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1816  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter / Charger Settings on: October 25, 2010, 04:33:55 pm
The Tripp-Lite inverter is NOT connected to the Ford engine battery, therefore, does NOT charge that battery when plugged into 110v.  BUT the Ford engine charging system (the alternator etc.) does charge the RV batteries.  I think, though not 100% certain, Phoenix USA installed a "battery isolator" which prioritizes the engine's battery charging system to charge the engine battery first, the RV batteries afterward.  I had such a device on my old motor home.

To the best of my knowledge, the electric step is the only RV item which is powered by the engine battery, this to assure it folds in automatically prior to driving off.  With my RV batteries removed from the RV, my electric step still functions.  But everything else in the house portion is 100% dead.
1817  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter / Charger Settings on: October 24, 2010, 05:08:45 pm

I highly recommend you READ THIS as it relates to controlling the inverter independantly to conserve battery power which is smart when camping without shore power.

The Tripp-Lite control panel two position switch is deactivated at the factory through a headphone style connector with wires going to the power control switch at the entry door.  It does not matter what position that Tripp-Lite switch is in.  Confusing, right?  Why is it there?  Use it only to moniter the health of the batteries.

Assuming your 2008 Tripp Lite is like my 2007, there is a little 3-position switch on the top/right area of the inverter itself, just above the reset switch.  Guess what the 3-positions are?  Auto Invert, OFF, and Line Charge.  The control panel switch you question, is a remote extension of that control switch, but excludes the OFF position.

 Unless you are trying to achieve what my "READ THIS" article accomplishes, simply ignore the position of the control panel switch as it doesn't matter.  The control panel is then only useful for monitoring the condition of the batteries through the colors of the LEDs.

To answer your specific questions under the factory wiring setup...
Q: While plugged into Shore Line at the park, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge Only?
A: It Doesn't Matter

Q: While stored in my garage between trips, not plugged into an A/C outlet, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge Only?
A: It Doesn't Matter.

Q: While driving down the road, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge  Only?
A: It Doesn't Matter

Q: In each one of these questions should the Battery on/off switch next to the steps be On or Off?
A: Killing RV power using the switch at the door kills all 12V opperations inside the RV, including the fridge.  That is bad during any time you have food in the fridge.  That is good during RV storage.

I editted this a couple times since intially replying.  I realized I had some things wrong.
1818  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Kitchen on: October 21, 2010, 12:41:36 pm
We use our pull-out cutting board as a suface for hot-pots.  Not as a cutting board.  We use a white plastic cutting board, we store on top of the wood cutting board.
1819  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: October 20, 2010, 05:18:47 pm
My 2007 2350 has a macerator by-pass opening, but I never gave a thought to be prepared to use it.  I suppose it would be "a must" in freezing temps.  Great idea!
1820  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Kitchen on: October 20, 2010, 02:41:10 pm
Nice ideas there!

I like your Corian flip-up counter.  Ours is the usual dark cherry wood, but I do admit it's been holding up quite well considering it gets wet every time we do dishes.  Still I like the Corian as I think it would hold up better to a hot pot.

About the shirt closet shelves.  I too added but one mid-shelf.  I did mine myself using close-matching-cherry pre-finished shelves I bought at Home Depot, using small "L" brackets to mount.  Being we have so much cabinet storage over our no-slide-dinette for cookware & food, we use that shirt closet with shelf for bed/bath linen and miscellaneous.

Thanks for sharing.
1821  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driver's seat - SWIVEL??? on: October 18, 2010, 11:02:11 pm
I always wondered if you had a driver swivel seat......could you even do it?  Won't the steering wheel be in the way?
1822  Main Forum / General Discussion / Note To Aimee - How About Our Rig In Our Profile? on: October 18, 2010, 05:25:06 pm

I think it would be great if the forum had a means for members to "log in" the specifics of their PC.  It would be great if we clicked on eachother's member names to see what we each have....maybe something like this.

- Own a PC, Yes or No
- Bought New or Used
- Bought When: Month/Year
- Model:
- PC Model Year:
- Chassis: E350, E450, or Sprinter
- Chassis Year
- Living Area Slideout: Yes or No
- Suspension Upgrages: Yes or No
- If Yes, Please Describe
- Interior Color
- Exterior Color
- Options
- Other Comments

- A Place To Add Two Pictures: One Interior,  One Exterior

It would then be great to click on a "TALLY" to see the popularity of people's tastes and decisions.  It would also be useful data for the factory.
Also, I am often left wondering how to respond to a particular question when I can't remember what they own.
1823  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacment Batteries on: October 18, 2010, 04:51:14 pm
Thanks so much for your reply!  In fact, I just got off the phone with a nearby Walmart - they quoted me $70 for EVERSTART 27DC DEEP CYCLE with 720 CRANKING AMPS...perhaps they are the same ones that you've mentioned.
They could be the same sounds right.  Maybe I paid $70, not $75.  Maybe it was $75 with sales tax.
1824  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacment Batteries on: October 18, 2010, 03:10:23 pm
You and I have the same model year, though different models.

