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271  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Radiators on: July 15, 2010, 12:14:28 am

The leaks, if you trace (and assume) that the residue is the path, it appears in my case to be a direct result of "stuff" attacking the paper gaskets, from the inside out, and then leaks along the studs and out the drain cutouts in the bottom of the macerator chamber.  I am going to say from experience that paper works well in times of old (carburetors/fuel pumps come to mind) but in today's arena with the wealth of modern materials for gaskets available, paper is woefully inadequate.  Because of design of the seals/clearances/mating surfaces/etc., whatever material gasket either has to be very thin, i.e. paper, or pretty compressible.  I chose to go with a rubberized fiber that is fairly compressible, roughly 1/32" thick.  I also remade the studs out of 316SS since a couple of the brass originals was showing chemical attack, as were the brass acorn nuts so I replaced them with nylock SS nuts.  I have checked the shaft seal and since it is acting as a static seal and see no evidence of it leaking on the back side, I won't replace it at this time (FYI it is available at bearing supply houses).  I generally leave the gray tank open if staying for more than one day - the by-pass should relieve any pressure except for gravity and leaks should not be happening in the pump.  When I sold my trailer I kept the hoses, a premonition I guess.  If this doesn't hold up for more that one trip, which is the experience so far, I will too go back to conventional stuff. My waste system is plumbed for either Sani-Con or 90 from it's location is the convention hook up.  BIG BUT here, with Sani-Con usage there is always going to be residual water/waste in the outlets downstream from the valves and that is a problem in itself when hooking up slinkies.  I therefore consider it only for emergencies as long as the Sani-con is in the system.

As to Ford, I think diplomacy on the part of the better half made the difference there.

L. G.
272  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Radiators on: July 12, 2010, 05:40:49 pm
I have an update that I have to eat a little crow with as I type.

Sent the obligatory email to Ford Customer Service after dealing with them by cell during the trip and really expected the same answer, that the time is up even though the mileage was a hair over a third of the mileage part of the warranty.  The Customer Service listed under the warranty section forwarded my request to Fleet Customer Assistance, and there was no personal follow-up with me, by Fleet.  HOWEVER they did forward an 800 number to call, that was hooked up to Ford's RV Customer Assistance Center.

At this point I was full into a project to add three storage shelves and Lexan doors to the pull-out storage in the Kitchen area, so, I kinda forgot about the email until the wife asked if I had gotten a response from Ford.  I respond yea, you bet, but have not called it, not expecting much.  Being an old purchasing supervisor and expediter she volunteered to make contact (also knowing a bit about my lack of patience).

She called Ford RV Assistance this morning and Assistance people conferenced in a local Ford dealer.  In the conversation it became evident that not only was Ford going to stand behind the radiator replacement (at no cost to us) but completely took care of transferring the remaining warranty into our names. 

Plus to Ford.

The shelving project turned out very very well, (she likes it).

NOW if the new gaskets I made for the Sani-Con pump stop that leak we will be three for three on the positive side.  That pump is starting to get a bad name like Tragic-Con in some circles with the leaking visible in campgrounds.  I saw a couple of them (different models) on some Class A's during our trip and they all had, at best, some seeping and unhappy owners (those leaked in bays).  This is the second set of gaskets I have made and hopefully by upping the thickness they will seal the leaking areas with minimum loss of efficiency since clearances are several thousandths more than the paper gaskets that it comes with that don't stand up to the environment well.

Good Crow.
273  Main Forum / General Discussion / Ford Radiators on: July 01, 2010, 07:47:05 pm
Any experiences with Ford Radiators?

Here is mine:  4 months over the 36 month warranty, 13400 miles on a 36K miles warranty and Ford will not stand behind their product, IMHO.  Leaks around the top header but several mountain passes later, Prestone Stop Leak is doing quite well.

I guess what I really should be asking does anyone have experience with replacement radiators for the E-450 V-10 that are not made by Ford?

Cost Ford a new Mustang Convertible - wife blew a fuse over that 4 month deal and being so much under on mileage.

Looks like FORD=Fix Or Repair Daily means what it always did, still, I sure wish I had kept my Boss 302.
274  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC 2551 height on: June 15, 2010, 04:41:17 pm
I had a pole barn built with 14' to the joists back in the day when I had the diesel pusher and the AC's barely cleared.  Forgot to blow down the rear bags once and balled up the rear AC cover.  The PC fits with probably 18" or more of clearance and it is nice when I jack it up to work underneath, oil change, gen maintenance, tranny fluid change, etc. Gaining a mite around the middle with age, the clearance is nice to allow me to do that.  Just something to think about.

