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RE: 220 Volt mishap

OUCH! Most often the on-board converter/charger unit is the first thing that blows... Most folks lose controllers for their fridge, microwave unit, and air conditioner units. Hopefully your optional 50AMP system protection electronics may have saved a bunch of high dollar failures... Most trailers are wired for 120VAC. The 50AMP RV is usually just two zones of 120VAC... A very few of the high-end RV Motorhome/trailers actually use 220VAC for the built-in Clothes Dryers. Most of the time it takes about $3000 dollars to get everything back to normal working order when this happens... Immediately pulling the cord out is not fast enough. That stuffs travels at the speed of light.... You hear alot of this when the local unknowing Electricians are hired to wire up pedestals for the RVs... Thank goodness the good ones are bonded and have insurance. Roy Ken
RoyB 08/31/15 07:06pm Tech Issues
RE: What kind of RVer are you

We are basics campers here and not RV'ers.- Our delight is to setup our off-road POPUP Camper on the side of a creek-bed and stay there for days on end... The sounds of the babbling brooks and the wildlife scenery that lives in that area is what we go for... Have no big desire to get into a hugh RV setup and drive across the country going from Point A to Point B. Just not our cup of tea... Our longest road trips of late is around 450 miles one-way... Northern Neck VA to either the Smoky Mtns at Gatlinburg, TN or Ocean front at Myrtle beach, SC. Our real love in the high country around the Virginia and West Virginia wooded state line border Natl Forest areas... That is just a few hours drive from here... That was basically what we did when we lived in the Phoenix AZ area in the 60s and 70s which was usually a Utility Trailer being pulled by our OFF-ROAD JEEP setup. ... Head for the close-by Red Rock high country for some serious TENT Camping... Very much depicted by these GOOGLE IMages http://www.expeditionportal.com/adventures/past/2005/Jerome/JeromeandSmileyRock/images/DSCF6452.jpg height=400 For us it doesn't get much better than this... http://i.imgur.com/35voHeR.jpg height=400 Most fun and less expensive... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/31/15 06:48pm RV Lifestyle
RE: solar charge controller

The cargo areas are pretty neat places to mount alot of these type of electronics... http://www.modmyrv.com/wp-content/gallery/mod-10-image-gallery/power-inverter-mid-power-1.JPG GOOGLE IMAGES I am still in the planning stages here for my solar panel install but I will most definitely want to have a panel setup that I can observe from the living area of the trailer. I would want to keep track of the good and bad times for the solar panels in a effort to perhaps keep the panels better in the high sun portions of the day... My goal is for around 400Watts of solar panels and I want to see a good 20AMPS of DC CURRENT being developed during the high sun portion of the day... With just your smaller portable panel this may not be a concern for you but little things that do good seems to always get bigger and bigger for me once I see the big advantages I gain from them... i.e. plan for future growth perhaps... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/30/15 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge use with no elec during emergency?

You really need to have done all of this already long before you actually need the trailer. It is a great resource to have around your house when the emergency hits... We use our trailer setup all the time to support our house when needed... One hurricane that came up the coast knocked out power a couple years back for over a week here... We watched HDTV every night - ran fans inside the house.. kept the house fridge going a couple hours a day using the generator... ran all of the laptops and other devices keeping them recharged up... All of this ran off the batteries, inverters, and the 2kw generator for a few hours each day. If you run out there right now and try to make all of this work it will most likely fail on you... You need to test all of this out before the emergency hits you... We changed out all of the interior automotive lights to lEDs, beefed up the battery bank and battery cables, made a list of what all we wanted to use inside the trailer and added more batteries to battery bank to run those items from direct connected to the batteries or run from optional inverter. Once you got the plan B going then you can operate all of these things until your batteries drop tp their 50% charge state. Then you connect up the generator to the trailer 30A shore power cable and let the on-board smart mode converter/charger recharge your batteries back up to their 90% charge state. This will take around three hours of generator run time. Then you are good to go for the next day/night run... When we was without house power for the week we did just fine every day/night keeping all we wanted to run up and running. Had block parties in our patio and had cookouts everyday... People came and went all the time... Me and another neighbor pulled a little red wagon around the neighborhood with a couple of 2K generators and ran folks fridges for a couple of hours each to keep their meat frozen... We eventually ran out of gasoline in storage and had to go a mission of finding a gasoline station that was being run off a generator to refill our jerry cans... Had to go the next county to find a gas station that working... It was great for us and our neighbors but never would have happened unless I had it all planned out to a big degree... I spent many of nights here in the driveway figuring out how long things would run on my battery setup and then added more to get where we wanted to be... It turned out we do very well with just 255AHs of battery capacity and using the plan of running our 2KW generator every morning for around three hours time to re-charge them back up to their 90% charge state each day. Of course if you just want the very basics then flashlights and candles work just fine and a bag full of D-CELLS... Hope you guys the best until this storm passes... We too may get a short shot of this coming up the coast... I will run at least three long extension cords into the house from the trailer to run our home entertainment, a couple of fans, and plug in the fridge a couple hours each day... Then we cook out using the trailer setup on propane. If the emergency happens during the winter the same thing will work as we have a fireplace. We just move into the front rooms closer to the fireplace... One winter I setup my grill in front of the fireplace and let all the smoke fumes etc go up the fireplace. That worked great too... When I get solar panels added to my OFF-ROAD POPUP it will set close to the house and be available for alot of things you might need in emergencies A great resource to have around for sure... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/29/15 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Computer data ??

