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(I also posted this in the Victron Community Forums, but hoping to double up on potential viewers for more answers and suggestions.) To lay the groundwork for the question: We have a 50 amp fifth wheel. We bought the unit used from a private seller, very happy overall. The solar / Victron was installed by the seller or he had it done. We have 4x Battle Born 100ah LifePo4, 4x 190W solar panels, 2x MPPT, SmartBMV and the Victron 12/3000/120-50 We (the wife, the dog and I) are fulltimers, three months now! We have been, in the past three months, mostly on shore power, and always on (confirmed) 50 amps. We found that one of the monitor panels (not listed above) showed us at 30 amps continually. Reached out to seller, he indicated that if I had the inverter on, I'd be limited to 30 amps. Turned it to Off, and I'm back to 50 amps and I can run the air conditioners. Excellent for the Texas heat we'd been dealing with. Two days ago, we relocated to a park, and were fortunate enough to park in the shade. Sure, solar will be very much reduced, but that's okay: we have 50 amps. Tonight...the generator kicked on. Turns out we ran down the batteries to 50%. Direct DC usage in the rig, like lights, whatever else is straight DC, ran them down. With the Victron set to off, the shore power doesn't recharge the batteries. If I turn the Victron to just "Charger" (not Inverter), it will recharge the batteries, but I will still be limited to a 30 amp system. This feels wrong to me. I'm a programmer, have been for 30 years. I'm decent at debugging, but I haven't examined all the the wiring and gotten a deeper understanding of the layout. It just feels wrong that it's this way. When we have good sun, the batteries always get charged up the next day, even on cloudy days. We've been here, in the shade, for... two full days, I think. I'm trying to determine if one or more of the following are true: Is this a standard solar implementation scenario? That there is only ONE possible charger/converter to replenish the batteries installed at one time? Is there a possible wiring / schematic / system design oversight or bug. (I don't have a schematic yet, I have reached out to get one, if available.) There would have been an original charger/converter installed on the rig, before the Victron, etc. was installed. Does anyone ever have that still wired into the system? Really, my only choices are "have sun" or "be limited to 30 amps even when 50 amp shore power is available"? This cannot be right. I'm trying to determine that, if the Victron being on limits me to 30 amps, is there a different way to charge the batteries when on shore power? I know my question might be difficult to many without y'all knowing more about how it's wired up. But I'm hoping I kept my questions as free of the implementation as possible and focused on generalizations, and typical scenarios. For the moment, there's a chill coming into the area tonight and I don't need two A/C's. I'm okay with the 30 amps for now, and I'll get my batteries replenished. Not a long term solution. I truly appreciate any help anyone can put forth, or any education I can glean out of your answers. I did do extensive research into solar, DC, AC, converters/chargers, inverters, MPPT, etc. before we bought the rig. I feel sort of comfortable in my general knowledge. I was a little sad I didn't get to do the install myself so I'd REALLY know it, inside and out, but the deal was just too good to pass up and our seller was a pleasure to work with. But I lack the intimate knowledge that installing it myself would have gained. Thanks in advance for any assistance. - Will B. Somewhere in Kansas at the moment.
My wife and I recently bought a big rig from a couple which also included a membership into Thousand Trails as part of the package deal. We are currently experiencing difficulty transferring the membership, and we wonder if it is worth the effort. We would appreciate hearing about any experiences you seasoned travelers have had concerning this resort in particular and any other rv resorts you may have had experiences. It is a big investment, and while we have read other review sites on Thousand Trails, we are not sure we trust all the information on those sites, probably from our lacking very little rv experience. We find it hard to separate legitimate from illegitimate complaints in those forums. We look forward to a long association with the Escapees RV Club and hope to meet many members. If you think you can help us, please jump in and comment. We will value any input.
