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RE: Installing New Shelving

I added shelves to most of my cabinets. I screwed wood strips to the walls, including the RV walls. The RV walls are about 1" thick so as long as the screws do not protrude more than about 1/2 inch beyond the strip, they will not go through the wall. The inner layer of wood is only about an eighth of an inch thick so longer screws don't buy you anything. Use lots of screws to distribute the load. My shelves are plywood, about 3/16" thick and just sit on the wooden strips. I did attach a wooden strip to the exposed front of the shelves.
tenbear 06/28/16 06:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV 12volt Power Supply

Mine has a circuit breaker in the battery to the battery disconnect solenoid, under the bed. It went bad and I replaced it. I replaced the old converter at the same time. All is well now.
tenbear 06/28/16 11:19am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sorting out 12v system on 85

What DrewE said. Good advice. There may not be heavy wires from the battery to the converter since old single stage converters charge at a very slow rate. My 2010 MH used a #8 wire that was about 20' long. I changed my converter and changed the wire to a #4.
tenbear 06/28/16 11:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

Good news!!! Thanks for letting us know. Hope you have a great trip with no more problems.
tenbear 06/27/16 02:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

Ten bear - I can't test bc docking at rest stop. Also volt meter on list to pick up but no place near me had one ... Is there a suggested model? Also thought I needed something to test current at campsites? Are these two things the same? Here is an outlet tester to check the power at a campsite. Unfortunately, the 30 Amp outlet is different from the usual household outlet so you also need an adapter. I can't really suggest a multimeter. There are many available for a wide range of prices, but without the knowledge it may not be wise to start using one ?????? If you go to eBay, Amazon, Sears, etc and google Multimeter, you will find lots of them for a wide range of prices. I think I paid less than $10 for the one I use most of the time.
tenbear 06/26/16 08:09pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

It's probably not wise for you to be measuring AC voltage since if you touch the wrong things it can kill. Sorry I can't suggest what to do if you are stopped at a rest stop. If you had power I would suggest you try the AC with the RV plugged in but without power I'm stumped
tenbear 06/26/16 07:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

I'm not sure how to measur AC voltage... Tenbear how do I measure voltage? You need an AC voltmeter. Most of us use a multimeter that measures many electrical things, AC and DC voltage and current, resistance, and sometimes other things.
tenbear 06/26/16 06:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

We turned it on today for the first time AC ran at dealer but we were plugged into electric so did not run off generator at that time. So today when I turned it on it was the first time running off generator ... Ran for about five minutes. So it ran on shore power and generator and now doesn't run on generator. Does it still run when RV is plugged in?
tenbear 06/26/16 06:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

Another thought. Are you controlling the AC with the thermostat? If so, maybe the 12v battery voltage is low. Do your lights seem dim? Can you measure the voltage?
tenbear 06/26/16 05:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC not working

Does the AC work on shore power? If so, can you measure the voltage when the AC is turned on and not working on generator power?
tenbear 06/26/16 05:36pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What do you do about dirty clothes?

.. campground laundry room. She says its a great place to visit with others ...It is, but it's one thing I won't do: sit and wait for my clothes - as if someone wanted to steal my clothes. Sitting around and waiting for your clothes is not a bad idea in a crowded laundry room. People will take your clothes out of the machine when the machine stops and pile them up somewhere so they can start their washing. Stopped washers and dryers full of clothes are not well tolerated by campers who are waiting for an available machine. Sitting around and guarding your clothes is something else.
tenbear 06/25/16 02:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Leaving camper unoccupied - help

I haven't read all 7 pages so someone may have mentioned this. Most campgrounds have many, many seasonal campers in them and many stay unused for weeks at a time. I don't believe they have a problem with break-ins. Probably wise to remove expensive, easy to steal things though.
tenbear 06/25/16 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: What do you do about dirty clothes?

We keep the dirty clothes in a storage area under the bed. DW does a washing about once a week, usually at a campground laundry room. She says its a great place to visit with others and find out what is ahead on a long trip, like to Alaska.
tenbear 06/25/16 07:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Roof vent to far away to reach.

I guess I'm lazy. We leave ours open.
tenbear 06/23/16 05:48am Tech Issues
RE: water heater?

Is there a switch to turn. On and off? All RVs have a switch to turn the water heater on and off. Not all water heaters include an electric heating element. If yours does there is a separate switch for it. All water heaters require 12v electric power to run the control board.
tenbear 06/23/16 04:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Question about Battery Drain

As long as the macerator is turned off when not being used there should be no current drain. As KD4UPL said, it should be fused close to the positive terminal.
tenbear 06/22/16 07:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Light Bulbs overheating????

Higher quality LED lights have built in voltage regulators to prevent damage to the LEDs - but wouldn't the regulator chip dissipate the power reduction as heat? I don't know a lot about the regulators used in LED lights but I believe they use switching circuits that turn the power to the LED off and on very rapidly. That is what causes radio interference from some regulator LED lights. The switching circuits cause much less heat than using resistive limiting of current. I switched all my 1141 lights to non regulated LEDs some years ago and while a few have had some LEDs go out, they are still giving off lots of light. I think the problem I had was that when I attached the panels to the light fixture I bent the panels and damaged the connections to the LEDs. The cob style lights are still working perfectly.
tenbear 06/22/16 07:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Drawers won't stay shut - Argh!!

My RV came with the latches Brian (bdpreece) referenced. Some have broken and had to be replaced. I built a drawer in a dinette seat and the drawer opened on every left turn I made. I installed one of the latches on that drawer and it now stays closed until I want to open it. Nothing to undo, just pull the drawer open. They are available in different strengths.
tenbear 06/22/16 06:40am Tech Issues
RE: Water Heater Too Hot

I have always thought that the water is very hot because the heater is small, 6 gallons, and to have a descent shower, 6 gallons is not much water. If you mix the hot water with cold, the hot water lasts much longer and gives you a much better shower. Even with both hot and cold mixed, navy showers may be necessary to have multiple showers.
tenbear 06/22/16 06:23am Tech Issues
RE: Brand new battery dies quickly

Certainly the furnace is a big current draw. If you are running the refrig on electricity, either off 12v or with an inverter that will also be a big current drain. Part of the problem may be that the battery does not get recharged. An '06 RV probably has a single stage converter that only charges the battery at a very slow rate, in the 3-4 Amp range. It can take a long time to fully recharge the battery.
tenbear 06/22/16 06:11am Tech Issues
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