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  1. Doesn't the inverter power the water heater if the ac switch is on?
  2. Why not use the Furion 10amp exterior connector straight from the solar panel? Are you planning on going beyond 100watts? If you use that connector could then locate the controller under the aft dinette seat. My setup has wires from the outside Zamp connector direct to the batteries (through a 10amp in-line fuse). You could install the controller between the port and the fuse. When using the extension cord you need to be careful of powering the male plug from either batteries or solar panels. If male is at the panel end with an adapter (with an inline fuse) to the panels I th
  3. agm batteries still have a potential to vent hydrogen, particularly if overcharged. here’s a good link with an explanation of the rvia position: https://rvnerds.com/2017/11/01/electrical-myths-part-4-agm-batteries-dont-need-venting/ “The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s Low-Voltage similarly requires venting for all battery locations, whether or not batteries are actually installed, and prohibits installation of other potentially spark-producing equipment in the same compartment (e.g. inverters, charge controllers, disconnect switches):.....” regarding Li, i w
  4. more simply, the voltage output of the controller is optimized for the battery state. if the controller is at the panels the voltage drop will be more over the long run of wire and less than optimum for the batteries.
  5. it will work better with the controller close to the batteries. i would not locate it in the battery compartment though. a pulse type controller will pulse the output to match the the voltage needs of the battery. the duty cycle of the pulses will be driven by the amount of current and voltage on the input. thus as the voltage and the current, drops the frequency of the pulses spread over time. there is probably some minimum input voltage dependent on the specific controller where it all falls off a cliff and the controller won’t output. i think 14.9 volt input would be more than enough
  6. 50 ft of 10 gage copper wire for 17.7 volt output of the panels, 4.7 amp you'll loose 0.47 volts, 2.65% for 14.3 volt output of the charge controller, 5.8 amp you'll loose 0.58 volts, 4.75% there will also be some minor losses through each of the connections. voltage drop calculator at the link below: https://www.calculator.net/voltage-drop-calculator.html?material=copper&wiresize=3.277&voltage=17.7&phase=dc&noofconductor=1&distance=50&distanceunit=feet&amperes=4.7&x=51&y=23 not sure if this calculator is for solid or stranded
  7. John, Consider the life time cost of a bank with higher capacity. This will of course be more money in the short term, but the batteries should last longer because they will be discharged less than a smaller bank. As an example; using your battery specification chart above: 400 ah bank discharged to 80% = 320 ah for a life of 2500 cycles Using 320 ah of a 600 ah bank = 53% for life of ~5000 cycles. So by increasing your cost by 50%, you get 100% more life out of your batteries. Either way, that's a lot of cycles. Assuming you got through 5000 cycles, the lifeti
  8. We used a similar but not as elaborate setup with our previous TV. Two 80 Watt panels on Thule load bars on the truck cap. Since we camp under trees a lot, it was nice to be able to park the truck in the open to recharge. We are looking to do the same with the GMC 2500. We used a 30 gal Valterra tank for water. 8x16x60 size from the tanks at the link below. The tank was rectangular so it took up minimal space at the front of the truck bed. https://www.valterra.com/product-category/rv-products/aftermarket/freshwater-products/fresh-water-tanks/
  9. https://nikolamotor.com/badger This looks much better than Cyber Truck. Now teamed with GM who has been working with Honda on fuel cell technology for a while. Fuel cell option seems problematic for refills. Range falls short of the 2500 Duramax for towing. Would be nice if the trailer could be charged off the fuel cell though. - Randy
  10. From past posts, it looks like you may have bought 183? If so, it should have the Xantrex inverter. Some of this has already been suggested but I've added some photos. These come from 365 but it should be close to what you have. Your issue may be as simple as put the ON/OFF switch to the ON position. Don't worry, we've all done it. If it's that, then hopefully these trouble shooting tips will help someone else. If it's more than that, here are some additional things to look at. 1.) Check that the inverter is turned on at remote (green light in "Inverter Power Control Close-up_ON"
  11. Here's another idea. Not a mountain bike though. https://www.tuckbike.com/ I would have a hard time trusting the wheels/tires. I've been over the front of my handle bars before. Fortunately I was younger and more "pliable" when that happened. - Randy
  12. The Alarm that comes with the Oliver is a combination Smoke and CO detector. If you switch it out to a Smoke only you give up that detector's ability to detect CO. There is a CO detection capability on the LP detector though. Two downsides I see for CO detection with the LP detector are: 1.) the location is optimized for propane detection (heavier than air) and 2.) the power is from the 12 volt of the trailer without battery backup. I think it is best to keep both CO detection capabilities. If you switch to a Smoke detector only, you should add another CO detector that has a separate batt
  13. You should also sanitize and then flush the city and water fill lines from the street side inlets. Some of the bleach mix pumped into the lines with the winterizing pump will do this. These lines can be then flushed with a city water hose hooked up.
