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RE: Battery & electrical questions

It would be good if RV manufacturers would include a placard that clearly states this kind of information including location of solenoid switches, fuses, reset buttons, etc. The proper operation of generator, converter/charger, transfer switch, chassis alternator, house and chassis batteries, etc., is critical to running air conditioning, furnace, fridge, microwave, water heater, interior lights, fans and entertainment devices. I wonder how renters figure this stuff out once the are out on the road.
Bordercollie 05/06/21 08:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Where to begin

It Depends on your RV body, auto electric, mechanical, plumbing and RV appliance troubleshooting and repair/replacement skills, work space available, and time from start to completion/camping touring ready status, and most of all total cost. Bear in mind that an old Class C's market value will not be more than $5000, regardless of how much money you spend on it. Buyers can't get loans on old Class C's. Old class C's usually need to have radial tire wheels and tires installed, can't get 800x16.5 bias belted tires. Tires need to be changed every 5 or 6 years. You might be better off selling the rig for whatever you can get and consider buying a camping/touring ready motorhome if you and your family really want one and will use it frequently. (Don't ask how I learned this.)
Bordercollie 05/06/21 12:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is the year of the coach based on the year of the chassis

I had to furnish AAA insurance a copy of the sales contract to prove our rig was a 2004 because the VIN shows it as a 2003 rig. We didn't want our rig identified as a 2003 in the event of a total wreck scenario.
Bordercollie 04/25/21 01:40pm Class C Motorhomes

Been watching You tube videos about EKKO RV, have some questions. Some versions come with solar panels, large lithium batteries, and no generator. I'm wondering if solar panels can run the 12 volt compressor fridge, furnace blower, microwave, and other electrics for an extended period off grid. Also wondering of elderly users will be able to use bathroom and reach upper cabinets, etc. with relative ease. The examples shown are chock full of electronic items and innovations but the price tag of over 163K looks a little high for a two person rig.
Bordercollie 04/20/21 01:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Locking Fuel Door (E450 Chassis)

I installed a good locking gas cap.
Bordercollie 04/18/21 12:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need Operator Manual for Kodiak VXL 2200

Get a good Ford Van maintenance manual for the same year/model Ford chassis. Buy a good generic RV user and maintenance manual. There are online suppliers of out of print RV owners manuals.
Bordercollie 03/28/21 04:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New to Class C

Get familiar with the house battery, generator, charger/converter, connections from converter charger to house battery, emergency start switch, and manual or automatic shore power to generator transfer system. Keep battery electrolyte levels up with distilled water, keep battery connections clean and tight. Have a cheap digital meter handy to check proper battery voltages.
Bordercollie 03/28/21 04:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: No 12 volt power

Tip: Check electrolyte level , every other month, in each battery cell and add distilled water from the market, with a "turkey baster" battery filler, from Auto supply store, to at least cover the plates. Keep batteries fully charged with trickle charger for longest useful life and ability to start generator. Keep all connections clean for good electrical contact. Use a battery terminal cleaner device. It's handy to have a cheap digital multi-meter (Harbor Freight) to check battery voltages while being charged (around 14 volts DC ) and resting (around 13.6 volts DC). A dead battery will read 12 volts or less.
Bordercollie 03/28/21 04:01pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is a toad necessary with a small motor home?

Our driveway is about a 4-degree incline, takes two "lego blocks to level it" We ran the original Dometic fridge on 110 vac for prolonged periods (up to one month) . We never bothered to level it. It developed an ammonia leak at about 10 years old and we had it replaced with a Norcold unit. Your mileage may vary. I understand that running a fridge a little off level for short periods while underway or at rest stops is not particularly injurious, maybe occasional overnight running off level is OK.
Bordercollie 03/14/21 05:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tesla is thinking of making a Van. B plus MOHO?

From what I have seen, car batteries for EV's consist of lots of little cylindrical batteries that add up in weight. As an RC modeler I use "Lipo" batteries that are quite expensive and require careful, slow, balanced charging. They require discharging to storage level 3.8 volts per cell. If we crash a model and damage a battery pack it may become unsafe to use or store. It may be that EP car batteries use safer, more robust, chemistries and the above may be or become irrelevant. It seems that miles between recharges is still a concern to EV users.
Bordercollie 03/05/21 01:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tesla is thinking of making a Van. B plus MOHO?

