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  1. Sounds like a better location! Thanks for the feedback. Certainly moisture and its effect can be devastating on electrical & electronics.
  2. Placements?? Or perhaps place mats? If so, a really good idea. Inexpensive and many have some non-slip backing.
  3. Can install some Masonite runners when you work the slides to prevent flooring from being contacted. Or some thin acrylic sheet material cut into strips as runners.
  4. I bet it did. And I would think he was very happy UNTIL he needed to do some troubleshooting in that box and needed to pull those wires. Oh boy, that might be a pain. I recently did a job that required pulling 1 new wire from a device to a new control panel, needed 9 wires and previous equipment had 8 available. On some of the locations(I was doing 7 the same) the previous guys had done that same caulking job described by Henry above. It took me longer to get the caulkling out of my way than it did to do the whole rest of the job, and what a pain. It is amazing though, to consider h
  5. Not sure that those steps will eliminate the moisture. If there is a way for ANY air infiltration then you also have humidity which will collect and become wet inside when you get some heat from the expansion/contraction. I think I would add a couple 1/8" weep holes on the underside of the box to equalize that inside air.
  6. Thats plenty of solar. But you are fulltime right? Is refer residential?
  7. Well, congrats on a successful project. And comfort. How much solar and batteries are you working with?
  8. Could the water inside issue be a result of condensation from the humidity in the air in the enclosure? It likely wouldnt take much to make water even if the box was watertight. Just a few heat/cool cycles and you have it. Wonder is venting the bottom somehow could help. Maybe something like a duck bill device like you see on boats or a couple small louvers.
  9. What brand and model do you have? Looking for a 120V system. Recently installed a 3ton system in our house and love it. The comparison of dB levels compared to our FAU with the 15YO squirrel cage is amazing. So I am convinced to install 1 in the Teton and free up the roof space for more panels(I have a couple of 250W Phonos and a TM 60A MPPT controller, a couple of Xandrex 458s and an older Magnum that I am considering to use to feed my 4 AGMs). Working on getting to a place that we can long term but with this pandemic, it has provided some opportunity to work on that project list t
  10. Price of the 48VDC AC is higher from what I have seen but then need to add a xformer unless battery system is already 48VDC. An AC mini split will need 240VAC so another piece of gear to supply power to it. Am I on the right track?
  11. Anyone considered the 48V mini splits? What are the arguments for and against?
  12. So this has the high potential of repeating the Spring Break phenomenum. Quite unfortunate. And some wonder why we cant get the trend to go down. We arent subscribing the right behavior. This isnt our fault but we do have the ability to mitigate. Wear our PPE. I work on different construction projects nearly every week, and what ever that facility or site requires, is what I subscribe to. Its part of what it takes to conduct business and work in todays normal. As well as hi-viz vests, work boots, safety glasses, gloves, hearing protection, no horseplay, responsible adults beh
  13. Flare fittings should be assembled with some lube at the flare as when doing the final tightening, the flare may have the tendency to hold onto the brass fitting and wrinkle the copper flare, causing a small leak. There are also gaskets for these flares, which will replace the lube. With the vibration that RVs encounter, its a wonder that more leaks arent created. Rolling earthquakes.
  14. I am not confused about hydronic heating, I understand the concept. My confusion is in wanting that type of system in an RV that you intend to use for extended boondocking. You will need power for a heater, either electric or gas. Also a blower or a pump will be likely. Seems that a mini split with a heat pump would be a better choice as they have a proven trackrecord in RVs. Better to invest in a high quality solar system for boondocking. Better ROI.
  15. Seems from here that hydronic heating and a composting toilet to extend time for boondocking are opposite extents of the objective. Am I missing something?
  16. I have tried to do that and no tape or spray glue has ever worked for me. When the heat builds up the glue will almost liquify and release. I have found that there are 2 things that will make what you are doing better. 1- try to have an air gap between the insulation and the outside surface, 2- using some wire or flat straps will work better than tape or glue, in fact it WILL WORK. You might consider instead of stuffing the insulation into the voids of the framing, install it on the surface of the framing and screw it into that framing with some large washers, best to use large sheet meta
  17. I am similarly confused about the attitude of people. I am still working, self-employed contractor but I work in warehouses and distribution centers. Many of the companies have instituted protocols to require all personel inside to wear masks all the time. If outside, which much of my work is, and with distancing(I often work alone) then can go without it, but always put one on when I go inside or someone comes to contact me. It is such a simple action to take and just has some helpful efforts to others and me. It sometimes interferes with my breathing, mostly when doing some physical
  18. Quick links are NOT RECOMMENDED for tow chains. They are pretty soft material and if I remember right, the package on some I have bought(for other purposes) gave a warning disclaimer not to be used for that purpose. A shackle is a good option. Shackle another length of chain to increase length for you. Remember to cross the chains.
  19. Bummer! Sounds like typical Los Angeles water main breaks that have become so common place.
  20. The oil will atomize and then collect.
  21. Yes that could be problematic BUT it could also help you out IF you vent that line before using it. That way IF, which is likely, that debris and oil would settle there, you could purge it out. Even under such slight pressure as LP, it will get the crap moving out of the line.
  22. Or most have the ability to offer periodic reporting with algorithms to show daily usage, yet wont provide a courtosy call or email or text to advise that usage is spiking for the last few days??? Technology is available to do good. If they are going to watch our activities, then be part of the SOLUTION!
  23. You did your due diligence. I commented on that D16 too. I steer away from those. There had to be a reason why it is in such good condition. Maybe spent too much time in the shop.
  24. Good for you. Timing for purchase is good and likely to continue for some time. Can certainly find a suitable truck at a better price, than before. D13 is best value in my opinion. I found a Pete with a C3 Ascert and auto. Already in RV service, but wary of the C13.
  25. I have done some research outside of this forum and I have come to the conclusion that CATs are expensive to repair and the Acert family was problematic. Some have said that they need rebuilds at 500K miles. I dont know how many miles are on this one but am not interested in getting on board with a questionable unit. Guess I will keep looking for a D13/IShift for a reasonable price.
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