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RE: Late 80's RV Questions

That range setup is not unusual, or at least was not unusual relatively recently. There are two valves to control the oven, the thermostatic valve (which the knob attaches to) and a safety valve (hidden in the back somewhere). The pilot flame is on whenever the thermostatic valve is not off, but it varies in size: if no heat is being called for, it's a tiny little flame, but when the thermostatic valve detects it needs to turn the oven on, it increases the gas flow to the pilot and turns on gas to the safety valve simultaneously. There is a bulb by the pilot that controls the safety valve; when the bigger pilot flame warms it enough, the safety valve opens and the main burner gets gas and lights. Once the proper temperature is reached, the thermostatic valve closes the gas to the safety valve and cuts the pilot back down to a little flame, and the safety valve soon closes when the bulb cools off. It is possible for the pilot to go out and still have some gas flowing to the pilot burner with this setup. So this arrangement is apparently not considered to be a safety issue?
dclark1946 04/04/17 06:17am Tech Issues
Late 80's RV Questions

I have offered to consult with a young couple in our neighborhood that just purchased a late 80's Class C motorhome but have no previous experience with RVs. All my experience is with TTs starting with our first new one purchased in '99. After meeting the couple, doing initial RV checkout and going over some of the basics with them, I have a few questions. The range and oven function but I was puzzled that the oven control had a pilot position but you did not have to push the temp/pilot knob to light the pilot while waiting for the thermocouple to heat up. The pilot lit and the burner operated when rotated past the pilot setting. The house battery is in the Ford van engine compartment on the driver's side but only measured 7 volts (engine off) while the engine battery on the passenger side measured 12.5V. The house battery was getting charged once the engine was started but it is going to need replacement due to age and state of discharge. How is the house battery typically isolated from the engine battery when the engine is off? The coach battery monitor read "all lights on" but the LP detector correctly had a low voltage light on. Both should have read low battery with engine off. Is it possible that the coach battery monitor was measuring the engine battery rather than the house battery? Thanks,
dclark1946 04/03/17 02:42pm Tech Issues
RE: How to Increase Battery Capacity

You are getting some good inputs from other responses. We dry camp for two weeks every year in a deeply shaded national park so solar is not practical. Our 12V solution is a single Trojan SCS 200 (Gr 27) 115 AH 12 V battery recharged several hours every morning using an EU1000 generator. I realize you are not ready to purchase a generator now but if your long term goal is to do multi day dry camping you should consider that as a highly desirable solution. If you are going to be staying in lightly shaded spots then solar is also an option. Regardless of which way you go with batteries you really need to invest in a digital multimeter and learn how to use it so you can measure your battery voltage. Later on you should consider a DC clamp-on Ammeter so you can check battery discharge and charge current. These tools will help you avoid any unpleasant "out of power" experiences.
dclark1946 04/01/17 12:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Late model auto charging system question

Forcomparison, I checked a friend of mine's new F150 with 2.7L w auto start stop and OEM AGM battery about two hours after it was driven and the resting voltage was 12.35V. On starting, the initial charge current was 17A tapering down to 9A after several minutes of idling.
dclark1946 03/09/17 02:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Late model auto charging system question

As I understand it, they now will let the battery run down a bit before charging- it is an algorithm- found this- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAJeDX-T-Eg That's a pretty interesting video- Ford closely monitors current and temperature of the battery, and knows the state of charge. It will shut the alternator completely off. Thanks for the link. Very informative and explains some of what I am observing. I think the charging algorithm my need to be adjusted for vehicles with auto start/stop. My wife's new car will sometimes fail to restart or the system will turn itself off and it seems to be related to low battery voltage.
dclark1946 03/09/17 08:05am Tech Issues
Late model auto charging system question

I am looking for someone who understands how the newer automotive charging systems function. I understand the vehicle's computer now controls this. Trying to understand low observed charging voltage and current on 2017 Ford product with OEM AGM battery.
dclark1946 03/09/17 07:19am Tech Issues
Old Prodigy Controller Question/Auto Start Stop Issue

