Monday, August 27, 2018

New Renogy

9:14 am:
The new Renogy Solar Battery Charge Controller that we bought from Amazon is promised to be delivered today. And we on the Scampy Team are sooooo happy about that!

In the meantime, we have depended on our Honda 1000 watt generator for electric power.

Since this is the first time that we have used the Honda Eu1000i generator we learned about it. The Eu 1000i only produces enough electric power to charge our 12-volt deep cycle battery.

But the Eu 1000i does not have enough juice to power our 700-watt electric heater. Or anything else, for that matter!

We plan to trade our Honda Eu 1000i generator for a Predator 2000.




9:50 am:
Renogy 40 Arrives Today!
We just received notice that our new Renogy is on the UPS truck for delivery today! And we are sooooo happy about that too!

Our solar electric system operates quietly and requires no effort from any Scampy team member.

In comparison a generator makes noise and requires constant attention.


10:03 am:
Olympian Wave-3
Just a few minutes ago, we ordered from Amazon a replacement for our defective Olympian Wave-3 catalytic heater.

The Wave-3 shuts down when it is set on low heat. At first, the Wave-3 shut down on the high heat setting too. But after attempting to start the Wave-3 many times, it began operating at the high heat setting.

Good thing that the Wave-3 began operating. Because the temperature around here has been in the 40℉ range during the nite.


12:25 pm:
Renogy Connected!
George just completed connecting the new Renogy Solar Battery Charge Controller! That George is a handy guy to have on-hand for jobs as this one! 😜

About 1/2 hour after the Renogy being connected, the battery rose from a very low 11.7 volts to 11.9 volts. That voltage increase is not much. However, a rising voltage is a wonderful sign! Especially when we have a cloud covered sky.





9:06 pm:
New 120-Volt AC Line Installed!
We Blogged to you on August 20th [1-week ago!] about running a new 120-volt AC line. Here is what we Blogged:

"The highest priority item to do next is running a new 120 volt AC line. This line will connect the 2000 watt inverter located in Scampy's big closet to a new duplex box which will be located on Scampy's rear wall."


Thank you, Reader Sondra!
The Scampy Team sends a huge Thank you to Reader Sondra who helped us sooooo much with her comment:

"Automotive split polyethylene wire protector is cheap and what is used for undercarriage wire protection.".


Pic showing where the 120-volt AC cable ends. This cable powers 
the CyberPower outlet device that we Blogged to you about in 
yesterday's 12:28 pm post.



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20 comments:

  1. Hi George, the money you'll save on the Predator generator purchase price compared to a Honda 2200 is not worth it. when you need electric you NEED IT. Honda leads the way in dependability and service network. Yamaha a close 2nd. Only 330.00 $ difference in price plus the Honda has more juice. you're gonna need all the watts to run a 13500 btu.

    Ray
    Annapolis Md U.S.A

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    1. Honda is the way if you can afford it.

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    2. Hi Ray & Rob,

      There are a lot of generators for sale by reputable manufacturers besides Honda and Predator.

      The Westinghouse 2200 watt for example. Click [Here] to view.

      George

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  2. Before you trade your Honda in
    You're going to get a new air conditioner for your trailer do that first
    In the same week get your predator 2000 and see if that'll work the way you want it ?
    If it does, your fine, if not you could take it back to Harbor freight
    The predator 2000 only put out 1600 W of power an peaks at 2000
    If you're going to run a soft start unit you should be fine
    If you like to have fun go online for a coupon for Harbor freight .
    Discounts are always nice ,

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    1. Hi Ed,

      Right now, an air conditioner purchase is on the back burner. Perhaps when I am wintering in the San Diego area later this year,
      I take another look at A/Cs and how to power them.

      George

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  3. Maybe think about renting a few different models so you can analyze them yourself. This way you can be sure to get one that can power your most extreme need. Especially given that you are installing an AC.

    I rented a Honda 2000 for like $30 a day. Maybe on your way back down south you could find a rental place that had the new 2200 Honda???

