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RE: Leveling jack will not stay up...

You have Power UP and Power Down. The solenoid for that jack is leaking internally if no visible leaks. Go to LCI.corp and find your manual for the Powergear jacks you have. Doug
dougrainer 05/29/17 03:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Reverse Polarity of Batteries

The OP's unit is 15 years old. Hard to believe the supposed MISWIRE went undetected for 15 years. Doug
dougrainer 05/29/17 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Lippert and Powergear the same company now?

Does Lippert support Power Gear products or are we s.o.l.? LCI supports all products under their umbrella. The problem is, the knowledgable support people usually did not have their old jobs at LCI. So, you have to put up with LCI's lack of knowledge on the products they purchased. Doug
dougrainer 05/29/17 09:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator won't stay lit Rm2652

I had similar problems a few years ago with my 1991 fridge. Everything else was fine but I would have random shut-offs on propane. I replaced the board and not only did the problems vanish, but in a situation where a strong wind does blow the flame out, the Dinosaur board is smart enough to turn the fridge back on after 30 seconds or so, rather than just shutting down until you manually reset it (usually after being gone from camp for 8 hours) The fridge also has much cooler and more consistent temperature control than it ever did with the original board. It was highly worth it for me. The BOARD has no affect on cooling reliability and consistant colder temps. ALL it does is turn the Heat source ON and OFF, relying on the Inside Temp Sensor. Now the 30 second restart by Dinosaur is a neat feature, but it is extremely RARE for outside wind conditions to blow out the flame. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 05:55pm Tech Issues
RE: 2014 Avenger rks wiring issue

In 38 years as a RV Tech, I have NEVER seen wrong colored wire in an rv. For your RV---WHITE is negative(always is). The green/white stripe will be positive. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Lippert and Powergear the same company now?

3 or 4 years ago. Lippert basically owns everything. The bad news---NONE of the smart Tech people went to Lippert. So, tech support for the companies they purchased is horrible. For instance, they purchased the Jack/stabilizer division of Atwood. Nobody at LCI has any idea how the Atwood systems work. They read the exact same manual I have access too when you call them. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling jack will not stay up...

Yes, Hydrolic. I will check to see how many lines are running to each jack. It does not have external springs on them. I am sure that it was completely retracted and I noticed it about 2 weeks ago and retracted them. Went back yesterday and is is down about 3 inches again. If a solenoid is leaking, wouldn't it also drop when on the jacks? Meaning when leveled it would also retract to some degree? Yes, if the solenoid was leaking. But, I doubt the jack is coming down. I will bet it is NOT fully retracted, which can mean you have overfilled the Tank reservoir. The excess fluid causes the jack to not fully retract because it has no where to go. Because the tank is overfull the Jack down light will also go OFF. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 02:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator won't stay lit Rm2652

You still have the 1996? If so, LOOK at the rear control board. If all the circuits/resistors and such are encased in beige/yellow epoxy, the problem is the control board. Replace it. If the board is greenish epoxy then more testing is required. The OLD Dometic boards from about 1993 until 1998 were defective. Intermittent check light was the symptom. It could NEVER happen or it may be hours/days/weeks before it happens. In your case 20 years. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: HW Heater flame control

Yellow flame is STARVATION of air. You probably have a spider nest/partial blockage of the burner tube. Take it loose and clean it out. Also remove the Gas orifice from the gas valve and blow it out. Do NOT attempt to poke something in the orifice hole. Also, IF the Burner chamber has a mud nest inside, that will cause your type problem. You cannot see the nest. Atwood states to remove the upper exhaust vent and roll a golf ball down. IF unblocked the golf ball will come out at the burner assbly. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 10:48am Tech Issues
RE: Electric Brake Contoller 04 Damon Daybreak

