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Old 09-11-2013, 06:20 AM   #1
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[noob] First post! Lots of ???

Hi! This is my first post!

I just bought my first RV. A 1997 Beaver Patriot! It's in just about perfect condition and looks brand new. I bought a Class A RV 101 DVD that covered some basics, but there are still some simple things that are over my head.

Background: I'm in a touring band. We're a 2-piece band with 3 crew. We'll be touring in the RV and the 2 of us living in it between tours.

1. Where is the power cord? The DVD showed a long cord that plugged into CG shore power. I see a three prong inlet with curved prongs by the water system labelled 50 amp inlet. But there's no cord. And it looks totally different from the CG power which has three straight holes and one round hole.

2. When the generator is running a panel above the driver's seat (with generator hours) makes a ticking sound about every second. It's a bit annoying. Is there a problem happening?

3. I've tried to use my jacks (RVA JII leveler) but any time I move them the warning beeps come on. What am I doing wrong?

4. Is there anything special I need to know about using air brakes? Sometimes it holds a buzz and says "low air" for a bit then stops.

5. I want my fridge cold at all times, should I stay on LP power even when driving? Or is it best to use auto mode and the generator when driving?

6. My dash stereo doesn't seem to work, but a home receiver is installed and works fine. The dash stereo comes on but makes no sound. Do people commonly disconnect their dash stereo in favor of only using a home receiver? I would like to choose one or the other, but I don't see a switch.

7. I need great WIFI for my business! I also have a Philips Hue light system that I LOVE and would like to install in the RV. It requires an internet router with ethernet. I'm having a hard time figuring out internet for RV. I have a Direct TV satellite, but the customer service rep was pretty clueless. Does anyone have good advice for the best internet on the road? I can pay more I just need the best available.

8. The RV is in great condition, but the black gaskets between the window panes are crawling inward. Should this be a concern for water damage or is it just cosmetic?

Whew, that should be a good start, haha. I'm going to have a full inspection before tour, I just wanted to get the complete noob stuff out of the way.

Thank you!!!
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Old 09-11-2013, 06:51 AM   #2
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Hopefully the power cord is stored somewhere in your rig. If not you will have to steal one.
Ticking noise could just be the Hobbs (hour) meter. I assume this is only ticking when the gen is running.
I'm not familiar with your leveling jacks but mine will sound an alarm when jacks are down and the ignition key in the RUN position whether engine is running or not. I use the accessory position to get power on to leveling system. The idea for the warning is to keep you from attempting to drive off with the jacks down.
I suggest searching youtube for an education on air brakes.
Maybe a smartphone hotspot for WIFI?
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I'll keep hunting for the power cable, hmmm


Yes, the ticking only happens with the gen on.

Thanks for the jack info! That makes sense.

For internet, I'll need something with ethernet. As far as I can see, the Mifi mobile hot spots don't work with ethernet routers. I was also really hoping to use my Direct TV satellite. Hmmm
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:07 AM   #4
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#5, On fridg staying cold. Gen or LP in fine.. remember to turn off LP at gas stations before refueling.. The generator should be exercised every few weeks anyway so traveling is a good time to do this. And yes the clicking sound is just the hour meter. You might want a RV tek to double check what electric cord that you need.
I also recommend everyone google "the 12 volt side of life" to learn about your batteries.
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Howdy and welcome aboard. Congrats on the new to you purchase. Sounds like most of your questions have been addressed. #1. Steal one. It sounds like your coach is wired for 50A 120/240V service. If you can't find the cord call who you purchased the coach from and ask them where it might be. If they didn't include one you'll have to have one made. Be sure that whoever makes it, sees the receptacle on the coach. You're describing a twistlock receptacle and they need to match the end of your cord to fit it. The other end (pedestal) is just a standard male 50A 120/240V (I believe the NEMA # would be 14-50P). I should mention having the cord made will probably NOT be cheap.

As mentioned "DO" take a course on air brake operation and maintenance. If you don't want to hurt yourself or someone else I strongly suggest this.

