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RE: Honda generator question

I wonder what a 40A load would do ?I suspect it would kick both generators offline since the maximum output of both together is 33-1/3 amps.
road-runner 07/01/20 09:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

The cheater plug gets the 2,000w inverter working. I think you have a real safety hazard here. I don't know all the details and it's slightly complicated, so I could be making some wrong assumptions, one of which is that the inverter is in the truck. The result of the cheater plug working says that something goes wrong when the inverter's case is connected to the RV's grounding system. That leads me to three conclusions: (1) The RV's neutral and ground are bonded, not a good thing. (2) There's likely a shock hazard if the RV chassis and truck are touched at the same time. (3) The RV's skin might be "hot". I'm surprised that such a large inverter would use the hot neutral design described by Tom M. It does reduce manufacturing cost. If the statement in the owner's manual about the internal voltage being 145 is correct, it's likely not the hot neutral design, but there's no assurance that statement is correct. Another possibility is that the inverter is actively detecting a downstream ground-neutral fault as is done with GFCI devices. Bottom line: The cheater plug result shows that something is wrong with the RV's wiring. Running with the cheater plug might create a serious shock hazard.
road-runner 07/01/20 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: Question: Truck Battery Bank for Shore Power

Does the inverter shut down if you plug the 4.5 watt bulb directly into it, instead of through the shore power cord? You might have a load in the RV you don't realize. Water heater was mentioned. Other easily overlooked loads are the fridge and power converter. A basic and necessary troubleshooting step is to measure the DC voltage at the inverter input connections.
road-runner 06/30/20 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 3000 Problem

People make WAY TOO MUCH about how bad E10/E15 fuel is for small engines. The issue is not the ethanol in the fuel, it is how OLD the fuel is ! I have just one data point which proves little or nothing by itself. Last week my chainsaw wouldn't run worth a hoot with standard mid-grade gasoline that was less than a year old. After fiddling with it for a long time I mixed up a tankful of 4 year old ethanol free gasoline. The chainsaw ran great on it.
road-runner 06/06/20 08:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Neutral lines reversed

If one of the hots and neutral were reversed, half of a 50 amp rig would have a 240 volt supply. That would certainly be detected by the first user as equipment in the RV went up in smoke.
road-runner 05/28/20 12:24am Tech Issues
RE: Chinese Versus TAIWAN Hand Tools

Heck... When we were in our teens, the First Credit Card for everyone was Sears as they would give one to anybody..They wouldn't give one to me, and I was a Sears employee. The reason for denial was my income was too low. Most of my hand tools are Craftsman from that era, and I did get the employee discount. It was a pretty good discount, something like 40%, though I don't remember exactly.
road-runner 05/01/20 09:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

This is from Mike Holt forumAnd as is so typical, the first response is yet another incorrect one, by a moderator/staff member no less. Trying to convince people that GFCIs do zero-current neutral-ground detection is an uphill climb. The 2006 edition of UL943 includes a test for neutral-ground detection, so the requirement goes back at least that far. See section This article explains how one implementation works. The short version is that a neutral-ground fault results in the sense amplifier oscillating.
road-runner 05/01/20 03:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

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road-runner 05/01/20 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: Heat element & shore gfci

Grounded neutral detection has been part of the UL specification for GFCIs since at least the 1993 edition of the spec, possibly longer. It is not a new thing at all.What's really frustrating is it's still difficult to find a "How GFCIs work" article on the Internet that includes the grounded neutral detection. If you're trying to debate somebody who doesn't think it's true, they can find at least 10 incorrect articles that omit the neutral detection for every one you find that's correct.
road-runner 05/01/20 10:34am Tech Issues
RE: Slideout relays

Put this into a search engine and you will get links to slideout controller examples: 140-1163 This is the part number for one controller. My search engine brought up links to other controllers, too.
road-runner 03/16/20 06:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Slideout relays

Some electric slides use a relay and/or controller, and some don't. Those that don't have a relay use a polarity-reversing switch wired directly to the the slide motor. In a trailer, the system "might" use a relay and/or controller. In a motorhome, it "probably" does. If you're able to see the back of the slideout switch, that will give a clue. If it's a double pole switch with 4 or 6 lugs, it's likely a polarity reversing switch wired directly to the motor. Short of just figuring it out, the OP is doing the right thing asking for somebody who knows with the exact model rig.
road-runner 03/16/20 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: Winegard Powered Antenna Wall Plate Alternative

The wall plate has circuitry to inject DC power on the cable going to the antenna, and to separate the DC power from the antenna signal going to the TV. A generic tester may well detect a DC path through this circuitry to ground, and erroneously report it as a short circuit.
road-runner 02/29/20 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Compact Class C

Many Sprinter mohos can tow 5,000 lbs. Sprinter cab chassis GVWR = 11,030 Class C Sprinters run very close to or above GVWR GCWR = 15,250 Max tow capacity at GVWR = 4,220
road-runner 02/12/20 11:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Bad inverter, rewire new one?