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  4. I was surprised to see that Consumer Reports thinks highly of Harbor Freight's Generators... If you have access to CR their generator reviews are worth reading. A champion model with remote start sounds intriguing.

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    1. Hi Tom,

      There are many very good electric generators being sold. Harbor Freight's Predator line appears to be very high quality.

      George

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  5. Hi Tioga George.

    I don't understand why a 1000 watt generator can not run a 700 watt heater. Is the generator functioning properly?

    Because of your inspiration, we are beginning year two of full timeing. The freedom is wonderful.

    Thank you for all you do !!

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    1. Hi ACG,

      Your comment ["Because of your inspiration..."] is a fantastic compliment. Thank you sooooo much! 😎

      Although my Honda Eu1000i is labeled a 1000 watt generator, it actually produces much less actual electric power.

      Also, my 2000 watt inverter draws power from the Honda.


      George

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  6. The Honda 1000 only puts out 900 watts continously, the 1000 watts is a surge rating. Then there is the altitude - its rated at 900 watts at sea level, it will be reduced at higher elevations. The 700 watt heater load is added to the load from the converter (battery charger) and the computer, and any other things that are running, it all adds up. That is why a "1000 watt" generator can not run a 700 watt heater. Isn't marketing wonderfull?

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    1. Hi Ken,

      Thank you so much for your comment input!

      So far, I am sticking with the Honda Eu1000i that I have because I hardly use it.

      The only reason that I've been forced to use the Honda lately is that I messed up my Renogy solar battery charge controller by doing something stupid! Without the Renogy, I get no solar power.

      When the time comes when I install the air conditioner that I've Blogged about recently, then I'll give some thought about changing my Honda Eu1000i generator.

      George

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  7. the Honda EU100 is rated 120V 1000W max. (8.3A) 900W rated (7.5A) it also only put out 50 dB(A) @ rated load 42 dB(A) @ 1/4 load.

    the Harbor Freight's Predator 2000 is only rated for
    1600 watts constant load 2000 watt max. it also is rated at 61 DB sound, so much louder than the Honda.
    engine is 79 CC engine size. Plus it only has 90 day warranty.

    the new EU200 is rated 2200 max load 1800 constant load. Sound is rated at 57 dB(A) @ rated load 48 dB(A) @ 1/4 load. Then engine size is 121 CC so that 53% larger then the Predator unit. Unit comes with a
    3 year warranty 1200% better warranty than Predator.

    many people buy an unapproved by Honda remote fuel tank. can be used with a marine fuel tank and get
    stupid run times. Also if the oil runs low the Honda has a low oil shut off that will keep you from destroying the engine. Honda costs more but delivers a much better unit.

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    1. Hi Joe,

      Lots of information in your comment. Thank you for that! 😎

      George

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  8. Take a look at this one. The wheels make it nice for us old guys https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ryobi-Bluetooth-2-300-Watt-Super-Quiet-Gasoline-Powered-Digital-Inverter-Generator-RYI2300BTA/300347426?MERCH=REC-_-PIPHorizontal2_rr-_-205825829-_-300347426-_-N

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Did I read that Home Depot page correctly? Is Home Depot offering two Ryobi generators for $999?

      George

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    2. I only see the $599 price. You can move it around like "rolling suit case". Very handy. Of course, Home Depot has a great return policy (just bring it in. Not even a receipt).

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  9. I’ve bought numerous tools from Harbor and they’ve all been junk. Electric drills and circular saws that checked out after just few uses. Unless it’s a hand tool stay far away from them.
    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      I've never bought tools from Harbor Freight.

      I did buy about 30 ceramic magnets for $1/each. Those magnets are fantastic! Very strong and better than any other magnets that I've come across. I've Gorilla Glued those magnets on to the back of Nemo LED lights, and stick those Nemos all over the place.

      Also, I just recently bought from Harbor Freight the 2000 watt inverter that supplies Scampy's 120 volt AC electricity.

      Bill, maybe I've just been lucky with Harbor Freight?

      George

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