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Prescott, Payson, Roosevelt Lake, ???

I'm planning to head to Arizona - specifically to visit family in and around the Phoenix area. I'm looking to find a great place to camp while I'm there, reasonably close enough to visit family, and where I might leave my rig undisturbed for a period of time. While I may be subject to 14-day limits, I'd still like to find a place where I can relax and enjoy the scenery, and perhaps some of the local sights and geography. Do you have any suggestions? I generally check freecampsites.net, and RVParky, along with RV Trip Wizard... hoping some personal experiences will offer better perspective... Thanks!
obiwancanoli 10/14/21 08:07pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Solar Charging Issue

The problem appears to be that my solar array wasn't recharging the batteries. By this point, the generator switch (on the top of the genny itself) was flipped back to "on" (no idea how it was turned off), but the tech noted that the solar wasn't recharging the batteries. He advised that the Battery Disconnect module needed replacement, as each side of the BD module was of different voltage (14.1 vs. 13.1), indicating that the solar wasn't recharging the batteries... Have to assume this is a correct diagnosis, but would like other input to get a better idea of the process... thanks
obiwancanoli 10/11/21 03:13pm Tech Issues
Solar Charging Issue

Thanks to Roger from Fixin' Dixon Mobile RV in Las Vegas, my boondocking adventure was able to continue... I'd been out for 3 weeks with no problems, after which my batteries refused to recharge via solar or generator. Hooked up a portable generator (2000W), and though that DID recharge batteries to 1005, it was hard on the Honda generator, and it refused to work after that... Called several sources, all were unavailable for at least a week, then was referred to a mobile tech that took overflow work from Fixin' Dixon, and he came out 2 hours later - to the middle of nowhere on Lake Mead - performed diagnostics, and found an on/off switch enabling recharging was flipped to "OFF" somehow, and was not recharging batteries. Further, diagnostics found defective Battery Disconnect module (Battery Isolation Manager module in electrical cord bay) showed 14.1V on the Chassis side, and 13.1V on the Coach side... they should be equal... and so, have appt. to replace this. Meanwhile, after flipping on the switch on the generator, batteries were finally able to recharge from that alone (120W portable solar panel helped, but not enough). My sincerest thanks to Roger of Fixin' Dixon in Las Vegas, a knowledgeable, helpful expert whose methodical testing and diagnostics alone were worth the price.
obiwancanoli 10/09/21 01:55pm Tech Issues
RE: E7 error

A simple Google Search . . . What is the E7 code on a Dometic thermostat? When you see this code, the system is telling you that all 120 AC power has been lost and the system cannot operate as it should. That loss of power is for all power modules connected to the system. Checking for a blown breaker is one way to fix this issue. I guess it is easier for someone else to search for you After I posted my inquiry, sir, I DID do a search... thank you for your input
obiwancanoli 09/17/21 08:23am Tech Issues
E7 error

My Dometic thermostat is showing an E7 error... noticed first when heat pump wouldn't come on... later, the a/c showed same error... can I fix this? How? WHat does it mean? Thanks
obiwancanoli 09/16/21 06:13pm Tech Issues
Cargo Bay sliding tray install

I've got a 2017 Newmar Ventana LE, and am about to install a sliding storage tray from MORryde (36 x 90). While capacity is 800 pounds, I'm certain I'll never reach half of that. There's about a 3" distance between the inside floor of the bay and the sheet metal underside, which suggests a nut and bolt approach. Every Youtube video I've seen, however, shows installs using only wood screws, suggesting there's a wood component as the next layer down from the carpeted flooring, but I can't find anything on this, in terms of type of wood, thickness, durability regarding such sliding tray installs, etc... Looking for any information I can gather, as I have a smaller tray for a smaller compartment I can self-install, but want to do so properly. Will likely have my service guy install the larger tray, but still need advice... Thanks!
obiwancanoli 09/05/21 10:13am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: to many gps`s

I've been pleased with a Garmin RV890. Currently on sale for $100 off, at $399
obiwancanoli 08/30/21 10:34am Technology Corner
Lounge Chair / Recliner for a relaxing nap

