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RE: Auxillary Start/battery solenoid

The only way you can be sure the solenoid is energized is to measure the voltage on the small terminal(s). It really doesn't matter if the energizing coil is open or if the contacts are worn out. If you don't have continuity between the 2 large terminals when there is 12v applied to the small terminal(s) - the solenoid is bad. If you don't have 12v on the small terminal(s), you have a different problem.
tenbear 07/29/15 02:35pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Auxillary Start/battery solenoid

The solenoid in my rig is energized when the ignition is on. There is also a circuit breaker in series with the solenoid contacts. Since you are not getting the same voltage on both sides of the solenoid when it is energized, the solenoid is not making contact, the circuit breaker or fuse is not in the picture.
tenbear 07/28/15 05:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Burning Smell and super hot lights

While you are at it, get a multimeter and learn how to use it. Check the voltage at the lights and battery as other have said. A meter can cost as little as $5 on eBay.
tenbear 07/26/15 08:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Shut off water at home???

I turn off the water and the water heater. I have had a washing machine hose break when we were home so I don't have a lot of confidence that nothing will break.
tenbear 07/24/15 08:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: auxilary battery

If the disconnect switch is not disconnected, check the coach battery voltage. If that's ok then maybe a circuit breaker or fuse has opened between the battery and the 12v power panel.
tenbear 07/24/15 07:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery charger upgrade and purpose of solinoid

I don't know about truck campers, but if the battery charging circuits are similar to other RV types, there are plenty of alternatives. One limitation might be available space. The solenoid is basically a high current relay. Its function in my MH is to connect the house battery to the chassis battery when the ignition is turned on. That way the house battery gets charged by the alternator. I'm surprised this isn't standard in a truck camper.
tenbear 07/22/15 07:04am Tech Issues
RE: battery charging

Now that you have found the correct solenoid, with the control wires as well as the battery wires, a photo is probably not necessary.
tenbear 07/22/15 05:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: battery charging

Could you post a picture of your solenoid? It might help us understand better.
tenbear 07/21/15 04:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Keeping Out Rats and Mice

When I discovered I had mice, I crawled around under the RV with a can of spray foam and sealed every hole I could find. Then I sealed the hole where the power cord enters the RV with a piece of sheet metal cut to fit. I haven't had any mice since, about 3 years.
tenbear 07/20/15 05:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: battery charging

burlmart's pic shows 2 large terminals and 2 small terminals on the solenoid. Some solenoids have only one small terminal, the case being the -12v connection. When the 12v is applied to the solenoid the 2 large terminals should be connecter together internally. The voltage should be the same on both large terminals. If it's not, the solenoid is bad.
tenbear 07/20/15 05:22pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: blank tank deodorizer: when to add?

I used the chemicals as directed by the salesman, who sells the stuff, for a little while, then I decided to see if I needed it. I stopped using it and no smell. I haven't used it since and haven't given the salesman any more $$$.
tenbear 07/17/15 06:03am Beginning RVing
RE: Class C and a toad

Have pulled a toad for years, see signature. The Subaru is about the same weight as yours and have never had a problem. Just make sure you have an exit when you go anywhere. Disconnecting and reconnecting gets old really fast.
tenbear 07/17/15 05:57am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Rt 50, St. Louis to I79 in WV

Thanks for all the replies. Maybe there is hope after all.
tenbear 07/15/15 05:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

I put in a back up / Rear view camera and 7 inch monitor in my MH. Got it off EBay for $88.00 delivered. Seems to work fine. I'm looking for the same thing, how about a link. I bought one many years ago and the display has gotten quite dim. Thanks.
tenbear 07/15/15 05:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ceiling Lights - Hot

Replace your incandescent bulbs with LEDs. Look for lights with 18 to 24 5050 LEDs. If you buy them on eBay they will cost much less than most US venders but you will wait 2-3 weeks for delivery. I bought mine on eBay.
tenbear 07/15/15 06:08am Tech Issues
RE: Led Lights

Upgrading our lighting to LED bulbs. Have most of them installed. Trying to replace the RG 1141 bulbs. Was asked the polarity because they have 2 polarities for this bulb. I told her that all I knew was that the Denali TT 2006 was negatively ground. Can some one explain this to me. I know if the light doesn't light the first time I install the bulb, that I should flip it over and it should work. Is there something else I should look for? Sort of new at this. My MH used a lot of 1141 bulbs. I have replaced them all with LEDs. Only one socket was wired with the positive and negative wires switched. I switched the wires so the positive was on the single contact and all was well. If the bulb doesn't light check the polarity with your multimeter and reconnect the wires if the center contact isn't positive. Oh, you don't have a multimeter, then just switch the wires and see if it works. You might try another bulb just to make sure it isn't a bad bulb.
tenbear 07/15/15 05:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Small upright freezer on inverter

Years ago I tried running my refrig in a small TT off an inverter. The inverter would stop working after about 4 hours because the TT didn't have adequate wiring to keep the battery charged. I never did attempt to improve the wiring. YMMV.
tenbear 07/14/15 05:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: question about 12 v led lighting?? (UPDATE)

Not sure what the black round thing is but it is not a transformer. Transformers don't work on DC. I think it is an electrical noise filter, probably not necessary when powering lights???
tenbear 07/13/15 08:06pm Tech Issues
RE: question about 12 v led lighting?? (UPDATE)

LEDs are polarity sensitive, but nothing will burn up if the polarity is wrong. Just touch the wires together and see what works before making a permanent connection. As MEX said why not use the RV 12v system? It is already wired to the outside porch light.
tenbear 07/13/15 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Wfco 75amp converter or inteli-power 9200

Question about PD w/ wizard: Short time I've used it observed voltage output seems to be based on a time schedule only (not touching wizard). 14.4 volts for x number of hours, 13.6 for x number of hours, then 13.2 after that. Batteries can be floating along drawing less than an amp from solar at 14.4 volts, start converter and 14.4 volts for the usual x number of hours from converter (solar off)-then the rest of sequence. I'm perfectly fine with this for my purposes-no complaints. Is this typical observation for these converters? Today I turned on my PD9260 and it started charging my fully charged battery at 13.6v, not 14.4v. The battery voltage between chargers read over 13v, surface charge.
tenbear 07/08/15 07:25pm Tech Issues
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