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RE: Hurricane - Hydraulic Pump Failure

Give HWH a call. See what they say. They've been very short-handed because of, well you know, but they'll get back to you and they might have something they can ship to you. Good luck.
eric1514 08/30/21 06:25am Tech Issues
RE: Dometic freezer not working? Just old?

While any refrigerator can "grow old", absorption refrigerators can last many years. I have a friend that has a cabin with a 1954 kerosene fired absorption refrigerator that is still going strong.And I’ll bet that thing has been level it’s whole life.
eric1514 08/29/21 01:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Question regarding DC to DC Chargers

You need to run a positive cable up to the battery. Why can't you run a negative as well? No, you do NOT need to run a positive wire to the battery ! This is the reason DC-DC chargers were invented ! As long as you meet the specified input voltage AT THE CHARGER you are good to go. Most factory 7 pin trailer connectors can handle 40A-50A. It's my understanding this is a motorhome, not a trailer. Page 10 of the linked manual clearly shows a connection to the positive post of the starter battery.
eric1514 08/28/21 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox battery dyeing

Eric Have one of those and unless it's wired wrong the battery still goes dead. Did you follow the instructions to wire it? It doesn't use the 7-pin connector. The wires in the umbilical with the 7-pin connectors are too small. You must use the supplied wire and have a second umbilical with it's own connectors. Or you can wire it up to the 7-pin connector but you still need to use the supplied wire through out. That's how I did it. Here's a pic of my umbilical. https://photos.smugmug.com/Shared/n-vbVVCS/Isata-and-RV-related/i-xvHdqRW/0/aabe211b/S/umbilical-S.jpg
eric1514 08/28/21 08:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 2018 Chevrolet Equinox battery dyeing

This is what I use. TOAD CHARGE It's a little bit of wiring but it works.
eric1514 08/28/21 07:16am Dinghy Towing
RE: Question regarding DC to DC Chargers

I am installing a Renogy 20-amp DC to DC charger. My question is regarding the negative cable connections. The instructions say to connect the input negative cable to the chassis battery and the output negative cable to the house battery. My chassis battery is a good 15 feet away from where I'm mounting the charger and it would take some tricky cabling to get it there. Both the chassis battery and the house batteries are grounded to the frame. The charger will be right next to a negative post on the frame. What difference would it make if I just connected both of the negative cables of the charger to the same post? Can this cause a problem? I will contact Renogy next week with the question, but I am trying to get this install done this weekend, so I would appreciate any advice. Thank you.It should work but I guess I don't understand the problem. You need to run a positive cable up to the battery. Why can't you run a negative as well?
eric1514 08/28/21 06:25am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter question

Interesting; is that the definition of a "hardcore mountain biker" in CA - eBikes?lol Here's what I did. https://photos.smugmug.com/Shared/n-vbVVCS/Isata-and-RV-related/i-fZc3sTk/0/67c7a90e/S/outlet-S.jpg I replaced the existing RV type outlet with a residential one, cut the tabs on the back to isolate them from each other and wired one side to the inverter and left the other side wired as it was. That outlet was always there. If I'm plugged in, I use the shore side. If I'm not, I use the inverter side after turning the thing on with the remote on the wall. No ATS, no plugging or unplugging power cords and no flipping breakers.
eric1514 08/27/21 07:28am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i generator amps surging up and down

The OP has not told us what his monitor considers 100% charged. He is at 78% of who knows what. From the factory, the Victron monitor says 13.2v and a 4% tail current is 100%. That is way too low IMHO and deceiving. In my case, that would mean being down almost 17Ah from what I and my PD converter consider to be full. The monitor only knows what we tell it.
eric1514 08/21/21 06:20am Tech Issues
RE: Identify Slide Mechanism

That is exactly what that noise is. The clutch and it is normal. DougThanks again, man. We're lucky to have you around!
eric1514 08/16/21 02:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Identify Slide Mechanism

