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RE: Disconnect Power When Using Generator?

If they are having power issues, they may have power coming on and off as they restore it. Better to wait until its a constant good power before you reconnect your RV.
babock 06/29/20 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: How to camp with electric only

I modified my fresh water tank supports. Can easily handle a full tank of water.
babock 05/17/20 06:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: CBD oil

Dogs mostly have anxiety because of their owners and lack of exerciseWhat an ****** statement! have two dogs from the same litter. They both turned 14 a week ago. One is completely different from the other. The one that I want to try CBD oil with has a leg tremor and hates loud noises. Has NOTHING to do with exercise and how we treat them otherwise both dogs would exhibit the same behavior.
babock 05/02/20 07:44pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Texas to reopen State Parks

Wow, I shop and do stuff just like I did before all this happened. No mask, no gloves, no hand sanitizer, no sickee. Shoot, get sick and get it over with. Nothing wrong with that as long as you have no underlying health conditions.And don't get other people sick in the process.
babock 04/18/20 08:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Texas to reopen State Parks

Doesn't include camping...day use only.
babock 04/17/20 03:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Batteries - simple question

So, in reality, you WILL pay MORE for AGM and GET LESS capacity for the SAME BATTERY SIZE and will not get any longer service life. I myself have never understood why some one would buy an AGM for a normal RV setup. up here they are more like 50% more expensive and as long as you have a vented battery compartment why spend the extra? SteveOther than 1) Less self discharge 2) Never add water 3) Lower internal impedance which makes them better at driving higher current loads like inverters with lower voltage drop. 4) Because of the lower internal impedance, they also charge faster than an FLA battery I use them in both my boats mainly because of the self discharge characteristics.
babock 04/11/20 06:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

You're still discussing it.yep...not going to discuss anymore...I think we all know which is the best way!
babock 04/10/20 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

good one, notice how they don't show perfect weather... two reasons, 1 much smaller difference between the two, and 2 when do you every have perfect weather when you camp ;) the only thing I wish they would have shown is when trees cast shadows over the pannel so you have 1/2 the pannel shadowed out, that's the biggest difference. SteveGotta love the BS that people think. He tested it with the weather he had at the time. Was May in Maine!
babock 04/09/20 06:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

You're still discussing it.So are you! Screws!!!!!
babock 04/09/20 10:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

Let's see a link.https://lmgtfy.com/?q=Compare+the+performance+of+PWM+vs+MPPT
babock 04/08/20 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

OK, lets stop discussing if putting a hole in the roof is as good as not putting a hole in the roof. This is a pointless and futile discussion.LOL....of course! We all know its better to screw them down....that is except you.
babock 04/08/20 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

We shouldn't even be having the PWM vs MPPT discussions these days. The info is out there for anyone who wants to even briefly study the question. Price difference is so small now that PWM only makes sense for the smallest system, and when there is no chance for future increase. You might even save most of the cost difference by using smaller conductors and higher voltage if there are more than 2 panels in the array. And who doesn't want as much energy as possible out of their investment?Exactly. The only time I would buy a PWM controller, which I just did, was for a simple small wattage panel to keep my boat battery topped off while it is sitting at my dock.
babock 04/08/20 03:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

All I did was give an example of performance for a PWM vs MPPT for an example 100W 20V solar panel. I didn't put a cost comparison..just a technical operating difference. Those were factual numbers....not an opinion. And all I'm suggesting is that you post a link to that testing and those numbers.LOL...if you don't understand the math how an MPPT or a PWM work, there are a lot of sites that will explain it to you. I couldn't explain it any simpler. BTW EE here. I have done designs using both methods of controlling voltages/currents for years. It's not something new.
babock 04/08/20 03:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

babock, It would be good to provide a link to back up statements. I do prefer MPPT myself. in theory what he said is right, but in real world with both setups ideal I would probably expect a 1 amp difference. SteveAll depends on the specs of the panels. The lower the voltage of the panel used, the less difference there is.
babock 04/07/20 08:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

babock, You have offered an opinion. Folks want to see studies that prove MPPT works better than PWM. An ideal study would compare the payback time for the difference in cost. For example, in 2005 my system panels cost was $5.50 per watt. Going to MPPT saved on the cost of the system, making a zero price difference between MPPT and PWM, at $1700.00. In 1990 I had a 30 watt system--which cost about $1700.00 Since then the price of panels has dropped precipitously but charge controllers not so much. The lowest price was, before artificial tariffs were introduced $0.36 cents per watt, retail. That makes it cheaper to add another panel rather than switching to an MPPT controller, provided there is room on the roof. So, today, my system would have a fully featured PWM controller rather than MPPT, if cost were the only criterion. But cost is not the only factor, and the price of a large capacity controller is a one time cost. If the roof has no more room left, then MPPT to gather every erg of power may make sense. My dream system would have remote actuators for tilt, and an MPPT controller with a system input voltage of at least 70 volts, and 2000 watts of panels. So I suggested you to present a study that proves your opinion.All I did was give an example of performance for a PWM vs MPPT for an example 100W 20V solar panel. I didn't put a cost comparison..just a technical operating difference. Those were factual numbers....not an opinion. You have to decide for yourself if it's worth the cost difference....which in my opinion is a pretty low difference. If you don't understand how PWM and MPPT work, I really can't help you with that. A PWM's max output current is the max current of the panel. An MPPT is a DC to DC converter which can convert 98% of the power collected. For example, 100W/14V x.98 = 7A. The PWM 100W will output 5A if it is a 20V panel. Can't make it any simpler than that. No links needed...it's just the math. If you can't figure out the simple math I just posted, not sure what to say to you.
babock 04/07/20 08:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fed Cuts Rates: Will RV Rates Follow?

If a situation should arise such that one could no longer continue paying off ANY loan, then I guess it's better to have the depreciating assest repossessed along with one's credit ruined - than to have one's home repossessed along with one's credit ruined. ;)Exactly!
babock 04/07/20 12:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

babock, It would be good to provide a link to back up statements. I do prefer MPPT myself.Back up statements? You mean the output of a PWM vs MPPT? Which part do you not understand?
babock 04/07/20 12:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Fed Cuts Rates: Will RV Rates Follow?

Financing a depreciating asset with your home is just a bad idea.
babock 04/06/20 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Fed Cuts Rates: Will RV Rates Follow?

Will the banks cut rates for RV loans.. GOOD question. I am concerned that modern Economics being what they are (Murphy's law applies) When the Fed Raises the rates.. The Banks do likewise and blame the feds When the Fed Lowers the Rates.. The bankers pocket the profit. But there is one story I like (Levi Strauss, Blue Jeans King) He went to the bank for a small loan. Was denied A couple years later he went back and found the loan officer who denied him and ask "Do you remember me" . (NO) Well you denied me a loan back in (year) (I don't work in loans any more) "I know in fact you don't work for the bank any more.. Your're fired" (You can't fire me only the new owner can fire me) "I know.. I just bought the bank." Now that.. IS Revenge best served.That story has been debunked years ago.
babock 04/04/20 12:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar Charge Controller question

while PWM may be a cheeper unit, walk right buy it. in ideal conditions a PWM wont have much less output than a MPPTeTotally disagree with that statement. If you have a 100W 20V panel @ 5A, you will get 5A under ideal conditions with a PWM and 7A with an MPPT. That'a huge difference.
babock 04/04/20 12:31pm Travel Trailers
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