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RE: LED Bulbs

I converter all my interior lights to LEDs from this seller. I used the 36-1210 (3528 in metric) panels and the 18-5050 cob shaped warm white bulbs. My objective was to reduce the current drain while maintaining the same level and color of light. All LED are manufactured in China so you can save $$$ by buying from China on eBay. I recommend buying a couple and trying them out before buying more. I have found a big variation in quality between different venders.
tenbear 07/31/14 05:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping batteries charged while not in use?

During the winter I use a Battery Minder. I suspect the manufacturer suggests you don't leave the MH plugged in because the converter is a Parallax/Magnetek converter. They are single stage converters which are set at 13.8v. They will boil the water away in the battery. If you do leave it connected, check the water level in the battery often. Many of us have replaced the OEM converter with a 3 stage converter which charges the battery fast, then reduces the voltage to maintain the battery. This is especially recommended if you do much off grid camping.
tenbear 07/31/14 05:18am Class C Motorhomes
RE: LED Lighting questions

I have always found this picture helpful in getting the correct bulb for my trailer: http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee299/mitch5252/BayonetBulbs.jpg I tried to find the Canadian company I dealt with (excellent customer service), but had no luck (so far). Good luck! The 1141 bulbs in my RV have a BA15S base.:h The 1142 has a BA15D base.
tenbear 07/30/14 05:23pm Tech Issues
RE: LED Lighting questions

I replaced my incandescent light bulbs with LEDs from eBay instead of replacing the fixtures. The bulbs from eBay were much less expensive, as westend has pointed out. I bought the warm white panels and cobs and am very happy with them. I suggest you buy a couple and see if you like them before buying many.
tenbear 07/30/14 03:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing 1156 bulbs with 6x8 LED panels

They look like 3528 (1210) chips to me. If you have difficulty making the panels stick to the plastic fixture, gently roughen the surface with sandpaper. Personally, I prefer the warm white color.
tenbear 07/30/14 02:43pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Light bulb

I agree, a photo would be a big help.
tenbear 07/30/14 02:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: Converter vs. Charger, Whats in a name?

jumper3505, thank you for your post. I often see posts from beginning RVers who obviously know very little about the electrical power systems in their RV. Hopefully, many beginners will read your post and have a better understanding of how all the parts fit together. It would be nice if after reading this post, they realized there is a lot to learn and set about trying to learn more about their RV electrical systems. Thanks again.
tenbear 07/30/14 02:27pm Beginning RVing
RE: Help with troubleshooting house battery

Your Magnetek converter is a single stage converter. That is, it has a constant voltage output of about 13.8v. I will take many hours for it to recharge your battery. If you are off the grid for a week at a time you will have to run your genny several hours every day. There are things you can do to help. 1. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with LEDs. They draw much less current. 2. Replace your converter with a modern 3 stage converter. It starts charging with a high voltage and as the battery charges the voltage is reduced to prevent boiling the battery. I switched to a Progressive Dynamics 9260. 3. Replace your marine battery with several deep cycle batteries.
tenbear 07/30/14 05:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help with troubleshooting house battery

The RV has two power systems, 12 volt dc and 120 volt ac. Most things operate on the 12v system. Other things, the AC, microwave and ac outlets require 120vac either from shore power or the generator. Some require propane or 120vac, refrig and possibly water heater. Your AC outlets will not work on 12v unless you have a big inverter which requires a big battery bank. No one has suggested that you read The 12v side of life. This may help to clear up some of the mystery in the RV power systems.
tenbear 07/30/14 05:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What do you keep plugged in

Nothing.
tenbear 07/29/14 03:56pm Tech Issues
RE: GFI outlet tripping for no (??) reason

Moisture is probably the culprit here. Myredracer has the right idea. Disconnect the lights and outlets one at a time and see if the problem goes away. If it doesn't, replace the GFCI.
tenbear 07/29/14 05:51am Tech Issues
RE: Battery charging

I assume you have a Magnetek/Parallax converter. These are OEM on most RVs. They are single stage chargers that apply 13.8v to the battery. 13.8v is a compromise, to low for fast charging, to high for maintaining a fully charged battery. They are notorious for boiling the water away in the battery. Keep a close watch on the water level in the battery. For long term storage I use a Battery Minder. It keeps the battery charged with little maintenance required. I also replaced my Parallax converter with a Progressive Dynamics 3 stage converter that charges the battery fast, then reduces the voltage for maintaining the charge.
tenbear 07/29/14 05:36am Tech Issues
RE: Terminology Question

IMHO they are marketing terms. Generally resorts are more expensive and offer more amenities. Personally I avoid them since I am usually just looking for a place to park and sleep. I don't see much difference between a campground and an rv park, although campground infers a more outdoorsy atmosphere. When we are on the road there are just the 2 of us, no kids, no pets.
tenbear 07/28/14 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Dinette Bed Mod

Looks good! Makes the dinette bed much more useful.
tenbear 07/28/14 05:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Big Time RV! on Travel Channel

I watched part of the show. My impression was that some people just have too much money.
tenbear 07/28/14 05:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Help choosing RV type - your advice needed

We have 3 friends that have become full timers. One had a Class C, another had a TT and the other had a 5er. All three have now switched to class As. That tells me something. We have a class C and my wife tells me that if we were ever going to become full timers, it would not be in a class C. We have no plans of becoming full timers.
tenbear 07/28/14 05:01am Beginning RVing
RE: Converter on Four Winds Majestic 28A

Mine is hard wired in place. You could always install a plug on it though. It is on a separate circuit breaker so why not just switch that breaker off. Even with the converter off you will still have both 120vac and 12vdc running all over as gotsmart said. BTW, my genny is under the dinette.
tenbear 07/28/14 04:33am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie checking in

Thanks for the welcome. Sorry I bypassed Vermont, although my GPS kept trying to route me there. Smart GPS. Still lots of time to come here. :)
tenbear 07/27/14 08:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: Converter on Four Winds Majestic 28A

I have an older Four Winds 28A. My converter is under the bed, on the passenger's side. The power distribution panel is the black thing and the converter is in the bottom, below the power panel. Yours may or may not be the same.
tenbear 07/27/14 08:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie checking in

Welcome to the forum. I have traveled that route thru Canada and it does save some time.
tenbear 07/27/14 06:41pm Beginning RVing
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