It looks similar to a system Newmar made for their motorhomes.Yes it does, Thanks. While it looks similiar it is NOT a Newmar style. The system is currently a LCI(Lippert) supplied system. BTW, Newmar slide systems except for the HWH they use is Patented by Newmar, so not other OEM will be using that system. If you are looking for the Motor/actuator, this link will direct you to just one of your style. Doug https://store.lci1.com/slide-out-room-actuator-with-18-to-1-venture-motor-various-sizes-room-actr-18-1-vntr-mtr-assy.html Thanks, Doug The system is working well. I just wanted to learn about how it works. I see that actuator running parallel to those tracks. For instance, at the end of the slide’s travel something makes a rapid thunk, thunk, thunk. I try to limit it to one or two but maybe it’s just a normal sound it makes, like a clutch.
eric1514 08/16/21 11:16am Tech Issues
RE: Identify Slide Mechanism

It looks similar to a system Newmar made for their motorhomes.Yes it does, Thanks.
eric1514 08/16/21 06:15am Tech Issues
RE: Identify Slide Mechanism

You tube has more than one video on identifying them. Here's one rv slidesI've looked a several including that one but none have been shown that specific rack and pinion. Thanks, anyway.
eric1514 08/15/21 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Identify Slide Mechanism

Look around the drive motor for manufacturer information.I tried that but Dynamax sprayed the motor with undercoating and it's difficult to remove. As a last resort, I'll try that.
eric1514 08/15/21 04:32pm Tech Issues
Identify Slide Mechanism

Hi all, Here's a pic looking up at part of the slide mechanism on my MH. Can someone identify the maker of this thing? https://photos.smugmug.com/Shared/n-vbVVCS/Isata-and-RV-related/i-jQrhDPP/0/cae579e8/M/lide-M.jpg TIA, Eric
eric1514 08/15/21 11:49am Tech Issues
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

This only happens when the batts are nearly full. If they are low when starting out, you can set the controller to 14.6 and unless they get nearly full while driving, no light. Unless there is still some sun or if gen is allowed on arrival that's as high as it gets that day. You real problem is getting them full while driving when starting low. Your alternator charging will be lamed by the solar's higher voltage, but it has low amps. You need lots of amps to get them up before arrival at the next site. Your best amps would be from gen charging with a high amp converter. But high amps gets you to Vabs sooner at a lower SOC so the light comes on, and stays on during the Absorption the rest of the way there. You could isolate the engine batt, and go with a high amp converter off the gen with solar added by setting solar and converter to the same high voltage. With a DC-DC you could have three chargers adding their amps and no light. Your only limit is the gen watts as to how big an amp converter it can run, and to have the converter voltage adjustable. So toss the PD unless it is as high amp as the gen can run, and get an adjusatble voltage PowerMax LK model with as high amps as the gen can do. Set it to 14.6, the solar to 14.6, and any Dc-Dc to 14.6. Note that a PowerMax 75 amper pulls 1700VA set to 14.6v doing 75 amps on a low battery. If your built -in gen is one of those non-inverter types it will likely not run as high an amp converter as an inverter-gen of the same |"watts" (acting more like it is MSW -it is not but it acts in a similar way for this exercise), so it can get tricky picking how big an amp converter you can run. The PowerMax 100 amper is PF corrected so it can be run by almost the same inverter-gen as the 75 amper which is not PF corrected. A Honda 2200 portable does 1800VA but my B&S 2200 does 1700VA. Gotta watch out when running things to the max you can get away with. Of course it is no good having a converter with too high an amps that you can't run it at home on an extension cord, but only off your RV gen. BTDT. Have to have a lower amp portable charger to do the RV at home. Keeps you busy making sure you are using the right charger for where you are. Or just accept a lower amp charging rate while driving and get by somehow with however full the batts get on arrival.I think I'll give up RVing and take up something simpler like rocket science. I've learned a lot since I started this and I think the ultimate solution is to install B2B charger like Pianotuna suggested many posts ago. What I once saw as a daunting task, is really simple. If I were to buy the non-isolated version of Victron's charger I would only need to remove my isolation solenoid and add one wire, a wire from a good chassis ground up to the unit. I could probably wire in a Trik-L-Start like you would if you had a iso. solenoid. I would probably wire in a switch instead of relying on auto voltage sensing so I could turn the thing off if I though my alternator needed a rest. Thanks all for your contributions in this thread. It's been an education.
eric1514 08/08/21 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

