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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-07-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,021
Posted By harryn
Couple of ideas come to mind: 1) Box Truck ...

Couple of ideas come to mind:

1) Box Truck
- I have a friend / customer with a 26 ft box truck.
- They converted it into a tiny home
- I helped them with the electrical

It has a lift gate on...
Forum: Going Green 03-19-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,526
Posted By harryn
I know that it is a sacrilege to criticize an...

I know that it is a sacrilege to criticize an anderson power pole, but I do have 2 reasons that I am not happy with them:
- They aren't rated to cover the automotive temperature range - not even...
Forum: Solo RV'ers 03-09-2020, 12:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,456
Posted By harryn
It seems like there is always a need for some...

It seems like there is always a need for some help with projects like solar on an RV.

It isn't that hard, but it is easier when you are more nimble.
Forum: Going Green 02-26-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,294
Posted By harryn
Alternatively, you could use a 75 amp x 12 volt...

Alternatively, you could use a 75 amp x 12 volt charger with your generator for 1 - 2 hrs to bulk charge the battery pack. (also by 1 pm)

The 1 solar panel that you have might be able to complete...
Forum: Going Green 02-26-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,294
Posted By harryn
The good news is that you have a fairly...

The good news is that you have a fairly predictable load.

In an ideal world, you want the batteries to finish bulk charging by 12 - 1 pm and then have them doing the "finish charging" the rest of...
Forum: Going Green 02-26-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,577
Posted By harryn
Excellent point. I try to discuss the...

Excellent point.

I try to discuss the importance of looking at both voltage and capacity with customers.

The point I try to make with them is that all of the electrical guages are "indicators...
Forum: Going Green 02-19-2019, 12:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,023
Posted By harryn
I have never really been impressed with the...

I have never really been impressed with the renogy components, but it is still amazing to me that a company can sell a fuse holder and still have multiple complaints about quality. Look at the...
Forum: Going Green 02-18-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,023
Posted By harryn
I am not sure if it matters or not, but a very...

I am not sure if it matters or not, but a very common DC breaker used in solar installs are the midnight solar units.

These breakers are actually made by a different company, and relabeled by a...
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 01-16-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,445
Posted By harryn
Unfortunately, it appears that GM is just using a...

Unfortunately, it appears that GM is just using a 1500 size cab on a stronger frame to make the 4500 / 5500 / 6500 series.

They add some body flaring to narrow it up for the cab from the wider...
Forum: Going Green 12-27-2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 877
Posted By harryn
The typical LiFe battery (regardless of mfg) has...

The typical LiFe battery (regardless of mfg) has a min and max temperature for:
- charging
- discharging

Typically the min discharge temperature is lower than the min charge temperature - but -...
Forum: Boondocking 12-27-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,979
Posted By harryn
We had persistent problems with small honda...

We had persistent problems with small honda engines until we switched to "canned gasoline".

I hate paying the price, but it completely solved the problem of fuel aging - as well as some kind of...
Forum: Going Green 12-21-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,114
Posted By harryn
In an ideal world, the solar charge controller...

In an ideal world, the solar charge controller should be very close to the battery pack.

A good solar charge controller has temperature compensation in it and this should be as close as possible...
Forum: Going Green 12-05-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,151
Posted By harryn
If you look at the Lifeline GPLs, they list them...

If you look at the Lifeline GPLs, they list them under all of their categories: deep cycle, marine, starting.

A traditional golf cart battery has very heavy / thick plates so they are good for...
Forum: Going Green 12-05-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,138
Posted By harryn
Your current setup will allow some boondocking. ...

Your current setup will allow some boondocking.

As noted above, it is likely that you will eventually want to switch to a pure sine wave inverter.

If it were me - at that time, I would...
Forum: Going Green 11-28-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,151
Posted By harryn
Deep cycle batteries are good for low draw tasks...

Deep cycle batteries are good for low draw tasks but if put to real use (such as running a serious inverter) they fall flat.

IMHO, a marine battery is a better choice for a modern RV use with an...
Forum: Going Green 11-27-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 612
Posted By harryn
Interestingly, your 12.9 volts is right on the...

Interestingly, your 12.9 volts is right on the edge of the low voltage disconnect voltage. That is the battery voltage that it can turn "on or off" if it things that your battery voltage is too low....
Forum: Going Green 11-27-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 612
Posted By harryn
If you can get a hold of a conventional volt...

