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Old 06-28-2013, 07:21 PM   #15
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Although I said you could get by with the TLS only and I planned to do this myself, this was a "get me in" situation. However, If I planned to go hundreds of miles, or just take my vacation, I would do as others have suggested (the best alternative) and run a 10 - 12 ga jumper wire between the 2 positive terminals. The boost switch option is also viable as that solenoid is a continuous duty. So it depends on when and how far away you plan on fixing the alternator.
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Old 06-29-2013, 08:09 AM   #16
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Since then I purchased a BIRD -= $50.00 so hopefully Ill never need to use that option again. But to get me home it worked flawlessly. Way better than a tow and shop rates.
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Update

Well we made it. Ran the genny all the way with the battery boost switch on.
Started looking for a fuel stop when tank reached about one third. The generator quit right as we pulled up to the pump. Filled up and finished the trip.
When we started out, the battery voltage (according to my ScanGauge) was around 13.5V. An hour in, it dropped to 12.5V. Turned off the dash A/C and it returned to about 13V and hovered there for the rest of the trip. I'm guessing the converter decided it was charged and went to maintain mode.

Now to our next problem.... The fridge died... Smell of ammonia... seems terminal. I am getting a mobile mechanic to look at it but he said he doesn't even need to look. Now get to test out our Good Sam warranty.
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Old 06-30-2013, 10:25 AM   #18
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Great all was OK re the battery for the trip. I was certain that would work fine for what you wanted. You could go home the same way if you did not have time to get the gen fixed. Just as you noted, your converter went into "float" mode to prevent overcharging and then came back on as you put a heavier load on the batteries. You gave the genny a good run. Suggest you check the gen oil level after a long run. I check mine frequently and log the hour meter reading every time I do that.

Sorry about the fridge - that is a must have and needs to be fixed of course. Good luck with the warranty

Hope you can share your experience on that.

And have a nice vacation of course.
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Thanks. Just to clarify. The generator is fine. it quit due to low fuel. Fired right up after we filled up.
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Old 06-30-2013, 11:55 AM   #20
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I have run 100+ miles with the positive post of the house battery connected to the positive post of the chassis battery and the 7kw gen set running with no ill effects.

My allison transmission will shut down the engine if there is no 12vdc from the chassis battery.
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Chris- for the future you can make your own BIRD out of two Intellitec "Isolator Relay Delay(s)" and a continuous duty 12V solenoid. The Intellitec part# is 00-00629-120. The gizmo has 3 wires, 12V in, charge voltage "sense", and 12V out when activated. It trips after 13.3V on the sense wir for more than 12 seconds, which indicates charge voltage is available.
You put 12V to both 12V in wires, sense wire to starter battery from one relay, sense wire from other relay to chassis batteries, both 12V out wires to one side of the solenoid coil, and the other side of the solenoid coil to ground.
Then 2/0 welding lead jumpers from starter battery 12V and from house 12V to the fat studs on the solenoid.
Voila! When either alternator or generator/charger kick the starters or house respectively to 13.3V- you get cross charging. Now you have a driving backup for a failed alternator, as well as a standard two way charging coach under standard conditions.
And the IRD's are potted for use in wet conditions so you can mount them wherever it is convenient.
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Thanks. Just to clarify. The generator is fine. it quit due to low fuel. Fired right up after we filled up.
Sorry my mistake I should have said "alternator"
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Yeah, smell of ammonia from the fridge definitely means it's a goner. Ammonia is escaping from the coils and they can't be welded or patched, as a repair. There are companies that can, but they exchange so they can re-work them after pumping out the dangerous chemicals. If there's one leak, usually there's potentially several others.
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Well. Good news... fridge is working again
Had a local mobile RV service come out and replace the cooling unit. Covered under the Good Sam warranty. Took him 6 hours and also discovered one of the exhaust fans was toast. Had a 70-mile round-trip to get a replacement fan but at least it is now cooling.
On the down-side, I spent most of yesterday re-plumbing the kitchen sink drain.
We arrived late Saturday night and just picked a site to set up. Sunday morning we moved to our allotted site... slides in, move, slides out. Later heard water running UNDER the sink. The waste pipe had been sheared off.
DW had stored the sink cover down the side of the sink. When we moved slide in, the cover slid unnoticed behind the cabinet. When we put the slide back out, it jammed and sheared the pipe.
Had to replace the whole combo. Toughest part was re-connecting the flexible pipe.
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That's why I think my next RV will not have a kitchen slide. Too many things to go wrong it seems from all the problems I've read about them over the years. I'm thinking LR and BR only.

Yeah, I know some LR slides include the kitchen. But many don't.
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Update: finally got the alternator fixed

Got back from Florida still using genset to keep battery charged.
Took the coach into the local (40 miles away) Cummins shop. They said the alternator was only producing 8V.
Now have a new alternator and oil change. Journey home showed a healthy 13.8-14V
Good Sam warranty covered the alternator replacement.
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That's why I think my next RV will not have a kitchen slide. Too many things to go wrong it seems from all the problems I've read about them over the years. I'm thinking LR and BR only.

Yeah, I know some LR slides include the kitchen. But many don't.
OTH, we've had kitchen slides in our last two DSDP's and have never had one problem with them. Even this one is doing just fine after 11 years.
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OTH, we've had kitchen slides in our last two DSDP's and have never had one problem with them. Even this one is doing just fine after 11 years.
Such a small sample (2 rigs) doesn't really tell us much about the problems with kitchen slides that the thousands that have owned them have had. I based my decision to avoid them in my next RV purchase because of the many problems I read about with them over the last 9 years of hanging out here on iRV2 and at RV.net. Must be hundreds by now.

So, I'll stick to my 'bias' based on anecdotal evidence to be sure. But, that's my choice.
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