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RE: Torn between two used Class A need help

one point no one else has made is the tranny. 2017 and up will have the 6 speed tranny which everyone that has driven both it and the old 5 speed much prefers. As to brands and models, personally with everything else being equal, I would avoid rubber roofed units. I just prefer a solid skin like the Winnies, Georgetowns, Jayco's and Entegra's. My 2009 Tiffin coach on a Freightliner chassis had the Allison 3000MH which was a six speed transmission. As did my 1994 Allegro Bus. That tranny has been around a long time.
Tinstar 10/13/21 11:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Torn between two used Class A need help

First Class A, 2012 all the way as long as it's clean and in good operating order. A newer one will still be around later IF you get the itch but I doubt you will. The 2012 is probably a better quality. I prefer my older Monaco to most newer coaches.
Tinstar 10/11/21 12:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What am I doing wrong

50 amp shore power has two legs of 120 power. Sounds like the adapter is only passing one leg of power which is normally secondary source to power second air and other things like water heater 120 volt element. Test out put of adapter to both straight parallel blades to single blade No, that's not the problem. I did check that before posting. But thanks for the suggestion.
Tinstar 09/16/21 09:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What am I doing wrong

Ya'll are right. In addition to your comments and after looking at several videos on these newer inverter generators, it appears I need to make or buy a Portable Generator Bonding Plug. These generators are made to work with a sticks and bricks instead of the RV. Here's a cut and paste: Most portable generators are designed with a floating neutral electrical system, not for the electrical system in a RV. RVs , not in the interior breaker panel like a house. All brands of electrical protection products will detect an Open Ground fault and not allow power to enter the RV. Thanks for the help. It would have taken me longer to find all this without your help.
Tinstar 09/16/21 08:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What am I doing wrong

Ya'll are right. In addition to your comments and after looking at several videos on these newer inverter generators, it appears I need to make or buy a Portable Generator Bonding Plug. These generators are made to work with a sticks and bricks instead of the RV. Here's a cut and paste: Most portable generators are designed with a floating neutral electrical system, not for the electrical system in a RV. RVs , not in the interior breaker panel like a house. All brands of electrical protection products will detect an Open Ground fault and not allow power to enter the RV. Thanks for the help. It would have taken me longer to find all this without your help.
Tinstar 09/16/21 08:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What am I doing wrong

You probably just need to bond neutral+ground at the generator to satisfy the EMS. Some generators will have a bonding strap that you can use to do that, but most people buy or build a bonding plug that they plug into one of the generator outlets: https://www.campingworld.com/portable-generator-bonding-plug-118090.html Easy “how to” make a Bonded Plug for an RV Generator/make EMS system work with generator I just watched that video. Do I understand correctly that I can plug in the bonded plug into any of the outlets and that will fix the problem with 30 amp
Tinstar 09/16/21 08:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What am I doing wrong

You probably just need to bond neutral+ground at the generator to satisfy the EMS. Some generators will have a bonding strap that you can use to do that, but most people buy or build a bonding plug that they plug into one of the generator outlets: https://www.campingworld.com/portable-generator-bonding-plug-118090.html Easy “how to” make a Bonded Plug for an RV Generator/make EMS system work with generator That sounds reasonable but I need a 30 amp plug instead of the 20 amp. I suppose they would they wire up the same?
Tinstar 09/16/21 07:48pm Class A Motorhomes
What am I doing wrong

A couple of weeks ago I bought a Westinghouse iGen4500DF 30 amp generator. I went out earlier today to check it out on my '03 Monaco Windsor motorhome. It has an Energy Management System installed. Everything works fine on 50 amp or 30 amp shore power and with the built in Onan 8500 genset but when I plug in the new iGen generator, only the air conditioners work. No wall outlet works (makes no difference if the a/c is off or on). I plug back into the 50 amp or 30 amp outlets, everything works normally again. It is not a GFI problem and I am reasonably sure it has something to do with the EMS and how it interacts with the generator. I happen to have an older motorhome without an EMS. I plug it into the generator and everything works normally and everything is powered. To be clear, in addition to the 50 amp outlet I have at home, I also have a 30 amp near it. I plug the Windsor motorhome into the 30 amp outlet and everything works fine the same as with the 50 amp outlet. What am I doing wrong while trying to use the 30 amp iGen generator? Does the EMS need to be disabled or am I supposed to do something on the generator to make it work with my Windsor. BTW: The new Westinghouse iGen will not typically be used to power my motorhome but it should work. I was going to exercise the genset today and that's why I pugged it into the motorhome and found the problem.
Tinstar 09/16/21 07:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical type question

That's for the help guys. I ended up ordering a 1.5 HP name brand pump made more for my pool instead of the 2.5 HP on that has a confusing description.
Tinstar 06/13/21 12:12pm Around the Campfire
RE: Electrical type question

