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  1. I've got a Coleman 2 burner gas grill that has done very well. I also have a little hibachi, which I haven't used. If I had the room, I would lug along my Primo XL grill. It is fabulous.
  2. Thank you all for the replies. I am 58 and still can lug the 100# tanks around. I ended up having a local propane filler who has an agreement with the RV park that I am at, take my 100# tanks and fill them. They would NOT come and fill the RV tank. They charged me $20.00 for pickup and return (this time was less as I had to have one of the 100# tank valves replaced by them). We plan on heading into the southwest this fall and likely won't take the 100# tanks with us as they are quite the burden. I will likely get a 30# tank as a little bit of lift and the ability to fill it without taking the coach to a service company.
  3. I have a WeatherFlow weather station that has a solar charger. I mounted it on a camera tripod.It also comes with an RVAir sensor that I set on a small aluminum table.
  4. For those of you that spend a considerable amount of time on the road, how have you managed refilling the propane tanks? I have had trouble getting anyone to come to where I have my RV set up. A year ago, I had one supplier who would do it, but they are now under new ownership and the gent who filled the tanks (Internal and 2 100# external) left the company. My present method is to fill the external tanks and when I move the coach, fill the internal tank by driving it to a fill station. Recommendations and shared experiences appreciated!
  5. Good job! I am planning to do exactly this on my 2010 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 38'er as at least 2 of them have a tear on the hem on one side. It too uses Carefree slide out covers....
  6. I successfully replaced the upper slide in cable in my 2010 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 38' rig. It was the forward one on the curbside rear. I pried off the valance and that exposed the motor and cables. Interestingly, the cable that was broken (at the connector on the backside of the slide out face) had an eyelet on it (previous repair?). I bought a cable replacement kit, installed it and adjusted the cable. I also adjusted the other cables, as the aft in cables at the 'shuttle' was tilted and not vertical. I lined the frame of the cover and the backside of the valence with velcro, so I can access it in the future. I also repaired a small tear in the seal near the lower cable - I cleaned the torn area with rubbing alcohol, applied some silicon sealer / glue and covered it with a piece of gorilla tape. I am pleased with the results and the slide works great (it did before, but I was concerned of it breaking due to the additional forces on the lower cable, with the upper one not attached. 8^)
  7. I had left my coach for the Holidays. I turned off the water, water heater, ice maker and set the interior furnaces to heat to 55 degrees. Upon return and application of park water, a flood occurred in the cavity where the water heater and coach wide water filter are located. Housing for the water filter cracked, a pex adapter on the back of the water heater cracked, the toilet spray nozzle cracked and the shower head cracked. The furnaces (Carrier Air V Heat Pump) both were off and due to the cold weather, referenced items above froze / broke. Battery cutoff (salesman) switch / self latching relay shut off. All have been repaired. To mitigate this in the future, I have bypassed the salesman switch, installed 2 Cielo Eco Breeze controllers for the furnaces and will shut off the park water at the spigot, turn off the water heater and open all faucets / shower head. I do retract the awning, but don't touch the slide outs (left extended).
  8. I have ordered a One Beat outlet adapter that provides 2 outlets and 2 usb ports. Adding to this I have ordered right angle usb adapters, that will keep the cords close to the wall. This will provide me with a way to keep the usb cable close to the wall without creating a 'cable mess'.
  9. Installed second Cielo controller for the bedroom unit and the installation went smooth. Now I want to install an outlet that had USB ports on it but the outlet in the slide out is a very slim design that isn't standardized for a usual receptacle housing, so I have some more exploring to do. The salesman switch bypass has shown no furnace shutoffs or outages since I bypassed the solenoid. 8^)
  10. Just a follow up - I bypassed the salesman switch (battery cutout switch) last week and I haven't had a problem with the furnaces shutting off since. I am going to order a second Cielo Breez Plus unit for the Air V Temp unit that's in the bedroom and likely install some sort of knife switch / manual switch so I am able to disconnect the coach batteries from the lighting circuits when the coach is not being used and in the shop (my shop - where I store it when not on the playground).
