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1816  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check my understanding of battery voltage status on: May 28, 2013, 08:01:54 am
Our 2007 has the earlier 2000 watt Tripp-Lite inverter.  I wonder if the 200 extra watts allows us to brew coffee...and brew multiple times.  But maybe it's the coffee maker that came with our rig which I just checked to be rated at 850 watts.  This is the coffee maker.
1817  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 27, 2013, 07:26:11 pm
Unfortunately that sums it up.

You would think these types of problems with any product would have long ago been learned and avoided.  

If it is anything like the place I work at, they lay off the experienced and put the inexperienced into positions of making bad decisions to reduce cost.  Sometimes it's a poor redesign.  Sometimes it's a bad supplier of raw material or subassemblies.  The specs are documented and agreed by low-bid Asian subcontractors, but after a while, the material or products delivered drift out of spec.

It is very sad.  I wished Norcold would wake up on this one.  Maybe we'll get lucky and an entrepreneur will redesign and manufacture the door hinge area and offer lifetime replacements for existing customers as well as the OEM supplier to Norcold.
1818  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: BATHROOM MAT AND RUG PROJECT on: May 26, 2013, 02:05:45 am
Nicely done! Wink
1819  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're happy with our new 2350 on: May 25, 2013, 02:45:29 am
How often do you usually use your charger unit while out camping?  At what battery level do you think it's best to start the recharge?  Where is the negative cable from your charger unit connected?
The negative battery cable from the charger is connected to one of the two negative battery terminals.  In the picture, the battery tray happened to be partially open, not fully open, so that connection is not in view.

About your other questions.  Keep in-mind we have the earlier 2000 watt Tripp-Lite inverter and two 12v batteries, so what I share next might be different for you.

I don't use the battery meter above the stove, only the Tripp-lite meter below.  But even that one is not precise enough for me.  Actually we have to watch that meter closely because once the yellow light alone goes on, it's time for charging.  If I wait much longer, we could have dead batteries by morning, especially if running the furnace during the night.  With dead batteries it gets serious because the fridge is dead.

I have learned to shut off the inverter using the switch on the inverter itself, when we don't need inverted 110v.  This because the inverter uses 12 amp hours whether you use 110v or not so shutting it down saves a lot of battery reserves.  If you want to shut the inverter by the entry door, that kills 12v to everything including the fridge so that's not a good plan.

Because we most exclusively camp without hookups, and we tow a vehicle, the motor home can sit for a number of days at a time without being driven.  Then we become completely dependent on charging the house batteries off the generator.  Without our 4/10/20/40 amp charger, the generator would have to run for over 24 hours before our batteries would get fully charged after a complete draining.  And we really don't like running the generator because of the noise, so I try to keep the run times as short as possible.

With well charged batteries, we use the inverter generously for watching TV, making coffee, and charging electronics.  When we see an upcoming power shortage, we'll watch TV in bed off the lower power TV set, and make coffee with the generator running for just long enough.  On a weekend getaway without hookups, we don't give the batteries any thought because the trip starts out with a full charge.  But when out for 3 weeks, we have to watch our power because a full charge is rarely accomplished.  Sometimes we'll run the generator for an hour per day to keep up with power needs, using my own charger on the 40 amp setting.  Without my own charger, I would have to run the Ford V10 engine because that is the next best charger.....maybe even the best charger at a high idle condition.....that would be where a stick could be used between the driver seat and gas pedal.  But I find using my own charger working better for us.

Because most RVers drive to places where there are hookups, they rarely find themselves in our predicament.  Even those who don't hook up but drive their rig everywhere (no tow vehicle) have no such concerns because driving the rig takes care of the batteries nicely.

Sorry for the long read.
1820  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: May 25, 2013, 02:03:36 am
Kermit isn't as comfortable with email as we forum members are.  He would much rather talk than type.
1821  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Bathroom Part 2 on: May 24, 2013, 08:13:13 pm
Dear Ron,
The next time your Church holds a Craft Show, purchase a pretty decorated basket, arrange Irene's toiletries in the basket. Now, she can carry and carry out.

Or Hit you with basket.   Grin Grin

Bill G
I love it.  rolling on the floor rolling on the floor rolling on the floor
1822  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: May 24, 2013, 08:11:11 pm

You are the first person I read about having water leaking inside in such an area.  Others have mentioned water around a slideout from a wind-driven rain, but not this.  Please keep us informed as to your findings.

If it happens again without a rain storm, don't rule out the possibility that there is a plumbing leak under the sink somewhere with a very fine line of water flowing across the floor around the trim of the step.
1823  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 24, 2013, 08:06:39 pm
In my case the door was packed lightly and not allowed to swing open. It was opened slightly and the bottom hinge let go. Very poor design.
It is absoutely a poor design because we are having this discussion.