We could never depend on any of the WIFI things around anywhere... Something like the JETPACK is about all we deal with on the camping runs... We get by with less than 3GB of DATA per month... Using VERIZON is the Best Service for us where we usually end up at camping wise... For us its just checking in with the kids, paying a few bills, keeping tabs on the emails, and maybe just a little of surfing the internet... We get all the TV shows we want to watch for free using the OTA Batwing antenna and picking up the NATl BROADCAST digital HDTV from the local towns... We have a great 25-40 mile range with our BATWING OTA Crank up antenna on our trailer. The digital HDTV is actually better than most of the cable TV connections we get at the camp grounds.. The OTA HDTV station have movies and other interesting things to watch in addition to the standard broadcast channels. They usually have a 24 hour RADAR WX BROADCAST as well. You also may get to learn a few different languages too when all you get is the PBS channels... Kinda funny to watch the GunSmoke series in german. "Heir Dillon,Was ist los" only us dumb hick Americans laugh at this... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/28/15 03:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Solar or Genny

Here on the East side of the US we all run into generator run time restrictions just about everywhere you go at the public campgrounds. The guys with the big CLASS A RIGS seems to get by with a somewhat double standard and get away with running their on-board generators just about anytime they want to. For us it was always frowned on big time running our 2KW generator out in the open or sitting on the tail gate of our truck bed etc except for the few hours allowed in the morning and then again in the afternoon periods.. We have never been able to run our 2KW generator after 8PM any where even in the Natl Fores areas. This was main reason for me to beef up the batteries to run our things during the generator restriction times... This is much reduced out West but I imagine you will run into that more now with your 5th wheel and an open generator running... Camping in dispersed areas usually anything goes but unfortunate for us campers here on the East side of the US there are few dispersed camping areas around... Not really many private areas as well - just too many peoples around haha... Most of my camping is always off the power grid and we do quiet well with just 255AH of battery capacity power. I started doing all of this in the early 2009 time frame and just now my GP24 12VDC Interstate batteries are dropping off on performance... When I get bigger and better batteries going I most definitely want to enhance my setup with solar panels this time around... Once you store the solar power into the larger battery banks then you can run all night long without making any noise during the noise restriction times... Thats our game plan at any rate... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/28/15 02:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar or Genny

We went with the generator and beefed up battery system first to be able to run all we want to run in the one day/night run off the batteries. It was planned out to reduce my sized battery bank to its 50% charge state by 8AM the next morning. Then we run the 2KW Generator to power up the trailer on-board converter/charger setup to recharge the batteries back up to their 90% charge state so we can do this all over again the next day/night off the batteries. This takes right at three hours of generator run time. Adding solar to the mix would be icing on the cake for us. It would take a rather large solar setup to run all the things we are running now off the batteries with Inverter for the 120VAC items we want to have running. The solar panels for us would be available to reduce the amount of generator run time at 8Am each morning. The initial charge when the batteries are first hit with the 14.4VDC Boost charge is over 53AMPS of DC Current which requires the generator to get past this step in the re-charge. After the DC CURRENT starts dropping back then the 400-450WATTS of solar power producing around 20AMPS of DC CURRENT can easily re-charge the batteries back to their 90% charge state before you lose the high sun. If you are not planning on a large DC CURRENT drain than a small solar panel system can do alot for you... Keep in mind a typical 120WATT Solar panel will only produce around 5-6 AMPS DC Current when in high sun... This is some of the planning you will need to do based on what you want to be running on your off-the grid power trips... Just things to think about in planning your setup Roy Ken
RoyB 08/28/15 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New truck, old fart

