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RE: Confusing Electric/Lighting Issue

I would suspect the switch. Take one of the 2 wires off the switch and see if the light goes off. If it does, that confirms that the switch is bad.
tenbear 03/28/15 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: subaru outbck 4 down manual trans toad

I have towed Subarus since I bought my class C in 2004. No problems. Never had the alignment checked. Only the manual transmission can be towed.
tenbear 03/28/15 07:10am Dinghy Towing
RE: Electrical Connection Issue

Since only the running lights were affected I would suspect the wire or connecter pin that feeds the running lights. This is usually the Brown wire, the contact nearest the ground connector which is the pin different than the other three. The problem could be the ground but I suspect that the turn and brake use the same ground as the running lights. It could be in the MH or in the car. You may be able to isolate it by using a voltmeter or test light to monitor the voltage in various places while wiggling the wire and connector. Edit: OOPS! I thought you had a 4 pin flat connector.
tenbear 03/27/15 06:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Newbie questions?

Just to clarify one thing, when plugged into shore power, the house battery is charged, the chassis battery is not. When running the engine both house and chassis batteries are charged. I guess I'm going to have to get someone to look at my system. I have two batteries but the man who sold it to me said one was for the engine starting and the other was for the generator. Nothing about a "House" battery. I have a lot to learn! The house battery is the battery that powers the live-in part of the RV. It is also called the coach battery. The generator usually powers the coach and puts out 120vac. This is converted to 12vdc to run most things in the coach and recharge the coach, or house, battery.
tenbear 03/27/15 01:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: LED Bulbs for Fifth Wheel Intrerior

To replace 921 lights I would use at least 18 5050 leds. If you want it a little brighter, use 24 5050 leds. I bought all mine on eBay and I am happy with them. I recommend you buy 1 or 2 from a vendor and try them out before buying a whole lot. I have found a big variation between vendors.
tenbear 03/27/15 01:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Update on 50 ft 50 amp extension cord

If you know what wire size was used in the cable it is easy to calculate the worst case voltage drop. Here is a handy voltage drop calculator.
tenbear 03/27/15 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Electrical Connection Issue

Electrical connectors don't last forever. I had to replace my flat 4 wire connector last year. They last pretty good while plugged in, but in my case, it is unplugged a lot of the time and moisture gets into it and corrosion takes it's toll. Of course, it could be many other things. Any connections can fail.
tenbear 03/27/15 12:44pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Newbie questions?

Just to clarify one thing, when plugged into shore power, the house battery is charged, the chassis battery is not. When running the engine both house and chassis batteries are charged.
tenbear 03/26/15 05:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chassis battery disconnect

Could be many reasons for a difference in MPG, certainly wind speed as tatest said. Also, your driving speed. Did you use your genny? Was the tire inflation the same? Did the alternator have to do more chassis battery charging?
tenbear 03/25/15 03:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: running on 12/v battery

Depending on the size of the battery it is probably rated at between 70 and 100 Ampere Hours (AH). You should not use more than 50% of this. This assumes a single battery. I believe my furnace draws about 7Amps, so each hour uses 7AH for the furnace alone. The refrig will use about 15AH in a day and each incandescent light, depending on the light, will use 1 to 1.5 AH each hour. This only applies when running off the battery, not while driving. Hope this helps you figure out how long you can run your furnace.
tenbear 03/24/15 10:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Re-stringing the day/night shade

I have restrung several of my blinds and although mine are strung differently than yours, all strings are the same length. Looking at your diagram, it looks like your strings should all be the same length too. If yours ended up being different lengths, I think you should recheck your stringing. BTW, I bought my supplies from Fix My Blinds.
tenbear 03/24/15 10:08am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2015 Subaru Manual Transmission

I have had the same tow bar since 2004 and I forget the name but it is a Blue Ox. The current equivalent tow bar I believe is the BX7445 Aventa LX Towbar. I use the Blue Ox Patriot brake box. The base plate is specific to the car so my base plate may or may not fit your Subaru unless it is a 2010 Impreza sedan. Would I buy the same now? I know there are newer setups and I have not explored them. I know you specifically asked about manual transmission but it is worth repeating that the automatic transmission is not towable.
tenbear 03/24/15 07:40am Dinghy Towing
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Now that you have gotten rid of the old TV are you planning to install a new HD TV? If so, you might consider something like this.
tenbear 03/23/15 03:18pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: How long will fridge go?

I'm no expert, but it would run more maintaining the temperature than letting the temperature rise to ambient then cooling it down again. Same reasoning as letting the water heater cool then heating it up again uses less energy than keeping the water hot. Less heat escapes to the surrounding space.
tenbear 03/23/15 12:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Nice job. Well done!
tenbear 03/22/15 04:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Your favorite shower head?

IMHO, for home use or if you always have full hookups, it doesn't make much difference what shower head you use. But if you are conserving water, either because of a limited water supply or no sewer hookup, it makes a big difference.
tenbear 03/22/15 10:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Your favorite shower head?

Oxygenics Body Spa with Smartpause It looks like a lot of people are using this model on RVs. I assume the bigger fancier heads with more spray patterns consume more water. Is that true? To answer my own question.... It looks like most Oxygenics heads run 1.75 gpm - 2.0 gpm regardless of head size. To me, the advantage of the Oxygenics is that it gives a shower with good pressure at much reduced flow. Since we often camp without hookups, it is important to me to conserve water. Don't ask me what flow rate I use, I don't know. It is much lower than the full flow though.
tenbear 03/21/15 07:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Your favorite shower head?

I want one with a on/off valve on it. The Oxygenics comes with an on/off valve. Like all shower valves, it does not fully shut off to help prevent a sudden blast of very hot or cold water when turning the valve back on. I replaced the OEM valve with a valve that shuts the shower completely off.
tenbear 03/21/15 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2015 Subaru Manual Transmission

I have a 2010 Subaru that I have towed since it was new. Tows great. The 2015 Motorhome Magazine Dingy Towing Guide just arrived and it says that the 2015 manual transmission Subarus are towable 4 wheels down. I wouldn't even bother to check it out.
tenbear 03/21/15 04:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Your favorite shower head?

Our Oxygenics is great. It allows us to have a good shower with very little water. Really helps when you are camping without hookups.
tenbear 03/21/15 04:35pm General RVing Issues
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