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Sharon_is_SAM

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  • Gallen1000
    Sharon, thank you👍
    September 22
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Welcome! Admin Michigan_Mike discovered the issue and repaired your entry. Good luck with the sale!
  • Gallen1000
    Why aren’t my photos showing, and why are you referencing my post as 2017 [email protected]  CSS?
    September 20
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      How are you posting your photos? What device are you using? My signature line describes my 2017 [email protected] CSS. Is that what you are referencing?
    • Gallen1000
      Gallen1000
      When I hit edit my pics pop up, than I hit save. Why don’t they show up on my discussion
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Please add your photos one at a time. I can see them when I select "Edit", but they are all connected and I think Vanilla just can't process that large of a connected set of photos. What device are you using?
    • Gallen1000
      Gallen1000
      Ipad
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      I sent you a private message.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      All fixed. Please see private message.
  • Gallen1000
    How do I shrink a photo down to an acceptable size after downloading to new discussion?
    September 17
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      The forum now has an automatic photo sizer. It works best when photos are in “landscape” mode. Photos in “portrait” mode will still downsize, but will turn 90 degrees.
  • Gallen1000
    How do I post a new [email protected] for sale in this forum?
    September 7
  • Keef
    Hi Sharon_is_Sam,
    I was admiring  your tent/canopy you have shown in your picture of your tab near Alamosa. Could you tell me the brand name and where you got it? Thanks!
    August 15
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      That is a “sun shelter”. This brand is Laputa. King Camp has one and so does Hasika. Amazon Carrie’s them. We have the Laputa and a Hasika. We had a boat canvas company attach a Keder rope to the long end and we use that on the door side and the Laputa over the galley. Here is the Hasika. You can move it to shade more sun and to better clear the door. Problem attaching a photo. I’ll try again.
  • Jim30587
    Yes I did sell the tent, tryed to delete the ad, 
    August 6
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Members can not delete ads, that is why we request sellers to edit the title to “SOLD” so a Moderator can delete it. I’ll delete it.
  • Fergus
    Dear S_i_S; I'm reaching out to you because "administrator" is next to your posts and because your posts seem so informative. I, on the other hand, confess utter ignorance about both engaging in any social platform and about operating my 2021 [email protected] (although I love it!). I hope you'll indulge me by addressing a couple of questions.
    (1) We live in northern WI and after winterizing my [email protected] it sits in my heated garage from Oct-May. My dealer told me to keep the unit plugged in continuously during storage. I believe that that advice resulted in a toasted battery the following spring. This last winter I only recharged the [email protected] once a month for 24 hours, then unplugged it while observing the power gradually fall over the next 2-3 days. During last winter the [email protected] battery was always left in the "green"/"on" position. So what is the proper way to store [email protected] over the winter? Have I ruined yet another battery?
    (2) We took our [email protected] out for the first time this week. I fully recharged [email protected] overnight and drove 3 hours to a dry camp site with only the refrigerator drawing power. When we arrived the battery was essentially drained. What am I doing wrong? Shouldn't the unit keep a charge for a day or two?
    (3) While connected to my TV is the [email protected] drawing from the TV battery or the [email protected] battery? Should I turn the [email protected] battery to "red"/"off" while driving or turn the fridge off?
    Any help appreciated- BTW you cannot make your explanations too simplistic for me. Thanks!
    July 28
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      I am camping and on limited cellular, so I will be brief. First, dealer supplied batteries are typically cheap, regular flooded lead acid, questionably deep cycle, limited Amp hours, and not long lived. Besides, it is a right of passage to kill your first battery. In a heated garage, before storage, it should be fully charged up (measure the voltage at the terminals with the battery switch off and not on the charger and the rested voltage should be 12.6 +), then you can place it on a smart trickle charger - one that won’t over charge. I am not in favor of keeping the TaB plugged in - why use the converter when a trickle charger will do? Converters do have a limited lifespan and cost a whole lot more than a charger. Typically a dead battery will not hold a charge. One you charge it fully, you should turn the battery switch off, otherwise, the phantom draws from the TaB will eventually deplete the battery. I suggested that you invest in a good AGM battery, learn how to use a meter (the built in gauge inside the TaB is not accurate and frequently over estimates the charge). When you tow you must always have the battery switch turned on so that the TV charges the TaB battery and the TaB brakes will engage if the brake away pin is pulled. While towing, the TV charges the TaB battery, the TaB draws from the TaB battery until the TaB battery is depleted, then it will start to draw down the TV battery. That is why you don’t want to leave your 7 pin connected while stopping for a prolonged time. Not all TV have an isolated charge line - meaning power that cuts off with the ignition. Mull this over and I will see if I can confuse you some more. Sorry for your battery woes.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      I believe that you left the battery switch on and the phantom drain depleted your battery. After you recharged it, you should have isolated the battery by turning the battery switch off. Then you would have no draw on the battery.
    • Fergus
      Fergus
      I really appreciate your comments. Thanks for taking the time to help me. fm
    • Fergus
      Fergus
      If I use a smart trickle charger (never used one before) when over-wintering do I disconnect the [email protected] cables from the battery or do I leave them connected in addition to the trickle charger? After starting out with a depleted battery and then driving 3 hours home there was no evidence that my TV recharged the [email protected] battery at all. Bad battery 32? Or bad connection? Other? Again thank you for your forbearance with my basic questions.
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      When you use the smart charger, turn the battery switch off, leave your battery cables intact, and attach the cables using alligator clips. 1. Is your frig the 2 way or is it a 3 way? 2. If a 3 way, the frig on battery will draw an excessive amount. 3. Are you sure your 7 pin has a charge wire?
    • Fergus
      Fergus
      Wow-thanks again for hanging in with me! We were gone for the last few days, thus the delay in my reply- apologies. It's a 2-way fridge. Not sure about what a "charge wire" on the 7 pin means. I checked all the fuses in my camper and they were all good. Then I checked the fuses in my TV (Audi Q7) and one of the 3 fuses dedicated to the hitch (the one labeled "socket"-the other 2 say R/L lights) was blown. I think that this also happened on our first outing in 2020 when we found ourselves in Iowa, 7 hours into our trip, with no power to the camper and a warming up fridge. Not 100% sure but I feel that the same fuse was blown then. I have no idea if this is relevant. My friend checked voltage in the female receptor for the 7-pin of my unattached TV (Audi Q7) and recorded zero both with car running and not running. Is that expected? But when the camper is attached to the TV all rear signal and brake lights and rear camera work fine. Thanks again! Fergus
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Part of a complete 7 pin has a wire running within the 7 pin that allows the TV to send current back to the TaB battery. Without that, you will not charge the battery via the TV. Regarding the blown Audi fuse, that could well be your problem. You need to have someone check your TV 7 pin. You will have trailer turn and brake lights regardless of an intact charge wire because they receive their power from the corresponding TV pin.
    • Fergus
      Fergus
      Awesome. Thank you so much.
    • Fergus
      Fergus
      It just occurred to me that I have to interpose a Furion 7-pin extension between my TV and the [email protected] in order for my Furion rear view camera to work. I wonder if this is what's messing things up? I'll make a run without the extension and see if that solves my problem. Again thanks for your forbearance!
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      I suppose that is possible, but I have no experience with that.
    • Fergus
      Fergus
      Thanks for all of your help.
    • snowchelle23
      snowchelle23
      Wow, thank you both for this conversation! It has helped me learn some things too :-)
    • Sharon_is_SAM
      Sharon_is_SAM
      Multi tasking here😁