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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter on: October 18, 2014, 08:16:29 am
Carol,

 A couple of other things I thought about:

1.  You asked about keeping the hot water tank on and running the furnace-we do this all the time with no issues

2.  The outside shower-my thought there would be to winterize the rig and just dewinterize inside plumbing.  Why I say this is that we had to winterize when we came home from FL this past spring since it was still very cold here.  When we went camping for a weekend in June I thought I had dewinterized everything but when we went out in August I realized I never dewinterized the toilet sprayer or kitchen sink sprayer.  When I went to use them they were still filled with antifreeze.  We don't have an outside shower but I am sure if we did that would have still been filled with antifreeze.

3.  I carry a lot of the 8 ounce bottles of water under the passenger bed in the 2551 and we do not keep the furnace on when traveling and they have never frozen.  Our furnace does not run very much at night because we set it very low, our bedding keeps us very warm.

Sue
2  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Traveling with Safe Plumbing in Winter on: October 17, 2014, 07:35:09 pm
Carol,

     We travel to Florida every winter from Michigan so our first two days are usually below freezing.  However, we are fully winterized until we get into Georgia and then once there we dewinterize.  I do use the toilet the first two days.  Since I do not have running water I always carry a jug of water to use when I flush.  I am guessing because we have antifreeze in the black tank we never have had a problem with the toilet or black tank and we have never used the heaters in the tanks.

Make sure all the water is drained from the fresh water hoses  and the fresh water filter, if you use one, before you store them.

Sue
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 17, 2014, 06:36:06 pm
Ron,

Thetford Customer Service (800-543-1219) has a very simple procedure to disassemble the macerator pump. If you call them they will walk you through the process.  Once disassembled the impeller can be inspected and replaced if necessary.

Barry

4  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Hello from Myrtle Beach on: October 09, 2014, 05:03:01 pm
Ron, I couldn't help myself.

Here is one of our worst winter days.  The cloudbank is obscuring an otherwise beautiful sun set.

Barry
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Composting Toilet on: October 07, 2014, 09:09:30 pm
Steve

We had a 2008 2350 and the black holding tank was directly under the toilet (drivers side rear). 

Sue
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 06, 2014, 07:46:08 pm
CDWall

Tom is 100% correct.  If you had 2 6V batteries they would have been wired in series ( neg  to pos) . This would give you 12V total (6V + 6V).   If they installed 2 12v batteries and wired them in series (neg to pos) you would now have 24V (12v +12V).  A quick check with a volt meter or a visual inspection should be able to determine if the batteries are wired in series (correct for 6V batteries) or in parallel (correct for 12V batteries).

Here is a link to a website that talks about wiring battieries in series/parallel and why.

http://www.zbattery.com/Connecting-Batteries-in-Series-or-Parallel

Barry
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: October 03, 2014, 07:43:09 pm
We went to a RV show today and saw a couple of rv's built on the F550 chassis.  They look very impressive.  There were a couple of things that I noticed that might be of interest to future buyers.

1.  The front of the F550 is between 2-3 feet longer than the E450.

2.  The living area of motorhome sits a lot higher on the F550 than on the E450.  This results in the cab area being well below the floor of the living area.  I started to get into the driver's seat from inside the motorhome and quickly changed my mind.  There just did not seem to have any place to put my feet or any good handholds.

Barry
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disappointing gas mileage on: September 28, 2014, 09:20:11 am
Rose and Earl

Ron presents some very good points.

We had a 2008 2350 with slide on an E350 chassis and over the first 10,000 miles of usage we averaged 9.98 miles per gallon.

Some of the things we found that help the mileage:

1.  Maintain good tire pressure.  Good is hard to define.  The tires need to be inflated enough to carry the load but not so much as to cause a rough ride and excessive tire wear.

2.  A clean air filter helps .  I added a K&N air filter primarily to increase time between filter changes.

3.   Starting and stopping  in heavy traffic or at stop lights destroys the mileage. 

4.  When towing I usually maintain about 60-62 MPH.

5.  Hills will also greatly affect mileage.  I found that if I am able to keep my speed in the 60+ range I can climb a lot of hills without having the transmission down shift.

On a separate issue the Ford V10 used in some if not all Class A's is slightly different than the V10 used in an E350 Class C.  The Class A would have a 3 valve configuration and the Class C would have a 2 value.  I do not know if this was the case in your previous Class A.

Barry
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TOWING on: September 27, 2014, 08:16:17 pm
Welcome Dale and Cindy!!!

As far as checking to see if you can tow your 2005 Hyundia Santa Fe, look first in you owners manual.  They usually will tell you if you can flat tow (4 down) a vehicle.

Next search online for the dinghy towing guide.  I looked at www.lichtsinn.com/PDFs/Dinghy-Guide-2005.pdf. It does not list your vehicle as one that can be flat towed.  Every year motorhome magazine publishes the dinghy towing guide and these can be found online.

But most important is to check the towing capacity of your RV as well as what your hitch is rated to tow.  Phoenix gives you the details about what the GVWR and GCWR for Sprinter.  Then you need to look at the CCC which is on the yellow sticker of the doorframe.  You cannot exceed any of these ratings.   A Hyundai Santa Fe weighs in at 3549 so that has to be calculated into your weights and since you would need a tow dolly that would be another approximately 1000 pounds.

Remco also does a very good job at identifying what vehicles can be towed and how.

Sue
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of 2450. Bumper to bumper on: September 21, 2014, 04:24:08 pm
Tim
We had a 2008 2350, with slide with a couch and, yes there were seat belts for the couch!

Sue
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of 2450. Bumper to bumper on: September 17, 2014, 10:56:21 pm
Tim,

  I think a 2450 is a great coach, I just wanted you to see that you can swivel both chairs in a Ford chassis.  Our 2551 is built on a Ford.

Barry
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Length of 2450. Bumper to bumper on: September 17, 2014, 09:50:01 pm
Tim

We have a 2012 2551 (Ford Chassis) and had the factory install the swivel option on the driver's seat.  The only requirement was to have a slide and no power seat.

Here is a picture of our seats.  It is nice to have the extra  seat and a little more open space.



Barry
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: REAR AXEL OVER LOADED on: September 17, 2014, 11:11:24 am
I have a question?  How would changing tires change the actual load rating of the axle itself?  Can you exceed the weight limit of a 9600# rated axle  by changing tires?  Isn't an axle a component that has a weight limit just like springs or tires that have their own weight maximums?

Sue
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Seat on: September 15, 2014, 10:30:23 pm
Let us know what you find!
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Seat on: September 15, 2014, 08:13:02 pm
Barry and I went out and took a picture of how ours works.  (login to see the picture)  When you pull the lever toward you a locking tab is released from a slot, at that point I hold it in the released position and then can turn the chair in either direction.  

When you pull on your handle can you see the tab  being pulled away from the slot as shown in the picture?  If it is not then you will not beable to turn your chair.  If you click on the picutre you can see it in greater detail.

If the locking tab is being released from its slot and it still doesn't turn I wonder if a bearing(s) is out of place or rusted out.
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