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121  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rubber Floor Mat on: September 30, 2013, 09:57:38 am
good topic
   Have read some of the fixes. No one has told us what the mat would cost.    For that flat area, next to the engine cowling I would suggest some of that rubber mat I used in the hallway and bathroom,,,,   I going to wait and see what Ron does since it already sounds like he is going to pull up his carpet and do something.. want to know how hard/easy pulling up the carpet is, before I attempt to do something,   BTW, we keep a large dog bed in that area its about 4 inches thick, that's where our puppy dog rides when we are driving, he usually stays there the whole time so the heat coming up does not seem to bother him
122  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ENGINE COWLING on: September 30, 2013, 09:23:55 am
tks for the replies,, one great thing about the forum,,, Ask if you don't know,,, especially if you have some time to do something,,, you learn from others booboos...between all my DIYing can not tell you how many times have made a booboo, but that's part of the process,   but you learn from your mistakes.... the other thing, it's fun doing thing yourself,   and would never be able to figure out how much money have saved over the years.
123  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ENGINE COWLING on: September 29, 2013, 10:03:43 am
tks Bob,,,, seems pretty straight forward,,, I think (maybe) I might install Scan Gauge in the cup area,, I already have my satellite radio mounted on the holders,,, I want to run the cable along the top of the cowling to hide it a little... also I'm not worried about reading the gauge when driving too much,,, I'm usually the navigator so I can read it all the time haha... will post later if I do it that way... if not someone had mentioned the steering wheel mount,, so I am looking at both hook-ups and deciding..

    One question,,,, you say wires and tubes,,,, are there some of these when you take the cowling off?

again tks

124  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A New Banging Sound After Year #6 - In The B+ Cap Area on: September 28, 2013, 09:05:21 pm
   Look at the pic on page 1, I think you can pretty well ballpark where the door post is in alignment with the cap... that pic Ron showed us really helps... would bet that all the vans are cut pretty close to the same no matter what model
125  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another sani con tank flushing question on: September 28, 2013, 11:30:35 am
    I previously had read Barry's post on TP, we now use the same.  AS far as chemicals for the tank,,,  we do stay too long in any one place 3/4 days at most. I only use Calgon water softener in the tank,,, I mix about 4oz gallon of water, pour about half into sinks,shower, rest into toilet. the tanks and pipes become very slippery.. it is suppose to coat the walls of the pipes and tanks where nothing sticks... I have no problem dumping smell... I usually sanitize the fresh tanks twice a year,,( we travel usually spring and fall)   while doing this I also put some weak bleach mixture down all the pipes and toilet. flush everything, fill up the tanks water,  add more calgon to the system and away we go.
If you want I can find the actual posting on the Calgaon,,, was from some guy who had been RVing for 20+years.
126  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steering damper and suspension improvements - advice please on: September 28, 2013, 11:03:17 am
    did you look at all the previous post on alignment/handling all kinds of good stuff...  first thing is to go and get the rig aligned or checked   some of the guys did this and solved their problem, found out the were out of alignment just a little... ... also describe your problem so we can suggest fixes... from reading a lot of post on this problem I don't think it matters what rig you have, the problem seems to be when they made them(chassis).. in other words your chassis is either square or off some... the fixes (adding suspension or what ever to it) squares everything up and away you go easy breezy... from the small to the big chassis it just depends.  fingers crossed a good alignment will solve your problem and help your wallet haha  good luck
127  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Night/Day Shades Rattling on: September 28, 2013, 10:47:59 am
Carol/juan  welcome,,,,  I assume you have the newer shades day looks like solar shades. black,,, I saw some of these in a 2552 two weeks ago,, very nice,,, I did a window project over the summer and made some shields for our windows. next time you are out could you check the heat exchange with the day shades down,, I realize they block the sun etc,,, I am curious if the heat is still getting in through the window and around the shades.

