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RE: Honda 2000 won’t run my late model home furnace

:) My furnace, HVAC system, runs on 240 volts. So my generator won't run it either. My furnace is a woodstove. My Honda doesn't do much for it either.... Relevance? OMG, just think of all the plant fertilizer (CO2) you’re pumping into the atmosphere!! 3 tons
3 tons 11/23/22 02:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Laminated Fiberglass Walls

Not unlike a 2x4, the advertised 2” wall thickness is merely a nominal figure whereby 2” camper wall thickness is actually at 1.5”, but still good and not to be dismissed… The premium exterior siding product is made by Lamilux (particularly Lamilux uber glossy 4000), used by Eagle Cap and Adventurer (superior to Filon, especially so of Filon atop luan…). https://www.lamilux.com/composites.html Also Azdell is a top-tier composite product totally unrelated to cheap Luan, and is unaffected by moisture. https://azdelonboard.com/ 3 tons
3 tons 11/22/22 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper Adventure Rally

Would they perhaps turn you away if you happen to show up, say as the 450th attendee and drove a thousand miles to get there? Just asking. Trust that without rally issued identification (worn at all times), you’ll be disallowed… 3 tons
3 tons 11/17/22 10:34am Truck Campers
RE: Safety: Microwave Fire!

Well about a dozen years ago I accidentally dropped my cheapo flip-phone into the pool…My attempted fix was to put it in the microwave for a short time to dry out the water…. Trust that I won’t ever do that again - lol 3 tons
3 tons 11/16/22 03:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

Well since my ProSine 2.0 pass-thru inverter (with ATS) is not a true ‘load sharing’ type, this is a little bit off topic, except just to say that the inverter cut-in voltage parameter is programmable but has a default setting of 108v…So this kinda brings into question, ‘on what parameters does a synchronized load sharing inverter work’?? 3 tons
3 tons 11/08/22 04:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

Well, it would be interesting to see how the GoPower differs from the Victron? 3 tons
3 tons 11/07/22 03:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

By design. I spoke to GoPower about an hour ago to confirm. Current on Line 2 is not displayed. Nor is it limited during load sharing. Another tidbit. Since we have 1600 watts of solar, we don't have the charger portion of the inverter turned on. But load sharing does NOT work unless the charger is turned on. That is also a design flaw - so the charger is on trying to charge the batteries while current is drawn from the batteries to share the load. That’s very curious - But some good sleuth work though :) , particularly the possibility that load sharing requires the charger on line…In this regard my ‘uninformed question’ would be, isn’t load sharing a feature thats designed to assist deficiencies with shore power, and if so, how does having the charger on (say, concurrent with shore power) adversely impact the solar charging option?? Thanks :) (dummy me - lol). 3 tons
3 tons 11/07/22 02:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

“I have proven this by turning on various things on the 2 lines and only current on things on Line 1 show on the monitor panel.” I wonder if this is due to a defect (say, a bad shunt on line 2), or by a design shortcoming?? 3 tons
3 tons 11/07/22 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

Understandably, people seem to be a little unnaturally tense in these postmodern days, admittedly it happens to all of us…By design the human ‘default condition’ is to focus on what’s negative (beware, this is in fact a truism!)…We could all use a defensive strategy…Tis the season to shut off the ‘pre-planned false narratives’ imported by costly ($$) CATV, go for a walk, and reflect upon our many gifts and of what really matters most in each of our very short lives - this simple act can be very restorative! Truth is, no one gets a waiver, we are ALL ‘messed up ‘ :) End of my sermon (lol)… 3 tons - on a ragged edge!
3 tons 11/07/22 07:13am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

Go Power was bought out by Dometic, as was Atwood (for better or worse…). 3 tons
3 tons 11/06/22 02:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Lance 650 - Anyone try upgrading battery capacity?

