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Old 01-27-2015, 11:18 AM   #1
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2 questions about MH OPERATIONS

1. I see coaches with high-mounted rear-view mirrors. Isn't that making it impossible to see anything that's close to the front wheels or middle of the coach?

2. Worst case scenario...you're in a snowstorm and are using the gennie when it stops because of the 1/4 tank shut-off. What's the way to override that system?
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:29 AM   #2
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The high mounted mirrors ussually have a top and bottom, convex mirrors.
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There is no way to override the fuel system. The pickup fuel tube is no longer in any fuel it can reach. Its better to have no fuel for the gen, then to run out of fuel for the engine in the middle of nowhere.

Best is to drive south a month or so before any snowstorm hits.
I have followed that advice since 1999 and that was the last time I have seen any snow.

Mirrors may also have the addition convex type to see those areas.
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1. I see coaches with high-mounted rear-view mirrors. Isn't that making it impossible to see anything that's close to the front wheels or middle of the coach?

I have those and through adjusting the angle of the mirror assembly and then the convex mirror on the bottom of the assembly I have it that I can actually see the lug nuts on my front wheels. Excellent for close quarter maneuvers.

2. Worst case scenario...you're in a snowstorm and are using the gennie when it stops because of the 1/4 tank shut-off. What's the way to override that system?

As already said...NOPE. Once the fuel gets below the fuel supply port for the generator...things could start getting dark.
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Pour water in the tank, it will settle under the fuel and raise the level.

Hey, you asked.
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Why are you using the genie? Do you have propane heat? I would run the engine for the dash vent heat (and this will charge the batteries), use the house batteries sparingly. I guess you may want to run propane furnace some to keep water tanks in basement from freezing.
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Consider the size of your fuel tank. If you make a practice of re fueling any time you get near a 1/2 tank you still buy a lot of fuel at a time and you have a significant amount of generator run time. For us it's around 20+ gal of gas on refill and 24+ hours of run time worst case. The bigger setups still scale proportionally. Combine that with battery operation and it should give you several days of cold survival unless you run out of propane and use it for heat. If you are stuck for several days with no chance of escaping or refueling you are probably toast anyway because civilization has collapsed.
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My mirrors have three sections, mounted with the support arm on top. The top mirror is the normal convex mirror, the center and largest is heated and powered, and the bottom mirror is set so I can see the front tires.
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Why are you using the genie? Do you have propane heat? I would run the engine for the dash vent heat (and this will charge the batteries), use the house batteries sparingly. I guess you may want to run propane furnace some to keep water tanks in basement from freezing.

These questions just pop into my head at odd times, and thanks to this forum, I get answers that I couldn't otherwise decipher. Good advice on heating.
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