Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-09-2014, 08:50 PM   #29
4 Rivet Member
 
toskeysam's Avatar
 
2013 Interstate Coach
Townsend , Tennessee
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 484
Same with my 2013, but would like the flexibility the second switch would afford.
__________________

__________________
FMCA # 436814
toskeysam is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 08:55 PM   #30
1 Rivet Member
 
Sedona , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by toskeysam View Post
The valve is a spring-to-close valve. The current draw is only while the valve is open....or your system is in use. A problem, maybe, if you need to leave the furnace on overnight.
So this valve is only on coaches with 12/120v fridges?
__________________

__________________
eric1514 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 09:07 PM   #31
Rivet Master
 
73shark's Avatar
 
2011 Interstate Coach
Overland Park , Kansas
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,748
Not sure what the refrigerator has to do with it because only the stove, generator, and the furnace use propane.
__________________
Glass half full or half empty to an engineer is the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

PM me for sale info on my 2011. SOLD!
Upfitted Transit 350 sitting in driveway.
73shark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 09:21 PM   #32
1 Rivet Member
 
Sedona , Arizona
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 9
Quote:
Originally Posted by 73shark View Post
Not sure what the refrigerator has to do with it because only the stove, generator, and the furnace use propane.
Well that's what I'm asking. Have Interstates always had electric refrigerators? If not, do models with propane reefers also have this valve?
__________________
eric1514 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 10:08 PM   #33
BikerBill
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Poconos of Pa , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 239
UKDUDE, If you travel the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel system, we're talking almost 18 miles of bridges and 2 tunnels. Why would I want to turn off my coach electric for that long a ride when I can install a separate switch to do the job from inside? Why would I want to stop at one end, many times in the rain, get on my hands and knees to turn off the stupid toggle switch where its located and then reverse the procedure when I get to the other end of the bridge/tunnel when a simple inside propane switch will do the job better?
__________________
Bikerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 10:12 PM   #34
BikerBill
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Poconos of Pa , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 239
eric1514, I am not sure but I think all Interstates have had electric only refrigerators. And since the location of the actual propane tank under the center area of the van they need to use an electric shut off valve since you cannot access the tank unless you jack up the van on a lift. And if they did have models in the past with propane refrigerators they would have more than likely the same electric valve. I believe all the Class B Mercedes models we looked at in the past year from about 5 manufactures all had an electric valve on the propane tanks due to the location of the tanks under the body.
__________________
Bikerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-09-2014, 11:11 PM   #35
Rivet Master
 
UKDUDE's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Sedona , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,037
Bikerbill, methinks you misunderstand me. The current and recent Interstates have an inside switch by the sliding door to turn off the coach electrics, and this also turns off the electric gas valve. No need to go out to that nasty black cover by the rear wheel.
Peter
__________________
UKDUDE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 12:02 AM   #36
Rivet Master
 
73shark's Avatar
 
2011 Interstate Coach
Overland Park , Kansas
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 2,748
The valve is necessary to isolate the appliances from the propane tank. This keeps them from being subjected to the fill pressure. In current models that includes the stove, water heater, furnance, and generator.
__________________
Glass half full or half empty to an engineer is the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

PM me for sale info on my 2011. SOLD!
Upfitted Transit 350 sitting in driveway.
73shark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 06:24 AM   #37
BikerBill
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Poconos of Pa , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 239
UKDUDE, no I didn't misunderstand you. I know that one could just turn off the master battery switch and it would turn off the propane valve, BUT it turns off EVERYTHING ELSE. And you did not understand my reasoning for the 2nd switch. I don't prefer to turn off ALL RV electronics while driving thru bridges and tunnels. For one thing, people sitting in the back reading or whatever would have no lights while driving or the DVD player would not operate, etc. It just makes more sense to turn off only the valve in question.

Its recommended at your home in a severe electrical storm to turn off electronics devices, so why not just shut off all power at your home's main electrical switch in a storm?
__________________
Bikerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 09:22 AM   #38
Rivet Master
 
UKDUDE's Avatar
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Sedona , Arizona
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 1,037
Point taken, Bikerbill.
__________________
UKDUDE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-10-2014, 09:46 PM   #39
BikerBill
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Poconos of Pa , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 239
OK finished my install today of my "2nd Propane Shut Off" switch. I have not gotten an engraved plastic label yet, but wanted to send the finished picture along. I got the switch with from LEDs - flexible LED strips, LED modules, 12v LEDs. LED and I chose blue since the propane flame is "blue." Push on and light comes on, push off and its out. Since I wired it "downstream" from the toggle switch underneath the right rear corner, I will always know if the outside switch is off since I will not see the LED. Removed the right rear jump seat, removed with only 2 screws the wooden panel that is under the seat which gave us good access to the wire bundle. Found the red wire that is downstream from the toggle switch. Cut the red wire and spliced in a pair of 2 reds and 1 white from that area under the seat via wire loom up and over the back of the bathroom and into the cover over the black vent pipe. The white wire is screwed into the side frame of the van under the seat as you need a neutral/negative 12v connection for the LED. Works great! Nice "hearing" the tank valve operate from INSIDE the motorhome.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	2ndPropaneSwitch.jpg
Views:	75
Size:	480.1 KB
ID:	209372  
__________________
Bikerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 08:36 AM   #40
4 Rivet Member
 
PSchw's Avatar
 
2005 39' Skydeck 390 SD
Livingston , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 485
Images: 4
Nice. Like the battery disconnect I wonder if I could modify my 2013 to this version.
__________________
PSchw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 09:14 AM   #41
BikerBill
 
2014 Interstate Ext. Coach
Poconos of Pa , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 239
Does your 2013 have a master battery disconnect? This is a 2014 on a 2013 chassis. Don't know when they changed but ours has this master switch on the door post and it controls the actual heavy duty switch located back below the lounge alongside the electrical panel. The actual switch has a motor in it and when you turn off the low power switch by the door, you can hear the motor actually turning the master switch under the lounge. Of course you can also turn the master switch under the lounge by hand too. I added the small plastic "guard" as the first time out with our daughter in the 3rd seat, her elbow bumped the switch turning off the batteries and we did not know immediately what was wrong. Its a great switch. Its a good location but it should be manufactured with a "safety" of some kind. On our last Class A the electric water dump valve and the master battery switch both had clear plastic covers over them so it could not be done accidentally.
__________________
Bikerbill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2014, 09:51 AM   #42
Figment of My Imagination
 
Protagonist's Avatar
 
2012 Interstate Coach
From All Over , More Than Anywhere Else
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10,297
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bikerbill View Post
Its a great switch. Its a good location but it should be manufactured with a "safety" of some kind.
Along with a small sign that says, "Press to test. Release to detonate." Just to discourage people from playing with it.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI #1105
TAC LA-4

My Google-Fu is strong today.
Protagonist is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What is red toggle switch by door... AirheadOK General Repair Forum 15 06-17-2013 09:12 AM
which way does this black toggle switch point? maryehill LP Gas, Piping, Tanks & Regulators 7 07-14-2010 08:37 AM
broken ceiling light toggle switch ole81 Lights - Interior & Exterior 5 07-23-2007 04:15 PM
toggle switch in glove box mlmarch Classic Motorhomes 7 02-20-2007 08:20 AM
Mystery toggle switch mpumphrey04 Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 9 12-07-2005 08:47 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.