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RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

A standard battery box mounted in front of the trailer on the hitch should provide all the venting needed for flooded batteries, right?Yes. The shunt however is usually made of brass and can be corroded by battery fumes from flooded batteries. Ideally a outside shunt would be in an enclosure. But inside the battery box could be acceptable.
CA Traveler 07/06/20 11:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

Here's my shunt and full battery disconnect switch. These are AGM batteries so battery fumes are not a consideration but should be considered for flooded batteries. http://i.imgur.com/eGWI3uml.jpg "border=0"
CA Traveler 07/06/20 12:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

My Trimetric shows voltage, amps and % Full plus other options. Or in the menu system you can get a lot of additional information . Many also use the Victon. Voltage is limited in determining battery usage. These meters track all amps in and out and voltage and comppute the battery SOC. They use a shunt (very low ohm precision resistor) connected close to the battery to obtain this information. I use a 500A 50mV shunt so there is absolutely no concern about voltage drop.
CA Traveler 07/06/20 12:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

GravelRider, Consider a decent battery monitor so that you know the battery charge (SOC) and can better manage your loads and gen charging. There are $20 meters that can also help. If your batteries are only being charged to 13.6V then they are signifcantly undercharged which contributes to your problem and this is common with to many RV chargers. Chargers during the bulk stage should raise the voltage to 14.4-14.8V. Following the bulk is the absorb stage where the voltage and amps taper down eventually reaching the float stage. 100% SOC takes a lot of hours so gen charging 50-90 SOC is generally used. OR morning gen charge and then solar finishes the charge. OR just solar except on overcast days.
CA Traveler 07/06/20 08:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

Do you really have a 3 way refer that incudes a 12V heating coil? They are NOT very common. Or is it 2 way and your're running 120V AC on an inverter? On propane the 12V DC controller and light draw is very small and fans are limited. The normal refer draw is very limited compared to your furnace and TV. Agreed that you need to do an energy audit and get more facts than guesses before you throw money at a solution. But based on the limited information available consider 2x 6V GC batteries and see how that works for you. This is a cheap step to observe at least voltage and learn your needs. For $20 you can install a meter to measure battery discharge which would be a hugh step towards understanding your daily consumption and how you can control that consumption.
CA Traveler 07/05/20 10:33am Travel Trailers
RE: New Mexico 'Quarantine" Requirements

Be careful and safe in Slow Low. While not Maricopa county and others the main reason AZ is now the national hot spot per capita is the lack of restrictions from the state etc.
CA Traveler 07/04/20 11:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: marginal park power on hot days

I visit a park that was 30A only. They recently upgraded about half of the sites to 50A. Why not all sites as it was largely a DIY and donation project? The answer was cost. The utility power panel would have to upgrade the incoming power and distribution center and that cost could not be justified.
CA Traveler 07/04/20 10:27am Travel Trailers
RE: marginal park power on hot days

Consider many 30A (3600W) rigs built (still are?) with 2 ACs and contain a device that does not allow both AC's to run simultaneously because owners don't understand and want tripped CBs. Many of those same rigs had 5600W gens that could easily power 2 A/Cs along with other loads.
CA Traveler 07/04/20 10:17am Travel Trailers
RE: marginal park power on hot days

Derating generally works simply because all of the pedestals are not at the maximum loads. However, todays rigs generally use more AC power and every summer there are posts about low voltage or tripping CBs. Especially for 30A pedestals. In 2004 I had a 50A MH and there were limited 50A pedestals available. Upgrades are expensive but the demand has significantly increased availability of 50A since that time.
CA Traveler 07/04/20 09:44am Travel Trailers
RE: AC quit blowing cold

Turn off the charger CB and all other appliances. Check the voltage (both legs on 50A) which should now be very close to the pedestal. Now turn on CBs, A/Cs, HW etc and recheck the voltage. The US standard is 120V +-10%. Your A/Cs may/may not be OK somewhat below 108V and I've found it rather difficult to determine the safe operating range. Your mileage may vary. CGs tend towards lower pedestal voltage especially 30A plugs and summer A/C usage. This is due to the overall heavy amp draw. Plus the NEC allows for derating (maximum amps vs total of all CBs). Personally I would check the AC voltage right where it enters the A/C but safety should be the major consideration. With all AC removed including inverters all terminals should be checked. If fact making sure they are tight should be a annual check. As RVs vibrate and bounce down the road they become less than ideal. This results in voltage loss and heat buildup. All as in cord connections, junction boxes, ATS, EMS, CB panel, inverters and gens.
CA Traveler 07/04/20 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: AC quit blowing cold

