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RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

You guys are funny and I cant thank you enough!! Beer is on me...we are at white wash in Utah. Come on by and collect!! Going home Sat so hurry over for best selection :-)
d-mac1 04/16/15 07:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Its the relay board...a friend showed up and helped me understand how it works. There is power to the board, but nothing comes out of it. From what I now understand, its output powers the solenoid which would pull the switch down and thereby transfers the power. Sound right? I called the rv store and cant buy the circuit board by itself, so I did right by ordering a new switch. For tonight, I can jam a piece of wood into it to hold it engaged. I will pull wood out before turn off genny. I guess reason is to assure smooth steady power to converter? Thanks guys!!!
d-mac1 04/13/15 05:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Talked to an rv parts guy. Ordered a new switch. He sd the coil likely went bad and wont pull the switch down. I have no way to connect shore line...very poor connection to internet. Boondocking in utah. Will look at pdfs when in town later when go in to get new switch. Hopefully that will fix it. Since I can manually operate it it doesnt seem like a delay circuit issue?
d-mac1 04/13/15 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Genny is fine. There is an issue with transfer switch. There are 2 switches in the housing. When I started genny, an led lit up on the one with only 1 set of real heavy gauge wires coning into it. No output from either switch. With meter connected to switch output lines, if I manually depress the switch with the led, I hear converter fan run and have ac power. Switch is PD52. The output of switch I'm operating by hand goes into lower connectors on other switch which I'm assuming is for shore power. Can I just replace one switch or need to do entire unit...or is something else the problem? Thanks guys. All comments are helping!!
d-mac1 04/13/15 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Got the lid off the switch...there are 2 switches in there. Can depress each and they return to original position. Neither seems impaired. Will get out multimete but Im not good with juice. Will connect batteries and then disconnect and start genny and see if I can figure out what is what. Fuses at genny were not tripped. Its an onan 5500
d-mac1 04/13/15 08:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Only things running when this happened was tv, dvd player a couple lights and 2 cell phone chargers. How would I test inverter?
d-mac1 04/13/15 07:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

Will pop the lid off in a while. If the transfer switch doesnt switch between dc and ac, what does? When I am on dc power and start genny, after a 15 or so sec delay, there is a noticable click, almost a pop, and ac power is functional. Thats what normally takes place. No switch over now. Isnt the transfer switch doing the change?
d-mac1 04/13/15 07:42am Fifth-Wheels
Boondocking - power transfer switch (DC to AC ) quit working

We were under generator power last night when the removable key to the battery disconnect switch vibrated out and afterwards, the auto transfer switch (that switches trailer to AC power) will not work. Am boondocking and would like AC power. Any ideas? Seems like the transfer switch needs a reset...I find no button to do so on the switch housing. Anyone know if generator will charge batteries if transfer switch inoperable? Sequence of events was this...key to disconnect switch must have gotten bumped when unloading stuff cuz the lights were flickering right before they went out when we were under AC (generator) power. I found the key switch was out and reinstalled and we have DC power but the transfer switch wont switch us to generator. The breakers at the generator were not tripped. I reset them anyway. I tried removing DC power via disconnecting batteries briefly to see if that would reset transfer switch, no go. Any ideas? If I pop the cover off the transfer switch, anything servicable in there? I have volt/ohm meter. Thanks for any help!
d-mac1 04/13/15 04:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Got my reservations made at a couple state parks. Looks fantastic! Outside spots at one of em. Glad I didn't wait any longer. Next time, I'll know that I need to be ready 9 months in advance. Thanks again all! Dave
d-mac1 01/31/15 08:00pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM meeting on Friday January 23, 2015 in Quartzsite