The point I was trying to make earlier is that....
It is conceivable that "at some prior time" a fully loaded fridge door swung open to that horrible point,  could initiate a minor crack that could grow over time & vibration to the point of failure.
1824  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 24, 2013, 02:58:20 pm
I don't agree with you this time Ron, feel this to be a reacurring  mfg. defect, not to be blamed on how I pack my refer!
Frank, I think you misunderstood my point.  I totally agree that it is a faulty design.  RVers should not need to be careful letting a door swing away.  I was only trying to explain the cause and how to prevent a failure.

Unless you want to keep fixing hindges or replacing fridge doors, you need to be careful with the door swinging open.  Thats all.
1825  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 24, 2013, 12:41:02 pm
The fridge (& freezer) door is a problem on many different types of motor homes and travel trailers.  I think the door hindges are breaking when the door is allowed to swing open too far with the added weight of stuff, and the speed at which it goes.

Our PC2350 with no slideout, by chance our fridge door is protected from that damage.  It hits the soft bed before swinging all the way open.  But we have to watch out for our freezer door, especially when opening while driving or parked on hills.

Don't let your fridge and freezer doors swing open all the way with force, because there is a whole lot of stress on those hindges when it finally stops.
1826  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Bathroom Part 2 on: May 24, 2013, 12:27:28 pm
I challenge my wife all the time with our shower.  She likes to hang a rack, suction cup hooks, a suction cup mirror and such, but I need the walls empty except for our soap dish mounted high and far left of the shower head, out of the way.  I lean on the walls when cleaning lower extremedies, and I really really like the elbow room when washing my hair.....yes I still have hair for some strange reason.  After the 2nd time I hit that dang rack and it crashed with stuff all over the floor, I've removed it every time since.  I also do a quick wipe-down of the shower with my wash cloth when done.  All those so-called conveniences on the walls makes a quick wipe-down a project.  I always take out my wife's stuff before I start my shower.  To make my point with her, I place her shower toys on the dinette table.  Smile  The 2350 bath & shower works for me, but it has to be void of such things.

That's my story with our 2350 shower.
1827  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Bathroom Part 2 on: May 24, 2013, 10:51:14 am
Could someone please give the measurements of the 2350 bathroom, shower size, wall size above toilet, etc.....Thanks

Steve & Aleece
Did you ever get your requested dimensions?  We own a 2007 model year 2350.  I think the dimensions are the same as a new one.

The shower pan is the largest dimension.  Two of the three walls along with the shower door are pretty much straight vertical.  The left side of the motor home (opposite the control knobs), that wall slopes inward as does the ceiling to that same outside corner because the roof and outside wall slopes inward that way.  I could measure the shower pan tonight.  Let me know.
1828  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical question an inverter on: May 23, 2013, 11:05:20 am
Very nice explanation there Barry.  I gave you a well deserved "Helpful".

1829  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical question an inverter on: May 23, 2013, 08:39:37 am
Hi Greg,

I cannot comment on your inverter because our rig has the older Tripp-Lite brand.

Good or bad inverter, you still need the right batteries.  What is best is highly debatable on RV forums.  I bought two large capacity MAXX deep cycle batteries at Walmart.  I like them.  They are bigger than the original ones so they offer more power.  They fit perfectly snug in the battery tray.  I like the design of the top.  Battery acid is better contained.  Whatever brand you buy, try to get the same manufacturing date.  The MAXX had stickers on them.  Example: May 2013.
1830  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We're happy with our new 2350 on: May 22, 2013, 11:53:58 pm
Hi Ron, Thanks for the photo and comment on running the generator to charge the house batteries.  I don't completely understand the process here.  Could you explain in words what is going on in the photo?
Hi Bruce.  What you see pictured is our 110v battery charger plugged into our PC's outside outlet and hooked up to the coach batteries.  Whether plugged into campground power or the generator running, that outside outlet powers the battery charger which has multiple settings for various charge settings.  It is a 4/10/20/40 amp charger.  The slower the charge, the easier on the batteries.  The 4 amp setting is nice when the rig is in storage.  When you don't have enough time, you need to charge stronger to get the batteries back to full capacity.  Overnight on the 4 amp setting with dead batteries won't be enough, but the 10 or 20 amp setting will.  If you run your generator only an hour or two at a time, then set the charger for 40 amps to get the most from the run time.

Obviously you would never run the charger off the inverter.  If that worked, then you will have solved the world's energy crisis.

Does all this make sense?
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