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RE: Charge across 2 6V batteries is 11.78. Is that right?

The 9200 is not a Fraudulent smart charger. It's a darn good one. In fact in research I've done over the last 15 years None better. Though that said. I assume occasionally one goes out the door... defective (Why they have a warranty).
wa8yxm 07/06/20 03:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Coleman Mach 15

I think 15K is about the biggest but.. IF you can find one bigger. odds are it will fit. If you only have one. Many RV's are pre-wired for a 2nd
wa8yxm 07/06/20 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Do any of the new TTs come with Surge Protectors?

Generally Trailers do not Some HIGH END motor homes MIGHT But also be aware there are two types of devices called "Surge Protocters" One is what I call a Spike supressor. I won't go into all of it but from time to time line surges can Spike the voltage eaily to a thousand or more. These "Clip" the spikes The spikes are very (like 1/60th or 1/120th of a second or less) long. But if you plug into say a 240 volt line with a 30 amp plug. No protection. or if the voltage drops to say 90 no protection The Surge Guard I have .. well it will not pass power in either of those cases and some others as well.
wa8yxm 07/06/20 03:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Warning: Flojet portable waste pump

The lesson: Before trying to run the pump, turn the shaft with a screwdriver. Never did find that in ye olde manual,. figured it out but it took a few fuses.
wa8yxm 07/06/20 03:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Neighbors Wouldn’t Help

Sadly though the protective gear MAY have been a factor. There are a lot of people who "Turn their heads and quickly look away" Or Run away. How long has this been the case? Sadly there are not enough Good Samaritan'se in this world.
wa8yxm 07/06/20 03:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Stay on your own side....

There is an old saying There you go thinking you have rights. Under the Constitution of the United States a citizen has rights when in the United States... Once you set foot outside the USA... Well. Your rights are kind of up to where you are setting said foot. Just now the USA is basically locked in (not down but in) Far as I know we are NOT welcome outside of our own borders except for those who have been "off shore for some time (Example someone who went to France say last Christmas.. and is still there). I do have friends who cross. usually from Detroit to Windsor and back on a "Semi Regular" basis. .but the Semi in that sentence has dual meaning. ONE: the schedule varies.. somewhat.. depending on where in the USA he's going and two: He (And his wife) are driving a Semi.. Usually full of food and that is considered an essential service. And even then, depending on which province he is in he may be "Stuck in the truck".
wa8yxm 07/05/20 03:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hey Michigan people, title and registration question

Congrats on getting the trailer. Getting it Titled and Registered in MI. NOTE the Thing may say "Foreign" on the Title or reg (forget which).. (means you bought it out of state). Or perhaps only folks like me see that (Retired police dispatcher 18 years retired). I can tell you some days dealing with SOS has been... Interesting.. For the odds of them getting it 100% right ... not all that good. I've had bad VINs and bad address (I have that right now on my motor home and will till October) and more... Tons of fun getting them to do it right.
wa8yxm 07/05/20 03:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Charge across 2 6V batteries is 11.78. Is that right?

Batteries are very run down. Let's see you have 220 amp hours (Roughly) and likely need to feed 'em between 100 and 150.. that should take at least 4-6 hours then top 'em off for another 4 hours I'd say you need to measure voltage out at the terminals on teh PD-9245 as either 1: It is not putting out as it should -or- 2: There is a bad wire/connection or solenoid somewhere -or- 3: You have the batteries DISCONNECTED -or- 4: Circuit breaker of fuse tripped/blown In the event of an EVEN numbered option your test light is your friend Starting at the battery Touch clip to one (Most negative) post tip to the Other (most positive) Light should be dim at that voltage .if it is bright the problem is a bad meter. Now move clip to ground (Any unpainted metal part which you reasonably expect to be ground) still dim.. Good Now move out along the positive wire.. IF you find a device test both terminals. if it's 4 terminals the two big ones. DIM DIM not the problem DIM BRIGHT (plugged in) or DIM/Dark (NOT plugged in) Problem found. But start at the converter It has a pair of 30 amp fuses if Im not mistaken and when replacing they must both be replaced together. UNPLUG FIRST then wait a few for the internal filters to discharge then replace both fuses and plug back in You can use the test light to check 'em by hookign the clip to the BLACK or negative wire on the converter's 12 volt side and touching the tip to both of the small metal squares in the Windows on the blade fuses. Should both give same result. Different results = blown fuse.
wa8yxm 07/05/20 03:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Need some help with equipment to boost internet

