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RE: Battery (really solar panel) Disconnect Question

OK, gotta ask. Under what conditions would you need or want to disconnect the solar charging equipment from the batteries.....except for maintenance maybe ?? Well designed equipment should cause no problem if left connected 24/7.
Sam Spade 10/16/19 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: why am I still getting this

A few years ago I had nothing but problems with RV.NET. Since switching to forums.goodsamclub.com I've had virtually no problems. It is exactly the same forum. Do it! It seems that nobody is listening. I'm tired of repeating the advice over and over. P.S. And just exactly who is this "we" that is supposedly working on the problem ?? I'm not sure I buy that answer either.
Sam Spade 10/13/19 09:18am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: why am I still getting this

Mine were set that way to start with and I have the problem all the time. Others have reported the "fix" didn't work for them either. SO it looks like it's still an issue and for me, it's even worse than it ever was now. And, pray tell, what portal are you using to connect here ? This really smacks of a damaged database that needs cleaning. If that is the USER database, those who have been here the longest might be affected the most. Maybe nobody really cares. Maybe nobody has the expertise to figure it out. Doesn't matter, the result is the same. One of these days, it will crash permanently. It would make sense for users to move to a more stable site while that can be done in an orderly fashion......but nobody seems to be willing to recommend one.
Sam Spade 10/12/19 11:25am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Campground Maximum Length

If it says max TRAILER length, that's what it means! Probably. But don't ASSume; call and ASK. And you have my curiosity up. Is this a 5th wheel ? Are you SURE that you tow vehicle can handle something that big ?? Then, have you ever driven (backed) something that long ?? I wish you luck and enjoyment.
Sam Spade 10/11/19 08:04am Beginning RVing
RE: 50 amp coach on 30 amp power

It is not cold enough to use either the propane-driven furnace of the electric heat pumps. There is a device that allows both those pieces of heating equipment to be used no matter what the temperature. It is called a THERMOSTAT. :) AND if it really is not THAT cold, ONE of the heaters would probably be plenty.
Sam Spade 10/09/19 01:03pm Tech Issues
RE: 50 amp coach on 30 amp power

Several things can happen. IF....you have the adapter at or near to the supply pole, nothing bad should happen to the RV equipment. BUT..... The adapter might overheat. The 30 amp receptacle might overheat. The 30 amp breaker at the supply outlet might trip. It is really NOT good to exceed a 25 amp draw on a 30 amp service because you don't know how good the feed really is.
Sam Spade 10/09/19 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: Error Messages

Looks like they fixed it, finalllllly! Don't hold your breath. All of this smacks of a corrupted database, either the users or the messages......or both. Maybe someone finally woke up and ran a database audit/repair utility.
Sam Spade 10/07/19 03:12pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: How many volts....

If we were to get the gen fired up, that should charge the batts. too, right? No different than plugging into shore power. The source of 120 VAC does not matter.
Sam Spade 10/07/19 09:33am Tech Issues
RE: How many volts....

I checked the terminals with a multimeter and had only about 6.5 volts between the two. I thought there would have been at least 12 volts. Another issue here? Perhaps the batts. are toast? Yes very likely that new batteries are needed. As a battery discharges, the voltage goes down. Wait.....was that voltage measured with the shore power plugged IN ?? If so, then the batteries are beyond toast and might overheat and/or burn out the charger if left connected for a long time. If the reading after 12 hours is still not above 12 volts, unplug and start shopping for new batteries. And while you are helping him out, find the battery disconnect switch too.
Sam Spade 10/07/19 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: How many volts....

Depending on the soc of the batteries, anything from 12.7 to 14.1 Both those numbers are a bit low. At 12.7 volts, the batteries will NOT be charging. IF it is in boost mode, 14.3 to 14.5 is more likely. IF.....you have a "simple" converter/charger, it might read in the mid 13's all the time. IF.....you have a multi-stage charger, it likely will start out in the mid 14's and then drop back to the 13's after an hour or two. IF.....it never goes above 13.0, it likely is not working right.
Sam Spade 10/07/19 07:53am Tech Issues
RE: Stopping at flying j, Cracker Barrel etc

Rest stop welcome center There are potentially two things wrong with that suggestion. Some rest areas are posted "NO overnight parking". And the ones where that is not a problem, the "big rig" spaces are filled up with truck drivers who don't have a lot of other options and who will not be happy if they need to stop and RVs are taking up some of their spots. (I am not saying that is right or wrong but that's the way it IS.) If you can't afford $40 to overnight at an RV park, maybe you can't afford the trip at all.
Sam Spade 10/06/19 12:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: how do I locate my profile, or account on this forum?

