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  1. I resisted advice to change the board to later determine it was a low voltage problem (converter crapped out). Fixed that and haven’t had an issue with my heater going on 2 years.
  2. We didn’t have that much of a problem with sap, we had a bit of a clearing over our site. The pollen was another story but that washes off easily and is only an issue for a short period, should be done by now.
  3. It is about a mile back down a gravel road from the main entrance of the Forestry Center, parallel to US 60. Its in the pines, very quiet and private, laundry room is available in a nearby service building. On Google maps it is at the intersection of George Dean Hwy and John Heltzer Ln.
  4. Awesome workamping opportunity near Richmond, VA. Volunteers needed at New Kent Forestry Center, Virginia Department of Forestry. Located halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg in Providence Forge, VA this volunteer position requires 10 hrs per person per week in exchange for a full hook up site. The volunteer campground is located in a scenic and quiet section of the property with lots of birds and wildlife. Access to the Chicahominy River for canoes or kayaks is on the property. Work for the guys mostly involves mowing grass around offices with zero turn mowers and in pine orchards with farm tractor and brush hog. Women help out in office and conference center with cleaning, filing and other projects. The staff is very friendly, easygoing and great to get along with. This is a low stress volunteer position. Time commitment is anything from a month to a full season. The area has no end of things to do and see, the area is loaded with colonial, revolutionary war and Civil War history sites. Shopping, restaurants, nightlife in both Richmond and Williamsburg. About 1.5 hours to Virginia Beach. Groceries and basics also available in Providence Forge. We have been volunteering there for 3 years now and will definitely be back in the future. Feel free to contact us for more info or contact Jeff Stout or Lisa Burke at the Forestry Center at 804.966.2201.
  5. Oh yeah, I’m sure it’ll be fine until I really need it while boondocking out in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico. Don’t you just love intermittent problems?
  6. All is back to normal, at least for now. I was on the verge of ordering the new voltage regulator but went out to check wires, test the excitation circuit breaker and blow some air through the rotor area to clean it a bit. I was also thinking there might be a bit of moisture in there from driving in the rain last week, which we rarely do. I also checked with a mobile RV tech while here at the SKP Park in Hondo, TX in case I needed him and he said they don’t work on generators at all. Maybe some do. I don’t know what did the trick but I started it up and got normal voltage. It threw one quick hi voltage error on 1 leg again but soon settled in at 120v. I ran it for almost an hour, ran microwave, AC and oven without an issue. Hopefully I am good to go from here. This shows the value and importance of just getting in there and wiggling wires, cleaning connections, doing some simple troubleshooting before starting to throw expensive parts at the problem. Thanks again for the help and encouragement. I learned a bunch trying to figure this out.
  7. Thanks for the help and encouragement. I’ll see what I can do and let you know the results.
  8. I read through the troubleshooting, excellent info there especially if you know what you’re doing. It seems like the excitation circuit breaker is doing its job - sensing hi voltage, dropping it back to 6volts and then resetting itself. I assume this happens after power goes through the voltage regulator (?). So the regulator is either not sensing the high voltage or malfunctioning and sending the high voltage along the line anyway. The guide mentions the red led on the regulator (pg 10), I’ll have to take a look and see what the status of that is. It was pouring rain when I got home this afternoon so couldn’t really do anything.
  9. It is a Series Q-55G, with controller circuit board 92234. I kind of understand some of what you’re saying about the field boost, excitation circuit. It seems like the excitation circuit is going too high, 160 instead of 120, and then kicking itself back down to the field boost of 6 volts. I guess the question is why it isn’t just going to 120 and holding there. I do have limited testing equipment and abilities so don’t know if I can nail down what the actual cause of this is. I will double check and clean the connections as suggested and take a look at the troubleshooting charts. I probably won’t be able to get to that until this evening. The other problem may be finding a service tech, i do know that Generac doesn’t support their old RV generators anymore and won’t offer even the simplest help over the phone. Thanks again for all the time and effort you guys are putting into this, I realize there’s only so much you can do to help get this fixed remotely.
  10. I checked the voltage at the outlet wired to the generator, measuring between both L1/L2 and neutral. I wasn’t able to open the link to the service manual, can you post that again, Kirk? Thanks
  11. I’m electrically disabled but learning so bear with me... It runs at 6 volts for about 30 seconds, spikes to 160 for about 10 seconds then drops back down to 6. This cycle is pretty consistent. i just tested L1 to L2 as John T suggested, got 0.00 reading on the meter, switches to -0.00 when it cycles to 160 v. Maybe that reading is telling us something? I don’t know if it’s a floating or bonded neutral, wouldn’t know how to tell the difference. I checked the wiring in the box, ground to frame, everything under the access panel and everything seemed to be tight and relatively clean. I don’t think I have a way to check frequency, pretty sure a multi-meter doesn’t do it. My EMS reads frequency but it shuts down before it cycles through the readings. It doesn’t seem to be running faster than normal and yes, this is a new issue. I just did an oil change about 6 weeks ago and ran it under load for 30-45 minutes at that time with no problems. I exercise it regularly as recommended. I had an issue with slightly low voltage about 2 years ago but corrected that easily by adjusting the regulator. Thanks guys!
  12. At the 50 amp outlet the generator is wired to. Both legs acted the same.
  13. I have a Generac 55G in an 02 National RV. I went to use it yesterday but my Progressive EMS flashed a voltage of 160 on the display before shutting down due to the high voltage error. I checked it today with my meter and it showed the voltage sitting at 6 volts for 30 seconds or so before spiking to 160 and then returning to 6volts. It runs smoothly but sounds like it’s under a load before the voltage spikes. There is no transfer switch involved, the generator is wired to a 50 amp outlet in the electric bay which I would plug my shore cord into. I think my EMS saved my bacon, can’t imagine what would have been fried by 160 volts if it had passed through to the rest of the coach. Some brief research is pointing me towards the voltage regulator, what do those with more electrical knowledge think? Thank you!
  14. Tcwndsr

    Louisiana US 90

    90 West from New Orleans out to New Iberia was ok. Not great, but ok. Sections were good, others were torn up with patches or rough from expansion joints. I would take it again rather than I-10. The best road we found in Louisiana was Rt. 82 south out of Abbeville and the west along the coast to Texas. Super smooth, absolutely no traffic to speak of. Great free beachfront camping at Rutherford Beach too. I checked with county sheriff about bridges and they said no problem but 1 was posted for 10 tons.
  15. Tcwndsr

    Louisiana US 90

    Thanks - your replies are encouraging, I think we’ stick with the original plan. I would definitely avoid US 90 east of New Orleans to the Mississippi line.though. It’s a shame because it sure was scenic.
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