  11. I looked up the information that came in the 'banker's box' and nothing regarding the cable driven slideout on the curbside slideout in the bedroom. The motor driven slideout on the roadside of the bedroom is a Lipport system, and I believe that the one I am seeking information on is likely from them too, but nothing to confirm. There appears to be a crown molding covering the motor and rigging above the slideout on the top, but I don't know how it comes off. It appears that there is basically a baseboard type trim piece covering a larger trim piece that I suspect is removable with bolts / screws that will expose the motor and cable assemblies. Has anyone on this forum had to dive into this type of assembly and share their experience? Here is a picture of the trim piece above the curbside slideout:
  12. I am now in the second winter in my coach and retract the awning when high winds or snow is forecast. I also tilt the awning if excessive rain is forecast (lower the aft or side nearest the rear of the coach) so the water doesn't pool on top of the awning.
  13. I have a furnace tied to each carrier unit. If they are in heat pump mode, it will bring the furnace into play if the outside temps drop below the range where the heat pump is effective. No wall thermostats on either unit. If there were, I would have tied in an Eco-Bee. Interestingly, this morning, I lost all lights (powered by 12 vdc) for about 10 seconds. I looked at the battery cutoff switch and it was good. I don't know what happened, but both carrier units turned off. They apparently don't have memory and when 12vdc is removed (I still think that 110 vac is tied into the air conditioning / furnace equipment - not 12 vdc only as implied in another's post in this thread), they turn off. I will have to look into this more and review the wiring diagrams along with verifying functionality. One thing that will be part of me doing further investigation is that I see off behavior with the battery cut off circuit. Apparently, it is operated by a switch (it's by the entrance to the RV) that energizes a self latching relay. I have seen this drop out a few times and I am thinking that the relay (or worse the control circuit) is on its way out. More to explore!
  14. Obiwan, any updates to share onyour upgrade?
  15. It appears that the cable retracted inside the coach. I will read up on the slide out mechanism, as I believe I have paperwork on them somewhere.... Thanks!
  16. I don't know what exactly happened. However, I left a 12 vdc light on inside the coach and it wasn't off when I returned. I had the furnaces in heat mode, not heat pump mode. My suspicion is that I lost AC power, the carrier units shut off and never turned back on. I guess I need to learn more about how the carrier air v heat pump units work. I'll have to read the documentation that I have. Whatever the cause, I will now know when temps fall to near freezing and will be able to do something about it, remotely.
  17. I have a 2010 Holiday Rambler 38' Endeavor and one of the cables on the slide out on the curb side in the bedroom has broken at the fitting where the cable attaches to the back side of the slide out face. (see picture). How do I go about repairing this? I am very capable of handling most mechanical and electrical issues - been doing almost all of my vehicle repairs since I was a teenager (over 45 years).
  18. I have had the Splendide washer / dryer combo unit out of its cavity last year to replace the control board after the transfer switch on the coach gave up the ghost (another story) and fried the control board. I build a 'shelf' that is the same height as the shelf the washer / dryer sits and slid it out into the bedroom to work on replacing the control board. If I had to remove the washer / dryer I would have to cut it up to get it out as the unit is wider than the door to enter the coach... 2010 38' Holiday Rambler Endeavor
  19. I have a 2010 38' Holiday Rambler Endeavor that has 2 Carrier Air V Heat Pump air conditioners that are tied into 2 propane powered furnaces. Recently, I had travelled away from the RV during the holidays. During my week plus away, there was a power outage at the RV. When the shore power is removed, the Carrier air conditioner (roof top) and furnace controller turns off. That created a problem. Here is a little background information regarding the air conditioner / furnace control: There is no fixed thermostat / air conditioner / furnace control that is 'wall mounted' on these 2 devices. They are controlled by a RF remote control. Control is split into 5 functions - Furnace, Cool, Dry, Fan and Heat. Heat includes using the heat pump function of the Carrier Air V Heat Pump when the temperature differential (inside versus outside) provides sufficient capacity for the heat pump to function. Back to what happened. When we left the RV, I turned off the water heater, ice maker and turned off the water at the spigot. I set both furnaces to 55 degrees F and thought all would be well. What happened was a power drop out occurred sometime during my time away, shut off both Carrier units and with the cold temperatures, caused the water, soda and other liquids in the RV to freeze. The water in the lines, as it began to freeze, had no where to go as it turned to a solid (ice) and caused the entire coach water filter housing to fracture, a PEX adapter on the back of the water heater, the spray nozzle attached to the toilet and the shower head (I don't understand why the toilet sprayer and shower head cracked as they are on the other side of their respective valves, which were closed, but it really doesn't matter). Obviously frustrated, I fixed the issues and am back in operation. However, I wanted to solve the problem from occurring in the future, even though mitigation methods (open valves in the coach, etc) would prevent the water filter and other things from rupturing or cracking, it would not prevent the soda cans inside the coach from bursting (one did and 5 others were on their way) and the fabric softener turned to gel. So, I looked into 3 things. 