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RE: Defective Renogy Solar Panel

Nice to hear a good report! ... for a change ;). Rarely panels are defective from the beginning or stop working within a few months. Only occasionally one of (4?) diodes would poop out. Controllers are a different story. 8% 1-star feedback on Renogy waterproof chargers. Interestingly, people complain on slow service too:
Almot 01/02/21 05:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Electric space heaters

My favorite heat source is electric heated carpets. I like the concept but they are relatively low-wattage per square foot. The size that would fit in a van or small RV would be 300W or less. Maybe I could fit 2 of them in.
Almot 12/25/20 04:18pm Tech Issues
RE: solar charge controller test

Why not connect panel to controller without controller connected to battery? If you drink a 6-pack and there is no washroom to go - you blow up. Controller is passing energy from panel to battery, it may go up in smoke when there is nowhere to pass it. I would install a switch on Pos wire btw panel and controller. 100W panel is a low 6A current, any switch will do.
Almot 11/14/20 07:01pm Tech Issues
RE: solar charge controller test

Is there a way to test polarity from solar panel? Take multimeter, set it to 100V DC, hold panel to the sun, connect probes to the panel - without battery or controller. If it reads ~18V, then red probe is on the Pos wire of the panel. If it reads negative voltage, then red probe is on the negative wire of the panel. That is, if you plugged red/black leads into voltmeter correctly. Some voltmeters have leads permanently attached. As noted, never connect controller to panel when controller is not connected to battery.
Almot 11/13/20 06:38pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt Refrigerators

Lots of good thoughts here. One thing I did not think of is dry camping On cooler nights with furnace and fridge off the batteries Two six volt may not last long In a small trailer it's difficult to sleep with furnace on, it wakes you up every time it cycles. I've stopped using my furnace after bought Olympian Wave 6 catalytic heater. Sips propane very lightly and no 12V draw. Keep one window and roof vent cracked open a few inches and have working CO detector since this heater is not vented. On the subject of fridges - I looked into 12V Danfoss babies 7 or 8 years ago, planned for this when installing 500W solar, but decided to let the OEM propane fridge be, for several reasons. I remember that back then (2013?) besides Dometic and Norcold there were also other 12V compressor fridges: Isotherm, Sundanzer, Canadian brand Novakool and one German brand that I forgot. This is not something new, they've been around for many years and still are. Sundanzer now only makes top-loading fridges. To my observations, trailer/5er people who camp often on hookups replace OEM propane absorption fridge with a residential 110V compressor model (if there is enough space). Cheaper than 12V Danfoss units, better insulation, DC draw after inverter is significant but not much higher than with Danfoss fridge of the same size, because insulation is good. They don't care about DC draw, anyway. For an offgrid living it's a different matter.
Almot 09/08/20 08:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Idea for filtered air into the RV

For me the AC filter in the window approach had too many negatives. Mostly having to do with sound and privacy. Another big one is wind and dust. There is indeed less sound coming through the roof vent than through the window, though the difference doesn't seem big to me. And there is a constant noise of the fan - hardly notable in daytime but you would hear it more in the night. Wouldn't air filter in the window block the dust and TAD the wind too?
Almot 04/06/20 11:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: OTR Indoor Antenna

Sorry I should have been more clear, I meant for the sticks and bricks. I'm dumping cable TV and their constant price increases. Been there, done that. After a many research on OTV websites I bought Channel Master, I think it was This one, 40 miles range. Put it on the 2nd floor South balcony, with 4-floors building right across, and local TV tower on the North (i.e. no any kind of line of sight to the tower). 10 out of 12 channels worked well, 2 worked intermittently. It is "sort of" omnidirectional, very wide angle of reception, so no frequent adjustment was necessary. Picture quality was perfect. In a digital era these antennas either work well, or don't work at all, not like 10 years ago with analog channels when you could sometimes get a stable but poor picture. If you have a direct line of sight to the tower, pretty much any antenna will work. Even a 3 ft piece of wire will get you some channels. Free TV broadcasting sucks. Too many commercials, and all shows and movies are old and/or not the most popular. Worse than very basic cable plan, though not much worse. Sold it a few years later.
Almot 04/05/20 07:55pm Technology Corner
RE: Plastic toilet and sink cleaning?

Thank you Grandpopsicle. Sounds like a good inexpensive maintenance tip.
Almot 01/23/20 11:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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