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Old 06-05-2018, 01:53 PM   #13541
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Heads up. Recently had water heater problems. No heat on 110v. 2013 year model Suburban brand. Began series of checks. Breakers, fuses, power at plug, etc. Pulled element and it looked new except a little scale.
Checked limit switches. All seems good. Ohm test on element was showing zero continuity.
Replaced it and all is well.
So Heads Up. A bad element doesn't always look bad.
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:29 PM   #13542
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I pulled the access panels in the cargo compartment to vacuum the factory left over sawdust and foam bits. In doing so I found a broken plastic conduit strap. I replaced the strap and added a stack of washers to reduce the strain on the new strap.









Good idea with the washers
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Old 06-05-2018, 05:31 PM   #13543
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Good idea with the washers
Don't forget to tighten the drain collar. ALL of mine were barely hand tight.
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I think I would have made a longer strap and eliminate all the washers.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:08 PM   #13545
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I think I would have made a longer strap and eliminate all the washers.
On the 1 1/2 size, this seemed to be one size fits all. If I find one with a deeper U shape, Iíll likely swap it out.
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Old 06-05-2018, 06:59 PM   #13546
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I pulled the access panels in the cargo compartment to vacuum the factory left over sawdust and foam bits. In doing so I found a broken plastic conduit strap. I replaced the strap and added a stack of washers to reduce the strain on the new strap.



Not trying to be condescending but that piece of wood the straps are attached to looks like it was some piece of scrap that was previously attached to a 1974 rig and repurposed. What a shame to have to pay good money for crap.
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:29 PM   #13547
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Don't forget to tighten the drain collar. ALL of mine were barely hand tight.
Keep an eye on that drain collar, too. Mine cracked after one season.
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Old 06-05-2018, 07:34 PM   #13548
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Got the roof scrubbed clean. Going to be sunny all day tommorow. Will put protective coat on after work. Then start loadin up for the weekend trip to North Jersey.
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:12 PM   #13549
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While camping in 20 degree weather this winter in Georgia we noticed that with the space heater and coffee maker on at the same time it would trip the breaker.

Since we do camp once in a while when it's cold I decided to add another electrical hookup to plug in to the 20amp socket on the pedestal.

I ordered a standard marine shore plug and installed it on the exterior ran the wire all the way over to the plug we use for the coffee maker.

I can use a standard extension cord to hook between the pedestal and camper.

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Put existing GFI back in on right. New one on left has a switch for a 12v source to LED under lighting.

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Old 06-06-2018, 05:55 AM   #13550
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Wow.
I'd just turn off the heater for a few minutes. Haha.
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:09 AM   #13551
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Not sure I followed that at the end. Which outlet is on your extension? The one with the switch or the GFI? If the GFI, did you put a GFI in circuit for the rest of your plugs?
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Old 06-06-2018, 07:43 AM   #13552
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Wow.
I'd just turn off the heater for a few minutes. Haha.
And now there is no need!
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While camping in 20 degree weather this winter in Georgia we noticed that with the space heater and coffee maker on at the same time it would trip the breaker.

Since we do camp once in a while when it's cold I decided to add another electrical hookup to plug in to the 20amp socket on the pedestal.

I ordered a standard marine shore plug and installed it on the exterior ran the wire all the way over to the plug we use for the coffee maker.

I can use a standard extension cord to hook between the pedestal and camper.

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I taped off and cut through side with a hole saw.

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Fished the wire through.

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Hooked to the receptacle and placed into hole.

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Finished with outside.

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Old receptacle.

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Loose wires.

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Removed it and expanded the hole for new box.

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Fished wires through.

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Put existing GFI back in on right. New one on left has a switch for a 12v source to LED under lighting.

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Good work and I enjoyed your post
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:10 AM   #13554
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While camping in 20 degree weather this winter in Georgia we noticed that with the space heater and coffee maker on at the same time it would trip the breaker.