I thought the chairs I bought with the fold-up tray and glass holder was a great choice, but I now find I've been wrong about this... something about taking a relaxing nap in the shade under the awning really appeals to me, and so, with the multitude of choices out there, I'm hoping those with experience will chime in to advise brand, style, durability issues and more, and guide me to an affordable, dependable, and durable choice. Any takers?
obiwancanoli 08/29/21 08:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic portable fridge/freezer

Ok, the 75DZ is doing great, and the sliding tray I ordered just arrived today. Need to install the tray, but nothing came with it, so got to get over to Home Depot for the right screws. I assume the flooring in the bay is wood, and not especially thick... maybe 3/4"... but should I also include lock washers?
obiwancanoli 08/28/21 06:39pm Tech Issues
Absorption vs. Residential refrigerator

My current rig - a 2017 Newmar Ventana LE - has a 12 c.f. 4-door refrigerator/freezer. Runs on 120 or propane, and simply does not keep the ice cream cold enough, and even at the highest setting, previously frozen foods begin to thaw, though only slightly. Temporary solution to this was the acquisition of a Dometic portable cooler (75DZ) that does a much better job of keep the ice cream in an acceptable state. The issue for me is this: I'm considering trading up to a new MH, and my research suggests most if not all new coach's come with residential all-electric fridge. Since I boondock often, and will continue to do so, I also plan to move my current Battle Born Lithiums to the new coach (100Ah each, 4 total). I currently also have about 600 total watts of solar, and have room for another 600 watts (3 panels), and it's a given that I'll probably have an equivalent wattage output for solar on the new rig. I'm attempting to learn as much as I can about the differences between Residential vs. Absorption fridge's, and why I would want one over the other. Capacity isn't a big issue for me, but I wouldn't want to go smaller than what I already have... To be sure, I'll be spending time at traditional RV parks with shore power, but again, there's the ice cream thing... I'd very much appreciate your insight and experience in guiding me toward the knowledge level I seek to make an informed decision - TIA!  Michael
obiwancanoli 08/24/21 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing 50A Electric Cord

OK, so I replaced the 35'r with a 30 foot cord, and my electrician is making a 10 foot extension from the original. Feel comfortable now, and ready to hit the road again!
obiwancanoli 08/24/21 03:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Brand New, Just beginning process

All good advice that's been offered here... you might also check out Lazy Days RV and La Mesa RV... two of the biggest dealers in the country, and they have a search feature that allows you to narrow down some basic parameters. Do online searches to get some good ideas, and they generally include a lot of pics to offer you some visuals...
obiwancanoli 08/21/21 08:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a small 50-80 qt. Freezer

obiwancanoli 08/11/21 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing 50A Electric Cord

S O cord is what you want. Why?
obiwancanoli 08/07/21 07:17pm Tech Issues
Replacing 50A Electric Cord

Has anyone replaced the electric cord on their MH, the one you hook up to shore power? Is the cord specific to the MH, or will a generic cord work too? Can it be done easily, or is it something you'd have a service tech do?
obiwancanoli 08/07/21 10:47am Tech Issues
East Side of Sierra options

Planning to head out to Lee Vining - Mammoth Lakes - Bishop area to boondock... does anyone have recommendations for a 35' Class A with a toad?
obiwancanoli 08/02/21 07:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Has anyone noticed

I wonder... if they defaulted on the RV loan, is it considered a foreclosure?
obiwancanoli 08/02/21 08:53am RV Lifestyle
RE: Has anyone noticed

To be sure, new converts to the RV lifestyle have come from Covid remote workers, and some of them will stick to it. Most others, methinks, will eventually tire of the lifestyle, and will find it hard to leave an expensive RV in storage, seeing little use after 2022. That could leave a glut of affordable RV's for those looking to upgrade, me being one of them... keep an eye out...
obiwancanoli 08/01/21 09:15am RV Lifestyle
RE: Toilet Tissue...

Single Ply? Gotta use a ton of it to be of much use...
obiwancanoli 07/29/21 08:10am Truck Campers
RE: Solar panels

10W of Solar is probably for the chassis battery. Adding a 100W solar panel is a start, but better you should be thinking 400-500 W (3-5 panels). These would recharge your "House" batteries, which power your electric needs. There may be some small charging going on if the panels are under shade, but for all practical purposes, parking in shade won't do much to charge the batteries without some kind of portable panel you can place facing the sun.
obiwancanoli 07/29/21 08:06am Tech Issues
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