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RE: Water Hearter Source For Full-Time

Electric is the way to go if you have a choice. You don't have to get it filled up. There is less danger of fire. There is no danger of CO poisoning. If electric is included in your camp site fees then it's "free".
maillemaker 04/29/20 04:28pm Tech Issues
2 pin panel-mount electrical socket and plug?

Hoping you electrical experts can point me to something non-RV related. I just bought a pull-behind sprayer for spraying weed killer in my yard. It has a 12V pump on it spray the chemicals. Not sure how much current it draws. I'll be pulling it behind my garden tractor. This is it: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00YEQ45PC It comes with alligator clips to attach to the power source (battery). My battery is under the tractor seat and I'm afraid if I clip connectors onto it they will touch the metal bottom of the seat and short out. Plus it's not easy to turn the pump on and off while driving the tractor that way. So I'm going to install a 12V rocker switch on the dash of the tractor, and then I want to install a panel-mount socket and plug on the back of the tractor. So I'm looking for a panel-mount connector for this purpose. 2 pin. Any suggestions? Thanks,
maillemaker 04/13/20 08:04am Tech Issues
RE: self driving sooner than we think!

I think you missed my point...they are in wide scale application now. I got your point, I just think you're overstating "wide scale". I've never seen any AI assistance mechanisms built into the roadways, but of course I'm a human so maybe I just haven't noticed. I did some googling on the "Connected Vehilces V2I" and found lots of articles that talk about what it might look like in the future but nothing that indicated the current state of roll-out. So, I don't think they are in "wide scale application now".
maillemaker 03/09/20 07:39am Tech Issues
RE: self driving sooner than we think!

So self driving cars came out 5yrs ago? I worked on a project 5yr ago that did just this in a midsize city. Google "Connected Vehilces V2I" We installed systems that duplicate traffic signals and signs electronically. The signal systems are now moving into wide scale implementation to accommodate cars that have the systems... This is exactly what I'm talking about. When this becomes widespread, you'll know we've reached a turning point. Pavement markings can already be detected by onboard cameras, so not a lot of need for those. Until it snows. Prediction: No matter how good self-driving cars get, they will never be perfect or infallible. It won't take many accidents until the **** lawyers sue the manufacturers of self-driving cars into bankruptcy. They don't have to be perfect or infallible - just statistically safer per mile than humans, which they already are. You're right on the money angle, though. The nail in the coffin for human-driven vehicles will be when insurance companies start charging higher premiums for human-driven vehicles, and reduced premiums for self-driving ones. People will be priced out of human-driveable cars. In fact one can easily wonder whether insurance will even be required for the owners of self-driving vehicles. If you are not driving, and you did not code the driving software, why would you be responsible at all in an accident? At that point, you are, literally, a passenger. It may very well come to pass that the manufacturers will be held liable for accidents.
maillemaker 03/06/20 09:50am Tech Issues
RE: self driving sooner than we think!

You will know the turning point has been reached when they start altering road construction and signage to accommodate autonomous vehicles. When they start embedding things in the roadway, or special stripes on the roadway, or special visual or RF beacons on the roadside, that serve no purpose but to help AI vehicles navigate the roads, then you will know that the turning point has come. Today, everything you see on and around roadways is to enable human drivers. Soon, there will be things there to enable AI drivers.
maillemaker 03/05/20 07:06am Tech Issues
RE: Here we go again yet another Trombetta "Big Boy" failure!

If its purpose is to isolate the house batteries from the starting batteries during cranking and when the engine is OFF, it will only be ON when the engine is running and you are trying to charge the house batteries from the engine. I am certain that your engine alternator can not generate anything near 300A ! In my RV, there is a momentary switch option to gang the house batteries to the engine batteries during cranking, so that the house batteries provide an emergency jump start if the engine battery is dead. I think engine starters can pull 200-500A if I'm googling correctly.
maillemaker 02/27/20 08:18am Tech Issues
RE: Filtering Gasoline from Tranfer Tank

I did a quick search on Amazon for "fuel transfer pump" and there are numerous powered and unpowered choices: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=fuel+transfer+pump&ref=nb_sb_noss_1 Also found this filter kit in the above results: https://www.amazon.com/Fill-Rite-1200KTF7018-GPM-Particulate-Kit/dp/B000BYNEIA Another: https://www.amazon.com/GOLDENROD-595-3-Canister-Fuel-Filter/dp/B00LKWZCFA Steve
maillemaker 02/27/20 07:00am Tech Issues
RE: Generator Placement questions

