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RE: Flattest, warmest route to Las Vegas in January from NC

Yup I-10. Take it through Phoenix to 303 north to 60/93. I-10 is often closed on the weekends due to major construction. Check ADOT. If closed take 10, 17, 74, 60/93. Dd not take 60 off of 17. If by any chance the 202 construction is done this year then 10, 202 west south of Phoenix, 10, 303.
CA Traveler 12/10/19 08:47am Roads and Routes
RE: Recs for Solar Cut Off Switch?

Likely the solar + - is isolated from ground. IF your panels have a frame and IF the frame is grounded to the RV frame and IF the RV frame is not wood and IF ... I'd likely switch the + ... Ohhh wait I didnt' do that. The $6 Home Depot 240V AC switch often used for A/Cs is 2 pole and switches both of my panel leads. Flame away and I'm aware that DC switching is not the same as AC switching.
CA Traveler 12/09/19 08:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Voltage drop to 1200 watt inverter

To answer your question: Yes, No, Maybe. Buy a reasonable digital voltmeter for $10 and measure the battery voltage and inverter DC input voltage at the inverter DC input terminals. 0.3V drop is certainly possible given whatever wiring you have. Let's be clear: Marine batteries are NOT deep cycle batteries other than the label. A little better than starting batteries but much less than say 6V GCs.
CA Traveler 12/09/19 08:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Extension cords

Also if by chance there is only a 15 amp breaker in the panel change it to a 20 amp. DO NOT do this. The only reason there would be a 15A breaker in the panel is that the house wiring connected to it is 14 gauge wiring, and "upgrading" to a 20A breaker would be contrary to the electric code and arguably a fire hazard. Who has a code allowing 14 gauge wire? You couldn't run but one plug in on it. Our last home built in 1970 had 10 gauge solid wiring.My house has one 15A CB with 8 plugs on it and a lot of 14ga wire all to code, built in 2006. When the saw wouldn't cut a 2x4 I thought there was a problem. Nope no problem. Fortunately the garage has a dedicated 20A plug.
CA Traveler 12/09/19 07:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extension cords

BTW For years I used 2x 25' 50A plus 2x 25' 30A cords at my sons house (100' total) and no single A/C issues. However the plug is adjacent to the house CB panel. Several years ago we upgraded the plug to 50A and I purchased 2x 25' 50A cords since we were going to be there for additional hot summer days. No voltage issues with either set of cords.
CA Traveler 12/09/19 09:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Extension cords

I would not go to all of that trouble. For less than $30 you can buy a 12/3 outdoor extension cord from Amazon. Romex does not lay flat and is a PIA to roll up afterwards. With an extension cord you can roll it up when you are finished and keep it for the next time it is needed. 50' extension cord Of course you could also buy the 100' cord and eliminate all connections.This is a good plan. Very doubtful you can run any high draw appliances but from your description this is OK and many of us have done the same. Most household plugs are multiple 15A plugs on a 20A circuit. So additional house loads and the CB trips. Therefore turn off the CB and find out what other plugs are on the circuit. For $70 you can also buy 2x 30A RV cords. While you still have the above house circuit you'll also have additional 30A options.
CA Traveler 12/09/19 08:53am Class A Motorhomes

Likely you don't have switches and have to disconnect wires. My switches are next to the controller. 2-3V difference for a 12V battery system is HUGE. My guess is that one or both meters are inaccurate. The battery voltage doesn't match that of the motorhomes systems control panel, 2-3 volts difference........
CA Traveler 12/08/19 04:00am Tech Issues

2 comments: 1. The solar controller should be connected to the battery and the battery disconnect switch should have no effect. 2. You should have disconnect switches on the solar panel wires and on the controller battery wires. Especially for controllers may require proper sequencing of these 2 switches.
CA Traveler 12/07/19 06:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Dish or Directv for full timers?

