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RE: Need confirmation on diagnosis of 12V electrical problem

Well we got our Progressive Dynamics PD4655V and I finally got time to get it out of the box and get it installed. Glad I inspected it closely! Somebody overtightened the screw that holds a bridge rectifier on the heat sink and the screw broke off. The bridge rectifier was floating around inside. Got to ship it back and get a replacement. If it weren't for bad luck......
portscanner 07/03/15 06:13pm General RVing Issues
Tool for adjusting after being on the road for a long time

Here is one helpful tool: http://img.izismile.com/img/img8/20150630/640/these_people_are_the_best_problem_solvers_in_the_world_640_54.jpg
portscanner 07/02/15 08:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Aids for loading TC...How about these?

My camper widens behind the wheel wells. Might work if you could turn them around to face forward. My bed gets narrower behind the wheel wells! (actually it gets narrower from front to back!)
portscanner 07/02/15 06:36am Truck Campers
RE: Changing canvas on popup truck camper

Here is an easy way to remove the canvas
portscanner 07/02/15 06:16am Truck Campers
RE: Fire, not our TC

I was wondering why the two gas tanks appear to have not exploded. Propane tanks should not explode. There is a pressure relief valve that will release the propane before the tanks fail. This results in something like a flame thrower when there is a fire, but at least you dont have shrapnel flying all over the place.
portscanner 06/30/15 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: Another MOD LivinLite TC 10.0

Impressive!
portscanner 06/29/15 06:48am Truck Campers
RE: Best time to buy an RV?

When you can pay cash ( and not have to get a loan)
portscanner 06/28/15 10:01am General RVing Issues
RE: You know you're living in 2015 when...

# 10 is incorrect. The correct version is 10. You get up in the morning and go on line to get your coffee.
portscanner 06/26/15 06:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Refer Fire Extinguisher??

I too, am interested in this information, but I expect the quantity that has both installed an automatic extinguisher in the refer AND had it activated will be very small. The reason why is due to someone who is so diligent in installing an extinguisher will probably also be diligent in other important simpler tasks such as: - keeping the area behind the refrigerator clean from spider webs, dust and other debris that is combustible. - making sure the recalls are implemented - inspecting the refrigerator for possible failing components
portscanner 06/25/15 07:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need confirmation on diagnosis of 12V electrical problem

We are getting 110VAC to the input. I measured it and when there is no load on the output of the converter we get 4 VDC. (as opposed to 12 VDC) We have a new battery box on the way (to hold the (2) new 6V golf cart batteries that are going to replace the (1) dead 12 v battery) and a Progressive Dynamics PD4655V as it will replace fit in the same space as the current busted converter. Thx for all the feedback!!!!
portscanner 06/16/15 01:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Photo Thread - Post a Photo of Your Truck Camper Here

Given it is currently 92 in Georgia, I thought I would post this: http://www.beaglenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/JeepAndCamperAtScottsboro-1024x576.jpg width=640 Scottsboro Alabama February 2015
portscanner 06/16/15 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Artci Fox 811 Nose Rebuild

Am I the only one that just ordered all new LED outside lights :) I am in the process of doing so. Does that count?
portscanner 06/16/15 06:44am Truck Campers
RE: Ever walk into the wrong trailer?

Only time I heard of that happening, beer with vodka chasers was involved. (or was it vodak with beer chasers? dont remember)
portscanner 06/15/15 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need confirmation on diagnosis of 12V electrical problem

Another update - Per the manufacturer's instructions: "Although the converter is an excellent battery charger, the converter does not require a battery to be connected to it for proper operation." Web site clicky Instruction manual clicky
portscanner 06/15/15 02:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need confirmation on diagnosis of 12V electrical problem

