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RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Hi, Add some solar. Twin 6 volt flooded golf cart are the cheapest. They won't run a large capacity inverter, but are fine with a tiny one. The biggest problem may be sulphation of the battery bank from failure to recharge to 100% full. Evey 7 cycles to 100% is the bare minimum. I prefer SiO2 because then recharging to 100% is every 30 days.
pianotuna 10/28/20 12:29pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Electric space heater does NOTHING to heat/keep warm RV Plumbing, waste tanks etc RV Furnace is needed for that. 20# cylinders hold 20# of propane at 80% liquid level 4.2#/gal=4.7 gallons=19.7# Replace the return air grill for the furnace with a twindow fan. That may pressurize the duct work and keep just a bit of warm air moving. I've not had a freeze up since I did this, and I've rv'ed at -37 c (-34 f). https://images.globalindustrial.ca/images/pd/B1574516.jpg?t=1601539967000 width=390
pianotuna 10/28/20 12:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

Here is a cost comparison calculator: http://www.maxmcarter.com/fuels/fuelscalc.html Gosh Don, where do you find these things? :) That's excellent! ummm I'm addicted to the wobbly wide web?
pianotuna 10/28/20 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Heating Cost: Electric vs. Propane

I'm not sure if this is the best forum category for this thread. I am spending the winter in South Texas and we are back to heating the motorhome. I bought an electric heater because I like to minimize my trips to refill the propane tanks. Here at this park they have a propane service that comes by every week and I can pay them to refill my tanks. My question is: Is there much difference in the cost of heating with the electric heater (at 16.5 cents per KWH in this park) versus using the propane heater. The propane heater uses the thermostat and so it is a little easier to control the temperature throughout the rig, but other than that the electric heater can keep us warm. Also, do you trust a propane service to use good propane and fill your tanks? (I don't know if using bad propane is a real problem as I am new to this) Generally I took my tanks to Tractor Supply and trusted the to give me a good liquid/gas. Here is a cost comparison calculator: http://www.maxmcarter.com/fuels/fuelscalc.html
pianotuna 10/28/20 03:36am General RVing Issues
RE: 30 amp vs. 50 amp question

Yes. Shore power-->adapter-->ems-->rv Limit your loads to 24 amps if that is possible. If you are lucky enough to have a hybrid inverter/charger, then turn on the load support feature. Not really --- You'll do it this way: shore power pedestal >> eMS >> adapter >> rv cable. He is plugging in a 50 amp rv to a 30 amp shore power. Therefore the adapter comes first.
pianotuna 10/27/20 10:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 30 amp vs. 50 amp question

Yes. Shore power-->adapter-->ems-->rv Limit your loads to 24 amps if that is possible. If you are lucky enough to have a hybrid inverter/charger, then turn on the load support feature.
pianotuna 10/27/20 05:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: question about freezing temps

We stayed in Az for awhile, parked on Relative's lot that had sewer connection but not fifty amp connection. We installed that but did not think to have a 120pug installed too. We do not have 120 plug in the wetbay but have three on the other side of coach in the bays. Getting a 120plug installed in wet bay, we would not be dependent on a 120 plug on a tower or not. Afterwards I tumbled across the link to 12 volt wet bay heater that some coaches have and could be installed in ours or yours. So save 250 bucks and get a 60 watt 12 volt light bulb. Or if you can find one--a 24 volt bulb.
pianotuna 10/27/20 04:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS

I wish there were better news--but herd immunity is not going to happen. https://www.cbc.ca/news/health/covid-19-antibodies-waning-1.5778282
pianotuna 10/27/20 04:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Class C Chassis

So long as chassis parts can be sourced I think it makes little if any difference. I did run into that problem with my Ford class C diesel.(1987). Parts started to be impossible to source about 2003. The venerable v-10 has been discontinued. I'd be tempted to choose a v-8.
pianotuna 10/27/20 01:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Connecting Portable Solar Panels

Gdetrailer, Thanks for the detailed explanation of Diesel Idle. Solar for certain is better.
pianotuna 10/27/20 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Connecting Portable Solar Panels

