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91  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low power solution on: July 19, 2013, 06:07:51 pm
I know what a computer dongle is but what is 120V dongle.Barry

HA! Just my name for anything that dangles such as:

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/50-amp-rv-box-adapter/25774

Apparently I need to be careful how I use the word "dongle":

http://techcrunch.com/2013/03/21/a-dongle-joke-that-spiraled-way-out-of-control/

 Grin
92  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low power solution on: July 19, 2013, 03:32:42 pm
I carry a 50 to 30 amp converter plug for just such times. I am guessing the state park did not have 50 amp on the post.

They did not. I also carry a 50 amp to 30 amp adapter and have found voltage gains but not sure why (unless I fed off the least used line just by chance) because most parks don't have dedicated 50 and 30 amp feeds. They will often have dedicated 30 and 20 amp feeds as I found in the State Park. I have been playing around with rigging a dongle to feed off the 30 and 20 amp receptacles to a single 30 for me to plug into. I know they have the dongles for a 50 amp feed but they would only work if the circuits were separate.
93  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Low power solution on: July 19, 2013, 08:01:06 am
I always check out the power on the pedestal with a volt meter before hooking up. Last month we were in a Florida State that was full of RVs and tent campers; when I checked the power it was a dismal 104 volts. I checked with the surrounding RVers and they were having no problems, but no one had checked the voltage (I'm always amazed that most do not check). I had no where to go so I switched everything to propane and ran my A/C on generator for an hour to cool the RV down. After switching back to shore power, I periodically checked my voltage in the RV and never got over 106 volts while running the A/C.

Not being satisfied with the situation, I went back to the power pedestal and checked out the 20 amp receptacle. Much to my surprise, I got 120 volts on the 20 amp side. I quickly decided that the tent campers were on the 20 amp side while all the RVs using A/Cs were using the 30 amp receptacles. Using my adapter, I plugged into the 20 amp receptacle and had no problems. I stayed for two nights and, with the refer on propane, I could even use the coffee maker with the A/C without kicking the circuit breaker. I quit worrying about low power and enjoyed the State Park.

Caveat: If both the 20 and 30 amp receptacles are on the same circuit at the pedestal, then there is no good solution besides running your generator.

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94  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER PUMP FIX UP on: July 18, 2013, 09:28:18 pm
You need at least 18"-24" on both sides and the easiest method is to loop the flex line so you don't have to modify the rigid pipe as much. I have had pumps mounted from the factory with short lengths of straight flex hose and they still hammered. Sometimes I've had to loop it twice, but regardless the length is the fix. Much to my surprise my previous Winnebago came with the flex hose looped.
Great details of which I agree 100%.  (a helpful for you)  My 2 gallon accumulator tank killed all vibration using a non-looped flex hose between pump and accumulator tank.  Without a tank, a looped flex hose should dampen the vibration perfectly.

Thanks for the "helpful"! My PC is still new to me and only has about 1500 miles on it. Before we bought it, I viewed many of your posts which answered a lot of the questions that I had. I see why you have 162 "helpful(s)" on your profile.
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95  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: WATER PUMP FIX UP on: July 18, 2013, 08:14:27 am
I have used accumulators, pipe wrap insulation, rubber feet for the pump, etc. on most of my previous rvs, but the flex line is the fix. You need at least 18"-24" on both sides and the easiest method is to loop the flex line so you don't have to modify the rigid pipe as much. I have had pumps mounted from the factory with short lengths of straight flex hose and they still hammered. Sometimes I've had to loop it twice, but regardless the length is the fix. Much to my surprise my previous Winnebago came with the flex hose looped. Nice to know that they listened to their customers or Shurflo. I haven't tackled my PC yet because the noise hasn't bothered me, but I'm sure that will change when I boondock.
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96  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Any 2350's in the Colorado area? on: July 17, 2013, 06:46:22 pm
Aimee,
We are heading out, Saturday, from Punta Gorda. We will be at Stephen Foster State Park in White Springs FL.on Saturday. We will then be making our way west, out to the Grand Canyon via Mesa Verde NP and Arches NP, Colorado Springs.Judi

We were at Stephen Foster for 5 days at the first of the month. It's a hidden gem with large sites and great bathhouses. Got to listen to Stephen Foster songs on the hour with their 97 bell Carillon. It's on the Suwannee with a good canoe/kayak launch. We are going back in December for the Festival of Lights (5 million lights!).
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97  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tires need replacing. on: July 13, 2013, 09:03:11 am
If you don't have notable cracking in the tires, I would not be quick to replace the tires given they are 3 years old.

The tires are almost 5 years old and could need replacing, but not because CW said so-they just want to sell tires.

