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  1. I think I understand part of my confusion. Our rig has an AC unit through Carrier (Air-V) that controls our AC and our furnace. (With the modes: Furn. COOL. Dry. Fan.) The one time we attempted dry camping I learned our outlets didn't work. That's cool, I understand why. BUT I also couldn't turn on the furnace. I would press the on/off and just nothing would happen. I assumed that was because it was connected to the AC unit and thought it also had the same qualities of the AC (a huge power draw). We took a chance today, while still plugged into the 15amp outlet and turned the furnace on. It is working, but really, at this point, I am so confused at what amps. I have a light on right now as well as the furnace, so I know I have at least that much.
  2. I'll be honest, the whole dryer convo went over my head. I did have one more question. I thought I remembered some of you saying the furnace would draw less power than an electric heater. My heater has a low and a high setting. The low setting draws around 6amps. I looked up online and it looked like a furnace draws around an average of 10 amps? Or am I looking at the wrong thing? Thank you again!
  3. Thought I would update the thread. I ended up getting the 50-15 dogbone. We've been very careful about our energy consumption but so far so good. The moment we pulled in I unplugged the microwave and coffee maker so we wouldn't even be tempted. We've been going pretty well operating on the rule of one thing at a time. If we have dehumidifier plugged in we'll unplug the heater etc. I just got brave enough to use the airfryer, but I turned everything else off first. So, while it isn't the best (a little cold) it isn't undoable. Though, I knew we didn't need much, just an occasional plug for a laptop and a heater now and then. Thanks all for the help!!
  4. Thanks everyone! Tons of great info here. We always run our electric heater on low so that part shouldn't be a problem. It seems unanimous that I need the dogbone. We shouldn't need our microwave for anything. Just outlets, tv and the possibility of heat so we don't freeze! Thanks all!
  5. Hey all! I know very little about the electrical workings in my RV. In fact, we lost power the other day and after I exhausted my knowledge (checking the breakers) I was glad that the whole camp was out of power because I would have had no idea what to do next. Anyway, that isn't my question. We will be parking in a family's driveway for the holidays. We have a 50amp Class rig and already have a 50 to 30 adapter as well as a 30 to 15 adapter. If I want to plug in to have a little more comforts (run the tv, maybe run our space heater) will I blow everything up? (I told you I know nothing) I had it in my mind that a 50 to 30 amp dogbone might be safer for some reason so I thought I would ask. Any tips or pointers? I suppose if nothing works, we can just run an outdoor cord in through a window and move the power strip around to power different things. Thanks and Happy Holidays!!
  6. We bought it a month or so ago and have used it for only one short outing. Youve both given me a lot of homework! Thank you! I'll get started and hopefully in the meantime it will start when we go to take it out this after noon.
  7. Hi all, we have a 2004 Damon daybreak class a motorhome with a F450 chassis. We kept it in a storage lot for a few weeks and when we came back to it today all of the batteries were dead the chassis battery as well as the coach battery. We were able to get a jump from a good Samaritan who also happen to be somewhat of an RV expert and informed us that the battery in our chassis was not meant for an RV, in his words it was a car battery. I'm OK with buying a new battery that's better manufactured to support our RV, but what kind of battery is that? What do you all suggest? Thank you !
  8. Yeah, backing up will be impossible once we're all hooked up. Picked the RV up yesterday. It was perfect, was sad to leave it in storage but I'll visit it today and start moving things in :D:D
  9. The manual indicated that towing with a dolly, with the front wheels raised, would be safe. It said I could tow with four down, but for a very short distance and at a low speed.
  10. I think that is my best choice right now. Luckily, I live close to the country. I found some on craigslist for around $800, which I think is around what we'll have to pay for one used.
  11. I've done a little research in that area, but it seems like when all is said and done and I have the lube pump installed and the towing equipment installed on the Kia, the cost would be around $2-3k. Feels like a lot of money on a car that I could only sell for a few thousand more than that. Though, maybe the prices I saw were exaggerated? That would be nice.
  12. I checked the manual and learned that the Kia is not suitable for towing with all four wheels down, but I did get another option to research (oh goody) towing with a dolly. I think I'll look more into that route for now. In the meantime, Tuesday can't come fast enough!
  13. Thank you for your response! We are getting a 2004 Damon Daybreak on Tuesday. I think they said the tow capacity was at 5Klbs....ergh, it might be less but I am pretty sure it isn't more. I'll take a look at the manual, the car you towed, was it an automatic as well? My research seemed to indicate that towing an automatic for any amount of distance will burn up the transmission.
  14. Hey all! The husband and I are due to pick up our motorhome on Tuesday. We have a place to store it for a month (or more if needed) to get all the this's and that's we need (got our first order today, sidewinder, water hose, water filter etc...) I am a writer and will continue to work from our RV, the husband will have to quit the job he has now, but is an actor and picks up gigs here and there (hoping to take a fun trip to LA now and again). We've been able to solve/adapt to most of the problems that have come up in planning this new, crazy lifestyle we want to lead, but there is one issue we might need some help with. Right now, our most reliable car is my Kia, but it is an automatic transmission. It is light enough to be good for flat towing, but my research has indicated we will need to have some kind of lubricating system installed. I'm wondering if that will be worth it. We've also looked into purchasing a used towing trailer, though that comes with its own drawbacks. I almost think we need to buy a manual, but we just financed our RV and I am wary to try and finance another vehicle. I'd like to go with the cheapest option, but hope that the cheapest will also be the smartest. What do you think? (And thank you! I am so excited to learn from this forum!)
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