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  1. "I really want to go to AZ and experience that. Everyone tells me though that the low humidity makes it bearable. Half the battle is removing humidity when cooling. " Still feels hot but not that suffocating clammy feeling and your not drenched in sweat when doing things outside. Much more tolerable than the Michigan summer heat I am used too but get me up around 95 or above and I am in the AC. Hot is hot.
  2. We were not planning on being in Arizona this summer but due the Covid we have stayed in place. I have a 12000 btu 120 volt minisplit. I assume it is not at maximum efficiency as I was unable to complete the install as my line set ended up two feet short for my desired location and I was forced to put the outdoor unit and the lineset in a position that is fully exposed to the Arizona sun. I hope to complete the install this week but that means taking the AC offline for a few hours and it is really hot. We have had quite a few days where the actual temperature is between 103 and 105. We are at about 3700 feet elevation so most of the highs are in the high 90's. This minisplit is soooo quiet and easily outperfroms the Dometic 15k. Our unit will stay at 75 or below unless the temp gets over 95. The it will start creeping up and if it gets to 79, we generally put on the Dometic and the both of them together handle things very easily. We have a 39 foot Arctic Fox fifth wheel with 3 slideouts. I am thinking of getting rid of the Dometic on the roof to use the space for Solar. In our normal fullltiming, which avoids temperature extremes, we would never use the Dometic. Oh, we are in direct sunlight. As soon as the sun goers down the minisplit will take the unit all the way down to 62.
  3. I have also looked at these. https://www.newpowa.com/collections/rigid-solar-panels/products/newpowa-200w-24v-monocrystalline-high-efficiency-solar-panel
  4. Hmmm. I was looking at those last night Glenn. Small world. Good price on used here. https://www.santansolar.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjw5vz2BRAtEiwAbcVIL9Jcdz-QhZzPWjRXJhLsWM48bZ4HobKssd7Zmy4y7SO0YSZKNGMRmhoCtpsQAvD_BwE
  5. Your ownership of property would just be one indicia of residency they look at multiple factors. If you are under 65 and expect to use the ACA to get health insurance then you need to be careful as to your residency/domicile as the price and avaialability varies greatly by state.
  6. Yes I would do an internet search focused on heavy duty drawer slides. Some of those are rated quite high for lbs. Things get really expensive when you start to look at specialized premade equipment focused just on slideouts. I wish I had your skills Glenn. By the way. I got my 12,000 btu miniswplit installed yesterday. I am in love.
  7. We normally summer in St Ignace Michigan although this year we extended our lease at the Escapees park in Benson Arizona. We have been wondering what the St Ignace park would do this year. Well, they are not closing but they are changing procedures so this may be an option for full-timers. This is a GREAT summer climate and beautiful. Here is the message from Tiki: Tiki RV Park in St. Ignace, Michigan will remain open the entire summer/fall season until at least November 1st. If any full-timers find themselves without a park, you are welcome to come and stay with us. You must be fully self-contained. Our office, restrooms and showers will be closed until further notice and there will be office personnel available by phone only. All payments must be credit card over the phone. For information or reservations, call 906-643-7808.
  8. Looks nice Did you have that powder coated?
  9. I am thinking of buying a basic and smaller hitch cargo carrier and modifying that. I may wait until this summer as there is a welder that does some work for our park and I may hire him to design something more specific. I did think a carrier would be a good starting point but maybe he would rather do it from scratch. My other option is the front generator area. I am concerned about airflow though? I know I would need to have it open unless I put some type of grate over it. The other thing I was considering was putting a hole in the bottom of the generator area so when we were stopped I could lower the unit with linear actuators. I am worried though that the copper tubing and stuff will not allow this movement and create a leak?
  10. Glenn where have you installed the outdoor unit portion?
  11. Still A LOT. I am thinking of pulling my ac unit (Such junk). Interested in how your project goes.
  12. When I first got my Calb LifePo4 cells about 6 years ago I had them all hooked up on a table where I was balancing them and testing them. Dropped the wrench. Holy S***. I happened to have a piece of wood nearby so I could very quickly knock the wrench away, but what a display. Really scared me. Whenever I mess with my batteries now it feels like a diffuse the bomb scene from Mission Impossible. Thank goodness my wife did not see it. I never said a word. The cell survived.
  13. Well then he is quite far along. So then he would have 1 pack and he could use a single shunt-----probably the BLK. That is much simpler. I got thrown off with the three pack talk.
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