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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 13, 2013, 11:52:37 pm
In a way I kind of hate to post this but will for the mechanical inclined.  I had my macerator in & out several times for one reason or another and did happen to find that by taking what need to be replaced to my local bearing supply there was never a part that I could not get locally and a very substantial savings over getting the parts from the maker (not PC).  That drip is probably from "solids" drying out and damaging the seal on next use. By design there is some small leakage just to lube the seal as the shaft turns.  I also changed all of the brass screws/nuts to stainless even having to make four of the long ones that bind the whole together.  I believe I have read or heard that the hardware in newer macerators has been redesigned to stainless steel.  It is very important to flush til clear with water and when winterizing to make sure that the antifreeze gets to the pump which will then act as an over winter lube on the seal surfaces.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 11, 2013, 08:12:28 pm
Sequestration just got the opening of YNP - delayed two weeks if I heard it correctly. Gotta keep those 16 global warming offices in Interior open I guess.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 07, 2013, 07:50:01 pm
I'll try this again, browser just cratered.  Black Hills are on the way and lots to see/do if you have a toad.  Once you get West of the Mississippi it's pretty open, less traffic and lots of miles and boredom.  I would not take I-70 to St Louis if I had a choice, lots of the I-70 cities are not RV friendly from a traffic standpoint.  I-80 is not much better but has a natural tie in to 1-90 from Omaha.  If you are that close YNP is a given,  along with Grand Teton NP. MOO, Bozeman is a neat town to do the North part of YNP.  Then to do the South part you pretty much have to move toward Jackson/Tetons, reservations are pretty much mandatory in that that whole area.
Another option is to go across the Bighorns and center your driving out of the East entrance to YNP, IIRC Cody or there abouts. Only consider Glacier NP if you have time to burn, here again JMO it does not compare to YNP or GTNP and is a long haul both ways.
49  Main Forum / Polls / Re: The RV Good Fairy on: February 28, 2013, 07:57:32 pm
1. More horsepower/torque (remember no-sweat on gas)
2. Twice the interior room that stores in a smaller space (ha).
3. Better ride.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Are you my big brother??? on: February 06, 2013, 07:33:40 pm
Hey, if you got it, flaunt it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For sure: the gent I sold my PC to, is an A&PI, w/hangar, and airplane too.  Guess where the PC resides when he's home? He has already used it more in 7 months than I was able to in two years.
51  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Propane Scare on: January 29, 2013, 11:41:08 am
If the valve was open when the tank was "over" filled that most likely ruptured the diaphragm.  The propane supply pump has to provided more pressure than the system downstream from the tank is capable of withstanding just to fill the tank.  When it was filled beyond the 80% point and the tank became full, the system essentially became full of an incompressible liquid, and one side of the regulator being open to the atmosphere the diaphragm provided the weak link.
When vapor comes out of the "vapor port" the filler should have stopped filling, relying on the tank overfill mechanism is kinda scary, and I have had a couple  of the overfill valves go bad from environmental thrashing, i.e., propane when low, sloshing and ruining the float mechanism.
FYI there are other regulators downsteam of the tank regulator, check them for leakage too.
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 23, 2013, 04:15:17 pm
You have the best plan in hand, and cheapest.  You have the tank for immediate demands if it doesn't warm up so that you can re-connect.

CW has a habit of producing trial balloons at high prices just to see if they will float and their kinda high shipping has to be a money maker for them considering bulk shippers get a rate break.
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear valve stem extenders on: January 23, 2013, 04:13:21 pm
I rotated (by myself) on a class A, once.  Adopted a new policy shortly after I started to feel better - wear them out in place.
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: white switch on the dash on: January 07, 2013, 08:15:29 pm
My 2007 had another start relay on the fender driver side that connected the house and chassis battery using the dash rocker switch, BUT, as has been stated it was for boosting not starting because of the gauge of the cabling from the house batteries.  I do not remember whether or not it was wired to disconnect on cranking but may have been.  Normally start relays are wired in the latching mode but I never had to check out exactly how that relay was wired.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fireproof safe on: December 21, 2012, 01:28:51 pm
I used one of these bolted down in two different MH's, under the beds. Not thief proof but might slow someone down - they were never tested.

