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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 18, 2017, 09:03:38 am
A neighborly nod and a thank you to you, Ron.   Cheers
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 17, 2017, 10:00:52 pm
GREAT suggestion!  (I've never even looked in there.)  Grin
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: March 16, 2017, 09:17:38 am
Wow!  Beautiful rig and some really well thought out modifications.  May you enjoy many wonderful years toodling down the road.  Thanks for posting the pictures.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 13, 2017, 04:12:48 pm
Catsaplenty--Good to know you are safe at the Fairgrounds with all that crazy weather.  I guess you've had plenty of time to test all the systems.  How has everything checked out?  How is it working out camping in sub-freezing weather?  Keeping warm enough?  I hope!
And Jatrax, I agree with Garmp--your post was extremely entertaining.  You certainly have the attitude part of things down pat!
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: And the pits just keep on coming on: March 01, 2017, 08:13:06 am
Sorry I don't have a fix and no one here seems to yet.  If you haven't solved it yet this morning, maybe you can try posting over at the Escapees online forum.  I think I've seen you post there before.  It's a much bigger forum and I'm sure there are plenty of Thetford throne owners over there, hopefully some of whom will have insight.  Good luck and keep us posted!
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Really? on: February 05, 2017, 02:16:30 pm
I hope you find the above responses to your dilemma to be reassuring, Catsaplenty.  It won't be long and these hard months of planning and waiting will be a distant memory as you set out on your new journey.  Exciting times ahead!

(And Holly, hahahaha--you made me laugh.  I didn't take any offense at "mature," and indeed interpreted it as old-er/old-ish.  But if you have doubts in the future, a great term is "seasoned."  Makes me think of quite a lively old-er/old-ish person.   Cheer  Also, thanks for your kind words about the blog.  I enjoyed yours, too, when ya'll were actively traveling.  You should let Aimee put a link to it on Phoenix's Blog page (same goes for all those other bloggers out there).
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Coconut Oil in Tanks on: February 05, 2017, 02:03:37 pm
Thanks for the clarification, Donc13.  It was my fault for using too much.  The clumps were definitely the coco oil, though, as I am extremely careful about what goes into my tanks (wiping all dishes and pans with paper towels before washing them and well, at the risk of TMI, nothing solid goes into the toilet).  They weren't solid solid clumps.  Gelatinous would maybe be a better word.  At any rate, it was gunky and was sitting on the bottom of the exit pipes and all inside the macerator.

No damage done.  I'm flushing the tanks really good now and the macerator was doomed anyways because of the little accident that resulted in it having to be removed in the first place.  My fault for using too much!
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Ford E-350 Instrument Issues on: February 05, 2017, 01:57:04 pm
Hi John--Glad you are enjoying your PC.  Bummer about the electrical gremlin, though.  I had nearly the same thing happen to me three months into my travels.  The rig was off while I was away for a bit and when I returned I found lights blinking, radio going on/off, all sorts of crazy stuff.  Long story short it was, like 2 Frazzled suggests above, the circuit board.  Ford took care of the issue under warranty.  Although they did not find anything to definitively prove that was the issue.  But they tried testing other stuff and apparently when you don't get your answers elsewhere, you replace the circuit board.  Must have been the problem, since that fixed it just fine.  Good luck!
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Coconut Oil in Tanks on: February 03, 2017, 06:59:10 pm
I've searched and cannot find the original thread where someone mentioned adding some coconut oil to the waste tanks to help with the problem of sticky valves so I'll post a new thread here.

I had sticky valves to the point where when I was finished dumping and tried to close the black or gray valve, the light would continue to blink.  I tried the coconut oil and it worked... for the first few weeks, then the problem came back and stayed back.

This week I stupidly entered a parking lot with a bad grade between the lot and the road and bottomed out my left rear corner, damaging the pipe that connects the macerator to the rest of the tank plumbing.  I called Phoenix and Kermit recommended having the macerator removed and using the regular dump system until I make it back to Elkhart with my annual honey-do list.  (Remember, for those of you who don't know, Phoenix only charges $50/hour to work on their rigs for you and no one knows their business better than they do.)

