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256  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
257  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
258  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
259  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 20, 2013, 08:51:10 pm
Shoot,, tks for the info... I just spent 10 minutes explaining gel/clear coat, primer, paint, wax,  oxidation, fiberglass, metal and the thing ate my post.. I have a tech degree in auto painting and tried to explain all this in layman's term.. too tired to do it again
david sparks
2008 PC 2350
houston
260  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 20, 2013, 11:51:12 am
when I first bought the beast home and cleaned it up I used another brand of floor polish it was ok,,,,can not seem to find the Pro Max anywhere local,,tried a bunch of sites, ebay, amazon also,,hmmmmmm this sounds like a good product,,, I also keep my beast indoors,,, but want to add some more protection to the fiberglass areas  may have to go with the marine polish... some guy up in Washington on craigslist had a bunch of it maybe I ought to contact him see if he would ship it to Texas
David
261  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Toilet replacement models that fit on: June 20, 2013, 11:26:09 am
I'm planning replacing mind later this summer different model,, I'm getting a high profile with step flush,,,10minutes wow,,,,any problems,,any tips  or just easy, good instructions??  Just curious
David  Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
262  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SALE ALERT - $20 For A Very Nice Outdoor Folding Table, Stores Nicely on: June 19, 2013, 07:29:14 pm
ron
   tks for the alert, only problem, no menards in Texas hahah... I like that table,,, hopefully someone will get in on the deal. I did one for autozone couple of months ago , they had a good deal on synthetic oil...
Maybe we need to set up a NEW TOPIC   good deals for the Cruiser  I am hoping someone will find one for tires... I dread buying a set next year or two..
David Sparks
2008 PC  2350
Houston
263  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 17, 2013, 08:58:23 pm
Bob
   Good job on the pics and the info... once again,,, people ask ,,,,people respond,,, lets you make a informed decision,, should I buy or stick with what I have this should be helpful to all.  That's why I love reading this forum and asking questions and hopefully getting some responses.
David Sparks
2008 PC2350
Houston
264  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: EXERCISING THE GENERATOR on: June 16, 2013, 10:12:32 am
I keep my RV in a covered locked storage shed. We do not worry about hard freezes too much in Houston. I worry more about UV and cooking the unit in the sun.. going next week to run the genie and do some measuring for my projects. Last time I went out  is was 84degrees inside the unit.  Getting some good points about exercising the genie.   

Oil- I asked one of the sales guys at auto zone about Mobil One,,, he says they guarantee the syn oil for 12,000 miles.  I think I'm going to go with about 6 to 7,000,, better than reg oil.. you know it use to be every 3000miles to change,,, the manufacturers are building much better vehicles now, also the gas is better and burns better,, still looking for some thoughts on oil changes

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
265  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 16, 2013, 09:58:52 am
WEATHER TECH MATS   I just spent a few minutes looking at these,, they look great  however a little expensive,,, where did you buy them   FIND A DEAL ANYWHERE???  You know we all are looking for a good deal haha
 I think the ones I looked at on Amazon were 67.00
 
I took some cheap (about 12 dollars) single layer set of mats from walmart, cut them to fit all the curves in the front.. work great, but always looking for something better

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
266  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 14, 2013, 09:01:45 am
Ron
  No I do not disagree,, just looking and seeing what other peoples thoughts are.  These are very expensive vehicles and as some of us know if we take care of them they will last a long time and provide us with a lot of joy. Some people  shop for an answer to a question sometimes,,, I like to see different opinions and then make a decision.  Currently I am going with no tire rotation, alignment with new tires,, just reinforcing  my  decision,,  If 6 people jumped in here and said they rotate their tires the I might reconsider    BTW,,, I keep looking at my garage and dream of taking out about  4 ft so I can park my cruiser in it haha
David Sparks
267  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 14, 2013, 08:40:59 am
Congrats,,, make sure you read the tips section,, all kinds of little projects to make your new baby more fun than ever..
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
268  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewage system on: June 13, 2013, 09:20:34 pm
Barb
  Ron brought up some good points as always, also I hate him because of his garage haha...couple of more points, we camp full hook ups, electric only, water electric,  no hook-ups.. the benefit of each is obvious, but  a lot of times cost comes into play,   I think Ron said this, but anyway your fresh water tank = your waste water output.  So if you dry camp you should always have enough room for your waste water, of course your going to fill the grey tank, but you can open close your tanks to take some of the grey into the black tank, works great and really helps.  I have no problem going into a park and just doing , electric, saves money, just have to watch the water use.  If I have water/electric, great, but still keep an eye on the waste tanks, again save money,, now if were going to be somewhere for a couple of days would prefer full hook-ups so I can take advantage of everything,,, a lot of National State Parks  are dry camping,, first couple of times we were weary of this type of camping, but after some practice have no problem, most govt parks are cheap,,,anyway just a couple of points,,,   Our tank always shows at least 1/4, but I do not worry about it
David Sparks
2008 2350
Houston
269  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 13, 2013, 09:02:02 pm
I  think we have the air pressure question answered.. do not over/under inflate,  same PSI on each set front and rear, PSI will vary between each different RV,   Same area new issue

ALIGNMENT  I have seen people get new tires, get alignment and leave it alone as long as tires behave and driving is good..  I rotated tires on a previous RV, had 7500miles on it, tires looked great,, 4000 miles later ate one of my tires on the front..  My PC  had 6700 when purchased, has stabilizer and shock system on it after market. Drives wonderful, am approaching 12000 miles, tires still look great,  based upon previous post and comments I am not going to touch the tires (alignment/rotation) just keep checking and rechecking tire pressure haha,,,, I do plan on getting about two years more on the tires,, mileage will not be the problem, age will be the factor.   Any thoughts on rotating tires. I will do an alignment when buying new tires
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
270  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: EXERCISING THE GENERATOR on: June 12, 2013, 09:01:20 pm
thanks good reminder,,, excellent reminder about driving the unit,,, need to drive it far enough to really heat up the engine, burn some of the carbon off,,of course want take long here in Texas it's already hot haha tks
David
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