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RE: [SOLVED] Bad converter? Low voltage

Since it was at 11.1V surely some damage has occurred. Will have to replace it. Stuck a car battery charger on it and the cigarette lighter outlets in question jumped to 12.6V. I think this mystery is solved. Thanks everyone!
SlowBro 03/26/22 12:07pm Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Bad converter? Low voltage

I believe these cigarette lighter outlets are on the engine 12V system which I believe would place them in front of the battery isolator. Noticed that the engine battery is sitting at 11.1V. Does the isolator cause that much of a voltage drop? Edit: Oh no. I'll bet the starter battery doesn't get a charge from the converter at all, and I've been draining it. Probably killed it.
SlowBro 03/26/22 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Bad converter? Low voltage

Just got back from the RV. It's a WFCO WF-9855 converter and shpows 13.1V at the panel so yeah, it's a fuse or wire or something. Got two sockets, both showing low voltage, so I'm thinking it's the wire or fuse. I'll start by swapping the fuse.
SlowBro 03/26/22 10:28am Technology Corner
Bad converter? Low voltage

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SlowBro 03/24/22 04:22am Technology Corner
[SOLVED] Bad converter? Low voltage

The voltage in our class A's converter drops as low as 8.2V (measured with a cigarette lighter voltmeter) with a DC laptop adapter attached. Causes the charger to stop and the laptop not to charge. It currently has no house battery connected, though there is a starter battery. After some time the laptop charger stops trying and the voltage stabilizes at 10.9V. Is this a sign of a bad converter, or is this because no house battery is attached?
SlowBro 03/24/22 04:22am Tech Issues
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

Alaska sounds GREAT. With the mechanic and parts shortages a long trip worries me. But it’s something to consider. Oh and I didn’t get “the juice” so I probably wouldn’t be allowed through Canada. I’ll think about it but it probably won’t work for us.
SlowBro 11/14/21 03:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

You'll need to look for altitude; 2000 feet isn't high enough in mid-summer once you're well away from the Florida seabreeze and afternoon thundershowers. Where do you recommend?
SlowBro 11/12/21 01:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

North of Crystal River in FL, we're staying in Chiefland for $440/mo plus 15 cents a KW. I find the 6000 watts of solar unlikely tho, that is 50 plus panels, you sure you don't mean 600 watts? Anyway this park is new, has pickelball and so on, paved sites, and lots of springs and such in the area. No pool yet but one is planned. But the next place down is about $1000/mo I doubt any park would let you set up 6000 watts tho. If staying in a park we'd prob not deploy any of them or very few. Only mentioned because boondocking. We're paying 10 cents a KW, but with the rising prices I thought I'd better buy 24 x 230W panels and also a few 170W flex panels for the roof on a separate system, all that comes to yes, about 6000W. Could prob get by with half those but I got the panels for dirt cheap, the charger/inverter minimum for 220V I could find was 5000W, thought might as well rack 'em up. Better to have them and not need them. I might travel with half those, don't know yet. Thanks for the recommend on Crystal River but where do you go up north in the summer? We already have a year-round Florida home.
SlowBro 11/12/21 01:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

May go for a low-priced Thousand Trails membership and yes, I've been reading about the many pros and cons :)
SlowBro 11/12/21 05:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Cheap sunbird locations? Escape Florida summer

