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RE: Cell service at Trailer Village Grand Canyon?

What cell provider? Verizon
SFVdave 10/17/21 10:57am Technology Corner
Cell service at Trailer Village Grand Canyon?

Anyone know if there s cell service at Trailer Village, at the market or lodges? We haven't been there in 5 years and don't recall.
SFVdave 10/17/21 08:20am Technology Corner
RE: Running the generator all night

We once stopped at a rest stop for lunch and had the 2 roof top vents running. It got too hot and I turned on the generator and then the AC. In the middle of eating lunch the CO alarm went off. Evidently the roof top vents were drawing in the exhaust from the generator. I opened tha windows and door and shut down the AC and then the generator. I switched my Fantastic fan from out to in and then closed up the windows and door. I restarted the generator and then the AC. Roof top fresh air being pulled into the MH from the vent fan created a positive airflow out of the MH instead of drawing air in. No more issues with the CO alarm. I have been to a casino whith free overnight RV parking and the MH next to me ran his generator all night for TV and AC. Also at Rincon parkway in Ventura CA, many run their generators all night for the same reasons of TV and AC. So many have done it but we haven't had to yet.
SFVdave 06/28/21 10:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: High Altitude AC use causing Onan generator to die

Took a closer look at the carb and found the altitude scale goes from 0 to 6,500 feet and that should have been close enough for it to not die at 7,500 feet. I also noticed that the altitude knob doesn't stay at the 6,500 feet mark but springs back to between the 3,250 and 6,500. So that means that the altitude knob is adjusting for a richer mixture for 4,875 feet and not 6,500 feet. That's a difference of 1625 feet and another 1,000 feet higher which I was camping at totals 2.675 feet. I think that's where my problem lies. Since this generator is California compliant I will stop there,. But I believe I found the solution.
SFVdave 06/24/21 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: High Altitude AC use causing Onan generator to die

Looking at option of removing the altitude dial which limits turning and to 5000 feet. If I can turn it a bit more may do the trick. I know it's not recommended.
SFVdave 06/24/21 12:21pm Tech Issues
RE: High Altitude AC use causing Onan generator to die

The generator is a 4000 watt installed in MH
SFVdave 06/23/21 10:32pm Tech Issues
High Altitude AC use causing Onan generator to die

I recently had my generator properly adjusted by a certified Onan tech. It starts and ran fantastically up to 5,000 ft. When I went up to 7,500 feet, the air conditioner wouldn't start and the generator would immediately die. Also, the microwave failed to start with the generator dying. The altitude adjustment was turned to the highest level and the generator showed trouble code 36. It was also 85-90 degrees at 7,500 feet. Everything worked fine once we left the high altitude. We have an upcoming trip to the Grand Canyon south rim which is 7,000 and may also be warm. In reading online, I see that there is a drop of 3% per 1,000 feet rise above sea level and generator capacity drops along with some for heat. This was probably the reason for the generator dying upon start up of appliances because of spiking amperage. I tried flipping all the circuits off except those needed for the generator and the appliance, but it still failed to start. Question, would a soft start installed on the roof AC correct the issue or will it still cause the generator to die? Microwave isn't an issue as I can run it off thge 2000 watt inverter I have.
SFVdave 06/23/21 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Microwave replacement options

My Furrion FMSN09-BL needs to be replaced. Has anyone used a different brand? Sources are limited to a few vendors and the shipping time doesn’t work for us. Guess we can rough it without. Spoiled! Have you thought of replacing with a microwave/convection combo? We replaced out working microwave with a combo unit and DW is very happy. Yes, I did check out the Walmart Glanaz microwave air fryer. Cost was only $109 and it would fit the opening. But the ventilation I beleive would be an issue. Using the old cover with the designed venting seemed like the better option. We are at the stage of our camping that we mostly defrost prepared meals rather than do any real cooking. Would like one for the house for sure. Interesting that the Furrion and RV microwaves with trim pieces got for $200, 3 xtimes what it should cost. Saw replacement dish and ring for the microwaves going for $50. That's crazy!!! I don't know how Walmart can make but a few dollars selling them so cheap and include next day shipping too!
SFVdave 05/16/21 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: Microwave replacement options

New microwave from Walmart was almost identical and I swapped covers so it vents on top and is directed out top trim. Great deal for $71 and the magnetron from Amazon would cost $50. Same one that's in the new one.
SFVdave 05/16/21 12:41am Tech Issues
RE: Microwave replacement options

Before you go through the trouble of retrofitting a new microwave check the thermal fuse inside. It is a couple of dollars and will save you the cost of a new one. I took the back off and looked for any burnt wire and found none. Put back on and put a pyrex cup with wter in it and turned it on for a minute. Immediately got buzzing noise and burning smell. Shut it off and wnet online with symptoms. It's ythe magnetron failing. I disconnected the cord and cut it. It's going to the local recycling center tomorrow. New cheap Walmart microwave is coming today. Will see what modifications I will need to make if any. It should get me thru my camping trip to the sierra's next week. Then I have a month to decide what to do. Thanks!
SFVdave 05/14/21 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Microwave replacement options

I found one at Walmart and the dimensions are exact with length and with. but it is deeper and only leaves about 1/2” behind. With vented trim, should I place a 12v fan on the top of the microwave blowing heat out the top trim vent slats? The manufacturer recommends 3” clearance all the way around. Not sure where the microwave heat comes out, back or sides?...
SFVdave 05/12/21 05:18pm Tech Issues
Microwave replacement options

My Furrion FMSN09-BL needs to be replaced. Has anyone used a different brand? Sources are limited to a few vendors and the shipping time doesn’t work for us. Guess we can rough it without. Spoiled!
SFVdave 05/12/21 11:25am Tech Issues
Do cellphone boosters work for RV camping with poor signal?

