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General Discussion / Re: Lippert Slideout "Sparking"
« Last post by mikeh on Today at 10:49:32 am »
The 2019 PC's were using the Lippert Schwintek slides.  I believe that Hank is right on target with his thought that a bare spot on a wire is touching metal--likely in that "small wire bundle" he identified.  The slide system operates on 12-volts DC (from the house batteries), so we aren't talking about a 120-volt AC issue here, but it definitely should NOT be sparking.  The slide frame and RV chassis metal will be a ground potential, so if there is a bare spot on a powered wire or connection you will definitely get a "spark" when it touches metal during movement.  The circuit will be fused, so if the contact were to be solid/permanent, the fuse should blow preventing excessive current.  The two or three "sparks" indicate that the contact is momentary and transient.

I would think that the bare spot should be pretty easy to locate and remedy if you can get reasonable access to the wire bundle in that area.  As Don says though, if the slide has to come out to access the wiring that would usually mean using an RV service point for most of us.
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General Discussion / Re: Lippert Slideout "Sparking"
« Last post by donc13 on June 20, 2024, 07:24:57 am »
I am not sure when Phoenix changed the slide out mechanism from the original Lippert "swing out" to the newer versions.  On thekppert, all the wiring, motors and gearing was underneath the slide.  But, in any event, I would get that wiring bundle you see checked out.  I would suggest an RV dealer's shop because they *may* have to remove the slide to get to it.

I am sure that's not what you wanted to hear but it needs looked at by an RV Tech.

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General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect
« Last post by donc13 on June 20, 2024, 07:05:41 am »
I have had a knife switch on the Ford battery on all 3 of the RVs t have owned (24 year's worth) and never had an issue.  I put it on the negative terminal.  That way, there is no chance of a short circuit if something or someone touches the exposed switch.
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General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect
« Last post by Ron Dittmer on June 19, 2024, 11:46:46 pm »
I debated a chassis battery disconnect but decided the risk of untimely disconnect through vibration or failure was not worth the convenience.

On the other hand, I bought THIS BATTERY DISCONNECT for our house batteries, though I have yet to install it.  Its low-profile should work for our taller 6V batteries placed in our 12V battery compartment.


Our batteries are 6V AGM (maintenance-free), hence the practicality of pitching the battery tray to increase clearance.  I installed these back in 2015 (9 years ago) and they have not budged since.
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General Discussion / Battery Disconnect
« Last post by EDD on June 19, 2024, 09:03:02 pm »
Has anyone used a battery disconnect on the Ford battery.  we have a 2020, 2552.
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General Discussion / Battery Discount
« Last post by EDD on June 19, 2024, 08:51:48 pm »
I have a 2020, 2552.  Has any one used a battery disconnect on  the Ford battery.  Has it worked easily. 
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General Discussion / Lippert Slideout "Sparking"
« Last post by custerhank on June 19, 2024, 04:12:33 pm »
  On the last day of a recent 7 week trek from South Dakota to Maryland and back to visit family the inside rear top of the slide in our 2019 3100 emitted at least 2 sparks when opening the slide. I was outside when wife informed me..loudly. The following morning, when retracting the slide the same thing happened...she saw 2 or 3 sparks shooting sideways. There was no smell. From what I could see there is a small wire bundle next to the slide edge and no apparent burning. That bundle seems hard to get to but perhaps easier from outside. The weather was not conducive to outside checking and we returned home that day. We have not tried to open the slide again pending some feedback here and/or a reliable local RV tech.

  Anybody have this "sparking" on their slide? I am not an electrician, but seems a bare live wire might be contacting metal? Thanks for any thoughts. We are hoping to travel again soon but not before we isolate the problem.
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General Discussion / Re: Does our built-in propane tank need re-certification?
« Last post by donc13 on June 18, 2024, 07:58:08 am »
Yes, 12 years from the month-year stamped on the color on a DOT tank.  Every 5 years after that.
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General Discussion / Re: Propane Tank Shield - Report After Years Of Service
« Last post by Amsoilman on June 17, 2024, 12:59:54 pm »
Very well done thank you for posting it. Now Iíve got a look at mine and my battery box as well.
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General Discussion / Re: Does our built-in propane tank need re-certification?
« Last post by flei on June 17, 2024, 09:48:18 am »
I assume part of the problem is how the tank looks.  If it's all rusted up, that flags the filling station.  If it looks great, they just fill it.  The same generalization can be applied to those propane tanks used for grills.  They need to be painted and looking maintained or the fillers won't touch them.
Our tank actually looks pretty good for something with 17 years and 102,000 miles on it  :); just a few specks of chipped paint with rust in them on the side that gets hit with splash from the rear tires (because I'm too lazy to add the splash guard like you did  :lol).  Certainly nothing that would weaken or otherwise compromise the integrity of the tank. Portable tanks (DOT tanks), whether they look nice or not, ARE supposed to require re-certification every 12 years; wondering if anyone ever actually does that?
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