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RE: Champion generator

If you want to buy over priced equipment go Honda. If you want reliability at a decent price go Champion. :) Yeah, them Hondas- can't depend on them at all... :R And the replacement parts are sooooo expensive. Well that is just what I have heard, never had to buy any:R
jjrbus 08/23/19 05:13am Tech Issues
RE: Removing Silicone caulk

Silicone is very difficult to remove. It must be carefully scraped off using a tool that will not damage the surface below. I have found small plastic scrapers in kitchen stores that work not too bad. But even after mechanically removing as much as possible, there is still the residue left behind and a small amount of the silicone. Only after physically removing as much as you can use a product such as Chris above mentioned. Do not use acetone! It will damage all surfaces and take the paint off. Acetone is ok only to make a final pass with a well wetted rag of it, and only to take off any final residue of oil, dirt etc. Do not rub or scrub with acetone. A quick wet wipe, and then let it evaporate. And acetone will not dissolve silicone. Silicone is uncured rubber. Once cured there is not much that will break it down. Silicone has its place, but NOT in the exterior sealing of an RV! Why people insist on promoting the use of this crud baffles me. In 45 years of the solarium / glazing / renovation business I have earned a serious heap of money tearing down and replacing rotten sunrooms that were sealed with silicone. Well said, Sillycon is not only the wrong product it is the worst product that can be put on an RV. Tried several of the magic elixers for silicone removal,, if they work it is not silicone.
jjrbus 08/22/19 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Fence Post Mod - For water hose storage etc?

Curious do your RV's have sewer hose door? I should add the compartment is useless, a sewer hose will fit in it with no fittings https://i.imgur.com/zubHcGUl.jpg
jjrbus 08/21/19 11:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replace RV Refrigerator with Residental Model

In my class A I had a household refrigerator. Basicly went from power pole to power with it. Had a large battery bank and generator so could boondock when I wanted. Now have a small Toyota and do more boondocking than hookups. Been thinking a house fridge would be nice, but having the propane available works out very well. I would say it depends on your use of the RV. We never boondock. so an electricity-only fridge would work for us. We have had repeated problems with this unit. GM Then there is no reason to have a tripple power fridge. If you do move it here and there an inverter and house battery would be a must if you have it unhooked for more than a couple hours. A fridge will stay cold for a bit if there is no power to it. I freeze a small container of water and put a coin on top, if the coin ends up on the bottom I know it thawed. Only my opinion and worth what you are paying for it.
jjrbus 08/21/19 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: Air Conditioning Problems

I have seen perfectly good roof air replaced because the evaporator was plugged with crud. Google cleaning RV roof air evaporator or coils.
jjrbus 08/21/19 05:13am Tech Issues
RE: Replace RV Refrigerator with Residental Model

In my class A I had a household refrigerator. Basicly went from power pole to power with it. Had a large battery bank and generator so could boondock when I wanted. Now have a small Toyota and do more boondocking than hookups. Been thinking a house fridge would be nice, but having the propane available works out very well. I would say it depends on your use of the RV.
jjrbus 08/21/19 05:09am Tech Issues
RE: Champion generator

Ive owned 3 Champion generators and all have been reliable machines. The 1st one I bought was a 3500/4000 open frame contractor style, I use it for home backup and construction projects at hunting camp. All ive ever done to it is change the oil. Ive had it close to 10 years. While not wisper quiet, it is noticably quieter than the 4400 Briggs/Homelite my grandfather had. My 2nd was a 2000 inverter that I used with my first small travel trailer. It always started 1st or 2nd pull. It was very quiet and pretty thrifty on gas. I only got rid of it when I upgraded to a bigger unit for my larger trailer to run ac. My 3rd Champion is a 3400 inverter I bought last month. I needed more power to run my 13.5k btu ac unit, and this runs it great. It has wireless remote electric start, and was on sale on walmarts website for $799. A comparable Honda is over 3 times the price. It starts easily with the recoil, the start button or the remote. It is well designed with the wheels and folding handle. It has a 30 amp rv plug. It starts my ac in econo mode without any trouble and only runs at half throttle running the ac. The only thing I would change is a bigger gas tank for longer run time, but it does go for 4-5 hours per tank running the ac. I have become quite the Champion fan over the years, I have been satisfied with the 3 gens I have owned, like their design, and appreciate that their reliability is on par with the red and blue gens for a lot less money! There is an extended run kit available from Pinellas power in Florida for some Champions. Very little is worse than running out of gen gas for the AC in the middle of a stormy night.
jjrbus 08/16/19 04:38am Tech Issues
RE: My favorite Generator

