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RE: Air Conditioning Malfunction?

Just a quick update for you... turns out both a/c units on top weren't working at full power... tech said they were operating at about half capacity, and thus, required replacement. Also turns out Dometic has a 2 year warranty on these, so their replacement was covered without cost to me. Happy to note both units working chillingly! Heard compressor come on within a minute of turning on the a/c ("Cool" on the Dometic control panel), and shortly thereafter, it got really cold, really fast. Of course, now that the season is cooling off, I have no need for the a/c until next summer, but it's no longer an issue. Thanks to everyone for your help, insight, and advice.
obiwancanoli 10/22/19 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Keeping ice cream frozen

I had a similar question on a different forum earlier this summer. None of the advice that I received seemed to help so my solution for next summer is to bring along a small 120v chest freezer. I considered that, but the darn things aren't cheap! Before re-considering, I'm going to try storing the ice cream in the ice maker compartment... along with more deeply freezing the ice cream at home first. I have several of those freezable gel packs, and a few large cuts of meat and fowl that I can wrap around it... if it works, great. If not... will keep looking for a solution. Thanks to all who offered their ideas and observations!
obiwancanoli 10/19/19 07:09pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Keeping ice cream frozen

I have a Dometic 4-door refrigerator/freezer, with an ice maker. Until now, I'd always kept ice cream in the compartment without the ice maker, surrounded by other frozen items, gel packs, etc. try to freeze it at lower temps at home to prepare it, otherwise, ice cream simply gets soft, and messy to eat.. But I've recently read someplace that I'd do better to follow my same routine, but to store the ice cream in the same compartment the ice maker is housed... I keep the fridge/freezer on the coldest possible setting, and the idea above seems to make sense... anyone care to chime in on this?
obiwancanoli 10/18/19 07:26pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

Thank you all... this has been an illuminating experience... will keep you posted
obiwancanoli 10/15/19 12:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

Yes, Doug, that's the instruction manual I have... I understand a little more, a little better, each time I read it....
obiwancanoli 10/15/19 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

While you have not specifically stated such, it sounds like you might have a residential frig rather than an RV type frig. If that is the case, then yes, you need the inverter on to keep the frig cold. It also might help if you tell us more about the system such as type of inverter and inverter remote control. Lot's of good advice here. I have an RV style fridge - shore powered or propane - a Magnum Standard Remote Control, and a Magnum ME Series Modified Sine Wave Inverter The magnum can be conveniently wired to your Onan Quiet Diesel Generator to operate in "auto gen start" mode which will start your genny automatically if your batteries get low. You have the option of setting the "low" voltage where it starts. This is all done on the magnum operator panel, the one with the rotating know. I believe I can set the AGS from inside the RV, though there is also an Auto-Gen unit/control box inside one of the external bays... need to investigate that better...
obiwancanoli 10/14/19 02:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

While you have not specifically stated such, it sounds like you might have a residential frig rather than an RV type frig. If that is the case, then yes, you need the inverter on to keep the frig cold. It also might help if you tell us more about the system such as type of inverter and inverter remote control. Lot's of good advice here. I have an RV style fridge - shore powered or propane - a Magnum Standard Remote Control, and a Magnum ME Series Modified Sine Wave Inverter
obiwancanoli 10/13/19 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

You did not say what brand/model/year your camper is, nor what kind of solar system you have. However, YouTube has everything. A very simple search on YouTube.com for "electrical systems in RVs" returned this: Click here Refine the search in YouTube use the hourglass by putting in your make-model-year of RV, pertinent info regarding anything you may know about the electric system, solar panels, anything, and you'll get more videos than you can imagine that will walk you through absolutely everything. Weed past the obvious not related videos, and some you watch may not have relevance at all. But, YouTube is your friend. RV noted in last post. My solar system is 3-160 Watt Zamp Solar panels, generating 8.7 Amps each
obiwancanoli 10/12/19 12:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

