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RE: Refrigerator in slide out not cold enough

My 2015 raptor has the refer in the slide and it works just fine both on gas and electric. It is a 12 cf quad door Dometic. I hear fans running sometimes but they are very quiet. I don't know why your mechanic said you'd have to run your generator with a residential refer. Most run them off of an inverter. In an older camper I ran a 6 CF dorm refer while my cooling unit was being replaced. I camped for a week that way running it on the inverter. I didn't run my generator much more than normal to charge my batteries.
CJW8 08/20/15 02:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Yesterday I washed and waxed it after the maiden voyage last weekend, Today I mounted 500 watts of solar panels on the roof. Im going to do the electrical later. I also replaced the defective fireplace that came with the camper.
CJW8 08/20/15 01:54am Toy Haulers
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

I installed a Hawkshead TPMS system. I also tapped into the propane line with a tee, shutoff valve and quick connect fitting for my outdoor propane grill.
CJW8 08/11/15 11:49pm Toy Haulers
RE: Inverter Wiring Length

I do not see how there would be any in balance. At 0.04901 Mohms/foot, there virtually no electrical difference in the lengths you are talking about.
CJW8 08/11/15 09:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Fuzion Stereo/DVD Player Died

Go to your local car audio store or big box electronic store, they will have many choices in all price ranges. I personally would look for something with blue tooth capability.
CJW8 08/11/15 11:07am Toy Haulers
RE: Please help me get new fridge cooling better...

It isn't a real world test of the unit until you cool the camper down to livable temperatures. Start your Air Conditioners while the unit is at 85 so it has a chance to catch up and set your thermostats at a reasonable temperature. Then check your fridge/freezer temps after a few hours.Agree, CJW8, frig temps should improve with lower temps inside the TT. However, IMO DHart's frig should be cooling down to at least 40 degrees, even with 100 degree temps inside and outside his TT. We were camping in the NW Phoenix area last week with temps around 111. The day before departure we pre-cooled the frig with the same ambient temps as the OP (85-100 deg). On the morning of departure, the frig was at 32 degrees (empty frig). Temps at our campsite (and inside the TT) were approaching 110 degrees when we arrived 4 hours later around 1pm. The frig (on propane, full of pre-cooled food) was at 36 degrees. Frig temps did drop slightly to 34 degrees after the rooftop a/c had been running 3-4 hours non-stop (eventually dropping the TT's inside temps to 79 degrees). FWIW, we were also getting similar excessive temps as the OP (10 freezer, 45-55 frig) when we first purchased our TT new. Read the Dometic install instructions and noticed way too much space between the rear coils and the rear baffle. Reduced the space (<1") and installed two, 3-speed computer fans in the upper vent--noticed an immediate 10-15 degree reduction in frig temps. DHart, awesome pic of your new rig, BTW! I agree with you too. It's just my troubleshooting technique after 40 years in process control instrumentation. Do the easiest thing first, note the results then move on to the next thing. Usually do one thing at a time. Pretty simple to cool the rig down and note the results. FWIW, I have a brand new Raptor in my driveway I have not even used yet. It's fridge has been on electric for a month with AC off and temps are acceptable. No temp gauge but it had one beer and it tested to be ice cold and ice trays were frozen. My fridge is a 12 CF Norcold, quad door. The last couple of days I have been keeping it 73 inside the camper and added a temp gauge to the fridge. Inside temps are 0F and 30F. A little cold for the fridge section but I was running it on "9" which is the highest setting.
CJW8 08/10/15 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Add lift arms to front compartment

My new RV had lift arms on one side of the pass through storage and not on the other side. The side that had them is under the bedroom slide so a holding hook was not possible. I looked at the arms on the one side which was 2 each 40 lb, 20 inch arms. I found them at the local RV store for $19 each and brackets for $12 for 4. Now both doors work the same.
CJW8 08/10/15 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Please help me get new fridge cooling better...

It isn't a real world test of the unit until you cool the camper down to livable temperatures. Start your Air Conditioners while the unit is at 85 so it has a chance to catch up and set your thermostats at a reasonable temperature. Then check your fridge/freezer temps after a few hours.
CJW8 08/10/15 07:11am Tech Issues
RE: My first trailer and plans for solar

Off original question but you mentioned it. 30 min shower and 20 of dishwater per day and you'll likely be out of water the first day.
CJW8 08/10/15 07:05am Tech Issues
RE: Fuzion 325 and 2014 F250SD SRW Diesel

