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166  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning/polishing front part of roof on: August 24, 2013, 10:03:04 am
good pics,,, Now I see what you mean,,, were about the same svelte size hehe,, would save a lot time and moving the ladder etc,,, I am going to put the scaffolding on my list,,, I have a lot of things I put on there for future projects and purchases,,,,  thanks for the pics
sparky
167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 21, 2013, 07:09:18 pm
that figures,,, no wonder everyone gets a new door,, boogers, see what happens when you assume,,, thinking it was the hinge...  I know someone mentioned putting epoxy on the hinge so I thought,,,  alright next time out    door off again and give it a look see )&*&^ haha
thanks
David Sparks
168  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Find your next stop on: August 21, 2013, 07:02:56 pm
Great tips,,,,   when I did my Alaska trip,,, I used google maps to do the route, you can put about 20 points of travel,,,, it also gives the mileage between points,,, I then would user Rvpark reviews and  Woodalls,  Goodsams,,, since I'm a member of goodsams I try to stay at their parks most times,,,,,  once I get the points I'm traveling I may readjust based upon available RV spots....one thing I love about google maps you can change very easily,.... I changed the points on my Alaska trip numerous times, depending upon distance and places to stay... we do not dry camp too often but do not mind intermingling in day or two of dry then back to a park with hook-ups this was a 5 week trip with over 30 different stops so I did a whole bunch of planning, I put together a notebook with our itinerary for each day, had a page for each spot, things to see and do,, campgrounds, always had 1/2 back-ups other than first choice.
   I just posted our Alaska trip and a trip we made to Zion and Grand Canyon.   I spend a lot of time planning most of my trips,,,  right now I'm putting one I call my Civil War trip,,,, I want to go look at a bunch of the parks and memorials of the Civil War,,,, going from Houston to Maryland,,,, still in the planning stages, probably will spend about 3 weeks on this trip... I will do an itinerary on it and post it once it is ready. Probably do that next fall,,,, this fall can not make my mind up yet,,, we may go back to grand canyon
sparky
169  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Grand Canyon, Zion National Park on: August 21, 2013, 06:43:21 pm
GRAND CANYON vs ZION NP
    We recently did a trip to Zion NP (ZNP) and then went down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  Many people have traveled to the South Rim Grand Canyon (near Flagstaff) but the difference is spectacular.  At either rim of the GC you travel down to the bottom.  AT ZNP you are in the bottom and have to travel up to get to rim. ZNP closes the main road through the park and you can only travel by bus to get to the viewing areas.  (midMay to Mid Sept)  We had our bikes, you can put your bike on the bus, take them up the road and ride back, wow, what fun.  Note, some people rode their bikes up the road of ZNP,, it is mainly uphill, but the ride back is 98% downhill and a blast.  You can make reservations at the ZNP site    http://www.recreation.gov/      you want to stay at Watchman, what is neat you can view the  RV sites,  read the site, gives all kinds of info.   Ranger told me it does get hot in the summer so plan ahead.  We went in early May,  weather was gorgeous, but getting a little warm.  These are some pictures we took while at ZNP      http://www.flickr.com/photos/63914311@N05/sets/72157635175088264/        if you go to the site and clik on individual picture you can get full screen if you want.
We then drove down to the North Rim, it does not open till the May 15, there was still snow on the ground. We have been to the North rim a couple of times usually stayed in the cabins,, very nice.  This was the first time we camped.   Dry camping only,  they have nice restrooms, also there is a shower and laundry room across from the campground, very nice.  Campground was full. Reservations again, get them early.   http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm   this is for the north rim,,, its about a mile and half to walk to the main lodge and rim.   Very shady,,, stays cool in the summer also.
Now the purpose of going to the North rim again was my great adventure,,,  I walked from the North Rim to the South Rim, quiet an experience if you like to punish yourself haha if interested you can see and read about this     http://walkingrimtorim.blogspot.com/   Donna drove the Beast over to the South rim to meet me.
    South rim is really spread out,,, need to take the shuttle run to get anywhere,, were going back on our next trip that direction and spend some more time.   Park had full hook ups.   We stayed at trailer village  campground,, http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/cg-sr.htm 
One last thing,, we have some more pictues of the grand canyon in case your interested.  These are mainly pictures I took while on the walk and did not use in the blog.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63914311@N05/sets/72157633633301068/ 
We love going to Vegas, stayed at Main Street,, this is a good trip Vegas couple of days,  over to Zion, then down to the Grand Canyon and home,,,  if you have any questions feel free to contact me directly
davidmsparks@gmail.com
enjoy
Sparky

