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RE: water heater wiring help needed

Leave the water heater as it is, with the electric heating element switch turned on, and simply add a switch in the 120 vac feed to the WH. I chose a switch with built in light and mounted it on a wall where it was easy to reach, easy to see when the on light was illuminated. https://i.imgur.com/WlKPSvyl.jpg
SoundGuy 07/20/19 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: Power Cable Extension options ??

Are there any recommended adaptors or do I need to shop for an extension cord model?? You want a 30 amp 10 gauge RV extension cable, sold in 25' and 50' lengths. Since you're here in Ontario and will no doubt be camping in the Ontario provincial park system I'd highly recommend you invest in a 50 footer which along with your existing 25' cable that came with the trailer will allow you to reach out 75'. That will cover you for most situations but in the future you may also want to eventually add a 25' extension to your collection so you can reach out 100' which is not uncommon at all here in Ontario. FWIW I made my own cables which altogether allowed me to run out 140' - and used every inch of it at Inverhuron PP. :E
SoundGuy 07/15/19 07:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator with Surge Guard 34830

So, what do I need to do to make it run on the generator? A bonding plug so the genset's neutral & ground are connected ... OR don't bother using your Surge Guard when using the genset. If you don't want to make one yourself Southwire which manufactured your Surge Guard offers one premade, Model 44400.
SoundGuy 07/14/19 02:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge On Propane Battery Amp Hr Draw??? How Much

I have a standard Dometic 2652 Fridge/Freezer. No such thing as a "standard" Dometic 2652 - could be an older RM2652 which does allow turning off the power robbing climate control heating element OR a newer DM2652 like that in my Coachmen Freedom Express that did still have the heating element but no switch to turn it off even though the schematic may show it does exist. If yours is one of the latter then you can add your own switch just as I did.
SoundGuy 07/11/19 06:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Accumulator installation

My problem now is that my pump works harder and gets louder. I have never heard it hammer like it does now. It seems I need to either get another pump or take the accumulator out. Any suggestions? My solution - 2 pics, 1 video. Pump is so quiet I can't hear it running so I added a light to the pump circuit so I would know. Click "i" at the top right of any pic for a text description. No accumulator needed - K.I.S.S. :B
SoundGuy 07/08/19 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: ordered a Flojet 18555 MACERATOR and I have some questions

If none of the above would work recommendations for a power source for this would be appreciated. I can't imagine why you'd use a generator to power a FloJet waste macerator when your battery is sitting right there. Buy a length of 10 gauge or 12 gauge cable, put clamps on one end to connect to the battery OR do as I did and permanently install the cable, running it from the battery location back to where the waste gates are. I mounted a standard Bargman connector at the waste gates and wired my FloJet with a matching Bargman so when I want to use it I just plug it in. Pics start here - click "i" at the top of any pic for a text description.
SoundGuy 07/06/19 10:36am Beginning RVing
RE: charging batteries with truck

I got to thinking about using those same cables to charge my batteries using the truck. I would not be using it for hours to run everything but just a little while to top off the batteries in the trailer. Modern vehicle (after about 2000) charging system work TOTALLY DIFFERENT than the past. They drop the voltage down to about 13.2V within a few minutes of starting. That is much TOO LOW to charge such a large battery bank ! The solution being a DC > DC charger, one example being the CTEK 250SA. :B
SoundGuy 07/04/19 09:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Help!!!!!!!!

There is a different type a "rubber" roof called TPO. Not very common in the RV industry (cost). TPO isn't rubber at all, it's vinyl, and although not used as frequently as EPDM rubber membrane TPO certainly isn't uncommon, had just such a roof on our own KZ Spree. IMO it's certainly preferable to a rubber membrane if for no other reason that TPO doesn't chalk and leave black streaks all over the sides of the trailer as does EPDM.
SoundGuy 07/04/19 09:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: Honda 2000: surprisingly poor oil fill tube design

So it is odd (to say the least) that the oil fill tube on the Honda 2000 is so tricky – some spillage is almost guaranteed. Having owned 2 Honda EU2000i gensets myself I'd suggest your concern is much ado about nothing. If this really does bother you as much as it seems then just add one of those aftermarket adapters OR buy the new EU2200i which does feature an improved oil port design. Honda currently manufactures ~ 45,000 gensets each year so I doubt their corporate existence is in any danger - any Honda genset you don't buy someone else will. ;)
SoundGuy 07/03/19 08:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Help!!!!!!!!

we are looking for something small and with low maintenance. But, a "low maintenance" trailer is going to be very hard to find. It's best if you are handy with tools and have a basic knowledge of plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, etc. If not your are going to have to hire someone to maintain your rig. No kidding, this isn't the automotive industry - the more you understand about your trailer the better off you'll be. :W Several here on the forum have found the Coachmen Freedom Express 192RBS to be just about the right size for an adult couple. Unfortunately though you haven't defined just what you mean by "small" nor provided any information about your intended tow vehicle.
SoundGuy 06/30/19 09:52am Beginning RVing
RE: Extending RV short queen bed

Are you just rolling or folding the memory foam into the space at the head of the bed? Yes. The foam topper is a full 80" long, the stock mattress is just 74" so the excess foam simply fills the void at the "head" end of the bed. Or do you put something under the foam and then lay the foam on top? No.
SoundGuy 06/29/19 07:46am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Extending RV short queen bed

