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Old 07-16-2019, 01:50 AM   #1247
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We installed the Micro Air on our Ď19 27BHS. As stated above, install was not challenging. We were running AI-Power 2k watt gensets that Costco was carrying in parallel to run the AC but found at higher altitude the single gen would not cover the microwave use (solo without any AC or fridge on) We picked up a Westinghouse iGen 2500 and it fires up the AC every time with no issues. Love the easy start.
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Old 07-17-2019, 01:01 PM   #1248
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Well, I have to admit that I thought that those of you who had added a twist-on waste gate were just being overly paranoid. Until a couple of weeks ago when, unbeknownst to me, my black tank valve had failed to shut after I dumped. I've noticed that it has been requiring more force to shut, and even bought some valve lube, which I hadn't gotten around to using. So, imagine my surprise (horror) when after our last camping trip I removed the cap at the dump station and was flooded full force by the contents of the black tank.

So, I now have a new black tank valve, a new grey tank valve (figured, why not, since they already had the belly open), and one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 07-17-2019, 03:28 PM   #1249
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That's a shi##y situation, all pun intended. Cheap insurance.
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Old 07-17-2019, 05:26 PM   #1250
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Well, I have to admit that I thought that those of you who had added a twist-on waste gate were just being overly paranoid. Until a couple of weeks ago when, unbeknownst to me, my black tank valve had failed to shut after I dumped. I've noticed that it has been requiring more force to shut, and even bought some valve lube, which I hadn't gotten around to using. So, imagine my surprise (horror) when after our last camping trip I removed the cap at the dump station and was flooded full force by the contents of the black tank.

So, I now have a new black tank valve, a new grey tank valve (figured, why not, since they already had the belly open), and one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
The twist on secondary dump valve was the first "accessory" I purchased for our last two trailers. For those of us with black and grey tanks that dump through the same exit pipe, the secondary valve provides the benefit of being able to backflush the black tank with the contents of the grey tank. I do that every time I dump and use the SaniFlush only rarely.

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Old 07-18-2019, 06:36 PM   #1251
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Yeah, learned that lesson last year during our Alaska trip and put on the twist on secondary valve. Didnít want any crappy experiences.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:18 AM   #1252
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So the Honda 2200 will easily do the job with one of these on the 13.5 AC. Would like to scale back my gen on the road trips. The gen is for emergency AC in the trailer.
Right with you on this! I have a generator in the back of our truck under the cover. I try and start it every couple months at home to keep things working right. I hope to never use it while camping. Only for emergency A/C or if I get "snowed or frozen in" somewhere.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:34 PM   #1253
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I added a dimmer for the LED lights in dinette in our 21RD. I used a 2 wire dimmer, only 2 connections, line and load. I kept the rocker switch in the circuit, that way I didn't have to figure out how to fill the hole. I'd say it only dims to 40percent or so, but I think it should be okay Click image for larger version

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Old 08-21-2019, 09:03 PM   #1254
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Does this work okay with the factory LEDs? I want to put in some dimmers with a minimum of fuss!
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:22 PM   #1255
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These will work for motors or LEDs up to 2 Amps. I've liked them so far.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 08-25-2019, 06:40 PM   #1256
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Added some cabinet lighting on our last trip. Battery powered and a proximity sensor so they are simple to install.

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Old 10-05-2019, 01:21 PM   #1257
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Swapped the analog heat/cool thermostat for a digital one. I went with another Coleman-Mach to match wire for wire and mounting. Very easy and quick upgrade to make - less than 20 minutes. One thing I did notice is it appears that this digital model is being phased out and replaced with a much narrower model which looks like it would complicate things as it may not cover the old mounting holes.
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:45 PM   #1258
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Swapped the analog heat/cool thermostat for a digital one. I went with another Coleman-Mach to match wire for wire and mounting. Very easy and quick upgrade to make - less than 20 minutes. One thing I did notice is it appears that this digital model is being phased out and replaced with a much narrower model which looks like it would complicate things as it may not cover the old mounting holes.

I did the same 2 years ago. still working perfectly...
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Old 10-15-2019, 02:28 PM   #1259
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New solar/LiFeO4 setup in my 25RDS

After enjoying my shiny new 25RDS for just a few months, I embarked on an electrical upgrade including BattleBorn Lithium batteries, 3KVA Victron inverter, Victron Solar Controller and Battery Monitor, and 700W of solar panels. Fair bit of work, but came together nicely.

I found space under the bed for up to 4 BattleBorn 100AH Lithium batteries, but could only stomach budget for 3... I had to shorten one of the drawers by an inch, but that's the only inside storage sacrifice I had to make.


I put the Victron inverter, solar controller, and associated breakers, shutoffs, and bus bars on a sheet of HDPE in the pass-thru storage area. (There's a sheet of lexan that covers the section with the exposed bus-bars to protect it from stuff that might bounce around in there on the road, but that's removed for the photo.)
Bent copper bus-bars pass directly through the wall behind this panel to the under-bed storage compartment, where they connect to the batteries through big old 4/0 AWG cables.
I ran a couple pairs of 6AWG cable via conduit through the floor and up to the wiring access panel behind the A-frame. One pair spliced into the factory 8AWG solar pre-wiring for the rooftop panels, and the other pair connected the battery bus bars to the factory DC distribution setup.
The AC wiring involved running two 10/2 Romex cables via a single conduit through the floor, and up to the load center and EMS. The conduit routed along the outside of the chassis I-beam.




Four 175W Newpowa panels fit nicely up on the roof. I fabricated mounts that will allow the panels to tilt side-to-side, should I ever feel so inclined (pun intended).


While I was at it, installed a new 30A main breaker between the shore power input and the inverter. This is mounted in the bedroom closet above the load center.

And I installed a Progressive EMS after the breaker, and before the inverter. This is mounted alongside the drawer above the load center, occupying otherwise wasted space.


The battery monitor and EMS have their own displays, but the rest of the Victron gear is all managed/viewed via their app on my phone. Really slick.


Got a chance to test this out on our first boondocking trip up the central California coast recently, and it all worked great. SWMBO was able to enjoy her morning coffee, hairdryer, microwave, etc. while off-grid, so this investment/gamble looks like it's paying off. (If her first boondocking trip sucked, there may not have been a second...) Wish me luck.
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Old 10-15-2019, 04:04 PM   #1260
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Wow. Very, very nice job.
You and others here are really putting my haphazard system to shame.
One of these days I'll have to do something about that ... maybe. But since it works fine ... maybe not.
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