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RE: This is embarrassing: Magnatek failure?

Looks like you have got things sorted out and on your way to recovery. Jim
bigfootford 06/27/15 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: This is embarrassing: Magnatek failure?

Fixie linkie for Jeffe: Jeffe's trainzeee's Jim
bigfootford 06/27/15 12:47pm Truck Campers
RE: This is embarrassing: Magnatek failure?

O.K., the plot thickens. After reading all your responses, I checked all the 110v breakers in line with my circuits, I used my non-contact voltage tester and worked my way back from the TC to the GFCI plug. No circuit. Tried to reset the reset button and it won't stay in. So, I hooked up another 80 feet of extension cord and ran it to our attached garage. This should work, right? Wrong. THAT GFCI was also non-responsive. Two in a row? I found a closer plug inside my train room and tested that plug. Works fine. Ran 50' of cord out the 12' rollup to the camper and plugged in the 30amp cord. Bingo! The soft, telltale hum of my old Magnatec was detected. I then worked my way thru the Box testing every single circuit. All work fine and my 110v night light was glowing nicely. All the new upscale bulbs were good. The battery is at 12.6 volts now and it's clear that the 2amp charger had no juice and the charge was slowly going down due to the parasitic drag from safety appliances.. So, the question is: shouldn't the 12v circuits work with 12.6 v.even when not being plugged into the 30amp 110vAC? Thanks ever so much for your kind attention. There is not an RV forum on the planet that has as much knowledge as youse guys possess. I think Lawrence Welk, the king of malaprops, talking to his band summed up the day as well as anyone: "My poys, der are good days and der are bad days, and dis is one of dem." Yes the 12vdc circuits should work. Measure at the magnetek like I pointed out. The following is in reference to your shore/gfi issue only, nothing to do with 12vdc for now. Your camper has a ground fault somewhere in the 110 circuit that is tripping those GFI's.... Not good. Plugging into a non GFI protected could provide a shock in the camper or touching the outside while standing on the ground, so be careful. Is you fridge a 3 way by any chance? Even if it is not unplug the shore power inside the outside compartment and retry the GFI shore power outlet. Jim
bigfootford 06/23/15 01:36pm Truck Campers
RE: This is embarrassing: Magnatek failure?

Two issues here. 1. No TC shore power... -- There is a breaker for the shore power in the magnetek. Cycle that and all the breakers. Off and then back on.... --Check your shore power outlet and make sure it has power... Plug a tool in there or something you know works. 2. No house DC.... But the camper battery shows 12.8vdc Open the door to the fuses and with your meter check the screw that has the big red wire to the other screw that has the Green, black and bare wire on it (DC - or ground as they call it)... You should see 12.8 vdc. If you do then leave the meter on the ground and check the fuses on at a time. Both sides of the fuse. http://windsurf.mediaforte.com/roadtrek/magnetek/Magnetek.jpg width=640 If you do not see the 12.8 on the big wire we will have to dig a little deeper in the well. You might have a stuck relay in the magnetek. But that will not keep the shore power from lighting your night light. Here is a link to a good start for understanding the wiring of the magnetek. http://windsurf.mediaforte.com/roadtrek/magnetek/Magnetek_6332_wiring_diagram.html Jim
bigfootford 06/23/15 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: HappiJac #5

Don't see how that can happen. There are 4 nylon pads that keep that from happening. Are they missing? If so you should contact HJ and tell them about it. My HJ's are 15 years old now. some rust here and there. Have sanded and painted the outer tube in some spots. Inners show wear where the nylon pads are but... NOTHING like what your picture shows... When you say you did maintenance... did you fully disassemble them and lube the worm shaft and Nut/ball? Jim When I saw black curls rolling off the leg I thought it was the nylon but turned out to be the powdercoat. Maybe when there's too much pressure the nylon will still act like a paint scraper? Good thought but I do not see that... Where is the normal scrape marks of the nylon pads? Every Hj I have see, not just mine, has the rub/wear marks of the nylon pads... Just weird.. Jim
bigfootford 06/21/15 09:18pm Truck Campers
RE: HappiJac #5

Don't see how that can happen. There are 4 nylon pads that keep that from happening. Are they missing? If so you should contact HJ and tell them about it. My HJ's are 15 years old now. some rust here and there. Have sanded and painted the outer tube in some spots. Inners show wear where the nylon pads are but... NOTHING like what your picture shows... When you say you did maintenance... did you fully disassemble them and lube the worm shaft and Nut/ball? Jim
bigfootford 06/21/15 11:11am Truck Campers
RE: PD9245 and Lifeline GPL-31XT testing

Somebody here once modified a PD92XX for a different voltage. I really like the size of the pd9245 for my application. Perhaps in the future I will figure out how to Modify it yet void the warranty, if more of this type of projects are in my future. I wonder how many amps this lifeline 31 cold handle providing to an inverter and for how long. I am mating it with a 400watt PSW, but I imagine someone might be impressed with a higher number inverter. Well, back to the power tools. Here tiz da Link: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/28378659.cfm Jim
bigfootford 06/19/15 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: How many do it this way when parked

