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RE: Can I charge the house battery with the engine alternator?

My 88 is in much better shape than you have deduced. My Onan generator works great. The inverter/charger has been updated. This unit only came designed with one 12v house. I now have 2 in parallel. My issue was that the charging system with the car alternator had been kinda stripped out and modified. With everyone's help here, I got it straightened out and now it works perfectly. So I am good to go. Sorry, I had your post confused with Scadaman's
Bordercollie 11/24/22 10:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can I charge the house battery with the engine alternator?

If you can afford it, try to find a local RV repair service that can restore your rig's 12 volt DC power system. It should include two 6 volt RV "house" batteries connected in series for 12 volts, a battery converter/charger that converts 120vac "shore power" to 12 volts DC to power your interior lights and furnace blower and electronic appliance controls as well as to charge your house batteries, and a device to connect your chassis alternator to charge your house batteries when you are driving/running the engine. If you have an RV generator installed, the system will connect the AC 120volt generator to your converter/charger so that the generator will charge the RV batteries and provide 120 volt AC to operate your roof Air Conditioner, microwave oven and other 120vac items while it is running. The above describes a typical Class C motorhome electrical system and how it works.
Bordercollie 11/19/22 03:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for 1994 generator part: Onan 166-0779 Ignition Coil

See my suggestions on your other thread. We once bought an old rig and kept putting big money in it for repairs and replacements felt stuck with it, finally sold it for $4500 and bought a new rig.
Bordercollie 10/25/22 10:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: My generator may not be repairable, what do I do?

What is the needed part in question? Can a similar part for another year/model genset be made to work by an experienced repair guy? Perhaps a complete same used genset, in working order, could be found, bought and have installed cheaply enough. Spend some time asking around about possibilities and alternatives. If you can find a new Onan LP genset that will fit, and you want to keep your rig, maybe a new genset would only cost two thousand dollars more that trying to fit and install a different type of genset. Some long time genset repair guys have sheds full of used generators that may fit your rig. Also, consider peddling your old rig and buying newer rig with good genset, batteries, converter/charger, etc. A working RV generator can come in handy during power outages or merely to operate the microwave for lunch.
Bordercollie 10/25/22 09:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: In need of opinions, thank you

8-9mpg with our 27-foot Class C is not great, but 55 gallons of $6 dollar per gallon (CA) gas is a little scary.
Bordercollie 07/14/22 03:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking at class c questions on maintenance

Dealers and shops do not have the space for Class C over certain length. Most do it themselves or learn how to do their own oil change. It helps to be handy. There are a number of Class motorhomers, like me, who used to do a lot of typical RV maintenance stuff, but who are no longer able to crawl under, or on top of, their rigs, or change 150 lb tires on the side of the road. I do encourage able folks to learn basics including troubleshooting of converter/chargers and battery systems with a multimeter.
Bordercollie 07/14/22 03:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lazy Daze is closed permanently

I was surprised that Fleetwood stopped making Class C's.
Bordercollie 07/11/22 11:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best mileage ever on a great albeit short trip...

I'm wondering if the Democrats stay in control, pushing electric vehicles and mass transportation, will gas prices continue to climb. It seems possible that Democrats will eventually try to curtail or even prohibit use of internal combustion engines. I'm also wondering if Republicans regain control, will gas prices come down (a lot). At $6 per gallon it costs $330 to fill a 55 gallon tank. Discounting well-healed die-hards, will gas prices eventually kill affordable RV'ing including RV camp business and RV supply and maintenance infrastructure? Being RV'ers since the 60's, I'm hoping that the fuel "crisis" goes away for everyone's sake not just for RV'ers.
Bordercollie 06/24/22 10:50am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Importing an RV from Europe to the US

Looks like OP may have given up on the idea, shame not to give a final post after getting so many replies. I notice that the nifty VW van camper is not being exported to US, probably due to expensive compatibility problems that would have to be dealt with by VW and US buyers. If I were trying to import and RV, I would try to get advice from California DMV and Federal ecology bureaus to see what I'd be up against. I wonder if such a conversion project would be at all cost-effective and worth the time and effort.
Bordercollie 04/10/22 03:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Here's just one of the "how to bypass" videos on You Tube.
Bordercollie 02/07/22 09:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

The actuator is not the problem, it's a broken rubber vacuum line down behind the engine not easy to get to without a lot of disassembly, much easier to rig a bypass vacuum line per various You Tube videos.
Bordercollie 02/06/22 08:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Our rig has vacuum actuator, I moved it manually and cold air came out of dash vents.
Bordercollie 02/05/22 08:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

Pretty sure from all the videos that my 2004 Tioga E-450 has vacuum actuator. There is a small length of rubber hose that rots and breaks and a check valve that is buried behind the engine, behind firewall. At 83 I can't do DIY much crawling under dash, etc. This sounds like a common problem on older E-450's. Ford should have made maintenance easier.
Bordercollie 02/05/22 11:08am Class C Motorhomes
E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

I suddenly have cold air coming through defrost vents only, not through dash vents. Defective parts are buried behind firewall on engine side, not accessible without much complicated disassembly. A number of You Tube how-to videos show an easy "bypass" replacement of vacuum hose, check valve, etc., fix to restore normal AC vent control. Ignoring the problem allows loss of vacuum and affects proper engine operation. I'm hoping that a local RV repair shop can do the easy bypass repair at a reasonably small cost.
Bordercollie 02/04/22 07:29pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Lithium Iron Batteries and Charging Systems

I suspected that changing to Lithium RV batteries would realistically require change of converter charger to get full advantages. Watched a good You Tube video that confirmed suspicion.
Bordercollie 01/27/22 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
Lithium Iron Batteries and Charging Systems

I got an e-mail from Powersonic battery company describing the virtues of their line of "Lifepro" Lithium batteries for RV use, replacing sealed lead acid (SLA) type batteries. We have two 6 volt deep cycle "wet" type batteries in series and a standard converter/charging system in our 2004 Class C The blog seems to indicate that a standard "SLA battery charging system" will work but that a lithium battery charging system will take advantage of faster lithium battery charging features. It does not state that a standard wet cell converter/charger will work properly. My question is, will a standard converter charger maintain lithium batteries and provide interior lighting same as with wet type RV batteries?
Bordercollie 01/27/22 08:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sea Foam stabilizer

See my post with question on Gumout VS Seafoam re: Today's fuels with alcohol.
Bordercollie 01/23/22 11:16am Class C Motorhomes
Gumout VS Seafoam Additives

I have never used Seafoam or Gumout additives in our Class C but watched a You Tube video that said that Seafoam is no longer beneficial with the alcohol in today's gasolines. Gumout was recommended. Informed opinions?
Bordercollie 01/23/22 11:13am Class C Motorhomes
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