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76  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Need The Strength Of "THE HULK" To Work Your Shower Head? If So, Read This. on: October 25, 2015, 12:12:49 am
We replaced our shower hose with an Oxygenics Body Spa - Powerful RV Shower Technology model that you can see on this page:
It works great and I like the design of the handle as it can be manipulated easily with my soapy hands while in the shower.
77  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Why we all love our Phoenix Cruisers on: October 17, 2015, 01:17:05 am
Thank you Paul for the great report on the RV show.  We agree with your assessment of the Phoenix Cruiser's quality.
--Bruce and Sharon
78  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: September 19, 2015, 03:18:40 pm
Thanks for the report Barry.
79  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 04, 2015, 06:24:05 pm
Another thing to consider when towing is the extra effort it takes to stop.  That can lead to the most dangerous of moments.  Even with the auxiliary braking system that we have in the CR-V, some sudden stops get scary--that's why we seldom travel at more than 55 mph.
80  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing cruise control questions on: September 04, 2015, 12:48:17 pm

Weve been towing a CR-V behind a motorhome for about 13 years and find it very easy.  We now have a 2013 AWD version.

My primary advice to you is to carefully follow the instructions in your CR-V owners manual in the section entitled Towing Your Vehicle that includes:

1.  Procedures to follow with the transmission before starting to tow,

2.  Do not exceed 65 mph,

3.  Tow with four wheels down on AWD models,

4.  Change CR-V transmission fluid at required intervals,

5.  Never shift from Reverse to Neutral and then tow with the drive wheels on the ground, and
6. Special instructions for towing more than eight hours in one day that includes procedure to prevent the CR-V battery from running down.   We installed a Roadmaster FuseMaster Fuse Bypass - 13" - 20-Amp Mini-Fuse.

We use cruise control when towing with our PC while on flat highway sections, but usually not if the transmission shifts down to maintain the speed.   

There is a recent thread on this forum regarding MPG that you might find helpful.  Since most of our driving is in California were limited to 55 mph while towing and think that is reasonable even without the law.

We really like the tow-haul mode of the PC, but dont use it all the time.  We apply it help slow us down on sudden stops and on downhill sections, then release the mode as soon as engine breaking is not needed.  It might be good to use on steep uphill sections while towing, but weve seldom felt that the engine was suffering without it.  The transmission in normal mode seems to keep the engine happy.

There might be more for me to add that I can't think of now, so please post again with any more questions.

81  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 30, 2015, 07:19:03 pm
Thank you for the information and ideas you've put into these posts.

We don't have a Scangauge in our PC, but we do pay attention to our MPG each time we fuel up.  We know it's not exact because of fuel used by our generator and variations in the amount of a "full" tank from one fill to another, but it's close enough for us.

I'm accustomed to using techniques you mention while driving our auto as well as the PC.  It's nice to hear from someone who can measure the results.  Those techniques make perfect sense to me and don't spoil the enjoyment of the trip at all.

Happy trails,
82  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 11:38:39 am
An analogy of the vacuum on the drain hose is like what happens to liquid in a straw when you put your finger over one end and the liquid no longer flows out of the other end.  You break the vacuum by letting some air into the system.
83  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 27, 2015, 11:27:04 am
The Tow/Haul mode is activated by pressing the button on the end of the gearshift lever.
We always tow our Honda CR-V, but only use this mode for engine breaking on downhills or to come to a slowdown or stop quickly.
The Ford owner's manual contains a section under Transmission.
84  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 27, 2015, 01:39:01 am
I'm not certain that the following is appropriate to a post on MPG, but since we've touched on downshifting, etc. here is another thought to share:

I totally agree with Barry on manually increasing the throttle a little to maintain the speed set point in cruise control as long as the RPM's don't drop too much.  I also hate to see the RMP's jump up too much.  I'd rather slow down some than try to stay at some previously desired speed.

On declines I rely heavily on the Tow/Haul mode to slow us down.  A brief tap on the brake pedal releases the cruise control and a push on the Tow/Haul button before more brake is applied will usually be all we need to maintain a safe speed.  I seldom need to select a lower gear myself.  Of course on really steep declines more braking will be needed, but the automatic downshifting after a brief braking is all that is normally needed in our experience to get to an appropriate gear.  I'd rather have the engine/transmission work together to keep us safe rather than using the break pedal.

85  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 27, 2015, 01:05:27 am
Here's my experience with emptying the hose:
I find the macerator hose a little slow to drain when the pump is off, but I've never had to stow it full of water.  I make sure that there is a small gap between the dump receptacle and the end of the hose so that air can get in to break any vacuum in the hose and then start lifting the hose starting at the storage compartment and walking it up to the dump (shaking the hose a little as I go).  Usually take three or four times doing this before the hose is practically empty.  Then I cap the end of the hose and don't worry about the small amount still in the hose--it's almost clear gray water at that point.
That's what I do.  Hope this helps.
86  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 25, 2015, 07:48:28 pm
When we're on a freeway in cruise control, I'll often let the transmission shift down once if it looks like the incline we're on is fairly short and know it will shift up soon.  If the incline in long or the transmission shifts down again due to the steepness of the grade, I always turn the cruise control off and choose the gear myself.  We do slow down some, but I hate to hear the engine race and waste fuel.
87  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 25, 2015, 01:26:20 am
The September 2015 issue of MotorHome magazine has an article on page 99 entitled Power Trip 101 that covers some of the topics included in this thread.

It is primarily focused on 50 amp hookup pedestals, but includes graphics that help me to better understand Barrys original post here.  It describes the Leg 1 and 2 that I think Barry calls Phase 1 and 2.

We always use a portable Surge Guard, but seldom use our voltmeter or anything else to check the pedestal.  This discussion is making me reevaluate our technique.

88  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 22, 2015, 12:49:28 pm
Thank you for posting your experience on the pedestal power problem.

Before this summer I didnt know that a 50 to 30 amp converter was possible.  On our first trip this summer we had just hooked up in a busy RV park with many ac units running when the pedestal 30 amp circuit breaker at our site opened several times within 30 minutes.  The park repairman came by and said that the circuit breaker was probably defective, but he didnt have the time or parts immediately available.  He loaned us his 50 to 30 amp converter (I think it was a standard unit) and we had no more failures during our two-day stay.

After that experience we bought and now bring a converter with us in case this happens again where no help is easily available.  

I think Ive learned from your post that the success of the converter depends on the configuration of the wires in both the pedestal and the converter.  So it seems that if this situation does happen again, well have at best a 50-50 chance that it will work (probably less chance since most parks will be wired like the one in your situation).

The 50 to 30 amp converter would have the same chance to help in a case where the 30 amp circuit in the park was weak for any reason (too many users, etc.) but the 50 amp circuit was good.

Do you think Ive got this right?

89  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: NORCOLD Door Hinge Retrofit Kit on: August 18, 2015, 03:05:46 pm
Ron and Barry,

Your directions really helped me remove the door.  When it was off and placed down on the bed, I could see and feel that the door already has the metal hinge in place.

Before taking the door off I felt totally confident that the hinge was made of plastic, but all that I could really see was the very edge of the hinge.

Anyway, this discovery made the job very easy.  Just reinstall the door and be done with it.   LOL

Thanks again for your help.

90  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: NORCOLD Door Hinge Retrofit Kit on: August 17, 2015, 07:40:57 pm
Ron and Barry,

Thank you both very much for your replies on this.  I think with your help I'll be able to get the kit installed tomorrow.

Will let you know how it goes.

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