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RE: how to replace the charger inverter in a four winds

I have a 2006 class C four winds motorhome and want to start using AGM batteries. The charger inverter is the original one and I want to upgrade it to be able to charge the AGM batteries. Preferable a smart charger. Can I replace the current inverter charger in the same space or do I have to re-do that whole section that is currently under the side of the bed in the back of the rig? You need to elaborate more. Very few Class C motorhomes had a INverter/CHarger 16 years ago. Especially if located under the bed(Heat Build up). More likely, you have a CONVERTER only. If you have a Converter, I would replace the Converter with a Converter that has an optional smart Charge module or setting for AGM batteries. You need to state Brand and Model of existing charger. ANY Inverter/Charger needs to be within 10 feet of the Coach batteries. Doug
dougrainer 05/22/22 12:57pm Tech Issues
RE: how to replace the charger inverter in a four winds

Inverter-charger should charge the AGM just fine with a change of settings. If instead there is a far more common converter-charger it would be best to post the model number. Some are great, some adequate, some miserable. Some just need a plug in controller. No the entire power distribution center does not need to be replaced. 16 year old Inverter/Charger may not have AGM charge settings. Doug
dougrainer 05/22/22 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Houghton A/C and auto gen start?

https://www.boatandrvaccessories.com/products/magnum-me-ags-n-start-module?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvqeUBhCBARIsAOdt45aJGk4BYvxq9pUZRRaY73-_N3DkqGpzOzuZlFZ4p9CiIjsyB-lSPVQaAsA_EALw_wcB IF you had a Magnum Inverter/Charger, you could install Magnums Auto start system. This system has its OWN Temp sensor you install in the RV and that would engage the Genset. The Onan EC30 does not have this feature. Since your Houghton has only a remote you would have to figure out a way to run the Trip wires from the roof top unit down to the EC30 control. There should be on the AC unit a 12 volt wire that is HOT when the remote tells the AC to cycle on. Not familiar with your unit, but almost ALL AC controls are either 12 or 24 volt. Doug
dougrainer 05/22/22 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Water Heater

Post MODEL of Heater. If it has EXT in the model you have a classic failure of the Mixing valve that is part of the Heater. Doug
dougrainer 05/21/22 04:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Slide room lock ??? on Winne MH

The 625 system has nothing to do with your type of HWH slide lock system. 625 is the Jack control system. But, I have never had to work on a Winne slide lock. The only system have worked on with HWH slide locks was the mid 2000 model Mandalay Diesel motorhomes from Thor. Those HWH slide locks were NOT in the ceiling, but in the Overhead cabinet of the slide box. Same basic system. But, should be able to get to the Microswitches by removing the bezel as you explained. I never had a problem or failure of the Microswitches in any of the Mandalay's I worked on. I DID have intermittant failure of the same type microswitches on the Newmar Autolock system(not HWH brand). In spite of what some people think, the REASON slide locks are installed is NOT TO STOP THE ROOM FROM GOING OUT IN TRANSIT, BUT TO GET A POSITIVE SEAL ON THE TOP OF THE ROOM WHEN RETRACTED. Also, to keep the room from moving back and forth(jiggling) when driving. With a Hydraulic system like HWH's if you activated the pump with slide locks in place, it WOULD attempt to extend and the damage would be incredible. Doug
dougrainer 05/20/22 09:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Slide room lock ??? on Winne MH

http://server51.hwhcorp.com/?page_id=61777 Is this the HWH lock system you have? Doug Or this one? http://server51.hwhcorp.com/wp-content/uploads/ml41035.pdf Or this one? http://server51.hwhcorp.com/wp-content/uploads/ml39511.pdf
dougrainer 05/19/22 11:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

Burbman, what do you think National RV refer is going to do? Unless you want to wait a few days for a CORRECT diagnosis, they can do nothing other than replace the CU. Doug
dougrainer 05/18/22 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

Sometimes taking the fridge out and rolling it end for end and side for side may free the blockage. Wives tail. The blockage is as hard as a Weld slag. What you stated is called "burping". WILL NEVER FIX A REFER BLOCKED COOLING UNIT. But, what is can do is "rearrange" the Ammonium liquid to temporarily bypass the blockage but will only work partially for a few days to a week. Once the blockage stops the liquid again the refer stops cooling. Doug
dougrainer 05/18/22 08:25pm Tech Issues
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

1. The Evap fins will be 10 degrees colder than the actual items in the refer. Where did you install the probe for your thermometer you purchased? 2. 120 elements either work or they do NOT work. No in between/partial operation. 3. WAIT 24 hours before getting a reading 4. Have you verified that the unit is level, now, and when you started loading it up for your trip? 5. If you have a Gas Pressure problem(to low), then Gas is not the way to test operation. Without a Manometer, you cannot verify gas pressure. Just 1 inch low will cause cooling problems. 6. The 120 wired direct is the best way to go for the 24 hour check. IF after 24 hours and the freezer is NOT below 10 degrees and the refer NOT below 38 degrees (AND THE REAR VENTILATION IS NOT RESTRICTED BOTTOM TO TOP BEHIND THE REFER), Then your cooling unit is probably shot. 7. LAST, you don't state if the refer is in a slide room. If it is and you do not have the rear cooling fans operating you will have diminished cooling. Doug
dougrainer 05/18/22 01:57pm Tech Issues
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

