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When I turn on the 110v switch it blows the GFI in my MH. I've tried different cords in the shop & when I ran the #12 cord directly to the house GFI, it blew that one also. If I plug the refer…Continue

Tags: Fridge, 110v, Refrigerator, Converter, GFI

Started this discussion. Last reply by Matthew Tritt Apr 7, 2015.

 

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Dec 23, 2015
Ray Hancock commented on Lee Bowerman's blog post SWEET SUMMER BUT TOO SHORT
"Sounds just like what I want to be doing. But winter is here and I haven't sold the house yet. My dream is to be somewhere just like you describe, but in many places, so I can see the country. I took a long trip in my Dreamer this past summer…"
Nov 1, 2015
So ska noname commented on Ray Hancock's blog post USRV Dreamer update, we made it, we're home!
"You are not wasting your time!! I like the details. anyone traveling can get on good old revs website put in city and wha la!! A trip details. Very helpful."
Sep 13, 2015
Russ Johnson commented on Ray Hancock's blog post USRV Dreamer update, we made it, we're home!
"Quite an adventure you are having.  Good to know the limit you can travel with a 50 gal tank.  We have an 80 gallon tank on out MH and I try very hard not to get below 1/2, hurts to put in 40 gallons, but not as bad as if were 50 or 60…"
Aug 27, 2015
Rich Thomas commented on Ray Hancock's blog post USRV Dreamer update, we made it, we're home!
"Not a waste of time Ray but remember this is the vacation season so viewership may not be as high as one might think. I very much liked your travel story and look forward to reading the return trip account. Thanks for posting."
Aug 27, 2015
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USRV Dreamer update, we made it, we're home!

We left Spokane, WA on the 17th of July and made it to Portland, to visit with my cousin, had a great time (installed the trailer brake controller in the Dreamer). I towed a car hauler that I already owned; with my sons pick-up and my bicycle on it. Couldn't believe how expensive you can get into a car towing system. The trailer was only a couple of years old & proven reliable. And the little truck with a matching yellow kayak on top and my pontoon boat in the back. All the toys a guy could want. Left there on Sunday the 19th.Made it to the coast with a little concern about smoke in the rear view mirror (what the heck?). While doing the wiring for the brake controller I had done some adjusting on the carb and turned the top of the air cleaner over to see if it would increase power. It suddenly dawned on me... I think I forgot to put the breather tube from the valve cover back on the air cleaner. I opened the cowling ... again! And sure as heck... also the air intake with the air…See More
Aug 27, 2015
Russ Johnson commented on Ray Hancock's blog post Spokane, WA to Portland, OR to Oceanside, CA and return route yet to decide.
"As for towing your 1990 nissan pickup, if it has an automatic and is 2 wheel drive you have to disconnect the drive shaft, 4 wheel drive you need to put it on a trailer.  If it is a manual, just put tranny in neutral and motor to your hearts…"
Jun 10, 2015
Pat Daly commented on Ray Hancock's blog post Spokane, WA to Portland, OR to Oceanside, CA and return route yet to decide.
"That's a very nice route. Not much beats the Oregon coast and Northern California's "lost coast" from Oregon's gold beach down to the north napa/Sonoma. Suggest allow a little extra tie to see the Redwoods and…"
Jun 10, 2015
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Spokane, WA to Portland, OR to Oceanside, CA and return route yet to decide.

My wife and I are planning to drive our 1977 Dodge Dreamer 23' Class C (USRV Dreamer), South to visit our son & family in Southern CA. One planned stop in Portland to visit my cousin on the way. We'll head down the coast and see what we can see mostly on the 101. We're planning 5 days down, 5 days visit and the return trip is open (I'll send my wife home via Alaska Airlines to take care of her horses). The trip will start on July 20th and I'll probably leave Oceanside, CA  heading north on about August 1st.On my trip home I'm planning to take a couple of weeks and explore the American Deserts (during the hottest time of the year). I'm interested in mining, gems, prospecting, ghost towns, abandoned sites to explore (good thing I worked outside most of my life). I may even write up a story about it to share (depending on motivation). I'm retired and have time to do this, just me and my dog. I'm also considering towing a 1990 Nissan pickup, input on that would be appreciated as…See More
Jun 10, 2015
Matthew Tritt replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"I hate to even mention this for fear of awakening the slumbering reefer gods, but my Hall came equipped with a "Trav'ler" sold by "Elixir" that is a 3-way that has virtually no electronics, no fan and is reliable as a rock.…"
Apr 7, 2015
david craft replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"make and model of refer plz..."
Apr 7, 2015
Ray Hancock replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"Great info, that will help narrow it down anyway.  Thanks Ray"
Apr 7, 2015
Ray Hancock replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"Yes"
Apr 7, 2015
Ray Hancock replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"Yes, I did replace the aged GFI."
Apr 7, 2015
david craft replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"back in the day they used brass style cartridge heater elements that were later replaced by stainless.  we use to fire the fridge on lp gas to dry them out and then switch to electric.  that worked pretty good...thats a common place to…"
Apr 6, 2015
Matthew Tritt replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"Could be you have a ground fault in the MH AC system. GFI's are usually very sensitive little buggers and will trip at the slightest hint of a short to ground. What makes it a problem in an RV is that most everything is hidden away in hard to…"
Apr 6, 2015
John "T" Nordhoff replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"  I have seen plenty of GFCI's go bad after time. For no more then the cost you might try a new one. If the fridge blows a new GFCI and there are NO OTHER APPLIANCES IN THE CIRCUIT I suspect a small fault current leak in the fridges…"
Apr 6, 2015
db replied to Ray Hancock's discussion Refer/Elec Problem
"have you changed the gfi to a new one they make a tool to check if you are grounding out also"
Apr 6, 2015
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Refer/Elec Problem