If you can get a hold of a conventional volt meter, it will be more accurate at measuring voltage than the meters that come with those units. A fully charged battery should be higher than 12.9...
Forum: Going Green 11-26-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,786
Posted By harryn
In my zeal to purchase top of the line MC-4...

In my zeal to purchase top of the line MC-4 connectors and wire, it appears that I purchased some H4 versions from amphenol.

The H4 version has a protective cover area built in to make it very...
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 881
Posted By harryn
Not really sure that it is an upgrade or not. ...

Not really sure that it is an upgrade or not.

You can also buy batteries in 2 volts. Just connect 6 together to make 12 volts.

Is this an upgrade over 2 each x 6 volt wired in series ?

I...
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,833
Posted By harryn
Tesla modules are 24 volt. IMHO, you really...

Tesla modules are 24 volt.

IMHO, you really don't want to attempt to break them down further than the module level if you can help it.
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,786
Posted By harryn
Thanks for the suggestions. I have around a...

Thanks for the suggestions.

I have around a dozen MC-4 connectors around in the shop. As mentioned above, some have space to get to the tabs - some don't.

The ones that have been exercised are...
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,786
Posted By harryn
Thanks, I will take a look at their version. ...

Thanks, I will take a look at their version.

I am using "normal / 10 awg / heavy duty MC-4s and there is no chance of mine coming apart using finger pressure only.
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,786
Posted By harryn
Connecting is no problem - how do you disconnect...

Connecting is no problem - how do you disconnect the MC-4s?

Guess I could cut off the tabs to make it non locking.

As I mentioned in my post - the MC-4 bulk head sticks out substantially...
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,786
Posted By harryn
I am open to that concept, but some kind of...

I am open to that concept, but some kind of connector is needed.

I read through most of the posts - might have missed what you ended up using for a connector.

What would you suggest?
Forum: Going Green 11-24-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 18,786
Posted By harryn
I have been looking around at solar connectors...

I have been looking around at solar connectors for portable applications again.

The MC-4 bulk head connectors spec out as "likely" except for a few annoyances.

- On the "inlet" side, I need to...
Forum: Going Green 11-13-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,122
Posted By harryn
Renogy controllers are pretty limited. ...

Renogy controllers are pretty limited.

Consider to buy a controller that actually is designed for AGM batteries and temperature compensation.

Unfortunately, charging with the wrong algorithm /...
Forum: Boondocking 11-13-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,583
Posted By harryn
A typical cpap with humidity will consume the...

A typical cpap with humidity will consume the usable capacity a fully charged AGM battery with 160 amp-hrs @12 volts overnight.

You can look at 12 volt DC vs 120 vac but in the end it is in that...
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 11-13-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,270
Posted By harryn
When I think of a B+, I think of coach house. ...

When I think of a B+, I think of coach house.

Not sure if they have exactly what you are after but it seems like more of a DP experience than some others.
Forum: Class B Motorhome Discussions 11-13-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,099
Posted By harryn
Try out a "low temperature dehumidifier" vs the...

Try out a "low temperature dehumidifier" vs the normal ones.

The low temperature models remove moisture from the air even if it is only slightly above freezing (example that cold damp 35 - 45 F...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 10-05-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,705
Posted By harryn
I can understand your frustration and doubt. ...

I can understand your frustration and doubt.

Two batteries sitting side x side or in very close proximity typically have nearly identical temperature and chemistry. The very short wire runs mean...
Forum: Toy Haulers Discussion 10-05-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,782
Posted By harryn
Just curious - how do you like your new falcon?

Just curious - how do you like your new falcon?
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 10-05-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,323
Posted By harryn
Since it was previously a rental unit, I wonder...

Since it was previously a rental unit, I wonder if there was an RPM limiter installed?

It is also possible that there is a brake pad dragging.
Forum: Going Green 10-02-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,215
Posted By harryn
I tested some coffee makers and they typically...

I tested some coffee makers and they typically pull around 1 kW during the brew cycle and then of course idle down. The xantrex that you have is fully capable.

Your 1500 watt inverter - if run at...
Forum: Going Green 10-02-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,703
Posted By harryn
I have had people bring some renogy solar kits to...