Seems you were running on inverter for your 120v needs and that ran the batteries down enough so the inverter shut down. There would still be enough battery to run the usual 12v things -lights, fans, etc. When off-grid, you need to "power manage" what the inverter is running so the batteries can keep up. Put the fridge on propane, WH on propane, limit use of 120v appliances. When not watching it, unplug the TV set, don't just turn it "off", which leaves it on. All kinds of tricks to get by longer before you need to recharge the batteries. At some stage you do need to recharge them, no big deal, but best if they can be done during the day instead of at 3am! :) My rig is a 2017 Newmar Ventana LE. My understanding was that if I needed to run ANYTHING - i.e., my lights, tv, clock radio, microwave display - that the inverter needed to be "on"... the fridge does run on propane when not plugged into shore power, as does the WH.
obiwancanoli 10/12/19 11:30am Tech Issues
Class A electrical system setup - no dealer guidance

When I bought my first RV, a Class A Diesel MH, I received no guidance or instruction on using, setting up, or understanding the meters and display for setting up the electrical system. While I did receive manuals for various systems, real-life application and understanding just didn't relate well, and I simply had to guess, or ignore things I still did not understand. I'm speaking of the solar & internal systems set up controls, housed (in my rig) behind a cabinet door at the front of my RV. A recent power outage forced me to stay the night in my rig, and though it was not plugged in to power, the batteries, charged during the day by 480 watts of solar, generating about 26A, appeared to have enough voltage, at 14.2V, to easily last through the night. They did not. Sometime in the night, about 4 hours later, the internal power shut down, the only things requiring power being the microwave display, and the clock radio in the bedroom, both of which went black. Checking the display up front, the meter read 11.6V, the red "fault" light was on, and the inverter would not come back on. Fired up the generator, and soon noted the meter showed 12.2-12.4V and rising. As the manual isn't well written (IMO), I could only surmise the system setup included a setting that automatically shuts down power, to save the batteries, when voltage sinks to a given level. But there are other settings, the nature of which remain foreign to me, which likely also have some bearing on what happens, how, and when. And I'm baffled as to how they relate, and what my needs would require, when it comes to adjusting the settings properly. A recent suspicion had been that my batteries don't seem to be lasting as long as they ought to, for it seems to me that they should easily provide power throughout the night, with such minimal amperage needs as noted above. Because I had recently neglected monitoring them, the batteries, while not completely dry, were damp, and all cells needed fresh distilled water. A month later, i had them checked, and the service tech noted they are in good shape. I still have suspicions that the batteries are not, as I was informed, in good condition (my rig is a 2017, bought off a dealer at the end of the 2017 calendar year, original batteries). I remain baffled by the system, ignorant of proper setup, having had much frustration in managing it, and setting it up properly, so that it works as well as it is designed to do. The manual is less than clear to me, and I feel like I need a knowledgeable experienced tech to walk me through each step, setting, and consequence, impractical though that may be. I'm not sure the help I need can be found here, but needed to vent, with perhaps a small hope someone might offer perspective, if not guidance, on how to proceed. Thanks!
obiwancanoli 10/12/19 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: For Standard Gear, What's your ladder of choice?

The specific reason I wanted it was to be able to more easily clean my windshield. I don’t need it to get on top the RV, as I have a ladder in the rear I can use for that purpose. Besides my goal was to have something as compact and easily storable as possible, and I think this ladder will accomplish that. It’s not like I’m going to be pulling it in and out all the time…r
obiwancanoli 09/18/19 05:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Sold

I find it personally interesting, as Winnebago and Newmar were my two final considerations when buying my Class A DP... While I haven't been privy to some of the negative issues of Winnebago noted above, it will be interesting to see how they blend their product line. I bought my Newmar because of their reputation for quality, the DP availability with a 35 footer, and pricing at the time. And though I've considered trading up, I'm curious how this acquisition will guide my interest in the coming years...
obiwancanoli 09/18/19 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Conditioning Malfunction?

Ah. the sweetest sound a Service consultant can make "Covered under Warranty" Don't you just love it :) You betcha, Bucko... they're in, soon to be installed, and all else looks good... batteries are fine... more relief... now... if I can just get the **** thing back while the weather's still cooperating!
obiwancanoli 09/17/19 10:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: For Standard Gear, What's your ladder of choice?

