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Old 05-14-2016, 10:21 AM   #15
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I doubt there are any engineers at Airstream/Thor, just tradesman who have been in the RV buisness most of their careers. If there are any engineers there they should either resign in shame or resign in protest of the dangerous budget constrains placed upon them.

Most of the RV industry is focused on the high volume customer that wants a plywood 5th wheel with 2 slide outs for $30k. The industry thinks the way to get high margins is to build "luxury" vans and coaches. At RV shows the high end finishes look great but true luxury to me means having a van that's ready to go when I am and not worrying whether I have completed a 30 step checklist before storing the unit. Or being out of commission for a month while my sink drains on the ground because Airstream skimped on $10 worth of flexible fittings that would keep all the my grey water tank connections from shearing off.

Sorry for the rant and turning this into another Airstream quality thread.

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Old 05-14-2016, 01:53 PM   #16
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What an odd issue to have....

“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them...We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”

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Old 08-25-2016, 04:16 PM   #17
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Smile Battery Issues

This is for anyone having problems w/keeping Airstream Batteries alive.
I purchased a 2014 Flying Cloud in 01/15 w/intent to sell the house &
change my address. Hasn't happened as of yet, & may be selling it.
Any way, due to the Converter issues that Airstream seems to have,
I've had 2 batteries die because of overcharge, etc.??? When the converter
has only one mode of charge something will happen. I replaced the batteries,
replaced the converter w/a Progressive Dynamics PD4600 Series, 4 stage
unit, w/Charge Wizard. All this was finally completed on this day, 01/25/16.
Also, I installed a device called Priorty Start. When battery voltage drops
below 11.7, the unit will automatically disconnect in just a matter of min's.
Your batteries will not drop below 11.7 because power is disconnected.
I have used this device on a 2500 Dodge Diesel for a year or so, & other auto's.
To say the least, IT WORKS. When it disconnects a trigger of some sort has to
be pressed, possibly a light switch or what ever works to restart the power.
Priority Start also sells a push button re-start that I'm using, mounted inside
the propane box. On a Truck the re-start trigger is the ignition switch or brake
pedal. Folks, this is a BATTERY SAVER. Works as expected on a Truck, & I truly
believe it will work on an Airstream. If you've got the single stage converter
on your Airstream, JUNK IT, & purchase the PD4600 & if you do not you can
expect battery problems from now on. This is an easy install, converter,
Priority Start & I also upgraded to a 50amp Portable Surge Protector.
I will see how this all works together. I believe it will work, & save batteries.
The Converter was the best investment for that, & for under $200.00, a no
brainer. Hope this helps ease the suffering for what Airstream could have done
right in the beginning, w/what Airstreams cost.
If interested,, & Best Converters. One more hint, begin
w/charged batteries. A 2nd hint, if you have any unused fuse connections in
your fuse board, fill them w/fuses & remember which ones are blank. Helps
complete the circuit. GOD Bless
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:27 PM   #18
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Question Blue Sea

[QUOTE=lewster;1790866 If you want the ability to completely disconnect your inverter from the batteries, simply add a Blue Sea Systems M-series battery disconnect switch which is completely mechanical and draws 0.0 amps all of the time!! [/QUOTE]

This one?
Just wire in between the Magnum + terminal and the red cable lug?
That simple?

So funny that the inexhaustible topic is, in fact, inexhaustible.
I have wired a house from the weatherhead to the last porch light and it was easier that keeping up with this.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:41 PM   #19
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This one?
Just wire in between the Magnum + terminal and the red cable lug?
That simple?

So funny that the inexhaustible topic is, in fact, inexhaustible.
I have wired a house from the weatherhead to the last porch light and it was easier that keeping up with this.
Here is even the funnier part. There is already a motorized version of that in the coach! It is the thing that makes whirling sound when you turn on the switch to give power to the coach:

It is rated for 275 amps so it can easily shut down the inverter. It is not wired that way as to allow the coach to be charged while you have the switch in the off position.

Indeed in my Lithium conversion, I have made it do exactly that.

It is unfortunately some work to make it do that in the current system.

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