I am trying to trouble shoot an auto start stop system failure on a 2017 Ford Escape we use to get our TT in and out of it's back yard parking spot. We trasferred an old (2003 vintage w red led display) Prodigy controller to the Escape and the controller has worked fine. After 7 months the car's auto start stop function has become intermittent either failing to restart when it should or turning itself off altogether. The AGM battery was reading 12.5 V in the morning before starting and there was a 0.3A current draw from the battery. The car has been to the dealer and the battery was replaced after failing a load test but the failure to restart occured on the third stop coming home from the dealer. The dealer had initially suspected the Prodigy controller. My question is does anyone have an idea how much standby current this controller should draw? I have not been able to remove the controller from it's holder or release the electrical connector from the back due to the awkward location of the controller and minimal service loop allowed by the dealer installer. Also if anyone understands how the new Ford 12V charging system works I would appreciate a quick tutorial since charge voltage and current(12.9V /2.0A) after starting the engine seem low to me. Thanks
dclark1946 03/05/17 11:53am Tech Issues
RE: Trailer Shocks: when to replace?

I replaced the factory shocks on our 08 KZ Spree TT when it was 7 years old with the same type ordered from KZ. I checked the old ones after they were removed and two of the four acted like there were bubbles in the fluid because the resistance was intermittent over both compression and extension strokes. The factory supplied shocks were not gas charged.
dclark1946 02/28/17 07:28am Tech Issues
RE: Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid...

"Be afraid...Be very afraid..." of what? Just wondering why all the drama in the title of this post? And the conspicuous lack of curiousity about it from the other responders. The subject discussed in this post is pretty normal, run-of-the-mill stuff, but the title appears to scream otherwise. Just wondering. As a owner of our second KZ trailer I agree with this response. Please provide sources for all the negative KZ information.
dclark1946 02/19/17 05:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Verizon going after high usage users again

They all would be better served to focus on moving to 5G and put the cable companies out of business. Getting the kind of BW you get on cable or the new high speed fiber optic is a nontrivial effort on a cellular system. When 5G is available I expect it will be pricey.
dclark1946 01/08/17 07:27pm Technology Corner
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

I also received my new replacement 10A Sunsaver from Morningstar. Installed it yesterday and it is working properly. I am pleased with how Morningstar handled my issue but still wonder about their assembly quality. It seems they may be having more escaping defects.
dclark1946 11/04/16 06:31am Tech Issues
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

dcClark should have had it suggested that he start a new thread with his problem. We now have multiple posters responding to that issue and not to the OP's consideration. unbob, If you have everything correctly connected and have disconnected the controller to release and reset any fault minders in the controller, you could be fairly certain that your controller is not operational. I have a different Morningstar controller but the LED's are always active when connected to battery power. BTW, you may wish to put a fuse between the controller and battery. Wire smells awful when it burns. My intent in posting the issue with my SunSaver controller was not to solicit inputs for a solution as I pointed out that I had discussed this issue with Morningstar tech support and they were sending me a new controller. The main point of my post was that Morningstar may be having product quality issues in newly assembled products.
dclark1946 11/01/16 05:42am Tech Issues
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

So I am also having an issue with my new Morningstar Sun Saver 10A controller but it is different from the OPs. Mine seems to operate normally when the two 55W panels are in full sunlight but in the late afternoon or sometimes early evening the status led changes from green to full on red and the battery status leds are sequencing red,yellow,green. In the the controller stays in that state even with the panels illuminated by the sun (low angle) but later in the day the controller goes into normal charging operation with the expected charge and battery led status Being as expected. I have discussed this with Morninstar tech support and they are sending me a replacement controller. I am wondering if they are having quality issues with their off shore supplier.Solid red status LED is a "critical error" (see page 29) and the battery status LED R-Y-G sequencing is "Self-test Error" (see page 37).Had the same problem on my truck camper, disconected charge line from truck and problem went away, no explanation for over charging with 2 power leads???? So are you saying that you were charging both your camper battery and your truck battery using a solar panel?
dclark1946 10/31/16 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: New SunSaver 20L not working!

