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RE: Oil change

Call up an official Sprinter dealer and ask them what they're putting in it. Assuming the dealer uses Mercedes branded oil, it will be 5w30. Mercedes branded 5w40 does not exist with 229.51 or 229.52 approval.
road-runner 04/28/22 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Oil change

I just went through this ordeal and want to stay with 5w40 if for no other reason that it has worked ok for the last 14 years. I ended up with Motul from here If you magnify the front of the bottle picture you can barely make out the 229.51 approval, and it's a comparatively good price. The reason for the lower viscosities is to let the manufacturers claim more mpg. We're down to 0w16 in some cars this year.
road-runner 04/28/22 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Interesting EV’s versus ICE article…

From the article: "Humans' negative impact on the earth and its climate far outweighs the pros of gasoline vehicles". Pretty much everybody knows there's lots of debate on this. Weighing against tailpipe emissions is emissions from where the power is generated, and the environmental cost of the raw materials (mainly for batteries), and the infrastructure to support generating and delivering the electricity for the EVs. I don't believe that anybody will know the final answer to this debate for many years. Since this article claims to have this answer right now, I believe it is not objective, and more political than informative.
road-runner 04/25/22 08:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Interesting EV’s versus ICE article…

Electricity pricing varies just like gas and diesel. Those on the left coast pay about 48¢ per KW hour, while here in Kansas City we pay 12.5¢ per KW hour. Not all of the left coast. Much of Oregon is in the 10 to 12 cent range.
road-runner 04/25/22 01:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: New generator technology product

I wish they wouldn't call them generators. Very misleading, IMO.
road-runner 12/21/21 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Lithium cost keep dropping!

YES: The advertised amp hours do include the no-touchee amp hours. For maximum charge cycles, there are recommendations to not touch the top 10% either, leaving 70% usable. Compared to 50% recommended for lead acid batteries. Lots of discussion about this on solar energy forums.
road-runner 10/11/21 09:52am Tech Issues
RE: 400 mile electric RV

Fyi 80% of forest fires are started by humans. The rest by lightning. Powerlines are nowhere near as dangerous. Some might disagree: The Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California's history, and the most expensive natural disaster in the world in 2018 in terms of insured losses....Ignited by a faulty electric transmission line. Camp Fire - California
road-runner 10/09/21 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Can now run the A/C while boondocking

Honda screaming is quieter that micro"quiet" loafing along.
road-runner 09/24/21 10:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Coleman heat pump and heating element together

My 15k Coleman heat pump with heat strip is 12 years old, so YMMV. When calling for heat, the unit runs either the heat pump OR the heat strip. The switchover outside temp is "approximately" 40 degrees F, and the stated reason for that temp is to avoid the outdoor coil freezing. For heat output comparison, the heat pump provides 12,700 BTUH heating at 47 deg F. The heat strip provides 5,600 BTUH. Switching from factual to editorial mode, like most heating devices, the heat strip when not in use gets covered with whatever is floating in the air, and stinks like crazy when first used after a long time of no use. When I de-winterize, I always run the heat pump in the driveway until the smell goes away. Assuming it's reasonably warm when you de-winterize, you aren't able to run the heat strip because it's conveniently automatic. The end result, especially if the heat strip hasn't run for a few years, is this: A below 40 deg day comes along, you run the heat, the heat strip runs, and the stink is so bad you want to open the windows to let it out. Happened to me the first time when it was well below freezing outside. I addressed this by adding a switch to the heat pump so I could manually force the heat strip to run, and de-stinking it is part of the de-winterization process. Doing this is not for most people obviously. The heat strip might not provide enough output to be your only heat source in the below 40 deg weather where it's switched on. It has roughly the same output as a 15 amp portable heater. I use it occasionally, and my overall conclusion would be to get it if it doesn't add a whole lot to the price.
road-runner 09/01/21 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: 30amp Gen/50 Amp RV Generator Help

Why are you running a stand-alone generator for an RV that came with it's own built in? Is this a joke?I can't speak for the OP but can say I do exactly this because the built-in onan is so darn noisy.
road-runner 08/24/21 10:38am Tech Issues
RE: Stick-house Smoke detector question

If your home has been built in the last 10 years in the U.S., chances are they are wired together to intercommunicate. This sort of wiring guarantees that if one alarm in the house goes off, they all go off. My view is the interconnection guarantees you will lose valuable time figuring out where the fire is. I've got 7 of them, and any one of them is easily heard throughout the house.
road-runner 08/07/21 04:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda / Westinghouse companion

"If it's on the internet, it must be true" I took that as a good reminder to be cautious of claims on the internet. Too many people post their best guess or opinion as fact.
road-runner 08/03/21 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda / Westinghouse companion

If they are both inverter generators there's a chance it could work ok. There's also a chance of damaging one or both of them. If somebody else has actually paralleled the exact models you're thinking of, your risk is greatly reduced. Since the Honda generators have a higher normal output voltage than most others, I'd expect the Honda to carry almost all the load until it approaches its maximum output, then the other generator would carry the additional load. This unless the Westinghouse generator is also on the high side, output-voltage-wise.
road-runner 08/03/21 05:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Coverter/ GFCI problems

It could be a case of the manufacturer driving a staple through a power wire. Wouldn't be the first time.
road-runner 07/19/21 05:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Parallel 2 2200s and a 1000

You’d think the smallest one would just overload, but it doesn’t. It's a pretty simple load sharing system. As the load goes up, the output voltage of an individual generator goes down. As the little one approaches overload, its output voltage goes down, causing it to contribute less power to the load. The voltage of the larger generators doesn't decay as much, causing them to carry more of the load. There might be a little oscillation on a load change but the system will eventually find an equilibrium.
road-runner 07/13/21 03:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Blown GFC breakers

The current injection method for ground-neutral fault detection is 10+ year old technology. The National Semi/TI LM1851 worked this way. The older Fairchild/On Semi chips have some sort of circuitry that causes a sense amp to oscillate on a ground-neutral fault. TI doesn't disclose the G-N detection scheme in the data sheet for its newer GFCI chips. On Semi's NCS37010 operates with a single CT and contains a DSP. Like so many other things, GFCI operation has evolved to magic chips with very little external circuitry.
road-runner 07/10/21 02:24pm Tech Issues
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