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31  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: W P Franklin Site Availability in Feb. 2016 on: September 01, 2015, 02:02:35 pm

We will be there from 2/17 until 3/1.

32  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / W P Franklin Site Availability in Feb. 2016 on: September 01, 2015, 01:08:23 pm
If anyone is insterested, as of 1:00 PM today W. P. Franklin in Alva, FL has site 8 available starting Feb 13, 2016 for 5 days and then again Feb 21, 2016 for 6 days.

33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: August 26, 2015, 04:44:47 pm
I find the cruise control on the E-350/E450 less responsive to grade changes than other vehicles I have driven.  On a roadway that is flat to rolling the cruise control works well.  However, once steeper inclines are encountered the cruise control seems to rely more on downshifting than throttle control.  I have found that once my speed drops 4 or 5 MPH below the cruise control set point the transmission starts downshifting one or more gears.  I have also found that if I manually increase the throttle and keep my speed close to the cruise control set point I can climb most inclines without having the transmission downshift.  I do not know if this saves any gas but it sure makes me feel better to the keep the RPM's down.

The other problem I have with the cruise control is the way it handles declines.  When going downhill with the cruise control set if my speed increases 4 or 5 MPH the transmission will downshift and will remain in the lower gear far too long.  I avoid this situation by disengaging the cruise control on long or steep down grades and manually downshifting as necessary.

34  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 24, 2015, 07:59:38 am
I find Harbor Freight to be a good source for inexpensive tools that function as described.  Here are links to a voltmeter and a receptacle test that are available for under $12.  Add to that a 30AMP to 15 AMP adapter plug from Amazon for $5.00 and you can test most electric problems for less than $17.00.



Electric Receptacle Tester
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: sliding twin bed matresses on: August 23, 2015, 08:48:56 pm
Nice idea, thanks!

Another thing that works well are yoga mats.  I found them at the 5 and under store but for $10 it was well worth it.

36  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 22, 2015, 08:29:56 pm

That "tingle" is a sure sign of trouble.  Good information to share.


37  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 22, 2015, 02:55:46 pm

You are perfectly correct.  When there is, a defective 30AMP breaker using a 50AMP to 30 AMP converter is the best solution until the 30AMP breaker can be replaced.  However, when there is high power usage (lots of A/C) in a RV park and the 30AMP service is unstable, moving to the 50AMP breaker will probably NOT solve the problem.  When the pedestals are used as they come prewired from the factory, then it is really phase 1 that is overloaded.  Connecting to phase 1 via the 50AMP breaker will not improve your service.  The way to improve service quality is to attach to phase 2.

38  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Unstable 30AMP Service on: August 20, 2015, 07:26:39 pm
This winter the power management system on our PC was shutting down several times an hour because of low incoming voltage.  I contacted the park office and they sent over a repairman to investigate the problem.  He found the 30AMP breaker was burnt and replaced it.  Within an hour, we had another failure.  Not wanting to live with these constant power interruptions, I tried several different things but I kept getting the same results.  Finally, I plugged the PC into the 20 AMP service and the power stabilized and everything ran great but I was limited in what I could run simultaneously.

I had the repairman return and do more testing.  This time he measured the voltages and found the voltage on phase 1 was at 115 VAC and fluctuating but the voltage on phase 2 was at 119VAC and very solid.  The repairman then opened the pedestal and moved the 30AMP breaker to phase 2 and for the next 3 weeks and we had no problems.

This gave me a chance to get a good look inside a typical 50/30/20 AMP RV Service pedestal to see how they were constructed and wired.   The most obvious thing I saw was that the 50AMP service was in fact two separate 50 AMP legs or phases (phase 1 and phase 2).   After doing some research  it appears that the manufacturer for these pedestals typically prewires  all 30 AMP breakers to phase 1 and all 20AMP breakers  to  phase 2.    It seems when the campgrounds receive these pedestals they leave the prewiring as is, i.e. all 30AMP RV's  are connected to phase 1, all 50AMPS RV's are connected to both phase 1 and phase 2 and tent sites are connected to phase 2.  If an RV park has a good electrician they might change this configuration to better balance the load between the two phases.