  14. I just went out and measured mine. Dimensions match the drawings. The 4" depth is outside-to-outside of the piping however the cushions bulge out a bit beyond the piping.
  15. https://olivertraveltrailers.com/oliver-university/ The link above has the measurement index files. Side dinette cushion dimensions are also attached below. Elite-II-Cushions-Side-Dinette-Cushions-Twin.pdf
  16. Change smoke/ CO detector batteries and test detector. Check egress window function. Re familiarize yourself with operation, best with eyes closed for nighttime egress. Check torque on all recommended bolts. Check/ replace batteries in fan and TV remotes as well as any other battery powered items. I like to replace seasonally to protect against battery leaks. My approach. Put 1/4 cup bleach mixed in 6 or 7 gallons of water. I do this with my portable water jug. Draw through boon docking feed then repeat with another 1/4 cup bleach mixed with water. I then put a little
  17. Congrats! If GM only had a referral program like Oliver's... - Randy
  18. JD, Thanks for all of the information and the links. I certainly appreciate you taking the time to put your thoughts down on the forum. You provided a lot of areas for me to consider as I make a selection. -Randy
  19. KWR, You won't regret it. I initially towed the Ollie with a Tundra 5.7. The 2500HD Duramax is a beast and tows SO much better than the Tundra. It's not just the huge power increase but better braking and much better in the mountains going both up and down switch backs. No more tail wagging the dog, the dog's in charge now! - Randy
  20. Tom, Sure thing. I have sent some questions into Banks Power to better understand the differences (power increases, fuel economy, exhaust discharge temperatures and exit flow field) of the 4 inch versus 5 inch Monster Exhausts. I plan to order one of those unless a better recommendation comes up. Then I've just got to get the courage up to cut through my tailpipe! - Randy
  21. JD, I am not committed to getting the RockStar over another brand. The "heat shield" on the RockStar got my attention and sent me down the path of looking at alternatives for a side discharge on the exhaust. I love everything about the truck except that darn exhaust pipe. I value your input on the design flaws you saw in the RockStar and what swayed you to purchase the Rock Tamers. With the distance the Ollie sits behind the exhaust discharge I doubt there is a problem with damaging the trailer but figured best to throw it out to the forum to see if anyone has noticed any ill
  22. About the only thing I have not liked about my 2500HD Duramax is the BIG exhaust pipe sticking out the back. I think the Ford PowerStroke side exhaust is much better looking. I want to add a full width rock guard across the back of the truck. When looking at the available rock guards I came across the RockStar. The RockStar guards have a metal heat shield for the GM Duramax exhaust. Credit: https://www.agricover.com/rockstar/#gallery I did't like the idea of a "bandaid" solution so looked around for an exhaust that would exit to the side of the truck. The BanksPower
  23. Thanks Townesw. Great info sheet from a great tool manufacturer. Per their sheet you should store the tool at “the lowest setting”. I don’t know if any go as low as zero. I store mine at the lowest setting on the wrench of 20lb-ft. - Randy
  24. Spike, You probably already know this but I won't ASSUME you do. Tighten the lug nuts by going back and forth from one side of the wheel to the other (tightening the next lug across the axle). Do not tighten in circular order around the wheel. - Randy
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