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RE: Fridge 120 volt

If it is drawing 32 amps, then the element may be fine. But the cooling unit may be shot. If it is, I'd retro fit a compressor unit.
pianotuna 07/09/20 11:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Locked out of RV

Hi, I'm on my second lock. I try to shut the door gently and have the latch open as I do so. It is the choice of metal they used--it is extremely annoying. Fortunately I'm in a class C, so I do have alternate ways to enter.
pianotuna 07/09/20 11:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Walmart overnight and running the generator

I won't run a generator while sleeping.
pianotuna 07/09/20 11:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are RV sewer hose supports necessary?

I've never used one. But I don't keep connected either.
pianotuna 07/09/20 11:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Brettmm92, Try Lowes or Home Depot
pianotuna 07/09/20 11:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: A very good reason Not to scrimp on surge protectors.

Went with the Hughes watchdog hardwired on our new 5th wheel. I liked the bluetooth monitor and alerts it sends if there is an issue. I thought about their auto former but we can run a long time without shore power or use the hybrid inverter to boost voltage in load sharing mode. Hi work2much, Hybrid inverter chargers do not do voltage support unless you "force" them to do so. This may result in damage to the unit. DAMHIK According to Magnum low voltage from shore will be raised during load support. Not as an advertised feature by as a byproduct of the inverter adding higher voltage and the two combining. Hi work2much, Load support is NOT voltage support. I have a Magnum 3000 hybrid. Trust me. It does NOT do voltage support unless you deliberately lower the input amps, which forces it to do so. When that is done the majority of the load may be coming from the battery bank. Further, I've spoken to the tech support desk who told me the Magnum product load support is not designed nor intended to do voltage support. It is true that when connected to a 15 amp source you can prevent the breaker tripping by setting the input amps to 15. That allows you to run a load that totals 24 amps for a time. If, during that time, the battery bank becomes exhausted, the shore power 15 amp breaker will trip. DAMHIK In my experiments with load support, which were done on a 30 amp pedestal, it was a heck of a hot summer day. I had to reduce the input amps to just 11 amps on the ARC remote before voltage support happens and I stopped when voltage was 107. I had the fridge on propane, and the water heater off. The air conditioner was drawing 1900 watts. My testing, using my autoformer with a 15 amp circuit which under "no load" was at 100 volts I had 113 volts inside the RV. shore power 100-->autoformer-->RV 113. The sola basic autoformer boosts at 110, 100, and 90 volts as it comes from the factory. It is possible to tweak those numbers and I have done so putting the first boost at 113 volts. I should also mention that my first Magnum with no shore power displayed 120 volts no load. That does drop as the load increases. The replacement unit does a no load voltage of 122. The above data was gathered in 'real life' using a watt meter and a kill-a-watt meter.
pianotuna 07/08/20 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

My absorption fridge works fine but I would replace it in a heart beat if it quit. Dave Hi Dave, There is a firm that will retrofit a compressor to your existing Fridge. That is what I will do when the end of days takes my absorption fridge down.
pianotuna 07/07/20 10:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: A very good reason Not to scrimp on surge protectors.

Seems like I am not quite up on these things. I have read quite a bit of these posts about electrical issues and such. As an owner of a 30AMP RV, do I need one of these? Should I be as concerned about surge and low power? I do have a couple different meters and could measure the outlet before plugging in. I also do not have any delicate electronics, just typical fridge, A/C, TV, lights. I haven't seen a problem yet, knock on wood... Thanks There is less risk on 30 amp, but it is still there. There are computer boards in most if not all fridges. The same is true for most air conditioners with a thermostat on the wall. There is far more damage caused by low voltage than by surge. Low voltage is endemic in campgrounds in the summer time. If there are 36 or more spots, the current electrical code allows for just 41% of the total demand be provided. No wonder, when a park is full and it is 30 C (86 f), the voltage is low. There is no affordable surge device that protects an RV against a lightening strike on the feed to the campground. I never plug in the RV until I have tested for polarity and voltage under load. I do have surge protection--but it was hand made for me and incorporates 3 different methods.
pianotuna 07/07/20 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A very good reason Not to scrimp on surge protectors.

Went with the Hughes watchdog hardwired on our new 5th wheel. I liked the bluetooth monitor and alerts it sends if there is an issue. I thought about their auto former but we can run a long time without shore power or use the hybrid inverter to boost voltage in load sharing mode. Hi work2much, Hybrid inverter chargers do not do voltage support unless you "force" them to do so. This may result in damage to the unit. DAMHIK
pianotuna 07/07/20 06:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snow Birds ??