I don’t have a Lance, so not sure about your situation, but I removed my under the dinette seat vented battery box (and weather sealed the door) and mounted a single 200a/h LiFePo4 where the box was…I’m beyond happy :) 3 tons Thank you! Would you say your new 200ah battery mostly fits within the space the plastic battery box previously took up? That'd be easy. I was looking at Battleborns and saw that they're all standard group sizing which made me think i'd need to 2 x 100ah, but a single 200ah in thatt space would be a breeze. Where did you get yours from? Yep, just removed the plastic battery box and dropped it straight in, easy peasy… 3 tons
3 tons 11/05/22 07:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Anyone familiar with or have a Victron MultiPlus-II inverter

TechWriter, nice setup you have there. Don, that is a thought. I'm planning on adding one more 206 ah LFP battery, so I could go 24 series/parallel or 48 all in series. From my perspective (admittedly a subjective topic), I see little gain in many cases for switching to a higher voltage - some considerations are as follows (JMO only): Where the inverter can be located reasonably close to a sufficiently sized battery bank, and with proper cable sizing for anticipated loads - this helps avoids voltage and current bottlenecks… Higher voltage configurations make sense where certain high current or ‘reactive’ appliances and motors are at a considerable distance from the battery bank (ideal on a yacht!). The higher voltage advantage here being that lighter gauge long wiring runs can be used. Though somewhat slight, over time some efficiency is spent when stepping back down to 12v. With LiFePo4 batteries, dreaded voltage sag is mostly inconsequential (throughout usable depth of discharge), often making their application ideal for both 12v and inverter supplied 120v loads - in this way LiFePo4 batteries may negate the advantage of a higher battery bank voltage… Admittedly (having a truck camper…) this is just my own rational while still open minded, but would be most interested in hearing experiences from others! 3 tons
3 tons 11/05/22 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

TomC71, I notice that you’re a new member…Rather than displaying vulgar bitterness (recall, you never mentioned ‘money’, eh??) you might ‘appreciate’ that most of us here are interested conveying a safer, rational method and have invested personal time attempting to assist you…As per the principle of personal ‘free agency’ quite naturally you free to do what you wish - Good luck 3 tons
3 tons 11/03/22 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

From just my perspective, seems more like what the OP is seeking is a tutorial and concurrence for an unsafe wiring scheme… 3 tons
3 tons 11/03/22 08:07am Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

Since you heretofore seem to frown on having a means of isolation, how is tying into the back of the panel any different than simply plugging the inverter’s output into a receptacle and back-feeding the remaining house outlets?? 3 tons
3 tons 11/02/22 01:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

Recall the old sage advice regarding ‘assumptions’, and you should consider that this goes in both directions!! - Given such a limited but evolving description, are others to merely assume your specific scenario, or level of competence - Really??… Either way, you’re very welcome (lol!), and I’m sticking with the previous advice for the larger audience as follows, “Rather than rely upon memory, you should plan on having an approved means of isolating the inverter from shore and genny power.” 3 tons You already DID make assumptions, as did others. Now when I clarify why those assumptions are totally wrong and pointless, you whine? Have you ever tried asking questions instead of making assumptions? "Hey Tom, what are you planning on powering through the plugs?", "Do you ever plan on being hooked to shore power?", "Could you tell us more about your set up?" Or you could, as you did, assume you know everything you need to and offer suggestions based on those incorrect assumptions. Wow, you seem kinda touchy so I’ll now admittedly assume that your plan (as was stated…) is roughly equivalent to sticking a fork into an electrical socket, no doubt a short will occur (what I ‘kindly’ tried to warn you ‘and the larger audience’ of my friend!!) so in light of this, my updated advice would be wear rubber gloves and commit to memory NEVER start-up a generator and NEVER plug into shore power..In this case I would even disable the shore power cord… Glad I could help others :) 3 tons
3 tons 10/31/22 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

