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    Fingerlakes region of NYS
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    Seeing the country again as an adult along with my pups, and after a while taking my horse and dogs in the Adirondacks and other mountain ranges with horse trail camps around the country before I am too old to enjoy them. I am also a quilter!

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  1. HI again Al, First, thank you for the compliment on my rig. I LOVE it! electrical issues from the mouse or squirrel all fixed as of today! YAY. Also, regarding my system, since I take so long on my replies I know it has been hard for you to keep up with my thread. My Inverter is an Inverter/ charger it is the Go Power IC2000 with the built in automatic transfer switch. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1430/0262/files/Phocos_Go_Power_2000W_Pure_Sine_Wave_Inverter-Charger_Specification_Sheet.pdf?3184031003158149263 It eliminates the need for the Converter that came in my rig is my understanding. It came last week and it just seems HUGE compared to the size of my converter. I don't know if it will fit where my converter is currently installed either. or how we would get it in there. I am a little concerned that my rig may look "rigged" when they are done with this, but I am hoping not. Good suggestions on having them "show me their work on the roof" etc. too. Thank you. The solar panel are the glue on flexible panels in order to accomodate getting me as much panels as possible due to the 2 skylights and two roof vents on my roof. I am having them remove my satellite from the room as it is right where a panel needs to go and I do not use it at all anyway. I stream most of my TV watching, or I use the little flat panel antenna that is on the back wall in my overhang closet. Also, in my PLANNED USE I forgot about my VITAMIX blender/ juicer 1500 watts used for about 1.5 minutes at a time, 4 times when I use it about every week. I should use it even more than I do, but I know I will need to turn off other things to run it. My Instant Pot ideally, up to 20 minutes at a time. Mostly in the colder weather though and then I will most likely need shore power every few days, and my occasional use of my Air fryer-it's teeny tiny, and only 1000 watts, and my 1000 watt microwave oven for 2 minutes a day on warm days or I will use the propane stove to heat my morning/ evening coffee water. again, in cooler weather that would be used more often for the same duration. So, now what do you say about my set-up? FROM MY PREVIOUS POST: My planned use is to be able to stay at free or low cost Federal campgrounds, boondocking locations etc. and NOT be dependent upon having shore power except maybe 1 time a week and only if necessary. I live in my RV technically, so this should be factored as full-time. I am just stuck at my daughters due to health problems back in January only recently resolved, and plan to be back on the road again by the end of May! Oh, and I do not know what brand of Battery monitor my technician ordered for me, but my controller is Xantrex as I suspected. 40 amp. My batteries are 2 type 31 AGMs and they are Universal Power Group batteries with only 100ah hours each. I only had them installed last October, but they may have been allowed to discharge too much 3 or 4 times at minimum as I had no idea that my truck had not been trickle charging my rig correctly while I was enroute for 3-4 hours at a time and I was running my refrig on propane with igniter and my furnace fan was running as needed too. I know, I get it now. So, I am having them LOAD tested by RV place before they install solar system so we can order me new ones of a more recommended configuration asap for them to connect to my system. I plan to power my refrig fan in the back where my coils are (12v), the Fantastic fan in my bunk overhead compartment, it is 12v and only a few amps and has a thermostat, occasional bathroom fan when I shower in the camper. To power my laptop, charge my cell phone, Flat screen TV, water heater and refrig ignitor for their propane function, water pump as needed for dishes and showering as well as toilet flushing. My furnace occasionally, but If I HAVE to run my generator to protect my batteries, I will. Oh, and I am having a new 12v awning added to my rig. There are the usual safety monitors, 2 slideouts, stove fan when needed. Hmmm, Oh, and occasionally in cooler weather, my sewing machine which is very low amps and voltage, and LED portable lights plugged into my outlets when necessary, or interior LED lights in the evenings and during the day. I have two little dogs I need to keep cool in hotter climates too. Hope this is everything you asked me about. I have to get to dr. appt now so I will do my best to check back later. I thank you again so much for your help and advice on this Al. Sincerely, Rayne https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JdIj1GwtxXdPccxmhefzy0ZWlAZzk5qb/view?usp=sharing
