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RE: Troubles with Xantrex 2000/4000 inverter charger

I am not familiar with a Xantrex 2000/4000, but if like all the other Xantrex units I have worked on..... Should be VERY simple to trace: Shore power and generator should "meet" at the ATS. From ATS both sources go to the RV main breaker box. There should be a breaker on the main breaker box going to the inverter/charger. And when the inverter/charger "sees" 120 VAC from that source, it does TWO things: charges batteries and through its built-in transfer switch, changes from "inverted power" to that supplied from the main breaker box. If the charger section of the inverter/charger is working (meaning that 120 VAC is getting to the inverter, then "first suspect" is the transfer switch in the inverter/charger.
wolfe10 12/09/16 04:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Cat water pump bearing

Scott, Very hard to know how much of an issue it is. The internet is probably the absolute WORSE place to gather statistical data. Only those with issues ever say anything. And, if 5 people report a failure here, there may be 10,000 with the same engine and no problems. If I had a coach with either the sealed or greasable bearing I would treat it just like most everything else on the engine. When I do the annual inspection, oil and filter change, etc I check them for play. No different than a water pump or any other component. Yes, I have seen posts-- it just HAPPENED! But, I view it as VERY rare for a bearing to go from perfect to denigrated without going through a process of degradation-- where it has play, makes noise, belt slips, etc. Said another way, even doing a walkaround of the coach with engine running (a good idea on ANY coach, a bearing going bad should be noticeable. Same for water pump, alternator, power steering pump...... Gas or diesel.
wolfe10 12/09/16 04:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat water pump bearing

NEVER replace that bearing with a sealed bearing. Contrary to some posts the C7 has a sealed bearing and a short life. Probably due to all the heat in that area. If that bearing lets go you will have a huge repair bill! Moisheh Let me expand a little, since Caterpillar has both sealed and greasable hubs available. From BEST to WORST: Greasable bearing that YOU DO GREASE. Sealed bearing Greasable bearing that YOU DO NOT GREASE.
wolfe10 12/09/16 08:06am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat water pump bearing

When I owned a 3126, I added an extension hose to that fitting and secured it to the breather pipe so I could lube from the bottom. An extension done properly is OK. But make sure you have purged all the air from the extension before installing it. Said another way, fill the extension with grease before installing. That is the only way you will know that that small squirt of grease is a small squirt of grease getting to the bearing instead of a couple feet of AIR. The air has no lubrication properties and if trying to purge the air from a long hose could blow the seals. Since access to to the bearing/zirk depends on coach layout and how much attention the builder paid to "top of engine" access, there is no "one way is better than the other".
wolfe10 12/09/16 07:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cat water pump bearing

As posted, it is the fan hub that has the grease zirk on all Caterpillar 3126's built before 1/03. Accessed only from the top-- so bedroom or closet floor. Just locate the fan and come in toward the engine head. It is facing straight up.
wolfe10 12/08/16 11:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Search Continues

Sounds like it is on the P chassis, not W.
wolfe10 12/08/16 07:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Total loss, adjuster wants copy of title prior to settlement

Yup, he has to verify no lien. Were there a lien and he paid you the full amount..... Sorry, just not the way to do business. Yes a COPY with VOID written across the face, but not obstructing his seeing owner and lien info.
wolfe10 12/07/16 01:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: ARP Technical Presentation in Quartzsite

The ARP controller closely regulates boiler temperature-- something no OE absorption refrigerator maker does. And, overheated boilers is the #1 cause of absorption refrigerator performance reduction and failure.
wolfe10 12/05/16 07:46am Tech Issues
RE: Best Toad Braking System

I would suggest the Ready Brake is the only true proportional system that I am aware of. Some systems provide braking force to the toad in proportion to the braking applied to the coach, but that is not necessarily what the toad requires. With the Ready Brake you have a positive feedback loop. The toad pushing on the coach results in increasing toad braking force until results are seen, then the braking force is decreased until the internal spring overcomes the pressure to the point the cable goes slack. This description might not make sense if you're not familiar with the operation of the system, but in simple terms, you get the required toad braking to relieve the force the toad is applying to the coach. And, what does it do on those long 6% downgrades with the engine compression brake on???
wolfe10 12/05/16 07:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: removing radiator on a 1986 holiday rambler

What chassis???
wolfe10 12/04/16 06:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Magic Chef Residential Refrigerators