I was wondering what effect a cellphone booster would have on signal while camping in mountains with only one bar? Any recommendations?
SFVdave 05/07/21 11:04pm Technology Corner
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

I have shipped back the PD4560Licsv and am getting credited. I am using the original converter charger until PD comes out with a multi stage Li for unit. One nice thing about the original converter charger is at home, I can keep the shoreline plugged in and disconnect the house batteries from the converter and solar. This allows me to connect the engine battery back up to the system and keep it charged. Then the day before leaving for a trip I just isolate the engine battery again, reconnect the house batteries to the system to recharge and hit thge charge wizard. That will boost the converter charger to 14.4v for 4 hours allowing them to fully charge. Also, I switch the solar back on so the house batteries are continually charged while driving. All this switching is easily done by the Bussman resettable fuse switches.
SFVdave 05/07/21 08:01am Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

Called Battleborn and it is a single step charging with the Lithium upgrade. They said PD is working on multiple step converters, but it's not available for mine yet. Working it out for return of the PD4560Licsv. They are always courteous and helpful.
SFVdave 05/03/21 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

Should be 2000 watt inverter from Renogy.
SFVdave 05/03/21 07:02am Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

If you have a progressive 3 stage charger and plug in the progressive charge pendant you can charge lithium batteries. By pressing the charge pendant, the charger will go into boost mode 14.6 volts and after 4 hours return to a safe 13.6 float charge. Progressive recommended this to me instead of replacing the charger with the lithium charger. That's is what I have been doing. Not happy about a constant 14.6v and possibly frying my appliances. Also have a 200 watt Renogy inverter attached to the batteries. Not sure how it likes that voltage either.
SFVdave 05/02/21 05:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

Going to call Battleborn tomorrow. They told me last week that they specifically adjust the voltage down to 14.3v . This is 14.6v.
SFVdave 05/02/21 12:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

So it conituously charges at 14.6v all the time?If your PD lithium converter is a single-stage unit, yes, it does. In addition to the LifePo4 float issues, there also those who feel a continuous application of 14.6v may not bode well for the long-term health of some 12vdc appliances in your camper, too. That's my concern too about 14.6v continuously. With the original converter, I could charge the engine battery while at home and use the the bussman resetable fuse next to the engine battery to isolate it while driving and camping. then rest it while at home.
SFVdave 05/02/21 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: Charge wizard with Lithium upgrade to Converter charger?

I upgraded my PD4560 converter charger with the PD4560Licsv which is designed for Lithium battereis. I noticed that the charge wizard light still flashes and can be changed to the different modes. Is that purely visual and nothing is actually taking palce like voltage changes to storage, normal and boost?Odds are very high that you have a single-stage Progressive Dynamic 14.6v lithium converter. The only way to be sure is to measure the voltage on the converter output as you switch through the functions on the Charge Wizard. If the voltage remains the same (as you switch through the various LED display functions on the Charge Wizard) then you have the single-stage model. Progressive Dynamic has just started to roll-out a very limited selection of multi-stage lithium converters. This is no doubt due to Battleborn batteries recommendation that their LifePo4 batteries not be floated at 14.6v for longer than 2 weeks with a single-stage converter/charger. FWIW, We purchased the single-stage PD4045LICSV lithium converter last year with the intention of replacing the 3-stage PD4045 converter in our truck camper. We've since decided the 3-stage PD4045 (13.2v/13.6v/14.4v) is actually a safer, better charger for LifePo4 batteries than the PD4045LICSV and sold our PD4045LICSV lithium converter on eBay. LifePo4 batteries don't do well sitting at a high state-of-charge for long periods of time. A PD4045LICSV converter, if left on and connected to LifePo4 batteries for long periods of time would do just that---constantly keep them at 100% SOC. This may be good for a lead-cell battery, but bad for a LifePo4. With our 3-stage PD4045 converter (and a Charge Wizard) we can leave it on and connected to LifePo4 batteries indefinitely at 13.2v or 13.6v with zero worries about overcharging our LifePo4's. Might even get away with leaving it floating at 14.4v, since technically you can only charge a LifePo4 to 99% at 14.4v. Note: vermilye's post refers to a particular model of Progressive Dynamic converter that can be switched for use with lead cell and LifePo4 chemistries. There is no lead-cell/LifePo4 option (switch) on a "standard" Progressive Dynamic multi-stage converter. So it conituously charges at 14.6v all the time?
SFVdave 05/02/21 11:15am Tech Issues
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