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241  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I spent the afternoon in the storage cabinet of my 2350 on: July 15, 2013, 09:26:36 am
JJ
   No I think our 08 is the same set up,,,, think I will take off the bed frame and give it a look reset it to be able to get off easier and  to work on...   also I think to get to the  vent tube I'm going to have to do what you did do some cutting however may save that for later,,, more interested in the pump right now.. I did use the tip of having a fill hose,, took a hose, cut it down to two feet and use it to fill and my tank fills  up great,,,

   BTW,,, you said you had the  Scan Gauge II put in did you do it on have it installed,,,, how about some more info  cost etc.....  also you mentioned indoor/outdoor thermometer   did you do like Ron D suggested???  I did that keep the one unit in the storage compartment still gives a pretty good ideal on the temp...  would love to have the one on the mirror but can not see paying the money
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
242  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I spent the afternoon in the storage cabinet of my 2350 on: July 14, 2013, 08:57:42 pm
JJ
  Very good info on the pumps   ,, question,, to get to the tank did you cut or are there some panels you can take off??,, I'm in storage and can not look at mind right now... Looking at your pics I think I can see you took them from inside the storage cabinet

Ron D had some good info on pumps also and had looked at his solution,,

question  If working on the water pump (nice area to work in hehe )  I know some people have taken the bed platform off to get to that area,, wondering if that would be advisable...

I have already prepared about 5 projects and was not going to do the water pump yet,(I have a list of things that I see like the hoses for the pumps) but may change my mind,,,

If I keep adding projects I may have to keep the Beast here all summer yikes..  I'm getting out of storage next week to do my list of projects, BH is going out of town( new grandson coming)  and knows not to be around when working and talking to myself haha
david sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
PS   We finally got some good rain today thank goodness been dry here for about 6 weeks.Yipeeee
243  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I spent the afternoon in the storage cabinet of my 2350 on: July 14, 2013, 10:46:31 am
Good info    I saw this tip and was planning on doing it as part of my summer projects starting next week. I had read Ron's previous info re water pumps and was looking to upgrade or do something,, saw this tip and thought might give it a try first.  It seems you could extend the intake/outtake tubes to reduce the noise??? Not sure but could be a solution

Feedback on noisy water pumps
by Russ and Tia De Maris
In a story published a few issues ago, we posted information on how to quiet down a noisy RV water pump. Readers were quick to dip into their own experiences and shower us with advice. Here are a couple of comments that may give you further fodder for fixing your fixtures:
Alan writes: "Yes, those darn pumps can be noisy! I discovered a solution out of need. I installed a valve in order to winterize the rig myself and discovered that I did not have enough room in the truck camper space allotted. What I did was create a loop with plastic tubing at the pump entry point and another at the exit of the pump in order to get the valve to fit. It worked just great and I found that the noise was reduced almost to the point I could not hear it."
Adds reader Bruce Mitchell: "Several years ago I purchased a 5th wheel trailer. Whenever the water pump was running everything vibrated. It was so bad that it felt like you were standing on a foot massager.  I took the trailer back to the manufacturer. They did everything that you mentioned in your article, to no avail.  Out of frustration, I called SurFlow. They informed me that they had a Service Bulletin out on that very problem. They sent me a copy which I took back to the manufacturer. I had to do some talking but they finally followed SurFlow's advice and solved the problem.
"The pump was mounted on the plywood floor under the kitchen cabinets. It was mounted right next to an 8-inch square hole where the plumbing went through the floor. This was part of the problem as the hole allowed the floor to vibrate more. They moved the pump to the wall. The main issue and the subject of SurFlow's bulletin was that they recommend that no hard piping be connected directly to the water pump. They suggest at least 3 feet of soft hose between the pump and the hard piping.  On mine they put approximately 18 inches on both the intake and outlet of the pump that connected to the hard piping. That totally took away the noise and vibration. They used a clear reinforced vinyl on my rig to connect to the water pump.
"SurFlow said that they have advised manufacturers of this, but I still see most RVs have the hard piping connected directly to the pump."
244  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tires need replacing. on: July 13, 2013, 08:32:36 pm
I think someone else mentioned  2010 unit with 2008 tires OUCH, not much you can do now,,,  I use Discount Tires a lot and like their service,,,, when I took my unit up them (2008/May tires 6500 miles) I was also worried about cracking, service guy had a  chart/card with pictures on it to compare,, no problems so get that second opinion somewhere,,  BTW, if you decide to buy make absolutely sure you get you unit aligned  food for thought,,, you can research this,, but most of us Not all of us are going once you get these Beasties align and everything going good, leave'em alone except tire pressure

