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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: DRV Opinions and Experiences
« Last post by grashley on January 20, 2019, 07:14:07 PM »
Welcome to the Forum!

Some folks have had really bad experiences with a certain company, and swear to NEVER do business with them again.  I suspect this is the case.  Since Thor is one of the two companies who produce the vast majority of all RV brands, that may be overkill for most folks.

Note there are significant quality of materials differences between different models, even within a brand.  All brands and models share less than optimum workmanship when they are being built.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Need help with electrical issue in 2000 Keystone 280RK
« Last post by grashley on January 20, 2019, 07:04:48 PM »
Here is a brief RV electrical primer.

120VAC runs high power stuff like roof A/C, microwave, 120V outlets AND THE CONVERTER.

12VDC powers most lights, slide outs, landing gear and is REQUIRED for the control circuits for A/C, fridge, water heater, and is the sole electric source for the furnace.

The converter is usually powered from a dedicated breaker in the power center.  It is often located as part of the power center or directly behind the power center.  It also has fuses on the converter to protect from being wired wrong.

Please tell us the make / model of the old converter.  Newer, better ones may be available.

A fully charged battery  should read 12.6 volts.  If a FUNCTIONING converter is attached, it should read 13.5V

You can destroy the new battery if it is repeatedly discharged to less than 50% charge.  Short term, you can connect a car battery charger  to it and plug the charger into the camper to keep the battery up.

If the battery reads less than 13V with the converter on, check the converter fuses.  If good, replace the converter. 
I replaced mine a couple months ago,  and it is fairly straight forward, depending on location.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Do I have a charge line?
« Last post by Gizmo100 on January 20, 2019, 06:53:43 PM »
My truck keeps my RV battery fully charged while going down the road and I have a INvertor which keeps my residential fridge running.

Thanks Rene..I may have to test mine a little and see what she can do :)
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Do I have a charge line?
« Last post by grashley on January 20, 2019, 06:49:17 PM »
My '13 F350 runs power to my FW.  I bought the truck used, so I am not sure how the factory shipped it.  The easiest way to find out is do as Rene said.  Start the truck and check for voltage between the contact at 1 o'clock and ground.  If powered, you are good to go.  If not, look for a missing fuse.
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General Discussion / Re: Condensation
« Last post by ChasA on January 20, 2019, 06:48:30 PM »
We wintered in Crystal River,  Florida a couple of years and had a lot of condensation.  Half a dozen damp rid canisters helped much. But we totally cured it by finding a warmer witering spot.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Do I have a charge line?
« Last post by Rene T on January 20, 2019, 06:47:08 PM »
As I understand my setup (Not a 5've but i think still applies) When I connect the truck it provides 12 volts to the trailer. In regards to charging the TT battery it's very minimal at best. I would think of it as a trickle charger.

That said I would like to hear from the more experienced RV'ers

My truck keeps my RV battery fully charged while going down the road and I have a INvertor which keeps my residential fridge running.
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Tech Talk / Re: Trailer Brakes
« Last post by Rene T on January 20, 2019, 06:45:11 PM »
I really didn't want anything to happen. I'm sure I'll have many more questions here soon.

Just ask away.
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Trailers & Fifthwheels / Re: Do I have a charge line?
« Last post by Gizmo100 on January 20, 2019, 06:45:05 PM »
As I understand my setup (Not a 5've but i think still applies) When I connect the truck it provides 12 volts to the trailer. In regards to charging the TT battery it's very minimal at best. I would think of it as a trickle charger.

That said I would like to hear from the more experienced RV'ers
 
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Motorhomes / Re: Michelin Cracks
« Last post by Rene T on January 20, 2019, 06:44:20 PM »
Did you check and decode the DOT code for manufacture date on the tires?  Maybe they are older than 7 years.

Time to change.
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Motorhomes / Re: Michelin Cracks
« Last post by NCSU Dad on January 20, 2019, 06:41:35 PM »
Did you check and decode the DOT code for manufacture date on the tires?  Maybe they are older than 7 years.
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