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RE: Preparing a Residential Refrigerator for Winter

Doug - Thanks for your detailed recommendations. One added question. I am curious about the segment of MH water line that ends at the shutoff valve for the refrigerator water line. When I use the normal water antifreeze to winterize the remaining plumbing in the MH, does that segment become filled with antifreeze (I assume it does), and when I de-winterize next spring, should I be concerned about that antifreeze being introduced to the fridge? Or do I attached tubing to allow that antifreeze to purge overboard until the water runs clear, and then hook the lines back up for the fridge? Thanks. This is not a problem if you blow out with air. If you do NOT want antifreeze in the refer icemaker system, but need to get the FEED line to the refer with antifreeze, take the feed line loose at the Refer water line connection point and let the antifreeze flow out. Then in the spring, run fresh water thru that line until the Pink is gone then reconnect the line. Doug
dougrainer 09/30/16 08:51am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Preparing a Residential Refrigerator for Winter

Take the ice make and water dispenser lines off of their control solenoids and blow both out with low pressure air. Those are located at the back bottom of the fridge generally. This will NOT get the water out of the interior of the solenoid valve body. You must electrically open the valve to get the water completely out, whether using air or gravity. Doug
dougrainer 09/29/16 07:09pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Preparing a Residential Refrigerator for Winter

1. Most Residential's in an RV, you CANNOT access the Water valve solenoids easily. The access doors and the rear refer metal back usually inhibit access 2. I do NOT like and do not use RV antifreeze in a Residential. RV antifreeze left in the Icemaker mold tray will leave a residue that is hard to get rid of. 3. What needs to be done to get the water out is to use compressed air. You(I) connect a air supply with a in line regulator at about 60 psi. I then open the water dispenser(if installed) and let the air push the water out thru the water tank reservoir until it spits air. That means THAT water valve/solenoid has NO water inside to freeze. Now, I then manually make the Icemaker start a ejection cycle. There are various ways depending on the model of the Icemaker to force an ejection cycle. Using a jump wire or manually turning the ejection motor to start a cycle. I do this until the icemaker mold down spout spits air. This means that BOTH water valve/solenoids are purged of water as well as the exposed water lines. Including the Feed line from the RV source. Then you close the Refer water line cut off valve which almost ALL RV's have to prevent any water getting to the Refer system until the spring. AND, there is no dreaded Pink Antifreeze to contend with in the spring. 4. Last, I then remove the in refer water filter if the refer has one and this is a good time to replace it, so next spring when you start using the system again you have a new fresh filter. Doug
dougrainer 09/29/16 07:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Removal of water heater plug hard paste

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dougrainer 09/29/16 02:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Cudos to Lippert components customer service

DO NOT STATE THAT LCI EMPLOYEES NAME. HE WILL BE FIRED IF LCI HEARS ABOUT IT:B Doug
dougrainer 09/29/16 12:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan carburetor float has fuel inside of float

You gave up after a single attempt at a brand of sealer? I would be concerned that the slight added WEIGHT of any sealer/bonding agent would cause the float to not operate correctly. Doug
dougrainer 09/29/16 06:07am Tech Issues
RE: 2016 Jayco Precept 31UL Class A Motorhome Update

