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 on: February 21, 2017, 08:00:08 pm 
Started by gandalf42 - Last post by fandj
I had the Parallax unit in a previous camping trailer.  I am not sure if the model used by PC currently is the same as I had.  It provided 13.7 volts of charging voltage continuously.  We had the Progressive Dynamics installed in lieu of the Parallax unit in our PC.  The output charging voltage more closely matches Interstate Battery recommendations.  It provides a much quicker recharge at 14.4 volts.  As the battery approaches full charge it drops to 13.65 volts and once fully charged and with little to no drain it finally holds the battery at about 13.25 volts.  This charging sequence brings the battery up to full charge significantly quicker than my previous Parallax unit and also allows the converter to left on all the time while minimizing the risk of boiling the battery dry thus causing battery failure.  This quicker charging is especially important when one relies on the generator to recharge the battery where campgrounds limit generator use time.  Another feature that can be useful is the PD can be fitted with their remote "Charge Wizard" that allows the charging mode to be selected manually if desired.

I also have 320 watts of solar and have found the combination of having quick charge with high amperage from the generator for an hour or so in the morning followed by 14.8 volts and lower available amps from the solar controller to bring the batteries up to full charge.  The solar charge controller is temperature compensated to reduce the charging voltage as the battery temperature rises to protect the battery from too high charging voltage.

 52 
 on: February 21, 2017, 06:38:59 pm 
Started by gandalf42 - Last post by gandalf42
Gandalf42 do you have a link to this: Progressive Dynamics 60A converter/charger?  Would be interested in reading more on it.

http://www.progressivedyn.com/all_in_one_pd4000.html

Best Converter is another site:
 http://www.bestconverter.com/PD4060-60-Amp-Inteli-Power-Mighty-Mini-Power-Center_p_458.html#.WKzOa_krI2w

Also Best Converter has upgrade kits for the Parallax converter/chargers:

http://www.bestconverter.com/MagnetekParallax-630073008300-Upgrade-Kits_c_64.html

Progressive Dynamics page on these:

http://www.progressivedyn.com/pd4600_converter_replacement.html


 53 
 on: February 21, 2017, 06:16:59 pm 
Started by garmp - Last post by donc13
What's the fresh water hose length you use?
I recently, after talking with Kyle, learned that the water supply hose is not included with the RV. Not a big deal, but we plan on touring for a week or two on our return trip home after picking up our PC, and want to buy a hose. Is 25' enough? Don't want to something too long, that's cumbersome to handle & store, but want something that will work & reach. What's your thoughts?

I carry a 50' hose that rolls flst on a reel so is very compact and easily fits in rear storage.   I also carry 2 10 "normal"  hoses and for the majority of RV parks one or tso 10' hoses is plenty.

http://m.campingworld.com/shopping/item/good-sam-10-hook-up-hose/49174

I don't see the 59' hose (all vinyl, not cloth wrapped) but there are lots at rv dealers ir amazon

 54 
 on: February 21, 2017, 06:12:04 pm 
Started by tnedator - Last post by jatrax
We went for the single 15k unit with heat pump.  Whether that is smart I will tell you in a year:) 

 55 
 on: February 21, 2017, 05:03:55 pm 
Started by tnedator - Last post by tnedator
I definitely need to read up on batteries and chargers.  I will admit to liking the idea of AGM so I don't have to check the water and such (call me lazy, but I haven't checked water levels in a batter in a very long time, so it's never on my mind). 

On AC's.  I think I am unlikely to find myself in death valley or the like, but I suppose some day could wind up in AZ, Grand Canyon area, etc.  More likely, would be Arkansas, TX, FL where we can get 95-105 temps with mid to high humidity. 

In a 2552, do I really need to AC units or will a 15k unit with heat pump cover it for TX/FL/AR type summer trips?

 56 
 on: February 21, 2017, 04:14:44 pm 
Started by gandalf42 - Last post by jatrax
Gandalf42 do you have a link to this: Progressive Dynamics 60A converter/charger?  Would be interested in reading more on it.

Thanks,
John

 57 
 on: February 21, 2017, 12:35:24 pm 
Started by garmp - Last post by sailors35
I once had a white 25' flat hose.  Cannot seems to find the flats anymore, but did see one on Lazydays site but with mixed reviews.  Any thoughts , experiences, etc.

Thanks

 58 
 on: February 21, 2017, 11:54:25 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Two Hams in a Can
We were camping with family when one of the party connected their hose to the water inlet, turned on the water and ants started pouring out.  After inspecting their hose we saw many ants crawling around inside.

Good point. Tip: Carry a Clorox Kitchen Cleaner with bleach, emptied of it's original contents and refilled with a 15% bleach/water mix (bleach won't destroy the Clorox sprayer like it will with an ordinary sprayer).  Then, when you get to a campsite, spray the spigot and your PC's hose connection and let it sit while you plug in.  I have personally witnessed inconsiderate RVers who dump their tanks at the full hookup site, then wash out their 3" sewer hose by holding it up to the spigot, allowing splash to go everywhere.   pulling hair out  Then, like Barry & Sue said, flush the faucet to wash out the ants and spiders that go looking for cool, wet dark places.   Wink     Cheers

 59 
 on: February 21, 2017, 10:02:44 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Barry-Sue
We carry three 10's and a 4.  We just replaced a 25' because the center liner collapsed and was blocking off the flow of water.  We buy ours at Walmart.  A raccoon will chew through a hose no matter what you pay for it just looking for fresh water.  This happened to us at Fort Desoto.

We carry ours in a covered plastic container with other fresh water accessories.  We always sanitize a new hose and then again at the end of camping season when we sanitize everything including the container they are stored in.  We also store all of our hoses with the two ends connected.  We were camping with family when one of the party connected their hose to the water inlet, turned on the water and ants started pouring out.  After inspecting their hose we saw many ants crawling around inside.

 60 
 on: February 21, 2017, 08:43:02 am 
Started by garmp - Last post by Two Hams in a Can
We commonly use a 25 ft hose...it seems to cover most shore water hookup situations.  However, that being said, there probably will be situations where you will need more hose length.  We have a 50 ft. hose the previous owner left in the PC; and since we don't have a spare tire with us, we keep the long hose in the spare tire compartment.  During our fulltiming days, we camped at a city RV park in the UP, and there was a 4 spigot water bib placed where it served four camp sites; and it took all of 50 ft. of hose to connect.  We boondocked at Kathryn's Landing Nat'l Rec Area on the Colorado River, and rather than move our (then) Airstream trailer, we had 150ft. of hose in the back of the truck, and was able to fill up without moving; but, that was an extreme case.  Carry whatever "floats yer boat".   Cheers

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