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RE: 100 watt Solar decision

Opnspaces, I took a peak behind one of the wall lights and was glad to see that the wiring would be relatively easy to fix up a usb plug. And I was going to go without an inverter but I found a 400 watt cobra modified sine wave for 20$ refurbished with wires and had to get it. But I ordered a 12 volt plug because it will be nice to have and didn't break the bank for pure dc and convenience. Awesome, I think the USB plugs are the way to go. Now that you decided to add one there are a few things I can think of to be aware of. If you tap into an existing light fixture your install is already fused But I'll bet the manufacturer used 14g wire so you should probably do so as well. Wherever you drill the hole for the outlet be aware that you need to have access to the back of the hole. If you can't get behind the outlet you can't tighten the big plastic nut that holds it all in the hole. Don't drill too close to a corner because again that back plastic nut needs to be able to fit and screw down. If you get too close to a structural member or corner you might not be able to turn the nut. Yes I ran into just that problem with the first one I installed.
opnspaces 07/05/20 12:04am Travel Trailers
RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

@RvShrinker Yes with choices of Auto or Gas you have a 2 way refrigerator. While we like to debate and offer ideas and solutions, you have already answered your own question. You stated that you have already run for 4 days on Propane so you will easily make it two days. Yes the refrigerator on gas does draw a small amount of power and your tow vehicle will easily keep up with that draw. You are not trying to charge the batteries from dead through the 7 blade adapter. You're using a tiny amount of 12v power to power the board in the back of the refrigerator. Your tow vehicle starter battery is sufficient for this and your alternator will charge that battery back up if it starts getting low. Your refrigerator does not have the 12v battery draining option that people are referring to. Charge the batteries before you leave for the trip. Turn all appliances onto propane. Go have fun.
opnspaces 07/04/20 01:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: A/C Gasket

I think I checked mine once in the last 15 years. Since yours was replaced a few years ago I would probably check it once. Make sure that visually the gasket is only compressed about half way down. Use your fingers and see if the four bolts are tight. If everything seems tight I would put a socket on it and tighten an additional 1/8 to 1/4 turn and no more. Then put it all back together and don't think about it for at least 10 years.
opnspaces 07/04/20 01:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: 100 watt Solar decision

I realize I'm coming in late to this string but wanted to add my thoughts. First thought and only because it's your last post. Can you go to the local dump and grab a battery out of the recycle bin to save on the core charge? Yes definitely add a fuse or circuit breaker to every wire that comes off the positive side of the battery. The fuse is to protect the wiring and trailer from burning up. I know you want to add the inverter to power things. Inverters are cheap and work well. But you should also consider adding a USB outlet near your bed for charging the phone overnight. It sounds like you are familiar with crimp connectors so I would go this route. You will need an interior cabinet or maybe the base of the bed to mount to and drill one maybe two holes to do this. This plug uses crimp connectors. You can wire positive and negative straight to the batteries. You can also do as I did and wire to an existing 12v wire like the overhead lights. the plug I linked is about $5 more than other plugs. But that is because it was the only one I could find that was non illuminated as in no LED constantly drawing power. Plug on Amazon https://i.imgur.com/nOiKGYE.jpg?1 height=300 You will probably also need a 1" hole saw. Hole saw on Amazon Run some 16 gauge wire and if going to the battery put in a 10A fuse. 10 pack fuse holders All in all under $30 to be able to plug your phone in next to your bed at night with no inverter.
opnspaces 07/04/20 01:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Firman W02981- Any feedback?

First question they need to answer for themselves is what do they expect to run with the generator? It's only going to be in the low 80's during the day and 60's at night for the next week in Los Angeles. If they really want to run the AC I would suggest a hookup campground which would be cheaper than the cost of a generator.
opnspaces 07/04/20 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: AC quit blowing cold

Thinking more about it, if you're in AZ then you probably did not have a freeze up of the evaporator. As dougrainer was asking, is your AC controlled by a wall thermostat or by controls up on the AC itself?
opnspaces 07/04/20 10:15am Tech Issues
RE: AC quit blowing cold

How long were you on the roof? Is it possible the evaporator was frozen up and it thawed while you were cleaning the coils?
opnspaces 07/03/20 09:41pm Tech Issues
RE: light film on cabinets

Can you leave some windows or at least the roof vent open while in storage?
opnspaces 07/03/20 08:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Follow up on Big Problem With New TT Tires install

Good to hear that the home office is going to come through and reimburse you on the damage.
opnspaces 07/03/20 08:53pm Tech Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I agree with you on the lack of pride in the manufacturing. As far as the missing caulking, the tub extends up an inch or two behind the shower walls. Because of this the bottom of the shower stall is not supposed to have any caulking on it.
opnspaces 07/03/20 08:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Gremlins in my camper

