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 on: January 30, 2015, 07:44:08 pm 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by dickreid1
You hit sensitive topic for me. Like you I used Battery Minder on my Winnebago View with great success.  The engine battery was over 7 years old when we traded and still charging around 95%.

I of course used it on the PC for a while but had to stop last summer because of endless failures to start.  The battery clamps were not making good contact.  The terminals were pitted, groved and out of round so the surface area was reduced to the extent high current could not be carried. 

The thing that is different from the Sprinter is that Ford does not use lead clamps on lead terminals. Instead they use plated copper.  The plating wore off and apparently the galvanic action of copper against lead caused the pitting.  Before this became apparent I put in a new battery.  I was absolutely stunned to find it also began to not start. It became pitted almost immediately while just sitting beside the house with the Battery Minder attached.  Because no high current was involved and because there is a high frequency desulfation component superimposed on the charging current, I speculate that this could be why the loss of plating to expose bare copper. 

I contacted the Battery Minder tech people expressing concern that the desulfation feature might be part of the problem.  They recommended replacing the plated copper clamps clamps with ordinary lead clamps.  This turns out to be extraordinarily difficult and my inept effort could only made to work by attaching an extra wire and clamp to the positive terminal.  A laughable kluge that works.

As it stands now, I will only attach the Battery Minder clamps in direct contact with the lead battery terminals after I remove the Ford clamps for storage.


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 on: January 30, 2015, 05:24:24 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by ron.dittmer
Also, make sure your B+ cap didn't come loose from the Ford roof.  Standing outside, put your hands on each corner of the B+ cap and lift up as hard as you can handle.  If you create a decent gap, some screws have broken allowing water to get inside.  I am not sure exactly where you are seeing water, but water generally won't travel upward unless with serious wicking action, so you could be getting water in through the lights outside as Tom reviewed.

Also check your antenna on the roof.

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 on: January 30, 2015, 05:06:08 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by KB9OMH
Joe,
     You might try look under the awning arm next to the door, where the power wires go into the cab, I was getting water in that way, I followed the wire to the cabnet with the DVD, and filles the incomming hole with RTV and also the hole where the wires went on the awning. Took care of my water problem.

Jim
KB9OMH

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 on: January 30, 2015, 04:08:52 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by TomHanlon
There are no water lines forward of the kitchen and no lines run in the ceiling.
You might want to check the five yellow running lights on the front of the roof. Make sure they are sealed around the base and the covers are snapped in good.

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 on: January 30, 2015, 03:05:18 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by JoeyD
I have a new (18 months) 2910 that I love That being said, I noticed some water dripping out of the left overhead speaker (back of driver seat).  Upon further investigation I found that both overhead storage areas (above driver seat and above the passanger seat) were damp on the top.  In addition, the hinges on the driver side are rusty. I went up on the roof and could not find an obvious leak.  I did notice a significant gap on the passanger side overhead that was stuffed with a padded board.  Do you have any clue were the water is coming from?  Are the any water lines above?

Thanks,

Joe 

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 on: January 30, 2015, 08:46:08 am 
Started by jfcaramagno - Last post by keelhauler
Quote
to keep the chassis battery charged when plugged in to shore power.

Believe me, this simple solution works fine. I only have to turn on the switch for a day about once every few weeks.

Replace or have Phoenix replace the little momentary on switch that is on left side of your steering wheel with an on-off switch. My 2006 2551 had this.
Phoenix went to a momentary switch for some reason,

Contrary to what people believe this switch is not to start your RV, the wires from the relay it activates are too small. But it will trickle charge your battery. Phoenix built in a safety feature. Ask Kermit. When you turn on your ignition switch to start the relay is deactivacted so you CANNOT pull too much current through the relay wiring.

I have been doing it this way with 2 cruisers for 9 years,

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 on: January 30, 2015, 08:29:29 am 
Started by jt - Last post by keelhauler
I leave mine on for 2 months at a time while my RV is in storage so that my solar arrays keep the engine battery charged. No problem. Its a relay, you are just keeping it energized. No dusty cycle involved.

The replacement switch is less that $10 and a 5 minute installation.

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 on: January 30, 2015, 08:12:24 am 
Started by NHWanderlust - Last post by 2 Frazzled
Yikes! When I finished laughing I pictured us in a similar position with the eight year old granddaughter. My saving grace would be that my common "stall while I think" tactic with her is to throw out that "why do you ask" or "where did you hear that" first. I do expect the real tough questions to come our way one day.

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 on: January 29, 2015, 10:02:47 pm 
Started by dickreid1 - Last post by dickreid1
Following is the article in RVBusiness:

Humboldt, Iowa-based Dodgen Industries Inc., manufacturer of Born Free Class C motorhomes, has been sold to HBF Investments, Des Moines, Iowa.
The companys new president is Jeff Butler, former head of engineering for Forest River Inc. subsidiary Dynamax, who took over Tuesday (Jan. 27). The sale for an undisclosed amount closed Jan. 14.
We were looking for an investor to take us to the next level and grow the business, said Brandon Dodgen, who formerly served as Born Free general manager and is staying on as product manager. An investment turned into a purchase.
Born Free, founded by now-retired John Dodgen in 1946, builds traditional Class C and Super C motorhomes as well as police command centers and ambulatory products.
In 2014, Born Free ranked 13th nationally in Class C sales with a .26% market share having sold 36 motorhomes, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Brandon Dodgen said the new owners hope to increase Born Frees market share.
We want to produce a bunch more units and grow our dealer network, he said. Our 2016 model year change happens in June. We are gearing up for that. There definitely will be some changes, but we dont know exactly what they will be yet.

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 on: January 29, 2015, 09:21:49 pm 
Started by glenncc - Last post by glenncc
By "temporary" installation I meant the motor home would not be driven while the antenna and cable were deployed.  There would be no flapping in the wind as I'd be parked.  The only parts that would be "permanently" installed would be the booster and interior antenna. 


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