Saturday, August 25, 2018

Educational Morning

6:30 am:
It's a bit chilly this morning in Ponderay Idaho. 45℉ outside. And inside Scampy, the temperature is only 55℉.

So, we turned on our new Olympian Wave 3 Catalytic Heater. And guess what happened. After the heater was on for three minutes, the safety thermocouple cut out and the heater shut down!

We restarted the Wave 3 several times, and every time the heater shut down! Bummer! Our new Wave 3 is defective!



6:55 am:
Lakewood Heater
Not to be undone, we fetched our little Lakewood heater. The Lakewood has a 750-watt setting and will run using our Honda 1000 watt generator.

Wrong! The Honda overloaded and set-off it's overload protection when the Lakewood electric heater was connected!

Either the Lakewood is drawing much more than 750 watts, or the Honda does not actually produce 1000 watts of power?!

Another bummer!


7:10 am:
2000 Watt Inverter
We decided to give our 2000 watt inverter a chance to power the Lakewood heater.

We suspected that this inverter would not do the job because the inverter is powered by only one 12-volt deep cycle battery.

We were correct. The inverter overloaded and shut down.


8:00 am:
Renogy Not Working
The panel of the Renogy is not coming on.

Yesterday when running the wiring for the Renogy Battery Charge Controller, a hookup error was made! I connected the solar panels before the battery!

Looking at the manual to find out what was wrong, I read the following warning in RED letters:

WARNING: Connect battery terminals to the charge controller BEFORE connecting the solar panel(s) to the charge controller. NEVER connect solar panels to charge controller until the battery is connected.

We need a new Renogy!




9:23 am:
Ordered New Renogy 40
The Scampy Team is dependent upon having solar power. And having solar power means getting a replacement for the Renogy 40 Amp Battery Charge Controller which George burned out yesterday!

We just purchased a new Renogy from Amazon with a guaranteed delivery of Monday, August 27th. 

Isn't that fantastic! Today's World! Double wow with sugar on it!



11am:
Invited To Camp
I met a fellow who lives near yesterday's Nite Camp. His name is Cole. We hit-it-off and he invited me to camp at his home.

I am camped at his home now! Pretty neat, huh?

BTW, I won't be publishing a Nite Camp map while I am camping at Cole's home.


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19 comments:

  1. I'd read the directions on the new heater & see if it's an adjustment thing.

    Turn the heater off, then plug it into the already running generator, then turn it on... see if that helps.

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    1. Hi Rob,

      I believe that you are commenting on my Lakewood electric heater.

      When I plugged in the Lakewood electric heater, the generator was running. Immediately the Honda overloaded.

      George

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  2. What is your Altitude where are you are, for your heater .
    you sure it wasn't financial morning instead of educational
    But guess you can combine the two

    I think an isolator off / on switch is in your future
    I think Confucius say;; read directions before , not after
    Maybe Confucius was your woman instead

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    1. Hi Ed,

      This comment has to be one of your better gems! 😜

      George

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    2. Almost like poetry!!!

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  3. Hi George. 3 out of 3 equipment failures...... when this happens to me I realize that I am the common denominator. I m not familiar with the Olympian propane heater but it sounds like its not getting fuel, or oxygen sensor is cutting it off. your Honda generator should easily operate the electric heater on low setting. is the Honda in Eco mode ? if so turn it off so it will run full rpm. if heater has a fan only setting put it there and then switch to low heat mode. best of luck .
    Ray
    Annapolis Md U.S.A.

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    1. Hi Ray,

      The manual that came with the Olympian describes what is happening to my heater as a thermocouple problem. When Olympian reopens on Monday, I'll phone and get a better read on what's happening.

      When I bought my Honda generator, I got a 1000 watt model. I suspected that 1000 watts would be too small for my needs and bought it anyway to save money.

      Well, now I know that a 1000 watt is too small. A 2000 watt would have been better. And a 3000 watt would put me over top and likely what I will buy in the not too distant future.

      Live and learn, I say!

      George

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  4. Why did you get another Wave 3? Thought you still had the original.
    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      The Wave 3 that you are commenting about had its Piezo sparker break. The Piezo button stuck out in front of the heater, and I stepped on that button and it broke.

      Olympian changed their parts policy. The company no longer sells parts for their heaters. This change forces people like me to buy a new heater.

      BTW, my new Wave 3 has its Piezo sparker button extend from the heater's side. A much better position because from the side that button is better protected.

      George

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  5. George
    Did you get to talk to a real person at Amazon or order from a machine?
    Good information about hooking controller to battery before hooking up panels, you probably saved me from making a big mistake.
    Otto

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    1. Hi Otto,

      That is a kinda facetious, tongue-in-cheek question, Mister Otto. You pulling my leg?

      BTW, when I order from Amazon online, I never "talk" to anybody. I order from Amazon's web pages. Just as you do when you order from Amazon.

      About your thanking me for my Blog info. I am soooo happy to have helped you, Otto!

      George

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    2. George my Renogy controller does not have a switch between the panels and controller. Have you came up with any ideas of installing one. Probably could unplug the panels but might end up arcing the plug. Too bad the solar kit does not come with a switch. I might call Renogy this week and see what is recommended, they have pretty good customer service.

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    3. Hi Otto,

      Your Renogy installation calls for the positive line from the solar panel to the Renogy to be fused.

      Just pull that fuse and the panel and Renogy are disconnected.

      George

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  6. Hey George, Honda came out with a new 2200 generator, with 10% more power than the old standby 2000. Might be something to look into.

    The 3000 world give you your needs at the extreme end, but will be heavy.

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    1. Hi Kent,

      Thank you sooooo much!

      I am going to research that right now!

      George

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  7. Before you ditch the generator there's something you might want to look at ,
    it's called a soft start system,, this is a plug and play system
    You should be able to use your thousand watt generator with your A/C unit
    As well as your portable electric heater (but not at the same time)
    Most RV,er are still running 120v in the dark ages when it comes to there A/C units

    Run this on YouTube
    Micro-Air EasyStart Soft Starter Installation into RV Rooftop Air Conditioner

    For ( 👉 their )information
    You can run your RV roof top air conditioner
    Using solar panels
    A Proper size battery bank
    Soft start system
    Runtime is about 6 to 8 hours depending on your batteries

    Sorry Mr, G your system will not handle it,,

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    1. Hi Ed,

      That Micro-Air Easy Start thing looks really great!

      Another fantastic comment Mr. Ed! 😎

      Thank you,
      George


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  8. George, having a controller burn up just because it's not connected to a battery is a design defect in the controller. It should work just fine without anything connected to it if it was properly designed.

    This means you have to be sure you disconnect the Solar panels from the controller before you do any work on the electrical system, including changing out the battery. You can't just disconnect the battery cables as this will damage the poorly designed controller.

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    1. Hi Lou,

      100% Agreed!!

      I was talking with my daughter just this morning on the phone about this same "design defect" subject that you commented about.

      My daughter is a computer engineer and we both enjoy talking about stuff like this.

      But what shall I do with this realization?

      It is very easy to disconnect the solar panel from the Renogy controller. Just remove the fuse.

      George

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