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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hose length on: February 20, 2017, 07:27:50 pm
I carry a couple of 25 footers.  I need both of them occasionally and have them when I need them.  Virtually every Walmart along your travels has basic RV supplies like hoses, connections, dump hoses, toilet paper, tank chemicals etc. 

17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check your macerator pump on: February 19, 2017, 08:30:17 am
ragoodsp, I thought perhaps that had occurred (bumping it on something)  but when I made the repairs I took the pump into my shop, cleaned it and examined it carefully.  There was not a scratch on it.  So, the only conclusion I could make was that the misalignment (which was obvious when I put a straight edge from the pump to the plumbing) over time and rough roads had something to do with it.  When I modified the C clamp discussed above, the pump was resting about a quarter of an inch lower in the clamp to achieve an inline lineup.

In reality, who knows what mischief was at work?   

18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check your macerator pump on: February 17, 2017, 10:26:48 pm
Ron, you are right on target with my thoughts.  I did modify the U strap in such a manner as to accomodate a little "give" and essentially dampen vibration.  The best solution would probably be a rubber hose between the bayonet's receiver and the sewage piping, but that would be a really major project.  As I recall, my previous rig (Roadtrek Class B 210) had such a short rubber piece of tubing to connect the pvc sewage pipe to the the macerator, thus absorbing all the vibration/give.   

On my Roadtrek, I had a macerator discharge hose split after a few years use.  It failed, of course, while I was running the pump dumping the tanks.  The split was perfectly soak my right leg at about the knee level.   Montrose, Colorado.  July, 2010.  You remember times and places for "certain memorable events".   rolling on the floor

19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Check your macerator pump on: February 17, 2017, 04:05:38 pm
I love the Sanicom system on our PC but it has a design that seems to me to be trouble waiting to happen.  Or, maybe, I just was unlucky.  The Thetford pump is supported on our PC by a U bracket below the system access door.  The location of the bracket (which looks like something PC probably makes for their rigs) was just a little off kilter resulting in a not quite right alignment and apparently put a bit of a strain on the connection between pump mounting bracket and the pvc pipe coming from the tanks.  Given a few thousand miles of vibration going down the road, the mounting on the pump (which is a bayonet) failed.  The result was  leakage of fluid at the point where the pump joins the piping.  There is an O ring at this point between the pipe and the pump bayonet.  

The problem is the bayonet.  It has four ears and three of the four on my pump failed.  Failed is a nice word.  Those suckers broke off leaving the pump attached to the  pipe with only one of the four appendages.  

I took the whole shebang apart this beautiful (sunny and 70F) day and took it into my shop, cleaned it, modified it and reinstalled.  I put a good sealant all around the joint and that will obviously have to be scrapped off if I ever replace the pump, which I doubt.  This is our second RV with a macerator and if you take care (particularly to use a hair trap on the drain in the shower and not put really dumb things down the gray drains in the sinks) they give great service in my experience.  

I add all this to the forum to simply caution my fellow PCers to consider visually checking the integrity of the bayonet on their rigs when they do their spring "gettin' ready to go" stuff.  

Researching this on several Class C forums, I find I am not the only one to have had the problem.  The bayonet is simply under structured from a design standpoint.   Competing (non Thetford) pumps used in RVs apparently use a threaded attachment as opposed to the bayonet.  

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pre-purchase PC inspections on: February 10, 2017, 09:16:01 am
I cannot answer your question directly but I can tell you I have checked out some locally "for sale" rigs for folks far away that found something online for sale near me.   These were people I had "met" on the forums and were mostly Bs.   I would have them call the owner and make arrangements for me to call him so he/she would know I was legitimate and I would drive over to the unit, check it out, take pictures and email my findings back to the interested party.  

I have only done this for people after talking to them on the phone and determining they were not tire kicking, because sometimes the rigs were fifty miles away.  I enjoyed doing that and helping out a fellow traveler.......after I made sure everyone was on the up and up about the deal.  

I see that the OP is in Anacortes and that is a "fer spell" of distance from Elkhart.  Maybe some PC owner near the factory could help you??

21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: House batteries on: February 10, 2017, 09:10:02 am
I don't know about the 2012 Sprinter 2350, but I replaced our coach batteries last year on our 2013 Ford 2350 with two deep cycle golf cart batteries I bought at Sams Club for about $115 each. 

Our PC was eleven months old when we bought it from the first owner.  They were new to rving and I suspect they simply had zero knowledge of battery care/maintenance.  On our previous rig, I got five years out of a couple of sixes. 

I had zero trouble getting the batteries out of the 2350 and new ones back in but it is a little tight in there.  And those are not light weight batteries.  Battery discussions always bring in all the high dollar battery lovers but I am just a cheap sort of guy.  With care and observation of maintenance I have always gotten good service out of coach batteries.  Probably 80% of our use of the PC is in boondocking so monitoring and maintenance become important fast.  I buy all our batteries at Walmart or Sams.

