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  1. lenp

    Battery/Electricity issue

    What exactly did your father do to "fix" the fuse? The plug on the end of your cord "looks" like a 220 volt dryer plug but it IS NOT. it is 120 only. If your father rigged a dryer type 240 plug for you chances are several things got fried including your converter. Check the voltage on the plug your plugged into and make sure your connected to 120. Read across the two flat connectors.
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    Abiquiui, NM to Farmington, NM

    Have taken 550 in both 40' fiver and 40 DP and would do it again. Lenp
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    Tricare suppliment

    Assuming your medicare and tricare for life - YOU are good to go and should not see any out of pocket as long as your using medicare approved providers AND the services your receiving are covered. Your wife (assuming she is not medicare eligible) can get a supplement (or at least I did years ago) from various insurers. Unless things have changed significantly when I had only tricare (not tricare for life) there was an out of pocket maximum per year of $3000. My premiums for the supplement (through the Fleet Reserve Association) was close to $1400 a year so i elected to self ensure and take the risk. Not sure what the maximum is today. Lenp
  4. This is getting out of control! Barbarok, I have three Trojan 1275 12 volt (450 amp hours) batteries in great shape (Panametric battery monitor tells me they are 96% effecient) and they will extend the slides and level the coach just fine without the engine, generator or shore power. However, the voltage WILL drop and current increase thus, I choose to run my engine to minimize low current issues. Hey, it only takes 2-3 minutes, Additionally, even if I plug in as soon as I back in, I will not have power for 3-4 minutes due to the delay of my Sureguard. Everybody has their "method" - let's let it rest. Lenp
  5. Barbaraok, My batteries are fine. Please understand that a fully charged battery (at rest) will have a maximum of 12.67 volts available. Sure, after initial shutdown of the engine, that voltage will be much higher (13.4 to 14 volts) but that is only a surface charge that is quickly dissipated. As soon as you start lowering jacks and extending slides WITHOUT the engine running the pump will drop the battery voltage well below 12 volts. That pumps needs a certain amount of power to run. If the voltage drops, the current MUST increase. This means heat and excessive wear on the motor. By keeping the engine running, the voltage is maintained closer to 13 volts, thus less current (and heat) required. The same thing applies to any motor - 12 volt DC or 120 AC - that is why many AC compressors fail due to low line voltage. It is called HEAT. I WILL run my engine when leveling and extending/retracting slides. For 20 minutes - I don't think so. Perhaps five minutes but it takes close to that long to air up anyway. Lenp
  6. Per my owners manual, I keep the engine running while leveling and extending the slides. By keeping the engine running you are keeping the battery voltage up which reduced the current (and resulting heat) required to run the hydraulic pump. This reduced wear and tear on the pump. If you had weak batteries and did not keep the engine running, pump current could very easily become excessive and result in premature pump failure. Regardless, it only takes five minutes at most to get things level and slides out. Lenp
  7. lenp

    Fallen Hero Cart

    Jim, This escort was simply an empty cart. The cart will be used at SFO when/if a fallen solder (or police/fire/emergency responder) is moved through SFO. Alaska builds one of these carts nearly every year (since 2011 I think) and the Patriot Guard Riders escort them to their destination. We (PGR) certainly do provide escorts for the fallen as well as funerals and other events. Tomorrow the Central Oregon PGR is taking a Vietnam veteran for his "final" ride before his cremains are buried. It is (in my opinion) a great honor to provide these services to our departed comrades. Lenp
  8. lenp

    Fallen Hero Cart

    I had the honor of riding with the Patriot Guard Riders escorting the latest Alaska Airlines Fallen Hero Cart from SeaTac to San Francisco (SFO) airport this weekend. We left SeaTac Thursday (in the rain) with about forty riders and arrived at SFO yesterday afternoon with over 150!. What a ride! And what a wonderful tribute to our fallen heros by Alaska. Hats off to Alaska for all they do for our veterans! Read more at: http://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/alaska-airlines-fallen-soldier-cart-makes-stop-in-portland/283-550942050 or http://ktvl.com/news/local/local-veterans-help-escort-fallen-hero-cart-from-seattle-through-oregon or https://www.facebook.com/alaskaairlines/?hc_ref=ARR8QDg-G_aYXD7MWFkrTiJUtflsyuWBmF-cMB1L0tc7qQ38GFDzrlmUmTZaaQBoTLI&fref=nf
  9. Thanks for sharing Derek - that might be why I am having problems with BobCad. I will have to experiment and see. Lenp
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    Fuel Filler Neck Extension

    I would think an air pocket in the top of the tank a good idea to allow for expansion. My previous rig (2003 International Toter) had saddle tanks and the bottom of the fill hole was about two inches below the top of the tank - no way to "fill to the brim". That air pocket was part of their design. I would not want to completely fill a tank with fuel from an underground tank (maybe 50-60 degree fuel) on a 100 degree day and have the tank(s) start to expand when the fuel warmed up. Lenp
  11. I also have 37 (or 39) volt panels and use a MorningStar TS-MPPT-60-150V controller and am very happy with it. Sorry I do not have any input regarding the Midnight Classic unit. Lenp
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    Do I need tire chains

    I always carry a set of singles for the drivers just in case. In six years with current MH they have never been on the tires. Previous rigs (MDT and fiver) I have had to use them twice - once to get out of a fellows driveway when bobtail and second crossing a mountain pass here in Oregon in mid April. In the latter case I had checked the pass conditions and all appeared to be good to go but it turned out to be about 40 miles of white knuckle driving on packed snow that was just beginning to melt - slicker than you know what! Lenp
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    Alternator defective?????

    Coach is at the local Freightliner shop for the last week. Got the call today that the alternator output voltage is varying significantly. In addition engine batteries are showing signs of failure. Not sure what the "signs" are but they are nearly six years old. It was slow to start the last few weeks so could have been batteries. Also had several fault codes including "over voltage" on one of the sensors (can't remember which one). That does not surprise me with the voltage jumping to over 16 volts randomly (and perhaps higher). New alternator and batteries on the way. Assume this is the end of the story unless you hear more in the future. Thanks for all your replies! Lenp
  14. lenp

    Coach weight distribution after weighing

    When you come through Oregon the highway (DOT) scales are always left activated even when the scales are "closed". If you travel one of the lesser traveled routes and find a scale, stop and experiment. Just be prepared to move on if they decide to "open" the scales or someone else want to use it. Lenp