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1576  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: The new Xantrex Pro Inverter - how does it work? on: October 08, 2012, 05:36:36 pm
Also keep in mind that the TV's, DVD players etc. always have some current draw while they are plugged in even though you may not be watching them.  That will draw down your batteries while using the inverter as well.  I always keep the TV's and DVD player unplugged until I use them.  Hope that helps some.
Our older Tripp-lite inverter installed in earlier model years, has a documented 12 amp current draw all by itself when sitting idle while generating 110v for any need no matter how small.  Like the TV and DVD player and GFI outlet require some minor amount of 110v.  This keeps the inverter inverting 110v, drawing that 12 amps.  The inverter never gets a chance to go into standby mode which would then draw only 1 amp.

I leave the TV and such plugged in, but kill the inverter using the switch on the inverter itself.  That is the only way to be assured of no battery drain, yet allowing 12v opperations to continue.  Killing the inverter using the kill-all switch by the entry door kills both 110v and 12v which shuts down the fridge which is a very bad thing while on a trip.

I wish the Tripp-Lite control panel was a kill-all switch.  When the control jack is unplugged from the backside of the panel, the best it will do is place the inverter into the 1 amp mode.  That is much better than leaving it to eat 12 amps, but not as dead as flipping the switch on the inverter itself.  Of coarse when the inverter is off-line, the programed TV & radio stations all go bye bye.

CLICK HERE to go to my detailed article on the Tripp-Lite subject matter.  Maybe something will apply to the Xantrex.
1577  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pads for slide out rollers on: October 08, 2012, 12:10:20 pm
Interesting...
How wide are the rollers?
1578  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pads for slide out rollers on: October 07, 2012, 08:47:48 pm
I wonder if my old style window shade tention reinforcements would be an alternate choice.  They are designed for high-impact, marketed to protect walls from door knobs.  They even have tapered edges for the rollers to ride up.  Maybe they are ideal, and then maybe a flop.  I don't have a slide to test them on.

From My Main "Tips & Tricks/Enhancement" Article
5) Window Shade String Reinforcements
I reinforced the shade tensioners that hold the shade strings at the bottom.  No more issues with those things pulling out of the wall when bumped hard, and bumping them is very easy by the dinette and bed.  The solution looks nice too.  Write-up, pictures & drill template available.  Provide your email address.
Cost Of Project $3 per window
1579  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Cabinet behind driver's seat in our 2910 on: October 07, 2012, 08:41:47 pm
This is cool.  Very nice George.

I love this forum.
1580  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: America the Beautiful Senior Pass on: October 03, 2012, 08:48:21 am
We were envious of the senior pass when we had a young family.  We really struggled financially (really really struggled) traveling in our early years with young children.  It was the only affordable vacationing we could do, and we did it bare bones.  There were many times we elected to camp where there were none or minimal fees like in near by national forests and BLMs.  But today, even they have notable camping fees.

We are now 8 years away from age 62 and hope our day will come to benefit.  But with the condition of our economy and it's projected future, we wonder if the various senior benefits will continue.  The only thing we can count on is a senior coffee at McDonalds, and we are just a year away from that.
1581  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat Tow a Smart Car on: October 02, 2012, 05:05:51 pm
A drive shaft disconnect would be useful when there is a drive shaft.  Such vehicles are rear wheel drive.  Front wheel drive cars wouldn't have a drive shaft.

I heard every front wheel drive Saturn car (not sure about Saturn SUVs), automatic or stick shift, were all approved for 4-wheel-down (flat) towing.  That is why they were so popular as a tow vehicle for so many years.  But they are dropping off the "Popularity List" as they age and are no longer made.
1582  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flat Tow a Smart Car on: September 29, 2012, 10:37:28 am
The same rules of the Smart applied for towing our 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder as is with many other vehicles.
Stick Shift Transmission - YES
Automatic Transmission - NO

The selection for flat towing a vehicle with an automatic transmission is not that abundant.  Also, some auto trans vehicles allow for towing, but with stipulations like special 500 mile procedures.

BTW: Not all stick shift transmissions are allowed either.  Selecting a tow vehicle does take some research.

1583  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 27, 2012, 05:39:31 pm
Anne and Bob,

You ask some interesting questions that I have only a few answers for.

You are right, I was wrong concerning running the generator.  If you are plugged into 110V shore power, then you are all set to jumper to the front underhood chassis battery.  I assumed you were not hooked up to shore power.