Could the $74 guy be using an extension cord to your pedestal during the week while the park is empty? Really just kidding on that one but I couldn't help it. :) Going off the electrical gremlin theory. Unplug the shore power cable and bleed any surface charge off the battery. Try to get the furnace blower running for about 3 minutes. If you can't, then turn on every 12v electrical appliance you can for three minutes. Think range hood vent, bathroom vent, overhead lights etc. After three minutes turn everything off and let the battery rest for a minute or two. Now take some readings. Pay attention to battery voltage. What I mean by that is measure your voltage across the positive and negative posts on the battery and write it down. Now anytime you measure for DC current whether at the fuse box or at the water heater board, you're looking for battery voltage. If the battery is at 12.67 volts, you should see 12.6x volts or at least close to 12.6x volts at the water heater. If you don't, then start going upstream until you find the voltage drop. Measure the voltage at the furnace or the water heater with the appliance turned off. Then turn it on and measure again. Are the two readings close to the same? Starting to think further, you might have a high resistance problem. A multimeter pulls almost no current. So it will measure 12 volts through a single hair thin piece of wire that would never support a furnace fan. If you have a big voltage drop check on the trailer tongue for a circuit breaker or fuse on the positive wire from the battery. If a circuit breaker make sure you have the same voltage on both posts on the breaker. https://i.imgur.com/xKUJqOj.jpg?1 height=300 You can always jumper the two posts with something to rule out the breaker itself. If the breaker is bad they are available at any auto parts store and probably at Walmart as well. Just make sure you look at the amperage rating on the side of the old breaker as like fuses they come in various amperage's. You can also check fuses by taking a measurement off back of the fuse. Poke the positive lead of your meter into the slots on the back of the fuse by the rating number. Those slots are at the end of the two blades on the fuse so you can take reading without unplugging. You should get the same reading on both slots. If the readings are different replace the fuse. https://i.imgur.com/D42LGth.jpg?1 height=300 If you suspect a ground problem, or just want to rule out the ground you could make a temporary ground. Use a spool of wire, some jumper cables clipped end to end, a length of copper pipe and some alligator clip test leads. Something to give you a long return path to the battery. But if you use a fabricated ground, make sure you take your battery voltage test at the battery using the extended ground. As far as your converter charger the easiest check is to plug in the shore power cable and do another battery voltage check. You should be getting around 13.6 volts at the battery. Again, you should be getting close to that same voltage at the fuse block, the furnace, or the water heater. The high power bill was probably your charger running full bore trying to charge up the dead battery. If you suspect anything else then turn off and empty the refrigerator and bring the food home. Flip the main breaker in the trailer not at the post and disconnect all negative wires off the battery. Take a picture of the electrical meter and then head home. The next weekend take a look at the electrical meter when you return and make sure it's the same. Hook up the battery, flip the breaker back on and turn on the refrigerator. Reload the fridge with the pre-cooled items from home.
opnspaces 07/03/20 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: Water pressure - why does pump run when city water connected

Definitely turn the pump off when not in use. No it will not damage the pump to run dry so I wouldn't worry too much there. there is a pressure switch on the pump that turns it on and off as water pressure rises ad falls. Either that switch is bad, or the city water pressure is too low.
opnspaces 07/01/20 02:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: Black Tank Roof Vent and Bathroom Roof Vent Too Close?

If there is a sink close to the toilet poke your head into the cabinet and take a whiff. It's possible the smell is coming from there and not off the roof. If that's where the smell comes from you can unscrew and replace the air admittance valve. Link
opnspaces 06/30/20 09:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic Duo Therm Air Conditioner--does it blow in debris?

No, there is no exchange of air between the outside and the inside. But what could be happening is the new filter allows a stronger draft which stirs up the dust so it can settle in more places. Another possibility is the new filter allows more dirt to pass through it.
opnspaces 06/30/20 09:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black Water Accident

I second the cap with a garden hose attachment. I have one and I always carefully loosen the small cap and make sure there are no leaks before I remove the larger cap.
opnspaces 06/30/20 05:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

I don't have an F150, but I had the same concerns on my Suburban. My solution was to find a hole in the frame near the rear bumper. I through bolted an eye bolt through the frame hole and hung a snap hook in the eye bolt. Now I can hook my breakaway cable to the snap hook and it is separate from the bumper or hitch.
opnspaces 06/29/20 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I connect my sewer line when camping?

I leave the hose stored away until ready to dump. If I'm going to have to dump again in the future I leave it attached. Otherwise it gets stored and I drive home.
opnspaces 06/28/20 08:30pm Beginning RVing
RE: Norcold Refrigerator light identification

Looks like it fits a a standard 921 automotive bulb. Amazon link
opnspaces 06/28/20 10:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Black Water Tank Issue

So if you have are sure you have a black tank. And if that tank is not holding water but rather letting the liquids drain out. Then yes you need to get that issue (probably the valve) fixed as soon as possible. Right now the liquid is draining out of the tank and the solids are staying behind and piling up on the floor of the tank. If this is not addressed you will soon have the dreaded pile of poop under the toilet and another plug to clean out. The valve itself might still be functioning and the seals are melted. But with the possibility of melting damage on the valve itself I would probably just spend the extra $10 to replace the entire valve. Valterra valve Camco valve
opnspaces 06/28/20 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Installed new kitchen faucet.. success

No way, that's almost superhuman to only make one trip to the hardware store. :)
opnspaces 06/28/20 09:40am General RVing Issues
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