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61  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: September 24, 2013, 10:59:27 am
Our dogs were a primary driver in getting an RV.  We frequently travel on long weekends to dog trials with Winston and Griffin, our Glen of Imaal terrors (no misprint), to earthdog, agility, obedience, tracking, rally, and barnhunt events.  No, you probably have never heard of a Glen of Imaal terrier as they are the 157th least popular akc breed.  We like to say our dogs are better behaved than 99% of children we meet.  They are used to traveling and Winston generally rides shotgun.  He finds the captain chair is to his liking.  We don't crate them during travel based on the controversial thinking that if we are in a severe accident and they are ejected, being crated probably won't save them.  Mark
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What is in the box between the propane tank and the frame? on: September 24, 2013, 10:46:43 am
Bob commented that he thought the box by the propane tank was the HWH leveler system.  On my unit, I don't think that is right because it was all lit up with 5 or 6 leds and I didn't have the leveler system turned on.  I only noticed the lights on when I was running the generator and thought perhaps this was the transfer switch and the led's somehow indicate what the power source is.  Mark
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / Insulating the doghouse on: September 23, 2013, 06:26:59 pm
I did a search on insulating the cab floor and doghouse and didn't find much.  Has anyone tried lining the doghouse with hushmat or a similar sound/heat insulation material?  It's pretty noisy in the cab area especially when the tranny downshifts at high rpms.  Thanks, Mark
64  Main Forum / General Discussion / Another sani con tank flushing question on: September 23, 2013, 06:24:20 pm
Thanks for advice here, I hosed down my black water tank with city water hooked up on the sani con panel.  After one rinse, the black water tank now reads empty instead of 1/3 full when it's empty.  Thank you.

On the sani con panel there is also a button for the coach water pump.  I assume if I open the rinse valve and hit this pump button, I'll flush the tanks with onboard water?  Thanks, Mark
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What is in the box between the propane tank and the frame? on: September 23, 2013, 06:16:24 pm
I was told to hold the remote start/stop button in the stop position, light comes on, and then move the switch to the start position when the light goes out.  On the first attempts, it will start or try to start and after a few seconds, stop.  I'll tinker with priming it a little bit longer.  I hate to run the starter any longer than necessary.

I found the altitude adjustment and it is properly set at sea level.  I also accidently hit the start button on the genset when wiping up excess oil.  It was unexpected and scared the $%#& out of me!

The box on the other side of the propane tank is not the leveling system.  It was all lit up when the levelers were not activated.  These motorhomes have a lot of parts!  Mark
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 23, 2013, 06:06:53 pm
I have a vibration in my 2552 that I can feel and hear in the seat of my pants b/w 60 and 65 mph.  I had the tires balanced and it didn't help.  Today, I had a mechanic from the tire store (they do brakes, exhaust and other work) ride with me and he moved around the cabin as I drove.  He isolated the vibration to the front of the vehicle and he thinks it is a driveline issue.  The recommendation is to take it to my ford dealer and let him troubleshoot it.  I'll work on that next week.  He continued to say that if I can't get satisfaction from the ford dealer (hopefully under warranty), bring it back and they had a mechanic that would hookup sensors to the underbelly and he would monitor the vibration on a computer as it was driven.  If they can do it here in podunkville, they can do it where you live.  Maybe something to check out.  Mark
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 22, 2013, 10:48:58 pm
Tell me about the rubber mat they installed.  I think I could use one of those.  Mark
68  Main Forum / General Discussion / What is in the box between the propane tank and the frame? on: September 22, 2013, 05:23:24 pm
I changed the oil today in both the genset and the engine.  While checking for leaks, I noticed a box with a clear plastic panel facing forward beside the propane tank that had a row of 4 red led lights at the bottom  With the generator running, the first light was blinking and the rest were solid.  Is this the transfer switch for the shore power/genset?  What do the lights signify?  Why is the plastic panel facing forward where it is more likely to be struck and broken by stones?

I also noticed that my genset takes about 3 attempts before it fires up.  I hold the switch in the prime position until the light goes out and then rotate it to the start position.  Is this normal?  Once it starts, it runs fine.

Thanks, Mark
69  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: PC Current Draw on: September 21, 2013, 10:48:43 am
Barry, this is extremely useful information to me.  Thank you for posting. I have a question regarding the 1 amp draw with batteries at full charge.  Is this the draw of the battery charger providing a trickle maintenance charge to the house batteries?   Also, is there any way to turn off the battery charger if you need to use this one amp somewhere else?  I don't know where it is located.  Thanks, Mark
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oops. Where can I get a replacement light? on: September 21, 2013, 10:41:12 am
I went to Advanced Auto, O'Reilly's and Discount Auto looking for a duplicate sidelight without success.  The O'Reilly staff recommended I try Tractor Supply. I went there and found a Blazer trailer light with a slightly different lens but it fit the base perfectly.
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SCAN GAUGE II on: September 21, 2013, 10:28:13 am
I just monitor 4 items in the 'gauge' mode.  Why don't I like the scan gauge?  I see my huge gas consumption in real time while accelerating and going up hills!  Sarcasm, my friend. It's a very useful device.  I mounted mine (on the past two vehicles and now my PC) on the steering column with velcro.  I had a similar device on my 22 ft 350 Ford inboard boat.  It would burn 8 to 10 gallons/hr cruising.  This marine engine worked for a living.  My F150 burns about 3 gallons per hr at cruise and my wife's 6 cal suv burns less.  The PC is burning about 6 to 7 gal/hr so it is working for a living too.  Mark
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 19, 2013, 01:45:42 pm
At what speed does the vibration start and it is engine rpm dependent or speed dependent?  And once it starts, does it diminish or get worse as speed increases or remain the same even as speed changes?
73  Main Forum / General Discussion / Oops. Where can I get a replacement light? on: September 18, 2013, 10:45:00 am
Backing into our camping site way after dark, Kelli spotted me on the driver's side and I didn't worry about the starboard side as it was a big spacious campsite with nothing but a picnic table.  Well, I managed to tap the picnic table with my sidelight and broke the lens.  Can anyone tell me where I can get a replacement light or, better yet, a replacement lens?  Thanks, Mark


broken light by whollyterriers, on Flickr
74  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Protective Bug Screen for front of PC on: September 17, 2013, 08:32:40 am
I have lived in FL for 20 years and I have never put a bug screen on the front of my vehicles and it's rare to see a vehicle with a bug screen on it.  I've never had any issues with bugs except love bugs (looks like a firefly without the glow).  They are a real problem because they are a pain to clean off your vehicle and it's not uncommon to have hundreds smash into your windscreen, bumper, grill.  A screen doesn't help much because they hit the screen and the guts fly through and still coat your vehicle.  Their guts are acidic and need to be cleaned off very soon to keep from pitting your paint.  There is a large spring hatch and a smaller fall hatch.  The fall hatch will just about be over when you go to Disney.  If you are concerned, bring a bottle of cleaner and wipe off the bugs when you get settled in.  We drove 300 miles this past weekend from the Panhandle to AL and back and probably had about 200-300 love bug splats on the front.    Enjoy your trip, bring some cleaner and elbow grease, and don't worry too much about our bugs.
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: How did you take delivery? on: September 13, 2013, 08:51:07 am
The former owner of my unit said Kermit's son delivered it.  Mark
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