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RE: Breakaway Switch - Before the fuse?

Each BRAKE MAGNET draws 3AMPs EACH with 12VDC applied. Two wheels is 6AMPS - Four wheels is 12AMPS... When your break-away switch is activated it will provide a full 12VDC from your TRAILER BATTERY to all of the connected BRAKE MAGNETS. Looking at two or three installation guides online including ETRAILER.COM I didn't see where a FUSE was installed in-line. However the battery is capable of alot of power being developed during a short circuit. A couple hundred AMPS probably - maybe more. A short circuit will definitely melt your break-away switch wiring and we have seen that reported on here... A wiring catastrophe fuse would eliminate this from happening. I don't think my wiring has any in-line fuse involved. Probably your call whether or not you want one installed. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/17/14 11:00am Towing
RE: Satellite Radio - Recommendations?

My 2010 F150 Truck came with Sirius XM Radio and I probably would have never got one on my own. It sure is a neat system to have when traveling. I also have the TRAVEL NAV AIDE with it as well. Great MAP service including WX service. Cost $24 a month I think... Love my 'WILLYS ROADHOUSE' radio... I too use PANDORA all the time here in the house listening to Internet Radio... It is just like the rear Tail gate Step that also came with the 2010 Truck. Wouldn't leave home without either one now haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/17/14 08:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: firewood - emerald ash borer

Here locally we carry three fire logs from home to get the first fire started. These three fire logs just fit under my portable firepit that is stowed upsidedown I always take on my tips. It is usually dark when we arrive leaving King George in the late afternoon. Then I get firewood the next day from the camp ground or local area. Our county is not on any banned firewood list... I know I shouldn't carry-in my firewood like that but sure is nice to get the first fire going as soon as we get there. Takes the pressure off of us finding firewood real quick. We usually go to a campground less than fifty miles away and sometimes go to the Skyline Drive Loft Mtn maybe 100 miles away doing this. Every time we go to the Smokys in NC it is quite visible now for the dying out trees in the higher elevations. Brings tears to your eyes to see what is happening to our scared place there... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/17/14 06:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Fresh water AND grey water combined?

Must be some sort of confusion here. The fresh water tank is used for consumption. The GRAY and BLACK water tanks are holding tanks for waste water until they are dumped. This is a simplified water flow diagram for a typical RV setup http://bigdiscountrv.com/images/water_system_diagram.png height=400 Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 05:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Trying to register a 1971 Travel Trailer with no VIN.

Mine has a VIN ID TAG riveted in place on the frame on the drivers side just where the tongue frame ends before going under the trailer. Looks like this: (I blocked out the VIN NUMBER) http://i.imgur.com/woUHoGj.png height=200 I suspect there will be an actual stamped VIN number into the FRAME somewhere on it but never looked for it. I had a few places inside my trailer where the VIN number was printed - Inside a cabinet door - listed on documents that came with the trailer etc... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do dealers deal with this? (flooding issues inside)

Perhaps if they have flood insurance... I haven't looked but I doubt if mine does haha... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 11:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Built-in TV Signal Amp

Winegard makes both AMPLIFIED WALL PLATES and POWER SUPPLY WALL PLATE models. Model RA-7542 is the POWER SUPPLY PLATE which is used for when the RF Amplifier is mounted in the roof type Antenna and the RA-7296 is the AMPLIFIER PLATE model which is used with roof mounted antennas that DO NOT have the RF Amplifier installed.. http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/4101T41VGGL._SL500_AA300_.jpg height=300 The most common one you find in the RV Trailers is the POWER SUPPLY WALL PLATE model as most roof antennas like the BATWING or the JACK has built-in RF Preamplifier installed. The 12VDC required to operate these preamplifiers are provided by this WALL PLATE panel. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 11:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: TV question

My VIZIO TV replaces the digital channels every time I scan it. I had one TV one time that had the option to just add new channels but the many VIZIOs I have now don't have that option. Different TV SETS may do it differently Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 10:24am Technology Corner
RE: Test box for AC

I suspect you was informed to check your Air Conditioner 120VAC Circuit Breaker which would located in the 120VAC Power Distribution Panel which is usually installed in a panel under the fridge or oven next to the floor. This is not part of the fridge or oven. A panel installed under those appliances next to the floor... Might look something like this. This shows one installed under the oven... Trailers use all different manufacture models... https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcR2Txc2EeDPhYqKAjWL-CiZKhKlqoy95QjhBLxwP1oG1ad5bcxvuQ height=300 This is a typical WFCO 8900 series Power Distribution panel. This is where all of your 120VAC Circuit breakers and 12VDC fuses are located in the upper part and your converter/charger unit installed in the bottom part. http://tweetys.com/images/products/detail/554711_grp_silo.jpg height=200 http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h221/hamops/Trailer%20General/P6300455A.jpg height=200 The 50AMP Trailers will have a larger circuit board panel for each leg of the 50AMP service. These panels may be installed in a different location where more room is available for the additional circuit breakers. Might be on an open wall near the door ???? http://i897.photobucket.com/albums/ac177/unyalli/PowerDistribution3cropped_zps2b3a88c3.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 09:13am 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
RoyB 04/16/14 08:31am Tech Issues
RE: Lost my awning on the highway - high wind

