Wanderlodge Owners Group  
BuyByeBlueBird.com
Donate

Go Back   Wanderlodge Owners Group > Good, Bad, and Ugly > RV Products Review

RV Products Review Do you use or know of a RV related product that you would like to give us your opinion of good or bad, just list it here and be as descriptive as possible about it and be sure to tell us where we can purchase it at.

Site Search:
Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-15-2018
biobug's Avatar
biobug biobug is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Hood River
Posts: 1,746
Default Parisitic drain fixes.

Our '92 SP is a great rig but it is 1992 technology. I have added 800 watts of solar to take care of electrical additions I have done and reduced parisitic loads like LEDS Thru the coach. Yet there is still what, 5- 6 amps draining the batteries. What kind of "Transfer switches": etc can I replace to lower the draw in new technolidgy switches. I have heard that the SOLAR Gurus have made changes. Enlighten us please!!??
Us simple people need to be enlightened!
__________________
John Alley
Hood River, Oregon
1992 Wanderlodge 36SP
porschenein59@gorge.net

"There comes a time in a mans life where he must take the bull by the tail,, and face the situation."

Last edited by biobug; 03-15-2018 at 09:56 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-15-2018
MarkYuma's Avatar
MarkYuma MarkYuma is offline
Not so Junior anymore
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Yuma
Posts: 1,397
Default

If you're down to four or 5 AMPs you're doing pretty good.
I can get mine down a little further by throwing the AT switch that drops that big power Hogg the big continuous duty relay.
If your heaters are still set to come on whenever the temperature gets cold there's another couple relays they are engaged. Turn off your water pump.
I'm not sure what else you've done.
__________________
Mark & Ginger Lauss
Yuma Arizona
1991 PT 40
Towed 1986 Suzuki Samurai OR 2014 Jeep jk
Location: http://www.bbirdmaps.com/user1.cfm?user=259
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-15-2018
clyndes's Avatar
clyndes clyndes is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Colchester
Posts: 325
Default

I have an '83 FC, so there may be differences.

The 3 switches above the drivers left shoulder that are labeled Air Conditioning. Each powers a relay if they are left on, so shut them off.

Get a helper to turn the DC power switch under the right side of the dash off and on while you listen for the clack of a relay energizing. Once you find the relay figure out what it does and decide what to do about it.

I once had one of the VentLine roof vent's (circular) motor freeze up. No clue why my parasitic load increased by 5 amps until I happened to turn it off on a whim. Discovered the motor was pretty hot too.

Get a good digital Amp Meter and keep an eye on the load.
__________________
Craig Lyndes
'83 FC 35' SB "Bella"
Colchester VT
clyndes@gmail.com
http://blog.livinglearningmobile.com/
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-15-2018
badandy badandy is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2016
Location: delavan
Posts: 2,578
Default

If you have those remote heater/ac switches like Craig (and I) then those each consume 160ma+ when activated. I have one of these relays sucking 500ma, it must have been ready to die. Replace with solid state relays to reduce that draw to nearly nothing or leave the switches off.

Check out the LP solenoid, that takes 750ma on an LXI, but might be different on yours! This is a big one.

I believe there was some sort of DC filter in a lot of these coaches, I would probably toss that in the garbage if you have it.

Radios take a little bit when turned off, but powered on if that makes sense. Like turning the key on in your car, but turning the radio off. They typically take a lot more power in this mode than key-off with just the positive wire that's connected to power the memory in it.

Your SP probably has more hidden loads than mine, but you should be able to get it down to almost nothing.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-16-2018
rshrimp rshrimp is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: Myakka City
Posts: 1,491
Default

5 amps! I thought I was doing good at 35! (with house fridge running and inverter on)
__________________
Randy and Sonya Shrimplin
FMCA# F457849
Livin' the dream, next door to the Drysdale's in Beverly Hills FL!
87 FC35 "Old School"
RShrimp@Yahoo.com
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-16-2018
MarkYuma's Avatar
MarkYuma MarkYuma is offline
Not so Junior anymore
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Yuma
Posts: 1,397
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by rshrimp View Post
5 amps! I thought I was doing good at 35! (with house fridge running and inverter on)
You probably don't drive can you much :-)
__________________
Mark & Ginger Lauss
Yuma Arizona
1991 PT 40
Towed 1986 Suzuki Samurai OR 2014 Jeep jk
Location: http://www.bbirdmaps.com/user1.cfm?user=259
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-16-2018
Clueless Clueless is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Valparaiso
Posts: 1,998
Default

2 spotlights???
Leaving the wrong one chosen keeps a relay energized.

Usually takes me a day or so to remember the ice machine is hooked to the inverter so a PO could have her iced tea at the racetrack. It's a hog.
__________________
David Styf
82 FC 33 SB SOLD
89 SP 36 Silver Edition SOLD
96 WB
Valparaiso, In./Baldwin, Mi.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-06-2019
biobug's Avatar
biobug biobug is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Hood River
Posts: 1,746
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clueless View Post
2 spotlights???
Leaving the wrong one chosen keeps a relay energized.

Usually takes me a day or so to remember the ice machine is hooked to the inverter so a PO could have her iced tea at the racetrack. It's a hog.
LOL! My wife is used to Ice and 2 CPaps + the Ice machine ( with one heater) about 3 am we start sucking air!::
__________________
John Alley
Hood River, Oregon
1992 Wanderlodge 36SP
porschenein59@gorge.net

"There comes a time in a mans life where he must take the bull by the tail,, and face the situation."
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-07-2019
NoGas's Avatar
NoGas NoGas is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: DFW & PHX
Posts: 2,006
Default

Pretty bad when an M380 with a House fridge has a draw that’s in your neighborhood! .

I’m at 5-6 dc amps middle of the night when the Samsung compressor isn’t running. Draw is up around 10-12 when it is running. The Magnum MS2812 stays powered up for the refer but has a low Standby setting. Replaced a known power hog relay with a manual switch and all the electronic stuff can be switched off with a plug bar. Microwave/convection oven also has its own paddle switch behind the adjacent cabinet door. The 380 has a “light show” box in one of the bays that controls the slides and I shut its power off when off-grid. If you have luminescent switch panels, each has a small inverter that might be powered even though the panel light switch is off. On my coach those are concealed behind the switch panel or in cabinets. When it’s dead quiet at night and they were connected, you could hear them lightly humming, which = milliamps wasted. Even with solar and a big battery pack, is much easier to conserve than replace wasted power
__________________
Van & Toni in TX & AZ
2004 M380 DS & 2013 Fiat 500 Pop
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Who fixes Leveling Jacks both leaking DigitalEd General 20 10-29-2019 11:02 PM
Looking for some ceiling sag fixes? Rose Mary General 9 07-30-2014 01:14 AM
John successfully fixes Jim's tranny yesmar Transmission 27 12-20-2012 10:54 PM
Vacuum generator hose routing - fixes leak sanibel General 3 02-27-2012 07:43 AM
Comments about the forums upgrades, fixes and email delivery system iamflagman Feedback 3 08-08-2008 05:45 PM

Web Search:

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:57 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions Inc.