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Old 11-26-2016, 12:55 PM   #241
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Ordered one of the RVlock keypad doorlocks for a class c with their 40% off sale. I guess I'll be the guinea pig to see how well it matches up to the stock one with full paint.

Always felt vulnerable with these. Someone can eventually see the code when you unlock the door.
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Old 11-26-2016, 01:03 PM   #242
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Turning off the breakers that Are not in use during storage sounds like a good idea. Although, not sure if there should not be some draw on the house batteries, since mine is plugged in and charging all winter. Hmmmm. Much to consider.

Speaking of outlets, I was trying to come up with a way to put household out let opposite the door where I plug in an electric radiant heater. It sounds like the better connection on the screw as opposed to the re stick in connection may be safer. Some of the more expensive coaches have these. Any thoughts?
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Old 11-26-2016, 05:07 PM   #243
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Always felt vulnerable with these. Someone can eventually see the code when you unlock the door.
It has remote keyfobs as well in case anyone is watching.
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Old 11-27-2016, 11:43 AM   #244
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Turning off the breakers that Are not in use during storage sounds like a good idea. Although, not sure if there should not be some draw on the house batteries, since mine is plugged in and charging all winter. Hmmmm. Much to consider.
Two different systems. Turning off the individual circuit AC breakers doesn't affect the 12VDC Battery system. I turned off the AC breakers in case there is a power hit at the storage facility. I do have an in-line surge suppressor, that plugs in to the 15 Amp service, but it isn't anything really fancy. So by turning off the AC breakers to the A/C, microwave, and other expensive "stuff" I'm hoping to help protect them them in the event of a power hit. I'm considering having a hardwired Progressive unit installed so this won't be an issue...

On the DC side you will always have a small draw on the batteries. The LP / CO2 detector and smoke alarms are hardwired to the battery system and do not go thru the 12VDC power distribution panel.

If anyone has had a Progressive, or other brand, hard wired system installed where did you put it? My dealer looked behind the converter and said there isn't enough space. I'd like to install it so it protects the AC systems on both shore power and gen set not just shore power.
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Old 11-27-2016, 01:13 PM   #245
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I have a hard wired surge protector installed on drivers side bay before rear wheels. This allows you to run wiring up into coach through factory drilled hole into coach that gas line and other wires go through. You will come into coach near water heater and wheel well. From there go towards rear of coach into bathroom cabinet which is where the automatic transfer switch is. Now this is your decision but I have been told there is very little risk in your generator requiring a surge protector. If you wire after transfer switch to include generator you do not protect the transfer switch. This is a personal choice but if you do have a problem from the pedastol/shore power and your transfer switch is damaged you will not be able to get power to your coach from generator either. Mine is prior to the transfer switch and protects from only shore power.
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Old 11-29-2016, 07:28 PM   #246
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Just did another baby mod today. I don't like having to unscrew a panel or remove a drawer to get at the back of the furnace or hot water heater. So, I put cabinet door retainers on the back of the panel, mounted on plywood. Two handles on the outside of the panel, allow me to just pop the panel off, and push it back on. We will see how well it stays on bouncing down the road. The panel under the refrigerator is next - that is the next time I have both the time, energy and patience.

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Old 11-29-2016, 08:14 PM   #247
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Just did another baby mod today. I don't like having to unscrew a panel or remove a drawer to get at the back of the furnace or hot water heater. So, I put cabinet door retainers on the back of the panel, mounted on plywood. Two handles on the outside of the panel, allow me to just pop the panel off, and push it back on. We will see how well it stays on bouncing down the road. The panel under the refrigerator is next - that is the next time I have both the time, energy and patience.

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So are those fake screw heads in the 1st pic or did you fill the holes in?

My WH is behind the left door in the pic below. You can see it has two hinges on the left and one on the right. You unscrew the two screws on the right hinge and swing it open. I've thought of installing a door retainer on the right side of the door and then just leave the screws out of the extra hinge. But I'm only in there 2x/yr, so I'm not aggravated yet.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:30 PM   #248
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Now this is your decision but I have been told there is very little risk in your generator requiring a surge protector.
Very true... I've used gen sets for well over 40 years, in the military and in fixed telecom facilities, and I only know of one instance were the gen set went over voltage and did some serious damage. I've seen a few more under voltage issues though.

But if I'm not going to protect both sides with a hardwired unit I might as well just stick with my existing pedestal mounted unit. The minimal hassle factor of plugging it in and removing it doesn't justify replacing it.

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The panel under the refrigerator is next - that is the next time I have both the time, energy and patience.
That does look good and will prevent the stripped screws I've had to deal with in other RV's access panels. I confess that I haven't opened the panel under the fridge yet. What is behind it?

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But I'm only in there 2x/yr, so I'm not aggravated yet.
There is that... Plus the DW is in charge of opening the panels inside while I'm running around outside.
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Rockfordroo: No I screwed a piece of plywood to the back of the panel using the original holes.
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RedLdr1: On mine the furnace is under the fridge and I think the back side of the converter.
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Old 11-29-2016, 08:50 PM   #251
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Rockfordroo: No I screwed a piece of plywood to the back of the panel using the original holes.
I see that now.

If you ever sell your rig, I can picture the next guy unscrewing those 4 screws and then wondering why the panel won't come out!
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RedLdr1: On mine the furnace is under the fridge and I think the back side of the converter.
Its worth pulling the panel just to clean the construction debris from around the converter.
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Hi Tombsy
Just wondering if your keyless RVLock came in and had time to look at it
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Just wondering if your keyless RVLock came in and had time to look at it
It's not here yet, I had to use one of those cross-border shipping services to get it to Canada and they just got it last week so it should be forwarded soon.
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Oh I didn't even think about where you are. . OK good luck hope it gets to soon.
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Well the lock finally arrived from the border service and unfortunately both the shafts from the red handle lock levers are sheared off. They look like they are cast or pot metal shafts not solid steel. One of them looks replaceable if I can get the parts not sure about the other one. I don't expect to hear much over the holidays. Bummer.
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Wish we'd known this was an option. The Dream Dinette is a real noise maker while on the road.
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That's bad news about the lock. Hang in there I'm sure they will send another one pretty quick.
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Wish we'd known this was an option. The Dream Dinette is a real noise maker while on the road.
The pedestal replacement isn't a advertised option, or even shown on the dealer's order sheet, we had to do a special request to FR for our pedestal table setup. I don't think FR would deny anyone though as the old school pedestal set up is a lot cheaper than the new dream set up.
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