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RE: DC to DC charger

The best thing about Lithium is they always put out 13.2 volts thanks to the BMS. It is the nature of the LI, not the BMS.
pianotuna 11/30/22 07:07am Truck Campers
RE: DC to DC charger

Telecom jars is his nifty lingo for telecommunications backup batteries. It is not my acronym. It is name used by the cell companies. They are a sub variant of AGM. I like them as I no longer have to lay down in the snow to do a specific gravity test.
pianotuna 11/29/22 02:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Can I charge the house battery with the engine alternator?

Which solenoid did you buy? I'd like to replace mine I got 2 rated for 200 amps. I don't remember the brand name.
pianotuna 11/28/22 02:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Securing generator while running

A regular cutoff wheel will make short work of a Kryptonite cable/lock DAMHIK All one can do is slow the thief down--so they will go to some one else.
pianotuna 11/27/22 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium batteries

No. While you can do it safely it is not best practise. The batteries should be wired in a balanced manner and be the same number of amp hours each.
pianotuna 11/27/22 04:25pm Tech Issues
RE: COVID PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

With any pneumo viral infection beware of secondary superinfection (bacterial) Don't wait. See a doctor right away. There is a world of difference between beating an emerging strep infection and a fully developed one. This concerned me enough to travel 400 miles and spend a 15 hour day trying to avoid a worse case infection. of either. Great advice as usual!
pianotuna 11/27/22 04:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: DC to DC charger

Hi HMS Beagle, With lead acid house bank and lead acid starter I had charging. Enough that a 60 amp fuse fell on its sword. My upgrade was to dual #8 (oem was #8) with twin 50 amp automatic circuit breakers. My ammeter maxes out at 70 amps--and I did have occasions where it would not display. The lead acid were replaced with telcom jars, and whoops there was no charging from the alternator to the house unless I was running the microwave or other heavy draw. In fact it regularly sent power to the alternator. I replaced the starter battery with an AGM. No improvement. My 20 amp renogy 20 amp dc to DC charger is sending up to 19.6 amps to the house bank. It is NOT a short run and is #8 wire. There is no voltage sensor. I'm happy as a clam to have charging going on.
pianotuna 11/26/22 10:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Montana LLC to save on sales tax

In Canada when a vehicle is registered in a different province for the first time it triggers sales tax, and just for run, an emissions test (in some locations). What is the state with the lowest sales tax?
pianotuna 11/25/22 09:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodnight Irene, the party's over.

Build quality is in the toilet. Hopefully these latest units will be a little better. Quality control and RV should not be mentioned in the same sentence.
pianotuna 11/23/22 09:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford V10

130 thousand miles--no problems with throttle body. One mass flow air sensor. Unit is a 2004.
pianotuna 11/23/22 05:03pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

Hi, Use the best quality you can find with screw terminals. My replacement outlets are all 15 amp. The "extra" outlets for my two auxiliary shore power cords are 15 amp, and 20 amp with appropriate wiring. I'm set up to use the OEM 30; add on 20; and add on 15 amp. While you are at this, take the time to tighten all the connections in the breaker panel. Some of mine took one whole turn.
pianotuna 11/23/22 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Connect multiple portable solar panels?

Not enough information for a good answer. Please send the specifications for the panel and the controller.
pianotuna 11/21/22 09:02pm Tech Issues
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

Baja Man, Please replace the outlet where you intend to connect the electric heater. I replaced all but one of the outlets.
pianotuna 11/21/22 08:26am Travel Trailers
RE: 12v master Reset Breaker --- typical causes for tripping?

Chris, I deliberately tested the RV by turning on everything. It did cause the 40 amp breaker to trip. I've never had a repeat. The charging wires for the "house" battery bank came with a "hard to find" 60 amp blade fuse. I upgraded adding a 2nd charging path with #8 wire (oem is #8) and added two 50 amp auto-reset breakers. The meter I have maxes out at 70 amps--and I've had occasion to see it drop to zero as the auto reset connects and disconnects. I have manual control over the charging solenoids, which are rated at 200 amps, contacting. The oem solenoid had burned contacts. I've now moved to a 20 amp dc to DC charger for the "house bank" using the starter battery to feed the house bank. I chose 20 amps based on the size and duty cycle of the alternator.
pianotuna 11/20/22 09:47pm Tech Issues
RE: 12v master Reset Breaker --- typical causes for tripping?

Chris, Replace any incandescent lights with led's. I deliberately tested the RV by turning on everything. It did cause the 40 amp breaker to trip. I've never had a repeat. The charging wires for the "house" battery bank came with a "hard to find" 60 amp blade fuse. I upgraded adding a 2nd charging path with #8 wire (oem is #8) and added two 50 amp auto-reset breakers. The meter I have maxes out at 70 amps--and I've had occasion to see it drop to zero as the auto reset connects and disconnects. I have manual control over the charging solenoids, which are rated at 200 amps, contacting. The oem solenoid had burned contacts. I've now moved to a 20 amp dc to DC charger for the "house bank" using the starter battery to feed the house bank. I chose 20 amps based on the size and duty cycle of the alternator.
pianotuna 11/20/22 07:52am Tech Issues
RE: uBlock Origin ad blocker

looks as if Popcornflix only works in USA
pianotuna 11/19/22 02:56pm Technology Corner
RE: Data Caps Starlink

Here are the numbers so far: 25 to 180 download. There are, so far, short periods of disconnection. That will change as the number of satellites increases. That makes it five times faster than the fastest ground based system in Iqaluit.
pianotuna 11/19/22 02:41pm Technology Corner
RE: starlink in the far north

My Nephew is at 63.74452012599891, -68.49106010520651 He is getting between 25 and 180 megs down. There are still lots of short drop outs but it is 5 times faster than the best ground based system in the community.
pianotuna 11/18/22 09:53pm Technology Corner
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

BTW...are electric heaters safe to run while asleep? pianotuna: Is the reason to change the 120V outlet where a space may be used to replace with a house grade or better quality one? The reason to change the outlet is the stab connectors are pretty much junk. The more wattage that is drawn the more likely they are to fail. I replaced all but two outlets in my RV. Electric heaters are safe when treated with some respect. I.e. don't have anything which would restrict the air flow. As I've said before--I like the oil filled type.
pianotuna 11/18/22 09:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: COVID PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

Mex, I'm using n-95 masks. They are about 10 times better than the more common "surgical" masks. They are NOT perfect--but one does what one can do! I was fortunate to have a seat vacant beside me, and behind me, too. I did get my #5 booster and this years flu shot 17 days before I got on the plane. I did use a betadyne spray, too. Just reporting to the list with my personal experience. And that was almost no one had masks on.
pianotuna 11/18/22 07:08am Around the Campfire
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