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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rock guard for towing on: March 10, 2018, 05:19:23 pm
We use the RoadMaster screen that fills the space between car and coach.   The problem is that if the attachment at the hitch is forward as it should be, the support bar hits the ladder.  If you raise the ladder, it hits the bracket and intimately knocks off the bracket. 

If you attach the screen back as far as possible and raise the ladder, it misses the ladder bracket but opens a 4 or 5 inch gap that makes me nervous.  The coach was not built with mud flaps.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Has there been any A/C improvements on: February 09, 2018, 02:01:18 pm
Our 2910D is 50 amp with two A/C units. This is ok for most places. For extreme heat let me add some practical things to consider.

The major heat source has been the front window.  The other source is the metal door.

My minimalist solution has been two space blankets and magnets. The whole shebang stores in a sandwich bag.  We deploy the reflectorized material on the outside of the windshield and secure it with the magnets and/or the windshield “bra”.

Same for the door only on the inside.  Use more magnets because the trapped hot air really balloons the space blanket.

For storage here in the South Florida sun, my really serious solution is to cut Reflectix panels to fit all the windows.  Some of these panels now travel with us on trips.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Batteries on: January 24, 2018, 02:32:25 pm
Trickle charger.
Let me add one more story about using one to keep the engine battery charged when hooked up. 

Never had a problem with the previous coach during five years.  However, the Ford battery clamps are not made of lead, rather zinc coated copper.  By the second year the zinc wore through and exposed the copper.  Evidently the lead-to-copper difference in potential caused severe erosion of the lead posts enough so that the poor contact could not supply enough current to start the engine.  A replacement battery suffered the same severe lead erosion problem from bare copper in a matter of months.

The current solution is replacing the copper clamp with a conventional lead clamp.  Also when in storage, the engine battery is disconnected before connecting the Battery Minder trickle charger.

Charging switch.
Let me add that Kermit said that the internal wiring is not heavy enough to use for starting the engine.  Safety issue. After one starting problem where the “hold the switch” did not help, we now carry jumpers that reach from the coach batteries.

6 volt batteries.
The current battery tray nicely fits for 6 volt batteries.  The 2012 vintage tray that they put for me is slightly too small so I must continue to use 12 volt batteries.  Check before you buy.
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 3" sewer hose on: December 27, 2017, 11:33:44 pm
The Rhino hose was one of the first things I added when we bought the coach.  Had to use it last summer.

Next was a Progressive Industries electrical management system. It has protected us several times.

The following year I added jumper cables so I could start the engine from the house batteries.  So far so good.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro chair manufacturer? on: December 09, 2017, 08:28:17 pm
My single experience was that they ignore you.

Go through Carol at Phoenix for parts.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Black valve light on: October 24, 2017, 08:40:15 pm
This is one of those on-again,off-again problems.  The first thing I do is push the gate valve handle. That sometimes works if there is a tiny bit of toilet paper.  Next is Calgon Bath Oil Beads in the black tank.  This lubricates the valve. At home the massive flush is  ok but more useful to clear a level sensor. A more aggressive approach is to open the manual valve and directly scrub is the innards  of the clogged valve with a toilet bowl brush on a long pole.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Weight Label on: October 08, 2017, 01:04:18 pm
Axel weights can conceal overweight situations.  Corner weights tell you the real story of how your coach was built.  We were shocked when we first found out about our corner weights.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ham radio on: October 06, 2017, 09:04:17 pm
I see call signs. Jim is KB9OMH. Stuart is WA6BTK.

It would be interesting to from fellow hams about your operating position, power connections, antennas used, what bands, advice, difficulties, clubs, etc.

Dick, KK4OBI
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The fake leather on my seats and sofa is falling apart on: September 26, 2017, 07:49:06 pm
Same problem here.  Kermit replaced the drivers seat cover and mailed covers for the Euro chairs... free.  All failed in a short time.  This year the couch was also in tatters by the time we took it in to the plant for service.  They seemed shocked to see how badly everything looked.  They asked if we had used anything on the surfaces with a petroleum base? No.   Also, did we use anything to protect the surfaces? No.  This rankled because bad vinyl was a well known problem they have.

This time no freebies. Everything was recovered. Cost? More than discussed in this thread.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Comparing Michelin tire with Firestone tire on: September 07, 2017, 02:17:46 pm
I gotta weigh in on this one after the last trip.

