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Old 08-17-2021, 05:20 PM   #1
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Hi from the Gulf Coast

Hi everyone. We just picked up our first RV today, a 2004 Forest River Lexington 255ds. It seems to be a pretty solid coach, with only 38,000 miles. Itís not without some maintenance needs, but itís definitely been well cared for over its life.

Weíre looking to travel the US, with hopefully a trip to AK eventually, and possibly explore parts of Canada as well. This is all completely new to us, though weíve been reading a bunch & watching videos for the past 1-1/2 years, to try & learn what we can about RVs & RVing. Iím sure Iíll still have questions for the experts here though!
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Welcome from Upstate NY. Great info here. Search works great!
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Old 08-17-2021, 06:57 PM   #3
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Welcome from Upstate NY. Great info here. Search works great!
Thanks! I spent some time searching around the forums here last weekend & found a bunch of answers already!
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make sure the roof is secure from leaks...
especially considering your rain situation...
many have used Eternabond tape including me for preventive maintenance...

https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...nce-90060.html
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Old 08-17-2021, 09:08 PM   #7
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make sure the roof is secure from leaks...
especially considering your rain situation...
many have used Eternabond tape including me for preventive maintenance...

https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...nce-90060.html
Oh thatís great, thanks!
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I would check/change oil, rear end fluid,belts,hoses,breaks, age of tires, ect Last thing you want is mechanical problems on the road
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Old 08-18-2021, 01:22 PM   #10
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My first question for everyone: whatís this storage compartment for? Itís just behind the generator on the driverís side. I thought it was for the sewer hose, but it doesnít look long enough - at least for the hose that came with the coach?
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My first question for everyone: whatís this storage compartment for? Itís just behind the generator on the driverís side. I thought it was for the sewer hose, but it doesnít look long enough - at least for the hose that came with the coach?
Welcome from sunny Florida. As for the opening to me it would appear to be for sewer hoses. How deep and wide (diameter) is that storage area? Most sewer hoses collapse down to 50% or less than when they're fully extended size, i.e. a 10' might go down to 5' or less.
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Welcome from sunny Florida. As for the opening to me it would appear to be for sewer hoses. How deep and wide (diameter) is that storage area? Most sewer hoses collapse down to 50% or less than when they're fully extended size, i.e. a 10' might go down to 5' or less.
Iíll have to measure it, but itís not much(if any) deeper than 2í. The diameter is around 4Ē or a bit less, so it could be for a sewer hose & the one I have is either way longer than the original one or doesnít collapse down as much.
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Greetings from Copperas Cove, TX!

Initially I'd have thought as others that it's for sewer hose storage but apparently not.

Is it possibly for storage of your umbilical cable/power cable?
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I discovered today the coach has a connection for 120v 30a shore power(I’d just figured it was 220v), and I cam with an adaptor for a 120v 15a connection. I presume 15a wouldn’t be enough to run the rooftop air conditioner, correct?
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I presume 15a wouldn’t be enough to run the rooftop air conditioner, correct?
If you keep the cord short ( no long extension cords) to the house 120 VAC plug, the AC might work. Worse that can happen is you blow your house breaker, at which point just don't use the AC. Mine does work, but I have a very short run to the outlet and from the outlet to my breaker box so very little voltage drop in the wire. ALSO do NOT plug into a GFCI house outlet...
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If you keep the cord short ( no long extension cords) to the house 120 VAC plug, the AC might work. Worse that can happen is you blow your house breaker, at which point just don't use the AC. Mine does work, but I have a very short run to the outlet and from the outlet to my breaker box so very little voltage drop in the wire. ALSO do NOT plug into a GFCI house outlet...
Ah, good news. Iíll give it a try & see what happens - thanks!
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I discovered today the coach has a connection for 120v 30a shore power(Iíd just figured it was 220v), and I cam with an adaptor for a 120v 15a connection. I presume 15a wouldnít be enough to run the rooftop air conditioner, correct?
IMHO you'd be pushing it. The average AC uses about 13-16 amps and that's without anything else drawing. Of course if you had a soft start, 15 A. would be enough. JMO 20 amp at the minimum without probably tripping a breaker.
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