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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Gasoline smell in cabin on: July 30, 2012, 05:12:39 pm
The cowling covering the rear of the engine is also just by the driver's seat.  Realizing that I NEVER work on my vehicle engines any more, I would still bet on some fuel line connection that shrinks as it cools off and bleeds off just the slightest bit of gasoline.  It doesn't take much to create a smell.

32  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Natchez Trace info on: July 26, 2012, 08:20:47 pm
If you all like civil war battle sites, you'll love Vicksburg.It is second only to Gettysburg in the number of monuments in the park.  Virtually all militias from all the states involved have impressive monuments.  There is a nice drive throughout the park.  There is also the ruins of a river gunboat, the Cairo, that has been lifted out and preserved under roof.  The Natchez Trace, which does not go through Vicksburg but is near by, is worth seeing from the northern end near Nashville to the southern terminus in Natchez.  There are well marked things to see all along the Trace.  Just north of Natchez are two of my favorites, Emerald Mound, the second largest pre-Columbian monument, and Mount Locust, a wayside inn on the old Trace.  There are many things to see and a couple of campgrounds on the Trace plus several others near by.  There is a great visitor's center around Tupelo that sometimes has handicraft or music demonstrations.  Also in Tupelo is the birthplace of Elvis.  The speed limit is lower than other roads, but it is soooo beautiful and relaxing, so you won't feel a need to hurry.  One other town you might want to stop at on the Trace is Port Gibson, MS, which was alledgedly "too pretty to burn" according to Sherman.  It has a number of gorgeous older churches, but my favorite is one with a very tall steeple topped with a giant hand pointing upward.
Hope you enjoy your trip.

33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Smoke & CO2 Detectors on: July 25, 2012, 05:04:14 pm
You really can't do without CO and LP detectors, but I have had trouble with them in every rig I've owned.  I think that one problem is that in hot weather like we're having now causes some nasty molecules to seep out of the petroleum based plastics in the interior of the coach that sometimes gets mistaken for LP or even CO.  This gets better as the rig gets older, but the detectors also have a finite life, so they fail as their sensors crap out.  Invent a foolproof set of hazard detectors and the RV world will beat a path to your door.

34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Headliner sag on: July 24, 2012, 01:06:20 pm
Although I haven't looked lately, I don't think I have any problems with my 2006 2551.  It bothers me to hear of the problem in brand new units, as it usually occurs in older installations when the thin plastic foam backing starts to fall apart from oxidation and heat exposure.  In those cases you usually cannot make them look OK by just gluing them down, as you have grainy lumps showing through. This is the one drawback to buying direct from the factory rather than a local dealer. If this happened to your car, YOU wouldn't be slitting, spraying, and gluing - the dealer would.  However, the price advantage of right from the factory built to order probably makes up for it.

35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Boss DVD Player above bed in 2551 on: July 23, 2012, 01:39:49 pm
Boy, you probably remember when the main campground in Yosemite Park wasn't so crowded that you could stretch out your arms and not touch the camper next door, you could drive in and out without a traffic jam, George Lucas was still a teen age hotrodder in Modesto, and the Casa de Fruta was only a little roadside stand!   I wish it was all that way again.


36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C problem again on: July 22, 2012, 08:45:00 am
This is really a wild guess, but I wonder if your AC has some sort of icing detector doing this.  I know one thing that all the sources I've looked at say if you're having icing problems, you can minimize them by running the blower on high.  Running the blower on low while a low temperature is selected can lead to icing.  You might want to use at least medium on the blower at all times.

37  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning September Trip Michigan to Maine on: July 17, 2012, 01:03:52 pm
If you're stopping in the DC area, I might offer a couple of other suggestions.  The short trip out to Mount Vernon is worth the trip.  Likewise, as you head south you might want to visit the Colonial Williamsburg area, including Jamestown and the Yorktown battlefield.  It's a little way off I-95, but reeks with historical significance.  The restoration of Williamsburg is one of the nations's treasures.

38  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Planning September Trip Michigan to Maine on: July 17, 2012, 11:33:03 am
Seeing your mention of Tennessee in September made me think of the last RV trip we made to the Volunteer State.  We rolled into Pigeon Forge on October 15 and found out that RV sites were almost impossible to find because this was the height of the season to see the foliage change colors. We finally found a site.  The next morning we hit out to drive around the park expecting to be knee deep in traffic.  Cades Cove, usually a jammed scenic area, was practically empty.  Ditto the rest of the park.  However, when we returned at the end of the day, you couldn't get within a mile of the discount malls or tourist traps because of the traffic.  Apparently saying you're going to see the scenic wonders means different things to different people.  Tennessee, however, is a beautiful state.  One place I would recommend visiting is Fontana Lake which is on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.  It is formed by Fontana Dam, the tallest concrete dam east of the Rockies.

39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: On-Vehicle Tire Repair on: July 12, 2012, 07:37:17 pm
If by "slime" we mean the aerosol can that puts sticky goo into the tire that then gets forced into the leak and seals it, the danger is the aerosol propellant.  Most of the brands have traditionally used isobutane as the propellant.  It is extremely flammable.  Couple it up with a cigarette smoking grease monkey and you get a big boom when the bead breaks and the hydrocarbon/air mix ignites.