In this topic and other Snowbird topics, the Canadians are generally trashing the USA. If you don't like our country why do you come here every winter? I could comment about Canada, but that would be political and that is not allowed on this forum. If you don't like the USA, just stay in Canada. We are not trashing USA. Canada has by no means had a "perfect" response to covid 19. We are concerned for our USA neighbors, and not a little frightened at how close things are to being totally out of control. USA on 2020 07 07 probably will have 50,000 new cases. It also has over 1/4 of the worlds cases. We share the longest undefended border in the world with USA. The virus does not recognize that border. BTW I would welcome your comments about Canada. If you feel they are not appropriate to the thread, please send them in a private message. In spite of the Floyd death, there were 151 deaths by cop in June of 2020, 150 in 2019, 153 in 2018. Canada is NOT exempt from death by cop either. Toronto, our largest city, has implemented mandatory mask wearing inside all public access buildings with few exceptions. The Canadian lunatic fringe is reacting badly to this attempt to keep them safe. The difference is that few Canadians have access to guns--so the protests are not so violent as those similar ones in USA. As I said, in my first post to this thread, "we are all in this together". By that, I did not mean just USA and Canada, but rather the entire world. Will I be driving down to my winter haunts in USA this year? Hardly likely as I'd be traveling through many States and at least one of them has done NADA to attempt to curtail covid. Will I be flying down? That is possible--but only if the number of new cases starts to reduce, in the State I plan on visiting. I'm at high risk age wise. I'd rather be a live chicken than a dead duck. My own personal belief is that Pandora is out of the box. I doubt I'll be traveling south this fall.
pianotuna 07/07/20 05:09pm Snowbirds
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

Here is some more detailed information on SiO2 batteries: http://webstore.totalbattery.com/product-p/12efsl108.htm
pianotuna 07/07/20 04:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: A very good reason Not to scrimp on surge protectors.

I'm not comfortable with voltages lower than 107. I use an autoformer to correct the endemic low voltage at campgrounds. I check voltage under load before I plug in the RV. So far as I am aware low voltage potentially may damage motors (air conditioner, microwave) and some converters. Resistance devices are ok with low voltage--they just have lower output. The power changes by the square of the voltage.
pianotuna 07/07/20 09:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: breaker keeps blowing

Hi,........ 24 amps continuous is what a 30 amp service can handle. ........ If you check manufacturer circuit breaker trip curves, you will see that circuit breakers are rated to run at full rated load indefinitely. Only after they exceed that current rating do they begin to trip. Slightly exceeding the printed rating they will trip after a few seconds or a few minutes. The more the printed current rating is exceeded, the faster they trip. It is recommended that the expected design load on a circuit breaker to be less than the max rating. But that does not mean it will trip at less than the max rating. breaker trip curves In homes the electrical code is 80% of rated current. That's 12 amps for a 15 amp. But of course, since RV's are "plug in devices" they are exempt. It is easy, in our power hungry RV's to exceed 30 amps. Low voltage exacerbates the problem and is endemic in RV parks. You can fix the problem with technology, or you can suffer in the mid summer heat by turning off the air conditioner, to protect if from damage. Probably best to not use the microwave--but those at least are no longer expensive.
pianotuna 07/07/20 09:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Refrigerator coil

Leave the baffle alone. Be glad your maker did a good job.
pianotuna 07/06/20 11:58pm Tech Issues
RE: breaker keeps blowing

Hi, As the various items are turned on, voltage may become lower and lower. The air conditioner may draw more and more watts as the day gets hotter. I've measured mine at 1900 watts. (Dometic 13500 btu) 1900/107 =~ 17.76 amps at my comfort zone of 107 volts. 24 amps continuous is what a 30 amp service can handle. 24- 17.76 = 6.24 amps for all other continuous loads. (about 667 watts) At campgrounds when every one is running their roof air, and other loads, there may be voltage drop. It behooves the owner to monitor voltage. As the voltage drops there is much more risk of melting plugs. My comfort zone is no lower than 107. I keep in my comfort zone by added an autoformer.
pianotuna 07/06/20 11:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Snow Birds ??

it's really hard to know how to make any future plans right now Given what is happening in USA, and the location I would wish to visit, it is getting less hard. Unless there is a fairly dramatic change, I won't be risking going south. Your information about Florida is pretty serious. I certainly appreciate you posting it.
pianotuna 07/06/20 05:47pm Snowbirds
RE: Switching from 12 volt to 6 volt batteries

Look at the Victron gauges. They have a smaller footprint, more functionality, are more accurate and cheaper than the venerable Trimetric. Blue tooth I think on the Victron, as well.
pianotuna 07/06/20 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Super Basic Solar Upgrade

My solar "plays well" with all other charging methods. Use between 60 and 160 watts per 100 amp-hours of storage. The series of plain articles here may help https://freecampsites.net/adding-solar/
pianotuna 07/06/20 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Large camper with single AC

Hemling, 1. Add a double mini split Air Conditioner and replace the existing roof top unit. Sell the current A/C and just go with the mini-split. You probably need to go with 50A (240V) wiring. Thanks for making it clear what I meant. Get rid of existing air--and have two evaporators.
pianotuna 07/05/20 02:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Large camper with single AC

Marginal info...when it's really hot is when voltage drops raising the amps. I've seen plenty of burnt up 30amp cords from people trying to max out the 30amps. Do you mean the plugs or the actual cord? I've had several plugs die, but never the actual cord. I've not had a plug fail/burn since I started using the autoformer. I do limit my demand to 24 amps (but still lost plug ends when I did not autoform)
pianotuna 07/05/20 02:47pm Tech Issues
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