First the major issue with Campground Wi-Fi is bandwidth. They often do not have enough However I use a Umbiquita Nano Satation Loco M (Mine is an M-2 but I'd recommend the M) strapped to the top of a flag pole to see over the other rigs and snag the camp router from far-far-away as router range is measured. it is a direcitional unit. not all that expensive.. However it will not always connect to the park The put in a new router here and I can't seem to get it working (May play with it some day when I'm in range. I'm not just now hill in way)
wa8yxm 07/05/20 03:11pm Technology Corner
RE: Concrete driveway thickness??

Concrete highways are normally 4 inches thick to stand up to truck traffic. Call some contractors and ask them. You might be right on the margin of safety. I have seen 8-12 inches thick. But in this country they don't make 'em thick enough (usually)
wa8yxm 07/04/20 05:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Working online while in motion

This is one of those things where I"d need to be there to tell you more. The SAFEST seat is the passenger seat properly belted in Now on SOME RV's you can, with a bit of work, put a small desk top there with little issue on mine there is a "Storage compartment" (The "Glove box) I could take the lid off it and attach a larger desktop type platform. There is some danger in this (pad the exposed end) and a few other complications but... I have no better answer.
wa8yxm 07/04/20 05:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Chassis Battery Voltage Fluxuating while driving

In addition to that I'd have your batteries tested. That low voltage can be caused by the isolator kicking in and out and you have that inverter sucking major amps when the fridge is fridging.
wa8yxm 07/04/20 06:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class C vs Trailer for Cross country with family? Help

I prefer a motor home to a trailer for multipe reasons.. BUT A word of caution about a class C. Some years ago (2006/7) I was parked at a campground in Las Vegas.. An elderly couple flew in and was picked up at the airport by the courtesy driver from an Vegas RV dealer to took em to the dealership and handed them the keys to a brand new Class C. In fact I had to help the elerly gent unlock the living space door as he had forgotten which key fit (Tri-mark same as I have). Well they went to dinner. and though the parking garage had the clearance (barley) for the Rig the pipe and chain to warn you of overheight was the precise height to clear the rooof. What it did not clear was the winegard "Flying Saucer" style TV antenna, in fact it went in under the saucer. Ripped it off the roof. then the pipe flew up and came down right atop the bathroom vent lid smashing it. So be careful out there and know how tall your rig is.
wa8yxm 07/04/20 06:32am Beginning RVing
RE: Attwod water heater issue

Yellow flame indicatetes one of two conditions. One is extremely rare (Sodium in burner area) the other is a bad air/fuel ratio.. This si adjustable but it's been a long time since I did that adjustment. And I do not feel like goign out to look at it. Typically there are one of 3 adjustement I think on the water heater.. If you look at the burner. just past the orifice are some windows cut in to the burner tube. There is a slider that "opens" or "Closes" the windows. it may (or not) be locked in place by a screw (or just friction) this is the adjustment. Slide it to .. I think Close the windows a bit (Do this whith burner lit) and you should see the flame blue up. If you are not comfortable doing this.. Get professional help.
wa8yxm 07/04/20 06:27am Tech Issues
RE: AC quit blowing cold

Low voltage? Could cause overheating and compressor shutdown. A voltmeter is your friend. Where would I check the voltage Well the best place is on the roof at the compressor connections but that is not practical A good place in a 30 amp RV is any outlet In a 50 any outlet on the same leg as the Air Conditioner Plug in volt meters Designed specifically for this are around 20 bucks This is a nice one I have an older analog one from them with pass through outlet very nice.
wa8yxm 07/04/20 06:21am Tech Issues
RE: House Water Pump needs assistance priming