22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Parts list? on: February 02, 2017, 08:53:05 am
Other than the obvious small tools and an assortment of screws and small bolts I carry an assortment of tape, including Gorilla Tape.  I also carry a windshield crack kit like this:

We seem to get a ding on our windshield more often than I want to think about because of some of the places we travel.  Follow the instructions precisely and you may be amazed at the results. 

Also, Gorilla Glue.  Don't leave home without it!   For years, I must admit, I have carried a lot of emergency stuff that I have never used and it takes up lots of space.  I should have typed for decades, not years sad

23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks on: February 02, 2017, 08:46:31 am
Gail, thanks for all of your help to me and others on this forum.  Enjoy your return to a B and your test drive to SSC (Sunny Southern California).  In a B, the journey is more than half of the fun of any trip. 

24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holding tanks how does everyone deal with the whole size of the holding tanks. on: February 02, 2017, 08:43:26 am
Here is a little water saver commonly used in the Class B world (where tanks are sometimes REALLY small)

Unlike the spray head in most rvs, these are positive off and don't drip water.  I have used them on four different motor homes over the years and for boondocking they are big water saver.

25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: back up camera on: January 30, 2017, 05:52:32 pm
My PC came with a hardwired Sony and it not a good system.   It is just poor in quality of picture.  I am curious what  Tadi system you installed.  Did you just cut the existing wires and power from there or how did you do it?   I don't want to go through another season with this camera.  Also, where did you mount the monitor?

26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery watering systems on: January 26, 2017, 08:56:14 am
I have found that a simple $2 kitchen baster works as a giant eyedropper to fill the batteries.  I simply use a good LED flashlight to inspect them.  Also, I keep a gallon of distilled water in the garage. 

I have strips of colored paper cut to about 1/2 inch wide by a few inches long that I dip into each hole until my thumb stops them.  Then, I observe the distance from the top of the water mark on the paper to my thumb to determine if I am up to the magic ring in each hole.  That is easier sometimes than trying to use the flashlight.  Probably more accurate as well.

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: euro chairs on: January 25, 2017, 09:06:37 am
We find the eurochair to be....adequate and comfortable.   The arms sloping downward are not as comfortable to my taste as straight arms.   The reclining sofa is also pretty nifty.  And, it makes a decent and acceptable bed.   

Lets face it:  putting all this in a coach less than eight feet wide requires some pretty unique design and every piece of furniture must be comfortable, affordable and fit the limited space.  Also, they must be multi-functional.  SO....everything is a compromise.  And everyone has their own personal tastes, particularly when it comes to comfort and usability.

The most comfortable seats for me personally in any RV were the Flexsteels in our first Roadtrek twenty years ago.  Or, maybe my back was twenty years younger????   Help

28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Disconnect/Selector Switch on: January 19, 2017, 10:17:40 pm
Here is my super duper, ultra sophisticated Okie disconnect switch:

29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2351 Corner Bed Opening Windows on: January 19, 2017, 01:32:10 pm
Well, the window by the bed is a problem for us with our rig.  All the windows are something less than we would desire.   We like windows that open much wider.  On our previous rig, we had twin beds in the back across the van camper (Roadtrek 210) with really nice sized windows on each wall and loved to open them full blast and enjoy the sounds out in the woods and the amount of air circulation. 

The windows not opening further are, in my opinion, probably the biggest complaint we would have for our PC.   I think I will pursue some mod for the escape window.  I didn't know it could be opened the length stated for the stick without causes problems.  If you only opened it four or five inches it would quadruple the air flow.   Another project for spring!

30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Wind Generator on: December 31, 2016, 09:53:41 am
About two years ago we were camped in a NF campground in Colorado.  I spotted a rig and had to talk to them, of course.  It was a 190 Roadtrek Popular (3500 Chevy Van conversion Class B, about 19+ feet long).  The occupants were a couple full timing in the Roadtrek.  The guy was a retired professor from one of the universities in Florida.  He was a kind of self taught engineer type guy as well.  He had designed and built a nifty wind generator on a pole that telescoped up to a few feet above the rig, about 12 feet above the ground when extended.   He also had a couple of hundred watt solar panels on the roof.  He told me the small wind generator worked great and really kept the batteries up on windy days and was super for those days with wind and clouds which obliterated the solar panels.  It was a neat system and this couple had lived this way for a year touring North America.  Also, they had a large StowAWay carrier on the back.  If you look up the specs for a RT190 you will discover an unexpectedly large carrying capacity for the rig.  We owned an identical RT model for many years and it was incredibly well designed and built.

Two "miracles" here: (1) all the neat stuff he had self designed and built to boondock most of the time in a small Class B and  (2) two people still being civil after a year of living full time in a small van. 

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