Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > Vintage RV's
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 02-04-2015, 08:08 PM   #1149
Senior Member
 
Harley1994's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 2,841
Larry, that makes more sense to me now, it sounds like I will ether need a new load center that is wired that way or set up a new sub panel for the inverter loads, the load center that I have now is not split that way, (read old 1994). HH, I originally was going to update my load center that has the old style converter, with the new style that will properly charge while on shore power, I still like that idea. Then buy an inverter that only "inverts"
__________________

__________________
Terry and Eleanor
94 Softail / 92 FXR
79 32' AMF Skamper 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
97 International 4700 Tot'r
Harley1994 is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 02-04-2015, 08:12 PM   #1150
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 471
__________________

__________________
HuntingHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 09:20 PM   #1151
Senior Member
 
rvpopeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I yam where I yam
Posts: 712
I have a Heart 2800 watt MSW inverter w/ a 90 amp charger built in. Almost never use it. It does have a little weight , 90 lbs.
Was thinking of pulling it to save weight !!

I am also about to add a Magnum 600 watt PSW inverter.
And just bought a Stanley 15amp Battery Charger w/ a restorer function much like the Battery Minder trickle chargers have.

Also have a 75 w Siemens panel that I got back in '01 for $600!
You should be able to find panels now for around a buck a watt or less !

A Blue Sky Solar Boost 2000e controller.
And a Link 10 meter.
both also bought back in '01

Got a piece of advice from an oldtimer boondocker while spending a month at the SKP Ranch in Lakewood NM. back in '04 when I asked about what was his fave solar panel........He replied " The RED one!"
I had done plenty of looking at all available back then and couldn't remember any that were red..... Asked him to tell me what brand it was and he said " A Honda EU 2000i genny,,,I got one in '06 and LOVE it , enough to think of taking out the 2800w MSW !

Just sayin'
__________________
rvpopeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 09:30 PM   #1152
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 471
My thought is not having specialty items that if they fail while you are on the road that a dealer has to special order it.
__________________
HuntingHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-04-2015, 09:56 PM   #1153
RVM #74
 
PushedAround's Avatar


 
Tiffin Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Ambler, PA
Posts: 2,850
Blog Entries: 7
My inverter/charger failed on my maiden voyage. Lights kept getting dimmer & dimmer. Fortunately the camper next door was experienced and had a battery charger. Now I bring a 75 amp battery charger so if it should ever fail again I can run the genny if I don't have shore power and keep the batteries topped up for all of the lighting.
__________________
Larry & Cheryl Oscar, Louie, Ranger & Henry (our Springers)
PushedAround is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 05:00 AM   #1154
Senior Member
 
Harley1994's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 2,841
Good Morning Everyone, First I want to say thanks to all that cleared up the muddy waters for me, What my plan is to buy the items I need when I'm laid up with my knee and install when I can move again, so I will be researching best price/unit ect. Popeye, The discussion on running a genny versus solar is one that would be best left for another time, I have read both sides, I do like quiet and not buying fuel. That being said I still will have a genny with me. HH, I have the same thought, when I was a road service mechanic I had thousands of dollars in snap on tools, but if I broke one I had to wait for the dealer to come to the shop to replace it, so I went out and bought complete sets of craftsman tools, then I could go to a local store right away while on the road. still used the snap on when in the shop tho. Larry, good idea about the bat charger.
__________________
Terry and Eleanor
94 Softail / 92 FXR
79 32' AMF Skamper 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
97 International 4700 Tot'r
Harley1994 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 08:49 AM   #1155
Senior Member
 
rvpopeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I yam where I yam
Posts: 712
Yup yup.
I wasn't saying ditch the solar at all.
I plan on buying some more panels now that the prices are getting lower.
They are always silently working,to a lesser degree on cloudy days depending on how dark the clouds are.
I even show a small charge when parked under a parking lot light pole!
No charge at all when covered in a foot of snow for some reason though......
Run extra big wiring to allow for voltage drop and future expansion.

I forgot to mention that soon after I got the Honda , I sold the Onan 6500w gen . That saved 305# and got a new storage comp for the Honda and a gas tank plus leveling blocks , a 12v distribution panel box , the charger and a few other things. Plus the Honda gets 5-15 hours on a gallon of gas compared to a steady 3/4 gal per hour for the Onan.
AND the neighbors like the difference in noise.....

