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RE: Furnace running very hot...

So I have been noticing that my vent air has been notceably hotter. Like too hot. Which "air vent" ? The one producing heat for YOU or the one expelling exhaust to the outside ?? If it is the inside air, this could be REALLY important as it might indicate that you are getting HOT flue gasses into the inside loop. Also a partially plugged flue can do that. Also an unusually high gas pressure can too. Unless you stumble across something obvious, I suggest a professional repair visit is necessary. Any chance that it's just hotter than you remember from last year ?
Sam Spade 12/05/19 08:10am Tech Issues
RE: 12V TVs - Size from 24-32

The TV itself sucks. I would get a regular 120v tv and a small inverter. NOT a good solution. My 12 V TV runs directly from 12 V. Don't see any advantage to having a 110 to 12 "adapter" to accomplish that. Mine does not "suck". Got it from CW but don't remember the brand. Note: If you do get a 12 V only model AND want to use it without shore power or gen active......don't go too big. The current drain might be more than you want.
Sam Spade 12/01/19 03:46pm Technology Corner
RE: Flattest routes from GA To Nashville,TN

Just like to be nice to my equipment if I can. Lol If.....your "equipment" is properly sized for the job, going up and down a few hills won't harm it in the least. You can sometimes get yourself into a BIGGER mess by trying to avoid a little one. I suggest that you just take I-75. The only really bad part, in my opinion, is Chattanooga. If it is daylight and not raining, even that part isn't too bad.
Sam Spade 12/01/19 08:13am Roads and Routes
RE: Moderators. HELP

Why do we keep getting error messages when trying to contact mods?? Your profile indicates that you have been on here for THIRTEEN YEARS. In all that time, have you never seen a discussion of the bad portals......and suggestions to use a different one ?? I just did a test by reporting this post. It worked fine.....from "" That is about all the "help" you will get, because the people running the server don't really know how this software works. You NEED to help yourself.
Sam Spade 11/27/19 08:01am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Trickle Charging Chassis battery

What about just getting a set of ring terminals...... No, NO.....WAY too easy. If you can't make it complicated and confusing, it's no fun. Or so some here seem to think !! :B
Sam Spade 11/23/19 07:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Why no continuous furnace fan option?

but the furnace only has an auto position. Why is this? Under what conditions are you likely to use the gas furnace ? When you don't have access to shore power and don't want to run the generator all night, maybe ?? The gas furnace is there mostly for use when on battery power only. Running the fan continuously would accomplish little to nothing BUT would sap the batteries rather quickly. It is designed that way on purpose.
Sam Spade 11/20/19 06:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Trickle Charging Chassis battery

Battery solenoid? Do you mean starter solenoid? No of course not. Many/most class A and C units have a heavy duty battery relay (solenoid) that connects the two strings together for charging and splits them when not charging. Asking if it is a 24 volt system is just wasting everybody's time.
Sam Spade 11/18/19 08:44am Beginning RVing
RE: Trickle Charging Chassis battery

That’s a battery switch in the middle which seems strange for starting battery (s). Not strange at all. It is very common to have a "battery switch" and associated control circuitry to charge BOTH banks when either charging input is active......and to break that connection when there is no charging input. That is the same solenoid that closes when you push the "emergency start" button in the cab. It is also common for that relay/solenoid to fail, in which case there will be NO cross-charging from either input source......and the emergency start function likely won't work either. If that has failed, it is important to get it fixed.
Sam Spade 11/17/19 09:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Unfair Reservation System?

