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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 14, 2014, 02:02:28 pm
Hi Folks,

I ordered too large  a size for the rubber fittings.  Here is the corrected info::

I found the rubber couplings at, parts named
        Drain Coupling, 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 In. Straight Adaptor, PVC Rubber    and
        ELL Coupling, 90 Degree Drain, 1 1/2 to 1 1/2 Inch, PVC Rubber
for about $17, not including shipping.

Apparently pipes are labelled by the *inside* diameter.  Now I know.

Thanks again, all!
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 5 Star Tune on: June 14, 2014, 11:36:41 am
Hey Denny,

The results sound great - especially the transmission behavior.  I'm with you -
mileage improvement is just frosting.

Looking at the 5 Star web site, they recommend filling out a calibration request
form with a bewildering set of options.  Did you do that?  How did you determine
what to order?

Thanks so much for your report!

3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: RV Repair Flowchart on: June 14, 2014, 11:18:05 am
Great reminder,  We haven't either resource right now!  Thanks!
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Do couples seem to bicker more often while on the road? on: June 14, 2014, 11:14:32 am
Hi Folks,

The article wasn't written about RVing,but it reminded us to relax and adapt.
It's by Mick LaSalle, the movie critic in the San Francisco Chronicle, here:


Heres the real reason why couples fight on vacation:  If youre in a long-term
relationship in which you live with another person, every aspect of your life,
from the alarm clock until bedtime, has already been negotiated.  It might not
have seemed like a negotiation at the time, because it wasnt formal, but it
was a negotiation all the same.  Who gets up first, who makes coffee, who throws
out the garbage, who cooks, who feeds the animals, who walks the dog, who
cleans the cat box, who washes the clothes, who folds the clothes, what movies
are watched, who drives the kids, who picks up the kids, what items can be
bought without consulting the other (e.g., a pair of pants) and what items
cannot be bought without consulting the other (e.g., a car).

In virtually every live together relationship, there is one person who locks the
doors before bed and another who just goes right to sleep.  And this will be the
pattern for decades.  It will never change.

So suddenly all the implicit negotiations are irrelevant and they find themselves
in the realm of active negotiation.  And so theyre annoyed and cant believe they
have to go through this, just to do a simple thing like eat at the hotels breakfast
buffet, etc.

Part of the way to NOT argue, I think, is to recognize where you are, which is
uncharted territory.  If you realize that you really do have to negotiate everything,
because thats the nature of going to a brand new place, you will have more patience
with the other person and not feel like its such a big imposition to make your case.

We really enjoyed this.  Does it resonate for anyone?

5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 05, 2014, 12:08:11 pm
Thanks very much, Ron and Holly.  Didn't realize I could do that!

6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 03, 2014, 09:52:50 pm
Hi Ron,

My second try was to see if the site had anything like those rubber parts.
Couldn't find any.  Maybe your local store is somehow specialized?
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Doubling Drawer Storage Of Galley Base Cabinet on: June 02, 2014, 11:00:59 pm
For those who want to reproduce Ron's project:
I wasn't able to find the hose or rubber couplings at Home Depot, or another big local hardware store.

I found the rubber couplings at, parts named
        Drain Coupling, 2 to 2 In. Straight Adaptor, PVC Rubber    and
        ELL Coupling, 90 Degree Drain, 2 to 2 Inch, PVC Rubber
for about $17, not including shipping.

I found the hose at a salt-water aquarium place in Utah (, part named      
       1 1/2 inch ID by 2 inch OD flexible clear braided hose

for $3.30 per foot.  The *shipping* was hugely expensive (almost $20), and I asked
for a cheaper shipping method.

These might not be parts that do the job, due to some mistake on my part,
so watch this space for revisions.

Thanks very much, Ron for sharing this project!

8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement Backup Monitors on: April 30, 2014, 11:56:28 am
Hi George,

We just replaced our factory monitor by wiring the camera into our radio/GPS.  Would you like the monitor?   It's a Voyager model AOM562A, 5 1/2 inches on the diagonal.  Worked when we removed it.  It's yours if you like.

9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How and where to mount a larger GPS? on: April 27, 2014, 03:16:54 pm
We replaced the standard Ford double-DIN (4 inches high) radio in our 2007 E350 rig
with a Kenwood DNX9960 radio with GPS, based upon advice from a couple of fellow
Forum members.  We get the ability to play our CDs, our iPods, etc.  The DNX has a
7-inch screen that covers its whole front face. 

As a bonus, we were able to hook up (with the help of a *really bright* local technician)
the back-up camera display to the DNX, so the rear view appears in the dash.  No more
head-bumps on that screen dangling from the cockpit ceiling!

I'm very pleased with the results. 

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Amazon hires RVers as holiday staff on: December 15, 2013, 12:35:35 pm
Hi Folks,

Article in Today's SF paper says that, because Amazon builds its huge distribution centers in small towns, they have no resident overflow workers to turn to, so they hire RVers as temps.  Pretty good article, I think:

They talk about seasonal RVers and full-timers as well.

Season's Greetings you all!

Bill and Diane and Spark
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Goodbye to PC on: October 09, 2013, 11:52:32 pm
Hey Alan,

You're part of the family now.  Please do stop back once in a while.

Bill & Diane
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 27, 2013, 10:54:45 am
Hi Sparky,

I love this project - I have short legs and the stock toilet in our 2350 is quite high.

What's the part number on your new toilet?  I've been looking on the web and can't
find any Thetford that looks like your picture...  I hope you saved the box    ;-)

Bill and Diane
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Skin Care for our Cruiser on: April 14, 2013, 12:33:31 pm
Our PC sits outside in the sun all the time.  We wash it thoroughly every
few months, but have no service available to wax it (and I'm reluctant to
spend too much time on a ladder).

I'm now noticing that the bulb over the cab is getting that dusty white
chalky look to it.  Looks like a fiberglass boat left too long unmaintained.
What I'd do with the boat would be to buff it out and wax it.

I thought that clear coat would prevent this chalking effect...

What's the best care for the PC's skin?

Bill & Diane
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage of Phoenix Cruiser on: April 08, 2013, 11:44:10 pm
We covered our Road Trek for many months at a time, here in the San Francisco
area.  White synthetic canvas-like stuff.  Don't know how water or vapor tight it was.

I blame that cover for many 2-inch-long tear-drop shaped places where the Trek's
paint came off.   And I blame the fact that it was a pretty tight fit over the unit, so
there was very little air circulation under it.

So I would have a sun cover on a frame, not the unit itself, with room for air to
flow between the two.  Some of our neighbors in the RV storage yard have built
frameworks out of PVC pipe, standing in 5-gal buckets of concrete, then stretched
blue tarps over the frame.  They hold up surprisingly well to the wind - gusting to
40 mph here yesterday!

15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Swap single pane windows for dual pane? on: March 30, 2013, 12:23:25 am
Hi Shipper,

I asked Kermit, at the PC factory, whether we could make that switch
for our 2350S unit.  He said that the actual window sizes were too different,
so we couldn't switch from the single-pane windows we have to doubles.
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