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Old 11-14-2010, 02:22 PM   #21
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I posted over in your battery charging thread, but comments on your great diagram:
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Edit* #2 The charge controler should be connected to the battery not the battery charger?!
Comment #1 - Yes, the output of the charge controller and the output of the battery charger both go to the battery bank, but if there are terminals on the charger that are convenient to make the connection there, its OK as long as the wires are heavy enough for the current expected.
Comment #2 - With the battery selector switch your parts man gave you, the master switch in the drawing is redundant. The selector switch IS the master switch. Any switch less beefy than the selector may be too small for a master, depending on your 12-volt usage.
Comment #3 - RV "converters" act as both power supplies and battery chargers. Having a separate charger may be a waste of money.

What software do you use for your drawings? My pencil-on-napkin drawings look really old-fashioned.
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Old 11-17-2010, 11:32 AM   #22
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I looked at your electrical drawings...

You really should put in an isolator. I am using Hellroaring isolators. I also am installing a trimetric battery monitor. I have a pretty detailed drawing on paper and will post it once I either scan it or do it on the computer. It covers my AC and DC systems. For the short term, look at this site: http://jmayer6.tripod.com/id16.html. It is done pretty well and is a good place to start. I do not know a lot about RV's- but I do about boats and the power systems there. I also installed a seperate 3 stage battery charger that can charge up to 3 battery banks.

Let me know any specific questions and I will try and help.
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Old 11-17-2010, 12:00 PM   #23
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Not as pretty as yours...

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Old 11-18-2010, 08:14 AM   #24
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Might have the wife look into those tiny freezers and one of the temp controllers. Smaller motors and a temp controller would draw so little power and keep a perfect temp. They have chest freezers about the size of large coolers now days. Smitty has a thread on them and I came across this temp controller the other day http://screwdecaf.cx/yatc.html
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:39 PM   #25
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I don't know how many days at a time you will be away from civilization, but I found that NEWER coolers ( we had 2 coolers from who knows when-borrowed a 3rd that was a 1 year old Colman) can keep ice for up to 5 days. Our older one it was gone after a couple of days-but after filling a new one Fri morning-having it sitting in the sun in Aug ,it lasted all weekend-then sat in the yard till I had a chance to empty it , there was still some ice in it Weds.!
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:37 PM   #26
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I cleaned up my electrical plan. Right click on it and click "view image". Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Also, my "shore power" connections are 125V/30A twist connectors, same as used on a boat. I can either plug into standard 110VAC outlets with adapters, use standard 30A connectors, or plus into portable generators. I am using 2 desperate AC panels so I don't have to worry about correct phases. I am not going to run anything that requires 220V. I put all the essential stuff, that is not dual voltage on the first bus that can connect to the inverter. This is a tailgating bus, so it is basically the satellite system, TV's, HVAC, etc. Everything else will be off the second bus and will run off of 12 volts when on the road or the generator when parked. My battery charger will be on that circuit, since the alternator will hopefully keep up with things while on the road.

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Old 11-22-2010, 09:47 PM   #27
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ohhh purdy
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Holy crudola, man! Screw the conversion and get to healing. Wishing you good health!
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Not as bad as David's. Gotta love those chiropractors! It cost us a pile but it was worth it. Beat the alternative that "real" doctors always gave him (operation and a 50% chance of being able to walk after wards).
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take it easy! relax infront of the computer for a bit!



canadian tire has nice little Danby freezers on sale.

Danby Chest Freezer, 3.6 Cu. Ft - online says 199 but in store is 129

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