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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: white switch on the dash on: January 05, 2013, 12:05:59 pm
That switch connects the house batteries to the engine battery for as long as you hold it in.  This charges the engine battery.  Do not use it to try to start the engine because the wiring is not heavy enough.
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 05, 2012, 08:41:42 pm
Let me second Zorba's comment about 6v batteries.  The 12v batteries supplied provide about 100 ampere hours.  Compare this with around 220 ampere hours from 6v batteries. Changing the battery slide to one that fits the taller 6v type was the first thing I had done on my new PC.

Dick
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: September 20, 2012, 04:24:15 pm
Put us on the list for SE Florida, Palm Beach County, city of Boynton Beach.
Our PC sits on a slab beside the house so it is available at any time.

Also,
We attend the FMCA rally in Feb at Brooksville, FL and would be glad to show our PC if Stuart would like a glowing referal.  As volunteers with the musical group, we are parked in the central area making our unit easy to get to. If he wants to use us we would need some more brochures and 2910 reprints.

Dick and Marge
64  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Potential propane hazard on: September 19, 2012, 03:26:00 pm
If all is working correctly, we are well protected for smoke, carbon monoxide, propane leaks and parasitic drain on the house batteriy(s) during storage.

There is one potential hazard where a propane leak may not be detected by the propane detector. 

We stumbled upon this by first noting the lights on the water pump switches did not light.  Checking the battery cutoff we found two types of cutoff, the ingenious high current relay and a low current line for power to:  the 3 water pump lights through a latching controller, the 4 lights of the holding tank readout, several lights on the propane/CO detector, the porch light and the refrigerator.

The problem is if the low current line fails and if the refrigerator is operated in gas mode, there can be no electric gas ignition or flashing warning on the inoperative refrigerator display. The gas flows through unburned and the propane detector has no power to signal this hazard.

The lesson is: if any of the above listed indicator lights do not work, it would be  a good idea to turn off the propane. 

The solution simple.  Open the converter cover, unscrew the cover plate over the fuses, find the purple 3 A. Fuse (#9).  That fuse is the culprit.  If blown, replace. Check all the lights. If all is working , it is safe to turn on the propane.
65  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.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/dreid/step.pdf
66  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.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/dreid/gas-gauge.pdf
67  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:
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/dreid/toilet.pdf
68  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.
69  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.
70  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.
71  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.
72  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.
73  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.
74  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.

75  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.
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