Under your login name click My Forums, that will bring up my profile link. Slight clarification: That will bring up a menu bar from which you can access your account settings. It has several items on it.
Sam Spade 10/06/19 08:29am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Error Messages

A well designed system would produce a log entry or notify the administrators or both when an error like that occurs. This leads me to believe: That this old software is NOT well designed and/or the administrators don't know where to look to find the error long. I think that the community of users on here now should not ignore the warning signs and help each other find a NEW place to congregate before this one expires completely. P.S. I am still using "forums.goodsamclub.com" for my connection and am not seeing ANY errors.
Sam Spade 10/06/19 08:21am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Error Messages

Honestly is anyone looking into this???? I seriously doubt it. This software and the network it runs on is OLD old and I get the feeling that there is NOBODY around anymore who really knows how the whole thing works.....and they are just crossing their fingers that the whole thing doesn't go up in smoke someday. The evidence is mounting that tends to point to that happening fairly soon now. Maybe all the users here should help the "community" find another place to congregate, one which has newer software and better support. If you wait until it finally crashes all together, there won't be a good way to coordinate a move of users to a different platform.
Sam Spade 10/05/19 08:17am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Error Messages

Been that way for weeks. People keep commenting but no action is taken. I use the "forums.goodsamclub.com" portal to connect and have seen......ABSOLUTELY NO ERRORS WITH ANYTHING FOR MONTHS NOW.....MAYBE YEARS. I keep thinking if I say this often enough people will actually start paying attention.....but I seem to be wrong. You all can switch to this address for connecting here and use the same username and password and you almost won't be able to tell the difference.......except FAR fewer problems. Is anybody listening ????
Sam Spade 10/04/19 03:23pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Handling advise

First place to always start is with a suspension inspection and alignment. You can throw all sorts of stuff at it, if things are loose nothing will help. The only problem with that is: All too many places will scam you with expensive work that does NOT need to be done. If the first place says you need $1000 worth of suspension work, get a second opinion.
Sam Spade 09/30/19 05:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Where is everyone getting their wiper blades?

And for a slightly different question (maybe): Does anybody have a source for REFILLS ?? That is, just the rubber part, none of the metal.
Sam Spade 09/29/19 07:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: AGM Mystery Capacity Crash Below 75% SOC UPDATE

I don't understand this. I don't want current limiting, I want to maintain the current higher at some constant DC amps instead of it tapering as battery voltage rises. Hard to do (NOT a feature of any power supply intended to be a battery charger) because the battery behaves like a variable resistance. When the battery is low, the resistance is also low and the charger supplies a high current. As the charge goes up so does the resistance and less current flows.....normally. To maintain a constant high current, the voltage has to also go UP. BUT that is NOT a good thing to do. A working voltage higher than 15 volts can be bad for some devices elsewhere in the system. Forced high currents tend to "boil" (electrolyze) the water faster. Then what parameter are you going to design the system to "watch" so it knows when the charge is done ?? A really LOT of the theory that is often discussed in battery threads has no practical use for most RV owners. Some can actually be dangerous.
Sam Spade 09/26/19 06:52am Tech Issues
RE: Dash AC blows out of the defrost vents

You have diagnosed it correctly.....mostly. Mine did that occasionally just because of a lack of vacuum when pulling hard without downshifting. It got much WORSE when I loaded a "custom tune" because it tended to stay in the top gear longer. There might be a vacuum leak but it might just be "normal" too. Adding a larger vacuum tank or an aux. vacuum pump can completely fix the problem. Not using the cruise control in hilly conditons can help too. P.S. ALL of the RV shops I went to just came up with a blank stare. I finally found a truck shop that knew what they were doing.
Sam Spade 09/25/19 12:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Handling advise

What I need to know is what do I need to do to the suspension to get this rig to handle rock solid ? It may never be "rock solid". It has about as much side wind resistance as the side of a barn. And there is NO steering "feedback" and no good sense of slow deviation from a good line......so constant attention is required. No doubt that you can improve things some but I think you will soon notice that big vehicles overtaking from the REAR will tend to push the BACK off line......and that is not due to a fault in the suspension.
Sam Spade 09/24/19 05:25pm Class A Motorhomes
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