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RE: Good deal on Champion 3400 inverter

That is a great deal as I also have the earlier 3100 watt remote start version, when we purchased our Champion a few years ago the 3400 watt version was not available. Would certainly purchase again since they are well made and they have great customer service, have had zero issues with our 4 year old unit but did need to call them for a high elevation jet. They just sent out a whole new carb with the high elevation jet installed. We also have an Onan onboard, with the convenience of the remote start feature on the Champion our Onan has hardly been used except for exercising.
Sandia Man 07/16/19 05:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Narrowed it down to 2

No doubt Forest River RV issues are prevalent on the web, with so many divisions, brands, and models they are bound to have more written about them online. Grand Design RVs have just as many issues since all major RV manufacturers push them down the line and out the door as quickly as humanly possible. I have heard and read that they do have great customer service as it pertains to warranty issues, although the dealer you purchase your rig from has a lot to do with getting it right. Good luck, hope whatever brand you purchase delivers on all your expectations, there is bound to be issues which makes purchasing from a dealer with good customer service after the sale of paramount significance.
Sandia Man 07/16/19 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do You Need The Outdoor Package ?

I have been back and forth between the 2 satellite service providers over the last couple of decades and am currently subscribed to Dish network. We have always just used receivers from home up until 2 years ago when we switched to Dish again. Unlike Directv that prefers to lease their receivers, Dish does sell their receivers and we picked up a couple of Vip units for our rig which eliminates the hassle of bringing them back and forth from house to RV. They were just added to the existing account, I pay no heed to their Outdoor service offerings, we just use that web page on our smartphone to refresh our receiver after setting up our HD sat dish on our adjustable tripod.
Sandia Man 07/14/19 04:43pm Technology Corner
RE: Disconnect load before stopping generator?

On our onboard genny there were a couple of instances where my DW had turned off the genny while under heavy load, as well as started the Onan with a heavy load. Thankfully all was well after those episodes, I subsequently explained the reasoning why those actions can cause damage, although for the most part we always have some nominal load when turning the genny off or on. After a decade of dutiful service from our Onan, which was overkill most of the time anyways, we decided to purchase a portable inverter genny that could run our RV AC unit while being fuel efficient and less noisy. We picked up a Champion inverter genny with remote start. When using the remote loads do not need to be removed, loads do need to be removed for electric or pull cord start up.
Sandia Man 07/12/19 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: Fridge On Propane Battery Amp Hr Draw??? How Much

Never measured daily amphour draw from our similar sized Dometic fridge, but on several occasions we have left our rig for a week and our pair of GC2 6 volt batteries had no problem keeping the fridge going, and that includes an interior fridge fan I wired in that runs 24 hours a day. Sure, batteries were getting drained but still had more than half of their reserve capacity left, I have never considered our fridge much of a DC draw when boondocking. This type of RVing is all about restoring consumed amphours and requires a multipronged approach to successfully run your rig as if connected to the power grid.
Sandia Man 07/09/19 09:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Picking up new camper

Congrats on a very sharp looking unit, have many wonderful memories with your new Jayco.
Sandia Man 07/08/19 04:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Survey-- City Water vs pump

We predominately use the tank for our fresh water requirements, primarily due to poor water quality encountered at most campgrounds and RV parks. On the rare occasion we do connect to water supply at our site, we always turn off at spigot before leaving rig for any length of time.
Sandia Man 06/25/19 02:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie-type question about power supply at home

No issues @ 117 as it pertains to harmful effects on your AC unit running for prolonged periods of time. Our rig is always plugged in while stored in our side yard, we have run our AC unit a few times off of a 20 amp circuit with no issues. We use plug in type voltmeters available from Amazon or Ebay, we readily know at any given moment our state of DC and AC voltages. Once in a blue moon I will drag out the Fluke DMM although it has been a few years since the last time, these plug in voltmeters are not Fluke accurate but close enough for every day usage.
Sandia Man 06/25/19 02:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Not charging from alternator

Not sure where the trouble lies if all fuses have been checked, using a voltmeter you could trace the voltage issue down to where you could isolate the problem.
Sandia Man 06/25/19 01:31pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar panel lifespan...

