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RE: Dometic AC potential issues

1. The freeze Sensor not connected. WHY would you install a new one? Why not just install the old one? 2. They are sealed systems. IF you had a leaker, then ALL the coolant would have been gone by now. They only hold a 16 ozs of coolant. 3. Water Coming OFF the roof indicates the Unit is doing its job. 4. Your brother and you have no way to tell if the compressor is "going" bad:B FYI, your compressor is not going bad. 5. How hot is it and how big is your RV? Doug OP here, The end of the sensor did not have the flat blade attached so it broke off or whatever. To be safe it wasn't an expensive part so I replaced it. I stated that I had no clue about the compressor. Was hoping for a little feedback if there was any simple way to determine any issue with it. It was in the mid 70's now 80 at noon and the AC has not shut off at all. It is a 32 foot 5th wheel and the AC is a 15,000 BTU unit. A 15k AC in a 32 foot RV will NOT cool the RV. Especially if you have slide out/s. Period. The max size for a ducted 15k is about 27 feet. Don't listen to responders that state they have a over 27 foot that does cool with 1 AC. I am giving you 40 years experience with RV's and sizing of Roof AC units. You need to have a operational check of that AC unit. You need 1. The compressor amp draw at ambient correct temp 2. The Temp Differential between the closest cold air outlet and the return air filter. The temp Diff will be 19 to 22 degrees. IE -- 82 hot in 62 cold out would be very good. Doug My Atwood did a fine job in August of 2017 when we could only get a 30A site for the eclipse. 95, humid as heck and no shade in the middle of the day. It worked hard, but kept it in the 70s.
jkwilson 07/14/19 10:25am Tech Issues

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jkwilson 07/13/19 04:34pm Around the Campfire

Since I retired in April, naps have become an important part of my daily routine. A couple of notable ones this year: Early April, up early to go fishing. Cleaned a mess of crappie. 3.5 mile hike in the afternoon, then fried the fish along with hush puppies and fries. Sitting by the fire reading, I dozed off about 10. Woke up around midnight, threw a little more wood on the fire and read until 2 or so. Dozed off for 45 minutes and went into the RV to bed. Mid-May. Drove a little more than an hour to meet some friends for lunch. Great meal and great conversation. Driving back to the campground, the rain cut loose. When we got back to the rig, boss lady put her head on my shoulder and we slept until after dark. Stayed up late drinking wine by the fire. Early June, we hauled the granddaughters 3 hours to our favorite campground. Lunch, and 5 hours of chasing them on bikes and hiking trails, grandma fixed supper. We all crashed in recliners and on the couch, woke up at 11 and watched movies on DVD until 2am. This retirement is pure hell!
jkwilson 07/13/19 04:34pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Bluegrass PArkway

Bluegrass is a better road than 65, you will be fine, also better scenery X2. Kentucky has some great parkways. IMO, Kentucky is the poster child for paying for roads with tolls. Pennyrile, Western Kentucky, Natcher, Audubon, Bluegrass are all nice roads and mostly paid off with tolls. Even I64 in Louisville was once a toll road.
jkwilson 07/13/19 04:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Troubleshooting Dometic RM 4223

Did you disconnect the element from the circuit when you measured? Even at 90 Ohms, the element only draws 160W which is 1.33A so not likely to be a cause of tripping a breaker.
jkwilson 07/12/19 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Bike Racks

It’s because the bouncing will eventually bend it. Look at Swagman. They have several models for RV use.
jkwilson 07/03/19 07:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Short light weight 5th wheel search

You can generally pull up to around 33’ with an SRW. IMO, livability jumps way up around 32’. Everybody has different ideas about an ideal layout, but I’d recommend looking at the Grand Design 303RLS as a point of comparison for other rigs. We love ours. It’s just shy of 33’, but really makes good use of space and is plenty comfortable pulling behind a SRW. Some folks even pull them with max tow package F150s.
jkwilson 07/03/19 11:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: power convert how to diagnose.

Power converter is simple. 120vac in, 13.6vdc out. Does the converter do this or not? how would i know? both outs say 12v both pos and neg. Regardless if its plugged in or not, they obviously run to the battery so no clue if they are actually providing anything. Flipping breakers on and inverter on does not seem to change the reading (12v) at the wires in rear of converter. Don’t measure to chassis. Measure between them.
jkwilson 07/02/19 03:53pm Tech Issues
RE: power convert how to diagnose.

Measure from ground to the positive post.
jkwilson 07/01/19 06:16pm Tech Issues
RE: power convert how to diagnose.