That happened to a my BIL. We installed one of those door slides latches on his new awning and on mine as well.. Looks like this (LOWES) http://66.147.244.110/~goblinbo/chaos/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/100_2679.jpg height=200 Now I noticed they have spring loaded awning latches now... http://www.modmyrv.com/wp-content/gallery/mod-20-image-gallery/awning-lock-pin-1.JPG height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 08:12am General RVing Issues
RE: coaxial cable

Most RV Trailers have an outside hookup that looks similar to this. One is usually labeled CABLE and the other is labeled SAT http://www.shoprvparts.com/docs/1/4/5/1/14517F-f.jpg height=250 On the inside you usually fine a single TV JACK plate usually next to a 120VAC receptacle where the TV is installed. http://www.heartlandrvs.com/media/products/gallery/2011_PR_27PSBD_66.jpg height=300 The OTA OUTSIDE ANTENNA uses a TV PANEL that looks like this. http://pimages.solidsignal.com/RV-7042_medlrg.jpg height=300 There is usually a 12VDC receptacle here and a BUTTON to push which supplies 12VDC to the PREAMPLIFIER located inside the roof mounted antenna. Some folks call this the ANTENNA BOOST panel... Being used the TV setup area is probably changed around by the previous owner to suit their needs so you may have to look around the walls and cabinets to find these item. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 07:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Battery longevity

X2 on what WRONGWAY says... I got my OFF-ROAD trailer in 2008 and finally got my battery bank up to 255AHs in early 2009... My batteries from 2009 are still going strong. They are just now starting to show some lack of performance. I watch my DV VOLTS like a hawk using my Battery Monitor SETUP and make sure if my Batteries get drained down to 12.0VDC that I will start up a re-charge when camping off the power grid. http://i.imgur.com/ZREKV.jpg height=200 https://i.imgur.com/tjWzR1M.png height=300 I leave my batteries on the permanant charge when sitting in CAMP BACKYARD so most of the time my Battery Monitor Panel is reading 13.6VDC or 13.2 VDC. I can watch the smart mode battery charge process go throught its steps using the battery monitor. I also still check my battery fluids on a regular basis but seem to always find the levels normal since I installed the smart mode converter/charger setup in 2009. Has worked out great for us over thepast five years. We camp off thepower grid for the most part and can do as many as 12-14 cycles of 50% to 90% State of Charge and the batteries perform great. Each of these smart mode charges takes around three hour to complete. After theses many battery charge cycles then you start noticing the battery bank doesnt want to hold the charge as long as before and this is when you should re-charge to a full 100% charge which in my case takes around 12 hours of samrt mode charging. As long as you monitor your batteries and never let them drop below the 50% charge state before re-charging back up to at least 90% SOC you should be able to get a few years out of them Roy Ken
RoyB 04/16/14 07:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Keeping stuff from sliding on countertop?

Stick on VELCRO Strips is what I use...
RoyB 04/15/14 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lance 881

I would look under one of the bench seats. If you go with AGM type batteries just a simple vent for fresh air. If you stay with wet batteries then you would have to seal off the whole area and properly vent to the outside for battery fumes. A drain on the bottom to the ground somehow as well would be nice. The joys of the truck camper. Not much extra room for anything it appears. With all the stuff I carry on my trips I would most definitely have to drag a utility trailer behind the truck to support my habits. Roy Ken
RoyB 04/15/14 07:03pm Truck Campers
RE: exploded battery

I suspect your 2001 model single mode on-board converter/charger unit has boiled out your battery fluids over time and then the winter froze up the battery. The older converter/chargers only put out 13.6VDC and this is just right on the edge of boiling out your battery fluids over time. I lost one the same way. I had to start inspecting the battery fluids at least every two weeks to make sure they was not boiling out fluids.. I eventually replaced my older converter/charger with a smart mode version. I went with the PD9200 series units. Just a couple of my theories... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/15/14 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: LED light bulbs and electricity savings question

I think the quick rule of thumb answer is 80% savings... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/15/14 03:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: LED light bulbs and electricity savings question

Google says: 1141-USA bulb specifications: category: Miniature volt: 12.8 amp: 1.44 watt: 18.4 base: BA15s - Single Contact Candelabra Bayonet (or S.C.Bayonet)
RoyB 04/15/14 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Inexpensive Battery Monitor

Mr Wizard - It does seem kinda neat to be able to view AMPS VOLTS WATTS and AHs all on one screen...
RoyB 04/15/14 02:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Inexpensive Battery Monitor

POWERWERX.com sells one of these - Don't know what the cost is... http://www.powerwerx.com/_images/products/WattMeter-PP_xlrg.jpg height=300 Do a search on GOOGLE for "in-line battery voltmeter" many shown when select 'IMAGES' - Maybe one will ring your bell... Roy Ken
RoyB 04/15/14 01:44pm Tech Issues
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