The thermistor won't cause that much difference in temp. I had the same issue with our Norcold. Freezer worked but fridge didn't. I had to replace the cooling unit last fall. The test to prove cooling unit operation, disconnect the AC heating element from the control board and connect the AC heating element directly to AC power and allow it to run overnight. Next morning, it should be below freezing in both the fridge and freezer. I replaced ours with a Dutch Aire and it seems to be a more efficient unit than the Norcold. Like you, we discovered our fridge problem as we got ready to take a trip. Fortunately, we have a 12V chest cooler and it didn't stop our trip. Good Luck Joel, An IR thermometer is NEVER used for refer and AC cooling temp measurements. The ONLY accurate temp measurement is a small glass of water left inside the refer for 24 hours and then taken with a metal probe type thermometer. You can argue all you want but you are plain wrong. Your testing procedure is spot on and that is what is needed for this OP's testing.
dougrainer 05/18/22 11:19am Tech Issues
RE: EPDM roof Material or Something Else?

I got a pinhole last october and by the time I had found out about the hole, I had a bubble (like the top of a 747) of the 5er. Since the Trailer is 12 years old - for the time being i just want to reattach the existing roof (except for the single hole - the roof is in decent shape) the existing EPDM back the wood substrate. As Doug Pointed out in another email - because of the age of the 5er - If I was going to do it right, I would replace the entire roof - but for the time being I need to seal it up so I can use it for the season. So my question is: What is the correct type of adhesive to use to attach epdm to the wood substrate of the roof? The ONLY CORRECT way to attach a TPO/EPDM roof to the roof is to pull the OLD off and redeck(overlay) the existing wood deck. Then use EPDM/TPO approved adhesive. If you attempt to install new TPO/EPDM over the existing wood after removing the old, the new glue will not adhere correctly to the old decking and you will have hundreds of little bumps under the new roof material. Below is the link for the adhesive. Doug PS, Use the link and use that glue to do your repair. What I do for your type is to cut out the square area and remove the rubber. Cut a slightly larger piece of rubber and glue in place and then use Eternabond around the perimeter. https://dicorproducts.com/product/water-based-bonding-adhesive/
dougrainer 05/18/22 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic gas water heater problem

Dometic WH-6GA It's in a 2022 Keystone Travel trailer You are under warranty. Why pay for a repair part? Your year and model was not part of the defective Ciorcuit Boards. Doug
dougrainer 05/18/22 09:09am Tech Issues
RE: HELP: Fridge issues and trip tmw!

1. What KIND of digital thermometer? Did you place the Thermometer in a glass of water that had been in the refer 24 hours without opening the doors? There is NO WAY your freezer read -15 degrees. That -15 is interpreted as BELOW 0 degrees by 15 degrees. Or do you mean the temp was 15 degrees? 2. I hope you did not use a IR thermometer. These will not give correct accurate temps for refer readings 3. There is NO temp adjustment on RV refers for the freezer. The Temp system only adjusts the lower refer section and since you have an adjustable temp setting do not worry about the slider on the fins. Moving the slider is an option for Auto temp refers that have NO adjustable tstat. And that only changes the set temp by about 4 degrees. 4. Your normal temps shopuld be 0 to 10 degrees in the freezer and 28 to 36 in the refer. 5. Is it possible you were not completely level when loading up? That would degrade the ability to cool correctly. Doug
dougrainer 05/18/22 09:05am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic gas water heater problem

It is a hell of a lot cheaper to replace the ECO/Tstat kit, than a Circuit board. Unless you are checking for 12 volts thru both the ECO and Tstat when the malfunction occurs. Now, you don't state year model. Atwood/Dometic from a few years ago from about 2018 to 2020 had defective Circuit Boards, that were changed out under the warranty period. Intermittant operation was the problem. Doug
dougrainer 05/17/22 08:31am Tech Issues
RE: EPDM roof Material or Something Else?