We have solar panels on our RV roof but we did purchase a Renogy 100 watt suitcase 5 years ago as we often find ourselves in shaded sites. Our Renogy solar suitcase is solidly built and has endured all kinds of extreme weather over the years, although the original controller gave up the ghost during a monsoonal downpour a couple of summers back. It was not water proof, went to their website and purchased another controller from Renogy with water resistance capabilities. Can not comment on solar panel efficiency degradation while in use versus stored, we use our Renogy solar suitcase sporadically as well, have not noticed much deviation in panel performance as it pertains to output voltage or amperage. Does a great job supplementing our rooftop solar, or all by itself as we can track the sun all day for maximum efficiency. Lent solar suitcase out to a few friends and family members, they were impressed and have since purchased their own.
Sandia Man 06/19/19 03:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: not enough hitch weight capability

Like you stated there is not much else you can do that will increase your payload, you have plenty of truck that a few hundred pounds more or less should not be a deal killer. Take her out for a run, I think you will find the towing experience acceptable. My old Chevy HD gasser has nearly 1K# more payload but it sure would not be able to haul anything near a 17K# 5er.
Sandia Man 06/12/19 01:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dang Squirrels

They are for delivering heated air from your furnace, hopefully that is all the damage in the photo and they did not leave urine or excrement behind.
Sandia Man 06/12/19 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: To tire shine/gloss or not?

I have used these products on all the above, although sporadically on our RV tires as we tend to venture down dirt roads and such in search of the perfect camp site. I primarily use Aerospace 303 on our RV tires, graphics and such, I have never noticed any issues with using tire shine products on our automobiles in the past.
Sandia Man 06/11/19 10:17am Beginning RVing
RE: Pecking order of Coachmen brands

From their website it seems the Apex is a bit lower, whether that indicates better quality or longevity in the long run is hard to tell. Between the two brands you indicated, I doubt there is much difference although they are more than likely built in different facilities.
Sandia Man 06/11/19 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Inverter Generator

Another vote for the Champion Inverter genny, going on its 4th year it has been bulletproof for us and will run our RV AC without any duress, primarily at elevations above 6K. Having an Onan onboard genny with over a decade of heavy use, I decided to give it a break and purchased our Champion with remote start for the one button convenience. For the money there is no better buy that includes 3 year warranty along with amazing customer support and parts availability.
Sandia Man 06/10/19 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 10 ply tires?

No issues that I can see as long as rims can handle the additional psi, did the same thing many moons ago, really nice to have more safety margin.
Sandia Man 06/10/19 11:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Portable Solar

We also deploy our Renogy solar suitcase in addition to our rooftop solar, it really gives quite a boost as it performs nearly at full bore the whole day while rooftop solar only peaks out a few hours daily.
Sandia Man 06/10/19 10:53am Tech Issues
RE: wi fi smart tv

Sure, how effective it will be, even with a signal booster is subjective. A decent cell phone plan with lots of data could make this a better situation. Although we have a wonderful cell phone plan with abundant data we do lots of RVing where cell signal is weak or non existent, no worries as we always set up our satellite dish delivering all the same channels we have at home including locals.
Sandia Man 06/06/19 10:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Will 17" tires be adequate??

No worries for that size of rig, we have 16 inch wheels and tires on our Chevy HD and they are rated for 3.4K# each. Enjoy your new to you tow rig.
Sandia Man 06/06/19 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bunk house conundrum and older kids

We are in a similar boat looking for a new rig more suited for couples with young adult children that occasionally enjoy RVing with us. Since they are all working and attending college the frequency of them tagging along is sporadic at best, we may consider a mid bunk room style of rig although those floorplans really eat up kitchen and living room space. We certainly are not looking at typical bunkhouse models at this point since we desire a spacious rig for extended RVing escapades, since the sofas readily turn into queen beds along with ample floor space for air mattresses, we feel they are adequately accommodated when they are in the mood to accompany us. It is about our comfort level this time around.
Sandia Man 06/06/19 10:14am Family Camping
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