So I am also having an issue with my new Morningstar Sun Saver 10A controller but it is different from the OPs. Mine seems to operate normally when the two 55W panels are in full sunlight but in the late afternoon or sometimes early evening the status led changes from green to full on red and the battery status leds are sequencing red,yellow,green. In the morning the controller stays in that state even with the panels illuminated by the sun (low angle) but later in the day the controller goes into normal charging operation with the expected charge and battery led status being as expected. I have discussed this with Morningstar tech support and they are sending me a replacement controller. I am wondering if they are having quality issues with their off shore supplier.
dclark1946 10/31/16 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Need High Capacity Laptop Battery For Old Gateway

What age is your laptop and what battery technology? What is the laptop DC input voltage provided by the original ac supply? How portable does your laptop need to be? In the past I used small (output voltage programable) dc-dc converters supplied with different laptop DC plugs that operated off of +12V. That was when the only way I could see my GPS derived position on a map while traveling.
dclark1946 10/24/16 05:52am Technology Corner
RE: Applying Trailer 12V to Trailer Brakes

Thanks for your input
dclark1946 10/23/16 06:32am Tech Issues
RE: Applying Trailer 12V to Trailer Brakes

No problem If you look at end of trailer umbilical cord plug with raised part UP 11 o'clock is 12V HOT 7 o'clock is brake controller output Make up a momentary spring loaded toggle switch with flat terminals and push them into corresponding pin positions Then toggle on/off for braking as needed. When On you will have FULL trailer battery voltage so limit amount of on time. Otherwise brake magnets could be damaged So I sometimes have the brake on for about a minute or so since our pad has some slope. How long can you leave 12V applied before causing damage? I can put a small (0.1 - 0.2 Ohm) power resistor in series to limit current.
dclark1946 10/22/16 02:31pm Tech Issues
Applying Trailer 12V to Trailer Brakes

I use an electric trailer dolly to precision position our TT after pulling it onto our paved parking pad. (We have very limited manuvering room) The dolly has a 7 pin connector cable and a brake control toggle switch that allows you to stop the trailer quickly. The switch is powered by a separate 12V source fed by a cable with small battery clamps. I have been using a jump start for the 12V source but would like to power the switch from the trailer 12V available on the 7 pin connector. I will also probably add a couple of LEDs to verify 12V power to the switch and 12V power supplied to the brakes. The four brakes pull about 11A when using the jump start but I suspect they will pull more current from the Gr 27 battery. Anyone see any issue with using the trailer battery for short term braking?
dclark1946 10/22/16 01:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator ran off level

Absorption fridges will go the way of the Dodo as solar gets cheaper. The 12-24v DC compressor fridges are efficient. and can be improved further with more insulation and a proper install, venting condenser heat properly Same with 120vaAC fridges on an inverter. Propane is for cooking. I hope not. Where we dry camp we have heavy shade but do nicely with LP and have done so for many years. Because we have propane powered refrigerator we can dry camp with a single Trojan SCS 200 12V deep cycle battery and an EU1000 generator. Solar is not for all campers.
dclark1946 10/13/16 07:15am Tech Issues
RE: Jayflight 29 RKS but the kitchen is at the back

We got our first trailer with a rear kitchen (our fourth trailer) on the second trip after going over some rough road we had a top cabinet door open and two bowls fall out hit the counter and disintergrate into a thousand pieces. We then started using a very small diameter bungy cord to hold the cabinet doors closed. On a 1000 mile return trip the cabinet door molding separated at a mitered corner. I am sure we will eventually get this working.
dclark1946 10/08/16 04:46pm Travel Trailers
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