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Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-10-2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,326
Posted By Tronadora
An alternative is to tote one of the Goal Zero...

An alternative is to tote one of the Goal Zero power stations and you can plug in your microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, even your extra ARB cooler (wachuko).

The microwave has a 3prong 110V...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-20-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 707
Posted By Tronadora
A few years ago I had a problem with the house...

A few years ago I had a problem with the house batteries not charging and it turned out to be a fuse. I believe there is a 150A fuse in the electronics cabinet under the jack knife sofa chair and/or...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-07-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By Tronadora
Reflectix ! The foil faced plastic roll...

Reflectix !
The foil faced plastic roll insulation found at the big box hardware stores.

If you are talking about the side windows in back, I cut oversize pieces that wedge into place. This...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-02-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,433
Posted By Tronadora
I echo the idea to install D-rings to the...

I echo the idea to install D-rings to the interior wood pieces that you never see back there... where the attachment bolts would have their heads facing rearward and the drill you use to make the...
Forum: Awnings 09-02-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,091
Posted By Tronadora
If your awning is Carefree, relax and live Care...

If your awning is Carefree, relax and live Care Free as I have not heard of anyone having an issue with those. For those that have a Fiamma F65 Eagle, please do not travel without securing your...
Forum: Awnings 09-02-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,091
Posted By Tronadora
You are correct; this arrangement is a...

You are correct; this arrangement is a combination of mechanical and electrical. Once the awning is retracted there is a limit switch that closes to shut off the motor (word to the wise, this switch...
Forum: Awnings 09-01-2020, 04:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,091
Posted By Tronadora
Awning deploying by itself

Welcome to the white knuckle club. I'm pretty sure that gust of wind you and I experienced was in fact the awning becoming like a sail as it flipped up and over. Terrifying at 65mph.

As I reported...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-30-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,307
Posted By Tronadora
I know for a FACT your stock cages will not...

I know for a FACT your stock cages will not accommodate the GPL-4CT without being cut, expanded and re-welded. I do NOT recommend doing this. First picture shows the modified cage after it fell out....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-30-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,029
Posted By Tronadora
I have that same year AI but I have the Grand...

I have that same year AI but I have the Grand Tour with larger fridge and more storage space whereas the one you are looking at w/ four captains chairs would be the Lounge version.

The Lounge is...
Forum: Fresh Water Systems 07-24-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,434
Posted By Tronadora
In the PNW, our "city" water is normally very...

In the PNW, our "city" water is normally very clean and low in solids and iron, etc. So we only do a tank and lines cleaning once per year, at which time I clean the water pump metal screen filter...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-24-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,589
Posted By Tronadora
The advice about getting metal tire stems is well...

The advice about getting metal tire stems is well worth adopting for safety.

Regarding the tire pressures, I've experimented with pressures from 62 to 75 and I've gone back to 65 because anything...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-23-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 275
Posted By Tronadora
I had to have my undermount battery trays...

I had to have my undermount battery trays enlarged via welding to accommodate the Lifeline 220Ah 6V batteries. If that is what you are looking at, be careful; those batteries are 65lbs each and not...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-22-2020, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By Tronadora
Mine does not have the EasyStart and the...

Mine does not have the EasyStart and the compressor surge noise is not significant. What IS significant is the fan volume inside the coach. The stock Dometic A/C units are damn loud. Forget about...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-14-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By Tronadora
I doubt you need to grease your extending arms....

I doubt you need to grease your extending arms. Your Interstate awning (unlike AS trailers) is under a strong spring load and wants to extend. If it weren't for the motor and gearbox holding it back...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-09-2020, 04:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,565
Posted By Tronadora
Hi - you should have plenty of flow coming out of...

Hi - you should have plenty of flow coming out of your outdoor shower hose. I've used mine to wash the AI before. I know the water line has a shutoff valve close to the water pump (under the furnace)...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 03-21-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 10,713
Posted By Tronadora
John, I think you meant to say 72, and 61,...

John,
I think you meant to say 72, and 61, watts... not amps... ?
Thanks for publishing your wiring diagram.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 02-20-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,321
Posted By Tronadora
Talking **** You say you have your GZ plugged into an...

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You say you have your GZ plugged into an ATS - Automatic Transfer Switch, but later you mention maybe using a second ATS, like I do. So I'm a little confused. I added a second ATS so that the...
Forum: On The Road... 12-30-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,885
Posted By Tronadora
Have to echo loudly what CruizinDux said about...

