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This is very interesting.

For reference, here is the data straight from RVMP's website.

My biggest complaint with our Onan is "operational noise."  I was hoping RVMP emphasized "quiet operation".  At the very bottom of their comparison chart, they state a 30% reduction in noise at half load compared to Onan which is an improvement, but not enough to justify a change.  If they claimed it ran as quiet as a Honda, I would yank our Onan in a heart beat.

I could not find where the RVMP generator is manufactured.  It would be disappointing if it was not made in the USA.  Is RVMP itself a USA company?

General Discussion / Re: Need help with 2016 2910D
« on: February 21, 2024, 09:41:51 am »
Ron750, I have one more tip.

Look in the cabinet above the passenger seat and look for a round 12V outlet.  Assuming you have one like we have in our 2007, I advise to buy a simple 12V volt meter that plugs into that outlet.  It will display the battery voltage in the motorhome under these various conditions.

1) When parked, living off the power directly from the batteries.
2) When the main Ford engine is running, supplying a charge to the batteries.
3) When the on-board power converter/inverter via the generator or shore power, is supplying a charge to the batteries.
4) When you are charging the batteries using an external battery charger across the battery terminals.

This simple plug-in 12V volt meter quickly reveals the situation with your batteries and the various charging sources.
CLICK HERE for one sold on Amazon.
CLICK HERE for one being sold on eBay.

Batteries in poor health is any voltage under 12V when nothing is utilizing them.  As soon as you turn on lights and things, you will see a voltage drop which is normal, but still not drop below 12V.  If it does, the batteries need to be charged or replaced.

When the batteries are being charged from the Ford engine, the on-board converter/inverter, or externally, the voltage should read some amount higher than 13V.  It will vary depending on what in the house is using battery power at the time.

There is a lot more going on than what I am sharing here.  I just put it into simple terms.  What might be happening is, you have some kind of unknown power drain.  A simple volt meter will reveal that.  We previous mentioned your tank heaters being left on by accident.  It could be something else left on that you are unaware of.  Just having the inverter left on all the time generating 110V inside the rig, is hard on the batteries.  I turn on the inverter only when I need 110V, otherwise I leave it off to conserve battery power.

General Discussion / Re: Need help with 2016 2910D
« on: February 20, 2024, 09:34:12 pm »

There is a kill switch by the main entry door into the house.  Make sure that switch is turned on or nothing in the motorhome will work.

General Discussion / Re: Need help with 2016 2910D
« on: February 19, 2024, 07:51:41 am »
CalCruiser is offering great advice.  Winter in an RV has special considerations.

If the waste tanks are empty, turn off the tank heaters.  Like Cal says, they will keep the batteries drained.  I feel they are to be used when on shore power and when driving, not meant to be used when parked overnight without shore power.  Like Cal says, between the tank heaters and the furnace, you'll never recover your batteries.

BTW:  In my rig, the tank heater switch is in the bathroom.  I wouldn't know where it is in a 2910D.  It will look like this, the white switch located just above the faucet.

General Discussion / Re: Need help with 2016 2910D
« on: February 18, 2024, 06:13:23 pm »

What did you mean when you said "I bought it and after the work was done.....?"

What work was agreed to get done before you picked up the rig, and who actually performed the work?  Camping World?  The RVIA inspector?  A 4th party?  Rice Tire?

Was the awning repaired properly?

Was the roof sealed properly?  PCs have a fiberglass roof.  What were the details of this work?  Edge caulking around features?

Did the inspector identify the original batteries as being bad requiring replacement, or were they just drained?  Drained but good batteries should recharge fairly well after driving the rig 200 miles.

It sounds like Camping World subcontracted Rice Tire to replace all 6 tires before you got there, so issues with the tires should be 100% covered by the new tire warranty.  Given you had brand new tires, one inner tire going flat on your trip home, it sounds like the inner tire valve extender is leaking air.  Get that looked at by the shop who is replacing that tire.

General Discussion / Re: 2nd best day of rving
« on: January 29, 2024, 09:12:17 am »
Unfortunately many buyers of motorhomes, won't appreciate a tow vehicle in the deal until after their first trip without one.

Consider marketing the PC without a tow vehicle, and without the tow bar and all that.  Market your Smart car "with" the tow bar (and tow brake if it has one).  At under 1550 pounds, you don't need a tow brake, a beautiful feature in a Smart.

When you connect with a buyer for your PC, offer your Smart as an extra feature for $XXXX extra.

