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  Help! What am I doing wrong?
Posted by: TedOnWalkabout - 03-21-2018, 04:22 PM - Forum: Solar/Electrical - Replies (33)

        Now, this ain't my first solar rodeo.  Today was finally the day to hook up Hubby's solar panels to his charge controllers. There are four 10awg wires coming in, one set to each of two charge controllers. No worry, I'll just go in with the multi meter, find the individual live circuits, check the polarity and then connect to the charge controllers.  

Nada. No combination of wires showed any current. Hmmm. Well, perhaps one set of wires might be compromised, but two? I went up to and pulled out the more easily accessible mc4 connectors for one of the panels.  21 volts. The panel and its attached mc4 connectors work.  Maybe its the van's mc4 connectors? On two different panels?

Tomorrow I'll be checking the continuity of the cables from inside the van to the outside mc4 terminals.  What else should I do? I am missing something.  

Hooking these up should have been a slam dunk.  Amy suggestions? Beers are on me if you help figure this out with me.

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  Denver Museum of Natural History
Posted by: Cammalu - 03-21-2018, 02:47 PM - Forum: Colorado - Replies (8)

We spent most of the day in Denver looking through the cool exhibits of which there are many. They have a special Dead Sea Scroll exhibit with lots of texts and translations. Pretty neat stuff.

I especially enjoyed their dioramas of Native American life with all the artifacts.

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  Are You a freeloader?
Posted by: Optimistic Paranoid - 03-21-2018, 06:14 AM - Forum: Chit-Chat and Off Topic - Replies (11)

Are you a freeloader?  NPR (not necessarily a source I trust all that much) just did an article on how the decline in hunting is seriously disrupting the funds for conservation.

The average hunter hangs up his rifle at 65.  And they are not being replaced by newer hunters.  So the fees collected from hunting and fishing licenses, not to mention the dedicated 11% excise tax on guns, ammo, and fishing gear, are declining.

Meanwhile, hunters are being more and more replaced by birdwatchers, photographers, mountain bikers, hikers, etc.  Who pay no license fees to enjoy the outdoors, nor is their gear taxable the way that hunting and fishing gear is, which leads some hunters to sneer at them as freeloaders.

Here’s the article:


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  RV Surge protector have a circuit breaker for using with generator?
Posted by: technomadness - 03-20-2018, 10:19 PM - Forum: Generators - Replies (7)

Until I get my solar installed planning on buying a generator and using it periodically to recharge... then it will become backup power.

Was looking at the Predator thread and saw a “disconnect power before shutting down generator” warning.

Makes me wonder if there are any that come with a circuit breaker?

Prefer to depower before plugging and unplugging AC, especially when under high load. RV parks tend to have a circuit breaker on the post... but none of the “dogbones” I see on Amazon have them.

Alternatively is there a 30-30A accessory that is a circuit breaker I could put in line?

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  DIY Multiplex wiring using HomeKit/Alexa/etc
Posted by: technomadness - 03-20-2018, 09:17 PM - Forum: Other Systems - Replies (17)

One thing I really liked about the latest RVs is multiplex wiring. I looked at a bunch of the systems in depth and they are not that complicated— but they are meant for OEMs.

I’ve been using HomeKit in my apartment and it’s great to be able to see the temperature and humidity of rooms, turn things on and off remotely (even outside the country) and my smart plugs also measure energy usage, so great for seeing where the power is going.

This gives you a remote, in your phone, to control the systems.

Alas, being home oriented most things are AC based, but since I will be using AC as my primary power distribution this isn’t a problem for me. (Low power devices can be powered by USB power supplies plugged into AC without much trouble.)

Main thing I’m researching now is lighting. Anyone have some suggestions for good LED light systems?

I want dimmable and multi-color choices.

I could go with regular smart bulbs, which let you set color temperature plus set colors— so I can get the deep purple lighting can conversions really need! Kidding. My walls and ceiling will be white so simple flood type fixtures aimed at the ceiling will provide good ambient light.

Because I’m using 80/20 I can bolt lights of any type anywhere.

In fact my wall panels are “too thin” so I was thinking of maybe putting a frosted acrylic sheet in front of them and 5050 LED strips in the channels below them. But that would be more work.

I’m gone do this stuff after building out the walls- don’t want to mess with putting holes in the ceiling for lights and stuff because it will be hard to move them later— with 8020 every beam is effectively a track lighting beam, if I can get power to it (and that shouldn’t be a problem.)

Anyway, love to hear anyone’s thoughts if they have done something like this or have a lighting set up they really like!

