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541  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hot water heater question on: February 19, 2013, 08:33:48 am
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I turn the them both on the night before we leave home while the PC is still plugged into the house.

Tom - why do you find it necessary to turn the hot water heater on the night before?  We usually turn ours on when we get to our campsite and then turn it off before we leave the campground.  If we do forget to turn on the water heater it only takes about 10 - 15 minutes to heat up the water.

          We also never use the propane on the water heater unless we do not have electric.

          Just a reminder - never turn on your hot water heater if you do not have water in the hot water tank.
542  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: hot water heater question on: February 18, 2013, 05:54:23 pm
The red light is only on if the propane is not working properly. 

It takes about 15 minutes for the electric to work unless you have a large block of ice on the bottom of the hot water tank, then it will take awhile longer.  I noticed that heating with the propane takes just about the same amount of time or a little less.  We use electric whenever we can.

Sue
543  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite TV hookup? on: February 18, 2013, 01:43:20 pm
Greensleeves

I could not receive Direct TV using existing wiring on my 2008 PC.

I contacted technical support for both ANTENNATEK and WINEGARD about this situation.  Both companies provided the same explanation, a DC filter is installed within the wall plate to block any DC voltage on the cable input.  The satellite dish requires approximately 12 - 18VDC to power the LNB portion of the dish.  This voltage is supplied by the satellite receiver and is required to pass through all cables and any wall plates that are installed.  This filtering action is what prevents the satellite dish/receiver from working.

Wall plates that are typically installed in the RV industry are ANTENNATEK Part Number 065840 or WINEGARD Part Number RV7012.  These wall plates provide the option of watching TV from the RV TV antenna or from an external cable source but not from a satellite provider. 

Solution.

The existing OUTSIDE CABLE JACK is used to connect to either a satellite dish or to the park cable to the coach and a Diplexer is used to route the signals inside the coach.  Two modifications are required.  First, a new TV wall plate is installed near existing TV wall plate.  Second, a Diplexer is installed between the OUTSIDE CABLE JACK and the existing amplifier wall plate.

The Diplexer is a passive device that combines or separates satellite and cable signals.  In addition, the Diplexer will pass DC voltage on the satellite port but will block the DC voltage on the cable port.  The cable port of the Diplexer is connected to the CABLE IN port of the existing amplifier wall plate and the satellite port of the Diplexer is connect to the TV connection on the new wall plate.  The satellite receiver is then connected to the new wall plate.  Distribution of the TV signal within the coach is a function of the installed Television equipment.

This is the simplest solution and requires the fewest new parts, however, it does present a problem.  Since the OUTSIDE CABLE JACK is shared between the Satellite input and the Cable input there is a chance the Satellite Receiver may put 12-18VDC onto the park cable.  To prevent this the Satellite Receiver needs to be disconnected from 120VAC or RG6 cable opened to the Diplexer. The simple solution to this issue is to always unplug your satellite receiver prior to hooking up the RV park cable.

Hope this helps.

Barry 


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544  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 11:07:15 am
Carol,

   Here is a link to the ceramic heater that we use.  http://www.amazon.com/Lasko-5409-Oscillating-Tabletop-Thermostat/dp/B006JV24IU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361030474&sr=8-1&keywords=lasko+5409

What we like about it is that it does oscillate, is very quiet, temperature controlled, and a very small footprint so it stores out of the way very nicely.  Once we are camped I usually store it on the floor in front of the drivers seat and just bring it out when we need it.


Sue
545  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heat Strip or Furnace on: February 16, 2013, 08:29:33 am
Carol,

We too bought a small electric heater.  It is a small Lasko model 5409.  It was on sale for under $30.  We use the furnance if it is very cold and need to heat up the whole RV very quickly.  If we camp in very cold weather (30 or below) we "might" leave it on all night.  But it is noisy and may wake you up.  On our way to FL from MI we camp in 10 degree weather so sometimes that furnance is a necessity.

We put the heat strip on the take the chill out but it too is noisy.

We have used the small heater a few times now in FL.  It is quiet and really does a nice job of heating the RV.

Sue
546  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: February 14, 2013, 08:53:16 am
We SAW one.

Except for planned sightings (George and Judi, Syd and Margo) we finally saw another PC.  We were traveling south on US 1 at mm 80 and a PC was traveling north.  First one in 6 weeks.

