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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: August 26, 2015, 06:59:01 am
Thanks for that info!  Always good to know what others have encountered.  I'll be checking my pump and struts a bit more carefully now.  (Oh, and congrats on your 100th post!)  Wink

    - Mike
2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 24, 2015, 07:17:06 am
John:  No, I don't know how to verify if the unit is installed correctly, but since detecting ground faults is one of the primary functions of the device, which it apparently did not do, I would think that something is wrong somewhere.  TRC technical support could probably help (800-780-4324)

With respect to location of the SurgeGuard in the rig......I too should have discussed it with the factory before installation.  My unit is located in the wall under and next to the drivers side bed (we have a 2552). I'm not all that concerned about it though, since from what I understand only a catastrophic event (like a lightening strike or something) will cause the unit to sacrifice itself.

Regardless, I always test for a hot-skin condition when hooking up in a campground.  I have seen some folks even test for it each time they enter an RV, theirs or others.

   - Mike
3  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 23, 2015, 03:16:01 pm
Welcome John!  And thanks for both the report of the issue you had and the description of your test equipment.

We also have the hard-wired Surge Guard and have never encountered the issue you experienced, although we had a number of experiences where the miswired or faulty campground pedestal caused our surge guard to trip and report the issue.  Sounds like something is wrong with your unit or how it is wired.  Does the remote panel show a fault in its display history?  When I received my rig from the factory they miswired the surge guard through the transfer switch in the wall behind the drivers seat.  It is not a 'standard' install for the factory, so maybe it wasn't wired correctly?

  - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Electrical Problem...Please! on: August 15, 2015, 06:56:24 pm
And thank YOU, Bob, for the follow up.  Making notes about this, since I may be doing the same thing soon.

  - Mike
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Weighing all four corners of your PC on: August 13, 2015, 09:47:46 pm
Other possible resources for getting four corners weighed:

- Some moving company offices
- Some trucking company offices

We struggled to find a place in the SF Bay Area until we found out by accident that our local RV repair guy down the street had appropriate scales.

  - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Euro chair on: August 12, 2015, 09:43:17 am
We use the provided clamp to secure our Euro chair.

We've never taken it outside, but do move it around inside for various purposes.  Having a stairwell cover gives you a bit of extra room for this.


 - Mike
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Miles per year on your Phoenix? on: August 12, 2015, 09:29:13 am
We use ours exclusively for the business of pleasure, and like you have put about 14,000 miles on ours.  Arrival of our first grandchild put a few trips on hold, so we expect we would normally double the miles.

  - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 11, 2015, 09:51:36 am
Welcome, Chuck!

We spent some time up in your neck of the woods last year (stayed in Wilson and used the toad to explore, then spent a week on the Erie Canal). Nice area!

We will be up in Oregon this fall as well, so maybe we will see you.  We will be heading up thru Bend to the Columbia River and back down thru Coos Bay.

- Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I95 in Connecticut on: July 29, 2015, 08:45:48 pm
I'm originally from Connecticut and historically I95 is much better towards the end of summer rather than spring or early summer.  They do a lot of work to correct winter-induced problems and they don't usually become apparent until late August or early September.

Doesn't answer your question, and if anyone has recent info I'd also like to know.

    - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 21, 2015, 07:29:10 am
Oh.....and I'm not sure if the standard PC A/C units have any way to adjust the direction of airflow, but the Coleman has adjustable fins on the forward and rear ends which allow for directing the air a bit.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 21, 2015, 07:23:31 am
We are the culprits who had the Coleman Mach 8 unit installed at the factory.  There are four varieties available: 13,500 BTU A/C, 13,500 BTU Heat Pump, 15,000 BTU A/C and 15,000 BTU Heat Pump.  We chose the 15,000 BTU A/C.  The standard units installed in a PC are 13,500 BTU units.

Noise is a very relative thing, obviously, and comparing the Coleman Mach 8 to a standard unit I would say that they are comparably noisy on high speed and the Coleman is quieter on low speed.

We also have wood floors which probably contributes to any noise being amplified a bit more than carpet or other materials.

Other benefits of the Coleman:

- Lowest low profile unit made
- Lightest low profile unit made
- Has the largest BTU resistance heater of any RV air conditioner
- Built in Kansas

These units are built by Airxcel and bear the Coleman name.

The chart on their website shows interesting info like fan speeds, amperage and such for comparison:

http://www.rvcomfort.com/rvp/products/rooftop/mach8.php

- Mike
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rattle My Brain... on: July 19, 2015, 11:09:39 am
Aside from 'normal' road noise, almost all of our squeaks, rattles and vibrations stemmed from the stuff we stored in the rig.  We isolated them one by one and pay more attention to how load something new. There were a few rattles caused by things like shades or cabinent doors, but if you have a partner with good ears, you'll find them.  The one noise hardest to locate turned out to be the way I stored some cans in the outdoor storage cabinet under the sink area.

  - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Single A/C vs. Dual A/C on: July 15, 2015, 10:34:48 pm
We have a 2552 with one A/C which we upgraded to a 15000 BTU Coleman unit.  A non-scientific study in our PC seems to indicate that the A/C can cool the rig down up to 25 degrees on the hottest days.....if we are careful with not leaving the doors open, ensuring the shades are down, ensuring the a/c is started early in the day, etc.  We have 50 amp service and if I had to do it all again I would keep the 50 amps and the Coleman unit, and add a second A/C.  Mostly because we would want to do some traveling in hotter climates at times (or may find ourselves there) like Arizona in July when it's 110 in the shade.  But, that's just us. 

   - Mike
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: DC power Use and Store switch on: July 11, 2015, 09:00:43 am
Hasn't happened to us yet, and I won't be much help here except to suggest calling Kermit or the Intellitec RV products technical helpline (Mark Bayus 419 965 3014). Probably a long shot since it is the weekend and all.

   - Mike
15  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Adventure Anywhere - A New Adventure on: July 08, 2015, 11:04:54 am
Congrats Ron!  She's a beauty.

We had our first grandchild, Charlie, last August and took her on her first RV camping trip (fairly locally) a couple weeks ago.  She loved it!  You're gonna have a whole lotta fun!

  - Mike
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