  2. Hi Al, so sorry, I have been dealing with a family situation so have had very little time or mental energy to think about this. I am confused on how to "quote" what in this forum as well. I would much rather do it by phone personally. Anyhow, hmmm, somehow I just quoted what I wanted to quote. see my answers below. And thank you. Rayne My planned use is to be able to stay at free or low cost Federal campgrounds, boondocking locations etc. and NOT be dependent upon having shore power except maybe 1 time a week and only if necessary. I live in my RV technically, so this should be factored as full-time. I am just stuck at my daughters due to health problems back in January only recently resolved, and plan to be back on the road again by the end of May! Oh, and I do not know what brand of Battery monitor my technician ordered for me, but my controller is Xantrex as I suspected. 40 amp. My batteries are 2 type 31 AGMs and they are Universal Power Group batteries with only 100ah hours each. I only had them installed last October, but they may have been allowed to discharge too much 3 or 4 times at minimum as I had no idea that my truck had not been trickle charging my rig correctly while I was enroute for 3-4 hours at a time and I was running my refrig on propane with igniter and my furnace fan was running as needed too. I know, I get it now. So, I am having them LOAD tested by RV place before they install solar system so we can order me new ones of a more recommended configuration asap for them to connect to my system. I plan to power my refrig fan in the back where my coils are (12v), the Fantastic fan in my bunk overhead compartment, it is 12v and only a few amps and has a thermostat, occasional bathroom fan when I shower in the camper. To power my laptop, charge my cell phone, Flat screen TV, water heater and refrig ignitor for their propane function, water pump as needed for dishes and showering as well as toilet flushing. My furnace occasionally, but If I HAVE to run my generator to protect my batteries, I will. Oh, and I am having a new 12v awning added to my rig. There are the usual safety monitors, 2 slideouts, stove fan when needed. Hmmm, Oh, and occasionally in cooler weather, my sewing machine which is very low amps and voltage, and LED portable lights plugged into my outlets when necessary, or interior LED lights in the evenings and during the day. I have two little dogs I need to keep cool in hotter climates too. Hope this is everything you asked me about. I have to get to dr. appt now so I will do my best to check back later. I thank you again so much for your help and advice on this Al. Sincerely, Rayne https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JdIj1GwtxXdPccxmhefzy0ZWlAZzk5qb/view?usp=sharing
  3. Hi Al, I am in the process still of absorbing all of this. So far, I have added a Battery monitor to be compatible with my Xantrex Solar Charge controller, and I am now seriously looking at adding batteries. I'm thinking of two of the 6 volt in addition to my current 12 v ones, but I am thinking that it may not be a good combo, right? Reason to keep my two current ones is that I was thinking of adding the two more 6 volt ones in the bed of the truck directly below the camper battery compartment in the section between the camper wall and my truck bed wall. I would of course need a quick disconnect there for when I may someday be able to take my rig off my truck to camp (this is a rear stair issue being worked on by someone for me). The info you sent to me via the links was very helpful. Thank you. But it still makes me nuts on the batteries and their various Amh hours versus their sizes etc. Makes NO sense to me how they can vary so much. even amongst the 6 volt batteries, or should I say especially! LOL. So, give me a few more days of absorbing. Yawn, okay, heading off to sleep now. Rayne
  4. Hi Al, I am in the process still of absorbing all of this. So far, I have added a Battery monitor to be compatible with my Xantrex Solar Charge controller, and I am now seriously looking at adding batteries. I'm thinking of two of the 6 volt in addition to my current 12 v ones, but I am thinking that it may not be a good combo, right? Reason to keep my two current ones is that I was thinking of adding the two more 6 volt ones in the bed of the truck directly below the camper battery compartment in the section between the camper wall and my truck bed wall. I would of course need a quick disconnect there for when I may someday be able to take my rig off my truck to camp (this is a rear stair issue being worked on by someone for me). The info you sent to me via the links was very helpful. Thank you. But it still makes me nuts on the batteries and their various Amh hours versus their sizes etc. Makes NO sense to me how they can vary so much. even amongst the 6 volt batteries, or should I say especially! LOL. So, give me a few more days of absorbing. Yawn, okay, heading off to sleep now. Rayne