   Were driving a 2350 2008 so we have the old one piece shades...   had fun looking at the 51 and a 52 for sale in Houston,,,, now I want to see a 2100 and 2400 to see the difference...  We previously drove a Roadtrek 2100, but wanted a little more room,,, I'm wondering if a 2100/2400 would fit our needs if I decide to trade in,,,,,,
  I'm sure you have looked at all the tips,, takes a while but all kinds of good stuff on them to make your life easier.  BTW,, read the tips on maintaining the paint/body, etc,,, hopefully you already waxed Baby, very important
128  Main Forum / General Discussion / ENGINE COWLING on: September 28, 2013, 10:27:49 am
I have a need to remove the cowling over the engine. I see the locking tabs etc. looked at the Ford Manual.  Has anyone removed their cowling and were there any problems?
129  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Valve extensions on: September 28, 2013, 10:11:24 am
good info,,,, notice that the nuts holding the extenders comes loose sometimes,,,Did yours????   Since those wheel cover are metal and the attachments are metal I think there is so much vibration that they naturally vibrate loose ....Had to tighten the nuts holding the duals a couple of times
 That was a good post on the extenders,,,I have some on my front also ,, it was to hard to get to the valves without them,,,, I check all of the extenders each time I do a pressure check...
130  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A New Banging Sound After Year #6 - In The B+ Cap Area on: September 28, 2013, 10:03:18 am
good post ron,,
    I looked at the pic you have unfinished cab, can visualize  where the cabinets above pass/driver are and how the screws help...  did the bottom of the cabinets have a lining or were they bare?

On your oven rattle if it comes back don't forget to look at where I replaced part of the inside mounting boards  with some padding on my replacement project. 

I have already put on my to do list the palm test on the cap haha... already mentioned I have small leak on driver side when driving,, fingers crossed  but if a problem maybe the screws and will help tighten it down

good job
131  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation on: September 25, 2013, 07:16:40 pm
Thanks Greg, good info..
     I think more than anything it is operator error haha, being chicken... like I mentioned, next time I have the Beast in the driveway will play with them some more.. I actually think they are find I just need to learn to how to operate them.  Also to be honest,,, I have not really had a reason to use them... we camp mainly in RV parks and most of them have been pretty level,, but like knowing how to change a tire, ( yeah it happens) it's nice to know you can use them if needed.
132  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation on: September 25, 2013, 09:46:12 am
My lifts are the 625 series HWH,  think previous owner had them added.  the controller is next to the side door, you can either manually do the jacks  side,ftont. back or do automatic according to the manual,,, the two rear jacks are attached to a bar,, they do not fold back... snot sure how you could do the sides when both rears have to go dwon I think   sure wish they did ... I should have taken a pic yesterday but forgot,,,  I am going to estimate they cost me about 6 to 8 inches of clearance in the rear... I did paly with them a little when I was exercising the genie yesterday,, but got worried they would get stuck,, you have to manually release the valves to retract, so left them alone,,, next time I have the Beast at home will do some more,,, 
    One question,,, does it take a (?) while for them to lower,, seems slow to me,, but not sure..
133  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation on: September 23, 2013, 10:45:58 am
I wrote to HWH regarding keeping the unit suspended"

You can put the jacks down and take weight off the suspension if you like, it will not hurt anything as far as the jacks are concerned. The only thing I will suggest you do is if you go out once a month or so and start the coach run the jacks at the same time. You obviously do not have to do this but it helps keep moisture out of the motor. [/color] I hope he is talking about the coach engine which we all know should be run regularly.

 So according to them ok to use the lifts to keep weight off the tires, etc,,,,  makes sense to exercise the lifts just like anything else..  hopefully a few owners will comment if they do this,,,, I would assume would really help the tires,  shocks are gas filled so I would also assume would help their life span,,, how ever are you going to wear out the lifts sooner????   a delima


134  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation on: September 23, 2013, 09:36:20 am
Bruce and I are both on the learning curve on lifts,  I have never used mind,,, they were operated when I purchased to show they work. How ever want to learn a little more and also like Bruce advised like anything you still need to exercise things to keep them working.
Couple of questions..  Agree about auto and adjusting, seems a little complicated,,  Manually, if doing a lift does it stop when I cease pushing the up/down button,,,  for either group side front rear....     do you use the auto restore when retracting the lifts, would make sense to do all of them at the same time

   Can you use the lifts while units in storage to take weight off the tires, never saw or heard of this just curious,,,, I would assume not a good ideal since it would keep extended pressure on the  valves.
listening and learning hehe
135  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: September 23, 2013, 09:15:42 am
good post,, how much do these systems cost if installed and if you DIY?     I like that had minor adjustment in alignment,,,, I also wonder if the problem with road wandering is a little more prevalent in the larger units due to larger wheelbase and a little more weight,,,,  our unit (2350)had suspension enhancements installed already prior to purchase and of course handles like a dream, so would assume it had a problem,,, maybe some other 2350 owners will chime in (Ron haha) 
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