My favorite generator was a Honda EV4010 and I have kicked myself many times for selling it with a RV! I have found a Honda 2000 with an 8K window unit is the perfect setup for me. Running out of gas in the middle of the night was a real pain but have added an extended run fuel tank, so now life is good.
jjrbus 08/13/19 04:43am Tech Issues
RE: Tire pressure gauge

Having a couple gauges that I no longer trusted sitting in a drawer, my ancient inflator went belly up. So I looked around, and did not see anything I wanted to spend my $$ on. I need a straight foot inflator with the ability to release air and of course needs to be accurate. So with it on sale and my 20% off coupon I bought a Harbor freight inflator. I removed the angled foot and replaced it with my straight foot. Removed the made in China by lowest bidder gauge and replaced it with a high quality liquid filled gauge. Likely too much effort for most but I am very happy with it. https://i.imgur.com/DRXemKRl.jpg
jjrbus 08/11/19 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: Window AC in the Fridge compartment

https://i.imgur.com/KoRb3USl.png second image not showing I had a small trailer, Heco pop-up roof, that had the window AC from the factory just like this pic, minus the clever luggage, which would have been a great addition. I never knew the btu, but it was small and I think my 2200 gen ran it.Even with the tent sides it would cool the upper bunk just fine. I eventually added some cardboard to help shoot the cold air (off the top of the unit) up and keep it away from the lower intake. Poor design did not always drain water off and when the trailer nose pointed down and AC had water in the pan it would leak on the floor. Most ACs have the pan fill with water and the condenser sits in the water to help cool. Great for a house, bad to have a full pan of water in a camper. I poked holes in the pan and tilted the AC unit more away from the camper. Rot was not too bad and the fix was possible. Anyway, this is why I know little Ac units would work for my situation. I'm still debating the whole AC thing. I hate to buy from Amazon anymore, looked elsewhere and found a Coleman 9200 for $613, so this brings me closer to maybe thinking about a small roof unit again. We will see in the next days if my roof will hold the weight… Debate is all over the place if a 2200 will run a 9200btu at all altitudes (at least under 6,oooft)… Not sure about the debate on which gen will run which AC. I know for a fact that my Honda 2000 will start and run my 11k roof air when the tempature is in the 70's, some place between there and the 90's it fails to start the AC so is not dependable. Yes I have a hard start capacitor in the 11k unit. LRA is the important # in AC and small generators. Locked rotor amps is the momentary power it takes to start a motor from a dead stop. The 11k Coleman PS (power saver) has an LRA of 45.6. The Coleman Cub has an LRA of a whopping 58.4. So me personally would not buy one expecting it to run on a small generator. There are a couple other options, one is the Dometic start kit and the other is the MIcro Air. I cannot recommend the Micro air as I have not used one, but there is enough data in that I would spend my money on one. https://www.microair.net/collections/easystart-soft-starters/products/easystart-364-3-ton-single-phase-soft-starter-for-air-conditioners?variant=30176048267
jjrbus 08/07/19 02:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Window AC in the Fridge compartment

I would put a mini in my RV in a heartbeat if I had room for the inside unit. However they are expensive to install properly. I have 3 in my house and have about $800 worth of tools for installing them. A $99 window ac is likely going to be a 5000 btu unit, too small for most RV's. When I added one to my 21 foot Toyota I found that 8000 btu was the minimum. Although there was a 7100 btu available from the factory when new. No room over fridge or I would have put mine there, it has been done numerous times. Some can get very creative! https://i.imgur.com/KoRb3USl.png Not expensive at hall. If you go on YouTube and type in "split mini AC install in trailer" or "split mini AC install in schoolie" there are many do-it-yourself installations in travel trailers, enclosed utility camper builds and school bus to RV conversions. There are even videos that show DYI installation homes. Many of the videos are pre 410a and referring to R22 units. R22 ran at much lower pressures and was more forgiving on poor installs. Also many of the videos have no idea what they are doing. The new 410a units run over 600 psi and need to be installed correctly. Not rocket science to install, but needs to be done to manufactures specs. The bulk of mini split failures are due to improper installation which also voids the warranty.
jjrbus 08/07/19 02:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Window AC in the Fridge compartment

