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106  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Electric Step Trouble-Shooting Guide on: August 23, 2012, 08:36:34 pm
There may come a time when you open the coach door and the steps will not come out.

Attached is the Phoenix Cruiser Electric Step Trouble-Shooting Guide.
107  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Ford Gas Gauge on: August 23, 2012, 08:30:52 pm
How much gas remains in your tank when you come to each mark?

Click on the link below for the answers along with a guide for estimating your current MPG.
108  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Add a sprayer to your toilet on: August 23, 2012, 08:18:32 pm
Over the years we have been accustomed to having sprayer with our toilet.  Our new 2910D pride and joy did not have one nor were they able to get the parts in the short time were at the plant.  Wiping out the bowl by hand is disagreeable.  Ordering parts while we were touring was out of the question.  I looked at alternatives and I was delighted at the easy and low cost answer.

Click here:
109  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooling during hot weather on: August 20, 2012, 10:33:31 pm
Hmm.  I will add the tinted thermo-glass to my list of things omitted.
110  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: E-450 break-in using a ScanGauge on: August 20, 2012, 10:27:25 pm
That is good to hear. I will keep looking for changes.
111  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / E-450 break-in using a ScanGauge on: August 19, 2012, 10:30:44 pm
When we started this summers trip, the engine was basically new. Only enough miles to get it from Elkhart to Ft. Meyers to Palm Beach.  Also the ScanGauge needs an engine specific "calibration" to measure gas consumption.  Never having done this before for a gas engine, I also had to figure it out from scratch.

Early on the calibration started around 9 %.  Tank by tank I immediately found the the average mpg zeroing in on 9.4. However, the engines behavior steadily changed as indicated by the calibration value slowly getting lower. By mid June (4300 miles) the engine stabilized at a calibration of 1.3% as we toured in the cooler climes Door County, WI and around Lake Michigan.  

Once back into the hot weather (5500 miles) the engine changed slightly as the calibration climbed back up to around 2 %. By the time we reached 9000 miles the calibration stabilized around 3%.  

All this time there was no indication of anything changing because the average mpg never changed from 9.4.  Total miles now is around 10,000.  Hopefully the E-450 is now broken in and stable.
112  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Cooling during hot weather on: August 19, 2012, 03:57:25 pm
This summer, enduring day after day of 105 degree weather in Louisville was trial.  We found one trick that made a difference keeping out the heat.

The coach door is an impressive design, particularly the clever upper hinge, however the window is not tinted like the rest of the coach.  In spite of the window shade, heat simply boils in.  The trick is to seal off the door unit.  The dead air space in the door frame provides insulation. 

We first used a fleece blanket held in place with strong magnets.  A better choice was a space blanket which was much lighter, provided a better heat seal and stores in a sandwich bag.

I am getting the window tinted this week.
113  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Trip MPG - cost of A/C on: August 19, 2012, 10:53:30 am
Summary of our summer trip:

Average for 9700 miles is 9.4 MPG with a standard deviation of 0.5 MPG. (2 out of 3 fills the mpg is in the range of 8.9 -9.9 MPG).

Logging MPG at a constant speed and wind pressure:
- When the A/C  cycles on and off , there is a change of about 1MPG at 55 MPH.
- The MPG drop due to A/C is greater at slower speeds presumably due to a relatively constant compressor load versus the lower engine power.
114  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cover for storage on: August 16, 2012, 08:32:04 pm
GoPhoenix, You confirm what I thought the ADCO cover would be like.
ClassAct and Denny, I only wish I had the space for a covered area.  As it is, I had to cut part of the eave away to make clearance just to park at the side of the house.  Getting permits from the city was interesting too.
I think a custom Sunbrella cover is the only real possibility for fit, durability and access.
Still musing on what else might work.
115  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cover for storage on: August 15, 2012, 08:47:59 pm
Ok. Let me answer this with information I got from an ADCO rep in response to my email. 

He says there is no B+ cover off the shelf.  One has to be custom made... about $1300 - $1400 for Sunbrella with 6 year warranty.  He recommends the model 32815 Class C for 29 to 32 foot long motor-homes.  You would need to tuck the excess for the overhead cab underneath and strap it down.

