Extend-A-Stay is a T, with check valves, it fits between the vapor outlet and the regulator. This allows you to use an auxiliary LPG tank and save your main LPG tank when you are on the road.
Because of the leveraged, additional weight of the Extend-A-Stay, I
There are 2 possible ways to install the EMS-LCHW50
The EMS-LCHW50 also has a remote display that can be installed inside the coach. This allows you to see what is going and not have go look in the electrical bay.
Each install will be different and the instructions supplied with the EMS-LCHW50 are more than adequate to finish the install.
In Sept of 2009 we decided to quit fultiming, after 4 years, and build a house. So now we are just doing weekend club rallies and a few longer trips. I have had my EMS LCHW50 installed and running continuously for over 3 years without any problems. But, all good things come to an end.
I was really surprised when I got to the RV Park for Dec 09 club rally and the EMS showed a blinking 888 when I plugged in the shore power. I thought I had a bad plug-in and was about to move the rig when the RV park maintenance guy came by. I asked if they were having any electrical problems and he said no. So, I decided to test the generator as I have it inline with the EMS. That test worked. I stopped the generator and plugged the shore power back in and everything was normal. Hummm, cold weather maybe?
After a really cold weekend we returned the rig to the RV barn and sure enough I had the same problem as when I plugged into the RV park shore power. After a few try’s I finally got it to work. So, now what do I do as this thing is way out of warranty. I decided to send Progressive Industries an Email to see if they had any advice on the blinking 888 error as the manual really didn't have any information on this particular error code. I sent the Email very late in the day, like 11 PM. Boy was I surprised to get a reply back the first thing in the morning with a diagnoses and a fix. Progressive Industries offered to send a replacement main board for FREE. It arrived a few days later via USPS Priority Mail. It took about 30 mins to install and test. I returned the defective part via USPS Priority Mail. My total cost was $4.80 for Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box.
So, if you are looking for a great product and great service the Progressive Industries EMS system is the way to go.
Here is a photo of the defective part.
The EMS main board failure got me thinking about how do you bypass this kind of error without taking the EMS cover off. My solution is not new as any number of other RVer's have done the same thing. You rewire it to use some range plugs and receptacles. I picked up the receptacles at Lowe's for about $10 a piece (standard 50 amp range receptacle). I got a 6' and 4' range cord off the Internet for less than $30 shipped. By getting 2 long cords you have enough wire to make all your connections with buying any extra wire.
I orginally had my EMS setup to protect the generator and shore power. This setup forced me to fab a bracket for mounting the EMS because Newmar didn't leave enough wire to allow me to remout the EMS where I wanted to. Now by adding the plugs & receptacles I can mount the EMS box where it is out of the way and easy to see.
The re-wiring goes as follows:
Now all I have to do if I have a EMS failure is swap 2 plugs and bypass the EMS system.
I got real tired of cleaning batteries in my slide out battery tray. They were open to road dirt and really get dirty. There was a lot of corrosion and one of the jack springs was getting nasty looking from the out gassing. So, I decided to put them in battery boxes. The bottom line is, no more mess, very little corrosion and less water usage or seems that way.
Extra 110v Outlet
I only had one 110v outlet in a storage bay on the passenger's side. I also have a small compressor that I use to air up my tires and run a few air tools. But, it is in a bay on the other side of the coach. Thus I had to either run an extension cord to it or remove it and plug it in on the other side. This was a real pain, so I decided to add another outlet to the other side of the coach.
400 Watt Inverter
I have a Garmin GPS 18 that interfaces to my laptop via the USB port. I use it for my navigation. But, I really didn't like using a cigarette lighter type power source to power my laptop for long periods of time. So, figured that I needed an inverter to power the 110-volt laptop AC power brick. I was about to go buy one when I remembered that I had one in my electrical supply box that I bought on clearance at Target.
I kept the battery clamps and the cigarette lighter plug-in so I can use the inverter outside of the motorhome if necessary.
My coach came with 2 standard horns and a pair of roof mounted air horns. The standard horns are pretty wimpy. After hearing the "Bad Boy" WOLO horns that my buddy mount on his rig to replace his standard horns I decided to add a set to my rig. I was about to order some off the net when I go a Harbor Freight flyer and what do you think they had on sale, Yep, "Bad Boy" WOLO.
I liked the sound of one horn but it seemed unbalanced. So, when Harbor Fieght put them on sale again I bought a second one, fabed up a bracket and installed it on the other side of the coach.
After - Horn #1
After - Horn #2
How does it sound ?
Press the button to listen
Awing Support & Lock
How much does an 18' to 20' awning weigh? A bunch and awning really bounces when you go down the road. I only had my class "C" about a month before I started to see the center of the awning start to sag. That's when I decided to install an awning center support brace. I have done the same thing on my class "A". Why the OEM's don't install this as a standard feature is beyond me. You can get the center support brace from any good RV dealer or even Camping World. The key to mounting it is to make sure you hit one of the metal wall studs. To find them just wait for a heavy dew and the stick out like a sore thumb.
If you look at the inner workings of an awning you will find that it is nothing more than a great big shade just like the one you have in a house. Now if the "ratchet" portion releases when your diving down the road at 60 mph you just released a 20' sail. Once the wind catches the awning you can kiss it goodbye along with the arms that support it.
There are any number of ways to fix this problem and the one I chose was a very simple solution for metal clad awnings that I found on the Discovery Owners forum. You can get the parts from Zip Dee. The different part numbers are for large and small latches. You will need 2, one for each end of the awning. You may, as I had to, install some aluminum spacers to install the latches.
The neat part of this project is that you can use your awning rod to open and close the latches.
Custom Painted Vent Covers
This not a beginners DIY project. I added it just to show that if you have the time and are willing to put forth some effort you can do just about anything yourself.
I decided to cover my bathroom vent and Fantastic-Fan vent with a Max Air vent covers. But, when I went to install them the white color just didn't look right. I thought about black or even the smoke versions but they didn't look right either.
I stopped at my local paint & body shop for an estimate and got the shock of my life, almost $350 apiece sight unseen. That's when I decided to get the old spray gun out and do it myself. My final cost was about $200 for both. The paint was about $35 a pint and when mixed it makes about a quart, enough to both covers. But, when youy add in plastic primer, thinner, sand paper, tack rags and last but not least clear coat the cost goes up. I even bought a new spray gun, on sale at Harbor Freight.
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