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76  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: November 24, 2016, 11:43:55 am
Just disconnect the Neutral-Black cable. Charged batteries will not freeze.
77  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: November 24, 2016, 09:51:09 am
You know the little momentary switch to left of steering wheel?
When the switch is pushed you are charging Ford battery from house batteries or solar.

You say, But I can't sit here and hold it on all day.

No problem, just replace the switch with an of-off switch. I bought at Advanced Auto Parts. It is identical. Pop out the old switch, unplug wires from old switch, plug back into new switch, push new switch back into hole. No skill required.

I leave this switch on when RV is in storage and let my solar charge all 3 batteries.

There is an electrical interlock to be aware of. When the switch is on your step will go in, the same as if you turned your ignition switch on.

This will not harm anything. PC used to use an on-off switch and changed it to a momentary for some reason, but I have found no reason why it can not be left on when in storage, or when you want to charge Ford battery.
78  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue hardpipe location on: November 24, 2016, 08:35:21 am
I'm a do-it-yourselfer. I have owned 3 motor homes in the past 23 years. On all three I just put a tee between the main shutoff valve and the regulator, a high pressure connection.

I ran a 1/4" copper line over to the awning side through existing holes in RV frame. I put a bulkhead fitting through the fiberglass panel just in front of the rear wheel. I terminated the line with a high pressure ball valve that I could reach in front of the tire. The only thing you see externally is a pipe fitting and cap.

I bought a 10' long hose from a propane store with NPT fittings on both ends. On one end I bought an adapter that the stove regulator screws on to, on the other end a female 1/4" flared tube connection.

Works great never had a problem. We grill 4-5 times a week all winter long while we travel and wouldn't want to have to deal with propane bottles. Some people with bigger rigs bring along a 20 lb propane bottle that they run their hose from. The long hose allows me to reach picnic tables that are further away from the rig.

79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Selling your PC 2400? on: November 21, 2016, 04:20:43 pm
Several years ago on a chilly day in December while parked at work, some squirrels decided to make a meal of the insulation on my engine's electrical wiring -- very expensive repair required. I have read on the internet that some wiring uses soy in the insulation that rodents like to eat. So if you see some of those critters hanging around the front end of your PC watch out.

In the summer my PC is stored outside on a farm. One year all my wiring got eaten up by some kind of animal. They ate right through a bundle of wires including the wire. I was able to find and fix all but one wire which I couldn't find. It was the transmission trailer haul feature. I had to go to a truck garage and they found and fixed it.

I read up on the problem and followed their recommendation. Buy a 4 oz bottle of 100% pure Peppermint Oil from Amazon. Each time I store I soak some cotton balls with the oil and put them near wiring in several places under the hood. The RV sits outside there for about 6 months.
I have not had any more problems but maybe they just leave me alone now.

Last year I had  yellow jackets build a huge nest above the refrigerator. I killed them with bug spray and dug out the 2' x 2' x 4" high nest.
80  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magneshades and AGM batteries on: November 09, 2016, 10:42:33 am
Since there are lead acid in the engine is there a problem when you have two types since I think they are connected somehow for charging.
No problem connecting the two.

But AGM's are more expensive and harder to find especially if you have a problem on the road, like in Mexico.
Two good 6v batteries, like Trojan T105, will last a long time. The water must be checked at least every two months but mounted in the nice roll out tray, they are easy to check & fill.
81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New Owner on: November 07, 2016, 12:48:44 pm
We had a long and possibly unreasonable list of modifications and ended up with most of them.
Good to hear John.
I hope things worked out with the Power Management System and Solar Power system that we discussed.
82  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 12:07:49 pm
Honda CRV from 2007-2014 can be towed, four wheels down and is light enough. It is one of the most reliable small SUV's made.
They are changing the design for 2017, don't know anything about it.
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Re. Sandyc Replacing Norcold w. Dometic, & Options on: November 01, 2016, 12:01:40 pm
There are two problems that either refrigerator has.

The circuit boards are very susceptible to voltage spikes and out-of-voltage range operation.
This is easily prevented by using a power management unit, I think Progressive makes the best one.

The second problem, in hot weather the units need more cooling air flow behind the refrigerator. The 2552 has a fan and I have had no problem, my old 2551 and others that are not in a slide have no fan. I installed my own and it fixed the problem.
84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: LED light problems on: October 31, 2016, 11:42:07 am
Our reading lights get extremely hot if left on for any length of time, so I started to look around for direct replacement LED bulbs before looking into replacing the actual fixtures.
I bought for $8.73 and it works fine, not hot and it is bright.
85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: StowAway screen door. on: October 29, 2016, 09:16:47 am
but the Southco latch is broken, therefore we can't close it.

Did it break or is it just in its closed position? I bump mine a lot and it pops closed. I just pry it back open.

It is much better quality than the CHEAP latches that they use on the cupboards.
After replacing at least 10, I just ordered my own real Southco latches and none of them have broken.
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Some really basic questions on: October 15, 2016, 01:42:39 pm
Where is:
The transfer solenoid for boost and charging house batteries when engine is running?
The house battery cut-off solenoid?
Slide-out relay(s) and breaker(s)?

The house batteries are always being charged when the engine is on.
The solenoid, under the hood, controlled by the momentary switch on left of steering wheel allows house batteries to charge the engine battery.

Slide-out has circuit breaker located near your converter. There are two others in same location. One for macerator the other for generator starter.
87  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Barbecue Grill suggestions when plumbed for gas on: October 10, 2016, 08:15:56 am
Storage was my main concern.
This grill has been dependable and great for 2 persons. Fits in small outdoor compartment with my power cords and water hose.

Only $80 including shipping direct from Coleman.

Make sure you supply high pressure Propane before the RV regulator or you limit your options.
88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Case of The Missing Power on: September 28, 2016, 08:08:06 am
I have never looked at the current draw with everything turned off, I will when I'm getting our RV ready to head south for the winter in about a month I'll take a look.

I will tell you that when my RV is stored, I leave the switch on to the truck battery (I changed that switch to a toggle, rather than a momentary switch) as that battery seems to go dead fast. My two arrays are not in the sun for much of the day but all 3 batteries stay fully charged with everything connected and battery disconnect left on. The only thing turned off is the inverter remote switch.

I don't know why the slide, macerator or generator start would pull any power, but the 3 circuit breakers are under the passenger side bed, It would not be hard to lift off those, brown, green & blue wires, one at a time to see if your current draw changes.

I love the Bogart monitor, as I always know the battery charge status.

The one time I did draw my batteries down was when I left the antenna amplifier switch on. I alway look for the little red led light to make sure it is turned off..
89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Case of The Missing Power on: September 28, 2016, 06:41:27 am
In my 2552 the tank heaters use fuse #1 on the converter.

The Macerator, Slide-out and Generator starter get power even with battery disconnect turned off.
So those are some others places to look at. They use circuit breakers not fuses.
90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Care on: September 26, 2016, 09:11:15 am
From Michelin's website, 10 years is the answer.

1- Keep five years in mind
After five years or more in use, your tires should be thoroughly inspected at least once per year by a professional.

2- Ten years is a maximum
If the tires haven't been replaced 10 years after their date of manufacture, as a precaution, Michelin recommends replacing them with new tires. Even if they appear to be in usable condition and have not worn down to the tread wear indicator.
This applies to spare tires as well.

3- Proper care expands a tires lifespan
You can increase your tire's longevity by maintaining the correct air pressure, performing regular tire rotations and vehicle maintenance.

Two ways to improve life is to keep them out of the sun or spraying the sun side with 303 Protectorant. DO NOT USE Amourall.
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