Low voltage? Could cause overheating and compressor shutdown. A voltmeter is your friend.
CA Traveler 07/03/20 09:30pm Tech Issues
RE: marginal park power on hot days

CGs like houses are usually wired to supply about 40-50% of the pedestals amp rating. Hence every summer low voltage is common with lots of A/Cs running. In my experienc 50A pedestals are not likely to have low voltage due to better wiring and 12000W rating vs 3600W for 30A. ???? No, not true that CGs like "houses" are wired to supply 40%-50% of the service rating. If it was there would be many more service entrance wiring fires. Actually, the NEC code allows for derating factor and that is common. And the panels main CB would trip to provide protection from overloading and fire. Here are 2 examples: My 2006 house built to code has a 200A panel or 48,000VA max and of course the main CB would trip if either leg exceeds 200A. Adding all of the single and dual CBs in the house panel yields 97,000VA or 51% derating.. In 2007 I was in a new CG that had a 100,000VA transformer supplying 18 50A sites. The sites totaled 216,000VA or 54% derating. Another view is that the sites are limited to an average of [email protected] not 50A or [email protected] not 100A. My house has never tripped the main CB and I’m confident that the CG has never had 18 50A rigs averaging more than [email protected] Otherwise it would be extremely and wasteful and costly for everything from the utility to the transformer to supply 100% of the power.
CA Traveler 07/03/20 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: marginal park power on hot days

CGs like houses are usually wired to supply about 40-50% of the pedestals amp rating. Hence every summer low voltage is common with lots of A/Cs running. In my experienc 50A pedestals are not likely to have low voltage due to better wiring and 12000W rating vs 3600W for 30A.
CA Traveler 07/03/20 02:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Inverter

Yes. Are the battery terminals bright shinny clean, tight and connector to cable the same same? What is the charging amp capacity of the charger? Mine can charge 100A DC and draw 11A AC. Add a A/C to the mix and things can get hot in a big hurry on 20A. When I'm on a 15A or 20A plug I throttle the charger down to 10% or maybe 20% and the A/Cs are OFF. And 2x 220 Ah GCs are undersized for a 2500 W inverter.
CA Traveler 07/03/20 02:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Gremlins in my camper

Get rid of the parts replacer and find a technician.Well stated as he knows little else. Many and I mean MANY RV problems are battery related and should have been the first thing checked. Next would have been does everything else work? A $10 voltmeter from HF might be a good friend to know. Power bill: Buy a Kill A Watt and pedestal adapters to determine your rig AC usage. Turn off all rig CB's first then on one at a time and observe usage. Notes: The KAW is limited to about 15A. Turning off the CB's may cause a reset and the problem not be apparent when turned on again. But given your power bill don't blink an eye at the low cost and very helpful equipment. BTW Did you leave the HW on?
CA Traveler 07/03/20 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Adding Batteries / Refer Support

12.70 plugged in is just not working. Time to review your charging system.True unless you have a 5 stage charger like my Magnum where the 4th stage switches to OFF mode and 12.7V after a delay until charging is again needed.
CA Traveler 07/03/20 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Adding Batteries / Refer Support

Typo wiz??? 6V 220Ah golf card battereries in series are 12V @ 220Ah. It takes 4x 6V batteries in series/parallel for 12V @ 440 Ah. If the batteries are getting fully recharged daily, and you have a pair of 6V golf cart batteries (about 440 Ah @12V)
CA Traveler 07/02/20 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Any thoughts on a repair?

Can you run a support board up from the running boards for the trip home? Use pipe strap or something to avoid holes in the running board. Maybe a diagonal board above the truck roof from DS back door to PS front door or whatever works.
CA Traveler 07/01/20 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Howdy. New Owner With Questions Not Found in the Manuals.

Many of us have advised others to first do a energy audit prior to solar and battery upgrades. My first purchase was a battery monitor that helped define and verify my audit.
CA Traveler 06/29/20 07:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Howdy. New Owner With Questions Not Found in the Manuals.

OP No shore power is different than unreliable power so lets back up. Do you need/want power while you are not there and if so for what like refer on propane or AC, etc. Are you sure you can't have temporary power after demonolation? You're OK with using gens for 6 years for A/C? Without a very large off grid solar farm and battery setup you won't have A/C except with a gen. Or what you already have may be OK to supplement the gen. Perhaps best to go with what you have and develop a plan when the needs are clear.
CA Traveler 06/29/20 07:43pm Fifth-Wheels
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