  5. Thanks everyone, I feel like I am drowning though. The link from Kirk is extremely overwhelming to me, and I haven't opened the latest ones yet from Al & Sharon. I'm sort of getting "some" more of it though. I would definitely like to get a battery monitoring device if one isn't incorporated into my charge controller already. Praying that it is. Unfortunately, I still do not have my system in front of me in my rig to see what it can bring in on a given day, and what I use up on a basic day versus a heavy use day type scenario. Darn mice! I sent an email to the RV place that is doing my solar system today, but found out I used the wrong email address for them. So I will check tomorrow. I know the Xantrex that Al mentions is a name I know the solar guy was talking about liking and having used in the past. Hoping it isn't discontinued like the system monitor Al also mentions. Al, when you mention copy and paste all the good info I am getting from all of you, do you mean into a saveable format in my computer so I can digest it offline, or do you mean to copy and paste it all each time I reply to one of you? Oh, and another question if I may, not solar exactly, but it will be affected by my solar installation. I have a fancy satellite antenna on the top of my rig. Winnegard something or other. I cannot find anywhere in the instructions for it where I would need to have any type of subscription to a TV service to use it, and inside my rig is one of the digital antenna that is flat and affixes to an exterior window or wall. That is all I have used so far and it has at least given me something to watch wherever I have been. So, my question is, do I still need this other fancy satellite antenna, is it that much better or even still used if it isn't collecting digital signals since nearly all stations have gone to being digital? I ask, because my plan is to have them remove the rooftop satellite setup so that we can put another solar panel on the roof that will need that roof space. I realize the RV place will have to do a super job of making sure that my roof is sealed up where they have removed the satellite antenna so it doesn't leak. I would really like to be able to take the wind up thing off of the ceiling of the inside of my rig too. Thoughts? Thanks so much. NOT: I am not getting notifications in my email when any of your reply, so I have to keep checking here each evening once my grandchildren are all asleep to see. I have all of the notifications set to alert me when I get posts to any of the topics I have started or that I am watching, but I still get nothing! I am checking my spam folder too. Suggestions on this issue? Rayne
  6. Wow, that was really helpful Mark & Teri, not sure which one of you wrote this. Anyhow, I purchased the Go power IC2000 Inverter/charger with a remote monitor, built in transfer switch, power sharing (?), and I did not get it through GP dealer, got it through Amazon but not at full price either. I do not know the brand name for sure of the Charge Controller that my RV place has ordered, just that it is an MPPT and a 40 watt or is it amps? LOL. I wish my brain would hold onto those and keep them straight somehow. I have tried everything I have learned through the years to make it stick, but not good so far. Anyhow, I think the brand is one that starts with a vowel, but I will have to ask my RV place tomorrow. Sorry I can't tell you more than this. Rayne
  7. Hi, I read and read and read everything I can about solar systems. But no where do I see how to read and use my own charge controller effectively! Please, I just need some simple info in a format I can save to laminate and post near my controller until this becomes second nature if that's possible? I have a 40 watt MPPT charge controller, 640 watts of solar panels on my RV roof (flexible ones) and I have a 2000 watt pure sine wave Inverter, battery temp sensor, and remote inverter monitor/controller. I also have two 100 amh 12v AGM size 31 batteries. So, for example, in my set up, what is the amp or watts reading on my controller that I need to watch when I am running things to be sure that I am not letting my batteries get too low? ie, I thought 50% meant 6 volts of a 12 volt battery. See what I mean? I realize that if I add additional batteries this how too guide will change as I will have more solar storage correct? I cannot be the only one that does not understand this stuff and needs this help. Please????? Thank you in advance, I am new at all of this sort of. I do not have a partner that is better at this stuff than I am anymore either. So please keep the lectures to a minimum and don't question the size system I bought pretty please. I needed solar and I needed it now with a faster recharging rate. Hopefully, that's what I have. The battery configuration confuses the heck out of me too. So for now, I stay with what I have until somewhere I find something that will finally help me understand the various configurations. for example, how the heck can two 6 volt batteries give me more AMH hours than two 12v batteries? Makes no sense to me. So, please don't even try at this point on that issue either. I am overwhelmed already. Thank you for your understanding and help. Happy camping. Rayne