170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 21, 2013, 05:55:32 pm
Well HecK,,,,hmmmm okay took a pic of the hinge bracket,, it's all steel/metal  the door has a hole in it that sits on the hinge bracket... so you mean the spot where the door sits on the hinge breaks, well heck again haha,,,, I know they make hinge kits and I thought this was the fix,, crud thought I was in the clear,, I guess tks for breaiking the bad news haha...Okay will give it another look

171  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: ALASKA ADVENTURE on: August 20, 2013, 06:49:53 pm
To be honest I don't remember anyone towing a car.  Every place you go is set up to handle Rv's.   We took some different roads other than the Alaska Highway,,, for instance the road to Chicken Ak,,, top of the world highway was 115 miles, 90 miles of gravel, washboard,, had to drive very slow, but worth it, also scary haha...  would hate to be towing a car behind on that road,,,  we traveled on one other road  around Prince Rupert  that was gravel,,,, I had planned on taking another road that was gravel but was advised that it was rutted.... there was some repair work going on and remember we went late in the summer.... read that after the spring thaw they do lots more roadwork,,,,, we could drive full speed 90% of the time,,, most bad spots on the road were marked or you could see them coming  especially frost heaves,,, do not know how well they would be marked early in the summer  bottom line roads were no problem a lot better than I expected.

I'm sure you saw my post on my bicycles,,,   would have loved to have them in  Anchorage and  some of the parks,,, note we drove a Roadtrek on that trip,, I know our 2350 is a little bigger, but think it would be about the same....  wanted ride the ferries but did not.... expensive 

We traveled along with a caravan for a couple of days,,, mostly all A's,,,,  they all had protective wrap around the front of the Rv's... I guess since they were following each other close needed it,,, especially on road to Chicken,  you will get dirty,,,, some kind of black dirt, ash,,,, I would wash the bugs off each night,,,, sprayed washed a couple of times,,,, kept wipes to keep the windows clean mainly for picture taking...
sorry so long
sparky
172  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / ALASKA ADVENTURE on: August 20, 2013, 09:53:05 am
   I'm starting my plans for a trip to Alaska in 2014 or 2015,  We went in 2012 and was a trip of a lifetime.  If your interested we did a blog
for our trip in 2012       http://andysbigtrip.blogspot.com/     I have a lot of tips, suggestions for making your first trip to Alaska.

On our first trip it was a wonderful experience but this time I want to be able to take our time and smell the roses.  Were planning  a trip of about the same length of time 5to7 weeks. Traveling from Houston cost about 7/8 days of just getting in and out of the states.  We have not decided rather to go in the Spring or leave in late summer like we did on the first trip.   I want to fish more this trip and leaving late summer  causes you to miss some of the fishing. (especially the Salmon running)... We will go back to Denali. Spent two days on the first trip. This time plan on staying 4/5 days. The park closes for camping in mid Sept.   A lot of the RV parks start to close mid Sept and some of them even closed due to freezing weather in Sept. 

   A second area we want to stay for a period  is the Kenai peninsula ,, this is the Homer, Seward area,,, all kinds of fishing and wonderful rivers.

  Third area we will stay at is Jasper NP in Canada, Banff,,, wonderful area and beautiful to drive through. 

