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RE: Electrical Issues 2006 Coachman Captiva 265

You need a volt meter to trouble shoot this. Low priced meters can be found at Harbor Freight Tools, Walmart or even Sears. If your lights are very dim, you have likely taken your new battery down to below 10-11 volts which has removed some life from your new battery. Until you can fix or replace your converter, put a multi stage 30-40 amp charger on your battery ASAP to get it's voltage up. The longer it sits at less than 12 volts the more it is damaged. I wouldn't bother fixing the WFCO converter. They are not known to be very battery friendly especially if you leave your camper plugged in 27/7. Since you are not well versed on electrical, I'd take it to an RV dealer and have the WFCO replaced with a 40 Progressive Dynamics converter.
CJW8 06/28/16 10:14am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Question

First of all, the solar controller is NOT a cheep one stage controller! It is a Viewstar 30A programmable 3 stage controller. Nor is the converter for that matter! I'm going to take Boon Docker's advice on this and not worry for now. I will be switching out batteries this week to 4 Trogan T-105's and will go from there, You are right, it is a cheap 3 stage PMW controller. If it is still at absorb voltage (14+) at evening then either system isn't sized properly or something else is wrong. You say only the refer is running. Is it running on Propane? If it is running on electric, through an inverter, it could be consuming all of your solar and keeping it in the absorb stage.
CJW8 06/27/16 06:49am Tech Issues
RE: Norcold 1210 test data

SCV, There is no circulating fan inside the refer. The temperature probe for the test is in the middle of the second shelf from the top. Doug, The refer is located in a slide. The RV is plugged into 50 amp service so converter is maintaining 13+ volts. The refer is facing the morning sun but is fully shaded by 11 AM.
CJW8 06/24/16 09:48am Tech Issues
Norcold 1210 test data

After dry camping last weekend in 115*F temps and watching my refer/freezer temps climb every day I decider to run a refer test. Later I'll add gallon jugs of room temperature water and post the results. Probable on Monday. This is the results so far and I think the refer is fine, it was just so dang hot and the door was opened too many times. http://i.imgur.com/Ea6Monsl.jpg
CJW8 06/24/16 12:25am Tech Issues
RE: HELP!...What can I do to keep fridge cold and food safe?

We just camped at Lake Theodore Roosevelt, AZ last weekend. It was the hottest weekend on record with onshore temps as high as 115*F. Completely dry camping running the generator 24/7. The Norcold 4 door refer was running when we left home and was packed with already cold food. The refer is in a slide and the refer side was facing south. The temps when we left home on Friday noon was 36* and 4*. When we left the lake at Monday noon, the temps were 48* and 32*. I switched to propane for a day and it didn't seem to make any difference. Part of my problem is grandkids and wife who like to open the doors and look and not even take anything. I'd switch to a home refer but am unable to find one that will fit the opening. I was thinking of hanging clear plastic sheets over the openings, attached at the top so the "lookers" can still see when they open the door but it will still retain some of the cold air. I believe mine is properly installed with baffles and multiple fans.
CJW8 06/23/16 12:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Can one set the whole camper on jack stands?

I use bottle jacks to lift it and jack stands to support it. Never work under anything only supported by jacks. If just working on one side at a time lift that side and put jack stands near the spring hangers. Two per side are sufficient. My installed 6 point hydraulic leveling system on my 5th wheel has two jacks at the front and 4 jacks in the middle, 2 per side, in front of and behind the axles.
CJW8 06/01/16 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Pullrite Superglide 18K ISR Unhitching

As stated earlier, you shouldn't be using WD-40 on the way tubes. It collects dirt and dissipates very quickly. Go to NAPA and get some Slip Plate. It is like flat black spray paint that contains graphite. That is what Pullrite recommends for my Superglide.
CJW8 05/25/16 08:19am Tech Issues
RE: Pullrite Superglide 18K ISR Unhitching

Me thinks you may be raising it too much. On mine, I lower the front landing gear until there is a slight gap, then I raise them (lowering the pin) just until the gap closes. I then pull the release handle. If it won't pull, I put the truck in neutral to take the pressure off of the pin. This usually happens when I have backed into a spot.
CJW8 05/24/16 11:26pm Tech Issues
RE: how long does the fridge stay cool?

