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61  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 12 volt power outage? on: September 01, 2013, 11:17:17 am
Bob

Here the info on the 50A breaker:  Shortstop, 12V, U15 50A

It is auto reset thermal cycling circuit breaker.

A call to the factory should provide you with the manufacturer.
Good luck it is a simple R&R

No markings as to the manufacturer.

Barry


Barry,

I had no idea that there was an auto-reset thermal breaker in the converter.  Sounds like that may be my problem, thanks for the details on the breaker.

This forum is a valuable resource for exchange of information, a grateful "helpful" from me.

Thanks, Bob
62  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 12 volt power outage? on: August 31, 2013, 11:02:16 pm
Sparky,

I was not on the inverter, I was on shore power with the converter supplying the 12 volts, not the batteries as they were disconnected.  This has happened only once in 23,000 miles; however, if the converter had ever failed briefly with the batteries connected I would not have noticed since the batteries would continue to supply the 12 volts.

Thanks, Bob
63  Main Forum / General Discussion / 12 volt power outage? on: August 31, 2013, 08:24:36 pm
We are a few days into a trip around the southwestern states and had something happen that has me concerned.

The 12 volt power went out for about 4 seconds.  The reason I think it was just the 12 volts is that the ceiling lights and bath fan went out, but the front TV stayed on and the microwave didn't flash "press reset" as it does when 120 volt power is lost.  The RV has 23,000 miles on it and this is the first time this has happened.

I am concerned that there may be an issue with the 12 volt converter, the batteries were disconnected at the time so the 12 volts was being supplied by only the converter.  Anyone have any experience or suggestions regarding this?

Thanks, Bob
64  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: August 14, 2013, 02:42:35 pm
We travel with Addie, our cat.  She likes to travel on the back of the headrest and watch the road ahead.  Here we are taking our afternoon "cat" nap.  She has a screen tent for outdoor time, it protects her from mean squirrels, she also has a harness for exploring and taking us for a walk.  She obviously likes RV travel because when we open the RV door in the garage she runs in and is ready to go.
Bob
65  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: August 06, 2013, 12:43:52 pm
Ive read that Norcold offers a door hinge retro kit to prevent the door hinges from breaking. Has anyone tried this preventative measure? How many miles (or months) does it take for the hinges to fail? Were taking a 4000 mile trip soon and Id hate to have the door fall off in the middle of Montana

I just called Norcold and inquired about the retro door hinge kit (their#634166) and mentioned that I had a "hairline" crack in my bottom hinge (not broken through) and if they would send me the kit I would be glad to install it on my own. I'm under warranty, but they told me to find and go to a dealer and they would replace the door. If I wanted their reinforcing hinge I could buy it at my expense, but they wouldn't sell it to me. They did say it would probably solve the problem and that I would be easy to install. No wonder Norcold has so many problems with nutjobs running their business. Seems like Thetford would have turned them around by now!
 shrug

Looks like you can buy the hinge kit on line, this is one place.
http://www.anyrvparts.com/ProductDetail.asp?PID=12582&SID=46&DID=43&CID=146&BID=
66  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 29, 2013, 11:47:19 am
Because of the slope of the roof, I noticed that the two outboard feet of the antenna didn't touch the roof when the two inboard feet were seated, there was only about a 1/16 inch gap.  I used clear silicone on all four feet, I put enough on so that after I smoothed it out with my finger there was about 1/8 inch of silicone on the feet with a bit more on the outboard ones.  The silicone is "squishy" enough that the inboard ones compressed enough so that the outboard ones made contact.  This stopped the vibration noise I was getting from the antenna.

Bob
67  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driver's Seat power problem on: July 28, 2013, 04:48:45 pm
Richard,

I haven't heard of this problem before, so be sure to keep us informed in case it happens to someone else.

I would start by checking under the seat to see if a wire got pinched by the mechanism.  You might have to remove the side trim to get a good look.  If you find a connector under there, disconnect it and try another fuse.  If it doesn't blow then the short is after the connector, and vice versa.