The thin wire with the plastic rectangular thing on the end is a temperature sensor.  If the batteries get hot from over-charging, that sensor will shut off the charging system.  Tape the plastic thing in between the batteries, to one of them, in the middle.  With the batteries pressed together, the temp sensor monitors both.

There is a lot of discussion on batteries in other forums.  Some people say it's best to use two 6 volt batteries in series instead of two 12 volt batteries in parallel.  Others say to buy gel filled batteries.  Then there is a 3rd higher-tech dry cell.  Costs can get up to $600 a pair.  I contemplated my options, and decided last July to replace my original batteries with a pair of Walmart's yellow label Everstart Maxx Marine batteries for around $75 each.  They are much larger than the originals with increased reserve capacity, but they still fit in the tray.  The height fits too.  it's a snug fit but still fine.  I keep my receipt in the RV.  If the Walmart batteries give me trouble, the solution is just a Walmart away.  One thing I like about them are the deeper wells.  You can fill them with distilled water until they touch those tubes, and you still have plenty of room to prevent over-boil.  I also like the integrated carry handle.
1825  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: October 18, 2010, 09:53:12 am
Can anyone post a picture of the break?  Examining mine this morning, I can't picture where the high-risk area is as I think I have metal hinge brackets.

Is trhe break, the material on the door itself?  That looks to be well engineered, quite strong.
1826  Main Forum / General Discussion / Anyone Weigh Their Loaded PC? on: October 18, 2010, 09:48:43 am
I always wanted to weigh my rig during a trip, but have not yet done it.  I estimate we are fine, but wonder how close to the maximum chassis load capacity we get.  I also wonder how other PC owners get, especially those with slideouts.
1827  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fridge door fell off on: October 17, 2010, 07:04:19 pm
I'd call the fridge manufacture first thing Monday morning.  Tell them your story.  Maybe they have a metal replacement.
1828  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 17, 2010, 07:33:19 am
Meant to post this last time;

Any ideas for stops on the way back?

After Teton National Park & Jackson, head south, then "B" Line it home on I-80.  With 3+ weeks, that's all you'll have time for, and I can't think of a substantial stop anyway.
1829  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 15, 2010, 05:53:29 pm
I suggest Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Oh yes, I was to include Crazy Horse, but didn't type it in...senior moment there.

I could add taking the tour of the active current day industrial gold mine in Lead, and some others too, but then you burn the entire 3 weeks in South Dakota...Oops!
1830  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 14, 2010, 10:05:07 pm
Okay, 3 weeks then.

1) Want to tour a big city? Wilis (Sears) tower?  Chicago.  But difficult in an RV.
2) Badlands National Park (one night)
3) Minuteman Missle Silo & Control Center National Historic Site (at the entrance to Badlands) (half day) (NEED TO MAKE RESERVATIONS MANY MONTHS IN ADVANCE, ADVISE TO DO IT NOW) CLICK HERE
4) Waldrug (a few hours)
5) Mount Rushmore (half day) (the visitor center consession sells great icecream "cheap" there, all food is affordably family friendly)
6) Custer State Park, lots of buffalo, Needles Highway (next to Mount Rushmore) (half day)
7) Wind or Jewel Cave National Parks (half day)
8) Devils Tower (the movie close Encounters Filmed There) (half day)
9) Get to Yellowstone (too much to advise here)
10 After Yellowstone, be sure to head home south through Grand Teton National Park
11) Jackson WY

All those little stops before Yellowstone is real nice for the kids and parents too.  Much variety without killing much time.  EXTREMELY EDUCATIONAL.  They see desert formations, caves, a nuclear missle in it's silo (no warhead or fuel anymore) the underground control room, cold war history there. Mount Rushmore history is good too.

Be sure to make the kids watch the movie Close Encounters while driving to Devils Tower.  The ride is long enough, but get the move started right away.  Don't tell them you are heading there.  Don't mention Devils Tower anytime during the trip.  Let it surprise them.

At your first National Park entrance, buy the annual park pass.  It's a lot of money, but if you do as I advise, it will pay for itself and then some.  Don't buy it ahead of time because it's good for 12 months starting the month you buy it.
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