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Old 10-22-2015, 07:17 AM   #111
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By converter I'm guessing you mean inverter. This stuff made more sense to me when I consider that it's really two systems one to charge the batteries and the other to make 110v from 12v. For charging you have panels that you connect some how (combiner box, daisy chain) a controller to regulate how much you put into your batteries and a monitor if you want to do it efficiently, temperature compensation is helpful as well. Once you have stored that power in the batteries the second system converts it into 110v. Resistance from undersized wires can rob you of some of the power generated by your panels. So do your research use adequate or bigger wire. Read the manual for your inverter and solar controller and monitor and you'll be fine. It seems more complicated than it is.
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Old 10-22-2015, 08:54 AM   #112
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Hey Nebuchadnezzar,

Thanks a lot for that last one, solar is one of my requirements but I know essentially nothing about it and my strength is not electrical anyway, so this actually helps me.
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:34 AM   #113
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I found both of these to be very helpful
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And of course https://handybobsolar.wordpress.com/
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:45 AM   #114
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PERFECT! Thank you brother!
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:49 AM   #115
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Old 10-22-2015, 01:18 PM   #116
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YOU da man! Thanks again!
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Old 10-23-2015, 05:34 PM   #117
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By converter I'm guessing you mean inverter. This stuff made more sense to me when I consider that it's really two systems one to charge the batteries and the other to make 110v from 12v. For charging you have panels that you connect some how (combiner box, daisy chain) a controller to regulate how much you put into your batteries and a monitor if you want to do it efficiently, temperature compensation is helpful as well. Once you have stored that power in the batteries the second system converts it into 110v. Resistance from undersized wires can rob you of some of the power generated by your panels. So do your research use adequate or bigger wire. Read the manual for your inverter and solar controller and monitor and you'll be fine. It seems more complicated than it is.
Yes, Inverter...I've been getting that worked messed up in my head for the last few weeks. DC to AC = Inverter.

Anyways, interesting info on the extension cords...this is something that I'm relatively unfamiliar with.

I was under the impression that 12/3 stranded (which is what the extension cords are) would be perfect for a skoolie.

I guess I'll do a bit more research.

Also, my Dickinson heater arrived today. I can not wait to get this thing mounted and fired up...but, I've discovered some pretty sizeable leaks in my windows/ceiling in the last 24 hours, so I'm gonna need to backup and tackle sealing the windows.

Probably not a whole lot of work happening this weekend, I have a friend in town.
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Old 10-23-2015, 08:47 PM   #118
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I wired my bus with new extension cord and extension cord-type wires. All of it is either 12/3 or 14/3 (lighting circuits). What makes this kind of wire unacceptable? It seems the best to me. I always use split-loom and grommets when there is a rub potential. And I use crimp on u- connectors on the ends for clamping under the outlet's screw. If this is dangerous, how so? I believed I was following a higher standard than most in doing it this way.
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Old 10-23-2015, 09:14 PM   #119
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I wired my bus with new extension cord and extension cord-type wires. All of it is either 12/3 or 14/3 (lighting circuits). What makes this kind of wire unacceptable? It seems the best to me. I always use split-loom and grommets when there is a rub potential. And I use crimp on u- connectors on the ends for clamping under the outlet's screw. If this is dangerous, how so? I believed I was following a higher standard than most in doing it this way.
SJO does not dissipate heat very well, the amperage ratings for 3 prong cords are assuming open air cooling.

For a permanent installation, and if I'm going to enclose the wiring in foam (inside of conduit) I would not use an extension cord.

I also wouldn't use extension cords for appliances with a high draw.
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Assuming this sheet is right, then I sized my wires and breakers correctly at 12/3 with 20amp breakers.

UL General-Use Circuit Ampacity Reference Chart
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