If weight and cost of batteries, plus power consumption to quick charge vehicles can be greatly reduced, electric power may become a viable alternative. I shudder to think of handling curvy mountain roads in an extremely heavy motorhome and paying for a new set of batteries when needed.
Bordercollie 03/02/21 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tesla is thinking of making a Van. B plus MOHO?

Somebody make the electro-power fanatics aware that motorhomes only average some 5000 miles per year and that "replacing" gas and diesel powered motorhomes with much more expensive, and much heavier, electric powered ones would not greatly improve the environment.
Bordercollie 02/16/21 08:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: It fits....

My wife has put her foot down, won't allow me to ride my '48 Indian Chief. I still have a Honda Trail 90 that I can carry on a rear rack. Just turned 82.
Bordercollie 02/11/21 12:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Heat not coming on

I once found a loose 12 volt connection at the thermostat. Also found a loose screw connection at the fuse panel. Fan must get 12 volts DC to run. I wouldn't attempt to run furnace without fan running, may be dangerous or damage furnace.
Bordercollie 02/11/21 12:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Spare on Class C

I am 82 and like a lot of older RV'ers, I have problems doing a lot of things because of leg problems. Assuming that most RV'ers are physically capable of unbolting, jacking, breaking loose, removing, carrying a dual tire and wheel, and installing a spare (safely), DIY style, is not realistic.
Bordercollie 02/04/21 12:55pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Television Reception in an RV

From what I was able to understand, the old Batwing, if all connections are good, and amplifier in the head is working, with Wingman added for improved UHF, is as good as, or better than, the others. Also for infrequent RV'ers like us now, the cost of satellite TV may not be justifiable. I need to learn more about streaming TV. I subscribed to Discovery Plus, so am getting my feet wet. Thanks for the replies.
Bordercollie 02/02/21 08:25pm Class C Motorhomes
Television Reception in an RV

We have the typical old Wingard batwing amplified antenna and alternate cable TV connection. Watching "Going RV", there is a lot of emphasis on TV's inside and out. I'm wondering if most full timers and frequent RV users use Satellite TV and DVD players for variety and quality of reception nowadays. We are resuming RV activity after a long lapse. Advice is welcome.
Bordercollie 01/29/21 12:48pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best tire inflator for dually tires

Looks like the VAIR 400P-RV model 40047 kit is the best available setup for adjusting tire pressure of Class C tires. Amazon price is $299.53, free shipping. Available cheaper from other sources but may not come with all accessories. I use an old Campbell Hausfeld 2-gallon tank compressor but it takes time and fiddling to bring tires up to 80 psi.
Bordercollie 01/23/21 07:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Modify OR Access Easily Over cab Bed for the Older Camper

I think the OP meant that they couldn't use any type of ladder safely. If their RV has a rear dinette that converts into a full bed, that might be sort of a solution. It is a pain to convert dinette to a bed, add covers and pillows, and convert it back in the morning. Consider buying a 27 foot motorhome with a rear queen bed or separate twin beds. With a bedroom slide, you can have access on both sides of RV queen bed for ease of egress and access during the night.
Bordercollie 01/20/21 02:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric scooter instead of Toad?

I am 82 now and have used a 3-wheel Pride Go-Go "Elite Traveler" mobility scooter for years. It disassembles into 4 pieces and goes into the cargo bay of our Class C or behind the rear seat our Subaru Outback. There are many other relatively compact and disassemble-able electric scooter vehicles that will get you to the camp store or walking your dog around the camp on smooth roads. The weight and your ability to lift scooter parts are important. Bicycles, folding type or otherwise are another idea. We have never felt a need for a towed vehicle, it all has to do with your style of camping/touring. Here's some vehicles that were advertised on TV yesterday, the EW-19 model looks interesting , comes apart for stowage:
Bordercollie 01/13/21 04:28pm Class C Motorhomes
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