Ok.  So when my helpful fellow removed the macerator today we found clumps and glumps of oily gunk all over the place.  I am in TX and it's not terribly cold, but still the oil partially solidified.

Please don't take this as any disrespect to the original poster of the idea, but I wanted to put it out there that if you want to try using the coconut oil, proceed with great caution.  The problem may well be with me.  I tend to err on the side of "Well!  If a little bit works well, then a little bit more will work even better!"  I may have used too much (a cup or so per tank after each dump).  I don't know.

In any case, I wanted to get this posted for anyone who is considering using the oil.   Grin

10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motorhomeless on: February 02, 2017, 11:41:04 am
Will miss your expertise and forum contributions, but, Wow!, Newmar Class A!  Ya'll gonna have a grand time.  Wishing you safe and wonderful travels in your soon-to-be new motorhome.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thanks on: February 01, 2017, 10:39:36 pm
You've been a wonderful forum contributor, Gail.  Sorry to see you go, but happy to hear you will continue your travels.  Keep in touch and maybe we'll catch up to one another in Florida yet!
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 12, 2017, 02:49:04 pm
Hi & Welcome, CKK,
I full-time solo (with dog and without toad) in my 2351, bought new in mid-2014.  Rather than leave a long reply in the forum addressing some of your questions and points, feel free to message me via the forum and we can either talk via email or phone, whichever you are more comfortable with.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The Two Waste Tank Electric Valve Actuators, Can They Be Serviced? on: January 09, 2017, 08:14:08 pm
Thanks for that tip, Donc13!
Like Ron's situation, my macerator valves had become stubborn about closing all the way for a couple of months this past fall (light would not stop blinking).
Since you made your suggestion, I have used the coconut oil every 2nd or 3rd dump and the situation is much improved.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 26, 2016, 03:31:25 pm
Hi Ron,
Thanks for reassurance from an expert!
Our rigs are almost the same, as that extra foot on mine is simply taken up by a closet/pantry, one each side, both close to the rear axle.  I notice our weights are pretty close, too, with mine slightly heavier on both axles.
Since you have an axle weight, not corner weights, I'd just caution you to perhaps take care how much you load into that right rear storage compartment, especially if you travel with full water.  I think that's the weak point on our models when it comes to weight distribution in the design.
Happy trails, and safe miles!
P.S. After upping my rear tires to 72psi today and going for a drive, I could tell it felt better.  Great ride and, if anything, it took the bumps better than before!
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What does your Phoenix weigh? on: December 26, 2016, 09:52:43 am
Sure, John.  Grin

The inflation/pressure table for my tire and weight suggests a minimum of 45 psi on the front and 65 on the rear tires.  (Thanks for posting that, Keelhauler!)

I know my front end is well under max load rating, but 45 psi seems insanely low to me.  After talking to the weigh master in Texas where I just got weighed, she confirmed 65 (which is what I've been putting in there) isn't going to do any harm other than make for a rougher ride on bumps and stuff.  I've had no problems with the fronts at 65 in the nearly two years since the first weigh in and I don't find the ride to be uncomfortably bumpy or rough.  But then, I have nothing to compare to as this is my first RV.

I have been running with 65 on the rear tires since the first weigh-in but after talking to the weigh master this time I've decided to up them to 72.  My rear is close to max and the one side is at max.  72 would give me a 10 percent cushion above the minimum recommended.  (According to the tire sidewalls, I can go up to a max of 80 psi.)

One reason I like that cushion is because of the variation in these tires' pressures at different "cold" temps.  If I were to run at the bare minimum recommended, then on a particularly cold morning I would actually have to add air to my tires to get them up to the minimum pressure.  This way, they will still meet that minimum even on a frigid cold morning.

My reasoning and my conclusions may well be flawed in some way.  If anyone notices something not right there, don't be shy and please speak up.  It's only taken two and a half years for some of this stuff to start to make a semblance of sense to me!
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