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226  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / SHIELDS FOR YOU WINDOWS. on: July 28, 2013, 08:54:26 pm
This is one of my summer projects. The project was to build your own heat shields for your windows. It is a little long. At the end of the project I put a chart on temps in the RV for the last two weeks. Interesting results.  Enjoy. Please feel free to come back to this page and make some comments.



http://windowprojectforphoenix.blogspot.com/

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
227  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 28, 2013, 06:38:03 pm
Alan
   I previously owned a roadtrek ( we wanted something a little bigger)  they have huge forum and people were always doing stuff to their RT's. they even had a separate forum for modifications.  do not know about other RV's except of course ours...  If you look at one of my blogs you can clik over to other blogs,, a bunch of people have already looked at some of the new projects I am working on,,, I have not posted them yet since I'm still fine tuning them, but they are basically finished.

Sparky
228  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 27, 2013, 09:08:59 pm
thanks Alan stay tuned I have three more coming,, maybe you can laugh some more,, I sure did curse some more haha... kidding it's fun and hopefully some of this stuff is helping others... I like making fun of myself  anyway
David
229  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 27, 2013, 08:00:40 pm
Awilson
   Anytime  bet I can do it in under 30 minutes, especially if you get right size haha,,,,  long service call from Iowa to Houston though, might be a little expensive
sparky
230  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 27, 2013, 11:29:50 am
Bill
 tks,,,,,,   couple of points I just went out measured the old toilet is is@13inches bottom to top, new toilet is the same. Part to the problem is the mounting stand that PC  in the bathroom. ( you cant see the bottom of toilet sitting on the stand in the pics, in case your Rv is not around)I am not sure  Thetford sales anything smaller. Call them or look on their web page and look at the specs..   If you use thetford, like I said you will not have to change the mounting ring. If you change mf's you will have to change the mounting ring, however I do not think that would be a big deal. It looks to me looking at the one on ours it is just screwed down on to the mounting stand not sure if changing the ring would affect the sewer connection I doubt it. 
   I guess you could take out the mounting stand which would definitely lower the bowl...might have to go RV place to have that done. then you could put in a high level toilet which would take you down about 4 inches.
     the one we used is the Thetford  note difference in hi/low profile   about 4inches.

http://www.thetford.com/HOME/Products/PermanentToilets/StyleII/tabid/88/Default.aspx

Reply back that you could get to site,,, thetford, aqua magic style II model 42063
 david sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
231  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: July 25, 2013, 07:35:49 pm
Ron
   I wished to heck I would have waited till winter to do my summer projects. I had to get off the top of the RV yesterday, got to hot. Will change to fall and spring projects from now on haha... Don't you dare say a thing about that garage you have. haha... looking forward to your updates,,, I'm reading the stuff about the scan gauge and back-up monitor, may put that on the  fall project list.   I would have not really planned these projects for the summer I know it's too hot. Heck I don't even go Rving in the summer.  Wife went out of town for six weeks( new g-baby on the way) did not want to get to bored so went ahead and planned on doing these.  I have a couple more things to do then will be done.  teaser,  I'm working on the windows for heat problems
David Sparks
232  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 25, 2013, 02:07:58 am
Ron, had to laugh a little, but now being serious.  I copied these two post
Tires and Burst Pressure - What Causes Tire Blowout?  I think since so many of us drive our RV's for a number of years, some of us buy used ones, with original tires it becomes a concern. Most keep such low mileage on the units that we never reach the wear mileage on them. I do know that when I hit the 7 year mark or maybe sooner, new tires and of course alignment.  guess I will be checking out big rigs now hahah

Also I put nothing on my RV tires.  On my passenger cars I use all kinds of tire stuff,  not to worried about tire life. Mileage usually takes care of them.


 This is not so much of a question; I figured I'd write this to address some conventional misunderstandings related to tires and tire pressure. I've had at least a dozen people come up to me worried that if they exceed their manufacturer's recommendation for tire pressure and go up to the maximum sidewall pressure, that they may be more likely to have a blowout. This is not only untrue, but also leads one to be ignorant of the true cause of blowouts.

To start, what is burst pressure?
In my own words, burst pressure is the pressure needed to inflate a tire at which point it will physically burst. Generally speaking, tires will burst at a static pressure of around 200psi. This is a far cry from even the 51psi that the Eco's tires are rated for on the sidewall. What one needs to understand is that tire manufacturers have factored in a massive margin of safety in tire pressure ratings so that there is no possibility for an expensive lawsuit against them, so if they state you can run 51psi on your tires cold, you will be able to do so safely under normal road conditions. Keep in mind, a massive pothole will be likely to damage your tire regardless of pressure.


Moving on to the second part of this topic, what causes tires to blow-out?
 In unexpected scenarios, I call this tire degradation. Tires have a "chemical clock" that allows them a finite amount of usable life in years, regardless of how they are stored. A popular showing on the show "60 minutes" (which can be found on youtube and has been posted here before) described this issue very clearly. A father had gone to a tire shop to have new tires installed on the family minivan so his son could drive off to Canada for a vacation with his friends after high school graduation. At some point during their visit, they had a tire blow out that caused the death of the driver and all passengers. It was later discovered using the date stamp on the side of the tire that the tire had severely exceeded it's usable life and should never have been sold. I don't recall the exact number, but the tire at the time was 6 or 7 years old.

