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RE: Large camper with single AC

I have never figured out why some manufactures make the cover for some AC units black and not white. You have 2 choices. Black or White. The OEM makes that choice and usually has to do with the OEM trying to match to roof colors with the RV colors. Darker units have Black. They count off white and Tan/Beige as a darker color. Doug
dougrainer 07/14/20 07:33am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge/Propane

Does the CHECK light come on? Doug
dougrainer 07/14/20 07:30am Tech Issues
RE: Step out dash light sensor

Call Lipert components (LCI) and they can probably help as they manufacture most of the RV steps. While they build the steps, they do not supply or build the "Step OUT" system. That is designed and installed by the RV OEM. Usually the step out system is a simple Magnet and 2 wires. The Magnet system is usually just a extra Step door magnet or one that is used on the windows or doors of a home security system. You just need to know if the magnet assbly is "Normally Closed" or "Normally Open". Since the Wires are still there this just needs a new magnet which is any type magnet. Doug
dougrainer 07/14/20 07:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Lost power to HWH Leveling Jack Control Board 200 series

Hi Doug, I made sure ribbon connectors are secured. Think it might be a faulty control board? No, as much as I hate to say this. It is probably a GROUND(Negative) wire issue. HWH runs the grounds for the complete system to the Hydraulic Pump. You will see various WHITE wires connected to one of the 2 mount bolts that mount the pump to the steel mount frame. Make sure those white wires are all installed on that one bolt and that that Bolt is TIGHT. BTW, 11.9 volts is NOT good. You should have at minimum 12.6 to 12.9 volts. This indicates marginal battery, especially not fully charged. What service did you have done? Doug PS will leave post because it has good info for someone else
dougrainer 07/13/20 02:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Lost power to HWH Leveling Jack Control Board 200 series

Remove the 4 screws that hold the control board. There is a Ribbon cable connection on the back of that board. Odds are it just came unplugged. Doug
dougrainer 07/13/20 01:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Unknow Electrical connection type.

Well that looks like one of the MOLEX products but that is a company name and they make over a thousand different connector.. many made to a company's specs I would change the connector to something more common (there are many options) provided you can find the dome light that can use the same connector. Concur ! Nothing inherently wrong with Molex connectors, except as stated there are thousands of different ones. It sure would be if the world could standardize and a robust 12VDC connector. Cigarette light sockets and plugs are too big and not really a durable design. The automotive solution from years ago was pretty good, but it was not polarized so it was possible to reverse polarity ! :E Powerpoles are not perfect because it is still possible to reverse polarity, but at least they are color coded. The OP's type connection. HOW could you connect in reverse polarity? The Spades are D shaped and you can only install 1 way. Doug
dougrainer 07/13/20 11:34am Tech Issues
RE: Battery on or off

Always leave the Battery ON when using. This makes the Converter operate better. Also, you stated you had to have the Battery switch fixed under warranty. Do you have a Jayco Trailer? Doug
dougrainer 07/13/20 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: Unknow Electrical connection type.
dougrainer 07/13/20 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic fridge woes.

It looks like you haven't checked the filter as dougrainer suggested. A few years ago a fellow camper was almost to the point of replacing his fridge but luckily he checked the propane line. It was full of oil. Bingo, I was going to mention this. Usually, when I had this type weird problem I would hook the Shop LP tank to the refer and bypass the RV LP system to see if it worked correctly. Have you actually verified the refer operates to temp on 120 volt? What were the lower temp? Below 50 degrees? Me thinks the Flame is at correct HEATING height. Because the refer is warm inside, you cannot get the Flame to go to bypass mode?. By getting the refer to temp on 120, then start on LP and watch the flame when you open the refer door to allow hot air inside. Once the Capillary tube on the fins starts to warm up, the Bypass flame will then get larger to show the tstat and LP system is doing its job. Last, when ON LP, how cold does the refer actually get? Doug PS how large LP tank does the RV have and when was the last time it was either purged and filled or just filled?
dougrainer 07/13/20 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Unknow Electrical connection type.

Why oh why does it need a disconnect? Trailers that have a Slide out in the front wall or rear wall(tent campers also), require a quick connect for the ceiling lights. The newer models use a 12 volt pin connector and receptacle that looks like the old large Headphone jack on home stereo receivers. I would update the OP to current. Doug PS I would order the combo light with fan also.
dougrainer 07/13/20 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic fridge woes.

What about the Baffle? You did not respond. Doug
dougrainer 07/12/20 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Lost power to HWH Leveling Jack Control Board 200 series

Look to the right of the yellow 20 amp fuse. THAT is one of the many open female spades on a Ford Fuse block Those open spades are powered by one of the fuses on that fuse block. Just test which one has power when key is ON. Doug
dougrainer 07/12/20 02:31pm Tech Issues
RE: step

Engine ON. Open and close the entry door. WATCH the underside orange step light. IF the light comes ON when door is opened and goes OFF when closed, your 12 volt power and connections and door switch are OK. If this is correct, Take a hammer and while someone opens and closes the entry door, engine ON, whack on the step motor as you open and close. If after a few minutes the motor activates---Replace the Motor. If it does NOT, replace the Motor:B Doug
dougrainer 07/12/20 11:58am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic fridge woes.

