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    • Boring.  And they get your hands like all dirty and stuff.  Put em on with a robot arm! 😉  
    • Thanks John and the rest. I know it caught my interest when on their site. Actually getting an E Panel and they go deep into that discussion in the manual. I am like the rest of you, what benefit in an rv. Thanks again for the education.
    • Glenn and Sehc, okay here are my thoughts regarding the Midnite unit. I apologize and admit I had to educate myself regarding Ground Fault Protection on DC Solar systems AND IN MY COMMENTS ABOVE I was ONLY speaking about traditional GFCI in AC systems of which an Inverter or a Generator still applies. I was NOT discussing DC Ground Fault above yet my AC system GFCI comments still apply   1) It is now my opinion YES  DC GFI since 2008 IS REQUIRED in "HOME" solar systems regardless if rooftop OR ground mounted. 2) I have NO IDEA if they are required in RV Solar systems ??????????????????????????? FWIW  I understand Sehc's comment doubting if they are required in an RV BECAUSE there, UNLIKE a home system, there is no reference with respect to mother earth. In  home power distribution into which a solar system may be combined (even if sure batteries and Inverters etc may be buffers) THERE IS A DIRECT QUALITY LOW IMPEDANCE BOND AND REFERENCE TO MOTHER EARTH as the Utility Neutral is tied to earth and if configured as a "Separate Derived Source", a Generator and Inverter would also have their Neutral tied to mother earth............HOWEVER in an RV neither the Batteries nor the Inverter nor the RV frame nor the solar panels or generator ARE BONDED TO MOTHER EARTH anywhere near how a home system is.. 3) As I now understand it the reason the NEC started requiring GFI in """Home""" Solar Systems (which has a bond to earth) is if there was DC fault current  flowing from the PV DC circuit to earth IT COULD BE A FIRE HAZARD.  THEREFORE the GFI if it senses 1/2 amp of current flow to earth (it needs a grounding electrode such as a driven rod or perhaps it uses the distribution system earth ground) it trips and opens the panels DC circuit, preventing a potential fire hazard THAT ALL BEING SAID   I still DO NOT KNOW if DC GFI is required in """"RV"""" Solar Systems by the NEC or RVIA. I DO KNOW its required in """"HOME"""" solar since 2008 BUT a home system has a bond to earth and the NEC is concerned about current from a shorted or faulty HOME Solar DC circuit  to earth might be a fire hazard. Soooooooooooo even if its NOT required for an RV ????????? even if it may not help or function to sense 1/2 amp of fault current to earth because an RV isnt bonded to earth as well as an approved Grounding Electrode in a home system,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,I DONT SEE IT WOULD HURT anything but I don't understand (as of now I may later lol)  how its the same as in a GROUNDED system... How can there be a 1/2 amp flow to EARTH  and how could it be measured ESPECIALLY since the RV when driving or dry camping IS NOT TIED TO A GROUND ROD ???? NOTE if hooked to an RV pedestal then yes the RV frame ISSSSSSSSS bonded to the equipment Ground THIS IS DIFFERENT from dry camping or driving !!!!!!!!!!!!    Best I have to offer NO WARRANTY its right. IFFFFFFFFF the NEC or RVIA requires DC GFI in an RV I advise its use John T  BSEE,JD Longggggggggggggggg retired n rusty power distribution engineer so nooooooooo warranty lol
    • Wow, I didn't new that there exist dishwashers that live for more than 10 years)) Mine is only 5 years old.
    • Jim, I have used a fair amount of Flex Spray BUT NOT on anything to do with an RV roof or anything up top. So far its held up great and hasn't cracked or deteriorated or pulled away, but again that's NOT in the sun exposed to UV rays etc. On the rooftop Eternabond Tape topped off with Dicor Lap Sealant seems bulletproof.   John T 
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