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  1. One thing I didn't seem to make clear. I'm not talking about the wire to the inverter, it is 4/0 I'm talking about the battery connections from the stud/buss bar, to the individual batteries wired in parallel. Inverter is 3000 W. Using method #3 recommended here http://www.smartgauge.co.uk/batt_con.html All of my battery wiring is open air and copper, not copper clad. Are you talking about fusing each battery? I have a 300 A fuse between the battery bank and the inverter as recommended by Xantrex.
  2. I'm upgrading my house bank from 4, 6V lead acid golf cart to 4, 12V lithium batteries in parallel . My inverter has a max charge rate of 150 amps and each battery has a max continuous discharge rate of 150A. According to the various cable size charts I have looked at 4 gauge is good for 200A at 4 ft with 2% loss. My cables will be less that 2 ft. I can get a really good deal on some 4 gauge wire. Does that wire size sound right with a safety margin? __________________
  3. I don't really have a dog in this fight but, I have over 2 million miles hauling cars and trucks on a flatbed trailer. There are two pictures on this thread that do nothing to control fore/aft movement. The Audi with NJ plates and the Jeep on a Volvo. Using "Park" or leaving a manual in gear with E brake is not enough. I used chains to the outer suspension, hauled vehicles that sometimes were less than an inch apart, and could be loaded and gone in less time than the guys using basket straps took to untangle their straps. If I were setting up something like you are doing I would go with something like the car transports are using now. Something like this but, since you are only hauling one specific car, would't need the etrack. Tie down system. They do allow some movement but , since the strap is in the way, not much.
  4. Boondockers Welcome We are charter members and have used it as both hosts and guests. You can search for sites and get a general idea about location but, have to be a member and request a stay to see exact location. You don't have to have a host location to use the service but, you can earn free periods for being a guest somewhere. Each listing shows things like size of rig, electricity, pets welcome, etc.
  5. I'm not a paving person but, I would assume that the spec for a RV pad in a RV park would be different, anticipating that it would be used to park an RV on. As opposed to the spec for a parking lot intended to be driven on with no overnight heavy loads by things that don't have air in them. When using someones parking lot for a overnight is it that important to get perfectly level? Are there that many parking lots that aren't at least somewhat level. I drove a semi in 49 states, never found a parking lot I couldn't sleep on. Just sleep with your head at the highest end.
  6. It's only 11 days until the Bus Boys rally in Hibbing, MN. We're leaving in 8. Anyone else going?
  7. A doe with a fawn can/will be very aggressive. I used to work for a man that raised deer, we quite often moved them with trained Border Collie stock dogs. When the does had fawns they would rush to the gate when we approached and yes if we went in they would attack both man and dog.
  8. After retiring as long haul truck driver, it took me a couple of years before I could back the bus up without having to occasionally stop and think about it.
  9. My old Pioneer just isn't doing the job anymore. It's a double din cassette,cd,am/fm. I have a lot of books that are aiff format. i can convert to MP3 but it won't play them either. It's also getting so it don't want to spit out a cd. It did serve me faithfully for over a million miles in the semi. I can still use it to convert all of those cassette tapes to MP3. I want something that has a USB port on the front so I can load books onto a stick and just plug it in. I also want a aux jack at least on the front, one on the back would be nice too, to plug in my XM receiver. Is there anything that will play aiff files without a conversion? Something with front and rear speakers so I can use the speakers outside that are built into my awning arms. Single din is fine. I'm not looking to build the worlds finest audio system and don't want to spend much. Something under $100. Pioneer tends to play book chapters in the wrong order. You have to run them through another process which just tends to add more time at the computer. Don't know about other brands. Any suggestions?
  10. I am a member of FMCA and will continue to be, if, for no other reason than buying all of my vehicle insurance through them is much cheaper than the annual membership fee. If you have had bad experiences with the high dollar folks perhaps you just haven't connected with the right chapter, there are hundreds of them. Every chapter is started by like minded people who like to get together to enjoy their own interests. Believe me, I would be the low man on the totem pole in one group that includes everything from 3/4 million dollar Prevosts to my lowly skoolie. Not one of them has ever indicated that they are better than me. The owners range from the "I bought it this way" to "If it's in here I did it myself" Another group we probably won't join again, while all are very nice, just aren't that interesting to me.
  11. I have raised and trained livestock herding dogs for 30 years, I did it for a living and field trialled nationally for 10. My dog does not need to meet/greet/play with your dog he/she has me. Dogs of different breeds react differently to each other. I KNOW what my dog will do in pretty much any situation, I don't know how your dog will behave in ANY situation. One of my main duties as a dog owner is to protect them from harm, again I don't know your dog. I'm not unfriendly, nor for the most part is my dog, it just isn't necessary. If you meet me on the street and your dog is pulling on it's leash I will probably cross the street or go the other way. again, my dog does not need that. Besides, if there is livestock present, my won't even look at you or your dog.
  12. When I did my install I had a leak and needed a recharge. I bought the freon and proper tools and did it myself. Not hard and the tools were cheaper than hiring someone to do it. That is if I could find someone to do it. Just less hassle and now I have everything I need if future repairs are needed. I use a postal scale instead of a freon scale, much, much cheaper.
  13. My 12,000 btu mini splits draw about 2 amps on start up and very slowly clime to about 7 running full. I once did a test on a 1500 watt sine wave inverter, similar to that one, and it ran one AC fine until the house batts ran down. I was not running the engine. I now have a Xantrex 3000 sine wave inverter charger, my engine alternator is 320 amps. That setup will run both ACs.
  14. We watched it in Vonore, TN it was awsome. Here's the proof.
  15. Grandpa has aluminum wheels on front?
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