After trying other ladders, I settled on the 7 foot double sided folding ladder. It can be stored in a 5 inch square plastic fence post yet it's nice and sturdy when in use. I tried the single sided 5 and 6 foot models but this 7 footer is the best of them all and I wish I hadn't wasted my money on those others. https://cdn.rvplus.com/images/thumbnails/280/280/product/135/03-0885-0886-color1343079826500dc5921a2cc.jpg height=500 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmsOd7atirI Look around good before buy because I've seen pricing from $125 to $200 on them. This looks very interesting... will check into this one, would like something a bit higher, maybe 7-8 foot, thanks! Yup, that's the one I found on Amazon for $172, the 7-footer... I'm pleased... most other places was $200-$250, if they weren't out of stock... thinking about the top cover, too... $27
obiwancanoli 09/17/19 10:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Alternative satellite option?

I picked up a MiFi hotspot from Verizon, so, assuming I CAN get a signal, I think my problem is solved... thanks, everyone, for your input... I never come away without learning something...
obiwancanoli 09/17/19 10:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: For Standard Gear, What's your ladder of choice?

Try this link: https://www.campingworld.com/7%27-double-sided-rung-ladder-20319.html While searching, I found them on Amazon and a couple of other places for over $200 but like you said, most places are out of stock. I also saw where it's claimed that this is the most poplar model of their ladders. It doesn't make sense that's everyone's out of stock. Yes, I found it on Amazon, too... thanks for your input!
obiwancanoli 09/03/19 05:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: For Standard Gear, What's your ladder of choice?

After trying other ladders, I settled on the 7 foot double sided folding ladder. It can be stored in a 5 inch square plastic fence post yet it's nice and sturdy when in use. I tried the single sided 5 and 6 foot models but this 7 footer is the best of them all and I wish I hadn't wasted my money on those others. https://cdn.rvplus.com/images/thumbnails/280/280/product/135/03-0885-0886-color1343079826500dc5921a2cc.jpg height=500 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmsOd7atirI Look around good before buy because I've seen pricing from $125 to $200 on them. I can't find that 7-footer ANYWHERE!!! Not offered, or out of stock every place I've checked...
obiwancanoli 09/03/19 03:06pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: For Standard Gear, What's your ladder of choice?

After trying other ladders, I settled on the 7 foot double sided folding ladder. It can be stored in a 5 inch square plastic fence post yet it's nice and sturdy when in use. I tried the single sided 5 and 6 foot models but this 7 footer is the best of them all and I wish I hadn't wasted my money on those others. https://cdn.rvplus.com/images/thumbnails/280/280/product/135/03-0885-0886-color1343079826500dc5921a2cc.jpg height=500 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmsOd7atirI Look around good before buy because I've seen pricing from $125 to $200 on them. This looks very interesting... will check into this one, would like something a bit higher, maybe 7-8 foot, thanks!
obiwancanoli 08/30/19 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
For Standard Gear, What's your ladder of choice?

My home step-Ladder isn't high enough. My extension ladder is old, long, and rickety. And I'm thinking I need to pack an appropriate sized ladder in the storage bay for all those times when I would need to reach the top of the windshield but which would take up as compact as possible space within the bay. Lashing to the rear external ladder isn't an option I've discarded yet, but to me, it looks tacky. I've seen some collapsible, and telescoping options, but have no experience with either type... What say you? What's your experience? Thanks!
obiwancanoli 08/29/19 03:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Air Conditioning Malfunction?

Update: Turns out, both a/c units are bad, and will be replaced under warranty (Dometic)... Took RV in for service issues, a/c among them, and tech noted my observations were correct, air flow wasn't cooling as it should, said something about power flow showed both were putting out only about half of what they should be. Since they are covered under warranty, he ordered two to install once received, and, presumably, this will solve the problem...
obiwancanoli 08/29/19 10:01am Class A Motorhomes
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