General Discussion / Re: 2nd best day of rving
« on: January 23, 2024, 04:52:55 pm »
Op here.  Being the frugal ie cheap that I am, rvt has a base price that includes only 10 photos.  But the good thing is the ad runs till sold.  Out of the 4 hits I had last Thursday no one has gotten back.  One did ask for pics but after acknowledging his request, still no further response.  Spring is around the corner, so look for activity to pick up.
Does rvt allow you to post a link to all your pictures?

General Discussion / Re: Shredded Grey Tank Insulation
« on: January 22, 2024, 08:49:15 am »
When replacing my black tank valve last year, I noticed the tank insulation was starting to separate along one edge.  A cleaning followed by a strip of Duct tape took good care of it.  Because of the time of year we use our PC, I will likely never use the tank heaters, but I maintain unused features regardless because you never know when you will need them......and it's a good selling feature that everything is always kept in good order.

General Discussion / Re: 2nd best day of rving
« on: January 21, 2024, 07:31:41 pm »
Hi Tarnold,

I have some tips to offer for a successful sale.  I learned this during my days of flipping niche market cars......6 Pontiac Fieros, 6 C5-Corvette convertibles, 3 of the Pontiac Solstice, and one Saturn Sky, about 16 in all.

"Pictures Sell....PERIOD", especially when marketing nation wide.  If you don't catch their interest in the first 5 seconds on-line, you've lost them.

Many years ago I spent $150 on a Canon PowerShot S5-IS digital camera from Best Buy.  It has a 12x optical zoom which is the magic bullet for taking pictures of vehicles.  Though it is considered old technology today, it still provides supreme quality pictures for the purpose.  Many of the pictures you see of my PC were taken with that digital camera.

Here is a list of tips when taking pictures along with a few sales tips.

- Contrary to popular belief, take them on an overcast day.  This eliminates all shadows from the sun.
- Take all pictures horizontally, not vertically.
- Stand back and zoom in when taking pictures.  I like to be at least 50 feet away when taking exterior pictures.  The farther, the better.  This eliminates all fisheye distortions.
- Aspect ratio of your pictures is also important.  3x5 is great for viewing horizontal pictures on most any electronic device from a cell phone to a 70" TV screen.  You want the pictures to fill the screen.
- Remove "EVERY" personal item.  Make it look like they are buying a new vehicle.
- Clean and detail the vehicle, inside and out.  With your PC, use a magic eraser to remove all gray marks off the interior of your refrigerator.  Polish the cabinetry, strip the bed, remove added pillows, remove everything not included when a PC is new.  Features like an added TV and other such appliances and furnishings are an exception.  Fill the coat closet with the exact same empty hanger.  You get the idea here.
- A 6 foot step ladder works great for interesting views of a convertible.  A taller step ladder might do good for a PC.
- After all your pictures are uploaded on your computer, crop out what you can so the subject fills the pictures, maintaining that 3x5 aspect ratio mentioned earlier.
- Take pictures of all your PC literature, sales brochures, servivce records, the title, all your keys, jack, tire iron, everything you are including.
- Posting less than 100 pictures of a motorhome, would fall short in my opinion.
- Leave nothing to imagination.  Answer all possible questions in picture fashion.  Remember, prospective buyers need all their doubts put to rest before considering a trip to you.
- Your ad must include a cell phone and email address so that they can call, text, or email you.  YES you become vulnerable to spam, but that is what it is.
- The safest risk-free sale is done at a branch bank location where the buyer banks at.  Have the bank issue you a same-as-cash check, funds withdrawn directly from their bank account.  I have accepted checks that I have pre-approved before the buyer leaves their home.  I look up their branch bank on-line, ask to speak to the teller who issued the check, give them the check number, and get verbal confirmation from them of the check's authenticity.

Click here for pictures I took with that old Canon camera when selling our Saturn Sky last October.  I had a buyer 12 hours after posting the ad on Facebook Marketplace which included a link to the pictures on Flickr.  Our Sky was not a flip.  I restored the car and we enjoyed it for 4 years.  The last picture is a critical one.  It shows the vehicle title (blocked), all the documentation and such, included in the sale.

I realize that a motorhome is not a tiny two seat convertible, so you have to get even further back to take a great shot.  Naturally it helps where the pictures are taken.  Consider the back-drop.  You can't go wrong in large parking lot in a forest preserve or other natural background place.

The pictures I post on forums of our PC, I would retake if selling it.  Some have fisheye distortion, but more importantly, I would show "CURRENT" pictures, not ones taken in previous years.  Nothing is worse than misleading people with misleading pictures.  Honesty is "ALWAYS" the best policy in selling a vehicle.  A motorhome is "NO" exception.  You need to build trust with the buyer so be open and thorough as best you can.  It starts with piles of beautiful pictures.

