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Old 11-01-2020, 02:15 PM   #41
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When I remove the coach batteries and start the Sprinter the radio comes up in a 'set-up' mode where I have to pick the language, etc. Same thing when I turn off the engine and restart again. This tells me that it loses all power with the engine off and no coach batteries present. Disclaimer: Other model years may (probably will) differ.

Sounds like the secondary power wire that maintains the radio's memory at a very low draw gets power from the coach batteries. That's odd, because it should get that low power lead from the chassis battery.
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Old 11-01-2020, 07:00 PM   #42
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I was at Costco and found a 2 inch twin size foam lounger. I got, 2 sideways they are a perfect fit for the couch chairs and side fold downs. They roll up and are very comfortable. if I could figure out how to post a picture I would show you, its called a roll out lounger.
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Old 11-01-2020, 07:10 PM   #43
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Tampa Airstream has an inline surge protector for 649 installef. Has anyone had work done there and does this sound like a fair price. I m in Fort Lauderdale and for airstream its Fort myers or Tampa.
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Old 11-02-2020, 07:53 AM   #44
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What is the Extender in an Airstream Interstate?

We recently ordered an 19' Interstate and see reference to Ext. What does this mean, extended length?
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Old 11-02-2020, 02:21 PM   #45
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Tampa Airstream has an inline surge protector for 649 installef. Has anyone had work done there and does this sound like a fair price. I m in Fort Lauderdale and for airstream its Fort myers or Tampa.
Super-expensive. I recommend a "free standing" surge protector that you can toss and replace if anything terrible happens to it (e.g. big fat surge). There are several good choices out there, all of them far less expensive. Keep that lightning outside your rig for a better result?
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Old 11-02-2020, 02:34 PM   #46
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my concern with a portable surge guard was would I need 2. I plug into a 15 amp at home so would I need a different one or just hook it up to the dog bone?
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Old 11-02-2020, 02:38 PM   #47
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Still easy and cheap. Here are a couple of ideas:

When on 15-amp power, consider this (just keep it out of the weather by putting it and the connections up in the wheel well, on top of your tire: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B81D/

When on 30-amp power, consider this, which worked well for us for couple of years before it started getting hot and we tossed it for a replacement: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0W4CZ8
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Old 11-02-2020, 04:09 PM   #48
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I hard wired a 30A Progressive Industries surge protector. Put it just before the Transfer Switch. Took about 30 minutes to install and would take less time than that to replace it if it failed.
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Airstream makes a pad that fits the Interstate.
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Old 11-03-2020, 05:02 AM   #50
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EXT is extended. Our AI is 24’ plus a few inches in length.
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Old 11-03-2020, 08:24 AM   #51
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Still easy and cheap. Here are a couple of ideas:

When on 15-amp power, consider this (just keep it out of the weather by putting it and the connections up in the wheel well, on top of your tire: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006B81D/

When on 30-amp power, consider this, which worked well for us for couple of years before it started getting hot and we tossed it for a replacement: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N0W4CZ8
For this approach, I forgot to mention that for the 15-amp solution I run a heavy-duty extension cord with a standard grounded plug from the weather-protected outlet until I get to the van. Given we're in a storage location and the weather-protected box is on a pillar, I also loop that cord around the pillar as a strain-reliever for the plug in the weather-protected box. Then I plug the 15-amp surge protector above into the other end of this heavy-duty extension cord. At the surge protector, I plug in a 15-30-amp dog-bone adapter. Next, I plug in the van's 30-amp cable and connect it to the van. I turn on the van's coach system. Next, I make sure that inside the van, the "20 amp" selector is active so it will never try to draw more, and I make certain the air conditioner and water heater are off. Last, I put the surge protector up in the wheel well, on the tire, so those junctions are not exposed to the weather or to the risk of pooling water. So far, it works fine.
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Old 11-08-2020, 07:57 PM   #52
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Flood in Broward

On a lighter note on why I m so happy I got my AI. Here in Broward Country Florida I live in a house with a septic system, all the rain has overwhelmed the drain field so now water can be used in the house. Am I worried no because parked in my driveway is my AI to save the day. In the 26 years I have lived here numerous hurricanes I have never seen so much water.
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