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 on: Today at 10:43:20 AM 
Started by daddyoften - Last post by daddyoften
Oh boy! Last night I was looking up the Vectron units and thought I was sold on them. Yes the automatic and all built to work together idea sure sounds nice. But if one breaks.....=-O I'm still learning.....:-)

 12 
 on: Today at 10:02:15 AM 
Started by RJ - Last post by Dave5Cs
Gee what model is that in?;-)

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 on: Today at 09:56:52 AM 
Started by daddyoften - Last post by oltrunt
My little bus has both shore, genny and inverter capabilities (a converter as well) and while I trust computers, relays, automatic switches and the like everywhere else, I chose to go with a manual system rather than automatic switching when it comes to powering up my bus.  Paranoid, probably, but I used up my free "survive an electrocution" card when I was a child and now make sure I know that any stray electrons will find their way back to their source without using me as a---short---cut.  Each of my systems has its own hot, ground and neutral circuits accessed one at a time by a single 3 prong RV style pigtail which powers the high voltage breaker panel.  I also test the shore post for proper wiring before hook up to the bus. I kid myself that manually changing my power source helps me keep my mind in training but I still haven't forgotten the real reason.

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 on: Today at 08:47:11 AM 
Started by daddyoften - Last post by digesterman
I had stacked Traces a 12v system for 4000w the only problem I had with the Trace was the charger sometimes we were with out a inverter for 2 weeks while being repaired, after the last repair I never turned on the charger

 I bought a Iota charger with the IQ4 as far I know it's still going strong after 5 years and it stopped the bulging of the 1st battery in the string. My theory on a battery bank is what goes out has to be put back in some way   

If you hook up your positive lead from your charger or combo inverter to the first batteries pos  and your neg from the charger/inverter to the neg side of your last battery it usually takes care of the problem of boiling the first battery in a group.

Iota is a good smart charger IMO

 15 
 on: Today at 08:28:08 AM 
Started by daddyoften - Last post by Geom
I agree with the other comments about having more redundancy and usability in discrete systems, but it is much easier/simpler and much less error prone to have as few pieces as possible doing the work.

For us we have an inverter to manage the charging of the house batteries and switching between an inverted load or the pedestal.
I have a seperate auto-switch to control between the generator and the inverter/pedestal. Although I could in theory link the gen control to the inverter, if the inverter is smoked, I like being able to quickly work around it and at least still have some power from the gen (or pedestal).
I also have a pretty beefy charger that I use to manage my start batteries and gen battery. In case of an emergency it can be moved wherever.


 16 
 on: Today at 08:24:06 AM 
Started by RJ - Last post by skytrends
You can buy the valves from Automation Direct for 15 bucks each I like the toggle style myself,the gauges you buy any place the guy in Lake Havasu still makes and sells that kit a little over priced IMO
Thanks, figured I'd end up making one

 17 
 on: Today at 07:17:35 AM 
Started by Lostranger - Last post by Lostranger
Our three nights in the campground went well. Even though way under capacity, it’s a good bit more crowded than it was last year. That was just after the government shut down that closed all the NPS facilities for a while, and I suppose some decided to just stay home last October. For better or worse, our rig stands out in any group of camping vehicles:







I have done some fishing. Not much catching. This little flounder did NOT go to market. Or table, either. They have to be 15 inches to keep. This one missed it by several:



I hooked another that was well over legal size but lost it about fifteen feet from where I was standing. A bit later, my friend, Mike, caught this 21” beauty a few yards from where I was fishing:



He caught four keepers that day. He was hard to stand. In spite of his objections, his wife insisted that he give us some fillets. They ended up looking like this:



Home grown and canned green beans. Homemade rice pilaf. Hard to beat.

To honor her own and a friend’s birthday, Beverly made this lovely little cake:



We cut and shared that after the flounder meal.

Kora is still not sure what she thinks of this ocean stuff:



I, on the other hand, am in no way ambivalent:



Played at TTO Friday night. Playing again tonight. Still having a grand time. Primitive as it is, we love living in our bus. This vacation must be working because I find myself looking forward to getting back to home base and wading into the next bus building marathon. Insulation, walls, floor, ceiling, cabinets, counters, new door, paint….

Not just yet, though.

Best to all,

Jim and Bev on Ocracoke

 18 
 on: Today at 06:19:15 AM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by Ed Hackenbruch
I agree with Joe!  I used to keep a list of things that had to be done and things that i wanted to do. It seemed like every time i scratched one off of the list i added 2 more. Now i just do the things that have to be done and do the others as i think of them and can afford to do them....seeing the list never getting shorter can be depressing at times. Grin

 19 
 on: Today at 06:01:39 AM 
Started by Scott Bennett - Last post by luvrbus
LOL 100% Detroit very nice Scott love the photo of the Delvac 1240

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 on: Today at 05:42:09 AM 
Started by daddyoften - Last post by luvrbus
I had stacked Traces a 12v system for 4000w the only problem I had with the Trace was the charger sometimes we were with out a inverter for 2 weeks while being repaired, after the last repair I never turned on the charger

 I bought a Iota charger with the IQ4 as far I know it's still going strong after 5 years and it stopped the bulging of the 1st battery in the string. My theory on a battery bank is what goes out has to be put back in some way   

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