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Old 06-12-2005, 01:03 PM   #29
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Thanks Howie!

I'm gonna try two new switches, and quadruple check all my wiring.

If not...screw it I guess. Run the generator forever.
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Well...I replaced one switch, I triple checked everything. I went so far as to use a voltage meter on just about every wire to make sure I wasn't getting a back-feed from somewhere.

I'm pretty sure it was either a bad switch, or that the ground wire was touching either a hot or neutral wire when I shoved it all into the J-box the first time.

Cause now it all seems to work just fine. I can switch from generator to inverter and vice versa with the generator running and everything. Yahoo!

Thanks everybody for all the help. And thanks Howie for the heads-up on the killer inverter for cheap. Next stop...solar panels and some more batteries baby!

Would sure like to see all you folks up in Mammoth July 14th - 18th. Or Pismo the 5th - 9th for that matter.
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Phatty!

Hey there...good to hear from you...now I know to check my switches before installing them...thanks for the update.

Is it the 5th thru the 9th you're at Pismo? I thought you guys were gonna make it like on the 1st...we're only gonna be in Pismo at my mom's from Sat-Sun...hopefully then, we'll see you at Mammoth!

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Old 06-17-2005, 07:09 AM   #33
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Is it the 5th thru the 9th you're at Pismo? I thought you guys were gonna make it like on the 1st...we're only gonna be in Pismo at my mom's from Sat-Sun...hopefully then, we'll see you at Mammoth! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'll be there with the boys July 1st through the 3rd, then I'll be there with the family July 5th through the 9th.
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Old 06-17-2005, 10:30 AM   #35
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Howie...
I have followed this thread on both sides of the fence and I have one question.. How do you handle charging your batterires? Some reccomend the /inverter/charger pairing because the stocker charger is a trickle charger at best and could/would not keep up with the usage.. Do you have a separate charger or have you now had a problem with this since you install...
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Noob:

Please allow me to answer your question- I think Howie's out for the weekend again...

The batteries are charged with the CONverter that comes with all rigs...the INverter is simply to convert the 12v back to 120v. There are combo units, usually called 2 or 3 stage inverters that will double as both a converter and an inverter, but if you already have a converter, a plain inverter will do.

Did that answer your question?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWFan:
Noob:

Please allow me to answer your question- I think Howie's out for the weekend again...

The batteries are charged with the CONverter that comes with all rigs...the INverter is simply to convert the 12v back to 120v. There are combo units, usually called 2 or 3 stage inverters that will double as both a converter and an inverter, but if you already have a converter, a plain inverter will do.

Did that answer your question?

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Well somewhat.. I guess the question I have is..
IS the converter able enough to provide the adequate charging after the inverter install.. The 2 and 3 stage inverters (Xantrex Prosine??) talk about quality charging and quick charging to get your batteries back to full charge. I "hear" that the converters that, for instance, WW install are trickle chargers at best and cannot charge the batteries fast enough...
I like the Xantrex Pro-Sines but cost is obviously the down side..
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TH_NOOB:
I "hear" that the converters that, for instance, WW install are trickle chargers at best and cannot charge the batteries fast enough... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi Noob....

If you check, I'll bet your converter in your
new WW has a quick charge option on the converter. Mine does, or at least that is what
was explained to me when we took delivery.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by 56Nomad:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by TH_NOOB:
I "hear" that the converters that, for instance, WW install are trickle chargers at best and cannot charge the batteries fast enough... </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi Noob....

If you check, I'll bet your converter in your
new WW has a quick charge option on the converter. Mine does, or at least that is what
was explained to me when we took delivery. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Thanks for the reply Howie...
So, in your experience, you have not had trouble getting your "three" honking batteries charged..
My guess is no.. But, would like to hear anyhow.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Thanks for the reply Howie...
So, in your experience, you have not had trouble getting your "three" honking batteries charged..
My guess is no.. But, would like to hear anyhow.
Thanks again\Noob </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

No problem at all, although I have not used the fast charge
option yet. We generally use a small 1000 watt
Honda Generator to charge the three batteries
when the monitor shows a need for it. I don't
use the 5.5 Onan to charge the batteries.

It seems that a couple of hours on the generator
is all that we need to bring them to full charge.
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Howie!

Weren't you supposed to be somewhere this weekend? Geeezzz...got a weekend off from retirement? Ah the life!

I did notice the phone connector on the IOTA converter, but it was never explained to me that is was for quick charging. And you're right...a couple of hours of gen will charge those puppies up. Oh...BTW...I just got my 6 volts hooked up...need to show everyone...

Did you need to stay home to have a vaca from the vaca or what?

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by WWFan:
Howie!
Weren't you supposed to be somewhere this weekend? Geeezzz...got a weekend off from retirement? Ah the life! Sean </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hi Sean,

No...... we're having a Father's Day BBQ on Sunday and then
we're packing up and will be headed to the Flagstaff area for about
two weeks. On the itinerary is the Coconino National Forest
http://www.arizonahandbook.com/mormon.htm
and the The Cinders (Cinder Hills)
http://www.duneguide.com/sand_dune_g...nder_hills.htm

We're gonna road test all the mods and will give full report after
the trip. Of course Sandy and King are eagarly awaiting their
LE3305, so this will be one of the few trips we can't do together.
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