If you do decide to replace it, iMarine on the west coast, sells Magnum factory remanufactured units every so often, for very reasonable prices. I think they have a contract with Magnum to sell all their factory remanufactured stock and get them in several times a year. I know that the price is so low, that they do not last long. I bought my upgrade 2800 from them.
Thanks for the link. I will check them out. I've never been a big fan of reman stuff, but if it's done by the factory it should be Ok.
Did you run a high wattage appliance such as a electric heater on a 120 outlet from the inverter? Long time usage. That may be the cause of inverter failure.
No, I haven't run anything from the inverter for a long time. Maybe long periods of non-use, plus the unit's age (12 - 13 years) caused failure.
Don and Dick, thanks for the replies. I may get a small pure sine wave inverter, as Don recommends, to power the electric throw cover that my wife likes to use when traveling. That's about the only thing I've ever used the inverter function for. Also, a built-in battery charger would be nice, and those items don't cost an arm and leg.
I don't know when, why, or how it happened but my inverter is fried. I noticed recently that, on the remote panel, the Overload light was on steady and the Battery light was flashing. No output from the inverter, which is a Heart Interface 1500 watt.
I replaced all my batteries, then started troubleshooting. Yesterday I took the inverter out and took the cover off.
There is a Bypass and Switching Control Board (PN 60-7321-00 Rev E) in the front which has three relays; one of them shows burning and arcing, which extended through the PC board.
I can't find a source for that Bypass & Switching Control Board. The individual relays are available, but the board itself looks too bad to try replacing individual components. I can't afford a new inverter at this time.
I disconnected the inverter and bypassed it, connecting the AC Input to the AC Output. Everything (except the inverter) works fine. I setup a place where I can connect a battery charger to the DC cables (now disconnected and secured) from the inverter to the battery. I can plug the charger into the receptacle for the engine block heater, and turn it on/off inside the coach using the engine heater switch that controls the receptacle (the engine heater plug is disconnected from the receptacle at this time). When the weather gets cool enough that I need the block heater, I'll have to make other arrangements for the charger. Maybe the DW will win the lotto and I can buy a new inverter/charger.
Since we normally stay in parks/campsites with electric hookup, I think we're OK for now -- don't normally use the Inverter function, but will miss the automatic battery charging feature.
I tried really hard to ignore this post, really I did...
But it's Friday, and late into a 2 margarita lunch (27 oz, not those wimpy things...) and I just cannot help myself...
Karma is the answer. Really. A good positive attitude is all it takes. People just don't f*** with people with good karma.
I live outside of chicago, and have worked as a field service engineer for 30 years...
There is no place I won't go.
I rarely lock my car.
I treat everyone as my potential friend, and am treated likewise by everyone I meet.
I know this is particularly hard for former LEO's, who've chosen to deal with society in a different way than most of us, but still...
No one has ever f***ed with me. Except for that day in 1986 when my brand new /monte Carlo SS was stolen...
But that is another story for another day.
Talked to an old retiree down here in Texas the other day, who told a similar story of working in Chicago for forty years. Said he worked all shifts, in all areas of town, and never had a problem. I asked him what he did all those years. He said, "I was a tailgunner on a bread truck."
ok we just got our new old dp it is a winnabago vectra 40fd and it is a2005 we would like to know do u bring the slides in with the jacks down and do u run the slides out with the jacks up need to know what way is the best
I don't know if you have the Operator's Manual for your coach. If not, you can find it here:
2005 Vectra Operator's Manual
The manual states that you level the coach before moving the slideout. All Winnebago products I've looked at state the same thing. Other brands of coaches are different.
When I'm working on my coach here at the house, I often run one or both slideouts out, without extending the jacks first. My driveway is pretty much level front-to-back, and has a slight slope away from the house. Slides work fine in this situation.
You will see in the Op Manual that Winnebago recommends using the jacks to raise the side of the coach opposite the slide, to force water runoff if there is water on the slides, before retracting the slides. That implies to me that Winnebago doesn't consider it a great sin to move the jacks while the slides are out.
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Look for a tranny power wire near the batteries, with an inline fuse. Some coaches have that setup that powers the transmission computer. If you have it, you will find a wire connected directly to the battery positive terminal, with the inline fuse nearby.
I'm wondering how you found an rv that was smoked in. Every ad I've seen says never smoked in and no pets every allowed inside. I didn't think rver's smoked or had dogs.
I think the darn dogs are sneaking a smoke!
Hey, let's not be so hard on the guy -- I think he's on to something. It says on the Web page that "for every gallon of gas saved, 19.4 lbs of CO2 are prevented from entering the atmosphere". Since a gallon of gas only weighs about six pounds, these things are obviously creating matter!
Last time that I did that Diesel Pusher Owners were upset at Michelin because of tire blow outs! I Looked up there profile to see that they were DP Owners running XRV's and on Michelins website it say's XRV should not be run on DP's due to load rating factors (DP's are to heavy to run XRV's).
Hey Rooster, can you provide a link to the Michelin Website where it specifically says XRVs should not be run on DPs? I've heard this before, but can't find it on the site. Thanks!
Here's how I did it. I took the trim off, then removed the old TV. Then I built a wood frame from scrap 2X4 inside the cabinet. I cut a piece of birch plywood to cover the entire opening, fastening it to the 2X4 frame. The TV swivel mount is attached to this cover sheet. Once I got it screwed in place, I put the original trim back in place.