The cover is made of Tyvek with a two year warranty not including sun damage. In The current Good Sam magazine they have an infomercial about ADCO which spells out two years as the life to expect from the stock Tyvek covers.  The ADCO rep suggested to buy the $430 cover from Camping World along with a four year insurance warranty that covers sun damage (that starts at date of sale!). That way you get the second cover for $120.

The response from Calmark Covers basically said only the Sunbrella fabric was good for RV covers  Their experience with all the other fabrics was bad so they only make custom Sunbrella covers at $32 per foot or about $1000 delivered for my 31 ft 2910. Warranty is 6 years.

116  Main Forum / General Discussion / Cover for storage on: August 13, 2012, 07:53:21 pm
My web search for cover suitable for my 2910 produced nothing in Class C and none long enough in Class B.  Class B+ does not seem to be cover something manufacturers recognize.

Hopefully I have missed something. Input appreciated.
117  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Errors in speedometer and trip meter on: August 06, 2012, 07:39:48 pm
Well I just turned 10,000 miles on the odometer however it is actually more like 10,120 miles.

From the beginning it was obvious that the E450 speedometer was lower than the GPS and traffic radars; over 1 mph but less than 2 mph.  The difference remains the same at all speeds.

At each fillup I find the Odometer/Tripmeter readings of the E 450 are also short of the miles logged by a Scangauge calibrated to the GPS.  Over the fillups so far this summer the average error is 1.2%.  That means the actual distance traveled averages 12 miles farther for every 1,000 miles shown on the odometer.

This represents  0.1 increase in miles per gallon and a small extemsion in the Ford warranty.
118  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter MPG on: July 25, 2012, 10:27:34 pm
I traded my in-line 5-cylinder Winnebago View for my new PC 2910D.
Below is the performance graph for the unit I traded in.

The specification for that motor-home is 17 to 19 mpg. Over 80+ thousand miles my fuel consumption averaged 18 mpg... highways, byways, AC, no AC, mountains, plains, good fuel, bad.

When the EPA emission requirements for 2008 came on stream it was necessary for Mercedes to go to a V6-cylinder engine to get the horse power rating back up to the HP of the previous in-line 5 cylinder engine. The upside was a larger chassis for greater Cargo Carrying Capacity and higher torque. Downside was 2 to 3 seconds slower 0-60 and 2 to 2.5 lower mpg.  Fuel consumption is 14.5 to 17 mpg.

When the current emission standards came into effect in 2010, the power losses of over 30 HP were again a problem. To get back to the 5-cylinder performance, Mercedes introduced the V6 Blue Tec engine. It uses liquid urea (DEF) for the two catalytic  nitrogen oxides converters, plus high fuel rail pressure and pattern-programmable multi-jet injectors. Upside is 0-60 speed is back up and mpg is improved slightly. Downside is a 6 gallon DEF tank that reduced storage and was problematic to fill. A new option for a small DEF tank located in behind the right headlight solves the filling issue. Fuel consumption is 15 to 17.5 mpg.

From these data and the performance graph you should be able to judge what to expect with a Sprinter-based class C motor-home.
119  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smoke & CO2 Detectors on: July 25, 2012, 03:24:17 pm
We have a combination CO and Propane alarm in our coach. Yesterday the CO (carbon monoxide) alarm went off and caused a lot of concern. The "off/reset" button silenced it but the red light continued flashing.  The alarm would go off again after perhaps five minutes.  The reset did not work. The test did not pass. We could not shut it off. 

Called the mother ship.  Bob guide me on how to disable the faulty unit then transfered me to Carol for a replacement. The post office just called to inform us that a package just arrived!  Astounding! Simply incredible! Dumbfounding!

I love these people.

120  Main Forum / General Discussion / Scheduled Ford service on: July 07, 2012, 02:29:54 pm
At 7500 miles it is turning out to be a bigger deal getting service than I expected.

Is there list of Ford dealers that can handle RV's?

Are quick change places like JiffyLube, Wallmart, etc. A possibility for just an oil/filer change?

Dick from FL in OH
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