PS:  I've used this too.  Some of them give you little orange warning stickers for the tires.
40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: On-Vehicle Tire Repair on: July 12, 2012, 03:33:44 pm
Have I ever used one of these on a car?  Yes.  Did they work?  Yes.  Was that before virtually ever manufacturer of radial tires said don't do it?  Yes.  The following exerpt from Toyo pretty much sums up the view of almost all manufacturers.  Do we care what they think?  Do we care what an insurance company thinks if you are involved in a major wreck due to tire failure in a tire that has been repaired from the outside with a plug?  Bet your retirement fund you do.  Most of us who drive PC units have a spare on the back and probably a Good Sam Road Service membership.  Use them,  It's safer and less letigious.


"If any tire has sustained a puncture, have the tire dismounted and inspected internally by an authorized
Toyo dealer for possible damage that may have occurred.
NEVER perform a tire repair without removing the tire from the rim/wheel assembly for internal
inspection. (DO NOT perform an outside-in tire repair or on-the-wheel repair). It is essential that
only a specially trained person remove any tire from the wheel when it has been damaged or is
losing air. A thorough inspection for any internal damage can then be made."
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: July 11, 2012, 04:45:56 pm
It appears that when you do buy a PC, you will add some panache to the population of mundane owners, as I presume that you are "Zorba, The Veiled Male", a man of renown whose websites on Google cover more than one screen.  Nice to see that PC's don't only appeal to old retirees like me.


42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Who's going to be in TX between now and the reunion? on: July 10, 2012, 01:23:28 pm
In the original post on this reunion, it was said to be in Kerville TX.  I assume that is really Kerrville, TX. in the hill country near San Antonio??  I googled campgrounds in the vicinity and didn't get much.  Where do people stay for this reunion??

43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 08, 2012, 07:54:48 pm
As an annuitant of ExxonMobil, I thank you all for using that wonderfully high priced Mobil 1 "synthetic" motor oil and keeping my stock dividends coming.  Mobil 1 is probably the best motor oil you can put in your vehicle.  That said, it's probably overkill for most of us.  My E-350 based PC has the Ford V-10 which I have driven back and forth over the continental divide in the Canadian Rockies without the temp gauge ever budging.  It runs at relatively low RPMs.  Because of concerns with the plastic pipe in the rv water systems, I never camp anywhere at temperatures much below freezing and conversely, because of the single roof AC, I never camp during very hot weather.  Because I have an extended warranty on my unit, I do not run the oil past the manufacturer's recommended intervals.  Ergo, the primary advantages of synthetic oils for high temperature operations, high revving engines, and longer change intervals just aren't needed.  Most quality motor oils like FOMOCO oils or any major oil company oils have additive packages of "synthetic" materials that handle all your normal needs.  The only people I know that ever really benefitted from synthetic oils were those who had older cars out of warranty and ran 15,000 or more miles between  changes.  By the way, I use synthetic in quotes because all of the components are synthesized from petroleum and produced in refineries and their associated chemical plants.  Think of them as designer hydrocarbons.

Synthetic oil is better, but probably not needed at the cost.

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Scheduled Ford service on: July 07, 2012, 05:21:43 pm
I've used the local dealership in Hot Springs, AR, for routine service as well as factory recall work.  They normally change the oil on an outside rack.  I drove in one day and thought the doors looked plenty big and cruised on in.  It turned out I just barely scraped (didn't even feel it) and did no damage.  When I got ready to leave, one of the heavier mechanics stood on the ladder while it went through the door.  But in any case, they were always happy to service my vehicle.  By the way, using the term "15,000 mile service" is a good way of getting overcharged on any kind of vehicle.  Look in the users manual to see what service is needed and enumerate them on your service order.  Almost all the time cheaper than their "recommended" package.

45  Main Forum / General Discussion / RV (as an industry) Quality Re: Introduce Yourself! on: July 05, 2012, 08:33:01 am
I think we all know why RVs are built the way they are and ride the way they do.  Largely because they're already pricy, and would be unattainable for most of us if they really built them to the standards you're suggesting.  First of all, because of their size they are built on some form of truck chassis.  There's a good reason for the old saying "it rides like a truck."  As Ron and others have written, you can greatly improve the ride with sway bars, steering stabilizers, heavy duty shocks, and other improvements that would add many bucks to the price.  I suspect that some of the best RVs ever made were either full size bus conversions or the all metal AirStreams.  Fiberglass has a lot of things going for it, but high strength and the ability to withstand inpact and flexing aren't high on the list.  Also, when you make products for the masses, you cater to what the masses want.  The innovative products are out there, but in smaller volumes and higher prices.  RVs are not a market that has high profit potential.  Ford, Dodge, and GMC used to all make motorhomes.  They don't anymore.  Quality sells, but only if it's cheap.  I frequently drive past the Foretravel factory in Nacogdoches Texas and am sure I could get a wonderful RV there if I had the money.

As for the iPod generation, the users want quality sound and a little bling in the appearance, but don't worry as much about things like the ability to change batteries by the owner.  There is a huge market in refurbished iPods which are some testimony to their durability.

We've had everything from a VW camper van to a popup trailer to a small Class A to a Leisure Travel van camper and a couple of other B/C units before the PC.  They all had good points and bad points, but none of them were perfect.

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