FMCA program does not cover tires under 19.5.
98  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: July 02, 2013, 05:20:26 pm
When we looked at PC our biggest concern was the non-ducted A/C. We had had other units that were very noisy, but had read that the Coleman Mach 8 had two motors and was very quiet on low. When we ordered our unit, we had Kermit install the 15K Coleman Mach 8 heatpump. It costs a little more but on low it is truly quieter than the Dometics that PC uses. The two motor system enables low to be "LOW". You can talk above it, watch and hear the TV, and sleep at night with it running on low without the cycling bothering me like some other unducted units. It also has the advantage of being one of the lowest and lightest units on the market. That's my plug for the day!
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99  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 16, 2013, 07:57:12 am
Yes, I bought them for my E450 and they fit perfectly.

So do the window deflectors! Sometimes a little cheaper to buy both together.  Cheer
100  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Push button switch with light on: June 13, 2013, 02:27:11 pm
i have a push button switch with a light. One wire to ground, one wire to + and the third wire to ????

If it's anything like a conventional wired switch, it should be a positive wire interrupted by the switch and a continuous negative to the light. It would look like 3 wires. JMHO
101  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 11, 2013, 10:10:18 am
So, after much discussion in our house, what dictates the tire pressure?  Tire manufacturer, chassis manufacturer or motorhome designer?

 shrug

Seems to me it varies depending on the load and which model is on the chassis and where the weight is distributed with each build.  But then, I'm only a girl. 

The weight of the coach loaded dictates tire pressure restricted by the maximum setting per the tire manufacture. The chassis manufacturer has nothing to do with the tire pressure once the chassis has been modified, but the MH manufacturer may have a suggestion restricted by the previous sentence. JMHO.
102  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 10, 2013, 11:17:23 pm
Shipper:When you were on the scales did you have full holding tanks as well as water?  Interesting that you are fairly heavy on the rear axle compared to mine at 9140...I do not have double panes so that would account for some savings for sure.

Holding tanks were empty, but fuel and water tanks were full. Maybe they just built my unit a little heavier than yours?  Wink
103  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 10, 2013, 10:29:04 am
Dick/Shipper:
Let me first correct the record and my error....water tank in my 3100 is under the passenger rear bed so left side facing the unit or right side from the rear of the coach!  Keeping the GVW at it lowest should be everyone's goal and certainly is mine and i run with empty tanks whenever I can.  i am going to get each corner on the scales ASAP because I am just not sure that the weight on the rear axle will justify the 80 lb rating that really makes the coach ride very hard and will rattle your teeth when their is not a full load on board. I would prefer to not run over inflated tires all the time to cover the random times when I might be at max rear axle rating.

I also misspoke confusing the location of the water tank and H/W heater which holds 6 gallons and are on the passenger side. My unit weighed in at 13, 970, with 4510 in front and 9460 in rear. Probably one of the main differences in our weights is the dual pane windows. Not knowing the different wheel weights on the rear axle is why I felt you need to carry 80#. In the South, we have farm centers that often have a single weigh scale. I understand that if you weigh only each side (4 measurements) that the single scale would work to get the individual weights. If the slide offsets the water tank, then you might reduce the rear to 75# but only after weighing confirmed it. I will try to do that next time I have my 3100 out in the farm center area.

PS I would be concerned about the 72# because you are too close even if each side weighed evenly. Your gauge could be off slightly, temps could be cooler, you might add more weight without thinking (someone lies on a bed while driving), you might develop a slow leak,  etc. I think under inflation is the cause of most blowouts.
104  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: foot rest/ottoman? on: June 07, 2013, 10:28:37 pm
How about one of the plastic folding steps? They wouldn't be as soft as an ottoman, but they come in 9" and 12" heights and a variety of colors. When traveling, just fold and store. The 12" gives me enough height to wash the windshield.
105  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 05, 2013, 02:49:22 pm
WNC2551: As for the 'wander"... the Ford I beam set up will always have some of that. Before I spent a ton of money on add on sway bars, etc i would play around a fair amount with air pressures.  On my 3100 I run 68 lbs in the front and 72 lbs in the rear, I have added the Roadmaster sway bars front and rear, steering stablizer, and Bilstein shocks but the air pressure adjustments has made the largest difference in how the chassis handles.

I also have the 3100; and, after weighing with a normal load (full fuel and water, 350# of passengers, and the stuff for RVing), I feel like 70-75# for the front tires and the maximum 80# in the rear tires are the least that can be considered safe. Have you found some way to shift weight forward? I have not weighed my individual tires, but would expect the driver side rear to weigh the heaviest on the rear axle. I didn't weigh with a toad attached, but would expect that I'd be very close to the rear GAWR.  
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