I have had people bring some renogy solar kits to me and ask for help to install them.

Virtually every single item was either under sized for the task or marginal in some other way. Ultimately I...
Forum: Going Green 10-02-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,215
Posted By harryn
If you ever would like to use the inverter for...

If you ever would like to use the inverter for making coffee, upgrading the wire and breaker / fuse would make this possible. As configured it is choked off - sort of like running too small of fuel...
Forum: Entegra Owner's Forum 10-02-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,705
Posted By harryn
If you really want to keep a "remote" battery...

If you really want to keep a "remote" battery charged, it takes a battery to battery charger, not just a "connection".

Every battery type and every battery temperature condition changes the charge...
Forum: Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 10-02-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,330
Posted By harryn
My wife and I have driven on 65 from yuba city to...

My wife and I have driven on 65 from yuba city to roseville. It is a nice, wide open area.

Yuba city is quite nice and at Roseville I think there is a pretty large shopping mall where it...
Forum: Going Green 10-02-2018, 12:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,215
Posted By harryn
The greatest strength of amazon is that consumers...

The greatest strength of amazon is that consumers can post reviews of their experiences.

Perhaps consider to read them before buying your selected items, and not just the ones planted by the...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 10-02-2018, 12:35 AM
Replies: 901
Views: 977,662
Posted By harryn
The reasons that a mid garage would be...

The reasons that a mid garage would be interesting for me might not be useful at all for others - not sure.

My use idea is more of a showroom / grand children play area vs really putting a serious...
Forum: Class A Motorhome Discussions 09-27-2018, 11:03 PM
Replies: 901
Views: 977,662
Posted By harryn
This thread is a wealth of information. After...

This thread is a wealth of information. After reading on and off for several days, I still have a ways to go.

Just curious - did anyone ever make a "mid garage" toy hauler?

Sort of similar to...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 09-27-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,461
Posted By harryn
And this is why I always convert all incoming...

And this is why I always convert all incoming power to DC and then invert as needed. Chargers are relatively insensitive to this problem.
Forum: Class C Motorhome Discussions 09-25-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,428
Posted By harryn
Chevy has announced that they will be selling...

Chevy has announced that they will be selling 4500 / 5500 chassis trucks late 2018 / early 2019 with their diesel engines.

I suspect that it won't take all that long for these to be adopted to RV...
Forum: Going Green 09-10-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,886
Posted By harryn
I don't doubt that it has some value, but I...

I don't doubt that it has some value, but I really don't know why it is such addictive information. If you are not in your RV, it isn't using much power so a couple solar panels and the problem is...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-10-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,839
Posted By harryn
I am still very much learning about trucks and...

I am still very much learning about trucks and towing, so not at all an expert.

My understanding is that Ford rates both the F350 and F450 as class 3 trucks, so they both officially have the same...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-10-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 647
Posted By harryn
Modern vehicles have fairly sensitive electrical...

Modern vehicles have fairly sensitive electrical systems compared to older vehicles. Some of this is from the strains of so many dependent items.

Your oxygen concentrator uses a motor /...
Forum: Toy Haulers Discussion 09-10-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,926
Posted By harryn
That TH trailer does look interesting.

That TH trailer does look interesting.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 09-09-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 17,164
Posted By harryn
I use speedof.me for speed testing. It isn't...

I use speedof.me for speed testing.

It isn't perfect, but AFAIK it isn't owned by the ISPs and seems to provide results that are more conservative - in line with what the speeds feel like.
Forum: Going Green 09-09-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,886
Posted By harryn
I don't have anything against monitors, but...

I don't have anything against monitors, but sometimes I think that their importance is over rated.

If you have a large enough solar and battery setup, pretty much anything that is important can be...
Forum: Toy Haulers Discussion 09-08-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,782
Posted By harryn
I will be very interested in hearing about your...

I will be very interested in hearing about your experience with it.

Just curious - was it the spindly axles or stuff just shook apart on the other 2 THs?
Forum: Toy Haulers Discussion 09-07-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,117
Posted By harryn
Unfortunately it doesn't surprise me that this...

Unfortunately it doesn't surprise me that this happens.

Is there a way for you to rent an indoor storage unit large enough to bring it inside?

Sometimes you can find a place to work using...
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