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271  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: June 07, 2010, 07:22:55 pm
Thanks for the info Bob. I thought when I was ringing circuits that was the way it should be.  I had the AC and thermostat replaced as part of the deal when I bought my unit from a dealer and I think that the in the change over the thermostat was mis-wired through the battery after the disconnect.  Should be an easy fix amounting to finding one hot wire.

L. G.
272  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The New Triple Slide on: June 06, 2010, 08:03:01 pm
It looks great.
It's moving back to what I got rid off.  The 3-4 slide diesel pusher.  With less usable space up front. 
As Ron mentioned weight has to be a major factor in carrying capacity.
This one would put me right back where I was with the wife not wanting to drive it, EVER. 
Two many 2' - 4' plugs in the chassis can put the weight over the rear end causing a tail wagging the dog effect, particularly with a towed.

L. G.

273  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: June 06, 2010, 07:53:11 pm
Yes, it is that way on mine too.  The problem is that with the house battery disconnected the thermostat for the HVAC is also without power(12V) and the AC will not come on.
I assume it's this way so the heater can be used in a dry camping scenario.
I keep the AC set on 85 degrees in my polebarn storage since it can get a little warm even with shade in Okie land.

L. G.
274  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric water heater on: June 04, 2010, 07:02:21 pm
I would be careful about using the propane on the water heater when driving.  I inadvertently did that once on a trailer and the heat from the exhaust marked the side of the trailer.  That was in the 80's so maybe the routing of exhaust has been improved with time.
275  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: June 04, 2010, 06:59:49 pm
I ended up killing one cell in one battery.  The remaining battery was cooking all of the water out.  Thought about it for a couple of days and decided to go through the inverter/charger set-up to make sure it was right.  It was not.  The dip switch that controls rate was set to the high charge rate for hard usage, which scenario doesn't apply in my case.  Moved the switch to the other setting and the boiling stopped and it's maintaining 13.2 volts at the battery. A welcome side effect is that my language has improved quite a bit according to the better half.
276  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The 31 Ft Cruiser on: May 14, 2010, 11:42:51 pm
Can't help with the 31, but we downsized from a 34' HR Ambassador pusher to a 27' PC, and have never looked back.  I would not have the systems on the pushers again for all the tea in China.  Now, having said that I have a constant drain on the house battery that I cannot locate. Even with everything turned off and the battery disconnect off.

L.G.
277  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travelling With Cats on: May 12, 2010, 11:17:19 am
No travel with cats in the PC, YET, but have traveled with two in a different MH and they were allowed to pick there own comfort level and place, and did well we thought.
Seems to me the best place for the box may be behind the drivers seat in a 27'er.  My experience with cats getting in places where they don't belong and not wanting to come out, is that the shoo part of verbalization is pretty well founded, and tends make them move from where they have holed up.

L. G.
278  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: April 23, 2010, 10:00:15 am
Would it then make sense to isolated the two house batteries from each other with relays?  That would mean not having the ampacity of two batteries but still having the total capacity of two, just have to manually switch them in and out of/for use.

That doesn't sound like a solution either. But, it does work better on a charge cycle, at home, in the driveway, to top each battery individually, and then reconnect in parallel.

L.G.

Thanks for the thoughts.
279  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: April 18, 2010, 05:48:57 pm
Guys and gals I am still fighting the battery problem too.   If the battery switch is in the store position they SHOULD be disconnected from the inverter/charger. But even with that said, the difference in battery capacity between two batteries will still hasten discharge.  When these two crap out I will only buy one in the future since I don't dry camp that much anyway, and going down the road you have the option of engine charging or generator running the inverter/charger.  I have found, for info only, that my independent maintenance chargers because of that difference in capacity never reach a null state(charged) and shut off.  I suspect the inverter/charger has the same problem and boils the two batteries to death.
Hope this helps, but, probably just confuses the issue more.

L. G.
280  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Switches on: April 14, 2010, 01:10:36 pm
Thanks to all, went and checked and that is exactly what I have.  Confusion stems from the similar switch that was on a HR I owned and it was not wired in this manner.
L. G.
281  Main Forum / General Discussion / Switches on: April 13, 2010, 06:59:46 pm
Upon entering the coach, door on the left there are three switches. Top switch is for the porch light, bottom switch is the house battery disconnect.  The middle one does something with the step motor but I am not sure what. 

Are there any ideas as to what on and off control with the step motor?

Thank you for any help.

L. G.
282  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: viewing TV in 2551 on: April 13, 2010, 12:00:16 pm
I have the couch on the slide, on a 2700, the viewing angle is neither good nor bad for the space available.  Changing position to prevent a "crik" in the neck becomes second nature quickly.  I bought my unit used so had no choices, but we make it work.  There are probably better options.  Can't comment on an onboard air bed, but the one we have at home is pain in the patoot and according to the wife is going to be replaced.
Get well soon.
L.G.
283  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: That Fancy Inverter is Driving Me Nuts and I Need a Bucket of Help/Advice on: April 07, 2010, 10:53:51 pm
Ron,
Mine is under cover, although not inside.  That may be the way for me to go too, with an external charger.  I found out tonight that the inverter is evidently directly wired to the shore power without going through a breaker, at least none of the breakers de-power it.  THAT needs changing I think,  don't know how PC gets around code with that latch up.  It seems too that there is no way to de-power 12V from the batteries to the inverter, so that needs to change too, although the output from the inverter does go through breakers.  That still leaves the hot side of the breaker hot, ALWAYS, as long as the batteries are above a certain voltage.
This set up is not conducive to being on shore power at all IMHO.
Thanks for the tip.
L. G.
284  Main Forum / General Discussion / That Fancy Inverter is Driving Me Nuts and I Need a Bucket of Help/Advice on: April 07, 2010, 03:26:01 pm
Well the weather is nice finally and after some medical stuff would like to exit Tulsa for a while.  Went out to change oil and do a little general clean-up/maintenance and discovered once again the inverter/charger has pretty much cooked the batteries (no water).  It has been on shore power since returning from last trip ~1Dec09.  I am tempted to yank that sucker and put in a standard house power supply/charger.  I have done the tricks listed in some other threads and nothing is solving this nightmare.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks, L. G.
285  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spare tire key lock ? on: March 12, 2010, 07:44:53 pm
Sounds familiar Les.  My key for the spare on a 2700 is unique, doesn't work any other lock.  I finally had to electric pencil what key worked what on my bunch of keys. Ron has it right, the times I have removed the cover to check pressure, I have to kind of push and twist and pull to get the process moving in the right direction.  Seems like I may be challenged on the re-installation too, since it usually takes a couple of tries to get the cover back on.  It's stout and don't ever see it failing from vibration or such.  That WD-40 really ought to be flushed out with some silicone before summer...  It will harden and mess up the best of intentions.
L. G.
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