Same here except I too did it a bit differently. I removed the bed platform hinges so I could then pull the larger platform forward 6" and add a 6" wide piece of same thickness plywood to give me a full 78" bed. https://i.imgur.com/1QFFEusl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/q1ifJR4l.jpg Now that I had a longer platform I simply pulled the existing short queen mattress forward, creating a gap at the "head" end of the bed. https://i.imgur.com/tZe9ELQl.jpg I then installed a 3" gel memory foam topper that turned a rock hard spring mattress into luxurious comfort. Since the topper was a full 80" long I used the excess to fill the gap at the head end of the bed. https://i.imgur.com/FUHffghl.jpg Adding a second piece of plywood under the "foot" end of the bed provided additional strength so I didn't need to add legs to support the weight of anyone sitting on the end of the bed. https://i.imgur.com/r9hbCtHl.jpg
SoundGuy 06/28/19 06:08am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Inverter in repurposed generator locatoin with agm batteries

I will locate my 2 agm deep cycles, 30 amp mppt solar controller and 2000 watt inverter all in the old generator location that I removed several years ago. Presently there is just one agm in there now. The generator comppartmment is well vented as the orignal door is on the compartment. There is plenty of room for this equipment and air movement. Great plan! When I replaced my worn out flooded G27 which was mounted on the trailer tongue I installed a G31 AGM in the front pass through cargo compartment. I located the inverter right beside it so the heavy gauge +/- cables between the two were just 18" long, which resulted in minimal voltage drop when the inverter was under heavy load. Worked just fine.
SoundGuy 06/27/19 12:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Surge Protector

The rigs with a hard wired EMS, can you replace just the surge module? Sure. Here's a pic of my own Progressive EMS-HW30C - surge protection circuit board with MOVs is top left in this pic. https://i.imgur.com/BeEA0QRl.jpg If it needs replacement Progressive will be happy to mail out a replacement, no need to send the EMS to them.
SoundGuy 06/26/19 02:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Low height trailer

Is there a trailer that's overall height is less than 7 feet while still having at least 6'3" interior height? As I type this it seems ridiculous, but maybe it exists :) Years ago RVision offered what they called a "garage model" - the tenting enclosed top section of the roof dropped down about 18" for travel & storage ... https://i.imgur.com/6hePu6ul.png These are rare here but common in Australia where they're called "poptops" ... https://i.imgur.com/McXyzDhl.png
SoundGuy 06/26/19 07:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Survey-- City Water vs pump

Most of the sites we've ever camped on have been electrical only, no water. Those few times we do have on-site water I still don't connect and only use it as a convenient source of water to fill the trailer's FW tank. Whenever we plan to be away from the camper any length of time the water pump master switch is turned off.
SoundGuy 06/25/19 08:42am General RVing Issues
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

Saw a used Honda 3000ec available for $750. That's a great price for a Honda 3000i. Problem is, the OP didn't say it was an EU3000i or even an EU3000iS so we really don't know what genset the OP is talking about. AFAIK there's no such thing as a Honda "3000ec" ... who knows, maybe it's an open frame genset. It's also hard to believe anyone would be selling an EU3000i or EU3000iS for just $750.
SoundGuy 06/23/19 07:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: Flowjet Waste Pump Blessing or Curse...?

Dealing with a huge tub full of 1/2” 50’ hose, 3/4” 75’ hose, wiring, and switch, then connecting them is a PITA. Then draining the two hoses, coiling them and stuffing them in the tub is a PITA. Finally draining the pump and allowing it to dry before is another inconvenience. What "huge" tub of hose? :h I lay my hose out at the beginning of the season beside the house foundation where it runs down to the inlet stack I installed on the house main stack. There it remains til the trailer is stored for the winter. What wiring? :h Mine is permanently installed on the trailer, wired out to a standard Bargman connector beside the waste gates. Just plug the FloJet in and use it. What two hoses? :h One 50' 3/4" to send the macerated pump output to the sewer intake stack when servicing the tanks at home. When camping I have a 25' 1/2" grey water hose I normally use for gravity draining grey water but should I need to macerate & off load the contents of the black water tank I use the same hose. Draining the pump and allowing it to dry? :h Guess I must have missed this even though I've owned a FloJet since 2006. Wow, what an eye opener! :S
SoundGuy 06/23/19 02:44pm Tech Issues
RE: New 2020 Rockwood Premier 2716g, ready for camping

PUGS Having a pop-up, I STRONGLY recommend these to be one of your first purchases. Second, Get some large rolls of Reflextix and cut them for the bunk end windows. You're talking to a veteran popup camper, I'm sure Mike was long ago aware of PUGs & Reflectix. ;)
SoundGuy 06/23/19 08:16am Folding Trailers
RE: Flowjet Waste Pump Blessing or Curse...?

is a major PITA to use and setup and makes a lot of noise. That is correct, but if you NEED one, then you do need it. Don't understand the "PITA" part :h, using a FloJet is certainly a cleaner and easier method of off loading black water than fooling with a stinky slinky and way too expensive, too heavy wheeled tote tank. :)
SoundGuy 06/23/19 08:11am Tech Issues
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