You left out one important piece of date. How much stuff was in the fridge? If it is jammed full and everything is cooled down it will stay cold longer than if it is only half full. The more cold thermal mass pecked inside, the longer it will retain the cold.
CJW8 05/19/16 09:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter problem?

RV's don't "switch" to batteries. Batteries are on all the time unless disconnected either physically, or by disconnect switch or blown fuses.
CJW8 05/17/16 10:29am Tech Issues
RE: Updating an RV for solar, 4-stage charging, isolated 12V??

I charge my batteries with factory installed WFCO converter (Junk), Xantrex TrueCharge 40 (excellent), Solar and alternator simultaneously, or one at a time, no matter, they all sense battery voltage and do what they do accordingly.
CJW8 05/11/16 07:55am Tech Issues
RE: Ryobi 2200 watt inverter generator.

Every time I have called Champion for service I quickly got a very helpful english as a first language human that took care of my issue very promptly. Both times it has been carburetor problems because of the **** corn gas our government forces on us. The first time they sent me a free replacement. The second time I had to buy it but it was not expensive.
CJW8 05/11/16 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: generac generators

They have a smaller engine than a Honda, thus less rotating mass, thus less HP, thus less surge capacity. Read the thread mentioned above before you decide.
CJW8 05/11/16 07:31am Tech Issues
RE: stabil gas treatment vs seafoam for storage

I just drained 17 gallons out of my boat that has set since 2012. It was heavly treated with sta-bil. It still smelled like gas. I cant say for certain but since it was 2012 gas, it probably was ethenol free. E10 after setting for 3 months smells like something the cat drug onto the porch. Only 2 places near me to get real gas. One is 110 octane race fuel and the other is auto gas about 45 miles away.
CJW8 05/05/16 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Onan install... 5.5 or 6.5

MrWizard, Thanks, I knew about 3600 and 1800 generator speeds so I went and checked my manual. It is a 5.5K, not 7K and it operates at 3600RPM generator speed and 2400RPM engine speed. The 7K unit operates at 3600RPM generator speed and 2880RPM engine speed. I believe the slower engine is a huge contributing factor to reduced overall noise. To the OP, my 5.5 K Onan runs two air conditioners just fine. One is 15K the other is 13.5.
CJW8 05/01/16 11:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator or Inverter?

I've been in power generation my entire career and no generator I know produces a square wave. The physics of how power is produced just won't allow that to happen. There are many things that can affect harmonic distortion as the article states. One thing not mentioned in the article is other loads on the line affecting harmonics. If your power needs are that particular then I'd stick with an inverter generator. I know some ambulances run PSW Xanatrex inverters because they produce very clean power for their sensative medical electronics The two descriptions above of how inverter generators work are both incorrect. They have an altenator (producing alternating current) at a high voltage that is converted to DC and is then inverted back to AC. Typically they use quality inverters that clean up the power very nicely. Good luck finding one bigger than 3.5KW.
CJW8 05/01/16 11:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan install... 5.5 or 6.5

My 7 K onan runs at 2400 rpm and is very quiet. If either of the 2 you are considering run at something less than 3600 RPM, I'd give that one serious consideration.
CJW8 05/01/16 10:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Prosine 2.0 fan operation

I have a Xantrex TrueCharge charger which is probably close to the charger in the Prosine 2. My fan runs constantly even at 1-2 amps. Mine is located in a pass through and I can't hear but it would be annoying if I could.
CJW8 04/30/16 11:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Mexico Wanderer Thread

Just tell us what you need. I bet we could take up a collection and get you a portable defibrillator. Only 1100-1600 greenbacks. I wouldn't be able to come and get you but I could help with gas money. You can't put this off.
CJW8 04/19/16 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Hee Hee Who Was It........?

I'd give my wifes left arm to be able to install a Residential box in my RV. So far the only thing I could fit in there is a Haier 10 CF unit. It won't hold near as much as my 12 CF Nevercold quad door, which has already lost a board in constant use since August.
CJW8 04/19/16 06:58pm Tech Issues
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