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31  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust In The Shower on: August 16, 2014, 03:27:12 pm

You ask some very good but very hard questions.  This is just what I do and I can't guarantee this is best or only way of doing it.  Hope this answers your questions.


What type of caulk do I get?

I use - Dap Kwik Seal Kitchen & Bath Adhesive Caulk

Do I have to remove all the caulk that is already there?

This is a hard call.  Unless you remove all the caulk in the shower at some point you will have to bond to existing caulk.  Is it better to bond in a corner or in the middle of a long run?  Personally I don't think it matters.  In either case you have two points of bonding and therefore two points of possible failure.  My choice would be based upon how things look when finished.  If I think it is going to look like a patch job I would remove the caulk back to the side walls of the shower. 

Always remove any lose caulk.

and if so how?

Removing caulk is just a matter of pulling, pushing, scrapping, cutting whatever it takes to get the caulk off.  I find pieces of plastic with sharp edges work best for me.  I have also heard of some solvents that will dissolve caulk.  My concerns with using solvent are bonding issues because of solvent residue and harmfulness to the shower wall itself. I have always just scraped and then wiped with alcohol.

When I start to remove caulk I cover any drain with masking tape to keep the small pieces out.  A shop VAC with a brush attachment works great to get all the little pieces.

or do I just make sure it's clean and dry and add caulk right over the existing caulk?

Always remove any lose caulk

if so, is there anything I need to do to prep the surface for the new caulk (besides cleaning and drying)?

I usually clear the area with alcohol and let dry.  Just make sure there is no lose dirt, dust, old caulk, oils or soap etc.

Here are a couple of tips I have pick up over the years.

Apply masking tape on each side of the caulk line you want to make.

After you apply the caulk wet you finger in warm water and use it to smooth the caulk line.

Let the caulk set up a little before removing the masking tape.  Do not allow the caulk to cure before removing the tape.

Practice a little on something you can throw out.

32  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Protecting exposed plumbing inside cabinet on: August 16, 2014, 08:45:15 am
Nice - it's great to gain large item storage space.  I like the idea of a shelf on top too. HiThere

33  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Rust In The Shower on: August 09, 2014, 01:52:05 pm
We were getting some rust stains from the existing screws in the shower of our 2551.  The DW decided it was time to replace the painted steel screws along the bottom edge of the shower with stainless steel screws.  It was an easy and rather inexpensive project that only took about a half hour to complete.  It required 10 #6 x 3/4" and 2 #6 x 1 1/2" Philips Pan Head screws and a little dap of caulk behind each screw head.

34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2009 owners manaul on: August 08, 2014, 07:29:42 am
I would call the factory and have them send you the latest manual.  You can then go through it and see if anything major has changed.  Much of the equipment on the PC has its own manufacturer manual.

Also go under the Links and Contacts section of this forum and you will find a post on Product Contacts with all the TNs and websites were you can download the manuals right from the manufacturer.

We will be in Stuart FL the first two weeks of January at the COE park.  You are welcome to come over and  look through our manuals and copy what you need.

Here is the link to the Product Contact Post:,834.0.html

35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: August 06, 2014, 04:25:15 pm

I spoke with a customer service rep for Break Free CLP ( Safariland) this afternoon and they have no special precautions for skin contact.  I would avoid any prolong contact with the skin and follow the on label directions for contact with the eyes.

36  Main Forum / Photos / Re: 2015 2100 special, home in Florida on: August 06, 2014, 03:34:32 am
WOW!!!! Very nice, now the fun begins.  Have a great time organizing everything.

37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: August 05, 2014, 08:14:44 pm

I personally take no extraordinary precautions when I use CLP.  I watch the wind so it doesn't blow the spray back in my face, wipe off any extra with a rag  and wash my hands after use but I would do the same thing if using WD40.

The warning on the CLP can appears to be the standard warning for a product containing petroleum distillates with the exception of the skin contact warning.  Most labels refer to "prolong skin contact" not just skin contact and usually the 15 minute flushing refers to the eyes only.  I tried to call CLP  customer service at 1-800-347-1200 (Safariland) but they were already closed.  I will call tomorrow and post the results.

38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Pin hole in the Sani Con hose on: August 04, 2014, 06:57:21 pm

Fusion tape is generally a self bonding, self fusing silicone/silicone rubber tape.  It is non sticky to the touch and needs no tools/heat to make it work.
39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning the screen door on: August 02, 2014, 08:37:34 pm

I find the fantastic fan screens easy to remove.  I then wash them with water.  When we first got the PC I was afraid to pull on the screen so I called Fantastic Fans and he told me just pull on them.  I told him I might break it.  He said if you break it I'll send you a free one.  Well, I never have broken one.

40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Cleaning the screen door on: August 02, 2014, 01:54:33 pm
I found an easy way to clean the screen door.  I took a lint roller and just gently ran it up and down the screen.  Took me a few sheets to get it cleaned but I was really amazed at the amount of dirt that came off.  It really made a noticeable difference in the look of the screen and I did not have any fear that I was scratching or breaking the screen.

41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 30, 2014, 09:07:49 pm

Looks great, now the fun begins!!!!!!!!!!

Barry and Sue
42  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Racks on: July 30, 2014, 09:33:16 am

The bikes travel between the PC and the tow vehicle.  When we are ready for a side trip we move the bikes to the car.

43  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Bike Racks on: July 29, 2014, 10:22:37 pm

This is how we carry and store our bikes


44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 22, 2014, 08:27:52 pm

We drive through Atlanta a couple of times a year.  Most of this goes without saying but I'll say it anyway.  The traffic is never light but sometimes it is heavier than others. If you can, plan your trip to avoid weekdays during rush hour.  We always take the I285 West by-pass except early Sunday mornings.  

Heading south out of Atlanta we always hit very slow traffic on I75 at the Joneboro exits between mile markers 231 to 221.   Heading north if you stay on I75 and go through Atlanta you will find yourself in the 4th or 5th lane from the right when I285 merges in north of Atanta.  This is not a real problem but you will need to be prepared to start moving to the right.

Coming from the north or the south as you approach Macon we always take the Macon by-pass (I475).  


45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford 350/450 shifting advice on: July 16, 2014, 08:02:32 pm

We took our 2008 2350 through the Rockies in 2010.  We were towing a 2500 pound car and were able to top Vale Pass at around 55 MPH.  I never use the tow/haul mode.

One thing I learned about driving in the mountains is to keep your speed up. Don't wait for a downshift before applying additional throttle.   Once you lose your speed it is hard to get it back.

Perhaps a more experienced mountain driver can provide addition information on how to approach some long grades.

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