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  1. Brett, I thought the same soon after I bought the coach and asked Cummins and they confirmed 160 was correct. Have thought about changing to 180 to see if fuel economy improved but have never got around to it. Don't fix it if it ain't broke? Lenp
  2. Mine is a bit older and heavier and has an ISL 8.9 370hp. The thermostat is a 160 degree and it runs pretty close to that until I start climbing and gradually increases to 210-212 where the fan kicks in and drops it back to about 195 pretty quickly. So about a 15 degree swing. Goes back to 160 soon after the top of the hill. Usually easy to keep the temp under 200 by dropping a gear so seldom have the fan kick in. I have ran that stretch of I-10 many times but with temp 10-15 degrees lower. Never saw the temp vary from the above 160. Lenp
  3. I have a similar lift on my coach. Be aware it will add significant weight to the rear axle due to the cantilever effect. In my case my Street Glide (96#) added 1400 pounds putting me overweight on the rear axle. Good formula for determining how much is added to rear and subtracted from front can be found here: http://www.irv2.com/forums/f258/motorcycle-lift-experience-305730.html I do carry mine for short (300 miles or less) but no more as I am about 1600# over on the rear. I am thinking about an Idaho Tote instead: https://freedomhauler.com/ Lenp
  4. I was looking to buy a new Nautilus earlier this year but got confused with the owners manual saying (1) place it in "Stay In Neutral" mode per the "transmission" section. Looking at the transmission section it tell you how to do that but then says DO NOT TOW in this mode. I bought a 2018 MKX instead. Lenp
  5. I was looking at a new 2019 Edge to replace my 2013 (that was flat towable). I ended up with a 2018 Lincoln MKX instead due to the confusion with Edge brochures and owners manuals. The manual says it is towable four down and to put it in the "Stay In Neutral" mode (see transmission section). Going to the transmission section it tells you how to go into the Tow in Neutral mode and then says DO NOT TOW in this mode! No way was I going to buy one! Lenp
  6. George Millican Rd is fine. As noted above, not much for shoulders (gravel). My 40' DP does fine. Highway 20 is a good road. Light traffic on both. Lenp
  7. Did not serve on any boats but worked on plenty when aboard the USS Fulton (AS11) in New London 1972-76 and MOTU-1 in Pearl Harbor 1976-80. Half the class in "B" school were bubbleheads and we had a load of fun together! Retired in 1983 at ETC. Thanks to all for your sacrifices! Most of my years were fun. Lenp
  8. The 9 amps at 18 volts translates to 162 watts. That is not too bad for winter sun angles (about 80% efficient which is good for low winter sun angles). You didn't say how many batteries your rig has but if we assume two deep cycle marine/RV batteries with around 80 amp hours each capacity you have a total of 160 amp hour battery bank. Assuming you have totally discharged them it will take 17 hours or more at a nine amp charge rate. Your only going to get the 9 amps for 3-4 hours at best and after that it will probably average 3-4 amps for another 3-4 hours for a maximum of 48 amp hours - you won't even recover 50% of your battery capacity. The fact your dropping to 11.5 volts indicates a totally discharged battery bank, BUT I expect your still pulling a load from them which would cause the voltage reading to be lower than it actually is. To measure the REAL State Of Charge (SOC) you need to remove ALL loads (and charging sources) from the batteries (disconnect them) for 10-15 minutes and then read the voltage with a multi meter. Or measure the specific gravity of each cell in each battery. My guess is your never getting your batteries fully charged and are using the bottom half of the charge (10-50% range). Suggest you also have your batteries load tested. If you have been consistently discharging them to the 11.5 level they may be seriously damaged. An article I read many years ago stated you can cycle a deep cycle battery from 90% to 50% at least 2000 times, however it will only last 200 cycles if you go from 90% to 10%. You also did not indicate what type of battery(ies) you have installed. I assumed above you have the typical Marine/RV battery but I may be wrong. Regardless, the typical marine/RV battery is not a good choice for our use. You would be much better off with a true deep cycle battery like Trojans. Perhaps switch to 6 volt golf cart batteries - much better then the marine/RV batteries. One way to more accurately monitor your battery condition and charge level is with a battery monitor system like the Bogart Engineering Trimetric. http://www.bogartengineering.com/products/trimetrics.html FYI, here is a chart I have used for years to measure SOC via voltage reading. As noted above, the battery MUST be at an "at rest" condition (disconnected at least 15 minutes and, if recently charged, have a small load place on it for the 10-15 minutes, like a 12 volt light bulb, to dissipate any surface charge). Please note that a charger/converter will place 13.6 (or more) volts on the battery and when you first disconnect the charger this 13.6 volts will remain as a "surface charge" until a small load is placed on the battery. A fully charged battery at rest will read 12.66 volts. Hope this helps, Lenp Voltage Charge Remaining 12.66 100% 12.61 95% 12.57 90% 12.53 85% 12.49 80% 12.45 75% 12.41 70% 12.37 65% 12.33 60% 12.29 55% 12.25 50% 12.21 45% 12.17 40% 12.13 35% 12.09 30% 12.05 25% 12.02 20% 11.99 15% 11.96 10% 11.93 5% 11.9 0%
  9. Place a trouble light with a 40-60 watt bulb in the outside rear of the refrigerator and close off some (23rd) of the compartment vents. This is not the first I have heard of this happening and it has happened to me. Lenp
  10. Keep in mind they usually cover ANY rig your driving - that could change frequently. Lenp
  11. Not sure if it will help on the allison but with some engine issues disconnecting the chassis batteries for a few minutes may reset things. Lenp
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  13. lenp

    GFCI Outlet No Power

    Do you have a Heart Inverter charger? If so, check the push button circuit breakers on the front panel. Even when on shore power or generator the 30 amp breaker is "IN" the circuit. Lenp
  14. Circuit breakers do degrade with elevation and I would assume GFI would also. However the degradation is nominal (maybe 15% at 10,000 feet). The device is still doing it's job. I suspect you do indeed have some leakage in that circuit but just under the threshold required to trip it at lower elevations and just high enough at elevation. I would be looking for an appliance or something else that is causing the problem at elevation. Start by disconnecting everything on that circuit (the next time it occurs) and then add them all back one at a time. My bet is one of them is leaking some current to ground. See http://bdbreakers.com/deratealtitude.php for details on circuit breaker degradation. Lenp
  15. My coach (2002 Winnebago) manual states to run jacks and slides with the engine running. Makes sense to me because the voltage will be higher (13.6 to 14.4) than when not running (12.7 maximum) which means less current needed to run the pump AND less heat in the pump. Lenp
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