Most cautions against powering residential refrigerators from inverters really refers to MSW (Modified Sine Wave) inverters. PSW (Pure Sine Wave) inverters should not pose a problem. To get better feedback it would REALLY help if you would post more info on your electrical system instead of having us guess and speculate. What powers your refrigerator now? What converter or inverter/charged is built into the coach (not counting the one being discussed here)? What is its amp capacity? How much dry camping do you do?
wolfe10 12/04/16 10:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Magic Chef Residential Refrigerators

Not familiar with the 1220 Kisae Pure Sine inverter, but a quick glance at the specs does not suggest there is any 120 VAC INPUT or ATS. So, initial assumption is that this inverter powers the refrigerator 24/7 and that your on-board converter or charger recharges the batteries from shore power or generator. Is that how it works-- that the refrigerator is plugged directly into your Kisae inverter and that the inverter has no 120 VAC in from your coach 120 VAC breaker panel. If this is so, no problem as long as you do not let battery voltage run too low before recharging.
wolfe10 12/04/16 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Magic Chef Residential Refrigerators

Actually, the issues is whether you have TWO transfer switches: Shore power vs generator Inverter output so it defers to shore power when available and switches to inverter for some circuits including the refrigerator. Again, many inverter/chargers have this ATS built in. WHAT INVERTER/CHARGER DO YOU HAVE?
wolfe10 12/03/16 03:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winnebago RV house batteries

Yes, replacing batteries is where to start. Then plug into shore power or start generator and VERIFY that voltage at the batteries goes up. Charging from either 120 VAC source will be from either a CONVERTER or, if you have one, an INVERTER/CHARGER. Which do you have? You also need to verify that chassis as well as house batteries are charged from 120 VAC or make alternate arrangements for them to be charged.
wolfe10 12/03/16 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Magic Chef Residential Refrigerators

Depends somewhat on what inverter/charger you have. If you have one with a built in transfer switch, just "do it". Yes, it would be slightly better electrically to switch with no load, but with the low amp draw of a residential refrigerator (which may or may not be running at the time of switching) I don't thing it is worth the effort. Shore power is exactly what the refrigerator was designed to run on, so see zero issues.
wolfe10 12/03/16 08:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Braking Conundrum

There a few states, Texas being one, that require an air brake endorsement on your drivers licence, if you're registered in Texas, to operate a coach with air brakes. Sooooooooo, it's not just jump in and drive in all states. Richard There's no such thing as an air brake endorsement on your driver's license in Texas. If you have a CDL, there could be an air brake restriction, meaning you are not allowed to drive a vehicle with air brakes. But that doesn't apply to the noncommercial class A or B license that's required for driving a vehicle over 26,001 lbs GVWR (class B) or towing greater than 10,000 lbs (class A). Correct. The Texas license for over 26,000 GVWR is CDL B Exempt. No, not a "true" CDL, but air brake questions ARE on the written exam and most examiners require you to go through an air brake check as part of the driving part of the process. Been there, done that.
wolfe10 12/01/16 12:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gas Mileage

One of the variables is Vortec vs old-style 454. Also OD vs old-style transmission Between them, that will make 2-3 MPG difference. What year is it-- that will tell us a lot.
wolfe10 11/30/16 03:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Braking Conundrum

There a few states, Texas being one, that require an air brake endorsement on your drivers licence, if you're registered in Texas, to operate a coach with air brakes. Sooooooooo, it's not just jump in and drive in all states. Richard ALMOST true. You do need the CDL B exempt if the GVWR is over 26,000 lbs. Made it kind of fun to get my license, as our coach has four 4 piston/fixed caliper hydraulic brakes with ABS. An EXCELLENT braking system BTW. Had to show her the brake master cylinder before the tester would let me start the engine!
wolfe10 11/29/16 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: NAPA Commercial 12v Battery ( Amp Hour? )

Interesting. It came up right away for me, but they are not available in all states: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/duracell-golf-car-battery-group-size-gc2/prod3590228.ip?searchTerm=347700 And, MI is one of the states they are offered in.
wolfe10 11/29/16 11:32am Tech Issues
RE: Atwood Water Heater only working on electric..

Yup, first question is how far into the cycle it goes: When someone turns it on, and you are standing outside by the water heater, do you hear/feel the gas valve "clicking" which provides propane to the burner? Do you hear the clicking of the igniter? Do you smell propane and/or does it try to light? If it lights, how long before the flame goes out?
wolfe10 11/29/16 10:56am Tech Issues
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