Pumps are supposed to be self priming. My suggestion is FILL the on-board tank full. Turn on pump Stand on toilet flush pedal (About the biggest water sucker with the possible excption of the shower head) This releives "head pressure" and makes it easier for the pump to suck water. Also make sure any pre-pump valves are properly opened or closed as needed.
wa8yxm 07/03/20 04:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Painfully slow internet

Different campground Your own cellular Wi-Fi
wa8yxm 07/03/20 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electrical problem

I agree the issue may be on the 120 volt Shore power side of thigns as shore power feeds the conveter. which convets shore power to "Battery" power if the converter is not eating 120vac then it's not working (Technically that is a converter problem but... Well I think you see why it's not) This makes the lights dim and all but A/C fans run slower. Now the A/C fans and compressor are 120 volt devices but they may rely on 12 volt Relays to activate . Some differences between a trailer and motor home so I'll do it this way (motor home parts) note a trailer WITH a built in generator qualifies as "motor home" here One more (optional) part Suspect list Shore power Shore power outelt (park's problem so far) Shore cord plug Shore cord outlet (Optional if detachable) and the RV's inlet (LIkewise) (automatic transfer switch) (Built in generator only) Main breakers in main breaker panel Branch breakers Bus bars Check to insure breakers are fully seated (they have not tipped foreward and out And using a flashlight with shore cord UNPLUGED (If possible where you can see it) Check ALL screws and conections Many RVers I have found seem to have a few screws loose.. One of mine took a #2 square bit and 3 1/2 full turns of the driver before I was happy. While poking around look for any discolored wires (indicating overheat) sure sign of a bad connection. I will say again when working in the breaker box UNPLUG and if possible secure the plug where you can see it. There are also screws that can come lose in the Auto Transfer Switch Problems I have seen or personally had Bad park breaker Bad park outlet Bad plug connection (mine) Detachable cord outlet end screws not tight) A brand new 5er and I can tell you he was ..... well you can imagine what he was) loose screw on inlet (mine again) loose screws in the breaker box all over the place Bad connection on an internal plug/socket (mine added you likely do not have an installed hughes Autoformer) And on the 12 volt side of life.. in addition to dirty battery terminals and assorted other bad connections A BAD WIRE. yup. the wire was bad. (I had and I saw two others)
wa8yxm 07/03/20 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Disappointing test drive

The real disappointment was that I had to continually correct the steering to keep the rig in the lane, minor corrections, but still irritatingly continual. Several things can affect this First. Believe it or not often Motor Homes are NOT factory aligned. Yup so step one is an alighment. Truck size alighment Step two. I added a steering stablizer. IN my case a Blue Ox Tru-Center because at the time it was the ONLY one that had a driver's seat adjustment button (I can re-center without unbuckling my seat belt at the push of a button) Warning below. All the others to re-center you needed a wrench, hammer and crawl under the RV. Pan-hard bars I put one on the front but I'm told the rear helps more (Trac bars is another name for them) These "lock" the body over the axle so the rig can not Wag like a dog. additional suspension upgrades or repair may also be indicated (Shocks, Sway bar bushings and such) depending on the age of the rig. The promised warning: Ever watch a TV show where a novice pilot has to take a plane off Auto-Pilot and land it.. he flips the auto-pilot button and dang near looses it. Well the instructions say DO NOT PUSH that button while driveing. IF you do push that button.. YOU WILL BELIEVE THOSE MOVIES. Not that said I re-center in motion... but Forewarned is forearmed so like the EXPIERENCED pilot. I know what to expect. But the first time.. IT was dang near time to change my undies.
wa8yxm 07/03/20 06:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Adding Batteries / Refer Support

Typo wiz??? 6V 220Ah golf card battereries in series are 12V @ 220Ah. It takes 4x 6V batteries in series/parallel for 12V @ 440 Ah. If the batteries are getting fully recharged daily, and you have a pair of 6V golf cart batteries (about 440 Ah @12V) Remember with golf car batteries the usable power is 1/2 the total poer and that's only at the 20 hour rate. faster discharge rates run the battery down faster faster (That's faster ... squared). MARINE/deep cycle you can only use about 20 percent and again Faster squared.
wa8yxm 07/03/20 05:56am Tech Issues
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