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RE: Water heater

Page 7 of the manual MountainAir05 posted shows the drain valve. You open that drain valve and you have an expensive problem and fix. THAT valve drains the Propylene Glycol, NOT THE FRESH WATER. Doug
dougrainer 01/15/22 05:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Longer term answer for Rust in fridge burner

In 42 years as an RV tech, I only had to remove the orifice for cleaning less than 10 times in thousands of refers I worked on. I use compressed air to blow out the burner and flue. It is EXTREMELY hard for any debris to get inside the orifice hole from the outside. Doug
dougrainer 01/15/22 05:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Water heater

Aqua Hot, as another poster stated does NOT have a water reservoir at all. There is a small diameter copper coil running thru the Propylene Glycol tank. The propylene Glycol IS antifreeze. The CORRECT winterizing procedure is done 2 ways. First way(which I do on customers units) is to blow out the entire Fresh water system. Aqua Hot states that even blowing out, there will be water residue drops remaining in that coiled copper tube, so you then must pump RV antifreeze thru that coil. You open the Hot water drain valve(which is NOT part of the Aqua Hot) and use the on board fresh water pump to pump antifreeze until the pink comes out the Hot water drain valve. Usually less that 1.5 gallons is needed. Which is what I do. Now the Aquahot is protected from freezing. The 2nd way is to just forget blowing out and pump RV antifreeze thru the complete fresh water piping system. Doug
dougrainer 01/15/22 10:38am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

Well my refurbished unit finally arrived yesterday. It will probably take me about a week to get my fridge re-assembled. In the meantime, there is another issue I'd like to discuss here. The door to the fridge was not closing as tightly as it used to. Sometimes it actually opened up. Is there something I can do to tighten the seal? You need to evaluate the plastic of the door/s and the plastic of the interior walls of the refer. Some older refers the plastic expands/deforms and the doors do not close and seal correctly. While the seals sometimes have magnets in them(Not all do), the doors should open and close without any force. With the refer sitting upright and level, the doors should close easily and NOT pop open. Also, I have had over the years, seen people that install extra shelves and such and THOSE push against the metal racks and keep the doors from closing correctly. Doug
dougrainer 01/14/22 04:47pm Tech Issues
RE: New cooling unit or refurbish?

As Doug said, new refrigerators require 12V to operator on either 12V or 120V. The electronics card is powered by 12V & controls the temperature. Thanks. Is the 12 Volt battery a little bigger than a 9V battery? How many amps is it? The 12 volts is from the Battery/Power Converter of the RV. There is NO battery in the refer. Doug
dougrainer 01/14/22 04:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Converting Onan generator from gas to propane

If I was running the gen and the furnace in really cold weather I'd be looking at around 24 to 30 hours per 65-gal tank fill. Not real practical. They both seriously drink propane. Several years ago I added an Extend-A-Stay hookup to run the furnace and lately a small gas generator to provide the power if I run into a Texas freeze situation. I've needed it and didn't have it; now I've assured I won't need it. The only reason to buy a MH with a propane generator is if you really really like the MH and it's a bargain price. Maybe someone can answer; why were propane generators a fad for a while rather than gas or diesel? Price? LP powered Gensets on Class A DIESEL motorhomes were a fad from about 1998 to 2002/3. The reason was simple. The COST of Diesel motorhomes dropped after 1996 or so, due to Monaco and other starting to build motorhomes in the sub 200K range. The most popular were in the 100K to 150K range. RV Diesel Gensets were not that common. So the price was higher. Only on the higher line Diesel pushers. So, to get the price range in that 100K to 150K they installed converted Gas to LP gensets. a LOT cheaper to do that almost half the cost. So, once the market started building thousands of lower cost Diesel pushers the Genset makers(really Onan) upped production and with more volume the price came down. Also, OEM's started hearing from dealers and RV'ers about how upset they were on the time limitation of LP gensets. Back 23 years ago, we had brand new Monaco Diplomats have the LP gensets fail at delivery in hot weather. The Genset LP regulators gummed up and failed. After having about 4 of those happen one summer the Owner decided to NEVER order another Diesel Motorhome with an LP genset. We ordered and optioned the higher priced Diesel Genset. Doug
dougrainer 01/14/22 10:25am Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