Barry and Sue
547  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Emergency TO GO Bag on: February 08, 2013, 09:22:59 am
The link shows pictures to an RV Fire at the Red Coconut in Fort Myers Beach Florida that happened yesterday.  A garbage truck exploded and the RV parked nearest the dumpsters was totally destroyed.  The family from Quebec lost everything.  It was really fortunate that they all got out safely.

https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=352C7E6511C173A2&id=352C7E6511C173A2%21482&authkey=%21AG_gWDAuJOofxh0


It does remind me to get a TO GO bag ready with all important papers such as passports, checkbook, money etc...  Ideally it would be nice to have a fireproof case ready.

We've heard these people did find their wallets and the drivers license is still intact so they are going to Miami today to get their passports reissued.  The Fort Myers Beach community has stepped up and doing everything they can for this family.

Sue
548  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Baby Seat on: February 08, 2013, 09:02:51 am
When we took the little one camping I followed with him behind in the car.  We have read that sitting sideways in an RV does not give you the safety for impacts as sitting in the fowards seats.  I am not sure if the seatbelts in the sofa area are attached to the metal frame of the RV.  Something to check out!


Sue
549  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust on interior of door frame on: February 06, 2013, 08:19:12 am
Carol,
   Chassis Saver should be applied to clean sandblasted steel or right over tightly adhering rust and scale.  So we made sure we cleaned and had a somewhat rough surface.  If it is over a smooth surface you have to use an etching primer or sandpaper to get it somewhat rough.  But the parts under the RV that need protection just need to be cleaned and have no loose rust.

   Another word of caution is that if it is exposed to direct sunlight it will lose its gloss and turn a dull almost grayish black.  The silver color will not change much.

   We used the black and since it is not exposed to direct sunlight it looks like the day we put it on.  Just cover yourself well before applying it and don't splatter anything on your skin or anything you do not want permanently painted.

Sue
550  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New shelf in 2910 on: February 05, 2013, 07:51:10 pm
George,

   Looks really good.

Sue
551  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: February 05, 2013, 09:27:53 am
JoeyD

The tires (LT225/75R16) on our 2012 2551 are rated for a max inflation pressure of only 80 pounds and we run 72 pounds front and rear.  Not sure if PC uses a different tire on the 2910's.  Also, max pressure is printed on the side of each tire.

Barry
552  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust on interior of door frame on: February 05, 2013, 08:27:00 am
Carol,

We have used chassis saver to take care of any rust on the frame.  This is a link http://www.magnetpaints.com/underbody.asp
It is similar to por-15.

It is not clear.  It comes in a couple of shades of black and a silver color.  Not cheap and you have to be "VERY" careful when you use it because it will bond to anything--including skin.  But the benefits are it does bond the rust and thus stop it from speading further.

We bought it at a local auto store in our area.

We used it first on our battery tray and it looks brand new.  I think we bought an 8 ounce can for $30.

Sue
553  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rust on interior of door frame on: February 04, 2013, 07:55:13 pm
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Barry-Sue
I wonder if that is the same rust you are battling.  Maybe it has come through from the back side.  Maybe the real solution is sealing the back side to stop it from bleading to the visible side.
No Ron, it is not from the back side of the metal door entry step.  It is just from the overspray of the welding process when they put the door frame together.  It is right at the corner on the front of the step.  

We used chassis saver to handle any of those areas that are prone to rust.
554  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Rust on interior of door frame on: February 04, 2013, 12:31:20 pm
We were getting just a small amount of surface rust on the door frame where it is welded to the body of the motorhome.  We went out and bought some rustoleum in a GLOSSY WHITE color, cleaned the area and painted with a light coat of the rustoleum.  All looks good now and hopefully we will prevent any rust from taking over that area. 

The glossy white was a decent match, not perfect, but since we keep it covered with a small mat only we will know it was repainted.

Sue
555  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: February 04, 2013, 12:25:35 pm
Ron,

   Have you checked out if the cabinet PC uses gives support for the counter top?  By looking at ours I can't tell how much support is provided to the counter top by the back of the cabinet and then the vertical support between the two sets of drawers in front.   Will be waiting for pictures on your project.  Sounds like fun.

Barry and Sue

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