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RE: Inverter in repurposed generator locatoin with agm batteries

Going in series and mppt should double my panel output. not sure what you mean by this.. Adding another panel will double your output. Right now I have 2 100 watt panels with a pwm charger so max I can get is about 10 amps. With 3 100 panels and ( I am adding one) and a MTTP charger I can utilize all the volts. So lets say I am drawing 270 watts /13 volts roughly 20 amps. The mttp charger makes all the difference. I guess I should have said by going with the mttp and adding one panel I can harvest twice the energy. :) Actual results--three 100w panels in parallel with PWM aimed at high sun, you get 6.2 amps (same as Isc) each for 18.6 amps. Swap to an MPPT controller with them in parallel--still 18-19 amps, change to series with the MPPT, still 18-19 amps. You lose panel watts from panel heating, so your MPPT "advantage" disappears. You can get a little more amps with MPPT when the battery is low, but not enough to change your day's haul of AH that you would notice between battery 13 and 14.5 volts like you see RVing.
dave17352 06/28/19 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter in repurposed generator locatoin with agm batteries

Going in series and mppt should double my panel output. not sure what you mean by this.. Adding another panel will double your output. Right now I have 2 100 watt panels with a pwm charger so max I can get is about 10 amps. With 3 100 panels and ( I am adding one) and a MTTP charger I can utilize all the volts. So lets say I am drawing 270 watts /13 volts roughly 20 amps. The mttp charger makes all the difference. I guess I should have said by going with the mttp and adding one panel I can harvest twice the energy. :)
dave17352 06/28/19 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Inverter in repurposed generator locatoin with agm batteries

Thanks all for the opinions. I have ordered my new Epever 30 amp mppt controller and new solar panel. Going in series and mppt should double my panel output. :) WAX I may put the mppt in the cabin for just your reason. I have ordered a 12 volt fan for the comppartment temperature controlled. All though all this may not get much use it sure is fun. I enjoy messing with solar! thanks Dave
dave17352 06/28/19 05:15am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter in repurposed generator locatoin with agm batteries

All though agm's should not out gas except if extreme overcharging occurs. NOT TRUE ! AGM batteries WILL VENT (out gas) under "extreme overcharging". If they did not, they would explode. Are we not saying the same thing?
dave17352 06/28/19 05:04am Tech Issues
Inverter in repurposed generator locatoin with agm batteries

I am thinking about upgrading my solar some and this is my plan. I will locate my 2 agm deep cycles, 30 amp mppt solar controller and 2000 watt inverter all in the old generator location that I removed several years ago. Presently there is just one agm in there now. The generator comppartmment is well vented as the orignal door is on the compartment. There is plenty of room for this equipment and air movement. My concerns are All though agm's should not out gas except if extreme overcharging occurs. It still makes me a little nervous. The second concern is The propane compartment is above the genrator compartment. That kind of makes me nervous. Like what if the propane leaks and falls and kinda get side tracked into the generator compartment below. Of course the original design had the generator running below the propane:). So what do you all think? This is on my 98 Lance Truck Camper Thanks Dave
dave17352 06/26/19 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

Double at least on the solar, unless you plan on only two day trips.
dave17352 06/17/19 05:15am Truck Campers
RE: Solar and Lifeline

!2.7 volts is fully charged. Dropping to between 12.4 and 12.7 with a 15 amp load sounds completly normal to me.
dave17352 04/29/19 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: 2018 F350 CB Antenna Front Bumper Mount

I bought a good cb about 15 years ago. I didn't find to many people using them so I leave it at home now. I think I wuld find that antenna would be driving me nuts right in middle of the windshield! With the antenna there i would think you would get fine reception in front of you and almost no reception in back with the truck camper mounted. JMHO So is it mostly truckers you talk with on the road?
dave17352 04/29/19 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Question on Truck Campers

As others have said not much of a option. I have a window big enough and 25 years ago I had a truck camper with a window big enough and my wife did indeed slip back and forth a few times. But she is small and was young at the time:) Not a real option. JMHO I never fit or even tried!
dave17352 04/28/19 08:30am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

There is no doubt the duramax diesels are great power houses. The reason I traded my 2011 for a 2017 is it only cost me 6k for the new truck when I traded. To me that was well worth it. Two years later I have 7k miles on the new truck. I didn't mind at all getting the 6.0 as I wanted something simple that worked and worked well. For my TC and boat it is a fine choice at low cost. My two duramax trucks which I truly loved for towing and hauling had both been in the shop several times for def and dpf filter problems. I previously had a 2008 before the 2011. The 2011 actually had me in limp mode a couple times. The def is not a big deal and I love the wonderfully clean exhaust but I do like not having to deal with that anymore. The final straw for me was when my mechanic who had a 2011 duramax had his high pressure fuel pump fail and he of course replaced it. He said if I was going to keep mine I should replace the fuel pump for about 4k or risk a 10 to 12k repair if or as he said when it goes. I should also mention I had a 2005 ford 6.0 powerstroke. It blew its head gaskets at 40k. So when the other fella mentions drama these are the types of issues I think of with diesels. All three diesels where bought new and all had problems with very low miles. I have probably had 10 new gasser trucks and they were all virtually trouble free. All that being said if I was going to haul anything big big like over 12k and a lot of miles I would be trading for a diesel tomorrow. JMHO
dave17352 04/22/19 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

