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271  Main Forum / General Discussion / EXERCISING THE GENERATOR on: June 12, 2013, 10:28:38 am
Couple of questions.

EXERCISING THE GENERATOR, I exercise the genie (while in storage) every 4 weeks, also I drive the RV couple of miles to move tires, mark them so that they do sit on the same spot.  Is this routine pretty normal and other suggestions?

OIL--- I'm using synthetic, it seems i'm getting different opinions regarding how long to run it  and changing the oil.  What are you opinions and suggestions.

BTW, unit is in storage now (covered),, I do not travel in the summer, too hot, back out in the fall.
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
272  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 12, 2013, 10:10:53 am
GOOD THREAD and a never ending argument. Many good points, main point never never underinflate and never over inflate,,, would be interesting to see the PSI on your tires after rolling a couple 100 miles in the heat and running at 80psi, wow,,,, I think every rig obviously is different depending upon size, suspension and loaded not loaded. If you wanted to be anal about it you would adjust the psi every time filled up with gas, used your water tank etc etc,,, too much work for me,,, I do check my air every day when traveling. I adjust couple of psi if going dry camping and vice versa more/less weight.  Another point,,, altitude.. thinner air above sea level,, I do adjust when I'm running around the mountains for a few days.

WATER TANK-??? I think most of us have the 55gallon tank in the rear.. looking at mind, it looks like it extends the whole width of the rear, so that as it empties the weight is evenly distributed on both sides of the rear tires. Now if your straight dumping with hook ups no problem all the weight is gone, however if your dry camping it seems the tanks are mainly on the driver side rear,, so you have now put a lot of extra weight on one side, considering 400lbs  might need to up the psi on the rear driver side a little, especially if not dumping too soon.. Just curious
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
273  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 08, 2013, 09:39:06 am
Where's our update,,, what happened?????
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
274  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service -- input needed on: June 08, 2013, 09:37:21 am
Wow,, what a lot of work (for you)... I never tell anyone (except family, neighbor) when I travel, I would not be opposed to your system when traveling and setting up a meet as long as you  feel comfortable they are legit.  I do not see many problems with crooks trying to find out when we are not home.  I also assume  that this info is mostly secure, only on the forum etc, or you have access, or legit buyer who is looking for someone traveling. Most of us in this community are more than willing to show off our pride and joy,, anyway looks ok to me
David Sparks
Houston
275  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: June 01, 2013, 07:12:41 pm
Shoot, I spent 10minutes commenting on this topic this morning and my message NO SHOWS. )*^%$U* oh well...

  Okay,, try again,,, first thing,, you need to go on the roof and look...By the way  did you get on the roof??? now if you can not ,,,get you a kid from the neighborhood and under your supervision use a long extension ladder let him/her get up there and be your eyes.  Take some pics.  According to your earlier post there was a lot of water in the RV when it leaked,,, you were parked....

    Pressurizing like an inner tube.  hmmm.  okay this may be hard to do,,,,someone needs to be on the roof again,,, but when you turn on your air you can feel the pressure inside the unit go up,,, just wonder if this would be enough to get some bubble leak on the top...

tom mentioned letting water run on the top and checking by area,,, I think if you got a spray bottle and went around the caulked areas,, spray wipe, spray wipe, you might be able to spot a bad caulking area,,, since your unit is new the caulk should look great....( I'm still voting on the antenna being the problem)

One last thought,,, you were out in May,,, raining,,, were you running the AC unit?  could the drain tube be plugged?  would be real easy and right on for the AC if plugged to run inside the roof to the chair...  a lot of the tubes get stuff in them especially when new,, saw lots of post on units and the drains etc,,,, I am not sure about this,,,, I only ran my unit once for couple of hours on last trip was getting the water from the AC off the rear end,,,, have not looked at the manual just to run... maybe some of the guys have some suggestions for checking,, guess you could run the AC for an hour or two and make sure it's draining ok

