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Old 05-14-2014, 08:08 AM   #15
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I believe the TV Frank was referring to is the Tow Vehicle, not a television.
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Old 05-14-2014, 08:12 AM   #16
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I don't have a TV at home, so won't be getting one for the camper, and tend to use very little lights.

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By TV, I meant "tow vehicle." It can be confusing, but context rules the definition of this acronym!

For instance, in this quote, if you're not getting a TV for the camper, we all know you mean a television. I think...

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Old 05-15-2014, 03:37 PM   #17
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Jane- did you take the park liner to someone local to look at it? If so, what company? We are looking for someone local to look at our.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:42 PM   #18
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Also, how do you use the voltmeter to check the battery? Sorry for so many questions.
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:47 PM   #19
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Old 05-15-2014, 03:57 PM   #20
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That is a great link, thanks! I need to learn more about this stuff, and that link is very helpful.

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Old 05-15-2014, 04:05 PM   #21
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Also, how do you use the voltmeter to check the battery? Sorry for so many questions.
The battery is direct current, so you want to set the voltmeter to volts dc.

I test standalone 1st, so make sure you are not connected to tow and not connected to external 120 volt power.

Touch the ground (black) wire from the voltmeter to the ground on the battery and while the black wire is still connected, do the same with the positive or red wire to positive on battery. You should get a reading between 12.5 and 12.8 volts.

Then, hook up your tow and with motor running, repeat the procedure. You should get a higher voltage as the tow is charging the battery. If not, problem with charging circuit through tow.

Disconnect from tow. Connect trailer to 120 v shore (external) power. Same procedure. You should see a voltage over 13 volts showing that the shore power is charging the battery. If not, problem with external power charging circuit.
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Old 05-15-2014, 07:01 PM   #22
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Jane are you running your fridge off the battery? If so that would be a big drain. To reduce you power consumption you could also change the light over to LED if they are not already.
No, I've only tested the fridge with the propane and it did work just fine. In a couple of weeks I'll be out for 4 days and will try the refrig then to really test it. I'm not sure how much propane it will take for 4 days, but it shouldn't take a tank. We will also be cooking dinner and heating water for breakfast. I keep my backpacking propane stove handy just in case - I know what that can do!

I'm contemplating LED - but I just don't use that much light. My friends who are camping with me are also former backpackers so we're not use to such luxury....I'm sure that will change in time:-)
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in case another party with the same trailer has the same issue perhaps you could share how they told you to fix the charging problem.
Well, I'm not sure I've fixed any problems yet. There has been a lot of good input as to how to check the voltage.

One thing Dave, at the garage said, was that to check it the propane tank should be taken off so if something happens while checking it doesn't hit the tank and cause it to explode.....he did what he told me not to do because he does it all of the time. My poor brain has had so much input in the past few weeks it doesn't keep it all straight so I'm not sure what could cause the explosion....I need to think about it later

I did not talk with Chandler, but he left a message and started talking about looking at the fuse box where there are two green 30 amp fuses. He said he would call back which he hasn't - but I haven't been home much since then to call him either. I have a feeling he was going to have me check to make sure they weren't kicked off. If I hear more from him I'll let you know.

And if it charges while plugged into the wall, but not otherwise, you will know it is probably the tow vehicle - or TV, as they say on this site! You may have seen another message I wrote where the garage had me tweak the prongs away from the side of the socket just a little to make better contact - a couple of friends say they have to do that often on their trailers. It is easy to see if it fixes the break lights, blinkers, etc, but you can't see the battery. They did check to verify I have juice coming from the battery to the whole plug.

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By TV, I meant "tow vehicle." It can be confusing, but context rules the definition of this acronym!

For instance, in this quote, if you're not getting a TV for the camper, we all know you mean a television. I think...

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OK - now I've got it and yes, I don't have a television - except to watch movies....
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The LP gas detector is wired in so there is 12V current to it at all times. for safety reasons, you cannot turn it off. I have not run any tests but, it does draw current all the time and will deplete your batteries. I am not aware of any other constant draw on the batteries although I have been known to be wrong and it could be happening again.

FYI, changing all your light bulbs to LEDs will reduce the current draw by ~80-90%. If you are doing a lot of boondocking the switch will be worth the cost.
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Jane- did you take the park liner to someone local to look at it? If so, what company? We are looking for someone local to look at our.
Absolutely I would recommend Beallsville Garage! A neighbor told me to go there for the Weight Distribution Hitch; then a few friends (a roofer, a landscaper, and several horse friends) said they are the best; plus several people said they saw the trailer there and loved it! And now they are very familiar with the Parkliner since I've been there a couple of times, and think it is neat.

301-972-7060, corner of Rt 28 and Rt 109. They are also so reasonably priced. If I have any questions I just stop by and Tommy or Dave are very helpful. Laid back, easy going , pleasant folk.

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Old 05-15-2014, 07:33 PM   #27
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The LP gas detector is wired in so there is 12V current to it at all times. for safety reasons, you cannot turn it off. I have not run any tests but, it does draw current all the time and will deplete your batteries. I am not aware of any other constant draw on the batteries although I have been known to be wrong and it could be happening again.

FYI, changing all your light bulbs to LEDs will reduce the current draw by ~80-90%. If you are doing a lot of boondocking the switch will be worth the cost.
The LP gas detector is the only draw on the batteries, as per a test at the garage. Last weekend since it was beeping all of the time and I didn't know what else to do I cut the red wire to it and we left the windows open. It now has a cap on the wire so it is connected. When that was unhooked, nothing else was pulling electric. I don't want to be in the trailer without it connected - but then the beeping will drive anyone crazy. Keeping track of the battery will certainly help! I didn't realize LED would reduce the draw by 80-90%!! That is amazing!! A friend has a neat solar light that is round and flat when not in use, and easy to have near a window for the sun. It opens up to a nice round light - not for reading but definitely enough for eating, dressing, etc.

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No, I've only tested the fridge with the propane and it did work just fine. In a couple of weeks I'll be out for 4 days and will try the refrig then to really test it. I'm not sure how much propane it will take for 4 days, but it shouldn't take a tank. We will also be cooking dinner and heating water for breakfast. I keep my backpacking propane stove handy just in case - I know what that can do!

I'm contemplating LED - but I just don't use that much light.
You will not come even close to going through a full 20lb tank of propane in 4 days even if running the fridge and the hot water tank full time and doing all your cooking in the trailer.

If you don't have a solar panel it is easy though to run a battery down in 3 days if you don't have LED lights, even if you are not running much other than lights and the water pump.

Recommend you purchase a small plug 12v battery monitor as pictured below- you can get them for about 15. Running the battery down below 50% (12.6) is a great way to shorten the life of your battery.

An interesting read if you haven't already seen it is called the 12 Volt Side of Life

Have fun out in your new trailer!
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