  8. Hi all, new here as I finally must have clicked on something that told me how to find a BOF for full-timers. Geesh, technology can become time consuming to use. Anyhow, I am trying to connect with East Coast full-time members if possible to plan some caravaning towards Colorado, then the NV and New Mexico areas between September of 2019 through say end of January 2020 if I can find anyone else interested? I only travel 3 to 4 hours a day if possible because that's a long enough day in the seat for me, and for my two little buddies that travel with me. I am currently based in Stafford, Virginia until the end of may, then heading to the Shenandoah's for the UNITE 2019 meet-up for Women Rver's for a week. Then not sure where I'll be headed but I plan to be in upstate NY again for July-Sept. of this year visiting family and because it's cooler up there in the summer. Imagine that right? I travel in a Truck camper. Would love to hear from other East Coaster's too! Thanks, Rayne
  9. Hi Kirk, mine is also a Fluke and probably nearly as old as yours. Thanks for the suggestions. Being a woman, and tall and big bones as well, makes it rather challenging for me to get at this pump location. But if I am get to warmer weather I plan to try. Thanks again. Rayne
  10. Okay, this pump is 10 years old, and it never cycled like this before. I know how it sounded. I also have heard many RV pumps over the years and it doesn’t sound right, nor should it be cycling when I ha e full streams of water being drawn from the faucet. It even cycles when flushing the toilet now. Per the manual that’s not how it should work either. So I’d rather have a replacement on hand and not go 2 days without water while waiting for it to get wherever I am. So, next question, I know the pump must be RV, 12v, but what’s a good PSI and GPM to get? Walmart has one that is 2.3 GPM and 50 Psi and says is self priming. That’s something else any pump i buy should say too correct? They have another one that doesn’t say self-priming but says 4 GPM and 55 PSI. THE 2nd pump is 2 times the cost of the first one, but I’m thinking it’s not the right kind since it isn’t self priming maybe? Kitk, thank you for the video link. My late husband was and electronics technician so the multimeter/ voltmeter I have was his and it is perhaps a little more complicated than I need, but I am definitely excited to learn to use it. You are all very helpful and I so appreciate it. Rayne
  11. Dutch, thank you so much. I’d come across Jeff’s but as you said he’s an unknown, same as the other one. I will put them both in my list though just in case. Thanks again, Rayne
  12. Thanks, I did see that Walmart carries parts, I didn’t see the whole pump offered though I may have missed it. Thanks for clarifying what your meant by techys too. Wish I was headed in that direction already myself. Turns out the pump is not dead, it is loose wires or something at the top of it that I must have bumped when moving things around in my storage omoartment where it is located. That concerns me a bit too though. So, I also think it may be starting to go though. Based upon my manuals troubleshooting, it is doing the stop start thing when I run a strong stream of water even. It will only run and stay on consistently on occasion now. Why in heck do they out this thing way inside the compartment so you basically have to lay in there to work on it though? How ridiculous for sure. Thanks again, Rayne
  13. Thank you, I do have a multimeter, I just need to learn how to work it. I knew I had 12volt power to the pump as my lights were working as Kirk mentioned. Turns out I had bumped the wires at the top of the pump when putting something into my basement storage where the pump is. My technical friend came and figured that out and the pump was good to go again. But it concerns me that these wires were so easily available to be bumped, and to put back into service. I wish they would put covers of some sort over these important components of our rigs. So maybe I will have to see what I can figure out to protect it. Meanwhile, I am also thinking it isn’t quite sounding right so I may just have I to replaced when I get where their are actual RV technicians. Kirk, when I stop and think it through, I do understand the function of the converter and the 12v versus DC power in this rig. I thank you for the reminder though too. I still have a lot of things I am juggling while trying to get out of here (NYS) and they are all getting stymied a bit by the weather and that’s not helping. Thanks again. Rayne
  14. What do you mean? I don’t have any Techys called so how can they just show up? I’m confused. Yes, I can live without the water pump a little. But I choose not to any longer than necessary.
  15. So, in Ithaca region there aren’t any RV dealers to call. Nearest Camping World is over an hour away too. So where else might i call? Rayne
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