SamanthaNicols, How are you determining 100% state of charge? What is the capacity of the battery bank in amp-hours?
pianotuna 10/27/20 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: Battery over charging

Plug the RV into a timer. Set it for one hour per day. Plug the timer into shore power.
pianotuna 10/26/20 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Deep Cycle Battery Suggestions

Hi, If you want possibly the toughest battery available, look closely at SiO2 chemistry. This is what I've gleaned so far: They can be discharged to stone bone dead 620 times without dying. After those 620 cycles, 80% of OEM capacity remains. They are about 1/2 the price of LI. They can be used and charged at -45 c to +65 c. (-49 f to 149 f) At 50% discharge cycles are 2800 (80% of OEM left) At 80% discharge cycles are 1500 (80% OEM left) They can be draw on at a rate of 9C for 5 seconds. They do not need to be recharged to 100%, but once a month a full charge is recommended. From the seller: “This battery has 1200 Watt Hours of storage. You can access 100%, but it is recommended that you do not regularly discharge over 80% because it will shorten the lifespan of the battery. At 80%, the usable capacity is 960 Watt Hours of storage. Max peak discharge is, (for the 100 amp-hour) is 900A (5s) at 25 degrees C. Constant Amp discharge rate is 320A (about 5 minutes until the battery is fully discharged). For charging the rate is .25C (4 hour) charge rate (25A for 1 100Ah 12V battery).” The only negative is weight. The "best buy" is currently the 100 amp-hour battery." For USA pricing go here: https://azimuthsolarproducts.com/product-category/batteries/sio2/ I've found the Azimuth company extremely responsive to questions, often replying on the same day. The manufacturer is the Canadian company https://soneil.com/ Technical Brochure is: https://soneil.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/12-EFSN-100.pdf
pianotuna 10/26/20 03:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12V or 6V

time2roll, Either 4 lead acid--or 2 SiO2
pianotuna 10/25/20 05:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V or 6V

Rlw999, thicker "plates" in 6 volt = higher resistance Lower internal voltage in the 12 volt double the number of cells, in 12 volt, so each cell has to produce only 1/2 as much of the current. 6v = 3 cells; 12v= 6 cells x 2 6v pair = 6 cells; 12v pair = 12 cells. My microwave draws 150 amps. 6 volt in series--each cell has to do 150 amps 12 volt in parallel--each cell has to do 75 amps
pianotuna 10/25/20 04:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V or 6V

Hi, It depends what you wish to run. If you plan on a large inverter then 12 volt may be better. My next batteries will be SiO2 chemistry which have a much greater lifespan than lead acid. They are sealed and more or less maintenance free.
pianotuna 10/25/20 02:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: fridge level?

I'd do a bit of leveling.
pianotuna 10/25/20 12:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford V10 vs Chevy Gas

2005 and up is fine for the v-10. Lots of power. Loves to be fueled up. I've done 3 sets of rear brakes in 120,000 miles--and I'm light footed on them. Something is wrong with your rears should last 2 times longer then the front ones at least. My front brakes are still OEM.
pianotuna 10/25/20 12:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 vs Chevy Gas

2005 and up is fine for the v-10. Lots of power. Loves to be fueled up. I've done 3 sets of rear brakes in 120,000 miles--and I'm light footed on them. Apparently not as light footed as you could be. We put over 110,000 miles on our 2001 Adventurer and did one brake job at 75,000. We currently have over 50,000 miles on our 2013 Adventurer and the brakes are well over 50%. Hiker Dog my unit weighs, fully loaded, 13750 lbs. It is rated for 14000. I live on the prairies and coast to a stop as much as I can. My average fuel economy is 11 mpg (us gallons). The rotors warp. This is a known defect. Then they wear. Then they grind.
pianotuna 10/25/20 12:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford V10 vs Chevy Gas

2005 and up is fine for the v-10. Lots of power. Loves to be fueled up. I've done 3 sets of rear brakes in 120,000 miles--and I'm light footed on them.
pianotuna 10/24/20 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
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