Sunline RV Forum
Sunline User Photos

Go Back   Sunline Coach Owner's Club > Model Specific Forums > Sunline Travel Trailers
Click Here to Login

Join Sunline Club Forums Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 10-21-2012, 06:05 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 13
SUN #4477
snappy is an unknown quantity at this point
First camp out with tt-2553

Had a great time this weekend. Our first since picking up the 11th. I do have a couple of questions. First is the refrig it froze everything. Turned temp control down low but everything still froze. The owners manual only covered if it not cooling. The unit is a dometica (??) Second how much wind for the awning. I was gun shy after hearing horror stories some campers left awning unrolled others put away. Is there a rule of thumb on wind speed. Any help will help
__________________

__________________
snappy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,511
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Do you have a model number on the fridge? Look inside the door for a model and serial number.

Where you on gas or electric?

Many of the fridges have a limp mode that if the control board cannot read the temperature sensor to tell what temp the fridge is at, then it goes into full cooling and never stops.

You said you turned the fridge down, how exactly did you do this? What did you turn?

Need your model number to help better and what year camper do you have?

When you said everything froze, Is this literally? all liquids froze?


The awning and wind, if the awning is flapping a lot, it is time to put it up. I have never seen a wind rating. I do use deflappers on mine plus tie downs. They buy me time to get there to put it up if bad weather is coming.

Hope this helps

John
__________________

__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 06:20 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 13
SUN #4477
snappy is an unknown quantity at this point
I believe I got the info your looking for. 2007 Solaris Mod rm2652, ser #61008337 and product # 92114 41-21 it is a dometic, I was using electric, unit was set in auto mode. Milk. cottage cheese, eggs, left overs were froze solid. On the top right there is a plastic piece that has a arrow pointing down ward for warmer temp. I also found a probe and I put it on the top shelve where it gets colder so as lower the temp. Trying to fool probe into reading it was cold enough. I don't know what you mean by flap guards (??).
__________________
snappy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Gene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Rhode Island
Posts: 1,515
SUN #768
Gene is an unknown quantity at this point
That probe should be inside a little ridge in the plastic piece that slides up and down on the fin as you can see in this picture. That probe should touch the metal fin. You can just barely see the white cable below the shelf that is the probe wire.

__________________

Gene & DW Ginny
2002 Sunline T-2363
2008 Toyota 4-runner 4wd 4.7L V-8
Reese Dual Cam straightline - P3 Brake controller
Gene is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 06:33 AM   #5
Moderator
 
Tweety's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 2,274
SUN #128
Tweety
The horror stories about awnings are true. It's not just the speed, it's also if the wind gets under the awning. We saw 3 awnings distroyed on 3 trailers behind us this summer. All 3 flipped over the roofs at once, while we were rolling ours in. We were camped at a 90 degree angle to those units, and ours had just started to flutter. They must have just been at the wrong angle to the wind. Our rule for ourselves is if it's starting to blow the awning comes in.
__________________
Pam
Lance 1475 "Snoopy"
2012 GMC Sierra 3500HD 4x4 D/A
2012 Arctic Fox 30U, SUNLINES - 2006 2753 "Tweety", 2007 QUE "QUEtSE", 2364, 1660
Tweety is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 11:02 AM   #6
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,511
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by snappy View Post
I believe I got the info your looking for. 2007 Solaris Mod rm2652, ser #61008337 and product # 92114 41-21 it is a dometic, I was using electric, unit was set in auto mode. Milk. cottage cheese, eggs, left overs were froze solid. On the top right there is a plastic piece that has a arrow pointing down ward for warmer temp. I also found a probe and I put it on the top shelve where it gets colder so as lower the temp. Trying to fool probe into reading it was cold enough. I don't know what you mean by flap guards (??).


OK you have a newer fridge. The picture Gene is showing is the sensor. As he said, make sure the sensor tip is touching the aluminum fin.

If the sensor is touching the fin and you slide it to the hottest position and it is still freezing, then it points to 1 of 4 things. The sensor is bad or not making good contact to the control board, the control board has issues, the terminals are loose on the control board, you may have a bad ground on the fridge. There are a lot of ground wires on the fridge and corrosion can prevent them from making good contact. Since the unit is over cooliong the ground part should be OK but good to check.

Are you electrically friendly and have a volt/ohm meter? There are some tests you can do to check the sensor. Let us know if you are as we can help point you where to go looking.

The awning, this is what I do. I have seen variations of this.

First I always leave the awning side frame connected to the bottom of the camper to create a triangle. The risk for me is too high to undo that bottom support and put it out in the open being vertical. If I could lag screw it to a deck, maybe, but not under normal camping.

The deflappers, I have 4 of them, 2 on each end of the awning. See these http://www.amazon.com/Camco-Awning-Deflappers-2-Pack/dp/B002JF4Q8Q They help the awning from flapping in the breeze.

Next is tie downs. I start with a dog (pet) screw in the ground. Connected to the handle of the anchor is a spring. Then from the spring to the awning is a ratchet strap. I cinch down both ends of the awning.

This give me a small level of wind resistance and ďtimeĒ to hurry up and get the awning up in the event of a big storm blowing in.

