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RE: Overnight parking going places?

I have never even once asked permission. I've found plenty of places without needing to do that. more importantly, have you ever been asked to 'move on'?
pianotuna 01/23/21 03:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

1L243, I would use the in line fuses AND the breaker. Place the breaker where it is accessible to be used as a switch. Do not use a garden variety breaker--you need one rated for DC.
pianotuna 01/23/21 07:33am Tech Issues
RE: Fuel Costs

Adjusting to us gallons and us dollars, we have been paying 3.08 per gallon.
pianotuna 01/22/21 07:07pm Snowbirds
RE: Let me ask this question this way

Hi Jay58, Just get a dc to DC converter. That will allow you to limit the rate of charge.
pianotuna 01/22/21 07:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Overnight parking going places?

Sjohnson722, has a great little trip planner and you can filter for the amenities you wish to have.
pianotuna 01/22/21 06:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Installing Solar

Jshupe, Mine are aluminum angle screwed to the roof. I used just 3 screws per side. They are still in place.
pianotuna 01/22/21 06:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying an RV in Oregon.

In Saskatchewan there is sales tax. If you buy the unit at a "bargain" price, they jack that price up to "fair market value". I think it is rotten--but that's the way it is.
pianotuna 01/22/21 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hi, Driving lights during day has been a requirement in Canada since 1989. I wish it would include tail lights, too.
pianotuna 01/22/21 01:38pm Tech Issues

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pianotuna 01/22/21 08:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

1L243, I picked the Kinverch as an example. I'd research it carefully for reviews--and not those on amazon. MPPT in the lab, may yield 30% more energy. In the field, 10% may be more realistic. My controller is MPPT, but in 2005 I was paying $5 per watt for panels--so it made sense to go MPPT on such a small system. Now panels are as little as $0.36 per watt--so adding an extra panel is more economical that purchasing a quality MPPT. On the other side of that coin, MPPT may start charging sooner and charge later in the day--and is usually better in low light situations. Because of the higher voltage, thinner wire may be used with MPPT. Another reason to go MPPT is if the available roof space has been maxed out.
pianotuna 01/20/21 10:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

I am also looking at this 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter. I chose it because of one the price but second the remote monitor that lets you turn off the inverter from inside the trailer. Other than that I don't know enough about inverters to choose. Hi 10 ms for surge--means it may as well only be 1500 watts. Please spend a few of your hard earned dollars on a 2000 watt unit. More than a few of us have burned out an inverter by taking it to the leading bleeding edge of capacity. I suspect the sine wave goes to the dickens, too. This may be a better choice for a similar price.
pianotuna 01/20/21 08:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Bob, Power varies by the square of the voltage. 12.6 x 12.6 = 158.76 11 x 11 = 121 121 / 158.76 = 22% less light.
pianotuna 01/20/21 03:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hi Bob, I added twin light bars. They will not operate on the high beam setting. My low beams with the bars are far superior to the high beams now. You are likely blinding on coming drivers. I had the light bars properly aimed. I turn them off just as I would high beams.
pianotuna 01/20/21 03:15pm Tech Issues
RE: solar

BFL13, Cold weather use and ability to be partial charged are my interests. I have not set eyes on my RV for 10 months now. Makes me quite sad.
pianotuna 01/20/21 03:13pm Tech Issues
RE: solar

jshupe, Do you have a picture of the panels? What controller are you using? SiO2 can manage c/4 (25 amps per 100 amp-hours). They don't have to be fully recharged each cycle. Of course, that is no match for the charging rate on Li chemistries, but it is double that of regular flooded.
pianotuna 01/20/21 10:42am Tech Issues
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hi Bob, I added twin light bars. They will not operate on the high beam setting. My low beams with the bars are far superior to the high beams now.
pianotuna 01/20/21 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: solar

Start with an energy audit. Decide how much reserve capacity you want. From that design the battery bank. Build a solar panel system that will recharge the battery bank.This is the proper way to go about it.I prefer to max out the solar and deal with the consequences. Solar is so inexpensive today there is no reason to aim for the minimum. Which is why I recommend the largest capacity charge controller that one can fit the budget. There are at least 2 100 amp controllers available.
pianotuna 01/20/21 07:22am Tech Issues
RE: Calling on Solar Techies

If I were starting over I would go to 48 volts. Interesting ! 48V is expensive because of the number of battery cells required. At 48V that charge controller has PLENTY of expansion capability. Hi theoldwizard1, I started out with 875 amp-hours of battery bank with 50% usable. In the summer I'll be going back to 600 amp-hours with 80% usable, so 48 volts would be possible. What stops me from going to 48 volts is the inverter, and charge controller.
pianotuna 01/19/21 02:07pm Tech Issues
RE: New Thermostat Question

pianotuna - can you say the make and model of your window fan and post a picture? thanks The one I have is no longer findable. But this is quite like what I have: width=275
pianotuna 01/19/21 01:53pm Tech Issues
RE: New Thermostat Question

Thanks Don, I wish that would work. It’s a simple solution, and I like to keep things simple. Unfortunately, the design of this furnace on the intake side has no clear air intake air duct. :):) That is exactly the way my air return grill is. Test it out with a box fan. You may need to use a draft gauge to see it working.
pianotuna 01/18/21 09:03pm Tech Issues
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