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I am wondering how many watts the propane solenoid draws? For boon docking, it seems the BB has a lot of inherent power draws. I am considering taking the solenoid off, and just use the hand wheel valve to turn the propane off. I have done that with all the other RV's I have had. Does not seem to me like having a switch inside, on the baseboard where the kitchen chair keeps hitting it, is a big improvement!

I am sure it must take some power all the time to keep it open?
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The normal total parasitic draw on a 90 Wanderlodge is about 6 A. With all safety devices in place. There's a couple of quick changes you can make to bring it down to 4 A. But thatis the least you're going to do. If you're frugal with your water pump and your lights and your inverter open braces {if you use one} you should be good if your batteries are good.
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I am wondering how many watts the propane solenoid draws? For boon docking, it seems the BB has a lot of inherent power draws. I am considering taking the solenoid off, and just use the hand wheel valve to turn the propane off. I have done that with all the other RV's I have had. Does not seem to me like having a switch inside, on the baseboard where the kitchen chair keeps hitting it, is a big improvement!

I am sure it must take some power all the time to keep it open?
I too think this is a safety concern and would not want to rely solely on my remembering to monitoring this when I could have help from a machine.

Here is a link to the Fireboy Xintex S2A manual. Put this in our coach several years ago. It's a quality product and has been reliable. If you look at the specs on page 7, it appears to draw a minimal amount of power.

http://www.fireboy-xintex.com/wp-con...-2A-Manual.pdf

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Mel, if you disable or remove all of the 'modern inconveniences', you will no longer have a Wanderlodge. Plus you'll give up bragging rights.

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I am wondering how many watts the propane solenoid draws? For boon docking, it seems the BB has a lot of inherent power draws. I am considering taking the solenoid off, and just use the hand wheel valve to turn the propane off. I have done that with all the other RV's I have had. Does not seem to me like having a switch inside, on the baseboard where the kitchen chair keeps hitting it, is a big improvement!

I am sure it must take some power all the time to keep it open?
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What is safety about it? Just interior off switch. Anything else hooked to it?
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What is safety about it? Just interior off switch. Anything else hooked to it?
If sensors detect propane, alarm sounds and solenoid turns off gas feed to all appliances.
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Ok. That is good. Any reason BB put the switch on the heater chase, by the floor, where chairs keep hitting it, and it is hard to reach too? LOL
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I am wondering how many watts the propane solenoid draws? For boon docking, it seems the BB has a lot of inherent power draws. I am considering taking the solenoid off, and just use the hand wheel valve to turn the propane off. I have done that with all the other RV's I have had. Does not seem to me like having a switch inside, on the baseboard where the kitchen chair keeps hitting it, is a big improvement!

I am sure it must take some power all the time to keep it open?
Melvin,

Yes, the solenoid is a safety shutoff device as mentioned, removal is not recommended. On my FC it is also tied into a snap disk heat sensor that will shut off the propane in case of a fire behind the fridge.

I need to dig out my notes as the details allude me (getting old) but I have recollections of the propane solenoid drawing about .9 amp DC (picture #1) which is about 11 watts. I tracked down several phantom loads which were mostly none essential relays etc. and dropped my phantom loads from I believe were about 28 amps down to 1.3 amps DC average. What a huge difference that made with battery charge cycles! Some loads are a must such as the propane solenoid and clocks and various electronics running in the background. I am happy with 1.6 amps all things considered. My maximum house load is 72.2 amps (#3 picture) with absolutely everything DC turned on house wise.

Red gauges are AC volts, cycles (Hz) and amps. 1 of the volt gauges was bad in the picture
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