At night I fully dip the awning. Meaning one end is totally down and tied down. The other end is dropped part way to allow the door to still open. This allows a heavy rain to run off and again time if needed to get out there and put it up.

If we leave the camp site for a walk, go to the store, if I have things stored under the awning I drop both ends fully down and tie them down.

If there is nothing stored under the awning, after use it goes up at night or when wind comes.

Here are few pics






Hope this helps

John
__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 12:21 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
MACK C-85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Maryland
Posts: 1,121
SUN #64
MACK C-85 is an unknown quantity at this point
Quote:
At night I fully dip the awning. Meaning one end is totally down and tied down. The other end is dropped part way to allow the door to still open. This allows a heavy rain to run off and again time if needed to get out there and put it up.
John:

I'm assuming as long as your awning is, you have the middle support bar that has a pin on the end that goes into the roller?!?!?!

IF so, beware that leaving one end of the awning down during a heavy rain can cause the water to catch behind that rafter, causing pools to form on either side of it. We had to figure out how to bring home a roller that was almost snapped in two pieces after we had ours that way and a bad storm came up!!

Fortunately, with a lot of help from fellow campers, we were able to hold the pieces together and roll the awning up. The rolled awning held the roller rigid enough that it locked into place for the ride home, but the whole awning was toast!!

Mack
__________________

2004 Dodge Ram 2500 Club Cab 4x4 CTD
2007 Sunline Solaris T-276-SR: Misty Blue/Cherry
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 Reg Cab 4x4 OFF-ROAD
MACK C-85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2012, 07:02 PM   #8
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 13
SUN #4477
snappy is an unknown quantity at this point
Thank you for the info and pictures. Tomorrow I will turn the refrig on ensure that the probe is making contact. While it is cooling down it will get my volt meter for further testing. Talking with wife we are going to get some awning deflappers before next camping trip. Again thanks for the tech info much appreciated
__________________
snappy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2012, 06:54 PM   #9
Moderator
 
JohnB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 10,511
SUN #89
JohnB is on a distinguished road
Quote:
Originally Posted by MACK C-85 View Post
John:

I'm assuming as long as your awning is, you have the middle support bar that has a pin on the end that goes into the roller?!?!?!

IF so, beware that leaving one end of the awning down during a heavy rain can cause the water to catch behind that rafter, causing pools to form on either side of it. We had to figure out how to bring home a roller that was almost snapped in two pieces after we had ours that way and a bad storm came up!!

Fortunately, with a lot of help from fellow campers, we were able to hold the pieces together and roll the awning up. The rolled awning held the roller rigid enough that it locked into place for the ride home, but the whole awning was toast!!

Mack
Hi Mack,

Thank you for the heads up, and you bring up a good point that I should clarify as it may be unique to my floor plan.

I knew of Mack's unfortunate awning failure so I am on the lookout for the problem that can occur on a 21 foot problem with the center rafter. A side benefit of SOC! The learning never ends.

The issue is the angle of the awning that if it is not steep enough on the upper portion of the awning, the fabric can become too flat so to speak. The center rafter breaks up the awning material pitch and can creates a pond on the upper portion. That pond'ing is the problem. Excess water pools and then the weight creates great havoc.

In my floor plan, rear living area, the main entry door is at the end of the camper and even more so directly at the very end of the awning. When the rain and wind blows I can get drenched going in and out the door as the awning is not shielding the water spray. This fact however does have an up side....

If I drop my front awning bar full down, the rear awning bar "must" drop about 4 to 5 inches from normal height to get out of the pooling problem of the upper part of the awning. In my floor plan, I can drop that far on the uphill side and still open the door.

If I had a floor plan that has the door more in the middle of the camper, the flying water spray from wind and rain is not so much a problem but now the awning pooling can be. Because you cannot drop the high end far enough possibly to stop the pooling effect and open up the door.

I can see the problem Mack is talking about as if I could not drop the high end that 5" to just barely get in the door, the top would be too flat and water would pool. You can see it in the fabric even once you know where to look. It is hard to explain in words. I have pics of this somewhere, I will try and dig them up.

Thanks for bringing this up Mack so no one would be miss lead by my comments. On my T2499 with a shorter awning this was not so much an issue and there was no center rafter.

John
__________________

__________________
Current Sunlines: 2004 T310SR, 2004 T1950, 2004 T2475, 2007 T2499, 2004 T317SR
Prior Sunlines: 2004 T2499 - Fern Blue
2005 Ford F350 Lariat, 6.8L V10 W/ 4.10 rear axle, CC, Short Bed, SRW. Reese HP trunnion bar hitch W/ HP DC

Google Custom Search For Sunline Owners Club
JohnB is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

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
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Would you like to camp with us? lori meister Sunline Community 11 05-10-2011 09:06 AM
Where to camp?? tikibob Sunline Community 5 05-09-2011 06:38 PM
Camp Axe needed K & G Sunline Community 1 10-12-2010 08:02 AM
Camp Copperhead dan&deb Mid-Eastern 0 06-29-2010 02:41 PM
Camp pies rebellious78 Recipes 0 06-21-2008 02:38 AM


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sunline RV or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:03 AM.


×