I have seen them as low as $20 on sale.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 07, 2012, 06:12:58 pm
The 6V versus 12V battery discussion always draws debate, and this one inspired me to step out of my cubicle here at work at Motorola Solutions (the 2-way radio communications company) and ask an electrical engineer.  He has a masters degree, focus with power.  He also happens to be my 29 year old son.  He quickly reviewed our motor home scenerio and concluded this.

GIVEN IDENTICAL AMPERAGE BATTERY RATINGS FOR BOTH 6V & 12V BATTERIES, two 12V batteries will supply twice the power of two 6V.  I did a quick search on deep cycle batteries and found the typical 12V to be around 100Ah, and 6V to be around 200Ah.  If this is the comparison, then they hold equal amounts of energy reserve power.

12V - The remaining good 12V will get damaged if the condition continues for an extended period of time.
6V - The remaining good 6V will not be harmed
If one battery dies during a vacation and you catch it in time, you can isolate the two 12V batteries and continue on your trip with only one 12V battery.  In the case with 6V batteries, you will simply see a voltage drop which you can do nothing about until you replace the bad battery.  Given it is recommended to replace batteries in pairs, the 6V benefit seems to hold no value.  I also wonder how hard it is to find a pair of new 6V batteries in the middle of No Where USA.

12V batteries will charge evenly, 6V batteries will not.  If you vacation with limited charge times as we do, this could be an issue with 6V batteries, potentially unable to provide a full 12V if the charge is not allowed to complete.

My son is not familiar with lead acid battery technology, so there could be influencial factors that sway benefits to one versus the other.

Your isolation diodes for 12V sound like a good idea, though few people would apply it.
Your support for two 6V in series has a strong following so I am not really convinced one way or the other.

Just thought I'd put this into the discussion.

And you will have a considerable voltage drop both charging and discharging across any diode isolation. Good luck with that.
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: December 06, 2012, 12:06:02 am
Two 12v batteries in parallel configuration are additive, i.e., 125ah+125ah=250ah @ 12V.
Two 125ah 6v batteries in series become 125ah @ 12V the amp Hour rating is not additive in series.

Economics of each, it's not a toss up, but takes some investigating to sort out, and is highly dependent on intended vs actual manner of use.
58  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Missing Money - A helpful sight to look for money beng held by the state on: November 29, 2012, 11:41:28 am
No missing money here, or powerball winnings and what's left - she knows right where it is.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement coach batteries on: November 23, 2012, 02:04:04 pm
For what its worth, generally after the first of the year and before fishing season starts with warmer weather sporting goods stores (Academy in my case) run some sales on new production trolling motor batteries.  Both had the same day production date and approx. two months prior to my purchase. The last two I bought were in the 125AH rating area and worked very well in the PC for fit, ampacity, etc..  Sorry I do not remember the brand but had as good luck with them as any and better than most. I did put single point fill apparatus on them since filling those batteries in the trays is a little more demanding on my knees than I liked. I always kept the batteries (house and chassis) when at home on the automated type maintainers (not trickle chargers) and if my chassis and tractor battery is any example they extend the life by at least a couple years.  My PC chassis battery was original to the 2007 model year (who knows really how old?) and still tested extremely well on resistance type testers.
The house batteries also lasted longer than most at 5 years. Also the price on the batteries from Academy had rebates that were a little tricky to collect on both but can be accomplished. Sorry for the run on sentences but thoughts run faster than punctuation with me.
L. G.
60  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Toads or tow vehicles? What brand do you use? on: November 09, 2012, 07:34:54 pm
I have had two E450 cut-a-way chassis motorhomes with lengthened frames, neither of which used the preferred or minimum acceptable method, and neither used the interrupted weld scheme outlined by Ford.  Material recommendations as to type (not metalurgical) were not followed. Also neither used the departure angle scheme outlined in the .pdf or provided the clearance recommended.

I'm kinda sorry I spent so much time under both now.
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