An 8D AGM Interstate battery is about $700. No shipping as Interstate has dealers all over the country. Without knowing the exact model number of your Xantrex Inverter/Charger, I would not worry about reprogramming from the Lifeline. Most RV OEM's that install Lifelines as standard use Inverter/Chargers that can be programmed for Lifelines and then changed to other brand AGM's. But I would need the model of your Inverter. Doug
dougrainer 01/14/22 10:12am Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

Since you're selling it, now, it is of little consequence, but to clarify, the inverter produces AC power in lieu of the other AC sources (genny or shore power). Your rig is not or should not pull AC power through the inverter as a higher priority over the other 2 sources. Also, no way I would buy the most expensive battery just to put a 4 sale sign in the window. My 2c Correct. If selling install a Interstate 8D AGM battery. You MUST install an AGM battery due to its mount location. You cannot and do not have access for checking battery water. Doug
dougrainer 01/13/22 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: Converting Onan generator from gas to propane

A Gasoline powered Onan is exactly the same as a LP powered. The ONLY difference is fuel to run it Gasoline or LP. You read about problems with Gas powered Gensets because they are probably 95% of all RV Gensets. The ONLY problem with Gasoline Powered Gensets is the USERS fault, not a design problem. Gasoline Gensets need to be run at least 1 hour a month. This keeps the fuel from deteriorating and gumming up the Carb fuel jets. Same is true for Home lawn equipment. Don't properly treat and store your Gas powered Home appliances, you will have a ruined appliance. Having a LP powered Motorhome in a Gasoline and Diesel powered Motorhome LOWERS its resale value. LP powered gensets are limited by the size of the ASME LP tank on the motorhome. Usually the LP tank has no more than 25 to 27 liquid gallon capacity. LP powered Gensets consume 1.1 gallons LP at full load and about .7 gallons at 1/2 load. So this gives you at best 20 to 24 hours before LP tank refill. Even less if you are using onboard LP appliances. Gasoline Powered gives you 80% of the Gasoline tank capacity at .9 gallon 100% load and .6 at 50% load. You could go 3 to 5 days 24 hours a day. AND, LP gensets are also prone to problems from gummed up LP regulators. Especially when it is hot outside. Doug
dougrainer 01/13/22 11:17am Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

Good point! I’m going with the RV service center to replace this rather than my mobile tech since shipping cost $300 if i was going to buy the battery myself online and have him replace it. It’s good they will have more than one tech on hand to change this out. Can I ask another question: the inverter control panel and solar control panel both seem to be reporting the voltage the battery is receiving and their numbers are always close to each other. When the chassis battery is running, I’m getting a reading of 12.7-12.9. Is that high enough? Hoping when I replace the coach battery my chassis battery will give it enough juice to be able to run the TV (and inverter). As of now, I get lots of beeping and error messages when running the TV and inverter driving down the road, especially when I didn’t have it plugged into shore power before the trip or I had the inverter on for a bit to run the TV. It seems for now I need to be plugged in, have a fully charged battery, or have the genSet on to successfully run any of the systems used by the inverter (TV, microwave, and induction cooktop). Praying this new battery solves this. I have listed this beautiful vehicle and I want to be able to tell the next owner with confidence that it has absolutely no issues (I will tell them about this and how it is fixed). Thanks again, Doug! Your problem is and continues to be----You have a bad battery, So, you will not get an accurate reading until you replace the battery. Please post the results after a new battery. Once you have a new battery, you have a GOOD motorhome. Why sell it? Doug
dougrainer 01/13/22 08:33am Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

Then that is what to get. Remember, that battery weighs 166 lbs. Going to be fun replacing it. Doug
dougrainer 01/12/22 02:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

WHICH battery pic? The 8D or the 4CT? WHERE is this battery located? Doug
dougrainer 01/12/22 02:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

The battery is Lifeline GPL-8DL AGM Sealed Battery 12V 255Ah Are you POSITIVE of that Lifeline Model number? Where did you get that model number? I have never seen that model in the Midwest. This is a link to the correct battery. Your 8D stated model weighs 156 pounds. The correct battery weighs 66 lbs. Unless you have a Midwest one off model, where is the battery located? Doug https://lifelinebatteries.com/products/marine-batteries/gpl-4ct/ This is the link to the model you state you have. https://lifelinebatteries.com/products/marine-batteries/gpl-8dl/
dougrainer 01/12/22 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

