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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Xantrex 1800 on: May 25, 2013, 06:00:00 pm
The inverter is not working again.

After having read all the posts on this inverter, it appears that my MH was built at a time when there were some bad inverters. The prior owners had never run the generator and likely never used the inverter. Will call Kermit on Monday, maybe just need to replace it.

Need help from another owner with xantrex 1800. The fuse box has been labeled by someone with very poor hand writing. Can make out a few of hieroglyphics but other are beyond legible.  Could someone tell me what their two panels have written (right and left side!) for each numbered circuit.

Greg & Kathy

32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 24, 2013, 09:26:46 am
Had the same problem 7,000 miles ago, and did a fix that i will try to describe. Ours occured when a shelf dropped down and i pulled to open the door and the hinge broke.

If you look at the underside of the broken hinge --if it is like ours -- it is not solid but has a honey comb shape, the same honeycomb should be on the door where it broke. My fix was to use epoxy to fill the honey honey comb and but a 1 inch steel screw though the hinge part and door and into the middle of the epoxy spaces  filled. I first glued the hinge to the door with super glue then i drilled a hole for the screw though the two pieces and screwed the two pieces together, then i withdrew the screw filled the honeycomb with epoxy and then replace screw quickly before the epoxy set.

No problem since and have eposied the door shelves to they do no fall out. Be sure the get the epoxy for plastic. Be sure that the placement of the screw does not infringe on the door.

Hope this helps.

greg & Kathy
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Electrical question an inverter on: May 23, 2013, 07:25:55 am
After much thought about my inability to consistently relly on the inverter here is initial assessment - I am looking for support or clarification.
1. The batteries are the problem because the run down quickly. The batteries that were put in my vehicle by prior owner, when I bought from prior owner, are not the type that come with the home new. They are regular car batteries, with 600 cca rating, not deep cycle. What is best size type and rating?
2 the use or store button have no impact on the charging of batteries or use of inverter.

Greg Matthews
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another season on the road and the inverter is not working on: May 19, 2013, 09:36:39 pm
I did a battery test on the coach batteries, not the batteries that start the engine, they were at 13.5 and when tested with a load show are in good shape.

My next trip is to the inverter, which for my 2551 is under the long twin bed. nothing is tripped on the 110 power side, will look a right side in the morning.

Does any one know if there is a master rip to my inverter and if so where it might be.

----- OH Wow! -- Here is a Rosanne Rosanna Danna moment, so never mind, but read on.

Here is an update, i just tripped the fault in the bathroom on and off, and then tried the green inverter button again, it is working. Shows a full 13.5 volts.

This is what happened last summer too. I just do not understand,how one moment it does not work and then later it does work.

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35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Another season on the road and the inverter is not working on: May 19, 2013, 05:57:21 pm
I thought that i had resolved this last year when i discovered a light under the driver running board was always on, and i disconnected it before i drove home. I need some help to disgnose the current problem, we will be here for three days. My inverter is not working see explanation that follows.

We have been on the road for four days, plugged in at night. Yesterday after i just disconnected all shore power i tried to turn on the inverter (XANTREX 1800), by pressing the green button. I get an EO2 message -- an input problem typically from low voltage -- then 9.8 shows up and then only clicking until i press the green button on the inverter again.

Battery connectivity is on "use" not "Store". Ground fault light is not on. What am i missing

greg & kathy
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Leaking Out on: March 20, 2013, 11:11:00 am
You mentioned that when you blew in the air hole there was some resistance then it went away.

We had a problem filling the tank because the airline was getting clogged. When we looked under the bed which is wherever water tank is, it was staging and as a result any that entered the hose at the fill site clogged that hose and made filling impossible unless the fill was at a trickle or I placed two of my HWH lifts down and extended on fill side. I put a brace that removed the sag and the problem went away. This might be something that is related to your issue.

We are losing a little water from our tank as I drive but assume it is from sloshing around, not to your extent

37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 10:19:57 am
This is a follow up. Called FMCA about their program with Michelin that gives a discount on tires. I gave them the code off my tires, 225/75 R16 LTX. She says that they don't have a program for such small tires, commented this is a light truck tire.

That's news to me. I assume all of you have this size too?

But in either case my reason for renewing with FMCA is flawed. Maybe someone can shed light.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 07:39:54 am
i have made a decision to replace my 6 tires on the 2010 2551S this summer, mainly because the prior owner let it it sit for a year and half in a park. No signs of cracks but the tires were manufactured in 2008. four questions.

Is there a trick to getting wheel covers off?

Has anyone purchased tires at one of the large RV shops such as Lazy Days or Campers World? It seems to me that for a number of reasons i am better off going to a group that deals with wheel covers, valve extensions and balancing large tires than going to a discounter like Costco.