8,000 is fine with me. Have you run it at high altitude? The gen will lose power in thin air.. Sea level in the upper 90's and high humidity, Rocky Mountains, Death Valley. The 2000 ran it under all conditions I encountered.
jjrbus 08/07/19 05:50am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Window AC in the Fridge compartment

When I put my window ac in I tested first, I was almost certain from reading that a 5 or 6 k unit would not do it and started with an 8k unit. I used duct tape and cardboard to keep it in a window to test and it is just adequate in FL. Despite what I read on the net I believe that an 8000 btu is the largest that will run DEPENDABLY under all conditions with a 2000 watt Honda generator. Of course that is only my opinion.
jjrbus 08/05/19 05:44pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Window AC in the Fridge compartment

Poking around the net and found this, first testing I have seen done on window ac in rv, interesting. https://www.buildagreenrv.com/window-air-conditioner-to-cool-an-rv/
jjrbus 08/05/19 05:50am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Window AC in the Fridge compartment

I would put a mini in my RV in a heartbeat if I had room for the inside unit. However they are expensive to install properly. I have 3 in my house and have about $800 worth of tools for installing them. A $99 window ac is likely going to be a 5000 btu unit, too small for most RV's. When I added one to my 21 foot Toyota I found that 8000 btu was the minimum. Although there was a 7100 btu available from the factory when new. No room over fridge or I would have put mine there, it has been done numerous times. Some can get very creative! https://i.imgur.com/KoRb3USl.png
jjrbus 08/05/19 02:42am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Micro air easy start in new roof air.

I read here and there on the net that some of the AC manufacturers are installing Micro Air Easy Starts in their new roof airs, but can find no conformation of this. Anyone know if there is any truth to this and which manufactures are doing it, or just a rumor?
jjrbus 07/24/19 07:14am Tech Issues
RE: Furrion rv air conditioner, anyone have one yet? Or Attwood?

I have never heard a rv roof air with an acceptable noise level to me! I have an 11k brisk air on my roof and mounted an 8k window unit in the rear bath window as I refuse to listen to the Dometic! I have 3 mini splits in my house and would put one in my old Toyota in a heartbeat if I had room for the inside unit.
jjrbus 07/24/19 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Need Help Selecting a Generator

Ok. Wow. The Onan QDs really seem to be there way to go here. I have a Northern Lights marine generator about the same size and am very, very happy with it. I'm assuming these higher than me Onans are more trouble free than the little 2500 LP models? I have one of those now and it's always breaking down. Lots of repairs and maintenance. If you have an Onan product that is always breaking down, what makes you expect another Onan product to be trouble free? I have always suspected they make their money selling replacement parts! Only my opinion of course and worth what you are paying for it. I have not dealt with diesels in a long time, but I know there are better units available. Bus converters have units they prefer, but do not recall the name. Check if NOrthern Lights has a non marine version. If I was doing a new build today I would be trying to fit in mini split ac's. Should also reduce size of genset needed.
jjrbus 07/21/19 03:53am Tech Issues
RE: Easy start on 2000 watt 13500 btu

I found so much misinformation on the net about using an AC with small genset, cost me some frustration and money. Through experimenting I found that the largest AC I can run with my Honda 2000 is an 8000 btu window AC. That is run dependably under all conditions. Up in the mountains, Death Valley in the summer, Sitting in full sun, temp and humidity in the 90's in FL, never fails to start it. The window AC sticking out of the rear window of my RV is aesthetically unpleasing and I have been watching the Easy Start for some time and believe there is now enough reported experience on the net that I would buy one. If I were starting over I would build in a window AC or use a mini split. I find roof air;s to be obnoxiously loud and over priced.
jjrbus 06/21/19 02:11am Tech Issues
RE: Residential Fridges

The only caution I see is small inverters. There is no federal bureau of inverter ratings and they just plain lie about output. I put a small inverter in for house hold fridge and even though the specs said it would work, would not start the compressor in fridge. I was unable to find the locked rotar amps for house hold fridges at the time.
jjrbus 06/09/19 06:09am Tech Issues
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