1) Install a temperature monitor (I have installed 2 devices - a ring brand flood / freeze sensor - all it tells me is that water has gotten into the area where the sensor is places or that freezing temperatures are eminent) and 2) a temperature / humidity monitor that provides analog temperature and humidity readings. the ring flood / freeze sensor ties into the ring alarm system I have installed and the temp / humidity sensor attaches to the wifi I have set up in the coach (currently tied into a service provided at the RV park, but I also have a device that uses cell networks for internet / wifi router capability, but I am disgusted with it as it is horrifically limited on data capacity and throughput). and 3) a way to control the Carrier Air V Heat Pump units remotely via the internet, much like an EcoBee thermostat for your home. In searching for a solution to #3 above, I learned that Carrier has discontinued the Air V Heat Pump units that I have and the remote controls are no longer available, except for eBay. I searched and found a product called Breez Plus by Cielo. It provides RF control of furnaces and air conditioners, much like the remote control for the Carrier Air V Heat Pump units on my coach. I ordered one, received it and proceeded installing it. It attached to the wifi I have and I proceeded to configure the device. Unfortunately, I could not find the Carrier Air V Heat Pump listed on the manufacturer listing and the 'self detect / configure' feature on the Breez Plus software (app on my phone) didn't detect the signal coming from the Carrier Air V Heat Pump remote control. So, I called Cielo and spoke to 2 technical support people. The first person was called away for some reason, hence why I worked with the second person. I described the issue to him and he had me do a number of things that had him 'capture' the commands from the Carrier Air V remote control. He walked me through the temperature ranges and modes, and said that he had sufficient information to compile a configuration that should work for my situation. He said that he would get back to me within the next week or so with a configuration. The NEXT DAY, he called me, he loaded a configuration and we walked through the operation of the Carrier Air V unit using the Cielo Breez Plus which was being remotely controlled by my smart phone through the internet. I have since had the chance to use it for a couple of days and it does the job. However, I am going to talk to the Cielo tech support staff about making a few changes. 1) Change the temp range for heat from 64 to 90 deg F to 55 to 81. I don't need 90 degrees as a set point for my furnaces! Also, while away, I like to set the furnace control point to 55 to save some propane. 2) discuss with them some additional features of the unit as a schedule for 'set back' to have the furnaces dial back down to 55 degrees when we sleep. The Cielo Breez Plus together with the ring flood / freeze alarm and the cargo bay temperature / humidity sensor solves my problem of loss of temperature management in this way: If power is lost and the furnaces turn off, when the temperature outside drops, I will receive an alert from the temp / humidity sensor (I set an alarm at 37 degrees) telling me that the temp is falling. Also, if I lose AC power, I do get an alert from Ring as it goes to battery an cellular backup upon loss of power (I don't lose Ring power for short times as I have it powered by a UPS, but I DO LOSE Internet as the server here at the RV park shuts off, killing my internet access). I then can cycle power via the Cielo Breez Plus and get the furnaces back up and running. I will see the temperature then rise as the furnaces bring the temps up (I will see this from the temp rise on the Cielo unit as well as the cargo bay temp sensor). I will continue to exercise the Cielo Breez Plus and learn more about its capabilities. I will also conduct a test in the next day or two to verify my recovery plan is sound (I also will write up a procedure for recovery and have it on my laptop and cell phone as I get older, I have increased 'selective memory' or 'senior moments'. I am grateful that God has given me the ability to work through these kind of situation and wanted to post this information in that it might help someone else. All in all, I am happy with the Cielo Breez Plus unit to solve the issue of regaining control of the furnaces if a power drop out occurs while I am away I will likely order a second unit for the second air conditioner / furnace that's in the bedroom of the coach.
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