Lastly did anyone move away from the tires that came with RV? Mine are MIchelins 255/75 R16 LTX 5 play (three polyester two steel)

Greg Matthews
2010 2551S

What do you do about the spare that has never been on the ground and is also 5 years old?
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 13, 2013, 03:44:17 pm
I read the information on the website that Tom recommended, and the discussion on getting over the Big Horn Mountains is on point. What a great resource, though the website author took a rather cavalier approach for motorhomes on the climb out of Red Lodge up the Beartooths in his recommendations at the end of the discussion.

Again great resource, i will share with those who visit us. Thanks Tom.

Greg Matthews
2551S 2010
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 11, 2013, 06:38:18 pm
We live on Route 212 in Red Lodge MT, and i wanted to address something that was said about travel in our area, i think that the writer got the towns mixed up.

Here is what was said; "If you'll have a TOAD, make sure you take the Chief Joseph Highway to the Beartooth (US 212) and then over to Red Lodge, MT."

First the drive over the Beartooths from or to Red Lodge on HIghway 212 is truly beautiful, but is fully of long long -- 12+ miles long -- switchbacks. But you really want to think about whether you want to drive a MH up or down, with or without a toad. The down is more than 5,500 feet and always down, few pull offs with most of the road at the edge of the canyon.

If you are in Cody, just take the highway -- only road north to Belfry WY then 18 miles to Red Lodge, flat and strait

Drive the toad up or down withouut the MH. That way be what the writer meant to say.

Or the writer may have been telling you the best way to go to Cook City from Red Lodge when you are concerned about the long up road. Then the advice is to avoid Highway 212, and instead go south through Belfry WY south toward Cody and then take the Chief Joseph Highway to Cook City. You pick up highway 212 about 30 miles up the Chief Joseph highway. not a bad road, some switchback, but shorter and more gentler climbs and about 1,000 feet lower than the Beartooth pass on highway 212.

In either case be aware that with budget sequestration, we were just told the Beartooths will not be open ( snow removal delayed until sometime in mid June). Could be a harbinger of what may come.

Also if you look at a map from Gillette to Cody you see several highways going across the mountains (e.g., highway 16) if you consider taking this -- and even i won't take this one down or up -- i take my E450 up the Beartooths because otherwise i could not go anywhere -- wife just gets white nuckles.

One last comment: Gilletteis a boom town with little housing, the local RV facilites are full of oil workers, so make resevations in advance.

If anyone needs specific information please contact me.

Greg & Kathy Matthews
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: entertainment center...while driving? on: January 28, 2013, 04:58:41 pm
You mentioned that you would be driving so you will need 110 volts to turn receiver on.

We bought a device at radio shark that hooks into the iPhone an cigarette lighter it converts the ipad to an FM receiver that play through the truck radio while charging you phone. This seems like a simple solution.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 08, 2012, 03:41:56 pm
FYI we plan on being at Paines Prairie this weekend.

Have you made your trip yet? If you do go to Manatee Springs, be sure to visit Cedar Key. There is a fresh seafood market, at where the sidewalk first starts, that features both local fish, cultivated oysters and clams, and always wild atlantic shrimp.

43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winegard on: November 24, 2012, 10:49:48 am
Works like a charm, thanks guys.

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: November 24, 2012, 10:49:01 am
We live an Florida, and our state parks have a reservation system, where you can make reservations at a last minute reservation at some of the campgrounds that we find most intriguing, those with less people and don't have cable or cell.

I will suggest that when you rent, try to request a vehicle with as few miles as possible (say under 12,000 miles), especially if either one of you are not fully sold on RVing. We did this just before making the decision to buy. The RV we rented had 93,000 miles on it, and shook and rattled like crazy, almost put my bride off. i would not let her drive the vehicle as it was so out of align and not balanced. We used CruiseAmerica, they did give us a big discount when we brought it back.

We stayed in a little known county RV camping site in Levy Count. Mound Park just outside of Cedar Key, great weekend good seafood, first come first serve, and we were able to look beyond the junk vehicle we got from CruiseAmerica. Never been happier on the road.

45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help on inverter on: November 13, 2012, 02:45:35 pm
Still cannot locate program with battery draining, which started back in June.

Here is my follow up to the recommendations that have been posted, had batteries checked with tester and load, batteries are good.

Next as to why generator did charge batteries for an hour or so, that still does not make sense unless the batteries were just run down much. I looked for the switch behind the panel that gives access to the generator it self, and starter switch on the generator. The circuit breakers are all on, and the vehicle is in store. Any idea of how long to charge battery with generator under these conditions?

Next looked at generator, for the "off" switch and there isn't one other than the switch to turn off the battery.
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