Let us know about your second opinion results
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
245  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: July 09, 2013, 09:26:19 am
Alright it has been nearly a month.... did you get the problem taken care of??
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
houston
246  Main Forum / General Discussion / RV SERVICE REPAIR on: July 09, 2013, 09:20:21 am
I have been involved in a discussion on  another forum (mini motorhome) regarding RV service someone brought up this review for RV service reviews..  I have only been involved in RVing for couple of years, but bet I have read over 5000 messages and have never heard of this site... it looks ok,,, just wondering if anyone has used it and if there are other sites where you can this type of information?

 http://rvservicereviews.com/

I looked at it , reviewed a couple of local shops near Houston. the Camping World here in Houston is huge, yet only has a couple of reviews,, would seem there would be more,,, maybe the site is too new.. anyway just wondering

I use the RV Park review and love it... feel like you get a better reading of the site from RVers like us.

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
247  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Games with gas pricing on: July 03, 2013, 09:51:26 am
Excellent points to remember,,,  I think we had a thread on gas pricing earlier,, Gas buddy breaks down the different octanes, but only gives reg, mid, high when  looking at  the station,, looked quickly, but like Ron says,,, you never go wrong with 87   did not see any with the actual number listed         What about the  alcohol level??/   I know we  are OK with the 10% or less,,,
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
248  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter/Charger Piercing Sound 2008 2551 on: June 25, 2013, 10:43:13 am
George B.
 Good post and good follow up.. hopefully everyone will follow your example and do a final solution so all us can learn. Since I voted on a detector first I get some credit even though I had no ideal what the heck I was talking about hahah,, just kidding...    I have been getting some beeps on my detectors,, I replace all the 9volts,, but will keep an eye on them a little closer..especially since I am that 5year area of age now..
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
249  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: leaking air conditioner and refrigerator is sweating inside. on: June 23, 2013, 07:34:27 pm
tom
  great tips,,, the AC problems sounds like the old window units we had when I was growing up in Dallas, they were always freezing up    so for my own education,,,  when I have run the AC usually have it set 72 to 76,,, it has always recycled off and on,,,  now if the AC is not recycling that means it is struggling to maintain that 72 to 76 and I'm taking a chance of it freezing up in the coils.

Frige  If doing a lot of summer traveling probably going to have same problem ,, wonder if it would be worth it get some of those desiccant packs to put in the frige,,
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Hoston
250  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Skeeter Screens on: June 23, 2013, 07:00:52 pm
Understand,, one of my goals is to reduce the amount of heat coming into the unit,, other day I was exercising genie, had ac on very comfortable working inside RV,, had a thermometer on the dashboard, read 120 degrees and it was not that hot outside, ( 88 to 91)   I was thinking if you used that cover, sewed in some screen for the windows with a flap you would really help that heat transfer... even with an inside screen, the curtain we have inside your still have that heat at the windshield.  We really do not RV in the summer,,,  have been out when it's high 80's low 90's  during the day,,,,  the RV inside has been find no problem,,,, my wife can not handle the heat at all,,, so once it gets warm it limits your activities,,, went Alaska last year,, left late august,, it was wonderful,, very cool,, had some snow,, no bugs, but during the day outstanding,, had to run the heater at night...now that' my kind of weather..
251  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Skeeter Screens on: June 23, 2013, 01:47:03 pm
Maybe,,, unit is in storage right now,,, i'm bringing it home  mid July to start my summer projects, I'm redoing the oven, window shields, toilet, putting a vent on the roof, cleaning the roof, hooking up a fan,,have already got all the stuff for those,,( will post all the results and pictures later)
,  making the window screens would be pretty simple ( I think haha)    I have some extra screen material,,, will look at it    looks like just measure the size, fold over extra for putting in some magnets and bingo,,, however,,, you need enough magnets to hold the screen and not leak (bugs) yet be able to fold them up...  if your in a hurry go ahead and buy them...  I'm doing a window shield project for all the windows, bought some materials,, went out to storage to run the genie,,, played around with the windows , and figured out will have to do some more work on my shields were I am going to attach them to the windows when in use,,, it's never simple hahah... probably will hold true for those screens,, looks easy until you try it   matter of fact I'm bored and it's hot  think I will go get some of that screen and play around with while I sit in the AC haha
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston, Texas

you got me think I started browsing around   look at this  http://www.adcoprod.com/Class_C_Windshield_Covers

