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RE: Easy Start By Micro Air

Just another plug for the Micro air easy start, I installed it a handful of years ago and our Yamaha 2400 runs the 13.5 Btu A/C great. Usually I'm very diligent about turning off all other 120V AC loads when I do this, but this weekend I ran it for a while and later realized the fridge was on auto so it was using 120V AC power when plugged into the generator. Fridge draws 300 watts on electric and I suspect it was on the whole time because it was hot as heck out. Converter was off.
ewarnerusa 07/25/22 10:46am Tech Issues
RE: Battery and Solar woes

For reference, we have 280 watts of solar mounted fixed and flat on the roof routed to a Morningstar PWM controller charging 2x6V GC batteries in series. We only boondock and power is usually never an issue for our long weekend warrior style of camping. I'd say we are moderate power users, we run an inverter and use some gadgets but no high draw items. Occasionally a 300 watt electric rice cooker.
ewarnerusa 07/19/22 11:41am Tech Issues
RE: no power to 12 volt battery with shore power'

Nevermind, I misread the OP.
ewarnerusa 07/11/22 01:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical Help pls

OP, give yourself credit - you are understanding the AC to DC conversion thing and that you need the current * voltage to provide the watts! Also the reality that while electric heat is efficient, it is not practical in a small portable battery system. I kind of went on a similar path when I first started using our camper. After installing solar and upgrading battery capacity I figured I should use it to operate a 12V heater to take the edge off at times. But I quickly abandoned it and tossed it into the bottom of the camper gadget pile. So recognize that even a 12V heater that eliminates the need for an inverter at all will still not be great if you are using the stock 12V plug in the camper. In my camper I have another 12V plug that I wired in using some relatively large wire (8 gauge I think?) and it makes a huge difference on how that little heater performs. It can run when plugged into the stock 12V plug, although it barely produces heat. When I run it plugged into my fat-wired 12V plug it puts out pretty good heat. But it isn't warming a room up. Of course it is only a 150 watt heater/DEFROSTER and defrosting a windshield sounds realistic.
ewarnerusa 06/21/22 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

It can make the last step from your stairs to the ground a big one. We use a sturdy stool on the ground to make up the difference. Other than that, no issues that we have noticed.
ewarnerusa 06/17/22 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Charging 6v golf cart batteries?

12.6 volt is not charging. 13.6+ is charging (IE 13.7) 12.6 is resting voltage of battery. And yet "12.6 VDC current 15 AMPS" is exactly what the OP's converter says on it. It doesn't make sense to me, I think OP needs to yank that out of there and replace it with a modern/proper converter. And read this. :-)
ewarnerusa 06/10/22 11:44am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood water heater drain plug tightening

I have always had to use tape to get a good seal between nylon plugs and my Atwood water heater. It seems to me like the nylon plugs would not need tape, but every season when I go over the system and don't tape the plug, water slowly leaks from the plug. Depressurize, remove, tape, reinstall plug, no leak. I've gone through a handful of plugs over the years, so it's not like it was one janky one that leaked.
ewarnerusa 06/01/22 01:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Rivan truck tow vehicle

Cool, thanks for sharing. I am very curious about EV options and I like the idea of something I could tow with. I want to see what kind of mobile solar charging options people come up with. I'm not talking about an unrealistic perpetual energy situation. But more like I'm boondocking for a few nights, can a large array on the trailer/camper recharge my electric vehicle to full during my stay?
ewarnerusa 06/01/22 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DC to AC help

Thanks! I like the simplicity of your method of simply plugging the shore power cable into the inverter, but doesn't that cause the batteries to try to charge themselves? With onboard chargers in the camper any time I have AC plugged in the charger is on. Does this cause a problem? Edit- Actually, I see you dedicated a breaker to the onboard charger so you can isolate and turn that off. Found a youtube video of this exact install. I guess the only downside is having to change the shore power cord back and forth from inverter to generator throughout the day. Thanks again You got it, converter must be off when doing it this way. I personally have my converter off by default and rely on solar. Converter would be a backup charging method which would then trigger the need to hit the switch. When we camp in summer heat, then the generator comes along for running the air conditioner. But otherwise, no swapping going on and we're plugged into the inverter for the whole stay.
ewarnerusa 05/27/22 09:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DC to AC help

Curious, where did you mount the inverter to make in convenient for your shore power cord? Also, what size inverter do you run and off what size cable from the battery system? Thanks! Front pass through storage of a travel trailer. Battery connection is about 5' of 2/0 gauge.1500 watt pure sine wave inverter
ewarnerusa 05/26/22 08:31pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: DC to AC help

