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Old 06-04-2012, 07:26 PM   #197
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The red rocker switch near the sliding side door is for the tank heater. The tank heater is for winter camping, and keeps the fresh tank and gray tank at 40F~45F so they don't freeze. No heater on the black tank, but the black tank is actually mounted above the floor under the toilet and so doesn't need heating as long as you run the furnace. Fair warning, only use the tank heater when you're on shore power or generator power; it will drain your batteries overnight all by itself.
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I learned this the hard way as I left this switch on and then tried to start generator and no battery. Had to start engine and run a couple minutes to get charge back up.

Also what is the switch below the generator switch panel? Amp switch? For what?

And on the TRIPP panel should the switch be on CHARGE only or AUTO inverter?
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:19 AM   #198
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Also what is the switch below the generator switch panel? Amp switch? For what?
I'll have to take a look at the panel to see, then get back to you.

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And on the TRIPP panel should the switch be on CHARGE only or AUTO inverter?
If hooked up to shore power, put it on "Charge Only."
If running the generator, put it on "Charge Only."
If running 120v AC appliances off the house batteries, put it on "Auto/Invert."
NOTE: In order for the remote panel in the curb-side locker to work at all, the switch on the inverter itself (under the lounge or twin bed, depending on your floor plan) has to be on "Auto/Invert." The remote panel switch doesn't work (though the indicator lights do work) when the inverter itself is set to "Charge Only."
ADDITIONAL NOTE: If the inverter is set to "Auto/Invert" the inverter is supposed to automatically switch between charging and inverting as necessary. For reasons that I won't go into right now, I don't rely on the unit knowing which mode I want, so I always switch it manually to "Charge Only" mode when using another 120vAC source. If you trust your unit's performance more than I trust mine, you can set to to "Auto/Invert" and leave it there, and only switch it "Off" at the unit itself when you put the vehicle into storage between trips.

If you're storing the unit, turn the switch on the inverter itself to the center "Off" position, and ignore the remote panel in the curb-side locker (there's no "off" position on the remote panel).
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:21 AM   #199
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Umm...okay. I don't even have the B190 any more so this is a really moot point for me, so it's probably not worth discussing any more. Thanks for your suggestions.
Apologies. I got preachy again, as I've been accused on more than one occasion in the past. I just get carried away sometimes.
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Apologies. I got preachy again, as I've been accused on more than one occasion in the past. I just get carried away sometimes.
No problem; you're just giving me advice for a problem I no longer have. I really just wanted to comment that it's fine to run the generator on the road; there are reasons to do it, and reasons not to. (One more point on that - in my case, the 12 volt fridge mode was weak - you guys have a compressor fridge, I think, but the B190 doesn't, so running the generator meant I could also run the fridge on 120 volt mode on the road, which worked much better.)

I don't really want to invade the thread too much since I don't own a Sprinter-based camper.
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No problem; you're just giving me advice for a problem I no longer have. I really just wanted to comment that it's fine to run the generator on the road; there are reasons to do it, and reasons not to. (One more point on that - in my case, the 12 volt fridge mode was weak - you guys have a compressor fridge, I think, but the B190 doesn't, so running the generator meant I could also run the fridge on 120 volt mode on the road, which worked much better.)
Having gotten all preachy and risked offending people, I prefer to justify it in my mind as giving advice to pet owners who have an Interstate, not advice to you personally. Hopefully someone will find my diatribe useful.

I do take your point that it's possible to run the generator while driving. It's not illegal anywhere that I know of, and there may be valid reasons to do it. I just got tunnel-vision on the mention of pet safety and completely overlooked the other issues.

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I don't really want to invade the thread too much since I don't own a Sprinter-based camper.
The thread is "Fans of Airstream Interstate" not "Owners of Airstream Interstate" so it's no invasion. You don't have to own one to be a fan.
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Thank you Protagonist

I can't tell you how helpful your information is.

It's so much easier to ask someone who's familiar than to go through trial and error and pray not to get the ERROR. I also don't have an airstream dealer nearby to fix anything so have to go it alone.