Admittedly I didn't read through the entire post, but is your issue with Jayco or the dealer? Jayco is now owned by Thor and despite being an entry level product I've always gotten swift and solid performance and response from Thor. That said I also always use a great dealer which can make all the difference in the world. I didn't have issues to the extent you cite, but I can tell you my rig has never sat at the dealer's lot longer than 3 days. longer than 2 weeks and perhaps it's time to find another dealer or an attorney. I will say it's hard to pin an "issue" with the RV if you bottomed out on your driveway. Is it too steep or the angle too severe? This really does not sound like Jayco's fault. The cabinets are not high end as I assume you would know this is an entry level Rv. The Steering, no MH is aligned out of the factory, it comes from Ford with steering wheel in place. If it gets aligned and now the steering wheel isn't perfectly centered, this should be an easy fix by adjusting. A far as the table, it was like that when you bought it right? Rv manufacturers redesign stuff all the time. Are they expected to make upgrades to every year's previous models? I agree some stuff should be adjusted, but you should also be realistic about your expectations on an entry level MH and their lack of control about where you drive it (your driveway) Thor is like Berkshire/Hathaway. They BUY RV makers they feel have a good product and management team. They do NOT inject themselves in each division they own. They keep the existing team. That said, As an employee of a Dealership that has sold and serviced Jayco's for almost 25 years, sadly, I have noticed their slow fall in quality in the last 3 years. When I contac them , they are almost arrogant that they build such a great set of RV's, that how dare I talk about problems on their product. It is extremely bad how they fail to respond in a timely manner on warranty/technical requests. 3 to 5 business days for a response is normal. So, I can see how the OP is upset. Doug
dougrainer 09/28/16 03:38pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Suburban Furnace problem

IF the white wire is LONG with a spade connector, then it may go to the Overtemp tstat. If that wire is NOT connected, the furnace will not do anything. Doug
dougrainer 09/28/16 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic rm2354 fridge issues.

Checking the propane pressure was one of the things I have done already. Its good. I even replaced the regulator in case. Still no change. HOW did you check it? Doug
dougrainer 09/28/16 06:02am Tech Issues
RE: 13.5 rear AC amps

My 13500 AC draws 6.9 amp. The 15k Carrier did draw 8. The label is always saying much more because of starting current. What outside temp were those amp draws taken at? There is NO WAY a 13.5 or 15k would draw less than 10 amps(compressor only). For a AC rated at compressor draw of 12.9 amps(average on most) you would have to have outside ambient of 45 degrees to get it down to 7.9 amps. At 45 degrees, why would you need the AC to run. The "label" has nothing to do with actual running amps. According to the Carrier specs, they have NO 13.5 or 15k that draws less than 12.7 amps(compressor only) at 95 degrees. Doug I did not know outside temperatures play such big role and remember doing the test in the past in mild weather. So having 92F outside right now, went to the camper to repeat the test. My AC need 12V for operation, so had to hook up the battery to do test with converter off. So final measurements, my attic fan takes 2.4amp and even switch shows 2-speed it operates with only 1. When I turn on AC at full blast after initial peak the total amp were 7.8, meaning 5.4 amp for the compressor. After few minutes the draw increased and start showing > 9. Yes, the air is very cool. Measurements done with Kill-a-watt. BTW whole test done with extension cord having 10 amp breaker on it. Sorry again. Your test equipment is not even close. Please state brand and model of AC and I will give you the CORRECT amp readings. Your post shows that if you do NOT know what you are doing and do NOT use the correct test equipment, you have no clue as to what is actually happening. I have 37 years and still active as a RV Technician and have extensive Dometic/RVP training. The reason I keep posting is just as you stated. You had NO clue as the Ambient could affect your readings. It DOES. Doug
dougrainer 09/27/16 05:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 13.5 rear AC amps

Sorry, Carrier FAN MOTOR AMPS are at most 2.75 on hi fan. For every 10 degrees BELOW 95 ambient you subtract 1 amp from the compressor draw. So, your Carrier amp draw at 95 degrees would be 13.2 amps at 95 degrees. Less 2.5 fan the compressor would be at 10.7 amps at 95 degrees. AMP draw on RV compressors MUST be Ambient temp compensated for correct diagnosis. Doug
dougrainer 09/27/16 03:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 13.5 rear AC amps

My 13500 AC draws 6.9 amp. The 15k Carrier did draw 8. The label is always saying much more because of starting current. What outside temp were those amp draws taken at? There is NO WAY a 13.5 or 15k would draw less than 10 amps(compressor only). For a AC rated at compressor draw of 12.9 amps(average on most) you would have to have outside ambient of 45 degrees to get it down to 7.9 amps. At 45 degrees, why would you need the AC to run. The "label" has nothing to do with actual running amps. According to the Carrier specs, they have NO 13.5 or 15k that draws less than 12.7 amps(compressor only) at 95 degrees. Doug
dougrainer 09/27/16 01:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 13.5 rear AC amps

4 to 6 amps. Doug
dougrainer 09/27/16 05:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Way to Filter HWH Fluid ?