Seriously!?! Clubs only?!?!?! That is TOTAL BS. I was with you until that point was made. My friends and I responsibly ride dirt bikes and so do alot of others I know. Many people are very responsible. But I want to keep an area open AND have it not destroyed by those who are not. Do you enjoy off roading in places torn up and littered by others who are not responsible? Areas often get closed because too many are NOT responsible. What do you feel is the best solution to keeping areas open AND keeping them from being destroyed. I myself belong to an offroad group. We have numerous outings to repair the damage done by others and clean up areas. Its how we keep areas open, otherwise many politicians close them down. We should NOT have to clean up others messes in order to keep areas open. So, whats your solution? I don't have a magic wand! Neither do you...or anyone else. I've found its typically the younger crowd who makes the messes and us who cleans em up. Ban anyone under 35! I'm kidding! My son is 22. He helps me pick up when needed. Honestly, some of the places we go don't need much policing. Its places where partying takes place that get trashed and most often its the local kids that make the messes...NOT the people coming in to ride. I've found this to be true time and again. One of our few local winter spots is now closed due to excessive partying. Its NOT an area where riders go to camp!! All I know to do is for those of us who are responsible to try to educate those who aren't and that can be done via clubs, access groups and by individuals. If you see something thats not right, let them know somehow. In the meantime, keep picking up things when you see a problem. Clubs aren't the only ones who can do this. As I said earlier, there are bad apples in every bunch. I can also tell you this....if public land is closed except to 'clubs' you can rest assured the trails will be poached by individuals. Same will happen once everything is closed. Then we'll have a big rebellion.
d-mac1 01/31/15 07:41pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Ok guys n gals. Many thanks for all the tips. Its time to try to put something together. Sounds like we CANT go wrong. According to my trucker atlas, there is a stretch of US 26 in Oregon between Dayville and Mitchell that is not a truck route. Seems odd and I wonder if it isn't a typo of some sort? I Also, I see a stretch of US 101 from Tillamook to Otis that isn't marked as truck route. Any insight on that stretch of road? We are 13'3" high and the trailer is 36' long. Thanks again. Dave
d-mac1 01/31/15 06:26am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM meeting on Friday January 23, 2015 in Quartzsite

The subject of land access is something that greatly concerns me. When I retire I want to spend time ATVing and Dual Sport motorcycling. I also want to spend most my time boondocking on BLM or Forest Service land. That being said any closure action I find a tough pill to swallow. So I decided to hunt around for information and thought any local OHV groups might be the best for me to hook my wagon to so here's what I found so far. American Lands Access Association Outdated Page --------- snip ---------- I really have to go with what the local people using the trail systems have to say and my comments to the BLM will be as so. I'd really like to hear from any of you that might be familiar with any of these groups. Cee You are on the right track! I can't help in AZ, but you might look on ADVRider in the regional forums and ask. Or on Thumpertalk. I belong to a number of groups that support access and some also participate in trail maintenance. At the national level, there is Blue Ribbon Coalition. They'll send updates on what is going on all across the country. Often I've found that mountain bike access groups view dirt bikes as the enemy, but they're learning that once we are gone, they will be next. In some areas, we are working together to create and maintain multiple use trails, that hikers and equestrians can also use. I'm not aware of the reverse happening ANYWHERE. I have some friends that refuse to get involved in access issues. One said 'there is plenty of land for me to ride on and if they take away a little, so what?'. I'm like....DANG, that is soooo short sighted. What about your kids? Or your grandkids? Or their kids? If we just sit back and do nothing, the enviro weenies will lock us out from all of it! And I don't mean just riding....boondocking too in addition to 4wheeling...everything!
d-mac1 01/30/15 08:55am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM meeting on Friday January 23, 2015 in Quartzsite

We have seen many, many awful instances while 4-wheeling of adults NOT taking care of the land. We volunteer and pick up what those have left behind and repair areas damaged by those plowing through vegetation going wherever they want.....just another side of the story. That is true in some cases. The organized off road clubs take extremely good care of the land. Many such groups sponsor outings where the club cleans up the area, campgrounds, trail repair etc. Its a few individuals that mess it up. Perhaps keep off road areas open but to organized clubs only that agree to periodic cleanups? Seriously!?! Clubs only?!?!?! That is TOTAL BS. I was with you until that point was made. My friends and I responsibly ride dirt bikes and so do alot of others I know. We often leave places cleaner than we found them. We like remote areas as much or more than others. We also hike, climb, backpack, ride mtn bikes, 4 wheel, ski etc. We also, as INDIVIDUALS, volunteer for and contribute money toward trail maintenance. How would you like the ability to camp in a remote area restricted to only if you belonged to a club who had an activity there? There are bad apples in every bunch and that includes just rvers.
d-mac1 01/29/15 12:57pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Dang guys! Sounds like we need at least 2 weeks! It also sounds like we can't go wrong...just gotta get there (and make some reservations soon). Yesterday my wife mentioned Portland. Looks like we'll be going right to if we take 26 past Mt. Hood with a stop in Govy for some pie. I'm not too thrilled with camping near raiding bears. I dunno if she wants to go into Portland or not. I'd rather not with our rig...other than pass through.
d-mac1 01/19/15 09:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon Coast Trip

