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Old 01-10-2015, 09:37 AM   #15
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I leave my Tradewinds plugged in all the time and check the water level in the batteries monthly. Have done since 2007 when we bought the coach. The switch labeled "DISCONECT" on the electrical panel probable just inside the entry door on the back wall of your sink cabinet will disconnect the batteries. It's a momentary action rocker switch and when the house batteries are connected a red light should light beside the switch. I leave mine off when I'm not using the 12VDC. With it off nothing will work including the Fridge, Furnaces, TV, Radio etc. in mine even the jacks don't work without 12 VDC.

Just for reference. We run our Fridge on Gas while driving unless I have the Genny on for house A/C, then it switches to A/C automatically.

You have a 50 AMP service and so will need a 50 to 50 AMP cable converter, sometimes called a DogBone and the a 30 AMP to 15 AMP (regular three prong) converter, in order to plug into your house power. Don't let the AMP ratings intimidate you, it will only draw whet is needed not the full 50 AMPS. Just don't run your AC units while plugged into the house service.

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I believe you have a 50 amp power system, same as the Dolphin series. This is what I use at home:

Amazon.com : Conntek 14222 RV 1.5-Foot Pigtail Adapter Power Cord 15 Amp Male Plug To 50 Amp 125/250 Volt Locking Female Connector : Rv Power Generators : Patio, Lawn & Garden

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You all are awesome. Thank you!! Suggestions noted and passed on to hubby newbie. Adventure continues....
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You all are awesome. Thank you!! Suggestions noted and passed on to hubby newbie. Adventure continues....
The adventure is the best part. All of us continue to run into things that are beyond our experience so we post the questions. Others who have had the experience will give good advice about the solution.

The adventure goes beyond the MH and will cover travel, camping, campgrounds and anything else you would like to learn about.
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I am not exactly a newbie, I have had 2 class Cs, 1 super C, and a fifthwheel. However I have never had a class A, but am leaning really strongly on buying a 2002 National RV,Islander 9401. I have looked in the National RV archives, but can not find this one listed, they have 2001 and 2003. Does anyone know where I can find info on this year. I have never had one this old, but it will have new Michelin tires and a 1 yr warranty on it. so in addition to wanting the above info I would like to find others who have had this coach to tell me what they think.
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I am not exactly a newbie, I have had 2 class Cs, 1 super C, and a fifthwheel. However I have never had a class A, but am leaning really strongly on buying a 2002 National RV,Islander 9401. I have looked in the National RV archives, but can not find this one listed, they have 2001 and 2003. Does anyone know where I can find info on this year. I have never had one this old, but it will have new Michelin tires and a 1 yr warranty on it. so in addition to wanting the above info I would like to find others who have had this coach to tell me what they think.
The info for 2001 will be the same as 2002 for most if not all aspects of it. My 2005 is the same as 2004. 2005 models later than mine are same as 2006.
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I have found the generator is a slow way to charge the batteries, compared to the normal household current.

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The generator runs the same charger as the household current. It may be louder and less efficent but will take the same time.

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