We old farts sure do have our ways don't we... I got a somewhat newer Jeep one time way back then and they had apparently just replaced the flywheel/clutch in it. It was not a smooth clutch operation at all - bucked and jumped everytime... So I nosed it up against a big tree and set there for a good five minutes slipping and burning my clutch and really had some smoke going.. As luck would have it the local sheriff guy drives up and asks what the heck are you doing haha... He didn't take too well with my comment I was trying to push the four feet diameter tree over... He finally liked my other comment about the grabbing clutch... He did ask me if I was on meds or something however... You would probably go to jail doing that today... My Jeep ran smooth as silk after burning in the clutch alittle bit... Roy ken
RoyB 08/28/15 09:28am Truck Campers
RE: Virginia State parks new site specific policy

Loft Mtn used to just have specific areas for reserved which was the favorite areas of course... Then they kinda of spit the camp ground right down the middle with one side reserved and the other side first come first serve... We sometimes stay several days which always runs through at least one weekend and have run into problems where our favorite site is ok except on the weekend. So then you have to make the decision to take the favorite site for a few days and plan on moving to another area over the weekend... Not much fun... Our favorite site is in the reserved side so I usually pick two sites together and reserve both of them. This particular site we love has an angled site next too it and if someone gets it then their parked trailer is right at our patio end... So I setup both sites which is not hard to do with all the stuff when have with us. The smaller angled site is where my gazbo tent goes... Sometimes makes us really like the first come first serve places in the natl Forest areas between VA and WEST VA wooded high country state border line behind Harrisonburg VA. You're usually the only silly persons up there except for a few JEEPS running the trail roads once in awhile haha... Also see some horseback riding up and down the trails. First time I heard a horse whinny in the woods I commented to the wife and said "I think I just heard a horse whinny..." Sure enough here came a couple on horseback down the trail five minutes. They stopped and we shared some coffee... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/28/15 09:12am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tire blow out....now have running light problems

Although most wiring is unique to wiring of that specific install but ETRAILER.COM has a couple of diagrams on how the trailers 6-WAY and 7-WAY cables are generally wired. Might give you some points on what to expect. Matching up the colors is a great idea... Most everything in todays wiring should have both positive and negative wires going to the lamps and not depending on a frame ground to make the connections. This too depends of who wired the trailer too I guess... The basic color scheme for RV's is usually BLACK is hot +12VDC and WHITE is GND -12VDC. Any other color wire usually is hot +12VDC. Other utility trailers follow the automotive industry color scheme being RED is hot +12VDC and BLACK is GND -12VDC... They sometimes get mixed together especially with the trailer safety lights wiring. Using a mulitmeter is best way out... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/28/15 08:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sevierville/Pigeon Forge RV Parks

Our number one choice in the area is ELKMONT Camp inside the Natl Park. No hook- ups but has local Rest Room buildings with water available. We really like this style of camping... Shade in this area is really good - Just look it up on SAT VIEW haha. Maybe can see one small stretch of campground roads. Sometimes we do stay at RIVEREDGE RV PARK just as you enter Pigeon Forge coming from Gatlinburg... Lots of shade, full hookups, really nice folks that run the place and does have a trolley stop on site. This is very central to all of the things around the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. This is our PLAN B stop haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/28/15 08:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford Superduty battery and charging issue

This happened to my 2004 Ford a few years back and it definitely was the alternator... I replaced it with a NAPA rebuild and got it all installed and working in just a couple of hours... The Alternator goes through almost the same DC VOLTAGES OUTPUT as the RV Converter/chargers do... (14.4-13.6-13.2 etc) I don't remember the exact DC VOLTAGE levels but did see the three different levels of charge... After I replaced the alternator and reconnected the batter cables etc everything on the Truck worked just fine except the IDLE SPEED. It was very low around 400RPM or a tad more. I have read that this is normal and should fix itself after your drive it awhile. I went for a whole week keeping my foot on the gas pedal keeping the truck engine from stalling out at stop signs... Since there are NO MANUAL SETTING for idle control like in the old days I finally gave up and took it into FORD to reset the computer settings... Cost $90 for about a five minute reset effort... geesch... Worked well until I traded it a year later for the 2010 Ford Truck I have now... Since then I have been extra cautious of pulling my main battery connections from the truck electronics. I used to do that alot resetting fault readings from various things... Not any more haha... I wire in a second battery to keep the Electronics live now when I am working on my DC CABLEs for my Ham radio setups... Me too broke to have to pay those $90 computer resets... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/27/15 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: adding door deadbolt

