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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:34 pm 
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Now some words about my window leaking problem... :| The outer window seals on almost every big window have lost their sealing force. They are leaking from above.

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It is very hard/impossible to get the correct seals.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:37 pm 
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The seals inside are in quite good condition but also not available.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2021 2:44 pm 
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We installed two types of flocked glass run channels:

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This one was very tight. We had to use a hammer in order to close the windows. The window on the passanger side in the bedroom was so jammed that it didn´t open up since. Mysteriously it can be opened now after almost one year. :shock:

Then I found this flocked glass run channel on the internet which fits a little bit better:

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I think that we will use ordinary e.g. Sika adhesive instead of seals on the outside to tighten the windows of my coach.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 5:51 pm 
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While we were installing the second wireless backup camera we experienced some pairing problems.

The cams have night vision and they are saltwater resistant. The price was about USD 500,-- for 2 cams with a 7'' monitor.

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The second cam was not found and the first cam had some blackouts too. So I took a powerbank and placed the camera directly next to the monitor. Surprise: The picture appeared on the screen immediately.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:24 pm 
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At the second step I put the camera together with the powerbank on the motorbike carrierer. I thought that I could be a broadcasting problem. It´s a long way from the back of the coach up to the dashboard.

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In the end we found out that the problem was a drop of the electric voltage. :?
11.2 Volts - engine off
12.4 Volts - engine running

The roof marker lamps are also connected to the same cable, this is too much. So our plan is to pull a new electrical wire from the fuse box under the dashboard to the cams on the back of the Revcon. I want to activate them with a seperate switch. Right now they are running on the parking lamps circuit.

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What I have learned is:

Wireless is nice for installing, but the low power licence-free frequencies they work on are very crowded so expect dropouts, frozen screens and blank screens. It seems to me that wired cameras are much more reliable in operation. I have one in my GMC Safari High Top Conversion Van. We installed the rear cameras above the rear window on the top of the motorbike carrier looking down. One can be used as a "rearview mirror", the other one is a perfect help when backing up without a signaller because I have always an eye on the outer edge of the motorbike carrier.

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The system can be used for up to 4 cams and video recording.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:29 pm 
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I added some new custom-made carpets for a cosy feeling.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 6:57 pm 
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The next big event which took place in August was the removal of the old Frigiking AC. The unit has never been serviced in 42 years but it still blew cold air - for about 30 minutes. After that time the electricity of the AC was suddenly cut off by the main switch which is located under a hatch on the outside of the Revcon. The rubber sealing around the Frigiking was also crumbling. So I decided to buy the largest AC available in Europe, a Dometic FreshJet 3000 for about USD 2.825,--.

https://www.dometic.com/en-us/outdoor/c ... nditioners

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:17 pm 
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My mechanic used a forklift to get the old AC down and the new Dometic up.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2021 7:31 pm 
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Here the result.

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It cools down the temperature as it should but only in the bedroom. The cool breeze from behind fades away in the kitchen area. The old Frigiking with its big ventilation wheel was not so bad after all. In summer 2022 I´m going to buy a second AC unit for the front part of the Revcon in order to create 2 climate zones. This was in the most cases the original configuration - two AC units on the roof.

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The FreshJet 3000 is equipped with 2 bright LEDs...

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...and a remote control. By the way - the mysterious leaking problem of the big window - water from above - in the bedroom stopped as soon as we installed the new AC. :D

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2021 2:50 pm 
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A/C’s are not common in Europe, even in regular homes and when it comes to motorhomes, even less so. You’ll rarely (if ever) see a rig sold with A/C already installed. Not only does it take up precious weight, but since European motorhomes are pretty well-insulated, most caravaners just prefer to rely on fans and natural through-flow of air instead. That said, A/Cs DO exist after market and the ones they sell here are really nice (super quiet).

Generators are heavy & noisy and rarely welcome anywhere in Europe. Not only do they take up precious weight (yet again), but Europeans are very noise-sensitive, so many campgrounds limit or ban their use altogether! Also, European RVs tend to be really LOW power (extremely low phantom draw) and rarely have any heavy-power-draw accessories (no A/Cs, remember), so they’re not really that useful either. You’ll never see a motorhome with a pre-installed generator and almost no-one carries one. When folks want to charge their batteries here they simply plug-in, or drive for a bit (and let the alternator do the work), or slap on some solar panels on their roof (see below).

Inverters are also uncommon in European motorhomes, mostly because the rigs are traditionally DC run. So, everything in the rig is made to run either off propane (e.g. stove, fridge etc.), or 12V DC (e.g. lights, TVs) straight from the batteries. This is changing slowly mostly because of modern technology like cellphones, PCs etc, plus people like to be able to use their kitchen gadgets & such while dry camping. So more and more folks are asking for inverters to be installed to run these things off their batteries. Still, it’s rarely (if ever) part of the original sale and is usually an after-market add-on.

So far, so good. But I have an inverter (3.000 watts sinus) and it is capable of running the big Dometic 3000. But for how long? That´s the questions. I just tried it once for about 20 minutes.

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I´m going to install a 12 volts AC (R134A) OFF by indelB Plain-Aircon on the front roof hatch of the Revcon in summer 2022, powered by an extra 280 Amp AGM battery located under the sofa. One 280 Amp AGM battery is already in the back of the coach. Unfortunately our Revcon ist not equipped with a factory installed engine powered AC. The OFF AC can be used without letting the engine run all the time.

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There is already an electric outlet under the sofa. Perfect for connecting the charger of the AGM. So it needs only a power line from the sofa up to the roof hatch and we´re all set.

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