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RE: Loss of Shore Power

Same thing happened to me this summer, I by passed the transfer switch and tried again , still no shore power, every time I plugged in the power cord it would trip the breaker on the pedestal. After a couple of hours of tracing wires looking for a problem, I found out that the #6 or #8 ground wire was on my neutral bar on my breaker panel in the coach. I removed the ground wire from the neutral bar and everything worked fine. Put the ground back on the neutral bar and pop goes the breaker on the pedestal, so removed the ground wire again , everything worked fine. So for 3 days we camped with power, and no more problems. Just so happened that the next morning, my wife saw an electrician working on another pedestal across the road from us, I went and talked to him, he was the electrical contractor who's company did the work in the park ( BTW this was an older government park just upgraded this summer) and the electrician told me they have been having all kinds of problems with newer class A motor homes tripping breakers. He said that the type of breakers the government requested are to light to handle the load when these units plug in, and he mentioned the grounded neutral bar. When I got back home, I reversed everything I had at the park, everything back to normal, plugged back into my house, no problems at all. I was happy, after just purchasing a brand new motor home and only 3 months old , I was worried that I had bought a unit with major problems, and it would be in for repairs before I had a chance to really enjoy it for one season. Hope some of my story helpsThere must be more to this story! Did you spend 3 days with the ground disconnected? This is potentially dangerous. The ground and neutral should NEVER be bonded in the rig. The ground is connected to the rig frame and other grounds in the rig including the rig CB panel frame but NEVER to the neutral wire. The only place that the neutral and ground are bonded are at the CG or home service panel. If your rig is wired as described then get a qualified electrician to get it wired correctly.
CA Traveler 10/22/14 10:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Loss of Shore Power

wouldn't the park be responsible for that? You would think but they always play dumb. A surge protector is the way to not have to worry. They do workAnd it would have already paid for itself unless of course you get the CG to pay. I've had a PI HW50C installed so it's always connected with a remote display inside. I've had a lot of cases of low voltage and one with 160V. Two cases of 30A reverse polarity. I was protected.
CA Traveler 10/22/14 10:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Satellite TV

BTW We installed a RF Mogul SWM dish and yes pricey like other dishes of this caliber. We have a 18" portable dish (no longer used) and maybe some day will add a portable SWM dish for the rig.
CA Traveler 10/22/14 10:17pm Full-time RVing
RE: Satellite TV

Does each TV has a single RG6 coax that runs to the central location where the sat antenna lead comes in from outside? If so you might consider what I did. If not DirecTV has wireless capabiity now as well. I have DirecTV with a slimline dish and a tripod from www.tv4rv.com, HR44 Genie DVR, HR24 DVR (a Genie mini would work also, I just had this DVR already). This system works great and has worked for a long time. The dish is easy to set up using the tripod mentioned above.Good suggestion. The HR44 will record 5 channels so we always have good shows to watch regardless of trees. The HR44 does require a SWM dish which we installed on the roof. Two mini Genies and you are all set for your 3 TVs. All of this equipment is HD so are your rig TVs HD? As for the wireless Genie that is questionable. Look up the installation requirements with reqards to equipment location especially with other WiFi in the rig and you might conclude as I did that installation in a RV is iffy due to minimum equipment separation distances. Also be advised that high quality RG6 coax and compression fittings should be used for SWM and existing rig wiring may/may not be adequate. It has to support the bandwidth of 5 channels and 7 if you add a HR24 to the mix.
CA Traveler 10/22/14 10:10pm Full-time RVing
RE: Winging it at Quartzite?

Smiley Als on Main - great pizza and beer. Join the Yacht Club on Main for $20 for life, good beer and have access to other yacht clubs.
CA Traveler 10/22/14 08:59am Family Camping
RE: Winging it at Quartzite?

88 Shades has FHU, normally $26/night. You will likely find most CGs are already fully reserved in Jan/Feb for the show. Plenty of BLM land. We've also stayed at Greasewood in Jan right at 95 and Main, about $9/night dry. How long are you staying?
CA Traveler 10/21/14 07:29pm Family Camping
RE: CELL PHONE SIGNAL BOOSTER? REALLY?

