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RE: "Battery boost" question

1. HOLDING the Battery Boost will NOT allow extra charge to the chassis batteries unless you have SHORE or GENSET power connected. 2. This will NOT happen if you are self contained with no external 120 power 3. By HOLDING the Boost button, you allow your Inverter/Charger or CONVERTER which ever you have to push charge current to the chassis batteries. 4. A FASTER way to do this is to disconnect the Shore or Genset for 1 minute. Reconnect Shore or Genset and then either Hold or pin the boost switch in the ON position. This will allow the Inverter/charger which will be in BULK(high) charge mode to charge the chassis faster. 5. What is strange about this post is the fact he claims to have used a stand alone battery charger for 1 hour and still no go. So, the OP either has a BAD charger or he needs to make sure he gets good clean connections the next time he uses a stand alone charger. Doug
dougrainer 11/28/14 08:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sorry, but another Nitrogen in tires question

Never, ever, mix regular air with the N2 they put in tires. It is a totally different brand of N2 in air, and mixing them should be avoided at all costs. It would be OK, however, if you make sure that the brand of N2 in the air you use is the same brand as the N2 currently in your tires..... :B :B I HOPE this is in humor. It is NOT true at all. What would be the bad result??????? ALL my friends have mixed for years and have never had a problem. Besides, HOW would you even KNOW the brand??????Doug You even thought that this was serious???? LOL :S :S (I am a Gas Measurement Manager for the country's largest gas processing company) YOUR problem is you obviously have not seen the far out posts on things some people have posted. They were NOT in jest. So, some people will read YOUR post and then think they have a exploding tire problem. That is why I asked the question, to get a clarification if funny or serious. Doug
dougrainer 11/27/14 07:05am Tech Issues
RE: Electric steps won't shut off with switch when retracted!

That is how they are supposed to work. If you want them to stay up when the door is opened, Raise them, turn off the battery switch, then open the door and they won't operate. Unfortunately, mine still extend when the door is opened after doing this....not sure why the off switch doesn't turn them off in this situation... This only works when they use the POWER wire to the steps and this wire is connected thru the battery disconnect. The steps per instructions should be wired direct to the battery so they will function with battery power off. But, a lot of OEM's will wire how they want to. A way to keep the steps up is easy. There is a large 14 gauge RED wire at the 4 wire connector to the steps AT the steps. Cut that wire and run each end up by the inside entry door with a toggle switch. When you want the steps to stay retracted, retract them and then turn that toggle OFF. With no power the steps will not operate. Doug
dougrainer 11/27/14 06:59am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electric steps won't shut off with switch when retracted!

Your Steps are operating exactly like they are supposed to. Read your directions again. They have a "last out" feature. That means regardless of what you do with the interior switch, the step module KNOWS the steps ARE retracted and will extend the next time the door pin/magnetic switch is activated. This is to prevent YOU from falling out of the RV if the steps do not extend when the door is opened. There are NO old and new style controllers that will stop this function. This Last Out has been there for at least 20 years. Doug
dougrainer 11/27/14 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sorry, but another Nitrogen in tires question

Never, ever, mix regular air with the N2 they put in tires. It is a totally different brand of N2 in air, and mixing them should be avoided at all costs. It would be OK, however, if you make sure that the brand of N2 in the air you use is the same brand as the N2 currently in your tires..... :B :B I HOPE this is in humor. It is NOT true at all. What would be the bad result??????? ALL my friends have mixed for years and have never had a problem. Besides, HOW would you even KNOW the brand??????Doug
dougrainer 11/26/14 02:39pm Tech Issues
RE: 50 to 30 amp service

I had an RV tech tell me I should not plug my 30 amp service motorhome into a 50 amp service. Could this create a problem Thanks in advance for your advice Maybe he was thinking the 240 VAC thingy that happens to 30 ampers on a regular basis, it seems. There is nothing that happens on a regular basis. The OP needs to find a new tech as his does not have the knowledge to be credible. When plugging into a 50 amp receptacle with a 50 to 30 dogbone, the adapter uses just one leg of the 2 HOT legs and uses the neutral and Ground. The SUPPLY to his 30 amp RV will be on a 50 amp breaker, but the RV internal breaker panel has a 30 amp breaker that is the gateway to all the circuits in the RV and will be the protecting breaker for the RV. Doug
dougrainer 11/26/14 02:32pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Sorry, but another Nitrogen in tires question

Nitrogen in Car/truck tires is a sales gimmick. Yes, Nascar and Airplanes use it, but that is because of the properties of Nitrogen in critical usage. Everyday Auto/Motorhome/Truck usage, you will not see any advantage. ANY so called advantage will be lost in the time and miles it takes to find a Nitrogen fill station. As long as you check your tire pressure regularly and take care of your tires, there will be no problems with using air. Doug
dougrainer 11/26/14 07:37am Tech Issues
RE: Can I install two thermostats to control one furnace?

