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76  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: December 26, 2013, 06:34:38 pm
Dick,
Thank you for the post on the Roadmaster FuseMaster.  I found the application list at:
http://roadmasterinc.com/products/accessories/electrical/fusemaster2.html

We haven't towed the CR-V on any long trips lately and have been careful to turn off most battery drain items when we have towed--so far no more dead battery at destination.  Maybe the Invisibrake system is doing its job, too.

77  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 26, 2013, 05:38:47 pm
Sparky,
We often travel the I-5 in California and Oregon and agree with what Bob has just posted.  That is why we never drive I-5 north of Lake Shasta during the winter. LOL
But, as Bob points out, you can make it if you are careful, flexible, and fortunate.
Bruce and Sharon
78  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: BATTERY REPLACEMENT on: December 20, 2013, 11:16:25 am
Another great report from you Sparky.  Thanks!
Bruce
79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 16, 2013, 01:44:24 pm
The four tires that I can see on our 2014 2552 (built on a 2013 E-450 chassis) have B3JH 009X and 1313.  So, they are outside of the recall manufactured dates.
--Bruce
80  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: December 12, 2013, 01:42:32 pm
HI THERE TO ALL OF YOU PC OWNERS. WE ARE NEWBIES AS OF A WEEK AGO. WE DOWNSIZED FROM A 40' 2006 BEAVER MONTEREY. WHAT A SHOCK, NO ROOM FOR ALL OUR STUFF! SO GLAD THERE ISN'T!! WE LIVE IN OCALA SO STOP BY SOME TIME. ANYBODY GETTING TOGETHER THIS WINTER IN FLORIDA? WOULD SURE LIKE TO JOIN YOU. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THE INFO. ON THE FORUM. ROGER KEEPS LOOKING TO SEE IF I AM STILL STUDYING AND I KEEP PRINTING STUFF FOR HIM TO READ. HE JUST HATES IT WHEN I GET ON THE FORUM CAUSE IT MEANS MORE "HONEY-DOS. THANKS AGAIN, DEB

P.S. PROUD OWNERS OF 2910D CHERRY INTERIOR, WOOD FLOORS,CAFE FB PAINT, CAFE COLOR INTERIOR

Hello Deb and Roger,

Six months ago we sold our 37' 2004 Beaver Monterey that we loved ever since purchasing it new in '04, but at this time in our lives we feel that we are "right-sized" with our new PC 2552.  Like you, we received much help from the forum members here to make the new baby feel perfect for us.  We'll be spending Christmas in it at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course halfway between San Diego and Palm Springs, but we'll be wishing you well in Florida with your new PC.

Happy traveling,
Sharon and Bruce
81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: December 06, 2013, 03:03:58 pm
Sparky and YankeeFlyer,

Thanks for your replies.  I'll crawl under the rig sometime to see if I could mount a carrier.

Best regards,
Bruce
82  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving! on: November 27, 2013, 08:49:08 pm
We feel the same as Mike and Joni.  Many things to be thankful for, including all the kind help we've received on this Forum.
Best wishes to all,
Bruce and Sharon
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 27, 2013, 08:44:06 pm
I found this while I was looking up the EZ one mentioned above: http://www.dwincorp.com/products/82/SUPER-TUBE  looks interesting, big enough for the rhino flex.

Yes, that carrier looks perfect.
We too carry a 3" hose stuffed in a storage cabinet for draining gray water when we're camped in one spot for more than a couple of days. 
Could anyone explain how to attach a carrier under our 2552?
Bruce
84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winter travel and overnighting iin low 20 degree weather on: November 26, 2013, 04:56:03 pm
Hey, I like the look of your sewer hose storage.  Is it the 64" L E-Z Hose Carrier that I see at Camping World online?
Was that carrier easy to install?  I'm guessing that it was harder to do than it looks.
Thanks for the photo,
Bruce
85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First trip on our 2350: a report on: November 11, 2013, 02:45:44 pm
Great report on your first trip!
Thanks for posting,
Bruce and Sharon
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: October 22, 2013, 02:54:23 pm
I ve learned more about adding a battery maintenance system in our CR-V during towing, so here is an update.

