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166  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric Couch Transitiion Piece on: January 22, 2014, 10:40:35 am
We found ours behind the sofa, and so far that's where we store it.

167  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Florida Travelers Winter of 2013-2014 on: January 20, 2014, 11:26:04 am
Gosh!  Looks like half the PC population is in Florida right now!  (Just a little jealous)  Wink

168  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refrigerator always give a fault message when traveling on: January 15, 2014, 08:49:12 pm
Not sure what model refrigerator you have (ours is a Norcold N621L)  The 'F' fault code means the burner did not ignite or reignite.  Since it does ignite while parked, it sure sounds like the airflow while driving is influencing things.  And since it did work fine up until this point I would think the service tech would have checked gas pressure, combustion seal, electrode spark gap and cleanliness of the burner orifice (at the very least)

This is a link to a Norcold Service Manual that has a troubleshooting flowchart for various problems, including LP Gas Ignition Failure.

Generally, some of the things to check:
- Make sure the propane gas pressure is 11 inches of water column.
- Make sure the combustion seal is complete and intact.
- Make sure the burner and the burner orifice are clean.
- Make sure the electrode spark gap is 1/8 - 3/16 inch.
- Make sure the AC voltage is 108 - 132 volts and the DC voltage is 10.5 - 15.4 volts.
- Make sure the thermocouple tip is clean and secure.
- The flame should be a darker blue color on the inside of the flame and a lighter blue color on the outside of the flame, and a constant shape without flickering.
It should not be - yellow - flickering or changing shape.
- Make sure the flame does not touch the inside of the flue tube.

My manual describes the processes for removing and cleaning the burner orifice, examining the gas lines for leaks, etc. but also says these things should only be done by a Norcold Service Center.

 - Mike

169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: January 10, 2014, 09:57:09 am
Thanks, John/Holly!  Sounds like a good product.  Our guy did mention that the toad-mounted led might be hard to see and suggested the coach light up front.  We had heard a lot about possible issues in certain vehicles when tying into the brake/turn signal circuits, regardless of the tow package or braking system, so we are going to have the brake/turn signal kit installed in the toad.

It will be interesting to see how it goes towing a pretty hefty vehicle (2103 Ford Edge Ltd AWD)

- Mike
170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Phoenix Cruiser wants your 2552! on: January 09, 2014, 12:14:22 pm
Earl will have to pry ours from our cold, dead hands.   Cowboy
171  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: January 08, 2014, 10:44:18 pm
We are getting ready to have our Ford Edge married up to our PC.  Definitely settled on Blue Ox baseplate and tow bar.  Originally planned to install a US Gear Unified braking system, but our local RV specialist who has installed many of the US Gear systems recommended the SMI Stay-In-Play Duo instead.  His comment was that he has seen too many of the US Gear controllers come back for repair/replacement.  Fairly similar systems, but I don't yet know enough about the SMI product.  Anyone have this particular product?  I've looked for info but still can't tell how it connects to the brake (cable from under the seat like in the Unified?) Does it have a trickle charge line like the Unified, or an included breakaway like the Unified?

  - Mike
172  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fresh Water Tank Drain on: December 31, 2013, 11:55:38 pm
Thanks, all!  The reasons make a lot of sense.   I'm going to have to think this thru a bit to ensure it's durable and aesthetically pleasing.  Otherwise, for me it is just too easy a project not to attempt.

 - Mike

Oh, and Happy New Year!
173  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: leak at awning on: December 31, 2013, 12:33:57 pm
George:  When you say 'wedge' what part you referring to?  I'll be takings. Look at mine tomorrow.

  - Mike
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Fresh Water Tank Drain on: December 31, 2013, 10:11:53 am
I recall Tom mentioning that PC's once came with external fresh water tank drain valves mounted somewhere on the side of the rig.  I was thinking of installing something similar, for a few reasons: 1) It seems fairly easy to do, 2) Instead of dumping the tank straight down under the rig I could easily hook up a hose and dump it where I need to, 3) It would provide an easily accessible source of fresh water outside for filling dog bowls, cooking, etc.

The short piece of pipe coming out of the tank and under the rig is Pex piping and with the Sharkbite quick connect fittings available, it seems like a breeze to install.  I was wondering about a couple of things though.  What were the issues people had that prompted Kermit to stop installing this?  If it were installed, where would it be routed to?  The easiest place is unfortunately too close to the exhaust pipe for my taste.  The closest cabinet is the slide-out 'cooler' in the right rear corner.

  - Mike
175  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 30, 2013, 10:45:28 pm
It's in McCloud, just off I-5 on 89 and just south of Mt Shasta.

I wouldn't rule out the Red Bluff area in December.  We are staying at Durango RV resort for a few days this week.  It's fairly upscale and runs $40-$80 night, but have nice amenities, pet friendly, and a number of sites right on the Sacramento River.  (It also participates in the RV Golf Club, so either two nights free or 50% off depending on site).  The weather forecasts sunny with highs in the low 70's and low around 40.

  - Mike
176  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 29, 2013, 11:24:44 pm
Sparky: Have you considered trading in for the 4 wheel drive PC?   Wink

177  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: WEST COAST TRAVEL WINTER TIME on: December 29, 2013, 11:13:54 pm
McCloud Dance Country does look nice, but they close in the winter.  Open Apr 1st thru Oct 31st.
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Starting the genset on: December 26, 2013, 10:16:35 am
I'm not near our PC at the moment, nor the manual, but I seem to remember that there may be an altitude calibration knob or slider of some sort on the generator?   I would imagine having starting problems occurring if this setting was out of whack with the altitude you are currently at.

 - Mike
179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Doghouse insulation project (background post 1) on: December 25, 2013, 02:19:56 am
Awesome job, Mark!  I have the same hearing problem, but in my right ear.  Too much time in Navy ship engine rooms.  I had this on my long-term project list and you've made my job much much easier.

  - Mike
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coleman Mach 8 A/C Unit on: December 23, 2013, 04:27:52 pm
Tom: The Coleman cost $300 more than the standard A/C.  We had the option of a second A/C, because we had the 50 amp power setup.  Our thinking was that we wanted a bit more cooling than the 13,500 btu standard unit, and adding a second 11,000 btu unit was overkill in the 2552. We decided to look around at 15,000 btu units and the Coleman was a standout.  Very low profile on the roof (8 inches), very light (90 lbs), very quiet fan on low speed, highest btu strip heat of any RV unit (6000), operates in weather up to 125 degrees (ie: Scottsdale), two motors that provide the same high BTUs of cooling on both high and low speed operation.

Shipper: Yes, the fan is just as quiet using the heat strip and it only operates on low speed.  Yes also to the question of the heat strip running on both 'auto' and 'on' fan modes.

- Mike

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