Wow, lots of GREAT info from you all! Many thanks! Maybe September is the time to go. Say right after Labor Day. Might miss the berries, but we're looking for when it will be warmest, driest and least crowded. Will plan for a N-S run down the coast for sure. With a 36' trailer, we can't do a lot of spur of the moment maneuvers, but if we see some big openings, we could hit them. Most sight-seeing will be done without the trailer. Air museum sounds cool. We won't be fishing. Whale watching from the rig would be great. Our best for that is backed in cuz our trailer is a toyhauler. Drop the ramp and enjoy the view!! Anyone know of a beach or ocean view campspot where we'd fit backed in to a spot on the beach on edge of view with truck parked next to us? I've got some homework to do! Thanks again! Dave
d-mac1 01/18/15 05:52am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: BLM meeting on Friday January 23, 2015 in Quartzsite

I agree that all who can attend, should. This business of closing our land is getting ridiculous and will never end until we have nowhere to go. Virtually every one of our riding places has been subject to BLM or whomever studies and every time there is one, we lose something. Our most favorite dirt biking area has just come under the gun....again. The environmentalists are to blame in many of the cases that have directly impacted us. Not only do they have direct involvement in some of the specific 'cases' but they are the ones making all the noise that have resulted in all the stuff the BLM and forest service have to do. I'm talking Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, the Colorado Mountain Club, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and others. Patagonia is in there too along with other companies. It doesn't help that every president seems to think they need to designate some new national monuments before their term ends. Every time they do, we lose something. I'll stop there before getting on a major rant. About all we can do is participate with the hope of slowing things down. And yes, they (BLM) will do what they want, but if we show no resistance, the process will be faster and we'll lose more access. Good luck and post up the results.
d-mac1 01/17/15 06:58am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
Oregon Coast Trip

Hi My wife and I are hoping to go to Oregon and I'm looking for some suggestions on where to camp. Our rig is 36' long, so need a place with some good sized sites. We've heard nothing but great stuff about the Oregon coast and want to come see for ourselves. Awesome views along the coast are desired, but if there are some inland spots with cool stuff to see, please let me know. Just beginning the planning, so ground zero right now. Campgrounds are fine if they are gorgeous, boondocking too is cool. Trip date is around mid-August, driving from Denver area. Thanks.
d-mac1 01/17/15 06:37am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Costco vs Sams Club 6V Golf Cart Batteries

I pulled the trigger and installed 2 6v yesterday. I dunno if, with my genny running, I could start my Dodge 2500 but, knock on wood, hopefully I wont have to try. I was going to switch from dual purpose to straight deep cycle anyway for longer life. We most often boondock. One of my dual purpose batteries had a problem so I had to take action.
d-mac1 10/19/14 12:39pm Tech Issues
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

Appreciate everyone's help. We belong to sams so thats where I went first. Was gonna go check on price of trojans but there was a big road. construction jam up so I opted out. Does anyone know if I can use a Battery Tender (thats the brand) to keep em topped up or do I need to use a regular charger set to 6 volts? Also, I'll check the water level, but wonder if I shouldn't charge them before my trip? I've got 2 days. Thanks again. I had a similar setup using the Battery Tender in my class A, worked great no problems, still working well when I traded it! I thought my Battery Tender was adequate until my most recent trip. I used it to keep my two 12v batteries in good shape, or so I thought. I went to turn on the furnace when we got a cold blast recently and not enough juice to fire it up. I thought I had a furnace problem. I learned otherwise via this forum. Even after a week of use and charging via generator each day in addition to 2 solid days of towing it wouldn't hold a 'full' charge for more than a day. I may be to blame as one of the batteries was low in electrolyte, but I couldn't see the top of the plates when I refilled it with distilled water. I now know to check fluid level regularly, so I'm gonna go check a couple other batteries that I've been neglecting. I think I'm going to read the Battery Tender's website to see what they say as far as what types of batteries their tenders are designed for. It would take days to charge my 12v...and probably never fully charged em.
d-mac1 10/18/14 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Battery - Connect a dual purpose with a deep cycle?

I good strong charge is good for a battery, it stirs the aid up. Never run your trailer on just batteries unit the lights are getting dim, as you are way below 50% charge and damaging the batteries. While you have 220 AH, only 110 are really usable without damage to the batteries. Here is a good start in learn more about batteries. There is a part two also. http://www.marxrv.com/12volt/12volt.htm Chris That is some GREAT info Chris! I can't thank you enough!! I haven't read part 2 yet, but I did check em with a good volt ohm meter when I got them home and based on his open circuit charge chart, I now know that my brand new batteries are between 50 and 75% charged....even though I thought they were nearly fully charged at 6.17 and 6.22 v. For a few hours last night I had one of em on my 35 year old 6 amp battery charger and made some progress but now that I've read this, I may hafta look into getting a better charger. I dunno about integrating one into the trailer...yet...but a stand alone one could work for my other vehicles if needed. Thanks again! Dave
d-mac1 10/18/14 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
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