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Old 04-11-2019, 05:12 PM   #121
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Yes it does,so the only time I turn the inverter on is when I’m running the fridge while driving? Or dry camping with the generator off to run the tv ,fridge,lights,and the house batteries charge when driving ,running the generator or plugged in? Thanks
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Old 04-11-2019, 06:06 PM   #122
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The inverter converts 12v battery power to 110v...for the fridge, tv's and maybe some random outlets. Not the microwave, AC or most 110v receptacles.
Use it for dry camping or while driving only.

The coach lights operate on the battery power and don't need the inverter. They also operate on shore power through the converter, but you don't have to do anything. It all happens naturally while plugged in.

The house batteries are charged by driving, generator on (and plugged in to itself) and by shore power. I say plugged into itself because I've found many people turn on the generator and don't understand why the batteries haven't charged...they forgot to take the power cord that you plug into shore power and plug it into the generator! It happens.

If you use the inverter to power the fridge while driving, the engine is charging the the batteries, so no worries.
If dry camping, you'll need to recharge with the generator.

I've found that I can easily go 24 hours before turning on the generator for a few hours to replenish. Even at that point, my battery indicator is showing 2/3. So, the fridge is not as much of a battery hog as I was anticipating. I should add, though, that my wife and I are very power conscious. Usually only 1 or 2 lights on at a time and just an hour of tv at bed time. This includes a few showers and washing dishes too, so the water pump is getting a good workout.
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Old 04-14-2019, 07:03 PM   #123
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first trip

Well,we just got back from our first trip ever,learned alot .camped with a group of veterans.Went less than a mile and the fridge door flew open,gallon of tea everywhere.now we know to screw the piece in to hold it shut,had our 2 retreivers with us,got up in the middle of the night to lower one end of the awning,rained 2 inches that night,dogs didnt like it,very little sleep.hit the automatic leveler,needed some levelers underneath them,they was fully extended,didnt have any,some of the others let us use some,run the ac and it didnt seem real cool,my 2 propane tanks were empty,did anybody elses not have propane in there tanks,the ac was blowing air but it didnt seem cold,guess ill call the dealer,dont see how they checked the stove and heat with gas in the tanks because this is the first time we was using it and both were empty
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Old 04-14-2019, 11:05 PM   #124
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Sorry to hear you had some troubles. It will get better the more you use it. Btw...you've had it more than 4 months - go camping!!!


My propane bottles were full. I bet yours were too, but maybe a bad connection and they leaked down? I had one bottle drain very quickly recently.

Also, I've found that you must open the propane bottles very slowly. If you open too fast, there is a safety valve that limits the flow of propane. If I've had the bottles disconnected for a refill, it takes a while to get full flow to the stove or hot water heater. Symptoms would be a weak flame on the stove burner, or the water heater is reluctant to stay lit. Not enough flow.


The fridge WILL open if you don't secure it. Check one of my pictures for a door closer that I made to replace the stupid supplied screw. I also use spring loaded bars to keep things snug together and from moving around inside.


Yup, the awning needs to have a low side in the rain. Just remember to make the rear the low side so it doesn't dump near the door. Depending on the amount of rain, or wind, just retract it.


AC...Maybe you had it on fan, rather than cool? It should blow plenty cold. I'm assuming that you were plugged in to shore power.


Levelers...you may need some blocks in many situations.
Please remember that it's ok for the front wheels to come off the ground, but NOT THE REAR. The emergency brake is holding the coach in place...as long as the rear wheels are on the ground. Park with the front going down hill.
I use two large 6x6x10 wood blocks for the front when necessary. I also have some 1" thick rubber squares (that's used in horse corrals) that I use under the feet when on a slippery or soft surface...think loose gravel or sandy cement.
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Old 04-15-2019, 09:10 PM   #125
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Weve been trying to go camping,weather has sucked here in va and my mother in law has been battling lung cancer.I dont see how both of the tanks leaked out,Do you cut off your tanks when youre not camping? I did have the ac on too,it wasnt on fan ,so I dont know why it didnt feel cold?My cousin works in hvac and is coming by to put me a digital thermostat on it,Im going to get him to check it out.Cut me some blocks to put in there for leveling today.Overall it was fun,this was the first time ever and was glad we camped with a group of seasoned veterans who showed me several things.
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:33 PM   #126
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Smile 2010 Equinox Blue Ox Install

Officially towing...my Toad is 2010 Chevy Equinox and I installed: Blue Ox Baseplate for 2010-2015 Equinox/Terrain, Blue Ox Custom towed vehicle light kit, RVi3 Brake System including the 12v battery to unit direct plug, Towed Vehicle battery charge line, and the Blue Ox Vantage tow bar. Installation was time consuming due to a few issues but all in all it was not really that hard even doing it alone...a little help is better?

Took 10 minutes to hook up vehicle with tow bar (after getting vehicle in correct position that is) and about 5 to take it down. Everything worked great the first time. I highly recommend the RVi3 brake system as it actually senses when you apply brakes in the RV and it brakes the toad. You can also manually apply toad breaks using the provided tablet you keep in the RV drivers area as monitor. When toad is braking this shows on the monitor.

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Old 04-15-2019, 10:39 PM   #127
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Planning 3 long trips right now. First week of may going to Arizona, New Mexico, Arkansas and East Texas (relatives). Trip will be 10-14 days. Trip 2 last week of June to Yosemite, Coeur D'Alene ID, West Glacier MT, Vancouver BC, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento and home. Third week of August going to Michigan to see grands and friends (originally from Michigan) and will be gone about 4 weeks...going via Salt Lake, Yellowstone, Mt. Rushmore, etc. Lots of miles and loads of fun!
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Old 04-16-2019, 12:31 AM   #128
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I'm not jealous. Nope. Not even a little bit.
I'm not. I'm not. I'm not.
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:17 PM   #129
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I know, it's hell being retired! I almost called you to come help me with the install but got through it with perseverance and determination!