I have no problem running my built-in generator in a Walmart parking lot overnight. Go park off in the far corner you're fine.
maillemaker 02/25/20 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: black tank chemicals

I quit using chemicals in my holding tank about 4 years ago. I get no odors inside the camper. When flushing, the flapper is only open for a few seconds, and a deluge of water is going down the hole, so very little gas can escape from the holding tank. Most of it probably goes up the vent stack, as it should. I also never clean my holding tank in any way. I simply fill the holding tank to maximum with water at the end of my trip, so that when I open the waste gate I get a "mega flush" pushing all the contents down the poop pipe. As far as the smell when dumping, unless you are spilling sewage when dumping there should be no smells. The dump station at my storage lot has 2 dump entries - one a threaded PVC cleanout which I use with my threaded adapter, but there is also a traditional "flapper" hole in a cement bowl for people who only have a "elbow in the hole" type of dump. If you are using the old "elbow in the hole" type of dump then you might have some smells escape. But I always use my threaded adapter so there is no leakage when I dump. Sometimes you get a whiff of gas coming out the "flapper" hole while I'm dumping down the clean-out hole, but oh well. You'll never smell it more than 5 feet away and in 10 years of RVing I've never once had anyone waiting behind me while I dump anyway. It's cheaper not to use any chemicals, and it's better for the environment.
maillemaker 02/20/20 07:51am Tech Issues
RE: Question about Onan Generator

As others have said, the generator will automatically charge the house batteries through the battery charger built into the converter when running, but generally, it will not charge the chassis battery unless the "AUX BAT" switch is pressed. (not recommended for long term charging) My MOM switch is powered by the house batteries, but AUX BAT is powered by the engine battery so the key must be in RUN for the batteries to be ganged. This is so you cannot permanently gang the house batteries to the engine batteries while the engine is off - otherwise you could accidentally drain both your house and engine batteries and be stuck. My Onan 4BGE will also shut down if the engine battery is disconnected (mine starts from the engine battery). But while running the inverter charges the house batteries. Strange that it would actually run off of the engine battery but not charge it. I did not know that. Steve
maillemaker 02/10/20 12:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

So this weekend we had a break in the rain (finally) and I got to look at the solenoid. Before I replaced it, I wanted to see if, when I pushed the switch to the MOM position, if I was getting full voltage across the solenoid. So I disconnected the engine battery, and then I first measured voltage of the House batteries at the house post on the charging solenoid. It was like 12V. Then I had a helper hold MOM and I measured the voltage on the other side of the solenoid. It was the same. So, the existing solenoid seems to be functioning fine. So I went and had a look at the engine starting solenoid. And I discovered that the positive terminal nut was loose. Not flop-around loose, but I could pull on the battery cable lead and easily turn it on its post. So it's quite likely that I had a poor engine battery connection at the positive post of the engine start solenoid. I pulled all the terminals off the post, wire brushed them, and put it all back together and snugged it down good and tight.
maillemaker 02/10/20 11:58am Tech Issues
RE: Panels don't run things

I guess that's why I see so many dry campers running generators. Generators are easy to understand. Solar, batteries, inverter.. not so much. The main reason is that barring a mechanical malfunction or running out of gas, generators just work, all the time, any time. Night or day, under trees or not, the generator always provides electricity. Push a button - bam - you've got 110V juice. Solar Panels would be useful if you were truly doing long-term, off-the-grid living. But I only boodock in my RV for longer than a weekend about once every 2 years. I run out of water way before I run out of gas for the genny. Heck I run out of water before I deplete my batteries.
maillemaker 02/04/20 02:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan marquis 5500 generator

OP: You might want to get yourself a Kill-O-Watt meter: https://www.amazon.com/P3-P4400-Electricity-Usage-Monitor/dp/B00009MDBU You just plug it into any electrical outlet and it will tell you if you what kind of volts and hertz you are getting from your generator into your RV.
maillemaker 01/24/20 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Thermostat Fan Speed switch doesn't work, LONG

