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196  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Check your valve stem cores on: August 07, 2013, 06:40:21 pm
good post ,, will get one now,,,
sparky
197  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Add pictures? on: August 07, 2013, 06:36:31 pm
tks Barry
   I will try again next time I need a pic .... I gave up that's why I did my projects on a blog,,, probably good some of them are a little wordy haha

I've tried a couple of times before  but will go by your steps.

Sparky
198  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 07, 2013, 06:31:06 pm
ron
   I'm jealous,, sitting on my porch 530pm 99.9 degrees it's hot, but shady haha.....  with the Scan Gauge I'm assuming you can monitor the mpg very easily,,, meaning if you only inflate to 75psi you can see the difference.   I have to get one of those.... when your doing it by tank it is ather difficult...     and your probably right  age will get your tires before  mileage... have a good trip,,, waiting for October

sparky
199  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 06, 2013, 07:35:30 pm
bob
   tks for site, I just bookmarked it for later use.   Next time I go out to exercise the genie, I 'm going to take the door off and the hinge, I got a lady across the street who does metal working,,, going to see if we can figure out a fix without ordering a kit... if we can will repost.. if not I'm going to buy a kit and replace,,, just not going to take a chance if can not figure a fix will order a kit for fall project prior to taking trip.

sparky
200  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 06, 2013, 09:23:58 am
bob

   good point,,, however,,hehe,,, I keep the door open when not in use,,, try to remember to close them when I drive but like all plans I forget,,,until I hear them banging around, which I'm sure is real good for that hinge,,, I have a cord with a flag that I hang for the antenna up/down   I guess I need one for the frige doors
Sparky
201  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 06, 2013, 08:50:15 am
Bob  very good point haha  I guess, don't know weather to laugh or cry,,,   anyway,,, Camping World also sells the fix up kits I believe For some reason 26bucks sticks in my head.  WE need a RV lawyer friendly to our community to bring a class action and bring a suit to replace all those hinges    I'm sorry I brought up this Sore subject but when I saw this tip wanted to put it with the thread. 

     When I had the Beast here for Summer Projects I looked at my hinge,, I could not tell it plastic,,, so I left it alone,  maybe when I go over to exercise the genie I just might take the door off and bring it home.... I'm going to do something with it.. reinforce replace or something,,, I just do not want to be out on the road and have it break...
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
202  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 05, 2013, 10:07:07 am
Shoot,   took me a few minutes but found the link   they have a daily tip I copy all the good ones on to a word document and save them for the future... anyway here is the actual page...
tks for letting me know,,,

sparky


http://www.rvtravel.com/?q=daily-rv-tips-issue5209180
203  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 05, 2013, 09:29:21 am
I saw this tip in RV daily and remembered we had some threads on this, so thought I would add it.....pics did not show up but at the end I think you can clik on a llink to get to them

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston

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RVing Tip of the Day Alternative fix to broken Norcold fridge hinge saves money
by Dick Wright
 Norcold refrigerator doors are notorious for the bottom hinge breaking because they are plastic. While you could replace the piece on the bottom, it's not available for Norcold. Their solution? Sell you a new door.There really is no bonding agent that will hold the hinge for the long haul. Searching the Internet provides a permanent fix. It was an obscure posting and I have not been able to find it again, but I did copy images of the fix for my own reference. I can't take personal credit for it but for Norcold owners it's a godsend, as it can save them hundreds of dollars.
 The first large photo shows a normal hinge pin for a Norcold door. Remove the door by unscrewing the pin in the top hinge.
What I did first was glue the broken piece into place with superglue. I then drilled a hole on each side of the hinge piece and reinforced it with small screws that went through both pieces.
 The last picture shows a piece of aluminum strap 1/8-inch thick the length of the door. You can purchase this at Home Depot or Lowes. Round the two outside corners. Drill and countersink holes every six inches. Drill the bottom of the door for each hole and temporarily attach with the first and last screw. Drill out the hinge pin hole being very careful to match up the new hole in the aluminum with the hole in the broken piece. Remove the aluminum strap and paint it black and allow it to dry thoroughly. Then replace all the screws and reset the door on the hinge pins. You now have a permanent fix and a hinge that is much stronger than the original.
For larger images of this, follow this link.
204  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 04, 2013, 08:53:12 pm
Bill
    Sounds to me based upon your circumstances there is nothing else you could do in regards to taking care of your tires.....I am still curious as to how your tread looks after 40k,,,,,  also you mentioned putting the  RV on blocks. Are you lifting the whole RV or just parking on blocks. I know they recommend taking all the weight off the tires, but for most of us nearly impossible,  I usually schedule a monthly visit to the storage to exercise the genie and drive the Beast,,, might start a bi-weekly   My two cents, I think your making a wise choice on replacing in the spring....
   Very good thread for all of us,,,   I can see the threads coming next few months ,, great deal on tires at ?????  hahah...
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
205  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 04, 2013, 09:55:34 am
Barry
   good article and informative,  ,and it adds more FUEL to the decision on when to pull the trigger and buy/replace our RV tires