How about the fridge? How can you turn it off between trips or not have it running if you don't need it? I was told only by the knob in the fridge but that doesn't seem right.
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How about the fridge? How can you turn it off between trips or not have it running if you don't need it? I was told only by the knob in the fridge but that doesn't seem right.
Actually, that's about right. If you want to shut off power to the fridge and keep power to other devices (like the interior lights) you must shut off the refirgerator at the temperature control dial.
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Thank you Protagonist

I can't tell you how helpful your information is.

It's so much easier to ask someone who's familiar than to go through trial and error and pray not to get the ERROR. I also don't have an airstream dealer nearby to fix anything so have to go it alone.

How about the fridge? How can you turn it off between trips or not have it running if you don't need it? I was told only by the knob in the fridge but that doesn't seem right.
I think you said earlier that you didn't want to wade thru all of the manuals but you might want to at least scan the indexes cuz speaking from experience it will prove beneficial down the road. Good luck w/ your RV and enjoy it.
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Well I'm getting through the manuals and a few weekends of toiling around.

We leave in a week for the 1st outing !!

One other question. This is my first RV mini coach and it seems there's a lot that rattles in the back while driving.

Is this normal or is this a sign that the previous owner wasn't very tender with it?

It seems I need to tighten up some of the cabinets and even missing some if the small rivets in the metal ceiling.

I know it is rising on a truck chassis and it's not supposed to be a 'Cadillac' ride but it seems a bit harsh.

Has anybody seen the cabinet area between coffee maker and cabinet next to it towards driver side start to 'Sag'? Also need to resecure this.


Oh well, it's certainly better than a boat.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:44 AM   #206
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Things make noise when we drive, they just do.

It's not the cabinets, but what's in them. Initially drove Doug mad, but he's gotten used to it.

We don't' want to pad every single little thing, just breakables, so rattles have just become the background music to which we travel.


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Yeah, the B190 was a cacophony of stuff rattling around. That included things like the stove top squeaking a bit, too. As a motorhome-owning friend told me before I bought mine: "You have no idea how much your plates rattle until you drive a motorhome." I grew up with trailers and had no idea.

Mostly, though, it was the STUFF rattling, not the furniture or cabinets themselves, so if that's what you're hearing, I'd make sure everything is tight.
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As far as the ride goes, I figured for a 1 ton chassis, it really wasn't all that bad. It is a little harsh on sharp bumps like RR tracks but on good roads I felt like it's relatively smooth.

On rattles, I've heard them in back when the RV is empty but never ride back there so don't know what it is. On trips w/ the grandkids, I can't seem to hear the rattles.
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As far as the ride goes, I figured for a 1 ton chassis, it really wasn't all that bad. It is a little harsh on sharp bumps like RR tracks but on good roads I felt like it's relatively smooth.
Yeah, that's kind of how I felt about the B190. Part of what helps the ride is that it's a 1 ton chassis with a decent load on it, as opposed to driving an empty 1 ton pickup.

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Yeah, that helps. I use music too.
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Not much in the way of rattles on mine. An occasional squeak from the sliding side door, that's about it. Even the gear that I load up for a trip doesn't rattle much, and that's without the benefit of padding on anything but pots and pans. I don't carry a whole lot in the way of pots and pans, anyway, given that my cooking skills are barely adequate to feed myself.

I find the ride in my Interstate to be smoother than my Dodge Durango. However, there is a reason it's called the Interstate and not the Backroads. When I took Scenic Byway 7 in Arkansas a couple of weeks ago, all the way from the Louisiana/Arkansas line to Lake Dardanelle, there were a few spots where the road turned sharper than my Interstate really wanted to turn. You can't fudge the advisory speed posted for a turn; when it says 25mph for a hairpin turn, you shouldn't try it a 26mph or higher if you want to keep it in your lane.

In addition, there was one long and steep downhill grade on Scenic Byway 7 that was worrisome. It really does make a difference that the gearshift only has P-R-N-D and not P-R-N-D-2-1. Without any way to select a lower gear ratio (or the hydraulic equivalent) I had to rely solely upon my brakes to control my speed; you don't get a lot of compression braking with a turbo. Still, when I had a chance to stop and let people pass me, I got out and checked the tires, and they were cooler to the touch than the pavement they were resting on, even after the heavy braking.

It was well worth driving Scenic Byway 7, even though I was so busy looking at the road that I couldn't admire the scenery. With that experience under my (seat) belt, I'm much more confident of my ability to drive my Interstate anywhere I want to go.
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