By the way, every salesperson that I talked to said that my truck could pull any trailer on their lot. Doesn't appear to be true. Never, Never, Never, NEVER listen to sales people. They will say ANYTHING to make a sale....... They hear "diesel" and think any truck will pull any trailer out there....... Not true and I wouldn't lump all salesmen into one category. Some have integrity. On my last rig I was asking about weights to my salesman. I told I'd be back the next day with my wife. When I came the next day he had done his homework. He showed me my trucks tow rating, worst case pin weight, and showed me I'd be 500 lb over total towing capacity if I loaded to trailer GVWR. He said the decision was up to me and talked about the trailer with no sales pressure.
CJW8 08/09/15 09:34am Toy Haulers
RE: fast charging batteries

No problem. I have had up to 3 chargers connected. Converter, Solar and Xantrex True Charge 2.
CJW8 08/08/15 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: Different Tire Issue (I think)

Maybe don't blame the tires! IMO, the worst thing is not knowing a tire's history. But I do know that tires that have been run a lot in very hot weather, loaded w/ even 1/2 their rated capacity, can....and very likely will live a very short life. In past years, I've had a lot of experience w/ tires run is hot weather, and it hasn't been good. To this day, I am reluctant to drive any trailer....motorhome in really hot weather. It has paid off, trust me. Agreed! I see it all over southern AZ in the summer. Tire debris everywhere in the roadway. Sometimes the tire survives but the damage is done and the tire finally gives up when you are in Colorado at a cool 60 degrees making you think it couldn't have been the heat.
CJW8 08/08/15 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: AC left on?!

This link will help you understand your systems better. The amount of charging you get from your tow vehicle (if it is set up to charge in the first place) is minimal at best due to the long wire run and small wire. Unless you are driving across Texas, you won't get much from charge from it (assuming it is set up and working) anyway. It is more of a battery maintainer. Start your trip with a fully charger and equalized battery for best results. The guys on here are really helpful. Some just have different styles. No offense is meant.
CJW8 08/08/15 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: Connecting solar controller to inverter or converter feeds

This is the was I am getting ready to do mine as well. Electrically it isn't that much different than connecting to the battery. Your connection point is just at a different end of a piece of cable and in my case the inverter cable is fused to 250 amps. The most I have ever seen on the inverter is 160 amps and I am installing a 30 amp controller that will occasionally see 30 amps.
CJW8 08/08/15 07:30am Tech Issues
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

I installed 2ea 15 amp automatic transfer switches on two different circuits. Now most all outlets inside will always have power, either generator/shore or inverter. I also relocated the converter to make it accessible. I cleaned up the wiring eliminating about 8 feet of wire to the batteries. Now I can get to the button to get the converter into boost.
CJW8 08/05/15 07:53pm Toy Haulers
RE: Myth that socket extensions change torque wrench readings

Lets imagine socket extension were 100 foot long. Will it not wind up, storing some of the applied energy? What prevents the long extension from turning? Instead of a bolt, what if the 'other' end had a torque gauge, both ends would measure the same static torque. I don't think so. Take a take a piece rope, 1/2" diameter, 1" long. Hold it at both ends with fingers and twist one end 1/2 a turn. You'll feel it with your other hand. Now take the same piece if rope but 6 feet long. When you twist one end you'll likely not ever feel anything at the other end.
CJW8 08/05/15 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: GFCI and ATS

Thanks, I already did it and it works fine. Sfla2, yes the whole panel is on ATS between shore power and generator. These 15 amp ATS are for individual circuits and are for transfer between shore/gen and inverter. With these two individual 15A ATS, all my outlets will switch to inverter if the generator stops or if I lose power while in campground. They switch in 80ms and most TV and satellite receivers can withstand the switch without having to be reset.
CJW8 08/05/15 08:23am Tech Issues
RE: Myth that socket extensions change torque wrench readings

Lets imagine socket extension were 100 foot long. Will it not wind up, storing some of the applied energy? Heck, if it were that long, the wrench might click while at the bolt end doesn't even turn. Granted, a 4-6 inch extension will not wind up much and will store very little energy. If you are worried about it, always use the black extensions and sockets designed for impact tools. They are harder ans will not twist as much.
CJW8 08/04/15 07:43pm Tech Issues
GFCI and ATS

I have a 15 amp breaker that supplies the GFCI outlets. It also supplies all the outlets in the 5th wheel overhead bedroom. I want these bedroom circuits on an ATS (automatic transfer switch). If I install the ATS on this circuit, will it work with the first outlet in the circuit being a GFCI outlet? To word it simpler, do GFCI's and ATS's play nicely together? The ATS is a 15 amp Xantrex and the inverter is a Xantrex SW inverter.
CJW8 08/04/15 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery re-wiring ???

On my last rv I bussed all of my positive cables on to a Blue Seas buss bar and ran size 0000 cable from the bar to the batteries. All my nagatives either went to the frame or the top of a shunt which was also frame grounded and the same size, 0000 to the batteries. Motivation was the same, to clean it up.
CJW8 07/24/15 03:24am Tech Issues
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