First off, I believe you have confused yourself somewhat with terminology. You have a Converter, not an Inverter. Sorry - had happy fingers - I meant to type converter, but they typed inverter If I'm not mistaken, some older Converters will not provide 12 volt unless there is a functioning battery connected. I believe your battery is dead. will check that Most folks here on the Forum will recommend replacing the Converter with a Progressive Dynamics with Wizard, even if your current Converter is OK. will look at that also I would pull the inverter. Run it on the test bench. If you can get a schematic you may be able to find out what is wrong and repair it. Providing you have some equipment. To hire someone to repair it probably would cost as much as a new one. I pulled it out of the circuit by disconnecting wires coming out of the converter from the battery and fuse panel. Then I could get 4 volts. I could trouble shoot it myself, but the time and $$ to get a schematic and chase down the parts would exceed the value of replacing it. If initially a battery was bad in the RV like freezing, shorted plates etc. it could very well pull too much load on the inverter and destroy the output transistor. Dont think freezing is an issue. Everything was working a few days ago and it hasnt gotten below 70F around here. X2 on the battery. The Parallax 7155 I think requires a good battery presence to operate an RELAY inside the converter before it will work. Some of the older converters require the battery to be in the circuit to enhance their internal poor designed regulation circuits. will do This would be a good time to replace the battery with two 6VDC gulf cart battery wired in series and that will give you a big 220AHs of capacity which is what you need if you ever are going to do any OFF THE POWER grid camping. The golf cart batteries were already on the list, (along with a bit of solar) just wasnt planned for right yet. Trying to keep control of the budget would also start thinking about replacing the 7155 Converter with a Progressive Dynamics PD-9260C Converter researching that as a replacement. That Parallax converter may have internal fuses on a circuit board. If it's now non-functioning and there isn't a warranty involved, you have nothing to lose by opening it up to check for blown fuses. Check for incoming AC power initially, as mentioned. There is an onboard fuse and it is good. Besides if it was a fuse issue, I would not get 4v when all load is removed I would check the battery connections for correct polarity, too. Who knows what has been done previously. everything was working a few days ago and I re-verified that everything is connected to the correct location. I am checking out the suggested CONverters (there - I typed it correctly in spite of my beer soaked fingers! ;))
portscanner 06/15/15 02:14pm General RVing Issues
Need confirmation on diagnosis of 12V electrical problem

(mods pls move if this is posted in the wrong location) A friend has a trailer he just bought. 5 days ago when we picked it up everything worked - lights, A/C, fridge, stove, heat, water heater, etc. I towed it over to his house and dropped it off. Yesterday he had some time to go out and check out the new toy he had bought, so he plugged in the 110V shore line to a 20a 110V plug in his garage (and yes, it was 110V outlet not 220). The the clock on the microwave came on, but no lights in the trailer. A quick check found the following - no 12V. Pulled the 50A fuse that was in line w/ the battery and the battery only had 0.3 volts. 50A fuse was good. Checked all breakers and fuses and none were open/blown/tripped. Leaving the battery disconnected and connecting the 110V (so the converter would have power), still had 0V on the 12V line. There is a Parallax Power inverter (http://www.spectrum-x.com/PPS/Products/Converters/PowerCenter/7100/7155/) model 7155 inverter in the trailer. This inverter is in a box that holds your breakers and fuses, along w/ the inverter. I disconnected the blue wire that supplies the 12v and goes from the inverter itself to the fuse panel and reconnected the 110V. At that time I was able to get 4 volts out of the inverter. Re-connecting the line and the output would go back to 0v I suspect the inverter itself has failed. I can get a replacement for just the inverter from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Parallax-Power-081-7155-000-Replacement-Section/dp/B002SSEWD8) but before I blow $160, I would like to make sure I have not missed anything. I know I will have to get a new battery. My best guess is the output transistor(s) on the inverter shorted/failed after we picked up the trailer (or maybe they were already toasted before we picked it up and the battery was supplying the 12v during out inspection - the prior owner did have the battery disconnected before we started our inspection) and leaving the battery connected for a few days to a failed inverter (with the loads from the CO and methane detector) killed the battery. Has anyone experienced something like this and was able to fix it without spending $160? Thx!!!
portscanner 06/15/15 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Identifying rubber roof type

Try this video on how to tell! Here that looks very promising. I will be able to do that on Tuesday! Thanks!!!
portscanner 06/07/15 12:29pm General RVing Issues
Identifying rubber roof type

Reaching out for some help here! A friend of mine got a good buy on a 2009 Golf Stream Trailmaster. It almost looks brand new. It has spent most of its life in a park under a cover. The roof is still white! But it is 6 years old and the caulking on the roof is cracking and starting to peel off. So we need to caulk the roof. But how do identify the roofing material - TPO or EPDM? I want to make sure I get the proper material to seal up the roof. Thanks!!!
portscanner 06/06/15 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

I cleaned out the mouse nest sitting on top of my battery in my truck. For some reason I think they must be French Mice. They left all of the snail shells in cracks and crevices throughout the engine compartment. Looks like a mouse resort under there. Guess I need to get some mothballs. BG If they did that to your toad, people would say as you drive down the road...."look at the ess car go!"
portscanner 06/05/15 04:22am Truck Campers
RE: mosquito repellent for dogs

Try searching cedarwood oil, there are a few homemade recipes for pet friendly insect repellent and I think there are a couple of commercial products as well, I have not tried it yet so I cannot vouch for it's safeness or effectiveness. This works. Also ticks dont like it either. And it smells nice!
portscanner 06/02/15 12:33pm RV Pet Stop
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