Thursday, October 25, 2012


068Here is the kit that they gave me when picking up my rig. 10 ft. sewer hose I wonder if that will be long enough?
070The just before I was leaving one of the guys there said I have bunch of stuff I need to get rid of so take this also. Plus it had a couple WM bags with new sewer hook ups. 069Magana Hose as seen on TV not sure if this will be useful camping or not. 073And here is a pic of the power room. It is bigger than I thought it would be. The shower is right across from it.
Well I am overwhelmed with all I have to remember and know about this rig. I think the water intake, and dump will not be hard, nervous about doing it for first time (when ever that my be) but think I can do it.
Now the electric stuff is a problem, like …. I will be only doing day use for awhile parks , beach, etc. But I don’t know if I can use the house batteries , for such things as, TV, laptop, CD player, ?? with out draining them …how long do the house battery last?
I see the panel in the kitchen area , that shows levels of tanks, genny turn on, and other stuff. How about propane lots to know about that also …right now every thing is turned off…I want to use it and don’t know how Sad smileSad smile….and also with the start battery and house battery ….how full are those holes supose to be with the distilled water??? This only a few questions,,, but the major ones at this time


  1. A 10 ft sewer hose will not always be enough. You want to use the shortest length that will work. It looks like you got a second sewer hose in the second kit. They should both have bayonet hookups so check to see if they are compatible and will hook together. You should use a white hose only for your water hookup. The green hose may come in useful at some point but do not use it for your water coming into the rig. And remember it has to be completely uncoiled to use it. You probably already know that but just mention it because I have run into several people that didn't realize that.

    A converter takes 120-volt shore power (when your RV is plugged in to an outlet) and turns it into 12-volt power, which is then used to charge your battery bank, and used to power the lights in your rig and any 12-volt appliances you may have. So nearly every RV is going to come with a converter.

    On the other hand, an inverter takes 12-volt power from your batteries and changes it to 120-volt for use with residential appliances. Many RVs do not have inverters unless you add them. Check your books to find out if you have one.

    The amount of power available is based on 1) the rating of the inverter, and 2) the number and type of house batteries available. Generally measured in amphere hours. Most larger inverters really have 3 functions built in - the inverter, a battery charger, and a transfer switch.

    A rig with a single 12-volt battery is not going to be able to power very much 120-volt appliances. Look at it this way: a 120-volt TV that uses 3 amps will take 30 amps DC (battery power), plus any loss from conversion to 120-volt. So really, it uses more like 33 amps. Per hour.

    You definitely don't want to discharge your batteries below 50% or you will soon be buying new batteries.

    I would say you probably will have to run your generator to use anything more than your lights or water pump (to flush the toilet). You would need to have the fridge on propane.

    If you are anywhere near your dealer, I would make another trip back there with the RV with a list of questions and make them sit down with you again.

    1. You have probably put water in your water tank since you are using it for day trips. Make absolutely sure that you have water in the hot water tank before you turn it on for any reason. Check to make sure it is not on by-pass before turning it on.

      The fact that you are asking all these questions is really good. Don't worry, you will get it.