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RE: Coleman Mach 3 screws coming loose

It's not just that the bolts will loosen from the gasket sagging with age, they will keep working their way out (presumably from going over bumps while towing) so the mounting bracket and control panel are hanging down by an inch or more from the ceiling after a few trips. The original gasket didn't hold up very well and started leaking when it rained. The aftermarket one seems to be holding up better, and the upper unit is still sitting at the right height and sealing all around. Even if I snug them up, the whole thing will soon be hanging way down from the ceiling. I understand they might need to be snugged up periodically, but it seems they had very little resistance and would vibrate themselves on out.
sparkydave 10/04/21 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Problem

I have ordered the Progressive Dynamics Model PD9260-cv. My trailer operates on 50 amps. I now see the converter is 60 amps. Will this be a problem? Ordered it on Amazon. The 60 amps refers to the current it can deliver on the 12 volt DC side. Not the same thing as the 50 amp shore power connection on the AC side.
sparkydave 10/04/21 10:08am Tech Issues
Coleman Mach 3 screws coming loose

A few times now, I've noticed the control panel for the unit sagging. Turns out the long bolts that hold the top and bottom half together keep coming loose. Even after I replaced the gasket, I can't make them much tighter without compressing the gasket too far. Yesterday I finally took the panel off again, got the unit realigned with the hole, and put some blue Loctite on the threads. Hopefully it stays put, but has anyone else had this problem?
sparkydave 10/04/21 07:18am Tech Issues
RE: Help, Fleetwood w/ 460 won’t start

Just spitballing, but if the noid light got brighter when it started running on ether, I wonder if there could be something wrong with the crank pickup sensor. That should be triggering the ECU to fire the ignition and/or fuel injectors, but it seems odd that once the engine spins faster the injectors apparently are getting driven harder. Your battery voltage is still staying at a healthy voltage while cranking, yes?
sparkydave 05/27/21 01:00pm Tech Issues
RE: New camper towing

Legally, if your trailer has brakes, no matter how light the trailer is, you must have a working brake controller,... Please provide a citation for your assertion. Turns out he's not wrong, at least here in Ohio. https://codes.ohio.gov/ohio-revised-code/section-4513.20 Does seem a little over-zealous and unenforceable though; the trailer may be light enough that it's not required to have brakes and still be within the capabilities of the tow vehicle, but if it happens to be equipped with brakes you MUST NOT TOW unless you have a brake controller installed. If you go remove the brake hardware, then you're A-OK. That's silly. I knew the breakaway switch was required if it had trailer brakes, but that doesn't depend on the tow vehicle. I'm sure everyone around here gets a brake controller installed, seeing as how my popup did not originally have brakes (they were an option), but the exact same model now has them as standard equipment.
sparkydave 05/25/21 10:14am Beginning RVing
RE: Fridge runs warm when temperature climbs into high 80s

I added a 12 volt computer fan to help move air out of the condenser vent when I discovered that the refrigerator would warm up if the sun was shining on that side of the camper on a hot day. Made a world of difference since the heat would build up inside that compartment.
sparkydave 05/25/21 09:15am Tech Issues
RE: New camper towing

I had a Traverse (2010) without the tow package. The package added the heavy duty radiator, transmission cooler, wiring harness for the brake controller and trailer wiring, tow/haul switch to change the shift points, and the hitch. I towed my 2000 pound popup with no trouble. Yours will weigh a little more. If you visit the Traverse forums, there are folks who have added most of the equipment to get those features. You might have to buy the wiring harness to add a brake controller though, there's no easy way to get a brake signal without splicing into the wiring. There's no brake light switch on the brake pedal, trust me. It uses a brake pedal position sensor and the body control module provides the brake signal for the brake light and trailer harness. I had brakes on my popup since I had previously towed it with a Honda CR-V, but never got around to installing the brake controller on the Traverse. I just used a T connector from eTrailer that installed behind the taillights to get the trailer lights.
sparkydave 05/21/21 10:17am Beginning RVing
RE: Portable Camping Stove Design Issue

FYI, I had a problem with my popup when I tried to use the stove outside. Thanks to lousy design, the hose was connected to a pipe that came straight up from the floor, and it made a 180 degree bend. Routing the hose to the outside the hose would kink and cut off the gas. I had to add a 90 degree elbow fitting to keep the gas line from kinking.
sparkydave 05/21/21 09:12am Tech Issues
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