Keep us posted
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
276  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning configuration on: June 01, 2013, 10:32:20 am
manual awning 's little bit of a pain, but they are cheaper haha....  roll out about 3ft,,, I use a little step ladder, hold the awing in the middle, where the pole support is latched in the middle grasp it and sort of push it toward the end where it attaches to the end, it has a swivel joint at the end ,,, swivel out , release the clasp holding the support place on ground,, do the same for the other support...

now that you have both support poles on the ground  angle one at a time away from RV,,about foot. do both of them,,, roll out awning until angle changes toward the RV about two ft,,  repeat as necessary,,, as you continue out will have to adjust each support pole a little...

roll awing up,,,    reverse,  angle support poles toward RV, may need to adjust the poles couple of inches,, roll in couple ft,,, repeat,, till you get to about 2/3 foot left....  using step ladder close support poles all the way,  foot piece angle away and flat away from you  lift up and push into each corner. until it snaps into the plastic holders in the middle.... roll rest of the way up till you see the red tab on right side of awning  done.

center support-  I use it sometimes... be careful and use your step ladder to put it in place,, easy to break the support brackets for it...

I only use the awning when I am at camp... wind I watch like a hawk, I take it in a night,, I'm just not going to take a chance If I put it up in the morning and we leave awing back in,, also see what everyone else is doing in the campground,,,  awnings  out    awnings in   

When I first got home  with my unit I just practices opening and closing a couple of times,,,  I do it now without the step ladder  however  I always use the step for the center pole,, you can not reach the center spot where the awning is attached unless your about 7'5'' haha    after you do it a few times, it's a piece of cake,, I'm sure does not take me more than 5minutes now  BTW,, I made myself a instruction page from the awning manual which I keep in my RV book,, used it a few times when I first did the awning.
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
277  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 29, 2013, 08:05:50 pm
This is an interesting thread. I see from 2007 to 2012 same problem. I saw on another forum, a problem with a component(microwave??) over the years. What actually happened. Manufacturer of component made too many, RV mf went and purchased a bunch at a discount and used them for their RV's for couple of years. And still under warranty whenever installed.  I have a feeling this is what has happened on this particular frige.  Would be interesting if people that had a problem would look at mf date of the frige.

Anyway, even if under warranty, why would you take a chance?  I'm going to do what Greg suggested and try and fix the problem, before it become a headache.  It would seem that anyone owning this frige would do the same.  I for one can do stuff like that at home,, but when your on the road a little hard to do.
Added this to part of my summer projects
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
278  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 on: May 28, 2013, 12:27:59 am
Very interesting thread and educational.   First thing I am going to do is take greg's course of action and do some preventive medicine on the hinges one way or the other.  It would seem anyone owning this type of frige would do this ASAP.  Even if under warranty, why wait for a problem in the middle of a trip This goes back to the  2007?? and now 2012 units makes no sense.  Is norcold still making this mistake?  Or are these a bunch of friges built 07/08 and still being put in units?  I saw post on another forum on a RV mf,, purchased a bucnch of components and used them for a couple of  years. I think it was microwaves but not sure...   Also, wasn't 07 08 09  very slow years in the  RV business,  so a manufacturer builds too much,, RV mf  gets a good deal....Anyway glad this came up,,,
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
279  Main Forum / General Discussion / SUMMER PROJECTS II on: May 26, 2013, 12:28:26 pm
Oops the better half reminded about some other projects.

SHEETS FOR BED 2350- has anyone came up with fitted sheets that actually fit the slanted mattress?? Drives  the BH crazy changing the sheets. hehe

TOILET-  BH wants a foot activated toilet. Have read on other forums about replacing toilet. read a couple of installation manuals, does not seem to be to hard of  a project, just getting the right size etc.

thanks again for any suggestions and thoughts
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
280  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New summer projects. on: May 26, 2013, 12:09:34 pm
ROOF- getting on roof seems to be no problem,, thanks for info,,, just need to be careful hahah..

