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This page last updated April 15, 2015 containing letters emailed to Pete from January 2, 2015 - April 15, 2015.
I get different answers on side out. Is it best to leave out or in when camper is parked during winter months or long periods of time sitting in yard?
I say leave it in while parked if you're not going to be using it.
I have a Coachmen travel trailer; two slide outs, one big and one small. The big one when I push the button to move it, it buzzes and only moves an inch if I keep pushing the button in just inches out, same when it come back in. The little one does it some times.
Are the batteries bad? Everything else works just fine, the batteries are from 2004. The trailer is never moved and is always plugged in to power.
I would try replacing the batteries. They have more than lived their life and you don't want to start trouble shooting until you get the battery voltage correct.
I am looking for a 12v solenoid value for the LP gas. It is the main shut of right off the tank.
Go to your local RV parts source, it should be no problem matching one up that will work.
My trailer has been sitting for a year or more. Now plugged into 110 volt supply. No power to unit. Does the trailer need a charged 12 volt system to allow the converter to use 110?
It does not necessarily need a battery to operate, but the battery acts as a backup and filter to the load and helps protect the converter from premature failure.
I had a bird build a nest in my furnace intake vent. I had it sealed over the winter, but did not reseal after first use this spring. Did not use furnace until recently and when we did, some of the nest material was sucked into furnace blower motor.
Would it be possible to suck it back out with shop vac, or am I faced with taking apart unit? Looking for any advice on how to fix.
You can try the vacuum or air pressure to blow it out and run the fan only (not heat), to help tear it apart and blow it out.
If not, it's not that big of a job to pull it out and clean it. Pick up a basic RV repair and maintenance manual.
Why are my runner lights on outside of TT on? We are set up at an RV park, not connected to truck tow. Never had this happen before and have had this TT for two years now.
A short in wiring on the pigtail that plugs into the truck. Between tail light wiring and battery charge line.
This model has the rear slide-out queen bed, with major floor rot and mold in the entire rear, behind the wheels.
With no structural frame in the floor or walls, how do I support the walls while replacing the floor?
Evidently, water has entered through the wheel wells. The passenger side wall has buckled; the sink and cabinet have pulled out from the wall; the electric motor for the rear slide cable system has buckled the corner at the rear wall. No rot or water at roof or walls.
Sounds like a chore. You might have to pull some lower exterior sidewall panels and make up your own supports from sidewall to the ground to hold it while you replace the floor.
I have no hot water at the faucets, only cold. Water in the hot water heater is hot. I do not feel or hear the pump coming on but shouldn't it be working if cold water is getting inside?
You have an anti-back flow preventive on the outlet of the water heater that is probably plugged, or the by pass valve is not properly opened.
What size battery do I need someone stole mine?
Depends on where your battery was located. If it was in a plastic box, measure the box to see what size will fit in it. It will be a group 24 or 27 deep cycle 12 volt battery.
They should. No reason why you can't get what you need from Home Depot.
Would it be beneficial to carry a second battery coupled together? The battery storage is located just ahead of the entrance door at the midsection of unit. There is a upper level to place a second battery.
Just purchased this used unit with dealer stating the battery inside was new. At home hooked to 110 AC over 24 hours then left unhooked overnight and the battery was dead.
The second battery would be a plus. But, you need to find out what is draining the battery or you will just have two drained batteries.
When I plugged the 120 V power in, the tip out suddenly went in. Disconnected power and tried the battery, tip out went in. Held switch in "out position" tip out went in. Checked fuse looked okay. To keep tip out in the out position I had to cut the positive lead wire at the motor.
What causes this and how do I check to see if I have a short in the system?
I would start by testing the switch, then check to see if the manufacturer is using relays or a controller to reverse the motor, or maybe just the switch.
The electric bunk beds in the back won't go up. Can't even hear it trying to.
All I can say is get to the switch and the motor and see if you have power to the unit. You might get lucky and have a blown fuse.
My trailer is on a seasonal sight and left plugged in all summer. Occasionally when sitting around the fire I will notice all my running lights are lit. After about 20 minutes or so they will shut off.
Is there maybe a problem or something I should be looking for?
Look for contamination in the receptacle that plugs into the tow vehicle.
Flood light came on when it was turned off. I have taken off electric panel and disconnected the wire but it still stays on. What now?
