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    Cathlamet, WA
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    RV, Fishing, Boating
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  1. Dead Starting Batteries

    Carl, I only have one inverter/charger, I don't run the I/C in the charger mode when the chassis engine is charging the batteries. When driving down the road the I/C in on in the inverter mode providing power to residential and chassis engine alternator is charging both battery banks. When driving with generator running I have the I/C inverter and charger both OFF. If you are running three battery banks ( 2 coach & 1 chassis) you would need 2 of the smart solenoids. You would have to check with the I/C manufacturer to determine if you can run both I/C in the the charging modes at the time on battery banks that are in parallel. Jim
  2. Dead Starting Batteries

    Carl, I converted mine to work like Five's. It an easy conversion, you replace the solenoid that allows you jumper the coach bank to the chassis battery in an emergency. I will get the date sheet on the smart solenoid and post. Cost less than $100 and 10 minute job on my coach. Jim
  3. Atwood 8520 Furnace Won't Start

    Sounds like the thermocouple is not recognizing that burner has ignited. I would check that it is not just dirty also check for any loose wires. On most units the thermocouple and igniter are one unit. Jim
  4. Leveler Jack Leaking

    I have recently run across several applications where the zerk fittings were not threaded, they are easy to identify because they did not have flats for a wrench. I has the same thing happen on riding lawn mower and no luck keeping the press in zerks staying in place after they came out. Fortunately I was able to disassemble the steering link and was enlarge hole and tap threads to fit a zerk. Jim
  5. Slide Canopy / Water & Snow

    My brother-in-law has never had toppers on the slides on his Discovery MH. He lives in the Pacific NW and most of his travel is on the coast wit rain and wind, ha has never had any problem with water intrusion. His seals around the slide don't look any different than mine Even with the toppers on my rig the wind blows the rain and it accumulates on the top of my slides. I beginning having the toppers is like having both belts and suspenders. Jim
  6. Slide Canopy / Water & Snow

    My owners manual states that the coach is not intended for use when the temperature drops below 32 degrees for extended periods. Guess me all try extend our free time. Jim
  7. Slide Canopy / Water & Snow

    I just thought of a good solution to prevent the canopy from sagging. Place an inflatable float like you use to float on in a swimming pool, they are cheap and easy to store. Jim
  8. Slide Canopy / Water & Snow

    We were in our MH over Christmas had about 4" of snow and it melted and froze overnight on all four slides. Fortunately it warmed up and it started to melt and I was able to remove the slabs of ice. . . . Not sure there is much you can do to prevent heavy wet snow from causing the canopy from sagging and collecting. I don't believe you can put enough tension to the roller to prevent it from sagging. Mine also catch rain water that causes the canopies to sag, I always dump the water before retracting slides by either raising or lowering one end of the coach with the levelers before closing the slides. Jim
  9. We used our previous motor home to go snowmobiling and spend many enjoyable trips where the temperature was below freezing for days. Since we were boondocking I kept my water system winterized and filled gallon jugs for potable water and used RV antifreeze to flush toilet. Never had a problem with anything freezing. Jim
  10. Our Holiday Travel Misadventure-- So Far

    My previous post is incorrect, when trouble shooting I found that the thermostat (snap switch) is in the control circuit not the power circuit. The control circuit is protected by a 5 A fusible wire, the power circuit in protected by 30 A auto reset circuit breaker. Heater and controls are 12 V DC. Jim
  11. Our Holiday Travel Misadventure-- So Far

    Puff, Did you take route 13 down the eastern shore of VA? I was born in Nassawadox, VA, still have cousins back there. I had facebook message this AM from one of them and they has snow. Drive safe, 54 degrees today in Cathlamet. JIm
  12. Engine Coolant Level Alarm

    My low air pressure has a dedicated audible alarm, it will wakeup the dead. It no way that you can ignore it. JIm
  13. Engine Coolant Level Alarm

    Do you know what conditions initiate the STOP ENGINE lamp? My manual just say stop and check fluid levels. When I was trouble shooting the oil pressure switch I initiated the STOP ENGINE, there must be a small time delay before the STOP ENGINE annunciator window illuminates. I have spent my entire career in hydro electric power plants, I am no stranger to nuisance alarms. It sure is difficult to identify problems that are intermittent. Jim
  14. Engine Coolant Level Alarm

    There are two separate elements in the sending unit, one on the audible alarm circuit, it's just a contact that is open when the oil pressure is above 7 PSI, when the pressure drops below this value the contact closes and complete the circuit to activates the audible alarm. The circuit for the oil pressure gauge is variable resistor that is proportional to the oil pressure. In my case only the audible alarm circuit failed, the oil pressure gauge continued to perform normally. Jim
  15. Engine Coolant Level Alarm

    There are 4 conditions that trigger the audible alarm Low Oil Pressure, over temperature, alternator and low coolant level, the low oil pressure, over temperature and alternator also have idiot lights. Based on the fact that the oil pressure, temperature all showed normal on instruments and no idiot lights therefore I assumed that the problem must have been coolant level. My electrical schematic show an idiot lamp for the low coolant level but mine isn't equipped with it oil pressure switch has tow post, one provides signal to idiot lamp (less than 7 psi) and the other provide signal to oil pressure gauge. Jim