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Old 07-28-2017, 09:34 PM   #311
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Dealership called and said they won't bring in a tech tomorrow, so hotel until Monday. This trip to pick up the rig is starting to rack up significantly between hotel, airfare and uber costs.


Wasn't that kind of expected WingedRyno?

From all that I've experienced on B forums, that is kind of par for course with an etrek if you travel to go pick one up.

Wishing you be the best come Monday.

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I expected some things would need to be fixed. But when the dealer told me to wait on buying airline tickets until it passed the factory QA inspection, and told me they needed time with the rig before releasing to me, I started to think that somebody might have tested these systems out before giving me the green light for a plane ticket.

But yeah I certainly figured some things would need to be fixed. But the GU is surprising to me on a rig that is all electric with 1600 amp hours of lithium. Kinda surprised by that one.
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:40 PM   #312
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They show a 10 amp fuse in the link you provided for the power. It probably should be 15 amps, though.
Correct. In; a conversation with Balmar they said they provide a 15 amp fuse for higher power alternators.

IMO, even if both the 10/ 15 amp field winding fuse and the 1 amp sensing fuse is removed, while there may be no regulator stimulation to the alternator, there should still be a visible display.
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Old 07-28-2017, 09:58 PM   #313
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Correct. In; a conversation with Balmar they said they provide a 15 amp fuse for higher power alternators.

IMO, even if both the 10/ 15 amp field winding fuse and the 1 amp sensing fuse is removed, while there may be no regulator stimulation to the alternator, there should still be a visible display.
Does the display in the RT look like this one, bright red?

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Old 07-28-2017, 10:25 PM   #314
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For those who want an emergency regulator in case the Balmar fails, they actually make one that many of the boaters carry. Cheap and small, fixed voltage, but it will let you charge again to get where you need for the complete repair. Carrying a big replacement multistage is expensive and takes more space.

We carry one with use, although we are more critical as our smart regulator runs both alternators and we lose all charging if it fails.

I think the spare is a plug in for a Balmar regulator, but we had to due our own splice in plugs for our Ample power regulator, so we can run either of the alternators depending on if only one is working.

https://www.fisheriessupply.com/balm...-regulator-ers
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For those who want an emergency regulator in case the Balmar fails, they actually make one that many of the boaters carry. Cheap and small, fixed voltage, but it will let you charge again to get where you need for the complete repair. Carrying a big replacement multistage is expensive and takes more space.

We carry one with use, although we are more critical as our smart regulator runs both alternators and we lose all charging if it fails.

I think the spare is a plug in for a Balmar regulator, but we had to due our own splice in plugs for our Ample power regulator, so we can run either of the alternators depending on if only one is working.

https://www.fisheriessupply.com/balm...-regulator-ers
Is it much of a job to install the replacement? Or do you take it to a local shop?
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Is it much of a job to install the replacement? Or do you take it to a local shop?
It probably would depend on the skill level of you, and what they are currently shipping for the regulator.

When I got ours, it came and didn't look like the pix or the instructions, including the wire colors. After a bunch of phone calls I did get the correct instructions from them and was able to figure out the connections to our Ample Power regulator.

If the setup is still the same, they give you the connectors to just plug the wires into the original Balmar regulator wiring, so it would be easy if the wiring is done the normal way.

Safest way, of course, is to have a shop do it, and also install and test it to make sure it works OK.
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It probably would depend on the skill level of you, and what they are currently shipping for the regulator.

When I got ours, it came and didn't look like the pix or the instructions, including the wire colors. After a bunch of phone calls I did get the correct instructions from them and was able to figure out the connections to our Ample Power regulator.

If the setup is still the same, they give you the connectors to just plug the wires into the original Balmar regulator wiring, so it would be easy if the wiring is done the normal way.

Safest way, of course, is to have a shop do it, and also install and test it to make sure it works OK.

i would think that if you did this and something happened you are talking about voiding your warranty
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i would think that if you did this and something happened you are talking about voiding your warranty
In this case, if it still the same as it was, there is no modification of the wiring if it is going in to replace the Balmar regulator already there. It would plug into the original harness. If you were worried about that, I am sure you could have a Roadtrek dealer do it, or have Nations get one and make sure it is correct plus test it before you got it.

This is what Balmar suggests for an emergency regulator, so I doubt they would have any issue at all, and hopefully Roadtrek wouldn't get all high on the horse about it if Balmar recommends it as a drop in. If you are in the boonies with an all electric coach, being able to charge is pretty important.
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Does the display in the RT look like this one, bright red?

The regulator they pulled from your coach is a Balmar ARS-5?
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In this case, if it still the same as it was, there is no modification of the wiring if it is going in to replace the Balmar regulator already there. It would plug into the original harness. If you were worried about that, I am sure you could have a Roadtrek dealer do it, or have Nations get one and make sure it is correct plus test it before you got it.

This is what Balmar suggests for an emergency regulator, so I doubt they would have any issue at all, and hopefully Roadtrek wouldn't get all high on the horse about it if Balmar recommends it as a drop in. If you are in the boonies with an all electric coach, being able to charge is pretty important.
Booster-you twisted that around on me unfairly. Of course it's important to charge with no plug in to go to.So if Richard voids his warranty to extend a boonie trip is it worth it in the long run. You have been commenting on Roadtrek for as long as i can remember. You know they would look for ways to void his warranty if he did this and something went wrong.
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