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211  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keeping those flying pest out on: May 21, 2014, 12:08:37 am
We put the screen you can buy at Camping World on the fridge, water heater and furnace.  They are cheap and very easy to install.  But I have seen others use the same type of window screen material that you described, Sparky, taped in place with duct tape from the inside so you can't see it.  Looks just fine and does the job.

  - Mike
212  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Maiden Voyage on: May 18, 2014, 01:02:09 am
Truly awesome!

I remember our maiden voyage like it was yesterday!  Oh, wait, it almost was!

Now we are on an 8500 mile journey around the country...currently in West Yellowstone.  We love our PC, and I'm sure you will have many happy voyages!  Thanks for the pix!

    - Mike
213  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the Gray Tank on: May 11, 2014, 10:51:41 pm
I've read about that water softener method too.  Here is the link to the entire article on it, called The Geo Method:

   - Mike
214  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jack (HWH) Issue -- Anyone?? on: May 10, 2014, 11:09:47 pm
Interesting.  It's the same jack that Chuck has an issue with.  Wonder if it's at the end of the hydraulic line.  Sounds like something HWH could figure out and resolve.

    - Mike
215  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High pitched whine on: May 10, 2014, 10:14:27 pm
Congrats on your 1800th post, Ron!!   ThumbsUp

216  Main Forum / General Discussion / Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: May 10, 2014, 10:43:23 am
I thought I'd post about towing a 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD (with Adaptive Cruise Control and keyless ignition), since there seems to be a lot of questions on the different forums regarding this setup.  I think we are the only folks on this forum that tows this particular vehicle, but it may help others in the future.

We have the Blue Ox baseplate and SMI Stay-In-Play supplemental braking equipment.  We also have a trickle charge line from the coach to the Edge and are using the Edge's brake lights and turn signals (with diodes)

We have had no problems with the battery running down and everything works as expected. Having said all that, I think that folks may have problems and/or confusion for a couple of reasons....

The Ford instructions seem a bit counter-intuitive, but they work!  I keep this checklist handy and use it religiously every time once the car is hooked up to the towbar:

- Start car.
- Put climate control in recirculated air mode to keep
exhaust fumes from entering car from motorhome.
- Put headlights in off, not auto.
- Turn off radio.
- Run engine for 5 minutes.
- With the engine running and your foot on the brake,
shift into position D and then into position R before
shifting back into position N.
- Release parking brake
- Place ignition in the accessory position (put foot on
brake, press button to shut off engine, remove foot
from brake, press button to place in accessory mode)
- Switch on SMI braking system (flip switch to the right)
- Pull breakaway pin to test that brakes work.  Reinsert pin.
- Check operation of brake lights and turn signals on Edge
when activated from coach.
- Do not exceed 65 mph.  Do not back up.
- Start engine and allow it to run for 5 mins at the
beginning of each day and every six hours thereafter.

The part that doesn't seem to make sense initially is where you need to shut off the engine and then put the car in accessory mode.  With keyless ignition, you would think this is a bad idea because it powers up some stuff and you don't have or need a physical key in the ignition to unlock the steering column.  However, if you just shut the car off it will display a message to 'Place Vehicle in Park' and the two information screens remain on.  At this point, pressing the ignition button without a foot on the brake activates accessory mode and that message goes away.  After a few minutes all displays automatically shut off if you are in accessory mode.

Having a trickle charge line allows the use of the Edge's lights without killing the battery.

Now, the issue(s) with adaptive cruise control.....

1) Installing a supplemental braking system in the engine compartment might be a little trickier, due to the room that the adaptive cruise equipment takes up. 

2) Not sure if this is totally due to having adaptive cruise equipment, but the baseplate will need to be mounted between the Ford emblem and the license plate, which is about halfway up the front of the car.  This requires that you have a hitch riser on the coach receiver (well, on the PC anyway)

So far setting up and towing the Edge has been very easy and trouble free for us.

   - Mike
217  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High pitched whine on: May 10, 2014, 12:13:32 am
If you don't have a pair of Pomeranians, I don't know what the cause of the whine could be...

   - Mike
218  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hydraulic Jack (HWH) Issue -- Anyone?? on: May 09, 2014, 11:34:30 am

You'll probably need to do a bit of troubleshooting to see if it's a hydraulic problem, or a bad magnet or switch, or a control board.  If any of the jacks extend even 1/4-1/2 inch, for any reason the lights will come on.  I would guess that they would look like they were fully stored, when they might not be.  Here is an short except from the HWH troubleshooting manual for my model:

"Each jack has a two wire magnetic warning switch. The switch is located on top of the jack. There is a magnet inside the jack. The contacts of the switch close when the jack has extended approximately 1/4 to 1/2 inch. The contacts open when the jack is retracted. The white wire in the harness supplies a ground to the switch and the black wire carries a ground signal to the control box when the jack is extended and the switch contacts are closed."

Here is a link to the HWH Manuals and troubleshooting guides:

   - Mike
219  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Blu-Ray DVD player failure on: May 07, 2014, 01:20:27 am

Are you talking about the BluRay player over the third chair?  If so, ours is pretty easy to remove.  The unit has like a glue tape under the two front corners.  If I lift the unit up a bit (not much room, but it does move) and pull it forward it will come loose of the glue tape.  Then you can easily slide it out and look at the connections.  There is enough cable/cord there to get it out enough to see what's going on.

  - Mike
220  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: May 06, 2014, 09:43:08 am
Costco seems to be a Michelin dealer.  I've ordered tires from them before online and they ship them to the local store for installation.  Wonder if they still have stock?

   - Mike
221  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 06, 2014, 09:25:47 am
I wonder if this may be the effect of using a dry wash type of cleaner?  Diamond Shield says they do not recommend any type of dry wash cleaner, since they are designed for non-porous surfaces.... and a paint protection film is porous.

The DS website says this about removal:
Removing the Diamond Shield can be accomplished by starting at one corner and slowly peeling back. A heat gun may be used to facilitate the removal.

   - Mike
222  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: May 04, 2014, 11:57:12 am
Kermit, definitely.  Even Earl could probably send you some schematics/drawings, or even a short video of the areas you are looking at.

There is a new model 2450 for sale on the PC web page that apparently has solar.  It doesn't show the panels, but does show a control/monitor panel in one of the pictures (I think it's right near the main coach door stairwell). Wonder what equipment they use and how they ran the wiring for that.

  - Mike
223  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 04, 2014, 11:50:55 am
For me, the shorter mirrors work out fine enough.  What I generally want to see more than I can right now is where traffic is located in the lanes next to me, but farther back.  Like a truck or fast moving car when I'm planning a lane change.

I've read that many of those 'attachment' type mirrors, due to how they are mounted, vibrate or bounce enough to make them a less than attractive option....(hard to see stuff when the mirror is shaking)

The huge awning is one of our favorite things about the PC.  One of the folks who was shopping for PC's and came to look at our rig was wondering if the factory could install an awning without the supports/rails along the side of the rig.  Apparently he had previous rigs without the supports and preferred them.

        - Mike
224  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Right Mirror on: May 03, 2014, 11:57:31 pm
There are also options for side view cameras, both wired and wireless.  Here is just one type/example....

   - Mike
225  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Minnesota/North Dakota on: April 30, 2014, 08:57:07 pm
Um....Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota?

Recommended to me a few months ago are two scenic byways....perhaps something on those routes?

   - Mike
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