Doug The burner assembly has been removed and cleaned several times. The jet ( orifice ) (#43 per Dometic) has been removed soaked, cleaned and blown dry several times. The flue has been swabbed full length several times. The flue has been swabbed. OK. What was the condition of the Baffle?
dougrainer 07/12/20 11:55am Tech Issues
RE: Lost power to HWH Leveling Jack Control Board 200 series

You really need a Volt meter or 12 volt test light. YES, there are various OPEN female spades on that fuse block. HWH, what you want is a 12 volt circuit that has power in Ignition from the key switch. Most HWH are connected to the Ignition side ONLY on Joystick systems. Doug
dougrainer 07/12/20 07:17am Tech Issues
RE: Residential Style Central Air - NOT Roof Air Question

3. I have NEVER in 45 years heard Older Coolant called anything but Freon. Freon 12 or Freon 22. Doug Thus we have verification of experience and training. Its amazing how people can be such JERKS. They disparage someone because they use Industry standard language. Turn on the TV and they talk about FREON being banned. HVAC people come to your house and they State FREON. NOT 22. FREON. FYI, before we were a RV ONLY we were part of a Cadillac/Oldsmobile dealership and we ALWAYS charged out Freon 12 when we worked on those 30 and 40 year old vehicles. Doug
dougrainer 07/11/20 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic fridge woes.

Have you remove the Orifice and blown it out with air?. I usually spray Carb cleaner in the orifice hole and then use compressed shop air to blow it out. Since you have replaced the ONLY real component, then the orifice partial blockage would be the next thing. Doug PS, have you pulled the spiral baffle and verified it is OK and not deterioated? That Baffle is required for correct Heat disbursement from the flame.
dougrainer 07/11/20 05:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic awning issue

IF I'm not mistaken the Dometic is like my A&E. The awning is pushed out by Gas Shocks one at each end. Sounds like one of two issues (or both) Lubricate, Lubricate Every joint you got (Doubtful it is a joint) But also lubricate the shaft of the gas shocks. I will NOT suggest a lube . Replace the gas shocks. Dometic and A&E are the same exact company. He already has replaced the shocks.
dougrainer 07/11/20 05:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Aladdin tank monitor

Yes, if you replace the sensors you have to calibrate. Bad news is, you have to really have the Calibrate sheet that came in the owners pac of the Motorhome. It has the values for each tank to program. But, you can still calibrate without that sheet. You may have to measure the tanks and there is a chart for assigning the various inputs. This link will help. You may be able to calibrate by inputting the Empty and the FULL according to this link. Alladin has 2 systems. The FULL version and the Jr version. Doug
dougrainer 07/11/20 05:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential Style Central Air - NOT Roof Air Question

1.It is a RVP(Coleman) basement AC unit. THAT is what they are called 2. Page 57. 3. MOST Home/residential/Commercial HVAC people have no idea how RV systems operate. They CAN repair most common problems like Capacitor failure and Fan Motor Failures as those are same type systems. I state this because over 41 years I have had to go behind those HVAC repairs and fix the actual problem. 4. They are SEALED units and IF that HVAC person actually knew RV systems could have told you in less than 20 minutes if the unit was charged correctly. 5. One of the BIG scams Home HVAC people do is to ALWAYS state you need to "top off" the Freon or refrigerant system when they come out for that "free" or low cost system check out. Freon 22 costs them about $10 a LB, and they charge it out from $75 to $100 per lb and you ALWAYS need at least 1 to 2 lbs they claim. IF your Home AC unit loses that much in a year you need to have the system checked and any possible leak fixed. 6. IF he knew that, and how to charge a sealed system he would have charged you $100 for a lb of Freon. But since he could not find any Schrader(fill) Valves, he just gave you his standard answer, which is BS. 7. Last, you run the system(BOTH Compressors) for a minimum of 30 minutes and take a Temp corrected AMP draw OF EACH Compressor and that will tell you the state of charge on your system. The DATA plate on the outside Basement unit will have the type coolant(which should be Freon 22 on a 2006 model) and the Amp draw based on 95 degrees ambient. Doug PS, this may be your system, but verify the Model number. Oh Great One , this old unknowing HVACR tech must ask since your so great & my trade is so dumb & dishonest per you, you do realize Freon is only a brand name & not a specific refrigerant ? Just a " nickname " . Plus never assume , allways look at the data plate for refrigerant type . 1. I stand by my assessment of HVAC repair people. Not all are crooked but enough are. 2. If you could read my post, I stated to READ the Data plate for what refrigerant it states 3. I have NEVER in 45 years heard Older Coolant called anything but Freon. Freon 12 or Freon 22. Doug
dougrainer 07/11/20 09:28am Tech Issues
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