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  I've lost my MOJO
Posted by: Texjbird - 03-20-2018, 08:59 PM - Forum: Wifi/Cellular - Replies (20)

Oy Vey  what a weeK I've had.  I was so sicK last weeK that I lost 3lbs in 48 hrs.  I know this because I was at the DRs on one day and 48 hrs later I was back.  Hopefully that won't happen again.  In the last week my blood sugar readings Have been 524, 368, 331, 319, 411, & just pick a number in amoungst those and I've been there.

Yes I know this is the WiFI/cellular forum Tongue

So today after 4 trys the owner of a 20ft Work and Play toy hauler TT emailed me and I was doing a quick run through here at home so didn't get a chance to talk to them.

I've also found a Class B and  a Class C that the pics and info sound good and have attempted to contact both.  AND THEY ARE BOTH IN MY PRICE RANGE   Big Grin

My PRO 12 tablet just bit the dust between 5pm and 9pm today.  It is a touch screen and I really need that.

This Asus EEEpc is 5yrs old and my hands already hurt from using it and this is all I've typed.

I have a older smart phone that was a gift and I don't know how to use it.

So I  need to know what is a good cheap cell phone I can get that maybe with some coaching I can actually activate and use the damn thing.  Other than talking I need to be able to take pictures and email or text them.

I also need to get a big screen tablet or a laptop with a touch screen.    A used one is OK and there is a good pawn shop here.  Mainly I'm just on a few forums and watching You Tube and Movies.  I know zilch about brands to be wary of.  This tablet has Windows 7 Starter {* what ever the hell that means} and "Atom" inside, see * and a energy star, see *.

I don't remember if I've posted this >>> My credit union pre-approved me for a $10,000 Rv loan a few mos. ago.
So I've been looking around and found a few prospects.  Called the CU and was told the pre approval was only good for 45 days.  So I reapplied and was denied and was extremely PO'd.  At a different branch yesterday I went in with a problem and the young lady that helped me with the loan to payoff the Aliner at Wells Fargo last year and refinance with the credit union now works at that branch..  I told her what was going on with me needing to sell the Aliner because of my back and neck issues.  Also how important it is to me to have a shelter/TT/anything that is a roof over my head that belongs to me.  She ran my credit and asked if I minded if she spoke to a loan officer for me because she could see no reason why my loan pre-approval had been denied.

So mu new loan application was approved and I think I have financing in place at a good rate.  I remember that someone had posted either her or over yonder about being turned down or having problems with financing a van because they were going to convert it.  I've been in a black funk for a week dealing with this $$$loan crap.  I bought a new lite weight Coleman tent on sale for $40 that sleeps 6.  I figured to hell with a damn TT.........at least I can still set up a tent!  I am so determined to stop living in a apartment that I'll be working on one Papa's favorite theories ...THERE'S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A CAT!  NOT THAT I WOULD Huh

So if I had a way to take pics and post them somewhere I might get the Aliner sold Big Grin


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  Fantastic fan or Maxxair?
Posted by: AbuelaLoca - 03-20-2018, 07:01 PM - Forum: Passenger - Replies (11)

I can't piece together something like sternwake has and can't remember which fan I wanted. Anybody with pros and cons?

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  Phone as a hotspot
Posted by: Gunny - 03-20-2018, 06:07 PM - Forum: Wifi/Cellular - Replies (2)

I’m going to try and use my all-in-one instead of just this IPad, I have unlimited Verizon and want to link it but don’t know how. Anyone able to help?


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  Useful apps
Posted by: Cammalu - 03-20-2018, 03:46 PM - Forum: Links/Apps - Replies (8)

I thought we needed an area to post apps that help us on the road.

Here are a few I use:

Campendium - helpful app to find places to camp

Public Lands - has nice overlays and maps

Trucker Path - where the truck stops are and is updated by truckers as to are the lots filled

Freecampsites.net. Not an app but I use it a lot

Sanidumps - for those of us who need to find dump stations

GasBuddy - has where you can get the cheapest gas near to you

Roadtrippers - has a lot of info on scenic routes and things to do along the way

Only in your state - neat facts and things to see and do by state

National Geographic Park Maps - nice

Gas Guru - cheapest gas finder

Roadside attractions - this one ya gotta pay a little for but it lists tons of funny and cheesy roadside attractions. Has an interactive map

Anyone care to add?

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  Joshua Tree National Park
Posted by: Blanch - 03-20-2018, 12:02 PM - Forum: Travel Log - Replies (3)

I leave tomorrow for the Trona Pinnacles. Joshua Tree is a place I am familiar with as my brother was a rock climber in his youth and I traveled here to watch him climb. It has been almost 40 years since my last visit. Is is mostly as I remembered it, but with the addition of National Park status and required fees for day use.

Just off of interstate 10 is boondocking on the parks edge. Free, BLM land, 14 day limit. Plenty of nice spots, just be careful as a few spots have deep sand. I have a 4X4 so this hasn’t been an issue for me.

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