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31  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 30, 2014, 01:21:50 pm
Bruce and Sharon


Thanks, because of the tight area, the step is really a 2-person job.  One to apply the chassis saver and the other to move the light, respond quickly to drips, spills and whatever else needs to be done.

In the future I would use a fresh brush for each coat and each part.  It is just too hard to keep the chassis saver from setting up on the brush.  I used the same brush for the first coat on the step and the hitch.  The bristles were getting stiff before I could finish the hitch and had to sand out brush marks before the second coat. The hitch finish is still not as smooth as I wanted .

We got the chassis saver from the local NAPA Parts Store.  It was almost half the price of the first can we bought at a non-chain parts store.

We found UNI-SOLVE by Smith&Nephew will remove the chassis save from skin within an hour or so after contact.

Here is a link for a UNI-SOLVE description:

Here is a link for UNI-SOLVE on Amazon:

32  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 29, 2014, 10:38:55 pm

We did our battery box when we first got the PC in 2011.  The battery box still looks brand new!!!
33  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Before/After pictures of the entry step and hitch on: May 29, 2014, 08:15:00 pm
Since we had to buy a small can of chassis saver (8 oz) at $20 a can and only needed a small amount to fix our doorframe we decided to tackle a couple of other areas.  Once the chassis saver is exposed to air it is very difficult to store it for too long of a period.   Here are before and after pictures of our step and hitch.  We are very pleased with the results and hopefully it will keep the rust away.
34  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Fixing rusted entry way on: May 29, 2014, 05:47:58 pm

Thanks for the diagram, already printed and filed away. AHFY


Let us know how you got the caps for the mounting screws out.

35  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Fixing rusted entry way on: May 29, 2014, 12:55:13 pm

I have removed the lower track and know it is held in place by three screws and can be removed rather easily.  I have not removed the upper track but mine looks like it is mounted in the same way.  As far as the screen portion is concerned, it looks to be held in place by two of the same screws that hold the upper and lower track in place but I would call the factory to confirm this.    I did find it a little tricky to replace the lower track.  Take your time and it will go back into place.

When I look at the picture of the rust it looks as if the center brace for the awning may have caused some of the paint on the step to chip off.  On our 2008 2350 I always made sure the tip of the brace was not resting on the step during travel.

What we found on our doorframe was that it looks like someone closed the door prior to applying the weather stripping and it chipped the powder coating.  This is what seems to have caused our rust.

If in doubt a quick call to the factory would verify the removal process.

36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof air not working on: May 27, 2014, 12:48:43 pm
Dick and Sandy

One more point of information.  Prior to plugging into shore power make sure the InUse/Store switch is in the InUse position.  This should allow the converter to charge the batteries.

This is remote possibility but there might be a problem with the automatic transfer switch if the shore power works but the generator does not.


37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Entry Door Weather Stripping on: May 25, 2014, 08:20:23 pm
Need some advice on installing the weather stripping around the entry door.  We had some rust starting behind the weather stripping so we removed the weather stripping, cleaned off the glue, eliminated the source of the rust and now must install new weather stripping.  We purchased the new weather stripping from PC but was wondering if someone can answer a  few questions for us.  We want to replace the weather stripping exactly how PC did it originally (part of ours had been replaced by PC a couple of years ago so we are not sure how it was originally put on).  Our main goal is to prevent any (or as much as possible) water intrusion.  My questions are:
     1)  Is your weather stripping all in one piece
     2)  If it is in once piece at what part of the door frame do the two ends butt up to each other
     3)  If it is not in one piece, how many pieces are used to trim the frame (when we took ours off we had three sections of weather stripping - one started on the bottom left corner, another started at the top right corner and the third was just along the bottom overlapping the two sides.)

38  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Awning Leak on: May 23, 2014, 05:00:35 pm
We have the electric awning on our 2012 2551 and it works fine.  This winter in Florida we were in some heavy rain and high winds (more than 2" per hour) and experienced water running down the wall next to the door.  This was the first time we had a leak in this area.  The next day we found the power wire for the awning was the source of the leak.  I was able to use some silicone to make a temporary repair and stop the leak for the most part.  The repair worked but it did not look very good and I'm not sure how long it would work.  

When we got home I finished the repair.  I used a 1 1/2 " diameter rubber washed with 5/16" hole and slit one side of the washer so it would go over the wire.  I covered the back of the washer with silicone (a little extra around the 5/16" hole) and put it in place.  There is now a good seal around the cable, the repair looks much neater and it should last a long time.

39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: MCD shades banging on window frame on: May 23, 2014, 10:44:22 am
We have the MCD shades in our 2012 2551 and simply love them.  The sun blocking during the day helps keep the PC cool and comforatable.  The light blocking at night and in the early morning hours is great. 

Here is a link to the MCD website:

The website is very informative and a lot of information about DIY installaltions.

40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / MCD shades banging on window frame on: May 22, 2014, 06:15:50 pm
We really like the MCD shades in the PC but....they really make a loud banging noise if they hit the window frame.  Problem solved.  We bought some felt strips in dark brown like those shown here

The ones we found were 1/2 inch by 2 5/8 inch in a very dark brown color.  The frame of the window that they were hitting was only 1/4 inch so we cut one strip in half and attached it to the window frame where the MCD shade would come in contact with it if you inadvertently bumbed it at night.  It really softens any noise made by the shade coming in contact with the frame.  We put 5 inches of strip along each side/bottom of the window frame.  The dark brown strip cannot even be seen against the black frame.  We looked for self adhesive weather stripping but could not find the right size so we gave this a try and it has nicely solved the problem.

41  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 06:06:57 pm
Is the Rival pot you mention a slow cooker found at Walmart?  White, maybe holds about 4 quarts


    I use a 2.5 quart slow cooker by Rival.  It is very similar to ones at Walmart.  Mine looks very similar to this but mine is 2.5 quart.

42  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Crock Pot Stew on: May 21, 2014, 10:18:55 am
I also use the crock pot frequently in the PC.  I have the old round Rival crock pot as well and have tried many of the McCormicks mixes.  Since we watch salt content I just use half of the mix and it works out great.

Clean up is a breeze because I use the Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners as seen here  I buy them al Walmart and always have a box on hand.  If we have a full hookup I sometimes forgo the liner.

May favorite slow cooker cook book is called Fix-It and Forget-It.  Usually I have all the ingredients for these recipes.  There are about 800 recipes in it.

43  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Keeping those flying pest out on: May 16, 2014, 07:52:07 pm
No, we only saw a need to cover the furnace vent.  Watched them fly around the water heater but could not find their way in.  They seemed to be headed to the larger openings.

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 13, 2014, 02:17:24 pm
FYI - Here is a link to Roadmaster's instructions for using safety cables.

45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 10, 2014, 09:05:06 am
One of these testers would come in handy if there is a problem with the toad/RV wiring.
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