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RE: Electrical

I did my 20A feed into the side of the trailer that would give me the shortest amount of wire to pull under the coroplast. There is 12ga wire from the inlet to the breaker, then the breaker feeds two outlets with 14ga wire since I'm not ever going to plug a 20A load into the outlets. They are 15A outlets so I couldn't do that anyway. The circuit breaker protects the wire from the pedestal to the breaker. These are only used to run space heaters in cold weather. Are you the one that posted info. on that small breaker thingy in your photo? It's a marine item IIRC. Would you mind posting the manufacturer's brand and info.? The little panel and the circuit breakers are made by Blue Sea. It's a double pole breaker because when I do marine wiring, I'm required to break both legs. Blue Sea also makes a panel for a single breaker. I don't remember the part numbers, but you can get it off of Blue Sea's website.
Bob Landry 04/22/14 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical

Use a recessed male socket on trailer. Isn't that what the Marinco inlet shown above is? I did my 20A feed into the side of the trailer that would give me the shortest amount of wire to pull under the coroplast. There is 12ga wire from the inlet to the breaker, then the breaker feeds two outlets with 14ga wire since I'm not ever going to plug a 20A load into the outlets. They are 15A outlets so I couldn't do that anyway. The circuit breaker protects the wire from the pedestal to the breaker. These are only used to run space heaters in cold weather. http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m94/rlandry6/20A1_zps91f5596f.jpg http://i102.photobucket.com/albums/m94/rlandry6/20A2_zps2780fa19.jpg
Bob Landry 04/22/14 01:16pm Tech Issues
RE: DC compressor fridge power usage question

One thing to remember when looking for a fridge with a 12v compressor is the compressor is still 120v AC it just has a dedicated inverter. Nope. Danfoss is a DC compressor. This is the beauty of it - there is no high peak of start-up current and no inverter losses. When 12V DC fridge comes with AC option, it has a converter that takes 120V AC and makes DC to run a compressor. Though I think that paying extra for AC option doesn't make sense because a camper or trailer usually has a converter already.+ Not exactly correct. The compressor is not a 12V compressor in the true sense of the word. The electronic module takes a 12V input and converts it to a low level, split phase voltage. Because of this phase split, you can not measure it with standard test equipment. Some of the fridges, like Vitrifrigo, also accept 120V at the electronic module, but it steps it down and converts it to that same split phase voltage. The Danfoss compressor will draw around 10V peak at startup, but that lasts less than a second, then it will draw approx 5A running. Total power consumption is dependent on the duty cycle which is largely affected by he insulation around the box. A 50% duty cycle would be perfectly acceptable, less would be a bonus.
Bob Landry 04/21/14 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical

An extension cord with a male plug on both ends is called a "suicide cord". Very dangerous I didn't conclude that he was planning on doing that. he wants to run a cord plugged into the post to an outlet in the RV. bumpy That's exactly what I concluded that he meant. Maybe it's terminology but power cords from the power pedestal plug into inlets, not outlets. The pedestals have outlets. It may be nit-picking, but it makes a difference when asking a question or solving a problem. If he's talking about a double male cord and plugging it into a wall outlet in the trailer, that's a no-no because there's already voltage on the outlet. I think this would be a mod better suited for someone with a working knowledge of shore power systems. There are safe ways to do it. I installed a second 30A service, but most people don't want to go to the trouble to do that. He can also run 20A cord into the trailer, but to be safe it should be circuit breaker protected and sized with the appropriate wire. I also did that and I have a total of 80A of available power. Either way, a sub panel needs to be installed to protect the wiring both from the pedestal and inside the trailer. The most simplistic approach would be to run a 20A extension cord into the trailer to plug an appliance into.
Bob Landry 04/21/14 02:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Concern with attaching bike rack to TT bumper

There ae probably at least dozen threads about this with very good arguments why not to do it.
Bob Landry 04/21/14 02:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: WD hitch specifics

When you prop up the rear with helper springs or air bags it doesn't transfer ANY addition weight to the front axle which is the problem with those fixes. A properly sized (sized for 15% of the trailers GVWR) and properoly adjusted WD system will allow the maximum rated tongue weight to be carried but will NEVER have any effect on the trucks GVWR or AXLE ratings except that they will both be reduced by the weight of the hitch itself. It is absolutely the BEST way to distribute the load and maximize your towing capability. Good luck / Skip You are correct in that it does not change any of the trucks ratings, but it does change the amount of weight transferred to the front axle. It actually decreases the weight transfer. The reason is that by raising the height of the truck's rear, you are effectively tilting the hitch towards the truck and that reduces the tension on the bars and the weight transfer. That's why the WD needs to be readjusted with the truck and trailer loaded after installing bags or helper springs.
Bob Landry 04/21/14 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: 50 amp plug hitting power panel lip

