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General Discussion / Signal Light on side mirror
« on: July 10, 2023, 12:10:19 pm »
While traveling on I-80 in Wyoming we hit a pothole and the amber signal light fell out of the side mirror.  Does this light "clip in"?  I don't see a mechanism on how it stays in place.  Any ideas on replacing it or fixing the light to stay in place?  thanks

Dave
2017-2910D

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General Discussion / Re: Medicine cabinet
« on: June 02, 2023, 04:08:15 pm »
We did something similar, but I made the modification to the medicine cabinet out of wood.  I assume you have a 3 D-printer?

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General Discussion / Re: Micro-air easy touch RV thermostat
« on: May 22, 2023, 05:39:05 pm »
Just curious if anyone has replaced their thermostat with the Micro-air.   If they have replaced their old thermostat why? 

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General Discussion / Micro-air easy touch RV thermostat
« on: May 20, 2023, 09:38:27 am »
Just curious to see if anyone has replaced their RV thermostat with the Micro-air easy touch.    While we haven't had any issues with our Dometic thermostat this thermostat is a digital, color screen, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.   

2017 2910-D
Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Lithium batteries and starting the generator
« on: April 04, 2023, 09:50:03 am »
Two - 100 amp/hour Battleborn Lithium batteries.  We have had no issues staring our generator.   

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General Discussion / Re: Inverter "Remote" Madness
« on: April 03, 2023, 11:43:35 am »
I just changed my Xantrex 1800 pro to the true sine wave Xantrex 2000.  In our 2910D the inverter is located under the refrigerator area.  My understanding in other models the inverter is located under one of the beds?   It does sound like you are talking about the converter.   The inverter has just a few connections.  The hot coming from the cut off switch from the battery, the negative going to the batteries, one romex cable from the electrical panel to the inverter, one romex back into the panel, and the "phone wire" going to the display panel. 

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Leveling System--HWH Factory Service
« on: March 24, 2023, 09:08:28 pm »
Yes, on occasion.my levelers will spring back up.  This occurs when I use the manual option and don't place enough weight on the levelers.   When I use the manual option I know to put the levelers slightly more down so there is more weight on them.   I do at times use the auto option but have learned at times I can do a better job leveling depending upon the terrain. 

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General Discussion / Re: Catalytic Converter Theft Protection
« on: March 14, 2023, 10:49:17 am »
I did install a Fast Guard Alarm underneath our 2910D.   The only issue is remembering to activate the alarm via the remote.  I attached the unit using the zip ties and not directly onto the exhaust pipe.   I installed the unit off the chassis near the catalytic converter. 

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Black and gray tank sensors
« on: March 11, 2023, 01:16:33 pm »
Has anyone installed the See Level system themselves rather than having the PC factory replace the existing tank monitor system?  If you have please provide details on how you installed and connected the wiring.   Thanks

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General Discussion / Re: replacing an absorption refrigerator with 12-volt
« on: September 25, 2022, 10:56:04 am »
Ron,
My understanding is the 3 way refrigerator does use more energy from your batteries when on DC as compared to the new 12 volt variable speed.  After reviewing several online posts, the energy draw, when first turning on the Dometic 4104 may draw up to 8 amps but once the temperature is reached will drop down to ~1amp.  The Dometic manual states that the system must be able to handle 15-20 amps when first turning the refrigerator on.  At this point I am not ready to switch out by Norcold absorption refrigerator until I get a better handle on power consumption and gather more data from those that have switched to a 12 volt variable speed compressor refrigerator.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBB-QUwKmW4

dave

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General Discussion / Re: replacing an absorption refrigerator with 12-volt
« on: September 07, 2022, 02:41:52 pm »
There are a several reasons we have considered switching to a 12-volt variable speed compressor rather than an absorption refrigerator.  You are correct in that the 3-way absorption refrigerator does use some 12 -volt while using the propane function.  The newer 12-volt variable speed compressors use about 5 amps until they reach the desired temperature than drops down to about 1/2 -1 amp to maintain the temperature.  The biggest advantages for switching:  1) you can drive with the refrigerator on rather than the absorption where you should turn off the propane when driving 2) the compressor refrigerators cool down much faster only taking a few hours, 3) you don't have to be level for the refrigerator to continue to work efficiently, 4) you don't have to worry about the sun hitting the side where the absorption refrigerator is located.  Here is the best YouTube video I have found that compares absorption, compressor, and residential refrigerator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwHU_NY0Auo&t=124s

In prior posts, a few PC owners had the company install compressor refrigerators but that was a few years ago.  The variable speed compressors appear very efficient, provide more refrigerator space, and should easily fit into the same location as the factory installed Norcold absorption refrigerator.

Dave

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General Discussion / replacing an absorption refrigerator with 12-volt
« on: September 06, 2022, 11:32:33 am »
Now that we have our lithium battery system, we would like to consider changing out our absorption refrigerator to a 12-volt variable speed compressor refrigerator.   Has anyone replaced their absorption refrigerator with a 12 volt?  And if you did what make and model did you choose?  And what were the challenges you faced removing the old refrigerator and installing the new refrigerator?  thanks

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 watt Inverter
« on: July 21, 2022, 06:05:54 pm »

Greg,

I also installed the same Lithium Progressive Converter that Battleborn recommended since I have Battleborn Lithium batteries.  Here is some information that maybe helpful that follows what Lance mentioned.

BOOST MODE Indicated by green LED remaining on. The output voltage is 14.4VDC to rapidly recharge the battery up to 90% of
full charge.
NORMAL MODE When the battery is between 50% and 90% charged, the green LED will flash once per second. When the battery
has reached 90% of full charge, the green LED will flash 2 - 3 times per second. In this mode the output voltage is 13.6VDC and the
converter is safely completing the charge of the battery.

I do have the Victron BMS and when my batteries drop below 90% and I am plugged into shore power I do see on my Victron BMS 14.4 volts.  But when the batteries are charged to 90% the Victron BMS reads 13.6.   

You placed your post under the Xantrex 1800 were you planning on replacing the inverter at some point?  At some point I do plan on changing my Xantrex 1800 with the plan to replace it with a pure sine 2000 watt.   That is a future project.

Dave

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General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Upgrade
« on: July 08, 2022, 09:43:41 pm »
I have the original Xantrex Pro 1800 which is not connected to the microwave.  Most of what we use while on the inverter are the TV's and several of the AC outlets.   What we had an issue with prior to installing Lithium was using our furnace on those cold nights where it would come on frequently.  With the lithium's we feel comfortable that we still have sufficient power the next morning.  What we must be careful about using the lithium's is when we use our Keurig coffee maker or my wife's hair dryer.  But as you mentioned, it's nice that we can charge up the lithium's with the options of having a DC to DC charger, generator, solar, and shore power via the converter.

thanks again for your great contributions..

Dave


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General Discussion / Re: Lithium Battery Upgrade
« on: July 08, 2022, 11:48:44 am »
Thank you Lance for this very valuable information and the link to the Youtube.  Since installing our Battleborn and Victron Lithium system we have had no issues but I do monitor our voltage usage to ensure we don't run our batteries down to where the BMS goes into a sleep mode.   For those interested in what Lithium batteries are available and reviewing the quality here is a Youtube link that you may want to watch.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvCdo0cs99w

dave

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