   On our trip most of the rv parks were not crowded, this made it especially nice when using the facilities.  Anyhow just wanted to put this information on the forum.  In addition I'm working on a trip in the south of about two weeks which I will post later... If your planning a trip to Alaska start now,,, it's a big trip and does take a lot of planning.  Feel free to email and ask questions after you look at the blog. Will be glad to help
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
PS>  We were in a roadtrek  on the trip in 2012,,, this time will take the PC and be able to have some more room and enjoy ourselves.
173  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: LED LIGHT FOR TANK HEATER SWITCH on: August 18, 2013, 11:31:55 am
Nice job,,,, I would like a little more detail regarding heating the tank....Manual says it's for when temps get to freezing to protect it, understand especially since the tank is in the back of the unit.   how is the water warmed,, I going to assume something like heat strips on the tank???    is there any reason to warm the water in the tank other than protection???    I would guess if you were camping in very cold temps,,, warm the tank,,, run some water through all your piping prior to going to sleep would help all the pipes and tanks....
thanks
Sparky
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2350/2005sewer hose compartment? on: August 18, 2013, 11:02:34 am
Nice picture of the sewer hose storage,... I use a medium size tub ( 30x18x18, or close) hose folds into it very nice, after I get home from traveling, wash out the tub, hose, parts etc,,,    stores in  storage compartment below bedroom,,,
sparky
175  Main Forum / General Discussion / ELECTRICAL QUESTIONS on: August 17, 2013, 07:18:31 pm
Alright bare with me a minute,   I am trying to learn electrical applications, fixes, problems, questions, test, etc etc... I did a general search and came up with so much stuff it is confusing and no value  When I first joined this group I went through nearly every page on this forum and found all kinds of good stuff.

Here is what I am suggesting on our Main forum we have 8 sub topics,, general, photos, tips, food, etc,,,,     I would like to see a new sub forum started and call it ELECTRICAL 101.  Under that sub forum I would like for our contributors to post topics,,   here's two,  CHEKCING YOUR COACH BATTERY,,,  one of our electrical people could give the steps in checking your coach battery to make sure it is functioning  properly,,,NOTE  I spent about 10 to 15 minutes reading this topic (other web sites and the PC forum), it is a little confusing,, leave battery connected, yes no,,,, how do you hook up a battery minder (keeps the electronics in your vehicle set like you have them),,,,
   CHECKING THE VOLTAGE AT THE CAMPGROUND   this was posted by someone on our forum, it gave instructions on why you should check the voltage at the electrical post prior to hooking up,, I copied this post was excellent how to do and why. If a sub group was set up a person could go in check the topics,,, see if their was some help and if not come back to the general discussion and ask for help
  These are just two examples and I know there are plenty more.   Anyway maybe Aimee can think of something or one of electric experts could take charge hehe,,, 
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
176  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 17, 2013, 05:58:37 pm
Bruce
    Like tom said you probably have the non screw valve caps, you should be able to check the air pressure on them,, try it, If I am right they should actually screw off to your regular looking valve stems, I guess you could call them extensions. hehe,,, the tip will have a movable ball/spot in the middle where you can fill or check the pressure. they just make it easier to check or fill. again take your gauge or a key and push down on the middle should give,
David sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Add pictures? on: August 16, 2013, 08:10:09 pm
Barry
  I cut and pasted your directions,,,, finally got a picture to download,,, I had to do a REDO for size, took a. little experimentation with Microsoft office but got it to the right size,,,,   thks for your directiions
178  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 16, 2013, 08:03:47 pm
Ok 4th time,,, I am still trying to download a pic... purchased this stem valve tool wal mart 1.88. YES it is tied to a lanyard so I do not lose it... I actually have two of these, lost one for three months,,,,, now if I can some how attach a lanyard to the TV remote haha

179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Handling Issues on: August 14, 2013, 07:07:50 pm
Great tip
    Especially for owners of new rigs. I have an 2008 and the previous owner went and spent a small fortune on the stabilizers an shocks           ( thank you very much haha)...drives like a charm,,,, hopefully new owners will see your suggestion and go that route first,, will save some them some money.   a star for you
David Sparks
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 14, 2013, 07:01:44 pm
GOOD NEWS     BAD NEWS
   Went and exercised the genie this morning.  took a screw driver,  off came the hex nut no problem, three bolts holding the hinge bracket,  I used a 6mm nut to take it off...   messed around the with  the hinge,  METAL what the heck?????  lol,,,, I just know based upon all the other messages would be plastic..  bolted it back in, put the door back on and I'm done,  good news for me,  Bad news I 'm not doing anything else  haha... sorry.
sparly
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