Have to echo loudly what CruizinDux said about Sea and Sand RV Park. It's actually just north of Depoe Bay; just south of Lincoln City. It is a must if you want to be up CLOSE and personal with the...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 12-30-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,562
Posted By Tronadora
2018 - 8 months, mainly on the road - Oregon to...

2018 - 8 months, mainly on the road - Oregon to Maine, then Kentucky, Texas, California and back.

2019 - 7.5 months, mainly parked, taking care of aging in-laws, which is now behind us.

We...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-09-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,944
Posted By Tronadora
Mike - you are spot on about those tire stems....

Mike - you are spot on about those tire stems. Yes, everyone needs to replace those... especially like you said if you have sensors hanging on them.


When I put new tires on 15k miles ago, I had...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 11-08-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,944
Posted By Tronadora
After 35,000 miles and more than 500 nights in...

After 35,000 miles and more than 500 nights in our Interstate here are some thoughts:

TPMS: I have had terrible luck with the TST 507 flow through sensors. FOUR of them have failed. Once, a sensor...
Forum: Awnings 10-20-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,091
Posted By Tronadora
I had two Fiamma F65 Eagles fail on me. I...

I had two Fiamma F65 Eagles fail on me. I recently had my AS dealer install a Carefree MANUAL awning.


Problem solved. No more straps to hold in a disaster waiting to happen.
Forum: Batteries, Univolts, Converters & Inverters 10-10-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,499
Posted By Tronadora
Not an expert, but maybe what I've observed on my...

Not an expert, but maybe what I've observed on my BMV-712 will help. I have 220Ah Lifeline 6V batteries. When I'm at 50% SOC it should read 110Ah consumed but it kept telling me I had about 58% after...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-09-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,609
Posted By Tronadora
dw6250 - HA! Well now you've sent me to...

dw6250 -
HA! Well now you've sent me to school, and I was never that competent in the electrical class I took. My eyes are glossed over with those diagrams. :rofl:


Being always wanting to...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-09-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1,754
Views: 299,006
Posted By Tronadora
I too have an intermittent dripping problem, from...

I too have an intermittent dripping problem, from the large pipe plumbing forward of the macerator. It is fluid seeping from the two small half moon shaped holes in the pipe located at the 3 and 9...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-08-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,609
Posted By Tronadora
dw6250 - When you talk of your panels bringing in...

dw6250 - When you talk of your panels bringing in 9A, then adding load to your system by turning on appliances, this does not put more amps through the 10ga wire that is coming from the roof.

I...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-05-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,609
Posted By Tronadora
I added 2x100 solar panels 18 months ago, 300W...

I added 2x100 solar panels 18 months ago, 300W total, like you. At first I wired in Series cause I was paranoid about exceeding the OEM 10ga wire rating. But the penalty from partial blocking of any...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 10-02-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,481
Posted By Tronadora
I made the mistake of trying Koni Gold rear...

I made the mistake of trying Koni Gold rear shocks at the same time as Sumo Springs. The rear became WAY too stiff so I removed the Sumos and put in Boss airbags, BIGGER mistake, don't ever do that...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-20-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By Tronadora
I have the same setup as the OP, and we also do...

I have the same setup as the OP, and we also do not need to freeze much.

We keep the freezer set so that the upper compartment freezes nicely (about 20 degrees), the middle section will slowly...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-08-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,019
Posted By Tronadora
Rig Rat - Yes, I have to be diligent to remember...

Rig Rat - Yes, I have to be diligent to remember and set the Charge Rate back up to 100%. I normally charge everything simultaneously that needs charging by driving and/or connecting to shore power...
Forum: Cabinets, Counter Tops & Furnishings 09-08-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,534
Posted By Tronadora
If that link to Dometic didn't help you, the best...

If that link to Dometic didn't help you, the best bet in my opinion is McMaster-Carr, like Bweybright mentioned above. Their website if superb at helping you find anything by material, dimension, and...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-08-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,019
Posted By Tronadora
Alex - Good question. The charger bricks are 100%...

Alex - Good question. The charger bricks are 100% like new on the outside... no deformation, original plastic texture, etc. And the scorched area on the floor does not wipe off even a little bit....
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-07-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,019
Posted By Tronadora
Here's what I came up with to thermally isolate...

Here's what I came up with to thermally isolate the Goal Zero volcanic charger bricks.

I cut a scrap of 1/4" thick floor tile and edged it with Gorilla tape for aesthetic reasons. I used VHB tape...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-07-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,019
Posted By Tronadora
Billramp - I had upgraded the house batteries to...