My HWH manual shows a filter in the tank on the suction side of the pump with no provisions for easy removal. If HWH isn't worried I don't think we should be. HWH does NOT have that filter as a replacement part. Doug
dougrainer 09/26/16 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winegard Video Selector Box

We recently purchased a 2004 Holiday Rambler. It came equipped with the Winegard Video Selector Box, has the crank-up Winegard antenna, and a Winegard Stationary and in-motion Satellite Dish. The Box won't turn on. We have checked all the fuses and breakers; all are good. Would there be an in-line fuse somewhere? Yes I have disconnected the antenna coax and it still doesn't work. Can't get power to the antenna to check the head. The TV has power and is wired into a +12v box. The Video Box is wired into the same +12v box. Additionally, the dash radio and the 12 volt fans on the windshield don't work either so I'm wondering if they could all be on the same circuit? Thanks, deb what would make u think disconnecting the antenna coax would make it work?(just curious) The fuse that runs dash radio and fans may or may not be.Best try that avenue first. Now if its the box iam thinking of you only need 12 Volts to power the OTA antenna The box switches manually just like a AB switch If you have a short in cable from the Antenna head to the booster or booster video box, that would keep it from working. That does not always blow the fuse, just keeps the light from operating. Doug
dougrainer 09/26/16 02:08pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Way to Filter HWH Fluid ?

While you found a speck of debris, that is very unusual. Do not worry about contaminated HWH fluid. There IS a filter on the pick up tube in the bottom of the reservoir. Doug 10 micron filter on the bottom of the pick up tube
dougrainer 09/26/16 02:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV's that are Lemons

1. IF the RV is indeed condemned as a Lemon, the OWNER(Chassis maker or the Coach maker) after losing the suit, can then sell the RV, but it is designated a LEMON. The next purchaser must be told it is a Lemon. They are NOT destroyed. 2. Lemon's are NOT ALWAYS lemon's. We had 2- 2000 Dutchstar Diesel's that were determine Lemons 15 years ago. They both had chassis issues that both Newmar and Freightliner stated were not an issue but the State made them buy them back. One of our Salesman bought a unit and a friend of his bought the other. They both owned them for 13 years and put over 120k miles and NEVER had the issue that brought the Lemon suit. 3. When our Salesman sold the unit a few years ago(private sale, not thru the Dealership) he disclosed that the unit WAS a Lemon law unit 14 years ago, just to make sure he had no liability. 4. The Customer gets some money back, rarely do they get a new unit. Some OEM's, when notice is filed on a lemon, may try to swap out the unit with a new unit at no charge. BUT, interestingly enough, very few customers take this option, which usually shows they have buyers remorse and NOT a real lemon. They use the Lemon law to get out of the deal. Doug
dougrainer 09/26/16 06:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: water heater

Both Atwood and Suburban do NOT install back flow or one way check valves on the Inlet or outlet. The OEM determines if they install 1 or both. Doug
dougrainer 09/25/16 04:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Refrigerator Flame

1. There is NO adjustment for the Air/fuel mixture 2. Since other appliances operate, I doubt you did a good job on the orifice cleaning. Sputter is either orifice or lack of LP volume which is an orifice problem. Doug
dougrainer 09/25/16 07:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: HWH slide and jacks problem

I called HWH this morning and tech support called me back pretty quick. I had one slide out a bit and couldn't get it in following the published procedures. After I told him what I had done, the indications and symptoms it had, he said that pointed to the shuttle valve. When I get home I'll pull it out and see if I can spot anything obvious. Otherwise, I purchased an extended service plan so a shop in town will get some work. DO NOT pull the shuttle valve. You cannot tell if it is defective. Just order one and replace it. Doug
dougrainer 09/24/16 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
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