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August 30, 2017 at 7:57 pm in reply to: Wiring my solar panels, charge controler, batteries, etc #47801
Hey, congrats on your impending retirement. . Best of luck on your system install. Maybe our paths will cross down south somewhere.
JAugust 26, 2017 at 2:52 pm in reply to: Wiring my solar panels, charge controler, batteries, etc #47746
There are many ways to approach this however I can tell you from experience that the major cause of solar system underperformance is cuting corners during instalation. I would check to ensure those battery booster cables are not copper coated aluminum. A good solution to lower the current from the panels and thus the losses associated with that is to run a system of series parrellel, higher voltage and lower current to the controller. I try to run the highest voltage my controller will accept, in my case it’s 50V..
Good luck with your install.
JAugust 24, 2017 at 9:14 am in reply to: Best 5th wheel (in your opinion) for full time living? #47687
Don’t discount the Jayco line so quickly. We have a 321 RSTS Eagle, no issues other than the minor things you will find with any new RV. We snowbird during the winter and have about 12,000 Miles on it at this point. Remember most of the time folks posting to the RV forums are experiencing problems and are not commenting from a neutral perspective.
Sounds like you have one good reason to look at lithium that being weight. Weight for me is not an issue as we operate a large 5th wheel with lots of capacity. The drawback I’m referring to are the temp limitations, lithium need to be maintained at specific operating Temps. As a result of this there is a requirement for specialized charging components, essentially a computer to ensure the charging parameters are maintained. I have already invested in high quality components and would not be interested in replacing it all. So if you add the cost of the batteries and the equipment needed to maintain them it’s a very expensive proposition. I haven’t done a cost per amp hour but I’m sure lithium would be much more than the relatively cheap lead acid battery bank. All that said, if weight is the deciding factor then that is that.
Price will have to come down about 75% before I would be interested and even then there are drawbacks to Lithium.
Yes you want to break off from I94 at Chicago. Take I94 and follow that to I80 west, then take I80 west to I355, go to northern suburbs. Exit off that onto I88 toward Aurora, then follow that to I39, that will take you to Rockford and back on I90 towards Madison and Wisconsin Dells, your home free then. I know it sounds a little complicated on paper but its really not. This saves you going through the busiest part of Chicago. You will find the I94 through Indiana at the bottom portion of the lake to be very busy so just stay cool and everything will be just fine. I’ve done this route many times and it is the best way around the bottom portion of the lake.
Well, I’ve done this trip 10 to 15 times. If I had the option I would travel through the US on I94 crossing at Buffalo. Head north again in Montana. I would not take the Canadian route around the lakes unless there was an absolutely compelling reason.
Lorne, you are absolutely correct in your assessment. The only way to assertain the exact state of charge without prolonged and presise electronic monitoring is to let the batteries sit for at least 6 hours with no load and then do a specific gravity test on each cell. It’s easily ✅
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We have been using TankTechs RX since the RV was new and have been very happy with the product. As for leaving very little wast in the tanks, I have been in this situation a few times and have had no issues with leaving the tank to its own devices until its close to full. Last summer we went about 6 weeks before we emptied the black tank. We had no unpleasant smell, in fact according to TankTechs its better to leave the black tank to work a little rather than constantly emptying.
Interesting, I’m using chrome and having zero issues.\
After a couple hours of sun my batteries at topped off from the night before and for the rest of the day the power is just wasted….. I would like to sell it to the unit parked next door, I’d sell it at half the price the park is charging… heheheheheh…..
The price caught me by surprise as well. Same price point as the WiFi Ranger. From what I can tell the WiFi Ranger looks to be the better unit for the price, will be looking forward to your thoughts on performance of this unit Ray….
Ray, I thought you had a wifi ranger?
Thanks for the replies everyone 👍🏻 The litter we use is dried grass, so no danger to dispose of outside. Guess it depends on location, agree if we have neighbors best to hold on and dispose later, if we are on our own than we bury the goods. Need to find a receptical of sorts, also need to find a storage container for the garage. I’ve seen Rays solution but alas we don’t have a tool box in the back of the truck, carry our gen and air compressor there.
WOW… I’m liking that TVFool!!!