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  1. Inline reel reviews

    I agree. They also work well in deep water. I can get back down noticeably faster with the 6061 black betty than my best spinning reels.
  2. Wheel house help!

    Use 1x2 (actually 3/4"x1 1/2") PVC trim boards for firring strips on the face of studs. The PVC won't absorb any moisture and works well as a thermo break from the aluminum studs. They can be found at any of the big box lumber stores.
  3. Inline reel reviews

    I have a couple 13 6061 Black Betty's and like them a lot. Also have a couple Frabill 371's, they are ok but the drag can get "sticky". Pretty much use them for panfish only. And then I have a couple Okuma SLV 2/3 fly reels that are great in shallow water.
  4. Wiring Wheel House

    Thanks for the replies. I think I'm best off just returning the AC/DC panel and going the other route. A lot less monkeying around.
  5. Wiring Wheel House

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  6. Wiring Wheel House

    So what's the right way to wire that panel so I can power my AC circuit(s) off of either the shore power or the inverter. If the only way to power that panel is by shore power than its not going to work for me and I'd be better off returning it and going with a separate AC and DC system with a seperate onboard charger. I realize a lot of folks set up in one spot for the weekend, fire the generator and leave it run. That's not how I fish. I want to keep the ability to move around easily when I want, and that means at times not messing with getting a generator set up just to power the tv or a Vexilar charger etc when I might be moving in 45 minutes. Sorry for all the questions, just don't have any experience with these AC/DC panels with built in converters and chargers etc.
  7. Wiring Wheel House

    I understand all that. I thought they also had something that would not allow the charger to turn on if the input power was from a battery powered inverter. If not, then the batteries are trying to power a charger that is charging them. If not then I need to rethink how I'm wiring everything. Doesn't make much sense to draw down the batteries powering an inverter in which the biggest draw would then be powering a charger to charge the same batteries. I was going to just wire a 12ga cord with male plug maybe 2'-3' long off the AC supply to the panel. Then I will have a 30 amp gfci outlet wired independently to the generator inlet, so that outlet is always "hot" when the generator is plugged in and running. In that case I can plug the AC/DC panel into that outlet for the AC supply. When wanting to run a few small 110v items like TV/Satellite without running generator I would then plug the AC supply cord into the inverter and draw off the batteries. But I don't see that working if that's going to draw off the batteries to power the charger to charge them at the same time. Or will that not matter?
  8. Wiring Wheel House

    My understanding was there is something in the converter/charger in those ac/dc panels that senses what the input power source is and stops it from charging the battery when the input is by an inverter from the batteries. Is that wrong?
  9. Best place to buy Honda 2000i generator

    Whereabouts did you see them for $799? Best I've found so far is $899. Saving another $100 would be great!
  10. Direct to Dish

    You must have an existing subscription for it to be $7 a month when you use it, and for getting it prorated? I'm looking at getting a tailgater but from what I was reading the cheapest package I can get will be $39.99 a month and will be billed in full month increments. But it does allow me to only pay by the month when I use it instead of having to sign into a contract and pay every month for something that will likely only get used a few months a year.
  11. Where's the best place to buy a Honda 2000i generator. I know it's a factory set price for the most part but remembered in the past some local "mom and pops" had them a bit cheaper. Would prefer to give my business to a small business anyway. I'm in the south metro if that matters at all, but willing to drive.
  12. Wiring Wheel House

    This looks like it will work to me. I had thought of doing something similar when I was thinking of going with the inverter, seperate 12v fuse block and onboard charger. Would have wired a "hot" outlet direct from generator. Then ran a piece of romex with a male plug wired onto it and tied the 110v into that. then I could have either plugged that into the "hot" outlet along with the onboard charger, when the generator was running. Or I could have plugged it into the inverter when needing to run off battery power.
  13. Wiring Wheel House

    Thanks everyone for the replies. I am planning to go with the ac/dc distribution panel with built in converter and charger. Then adding an automatic transfer switch, and an inverter. I m going to bring the exterior generator outlet directly into a gfci outlet box. Then wiring the transfer switch as follows... To the NO(normally open) terminals I will wire either a piece of 14ga romex with a male plug wired on the other end, or just get a cord of the correct size with the plug on it, which will plug into the "hot" gfci outlet being fed by the generator. I will do the same at the NC(normally closed) terminals, which can be plugged into the inverter. Then from the transfer switch output I will wire a piece of romex with a female plug, or correct size cord with same. From the main terminals on the 110v side of the distribution panel I will wire of piece of romex or cord with a male plug on it. That can then be plugged into the female plug coming out of the transfer switch. I figure wiring it that way gives me the option of bypassing the transfer switch and plugging the distribution panel directly into the "hot" gfci outlet from the generator if the transfer switch should fail. The transfer switch should feed the output from the NO terminals as long as they have power to them. If they lose power, i.e. turning the generator off, then the NO terminal close and it switches the NC terminals open and feeds the output from those, which would be the inverter in this case. I had been told by one of the places that sells fish house materials that I couldn't wire an inverter in with one of their WFCO panels. I knew there was a way so I thank you guys for making me think about it a little more. I think this set up will give me exactly what I'm looking for. I plan on running a Honda 2000W generator, and then two 31 series AGM batteries wired in paralell. Will run the generator during the day when convenient, but also want the ability to "run and gun" more when conditions allow without needing to set up the generator every time just to power a couple small AC items. Anyone have any experience with the automatic transfer switches? Go Power brand seems to have good reviews. Same with distribution panels. 2 I see the most are the WFCO and the Progressive Dynamics. YettiStyle, what is it that you prefer about the Progressive Dynamics panel? Better quality? Easier connections? etc... Thanks again to everyone!
  14. Wiring Wheel House

    Trying to decide between electrical options, mainly between going with a WFCO type power supply box with the built in charger and converter, or going with a separate 12v fuse block, on board charger and inverter. Pros and cons to each system? Can the WFCO style boxes be wired with an inverter so your 110 stuff runs of the battery when not running the generator? Will any 12v items like Vexilar's, Aqua Vu's etc have issues running at the same time the generator is powering the onboard charger? Will be powering an Atwood 18k btu furnace, 2 or 3 vexilar's, couple Aqua Vu's, 2 15" tvs and some other chargers etc on the 12v. Nothing with a real big draw. Would prefer to run off of battery power as much as possible, but also don't want to wake up at 3 am to a dead battery and no heat! If going the inverter/onboard charger route, does one trust the circuit protection on the generator, or wire in a gfci outlet? Or better yet wire in a 2 circuit breaker panel for the 110?