I've sold and repaired thousand's in the course of 30 + years. Something is not right about those numbers. I've never seen a 2.5hp that was capable of being run on 115v or a 2hp for that matter. Is this a above ground pool? I don't know. Here's what the ad says. Clickey
Tinstar 06/13/21 11:15am Around the Campfire
Electrical type question

At my sticks and bricks, I have to replace a pool pump. Which is more efficient to run (uses less electricity), a 2.5 HP pump drawing 6.3 amps or a 1 HP pump drawing 8 amps? They are both 120 volt. From what I can tell, the 2.5 HP is around 1800 watts and the 1 HP is around 750 watts. It just doesn't make sense to me that the 2.5 has lower amps and thus the reason for my question. Thanks for any insight.
Tinstar 06/13/21 09:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Inverter charge battery?

Short answer: NO. No inverter charges any battery. Inverters convert dc current into account current. To the best of my knowledge, no ac batteries exist. How are my house batteries being charged then? There is no converter.
Tinstar 05/26/21 05:29pm Class A Motorhomes
Inverter charge battery?

On my 2002 Monaco Windsor. I know it depends on "how it's wired" but does my inverter charge my 8D engine start battery or only the house batteries?
Tinstar 05/26/21 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing day/night shades

I replaced all my shades with Levolor Room Darkening Cellular Shades. I like dark, insulating and push up and down feature. They were less than day/night shades and work better for me.
Tinstar 05/12/21 10:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need recommendation for a replacement inverter

inverter or converter? It's going to be an inverter on a Windsor.
Tinstar 05/02/21 07:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Suggestions

It's taken me about 4 hours, from start to finish to install a base plate. Simple shade tree mechanic can do it.
Tinstar 04/02/21 10:02am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Used Tow Bar Values

I don't know how anyone gets their tow bar "inspected" or rebuilt or repaired. I have a Blue Ox that I have attempted to have looked at but Blue Ox NEVER responds to email.
Tinstar 03/25/21 04:02pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Looking for an electrician to answer a question for me

To my estimation, the Westinghouse you're looking at is somewhat in no-mans-land: it's awfully heavy to be readily ported around, probably more power than you need for most RV stuff, and probably less than you might want for a whole-house backup sort of generator, while maybe being larger than necessary for basic emergency stuff (i.e. keeping the fridge cool, the coffee warm, and the laptop operating). Do you not think the 4500 watts genset would power a half dozen or so 10 watt lights 60-80 watts total (I'm using all LED's in the house), an LCD TV - 150 watts, two fridges totaling about 900 watts and depending on how much power is being used by these maybe run a microwave 800 watts and a computer 50 watts? I'm counting less than 2000 watts. I know there are some incidental devices, clock, radio, phone chargers, etc but I wouldn't think everything will consume maximum watts all the time. Even if I "overconsumed" what would happen other than throwing the 30 amp breaker? Just thinking outloud... OH, btw I found the genset for $650, the interlock is $50 and the breaker is another $25, 8 gauge wire is already installed. I don't need installation from an electrician as I'm already certified in my home county to do electrical work IN MY OWN HOME. It weighs 96 lbs.
Tinstar 02/20/21 07:19pm Around the Campfire
Looking for an electrician to answer a question for me

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Tinstar 02/20/21 04:54pm Class A Motorhomes
Looking for an electrician to answer a question for me

I know this is not exactly RV-related but I'm looking for information on a portable RV genset used to backfeed my house. I have been researching back-up generators for my home. I am wanting an inverter generator (quiet), dual fuel (versatility), 240-volt (hopefully for more power), economical (fuel use and initial genset cost). I know, that's a lot to ask for a reasonably priced genset of $1K give or take. From my research, I am finding different opinions on the web to my question. I know a 240-volt genset can be wired to both sides of the breaker panel (via interlock) without a problem and that will allow either 120 or 240-volt circuits to be live. What I am trying to figure out is: Can a 120-volt genset be safely wire to my panel AND feed both L1 and L2. I am aware that only 120-volts would be available. I was reading on an electrical forum (and I don't know if it's a professional answering the question or just a do-it-yourselfer. Most say it is safe to do so and just wire the hot wire from a 30-amp supply/generator to both sides of the panel. A few folks question if it can't be done safely. I know 240-volt appliances would not work but wall circuits and lights are my main concern. This electrical forum also says the 240-volt breakers would not even need to be turned off since the 120-volt feed are both in the same phase and it would show 0 volts. If this can be done, I could easily keep all 240 breakers off but I would like to know if that is necessary. Obviously, a 240-volt genset would be better so I could feed a 240 appliance if needed BUT availability and cost are a major factor of not being able to do so. I can and will contact a local electrician as necessary. This is just a question for my initial research OH, btw I'm looking at the Westinghouse iGen4500 dual-fuel inverter generator. Thanks, for any help.
Tinstar 02/20/21 04:54pm Around the Campfire
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