Billramp - I had upgraded the house batteries to Lifeline 6V 220Ah so we have 110Ah usable, which last one night, about 12-14 hours. I had my AS dealer install a second txfr switch and I plug the GZ...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-07-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,019
Posted By Tronadora
Just a note of precaution. If you have several GZ...

Just a note of precaution. If you have several GZ chargers and you lay them on the floor of your Interstate, letting them lie on top of each other, you may get this undesirable result...


I plan...
Forum: Photography 09-05-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,759
Posted By Tronadora
Couldn't decide which one to post. My rig is the...

Couldn't decide which one to post. My rig is the Interstate and the Globetrotter belonged to our "neighbor" for the night at Bonair Winery, a Harvest Host location in Zillah, WA.


Mark Dana...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-05-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,102
Posted By Tronadora
The Interstate is slightly less than 10 feet...

The Interstate is slightly less than 10 feet tall, so should be no problem for height clearance.

We bought ours used over two years ago and it is outside now all the time. I recommend a thorough...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-05-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 27,734
Posted By Tronadora
As promised, here is a photo showing what...

As promised, here is a photo showing what happened after using three Goal Zero chargers in a pile on the floor of my Interstate. You can see the combiner cable they all plugged into at the bottom of...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-03-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,569
Posted By Tronadora
[QUOTE=richw46;2284403] The best thing to use...

[QUOTE=richw46;2284403]
The best thing to use is a contact cleaner, as mentioned earlier, preferably one that doesn't leave a residue. I like the CRC brands, notably CRC 05103 QD Electronic Cleaner,...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-03-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,569
Posted By Tronadora
I was at a campground chatting with a woman in...

I was at a campground chatting with a woman in her 70s setting up her 40ft Class A. She was wrapping up 18 years of being on the road full time and even when her husband was alive, his health...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 09-03-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 367
Posted By Tronadora
I was getting some squeaking at the rear end of...

I was getting some squeaking at the rear end of our long upper cabinet above the galley. The screws were already tight so I wanted to add a screw but didn't know what exactly they attach to. I...
Forum: Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 09-03-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 27,734
Posted By Tronadora
Peter, GZ tech support had told me how the...

Peter,
GZ tech support had told me how the chargers would get hot and not to bundle them against each other. We are stuck with using their chargers.

I use three of them passing through one of...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-25-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,019
Posted By Tronadora
Pez Vela - You can charge into, and draw...

Pez Vela -

You can charge into, and draw from, the Goal Zero simultaneously. I know this to be true because, while I don't have solar plugged into the GZ, I have at times neglected to disconnect...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-22-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 317
Views: 45,115
Posted By Tronadora
Mark (Lotus54) - We must have missed you...

Mark (Lotus54) -
We must have missed you (again) by a day. Great shot you have of sunrise at Sunrise on Mt Rainier ! Here's ours at about noon from August 20.
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-22-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 1,375
Views: 259,967
Posted By Tronadora
Thanks to all that are helping keep this post...

Thanks to all that are helping keep this post about PHOTOS of your Interstate.

This week at Mt Rainier. South side, Reflection Lakes, and Sunrise (west side).
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-17-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,845
Posted By Tronadora
Was at the Portland dealer yesterday. They had...

Was at the Portland dealer yesterday. They had two used Interstates and ZERO new ones. I'm assuming the 2019s got a short build year since everyone knows the new fangled 2020s are coming soon.

I...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-17-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1,752
Views: 333,211
Posted By Tronadora
John - That was me with the bottle storage. I...

John - That was me with the bottle storage. I like what you did to improve upon the idea.

I've not been happy with just using the adhesive rubber bumpers to prevent bottle roll because I keep...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-07-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,321
Posted By Tronadora
John - Have you tried my trick of manually...

John -
Have you tried my trick of manually locking the chassis and house batteries together with your Blue Sea BIM ? According to my BMV-712 display, this significantly reduces the energy needed...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 08-07-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,321
Posted By Tronadora
Leigh & Bettie - regarding setting the...

Leigh & Bettie -

regarding setting the Charge Rate down so the Goal Zero does not charge the batteries... YES! In fact I just discovered that myself recently... I have the Magnum ME-RC which...
Forum: Sprinter and B-van Forum 07-31-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 1,375
Views: 259,967
Posted By Tronadora
Kramer Vineyard - Gaston, OR

Another great Harvest Host location
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