Yes they work and you can spend up to $400. I have a older 3G Wilson amplifier that is not mobile. It overloads if the RV is near a tower in which case I don't need it anyway. Consider installation before purchase. I have a non directional antenna on the rear roof, then amp and indoor antenna which must be 20' from the outdoor antenna. Lots of options and lots of threads on this subject.
CA Traveler 10/20/14 09:02am Technology Corner
RE: Is 360 hp enough for for 38-40 ft class A

1HP/100lbs is adequate but not a rocket ship. Expect 45MPH on sustained 6% grade.
CA Traveler 10/20/14 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First Road Trip San Jose, CA to Austin, TX

OK you have a plan. Sure hope that this trip is successful and helps DD.
CA Traveler 10/19/14 02:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: First Road Trip San Jose, CA to Austin, TX

Overheating on grades: Slow down, gear down, AC off, lights etc off unless night, heater on full heat. If necessary stop and use fast idle.
CA Traveler 10/18/14 08:27pm Roads and Routes
RE: First Road Trip San Jose, CA to Austin, TX

Leave early, 152, 5, 210, 10. Midday LA only, never rush hour and 55 MPH in CA. You can roll at 75 MPH in AZ. Is your rig, tires, etc ready for that speed? Avoid Phoenix and Tucson rush hours. If you're traveling when warm/hot hows the engine cooling and A/C? If overheating occurs on grade do you know what to do?
CA Traveler 10/18/14 08:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: is it water damage?

When is soft soft? When good wood gets wet for a short period of time the surface may be a little softer than normal and when dried will be OK. You seem to be describing dry rot which occurs when wood is wet for a period of time AND there is no air circulation. Think covered floors, walls, etc. Drying doesn't help as the wood is compromised. And if glues are involved then trust me RVs don't use water proof glues...
CA Traveler 10/18/14 07:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: is it water damage?

The resins I've used are not clay like. They are very thin and penetrating. They also require a lot of holes to be drilled for penetration. From prior posts I agree that job is likely much more than a weekend job.
CA Traveler 10/18/14 07:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: is it water damage?

Even dry it's sill structually compromised. Depending upon what, where and how much there are resins that can be used for repair.
CA Traveler 10/18/14 05:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: How many RV batteries is to much for a trip

With an inverter you can run appliances on the batteries except the AC.
CA Traveler 10/18/14 11:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: How many RV batteries is to much for a trip

Are the 2 outside for the chassis and the 2 inside for the house? For your first trip don't remove any and see how it goes. At some point have the batteries load tested to get a much better indication of their condition, normally free. Are the inside batteries flooded and vented?
CA Traveler 10/18/14 11:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost of staying connected.......

We just returned from a trip around the country and up to Alaska....For too many of those days we were devoid of any contact with the digital world. While at home it cost around 300 bucks a month for cable, internet, and cell phone service........I am thinking I can reduce that cost by going with satellite tv and a different cell service plus a mobile hot spot. I think these options would work great at home but am not sure about how they would work out while traveling. I just need to reduce our costs.......Some real life experiences would be appreciated.....In Canada we add phone only service to Verizon for $15/month. Cell towers are limited on the Alaskan Highway. We only had internet service when we could get WiFi which was often limited and marginal on the Alaskan Highway. AT&T service in Canada is $$$ so that phone was turned off. No issues with Verizon phone and MiFi in the US including Alaska. Generally Verizon has better service than AT&T for us. We take our home DirecTV receiver with us in the rig. AT&T smart phone on our sons account: $40 Verizon smart phone and MiFi: $147 DirecTV: $75 So about $225/mth for one smart phone, MiFi and DirecTV. Plus the one time cost of rig setup for DirecTV.
CA Traveler 10/17/14 10:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Another sign option is to make a 11x17 image and have it printed and laminated for about $4 at a USP store or elsewhere. We're currently in the process of using this method for a club logo with suction cups. BTW The above sign worked out well until we went through a car wash after returning!
CA Traveler 10/15/14 10:18am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Roll Call Alaska 2015

Most in 2013 had 8.5x11 signs which can be easy to overlook. I also used $1 poster board on the toad with the added benefit that several people saw the car and we chatted. We looked up several folks as we all posted where we were staying. No real rules, just use this board to help establish contacts. We meet 9 others from rv.net and talking was a nice diversion. http://i369.photobucket.com/albums/oo134/catraveler/IMG_0668_s_zpsedc35132.jpg
CA Traveler 10/15/14 10:12am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Black tank question

They are working as designed: 1. Cheap 2. The salesman explains how you have these great monitors If the FW sensor works OK then use it for a good estimate of tank levels by not using city water, just the pump.
CA Traveler 10/12/14 10:50am Travel Trailers
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