Bob
68  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 21, 2013, 06:59:24 pm
We tow a Jeep Wrangler behind our 2551.  On our last trip we towed it 2000 miles and then drove it an additional 2000 miles, obviously we use it a lot and would be frustrated not to have it.  We do a lot of back road exploring and the Jeep is made for that, we are going to Moab this Fall and planning some spectacular trips into Canyonlands National Park that can only be done with a 4wd high clearance vehicle.

I installed the US Gear Unified Brake system 3 years ago and have put 23,000 miles on it, it has worked flawlessly.  As others have said, it is invisible once installed, nothing extra to do except attach the breakaway cable.  I have had to hit the brakes hard a couple times and it felt like I was dragging an anchor.  The system senses how hard you are decelerating and applies the towed vehicle's brakes accordingly.

I don't notice the Jeep behind now that I have done some suspension upgrades.  Front and rear heavier anti-swaybars and rear trackbar; those, along with alignment, proper tire pressure, and Quiet Hitch clamp make it a pleasure to drive.

Bob
69  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Know How To Replace A Length Of High Pressure Water Line? on: July 11, 2013, 03:26:49 pm
Ron,

I need to replace one of my hot water bypass valves because it is stuck in the open position, came that way, fortunately we don't need to winterize.  My concern was how to remove the existing copper crimp ring without damaging the tubing.  Home Depot has the crimp tool and a crimp ring removal tool, looks like it catches it carefully at the edges and then cuts through.  The tools were not cheap, maybe $50 for both, so I haven't invested in them yet.  They sell PEX tubing, crimp rings, and tools and somehow I convinced myself that they were interchangeable with what we have in the RV, not sure how I did that now.

Bob
70  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Satellite Radio on: July 07, 2013, 10:48:19 am
Thanks for the info.
Bob
71  Main Forum / General Discussion / Satellite Radio on: July 06, 2013, 08:35:21 pm
On my 2010 E450, there is an auxiliary input jack for the radio.  The manual says it is for a portable music player.  Can this jack be used for a satellite radio?  Also, do the satellite radios require an outside antenna?
72  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Door Limiter on: July 04, 2013, 04:47:33 pm
Hi Rick,

Here is the door limiter on my 2010 2551, the door stops about perpendicular to the RV so as to clear the awning mechanism.

Bob





73  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 21, 2013, 07:51:13 pm
Thanks again David, I will look for detailing clay and liquid and give it a try.

Bob
74  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 21, 2013, 12:28:49 pm
David,

Thanks for the information, it is very helpful.  I don't know when PC started putting the Diamondshield film on the front of the Ford van but my 2010 has it.  Does wax help or hurt the Diamonshield film?  I started using the Areospace 303 recommended by Diamondshield on the entire RV, mainly because I read it was good for the decals.  I put the 303 on everything, the Diamondshield, Ford van paint, fiberglass gel coat, fiberglass paint and decals.  From what I have read, it helps preserve by UV blocking, and helps the bugs come off the front very easily.  My 3 year old RV is garaged and the exterior looks like new, don't know if the 303 has helped or if being garaged is the reason.  I do notice when I wash it the water beads up as if it was waxed.

Do you have any comments on using the Areospace 303 instead of wax?

Thanks, Bob
75  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weather Tech Floor mats on: June 17, 2013, 09:15:07 pm
Thanks all for the info on the floor mats. I expect we'll be ordering the mats for the Cruiser and the liners for the toad. We like to play in the mud and it's best to put these things in place BEFORE you trash the carpets. Having the pics is awesome. Thanks bobander, that made it easy to see what will work. A helpful to you for the effort on our behalf.


Bob
   Good job on the pics and the info... once again,,, people ask ,,,,people respond,,, lets you make a informed decision,, should I buy or stick with what I have this should be helpful to all.  That's why I love reading this forum and asking questions and hopefully getting some responses.
David Sparks
2008 PC2350
Houston


Yes, this is a great forum for asking questions and getting help, I have benefited from the wisdom of others and am always glad to help when I can.  Thanks for the "helpfuls".
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