They are catering to their best, most profitable customers. Nothing wrong with that. This is free enterprise after all. So.....if it ends up HURTING their total income, they will stop doing it. But I suspect that likely won't happen.
Sam Spade 11/16/19 05:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Trickle Charging Chassis battery

First, are you assuming that the chassis battery doesn't charge when the coach is plugged in......or did you actually test it to be sure ? You NEED a multi-meter, for this and future questions/problems. Neither of my two units did either.....but they were supposed to and the fix was fairly simple and inexpensive. The bad "battery relay" caused the coach batteries not to charge when going down the road either. P.S. If you find that you do need a separate charger, it needs to be an automatic tender type and NOT a cheap trickle charger. The difference is important.
Sam Spade 11/16/19 05:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Time to hang up the keys...(consignment ?)

have begun to think about contracting with Camping World to sell it on consignment. Big, BIG, huge mistake. While you will take a "hit" with any consignment sale, CW likely will be much worse than most others......given their track record with everything else. You live in Florida, where there are literally hundreds of RV dealers, sometimes within a few miles in some areas. There MUST be a better alternative. I am nearing the same decision point next spring......and haven't decided what to do yet either. I think I will talk to RV Swap Shop first. There is one near to me.
Sam Spade 11/16/19 07:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator Fault Code 2- Low oil pressure

Fuel pumps seem to be a "high failure" item. It can fail after 1 minute, one hour or half a day.....or fail to start at all. And if you share a gas tank, it must be above 1/4 full.
Sam Spade 11/13/19 07:28am Tech Issues
RE: Strange house battery issue

So i guess my question is, why arent the batteries charging? How are the house batteries “tendered”? When you are not plugged in, the batteries are NOT "tendered"; not charging at all. Batteries left completely discharged will not last long. One of two things: Batteries have gone bad....OR....the charger has failed. You really should get a digital multi-meter. Around $10 at Harbor Freight.
Sam Spade 11/12/19 12:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: battery charging

how long should we stay on Float charging before change. ?? Some "tenders" turn off and on but most just drop down to the float level, which is what yours has done, and stay there more or less forever.
Sam Spade 11/12/19 12:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Onan Generator Fault Code 2- Low oil pressure

I changed the oil and filled to the top of the dip stick and that seemed to fix it for about 6 months Gotta ask.....are you assuming that it is still "full" of oil, or did you actually check it ? Is it parked on a hill ??
Sam Spade 11/12/19 12:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan Generator Fault Code 2- Low oil pressure

Overfilling can cause churning and foaming of the oil, which can mislead the pressure sending unit into thinking there is no oil. Make sure it is not over-filled also. Steve While I understand that they might not all be the same......the ones I've seen it is impossible to overfill them to any significant degree. A couple of extra ounces certainly will NOT cause the doom and gloom that you described.
Sam Spade 11/11/19 10:19am Tech Issues
RE: Onan Generator Fault Code 2- Low oil pressure

My Cummins/Onan dealer is VERY helpful. If you have one nearby, a visit to them likely would yield some useful information. The two I have experience with are very picky about oil LEVEL......such that parking on a slight incline can cause a "low oil" failure. I've been filling mine up until you can't put in any more, which is only a couple of ounces high, and that seems to have solved that problem for me.
Sam Spade 11/11/19 07:52am Tech Issues
RE: Forum Posting Help and Support

Just as a curiosity, why do you think so many threads, on a host of topics, are started in Forum Posting Help and Support? Is it through a default of some sort? No, it is mainly because it appears right in one of the header RED and underlined. That makes it too easy to get to......for everything. Bonehead move on the part of the designers. Of course, there are other reasons too.
Sam Spade 11/08/19 05:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short Term Winterising

is there a way of protecting the water lines for a short period of time? IF your description of the conditions is accurate...then yes. I live in north central Florida where it works pretty much as you describe and I never "winterize" anything. I suspect that pretty much nobody does. Make sure that the pump is OFF and open all of the faucets that you can. That's it. Pipes break (usually) because of pressure built up by the "freeze plug" growing toward a closed valve. If the pressure can't build up, there should not be a problem even if a little ice forms in a line. It takes more than a few hours of barely freezing temps for things in the RV to actually get that cold. If it will make you feel any better, ask an RV dealer or three in your area.
Sam Spade 11/05/19 07:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing Horn

I would definitely install a relay to avoid frying your horn button on the steering wheel. Good advice......maybe. IF you are installing a replacement that is similar to the OEM horn, there is absolutely no need to go to all that trouble. If nothing on the package or instructions for the new horn mentions anything about a relay, then you likely don't need one.
Sam Spade 11/04/19 06:38am Class A Motorhomes
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