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76  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 11, 2013, 08:47:03 am
I checked my 2010 2551 today and found the following.  The three circuit breakers shown going to the generator in your schematic go to the Sani-Con pump (20A), the slide motor (20A), and the third is the charging line from the engine battery/alternator (40A).

Thanks a lot, I revised the drawing. My unit has 3 - 20a breakers & 1 - 40a that I showed going to engine battery, so I assume the third goes to the Generator starter.
77  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 09, 2013, 04:02:20 pm
I traced the wiring and drew them up.

I thought that those 3 wires that go through the breakers were for the Generator controls, but you may be right, they could go to the slide and macerator. I'll have to disconnect and see where they actually go. The same setup was in my 2006 2551. Maybe only one goes to the Generator.
78  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 08, 2013, 03:34:18 pm
I'm sure the electrical systems are identical in 2011-13. I just said 2552 since that is what I have. The 2008 models had different Inverters & Converters but basically the same system with 12v batteries.
79  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Electrical Schematics for PC's power systems. on: October 07, 2013, 01:09:28 pm
Here is the standard PC power system wiring for the last few years.

Where you add an Energy Management System

System with solar arrays and charge monitor.

80  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Conserving Battery Reserves Without Shore Power on: October 07, 2013, 12:58:06 pm
I would like to clarify the battery charging for our readers.
The Inverter DOES NOT charge the batteries, it is XADC-60 Converter that outputs the DC power and charges the batteries.

The problem with charging batteries when hooked to 110v power or using the generator is that the converter is not set up to fully charge your batteries.
The converter floats at 13.5 volts and charges max at 14.2 volts. The battery manufacturers recommend 14.8 volts.
The result for most RV'rs is that you probably only get your batteries charged to 80% of capacity. So they still work but they discharge quicker than they should.

When you use a solar array and a good charge controller you find the float set up at 13,7 volts and the max at 14.9 volts. The batteries get fully charged.

I think I will post a few electrical system schematics of PC's 110v & DC power systems on a separate post to clarify how they are wired.
81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions from a Newbie on: September 26, 2013, 12:53:23 pm
The reason you do not need an anode is this is an Aluminum hot water tank, not steel. exactly!
82  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: PC Current Draw on: September 21, 2013, 10:38:29 am
I've installed this same unit in my last 2 PC's.
For people just ordering a new PC, you can supply the unit to PC and they will install it for you free.
I put the display right next to the door so I can pop my head in to see what's going on quickly.
They also installed my solar array charge controller, shown just below the Progressive display.

Does it work, you bet. Don't leave home without it.

It will not allow you to plug into any bad power source and it will save the expensive items in your RV that will fail with high/low voltage or power surges.
The little card next to it show all the error codes that could be displayed.

But most of all if you travel to Mexico, as we do, you will find their RV park wiring to be very bad and the unit is mandatory.
83  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 12 volt connector in coach on: September 04, 2013, 12:42:22 pm
Be sure to use a fuse in the circuit. I put it right at the battery.
84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of sewage hose? on: September 04, 2013, 08:40:30 am
I use the Trojan T105 batteries that PC supplies with new RV's.
85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check my understanding of battery voltage status on: September 04, 2013, 08:37:51 am
You treat 2 6v batteries wired in series the same as a 12v battery. A 12v battery has 6 cells wired in series a 6v battery has 3 cells, so two 6v batteries wired in series have 6 cells just like a 12v.

You may ask why PC uses 6 v batteries. The batteries they use are more expensive and designed for many charge-discharge cycles. They will last longer and work better than the old 12v batteries they used a few years ago.

The truth about charging batteries is the converter charger does not put out enough voltage to fully charge your batteries. That's why a solar panel with a charge controller will get the batteries up to 100% charge.
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of sewage hose? on: August 26, 2013, 10:08:56 pm
I carry a 50' garden hose that hooks to outlet of the macerator hose. I never use a standard sewer hose.
I can pump to outhouses or a sewer not near my RV.
87  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 22, 2013, 10:20:41 pm
Sounds like we need a picture of the broken part and an epoxy repair.
88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drivers Side Propane Connection? on: August 14, 2013, 04:24:26 pm
I've done it on my last two PC's.
Install a copper tee between the tank valve and the pressure regulator. You need high pressure since you have a regulator on you camp stove/grill. Run a 1/4" copper tube across the RV through existing holes in Ford frame to just in front of the rear wheel. Installed a ball valve for a shutoff attached to a bulkhead fitting fastened to the RV fiberglass skirt. That fitting is a 1/4" flared tube fitting or you could use a quick disconnect, your choice. I use about a 10' rubber hose that I had a propane shop make up that adapts to the  stove and to my flared tube fitting. That hose reaches my stove on a table anywhere under my awning.

I always wondered why more people don't do this. You have a big tank of propane, why bring little bottles for your grill?
89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driver's Seat power problem on: July 28, 2013, 05:50:54 pm
Isn't the power seat base supplied by Ford and covered by their guarantee. Call the 800 for ford motor home that you were given and they will set up an appointment wherever you are.
90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 24, 2013, 09:27:03 am
Armourall will do the opposite. The tires will dry out & crack.

The best product, it really softens vinyl & rubber is 303 Protectorant.

I use it on the vinyl cover of my 10 year old hot tub and it is still soft & liable.
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