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RE: need help with wiring on KIB monitor panel

Can't find a diagram online with color codes Never assume anything about wire color. Even IF a mfg intends to use certain colors they will not stop production because a certain color is not available. Nor is there any requirement for wire colors.
CA Traveler 05/05/23 04:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Older Class A Electrical

#3 Consider wiring so that both ATS default to the inverter to minimize battery power drain.
CA Traveler 05/05/23 11:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: need help with wiring on KIB monitor panel

Use a wire tracer to find out where they go, Amazon etc.
CA Traveler 05/05/23 09:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Older Class A Electrical

You seem to be suggesting some type of whole house setup with the inverter. Suggest keeping it simple with a new 120V circuit for the inverter.
CA Traveler 05/04/23 12:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Full Timing with Solar and Shore Power

The only answer to your question is for you to do a energy audit to determine your usage that solar can replace. Perhaps plug the RV into a Kill A Watt device to measure the power used. Or a battery monitor can provide usage. Measure without shore power. My guess is that your solar savings vs total cost is small. A/C power usage is high, is your heat, HW and refer propane or AC? Monthly sites w/o a meter result in no savings. My experience is that metered sites rates are high. Figure perhaps $0.20/kWh, might be less today but more down the road.
CA Traveler 05/02/23 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: Full Timing with Solar and Shore Power

120V devices take a lot of power and you have a small solar battery setup. For example a 10A A/C would require the inverter to draw 100A from the battery, hence you have 2 hours of run time plus a few minutes if the sun is out. You could save a little but it's very dependent on your AC device usage and DC usage. Your charger and solar controller don't trump each other. Each contributes to the house loads and any remaining power charges the battery.
CA Traveler 05/01/23 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: New Rockwood Suburban Water Heater Not Lighting

Only 1 item and 2 weeks? You are off to a good start. My new 04 RV had 72. My current used RV took 3 weeks for them to fix everything before I took delivery.
CA Traveler 04/29/23 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: New Rockwood Suburban Water Heater Not Lighting

Nvm, the problem has been solved. I had my wife turn on the propane yesterday and she opened it, just not all the way. ??????? Oh well, just glad it was an easy fix.Propane valves detect large sudden flow and shut down for safety. Hence open slow - thinking DW wins this one. Open the valve fully.
CA Traveler 04/29/23 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar

List: Why a measly 24V battery when 48V is King?
CA Traveler 04/29/23 12:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Solar

Estimate your energy needs/usage and that becomes a guide for solar, batteries and gen. Search for a online calculator. Set all chargers for the battery type, connected in parallel and they will all charge as needed. Inverters are an energy usage and not a source but it is also connected in parallel to the battery. One guide is 150W of solar for every 100AH of battery. Most likely you will want GC deep cycle batteries.
CA Traveler 04/28/23 10:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Square wave inverter to LFP battery?

X2 Amazon PSW 500W $70
CA Traveler 04/27/23 10:52am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Disconnect Solenoid Fuse

Use a ammeter to jump the fuse and check the amps. Some ammeters will measure the maximum amp draw. At the same time measure the voltage. When you jump the solenoid and then remove the wires, does the solenoid stay latched as it should? Beginning to wonder it it's the solenoid. You might want to get help and one option is to completely bypass the solenoid for your trip. I wouldn't just jump it for the trip.
CA Traveler 04/26/23 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: Can I lay my surge protector on the ground?

MFL This park is in pretty bad shape all the way around, but it's about $200 a month cheaper than anything else in the area, so I'm content. I'll take economy over luxury on my budget.That's a very good reason to replace your unit with a PI unit as posted above to protect your RV, most likely problem is low voltage.
CA Traveler 04/26/23 08:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Disconnect Solenoid Fuse

BTW "lashing solenoid" Is this a typo? Did you mean latching solenoid?
CA Traveler 04/26/23 08:08am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Disconnect Solenoid Fuse

You jumped the solenoid and then the switch and it worked. That may point to the solenoid drawing more that 3A. I'd try a 5A fuse and measure the amps. Possibly the switch or wiring could be a factor. BTW "looks clean" doesn't mean the connection is good...
CA Traveler 04/26/23 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Can I lay my surge protector on the ground?

Open cable ends in a puddle are more marginal and a small support can help. Use a bucket or cover of some sort for the rain.
CA Traveler 04/23/23 09:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Blue Sky 3024dil cut in voltage

Perhaps a full disconnect switch on the battery post is in your future?
CA Traveler 04/23/23 07:57am Tech Issues
RE: Amplifier for television?

Buy a better quality coax (low loss) and run from the antenna through a window to check performance. You may need a second coax from the box to the TV. If this resolves the problem then run a permanent replacement. You do not have to follow the same coax route. Sounds like you are semi permanent. Antenna height is king. Google flag pole buddy for a easy to raise/lower an antenna, I made one from PVC. I used 2x 8' PVC pipe sections with threaded connectors for easy transport and assembly. Lots of antennas available on Amazon etc.
CA Traveler 04/22/23 08:32am Tech Issues
RE: Square wave inverter to LFP battery?

Square wave produces a number of higher frequency transient voltages which can cause the type of issues you're seeing. With your years of use I don't see a problem. Sine wave inverters are cheaper these days and you may get longer life with some equipment.
CA Traveler 04/21/23 11:58am Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator Question

With the refer off and cold test to see if it's still cold in 2 hours, many will be. Overnight maybe to long. If the truck charge line doesn't disconnect with the engine off then add a relay. Now you know your needs. The best answer is to measure the RV drain (which may include more that the refer) to determine a course of action. More batteries is likely the best solution since solar doesn't work at night. Also guessing you have a small solar setup that is mainly for storage to maintain the battery. Guessing you have a single 12V car or marine battery, hence about 90 AH. 2 GCs would provide about 220 AH. Additional batteries can be in the truck bed.
CA Traveler 04/21/23 10:58am Travel Trailers
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