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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roadside assistance plan on: October 31, 2016, 05:20:04 pm
What I have, and used it once on my previous VW Rialta, is Progressive Insurance. They, at that time towed me to the nearest qualified shop to have my transmission cooler hose repaired. I had to pay for the repairs.  They took care of the 20 mile tow job.

This is how their policy is written.

1. Towing to qualified repair facility
2. Labor of one hour at place of disablement.

Covered emergency, is for:
1. mechanical or electrical breakdown
2. battery failure
3. insufficient fuel, oil, water or other fluid
4. flat tire
5. lock-out
6 entrapment in show, mud, water, or sand, within 100 feet of a road or high-way.

As far as cost...  I find that Motor Home insurance is very inexpensive compared to other vehicles. I asked the reason why to my agent.  Very simply put, he said, a motor home us usually only used as a motor home. If its a Pickup with a camper on back, the owner can and does, take the camper off and now it's a simple pickup truck that can be used for many uses, making its insurance much more costly. Oh, OK, I said.. makes sense! 

Denny
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 31, 2016, 09:45:19 am
When swapping radios, If you want to use the radio while stopped do the following. Take the red Ford wire (battery) and the orange Ford wire  (accessory) and wire them together to the accessory wire on the new radio. This will make the radio available all the time. BUT. You must remember to shut it off manually.     

That's a great idea.  But it could run your engine-battery down, if left on too long.  So taking this step a bit farther, one could run a new fused wire from the coach batteries and connect it to the radio (Battery), and (Accessory) wires, eliminating that potential problem.

Denny
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Amateur Radio question on: October 28, 2016, 10:38:15 pm
We drove our new to us 2012 Phoenix Cruiser hame and missed not having the two meter radio installed for the initial trip home. Any hints or tips?  How did you handle the antenna for your rig? Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Marilyn - KA4JKW

Marilyn, as you can see from picture, that is my HF radio mount behind the passenger seat. Not the best place for a rig to be mounted as cannot be used while mobile. I do have a 2mtr Kenwood TM-D700 mounted under the dash just left of the doghouse. Not the best place as kind of a knee catcher at times. If you have a rig such as this with the remote head, it can be mounted in a better place, such as under the seat, with the remote head mounted on the doghouse drink tray. 

Antenna options I used was the mirrors.  One for screwdriver type HF antenna, and the other for a 5/8~ 2mtr/440 mount. I did run a #10 wire from the antenna mount to the cab door frame for a better ground connection.

Hope this helps.

Denny, k9aeg
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: StowAway screen door. on: October 28, 2016, 10:27:55 pm
Talk to Phoenix about the southco latch. Mine broke also, and they sent me a new one without cost.  2nd one appears to be better quality.  The refrig is something else. Probably needs to be serviced by dealer, as much more complicated, and who knows... One could purchase the wrong part, and still not have a working unit.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 28, 2016, 10:05:11 am
Thanks ragoodsp.  I think between you and Ron, this project will not get off the ground. I don't need more stuff to clutter my life, especially if it isn't helpful.  I have been using my android tablet for navigation, which works fine. No sense then to change to something that is difficult to use and see.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 27, 2016, 07:53:13 pm
Thanks Ron... You are alway a blessing to be heard from on this forum.  You have more than ever answered my questions, meaning, issues I was thinking about, you have answered.

On another line, I believe I have a posting problem on this forum.  1st of all, I do not get email notifications of my postings. Others I do.  2ndly, I do not see my postings in the "Show unread posts since last visit".  I probably don't have something setup correctly.

Thanks Ron,

Denny
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Recliner Damage on: October 27, 2016, 07:40:20 pm
Mine is a 2012 also.  Mine is nice and flexible soft with no problems.  Wonder if this was just a bad batch of vinyl (well, lets call it what it is, certainly not Leather as advertised), from China?  I do put auto upholstery cleaner/conditioner on a few times at year. But I'm not convinced that this is the problem, and leaning towards, Bad Product instead.

Denny
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Upgrading Ford factory radio sterio on: October 26, 2016, 06:50:07 pm
Has anyone upgraded the Ford factory radio to lets say a Smart Radio Stereo? You know the type, with built in GPS, Apps and back-up camera capable.

Does the Ford have the universal "dual din" footprint, to make installation possible?

Thanks
Denny 
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sofa End Table on: October 22, 2016, 11:33:52 am
Nice job. Thanks
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 07, 2016, 08:50:01 am
Thanks... I thought one would have to replace battery from the back which would be a pain... Well, now I'm am tempted to order one.

Denny
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cooktop Ignitor on: October 06, 2016, 08:54:51 pm
Easy to change battery?   Or should one decide on a battery-less unit?
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protection Against Blowouts and Getting Rear-ended? on: October 02, 2016, 07:38:46 pm
Good concern...
I added wheelwell protection for that stuff around them using just hard-backed carpet.   

See my other post where I added a back bumper using laminated Oak.  (I'm a woodworker... just seemed a natural  Smile )


Denny and Barb
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any Experience with new 6 Speed Transmission on: September 13, 2016, 08:10:48 pm
Fuel economy is Fuel economy.... Meaning you cannot squeeze out more than is needed to get from point A to point B/
Saying that, yet an extra GEAR is nice. But not Maybe advantage as on would like to think...

Remember, Most of our driving is in "High Gear".   Period.... You get what you get when Torque Converter is Locked Up!
Just saying... 

Denny and Barb
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dead battery salvation on: September 10, 2016, 10:15:49 am
You guys can tell me if this is a good idea, or not to keep engine battery charged. See picture below. I used a "add a circuit" device to connect the house batteries to the engine battery.  It's a trickle charge setup that has a 5 amp fuse in series with a 10 amp blocking diode.  The blocking diode is to prevent the house batteries from draining the engine battery.  Been using for a month now, and no problems so far.  Now this also solves playing dash radio without killing engine battery.

So what your thoughts a d feedback?
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side storage locks on: September 10, 2016, 09:48:26 am
yep 2 Frazzled, the locks can be programed to any 3 numbers. And also, they are mechanical so they may need to be WD-40'ed occassionally, just as your present locks need. The black rubber covers, should keep them pretty clean however.
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