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RE: What's Available: Auto Gen Start

I see that PPL has the EC-30W listed for $524 (but they list the it as "unavailable at this time". They even have the wiring harness on sale to. Called PPL, theyre not sure why the unit is listed as unavailable - they should have the item and parts in 2 or 3 days. at least PPL is local to me & has been good about support & returns. Generator Joe has the EC 30W for $499.
Kiwi_too 07/30/14 10:32am Tech Issues
RE: Who's idea was it?

Who came up with the 5 inch fence post and rain gutter hose storage idea? I did search but give me the short cut to who came up with it. Was it Westend? :) Look at this search. SEWER HOSE STORAGE
Kiwi_too 07/30/14 09:52am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Why I "Respect" (Knees Knocking) Lightning

or makes your brain more efficient. (theory)
Kiwi_too 07/29/14 04:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Mounting TV

Do an advanced search in the over 12 month archive. There are a a few of folks that have posted their upgrades. HERE is what we did on the last coach.
Kiwi_too 07/28/14 07:18pm Tech Issues
RE: 100 watt solar panel

If it is just installing the panel, that would be over $850+ for installation. Take a look HERE. Do a search on solar install, on this forum. If you are a handy man and ask a lot of questions here, you can get much more for much less.
Kiwi_too 07/28/14 01:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel

@ a yard sale, maybe.
Kiwi_too 07/27/14 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Protection Device, Do you?

Kwi too, I shouldn't have recommended both units in my earlier post. My original thought was to have the PI unit first so as to protect an expensive Hughes unit from surges like lightening strikes ... the Hughes unit design probably is taking care of that internally anyway - not sure. You're right on a PI unit not being before an autoformer because then the autoformer would be subject to power shutoffs from the PI - thus negating the autoformer's feature of automatically providing continuous power to an RV regardless of outside voltage levels. A person should use either the PI to save money and have at least some raw protection - or spring for the $$$ and really do it right with an autoformer. However, as I understand it some campgrounds don't like - or allow if they know about it - autoformers because they take more current from campground circuits in order to keep the voltage high for the individual autoformer owner. Maintaining the total energy for the autoformer owner's RV has to come from somewhere and total energy comes from a combination of both voltage and current. I have both. I do not think the Hughes autoformer is enough protection. There are talks about some CG not allowing an autoformer but I have never been to one, yet.
Kiwi_too 07/27/14 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Tripod support for too-short stabilizer jacks

u needsupport at the bottom of thema cable toeach leg I, too, think you need a base plate. Pressure in that design is likely to spread those legs and weaken the joint where legs join the top plate. This will be exacerbated by loose ground material.
Kiwi_too 07/27/14 11:52am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Power Protection Device, Do you?

With both it should be pedestal -- autoformer -- PI power protection -- RV. This allows the autoformer to shape the power and increase volts. If you reverse the autoformer and power protection, the power protection may shut down power before the autoformer can shape your power.
Kiwi_too 07/27/14 10:43am Tech Issues
RE: value of voltage regulator compared to surge protector

There are two types of Surge Protetors.. One does not have an LCD display, it is not what you need, but it is built into your Autoformer voltage regulator. The other has the LCD, it is much more expensive, and it IS what you need Park---Autoformer (Voltage regulator)---Progressive EMS----RV. x2 We have the Hughes Autoformer.
Kiwi_too 07/27/14 10:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Power Protection Device, Do you?

Hughes Autoformer and PI 50Amp. Always.
Kiwi_too 07/26/14 02:21pm Tech Issues
RE: What do you keep plugged in

What are you doing and where?
Kiwi_too 07/26/14 02:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Will lightning make your vehicle headlights turn on?

Sounds like a real world application of a Tesla coil making my hair stand on end.
Kiwi_too 07/26/14 09:54am Tech Issues
RE: What can I run with 30amp vs 50amp?

wow that's great news. Yeah I don't actually have the new coach in my hands yet. Get it on Tuesday. In a whole new ball game with this sucker. That's great about the residential fridge. Glad I have it now :) Well. Look at the bright side. Ya got 4 days to get the 50 amp installed.
Kiwi_too 07/25/14 04:20pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What can I run with 30amp vs 50amp?