I agree. If I caught you modifying(damaging) my equipment, I would file charges on you in a heartbeat. Seel your trailer and go rent a section 8 house. If you are one of those people who would chop on the campground pedestal, you are no better than the guy who thinks everyone for 4 sites on each side wants to hear your stereo. Why not use a coarse file and "slot" the handle to fit the lip on the enclosure. The plugs with molded handles have more than enough plastic material and removing enough to make it fit would be easy.
Bob Landry 04/21/14 05:07am Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Industries Install

Mine lives in the bottom section of the table that sits between the two chairs. That's where the power cord was stored but when I did away with the mouse hole and converted to a detachable system, that opened up that space. I also installed it using interlocking 30A plugs so it could be removed if necessary.
Bob Landry 04/19/14 06:29am Tech Issues
RE: Maxxis Tires c or d

What size rims are your C's on? Just recently found out through another thread related to this subject that Maxxis only make D rated tires in 15" &16" sizes. Personally I would always go to a higher rating if I could. My Maxxis 15" tires are Load Range E.
Bob Landry 04/17/14 06:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to add 2nd. A/C

In many cases there are 100 amps available at the pedestal. 50-30 and 20 amp outlets that can be utilized at the same time. It depends on how the pedestal is wired. A drop leg is quite commonly used for just that application. There is 100A available just at the 50A outlet, split into two 120V-50A legs.
Bob Landry 04/16/14 03:51pm Tech Issues
RE: How to add 2nd. A/C

Most campgrounds have 30AMP and 20AMP receptacles for you to use. This is a typical PARK PEDESTAL setup... http://forums.mikeholt.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=6489&d=1329772505 height=300 Each of the 30A and 20A service provided has its own circuit breaker on the campground pedestal. We use the 20AMP SERVICE alot when camping. All of the outside LIGHTS-FANS etc items get run from this connection. I also run an extension cord into the trailer and run my OIL FILLED portable heaters as well. The idea is to use their electric instead of my PROPANE... I like that idea of having an outside 20AMP connection installed on the trailer to use a separate cable going to the campground pedestal. I have been thinking about doing this to my trailer as well. Some trailers don't have an easy route into the trailer from the outside to run an extension cord. If you decide to get this done to your trailer I would make sure it terminates into an accessible 120VAC receptacle inside your trailer so you can use it for other use as well. There is another thought here as well you may want to think about. I personally don't like the idea of having the bedroom air conditioner just inches above our heads. If we did however have a second Air Conditioner installed I would probably go for the 9600BTU model which could be run from a 2KW Honda Portable Generator. We usually bring a house 8000BTU window unit along with us in our OFF-ROAD POPUP setup when we are going to be camping off the power grid for an extended time. Our EU2000i Honda runs it just fine. being a window unit I can set it in unsed tent bed area and wrap the tent window fabric around it to seal off... Works good for us. With your unit wired up to the outside 120VAC Power Plug would be a very easy connection to the portable generator... I was never able to run my 13,500BTU roof mounted air conditioners from the 2KW EU2000i Honda Generator. A good PLAN B to have for sure... Roy Ken Be careful painting with a broad brush. Every COE Park and every State Park in Texas and Arkansas that we have been to all have 50A service.
Bob Landry 04/16/14 03:24pm Tech Issues
RE: extension ladder to get to roof? How to protect roof edge?

I use a telescoping ladder. I had a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet and had it stitched to make a cap that slips over the top of the ladder. I raise the ladder only high enough for the cap to touch the edge of the trailer.
Bob Landry 04/14/14 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: AC Maintenance

I read that running the A/C periodically helps circulate the refrigerant/oil to lubricate the seals, so that refrigerant leaks are less likely over the long run...not sure how often is recommended, probably varies by manufacturer, but I try to run mine every couple of months for a few minutes when not using regularly. On the rooftop units, there are no seals that need to be lubed as there would be on a piston type compressor. The compressors are hermetically sealed and the rest of the refrigeration circuit is sweated copper tubing, so there are no lube or leak points. Not much is needed in the way of maintenance except keeping the return filter clean and may once a year go up, pull the cover, and see if the coils need to be cleaned. Most likely they will not.
Bob Landry 04/14/14 11:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Avoid breaker tripping

I went to the pedestal and there is a separate breaker for the 50 amp, 30 amp, and 20 amp of course also a separate 50 amp plug in, 30 amp plug in, and 20 amp plug in. As I have learned from previous post, a rice cooker plus the AC will sometimes be too much and trip the breaker. I have a 15k BTU Air conditioner. So if I plug an extension cord in the pedestal and pull it inside the RV, in theory I should be fine? Jason Some of us have gone even further and added a second 30A service. I also have an inlet for an additional 20A from the pedestal that I ran to two outlets to run space heaters when needed.
Bob Landry 04/12/14 11:30am Tech Issues
RE: Brand new RVer w/no AC

Regular 15A circuit will not run AC. Need min 20A SlowBlow circuit. Maybe, maybe not. Some ACs, but not all, will run on a 15A circuit is nothing else is running on it. At the least, it should try to start and the OP indicated that it would not. It would more than likely need a 20A circuit to run effectively but it should at least try to start.
Bob Landry 04/12/14 11:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Colter Bay Village RV - the only kid in town?

