected to negative on battery D by-passing the disconnect switch. Everything works as it should no circuit from ground to ground being made.. I have no explanation of why a ground disconnect switch would become energized" Question 2 It's my understanding on the Battery Meter Shunt the Bat side of the Shunt is Neg Battery (battery D in my case) ONLY? and every other negative load ie frame ground, Inverter, Charge Controller and any other negative accessory goes to the LOAD side of the Shunt, correct? Thanks for any comments
1L243 02/15/21 05:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

How important is it to test for Amps after wiring the five 100 watt panels in Parallel? My current multimeter only goes to 10 dc amps so, I would have to buy a new multimeter. Its my understanding the panels if working correctly should come in around 27/28 amps. I did make some of my own MC4 cables and I am confident that I got good crimps. I tested each panel separately for voltage when I took them out of the box and each panel tested fine. At the time I did not think of testing for amps.
1L243 02/10/21 11:24am Tech Issues
Dicor Self Leveling Lap Sealant and TPO

I have a TPO roof membrane. I have used Dicor on other rigs many times some were EPDM and some were TPO. I have always used Dicor 501. I had read that it was good for EPDM and "MOST" TPO membranes. I never seem to have a problem. Now I see there is a special two stage Dicor Sealant. I hate trying new products and would prefer to stay with what I have used in the past. Any thoughts or experience using self leveling sealants on TPO would be appreciated.
1L243 02/09/21 10:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

I'm trying to nail down the best fuse for the Inverter to the battery bank. The Renogy manual says nothing. Inverter is 2000/4000 peak. I'm using 4/0 cable for about 6' after adding disconnect switch and inline fuse. I purchased ANL fuses in 250amp and 350amp? Thanks
1L243 02/04/21 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

your right about the wire run through the floor but it works out pretty well the floor is almost even with the bottom of the battery box I'm probable only loosing a foot. The Renogy 3ft cables a positive and a negative with two 4 awg cables crimped together into one terminal at each end. The back of the Renogy Inverter accepts a battery terminai.
1L243 02/01/21 09:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

I got my Inverter today and was able to place it for the distance of my cable run. Positive cable would be 5 feet but by the time I add a short jumper for the disconnect switch and the inline fuse It may be closer to 6 feet. The way my battery bank is wired the positive cable is on battery (A) and the ground cable is on battery (D) a longer run about 7 +/- feet. With these distances I have convinced myself to go with 4/0 cable. I have found a local welding supply that sells 4/0 welding cable at $7.40 a foot. Any thoughts?
1L243 02/01/21 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Have You Installed Your Own Slide Topper?

Ok, I get it. Typically a Slide Topper is measured outside flange to outside flange. My flange to flange measured 93 inches and I ordered 96 inches. My slide topper sticks out past the slide flange on each side about 3 inches on each side. You could order your slide topper a little less than the distance between flange to flange. Lets say yours measures 12'6". Instead of ordering larger you could order smaller lets say 12 feet which would be 6 inches less a difference of 3 inches on each side which hypothetically would put you flush with the flange. Of course you will have to check all your own measurements. And for something that close I would pay to have it done and tell them what your situation is so they can plan for it.
1L243 02/01/21 10:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

EDIT--it says they give you two each of pos and neg #4 3 ft long. That is the same as the 2000w Vector wiring "kit". If you want to go to 5 ft you have to extend the wires or go fatter with singles. You don't have to make pos and neg the same length. You can use the two #4s at 3 ft and make the neg 7 ft. You will have the shunt on the neg anyway, so put the shunt at 3 ft from the neg side of the inverter and run the single fat shunt to battery neg post wire the other 4 ft. So all you need now is one fat wire about four ft long. Not sure I'm following you. Are you saying #4awg or 4/0? If Renogy provides two sets of #4 are they intending that the two positive cables be ran together combining the two wires as one? If so, seems like a strange way to do it. 3 feet of positive cable still falls short for my application of 5 feet. I may still be looking for heavier wire. Just need to figure out what size. I'm leaning towards 1/0. I am still waiting for delivery of the inverter so, I have no manual. I Should get it tomorrow. Thanks for the pdf
1L243 01/31/21 09:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

Are we saying with the new calculator I don't need 4/0 cable for the 5 feet to the battery bank? I can use 1 AWG?
1L243 01/31/21 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Have You Installed Your Own Slide Topper?

I have been thinking of doing this myself also. One thing though, on our door side slide when the awning is deployed I only have 1.5 inches of clearance. The main slide is 152 inches. What size should I use? Thanks. Are you saying your current awning will cover your slide out? If my awning covered my slide out I don't think I would bother with a topper. I would either deploy the awning just enough to cover the Slide out or completely.
1L243 01/31/21 03:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

I have been thinking of the inverter connection to my battery bank. My battery bank is four 12 volt deep cycle batteries with a total of 340ah. The batteries are wired in Parallel. The distance to my battery bank will be around 5 feet. I plan on using 3/0 or 4/0 wire. My current battery cables are standard around 4ga awg. Question: Do I have to increase the wire size between batteries when adding the 2000w inverter? If so, what is the recommended wire size between batteries. thanks https://i.imgur.com/PNWKVOz.jpg height=640 width=380
1L243 01/31/21 12:12am Tech Issues
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