Good Luck and have a great time.
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You might be able to stick a pencil eraser end in your ear and touch the other end to the hour meter and listen to see if you can isolate where the ticking is coming from. If this ticking is not at regular intervals and more random, I would look elsewhere for the cause. If it is the hour meter, they are not very expensive.
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You should never get a low air alarm after it fills up from a cold start. You need to do the air brake leak test. A leak only gets worse and you could die! There is a simple test that you can do, and this is one video.
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I keep my fridge in the auto mode all the time and while traveling I run the generator.

It is important to get as level as possible when setting up so fridge will operate properly , make sure door seals pass the dollar bill test.

You can check into satellite Internet , the dish and the service in fairly expensive but you will never be without Internet service , it will also work with a router .

I would have your air brakes checked by a air brake shop.

You may check to see if your speakers are hooked up to stereo .

On this forum you can go to search to find past threads containing the same problems that you are experiencing , these are very helpful .


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Here is another video specific to air brakes on motorhomes.
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Thanks for the quick answers!


The low air alarm only sounds for a few seconds on a cold start up. It's happened twice so far.

I'll check out the vids.
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7. I need great WIFI for my business! I also have a Philips Hue light system that I LOVE and would like to install in the RV. It requires an internet router with ethernet. I'm having a hard time figuring out internet for RV. I have a Direct TV satellite, but the customer service rep was pretty clueless. Does anyone have good advice for the best internet on the road? I can pay more I just need the best available.
Here is the info that I have on internet on the road:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-in-touch-internet.shtml
http://www.jackdanmayer.com/communication.htm
http://www.internetanywhere.us/home.html
http://www.mobileinternetsatellite.com/Index.html?expandable=0
http://www.rv-satellite-internet.com/Choose_a_Satellite_Internet_Provider.html
http://www.highspeedsat.com/
http://www.datastormusers.com/rvsatinternet.cfm MotoSat is now closed, but there is still information available
http://www.bigrigcentral.com/big-rig-satellite.html
http://dmbruss.com/zFullTimeLifeStyle/FTLS_StayingConnected.htm
http://www.exede.com/ - Thom called and several people on the phone said yes they are now doing RV and mobile satellite internet. Other's have emailed them and they emailed back with no so double check ....
http://www.autonetmobile.com/
http://millenicom.com/ and/or http://www.dslreports.com/forum/millenicom
http://www.groundcontrol.com/ - expensive but supposed to be the best

You might also like to look at these sites for more info on other things:
RV Camp Discount Sites
http://www.bandofboondockers.com/
http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html
http://www.camphalfprice.com/
http://www.escapees.com/
http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm
http://freecampgrounds.com/
http://freecampsites.net/usa/
http://www.frugal-rv-travel.com/
http://www.fs.fed.us/
http://www.harvesthosts.com/invitation.htm
http://hasbeenthere.com/
http://www.overnightrvparking.com/
http://www.recreation.gov/
http://rvthereyetdirectory.com/
http://www.seeya-downtheroad.com/InformationPage/ThisLand.html
http://www.uscampgrounds.info/
http://www.gypsyjournal.net/Unfriendly.html
http://msstreets.com/2011/04/12/poi-megafile-rv-unfriendly/
http://www.radiobrandy.com/RV-Unfriendly.html

Here's some sites for recipes and places to eat:
http://www.foodfreeway.com/
http://www.goodrvfood.com/
http://shavano.home.bresnan.net/Cooks/Recipe%20Table%20of%20Contents.htm
http://www.rvgoddess.com/
http://suite101.com/article/rv-and-campfire-cooking-a22748
http://www.flavortownusa.com/default.aspx Diners, Drive-In's and Dive's locations
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Thanks for the quick answers!

The low air alarm only sounds for a few seconds on a cold start up. It's happened twice so far.

I'll check out the vids.
Ok, that sounds better. I was thinking that it happened while driving.

Safe travels!
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