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RE: aux. batteries won't charge with shore power

If your Fleetwood works the same as my Fleetwood, the red light by the aux battery switch does not indicate if the switch is on or off. It indicates the presence of power in the 12 volt system. If you're on shore power the converter will light up the light, but the battery will be disconnected and not charge unless you turn on the aux battery switch. A lot of Fleetwood owners have ended up with dead batteries over this. The labeling of the aux battery switch and light is extremely misleading.
Wayne Dohnal 04/14/14 09:14am Tech Issues
RE: Voltage divider SOLVED

It would work only if your bulb used little or no power. Once you put a big load on that circuit, the 6v+out voltage will be close to zero, and the resistor on the 12v+in will be dissipating about 1-1/2 watts. If you chose the correct series resistor to give you 6 volts at the bulb, the resistor would dissipate the same amount of heat as the bulb, so it's not very practical. Two bulbs in series would work, or maybe this is a good application for one of those ebay dc-dc converters that have been talked about on the forum recently.
Wayne Dohnal 04/09/14 04:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Will 1K inverter work microwave?

Do you know how much power the NuWave uses at its highest setting?
Wayne Dohnal 04/05/14 07:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Satellite Radio Antenna Placement on a Class C

I caulked a square of magnetic metal to the top of the fridge vent and snaked the wire up through the vent. On a previous unit I made a little steel bracket to hold the antenna just under a crank-up plastic vent dome.
Wayne Dohnal 04/05/14 01:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Hard Start kits: Supco SPP6 vs. Dometic #3310727.015

Notice that I said my EU2000 can start the AC. I did not say that I can run it at those temps and altitude. Alias, I am only able to run the AC with the single generator for about 20 to 30 minutes before the generator gives up. The eu2000i ran my air conditioner quite reliably and indefinitely below 1,000 feet. What I see at 3,500 ft. is the eu2000i will supply its rated power for 10 to 20 minutes, then it won't supply 1,600 VA any more. I'm assuming it's the generator heating up that leads to the power drop.
Wayne Dohnal 03/29/14 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Pre towing procedure for Honda

x2 on running the charge wire.
Wayne Dohnal 03/29/14 04:18pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Anyone tow a 2013 Honda Fit? (Manual transmission)

20,000 towing miles on a 2009 Fit automatic. The only significant problem has been the low front spoiler getting major rock dings. My motorhome has a short rear overhand which probably contributes to this.
Wayne Dohnal 03/29/14 04:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Does anybody have the HarborFreight 2500 Inverter Gen?

The Honda 2000 was never intended to run a 13,500 BTU AC. Do the math, on a really good day, at sea level, with absolutely nothing else on.... maybe. We do get the occasional "mine did it just fine" post but the numbers say otherwise. If you want to screw up your AC run it with less than the ideal voltage.When the 13,500 btuh air conditioner plus whatever else is on draw less than the eu2000i rated load, and the voltage is over 120, the numbers are perfectly happy. In my case, the 13,500 Brisk Air pulled 1,415 VA, comfortably below the eu2000i continuous rated load, allowing the power converter to also run if the battery wasn't heavily discharged.
Wayne Dohnal 03/27/14 09:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Does anybody have the HarborFreight 2500 Inverter Gen?

This part of the eu2000i parts list got my attention: Fuel cap, standard: $13.82 Fuel cap, California: $39.08 Good thing there isn't a California inverter!
Wayne Dohnal 03/26/14 04:13pm Tech Issues
RE: 6.6L Duramax Deisel

I owned a 2003 for a few years. I think that was an LB7 during that timeframe. The biggest drawback was that there were a lot of injector problems and they were very difficult to replace. That situation was improved in later versions of the engine, but some of them had their own problems. My own experience was that it ran great and pulled strong. I didn't particularly like a lot of design features of the rest of the truck. The engine and Allison tranny were flawless for me.
Wayne Dohnal 03/24/14 03:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Ebay controller failure

I have purchased "a bunch" of Chinese electronics parts from ebay, about half of which are various digital panel meters. Overall the success rate is about 67%: One third of the gadgets don't do what I want or are just plain junk and end up in the trash, and the other 2/3rds are incredible bargains that work very well. I'm talking under-$20 items here, and I've done a few projects that never would have happened if it weren't for the low cost parts. I consider it an overall win, with the 33% loss being a disappointing but acceptable overhead.
Wayne Dohnal 03/22/14 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator to Start My A/C--Yamaha 2400, Honda 2000?????

The Yamaha would start the compressor ok, but the Yamaha would overload very soon thereafter (every breaker turned off except a/c). FWIW, my 2012 Dometic 13,500 BTU a/c draws 12.2 amps with the fan on high.I find this to be a real 'head scratcher'. Once the motors are started, the 2400 should handle this load easily.
Wayne Dohnal 03/22/14 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator to Start My A/C--Yamaha 2400, Honda 2000?????

I'm really surprised the 2400 doesn't run the air conditioner because my eu2000i ran one reliably. Make sure the fridge is on 'gas only', that's easy to miss, and of course the electric water heater element isn't on. You'd maybe have to kill the converter, too, but I'd think the 2400 would handle it and the air conditioner most of the time. Some of the air conditioners ship without a hard start capacitor. Saves a couple of dollars. That could be the issue. I'm assuming a reasonably low altitude. All bets are off is you're higher than a couple thousand feet.
Wayne Dohnal 03/22/14 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Noise from Hot Water Heater

I made a post a few years ago about noise from the water heater on electric, and the consensus of responses was that I was batty and/or hallucinating.
Wayne Dohnal 03/16/14 01:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Tell Honda About the 12V Charging Feature

With a dead battery and no other charging source, I'd think that an 8-amp source would be wonderful. The jumper cables I carry are just as useless because I haven't used them in 20 years. Just insurance for unforeseen circumstances.
Wayne Dohnal 03/14/14 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: eco switch and fuel consumption

Every make/model is probably different. The eu2000i has a maximum speed of 5,000 RPM. With the eco switch on, its idle speed is 3,000, and with eco off its idle speed is 4,300.
Wayne Dohnal 03/08/14 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: Electrical cables made to order?

I know a few guys on the Forum are happy with Genuine Dealz. Can't absolutely give a thumbs up because I twist my own.I had about a dozen 1/0 cables made by Genuine Dealz, with a good result. You can order only even-foot lengths on the web page. Some of mine were not even feet, no problem, just more communication required.
Wayne Dohnal 03/03/14 01:46pm Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE to 240v 30amp recepticle fries another one!

Unless there's something wrong with the RV's wiring or one of the electrical devices, reversed polarity shows no symptoms. It must be explicitly tested for. If "funny things" happened, IMO there's something wrong with the RV wiring or one of the devices connected to it.
Wayne Dohnal 02/19/14 05:41pm Tech Issues
RE: gfci's wont reset,fridge and living area light only work

My GFI outlets with green lights show the light when they are reset. I have some with yellow lights that show the light when they're tripped. I'm suggesting that possibly the GFI outlets won't reset because they already are. This of course doesn't help a bit to explain why there's no power.
Wayne Dohnal 02/13/14 08:37pm Tech Issues
RE: All You Win XP Stragglers

I run in admin mode less than 1% of the time, and don't do any web browsing or email from admin mode. I don't apply any updates unless it's to fix something that's broken for my use, so no more xp updates is a non-issue in my mind.
Wayne Dohnal 02/13/14 02:20pm Technology Corner
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