Without getting into the technical debate I'll say that I have done exactly what you are proposing for exactly the same reason.
road-runner 01/02/20 10:15am Tech Issues
RE: Winnegago View and Navion reviews Likes or problems

I think you questions apply to any Sprinter-based class C. They are all effectively the same size. The size and maneuverability are a definite plus in the national park campgrounds that often have small sites and tight roads. in a city they'll go anywhere a typical UPS or similar small truck will go, which is just about anywhere. The only difficulty I've had is sometimes with parking because the motorhome won't fit into a single car-sized space. For parallel parking it needs 2 spaces, and in a typical parking lot row, 4 spaces (2 wide + 2 long). It's obviously wider than a car, so parallel parking on a narrow street is iffy. A really small parking lot won't work, and there's sometimes the risk of going into a parking lot and not being able to turn around. Dimensions-wise, the Sprinter based class Cs are generally 6 inches narrower than those on a Ford or Chevy chassis. To go narrower you'd need to look at a class B.
road-runner 12/26/19 11:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

I operate on 3 strikes and you are out.That's fine. The reality is that your strikes are different from my strikes, which are different from somebody else's strikes. IMO the best service we can provide to others is to give first-hand factual accounts as accurately as possible, and let the other RVers make decisions based on their priorities and preference. Choosing an RV is an exercise in balancing benefits and compromises. I never saw a single one that was close to ideal (for me) in all aspects. The Ford chassis strikes out with me, and the Sprinter with you. I want to help others, but definitely don't want to tell others what they should think.
road-runner 12/26/19 01:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motorhomes on Mercedes Chassis

Jumping into this late I have a few comments: - Criticism of handling or stability from somebody who has never driven a Sprinter isn't to be taken seriously. - Chassis reliability reports look opposite for good reason. Most Sprinters are very reliable and have reasonable maintenance costs. A small but still significant number of owners have been plagued with highly unreasonable reliability problems accompanied by horribly large costs. - My only first-hand negative wind stability report is from one time when I made an unscheduled multi day stop during a windstorm. The Sprinter was darn squirely to the point I felt is was dangerous. It did make it past a few blown over semis before the next Interstate exit. - Because of the recurring mechanical problems some owners have suffered through, I am honestly scared it could happen to me. I treat it carefully and try to keep ahead on preventative maintenance. So why did I buy one and have no intent of changing after 10 years? 1. The horrible claustrophobic front seating of the Ford chassis, and to a slightly less extent, the Chevy chassis. For all of you who aren't bothered by it, that's great. 2. When shopping I was able to find zero shorter class Cs with slideout where I could push the driver seat far enough back for driving. 3. The easy access between the cab and coach. 4. The 6" narrower width when driving on narrow roads with no shoulder. 5. It's darn easy to drive, and the roomy cab is a pleasure.
road-runner 12/25/19 09:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Elec. heat v. Gas heat

I can tell you how mine works. The gas vs. electric heat is controlled by the thermostat. When you turn on electric heat, the thermostat may or may not also turn on the gas furnace depending on the spread between the room temp and set temp, plus some other algorithmic behavior built into the thermostat. Heat pump vs. heat strip is controlled by a non-adjustable thermostat in the roof unit. Above the set temp the heat pump runs, below the set temp the heat strip runs. I personally don't like this automatic behavior based on what somebody else decided I want, and have added switches to the thermostat and roof unit so I can force it to do what I want it to do.
road-runner 12/21/19 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: Camper - tow car mismatch

It’s exactly techs like Doug who REFUSED to ever so much as LOOK at the camper as being the root cause.Seems to me this statement falls under the definition of defamation: Defamation of character happens when something untrue and damaging is presented as a fact to someone else. I assume you don't have a clue whether Doug would have looked at the camper or not. Even when it's low tech, sometimes problems like yours can be hard as heck to isolate when you have the equipment at hand. Remotely, it's darn near impossible. Sounds like Doug might have gone down the wrong path here. Being a master of wrong assumptions myself, I understand how that can happen. You say a purpose of this thread is to help out others. Reporting an improbable cause of the problem achieves that. Slamming one of the forum's greatest assets works against it.
road-runner 12/18/19 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Samlex remote switch cord to short

I didn't realize I was stepping on a pile commenting on this. With further looking I see that a "standard" RJ-12 cable has a 6-pin modular connector on each end (of either sex) and 6 wires connecting them. Looks like the wires can be scrambled any which way and still be under the umbrella of the standard. Having learned that, I still think it's dumb to not use pin 1 to pin 1, etc.
road-runner 12/16/19 06:42pm Tech Issues
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