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About lmsooter

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  • Birthday August 26

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  • Gender Male
  • Location Chama, New Mexico
  • Interests Hunting, Flyfishing, Woodworking
  • I travel With Pets
    Full-time in my motorhome

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  1. RV Industry Death Spiral

    Interesting article. Will be interesting to read the additional ones.
  2. Basement A/C Power Circuit Dead

    testcommercial, Here is an explanation of the 30/50 amp switch. Don't remember exactly where I got it but probably on one of the Alfa forums on Yahoo. As you can see, with the switch in the 30 amp position, no power is available to the #2 compressor. You do not have to change the 50/30 amp switch to 30 amps, just because you are connected to 30 amps shore power. The 30/50 amp switch is probably one of the highest on the list of misunderstood items on our coaches. 50 amp service provides 2 legs of 115 volts AC at 50 amps per leg so in reality the coach has 100 total amps available. The AC loads in the coach are divided between the 2 legs. One compressor is on leg 1 and the other compressor is on leg 2. When one uses a proper 30 amp to 50 amp adapter to connect to a 30 amp shore power source the adapter connects the 2 legs of the coach to the one 30 amp leg. The coach how has a total of 30 amps available instead of 100 amps. The 50/30 switch is merely a double pole double throw (DPDT) toggle switch. AC Leg # 2 is connected to the switch along with Compressor # 2. In the “50 Amp” position Compressor # 2 has power regardless of if you are connected to 50 amps, 30amps or even 15-20 amps as long as the approximate adapters are used. The “30 Amp” position disconnects Compressor # 2 from AC Leg # 2 again regardless of the shore power ampere source. The compressors are staged in coming on, that is, compressor # 1 starts first and then compressor # 2 starts. Among other things this permits both compressors to be utilized even when connected to 30 amp shore power provided that the 50/30 amp switch is in the 50 amp position and one manages the AC loads properly. For example switch the hot water and refrigerator to propane and do not use the microwave while the compressors are running. If one needs to use the microwave simply turn the thermostat to off while running the microwave. **** Albritton has a kit available that uses the unused connections on the 50/30 amp switch to connect Compressor # 2 to a separate AC power source. If a separate 30 amp or 15 amp 115 V AC circuit is available then the Compressor # 2 will be connected to it with the 50/30 Amp switch in the 30 Amp position. The advantage of the kit is now you can run the refrigerator and microwave while the compressors are running. Most likely the hot water heater will still have to be on propane. One word of caution is that many places wire the 20 amp outlet to the same circuit breaker that the 30 amp is connected to. When this is the case you still have only 30 amps instead of the expected 30 amps plus 15- 20 amps.
  3. Basement A/C Power Circuit Dead

    You have probably checked but I will ask anyway. On my 06 See Ya, there is a switch in the electrical bay where the power cable comes in. It is labeled 30 amp and 50 amp. If it is set at 30, the second compressor will not run.
  4. Grand Tetons

    I was going to suggest either Coulter Bay RV Park or Flagg Ranch RV Park but looks like they may be full. You might give them a call - they might have a cancellation or suggestions.
  5. Class A Campgrounds

    Joe, yes, full hookups with water and sewer and 50 amp
  6. Class A Campgrounds

    ShortBus, Sorry I didn't understand you original post. We have friends who prefer the more restricted and upscale properties so I thought that was what you were looking for. You might try Big Rigs Best Bets. I purchased one of their books years ago but you can now access it online. http://www.big-rigs-rv.com/Home.html Where we usually spend June each year, most people are in their late 60s and early 70s but many have a campfire every night. Also where we are now at Chama, NM several campfires every night and most people here are retired. We don't do campfires because, like you, my wife has COPD. In our travels, we have visited several parks that do not have individual campfire facilities but have installed centralized fire pits. If the smoke get too bad at our site, we have close up and turn on the A/C.
  7. Class A Campgrounds

    Joe, Try Pellicer Creek Campground. Short drive into St. Augustine. It is about a mile off IH95 on US1 South. We spent last winter there to our Northeast trip. Great WiFi and 190 channel Directv provided. http://www.pellicercreekcampground.com/
  8. Class A Campgrounds

    Here you will find a couple of sites to start you off. http://www.doityourselfrv.com/luxury-rv-resorts-parks/ http://prevost-stuff.com/Real_Estate_List.html You won't see me at any of these places - not my style.
  9. Verizon Wirless card?

    Welcome back Bill. Really have missed seeing your posts.
  10. New (to us) MH

    Welcome to the FMCA forum. Enjoy your coach. May it create as many good memories for you as ours has.
  11. Colorado Campground - Beware of Cancellation Policy

    I just looked at their website. They are a little pricey and looks like they nickel and dime you. Also their policy states no refund of deposits. Not a place I will ever make a reservation.
  12. Low Voltage Warning

    I had the problem last year on my coach. I thought I might have to replace the alternator. When I started checking to see what I needed to do to remove the alternator, I found a loose wire connected to the alternator. I labeled and removed all wires and cleaned all terminals. That has been a little over a year (and 5,000 miles) ago and it has never happened again.
  13. Residental Refrigerator

    Jim, We replaced our Norcold 1200 LRIM in June 2015 with a Samsung French Door 19.4 cu ft model. We have a modified sine wave inverter and have had no problems. When we are preparing to travel, I turn the inverter on and after we arrive at our destination the temps are still exactly where the should be. And the batteries still are at 100%.
  14. Portable GPS Suggestions?

    I use the Garmin RV 760LMT. We used in on a trip of 5500 miles last year and did not have any problems. Even used it in the Jeep to get us to a parking garage in downtown Chicago - got us in and back out with no problems. Of course I do not totally rely on the GPS alone - I also have Delorme Street Atlas on my computer and may look at FMCA and Good Sam Trip Routing and RV Trip Wizard.
  15. Necessity of a Supplemental Braking System

    Welcome to the FMCA forum!!! Take a look at the article and it will explain the reason for supplemental braking systems. http://roadmasterinc.com/products/braking/why_brakes.html And look at this one for a summary of towing laws by state. http://www.brakebuddy.com/towing-laws As Rich stated, if you are not in compliance with the towing laws and have an accident, you could be held liable for damages and your insurnace could deny coverage.