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RE: Storing in shop/garage - config, utils, connections, etc.?

I have a friend in Maricopa county near 101 that has a large metal building in his fenced back yard. It's open at both ends and his MH is about 15 degrees cooler than than the air. And there are various other toys in the building. He has lights, several 120V plugs 50A RV plugs with meters. Some snowbird friends stay there on and off. I bring my rig over to work on it and of course always hand him some cash not that he ever asks. Everyone has the option of using their own A/Cs. He has a separate locked workshop with swamp cooler. All of this has evolved over the years. He ran water and has a computer which I believe is on a LAN cable to the house. In his front driveway he has a sewer drain that somehow became a RV dump. Sure not as convenient but it works well. I dumped once, moved to the back, tilted the rig away from the valves and replaced them w/o a drop spilled. Just suggesting that you think ahead and plan what's right for you over time. Things like installing empty oonduit lines. But excellent start.
CA Traveler 07/15/19 05:53pm Toy Haulers
RE: Add second air conditioner to 30 amp RV

I understand that the 50A service actually provides 2 legs of 120V (L0-L1 & L0-L2) @ 30A and this is why I asked if using the 50A pedestal outlet would be a better option than plugging into the 20A outlet. The 50A service is 50A on each leg at 120V or 50A at 240V or a combination of both 120V and 240V not to exceed 50A on either leg. Very few RVs have 240 appliances. I have not been able to find a 20A EMS unit. The 30A EMS will work. They ignore amps except for the display. BTW - I don't understand why manufacturers are still building larger RVs with 30A service. The additional cost must be less than $1000, and anyone who wants to install a second A/C unit is forced to jerry-rig something that should have been a straight forward modification. The buyers don't want to pay for something they are clueless about.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 08:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Add second air conditioner to 30 amp RV

Running a pair of A/C means every so often in a hot climate they BOTH will want to high head pressure re-start simultaneously. That's when compressor motors will fry and other electrical has to deal with an 80-volt brownout.Mex That's changed for some rigs. Since 04 my rigs A/Cs have a 12V controller connected with a data cable to the thermostat. They controls won't allow multiple starts at the same time in addition to other functions.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 02:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Add second air conditioner to 30 amp RV

I do just as you describe, with my 2 A/Cs on a 30 amp coach. A 20 amp cheater cord WILL work with a GFCI if you make sure the ground and neutral are not bonded. Much easier than rewiring your coach for 50 amp. RichardWhat is a 20A cheater cord? I'm familiar with 50-30/30 and 50-30/20 cheater cords which will trip a GFCI. Nothing to do with neutral/ground bonding which occurs in a service panel. Are you referring to incorrect ground/neutral bonding in the rig?
CA Traveler 07/14/19 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Add second air conditioner to 30 amp RV

I would not use a 50-30/30 adapter, as that would be running that cord and air conditioner on a 50 amp breaker- not safe. If you like, you can build a breakout box with breakers like John said.Basically agree but would say not as safe. The chance of drawing say 49A on one leg is very slim. But a defective cord etc could cause a problem. Ditto for a 50/30 adapter.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 09:21am Tech Issues
RE: No Spare tire correct

Make your own using a 2" ID tube that fits over the 2" hitch receiver. I see no reason for one that folds down as your planned usage of the spare should be none. At least you'll have the spare with you. It took me a while to adjust my head to no spare. But no spare and no equipment to change it. My concern isn't changing the tire but the damage and potential accident if a tire blows while traveling. My Toyo tires are 5 years old and next month I'll be talking to 2 shops about them before deciding on another year.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 08:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Add second air conditioner to 30 amp RV

Would it be smarter to use the 50 amp service with one of those 50A pigtails that provides 2 x 30 amp outlets?The cheater cord does not work with a 20A GFCI plug. There are also safety issues that need to be considered. But RV stores are happy to sell you one anyway. Knowledgeable CGs will not allow it even though most really don't understand why. With some panning it's straightforward to modify the A/C with a plug so you can connect it to a 20A pedestal plug.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: RV NET showing alot of OUT OF SERVICE - TRY AGAIN POSTS

A couple of days ago I had to retype four times to get through hehe... Before you hit the button, select all text and copy it to the clipboard. It is more work, but on average you come out ahead that way ;-)Click inside the text area, Ctrl A, Ctrl C which minimizes the work. If it's a long post and there is a issue I'll also past to Word Ctrl V before continuing. It's annoying how many times I've done this over the years because of various board problems.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 07:33am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Campground Breakers - EDITED

If the problem remains after you move CGs then I'd begin to suspect the A/Cs like compressor or capacitors based on what you posted. Do the following: 1. If the PI has the remote display in the basement then buy a data cable and run it through a window and bring the remote inside. Pay close attention and see if you can detect any unexpected voltage are amp variations. Unfortunately you won't get any error codes because power off/on resets the errors. 2. Disconnect all power and check the A/Cs for dirt and and turn and listen to the fan for any bearing etc noise. 3. Buy a AC/DC clampon meter that reads capacitor values and check all in the A/Cs. At 12 years they are suspects even if they look OK. You don't need the DC function for the A/Cs but it's otherwise good to have. 4. You could have a intermittent short so check any power cord reels, junction boxes. And if the plug shows any issues replace it. If the ACs are not on opposite legs then change one of them. However there is absolutely no reason why they can't be on the same leg - You're drawing 31A for the two on a 50A rated line and all other loads are minimized.
CA Traveler 07/14/19 12:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Campground Breakers - EDITED