My technique is similar to pianotuna's. When boondocking I do the following: 1. Fridge and water heater on propane 2. Disconnect converter. I isolated my converter's power supply to its own AC breaker that I switch off. I also have air conditioner, electric water heater, and microwave breakers switched off to avoid accidentally running them (too much load for my battery system) 3. I plug my camper's shore power cable into the inverter's AC outlet. 4. Turn on inverter, now all outlets are live in the camper.
ewarnerusa 05/26/22 02:58pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Starlink for RV's Just Released Announcement

^^What Walaby said. It isn't turning into rich man's service in remote area, it has added a portable/RV option for those that are asking. And they charge you for it, but that's a business addressing a demand. I think the logic is you take your dish with you when you RV, not buy 2 different setups and 2 different plans. The dish easily separates from its mount and unplugs, you need to have a base or mount for your RV and bring the starlink router with. You'll need another connection cable as well, now that I think about it. Unless your home one is easily taken with, mine would not be. Now if part of the family stays home and needs internet while the other travels in RV and needs internet, then you're talking about 2 full setups. My home Starlink had the $10/mo increase which is a bummer, but it is my best source of high speed internet as well.
ewarnerusa 05/25/22 10:08am Technology Corner
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

To clarify, I confirmed that the brakes are wired to operate off of the trailer battery. But the trailer does not have a separate battery dedicated to brakes. In a previous job I drove a work truck hauling an equipment trailer and that trailer had a small battery on the tongue that was only for the emergency brake system.
ewarnerusa 05/13/22 11:00am Towing
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

Okay I was able to confirm that the two wires going into the side of the junction box along with the main 12 volt do come from the breakaway switch controller. When I pull the pin from the breakaway switch, I observe about a 7 amp draw on the batteries. So things seem to be working as designed.
ewarnerusa 05/12/22 06:01pm Towing
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

That connection is inside the junction box where your 7-pin cord terminates at the trailer. The breakaway switch is wired to both 12v positive from the TT battery and the blue brake wire. Thank you, this seems to correspond with what I'm remembering and what is in the picture. I'm pretty sure the 7-pin cord comes into the bottom of that junction box where the sun-baked red 12V wire from the circuit breaker is entering from the side. One or both of the other small gauge wires are coming from the back of the breakaway pin box if memory serves. I'm trying to remember all of this as I sit in the office and the camper is at home. I'll go check some things out when I'm hom.
ewarnerusa 05/12/22 03:35pm Towing
RE: Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

I bought the camper new from dealer and the only rewiring would have been by me. I'll have to do some testing to see what happens. If I remember right, the wire from the back of the breakaway switch went back into the junction box on the frame where the main 12V supply to converter/power center. I found a photo I took for another purpose which I've zoomed in and cropped down. I think the gray wire(s) are from the breakaway switch.
ewarnerusa 05/12/22 02:15pm Towing
Explain how emergency trailer brake gets power?

I recently did some battery wiring maintenance on my TT and it occurred to me that I don't see where the emergency trailer brake gets its power. I mean the emergency pin that gets pulled out should you have a trailer separate from the tow vehicle that should energize the trailer brakes. I had suspected that there should be a direct connection to the battery, but the only OEM connection was to a circuit breaker on the tongue which feeds the electric jack and the main 12V to/from the main power center. Does the emergency trailer brake get power from the main power center?
ewarnerusa 05/12/22 01:01pm Towing
RE: Can inverter and solar CC share the same wiring to battery?

The maintenance project is going well. The connections have tidied up nicely. I know that I have some wire loops that add some unnecessary length/resistance to things, but I am OK with it at this point. I like how the loom worked out.
ewarnerusa 05/09/22 01:33pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar panel

Sounds like a nice controller, but now you'll need a battery. In fact, many controllers will be damaged if you hook solar input to them without having it hooked to a battery. I'm not sure why someone said it needed to be an MPPT, we're talking a single 100 W 12V panel here. I'm not saying MPPT can't provide more than PWM, but on a small scale like this it is not something worth paying for. Some controllers do have a "load" output which would do what you're trying with the fan. But I think would still need a battery.
ewarnerusa 04/29/22 12:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Slow start system for air conditioner

The micro-air soft start kit has been one of the best upgrades we have made, our Yamaha 2400 now runs the A/C reliably and saves the day during summer heat. I quoted the following though because as people have pointed out, your Honda 2200 will be running hard to keep the A/C going and any other loads may just be a watt too many. When I start up my A/C I make sure refrigerator is running on propane …. I would add the water heater to this list and the converter if you are able to shut it off. Avoid any other high AC draw items like microwave or coffee makers. I wouldn't say wrong tool for the job if this is your highest power demand situation and you go with the micro-air kit, I would instead say the right tool for the job without having to have a larger/heavier generator than necessary. My opinion though
ewarnerusa 04/25/22 10:57am Tech Issues
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