EPDM TPO Fiberglass Aluminum I would avoid the first two. My first RV, a Winnebago had a fiberglass roof. The same stuff that was on the sidewalls. My current Airstream has aluminum. When shopping I immediately ruled out anything with EPDM or TPO. Please explain the basis for your comment. I have over 43 years as a RV tech. I have seen ALL roof materials. While I also would prefer Fiberglass, I would NOT like Metal roofs. Metal roofs will be damaged by normal size Hail that would dent a car. Fiberglass, rarely. It takes a LOT to punch holes thru fiberglass. It takes a LOT for Hail to damage a TPO/EPDM roof. For cost, I would like a EPDM/TPO roof. Your Airstream, the COST basis alone makes a Metal roof standard. Doug The basis for my comment? Personal preference. While I know that a good hail storm will dent my aluminum roof, I would be REALLY surprised if it punctured it. Dents, I can live with. You state that "{i}t takes a LOT to punch holes thru fiberglass." I posit that it takes more to punch a hole through aluminum. The Aluminum can get "cuts/cracks" instead of holes. While you state a Hailstorm will dent your roof. Well, A/S's do NOT just get dented roofs. Depending on which way the storm is blowing you get hail damage on various sides also. Regular RV's (very few metal sides left) just get roof top hail damage unless Fiberglass. Doug (we also service/sell A/S)
dougrainer 05/17/22 08:26am Tech Issues
RE: EPDM roof Material or Something Else?

EPDM TPO Fiberglass Aluminum I would avoid the first two. My first RV, a Winnebago had a fiberglass roof. The same stuff that was on the sidewalls. My current Airstream has aluminum. When shopping I immediately ruled out anything with EPDM or TPO. Please explain the basis for your comment. I have over 43 years as a RV tech. I have seen ALL roof materials. While I also would prefer Fiberglass, I would NOT like Metal roofs. Metal roofs will be damaged by normal size Hail that would dent a car. Fiberglass, rarely. It takes a LOT to punch holes thru fiberglass. It takes a LOT for Hail to damage a TPO/EPDM roof. For cost, I would like a EPDM/TPO roof. Your Airstream, the COST basis alone makes a Metal roof standard. Doug
dougrainer 05/16/22 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: 2014 winni vista 35f / coleman mach ac issue

You have a bad Fan capacitor. Doug
dougrainer 05/12/22 08:29am Tech Issues
RE: no charge at batteries

Your Year Model Newmar. AS others stated, the 13.8 is actually the Converter putting out the needed 12 volt power. IF you have charged the batteries and they do NOT read at least 12.6 or more the batteries are bad. Most likely a dead cell. Have you checked the Battery water? Now, your year, have you pushed the USE button on the Disconnect panel when plugged into shore Power? Newmar's wired their RV' s a little different and you will get the volt reading on the INtellitec panel even if the Battery Disconnect is OFF. If you push STORE, the red LED will remain ON, but the batteries will be disconnected from the Converter charge system. So, if you had new Batteries a year ago and you were plugged into shore Power, BUT THE BATTERIES WERE DISCONNECTED AND YOU DID NOT REALIZE THAT DUE TO THE RED LED ON THE DISCONNECT PANEL, Your batteries would go dead after 2 or 3 weeks, as Newmar connected the LP/CO detector's direct to the batteries and not thru the disconnect system and that would kill the batteries. Doug
dougrainer 05/12/22 08:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black tank not draining!

1. You state clear water comes out when black flushing. 2. I assume you also mean that when you installed the blue tab NO BLUE WATER came out 3. What you have is simple. It is NOT a poop pyramid. If so, the toilet water flush would mix and you would get dirty water not clear 4. The flush nozzle is either down from the top of the tank on the Passenger side or at the 3/4 to full mark on the SIDE of the tank on the passenger side. That means IF it is obviously working(clear water out the exit fitting) then if a Poop Pyramid, would hit some of the pyramid and would be dirty water not clear. 5. The simple solution is you must have a 3 inch ABS tube from the bottom of the toilet floor flange to the top of the tank. This tube is probably NOT straight but has 1 or 2 angles to it and this has caused debris to clog up that down tube. NOT all the way, but probably 90% or more. This is one of the times(about the ONLY TIME) you can use a standard handheld toilet snake and insert down that 4 to 18 inches to break the debris loose. BEFORE you start, pour about a gallon of boiling water thru the toilet to help soften up the debris. Doug PS, IF you do have a Poop Pyramid, this tool will also help break up the pyramid https://www.lowes.com/pd/Cobra-3-8-in-x-3-ft-Music-Wire-Toilet-Auger/1001845024?cm_mmc=shp-_-c-_-prd-_-plb-_-ggl-_-LIA_PLB_208_Plumbing-Repair-_-1001845024-_-local-_-0-_-0&ds_rl=1286981&gclid=CjwKCAjwve2TBhByEiwAaktM1LnBFBY8apJ5ZQ363Duf5I536wZ1pF0bAv5l042r2YJ4nfhVKEfoGRoCxzcQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
dougrainer 05/11/22 08:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is J-Wrap?

If true, then they have hundreds if not thousands of trailers out there with this problem. You WANTED a cause. They GAVE you a cause. End of story. You are happy and they gave a customer satisfaction. I don't believe it at all. I base my comments on 43 years as a Tech. But, you are happy. Doug
dougrainer 05/08/22 07:13am Fifth-Wheels
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