I installed a 24" Toshiba TV with built-in DVD player. It only weighs about 11 pounds, and the tilt-swivel mount is just about 4 pounds more.
It works for me. The frame and cover is strong enough to hold a lot more weight, so if I ever want to put in a 32" TV, it'll work.
If all else fails and you resort to the batwing, check to see that your TV has a digital tuner or you have to get a digital converter box to receive Over-The-Air signals. My 06 has a LCD TV(with HDMI connector) but not a digital tuner.
Thanks. I just got a new 24" HD Toshiba. I took the converter out of the RV along with the old (original) TV. I have at least three converters around here somewhere. Let me know if you need one; I'm not sending them to recycle yet.
I'm guessing on that old a coach you have a KVH R4 or R5. Look in the overhead compartment where the sat receiver should go. Besides some coax cables, is there a telephone type modular plug/cable? This is for the Low Speed Data that most Sat Receivers do not have. Without this connection it will not find a Sat. Save yourself some time and money and get a new sat dish as these old analog systems never worked that well. I gave up on mine several years ago as I had to get on the roof, take the dome off, and manually find the sat... this was faster than it would lock on, if ever.
Thanks for the info. There is no visible modular plug/receptacle in the compartment.
I can't afford a new dish. I may pickup one of the Qube portables if I can scrape up the $$; if not, I'll just use the batwing antenna -- it works good. DW will have to make it without Lifetime. I don't much give a flip for TV anyway.
I gather from your post that you do not yet subscribe to a satellite provider. Your system is probably setup for either dish or directv. You need to figure out which. Perhaps in any documents you may have. Once that is known then you need to subscribe and get a receiver. Once the receiver is connected you can determine if the system is working and if not troubleshoot. Without the receiver you will never know what works and what doesn't. I suspect the error message is telling you no receiver attached so the sat finder is having difficulty. I am sure there are others with more specific information but knowing the provider for the initial setup and getting subscribed is the first step.
I do not have a provider yet for the RV. We have Dish here at home, so I'll stick with them, and add the RV. When I talked to Dish, they offered to sell me a receiver, but also told me a couple of places in Fort Worth where I could get a used or refurb receiver for 1/3 the price of new. Also said I didn't need an HD receiver, but since I got the new HD TV, I think I'll just get the new dish from Dish.
Thanks for your help. I came here for help because I don't have any documents at all for the dish that's installed on the RV.
I used to groom race horses for a living and picked out feet before they went to the track to gallop and grabbed my donut and coffee while I had the chance between mucking the stall and catching the next horse, and never thought of washing my hands, and don't remember ever getting sick from it.
It ain't the horse$h!t that comes from horses that will do us in. It's the horse$h!t from our "elected officials" that will be the end of us!
Got the original GE TV out of the front compartment, and out of the coach. Just waiting until I get a chance to go to Lowes to pickup a bit of plywood and stain to put inside the opening. Have a new TV, with built-in DVD player, ready to install as soon as the mount arrives.
I'm looking with help getting a satellite TV system up and running. Here's the situation:
My coach has a KVH satellite dish installed. In a front overhead compartment, there is a small box mounted to the side of the compartment with two switches. One is labeled "Power", the other "Satellite Find" (or something similar -- I don't have the coach available to look at the exact terminology). When I turn the power switch on, I can hear the antenna in the dish on top, periodically moving for a few seconds. It will stop, then move again in a few seconds.
There are two coax cables in the compartment; one comes through a hole in a plastic plate, and is identified "In" handwritten on a piece of tape on the cable. The other goes to a connector through that same plastic plate, with another coax coming out the other side of the plate and going into the entertainment system switchbox "SAT" port. I'm guessing that the "In" cable plugs into a satellite receiver (which I can get from Dish Network), and the other coax would connect to the receiver "Out" connection.
On the ceiling of the coach, centered about four feet behind the dash, there is a white electrical cover plate with a grey pushbutton and a digital display. I don't know what this is -- I'm guessing that it's part of the satellite system, but don't know for sure. On the digital display, if I push the grey button (maybe it's green; I can't tell), the display shows "EE". I believe that's an error code.
Can someone with an Itasca Horizon or Winnebago Journey (or other coach several years old with a KVH system) tell me if they have these same components in their coaches, and if your satellite system is operational, what do these items do? I haven't found much info on the KVH Web site. I appreciate any help from those with first-hand knowledge of this type of system.
I just got a new TV and I would like to get the satellite system working before our big trip this summer. I know I can run the TV from the antenna, but my wife would sure like to have her "Lifetime" channel. All help appreciated!
I carry mine (18 gallon tank) in a side compartment..know it takes up a lot of space, but I don't like carrying things on the ladder...anyway the 18 gallon fits just right in the compartment...take care and good luck
Ditto. I have a 22 gallon, and keep it in its original box. It fits well inside the side compartment just in front of the drain connection compartment on my Itasca. That's where I keep all my extra "stinky" stuff, inside plastic containers.
Not always perfect, but very quick. The follow up with http://www.rvparkreviews.com/regions/Georgia/ There are several if you zoom in on their map, and click on the round markers.
Thanks. Did all that before I came here with my question. There ain't a lot available along my planned route. Guess I'll have to stop before Atlanta, then go further up the road the next day, maybe stop around Charlotte. I'm headed to Greenville, NC. I don't like to drive more than 250 - 300 miles per day.
Anyone stayed at Big Oak RV Park near Tallapoosa lately? The latest review online is from 2010.