Hello folks! I hope you all enjoyed the recent holiday!
Our 2011 Cameo is outfitted with a 5500 Onan LP generator. The question is about the procedure to switch from shore to generator power, then back again. At present, I turn off air conditioners, switch off / disconnect from shore power then start the generator. After my built-in surge protector 'approves' of the power - about 2 minutes - I turn the AC's back on. When moving from genny power to shore power, I perform the reverse procedure.
I am wondering if there is a more convenient way to go about this. It would be darn handy to leave the genny running, leve the AC's running, plug in, then simply shut down the genny (or the opposite if disconnecting).
I have tried this a couple of times and it seems to take the AC's a few minutes to catch up. Most recently, I went from shore to genny with both airs running and tripped the 30amp breaker on the gen set. Oddly the 20amp breaker stayed on.
Maybe I should just be happy with my less convenient, but very safe procedure.....
What do you think?
We hope all is well with each of you.
While in Colorado Springs on vacation we had our main AC unit replaced on our 2011 Cameo. It had stopped cooling altogether, then started tripping a breaker. Thankfully the extended warranty will show some value here. The real question is what should we expect from our new 15k btu unit. We live in the Dallas area and struggle to keep the rig cool on those few super hot summer weeks. Our 13.5k unit kept us at 78 at best when in the sun with temps reaching 99. Of course that is awesome cooling, but should I expect more? Does anyone's rig really stay at 72ish in the north Texas heat?
We would live to pick up those few extra weekends of rig-time if we an get it comfortably.
Thanks so much!
By the way, Cheyenne Mountain State Park is great, but that is another forum.
After four years of full timing (we're in our 8th now), I sold the handgun. Thirty years on active duty taught me that proficiency was mandatory when owning a weapon; 4 years of retirement taught me that I no longer cared to work on keeping proficient. I've never been in a situation in which I've felt threatened, and among all the full timers I've met volunteering these years, I've never heard of anyone being in a situation that required a weapon. You make the choice - have a weapon and have the responsibility of keeping proficient both physically and mentally, or don't and refuse to worry about it. You can "what if?" to death or relax and enjoy your travels.
I am with this gent. We definitely are not full timers but we often hike with our dogs and sometimes need protection. We both have licenses to cover the carry laws across most states we can reach from our DFW based residence...but we have no desire (or need) to carry day to day. I am at the range at least once a month with DW slightly less. Sometimes I feel better when I carry - usually hiking, I have never felt comfortable carrying in public. it just puts me on 'high alet'.
Please consider carefully and get the proper training.
Was thinking the 5th wheel (37cksls/2011) just wasn't stopping like it should - lots of 'push' on my f350. Got under there this weekend to find the brake wires completely shredded. The manufacturer ran the wires directly on top of the axles were a nice little bounce would pinch them between the spring mounts and the frame...no effing brakes at all!
I did a quick patch by splicing the wires back together to see if stopping got any better - still sux. I'm now thinking I need to pull the drums and run some kind of test to see if the brakes are getting power at all.
I also have seen reports (on RV boards) about some drums being filled with grease due to a bad rubber washer being used by the manufacturer.
Before I tackle this thing I gotta troubleshoot. Could it be....
1) no power to drums due to bad wiring from truck?
2) other problem in on trailer wiring? gauge to small, etc. (seen this example on RV boards too)
3) crappy brake controller (Tonkesha Prodigy) not sending enough power to brakes? (maybe should go to MaxBrake)
4) my rig dips on the back-end due to heavy pin weight - could this lack of leveling be causing some problem with the brake controller? (maybe should load level?)
5) time to go to a good shop?
What do you guys think?
I'm quickly approaching the need to purchase tires for my f350 4x4 dually. I tow a Cameo 37ft rig that weighs in at about 16k. Do you guys have any recommendations for tires? I am running 235/85/r16's today in load range E. I seldom go off road, but would like a tire that could handle a bit of snow/mud if necessary without producing a bunch of road noise, or be too fat for the dually configuration. Should I consider going up to a G rated tire? I did that on my Cameo not long ago and have been very happy with the improved stability.
Any thoughts or experiences would be appreciated.
Hello All! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.
The DW and I left DFW and headed to Hot Springs for the holiday. We enjoyed a wonderful few days until the snow and following power outages. Sadly our campground was on a grid that had no power.
There are lots of things to check out later, like why our deep cycle battery ran out of juice after about 6 hours of supporting the furnace, water pump and a light or two.
Given the need for power, we decided to fire up the 5500 Onan LP Genny in our 2011 Cameo. Unfortunately there wasn't enough juice in the battery to start the Onan so I began to research alternatives. I could have jumped it from my truck but had no cables. I fired up the trusty Ford (my opinion), backed it up, connected the rig's umbilical, waited a bit, and the Genny fired right up...woohoo!
We ran on generator power from 6am, to 6pm. Before the local office closed, I decided to check the tanks, expecting that we would go through the night on the generator. Sadly, the two 40lb cans were covered in ice (+/- 30 outside).
I tried turning off the tanks one at a time until I found out that my primary source was too frozen to run the generator. No power and a 20 degree night on the way.
One row of the campground had power, so I was able to string a few extension cords together to get power to the Cameo (gotta love the graciousness of fellow RVers).
The tanks put out enough propane to run the furnace, stove, but why not the Onan?
I have been searching and found other posts /answers referring to drawing off too much propane too fast, and the science behind that -- but how I make sure I have a reliable propane system when I need it?
I am not in a position to swap to a gasoline generator or other fuel sources, and I can't believe there isn't a better solution here.
What do you guys think?
Btw, this happened to me the last time I was in the cold (45 degrees) and running the Onan. Something must be wrong.
Thank you in advance!
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