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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check your macerator pump on: February 22, 2017, 05:51:53 pm
Another macerator issue for which there is an older thread regards the damage the screw that holds the aft most hose bracket can cause to the hose where the screw protrudes though the compartment wall.
It's a self tapping screw that protrudes  3/16th of an inch or so and can puncture the hose.
I remember reading the original post but forgot about it until a week or so ago while pumping I suddenly had a significant leak. I believe what happens is when the pump is running the section of hose between the bracket and elbow whips around violently and comes in contact with the tip of the screw.  I think it is worse with the new turbo pump or whatever it's called.
While waiting for a replacement hose and an opportunity to replace the screw I have removed it and first wrapped the holes, at least two with stretch and seal tape then wrapped it with multiple layers of duct tape.  I continued wrapping through the hole in the compartment as it is a very rough cut surface and am concerned that with time could wear into the hose.
So far the repair is holding up.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motorhomeless on: February 02, 2017, 05:05:03 pm
Were sure going to miss you guys on the forum.
Were Looking forward to seeing the new home in Maine this summer.
Best of luck.
Bob and Michele
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holding tanks how does everyone deal with the whole size of the holding tanks. on: February 02, 2017, 04:55:16 pm
A few additional comments, besides the plate scrapping, when we sailed we never stacked any dirty dishes, thus less surface area to clean. However I could only do this when my wife wasn't in the galley.
After talking with Barry of Sue and Barry, we just bought a 12 gallon blue boy tote and a 5 foot tote hose.  Once a day I train the gray tank via the auxiliary dump and pull it over to the dump station.
We just left Flamingo in the Everglades, which only has electrical hookups and after 4 days still had enough capacity in my black tank for a few more days, if you can trust the indicator lights.
I am being meticulous about keeping the tank clean and when traveling wrapping it in a construction grade black bag ind then wrappping in a blue tarp before it goes in the back of the car. Alternatively it is light enough that it could easily go on top of the P C.
I also have to agree with the comment about not dumping gray tanks anywhere but in designated dump stations.  We've come so far in cleaning up our rivers and other bodies of water that we must guard against any action that could compromise them.
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Blue Ox service on: January 19, 2017, 07:04:26 am
Just before going to the Tampa RV show yesterday we heard that Blue Ox sends a team to service their tow bars, was also told to be there early as it's a popular service.  Even though we arrived when the gates opened I still stood in line for 30 minutes to register. For $35 they dissemble the entire unit, lubticate and replace worn parts.  Some had brought theirs with them on handcarts, if you don't they take your number, call when your up and take you in a cart to your car, I had mine in the back of the CRV and service it on the spot.
I don't know where else they offer the service but would guess it would be most other major shows.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: euro chairs on: January 17, 2017, 10:32:21 am
Love my Euro chair. Went back and forth between 2551 and the 2552 and the Euro  chair was the determining factor.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slideout or not and Mercedes vs E-450 on: December 22, 2016, 02:02:32 pm
We also started with the Sprinter and there are many benefits to it mileage being the first. As Judi said the comfort , roominess, of the cab  is a big plus, getting out of the seats is a lot easier especially the older we get.  Handling, maneuverability and the paddle shifter are likewise advantages.
One of the downsides of course is the cost of maintenance, oil changes if done by a dealer run in the $400 range, although I think it's around 10000 miles between.  We had several check engine light issues' we fortunately were covered by warranty, we bought an extended warranty which was for peace of mind. I thought the check engine light should have been represented by a dollar sign.
Finding "good diesel" can on occasion be a problem. Biodiesel, soy blend, is becoming more common. MB recommends nothing above 5 percent, B5, but up to B20 is common. It's all about the emissions system which is very fussy. Search the web lots about this.
Lastly the CCC of Sprinter is much less than the E450.
While we found many things we liked about our 2350 Sprinter (corner bed not being one of those) we find our 2552 much more functional for us. The Interior storage and roominess of the 2552 over the 2350 made all the difference to our comfort both mental and physical in the four plus months a year we spend in it.
Good luck in your search. bob
7  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Shake down tour on: December 16, 2016, 04:50:41 pm
Garmp, we visited Fairy Stone in the late spring of 2014 with our young grandkids.  We found it to be a nice park, sites according to my notes were wooded but close together.  We all enjoyed digging for the fairy stones and did find a few good ones. There is a small lake that the kids enjoyed. 
We drove into the park from the western approach which was hilly, narrow with lots of turns. We left from the eastern side, cannot remember the route numbers, which was much more manageable.
It's a pretty part of Virginia and well worth the visit.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold weather Mercedes diesel on: December 10, 2016, 11:41:34 am
Congratulations on your purchase
We owned a 2012 2350 Sprinter and did not have any issues with cold weather starting, but probably never started in temperatures when it got down into the teens. There are a lot of commercial Sprinters in our area and I would guess they do not have block heaters.