L. G.

P. S.  Always wondered about the "soft garages", looks better than nothing to me.  That fine might be more than the wife could pay though.
275  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: June 07, 2010, 07:22:55 pm
Thanks for the info Bob. I thought when I was ringing circuits that was the way it should be.  I had the AC and thermostat replaced as part of the deal when I bought my unit from a dealer and I think that the in the change over the thermostat was mis-wired through the battery after the disconnect.  Should be an easy fix amounting to finding one hot wire.

L. G.
276  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The New Triple Slide on: June 06, 2010, 08:03:01 pm
It looks great.
It's moving back to what I got rid off.  The 3-4 slide diesel pusher.  With less usable space up front. 
As Ron mentioned weight has to be a major factor in carrying capacity.
This one would put me right back where I was with the wife not wanting to drive it, EVER. 
Two many 2' - 4' plugs in the chassis can put the weight over the rear end causing a tail wagging the dog effect, particularly with a towed.

L. G.

277  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: June 06, 2010, 07:53:11 pm
Yes, it is that way on mine too.  The problem is that with the house battery disconnected the thermostat for the HVAC is also without power(12V) and the AC will not come on.
I assume it's this way so the heater can be used in a dry camping scenario.
I keep the AC set on 85 degrees in my polebarn storage since it can get a little warm even with shade in Okie land.

L. G.
278  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electric water heater on: June 04, 2010, 07:02:21 pm
I would be careful about using the propane on the water heater when driving.  I inadvertently did that once on a trailer and the heat from the exhaust marked the side of the trailer.  That was in the 80's so maybe the routing of exhaust has been improved with time.
279  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: June 04, 2010, 06:59:49 pm
I ended up killing one cell in one battery.  The remaining battery was cooking all of the water out.  Thought about it for a couple of days and decided to go through the inverter/charger set-up to make sure it was right.  It was not.  The dip switch that controls rate was set to the high charge rate for hard usage, which scenario doesn't apply in my case.  Moved the switch to the other setting and the boiling stopped and it's maintaining 13.2 volts at the battery. A welcome side effect is that my language has improved quite a bit according to the better half.
280  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: The 31 Ft Cruiser on: May 14, 2010, 11:42:51 pm
Can't help with the 31, but we downsized from a 34' HR Ambassador pusher to a 27' PC, and have never looked back.  I would not have the systems on the pushers again for all the tea in China.  Now, having said that I have a constant drain on the house battery that I cannot locate. Even with everything turned off and the battery disconnect off.

281  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travelling With Cats on: May 12, 2010, 11:17:19 am
No travel with cats in the PC, YET, but have traveled with two in a different MH and they were allowed to pick there own comfort level and place, and did well we thought.
Seems to me the best place for the box may be behind the drivers seat in a 27'er.  My experience with cats getting in places where they don't belong and not wanting to come out, is that the shoo part of verbalization is pretty well founded, and tends make them move from where they have holed up.

L. G.
282  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: April 23, 2010, 10:00:15 am
Would it then make sense to isolated the two house batteries from each other with relays?  That would mean not having the ampacity of two batteries but still having the total capacity of two, just have to manually switch them in and out of/for use.

That doesn't sound like a solution either. But, it does work better on a charge cycle, at home, in the driveway, to top each battery individually, and then reconnect in parallel.


Thanks for the thoughts.
283  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dead batteries on: April 18, 2010, 05:48:57 pm
Guys and gals I am still fighting the battery problem too.   If the battery switch is in the store position they SHOULD be disconnected from the inverter/charger. But even with that said, the difference in battery capacity between two batteries will still hasten discharge.  When these two crap out I will only buy one in the future since I don't dry camp that much anyway, and going down the road you have the option of engine charging or generator running the inverter/charger.  I have found, for info only, that my independent maintenance chargers because of that difference in capacity never reach a null state(charged) and shut off.  I suspect the inverter/charger has the same problem and boils the two batteries to death.
Hope this helps, but, probably just confuses the issue more.

L. G.
284  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Switches on: April 14, 2010, 01:10:36 pm
Thanks to all, went and checked and that is exactly what I have.  Confusion stems from the similar switch that was on a HR I owned and it was not wired in this manner.
L. G.
285  Main Forum / General Discussion / Switches on: April 13, 2010, 06:59:46 pm
Upon entering the coach, door on the left there are three switches. Top switch is for the porch light, bottom switch is the house battery disconnect.  The middle one does something with the step motor but I am not sure what. 

Are there any ideas as to what on and off control with the step motor?

Thank you for any help.

L. G.
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