Eric1514..Ok , I'm on page 5 of 7, Find the heavy battery cable that goes from the Intellitec to the house batteries, find the most convenient spot in that cable run to cut it and in insert a 200 amp DC circuit breaker, the marine style have push button that opens the breaker contacts so it acts like a switch, and a lever reset that closes them, this will be manually operated by you the driver when travelling, these are very reliable and can removed or replaced easily if there is ever a need to do soOr I could put a switch on one of the two small leads running to the isolation solenoid as Pianotuna suggested. But either way, I would be losing the alternator's contribution to charging the house batteries while traveling and amps is amps.
eric1514 08/08/21 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

I ran into that exact situation on our last trip out earlier this year. I haven't changed my solar system for years but for the first time my battery light came on when I started the engine. I had the rig plugged in all night so the batteries were topped off and didn't require much charging. I glanced at the volt meter and it was pushing 15 volts! I turned off the engine then thought to look at the voltage coming out of the solar controller and it was 15 volts. I disconnected the current coming from the solar controller and restarted the engine, no light. I shut down the engine, re-connected the solar and waited a few minutes and the voltage from the controller dropped to 14.6 volts. (What's recommended for my AGMS) I re-started the engine (2005 Ford F-53 chassis with V-10) the light stayed off. My first thought was that the controller will equalize the batteries automatically once a month and that was the cause of the high voltage coming out of the controller so I am going with that, but I could be all wet!You might be right.
eric1514 08/07/21 07:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

So set the controller to LFP 14.4 and head down the road. When you get there, you can do whatever works as required.Yup. That's looking more and more like the plan. I'm not sure 14.4 won't light the lamp. That's the next test. I learned today 14.2, won't.
eric1514 08/07/21 06:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

I think you have it backwards. If you idled for a while the alternator voltage would taper to 13.8ish. meanwhile the PD set to 14.4 might eventually get the batts to near that. with voltage drop on the PD wiring you might never see 14.4 at the battery even with the low amps at the high SOC meaning almost no voltage drop. Solar's low amps means little voltage drop unless thin wiring, so you could set that to 14.5 and get 14.4 which might ot set off the light. You have to test for how high you can set the solar without the light coming on when the house batts are full. If they are full you don't need to be doing that at all, so if you did have a way to turn off the solar when the house is full while driving, you could get to the campground with the house full, no red light, and alternator charging looking after the starter batt. BTW, do you have the charge wizard or pendant to make the PD do 14.4? If not, it will only do 13.6. What are you doing with that for testing?When I started the RV, the voltage at the starter battery dropped from 14.3v to 14.25v. What I meant was that if I was more patient, I could have idled the engine until the PD brought it up to 14.4v to see if 14.4 would set off the light. I've seen 14.4v at the starter battery on the monitor but not with the MH engine running at the same time. The highest I got today was around 14.25v at the starter battery with both the converter and the alternator running. The current was about 6 amps. I'm not sure what you mean by low amps from solar. Granted, it's not converter amperage but the potential is there for almost 25 amps. My cheap controller doesn't give me much choice is to how high I can set voltage. Tops is 14.6 (Flooded profile) 14.4 (Lithium profile, no float) and 14.2 (gel profile). This test was just to see if lowering the voltage from 14.6 would keep the alt light from illuminating and it seems to. Setting the profile before traveling is not tough. Turning the panels off while drive requires pulling off the road. I didn't anticipate this issue. Now when I first noticed this problem, my batteries were full. The light might have gone out shortly anyway if I hadn't pulled off and shut the solar down or as Doug suggested, the voltage output from the controller would have dropped to 13.something in 2 hours. My PD converter has the Charge Wizard.
eric1514 08/07/21 06:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Dashboard Alternator light

That will work for the alternator--but the six volt batteries may prefer 14.8 from time to time. (once a week?) The specs for the Interstate batteries I have say 14.6. I can get there with solar when I'm parked by changing the profile back.
eric1514 08/07/21 05:50pm Tech Issues
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