I have 2 pamphlets with the MH. One says Atwood 8500-IV series and another one says 2 stages furnace. I will check for the wires and what it says on the furnace, but I am pretty sure I saw 2 grey wires. For sure I have 2 whites and one red and ? grey. If I disconnect one of the white wires while the furnace heat is on, the heat stops and the fan keeps going. The Heat Stops because the limit switch is closed. Once the Chamber cools down, the fan will shut off. Doug
dougrainer 11/24/14 05:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I install two thermostats to control one furnace?

Our Monaco does doug. We can use either of them for the furnace or for the AC. For the AC - the AC in the bedroom is controlled with the bedroom thermostat, and the one in the living area controls the AC in the living area. Both thermostats are identical with on/of, heat/AC and a temperature setting and a fan only setting with hi/lo choices. They are Dometic thermostats. We have used either/both for the furnace so we know for a fact that they work that way. Then you have 2 furnaces. You cannot and Monaco never wired 1 furnace to 2 tstats. OR, you have an Aquahot system, which is NOT a furnace. Some OEM's installed the same model tstat in the bedroom and living room and even tho they state Heat, does not mean that they control the furnace. Doug
dougrainer 11/24/14 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I install two thermostats to control one furnace?

Ok, thanks all for your quick responses. Wa8yxm thanks for your inputs, I went and checked the wires going to the furnace, there are actually 5 wires in there. A 12 volt, two white and two grey. I disconnected a white wire that controls the furnace, if this one is disconnected, the heat and eventually the fan will stop after all the heat is dissipated. There is another white wire that controls the heat only, if I disconnect the second one, the fan only runs but not the heat. So, I installed a bi-metal T=stat in series with the white wire that controls the furnace On/Off. Actually cut the white wire and connect it to the new T stat, one end to one screw of the T stat, the other to the other screw. Now, for Room heat, I put the living room furnace switch on and at full heat. I then put the switch ON on the room T Stat witch will make the continuity but only if the temperature lever on this new T stat calls for heat. When the room temp reach the room T stat preset, it cuts the power to the furnace. The furnace finishes it's cycle and shuts off. For living room heat, I keep the room T stat ON and at full heat, and the living room T stat ON, but this time, the living room T stat has the controls, it will shutt off the furnace once the living room is at temp. Looks like it will work? The grey wires, I do not know what they are used for but If I disconnect them, the furnace completely stops, fan and heat, so I do not touch these ones. Any advices? Please respond with the brand and model of your furnace. Monaco used both Atwood or Suburban and NEITHER have 5 wires. They have 4 wires. Unless you have the 2 stage Atwood but that would require the Atwood wall tstat and usually Monaco did not install this model Atwood furnace. Doug ." I disconnected a white wire that controls the furnace, if this one is disconnected, the heat and eventually the fan will stop after all the heat is dissipated. There is another white wire that controls the heat only, if I disconnect the second one, the fan only runs but not the heat". Unless someone has modified your system (or you have the 2 stage Atwood) there is NO such control or wiring on an RV furnace that will allow the Furnace fan to run and not start the Burner. Doug
dougrainer 11/23/14 04:53pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Can I install two thermostats to control one furnace?

We have two thermostats and only 1 furnace. We never have both turned on for the furnace - reason being, the furnace would run almost constantly between the two locations calling for heat and when it does run, heat comes thru every vent anyway just like it does with only 1 turned on. What are you trying to accomplish by having 2 hooked up? If you want to bump it up from in bed in the morning before getting up to let it warm a bit first, that would work as long as you later turned 1 of them off. You have 2 tstats and only one furnace. BUT, only 1 of those tstats controls the furnace, usually the front living area tstat. NO RV has 2 tstats that control 1 furnace. Doug
dougrainer 11/23/14 04:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dometic Fridge not cooling

sounds like a bad thermister uplug it then put the inside part in a glass of ice water more ice than water wait 10 minutes then check the ohms it should read between 8,000-10,000 ohms A BAD thermistor will NOT stop cooling. It will stop adequate cooling. Doug Doug ALL things ARE possabile i did have a thermister wire short and shut the board off but do believe the cooling unit is plugged as you do. please also note the op stated as well of replacing the unit and not repairing it OK, but in 30 years I have NEVER seen that happen. I have worked on thousands of refers. BUT, the fact remains, IF you suspect the Thermister, then unplug it at the board. A BAD thermistor will still OHM out correctly OR if shorted will indicate that. But, YOUR very rare short shut the board OFF. The OP's board did not shut off. There are multitudes of things that stray from the ordinary, you ALWAYS go for the simpler common items when troubleshooting. Doug
dougrainer 11/23/14 02:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Fridge not cooling

