White Hawk Power with Ford Pro Power
I am gradually learning the ins and outs for the power requirements for my 2016 White Hawk 29REKS. In the process, I also am learning about if/when my Ford F-150 compliments it well or not. I had bought the RV and the F-150 PowerBoost (with power in the bed) to support various disaster relief activities. Dry camping is a must for this oftentimes.
I am starting this thread to encourage others and/or learn from the mistakes that others have made.
First, I learned to NOT connect power simultaneously to the RV in the two available options.
1. First is the RV power cable that connects to the tow vehicle via the 7-pin connector that is used when towing the vehicle.
2. Second is the RV 120VAC connection via an external 50A power cable to the ProPower connector.
Having both connected at the same time will likely produce an overload that kills the 30A fuse that goes from the battery harness into the RV 12V system. It is better to disconnect the 7-pin harness before connecting to shore power.
Then, I learned that the ProPower can occasionally surge, even with the surge suppressor connected inline. It isn’t hard to reset the circuit on the truck. Just a little hassle sometimes.
Next, my A/C and microwave don’t run on battery power alone. Am I having a defect or is that usual? This is important to know for dry camping. My Jayco manual says that running the furnace and microwave would discharge the batteries with five hours, for reference.
Next, I learned that even the best extension cord is a bad idea in this configuration. Just don’t use it! You are likely to have issues and wonder why the outlets have no power. Use only RV-configured cables and adaptors.
If others have wisdom about using ProPower with the Jayco RVs, please comment. Thanks.