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286  Main Forum / General Discussion / That Fancy Inverter is Driving Me Nuts and I Need a Bucket of Help/Advice on: April 07, 2010, 03:26:01 pm
Well the weather is nice finally and after some medical stuff would like to exit Tulsa for a while.  Went out to change oil and do a little general clean-up/maintenance and discovered once again the inverter/charger has pretty much cooked the batteries (no water).  It has been on shore power since returning from last trip ~1Dec09.  I am tempted to yank that sucker and put in a standard house power supply/charger.  I have done the tricks listed in some other threads and nothing is solving this nightmare.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks, L. G.
287  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Spare tire key lock ? on: March 12, 2010, 07:44:53 pm
Sounds familiar Les.  My key for the spare on a 2700 is unique, doesn't work any other lock.  I finally had to electric pencil what key worked what on my bunch of keys. Ron has it right, the times I have removed the cover to check pressure, I have to kind of push and twist and pull to get the process moving in the right direction.  Seems like I may be challenged on the re-installation too, since it usually takes a couple of tries to get the cover back on.  It's stout and don't ever see it failing from vibration or such.  That WD-40 really ought to be flushed out with some silicone before summer...  It will harden and mess up the best of intentions.
L. G.
288  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: March 12, 2010, 07:36:01 pm
Thanks for the ref. Ron.  When it quits raining I will go check that out.  I reached in under the steps and either nothing there, or I was too short armed to feel any structure.
L. G.
289  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sliding screen door on: March 02, 2010, 07:31:27 pm
Mine too hung up and unfurled a couple times if that is correct usage.  Canister vacuum cleaned debris out of the track and the thing it winds into and that pretty much solved the
problem.  I didn't use silicone lube since that worried me about attracting dust and leaving it in areas that I couldn't get to.

Now for another problem.  My track seems to kind of float, as in it can move around some, NORMAL???  The screws don't really seem to bite into any substantial structure and are just floating in the holes too.

L. G.
290  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mud flap thingee on: March 02, 2010, 07:25:36 pm
I have had the brush type on two motorhomes and the solid skirt type on one.  I prefer the brush since it tends to knock things down and not ricochet around like the skirt type does.  I put one on my 2700 and so far no dings on the toad.  The skirt on the HR really didn't do all that well protecting the pickup I pulled then, the hood was pretty hammered when I sold it and also the skirt let ''stuff'' hit the side of the truck.  That is not happening on the brush type I have now.  I also did not get a full MH width brush, it is only a little wider than my toad an so far the sides of the toad are nick free.
L. G.
291  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Updating predigital video in 2006 PC 2551 on: March 02, 2010, 07:15:54 pm
I got a couple of converters at Target and both TV's work well on either antenna or cable.  Neither worked on antenna before, but then I used that as a bargaining chip with the dealer over that point.

L. G.
292  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / San Antonio on: December 06, 2009, 07:33:42 pm
We just got back from San Antonio, 3rd time to try to get the wife to River Walk and Alamo.  Alamo didn't seem near as impressive as it did in 1965 when I was there with the USAF.  To commercialized for my taste I guess.  River Walk is cool but a couple blocks the stores and restaurants all started to look alike. Wife was happy with the trip even with a couple days rain that we had to lay down for.  Anyway she's happy, you know the rest.  Weather got to 24F one night (before we left) and heaters covered it okay.  Have to leave privacy valances in front open at the top or moisture builds up.  Tricky pump out system was a no go, frozen.    Help   Systems thawed by the time we stopped at Cabelas Ft Worth to see a nephew, and they had a dump (remember that).  Towed the Vitara and no problems there with MPG around 10-10.5, roughly, because I am letting the GPS do the stats.  I stopped doing hard numbers with this one, as long as I can afford it, it's got to be good.  Future trips will end before December 1, I think.  Wind filling the tank is killer.  shrug
293  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Dingy with 2551 E450 on: October 22, 2009, 01:19:53 pm

I can not address your specific towing challenge but here's  what I have.  2007, 2700, E450 and we pull a 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara, V6, 4wd (with transfer case Hi and Lo, Neutral), 4 down.
The Susi was purpose bought because of the ability to tow 4 down, the fact that it is a dual range 4wd with Neutral for towing is a definite plus.  I used Roadmaster base plates and they are fairly unobtrusive when unhooked and the tow bar accoutrements removed.  I put the plug for lights and brake in the center of the bumper fascia which did not get points from the better half. I use a Roadmaster 9700 supplemental wired non-proportional brake system.  Susi is over the 3000lb, mandated by most states for supplemental brakes. I am happy with it. Tow bar is MH mounted Falcon 2.  I bought the tow bar used from a buddy and the rest from various eBay vendors.  Bottom line, I saved $700-1200-maybe even 15-1600, that way and doing the two days miserable (temps were over a 100 outside and probably 125 in the garage) installation myself.  It was hard to get estimates with hard numbers locally, which is why I did it myself.  With the equipment I have you can turn very tight and not get into either the MH or the towed. The Susi became mine (daily driver) when I traded a Titan in, can't say I miss the Big Truck in city traffic, miss the ride though.
Towing costs around 2 mpg in our setup.
Room in the Suzi is comparable to my wife's Bravada and overall length is a foot or so shorter.