The Chassis that are prewired, usually do NOT have a large enough wire for GOOD current transfer. With a Workhorse chassis it is very easy to run a 2- wire 12 gauge sheathed wire from the front to the rear. This allows 2 things. 1. A GOOD 12 gauge wire for the TOW BRAKES. Smaller gauge wiring from the back to the rear allows to much voltage drop when activating the brakes. Remember, tow brakes are activated and the amount of braking is by the voltage(1 to 12 volts) supplied by the Brake control. 2. The 2nd wire can be easily connected to one of the rear Brake light wires for the Brake control activation instead of attempting to crawl under the dash by the steering wheel and tapping onto the Brake Pedal switch. Last, IF you want to tap onto the Brake pedal switch, then the 2nd wire can then be used as a 12 volt CHARGE wire to your tow, if you need a 12 volt charge source. Doug PS That is how we wire at our Dealership.
dougrainer 05/28/17 10:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leveling jack will not stay up...

You do NOT state is Hydraulic or Electric. BUT, since it comes Down, I will bet it is Hydraulic. Most PG Hyd jacks have springs that pull them up. One thing novices do not realize is that some PG hyd jacks have INTERNAL springs and you cannot see the springs. IF you have ONLY 1 hose going to each jack, you have spring retraction. If you have 2 or 3 hoses going to each jack, you jave HYD UP retraction. If spring retraction the jack should/cannot extend by sitting since the spring holds it retracted. It takes hyd pressure to extend. Are you POSITIVE that jack has fully retracted when you have retracted? If pressure up and down, it takes Hyd pressure to keep the jacks retracted. That means that 1 jack the solenoid at the pump is seeping internally and when the pressure drops that jack comes down. It cannot really go any further without Pump pressure. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: Whining noise in refrigerator

My Dometic also does this - no ice maker. I've removed the outside vents looking for fans, but none found yet. None identified on the wiring diagrams stickered on the unit. Sorry, there are NO parts on a Norcold OR Dometic that will make ANY noise. OTHER than the rear cooling fans. Any Icemaker will ONLY make a noise during the ejection cycle. IF you have a noise and it is NOT Fans, then there is another appliance in the RV close to the refer making the noise. Doug
dougrainer 05/28/17 09:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: water heater heat exchange leak

IF the welded aluminum heat exchanger tube is leaking, then the odds are the inner tank is corroded also and will probably start leaking also. I would buy a NEW water heater. NOT replace parts or pull and pay to weld. 20 years old, not smart to repair since you will be keeping the RV. Doug
dougrainer 05/27/17 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Installing 12v 30a circuit breaker for landing gear

To answer your question. You have installed the CB in FRONT of the problem. The power goes from the battery TO your 30 CB and THEN to the circuit Board that has the 30 amp fuse. The problem is the CURRENT overload goes to the Circuit Board FUSE first. 30 amp circuit breakers will usually have a higher load before tripping. They make a CB that will plug into the circuit board in place of the 30 amp fuse. Usually when you have this type problem, it is the OEM's fault. They have NOT installed large enough 12 volt wire for the circuit. I would install a larger supply wire from the battery TO the Circuit board. The LCI install states 8 GAUGE for both Negative and Positive. If you do NOT have that Gauge, then that is part of the problem. Remember, regardless of what others have posted and complain about, IF the OEM does NOT install the correct wiring, it is NOT LCI's fault. FIX the problem, do not go around it. The 30 amp fuse is THERE for a reason. IF you bypass or modify, you may burn the control of the board. Doug
dougrainer 05/27/17 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery disconnect Switch

Some Inverter/Chargers CANNOT charge if the Battery system is DEAD. Some Converters are the same. What you need to do is, start the chassis engine and let run for 15 minutes to put a surface charge on the coach batteries. Then the battery disconnect should come on and your Shore Power/Genset will then be able to fully charge the batteries. Doug
dougrainer 05/26/17 05:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: dura therm comfort control thermostat