Enjoyed reading about your coastal trip and sounds like you are getting full usage from your baby too!
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:20 PM   #130
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Intent need more cup holders!

New topic. I really want two more cup holders for the cab area...one driver one passenger side. They need to be fully capable...from coffee cup to 24 oz beverage size.

Has anyone found something they can attach easily in convenient location and actually have it work?
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Old 04-16-2019, 04:51 PM   #131
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I know, it's hell being retired! I almost called you to come help me with the install but got through it with perseverance and determination!

Enjoyed reading about your coastal trip and sounds like you are getting full usage from your baby too!

I would gladly have helped, but I'm happy that you were able to do it yourself. That stuff can be a PITA.

I'm taking mine Friday to the same alignment shop that you went to. Much of the 750 miles I just drove was a nightmare. I just put on a rear track bar Sunday that should help with the rear getting pushed around. Towing the Jeep made it much more evident how out of control the rear end is. I'll also be focusing on the amount of caster and toe to get rid of the flighty steering once and for all.

Do yourself a favor and hook up your Chevy, fill the fresh water tank and get a full tank of gas...then drive up the 15 freeway to Lake Elsinore and back. If you are comfortable on that drive, you'll be pretty good on your upcoming trips. If you aren't comfortable, you'll have time to make adjustments BEFORE your next trip.
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Old 04-18-2019, 08:55 PM   #132
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Just a small update....The Toad is ready!! Today I had the tires rotated and the front and rear ends aligned...this baby will tow straight now! First big test begins with our trip to Sante Fe beginning May 6.
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Sounds like you are more than ready...BTW, love the dogs!! Here is a pic of mine. His name is Joey and he is really an old fart (unlike me) at 14 on 5/7 (yup..98 in doggie years). Be careful traveling and enjoy the Northeast. Watch out for weather...they have a cell phone app that gives us RV travelers weather updates called Highway Weather.
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Old 04-23-2019, 09:15 AM   #134
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Made it!

Hi,
As of Saturday, in Wells Maine from New England without a hitch except needing to be escorted from what I thought the gps took me to entrance of NYs Geo Washington bridge but was in fact their tunnel. I have already ordered a garmin rv gps for return trip in oct. No way will I go through that again, although the police man was pretty cute. Lol
Anyway, is there a way to check the gas levels from inside Intent or must I go out to tanks for that? Is it an easy process to check then switch out when necessary?
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:55 AM   #135
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Unfortunately there is no way to check the propane levels...from inside or outside really.

It is designed so that you turn the plastic dial with the arrow on it to the tank you want to use, then open the valve to each of your connected tanks. As you empty the first tank, the valve will switch over to your reserve tank. I'm not sure if the dial will go red because the first tank is empty, or if it will stay green as it pulls from the second tank. ??

The only way to really check your tank level is to remove it from the RV and see if it feels empty.
I'm not a fan of this removable tank system and really miss my RV's with a single large tank with level indicator inside the RV.
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Great puppy, feiter.
Enjoy your trip.
Love Santa Fe!
Thanks for help everyone!
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Old 04-27-2019, 07:41 AM   #137
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Awning Down

Hi All,
I returned back to camp last night to find that the awning had broken.
Any thoughts on who to call?
Insurance co? Winnebago? Roadside assistance?
I have a warranty.
Not sure if it covers this.
Can barely get out my door.
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All set.
I was told that this is a defective awning. The shocks are supposed to loosen when sensing water but they don’t. The guy said “Carefree of Colorado” awnings are the worst. No wonder everyone else in this resort has their awnings out with no problem.
Although I’ve filed a claim, may see if Winnebago will replace rather than have to pay the deductible and face the possibility of having premiums increase.
You know, this trip is an eye opener.
From the propane heat (would prefer electric) to the smaller shower stall and water heater which never gets me through a full shower to the tiny fridge/freezer and now the sucky awning...these are the corners Winne cut in order to lower the Intent price point.
I can’t even get a clear screen on the tvs. Not sure if it’s the cable service or what.
Went to update firmware.
Turns out I have to download to a flash drive from laptop first.
Ugh.
I give up for today...
getting the kinks out makes me want to return to my cushy warm home in Fl.
It’s fareezing here.
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Regarding the awning...I dont think yours is defective. I believe ours doesn't have the "auto" water dump feature that others have. Which is fine. It's just a hydraulic shock that senses too much water weight and then collapses to dump the water all at once. I've had 'em. Big mess.

I actually prefer our awning system. We have adjustability that others don't have. From sticking straight out at the top or angled down to block the side sun, or anywhere in between.
For a rainy day, just lower one end a few inches to create a slope for the rain to drain as needed.

Water heater...it's just a lil 6 gallon tank. Electric or propane, it's still only 6 gallons. If you want the long showers of home, you'll need more tank or go to a tankless system.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:24 PM   #140
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Got my roadmaster steering stabalizer on this week,moved the sway bar also.My airconditioning on the vehicle is not blowing cold air,my buddy who has a shop put a temperature gun on it ,and was only blowing 68 degrees,says it should be around 45 degrees,do i have to take it to a ford dealer or back to the place i bought it?Also i am noticing while driving it seems like the motordoesnt want to shift when im going down a hill it will downshift when i get on the brakes but when i get off the brakes and back on the gas ,seems like it doesnt shift back up fast enough,it got up to 4000 rpms one time going down the hill and wouldnt shift for the longest time,any thoughts on these issues.
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