What was odd to me was the furnace came on at a very high speed, high enough that as my wife walked over floor register, her nightgown did a MM thing by blowing up around her knees. I don't know the cause, but this is the only way you should operate your furnace from now on. :) Steve
maillemaker 01/23/20 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

When the rocker switch is in "OFF", the solenoid works from the run circuit and key. Nope. When the rocker switch is in the middle position (it is 3-way), then the solenoid does not work at all. Rocker must be in MOM or DUAL to energize solenoid. In key postion "ON" (but not in "START") you are already in "DUAL" (at least in my rig which has no rocker switch) If you have no rocker switch, then I don't know how yours works. With the rocker, it must mean you don't get "DUAL" just from powering the solenoid, you need to push "DUAL" too. But why should that mean the rocker needs to get any power from the run circuit to pass along to the solenoid, which is already in the run circuit? The rocker is a 3-way switch. In the middle, it's off. When locked in Dual, it routes vehicle run power to the solenoid. When held in MOM, it routes house battery power to the solenoid. The rocker switch will "stick" in the middle position (off), and in DUAL. It's spring loaded in MOM, so you have to hold it in MOM. Does that mean the rocker itself needs 12v power to go from "OFF" to either MOM or DUAL? 12V power is what the rocker switch diverts to the solenoid. It's either getting 12V power from the house battery (MOM), or it's getting 12V power from the engine battery (DUAL) when key is in RUN. All the 3-way switch is doing is letting you choose the power source for the solenoid. That's it. DUAL picks up power from the engine battery (if ignition is in RUN). MOM picks up power from the house battery. And of course the middle position is "OFF".
maillemaker 01/22/20 11:43am Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

Maybe this is a simpler schematic I drew up: https://i.imgur.com/WV43N1Ll.png
maillemaker 01/22/20 11:12am Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

enblethen is right. Hopefully this will put the nail in it: https://i.imgur.com/FZEL8Gfl.png "Battery Changeover" on the schematic is the rocker switch. I have labeled MOM and DUAL. The center common wire goes to the Charging Solenoid (they call it Battery Solenoid). When in MOM, it's pretty simply - the Aux Battery (House Battery) is routed to the Charging Solenoid and gangs the batteries together. Done deal. When it's in DUAL, power comes from the "Fuse Panel". This is a 4-pin yellow plug that simply plugs into a spot on the OEM vehicle fuse bus panel that is hot when the key is in RUN. That's it. All the rocker switch does is energize the Charge Solenoid either from the House battery (MOM), or from a RUN hot circuit in the vehicle fuse panel. Steve
maillemaker 01/22/20 10:54am Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

I only figured it out like 2 days ago. :) Steve
maillemaker 01/21/20 07:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

You need a way for the solenoid to stay powered when the key is turned to Start or it will cut off the house battery supply to the starter so you can't start. The MOM switch does not rely on the ignition switch at all. Only DUAL does.
maillemaker 01/21/20 06:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help replacing charging circuit solenoid.

Going from Run to Start cuts off non-essentials and the power to the solenoid normally. So there are switches of some sort responding to the key position. You try to start normally but the engine battery is too low. You push MOM and try again using the key to Start. Non-essentials are still switched off same as usual, but this time power stays on to the solenoid (or there would be no power to the starter). Yes. The MOM switch uses the house batteries to energize the charge solenoid. If the house battery power is just passed through to the engine side via solenoid, the brain that gets the power to run and switch off the non-essentials would not know the difference which battery bank is supplying the power. Seems to be the case. Yes. That "brain" is the ignition switch. But now for some reason the brain running the power to the solenoid can tell the difference? I don't know how it works, but the when the ignition switch is in START, accessories are turned off. This is going to be true in pretty much any car. Maybe the MOM by-passes the solenoid to parallel the house with the engine batt some other way, and it all acts the same as when on engine battery, but the solenoid being open in Start does not cut off the house battery power, because it by-passes the solenoid when in MOM?? I don't understand what you are saying here. I think it is really very simple. MOM is just like taking a pair of jumper cables and hooking up a second battery to your engine battery. That's all it does. The difference is instead of jumper cables it's a solenoid operated from the house battery juice. DUAL does the same thing, but it uses the RUN switch juice.
maillemaker 01/21/20 01:37pm Tech Issues
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