Wow I got beat up pretty bad with my comments.... I guess I should refrain from offering any of my experiences from over the years... I see this was a statement from me and not my usual quoted experience... I have not done much around the large motorhomes but have dealt with many of the smaller trailers including the fifth wheel type. I have actually been asked by neighbor campers if I could get into their trailer for them a couple of times over the years. Using the same key solved both of those problems haha... I guess with my working around the campers working out of my big truck toolbox gets me in trouble... "Hey go ask that guy - he has tools...." I had one incident where my door lock would not work and I was able to send one of the camp ground kids up through the storage door which had a section that opened up directly up to the bedroom area for a dirty clothes drop. They were able to open the lock for me from the inside. I also have another incident on the same trailer later on where I opened the door using a large flat screwdriver after the main lock quit working again... Was very amazed how easy it was to gain entrance. My OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer which I use the most when camping you can gain entrance by slipping your hand behind the VELCRO around the window flaps where it ties into the mounted door assy after you get setup. You can just simply reach inside and open the door from the inside. I do this alot when carrying in supplies from town. It is quicker than putting down all of the bags and finding the keys in your pocket. I was trying to help with my comments. Guess it was my time to be in the barrel... That certainly will not happen again about gaining entrance using a large flat blade screwdriver in a statement... "Sorry about that Chief" as Don Adams would say... This is the second time this has has happened this week on different subjects. May have to check my meds... May have outlived my welcome... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/27/15 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: Finding a stud

Gentle tapping on the outside might come up with something as well... I have added a couple of shelf projects over the years from the outside using the molly bolt or spring wings idea. worked good... In this case you want to miss the studs haha... I like the MOLLY BOLT over the SPRING WINGS as when you remove the screw from the spring wing it all drops behind the wall... The thing that worked for me was to be able to mount the back board in its four corners then attach all your thing to the backboard. The backboard could be metal as well verses the wood you would use on the inside... The angles pieces and adapter plates etc you find currently used usually are just screwed into the trailer outside wall using plane ole self tapping metal screws and alot of sealent.. I have done this for additional CABLE TV type connection boxes or PVC Electrical junction type boxes where I was gaining access to the interior through the center of them with larger holes... I don't know about THOR but I do know you can contact JAYCO and provide them the VIN NUMBER of their trailer you own and they will immediately email you a PDF file with the information you requested. These are from their build packages... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/27/15 08:18am Travel Trailers
RE: adding door deadbolt

Probably just enough to keep the honest thieves out. Havent seen a RV yet I couldn't just stick a large flatblade screwdriver in the door jam and easily pry it open. All the aluminum supports bends rather easy and goes back into its original form... We lock up everything but anything that is important to use always goes where we go in the truck... Lots of the same info like this on the various posts you read about Rv Security... Has nothing to do with going out of the country... If they want to get inside they will get inside real easy... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/26/15 04:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Finding a stud

The studs are not very wide in the RV's even if you find one... You get the best results by using something that spreads out when you tightening it up... We have great success on the inside using the MOLLY BOLTs to do this... It really works great to use the moly bolts to support a large piece of 3/4-inch plyboard and then just use regular screws etc to hang your items to the large section of wood... Much like this pictorial suggests... http://www.macandchris.com/images/roof%20anchor%20screws.jpg height=200 http://www.azardisplays.com/productcart/pc/catalog/700107_inst.jpg height=200 On the inside would look something like this with a large backboard installed to mount your heavier items like LCD TV's... http://i218.photobucket.com/albums/cc123/SD70M/Sunny/Brunswick-LaborDay09/DSCF3803.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 08/26/15 04:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: What is the wire set up lights

uhhhh OK. catch you later... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/25/15 06:12pm Dinghy Towing
RE: What is the wire set up lights

Yikes - Just assumed you was from WiskeyTall... MI along way from home... The ETRAILER site will have all the pin-out info you will need for the various 6-way and 7-way adapters... Been associated with Wichita Falls since the late 60's its almost home for us... Lived in three different house there over the years and even lived once in Archer haha... Even survived a couple of Tornadoes there... Thats why we moved one time... I certainly feel at home there when we visit which we still do every chance we get... Good luck on your wiring project... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/25/15 05:59pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Solar Panel thru tinted window??

I have one of these 5W SOLAR PANELs (AMAZON) sitting inside the front windshield area plugged into a ALWAYS HOT 12VDC plug. It works at a reduced rate. Mine is a small watts one and I wish I had got one of the bigger ones... It will only keep my battery topped off. You really need something around the 15-20 WATT level. Similar to this GOOGLE image model.. http://www.all-powers.com/2014-images/AP-B18V5W-M-1.jpg height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 08/25/15 05:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What is the wire set up lights

Go down to Old Jacksboro Hwy and let Patterson help you out. He will have all you need for your lights... Also I assume you are aware you just can't tow a car with four wheels down unless it has a complete TRANSFER CASE box to disconnect drive to any of the wheel... Even some of those won't let you run four wheel down as some need oil moving through the differential.. Here again Patterson guys should be able to help you out if you CAR is towable with all four wheels down...... Also you can got ETRAILER.COM and find out all about the different ADAPTERS and what pins or blades do. Great web site... Roy Ken
RoyB 08/25/15 05:13pm Dinghy Towing
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