Zone 1 is front AC Zone 2 is middle AC Zone 3 is rear bedroom AC HOW many AC units do you have? If the wall tstat does NOT show Zone 2 and you have only 2 AC units, either the rear AC is set to Zone 3 instead of Zone 2 or your Dometic system is corroded or has a cable problem. ALL a reset does on the Dometic CCC system is to communicate with all the AC control boards and verify what each board is set too. Doug
dougrainer 05/26/17 10:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bad receptacle installation by factory - potentially unsafe

I would say your problem is simple. CSA wiring code requires LARGER 120 romex than USA built units. That means they were attempting to crimp 12 gauge instead of 14 gauge wires to the teeth of the outlets. Since I only work on tens of thousands of USA built units, I rarely ever find what you have found. Yes, I have found inadequate crimped 120 outlets, but it is rare. When you attempt to crimp 12 gauge they MUST use a little more diligence in doing the work. Now for the Simpletons that state "they do not have electricity in their homes", What BS. Amish(Mennonites) are NOT close to the majority in the Assbly plants. I WORKED with them 40 years ago in Middlebury, and I can guarantee they know how to assemble correctly, RV units no matter what part of the production line they are on. These receptacles have been in use since at least 1975 in the RV industry. Doug SCDs are CSA approved for #12 or #14 and the slightly thicker jacket on the Canadian wire we have is also approved for use with them and neither should be an issue. You cannot use 2 different gauges in the same device for obvious reasons. In one of the photos, the wire is too short to reach the 2nd terminal. The one wire that is inserted went in fine and has no damaged insulation. In the 2nd photo, you can see that the insulation was damaged due to not using the correct "punch-down" tool which could have been why one terminal is bent like it is. Both bad workmanship and no excuse IMO. I've worked with a lot of electricians over the years in building construction and there is zero tolerance for this sort of bad workmanship because of fire and shock risks. It's great to have the NEC covering RVs, but if the manufacturers don't have licensed electricians on staff and an inspection process in place, there's no incentive to prevent errors from happening. Licensed Electricians on staff? HOW many residential/commercial electrical work is actually looked at by the Licensed Electrician? I doubt the Licensed Electrician will go behind EVERY receptacle that is installed by his crew and verifies that it is done correctly. Now, I find your claim suspect. Why? because how many people take pics of outlets and just happen to state that I had a previous other brand with the same problem? I took pics? Now, to claim that because you have seen a few, the ENTIRE industry is suspect????????? Sorry, you are just bring up a non issue. Doug
dougrainer 05/25/17 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Installed new Dometic Rooftop A/C - Do I Dicor caulk?

Was there sealant on the OLD AC/Gasket? NO. So why would you think it required some type of sealant? Doug There was only Fan vent there previously, so yes there was old sealant for the fan vent. Cleaned all that off before putting on new a/c unit. OK, makes sense. When you install where a roof vent was, you just make sure all the mount screw holes are as FLAT as you can get them with a hammer. As long as you have a clean flat surface for the width of the AC gasket, you do not need any extra sealant. Doug
dougrainer 05/25/17 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: Installed new Dometic Rooftop A/C - Do I Dicor caulk?

Was there sealant on the OLD AC/Gasket? NO. So why would you think it required some type of sealant? Doug
dougrainer 05/25/17 06:05am Tech Issues
RE: Bad receptacle installation by factory - potentially unsafe

I would say your problem is simple. CSA wiring code requires LARGER 120 romex than USA built units. That means they were attempting to crimp 12 gauge instead of 14 gauge wires to the teeth of the outlets. Since I only work on tens of thousands of USA built units, I rarely ever find what you have found. Yes, I have found inadequate crimped 120 outlets, but it is rare. When you attempt to crimp 12 gauge they MUST use a little more diligence in doing the work. Now for the Simpletons that state "they do not have electricity in their homes", What BS. Amish(Mennonites) are NOT close to the majority in the Assbly plants. I WORKED with them 40 years ago in Middlebury, and I can guarantee they know how to assemble correctly, RV units no matter what part of the production line they are on. These receptacles have been in use since at least 1975 in the RV industry. Doug
dougrainer 05/24/17 04:47pm Tech Issues
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