Pull the light and find out which wire is shorted and supplying power to the light.
I am getting a beeping noise coming from the inside of the travel trailer. It is parked at my home with no power to it what could it be?
Smoke alarm or CO detector probably caused by a low battery.
I have a 27 ft travel trailer with one slide. Wildwood by Forrest Rivers.
I've used it a few times but for no longer then a few days at a time. Now I'm living in it temporarily and since I've got it out of storage and brought it here the water pressure is so low and getting worse everyday. It's affecting my black tank now.
I actually unhooked the hose and just filled it up with water to use it that way and there was no change. What is the problem?
Originally I thought it was just the water pressure here on the citrus ranch but no, that's been ruled out.I've ALWAYS had GREAT pressure except this time. It trickles out!!! HELP!
Check the aerators on your faucet. You city water fill valve, if it has one, make sure it is closed; or your check valve on your city water hookup.
But, if the pressure from the pump is low also, I would say it's the aerators on your faucet. They often get filled with mineral deposits and other debris in the water.
I'm getting water out of the fresh water tank overflow so I assume the check valve in the fresh water pump is bad. Where is the pump located? I have a 1995 Holiday Rambler Aluma Lite 31' travel trailer.
Probably up inside of the underbelly of the trailer. It's possible to get water out of the over flow if the tank is over- filled or also, not setting level.
Looking for a replacement for the Executive 3000 radio.
Unless you are just wanting to keep it original; go to Best Buy and pick out a replacement. If you want the exact replacement look through your paperwork or on the radio for information on how to contact the manufacturer.
My 2009 Outback has some sort of a power issue. I leave it plugged in at my house at all times and have never had any problems. The other day I noticed that the right side of the plug was charred a bit. I went in to check the camper and the lights, ac, fridge does not work. I changed out the charred end and still nothing. My outlets in my camper do work though. Checked all of the fuses and they are all good.
Check the breakers and your power converter, and check the condition of your battery.
Since the stock battery charger on the trailer isn't powerful enough to charge deeply discharged batteries quickly, can I attach a good three stage charger to my two battery bank without it harming the electrical system of the trailer? I would prefer not to disconnect the batteries every time I charge the batteries.
Yes, your three stage charger should not be a problem.
My trailer's power cord was cut, vandalism. They left about two inches of cord hanging from trailer, is there any "extra" cord usually left in the lock panel where cord goes into trailer?
Depends on how much was pulled out before they cut it. If they pulled all the loose cable out before cutting it, then all that's left is from the cut to where it connects.
I'm have bought an electrical management system but not sure where to wire it.
Before transfer switch, can I put it right before the main breaker that feeds the trailer,.that should cover all of the trailer or does the shore power go straight to the transfer switch first?
Depends on what you have bought.
The shore power cord should go directly to the transfer switch. If you're putting it in for surge protection, you want it in line before the transfer switch.
I am having trouble with my converter not charging my battery. It is a simple 30 amp system. I can not determine the size (amp), of the charger in relation to the converter. Can you tell me the correct charger size so that I can ge the correct converter?
You want a 30 amp converter for a 30 amp system.
Where is the fuse box and my refrigerator went out. Some say it might be the fuse
Start looking for a louvered panel (for air flow), until you find it. Along the floor line inside, inside cabinets, inside storage compartments, etc., until you find it.
Just purchased "as is" from dealer - no owner's manual available. Ran hose to city water port and flushed all lines - no leaks no problems. Then started filling fresh water tank - after a few minutes started to leak from under camper.
No access to fresh water tank but hot water tank and everywhere else is dry. Turned off water, turned pump on and it continued to leak until tank was empty.
Sounds like the tank is busted.
Need advice on our 12 volts lights. At night time only the lights go down very dim for about 10 minutes then go back on. Sometime they go back off immediately again and other times they go out maybe 20 minutes later. When they go dim it effect the meter to the point it almost stops. Trying to figure out if it is our rig or the parks power pedestal.\
I question if you're trying to run the unit off the power converter and no battery?
I suspect your power converter and not the park; unless you have an AC volt meter plugged in and your losing AC voltage.
Living room slide seal worn out. Can a person replace this himself, and where do you get the right seal?
You should be able to do the job yourself it you have the necessary tools, ladders, etc.
You should be able to get the seal from Gulf Stream, All Rite Products, or possibly McMaster Carr.
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