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Old 04-16-2018, 10:45 AM   #1
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New to RV's helpful hints

The below is a copy and paste of useful information, and I usually recommend it to those just starting out. Some of it, you may already know, or may not be applicable to your particular RV. You will be able to filter out what pertains to your situation or not. Many people nowadays own smartphones with cameras. Please take pics of things, especially battery connections before replacing, so as to not reinstall them backwards (which will blow reverse polarity fuses to the converter).

I would suggest you read the electric threads and energy management first, and then the converter thread (at least the first links in both). This will help explain your different electrical systems of your RV, and how they well as what the converter does. The very first link will explain what operates off what system.

You can just peruse at your leisure as you get to know your RV:

Basic electric:

Basic RV Electricity - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

RV Electric

Your very important converter:

Converter or Inverter (they are different)

RV Converters and Amp Draw - RV Information (RV Maintenance)

Installing a dedicated 30 amp RV outlet at home (Make sure you understand it's 120 volts ONLY):

How to wire a RV 30 amp outlet

12 volt DC:

12 Volt DC Circuit Breaker with Manual Reset

The 12volt Side of Life (Part 1)

Suburban water heater (if applicable to your RV):

Suburban's electric switch and much more

Suburban Water Heater Video Guides

Water Heater bypass/crossover valves:

NO (OR LUKEWARM) HOT WATER -Please read first

And the newest additions to help understand what constitutes a true full cylinder in refilling vs exchanging propane cylinders... as well as how the automatic propane changeover regulator works:

Propane Cylinders (Refilling vs Exchanging)

Propane automatic changeover regulator

Inverters and residential refrigerators in RV's:

Propane Detector and gas stoves, which is being added as a safety reminder since we have had the stove burners being inadvertently turned on in several recent threads in the forums:

Hope it helps
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