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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Converter tripping on: April 09, 2015, 09:20:28 pm
Are you confident the shore power is wired correctly.

I always check polarity and if there is a ground. Many campgrounds have poor wiring. So that is where you need to start.
Buy one of these gadgets at a Hardware store of from Amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012DHVQ0/ref=od_aui_detailpages00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

If there wiring is OK, start with converter breaker off and then turn it on and see what happens.

2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: cabinet latch problem on: April 06, 2015, 11:30:26 am
There was a long thread on this last October.

Here is my reply: http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,1936.msg15124.html#msg15124

This winter I went through about 4 more brd latches. None of the Southcos have failed yet.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Boondocking electric question on: March 29, 2015, 11:02:47 am
I use a Bogart TM-2025-RV to monitor my solar panel and battery state of charge. At a glance I can tell the state of charge of my batteries. It also displays my Engine battery voltage.

I had Phoenix mount it along with the inverter & tank monitor on the side of the cabinet by the left side of the door.


I had them mount my Charge Controller and  Progressive EMS Display  on the right side of the door. This way when I connect my power I can glance in the door to see what the voltage is or any error signal. I spend my winter in RV parks that have frequent voltage problems so the system saves me ruining my microwave or refrigerator controls.

4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Boondocking electric question on: March 28, 2015, 05:09:43 pm
I always leave my inverter off  unless I need to use one of the outlets that it supplies. It does have a low current draw, but low is not zero.
If you are going to do very much dry camping you should get a couple of solar panels. Cost has come way down.

Also remember the converters that RV's use never fully charge your batteries. But your alternator will when you drive,

When you are not charging here is an idea of your battery condition.
Percentage    
Charge   Voltage
100   12.73
90   12.62
80   12.5
70   12.37
60   12.24
50   12.1
40   11.96
30   11.81
20   11.66
10   11.51

You really shouldn't let batteries go below 12.1 volts or 50% charge.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SeeLevel RV tank Monitors on: March 26, 2015, 02:11:47 pm
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Battery nothing no lights. I am plugged in

Strange no battery. Is your Battery disconnect switch on? The light only tells you you are plugged in, you must hit rocker switch to on.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SeeLevel RV tank Monitors on: March 25, 2015, 11:54:33 am
Tom, What do you mean by quit working? No level lights lite up, all the level lights lite up?
Do the other lights in the panel for LPG & battery work?
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Charging coach batteries from van battery on: March 06, 2015, 11:11:25 pm
Either you asked the question backward or I don't understand.

The switch that operates that solenoid and next to the steering wheel. With the engine off when depressing the switch the solenoid will click closed and allow the coach batteries to charge the van battery.

As soon as you turn on your key to start the engine this solenoid will open and not allow this. When the engine is running the van alternator charges your coach batteries via a diode that allows the current to go in only one direction.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Charging coach batteries from van battery on: March 06, 2015, 12:45:11 pm
When the engine is running the alternator charges the coach batteries. There is a diode that makes it one-way, the van only charges the coach batteries.
To go the other way from coach to van, Phoenix put the little switch on left side of steering wheel.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Questions on: March 04, 2015, 10:28:35 pm
Take a look at a Thor RUV. Nice size, but not made as well as a Phoenix.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sound deadening on: March 01, 2015, 08:23:01 pm
Never saw that option. We do not have thermopane windows either and out 2552 is very quiet fro outside noise.

Maybe it's sound insulation in the doghouse (Engine compartment) the engine is noisy when driving.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New truck battery on: February 28, 2015, 10:13:41 pm
The switch next to the steering wheel that allows you to charge your engine battery may still be on, it makes my step go in when it is on and door closed.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New truck battery on: February 28, 2015, 07:36:04 am
So any standard car battery of the same group size is fine. Interstate is a good brand,
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New truck battery on: February 27, 2015, 08:31:00 am
I don't understand "Truck Battery".

Do you mean the 2 RV batteries or the Engine battery under your hood?

The 2 are Deep Cycle but the engine battery is a standard car battery.

All lead acid batteries are charged at the same voltage.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping on: February 22, 2015, 07:57:28 am
Saw one laying there this morning right where my head was.
Did you know more people are killed in MX by falling coconuts than snakes or scorpions?
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold Weather Camping on: February 21, 2015, 08:05:56 am
The biggest problem and easiest to remedy is the outdoor shower. Disconnect the shower head and drain it and the hose. The Macerator suggestion is excellent, needs some RV antifreeze in there.
A caution when you do winterize also is the kitchen sprayer. Disconnect and drain it.
Leaving sink cabinets open to get heat from rig is also an excellent suggestion.
Things don't freeze all that fast on cold nights.

Or do what I do, just go to Mexico for the whole winter. We really got cold last night, all the way down to 57oF.
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