All lights are on, inside fridge and outside on the display. No Yellow stuff in outside compartment/ JCat At this point, the ONLY thing to do, is wire the 120 elements direct for 24 hours. IF the refer does not get below 10 in the freezer and 40 in the refer, the CU is bad, either blocked or a leaker. You don't always see the yellow ammonia residue on a leaker unless you dismantle the burner flue insulation cover. Doug
dougrainer 11/23/14 12:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Fridge not cooling

sounds like a bad thermister uplug it then put the inside part in a glass of ice water more ice than water wait 10 minutes then check the ohms it should read between 8,000-10,000 ohms A BAD thermistor will NOT stop cooling. It will stop adequate cooling. Doug
dougrainer 11/23/14 12:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Theft from Coach while at Dealer

I am really surprised that the shop admitted they left the door unlocked. And I am also wondering why you had to learn about this theft from Directv and not the dealer? Also, I am not sure about a signed contract limiting the shops liability for leaving property on their watch, but a good friend of mine had his car broken into at a private parking lot in Sacramento. There was a big sign posted, "not responsible for loss,etc". Turns out there were a lot of break-ins on that lot. My buddy took the lot owner to small claims and won, even though they had the sign, park at your own risk. They apparently had some responsibility to secure customers property. They do NOT have to admit or know the RV was locked or unlocked. IF there is forcible entry, then it is assumed the RV was secure. NO forcible entry, then it is assumed the RV was not locked or secure. No brainer. Doug
dougrainer 11/23/14 12:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Blown Engine, 8.1l

If it is going to be sitting for a period of time why purchase the registration since its not going to be on the roads. Once its fixed then do the reg.. Could save the money? I have know several individuals that have been at a park for yrs and they do not keep current registration on the RV. If it is NOT registered, his Insurance may lapse. He needs to talk to his insurance company IF he decides to not renew. Doug
dougrainer 11/22/14 03:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: electrical problem

2004? wow it only lasted 10 years. If mostly plugged in I would get the 35 or 45 amp PowerMax. If charging from generator a lot then get 45 amp IOTA or 60+ amp Progressive Dynamics. www.bestconverter.com I doubt that WFCO was original equipment. National never used WFCO parts in their motorhomes or Trailers. Doug
dougrainer 11/22/14 09:58am Tech Issues
RE: Stove problem

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dometic-2BR-1066050-Match-Lite-2-Sealed-Burners-Stainless-Steel-/321577284021?_trksid=p2054897.l4275 This is probably the model/style the OP has. You only have to have the flame lit for about 5 to 10 seconds MAX, for this style thermocoupler to stay open. Doug PS, from the operation manual. "If the burner ignites the knob can be released after approximately 10 seconds. 2.7. The knob may now be set to the required burner position"
dougrainer 11/22/14 09:51am Tech Issues
RE: Stove problem

Stove top burners typically don't use a thermocouple (ovens due because of thermostat) Stove top burners have a on/off control......feeds a burner tube to the burner. At burner is a diffuser ring and spark ignitor (piezo or electronic) Lift up burner top...check for obstructions in burner tube, diffuser ring. Also check for flow of propane---right at on/off control and where tube connect is orifice. It could be clogged or tube is not properly connected-------propane should flow down center of tube. You missed the part where he stated he has to PUSH the knob in to start the flow of LP. He also stated that just one of TWO burners has this problem. That points to the 2 burner range model that you have a Thermocoupler for each burner and the Thermocoupler is either loose or defective for that bad burner. Doug
dougrainer 11/22/14 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: The big voltage rip off in my SUV

If you would run a 8 gauge charge wire from your Alternator charge lug to the 7 way on your tow plug(you will have to adapt from 8 to 10 or 12 gauge at the plug to get it inside the plug. Then run a 8 gauge from your Tow trailer side to the RV battery. I will bet your charge problem will go away. Wire SIZE is critical when charging 12 volt systems. The factory tow vehicle wiring is never large enough to adequately do a good job. Also, doublecheck the ground wire also. The larger (8 gauge) ground wire is also needed. It takes BOTH large cables on a 12 volt system to flow the current needed. Hopefully you are not using the ball as the ground. Doug 14.4 is more than enough to charge your battery.
dougrainer 11/21/14 01:07pm Tech Issues
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