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Old 10-22-2015, 08:47 PM   #111
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Thanks... nice setup! When on the inverter, are you also unplugging the converter? If not, aren't you going around and around in a circle? If not, isn't the inverter providing power to all of your 110v outlets, including the converter outlet? Or, does the converter not draw any power because there is no demand?
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Old 10-22-2015, 09:57 PM   #112
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Using that switch, it disconnects the 12v output of the converter, so it effectively doesn't know what your current voltage is in order to determine what output to put out, because its now an open circuit. Now there might be some parasitic loss while its waiting to see a battery come online, but its probably not much at all. Or at least it hasn't been noticeable.

So all we do is shut down the gen, reconnect the shore power to the inverter outlet and switch it over. It powers (attempts to power) everything in the RV that the generator would (Fridge, all outlets, water heater, microwave, etc.). I usually have the water heater on gas only, all the time, and also I switch over the fridge to gas while on inverter.

I've ran this setup so for about 8-10 hours so far on the stock 12v batteries using the LED lighting/TV/CPAP all night and the battery charge only dropped 1/3. Which was all I was trying to accomplish with this setup. I can always run the gen an hour or two to charge the batteries in the morning. I've felt guilty running the generator lately while driving down the road for our 4 year old to just watch TV/DVD. Rather not burn the fuel/put hours on the gen just for 200 watts of power...I do hope to get dual 6 volt batteries in the future, but for now, the stock batteries are doing just fine.
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Old 11-01-2015, 05:10 PM   #113
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Central Vac

Bought a Dirt Devil CV1500 and, I swear, it was made for an FR3 Dana installed it today, and it was easy. I absolutely love it. Now I can take the swifter, the broom, and the hand-held vac out of the closet and make room for something else. I hope I'm not posting too many pictures.
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:15 PM   #114
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Neat set-up! Never to many pictures LOL! Does it exhaust under the seat and is that where you empty it from?
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:09 AM   #115
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Thank you. Yes, we tried it with the door open and closed and noticed no difference in the suction, but it's nice to know that if it does need some air, we can simply open that door. The end cap, where it says Dirt Devil, pops off and you take the bag out to change it.
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Old 11-22-2015, 03:30 PM   #116
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Driver (faux) Diamond Plate Floor Mat

If you drive an FR3 you know the problem that this solved. $12.29 at Home Depot and half an hour of relatively unskilled labor. (Cinch 1.5 in. x 36 in. Spice Fluted T-Molding Transition Strip for Similar Height Floors with Snap Track). Don't depend on the self-adhesive. The snap strip is pre-drilled. I used 5 3/8" self tapping screws. The kind that have a point that looks like a drill bit. It added 45 seconds to the installation time. But now I'm certain that the strip won't walk away from the DIAMOND PLATE.
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Old 11-22-2015, 06:39 PM   #117
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I love seeing all of the creativity you folks have. Thank you very much for the ideas and for sharing your pics and info.

Our front shade motor went out and since we had to replace it.. (Hats off to Travis, at FR3, for helping with that issue!!), we ordered a "day shade" and we installed it and the replacement night shade this weekend.
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The side day shades were supposed to be chestnut colored too, but they arrived in black and we sent them back. The replacements will arrive tomorrow. More fun to come but no wiring
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:30 PM   #119
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Okay, what's a day shade? Our coach came with an electric shade for the windshield and manual slow-rise shades for the side windows. We use them all day or night as needed. So.... what's a day shade?
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Old 11-22-2015, 08:33 PM   #120
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Does the inverter installation have any effect on manufacturer's warranty? 8
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