 To re-iterate, this guy had a tire blow out on their family minivan with what appeared to be a brand new tire, indistinguishable from a newly manufactured tire, that was actually manufactured 6-7 years prior and spent that many years on a shelf. The rubber compound on a tire begins to get weaker, more brittle, and loses its structural integrity over the years regardless of whether it's being used or if it's been sitting on a shelf. With the exception of defects, massive potholes, large punctures, and other "external causes," tires generally blow-out only due to age, regardless of pressure.

So, what can I do?
 As if it's not bad enough that tires degrade on their own, excessive heat will accelerate this chemical degradation. By excessive heat, I'm referring to excessive sidewall flex/rolling resistance-induced heat. You can physically notice a significant change in sidewall temperature between a tire inflated at placard (car manufacturer's recommended) pressure and the maximum sidewall pressure. An under-inflated tire will not only cause a reduction in fuel economy and handling, but it will also significantly increase the temperature of the tire's sidewall due to constant flex and resistance, especially at highway speeds. This causes irreversible damage.

 To maximize the life of your tires, inflate them to at least the placard pressure. Inflating them higher (but not exceeding maximum sidewall pressure), will help them last even longer, both with regard to tread wear and with regard to chemical degradation.

When purchasing new tires, check the date stamp on the tire to verify that it isn't an old stock tire. The following article shows you how to check:
Tire Tech Information - Determining the Age of a Tire

 Replace your tires once they start to get old, despite how much tread life you may have remaining on that tire. A 7 year old tire is already dangerously likely to have a blow-out.
copied from   http://www.cruzetalk.com/forum/12-wheels-tires-suspension/7733-tires-burst-pressure-what-causes-tire-blowout-print.html

I copied this one also   

Blowouts are sudden, loud and unexpected, and when one happens, within seconds you can end up in a ditch or an accident. According to Michelin, there are approximately 523 fatalities and 23,000 accidents per year due to tire blowouts. Several common causes of blowouts exist, and the best way to protect yourself is to minimize your chances of having one. Watch the wear on your tires, keep them inflated at the proper pressure and check for damage if you hit a pothole or rock. Avoid curbs and check your tires for slow leaks
.Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_6816077_common-causes-blowouts.html#ixzz2a2681xOT

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233  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Window awnings? on: July 25, 2013, 01:22:06 am
We have 2008 2350 no slide..awning on bedroom pass side,,, dinette, they are great,,, came with the unit. Also very easy to use, pull down hook under the window.
David Sparks
234  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 23, 2013, 06:33:45 pm
some good post   I forgot to mention, when first got the unit went up to Discount tires. they have a graph or card to check the cracking on the sidewalls,,mine was ok,,,,,  also someone mentioned dates.. I think it's three years on returns,   you did not say when yours was made,, I think you have 2010 unit? someone had a problem with tires on a forum and did get a refund on their Michelins.

Bob  tks for that info on the toyo tires. not a bad price   did you go and get realigned?  also you say you have a 2011,, how many miles did you get on yours,, you must be burning up the highway haha

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
 
235  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 23, 2013, 09:00:51 am
thks tom,,,  did not turn on the AC,, in and out so much just did not want to mess with it,,, I double post  since  the general discussion is where most people read and I have been talking about summer projects last couple of weeks,,, eventually summer projects will disappear ,, I also put it on the tips... I think a lot of people especially newbies read all those tips.. I tell new people to read them all the time,,, I know I did when I first joined the group... 
David
236  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / REPLACING TOILET IN YOUR CRUISER on: July 22, 2013, 08:06:31 pm
Replaced the hand flush toilet in our Beast with a step flusher. Here's the link.

http://replacingthetoiletinourcuriser.blogspot.com/

This should have been a pretty easy project, but I made it a little difficult, haha.

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
237  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Replacing Microwave/Convestion Oven in your Cruiser. on: July 22, 2013, 08:03:44 pm
Went and replaced the microwave/convection oven in the Beast. Here's the link
Pretty easy project if your interested.

http://microwaveconvectioinovenreplacement.blogspot.com/

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
238  Main Forum / General Discussion / SUMMER PROJECT II on: July 22, 2013, 08:00:55 pm
Aright second round of summer projects are done,    again I'm putting them in the tips also, but wanted you a chance to look at them.
  Working in the RV this morning was horrible, hotter that you know what.. think I will finish up the other projects I have planned and go with Fall Projects next time whew....haha but having fun
 First project is on replacing your microwave/convection oven.
http://microwaveconvectioinovenreplacement.blogspot.com/

Second project is replacing toilet.
http://replacingthetoiletinourcuriser.blogspot.com/

Please leave some comments and thoughts,,, I know a lot of you looked at the last two projects I did
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
239  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dang, After 6 years, I Finally Broke My First Catch on: July 22, 2013, 07:53:30 pm
Good tip Ron,,, btw,,,  if you do not have touch up paint,,,, 4/12/13 I mentioned a place I purchased some paint.. I tried to copy the posting failed in my attempt.
david sparks
2008 PC 2350
houston
240  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 22, 2013, 07:48:09 pm
Always get second opinion on tires,,, how many miles.on yours,, going to assume stored outside. again another topic we have covered and how bad the sun is on the units and the tires.                                        I noticed I believe yours is a  2010,,, wow, that's not good, I'm running around 2008 tires same year no problem. 15000miles on them... research this on the forum, we have had lots of discussions on tires, cracking, uv, etc.... 

If you do get tires post where you got them and let us know the cost so we can all go out and get a better deal haha..... also absolutely make sure you go get the RV aligned....
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
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