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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 110 Volt Power Questions on: July 16, 2016, 12:15:03 pm
What actually happens automatically is when the engine is running power goes through a diode to charge the house batteries, no solenoid involved.
When the engine is not running and you want to charge the engine battery you need to push the little toggle switch to the left of the steering wheel. This pulls in the solenoid and allows your house batteries to charge your engine batteries.

About 5 years ago PC made this switch a momentary toggle switch so it needs to be held. However I replaced my momentary switch with an identical on-off switch that I bought at an auto parts store. It pops into same opening and wires pull off old switch and push on to new switch. 5 minute no tools replacement.

When my RV is stored, since my solar arrays charge my house batteries, I leave the switch on so it also keeps the engine battery charged.
When this switched is turned on your step cannot be left extended as it turns off the step override.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Exterior Paint on: July 16, 2016, 11:59:13 am
I don't agree at all.
I'm on my third all natural Gelcoat white RV.

The first one was 11 years old, all the gelcoat still looked brand new. But I did wax with a good gel coat wax twice a year. It was outside uncovered all the time.
I do agree that some parts discolor. The mirrors are painted and did discolor but are easy to repaint. Some of the small fiberglass doors discolor.

My second RV was a PC, all white 6 years old, still looked new.

Present RV is 4 years old, still looks new.

I can post pictures after 11 years and the PC at 6 years to prove what I say.
The piece that is hardest to maintain is the front cap.

The key is maintenance. If it gets away from you you can switch to a cleaner wax to get the shine back.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: generator and air conditioner on: July 03, 2016, 09:43:28 am
Make sure the wall thermostat is set to automatic.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Surge Guard on: July 03, 2016, 09:40:00 am
Progressive Industries makes the most reliable protection. PC installed mine. I had them put the display next to the door switch so I can read voltage or error code without even going inside the RV. Also it can be setup to only wait about 10 sec to reset. The 128 sec delay was made to protect old A/C's that had no built in delay.

The Progressive unit is a must in Mexico. Where most parks have very sketchy electrical systems and can ruin your circuit board in refer. or microwave.
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator Cooling on: June 15, 2016, 02:03:35 pm
Note that the 2552 refer. comes with an automatic fan in the back and never had a problem,. With our 2551 which had a roof vent I had to add a fan in back in hot weather.
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pros and cons of a generator on: May 28, 2016, 07:57:24 am
I often don't have AC power and have solar power which works for everything except Microwave & A/C. Wouldn't be without it.

Maintenance issues = You MUST run once a month, even in storage, to prevent carburetor clogging. No reliability problems.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Furnace inquiry on: April 22, 2016, 02:18:42 pm
I can't believe that Phoenix keeps using those brdsupply Chinese latches. PC gave me 15 and they all failed.

I now replace with original USA made Southco latches. None have failed.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries - AGM, LFP, and Flooded Cell on: April 20, 2016, 10:42:16 am
Many gas cylinders supply Butane rather than Propane. Butane will not have any pressure below 35oF.

Propane still has pressure at -40oF.

If you travel to Mexico, they fill your tank with either pure Butane or a mix of Propane & Butane, they just call it Gas or LPG.

For you technical people here is a graph of bottle pressure vs temperature.

Remember when you are using the propane it cools itself down, since you are evaporating the liquid. So the pressure will drop.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: San Con Mascerator Pump on: April 18, 2016, 01:48:31 pm
Did you try rotating in both directions using a screwdriver at end?

It is a simple remove job, and easy to replace. Phoenix can ship a new one if needed.
40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Factory Visit and Stabilizer Question on: April 02, 2016, 01:49:27 pm
My 2012 2552 on E450 chassis drives great in the wind without any modifications.

Way better than an old square sided class A I had, that was scary.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking to purchase an 2006 or a newer 2551 on: April 01, 2016, 10:32:37 am
I think that unit is priced $10K too high. Ask Earl, he has the best idea of resale value. 4 years ago my 6 year old 2551 sold for under $40K.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Finding out the hard way! on: March 30, 2016, 10:14:21 am
does anyone know if there is anything else we should be aware of that is not turned off by the battery disconnect switch?

I'm pretty sure the Macerater, slide-out and Generator starter always have power even with that switch turned off.

Another place to look for power loss are the tank heaters but I'm pretty sure that those do go through the main disconnect.
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical Converter Question on: March 23, 2016, 01:11:14 pm
You are correct, what you are talking about is called a converter. It takes the 110v shore power and provides the 14.8v to 13.2v dc to charge the batteries.

Again you are correct you should ask for a multistage converter. A single stage would be bogus.

Luckily with your arrays you can get your batteries fully charged but most people without solar cannot.

I could discuss this with Earl or Kermit before I order and get the CONVERTER that puts out a high voltage until the batteries reach 100% charge.

Many people don't know that the battery manufacturer, like Trojan, tells you to charge at 14.9 volts.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar Panel Question on: March 18, 2016, 07:45:50 pm
First thing I did was have PC move the antenna to make the front open.
Second the best thing I installed was the Bogart TM-2025RV TriMetric Meter, this tells you what % the batteries are charged to. It's impossible to know by monitoring the voltage.
I had PC install the charge controller, the Trimetric and the shunt and the wiring up to the arrays. I installed the arrays myself.
This is what I bought.
Morningstar ProStar PS-30 30A, Charge Controller without Display (12/24V)] EA  1    
Kyocera KD140SX-UPU 140W 12V Solar Panel with J-Box] EA  2  
Bogart Engineering TM-2025RV TriMetric Meter with Enclosure for RVs] EA  1  
Bogart Engineering 500A, 50Mv Shunt         ] EA  1    

Here is where I had them install the controls. Near door & batteries.

Here is the Trimetric, I had them move the inverter controls and the RV monitor all in same place near switch for awning.

2 pair of #10 stranded wires from the charge controller to the 2-solar arrays on the roof.
1 pair of #8 wires to the batteries from the charge controller.

This was 4 years ago, I'm sure newer arrays are available now.

45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with auxiliary 12 volt plug in on: March 10, 2016, 03:25:17 pm
You may find that the fuse is fine.
One time the outlet itself failed but I was able to get a new one at an auto parts store and replace it.

If a fuse doesn't do it, get a voltmeter and try to debug and/or replace. Hope for just a fuse.
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