Well I certainly respect Mr Rainers knowledge. So I am interested what would require a special charging voltage or profile for a lifeline vs any other agm battery. Or even a FLA battery I’d think is just a different setting with a slightly different charging voltage. 1. You are confusing the model of HER battery with the standard 8D battery. A Lifeline Lifeline GPL-8DL IS NOT a 8D battery. her Lifeline looks like a standard 27 series RV battery and is mounted UNDER the rear of her motorhome(Van Chassis). You have to drop it down to replace it. It has its own Midwest made mount bracket. 2. Lifelines have a specific charge parameter and the Xantrex Inverter/Charger that is installed has a Lifeline charge parameter option for charging the Lifeline battery. IF you change from the Lifeline to another brand AGM, you have to go into the Inverter/Charger programming and change from Lifeline to standard AGM charging. Easy to do, but can be difficult for a novice like the OP. Doug PS, you are right. That 8D in her model is indeed the 166 lb standard 8D. I believe she has posted the wrong model of her battery.
dougrainer 01/12/22 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Power issues 2018 AmericanCoach MidwestPatriot

Not stupid. I think you maybe confusing the Inverter panel lit up as being ON? HAVE YOU REPLACED THE BATTERY???? If so, turn the engine OFF. Genset OFF. Battery disconnect ON. Now, does your Microwave clock come on and does your TV come on. If so, the Inverter is ON. If not, your Inverter display should have a display. but no power to the Microwave and TV. So which is it? Some early model Midwest models had an Ignition switched wire that when the engine was ON, the Inverter came on to power the entertainment systems. When the engine was OFF, the Inverter went OFF. Also, do you have a switch on the lower dash kick plate left of the steering wheel for your battery disconnect? Doug
dougrainer 01/11/22 11:29am Tech Issues
RE: Will my WFCO 55 amp over charge?

If you are not checking the Battery/s weekly or cannot, using the standard Power Converter will boil batteries dry within a few months. Of course AGM's do not have that problem, but standard PC's are not the best to use with AGM's or Lithium. The BEST way is to fully charge the battery bank and disconnect the Negative cable, leaving the RV NOT connected to 120. A LOT of battery disconnects do NOT completely remove all 12 volt appliances from the battery. So, it is better to disconnect the neg cables from the batteries. Also, if subfreezing temps are expected, better to have the batteries in a garage and not subjected to those temps. If for some reason the batteries go dead, freezing will crack the battery case. Doug PS, YES, WFCO ARE JUNK. I WOULD NEVER UTILIZE A WFCO. I WOULD REPLACE WITH A GOOD POWER CONVERTER. Wfco products are all knock offs of USA built and designed products, all built in China.
dougrainer 01/11/22 09:17am Tech Issues
RE: Water pump runs continually

The most common cause of this type problem is, you have your City Water tank fill valve OPEN. This will cause the pump to continually recycle the water. I also assume it will turn OFF when requested to do so? From the Pump On/Off switch?. Now, if you are connected to City Water and that valve is left open, your fresh tank will overflow. You are new to the forum. ALWAYS, list Year/Make/Model/Chassis of RV when posting. Or put this info in your profile. Doug
dougrainer 01/09/22 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: Roof AC Starts...Stops...Then Run Fine

Capacitors are cheap. If you have 2 units swap them. see if the problem follows the capacitor. If not, just buy a start capacitor and install it. Doug
dougrainer 01/08/22 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Walmart has new auto battery maker

It is NEVER a good idea to replace just one battery in a battery bank. Batteries deplete at certain rates depending on their age. So, having a NEW battery mixed with an OLD battery does not make the best combination for charging and longevity. If you had Interstate batteries and one failed, Interstate would have replaced BOTH due to the never mixing old and new batteries. Doug
dougrainer 01/08/22 02:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Freaking RV manufacturers

As far as I know, RV manufacturers don't make control boards!:h They also don't make the appliances. Kind of like blaming your Home Builder/Contractor for the HVAC system problems. Doug
dougrainer 01/06/22 08:37pm Tech Issues
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