If you do a search you will find a lot of discussion on 30 vs 50. You can run 1 major appliance (i.e. AC, MW, Space heater, elec WH) and if you have an EMS you might get away with 2. Running the fridge at the same time as one of the major appliances should not be a problem. The reason I say SHOULD NOT is because I do not know how many start up amps your AC and fridge require. Look the starting mps up for your appliances. Anything over 30 won't work. If you have 2 major appliances running and the fridge kicks on, you will probably throw the CB.
Kiwi_too 07/25/14 12:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Exchanging a couch for a chair

In our last coach, we replaced our sofa bed with 2 swivel recliners. They did not match exact style or color but were close enough to compliment. We were happy. Mix or match the way you want. You will have to live with it and my opinion will not be sitting on the chair so my opinion does not matter.
Kiwi_too 07/25/14 09:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: keeping passengers in back of class A cool

We Absolutely do, if it gets that hot. We always crank up the air before deprting to get the cabin cool. That helps for a while. Not always enough. If you have the inverter outlet by the passenger seat, you can run a fan to blow air back. That might help, if you do not want to run the genny.
Kiwi_too 07/25/14 09:27am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 10 Year Refresh

Well, next week marks the 10 year anniversary of our Coachmen Aurora 3480DS purchase. It has taken us to many national attractions and all across the south from Arizona to Florida. She is still in excellent shape with only 21,000 miles on her. However, the tires were overdue to be replaced and the rubber roof was showing its age. First up was the roof. I checked with a local coach rebuilder and was advised to skip replacing the roof but rather apply Thermo-Seal. The work was done in less than 2 days, all seals restored, and a beautiful bright and durable coating that actually looks better than new. It has a Rhino Lining type texture and insulating properties that are supposed to help reduce interior temperatures in direct sunlight. Next up was replacing all 6 tires with Hankook AH11 19.5" rubber. I passed on the balancing beads and opted for the spin balance. Nice and smooth ride. I performed all the maintenance on the engine and the generator myself. Lastly, the Meguiars RV/boat 3 step fiberglass refresh process. The kit contained an oxidation remover, polish, and carnuba wax, 3 applicator pads, and 3 microfiber towels. Using an inexpensive 7" polisher from Harbor Freight and several hours of elbow grease I got a shine I haven't seen in several years on the front and rear caps. After servicing the tow bar, a complete interior and exterior detailing I am optimistic I can get another 10 years out of the rig. Total outlay for everything was less than $3500. We really liked our 04 3480DS. Replaced couch with swivel recliners, added a Travel'r and dinette with credenza and table/chairs. Unfortunately 1 year ago someone else liked it better and stole it. Oh well, we got another MH and are enjoying it. The work you did sounds great. It will give you a lot more fun. Hope that 2100 miles a year had a lot of weekends in it at the local lakes. Ya need to spin those wheels a lot more in the coming years. The new tires will need a lot of exercise.
Kiwi_too 07/25/14 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are large gas motor Rv's underpower?

Most gassers come with 5,000 pound rated hitches and are not able to tow quite that much... Read on however Most Diesel pushers the hitch is rated for 10,000 and yes, they can do it. That said... I have only had a problem one time with my 8.1L Vortec V-8 Gasser where I could have used about 1 more horse power... This was on a mountain road I should never have even attempted (More of a mountain goat trail than a road, in places the road was NOT as wide as the motor home) I had one peak where I had to drop the 4,000 pound plus cargo towed and drive it over under it's own power.. I will never take this RV (Or any other) down that road again.. Way too narrow.. Yes, Narrow.. I may some day take a Jeep though, was a lovely drive. Are you Robin Williams?
Kiwi_too 07/22/14 04:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Which Flat Screen TV ??? recommendations...

Vizio, Samsung, Panasonic
Kiwi_too 07/22/14 10:35am Class A Motorhomes
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