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76  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Switch next to streering wheel question? on: May 19, 2012, 09:18:03 pm
John and Barry

Let me add a bit more.  The man that does the wiring says the gauge of the wire is suitable only for charging.  To pull a full starting current is too much.

Dick from FL in IN
77  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coach step on: May 15, 2012, 09:32:02 pm
George,

The answer to your question is: yes, but there is no easy way.

Remove the cotter pin and bash and pry out the clevis pin on the actuator arm.

If you are crazy enough to accomplish this, you will need some wood to stabilize the step when out and a strap or rope to secure it for travel.

If you actually free the actuator arm you might as well drop the motor/gear housing (3 bolts and some prying). You probably will find that the motor works once free. If so put it all back together and enjoy until it freezes the next time.  When you finally get tired of this, replace the motor/ gear assembly.  Cost is around $30 from the source Kwikee uses.

Dick from FL in GA
78  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eurochairs on: May 07, 2012, 09:23:03 pm
I finished the hold-down clamps today.  They allow the chairs to be positioned out of the way for travel and re-positioned at the table for lunch... all without removing the bolt that secures each clamp. At camp the clamps come off so we can sit side by side to watch TV.

Dick from FL
heading for Elkhart next week
79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Eurochairs on: May 05, 2012, 10:01:47 pm
Hmm.  Maybe they did not install restraints in our unit because they found that they were not used. The salesman at Punta Gorda said basically the same thing that you say.

Never-the-less, the possibility of flying chairs from a strong forward collision haunts me.

Today I decided on brad-hole T-nuts imbedded in the floor for minimum visibility.  I am fabricating hold-down brackets accordingly. 
80  Main Forum / General Discussion / Eurochairs on: May 05, 2012, 02:07:00 pm
We are getting ready to leave for the summer next Saturday.  Naturally there are things to do. Currently the focus is the two eurochairs in conjunction with the flip-out side table. Today I finished raising the chairs 1-1/2 inches because they were too low for eating and writing at the table.  Now I am pondering on how to restrain them during travel in case of an accident.  Has anyone in the group resolved this concern?

The side table is next.  Is it possible to remove the front face by taking out the three screws on each side?

Dick from FL
81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scangauge users on: April 27, 2012, 10:29:57 am
Hmmm. No replies out of 90 people looking.  It looks like the Scangauge is not part of the engine monitoring instrumentation used here. 

For general information, this device plugs into the engine computer output port (OBD-II) to let you see in real time things like mpg, average mpg, fuel used/remaining, engine load/temperatures/rpms/horsepower etc. It also scans, reads-out and resets engine error codes.

Once I get my Scangauge calibrated for the V10 engine at low and high altitudes, I intend to generate performance curves for mpg vs mph with and without air conditioning...  the same as I have done for my previous Sprinter diesel engine.  Do not hold your breath. This may take years to complete.

82  Main Forum / General Discussion / Scangauge users on: April 16, 2012, 09:10:35 pm
What range for % Calibration values do you get with what model/engine?  I am wondering about a reasonable starting point for my E-450.
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Some really basic questions on: April 09, 2012, 09:58:55 pm
Gradygal,

Interesting.  When we were taking delivery we noticed no water filter at the kitchen sink nor room for one under the sink.  The salesman dismissed this as unnecessary.  Turns out that the water at our trial run campsite was terrible in-spite of a blue filter at the hookup post.  We immediately installed a Brita and solved the problem.

Dick
84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric step dead on: April 04, 2012, 02:03:03 pm
I found the problem.  It looks like the 3/8" bolt that presses the switch was set a bit too long.  This put pressure  at an angle so the switch button was gradually deformed slightly to the side. Finally the tilted button jammed in and ceased to function.

PC is sending a replacement.  Until then I have fussed with the button so it works with manual intervention and replaced the bolt with one set a little shorter.  At least the steps can now be made to deploy.

Thanks all for the quick responses.
85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Electric step dead on: April 03, 2012, 07:35:33 pm
It is a single step.   It quit this afternoon.  The wall switch has no effect.  The door switch has no effect. Where is the step fuse/breaker?  What else to do for trouble shooting?

Dick in FL
86  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Battery Minder on: March 26, 2012, 10:13:53 pm
Billy,

A  Battery Minder is the way to keep engine battery charged by shore power because shore power does not charge it through the converter.  I asked the manufacturer if it was ok to leave the Battery Minder attached to the engine battery at all times and they said yes. 

At seminar given by one of the developers he said to keep in mind that if there is no 120v power, the Battery Minder connected to a battery draws a small current to run the high frequence oscillator that does the desulfation.

I leave mine connected unless there will be a period of storage without shore power.

Dick in FL
87  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disinfecting potable water tank on: March 26, 2012, 08:59:14 pm
RAGOOD

Yes, we have one power seat.  I just tried it.  Does not seem to pull enough affect the cyclic high current thing.

Dick
88  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disinfecting potable water tank on: March 26, 2012, 02:12:32 pm
Imichael,

Yes, I have the booklet but the chlorination procedure is a generic write-up with no drawing or references to how to access the drain valve.

This morning (Mon.) I talked to Bobby at PC who confirmed my speculation about removing the mattress and prying up the cut-out at the back.  Removing screws was not necessary.  This gives access to the demand pump, a T-valve for winterization, and the drain valve. We have now have a clean tank. Presumably, there will an illustrated addition to the handbook that is specific for the 2910.

I also talked with Ed the electrician about the unusual cyclic high-current draw on the engine battery that I reported earlier.  My Battery Minder can only barely keep up to the demand even though I have rejuvenated the battery with desulfation and equalization.

Ed says there are only four things using the engine battery: outside mirrors, coach step, back-up camera and compass... not the slide-outs. When the step is out, the step controller pulls around 0.8 amps.  I can see this difference in the cyclic thing-a-majig because it causes a higher draw.  That leaves something in the Ford turning on and off.  Ed gave some ideas of how to track this down.  We shall see.

Dick

89  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disinfecting potable water tank on: March 24, 2012, 02:52:48 pm
Thanks all,

None of the suggestions apply although they have caused me to become more familiar wirh the innards of the coach.  No drawers under the sink either even though I am famiar with how to remove them.

Earlier today we arrived at our campsite for our first trip.  We are using city water until we figure out the drain delemma in sanitizing the fresh water tank.

Dick in FL
90  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disinfecting potable water tank on: March 23, 2012, 09:13:30 pm
Kevin,

Thanks, but the question is how to drain the tank.  I could not see the tank or any tubing leading from the gravity fill that would disclose the tanks' location, drain or drain valve.   

After a lot of time under the coach finding nothing, the only thing left was that the tank is under the bed (adding 300 plus pounds on the slide!). I extended the slide to look underneath.  There, at last, was a tube that likely was a drain.  Digging under the mattress I found a panel secured with four screws (torx?).  Can someone who knows the 2910 tell me what to do next?

Dick from FL
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