We were camped this past weekend in Harris Beach State camp ground with full hook ups. Was hooked to the water provided and had left it on since we arrived the evening before. We were at the play ground and I ran back to the camper to get something....and saw water dripping under the front of my truck bed onto the ground and a good sized puddle. That ain't right!! After looking in cabinets and the step to the cab over bed.... So I had a pin sized hole in the 150PSI pressued hose after the pump that feeds the water system. It was basically a little tiny streaming into the basement of the camper. That ain't good. So turned of the park water and tried the pump, leak is the pressured side of the pump, it still leaked. So no water to use, not good. We ended up running to ACE hardware store, bought 1 foot of 150PSI 1/2 tubing, a coupler, razor hose cutter tool, and two more small hose clamps. Cut about 8'' of the old pipe that had the pin sized hole and added the new 1 foot section. Been working great since. This is all under the step into the cab over bed. Tight space. You could not hear the water peeing since we were hooked to the provided water spigot. If we had been using our tank and water pump we would have found this much earlier, likely that prior night shortly after hooking up. And yes we usually turn water off and the water heater off if we are going somewhere for the day, but we were just down at the play ground. I have the step open with a fan blowing down there, hoping it drys out in the hot weather we are having. This weekend will be opening up the corner of the underbelly to make sure the insulation is dried out. Thinking some of it will be wet still. Ouch, at least you caught it... I have a pressure regulator for the hose to hook to external water source if needed. Only used it once in 15 years... At home here our water pressure regularly is over 90psi. Hilly area and we are in the low spot Ugggggg, even for the house I cringe... We do have a regulator for it. Jim
bigfootford 06/18/15 01:56pm Truck Campers
RE: PD9245 and Lifeline GPL-31XT testing

I I Am not so happy that the PD decided to revert to 13.6v storage mode on its own when the battery obviously can take so much more. But after a pendant toggling, it is now holding 14.5v and amps have tapered to 13.9 amps on the combo meter and 14.57 amps on my clamp on meter @ ~ 1:20 after starting PD. Now to see when it goes into normal 13.6 mode You will find that the Pd will hold the 14.4 for 4 hrs per spec... If not something is wrong. The nice thing is the PD is the only advanced converter, to my knowledge that will hold 14.4 for 4 hrs. Others will drop out per the programming of the charge algorithm. With the 9145 and you have 1 battery it will get to finish charging in bulk... Some do not like the PD due to the output sag when AC voltage lowers... That does not bother me and some others.... To some it is almost viral. Jim
bigfootford 06/18/15 01:51pm Tech Issues
RE: PD9245 and Lifeline GPL-31XT testing

Have a 9260 and the 100ah lifeline. My lifeline is 6 years old and still holds spec capacity. I monitor AH discharge v/s battery voltage and it is still right on the money. I also let the Trimetric track total AH... Well over 5000 AH from this battery so far. I do a c/20 discharge to 70% every couple of months. Measure the voltage, then recharge. This battery still is at spec capacity. When the camper is sitting for a month or so on shore power I always reset my Trimetric Voltage high to insure that the PD9260 is doing its 14.4 every 23 or so hours. (does this for 15 min). I do have 200 watts of solar which is inop when sitting at home in my covered port so it does not work. During our trips I never plug into shore power... Solar takes care of it excellently. Morningstar Sunsaver mppt... With temp compensation. During cold weather the controller will pump 14.9 for the battery and in the high 13's when 90+deg, love it! I do like the ability to drop the charge voltage down to 13.6 when my Lifeline temperature is above 90 deg... and on shore power. I have not done that now for a few years because I have solar and let it do the temperature adjustments. Lastly, after dealing with 2 gp24 FWC's for years and removing to check water etc I have not removed this lifeline since I put it in 6 years ago.... What a pleasure! With the advent of led lights, led tv and the Wave 3 for heat we no longer need 2 batteries. Jim
bigfootford 06/18/15 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: How many do it this way when parked

Even on hookups, we typically fill the fresh tank and pump from it. This prevents growth or stale water in our tank since we camp at least twice a month all year. Ditto this... Always ready to go.. We have great tasting water here at home so I will usually wait to fill back up when we get home. If I need water along the way I taste the water... If bad I do not fill. Jim
bigfootford 06/18/15 12:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford F350 Cracked Frame