L. G.
294  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical outlets on passenger side of coach on: September 24, 2009, 07:37:37 pm
I would think that the GFI is the culprit on that side.

L. G.
295  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Dinghy / Toad on: September 09, 2009, 02:09:59 pm
I tow a Suzuki Grand Vitara, 4X4, four down with a Roadmaster 9700 brake, Falcon 5250 tow bar (MH mounted).  The GV has a neutral in the transfer case allowing the 4 down tow. 
I would buy the Roadmaster products again.

Did the wiring and baseplates my self in two days and saved about $800-1000, over dealer install (their best guess). The car has less than 600 miles on it when I pulled the front end off to install the baseplates - the shrieks from my better half are still poignant.

I set the brake on light and so far that is adequate.  I have a charge line feedback problem on the PC 2700 that I believe is caused by a relay latching on the MH.  I have solved it temporarily by using a fuse as a plug and unplugging the car when stopped for any length of time. A diode block will probably work as a permanent solution - just have not gotten around to it.  Just completed a 2000+ mile trip and everything worked well except the feedback.

L. G.
296  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roadside Assistance on: September 09, 2009, 01:55:15 pm
I had Camping World policy (with Presidents Club discount) on three different RV's and used it several times - never a complaint - they did what they said they would do.  Can't ask for much more IMO.
My wife mistakenly signed us up with Farmers Insurance when I got the PC and it was 2.5 times as expensive and provided less service, I changed that quickly when I caught it.
L. G.
297  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Tulsa - Cheyenne - Estes Park - Buena Vista - Tulsa on: September 05, 2009, 11:18:35 pm
We finally got out (maiden voyage for us, in this rig)  in our '07 2700.  First night to Russel,Ks second to to Pine Bluff, Wyo. We are towing a Suzuki GV 4 down and the uphill route is slow going both from the towing ability of the 2700 (V10) and being speed limited to 55 mph by the Susi maker (I miss the 6 speed diesel of the HR we had).  Cheyenne to Laramie on I-80 is up/down shift nightmare/heaven, scenery is awesome.  Decided after meeting a fellow fly-reel collector buddy of mine in Cheyenne to take a tour of the Snowy Mountains - well worth the trip - BUT NO SERVICES from Laramie through the mountains and minimal on the the other side, Careful here.  Down to Gould, CO and again minimal services but had to pay dearly for gas in Walden, CO.
At this point i wanted to go to Ft Collins, Co via Poudre River Canyon - disappointed - bark beetle tree kill is severe and definitely detracts.  Estes is hard to beat so we stayed and toured awhile.  Down to Buena Vista and didn't even smoke the brakes like we did in the "A" once upon a time (took out the anti-lock sensors).   The run downhill run from Estes to Idaho Springs is pretty steep, especially the last 15-20 miles or so.   Pulled the Eisenhower (I-70) pass/tunnel with no problem but the 7% grade on the West side of the tunnel can be exciting.  Pulled the Freemont pass from Coppermountain to Leadville, slow but no real problems.  Downhill all the way to Buena Vista and fishing in the Arkansas river, even caught fish.  Left BV for Dodge City, Ks, and it's smooth sailing on the way home. Spent the night in Dodge and headed home.

NO PROBLEMS from a used ''B" and it's unpacked and washed in an evening and a day.  Sure is a world of difference between it and the time wasting monster ''A'' we had.

Glad to be back in something smaller although I will admit I miss the transmission/engine/torque combo flexibility that the big rigs have.

Didn't keep track of every fill point mileage but the hard pulls were around 8.5 and we saw one in Kansas that was over 10 mpg.  One down hill run in Kansas from Colorado was also in the 8.5 mpg range hmmm?.   But then again I have seen that before in our other ''B'' (460 Ford) and in the ''A'' (ISB 300HP).

Trip cost ~$1600, price avg. of campsites = $35.00, $50 in Estes.  Thinking they may have a firm aim on their foot.  Didn't see many families, 95%+ retiree's.  That doesn't bode well for the future.

I think I'll keep it.

L. G.
298  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How To Easily Conserve Battery Power When No Hook-Ups on: September 05, 2009, 10:35:00 pm
Great info, thanks for passing it on. I had not found that info in the manual, and it will keep the batteries from occasionally discharging when I am away and not plugged in.
299  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Tips for water heater woes on: August 17, 2009, 10:47:11 pm
 That may be a fix I need. I tested mine today prior to leaving later this week and it took about 4 tries for the water heater to stay lit.  I would light off and run for about two seconds and shut down.  Gas supply was good.  Great tips, I sure suspect that as a cause in my case.

L. G.
300  Main Forum / General Discussion / Lack of info on: August 15, 2009, 10:10:02 pm
The manuals I received with my used 2007 PC 2700 are not complete.  Question here is: are there single point drains for the hot and cold water?

I would appreciate any info and insight. Thanks.

L. G.

P.S.  I would have looked, and have but it's been pretty cursory sofar, but have been pretty busy hooking up to tow a Vitara.
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