When I turn on the 110v switch it blows the GFI in my MH. I've tried different cords in the shop & when I ran the #12 cord directly to the house GFI, it blew that one also. If I plug the refer directly to the extension cord it works just fine. Any suggestions?See More
Apr 6, 2015

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Recently retired, picked up an old Dodge Dreamer Motor Home from a friend real cheap. I'm looking forward to making it run good & traveling to see my grandbabies.
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So far I've gotten newer tires for the back I'll probably leave the front they look much newer and not weather checked. Replaced one air-line on the left rear air lift both seem to hold air over a two weeks later. I've changed the oil/filter and air filter. Tightened down the valve cover gaskets but they'll probably need replacement. Found the access to the tranny dipstick towards the rear of the doghouse, it has an electrified type plug attached to the dipstick, it must go to an idiot light??? Any suggestions?

Thats about all so far planning to vacuum her entirely, check the propane & electrical operation, put in some fresh fuel and fuel filter and take her for a drive.

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USRV Dreamer update, we made it, we're home!

We left Spokane, WA on the 17th of July and made it to Portland, to visit with my cousin, had a great time (installed the trailer brake controller in the Dreamer). I towed a car hauler that I already owned; with my sons pick-up and my bicycle on it. Couldn't believe how expensive you can get into a car towing system. The trailer was only a couple of years old & proven reliable. And the little truck with a matching yellow kayak on top and my pontoon boat in the back. All the toys a…

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Posted on August 26, 2015 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Spokane, WA to Portland, OR to Oceanside, CA and return route yet to decide.

My wife and I are planning to drive our 1977 Dodge Dreamer 23' Class C (USRV Dreamer), South to visit our son & family in Southern CA. One planned stop in Portland to visit my cousin on the way. We'll head down the coast and see what we can see mostly on the 101. We're planning 5 days down, 5 days visit and the return trip is open (I'll send my wife home via Alaska Airlines to take care of her horses). The trip will start on July 20th and I'll probably leave Oceanside, CA  heading north…

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Posted on June 10, 2015 at 3:23am — 2 Comments

USRV "DREAMER"

The newly christened 'USRV Dreamer', finally seemed to be ready to try and take a trip & the front tires that looked almost new (actually c1990 still had the nubs) went bad before we ever got out of town. Thank goodness me and my new puppy been driving around with it for a week. Got some newer 16" tires and GM wheels from a guy on craigslist (GM wheels will only work on the front). I learned a bunch from him about tires. I learned 20+ year old tires ain't gonna make it very far. I also…

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At 3:53pm on January 12, 2015, Rich Thomas said…

Congrats on your dreamer Ray. 77 must have been a good year. I also bought a one owner 77 Motor Home; It's on a Chevy G30 chassis. mine has that 70's vibe as well. plaid seats and orange and Brown stripes on the exterior. I like your rear seating area, very nice and clean as well. I put new tires on mine as I had a blow out on my way home. Check your date codes on your tires, mine still had the mold tits on the tread and the tire shop wouldn't touch them. An other thing was a bad brake hose caused me to flat spot a new tire within 200 feet of where I had the tires installed. Lines are cheaper than tires LoL. Anyway I hope you enjoy your new Motor Home as much as I do mine. I agree with lacota W about the wire coming from the dip stick being a heater. Again congratulations looks like you got a winner.

At 10:09am on January 12, 2015, Danielle Fedorko said…

WOW WOW, love it! Such good shape!

At 11:58pm on January 11, 2015, Lakota Wolf said…

Ive seen electric cords on dip sticks, was an add on for heated dip sticks, supposed to keep engine or trans warm during winter months.

 
 
 

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