COVERS- sold on doing this,, just need to decide which ones, fantastic vents are pretty expensive I saw 60 buck each,,max airs saw some for  25 each installation looks ok,,  I know the fan  in the kitchen is a fantanstic vent 14x14  not sure about the one in the bathroom, same size though and probably would take either cover.  Like a lot of projects you think you have everything then you need this or that I'm sure once I start this will probably have to go up and down a bunch,,, just hate straining the ladder, probably set up my step or extension ladder so can just do one step on the RV ladder...

MICROWAVE/CONV-- i found the same exact one at home depot 279.00 still looking.. If I change brands will be aware of watss output etc..tks

Look forward to some more suggestions and thoughts
David Sparks
281  Main Forum / General Discussion / New summer projects. on: May 25, 2013, 09:20:22 pm
   Alright two trips, so far very happy. However I need some help suggestions. The Beast is in storage right now, taking a month off prior to doing some projects to get things a little better.

1.  MICROWAVE/CONVECTION OVER.  I posted earlier about some problems with the one we have. It still is not working right.. so I am going to replace.  Took out the old one no problem. Has anyone replaced the one they had?   Do I need to stick with units made for RV's or can I get by with a regular unit purchased elsewhere?  Suggestions welcomed.

2.  ROOF -  When we obtained unit, got extention ladder to get up to the top to clean etc.  Ron, I noticed on one of you postings you actually got on the roof.  I want to get on the roof to clean around the vents, ac, fans, antenna,etc,, check the caulking etc  I also noticed that the vent covers are getting a little mold on them and want to clean them up also..

3. FAN COVERS-(see2)  Has anyone put covers over their fans,, I see you can purchase  covers for your fans to protect them when raining,,  they do not cost to much and wondering if it is worth it.Most of the pics I see of the PC, most of them have no covers. 

4.  WINDOWS-Have been reading a lot about window covers, I am going to fabricate something to cover the windows when parked so it is easy on and off.  Keep that heat off,  I look at some those Roadtrek sprinters and think about all those windows and the heat coming in those windows.

I have some small projects also that I think you guys will find interesting.
After all the suggestions I know I will get,  will post some more later this summer and see how things went
thanks for your help

David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
Houston
282  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: rain entering my 2552 on: May 25, 2013, 08:53:21 pm
I like the antenna problem,, also check all the seams door awning and the sections, around that area of course outside,  do no forget water runs, so could be a couple of feet away,,, that's a lot of water so you should be able to find this HOLE??? or caulking problem fairly easy.  On our unit I get a little leak left side top windshiled, door area,, when I drive in the rain.. so I know it's probably in between the roof and , the top,, that small area between  the vehicle roof where it was cutaway and the top added. Very hard to get to ,,caulked it once,,leaked again but smaller amount,, when were sitting still no problem,, only driving rain. 
2008 PC 2350
Houston
David Sparks
283  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: BATHROOM MAT AND RUG PROJECT on: May 25, 2013, 10:04:46 am
Did not think about keeping the paper template,rats,,, i just put the beast in storage,,, write me an e-mail around the 15th of June and when i go out to run the gennie I will copy the grey mat for you, it was a pain doing all the measurements and then had to make some small adjustments.. BTW I should have mentioned when I marked the grey mat,, I went large, that way I could make small trims when i put it in the gray mat is easy to trim with a good razor
David
284  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Bathroom Part 2 on: May 24, 2013, 10:17:44 am
Very nice,, i use mainly the command hooks ( metal small)in the bath,,, took all my towels and put a grommet in all them they hang very nicely and stay in place,, also took the command hooks and stuck one by the driver/pass window front, hang a nice plastic bag for trash,,, could never figure out where to hang a trash bag in the front..
David Sparks
2008 PC 2350
285  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: BATHROOM MAT AND RUG PROJECT on: May 24, 2013, 10:09:55 am
tks Aimee,, when I clik on insert image I can not figure out how to put it in the message, will work on ii later,,, I think your right,,had about 1000 hits on my bicycle project so I guess people don't mind..I like doing project write ups to help people,,,, I have had so many people help me,, the RV communityas a whole is a wonderful community and go out of their way to help each other.
David
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