Measures 12V with the negative lead connected where? The main reading to be concerned with is from the negative to positive lead. If the negative lead is 12V above something, then the positive lead will be 24V above that point.
jkwilson 07/01/19 05:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

jkwilson: How would Magnuson-Moss apply? It places rules and requirements on how warranties are written. Do you think your warranty violates it? The way I understand the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act after reading it and talking to to some other people it works in place of the lemon law. It's a federal law that works in place of the lemon law for all states. If the dealer or manufacture fails to fix your problem after so many tries or your unit has been out of service for a length of time you can demand some kind of settlement. In most cases you will have to get a lawyer involved. Just hoping I would find someone on here that knows more about it or has used it or what they have done to get major problems solved. I have had three Major problems with my 5er from purchase date 5/22/18 till now. It has been in the shop 5 times for more the 120 days so I have not even to enjoy it and I'm still fighting with the manufacture. That is not what it is at all. It doesn’t even require a company to provide a warranty. It just specifies how the warranty is written and how implied warranties are defined.
jkwilson 06/29/19 10:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act

How would Magnuson-Moss apply? It places rules and requirements on how warranties are written. Do you think your warranty violates it?
jkwilson 06/28/19 08:40pm Fifth-Wheels
Carlyle Lake near Centralia and Carlyle Illinois

Grandson will be attending college in Centralia. See there are a few campgrounds around the lake, but info is scarce on the web. Looks like most are walk ups with I assume 30A electric only. Anybody know more about them? How busy in the fall? Dump station etc.? Figure it would be nice to make a visit to see him a little getaway as well.
jkwilson 06/27/19 08:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A/C excessive noise/buffeting

Atwood used to make relatively quiet A/Cs, but Dometic bought them and put an end to that nonsense. They are all pretty noisy.
jkwilson 06/25/19 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: what to use as a cleaner on s slick side f'ver?

Does your outside water go through the softener? It’s not common to soften the water going to outside faucets. Our water is so bad you can barely see through the windows of a vehicle if you hose them off and let it dry. I scrub things at home, then drive to town for a final rinse at the car wash.
jkwilson 06/25/19 07:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your first post on the forum

I used a different computer name, because something happened with our computer or something that I can't recall now and I think I just changed it to Lessmore from Lesmore49 or Lesmore...something like that. Can't recall the details, but I was here for a few years before the latest date that shows on my join date. Been here for a long time. In fact RVNet and one other forum about cameras are the only forums I have stuck with over many years. This it?
jkwilson 06/21/19 08:21pm Around the Campfire
RE: Cross Winds

Obviously cross winds affect a 5th wheel, but my two cents is that it’s less demanding to drive when the winds get blocked and come back suddenly because you can just steer back to correct without any tail wagging the dog.
jkwilson 06/21/19 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations for 30 -32 ft 5th wheel

I like the looks of the Grand Design but I don't know about the frames and running gear, maybe someone can enlighten me. Lippert frames and Dexter axles. Basically the industry standard. Love our 303. Lives much bigger than it is. Well laid out.
jkwilson 06/21/19 03:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

You folks worried about getting something in the mail that needs dealt with quickly should sign up for Informed Delivery with the USPS. It’s free and only takes a minute to setup. You get pictures of all the mail you are getting that day. You can get it emailed or check it via browser. Has the previous several days available so you don’t have to check every day. USPS Informed Delivery
jkwilson 06/20/19 07:08am Beginning RVing
RE: How do you begin to plan for extended road trips?

I like to have the first night booked. Might seem trivial, but in all the running around getting ready to go, it puts my mind at ease to have one less thing to deal with on the road. Generally the roads I’m driving the first day are somewhat familiar and I may already have an idea where my gas stop is going to be as well. Once on the road, we figure out the route for the next day in the evening. Sometimes turn by turn and sometimes general. Once it gets to be lunchtime, we start looking for a spot for the night since we have a better idea of how far we’ll get. If we are looking in campgrounds, we check availability. If there seem to be openings we’ll hit the road and maybe book a site later in the day. If sites seem tight during our lunchtime search, we may go ahead and try to find something we can book then or expand our range. What I really try to avoid is finding out after 8 hours on the road that there’s no place good to stay, but 100 miles back there were plenty. We are still fairly new, so we are still learning the process. We had to improvise a few weeks ago when we got caught in traffic from a truck accident. We lost almost 3.5 hours. It was 7pm when we started moving again. Middle of nowhere. We asked a deputy sheriff if there was someplace we could camp nearby and he directed us to an old motel that had 7 RV sites behind it. Just 3 miles away and we found no hint of it in any of our online searches.
jkwilson 06/19/19 03:46pm Beginning RVing
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