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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric Couch Transitiion Piece on: January 22, 2014, 02:36:40 am
We store ours in the bottom of the wardrobe.
32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter question on: January 02, 2014, 08:26:09 pm
I leave my batteries in place over the winter. My PC is stored outside and I start the coach and run the generator once a month. Last winter the first time I went to start the coach the truck battery was dead. I jump started and it charged up but was dead a week later. Before that I had problems with rear step switch. I removed the fuse for the step switch which is located behind the kick panel next to the emergency brake on a Ford and the truck battery stayed charged the rest of the winter. Don't know if this is relevant to your Sprinter issue but it does sound like you have a slow drain somewhere.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winterizing on: October 21, 2013, 08:46:41 pm
I live in Alaska. Proper winterizing is critical. I downloaded  a bunch of checklists from various sites and combined the best from each. The other responses cover all the basics. I blow out all the water lines with compressed air then run antifreeze thru the entire system. It only takes about a gallon. My unit has a switch near the water pump that allows me to siphon antifreeze directly out of the bottle. Last winter we had 44 days at 10 or lower with no issues in the spring getting the unit ready for camping.
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Question on propane furnace on: October 20, 2013, 09:53:51 pm
Sure hope you are wrong about the open window thing, we have been running our furnace for almost two years with all the windows sealed tight without any ill effects....that we are aware of.
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Generator won't start on: October 20, 2013, 09:50:10 pm
 Don't know about any kill switch or fuel shutoff, but I have had similar issues with starting even after pressing the prime switch for 10 seconds or more. Ours always started eventually so patience is required, sometimes waiting 5 minutes between attempts. Starting it regularly minimizes the issue on our unit.
36  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Black Tank Insulation on: October 18, 2013, 03:20:24 pm
Most of our 44,000+ miles was traveling thru Canada and US. We do have mudflats and they appear to be at the right height (about 4"). I spent some time under the unit yesterday and there does not seem to be a simple way to use a piece of sheet metal or other material to protect the bottom of the tank , although I like the idea and will continue to think about it. The black grainy material used on the roads in portions of the state is just native crushed stone/gravel. This aggregate is often combined with a petroleum tar/oil to pave road surfaces where icing is a problem to improve traction.
37  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Black Tank Insulation on: October 13, 2013, 08:16:15 pm
The black water tank on our 2400 is located directly behind the driver side rear wheels. Over time the insulation around the tank has been damaged by impact with road debris off the rear tires. Has anyone else encountered this and come up with an effective fix for this condition. When I was at the plant last spring they gave me a roll of aluminized tape that I applied but it has been shredded by a summer's worth of road debris. I am looking for a more long term solution. Thanks.
38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Valve extensions on: September 27, 2013, 10:40:44 pm
Not long ago there was an interesting discussion on this forum of loose valve cores. Since then I've been monitoring tire pressures and valve condition a little more than usual. On a recent trip that involved a little more than 12,000 miles driven over a five week period I had two scary situations come up involving rear tire valve extensions. First, during a routine tire check I noted that one of the valve extensions was rubbing against the wheel cover and had worn thru the outside metal into the rubber. I removed it and was able to split it open with a slight twist. About a week later on the opposite side the inside tire pressure was very low. I filled it back up and checked it about 20 miles later and found that the pressure had dropped. I called AAA and went to a recommended tire shop  where they removed the wheel to check for leaks. It turned out that the valve had split where the stem  joins the wheel rim. The technician told me he often sees this with dual wheel valve extensions due to vibration over extended period. Our PC has 44,000 miles since we took delivery 17 months ago. I realize most users don't put their units thru the stress that we do, but it might be wise to keep an eye on the condition of those rear tire valve extensions as well as the valve cores.
39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric couch? on: July 26, 2013, 06:32:07 pm
 We also had the same problem. In addition to the silicone treatment check the alignment of the shaft that goes into the rear catch. We had to make a minor adjustment and it has mostly fine since then although it will occasionally pop loose on rough roads. Good luck!
40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 22, 2013, 07:32:59 pm
We live in Alaska and have driven the Alaska Highway four times so far in our PC. Lots of people travel up here towing a toad, but I would never recommend it to anyone because of the condition of the roads particularly in the Yukon. There are tons of RV's in Alaska and most places readily accommodate all but the biggest. Our PC is a 2400 and we have chosen not to tow so far, we rent a car when we are visiting cities like Chicago, Boston, or Pittsburgh.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Whole Lotta Shakin on: July 02, 2013, 01:49:02 am
We just completed our  third round trip on the Alaska Highway in the 16 months since we acquired our PC. If you haven't had the pleasure the trip thru the northern sections of the Yukon Territory can be extremely punishing on any motorized vehicle. Our PC has performed flawlessly for the most  part. This trip after  reaching the border we stopped at a rest area and noted that the bathroom door would not close and the counter extension  was hanging precariously with only a single screw remaining in the hinge. Inspection of the door revealed  most of the  hinge screws had either worked loose  or stripped. The screws in the extension hinge were on the floor in the  entry well  and apparently had worked their way loose. Has anyone had to replace  the 1/2 inch screws that PC uses  for the bathroom door hinges and counter extension?  Any other suggestions to increase durability under difficult circumstances? Thanks.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Coach Air Conditioner on: July 02, 2013, 01:14:18 am
The air conditioning compressor on  our 2012 Ford  failed last  week while we were traveling thru  Canada. It was a holiday weekend  (Canada Day) so no Ford  dealer was available to service the unit so we sweated our way thru the rest of our trip back to  Alaska. The question came up  if there is any way to  operate  the coach air conditioner under such circumstances while the coach is in motion?
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2400: some questions on: June 09, 2013, 09:48:41 pm
We love our 2400 on a Ford chassis. We don't have any issues with watching the TV where it is mounted. One of us sits on the couch and the other sits on one of the euro chairs. Also no issues using the stove or microwave. We always raise the counter extension which seems to keep us from falling into the entry way well. We just finished a 5 day dry camp that just about filled both tanks with two of us taking conservative showers daily and doing dishes twice a day. We did balance the gray into the black after day 3. On long trips I routinely balance the tanks to keep the black tank  relatively clean and fresh (?). We have been on the road for 4weeks so far and have driven over 8,000 miles. We have  3 more weeks  and 4,000 miles before we get home. The 2400  suits  our purposes perfectly. We chose the ford  chassis over the MB because we wanted the  4x4  option for travel on the  Alaska Highway during the shoulder seasons. Our gas mileage so far this trip has  average 9.4
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Stabilizers and Rear End Sag? on: May 29, 2013, 08:44:34 pm
Our 2400 has rear sag. Ford recommended adding a leaf to the rear springs. That helped the sag and also improved ride quality.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Glassed electronics next to drive shaft? on: May 10, 2013, 08:56:35 pm
 The box with lexan cover is for leveling jacks. We have had problems with our screen a couple of times...all we had to do was extend and retract the screen a couple of times and it worked like a champ after that.
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