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RE: Magnum MS 2812 Charger/Inverter Issue

why do I still get power to my non-inverter circuits such as washer/dryer and AIr Conditioners? Do you have power to these all the time when on shore power? Or only initially? Like I said, on mine, the hot relay shorted - essentially the hot leads from the shore power were connected to the hot leads from the generator power. When power is applied from the generator side, the delay is initiated then the neutral relay switches over to the generator neutral - everything is happy and works. When power is applied from the shore side, the delay is initiated then the neutral relay switches over to the generator neutral - now the hot and neutral is not matched and the problem occurs. All power is lost and the inverter thinks it's not connected to anything and turns on supplying power from the batteries. When it does this, the neutral relay drops back to shore neutral and now there is matched power in the hot and neutral supplies starting the cycle again. This may not be what is happening in your case, but if you notice the inverter/charger continually cycling, I bet it's something similar. If you know where your transfer switch is, open the cover and inspect the relays, you'll notice signs of overheating if this is your problem.
rdhetrick 10/20/21 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Magnum MS 2812 Charger/Inverter Issue

Most likely the hot relay in the transfer switch. I just had to replace mine, very similar situation - when plugging into shore power, I had power for 30 seconds, then lost it. In my transfer switch, there is a 30 second delay in the neutral relay to give the generator to come up to speed before transferring the full load. The hot relay was shorted so when applying shore power, it triggered the 30 sec delay. During this delay, everything worked, but as soon as the neutral relay switched, shore power was lost. Replaced the relay and all is good now.
rdhetrick 10/20/21 03:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Help-can't get Tully into the car due to size-RESOLVED

Is there some reason the dog can't jump in on it's own? My 60 lb dog took a few times for him to understand what he needed to do, but now I just have to open the door, give him the command, and he jumps in.
rdhetrick 10/12/21 08:54am RV Pet Stop
RE: We attempted to use the service today

Quit apologizing and get something done to improve your piss poor service Not gonna happen until people stop signing up for it!
rdhetrick 10/01/21 01:22pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

My buddy had his replaced at 30k miles. and has been flawless for 100k miles. just a month ago he needed to have the shift module replaced. still under the extended trans warranty. all these transmissions are, are a manual transmission with a complex shift assembly attached to them. Correct, but the "complex shift assembly" was notorious. I had mine for about 60k miles, and while mine never "failed," it did a lousy job of shifting. I took it in to two different dealers, they just said "it's normal" and wouldn't do anything. Clunks, stutters, hard fun to drive, and I always worried about it leaving me along the side the road. Never so happy to get rid of a car as I was with that one! The story I heard was that this transmission was modelled after a BMW or Porche (not certain of the brand) that worked really well. I'd guess the Ford engineers missed a few fine details when copying it, or just cheaped out on something, that resulted in a terrible user experience.
rdhetrick 09/29/21 10:41am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

I think Ford would be responsible only if the baseplate was designed and supplied by Ford. As an engineer myself, it's hard to predict what an end user might do - that I need to design around. Top be absurd, should Ford design the hood hinge bolts to handle being flat towed if someone wanted to pull the car with suction cups on the hood?!?! I'm afraid the flat tow "endorsement" from Ford was probably geared towards the transmission only. The actual method of connecting the car was outside their design parameters. For example, when I installed my Blue Ox baseplate, for each side, I used some existing holes, but I had to drill a big one to get the nuts into the rail. I seriously doubt the existing holes were placed there by Ford for this purpose, I could be wrong though. Certainly, they didn't design for the big hole that had to be drilled. What would be interesting to know is whether there was any interaction between Ford and Roadmaster (or BlueOx, or any other baseplate manufacturer) when Roadmaster designed the baseplate, or whether Ford provides any design criteria for attaching parts to the vehicle. In addition to the baseplate, I installed a receiver hitch on the back to carry bikes. From what I remember, it used existing holes as well. I'm in a different industry altogether, so I could be way off base here!
rdhetrick 09/13/21 11:53am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

That's pretty bad! I'm glad you were moving slowly, that would have been bad if you were on the highway! Some interesting things I can see in the photos: Photo 1 - the welds are all still intact to the connection plate. Photo 2 - The frame tube is where the failure occurred. It looks like there might be some rust at some of the fracture locations, indicating a long term fatigue failure. This tells me it was probably not a manufacturing defect, rather a design problem. Not necessarily a Ford design problem, just that the member sizes weren't adequate for the added stress of being towed. On the other hand, Ford states that it CAN be flat towed. I suspect that they didn't have a full grasp of the stresses involved. If memory serves me correctly, 2015 was the first or second year the Focus was flat towable. Anyway, sorry this happened to you, hopefully others can learn from it. Sure makes me glad I got rid of mine a few years back!
rdhetrick 09/13/21 09:13am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage
rdhetrick 09/13/21 08:02am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 Ford Focus flat tow damage

I used to have a 2015 Focus that I flat towed. I installed the base plate myself so I'm pretty familiar with the front of the car. I don't know exactly what happened to the OP, but I surmise from his description that the frame broke rearwards of the base frame attachment point. Like many base plates, it is attached with 6 bolts - 3 on each side. Additionally, the base plate is connected to the frame via two cables - not the safety cables between the car and coach. On the focus, those "internal" cables also attach to the frame, so if the frame gave way, the cables would go with it. Hopefully there was an aux brake system that stopped the car after it came loose. Having said all of that, I can't imagine Ford, or any other manufacturer for that matter, repairing something like that, warranty or not - even a frame that is just bent, results in a total write off.
rdhetrick 09/12/21 05:14pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Gas regulator issue, or Fridge?

Turn off the DC, light the stove, does the sound come back?
rdhetrick 09/02/21 06:05am Tech Issues
RE: How fast do the gray and black tanks fill

rdhetrick 08/30/21 06:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

Photos showed up fine for me....
rdhetrick 08/30/21 06:10pm Towing
RE: Need help - Weight distribution hitch installation pics

I don't know anything about that particular hitch, but based on your description and the measurements you posted, I think you need more tension on the spring bars. The fact that your front fender measurement with the W/D hooked up is still higher than with no trailer means you're not transferring enough up to the steer tires. Back when I had a TT, I adjusted it so my front measurement was the same if not a slight bit lower than when un-hooked. This is good for ball-parking it, but as others will probably add shortly, you should get to a scale to see what is really happening. If this system is anything like mine was, the more spring force there was, the more sway control it provided.
rdhetrick 08/30/21 04:51pm Towing
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