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  1. 4You guys have helped me so much it feels like family, so here's the update, the Friday morning I was going to leave I found a Chevy 2500hd vortex 8.1 with 170000 miles I had the dealer mount my hitch and brake controller and went to leave 5pm raraining anyways) and my brakes were set, they said they would try to fix it in the morning, I did my research and found gm moved blue wire location from 06 to 01 so I just pulled the pin and moved it, and was on my way, from there great trip over and back didn't even need my gen but it was ready, inverter did fine microwave my daughter's dinners:( we had bbq, anyway, Thanks again.
  2. You guys are awesome, crack me up too, yea I was going to call the fridge 5 amps as it seemed low to me but not an issue if I just tell it go to l.p. and I am the kind of guy that has to do a sketch to understand things I'm building so I already did a quick one, I will see if I can post a picture of it, but no laughing ok my pics are too big even at 2 mb so that won't happen 20 amp relay coming this week dpdt I also have 2 Yamaha 2000I generators I can run in series kind of a pain but if I want A/C it's what I got I already ran the a/c with them they put out a continuous 3600 watts I have to drag them out of the basement to run them but it's worth it to me, we have a lot of zombies romming the streets at nite so I want to figure out a good way to combine mounting and locking them in my compartment I already changed the ch751 locks out for barrel locks but doors a flimsy I also have a bolt cutter proof lock and chain for when running outside I am designing mounts in my head to somehow go thru the handles and lock with like a steel plate, I have a welder so it will come to me, any thoughts/ tips on running my generators ? thanks again guys for all the help
  3. Wow, you guys are GOOD, I did not even know about EMS and why I might need one, and they look a little pricey, And thank you Yarome, but my gen mount is not finished in these pictures, I worked pretty much all day on a locking system to it from growing legs, we have lots of zombies in Redding ca. where I live, anyway it will be locked down to the slide mount when out, and the same mount plus one more will lock it back in travel mode incase someone prys open the bay, it will not go without a lot of work and a portable cuttoff saw , and yes the exzaust would be aimed out of the bay and the opposite direction as the bats, I am using its stock rubber feet, and I wish I read this earlier I did not, yet, add extra rubber, but if its annoying I will I am hoping to find a good wireless bat monitor, oh and thanks for the link to my manual, I tried to use that on line this morning but the instructions state to hold enter the hit select and that is wrong, you have to select the item you want to change IE battery type then hold enter, I ended up getting that little trick from tech. support this AM I suggested they fix there manual, thanks for all the help guys, I am camping this weekend so I am trying to tie up my loose ends, I hit somewhat of a wall today as I did more research on what I was afraid may be true, and it is, my truck is not big enough to comfortably tow my fifth wheel, I kinda knew that but didn't want to believe it, I have a 2006 GMC Sierra 1500 with 5.3 vortek automatic trans with tow mode 111,000mi. and good electric brakes, just put 4 new trailer tires on, adjusted the brakes all new axle bearings and changed the tranny fluid and filter, but I am crossing my fingers, and say a prayer for me, I am pulling some good hills to the coast 3 hr drive from here the book says it can haule 8000lbs fifth wheel trailer my RV weighs 8600 wet so I am looking for a diesel, but can't afford much, hoping to come across a good deal, keep eyes peeled for me.
  4. Well, as usual, you guys do not disappoint, thank you, I will keep them separate, I do have them isolated with my A,B, both switch, I just won't use both until I can afford more same size/brand AGM's. I am hoping to get away with just 1 gen. the I-2000 powered by Yamaha, it fits nicely in the basement and I am fabricating a slide out for it as I type, so I just open the side bay, slide it out and fire it up, will upload pics when im done, for now I am fighting bay location haveing to move it a couple of inches to the side as I couldnt forsee a welded bracket on the back side of the beam I am attaching to, and of coarse I was positioned so I had to drill right into a weld, and I am letting the weld win tommorrow I move it and hopefully fabricate my locking hold down bracket, I want it to lock it to the beam while in the bay, and keep it locked to the slide when running, wish me luck On another note, my solar charge controller is hard to read, "Renogy kit with adventurer charge controller" it also has limited very fine print instructions so I was wanting to get advice on a battery condition monitor, can I just tap into the same leads supplying the charge to the AGM batteries from the controller? and mount it nearby, also does it draw much current to use the monitor?
  5. Thanks for the replies guys, And Yarome, you are correct, I have 2 group 24, 6 volt AGM's in series 225 amp hours, and 2 group 24 flooded deep cycle 12-volt batteries in parallel, sorry didn't get the amp hours on them, my feeble brain seems set on looking at the AGM batteries as nothing more than a current source, since it would remain fully charged from the solar, and as such, I feel like there should be a way to regulate the charge from them to the wet cells, if I am wrong, just say....hey Ken/ Tiger you are wrong, and I will move on and have to closely monitor the charge from solar to the wet cell house batteries when dry camping, I also just installed a Flow-rite Qwik-fill 12v battery watering syastem to make keeping them full easier, and thanks John, I did not know that a diode saps current when in line, is it enough to trash that idea completely? my solar on a good day should produce 20 amps or so.