As much as we enjoy our 2552 I do miss the performance and handling of the Sprinter, I think you made a good choice.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV? on: November 16, 2016, 09:32:38 pm
We subscribe to Direct TV and take our receiver from home.  We use the Winegard G2 carry out dish and are generally pleased with the overall service. They are good in changing customers to local area stations a change we make a number of times during our winter travels.
The portable dish does not pick up DT HD programing, which we have not found to be an issue.
I have read there are changes in the works for DT since being bought by AT&T, something is happening in a year or two with the discontinuation of one of their satellite, the specifics of which I can't remember, but will negatively affect services. I have also read that by 2020, there is talk of dropping satellite service altogether and just going with streaming services.
From what I have picked up on other forums Dish appears to be a very popular system with a lot of R V travelers 
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Drawers and a Door too on: November 12, 2016, 12:16:08 pm
Very nice work, also noticed that you did a significant upgrade in the draw locks you used.
We spend 4 plus months living in ours so am also always in search for improved storage.
I discovered recently that there is a "significant" amount of unused space between the outside wall and the outboard partition of the bed on the drivers side, where you made your changes. However in the area is the gasoline fill inlet, shore power and lots of wiring.  I made protective partitions so as not to jeopardize or damage anything already there,  basically small boxes, then cut an access hole in the top of the fixed outboard bed board, like the one on top of the passenger bed.  It's not a lot of extra space but it will be useful for infrequently used items.
Your earlier posting about the shelves in the bedroom, we've debated doing that, but elected to make cloth pouches, my wife did, they are just big enough to hold our IPads, phone etc.  The back of the pouches is long enough to go under the mattress where it is velcroed down.  On our trips this summer they worked in keeping things off the floor at night.
I noticed someone recently posted that they ordered their new PC with the old style couch with the two draws underneath.  We really miss those drawers that we had in our 2350 and if to do it over again would ask for that change, personally I think the couch was more comfortable also.
Again lovely work

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Looking for the right vehicle to pull behind the PC on: November 01, 2016, 02:09:47 pm
 We tow a 2014 Honda CRV, which I believe is the last model year that can be towed as I think they went to the constant velocity transmission starting in 2015.
Like Pax's Ford the speed is limited to 65mph and the transmission needs to be manually exercised every 8 hours which is not a big deal.  We do have issues with its battery going dead occasionally there are fixes for that and it's on my to do list.
We are set up with Blue Ox plate and tow bars which I am happy with.  We use their Patriot braking system which I am not crazy about and if buying new would look at other systems.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: October 27, 2016, 01:15:58 pm
On our 2350 I also had to disassemble one of ours due to a gear wheel problem, self inflicted and as Tom said there is no slack, plus your working on your back. However, with an extra pair of hands from my son in law we were able to do it without cutting any wires, but it wasn't fun.
Good luck.
13  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: New England Fall Colors & Shores on: September 21, 2016, 12:37:14 pm
Lots of good advice here.
The White Mountains as mentioned are a great place to visit in the fall. National forest camp grounds are nice and put you in areas with great hiking in addition to leaf peeping. Mount Washington is a great hike and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Maine coast. With the shorter days in the fall, however hiking to the summit could be problematic, can also drive the auto road or take the old Cog railway up which is a great adventure. The Appalachian mountains club (AMC) has a great visitor center at Pinkham Notch which can provide lots of info, as well as equipment rentals, on the hiking the area.
Arcadia is great, we have spent a number of nights there over the past couple of months including a great week with Judi and George (Gradygal), Bar Harbor is a tourist town which can be very congested, especially when a cruse ship is in, which this time of year there are many. As you probably have read the Inter-island bus is free and will take you around much of the island, park at the main visitor center. Don't miss the other villages on the island like South West Harbor, Bass Harbor and North East Harbor, which has a couple of great gardens, they were in full bloom when there last week but will probably have less color when your here
Whale watching this time of year can be hit or miss. Sit on the shore and watch for dolphins and seals which should be plintiful.
The New Brunswick crossing in Lubec is about  100 miles up Route 1. If time permits and you like history visit Campobello International park, summer home of FDR (Pass Ports required).
If moving around, Cobscook state park is near there and a good base for exploring that part of Down East Maine.
Lots to see, unfortunately were in a severe drought and the fall colors may not have there usual brilliance.
Safe travels and if we can provide any other info, just ask.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slide Rattling on: September 12, 2016, 05:54:45 pm
I also had a slide rattle but mine originates with the two metal cross pieces right behind the drivers seat. When driving I wedge a piece of foam between the forward most cross piece and the little section of wall.  You can test if this is the source by just shaking it by hand. Hope your rattle is this easy to fix.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof "Bubble" Disturbing on: August 14, 2016, 08:18:42 am
I had to call Phoenix the other week about our light under the stairs going on and off by itself and while talking to Bob asked him about the air pockets that I had also noticed while cleaning the roof.
He indicated that they attach the fiberglass sheeting by spot glueing it to hold it in place and then seal the edges so the air pockets are normal.
For the light they have sent a new control module.
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