Register the RV with DTV and get a RV account. Use a vendor to install the equipment. We have DTV at home and take the receiver with us when we travel in the RV, one account and change the locals as required. Both Dish and DTV have pros/cons. Dish probably has the better service for changing locals. Thousands of posts on this topic.
CA Traveler 12/06/19 04:30pm Full-time RVing
RE: DP lengths and Tag Axles

Axles are weight limited which is the main factor.
CA Traveler 12/06/19 04:22pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Washington State

Your GS will love the Astoria Maritime Museum and learn about the 270+ MAJOR ship wrecks due to the Columbia bar and weather and much more. And right there is the $2 waterfront trolley. And the Bow Picker - great fish and chips. And he will enjoy launching a paper plane from the Column. Lewis and Clark fort. Ft Stevens - fantastic, take a kayak tour on the sand dune made lake - very unique and much more.
CA Traveler 12/05/19 05:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Washington State

We really like Astoria and Ft Stevens CG, OR which gets you at the mouth of the Columbia River. And there is more along the Columbia River.
CA Traveler 12/05/19 12:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV'ing with a cat

Prior cat loved the MH. When she saw the door open she would meow until we let her out and then she ran into the MH.
CA Traveler 12/04/19 01:11pm RV Pet Stop
RE: RV'ing with a cat

Cats first training in a car for a month wherever we went. No cage had to be careful about getting on/under driver but they learn. After that MH travel no problem. Always had a collar and then harness full time. 6' red leash while driving so we know where they are. Water and food in the front area, litter box in the closet with door propped open, shower an option. We're careful about them getting out of the MH. It happens and we have the option to leave the red leash on. Use a rope sometimes and they always wrap around something.
CA Traveler 12/04/19 01:05pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Solar power battery novice question

Two batteries refers to 2 different banks common in MHs with chassis and house batteries, each bank can have multiple batteries. Your 2 batteries wired in parallel is one battery.
CA Traveler 12/03/19 07:33am Tech Issues
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

Thanks for the update.
CA Traveler 12/03/19 06:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

The cord plug is another likely candidate for failure. The best way to know is to check the voltages and isolate the problem.I'll amend that statement as it's second best. The best solution is to use a EMS like the PI HW50C. With it's display you can check the incoming voltage, amps, etc. But most important IMHO is that a open or partially open 50A neutral can/will cause high smoke letting out damage to the electrical devices. The HW50C checks and doesn't connect and checks and disconnects when a problem is detected. Every 50A RV should have one. I also had one experience with 160V on a 30A pedestal that occurred at night. RV power was shut off and I ran to the pedestal to unplug.
CA Traveler 12/01/19 10:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

Turning on the generator has given me back the missing power, so do you think the transfer switch is failing. We are in a rest area 150 miles from the New Mexico border and heading home. bad or possibly loose or corroded connections. that would certainly explain the power loss.The cord plug is another likely candidate for failure. The best way to know is to check the voltages and isolate the problem.
CA Traveler 12/01/19 09:09am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

What batteries were low? Chassis or house? Your post implies the house batteries are not being charged. Low house batteries can cause various and strange problems. A $10 voltmeter is your friend and can REALLY HELP understand the problem. Per your post a 15 minute charge from the alternator is a bare minimum charge as it can take several hours to get the batteries up to mostly charged. Hence the lights etc when out again. Please post the battery voltage of both banks. Loss of AC could be a GFCI or some other loss of AC possibly on one leg of the 50A. Again a voltmeter is your friend. However probing AC can be dangerous and I recommend you get help for AC checking. The other day I started the coach as the batteries were low and let it run for about 15 minutes. I also Reset the a/c out 1 and 2 on the inverter and when I checked the bathroom lights, they came on. I releveled the coach and shut off the engine. As it got dark, I turned on the heater and it was working fine. Came back later to put the boys to bed and heater was blowing cold, ignition failure on the hot water heater and again no lights in bathroom..
CA Traveler 11/29/19 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Have no electrical power and no propane on one side of coach

Whatever the official name of the "salesman switch" is it doesn't completely disconnect the house battery from all of the loads. Mine disconnects some common loads like lights but not the refer and not other safety items. Maybe it should be called "Battery Draw Reduction Disconnect Switch". Even my 2 Monaco installed Battery Disconnect Switches (real mechanical switches) don't disconnect all loads from each battery bank. But the Battery Disconnect Switches I installed do indeed completely disconnect the batteries from all loads. Correct terminology or not "Salesman Switch" uniquely identifies the small switch by the door that activates the latching solenoid near the batteries that disconnects some loads.
CA Traveler 11/29/19 12:56pm Class A Motorhomes
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