Tom
    RE adding more oil/stuff to the tires due to them sitting makes a lot of sense,, like you say we use the LT tires, but most trucks, in most circumstances wear out due to tread life in 3/4 years,,,, did you read about that process in an article somewhere,  it sure would help all of us (RVers) knowing that info and help on our decision making process.

sparky
206  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 03, 2013, 06:57:03 pm
Bill
    you may be the only person who get's the actual mileage those Michelins will go haha...  Based upon my theory, lots of highway miles on our units,, I bet your tire treads look great???  Probably good for another 10 to 15,000.   Do you have the original tire papers, I wonder what the tire mileage is for those tires?  I know Ron purchased new, maybe he still has the papers that give the mileage guarantee.
    Did you rotate your tires?    How do you store your unit? inside/outside

   Again I am not an expert.  but,, heheh,      first thing is miles on the tread,,, the more miles sooner they wear out,  the older the tire sooner the tire goes out,   since my tires have 15,000 miles on them, the chance I would have tread separation should be lower for my unit than yours

your tires are gong on 5yrs getting close to 6,,, so in other words your in the old What the Heck Do I Do? quandary,, hahah.... if it was me, I think I would finish the falls season 2013 or short season (mileage wise) Spring 2014 and buy some new tires.  I only have 15,000 and probably want do more than 10/12,000 next two years and feel good about my tires,,,

   Hopefully a few more people will put their two cents in and give you some options and advice.
sparky
PS Let us know how much your new tires  cost, haha
207  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 03, 2013, 10:56:49 am
Ron
   On some of those readings I posted they both talked about 7 year life.  I have just seen too many post re 7year life.   I am planning a couple of trips next year or two,, 2/3000 mile trips, so probably will get more that 10k on the current tires Were going back to Alaska in 2 years and there is no way I would take a chance.  I also want to get a couple of 1000mile break-in before I make that trip,, last time we drove over 11,000 miles.  I had a pick-up tread came off, tore the wheel well, muffler up,,, scared me to death haha...  I am more worried about tread separation, like Tom mentioned that a blow out of the sidewalls.
    Since a lot of us have 08's lets all save $50 amonth next two years then we can all start looking for tires together and get the best bargain haha

Just an observation,,, I have a mini van,, Toyota Sienna,  has 106,000 miles on it, the current tires have over 60k on them and look great I think I might get another 10k out of them.... 90% driving highway,,,,, just like our RV's we drive mainly highway my guess 80%,, so the tires do not get the same wear on our daily drivers  with all the stop and go that you do in the city
Sparky
208  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 02, 2013, 06:54:49 pm
That's great,  tks also for letting us know what happened. Your Cruiser is the same age as mine,  and no matter how many miles,,, when I hit that 7 +/- couple of months, year mark I'm buying new tires.  We are nearly 15k and will not get that many miles next two years,
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
209  Main Forum / General Discussion / SAD LOOKING RV'S on: July 30, 2013, 08:12:20 pm
  With a little sadness took the Beast back to her storage unit today. Had a lot of fun, sweat, and curse words last two weeks. Time for a break. After I locked her up. I drove around and looked at some of the RV's parked in the storage unit. Mainly trailers couple of C's and A's.  All of them looked pretty sad, faded, dirty. I got out of my car put my hand on the hood of one them, could barely leave it on there. Some of them had the plastic cap like our PC's do,, horrible looking.  The A looked ok, they at least put covers on the tires... also had full body paint.  I spend a little over a grand a year for this storage, but knowing that 3/4/5 years when we decide to quit RVing, trade-up, buy new, I will recoup that money in the resale on an RV that has a very good reputation and one that has been maintained and taken care of. oh well
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
210  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 29, 2013, 08:39:29 pm
BOB, BOB AND RON
 ANTENNA PAD   Bob 1 could not find 3m you were talking about,, I saw some mounting tape foam two sided.    the pads I am using already have a nice indentation in them. will probably wear out quickly, but they are staying center when I go up and down with the antenna. I think that antenna is heavier than it looks....  Ron I would think that the felt pads will eventually wear where the tips are contacting the felt, I know that antenna is moving some, but since the tips are rubber maybe will last a long time,  Bob on silicone,  what would be really neat if you could make some pads say 1x1, silicone is some good stuff.
  anyway just some thoughts and questions.  I guess no matter what you use up there you are going to have to replace every year or two no matter what,,, tks again Ron I did use your original ideal just used something on hand instead of the felt.  I will update the project blog later
tks guys

sparky
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