This is what has been working for me YMMV.
__________________
rvpopeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 09:19 AM   #1156
Senior Member
 
Harley1994's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 2,841
Hi Popeye, I didn't think you was saying to get rid of the solar, personally I ran off a genny for yrs on and off, thats one reason I know hardly anything about inverters and such, big learning curve. I (like most that I know) don't have alot of money to spend trying things and finding they don't work, so I'm just trying to get a workable system up and running then later I can upgrade what needs to be, even if I don't buy "name brand" now. As long as I can find a review on it. I don't trust all the reviews, but check around and alot of times can find someone that has tried it on one of the many forums. hope the weather has eased up some up there, here it has now settled into winter, snow almost every day, most times 3 to 5 inches, very irritating. And this winter its been below "normal" temps most of the time.
__________________
Terry and Eleanor
94 Softail / 92 FXR
79 32' AMF Skamper 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
97 International 4700 Tot'r
Harley1994 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 03:45 PM   #1157
Senior Member
 
rvpopeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I yam where I yam
Posts: 712
I'm thinking about updating my controller and meter also as they took a little heat in the previous rig fire.

You're getting a nice mild winter compared to here.
I hear the "every day" It's getting really tedious.
I don't know about that @#$%$%$#@@ groundhog but it seems like it will be a LONG time till spring from my perspective.
I think there might be something geological going on here as there seems to be a new mountain range popping up in yhe local Walmart parking lot !!!!! Actually , everywhere I look !

Hope your OP goes smooth and we both can get a little warm weather to get back to work on our rigs.

I actually had to put a new coil in my distributor this week as it was refusing to start....not nice as the engine is one of my heat sources.
__________________
rvpopeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 04:52 PM   #1158
Senior Member
 
Harley1994's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 2,841
Hi Popeye, I hear that ground hog tastes like chicken,..... that would fix him. Just getting to have the OP is a pain, go to this dr, get an ok, go here get an ok, I have to go see three dr's plus the surgeon, then a pre op nurse meeting. so this month is just filled with stuff to do. If it goes like the left knee the end result is what I'm going for. Maybe by the time its done it will be warmer and we can go at it. Stay warm its coming your way, 1* now and supposed to go to -20* tonight, fun fun, and two dr's apointments tomorrow. But no snow until saturday .
__________________
Terry and Eleanor
94 Softail / 92 FXR
79 32' AMF Skamper 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
97 International 4700 Tot'r
Harley1994 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 05:27 PM   #1159
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 471
Ya'll didn't need to send that cold my way again. Suppose to be 38F in the morning.
__________________
HuntingHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 05:52 PM   #1160
Senior Member
 
Harley1994's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 2,841
HH, we like to spread the joy, don't like to keep it all to ourselves
__________________
Terry and Eleanor
94 Softail / 92 FXR
79 32' AMF Skamper 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
97 International 4700 Tot'r
Harley1994 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 02-05-2015, 08:18 PM   #1161
Senior Member
 
rvpopeye's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: I yam where I yam
Posts: 712
HH 38* !!! That's a heat wave ! How about trading low temps for a month???
OK , I'll go look , right now it's 7.5* and supposed to drop another 20* by morning when the sun MIGHT be out for a change......but like Terry said snow Saturday and I'll add the prediction for here is snow on Sun , Mon , and Tuesday too. High temps will be 15*-20*.....awwwwwwww enough already!
60" of snow in the last 2 weeks here and it just keeps comin'.

I just got an invite to work at Ruby's Inn in Utah next summer , wonder IF I can dig out in time to get there ????????? Utah gets pretty cold too , somewhat north of the Grand Canyon !
__________________
rvpopeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-06-2015, 05:15 AM   #1162
Senior Member
 
Harley1994's Avatar


 
Vintage RV Owners Club
Nor'easters Club
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 2,841
Good Morning, Popeye, I didn't add Sun, Mon, Tues its just too crazy, maybe if you start digging and keep it up you'll get there, I not sure but I don't think its any warmer there. It didn't get as cold as they said only -7 last night, one time I'm glad they were wrong. Have a great day all
__________________

__________________
Terry and Eleanor
94 Softail / 92 FXR
79 32' AMF Skamper 5th Wheel Toy Hauler
97 International 4700 Tot'r
Harley1994 is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Complete RV Rebuild? an1m3n00b Class A Motorhome Discussions 42 01-26-2015 04:14 AM
Fire total loss Tim&Paula MH-General Discussions & Problems 30 09-14-2014 08:30 PM
Camping with a Total Length of 70ft coachmanrvr Class A Motorhome Discussions 37 09-03-2014 04:32 PM
73 Superior Rebuild wkratzer Class C Motorhome Discussions 0 06-04-2014 01:30 AM
Trailer vs 5th wheel total length? DumOleBob Travel Trailer Discussion 4 01-23-2014 10:01 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.