Is there any reason I can't just take the wire coming off the breaker for the plugs and it's negative of course, and hook them to my inverter and skip what it seems a lot of people have done? As I said, I am just looking to power the plugs in the trailer. I have to look to see if I have the wiring diagram for it and see if the plugs are isolated from everything else or part of another circuit. First off, no doubt, just about anything that folks can think up has already been tried (with varying degrees of success and failure…)…The method you suggest (without a ATS) would create a electrical hazard if you forgot the inverter was ON and started the genny or plugged in to shore power, nor would it allow you to run the microwave since it is on its own dedicated circuit…Rules are just a consequence of mistakes - Rather than rely upon memory, you should plan on having an approved means of isolating the inverter from shore and genny power. 3 tons This was the sort of thing I was referring to when I mentioned people making assumptions. Huh?? I don’t get your unwarranted admonishment??….Recall the old sage advice regarding ‘assumptions’, and you should consider that this goes in both directions!! - Given such a limited but evolving description, are others to merely assume your specific scenario, or level of competence - Really??… Either way, you’re very welcome (lol!), and I’m sticking with the previous advice for the larger audience as follows, “Rather than rely upon memory, you should plan on having an approved means of isolating the inverter from shore and genny power.” 3 tons
3 tons 10/31/22 01:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

Is there any reason I can't just take the wire coming off the breaker for the plugs and it's negative of course, and hook them to my inverter and skip what it seems a lot of people have done? As I said, I am just looking to power the plugs in the trailer. I have to look to see if I have the wiring diagram for it and see if the plugs are isolated from everything else or part of another circuit. First off, no doubt, just about anything that folks can think up has already been tried (with varying degrees of success and failure…)…The method you suggest (without a ATS) would create a electrical hazard if you forgot the inverter was ON and started the genny or plugged in to shore power, nor would it allow you to run the microwave since it is on its own dedicated circuit…Rules are just a consequence of mistakes - Rather than rely upon memory, you should plan on having an approved means of isolating the inverter from shore and genny power. 3 tons
3 tons 10/31/22 12:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Travel Trailer electrical, - Inverter placement/hookup

Could install a 30TT receptacle fed from the inverter, adjacent to the shore power cord, plug the cord into it. You must disconnect or turn off the converter. How are you going to charge the batteries/ I would NOT recommend that. You only want to enable some outlets/appliances to be able to run on the inverter. Certainly not the roof A/C. Yes, the "details" on the wiring depend on the inverter you choose. Many have a "pass through" feature, so if it receives 120 VAC from shore power or generator, it does not invert, merely "passes the other source through. Cleanest way is to either use a sub-panel downstream of the inverter with only those things you want to power from the inverter. Need to move not only the hots, but neutrals and grounds from those circuits. As you get closer to choosing equipment, give us details on that as well as what battery bank you have and what you want to be able to run when on inverter power/dry camping. BINGO! When running from the inverter the sub-panel sequesters certain items (like the air conditioner, water heater, onboard converter-charger, refer, as you see fit) from the inverter’s output - this method prevents the ugly, sure to occur event of an inadvertent battery drawdown…Based on your particular enquiry my recommendation would be a pass-thru type pure sine inverter or pass-thru inverter-charger combo (both having a built-in ATS) of at least 2000w (e.g. microwave capable)…JMO 3 tons
3 tons 10/31/22 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Can you mount solar above vents?

I see no issue unless it is a vent that would be blocked from opening. Picture would help I have one mounted slightly elevated above a sewer vent with no issues…As far as ‘truly elevated’ goes, I have a 100w and a 120w with one of their sides mounted atop the baggage rail (about 6” from rooftop - to overcome railing and air cond. shadowing) and the other side attached to the roof via fab’d (all, pop-riveted) vertical aluminum extension legs - I fabricated a 3/4” square aluminum frame for each panel to rest atop attached using 1-1/4” plumbing ‘U’ bolts (Home Depot) to secure to railing surround, and on the panels opposite open side, vertical aluminum corner legs (with rooftop attachment pads) extending down to the roof…To the roof, #10 5/8” pan head screws and caulking..Even at up to 80mph all has remained very secure :) 3 tons
3 tons 10/30/22 03:05pm Tech Issues
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