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RetroAirBnB

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I just bought my first travel trailer. A 2017 Riverside Retro 195. Mint condition with the all the manuals.

I thought: "this will be great, I'm sure I can learn everything i need to by reading the manual."

No schematics. Anywhere. And even the narrative is confusing.

It's hooked up to the battery, no "shore power" yet. And only certain electronics seem to work. Ceiling fan, outside light, radio, pump.

I ASSUME I have to have it plugged into power to get the other stuff to work, but nowhere can I find a description of what might be wired to battery and what might not be.

I'm wondering, if there are other owners out here, if I post a link to a 5 minute youtube video walking through if people could help me figure things out?

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If the “stuff” is the AC, microwave, 110 plugs and most TVs, yes you need to plugin or use a generator. However, most of us use an inverter for the TV...turns 12 volt battery electricity into 110.


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find a trailer in your neighbor hood and go ask that person to do a walk threw with you, take notes. and bring a six pack.

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Well said

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OK, but maybe you can tell me this: can i connect to my home power? Manual says I can, but have to turn off all breakers in house and trailer first, then turn on. For some reason.

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Make sure the battery is hooked up correctly. Turn on the overhead lights as a test.

Your battery should run:
Overhead lights
Light over the stove top
Any fans
Water pump
Refrigerator on LP
Water heater on LP
Electric awning
outside lights (Except) the running and taillights
Slide out

Items that you need to be plugged into shore power for:
Microwave
Refrigerator on electric
Water heater on electric
Air Conditioning
All the 120v household style plugs
Battery charger
All the other items from the battery list above also


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RetroAirBnB wrote:

OK, but maybe you can tell me this: can i connect to my home power? Manual says I can, but have to turn off all breakers in house and trailer first, then turn on. For some reason.


Standard CYA by the manufacturer. At home most people just plug in with no issues. If at a campground most people flip the main breaker at the post off before plugging or unplugging. But the rest of the breakers stay on.

Just plug it in and see what works.

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On battery, your lights will work, radio, water pump, water heater on propane, fridge will work on Propane, you still need 12V for it to work, Furnace will work, perhaps not for long, propane detector, For all your 120V things, like wall outlets, TV, AC, microwave you will need shore power, or generator.


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“OK, but maybe you can tell me this: can i connect to my home power?”

Asking random questions isn’t going to educate you. Read about RV electrical basics.

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at my house. I bought a adaptor from a 30amp pluglike your rv has to a 120 plug I have a regular outlet 20amp. and can run the whole rv. do not turn on microwave and AC at the same time, and fill hot water tank before turning it on. just my .02cts you don,t need to turn things off first.

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