As I posted earlier, we had an InvisiBrake supplemental braking system installed in our new CR-V at the time we added the tow bar brackets.  The installer gave me a quick demonstration on the operation of both before I left the shop.  I thought I knew all I needed to get on the road without closely reading the Owners Manuals.

Today I was reading the Invisibrake manual looking for instructions on how to adjust the brake pressure in the toad when I noticed a section called Preparing for towing.  There I found an extra (to me) step to follow when hooking up the toad:

Turn the motorhome park lights on this will activate the InvisiBrake charge circuit, which will provide a constant trickle charge to the vehicles battery during towing.

Wow!  I didnt know of that step before (and didn't imagine that any battery trickle charger was included in the InvisiBrake), but usually turn on the motorhome driving lights when traveling, so that should have been sufficient to activate the trickle charger.  I must have forgotten to use the driving lights during that last trip that ended with a drained toad battery (or the trickle charge system isnt currently operable).  Or the trickle charge is insufficient to maintain the battery with the drain caused by the toads other battery demands with the ignition key on.

Weve learned how to minimize the display on CR-Vs Navigation screen and on long trips will restart and run the toads motor a while during rest stops.  

Will post here again after more travel.

Thanks again for all of your help on this.

Bruce
87  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back up camera and monitor on: October 21, 2013, 07:43:05 pm
This is an update relating to our intermittent lack of a clear picture in the rear view monitor.

After describing the symptoms to Kermit on the phone, he thinks the problem was caused by a faulty camera.  He sent us a replacement camera and told me how to reach the connecting cable at the rear.  No need to remove any tail light cover--just pull out the rubber grommet in the rear wall that holds the camera's cable there and pull the line out of the hole.  Then it was very easy to look for a loose connection--none found.   

The old camera was working just before I removed it and the new one is working fine too while we're parked in our storage lot.  Intermittent failures can be very frustrating to stop as one is seldom certain that an attempted fix has made a permanent difference!

We haven't taken any trips since we first reported this issue, but plan to travel over 700 miles in November.  That trip should be a good test to see if the problem is really solved.

Will report again later.

Bruce
88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2012 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: October 18, 2013, 06:54:10 pm
Bob, Bob, and Ron,

Thanks for your quick replies.  You're amazing!

I think we have all the info now to accomplish our task--just have to see if and when we can physically do it.

Will let you know here when we get it done.

Bruce

89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2012 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: October 18, 2013, 12:52:55 pm
Wow, you folks continue to impress me with your knowledge and willingness to help us complete this battery maintenance feature.

Here is more feedback on what I've found, but first another question:

I'm still not certain what our next step should be.  Do we just attach a single wire to a connection inside of the CR-V's wiring socket that will extend the 12v line to the CR-V's positive battery post, or do we also need to connect a wire to the negative lead to extended it to the CR-V's negative battery post or to ground?

I went back out to the PC to read the voltage available at the end of the coily cable.  As Bob suggested, the 12v does not exist there when the PC ignition key is in the off position, but is there when the ignition key is turned on.  So, unless something in that system fails, the Honda battery should not be drained because of being connected to the PC.  We rarely leave the towd connected overnight as we usually drive it off the explore the local area, but disconnecting the cable would be a simple precaution on those times when the towd is left attached.  The drain from accessories being on in the Honda while being towed is definitely an issue.  Don't know how much current the Invisibrake uses during the trip, plus any other drains that we can't turn off. 

As you've said, having the battery maintenance feature in place while towing should keep the towd's battery in good shape.

Bruce

90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2012 Honda CR-V battery discharged after tow on: October 17, 2013, 06:24:13 pm
Hi Ron,

Again your suggestions are very much appreciated.  Here is what I found:

I confirmed with my multi tester that a constant 12v exists in the towd end of the coily cable when the other end is plugged into the PC.

Could not find any 12v existing in the socket of the towd vehicle. 

So, I guess the next step would be to look into the connections inside of the towd vehicle's socket to see what wires are connected there (I'd be expecting to see only the white, brown, yellow, and green ones that go the the towd's lights).  This step would be very difficult for me to do with my weak hands and fingers because of the small working space and tightly wound wires there--might get someone else to do this.

If we find any of the six connectors empty there (and they will match up to the 12v pins of the coily cable), do we just add wires there that will run directly to the towd's battery posts to complete the battery maintenance feature?

Thanks again for your help,
Bruce
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