If you had to go somewhere to spend a few months that's got a comfortable summer climate and is low-cost (under $400/mo if electricity is included), where would you go? Preference for low population density and closer to the east coast; Prefer no further west than Iowa but willing to consider any location. Would rather not have to move a lot. Don't need touristy things nearby, a Walmart/grocery store/auto parts store/mechanic/hospital/etc. within half an hour will be fine. Looking for moderate summer humidity and temperature. Maybe somewhere up in the mountains? A low-priced mountainside RV park with monthly or quarterly rates would be wonderful, assuming the humidity and temps and bugs aren't bad. We're the opposite of snowbirds, living full-time in Florida. All the articles I see about full-timing seem to be aimed at snowbirds, but we're sunbirds :) We can boondock if the location is exceptional. We have a compost toilet and 6000W of solar (no, it's not on the roof, LOL) but a small battery bank. Can run the air con on solar only during the mid-day. We do have a generator but running it is pricey, especially with the price of gas. So would prefer a destination that hardly needs any air con in the summer, and fans at night. Would rather not have to move a lot, as packing all 26 of the 45-pound panels into the trailer every time would get to be a chore. So a long-term RV park may make more sense than boondocking and moving every two weeks, although boondocking isn't off the table. It just has to be very good. And given the mechanic and parts shortages going on, I want to minimize the driving. In case you're wondering why so much solar and not so much battery: To offset the price of Florida air conditioning :) And to have some emergency power during a blackout. The majority of power load in FL is mid-day with the air con so I didn't bias toward a lot of batteries, just needed to offset costs and give emergency power. It's "hybrid" in that it switches between grid and solar panels/batteries as needed, so unlike grid-tie we have emergency power available mid-day; Better to have some power in a blackout than none. We may buy more batteries if we boondock a lot, but for now I'm going to stick with what we have.
SlowBro 11/12/21 05:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

Forgot to mention the rear hitch also hauls the spare tire. I’ll probably weld something to the frame for all three.
SlowBro 10/12/21 03:39am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

Nice. How might I do that?
SlowBro 10/09/21 04:01pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

I would advise against doing so. Ditto It would look really bad, and no one would buy it when you decide to sell it. This style of heat pump is a far nicer looking option and won't destroy the rear wall (or resale value) of your RV That's a conventional air conditioner with a heat pump for winter but I really need to save electrical costs so I'll think of something. Maybe weld mounts down into the frame, I dunno.
SlowBro 10/04/21 07:40pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

Thanks everyone, I'll figure out a plan B
SlowBro 10/04/21 09:48am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Mount 100lb mini-split condenser to rear wall?

I have a Coachmen class A and want to mount a 100lb mini-split to the rear wall. Is this too much weight? I know some people use a hitch carrier but ours is occupied. And this RV has no square bumper to put mounts on. I would use one of these wall mount kits. Maybe this exact model, maybe one like it. https://www.homedepot.com/p/DuctlessAire-9000-36000-BTU-Outdoor-Wall-Mounting-Bracket-for-Ductless-Mini-Split-Air-Conditioners-and-Heat-Pumps-BPC-3LP/205886666
SlowBro 10/04/21 04:56am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

The Hubbell plug will take #10 stranded wire with nickel plated clamp. Cord Grip Range .230" - .720" (5.8 - 18.3mm) https://www.stayonline.com/pc_product_detail.asp?key=D6AC1C5C9D9C45019443C08AB1920082 Also available in 90 degree. Also a very good option.
SlowBro 09/09/21 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

NEMA 15A is a 15 amp plug should not neee 10ga go to an electrical supply house Skip google and go to a sticks and bricks electrical supply house. If you can take the cord, or a couple inches of it, with you. Sorry, SlowBro is slow. You said electrical supply house, I heard hardware store. Called an actual electrical supply house and aHa! Leviton 5266-C can support 10 AWG and it’s about $10. Problem solved.
SlowBro 09/09/21 12:04pm Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

I think I’ll slice the jacket lengthwise and look for wire labeling on that. Wish they had followed convention and put the label on the jacket.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

20A plugs are somewhat rare. My house has 2 and each is on a dedicated 20A CB. They were intended for golf cart charging. They will accept a 15A or 20A plug. I receommend using 10 gage copper not copper coated extension cords with 15A plugs for RVs because 10 gauge has less voltage drop. Yeah, it is 15A 10 gauge.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: [SOLVED] Replacement plug head for NEMA 15A 10 AWG extension

Search for NEMA 5-15 or 5-15P If really is 10AWG search for one that uses "clamps" to hold the bared wire. No good on that search, only 12 AWG. I’m hesitant to try something not rated, not so much for the current draw as the size of the connector and jacket that it fits right.
SlowBro 09/09/21 08:12am Tech Issues
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