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Old 05-13-2019, 10:48 AM   #1
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Hello, we just sold our 01 Challenger, after 5 years of working out all the bugs, starting over with our KS. We have a few general questions on the new options.
1. Coach batteries ran down after the first week, think it was the inverter being left on was the culprit. Do you leave it off or in remote setting when stored ?
2. Washing and lubeing the outside cabinets. The bottom third of the latches are outside of the rubber seals, exposed to road salt and weather which caused all of them to rust and screws snapping off. Have cleaned and repainted, replaced all screws, is this an ongoing job or has someone found solution?
3. The solar charger option.... does it charge all batteries or just the chassis? Can I wire it to charge both ?
4. When you plug it in. There is a big clunk at the switching station, is this normal ?
5. Need to change out about 30 outside cabinet 1" rubber stops, all rock hard and cracked, any ideas ?
Looking forward to getting it on a road trip. Really enjoyed the Challenger on our trips down the Baja, Mexico and southern states.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Turn inverter off when not in use.

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Old 05-13-2019, 07:01 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new rig.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share. Most of what you are asking are easy fixes. Finding part may not be so easy.

IF you have a Progressive or other electrical monitoring system place the clunk may be for that when it is done checking all the systems and turning on your electric. Ours does this.

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Old 05-13-2019, 07:43 PM   #5
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That's 2 questions solved, thanks for the help.
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:04 PM   #6
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Hello Cwet
I have a 2008 KSDP - 3960. The solar panel on the roof is a measly 5 watt panel - totally useless. You need at least 100 watt panel. This will give you around 8 amperes of power, good for keeping the house batteries up to snuff when not in use.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:29 AM   #7
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Hi Cwett,
Welcome to the Newmar Owners forum.
1. If you have no incoming power source, turn the inverter off.
2. Do not know.
3. Solar panel maintains the chassis batteries only. Do not connect anything else to the charger circuit. The solar panel is large enough to maintain the chassis batteries only.
4. Yes to the clunk. It is the transfer switch.
5. Consider contacting Newmar. Have your coach number ready to give the rep/
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Thanks for the info, if I increased the size of the solar panel, can I connect to the current 5 watt panel wiring or just run new wiring to the coach batteries.
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Hi Cwett,
Do not think it is that simple. Sombody with solar knowledge needs to chime in.
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Hello Again Cwet,
You could replace the 5 watt panel with a 100 watt type ($125.00). But the 100 watt panel is much larger (47 x 20 in). Available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B078J...ob_neva_mobile

But you will have to check with Newmar if the existing wire can handle the increased current from 0.5 amps to 8.0 amps. Also will have to find out about the controller for the panel. If the existing controller cannot handle the 100 watt panel, but if the wiring can, you will need to purchase a new controller and still re-wire the system. Not an easy task, even for an experienced person with an electrical background. However, this would be a good writeup with pictures to be posted on the Newmar site.
Also, the 5 watt panel will hardly if not at all charge the house batteries. Its barely a trickle charger.
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your Newmar.
This link will have many answers for you and all stickies top of forums will have added information.
You do not say what chassis you have if its a Workhorse this link will help you also.If you coach is always plugged in to at least 110 all your batteries will be fully charged by your BIRD system.
Your transfer switch will make a clunk when relay closes and there is info on what to check to prevent fires within it in first link.
Living in Canada salts will be just as bad as here in N.E. I used a lube on locks to help prevent the rust and corrosion that will come from road grime and you need to keep lubed or locks will freeze up. Good trick to get opened is use a screwdriver through the lock loop attached to frame door to gently bend so lock clears lock loop. Do not over lobe the lock assembly because lube may bubble up your door fiberglass around it.
You need to check all motor bolts for tight nuts holding them information also in first link.
All links below in my signature have answers for you also.
Enjoy the forum and happy reading and have safe travels in your great area.
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1 on if plugged in, off if not.
2. Use stainless screws and/or was the area as required.
3. It just charges the chassis batteries. Look for a better , separate, add on option for the coach batteries.
4. Clunking is normal for the transfer switch when plugging in.
5. Newmar service can supply them or try to get them at a local body shop.
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Thanks for the answers, we are on the Workhorse W22 chassis, same as our Challenger, love it.
Just annoyed with the design of the outside cabinets, found 6 more screws holding in the arms, rusted and snapped off.
Changed them to stainless. But will be ongoing issue for all of these exposed parts.
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