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20 amps should be plenty. The 20 amp breaker in the house probably feeds several other outlets, make sure the AC is the only load on that breaker. Also make sure no other drains are on in the RV. The converter can draw considerable current if charging a discharged battery, depending on the converter. Another high drain may be the electric water heater.
tenbear 08/28/15 06:11pm Tech Issues
RE: LED Strip Light addition -- battery power?

Current is the same in the entire circuit...therefore a fuse anywhere in the circuit will afford the same protection. "The current is the same in the entire circuit." That is true in normal operation, but if a short develops in the wire, the current will be very high between the battery and the short. The fuse will only protect the circuit if it is located between the short and the battery. Shorts can happen anywhere that the wire rubs against something, especially the metal frame.
tenbear 08/28/15 02:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: LED Strip Light addition -- battery power?

Looking at the Amazon ad some more, it appears that the lights and controller are 12vdc and it comes with a 120vac adapter. If I am right, you could connect it to your battery or any other convenient 12v supply and use it when you are dry camping. I said I was confused.
tenbear 08/27/15 12:48pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: LED Strip Light addition -- battery power?

Just reread your post with the changes. Your battery is 12vdc, the system, as Amazon supplies it, is 120vac. The 2 are not the same. If you connect to the battery you can't use the remote and dimming. The actual light strip may or may not be 12v. Clicky
tenbear 08/27/15 12:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: LED Strip Light addition -- battery power?

I'm just a little confused by your post. First, anything wired directly to the battery must be fused as close to the battery as possible. Why would you not be able to use the lights when dry camping if wired to some other convenient 12v source? The porch light, or it's switch, comes to mind. What would the extension cable be for? If wired directly to the battery it is one more thing to disconnect (turn off) when in storage.
tenbear 08/27/15 12:08pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Drinking glass holders?

My wife has a cardboard box with dividers inside so each glass is in it's own compartment. Works great.
tenbear 08/26/15 06:15pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Question on storing a LED TV

I never take my TV out of the MH, and it does get cold here. It has been fine for several years.
tenbear 08/26/15 06:34am Technology Corner
RE: What kind of heater?

We have a ceramic heater but do not use it for over-night use. We bring enough covers to keep us warm in bed. In the morning, if it is cold we use the propane furnace. It provides much faster warming than the electric heater. The electric heater is used mostly for keeping the RV warm in the evening and if it is just a little too cool in the AM.
tenbear 08/26/15 06:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Small vehicle to tow behind a Class C

I've towed a Subaru for many years. Its very easy to tow, hook it up, put it in neutral, set the ignition to 1 or 2 depending on whether you need power for your brake box, and go. As Butch50 said, only the manual transmission can be towed. If you want a really small car, I see several Smart Cars being towed.
tenbear 08/24/15 05:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Reservations or not

This summer on the last Saturday of July we were driving south in Michigan and could not find a CG with a space. After a lot of phone calls, we stayed at a Wallmart. It was very nice and quiet. Another MH joined us. This was the first time in 15 years of RVing that we ever had a problem getting a site. Haven't had a problem since either.
tenbear 08/23/15 12:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: LP Detector electrical question.

It depends why your battery is dead. If it is discharged due to a lack of charging, and your converter is good, The battery could be just discharged. It may or may not be dead, unable to hold a charge. Have you tried charging your battery with a different charger or having it tested? On the other hand, your battery may be dead because of a problem with your converter or it's associated wiring. You may need a known good battery to determine if your converter is good or bad.
tenbear 08/23/15 10:37am Class C Motorhomes
RE: LP Detector electrical question.

Mine is also wired the same as Mich F's. When I pull the fuse the only thing that happens is the lights on the monitors go out, no noise. Once the fuse is unplugged, the monitors have no way of knowing if the battery is good or not. You don't say if you are plugged in or not. If you are, the converter may be still supplying 12v power.
tenbear 08/23/15 09:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Is the level ok?

Here is a link that will tell you how to post photos.
tenbear 08/22/15 05:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Is the level ok?

It looks like it's standing on end. Oh, that's the oversize photo.
tenbear 08/22/15 05:37am General RVing Issues
RE: Fresh water tank

I sanitize my tank in the spring, before my first trip. I use chlorine and water. I drain the tank and refill it as many times as it takes to get rid of the chlorine smell. During the season I keep the tank about a quarter full. I drain the tank after the last trip when I winterize the RV. I drink water from the tank and have never had a problem.
tenbear 08/22/15 05:33am General RVing Issues
RE: 2008 Fourwinds Citation 29G

There must be a water heater switch, or even 2 of them, one for propane and one for electric if so equipped. May be in a panel with switches for other things. I don't have the 29G so I am not much help. Mine has the switch on the kitchen console. Enjoy your 29G.
tenbear 08/21/15 08:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: KOA ridiculous charge

The last time I stayed at a KOA was many years ago. We had reserved a site and quoted a price. When we arrived we were given a bill which was substantially more than we were quoted. We questioned the bill and were told, oh, that's a resort fee, and its not optional. Haven't been to a KOA since. KOA = Keep On Adding.
tenbear 08/21/15 10:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5 Dangerous Road Trips in the USA

I haven't read all the posts, but each year a few semis get stuck in Smugglers Notch in Vermont. Apparently, many truckers use their GPS to plan their trips and some of the trucker's GPS don't mention the dangers of taking a large vehicle thru Smugglers Notch. They even ignore the big signs posted on the approaches to the Notch warning of the danger. If you have a large RV, Smugglers Notch is a place to avoid.
tenbear 08/21/15 10:09am Roads and Routes
RE: Traveling in New England

Vermont is a beautiful place to be in late September. The fall color, especially the maple tree color, starts in mid September and continues into October. Places DrewE mentioned are especially beautiful then. Of course, the exact timing of the fall color changes by a week or so from year to year depending on the weather.
tenbear 08/21/15 09:50am Roads and Routes
RE: mapping software

I just returned from a trip using S&T 2013. I found myself traveling in empty fields, according to S&T, several times. It is getting more and more out of date. I have Delorme Street Atlas 2015 Plus but I haven't used it enough to make a judgement. I have heard that the maps have not been updated from the previous version. It does have a good GPS. When S&T was current I liked S&T better than Delorme.
tenbear 08/21/15 09:34am Roads and Routes
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