It is a mystery why the chassis battery drains so quickly.  I do wonder if the newer 2009-2013 Ford chassis has more stand-by features like for example the built-in dash board GPS, wireless key fobs, alarm systems and such, features that have a small current draw even when everything is turned off.

PC owners do find their chassis door step lights on when they thought they were off.  Just be sure those little lights at the steps of the two front Ford doors are off when you leave.  If they are on, turn them off using the headlight dash board dimmer switch.

I think the entry door step does not draw power either way, but not 100% sure.

Hopefully someone else will chime in and provide better information than I have here.
1584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof lamination on: September 26, 2012, 05:17:15 pm
To help clarify, I do have the same fiberglass sheathing condition as Greg in a small flat area or two on my own roof, but it has not caused any type of problem.  No buckling, rippling or any other issue.  Regardless it has always been a bit concerning to me too.  I should also include that mine doesn't seem to be getting worse over the years which keeps my worries way down.
1585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 26, 2012, 04:32:11 pm
Since you have two fully charged coach batteries sitting in a slideout tray on the same side of the rig as the chassis battery, I would carry extra long jumper cables.  Start the generator, hook up the cables, wait 15 minutes, and you are likely good to go.  If not, just wait a little longer.

The long cables could also come in handy throughout your trip if your tow vehicle needs a jump, or even a neighboring camper.
Walmart on-line sells a 4-gauge 20-footer in a nice case, EverStart for $37.00  SEE IT HERE
Walmart also sell a professional 2-gauge 25 footer (not sure about a case) for $89.00  SEE IT HERE
1586  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con Nozzle Issues on: September 26, 2012, 04:09:55 pm
How about taking a coat hanger, cutting out about 12", bending it into a U. Turn the U over the hose near the end and push it into the ground to hold the hose in place. simple, light weight and easy to store.
I like your very inexpensive, quick solution idea.  A "helpful" for Tom.
1587  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con Nozzle Issues on: September 26, 2012, 04:03:39 pm
I found a "twist on dump valve" that just, yes, twists on to the end where the cap sits, then attach the cap to that twist-on valve.  So far works like a charm, it is attached very snugly, so far it seems like it won't accidentally detach.
George, I never heard of it until your comment.  Though I don't need one myself, that is worthy for your first "Helpful".  Thanks for sharing that one.

For the record, this is what George was describing.  It installs in seconds and is very affordable for around $20 for those who need one last barrier of protection when twisting off the end cap.


1588  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead starter battery on: September 25, 2012, 04:49:07 pm
Anne & Bob,

Sorry to hear of your troubles, but you have learned it is best to disconnect the ground cable on the starting battery while in storage.  So welcome to the "I Killed My Battery Doing Nothing" club.

You might want to consider carrying extended length jumper cables to bridge between your coach and starter batteries.  Or do what I do and carry a 4/10/20/40 amp battery charger and extension cord that will run off the generator.

FWIW, my 2007 E350 chassis starting battery seems to drain down every-other month like yours did, but 5 years running, and all is still well after that mishap.  Hey, it's better than my Corvette which will drain down after 4 to 5 weeks.
1589  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 23, 2012, 08:23:45 am
I agree about the suspension as well.  Our 2350 on a 2007 E350 chassis needed a lot of help, but we think because of the ratio of the wheel base to rear over-hang, and adding that our fresh water tank is mounted against the rear wall.  Other PC models are less dramatic with these circumstances which may not require the same suspension investment.

The Ford E350 prior to 2008 didn't come with a rear sway bar so we had no rear sway bar at all.  2008 to today has both front and rear sway bars straight from Ford, though debatable if they are adequate for motor home applications in general.  Given PCs are not massive like conventional class Cs, the stock bars seem to be satisfactory to most PC owners, but less effective with models 2100, 2350, and 2400 due to their dramatic wheel base to rear over-hang ratio.

I feel any PC built on an E350 prior to 2008, the owners certainly should install a heavy duty rear sway bar, if not done already.  Having no rear sway bar at all is surely a formula for handling troubles for models 2100, 2350, and 2400.
1590  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New member/owner on: September 22, 2012, 11:05:45 am
I have seen a few 5th wheel with tow vehicle trains.  When we'd pass them, I'd think "WOW, that's long.

A tow vehicle generally has no complaints from us PC owners.  Many of us don't tow anything at all, but my wife and I tow a Jeep Liberty for the at-destination mobility.

Hopefully your adjstment from a 5th to a 2910T will be uneventful with the pros outweighing the cons by far.
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