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 on: Today at 11:02:47 am 
Started by glenncc - Last post by keelhauler
I use a Bogart TM-2025-RV to monitor my solar panel and battery state of charge. At a glance I can tell the state of charge of my batteries. It also displays my Engine battery voltage.

I had Phoenix mount it along with the inverter & tank monitor on the side of the cabinet by the left side of the door.

I had them mount my Charge Controller and  Progressive EMS Display  on the right side of the door. This way when I connect my power I can glance in the door to see what the voltage is or any error signal. I spend my winter in RV parks that have frequent voltage problems so the system saves me ruining my microwave or refrigerator controls.

 on: March 28, 2015, 07:59:59 pm 
Started by Lakedog - Last post by ron.dittmer
Yep, that's a good idea, just let Phoenix get you the right tire iron, lug wrench, or whatever you call it.

 on: March 28, 2015, 07:01:37 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by bobojay
Cindy, another thing to keep up on the newer Sprinters is the software updates. You can call your friendly Mercedes Sprinter dealer, give them the chassis serial no, and they can tell you if any are needed. There has been 3 updates on our 2013 since we bought it 2 years ago. The updates don't take much time to do, you just need to take the time to do them. Ideal time is at your first servicing for your "A" service coming up.
The updates are done under warranty so there's no charge for them. You may not have any, but it's worth it to check

 on: March 28, 2015, 06:20:37 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by glenncc
John, do you turn your inverter on periodically to check your battery levels or do you do that another way? 

 on: March 28, 2015, 06:14:45 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by Carol
P.S. Another thing I do when dry camping is I do not plug my PC or my cell phone into an outlet to charge unless or until I am either using shore power or the generator.  The inverter that powers the house plugs is a modified sine wave inverter, as opposed to pure sine wave.  Shore and generator power both provide pure sine wave.  I have seen debate on whether or not the modified sine wave can damage sensitive electronics.  Bottom line for me, though, is if they are wrong and the modified sine wave does not do damage, then no big deal that I am changing my routine somewhat to avoid it anyways.  On the other hand, if they are right that it does do damage, then there's a big cost associated with ignoring that.  Another charging option for the sensitive electronics is to use one of those automobile inverter/adapter things that plug into the dash board while you drive.  Just my 2 cents!

 on: March 28, 2015, 06:03:51 pm 
Started by Dale and Cindy - Last post by Dale and Cindy
Hi. . . This is Cindy and I posted the original question regarding the maintenance schedule for our beloved PC2350 Sprinter.  I am so thankful to everyone of you for your helpful replies about our Mercedes Sprinter.  I am learning so much from everyone and I can't tell you how much I appreciate the time you spent helping with my question.  The posts regarding the "limited idle time" does concern very much.  I believe we have violated this several times.

Thank you all so much!!!


 on: March 28, 2015, 05:42:31 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by Carol
Hmmmmmm.... maybe I've been doing it all wrong....  I just finished a week of dry camping and definitely had the inverter on so that I could keep an eye on the battery's charge.  I could also look at the panel for the solar system on the bottom of the kitchen sink that shows the battery voltage, but the inverter panel is looking me right in the eye when I'm at the dinette.  In fact I've never turned the inverter off.  Maybe I should?  Also, I don't think the alarm for low battery voltage will sound if the inverter is off.  Plus you would;t get the codes telling you what the alarm is announcing--could be anything from low voltage to too high of a voltage. 
Would love to hear some insight and tips from other PC dry campers out there!

 on: March 28, 2015, 05:09:43 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by keelhauler
I always leave my inverter off  unless I need to use one of the outlets that it supplies. It does have a low current draw, but low is not zero.
If you are going to do very much dry camping you should get a couple of solar panels. Cost has come way down.

Also remember the converters that RV's use never fully charge your batteries. But your alternator will when you drive,

When you are not charging here is an idea of your battery condition.
Charge   Voltage
100   12.73
90   12.62
80   12.5
70   12.37
60   12.24
50   12.1
40   11.96
30   11.81
20   11.66
10   11.51

You really shouldn't let batteries go below 12.1 volts or 50% charge.

 on: March 28, 2015, 03:59:47 pm 
Started by Lakedog - Last post by Lakedog
I'll do that.  I am planning to go to the factory in a couple of weeks anyway to have a generator installed in my PC (it was ordered without one) so I could pick up the jack/lug wrench if they can get them for me.  Thanks.

 on: March 28, 2015, 03:08:37 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by glenncc
I'm new to full-timing in my 2350 and have always had elecric hookups to this point.  From reading previous posts on the subject I understand I should not leave the inverter turned on while boondocking unless I need it to run 110 volt appliances.  Since the inverter shows me the state of charge for my coach batteries if it is turned off will I still get an alarm if those batteries get seriously discharged?  My 6-volt coach batteries were five years old and in storage for four of those years so I replaced them in January with new 6-volt Interstate batteries and I don't want to do anything stupid to ruin them. 

Thanks for any advice someone has to offer.

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