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RE: Lighting suggestions for rv building

Use a basic incadescent fixture with LEDs (under $5 each) and/or LED shop lights. One shop light on each side ($45 each) and you're done. FYI - My experience with LEDs: I installed a sunset to sunrise timer on my 6 porch lights and switched to equivalent LED bulbs. The incadescents drew 3.0A and the LEDs 0.45A, a 6.7 ratio. Then I ran the yearly cost based on last years utility bills. For 44,000 hours the LED cost is $23 and incadescent cost $155. LEDs and timer paid for and savings started in 3.5 months.
CA Traveler 04/01/20 08:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Would solar be effective in the midwest?

You're using 650W per day with a 200W panel. Assume you get 60% of the panel watts for 4 hours or 480W per day. You'll need at least 400W panels and you will still need extra power for those multiple consecutive days of no sun.
CA Traveler 03/26/20 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: Installing inverter w/charger and transfer switch

Leave the existing DC wiring in place and just add the inverter/charger DC wiring to the battery. Any charger needs to be off when the inverter is on. BTW The transfer switch only switches the A/C from shore and inverter. A 2500W inverter can draw 200A DC hence a large battery bank is needed.
CA Traveler 03/26/20 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: Mexican face mask

Do you have to go to Mexico to use it? If so you may not be coming back for awhile but who cares?
CA Traveler 03/25/20 07:50pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

I read that 7 times on the roof is the average for panel adjustment. Most just add one additional panel and they are good to go.
CA Traveler 03/25/20 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

There are boats and then there are boats. My trawler had 3x 8D batteries, large heavy puppies. Never had a problem but batteries do explode but not to often IFAIK.
CA Traveler 03/25/20 10:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

Matt, How about explosion/issues with 4x 6V for 12V?
CA Traveler 03/25/20 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

BTW Look up the specs for your 6V batteries. Look up the specs for the 12V batteries you want to buy. Most likely they will not have a Ah rating but a CCA as they are starting batteries. Nothing wrong/right with your proposal but rather the two are not equivalent considering capability and cost.
CA Traveler 03/25/20 08:32am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

Most 6V GC batteries used in RVs are 230A giving you 12V at 230Ah. Most 12V RV batteries are about 80Ah giving you 160Ah. Marine deep cycle batteries are a compromise and not much better than starting batteries. You can switch to 12V batteries. Battery terminals and cable may be different. You can buy 12V deep cycle batteries but they are expensive and they are NOT marine batteries.
CA Traveler 03/25/20 08:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many amps does my inverter provide

Thanks all, I figured I was good but wanted to be sure. The inverter is only going to be powered by an ignition positive source to power a few phone chargers so I'm not too concerned about draining the battery. But it is good to know about the limitations.All of our recent phones use a USB cord which can be plugged into a 12V DC to USB adapter. A LOT cheaper and more efficient than using an inverter.
CA Traveler 03/24/20 05:23pm Tech Issues
RE: How many amps does my inverter provide

You're OK.
CA Traveler 03/24/20 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: I weighed my rig. Need help with math

The proper way to get weights is to load your rig for travel - fuel, water, food, people, clothes, tools, chairs, bbq, the list goes on and on. Why?, because that's your actual weight when you travel and that is what matters for being over/under and determining proper PSI. You just wasted your time and now you are guessing - which you could have done without weighing it. Why bother to do it if you aren't going to do it properly?X2 Then use the mfg load inflation table for your tires. Actually the "best" way is to weigh all 4 corners, then use the weight for the heavest side on a axle to set the psi for all tirea on that axle. You could have a side to side weight problem that can be corrected by moving cargo.
CA Traveler 03/17/20 08:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Loud buzzing when applying brake

Also normally equipment can be reached for maintenance. Have you remove the stop lights to check?
CA Traveler 03/09/20 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Loud buzzing when applying brake

Doug, There is an LED Stop light bar installed. It may not be factory but the back cap has an indentation for the light bar to recess into the cap. The response to the diode splitter sounds like what is actually happening. The noise seems to be located half way between the stop light bar and the right tail light. I believe it is in the cavity between the cap and the frame, thus I can not see from inside the camper or from under the trailer when I drop the belly cover. You are also correct about checking the system before we travel. Also if pyoung47 were to hear this in a campground he would hear it every time I put it into hit the brake to park the camper. It is actually that obnoxious.I'd check the voltage at the lights. Plus apply 12V (not the GMC brake wire) to the cord. Do you have the noise? Hard to image diodes or LEDs making any audible noise. My WAG is you're hearing a backup buzzer on the camper due to miswiring.
CA Traveler 03/09/20 10:10am Tech Issues
RE: Towing a 2003 F150 4X4 Behind a Class A - Will it work?

Don't make any assumptions. It's a good idea to start with the towing guides. ***Manual transfer case only (not electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4). Requires that the center disconnect be locked out by capping off one of the front axle vacuum motor lines.
CA Traveler 03/07/20 06:03am Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing a 2003 F150 4X4 Behind a Class A - Will it work?

Ford says no. Call Remco and ask them, which if possible might be more cost than it's worth. Plus you have front wheel drive shafts. My guess not possible/practical. Plus towing setup cost. There was notible towing difference between my 3,200 lb CRV and 5,400 lb GC.
CA Traveler 03/06/20 10:05pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Sig not posting

Interesting... Every one of your posts that I see has your signature...
CA Traveler 03/05/20 07:26pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

My question is how many joules are needed? I suspect if lightning strikes near enough to put an impulse on the line, your surge is toast with the rest of your gear. Likely never enough joules for lightning but might be OK for smaller electrical transients. However, crossed wiring is a problem I have run into. I've always carried a 50/30 adapter, 30/20 adapter and a common household tester which does the job. Not to likely a miswired pedestal when initially tested will change later...
CA Traveler 03/05/20 07:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the 'need' factor of a main line surge protector

I will get this: Progressive Industries SSP-50XL I can't afford a full flegged flagship surge protector so I'm hoping this will do. In 14 years I've never had a known "surge" error with the RV. It might help but in my opinion you're likely waisting your dollars.
CA Traveler 03/05/20 07:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sig not posting

Second post - no sig. Well it posted but usually doesn't. Timing? - don't know.
CA Traveler 03/05/20 01:44pm Forum Posting Help and Support
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