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Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 11-10-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,113
Posted By JamesD
I've been living in my 5th wheel for 4+ years in...

I've been living in my 5th wheel for 4+ years in temps even lower than -20, and wind chills almost -50.
For 0+ temps, run off your tanks, run the heat, use tank heaters if you have them, etc... ...
Forum: Additions & Improvements 09-21-2019, 01:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,188
Posted By JamesD
The SHURFLO Black 182-200 Accumulator Tank is...

The SHURFLO Black 182-200 Accumulator Tank is $35.53 with free shipping on Amazon....
Forum: Additions & Improvements 09-19-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,188
Posted By JamesD
The biggest difference I noticed was when taking...

The biggest difference I noticed was when taking a shower, using the dishwasher, or the W/D combo, but it does keep the pump from running just for a quick flush or small glass of water.
Forum: Additions & Improvements 09-18-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,188
Posted By JamesD
The one I have is small and attaches directly to...

The one I have is small and attaches directly to the pump outlet.
Even though it's not very big, it reduces how much the pump runs by quite a bit.
Forum: Additions & Improvements 09-11-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By JamesD
Ugh... dealer installs. My RV was supposed to...

Ugh... dealer installs.
My RV was supposed to have an inverter for the residential fridge.
It must have been optional, because the writing on the breaker box for the inverter was penciled in, and...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 09-08-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,252
Posted By JamesD
If you rent a bulk propane tank it's a lot...

If you rent a bulk propane tank it's a lot cheaper than filling the 30 & 40 lb tanks.
I think my 40 lb tanks cost about $34 to fill, and a 100 gallon bulk tank costs about $95, and lasts about a...
Forum: Full Timing in your Montana 09-04-2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,572
Posted By JamesD
If it's really going to take that long to get...

If it's really going to take that long to get power back, I'd invest in a decent solar kit. It will pay for itself.
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 09-04-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,592
Posted By JamesD
I wouldn't use outdoor speakers very often, but I...

I wouldn't use outdoor speakers very often, but I have a split bathroom, and listen to music when I'm in the shower.

Outdoor speakers are more of a tailgating thing if you ask me.
Forum: Full Timing in your Montana 09-04-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,572
Posted By JamesD
Since you don't have to worry about being in a...

Since you don't have to worry about being in a campground, a cheaper contractor type generator would work, but it will take more fuel than an inverter generator.
It will still be a lot cheaper to...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 09-02-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,218
Posted By JamesD
How as in, faster, slower, erratic, doesn't work...

How as in, faster, slower, erratic, doesn't work at all... and it may depend on each individual generator.
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 09-01-2019, 11:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,218
Posted By JamesD
Appliances, and electronics have been shown to...

Appliances, and electronics have been shown to run hotter with non-inverter generators.
I've also read that it messes up the timing on some microwaves, though I'm not sure how.
That may add up to...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 07-21-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,416
Posted By JamesD
I think most park model trailers are wired like a...

I think most park model trailers are wired like a regular house. They don't have water or waste tanks, and have standard flush toilets. They may still have propane hookups.

There are some like...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 07-19-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,526
Posted By JamesD
FWIW, I unplugged, and re-plugged in all the...

FWIW, I unplugged, and re-plugged in all the connections when I was diagnosing the problem. If there was a bad connection that might have caused it to start working again.
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 07-17-2019, 10:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,526
Posted By JamesD
I placed it as far out, and up on a fin as I...

I placed it as far out, and up on a fin as I could get it.
Whether or not that is where it should be IDK.
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 07-17-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,526
Posted By JamesD
My brother's RV fridge wasn't keeping food cold. ...

My brother's RV fridge wasn't keeping food cold.
I checked the electrical connections, heating elements (electric, and propane), etc...
The problem seemed to be the combination of a bad connection,...
Forum: Full Timing in your Montana 06-16-2019, 09:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,214
Posted By JamesD
I store my portable gen in the front compartment,...

I store my portable gen in the front compartment, but take it out to run it.
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-22-2019, 11:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 879
Posted By JamesD
They do have a shorter life, and the heat is very...

They do have a shorter life, and the heat is very important. As panels heat up, they loose efficiency. So how was the efficiency of those panels calculated? Were they mounted where air could flow...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-22-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 879
Posted By JamesD
Something else you will want to know Bypass...

Something else you will want to know

Bypass and blocking diodes
https://youtu.be/5rYy0gHZepI
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-22-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 879
Posted By JamesD
A few videos on the topic. Charge controllers ...

A few videos on the topic.
Charge controllers
https://youtu.be/3bQ7kQLq1Mc
Batteries
https://youtu.be/GMns62-ZVDc
Panels
https://youtu.be/kHSL_6sG5ZE

According to that last video, flexible...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-18-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By JamesD
Oops... turns out that's where I bought my solar...

Oops... turns out that's where I bought my solar kit from.
The kit was missing a few small pieces (connectors), but that's my only complaint.
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-17-2019, 03:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By JamesD
Do you just want to run the fridge, or power some...

Do you just want to run the fridge, or power some outlets as well?

If you just need to power the fridge, a 750-1500 watt inverter will do the job, it just needs to handle the peak power required...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-16-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 879
Posted By JamesD
I 2nd the MPPT controller recommendation. You'll...

I 2nd the MPPT controller recommendation. You'll want that to get the most out of your panels. I'd only go with PWM if you want lowest price and just want to extend the amount of time between...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-08-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By JamesD
Haven't dealt with them personally, but if the...

Haven't dealt with them personally, but if the info on their website is any indication, they should know what they are doing.

You should look at the DIY info on their site to give you an idea of...
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-06-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,421
Posted By JamesD
Bingo! That's the company I was talking about! ...

Bingo! That's the company I was talking about!
There are several youtube videos related to JC Refrigeration.
I suggest the ones from Mortons on the Move....
Forum: General Discussions about our Montanas 04-04-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,421
Posted By JamesD
My RV came with a residential fridge. I'd go...

My RV came with a residential fridge. I'd go with an RV fridge next time.
It's really nice when I'm plugged into shore power, but if you travel much, or boondock... it's not so nice.
You need an...
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