2014 Phoenix Cruiser Model 2552 Class B+ Description: One owner popular floor plan in excellent condition, stored in Northern California. All the options included in the Premium Convenience Package PLUS a number of unique custom factory installed options. No snow, no smoking. Looks and feels at home in fancy RV Parks, but also has the size and onboard systems to perform extremely well in national/state parks or boondocking. (Phoenix USA is a family run business which manufactures high quality, customer-focused Class B+ RV's. They work closely with customers and sell factory-direct only) Clear title. Asking: $75,000 (originally $105,000) Mileage: 15,000 Exterior Color: Cafe' (gorgeous full body paint with Diamond Shield) Interior Color: Sunlit Cabinets: Cherry Flooring: Wood Laminate Fresh Water Tank: 45gal Waste Water Tank: 35gal Gray Water Tank: 23gal Propane: 42lbs Ford E-450, 6.8L, V-10 206" Wheelbase 4.56 Axle Ratio ABS Disc Brakes Michelin Tires Fuel Capacity: 55galCargo Carrying Capacity: 3,094lbs Premium convenience package (4K Onan Generator, Roof Air With Heat, Samsung 32" LED TV Over Cab, 19" Samsung LED TV in bedroom, 6 gal. Gas/Electric DSI Water Heater, Outside Shower/Faucet, TV Antenna & Booster, Fantastic Fan Roof Vent, Gold Carbon Fiber Dash & Drink Tray, Electric Step And Heated Remote Mirrors), Back up camera/monitor, Sanicon Macerator Sewer discharge system (in addition to standard 3" gravity feed waste tank connections), Heated holding tanks, 5,000 lb Class 3 hitch, 17’ power awning, TV antenna & booster, 1800 watt inverter, Electric slide out with awning topper, Solid Surface countertops, Samsung Convection Microwave & Oven, Norcold refrigerator/freezer, 2 burner range, 30,000 BTU furnace, MCD American Duo Day/Night Shades, Stowaway (hidden) screen door, Winegard Sensar III Wingman Digital TV Antenna, Outside electrical outlets, Patio light and lighted main door grab handle. Special factory installed options/upgrades: Hard-Wired SurgeGuard Power Management System, upgraded A/C to 15000 BTU with heat strip, Second Fantastic Fan Roof Vent, 50 amp power system, Ultra-Leather Euro-Lounge recliner, roof mounted Winegard satellite TV dish, satellite radio antenna and cab radio upgrade to receive Sirius/XM, Passenger side exterior propane connection for BBQ, Dual pane insulated and tinted windows, Swivel passenger seat, 6 way power drivers seat, Surround sound w/Samsung BlueRay 3D player w/ stereo radio, Electric Ultra-Leather sofa converts into a full bed, HWH hydraulic leveling system, Mirror w/compass & temp. After market additions/upgrades: Safe-T-Plus steering stabilizer, Rear sway bar, AGM cab battery, tire covers, E450 windshield sunshade, TST tire pressure/temperature monitor on all 6 tires (plus 2 spare sensors), Exterior Windshield Cover, Fantastic Fan Vent Covers And more! Contact: Mike Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Location: Fairfield/Suisun City/Vallejo, CA (No dealer consignment inquiries, please.)
Maxine, my rig is rated at 30 amps. I have a converter plug that converts the 30 amps into 20 so I can plug it into the plug at my house (which I believe are 20 amp) so I can keep the batteries charged at full capacity. This I understand. I plan on going to Baja for a few months next year. Because of possible issues with electrical surges, I bought two surge protectors. One 30 amp and one 50 amp. The most I can pull is 30 amps because that is all my rig's system can handle. Even if the campground box is 50 amps. If this is the case, was it a mistake to have purchased the 50 amp surge protector? Do I even need it? My main electrical cable that runs from my rig to the electrical box is 30 amp rated (I'm assuming) Both ends are rated at 30 amps. (I'm assuming) The female side that I plug into the van and the male side I plug into the electrical box. If the electrical box is 50 amp and my rig is 30 amp, do I need to get a 30 amp to 50 amp convertor, or can I just safely plug in my 30 amp cable into the 50 amp box without any problems? Are there any other converter plugs I should have or any other surge connections I should have besides what I mentioned? I want to make sure I have everything I need, in the event I run into any problems. Thanks for the help! P.S. I wasn't sure where to put this post. If it would be better somewhere else, please feel free to move it, or duplicate it.