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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Valve Extension leak on: December 02, 2014, 11:18:35 pm
I have also experienced the loose valve extension problem. In my experience also,  the issue is a loose connection rather any problem with the extension itself. I recently replaced the tires on our PC after 45,000 miles. I upgraded the valve stems on the rear tires to a heavy duty truck stem because last summer I had a valve stem split at the rim due to vibration of the extension on the stock valve. I've heard since that this is a relatively common problem with long term stress from driving on rough roads. I chose to continue using the extensions with better valve stems and extra tightening as described above.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical ? Issue on: October 27, 2014, 07:11:26 pm
Took the coach batteries to the local Interstate dealer this afternoon. I was planning to trade  them in. He hooked them up to a machine and said that he thought he could salvage them. Neither one had frozen but one was totally discharged and the other was pretty bad. He told me to come back on Wednesday either to take them home or pick up the replacements.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do you remove TV in the winter? on: October 27, 2014, 07:04:20 pm
We live up here in Alaska along the coast. It gets chilly 10-20 above for months at a time but seldom below zero in our area. We do not remove the TV or DVD player and we store out PC  outside in the cold. We start it once a month and run it for a half hour or so. We have been thru two winters so far with no problems that we know of.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical ? Issue on: October 27, 2014, 01:15:28 pm
Problems have been identified and will be addressed. A fried relay has been replaced and both coach batteries had froze at some point recently and had shorted out. It took my car/truck mechanic less than 5 minutes to figure it out. The relay cost $30 and i'll need to replace both coach batteries before next spring, but that selection is covered in a separate thread. Thanks.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical ? Issue on: October 27, 2014, 12:03:10 am
The engine starts fine and the connections are tight. I  will try to do more checks on the coach batteries tomorrow....it is getting really cold around here so it's not  much fun crawling around under the coach...I might have to wait until spring or until I find a friend with a heated garage and a 12 foot overhead door (local auto electric shop only has 10 ft door and closest RV repair shop is 225 miles in Anchorage).
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical ? Issue on: October 25, 2014, 06:13:26 pm
The coach batteries are showing a full charge and all other coach systems are operational. I connected to shore power for two days and both the generator and jacks were still not operable. I'm heading to find an electrical repair person on Monday. Thanks for the suggestions.
7  Main Forum / Photos / Protection & Convenience on: October 25, 2014, 01:06:50 am
Last summer we had a grill guard installed on our PC. The motivation was more than a couple close calls with moose and caribou up here and deer while traveling thru Ohio and Pennsylvania. While searching for a grill guard we kept looking for side steps. Our PC is four wheel drive and a good 6-8 inches more ground clearance than a standard PC, that makes getting in and out of the cab a challenge. We also wanted a rear bumper to offer a little additional protection when backing up or when parking on ferries. We couldn't find anything commercially available in spite of hour upon hour of searching the internet and talking to a bunch of truck/van customizers. Finally I stopped into a couple of local boat builders who pointed me to a local weld shop. We met with the young owner and explained what we wanted. He specializes in working with aluminum. Both the sidesteps and bumper in the attached photos are made with aluminum plate so they are light weight but very strong. We left it up to him to come up with the design. We are very pleased with the results.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Electrical ? Issue on: October 24, 2014, 11:33:45 pm
While getting the PC ready for winter I noticed some "crud" built up around the truck battery posts. I proceeded to take off the cables and cleaned them and the posts as I have done on this and other vehicles over the years. When I finished and started the truck all seemed good. Later I tried to lower the HWH leveling jacks and the panel was lit but when I pressed any button all I heard was a click. I checked under the coach and all the lights on the control unit were also lit but no reaction when I pushed the panel buttons. I pulled the panel next to the emergency brake and all the fuses looked ok. I checked the coach circuit breakers and all was fine. I checked the ford fuses under the hood and they all seem to be good. I checked the rest of the truck and coach systems and everything seemed ok except for the leveling jacks and the generator. The generator has the same problem as the jacks. When I push the switch to prime the generator the light goes on and your can hear it priming. When I tried to start the generator all it did was click like a car with a dead battery. Since finding this issue I've checked all the battery connections and rechecked all the fuses in the truck and for the coach. Today, I even changed all the fuses inside the coach with no improvement. I know it has to be something simple, but its got me baffled. Both the jacks and generator worked fine before I decided to clean the battery posts. Any thoughts on what might be causing the problems? Thanks.
9  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Advice on visiting Glacier National Park on: September 24, 2014, 02:53:53 pm
The attached photo was taken at Denali National Park last weekend. We always carry bear spray when we hike or travel around the state. I am not a gun advocate but bear spray is only effective at a distance of 10-30 feet. At greater distances avoid contact, at lesser distances a large caliber pistol is the only effective deterrent. In this instance we stayed in our vehicle and prayed that he would choose not to unwrap us. My wife had the bear spray at hand and I had the .357. He crossed in front of us and I took another photo. They are beautiful and majestic animals.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Fuse for Sanicon? on: September 02, 2014, 11:00:00 pm
You might need to call the PC plant to find out where the fuse is. Meanwhile just use the gravity discharge. All you need to to do is remove the cap at the rear (left side) of the coach attach a hose and open the valve right before the cap. This allows you to bypass the sanicon as long as the valves are ok for the black and gray tanks. If those valves are not working you will have to climb underneath to open each manually. If you do not have a hose to attach to the gravity discharge you might have to borrow one or buy one. We always carry one in the event of such a situation. You can attempt to turn the sanicon impeller manually from the outside on the end with a flat head screwdriver in the event that something is stuck in there and blocking it from turning. Good Luck!
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Floor Mats on: August 07, 2014, 06:17:22 pm
We purchased mats from the local ford dealer. They were only $45 for the pair. We have had them for two years and they are holding up really well.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: One HWH Leveler Not Extending on: July 24, 2014, 03:05:28 pm
We have experienced the same issue at various times with each of the four units at various times. We noted that it tended to happen after long trips or when the undercarriage was exposed to particularly dusty/muddy/dirty conditions. After talking to technicians we do our best to keep the units relatively clean and regularly use WD40 to lubricate the springs. This seems to keep incidents of hesitation to a minimum.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 09, 2014, 01:32:01 am
I re-read your original posting and realized I missed the whole issue. The problem you describe is that the switch that is supposed to override the step retract function isn't  working the way it is supposed to. You should be able to activate the switch and the steps will remain extended with the door closed until you either turn off the switch or activate the coach ignition and start the engine. If that isn't happening then there must be a problem with the switch or the wiring.

My previous reply described the process I had to follow when my steps extended and retracted randomly while driving, when stopped, switch on, or switch off; the only thing that stopped it was pulling the fuse near the parking brake. I finally resolved my problem by replacing the step control panel.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 08, 2014, 10:31:52 pm
 We also have experienced the same problem. Our resolution did not involve a blown fuse. If the fuse is good, I would attempt to adjust the bolt on the frame of the door that activates the step switch. There is a bolt that can be easily adjusted with an adjustable wrench to insure there is sufficient pressure when the door closes to activate the switch. If that doesn't fix the problem contact Carol at the factory and ask her to send you a new door switch. It can be easily replaced with a Phillips head screwdriver and electrical tape. If that doesn't work then contact the factory about a replacement step control panel. Replacing that it a little more involved but doable with a little patience.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Supersprings on: June 04, 2014, 02:25:15 am
The addition leaf improved handling and reduced travel of the rear suspension without making the ride harsh or stiff. We were very pleasantly surprised. Keep in mind we have 4 wheel drive so our suspension is somewhat more rigid than a stock unit. 
   
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