(Incidentally, the suggestion that current always goes up when voltage goes down is absolutely incorrect for many loads. Electric motors and motor-driven equipment is a rather complicated case; the current may go up, down, or stay the same, at least within some reasonable range of voltages. If the voltage drops low enough, the current will of necessity go down; otherwise you'd have the air conditioner etc. consuming inifinte current when unplugged with the generator off! For resistance heaters and incandescent lights, the current (and hence power consumed) drops as voltage drops.)Wow - You are one of the very very few who understand this.
CA Traveler 07/13/19 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Ventana LE Recommended Tire Pressures

Weight each side and use the heavy side for the axle. Also useful for deteriming that you have a significant side to side imbalance.
CA Traveler 07/13/19 11:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Solar tracker, wow

There are many tracker examples in the above controller link including both elevation and azimuth tracking.
CA Traveler 07/13/19 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Need help about surge protection

I like the Hard Wired over the Portables for two reasons neither is technical The ratings are virtully identicll 1 With the HW you are secure you do not need to worry about it "Growing legs" and walking off 2: Unforgettable, since it is always there. 3: It's always on w/o any effort. And requires only 1 plug in not 2 like a portable. 4: The PI HW50C remote is inside or in the basement or both if you buy 2 remotes and constantly displays amps, volts, frequency, past and present errors. Note past error like low voltage is a red flag when you return to the rig as the unit reconnects when the voltage is OK. And the remote has a bypass switch that disables disconnect but not surge protection. 5: Wiring is required of course including the data cable to the remote which is one reason the portable unit might be chosen.
CA Traveler 07/13/19 10:32am Tech Issues
RE: Need help about surge protection

I like the Hard Wired over the Portables for two reasons neither is technical The ratings are virtully identicll 1 With the HW you are secure you do not need to worry about it "Growing legs" and walking off 2: Unforgettable, since it is always there. 3: It's always on w/o any effort. And requires only 1 plug in not 2 like a portable. 4: The PI HW50C remote is inside or in the basement or both if you buy 2 remotes and constantly displays amps, volts, frequency, past and present errors. Note past error like low voltage is a red flag when you return to the rig as the unit reconnects when the voltage is OK. And the remote has a bypass switch that disables disconnect but not surge protection. 5: Wiring is required of course including the data cable to the remote which is one reason the portable unit might be chosen.
CA Traveler 07/13/19 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: Solar tracker, wow

That is indeed very clever and hopefully will be developed into a viable solar panel tracker for use on planet earth. A solar panel will have a lot of wind force and any support has to be very substantial. The tracker below suggests what can be required for support. The elevation is set manually and the servo at the bottom of the frame provides azimuth tracking. The glass bottle on the frame upper right contains 2 diodes that instruct the servo which way to adjust. At the end of the day the panel will be repositioned for the rising sun. The tracker below was sized for 2 panels but he found one to be adequate for his purpose with the tracker. The shadow on the panel is from an adjacent rig in the morning. The servo and controller power comes from the rig battery which as I recall adjusts the panel every 5 minutes so the draw is very minimum. The setup is stored flat on the trailer under his ATV. Here’s a link to the controller with more information. http://www.redrok.com/led3xassm.htm#led3xforsale https://i.imgur.com/gxXnBDel.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
CA Traveler 07/13/19 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: RV NET showing alot of OUT OF SERVICE - TRY AGAIN POSTS

X2 For the Trailer Life Magazine portal. Not to worry it will be fixed soon - It only took 3 years to correct the invalid % character. :)
CA Traveler 07/13/19 08:43am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Need help about surge protection

Look at the Joule spec and the higher the better. No device can protect against very high transients. My first thought for FL is lightning. Power transients are stopped within their limits by destroying related electronics. Typically they are much to short for the power protector to disconnect. For a number of reasons I prefer the PI HW50C including field replaceable parts. When a surge destroys the related electronics it displays a error but doesn't shut down power likely because of the short duration of many transients. It does shut down for the other 9 errors.
CA Traveler 07/12/19 09:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Trimetric Monitor and Battery Charging Help

Call the mfg. I'd set P1 until it works then after several battery cycles check the Trimetric charge state against a battery hydrometer. But I didn't have your issue with my charger. After several days charging what battery amps does the Trimetric show at 13.6V? Maybe carry and use a 3 stage car charger and you're batteries will be happy. :C
CA Traveler 07/12/19 08:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Help on coach battery wiring

The second wire might go to items that are non switched like smoke alarm or high draw like slides to minimize wire loss. Perhaps the gen as you didn't indicated what else works or not. Do whatever is required with wiring and different fuse to ensure that that loose round fuse can will never be able to touch ground.
CA Traveler 07/12/19 08:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Rock Guard

5" but rear overhang is one of the factors.
CA Traveler 07/12/19 04:25pm Class A Motorhomes
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