I now concluded that the best thing for me to do when phase 1 power at 30AMPS is not stable (especially in a crowded park with numerous ACs running) would be to connect to phase 2 power at 30AMPs.  This would be possible if a 50AMP to 30AMP converter were to connect the 50 AMP phase 2 hot  lead to the 30AMP hot lead.  I checked my 50AMP to 30AMP converter to see how it was wired and as I suspected the 30AMP receptacle was connected to phase 1.  This explains why using my adaptor and connecting it to the 50AMP breaker did not improve the electric service.  I looked online to see if I could purchase an adapter that was wired for phase 2 but could not find one.

Unable to find a 50AMP to 30AMP converter that connected to phase 2, I decided to find the parts and make one myself.  The assembly was very simple and straight forward.  The first thing I did was to cut back, cap and secure the black hot lead (phase 1 ) from the 50AMP cable. I then connected the red hot lead (phase 2) from the 50AMP cable to the hot terminal on the 30AMP receptacle.  Then I connected the common (white lead) and the ground (green lead) to the corresponding terminals on the 30AMP receptacle.  The final product has not been tested yet but I am confident it will work just fine.  I will post an update after we return from our next trip.

Here is a list of the parts I used:

39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: NORCOLD Door Hinge Retrofit Kit on: August 17, 2015, 06:51:17 pm

1.  Remove the screw on the upper hinge
2.  Pull the door up off the lower hinge and remove the door
3.  Place the door on a flat surface with the inside of the door facing up and the bottom towards you
4.  Take the retrofit hinge and line it up with the hole of the door hinge and slide it on the bottom frame of the door.  The retrofit hinge has a folded edge and this gets slid over the black bottom frame of the door (between the gasket and the frame).
5.  Place washer on the pin of the refrigerator frame
6.  Reinstall door

Hopefully this is easier to follow then the instructions that came with it.

40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need new shocks (Bilstein thread) on: August 16, 2015, 07:06:33 am
We had bilstein HD installed on our 2008 2350 and were very pleased.  We just ordered and received the bilstein HD shocks for our 2012 2551 and they will be installed this week.  I found the best price at and will have a local frame shop install them.  We chose the bilstein because they are gas charged and they performed very well for us in the past.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Electrical Problem...Please! on: August 14, 2015, 09:07:53 pm

Just some other thoughts, make sure your switch is in the Use mode and did not accidentally get turned off.  Also, do other 12 volt items work such as your lights?

42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Electrical Problem...Please! on: August 14, 2015, 08:47:18 pm

It looks like the antenna and awning share the same fuse in the panel (on ours it is number 7). Does your awning work?
Also, there is access to the wiring for the awning in the area behind the surround sound, I'm wondering if there is access to wiring for the antenna there as well.  Just some thoughts  on my part.

43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need Help With Electrical Problem...Please! on: August 14, 2015, 06:40:11 pm
The first thing I would do is the easiest and that is pull the fuse for the antenna amplifier, check for corrosion or maybe a weak contact in the fuse, and then reinsert it.  See if the solves the problem.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Issues with 2910D CCC and Microwave/convesction oven? on: August 11, 2015, 08:21:12 pm
We owned a 2008 2350 and now a 2012 2551, we never had any issues with the microwave/convection in relation to the stove.  We cook most of our meals in the RV and I use both the stove and micro/convec all the time.  Never had any issues.

45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heater/Air Conditioner, 2014 2350 on: August 11, 2015, 07:42:35 pm
This is a common situation and it has to do with the way the thermostat is set.  The problem is the fan is probably set to ON rather than to AUTO.

What you need to do is push the button for the fan (first click), then change the fan setting to AUTO.  It should now work fine.

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