It will be the best 4 to 8 hour investment of your time.  And you'll get real close to your asking price.  BTW: I think your asking price is very reasonable.

General Discussion / Re: New PC TRX Twin Bed
« on: January 13, 2024, 09:08:44 am »
Good Luck and have a lot of fun!

General Discussion / Re: Winter Driving and Camping
« on: January 05, 2024, 10:11:33 am »
Our 2007 2350 has a heat register in the bathroom.  As long as the furnace cycles on/off, our bathroom (with door closed) is the hottest place in the motorhome.  Naturally if we use an electric space heater elsewhere in the motorhome, that reduces "furnace cycling" so then the bathroom will cool down significantly.

We have another heat register in the bedroom under the main coat closet.  When we boondock on cold nights, we open the bathroom door a crack, and close the pleated privacy curtain.  This helps contain the warmest air inside the bedroom and bathroom together with reduced furnace cycling.  Our thermostat is mounted above our bed which nicely stabilizes the tempersature behind the pleated curtain.

Admittedly, the lowest overnight temps we slept in was around 25F, so we never experienced serious cold weather.  So all your comments are of great interest to me, what I could expect when temps really drop.

General Discussion / Re: Winter Driving and Camping
« on: January 03, 2024, 11:14:50 pm »
How to protect the outside shower from freeze damage....

If you depressurize your plumbing, then open the hot and cold outside shower valves and the shower head to take in air, then open the two low-point drains, this will drain the hot and cold water from the outside shower fixture and associated plumbing.  Then close tight, the hot and cold outdoor valves, then re-pressurize your house plumbing back to normal.  This will maintain air (not water) in the outside showerhead and associated plumbing.  It can then freeze all it wants without any damage to that system.

General Discussion / Re: Flaking Vinyl
« on: December 22, 2023, 10:55:06 am »
We have a 2013 and the seats and sofa were reupholstered.

Now all the other vinyl (around tv, doorway, all the panels above floors and near cabinets) is flaking and peeling.  :'(
That is sad.  What a mess you have to deal with.

This issue is across the entire upholstery industry.  We bought a pair of leather couches from Costco for our greatroom back in 2014.  The seating surfaces are leather, but everything around that is vinyl.  During the past 3 years, the vinyl has been flaking, now accelerating.  At a glance, you don't notice it being in the cracks and crevices and on the back side, but the day is coming when they will need to be replaced.... so sad.

We have an upholstered chair that we rarely sit on being in a spare bedroom.  Same flacking.

China stiffed America with inferior vinyl.  I wonder if it got straightened out or if the problem remains in 2023.

General Discussion / Re: 110 plug in while stored
« on: December 12, 2023, 01:05:19 pm »
For reference...Our PC is garage-kept in comfortable temperatures year round.  Our first year of ownership back in 2007, I kept the house batteries connected, plugged our PC into 110V, and let the Tripp-Lite inverter maintain the batteries.  That was a big mistake because of chronic acid boil-overs.

It didn't take long to conclude the best storage method for me was to disconnect all batteries from the house and chassis, charge them till full, then let them be.  Roughly every 3 months, I will put them on a 4 amp charge just to top them off, but I am not quite convinced that is even neccessary.  I would likely increase the frequency of charge-topping if the batteries were outside in the below freezing and occasional sub-zero temp conditions we see here near Chicago.

Back to that first year plugged into 110V throughout winter storage, another mishap had occurred.  I accidentally had the Hot Water Tank turned on to 110V.  With the water system drained, the remaining 1/2 gallon inside the HWT did not protect the 110V heating element adequately to avoid a failure of that heating element.  So not only did I mess up the house batteries and tray, but I also had to replace the HWT 110V heating element.

My experience with pairs of 12V house batteries has not been good.  I always had one charging and discharging much faster than the other.  This imbalance contributed greatly to acid boil-overs because one is getting over-charged while the other is trying to get charged.  The weaker battery eventually takes so long to charge (or never gets fully charged) that battery acid is spilling out everywhere.

Switching to two 6V batteries seems to offer some natural protection against over-charging.  The two batteries are daisy-chained acting like a single battery.  Much like stacked batteries in a flashlight, they supply power to the house in unison, they drain in unison, and they also charge in unison.  In my case, I switched to two 6V AGM batteries of which I am very pleased with the results.  There are no acid/water levels to monitor, the batteries hold more energy, and they outlast 12V wet acid batteries by 4x and counting.  I would get only 2 good years from my 12V wet acid batteries.  With the 6V AGM batteries, I got 8 good years so far and am still counting.  I bought my 6V AGMs from Sams Club back in 2015 that were twice the price that of 12V wet acid....$180 compared to $90 back then.

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