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Old 05-16-2014, 04:44 PM   #281
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Brit, yes to both tire questions. I did the same as you did. I expect to see the same issue this summer as there had been so much written about the"rivering" issue. So, I plan to replace tires this summer. My tires were manufactured in early 2010. I had very good luck with the Michelins on my previous coach and on my every day drivers, so I will go that route I think. Good luck on the door.
I have a buddy that owns a couple tire shops and he mentioned that he had been installing Double Coin on some other DP's that came in. I put DC tires on in 2010 & absolutely love them. They ride great and have very good tread wear. I've put a little more than 25,000 miles on them and they still look great and still ride great. JMO.
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I have a buddy that owns a couple tire shops and he mentioned that he had been installing Double Coin on some other DP's that came in. I put DC tires on in 2010 & absolutely love them. They ride great and have very good tread wear. I've put a little more than 25,000 miles on them and they still look great and still ride great. JMO.
Tell me more about the DC tires,I also live inTexas.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:24 PM   #283
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Tell me more about the DC tires,I also live inTexas.
Well, I know they are made in China which make many people not want to buy them for many reasons. I buy based on quality and value. I would prefer to buy American made, but I didn't care for how the Michelins road, so when it was time to replace I bought DC tires based on my buddies recommendation. Glad I did.
The tires have been great and are good quality for a good price.
Here is a link about them
Double Coin - Off-The-Road-Tires, Truck-Tires, About Us
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:31 PM   #284
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Repairing PG leveling system update

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Replaced my motor, solenoid, & fluid after burning up the motor & solenoid and all is back to 100%. Almost need to be a contortionist to get in there and get the motor in correct. I'm going to be sore for a few days. There is just not much room there & not easy to get to. Also got some great info in PDF from the PG tech's for the system. They are a great company.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:40 AM   #285
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Hi All,
Thanks for the info. Does anyone have any recommended RV parks for Southern Florida. in particular the Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Keys? We are planning 3 months in January, Feb, March next year.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:51 PM   #286
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Do any of you know about the charging system for the batteries?
Location, are the chassis batteries charged while gene or shore power?

Haven't walked out to get my manuals yet. No issues, just wanted to learn more before I do.
Since my Astoria is older then most of yours, I probably have a different set up. Figured I would ask anyway.
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Old 05-23-2014, 12:06 AM   #288
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The manuals don't tell you much. Mine don't anyhow. The starting and house batteries get trickle charged while you are connected to shore power. 50 amp is best but 30 amp will charge a bit depending what else is on . I find that 15amp is useless as it trips out when anything more than the fridge is on. I was told by the dealer that all charging system are on when the genset is running. A good 24 hour plug in to 50 amps should get you in good shape and then the alternator will keep you charged up while travelling. I don't believe there is much of a drain on chassis batteries when boon docking. 150+ watt of solar panels is always a good investment.
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To the best of my knowledge the cranking batteries only charge when the engine is running. Our coaches are a 12 volt system for all the interior lights...110 of course is available at all outlets. While on shore power your house batteries will be maintained and trickle charged. Your generator is a miniature power plant that provides essentially the same power when plugged into a 50 amp service.

If for some reason you trip a GFI in a receptacle (hair dryers are notorious) there are 3 reset buttons underneath your Magnum Energy converter/inverter that you can reset and you will then be able to reset your GFI on the Ac receptacle...learned that the hard way last summer!

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Jim is correct except that the chassis batteries charge when plugged in or when the genset is running as week as from the big motor.
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Do any of you know about the charging system for the batteries?
Location, are the chassis batteries charged while gene or shore power?

Haven't walked out to get my manuals yet. No issues, just wanted to learn more before I do.
Since my Astoria is older then most of yours, I probably have a different set up. Figured I would ask anyway.
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I have a 2006 Astoria, which for all puposes is the same as your '05. Mine came with a Progressive Dynamics Charge Wizard installed and to the best of my knowledge and what i can see charges the cranking batts while on shore power or genset. I've never had to charge them and they've never dropped in voltage either. It looks to have been installed factory as there's a reference to it in the factory manual.

As the house batts charge up either on shore or genset i really don't have to worry about my batts at all other then periodically checking water levels.
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I have a 2006 Astoria, which for all puposes is the same as your '05. Mine came with a Progressive Dynamics Charge Wizard installed and to the best of my knowledge and what i can see charges the cranking batts while on shore power or genset. I've never had to charge them and they've never dropped in voltage either. It looks to have been installed factory as there's a reference to it in the factory manual.

As the house batts charge up either on shore or genset i really don't have to worry about my batts at all other then periodically checking water levels.
Unfortunately I think Damon made a big change from 05 to 06. I don't have a Power Wizard,(although my manual says Units with 50amp AC are equipped with a Charge Wizard. Have never seen anything that makes me think I have this, but it must be around somewhere. ) I do have Inteli Power 9100 converter that I have not located in the 5+ years I have owned the RV. LOL. I have the small manual for the converter with somewhat of a picture & just cannot find it. I think it is in a wall behind the AC panel, but I really don't know. The manual says it has a fan, but I sure can't hear the thing run. The charging of the coach batteries is great even while plugged into just a 15amp 110v plug. I just use that to keep the batts charged and check the water level every month. The 9100 converter is a really great one as it adjust the current by detecting the voltage of the batteries as they charge & discharge. Have never cooked a battery yet.
I do have an Intellitec BD1 battery disconnect at the front door, that I only use occasionally when I don't plug in when stored.
Guess I could use my DVM and measure the chassis batteries with coach, unplugged, plugged, gene running & no gene with engine running. That should be the 4 different states of any type of charge if there is.
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Old 05-27-2014, 12:26 PM   #293
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Just got back from the Coca Cola 600 down in Charlotte. Stayed by the track at Ver-El campground...very nice and close to track. 650 mile run...coach performed flawlessly...10.4 MPG...had a blast!
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Unfortunately I think Damon made a big change from 05 to 06. I don't have a Power Wizard,(although my manual says Units with 50amp AC are equipped with a Charge Wizard. Have never seen anything that makes me think I have this, but it must be around somewhere. ) I do have Inteli Power 9100 converter that I have not located in the 5+ years I have owned the RV. LOL. I have the small manual for the converter with somewhat of a picture & just cannot find it. I think it is in a wall behind the AC panel, but I really don't know. The manual says it has a fan, but I sure can't hear the thing run. The charging of the coach batteries is great even while plugged into just a 15amp 110v plug. I just use that to keep the batts charged and check the water level every month. The 9100 converter is a really great one as it adjust the current by detecting the voltage of the batteries as they charge & discharge. Have never cooked a battery yet.
I do have an Intellitec BD1 battery disconnect at the front door, that I only use occasionally when I don't plug in when stored.
Guess I could use my DVM and measure the chassis batteries with coach, unplugged, plugged, gene running & no gene with engine running. That should be the 4 different states of any type of charge if there is.
Not sure which model Astoria you have but on mine behind the curbside compartment door where the fresh water tank is, there is a black plastic panel above the tank. Remove the screws and you'll find the inverter, converter and whatever else they decided to hide there. That is where my charge wizard eminates from, It's attached to the panel.
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