I have the chevy 6.0 in my signature and usually have my TC and boat in tow. Plenty of power for what I do. It is not the same as my mighty 2011 Duramax, but does a fine job and I do not regret the switch. Its just simpler. JMHO
dave17352 04/21/19 08:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Norcold Refrigerator

That sounds like a thermal coupler gone bad. It has to get and stay hot to keep the gas flowing. If is bad the gas shuts off. JMHO
dave17352 04/15/19 07:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

Another option might be contacting the state AG. Thy often help with consumer protection issues and might be able to apply pressure to the dealer if they want to keep doing business. I agree with this. If you are strapped for cash and let them know your story they might very well step in. They like going after creeps. I would be calling them constantly in the meantime. I think they will get tired of this and get it taken care of. Unless they are bonified crooks they took your money, they should have the goods. JMHO
dave17352 04/08/19 04:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: SRW TC size/weight limit

You should have a about a 4k payload. I hauled my TC in my signature with my 11 duramax which is the year they made the big upgrade in payload. My TC with wet and all gear is right around that 4k and it handled fine even when pulling my 3500 pound boat. I presently haul the same TC with my 2017 3500 gasser and it is just great. The only add is my quick connect Torklift stable loads. These work very well for corner swaying. All that being said sticking somewhere around the 4k mark is what I would do. I am also within my tire specs. JMHO
dave17352 03/17/19 04:01pm Truck Campers
RE: How are Novacool fridges? w/ Danfoss compressor / RFS7501

I installed a nova kool a couple years ago. As everyone else said it is great. You can park how ever you like no problem. Works perfect love it and highly recommend it. JMHO
dave17352 03/11/19 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Trusting your mirrors

I have used just mirrors for decades for the most part. When towing hopefully you can make lane changes with plenty of time. Signal on then slowly move into your lane.
dave17352 03/06/19 03:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: T105 Batteries

There are some other advantages to AGM if one needs them. Like AGM's charge a lot faster, which would be important with solar. Also AGM's discharge a lot faster which would be important with a inverter. JMHO I keep hearing that claim and it is true that LIFELINE suggests a much faster Initial charge.. But answer this. I have a Progressive Dynamics 9180 with charge wizard. Other identical Converters would be the 9280 or 4680 Exactly HOW Much faster will AGM's charge? (Answer: Without a converter upgrade. and I might add that's as big as they get.. NOT ONE BIT faster.. not at all. The converter is the limiting factor (And the wires) So there goes that claim With Solar.. Perhaps a tiny amount. ANd for the money.. I'll stick with flooded wet. I might that "Charge 'em faster" is ONLY lifeline and frankly I can't pump out enough amps to meet Lifelines requirements if I have more than one pair GC-2 (230 amp hour with my current DEKA G-20s) Now I am no battery expert but I think you are missing one thing here. That is Flooded batteries top off a lot slower than AGM batteries. So your standard converter will top of your AGM's in 5 hours vs 12 to 15 hours to fully top off a Flooded battery. This is obviously huge with solar but no small issue if charging with a converter either. Now can someone with more no knowledge tell me if I am on the right track here or not?
dave17352 03/01/19 05:40pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: T105 Batteries

There are some other advantages to AGM if one needs them. Like AGM's charge a lot faster, which would be important with solar. Also AGM's discharge a lot faster which would be important with a inverter. JMHO
dave17352 02/28/19 08:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

Those trojan Li batteries look to be superior to Battleborn. With constant 300 amp discharge and I think 100 amp charge rate. I think Battleborn are 50 amp charge rate and 100 amp discharge. That huge discharge rate could be handy with the high surge rate of the micro and the truma. I really like the battery status indicator. I wonder how that works and how accurate it is. Driving down the road with that 100 amp charge rate you would charge your batteries in no time. JMHO
dave17352 02/17/19 08:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Finally......a good way to carry extra gas (mod)!

I would say that the location of that tank is higher than most rear end collisions with modern vehicles. It is not going to blow up like ten sticks of dynamite. If a gallon of gas was turned to a vapor at just the right mixture, then maybe. It certainly could cause a fire, if impacted and then a source of ignition was there. There is risk in lots of things we do, Like walking across the street or driving a RV.
dave17352 02/17/19 09:34am Truck Campers
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