Since we do camp once in a while when it's cold I decided to add another electrical hookup to plug in to the 20amp socket on the pedestal.

I ordered a standard marine shore plug and installed it on the exterior ran the wire all the way over to the plug we use for the coffee maker.

I can use a standard extension cord to hook between the pedestal and camper.

Attachment 174758
I taped off and cut through side with a hole saw.

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Fished the wire through.

Attachment 174760
Hooked to the receptacle and placed into hole.

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Finished with outside.

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Old receptacle.

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Loose wires.

Attachment 174766
Removed it and expanded the hole for new box.

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Fished wires through.

Attachment 174768
Put existing GFI back in on right. New one on left has a switch for a 12v source to LED under lighting.

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Completed project.
Nicely done!!!
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While camping in 20 degree weather this winter in Georgia we noticed that with the space heater and coffee maker on at the same time it would trip the breaker.

Since we do camp once in a while when it's cold I decided to add another electrical hookup to plug in to the 20amp socket on the pedestal.

I ordered a standard marine shore plug and installed it on the exterior ran the wire all the way over to the plug we use for the coffee maker.

I can use a standard extension cord to hook between the pedestal and camper.

Attachment 174758
I taped off and cut through side with a hole saw.

Attachment 174759
Fished the wire through.

Attachment 174760
Hooked to the receptacle and placed into hole.

Attachment 174761
Finished with outside.

Attachment 174762
Old receptacle.

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Loose wires.

Attachment 174766
Removed it and expanded the hole for new box.

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Fished wires through.

Attachment 174768
Put existing GFI back in on right. New one on left has a switch for a 12v source to LED under lighting.

Attachment 174769
Completed project.
Don't understand 12v source to LED under lighting.

Lighting under what?

Where's the 12V coming from?
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While camping in 20 degree weather this winter in Georgia we noticed that with the space heater and coffee maker on at the same time it would trip the breaker.

Since we do camp once in a while when it's cold I decided to add another electrical hookup to plug in to the 20amp socket on the pedestal.

I ordered a standard marine shore plug and installed it on the exterior ran the wire all the way over to the plug we use for the coffee maker.

I can use a standard extension cord to hook between the pedestal and camper.
Nice. Really clean looking installation!
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Not sure I followed that at the end. Which outlet is on your extension? The one with the switch or the GFI? If the GFI, did you put a GFI in circuit for the rest of your plugs?
I used the original GFI that was supplying all the other outlets and put it on the right. I put it back into the circut as it was before. The single outlet with the switch is the isolated 110v on the left and is on the extension.

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Don't understand 12v source to LED under lighting.

Lighting under what?

Where's the 12V coming from?
I am installing a strip of blue LED's under my camper. That way when I walk around it in the middle of the night it will illuminate just enough on the dark side to keep me from tripping over anything. I selected blue because it would be less intrusive to other campers in the area.

The 12v is coming from my power supply.

The switch is a 110v AC design but I separated the switch from the AC side and will use it as 12v DC

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Wow.
I'd just turn off the heater for a few minutes. Haha.
We had done that but you would eventually relax, forget and then... Click, all is off and then you have to bend down and reset it. It only took me about 2 hours to do this and I will not have to think about it anymore.
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Great idea. One I'll be strongly considering for my TT.
Unfortunately, my kitchen counter & appliances are on the opposite side from the shore power connection. Maybe add a couple outlets above the dinette and put my coffee maker there.
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Great idea. One I'll be strongly considering for my TT.
If gives me an extra 20amps at an outlet that is not running through my 30amp shore plug and in essence gives me 50 amps. If I wanted to be piggy I could have run it to some other outlets too. This application has a plethora of uses. I could have dedicated to my air conditioning, freeing up the remaining 30 amps for everything else or added selected plugs throughout the camper. But this is what I wanted it for and it should be all I need.
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:50 PM   #13560
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We're you blowing your main breaker, or just that circuit?
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