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RE: Frig not cooling properly?

The wires don't matter, but a couple of points- a bad thermistor is not likely your problem- you could just disconnect it and the refrigerator would just be "on". I hate to say it, but your refrigerator is likely at the end of its lifespan- the insulation tends to break down, the doors don't fit or seal well, and the cooling units lose a bit of the hydrogen charge, plus becoming partially blocked.
Chris Bryant 08/29/15 07:57am Tech Issues
RE: Vendor Reference SKYCRAFT

It's been a while, but I've bought a ton from them in person- back when I was a regular, there was a lot of NASA surplus stuff. There are still a lot of high tech contractors here, with a lot of surplus.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator

Doing without the light is definitely no cut- I'm not certain about the connection in the light- it could be two wires in the same connector (require cutting), or two disconnects on a twofer, which wouldn't. FWIW, I doubt any service place would deny warranty because of cutting that wire- something like that is kind of a "don't ask, don't tell" thing- if it obviously didn't cause the problem, we just don't mention it to Dometic :). I've known boondockers who disconnected the light and put a battery led tap light in the box.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator

Thanks for the pic! On your unit the heater is labeled "K", and is run with the light off terminal J2. To disable it, you would access the wire inside the light assembly- there will be 2 wires coming in to the switch, one will be +12 volt hot, the other goes to the heater- disconnect it. Or, just disconnect the wire from J2 and do without the light, as well.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 01:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator

Here are two pics I took yesterday when trying to find the on/off switch Dometic said I had: > So, would modifying this somehow to turn off the heater thing be easy, or even doable? You do this from the back- here is the current wiring diagram, but you need to check your particular one. Notice terminal J3 on the board just powers the climate control- just disconnect that wire, no cutting, no voiding warranty. http://bryantrv.com/images/temp/rvnet/americanawiring.jpg Older models had both the light and the climate heater on the same terminal- very early the wires were siamesed, later twofer'd, finally like they are now.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 12:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator

Yeah- 12 amp hours per day adds up- a little here, a little there.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Refrigerator

It would run all the time, but you should be able to simply disconnect it at the back- worst case, you would lose the interior light, but most have separate feeds.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Computer data ??

They're called DVDs
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 10:57am Technology Corner
RE: Rogue MegaWatt 30Amp bulk charger.

How come the input wires are backwards? It's RV wired. ;):)
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 09:57am Tech Issues
RE: Inside the freezer ...

The lugs on the upper right are for if the door is turned upside-down, to hold the shelf. You really don't want all that much weight on the doors, so small shelves are a good thing.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 09:03am Tech Issues
RE: Installing new Dometic awning arm

Rivets are only used for replacing individual parts- if you replace the entire hardware assembly (the arms, et. al.), only bolts and lag screws are used- a bolt at the top of the main arm attaching the fabric-roller-tube-assembly (frta) to the arms, and lag screws holding the top brackets to the rig.
Chris Bryant 08/28/15 05:34am Tech Issues
RE: Generator output and rv

The differences I see between "cheap" and "expensive" gensets are: Cheap sets use less copper- lower continuous capacity. Voltage regulation- cheap sets use a simple capacitor, expensive use electronic voltage regulation. Both have advantages and disadvantages. Expensive will generally have a higher quality engine, and will hold frequency much better. If you are worried about electronics, I would just run them on a good ups, set to not alarm, and set the voltage and frequency parameters as tight as you want..
Chris Bryant 08/27/15 02:45pm Tech Issues
RE: What kind of heater?

After all that, there are two types I would personally use. My top pick would be a built in toe kick heater- they are hard wired, and can draw 1800 watts, so put out more heat than a portable. You do need to have a place to install it, and they are in the $200 range. I don't know if anyone else makes a heater that works like this, but the original Pelonis is my top pick for a portable in an RV- they work unlike others, in that the heating element is a PTCR* element, and is inherently self limiting temperature wise- the element simply cannot get hot enough to ignite anything. The thermostat then varies the fan speed only, but because of the PTCR, more air flow over the element pulls more heat out, cooling the element and drawing more power. Others may work like this, but I haven't found one, even though they say "ceramic", they are more conventional. *Positive Temperature Coeffecient Resistor
Chris Bryant 08/27/15 02:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator - On AC power keeps saying "Check"

Check the 5 amp fuse on the circuit board- and actually test it, don't just look at it. It's not sensing the 120 volt power, and still trying to ignite on LP.
Chris Bryant 08/27/15 11:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Generator output and rv

A cheap generator will be sine wave, but dirty and not as well regulated. The only way to get modified sine is from an inverter, and the cheapest do not use inverter technology. The sine wave comes from the physical rotation of the rotor through the magnetic field of the stator.
Chris Bryant 08/27/15 03:53am Tech Issues
RE: TV ant. Probleem

Remember that in nearly every type of RV antenna, the amp is in the antenna head, not in the wall plate, which is just a power supply. IOW, you really cannot bypass the amp unless you want to take the antenna apart. What antenna do you have and what is the problem? I wrote a bit about tuning up the Winegard Batwing- you can find it here.
Chris Bryant 08/26/15 12:18pm Technology Corner
RE: RF MOGUL has went black since last Thursday night.

Just got this from KVH- KVH Technical Bulletin: Changes to Tracking Parameters of DISH Network's 110°W and 119°W Satellites Products Affected: Marine Systems: TracVision C3, M5, M7, and M9 RV Systems: TracVision R4, R5, R4SL, and R5SL Problem Description: DISH Network has changed the left-hand (LHCP) tracking transponders of its 110°W and 119°W satellites from QPSK to 8PSK encoding. As a result, DISH Network subscribers with the above referenced TracVision systems might need to upgrade to an RF7 board or choose an alternate LHCP tracking transponder. FWIW... not just an RF Mogul problem.
Chris Bryant 08/26/15 11:16am Technology Corner
RE: CHINA why the reliance regarding RV parts & accessories

You really think an *over supply* of manufacturing capability is going to result in lack of manufacturing?
Chris Bryant 08/26/15 08:53am Tech Issues
RE: sheesh...they don't make em like they used to!

Buy a US made Marshall Excelsior instead of off shore Camco stuff.
Chris Bryant 08/26/15 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Water Pressure Regulator Failure

I always harp on how well built the 1970's Airstreams were, but they used both a built in Watts regulator *plus* a relief valve set at ~80 psi. This with all copper plumbing :)
Chris Bryant 08/26/15 07:57am General RVing Issues
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