I had air bags on my previous truck a 97 F-250 and had no problems BUT,with that year truck you had to drill the frame to install. That is the 1st. problem. The second problem is that they support the load in an area that is not designed for it so you don't want to rely on them to do anything but "level" the load. If you put too much pressure in them they will place the weight were it was not engineered to hold. The weight of the load should be supported at each end of the leaf spring. I know I may get some flak about what I am going to say so be it. Air bags have a purpose. And it is to level the load,no more no less. And it should not take 80 or 120 lbs. to do so. If it does than there is a problem or there will be. I don't use them any more,my personal choice and find no need for them. I Think that camper dealers push them to sell heavy campers to people that have trucks that aren't enough to handle them, mine tried. I think tour truck should be more than enough truck to handle a Lance 1121. I think that the holes that were drilled to install the airbags along with the added air pressure for lift is what cracked the frame. Be careful when you have it repaired as some "shops" may do more damage than good. Chose wisely and do some further research. To an extent I agree... level is all... Do not exceed the weight capacity of the rear axle and springs for load. If it makes any difference, 18 wheeler air ride trailers for big stuff have been around since the 70's, maybe longer. Don't exceed axle weight.. I have Air Lift bags , and they have been on 2 trucks with my camper.. Both f250's, 89 and 04. 180,000+ miles including a recent trip to AK, all the way to Prudhoe bay.... Nearly 2K miles of rough crap! I rarely run over 40 psi.... Camper fully loaded is 4000lbs. I also have Bilstein shocks. That is all the suspension items I have ever had except 19.5 rims and tires. Jim
bigfootford 06/09/15 12:10am Truck Campers
RE: Front Happijac tie down?

Good topic. For all of you "HappiJackers," when you say that you leave the rear tiedown's "loose," how loose is the correct looseness? I snug mine down by hand so they don't wiggle when I shake them. Should they be looser? BG 2013 F250 FX4 CrewCab shortbed Scorpion Diesel HappiJac tiedowns 2013 Adventurer 89RB I do the same.. I do not want any tension on the rears. After the camper settles the fronts sometimes will be a bit loose.... I reset them to spec. We HJ folks deal with the camper being off even a 1/2" F to R or L to R when putting it on the truck thus we will have to open the hooks up a bit to hook up unless you are anal about it and want it dead on each time. I would want the camper to shift a bit on rough roads so HJ when installed right work well doing this. Jim
bigfootford 06/08/15 06:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford F350 Cracked Frame

Here's a good read, although not a Ford, good information. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/27925813/gotomsg/27926514.cfm#27926514 Jim
bigfootford 06/08/15 09:52am Truck Campers
RE: Front Happijac tie down?

Happy with mine, 16 years and close to 200,000 miles on the camper and HJ's. I WD 40 them every time I remove the camper. Just remember, loosen them up for off road! Let them flop a bit. Jim
bigfootford 06/08/15 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot converter/charger

Thanks Tamnative. Getting ready for a month long trip to visit family/friends and will order it as soon as I get back. Rich & Miss Ivy BunFest Express II Excellent choice.. Might consider the remote too. Allows easier access to control of the charge stage. Jim
bigfootford 06/03/15 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: bigfoot converter/charger

Not sure which converter you have in your BF 2006. My BF 2000 had a Magnetek 6300 which is a battery destroyer... Commonly named Magnejunk! Open the door on your converter, there should be a label.... If it is a Magnetek then there are several great options to resolve your issues. The replacement is going to be a bit involved so first find out what you have then you can use the link to projects to get started. Do not consider WFCO as an option.... Consider these with the Progressive Dynamics being my preference especially if you do not rewire with bigger wire. Talk to Randy at Bestconverter Here is my preferred list in order best to ? Progressive Dynamics 9200 series Boondocker Iota with DLS.
bigfootford 05/31/15 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: TC Mattress

Our mattress has low spots towards the center. Would a topper fix this? Unfortunately no.... We have this type in our home and camper: You have to select RV Queen to see the cost etc. You can get an upgraded one that is firmer. http://www.bedinabox.com/memory-foam-mattress-pacbed-original.html You can check customer satisfaction: http://www.sleeplikethedead.com/mattress-reviews-bedinab.html Jim
bigfootford 05/31/15 09:48am Truck Campers
RE: 19.5 Vision wheels on Ford Super Duty's

On my 2001 F250 Superduty, they simply replaced the lug nuts with the proper lug nuts. The vision rims are lug centric, the factory rims are hub centric. You cannot use the factory lug nuts with the vision rims. What he said. Bought mine a LSchwabie and they knew what to get for lugs... Vision will tell you what you need if you feel insecure. 50K on mine now... Love them. Jim
bigfootford 05/28/15 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Surge-gaurd

A surge protector is not going to do anything to stop over/under voltage. A garden variety surge protector may not, depending on it's intended purpose and design, but the TRC Surge Guard 34730 the OP is interested in certainly will ... anything above 132 vac or below 102 vac and it turns off incoming power to the coach. Mine has saved my trailer's electrical system on at least two occasions in the past year that I know of, perhaps other times I didn't notice ... wouldn't run without one. Agree. Excellent piece of hardware.... I have a well balanced system of solar and battery. We boondock mostly so no shore power needed. If we have to stay in a CG I do not plug in. The TRC Surge Guard 34730 is what I would use if I were in need! Jim
bigfootford 05/28/15 09:24am Tech Issues
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