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RE: Micro Air Easy Start 364-XP installation

My understanding of the THEORY OF OPERATION of the Easy Start, once the A/C is running, it has no impact on the operation ! Call Micro Air and see what the say.
theoldwizard1 08/25/23 07:21am Tech Issues
RE: Predator gennys?

Westinghouse iGen 2500 will start most A/C units. Less expensive than two 2000W Predators.
theoldwizard1 08/24/23 07:13am Tech Issues
RE: Predator gennys?

Now the Predator 3500w inverter generator is a great buy, for quietness and price. Heavy/awkward ! 2 persons required to get it in the bed of a pickup.
theoldwizard1 08/24/23 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Size (replacing)

A few clarifications: - CCA and MCA are all about starting the engine. CCA- Cold Cranking Amps (tested at 0°F) MCA - Marine Cranking Amps Useless information for your application. - Amp-Hour rating is how long the battery can output power (at an assumed amperage, though much lower than the amperage for starting a truck engine). This would be a good estimate for how long it could run something like a fridge that might be drawing 10amps but for a long time. Amp-hour is the "best" information you will get (the testing method is convoluted) when trying to compare to different batteries for your application. - Then you have starting, marine and deep cycle batteries. This is the internal structure of the battery. Starting batteries use many thin lead plates as more surface area generates more amps. Deep cycle batteries use fewer thicker plates as thicker plates can hold more stored energy. Marine (aka: Combo) are generally starting batteries that have been relabeled starting batteries that have a wing nut attachment on the studs. It's almost impossible to find true deep cycle 12v batteries. Usually, people will get 6v golf cart batteries and wire them in series to generate 12 if they really want deep cycle. They also charge more for a Marine/RV battery "just because". As stated, the "best bang for the buck" is a pair of 6V golf cart batteries. GC2 golf cart batteries typically deliver about 225 Ah. They will tolerate more charge/discharge cycles than starting batteries.
theoldwizard1 08/16/23 05:21pm General RVing Issues
RE: Atlanta,Ga

Drive straight through ! Just plan on getting there before 6AM or after 8PM.
theoldwizard1 08/16/23 07:48am Roads and Routes
RE: 12 volt transfer pump

Not cheap, but self contained portable. Milwaukee makes a battery operated pump.
theoldwizard1 08/11/23 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Scotty I need more power!

IMHO, Battle Born batteries are Way over priced ! Search online. There are several other companies offering similar batteries for much less money.
theoldwizard1 08/11/23 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Using Camper without Power

Harbor Freight has an assortment of small flashlights, sometimes they are even FREE with a coupon ! Carry extra AA and AAA batteries. The cutest ones I saw for kids recently looks like a very small Coleman lantern ?
theoldwizard1 08/11/23 08:03am Truck Campers
RE: what is best way to get TV stations in RV

We need a guinea pig, and you are just the man ! How I did it I had TWO single channel analog DVR's very programmable and very "Chatty" that is they shared files I could program a show to record on #1 from #2 or the other way around or on either of them from this laptop. Current, digital (ATSC) "over the air" (OTA) TV uses the same antennas as the old NTSC, so no changes their. All you need is a ATSC USB "dongle" a laptop computer (or a Raspberry Pi, very inexpensive) and FREE Kodi software !
theoldwizard1 08/11/23 07:17am Technology Corner
RE: what is best way to get TV stations in RV

The higher an antenna is the better ! A 20' pole may look stupid, but it works ! You also don't need a weird looking expensive antenna. Lots of DIY instructions online. Exact dimensions are critical ! This is a good antenna, but for best reception it needs to be pointed at the transmitter. With digital TV, it usually works well or not all! Smallish antenna
theoldwizard1 08/10/23 03:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Old Timer RVing

Get a B (not sure what defines a "B+"). Easy to drive. Usually no bathroom if that is an issue. Personally, I would skip the propane appliances and go all electric. 200 Ah of LiFePO4 batteries and and 2000W generator. If you want to grill, use disposable propane cylinders.
theoldwizard1 07/30/23 04:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Shore power vs Batter maintainer

IMHO, no battery "likes" to be connected to any kind of charger 24/7 for weeks on end. Plug your RV in, but turn the battery isolator off. Use a battery maintainer plugged into an old fashioned mechanical lamp timer. Set the timer for about 4 hours per day.
theoldwizard1 07/28/23 05:14am Tech Issues
RE: Changing AV programs or???

Try Avast FREE. Works well for me. They have a paid version that I have also use but do not see any advantage. I HATE Avast ! Mainly because it tries to install itself when Ccleaner (which I use occasionally) updates.
theoldwizard1 07/27/23 04:01pm Technology Corner
RE: Changing AV programs or???

The Windows Defender security system (Microsoft's built-in system) has come a LONG way. Concur ! IMHO anti-virus are now a waste of money !
theoldwizard1 07/27/23 03:58pm Technology Corner
RE: generator damages AC, other electornics

How would anything be damaged? It would be no different than a power outage. Sounds like a CYA response. Concur ! If this is so, I intend to sell the gen and get something that has 'intelligent' shut-down, i.e., if is is going to run out of fuel or turn off because of low oil, shut down the power BEFORE the motor shuts down. I have NEVER heard of a generator that has that feature !
theoldwizard1 07/27/23 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator output voltage

Most portable generators the ground lead is "Not connected" (N/C) so yes. that's floating. Buy an outlet tester. Couple of dollars at Harbor Freight or Home Depot.
theoldwizard1 07/27/23 12:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator output voltage

Connect the generator to your RV. Turn on something inside. Test voltage at an outlet inside.
theoldwizard1 07/27/23 12:29pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 volt fridges

Buy a Victron battery monitor. Several models to choose from. Get the lowest cost one.
theoldwizard1 07/27/23 12:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electrical/Battery issue.

I have two 100 watt LiPo batteries. I assume you mean 100 Amp-hour (Ah) batteries. I also assume you have LiFePO4 batteries) Been dry camping for 7 days now. The first 3 were on the road so batteries were charged by (vehicle) alternator for the first three and the generator only for the last 4. The power source is not the issue. What are you using for charging ? Hooking directly to your tow vehicle 12VDC is NOT the best way to charge yoiur batteries. You will never get 100% fully charge that way. You really should be using a DC-DC charger with output settings for LiFePO4 Second, a "standard" converter is NOT the best way to charge your Li batteries either. You will never get 100% fully charge that way. Get a converter that is designed to charge Li batteries. Better yet, remove the converter and your current inverter. Replace them with a combination charger/inverter/automatic transfer switch. Wire your 12VDC circuit directly (via a fuse) to the battery bank
theoldwizard1 07/25/23 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Is there a preferred oil for the Ford V10 E-450?

Boutique oils are a rip off ! Stick with Motorcraft semi-synthetic. Good quality, good price. I wish Walmart still carried Motorcraft filters.
theoldwizard1 07/25/23 12:01pm Class C Motorhomes
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