About two years ago Michelin had a recall.  I got seven new tires.  On our first trip one of the tires was losing pressure.  The installer bubbled it then pulled it and put in a water tank. No sign of a leak so they concluded  the valve extensions were a problem.  That proved to be not the problem and I would just pump the tire every day until  Texas where the leak became obvious.  This was a Michelin new tire with a sneaky leak that eventually had to be plugged.

Fast forward to this year.  We were on I95 in SC when that same tire came completely apart.  Did not blow out.  Just started thumping and came apart. Pieces everywhere.  ($11,000 to fix the damage). Roadside service changed to the spare and we were back on the road in an hour.  The unused Michelin spare tire lasted about 150 miles and it started to loose air.  This time the valve stem had to be replaced on the roadside ($600).  Michelin made no concession in the price to replace the disintegrated tire.

Like many of you, Michelins have been my tires for 10 years.  I do not think that Michelins will be on the rig next time.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: August 13, 2017, 10:13:57 am
When we were at the PC plant last month there was a Transit cab chassis sitting covered with plastic and dust. 

I note the current Coachmen "Orion" advertisement based on the Transit.  Interestingly they offer one model with a bed slide out.  Size wise the Transit provides specs that are slightly smaller than the original 5-cylinder Winnebago "View" (which was known for its limited carrying capacity). 

Due to two rounds of EPA emission restrictions the current, larger Sprinter became six-cylinder to compensate the MPG and 60 hp lost as well as the added weight of the exhaust reactors and DEF tank(s). Therefore, the Transit fills a size, cost, performance, service niche between the the Sprinter class B and class C designs.

Viewed with the PC model mix, this niche may be too small to justify adding a model to bottom of the Phoenix line.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Our Phoenix pride is back. on: July 29, 2017, 12:58:27 pm
 The vinyl covering on the seats as been a problem.  Our embarrassment over the appearance got to the point where we no longer invited anyone in or would allow admirers to "just take a peak inside".

When we visited the Phoenix plant recently the current situation was that they no longer use that material and everything needed to recovered.  Of the new materials we elected for a darker grey in leather with their new vinyl for the backs.  This was Monday. 

By midday Thursday all of the recovered seats were back and installed.  We gasped at how much more attractive they were than the original seats. 

How much?  I knew recovering was inevitable and the cost would be significant.  Kermit had recovered the drivers chair in 2015 and gave me new coverings for the two Eurochairs... at no charge. All were bad.  Surely the problems he and his provider have had with vinyl have been significant.  I believe they bent over backward to do the replacement at minimal cost.  I was delighted with the modest bill for all the excellent work to resolve the sizable worklist we presented them when we arrived.

I again feel great pride in our coach. Visitors are again welcome.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Diamond Shield on: July 19, 2017, 01:41:16 pm
We just got back from the Phoenix plant where the folks a the Elkhart Diamond Shield office just replaced the coverings on the hood, mirrors and cap.  No charge!  Lifetime warranty.

How old is the Shield film? Hood and mirrors 2013.  Cap 2012.  Coach? 53,000 miles at this moment.

The reason for replacement?  Dark blotches getting ever larger around places where bugs had penetrated the film on impact.  We live in South Florida so possibly fungus and mold got in that way and were living off bug juice. It was impossible to do anything to remove the blotches.

At the FMCA Indianapolis rally last week I asked the Diamond Shield home office reps if there was something that could be done.  They visited our coach to see the blotches , checked our warranty status, said yes they could help and arranged to replace the blotchy film when we visited the mother ship in Elkhart.

I truly did not expect anything but getting new film without the bug holes.  The blotches I thought were in the paint finish and hoped they could buff them out and do some retouch work.  This morning after the old film was removed, I was astounded to see that the paint was perfect!  Not a hint of a mark. Now,with the new film installed, everything looks like new. 

This is an amazing testament to the value Phoenix adds to our coaches by protecting them with Diamond Shield films.

14  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Fort De Soto Campground, Pinellas County, Florida on: April 20, 2017, 05:50:46 pm
This is one of our favorites.  Sites are level.  Good variety of campsites many with bay access if you bring your water toys.  Great for bicycling and swimming.  Not as good for shelling as Sanibel Island.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator system on: April 16, 2017, 01:37:51 pm
I bought my replacement from PPL because it offered the lowest delivered price.
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