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    Potentially...

    Potentially...
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    I agree with Haf-E. For powering off the grid...

    I agree with Haf-E.

    For powering off the grid and the inverter transferring shore power to the trailer outlets, the trailer's wiring will be covered by the upstream breaker.

    AS LONG AS you...
  3. Lightweight, stiff, good insulation (IIRC R7 per...

    Lightweight, stiff, good insulation (IIRC R7 per inch). lack of thermal bridges, uniform structural thermal expansion/contraction and also - easy to fix. Cut out the damaged area, glue in a new...
  4. I think that pic that was posted of an IS with...

    I think that pic that was posted of an IS with some rocks was a bit deceptive. If you are building a hybrid and using one drive motor per wheel, even without a portal arrangement, then the center is...
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    The medium density stuff I used didn't do that. ...

    The medium density stuff I used didn't do that.

    I did add one of those blue egg-crate style roll up sleeping pads on top of the stack of foam in the cold. You could literally feel the heat...
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    Battery Tenders are good, but most of what they...

    Battery Tenders are good, but most of what they make are trickle chargers / maintainers.

    The one in the link is only 1.25 amps per channel. For a 100ah battery down by 50%, it'll take a minimum...
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    Upholstery shop. I've used this stuff (medium...

    Upholstery shop.

    I've used this stuff (medium density):

    http://foammart.com/index.php?pg=home&pcat=foam-flexible-open-cell

    Started with 1", then added another 1", then another. I'm 6'4",...
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    Highly unlikely. If it's a 2 amp unit, certainly...

    Highly unlikely. If it's a 2 amp unit, certainly not.

    I'd say 10a-15a minimum if you want to power some loads and still have enough left over to charge the battery. And even then, it'll take all...
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    I just figured you'd been smoking some of that...

    I just figured you'd been smoking some of that surfer's whacky weed with J. Suave. :D
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    Well, there is another issue. As the batteries...

    Well, there is another issue.

    As the batteries age and get cycled, their capacity goes down. So while a battery might be a 100 amp*hour battery when new, if you drain it repeatedly to 100% it's...
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    Six of one, half dozen of the other. Watts is...

    Six of one, half dozen of the other. Watts is watts.

    Powering lighting off an inverter won't use but a few more watts than running directly off of 12v.
    What you plug in to it might use more...
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    Dammit. Now you've made me actually go and look...

    Dammit. Now you've made me actually go and look at that manual again...

    Turns out that the manual actually does say "power supply". Page 14, under the heading "Powering other DC loads".
    ...
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    Ahh. Good point. I do recall that, though it's...

    Ahh. Good point. I do recall that, though it's been quite a while since I looked at the manual for that unit.



    So in UPS mode, it does constant current bulk and then constant voltage float,...
  14. Sounds like BS to me. Did he give any rational...

    Sounds like BS to me. Did he give any rational reason *why* you'd have the same problem down the road?





    I would apply that to just about any large chain store. While I was picking up my new...
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    What is alternator's rated output? Fuses...

    What is alternator's rated output?




    Fuses are to protect the wire. Size the fuse for whatever the wire is rated to carry.
  16. My truck has both - a spare tire carrier and a...

    My truck has both - a spare tire carrier and a box that I built to house a generator. Both are 3-point mounted with two points being through the hinges themselves.

    The spare tire has been there I...
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    That'll work. Last time I looked the biggest...

    That'll work. Last time I looked the biggest Optima branded charger was 12 amps. Optimas can actually handle a lot more charging amps than that. Technically, I think they say "no limit as long as you...
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    Well...sorry Mike, but no, I think you may be...

    Well...sorry Mike, but no, I think you may be confusing some things. :)

    A thin plate *cranking battery* (whether AGM, flooded or Gel) can be ruined after only a few deep discharges. A thick plate...
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    Nah, teotwaki's been around. He knows the...

    Nah, teotwaki's been around. He knows the difference between charging stages and operating modes. Modes 1 and 2 on the Samlex are both 3-stage operating modes, while Mode 3 is just a constant voltage...
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    Actually, the answer is no. "AGM specific" is...

    Actually, the answer is no. "AGM specific" is marketing hooey. If you look at the recommended charge specs for an Optima, and the recommended charge specs for a Trojan T-105 flooded, you'll see that...
  21. They probably have the same sort of test rig I...

    They probably have the same sort of test rig I saw at O'Reilly when I bought new batteries for my truck a while back. I think it was made by Schumacher.

    It's a big box with a tray to set the...
  22. From what I see, Tatra (and Mogs) generally don't...

    From what I see, Tatra (and Mogs) generally don't have a lot of *up* travel in the suspension. But they do a fantastic job of allowing the wheels to "droop" and remain in contact with the ground....
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    Okay, I take it back. It's a really really nice...

    Okay, I take it back. It's a really really nice little solar setup...for charging a phone. :D
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    My last generator was the smallest cheapest that...

    My last generator was the smallest cheapest that Champion makes. I paid 200 bucks for it delivered, and it lasted well over 1000 hours.

    Champion is an American company in Santa Fe Springs, Ca, in...
  25. Heya. :) I'm still following along. As to...

    Heya. :) I'm still following along.

    As to straight axle vs. independent - if you are using a portal design with drive motors at each wheel, then there is no straight axle anyway. Tying the...
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