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 on: April 25, 2016, 11:42:33 am 
Started by campergates - Last post by ron.dittmer
The "general" recommendation is to spend one night at the local RV park that the factory suggests, this to shake down and try out everything.  Anything in question, just drive back to the factory the next work day to get them resolved.  You don't want to pick up your rig on a Friday and stay overnight because the factory is closed Saturday & Sunday.  You'll have to hang around til Monday.

As far as the inspection & walk-through is concerned, it's been 9 years for me.  Phoenix did a very thorough job back then.  The trouble for me was that it was my first self contained RV.  I was over-whelmed by all the information.  I drove the rig home that day and spent a lot of time at home figuring it out all over again.  It would have been better to stay overnight in the area RV park to fumble through things, then return to the factory the next day to ask "smarter & experienced" questions along with presenting anything discovered that is not up to par.  Coming back to the factory mid-week gives them more time to resolve any big issues before you drive back home.

 on: April 25, 2016, 10:28:29 am 
Started by lad07 - Last post by Gail Staton
I'm sure someone here with a lot more knowledge than me will chime in but my guess is you need to reset a breaker or the GFi outlet.  Too much draw on the circuit used.  I'm probably using the wrong terminology but you probably know what I mean.

 on: April 25, 2016, 10:10:50 am 
Started by lad07 - Last post by lad07
While on a recent trip in my 2100 I tried to use micro and toaster at same time while plugged into campground 30 amp.   Embarrassed   After getting power working again the TV and DVR player doesn't work. I plugged them into another outlet and they work. Anyone have suggestions what to do?

 on: April 25, 2016, 08:51:15 am 
Started by campergates - Last post by campergates
I will be picking up my new 2351 on May 4, 2016 and have extensive walk-through.  As this is my first PC I am looking for suggestions for questions to ask Earl, or whoever performs this service with me.  I have been pulling a 30 ft. TT for three years but this will be my first experience with a motor home.  Thanks for your help.

 on: April 24, 2016, 11:33:11 am 
Started by Dave - Last post by fandj
For those that camp without electrical hookup and depend on the batteries to supply their electrical needs it is important to monitor battery  condition not only to let them know how much charge is left in their battery but to extend the time between battery replacement.  This link provides information on "state of charge" measurement and proper charging voltage and current to recharge the 6 volt GC batteries.

As I have not taken delivery of my PC yet I am not sure what Phoenix supplies.  Some monitors only show different color lights.  In my opinion this is of limited benefit and at times may be misleading.  At a bare minimum a meter showing voltage provides some indication of battery condition.  The battery voltage "at rest" where it is not being drawn down or being charged provides useful information in determining how much capacity is left before recharging is required.  While being charged the voltage reading gives an indication of how close the converter, chassis alternator, or solar panel is charging the battery compared to the battery manufacturers recommendation.  Voltmeters for this purpose are relatively cheap and simply plug into one of the 12 volt outlets in the coach.  The one I use is typically available from Walmart, Amazon, and probably several other sources.  This link takes you to the Walmart site. 

 A battery monitor such as a Victron or Trimetric are a step up in keeping track of the battery and charging system.  They keep track of amp hours going into and coming out of the battery.  The amp hours and other efficiency factors the meter uses provide a more reliable estimate of state of charge than just a voltmeter but are more costly and difficult to install.

 on: April 24, 2016, 11:22:45 am 
Started by Dave - Last post by ron.dittmer
I am always learning something new with the current-day PC.

It is surely a much better arrangement to turn on the inverter ONLY when needing inverted power.  Not for any other reason.  That is ideal.

With a separate converter, I wonder how it's output compares to the step-down 40 amp external charger I use.  I would love to have my external charger built-in like that.

It is so good to read that Phoenix has done better going to the Xantrax setup.  All these years I had wondered why they switched from a 2000 watt Tripp-Lite to an 1800 watt Xantrax.  It finally makes sense in my head.  A separate inverter and converter is the way to go for operational simplicity and improved battery care.

Thanks Barry for that revelation.


 on: April 24, 2016, 09:58:17 am 
Started by Dave - Last post by Barry-Sue

In the newer units, like our 2012, it is equipped with a separate inverter and converter.  They are both Xantrex.  The inverter is a Xantrex PRO Inverter XM 1800.  The converter is a Xantrex AC to DC Converter (XADC).  

This separate arrangement was a step up for us from our 2008 Tripp-Lite.  We use ours just like 2Frazzled, we only turn it on when needed.  Works great!!!

 on: April 24, 2016, 09:11:19 am 
Started by Dave - Last post by ron.dittmer
2 frazzled John, Are you saying the Xantrax is only an inverter, not also a converter?  Do all PCS with the Xantrax, have a separate converter?

 on: April 24, 2016, 06:11:13 am 
Started by Dave - Last post by 2 Frazzled
We ONLY turn our inverter on if we have no other power source and need 110 power. The converter automatically charges our battery when plugged into shore power. We don't touch the inverter switch. As stated above, the truck charges the battery when we have it running and we can always charge with the generator - again, without turning on the inverter switch. The magic inside the Phoenix handles all that charging stuff without our help... thankfully!

My understanding is the INVERTER takes battery power and transfers it to 110 power, so always going from battery to outlets with nothing to do with power going INTO batteries.

Ron's Trip Lite works differently.

 on: April 23, 2016, 08:33:38 pm 
Started by BarbRN - Last post by BarbRN
Sorry Ron. Not quite ready to give up on it yet. Getting ready to go overseas. Busy times. Keep you posted when we do.

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