Note that any of the above full hookup parks are extremely expensive. Do you really need hookups? I don't know what you consider "extremely expensive" but 3 years ago Colter Bay gave us a ~$10/night discount using our Senior Pass and our full hookup site was ~$50/night including tax. We didn't think that was too bad considering that full hookup parks in many locations in the US are charging ~$35/night these days and they sure don't have the scenery that Colter Bay has. And as to why people need full-hookups, some of us like to use our washing machines and take long showers. We don't camp; we RV, and we get full hookups whenever possible. RVing is not "roughing it" (for us, anyway).:B It's not for us either. If I wanted to use a folding potty stool, wash dishes in the creek, and sleep on the ground, there are places to do that called primitive campgrounds. It's not for me, but I would never tell anyone they shouldn't do it simply because I wouldn't. It amazing the number of people who think because they do not subscribe to something that it has no merit. Now, excuse me while I go take that long shower that so many people frown on. Oh.. I'll have to do that later. One of my favorite show is on now.
Bob Landry 04/10/14 08:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Propane plumbing - adding cat heater

Thanks, guys. Will try and avoid straight pipe fittings. More questions: 1) Straight FIP: click on the video at bottom of the page for Brasscraft excess flow valves - they connect male flare of the excess flow valve to straight FIP of the shut-off valve. (Must be straight FIP because shut-off valves only have FIP or male flare). 2) Compression connections are not used on gas- only flair or inverted flair. What would be the right fitting to put on 3/8 OD copper pipe then? I mean, on the "copper" end. 3) Low pressure or high pressure. It will be from tall 70 lbs cylinder. Being a seasonal camp - possibly will install stationary tank in future. Either scenario will include a propane regulator that originally came with trailer, and I "think" this is called low-pressure. Or not? 4) Shut-off valve in easily accessible location - I'm hearing this all the time, but "easily accessible" is difficult in my case. The whole 2ft run from copper feeder pipe to the heater will be under the dinette bench, exiting out of the bench few inches from the wall-mounted heater. Shut-off valve under the bench? no, thanks. It will be easier to go outside and shut off the valve on the tank. Then I can unscrew the line from the heater and put a plug on it. Meanwhile, excess flow valve between the copper feeder line and heater will shut it off if there is a rupture downstream. 5) Mex: what problems did you have with copper tubing? Also, any links to inline propane filters? To the OP.. I can't imagine what problems Mex has had with copper tubing. Trailer manufacturers have been using it for years. If the connections are properly done and tested for leaks, and the tubing is secured so that it does not vibrate and rub against anything, it should provide a lifetime of service. Copper tubing is easily mated with black pipe if the proper fittings are used. Black pipe and copper gas fittings all use NPT threads and any fitting will mate with a black pipe coupler, Tee, Ell, or Street Ell of it's same thread size. The threads need to be sealed with pipe dope or yellow thread tape made for gas. Flared fittings are easy if you have done them before, if not it can be an exercise in frustration. It's not rocket science, but it does take a certain amount of knowledge. After reading this thread a couple of times, my comments are meant as constructive and not condescending so please tale them as such.. Given your lack of knowledge on this subject and with no experience working with LP systems, I would enlist the help of someone who is knowledgeable in working with propane systems. It's not like miswiring something where you reset a breaker and get another chance to do it right. While propane is for the most part a perfectly safe cooking and heating fuel, a mistake while handling it or putting together a delivery system can be catastrophic, and you may not get a redo.
Bob Landry 04/10/14 02:49pm Tech Issues
RE: ac quit

Maybe posting in a different thread will yield a different answer.
Bob Landry 04/10/14 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: ac qusetion

It's done using a volt meter starting at the common(black) lead on the top of the compressor. The voltage is measured to ground or actually, anything metal on the unit. If you're not familiar with electrical troubleshooting, it's best to have a tech do it. My point was, systematic troubleshooting works a lot batter than throwing parts at it based on a recommendation from someone who may not know as much as you do about it. A lot of stuff gets parroted here just for the sake of a post.
Bob Landry 04/09/14 03:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: ac qusetion

Just throwing parts at one and not really knowing what you are looking for usually doesn't give the desired results. The first step is to see if the run voltage is even getting to the compressor. Unfortunately, a lot of people on here think that a capacitor is the magic cure-all... It's not.
Bob Landry 04/09/14 03:33pm Travel Trailers
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