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1696  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 13, 2011, 02:44:43 pm
That sounds about right, the batteries going dead when leaving the storage switch on.  It sounds like they are going dead quicker than they should but maybe the batteries need a full slow re-charge for them to last longer.  Charge the batteries slowly to a full charge, then hit the kill switch by the main entry door.  The batteries if still in good functional condition, should retain their charge for a good long time.

I had one battery go bad on me a couple years into ownership.  I replaced both with larger ones from Wal-Mart.  With my main kill swtich turned off, my batteries hold a good charge for multiple months.  My PC is stored in a heated garage which does help too. Stored outside, they should still hold a decent charge for a month or more.
1697  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 13, 2011, 11:49:58 am
....inverter still draws the batteries down even if the inverter switch is turned off.
On my 2007 with Tripp-Lite inverter.  It could be the same on your 2009.  There are 3 ways to turn off your inverter.  Two methods kill the inveter completely, one partially.

1) The main kill switch by the entry door - Turning this switch off kills 100% of the RV 12v system including the inverter.  There is no power drain.  No lights or anything else will function.  This switch should never be used when camping because it also kills the fridge regardless of which mode it is opperating under.  Use that kill switch and your food will spoil.

2) The switch physically located on the inverter itself - Turning this switch off, kills the inverter 100%, but keeps 12v opperations functioning as normal.  All lights, exhaust fans, etc still work.  I use this switch when leaving the motor home for the day.  There is NO power draw from the inverter this way.  Unfortunately the switch is not convenient to get to.

3) The Tripp-Lite control panel switch mounted under the fridge - In my opinion, this switch is pretty much useless.  With the phone jack plugged into it's backside, the inverter always draws 12-amps sitting idle which is rediculous.  It's only benefit is to always have 110v available which is fine for people who hop from one RV park to another.  But for primitive campers like me, this is NOT good.  With the phone jack unplugged and inverter turned off using the Tripp-Lite control panel, it still draws 1-amp just sitting idle.  I want zero draw so I turn on the inverter using the switch on the inverter, only under the following conditions.  1) when I need 110v  2) when plugged into shore power to charge the batteries  3) when generator is running to charge the batteries.

I think PC-USA switched to the later inverter to eliminate this saga.
1698  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: flat towing hybrid mercury mariner on: April 12, 2011, 06:42:17 pm
Part of your research should include reading through your owners manual in the section on 4-wheel-down towing.  Some vehicles require occasional "run time in-gear" for example, every 500 miles, put it into drive, then reverse, back and forth a few times while holding down the brake pedal.  The Honda CRV has that requirement.

If your Mariner has an extra gear shift lever for 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive low, 4-wheel drive high, and neutral, you are gauranteed save to tow without fussing every so often as long as that gear shift lever is in neutral while towing.
1699  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: April offer for Shoppers, Buyers, and Owners alike on: April 12, 2011, 12:23:30 pm
I understand Aimee.  I am just happy to connect people with a great product, sold by a great company.  
1700  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: April offer for Shoppers, Buyers, and Owners alike on: April 12, 2011, 12:16:51 pm well as an offer for referrals if you aren't in the market at the current time.
So when do I receive my first check for the past four years of referrals?  shrug  Sorry, I couldn't resist.

Making it clear to everyone here.  I have never referred a PC to any of you so I could recieve some sort of referral gift.  In fact I have never received a gift of any kind, or even a special discount on anything I purchased through the factory.  My referral is from the heart alone, believing in the motor homes PC-USA make, and their business practices.
1701  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: flat towing hybrid mercury mariner on: April 11, 2011, 11:25:00 pm
Roadmaster sells a tow bar bracket specific for the 2010 Mariner as shown here.

I would consider 4-wheel towing it.
CLICK HERE for the webpage.
1702  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: changes on: April 11, 2011, 01:36:22 pm
About that extra porch light, I understand your challenge.  It was for the same reasons that I decided to do without a second and/or thrid light.  I really wanted a total of 3 porch lights along that side of my rig with lower wattage bulbs installed for more evenly distributed softer lighting for night time.  But after I realized I'd have to route wires out in-view, I decided to live with what I have.  Oh well.  If I later find it more important, I'd look into decorative wire channel to hide the wiring inside the motor home.  If I ever special order another motor home, I'd be sure to add such little extras during it's construction.  I would also have the main porch light positioned 1 or 2 feet over to get the swarm of bugs that much farther from the door.
1703  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 11, 2011, 12:24:37 am
The supplier of the switch claims I don't need that boot.  He says there is an "O" ring in the switch to prevent water from getting inside there at the handle.  I might buy one anyway.
1704  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 11, 2011, 12:22:59 am
We turn ours on auto and leave it on until we get back home.
I always forget to turn off when fueling.
I know it is recommended but as I get older I get dumber.
Me too with our 2-way fridge.
1705  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 11, 2011, 12:19:48 am
Yep, that is the only way I know how to do it that way is through storing my pics on an internet server.  Taking the pics directly off my PC and they get real small and end up at the bottom of my messages.
1706  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron Dittmer, how do you?? on: April 10, 2011, 03:00:15 pm
Every picture I share is stored somewhere on the internet, not on my computer.  My own pictures shared, I store on

To post any picture.....
- find the picture you want to post, located on the internet
- make sure it is displayed to it's fullest size
- right mouse click on the picture and select "Properties"
- copy and paste that string of text in the Address (URL) into your post, in between Aimee's "Insert Image" text of [ img ]   [ /img ]
1707  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 10, 2011, 02:53:41 pm
Okay All,

I found the perfect switch for the application on ebay HERE.  As someone mentioned, I can safely wire it up without concern of back voltage if accedentally left on when going into reverse.  After further review of my service manual wiring diagram, I agree.

Here is the switch.
1708  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: changes on: April 09, 2011, 06:07:39 pm

How did you handle the wiring for the extra porch light?  Is it battery powered?
1709  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Using Back-Up Lights For Other Purposes on: April 04, 2011, 10:20:36 pm
In between dances in "Dancing With The Stars" tonight (poor Max with Kirsty, I hope Max can still dance), I went through my service manual electrical diagram.  I think it is safest to treat the rear backup lights the same as is required for wiring a tow vehicle tail lights, using one of these blocking diodes to eliminate back voltage.  Original power wire goes to one side of the pair, the constant-on trailer wire goes to the other.  The single connection opposite end goes to the pair of backup lights.

1710  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why Jeep Liberty? on: April 04, 2011, 05:29:56 pm
What Tom Says!

That and my wife thinks her 2006 Jeep Liberty is "The Cutest Thing".

It does seem to make a good everyday use vehicle, not just for vacationing/towing.  My wife would agree that Jeep could have done better with interior design for bigger storgae compartments like in the center console for example.  Maybe the make-over in introduced in 2008 is better, but we would not know.
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