I thought I had seen these before,, look like you could rig a flap at the pass/driver window and put a screen in there ,, you also get the effect of blocking that sun from the front going to do some more research
252  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Skeeter Screens on: June 23, 2013, 10:40:32 am
Hmmm,, great ideal,,, I might just make my own though,,,oh great another project.
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
253  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter/Charger Piercing Sound 2008 2551 on: June 23, 2013, 10:34:11 am
Interesting thread,,, i'm voting on one of the detecters being bad,,, they are loud when they go off,,, Propane- would it help after closing the tank, make sure all of it out of the lines??/  Is'nt the gas one down by the bed  furnace?? has slight leak... I'm doing this from memory,,, just trying to think of some stuff
GENERATOR-  when in storage, I always  run the engine for 5 to 10 minutes, I saw this on another forum,,, according to the  that post, helps get a quick charge into the coach batteries prior to starting the genie,, just some thoughts, probably not much help
Keep us posted
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
254  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 21, 2013, 07:46:52 pm
thank you ron
bob- the main thing keep those holes filled hahah... no your doing exactly what I do...you said your beast looks great, you answered your own question..   do you know what detailing clay is,,, get some, after you have cleaned your vehicle you use some detail liquid and wipe down the vehicle using the clay, you would be surprised at what comes up.. I always do this prior to waxing,,,

Waxes   are not made equal,, however something is better than nothing.. I mainly use mequiars  I use both the liquid and paste.. to keep this simple,,,lets say you buy some simple wax,,, it is mainly just wax and wears out quickly,, now you buy complex wax   it is wax with additives that makes it last longer,,,  these are car the car waxes... now you buy some Marine wax,, wax+addititves+protectors   it has added stuff in it since the boat is sitting water and salt water that's why it cost more it also is made for gel coat since 90% of boats are made with fiberglass like our RV's.

One thought no matter what you do eventually the gel/clear coat will breakdown, I know everyone has those small chips on their hood,, touch up paint helps,, since most of up keep our RV covered I hope it should never be a problem
   bottom line you get what you pay  If diamond shield recommend something I see no problem,, just keep doing what you doing... BTW, I am going to order the Mequiars marine wax  for my fiberglass,, I will keep using their car wax for the van
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
255  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 21, 2013, 09:37:32 am
Barb
 you asked for it, hehe  I was smart this time wrote it on word document so I can redo it later if needed.

A few basics,,,, our RVs have two different coverings,, clear coat covers the ford van metal,, gel coat covers the fiberglass parts.   When I went to tech school for painting cars ( I use to paint antique cars) instructor showed us metal, glass, plastic under a microscope,,, even though it looks and feels smooth its not,, there are pits in the surface,,they are of course microscopic but are there so when I use the word holes remember microscopic.
  What usually takes place, bare metal  a coat of primer is placed on it fills in the holes. Then painted fills in more holes,, then one or two coats of clear coats fills in the holes even more. On some paint jobs 4 coats of clear coat is put over the paint then actually sanded,, you use sandpaper 2000 to 4000 grit,,like using a newspaper to sand haha now factory cars RV the clear one coat is put on then sent out still looks good.   Fiberglass is normally already colored white and a coat of gel coat put on it.   If your RV has total paint,,, primer, paint , then gel coat.
As stated earlier the primer paint gel/clear coat fill in the holes,, Why do we wax on wax off hehe,,, fill in more holes.  Even though water will fun off your newly waxed RV what happens in few months no water run off WHY ??  those holes are back
  Back to the holes,  metal (fiberglass),, the reason we put primer, gel/clear coat, paint etc on them is to protect them from oxidation chemical change rust (reaction)etc..  the more protection the less reaction that takes place. You drive down the road sand small rock hits the paint,, causes bigger holes,, you get grime from the road whats in that grime oil, gas rubber tread,,even worse remember everything we put on the RV primer, paint gel/clear coat are petroleum based,, so all this stuff gets in to holes and we get more reaction.. Sun and UV even worse,, breaks down the wax, gel/clear coat through chemical reaction ,, bugs,, whats inside a bug, chemicals. Splat some of those chemicals leak into the holes more reaction. Not only that whats in the air (pollution) more junk to react to your protection.
Now these reactions do take time, so that is why it important to protect your RV,,  first protection is wax,, then a cover, then covered storage,,,  If my RV was stored outside I would be waxing it 2/3 times a year minimum. I have two cars outside I wax them twice a year,, however I wash them all the time, whenever we get bugs on them wash off asap.  I have a van, coverd in my garage, I only have to wax it about every two years,,  I have a 62 Willys covered, in the garage have not waxed in 5 years,, I only drive it on the week-ends, never in the rain still looks like it came off the showroom floor
RV when I travel I take a bucket spray bottle and wash off the bugs every day if possible, rules of the rv park,,, I wax once a year,, soon as I get home wash and clean put back in covered storage,,
Now next time you go to an RV park, start looking at the bodies of the RV, you can tell who is taking care of their units. There are a couple of Rv outside where I store mind. If you run your hand on the side of them you get that chalky stuff on your hand (oxidation) especially the fiberglass..
Anyway sorry so long, this is a very complex issue and I wanted to try and explain in laymans term so we could all understand it, and why it is so important to protect your RV. 

alright that worked
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
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