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46  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 07:37:19 pm
i have made a decision to replace my 6 tires on the 2010 2551S this summer, mainly because the prior owner let it it sit for a year and half in a park. No signs of cracks but the tires were manufactured in 2008. four questions.

Is there a trick to getting wheel covers off?

Has anyone purchased tires at one of the large RV shops such as Lazy Days or Campers World? It seems to me that for a number of reasons i am better off going to a group that deals with wheel covers, valve extensions and balancing large tires than going to a discounter like Costco.

Lastly did anyone move away from the tires that came with RV? Mine are MIchelins 255/75 R16 LTX 5 play (three polyester two steel)

Greg Matthews
2010 2551S

What do you do about the spare that has never been on the ground and is also 5 years old?

I would surely run it by a Michelin dealer and get his opinion after doing on-line research at the Michelin site. Reason I say that is I just (within last month) threw away a lot of stuff on tires I had printed off, and IIRC as Ron D pointed out, without cracking 7 years is Michelins thought on when to start thinking about replacement.
47  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Maserator doesn't work on: March 15, 2013, 01:39:09 pm
I bought the portable version for a trailer and the whole thing in a case was less than 250.  Dealer may be adding a ton of labor when it's not that much of a job.
48  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.
49  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.
50  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.
51  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.
52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  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.
56  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.
57  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.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5127160&findingMethod=rr

I have seen them as low as $20 on sale.
58  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.

IN THE EVENT OF ONE BATTERY FAILING....
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.

CHARGING 12V and 6V BATTERIES THAT ARE IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER
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.

Zorba,
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.
59  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.
60  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.
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