  6. Thanks John, Again, I find myself needing you guys expertise in electrical, As you know I have 300 watt solar going to my AGM batteries, and I have a kill switch connecting them with my flooded batteries, I also have an A, B, ALL switch going from both to the inverter, what I would like to do is install a blocking diode from the AGM's supplied with solar to the flooded bats, but I believe it may overcharge the flooded batteries before the solar controller shuts off, so I am hoping you can tell me that all I need to buy is, "insert part number here ____________ " and install it between the 2 sets of batteries, and that either, that device already has a diode, or also buy "insert part number here___________ also" what I am hoping is available is a type of stand-alone regulator/ isolator so the second bank gets charged from the first bank + solar but it is also isolated from discharge to the first bank. I know the proper thing to do is buy more matching AGM's but they are not free Thank you again for the help
  7. So i must trust " the force" trust my abilities to hear change in the flush, I must " let go of my fear" and be one with the flush LOL I crack myself up I totally get what you are saying, and you are right, it makes me nervous not knowing but I get it, I will know when it's close, I just don't want crap in my house I feel we talked so much about the fridge I should update that also, it is a Norcold N821 so I can select how to power it, l.p. or electric or auto I just set it to l.p. gas, oh and I was prepping for our trip last week, I always run the fridge on a.c. to get it cold and the freezer froze but fridge was worm so I researched and found that if it's the thermistor that is bad simply unplug it and if it gets cold that is the problem sure enough that was it, you just unplug it up near the light and it has a clip that attaches it to the fins in the fridge, got a new one, " just in time" on the Friday about noon on the day of the launch, but it was easy and did not delay the trip. Again, I can't thank you guys enough .
  8. progress update, and again, I can't tell you guys, all of you, thank you enough. I got and installed the easy start, not to bad to do, except I had to be in the hot sun on my RV roof, but it went well, my unit had a very small box that housed the caps so I had to mount it outside of that but still out of the weather and away from the compressor heat, anyway, I went through its programming process and after that it ran my AC on just my pure sine 3000 watt inverter, very cool....pun intended, batteries would probably not last. The coolest thing is it ran my AC on just 1 Yamaha 2000 watt generator, I got at costco for 499.00, solar working good, took the rig on a trial run up to Hat creek for the weekend, not much sun but ran the inverter all day charging a laptop "wife forgot to pre-charge" and phones, oh forgot to tell you all, I ended up running s/o cord to the main panel from the inverter and hooked up a relay that kills the water heater and the converter, then I ran a 10ga s/o cord to the shore power bay and installed a 30 amp recepticle in that bay, so I simply plug it into that when on the road, then I can just flip on the remote inverter switch to power the coach. One more question guys, the blk. water tank sensor is stuck on 3/4 full, I read to put ice down the toilet, and drive so I did on this trip, but its a long way to the tank from toilet and no luck, it looked like the ice was stuck in the line, the RV has spray clean jets in the tank so I used them when I emptied and still stuck, and its not a straight shot from toilet to tank, any ideas?
  9. Thank you guys, jcussen, johnT, yarome, I just bought the soft start cap, and with a quick search got 40 bucks off using coupon code " AIRSTREAM " and it is on its way
  10. awesome, thanks yarome, I will try 1 only when camping and see how she does, I am sure that if the A/C is on that will probably be all I can run, but worth a try, and thanks for the starter cap tip, If it fails to start I may try that as well.
  11. can it hurt anything to try and start the A/C on 1 generator? like it should either work or not, right? or will it do damage?
  12. Click For Full-Size Image. thank you Yarome, I tried a few photos of my project, but it looks like maybe it just does 1 at a time? not sure, here ya go, if its 1 i will add more
  13. You guys are awesome, crack me up too, yea I was going to call the fridge 5 amps as it seemed low to me but not an issue if I just tell it go to l.p. and I am the kind of guy that has to do a sketch to understand things I'm building so I already did a quick one, I will see if I can post a picture of it, but no laughing ok my pics are too big even at 2 mb so that won't happen 20 amp relay coming this week dpdt I also have 2 Yamaha 2000I generators I can run in series kind of a pain but if I want A/C it's what I got I already ran the a/c with them they put out a continuous 3600 watts I have to drag them out of the basement to run them but it's worth it to me, we have a lot of zombies romming the streets at nite so I want to figure out a good way to combine mounting and locking them in my compartment I already changed the ch751 locks out for barrel locks but doors a flimsy I also have a bolt cutter proof lock and chain for when running outside I am designing mounts in my head to somehow go thru the handles and lock with like a steel plate, I have a welder so it will come to me, any thoughts/ tips on running my generators ? thanks again guys for all the help
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