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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bio-diesel on: July 16, 2014, 08:51:43 am
However, Sprinter does not require bio-diesel.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bio-diesel on: July 13, 2014, 03:17:52 pm
Bio Diesel?? I don't think so.

Diesels require ULSD - Ultra Low Sulpher.

Available everywhere in USA but not in Mexico except near the border.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Power step on: July 09, 2014, 09:39:53 am
Several problems with my step have occurred over the years.
One, the door switch is cheap and unreliable. But, if on the road, rotate the switch just turning the little button. This cleans the internal contacts on the switch and will get that switch working again.
Your problem is not that switch.

The second problem is that power needs to get to the step control from you ignition switch. This closes the step when the key is turned on, a blown fuse can keep this from happening. Fuse is inside under left panel as described in first answer.

The step manual shows all the wires involved and they are color coded. A proper ground is necessary. I left my simple wiring diagram in my RV which is not accessible to me now.

I once found a loose wire connector in the wiring after the big plug to the switch control box..

I'm sure it is not the control.
4  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Sub-alpine dry camping on: July 07, 2014, 09:37:20 am
Dry Camping - Cold weather suggestion

We use warm sleeping bags at night and turn on the furnace in the morning.
We utilize solar arrays to keep our batteries fully charged and NEVER let them go below 50% charge, or about about 12.1 Volts.

It is not possible to charge the batteries to 100% using shore hook-up or the generator. The engine alternator will charge them fully.
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Solar installation on: May 04, 2014, 05:14:36 pm
The aluminum structure has 24" spacing. The easiest way I found to see where they are is to climb up on the roof on a humid morning. There will be lines of dew where each structural member is. Mark with ink pen.
Aluminum is non-magnetic.

I've done three different RV's with solar where I drilled into the roof, use Dicor to seal, never ever had a leak.

There is wiring in the structure. Each florescent fixture that Phoenix installs is attached to one of these channels.

Solar is the best way to charge batteries as long as the charge controller puts out 14.7 to 14.9 volts which the batter manufacturer recommends.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Transmission Clunk when shifting between Reverse and Park on: March 29, 2014, 10:17:53 am
You could be hearing the universal joints. If the are worn, when you first move the drive shaft they will clunk. You could crawl underneath and look at each one for excess play.
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thermostat? on: March 29, 2014, 10:13:24 am
I had a similar problem.

See reply to my question which fixed the problem.
http://www.phoenixusarv.com/community/index.php/topic,1615.msg12288.html#msg12288
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof top carrier on: March 22, 2014, 10:19:02 am
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Paul, if you really want to carry a hard top carrier on the roof, I'd call Phoenix. I've seen other posts where Phoenix has sent owners the diagram for the roof structure so they can mount solar panels, etc. Also, there are posts from Keelhauler showing how he had Phoenix add another cross bar to the roof rack configuration so that he can carry his kayaks up there. Kermit may have suggestions for stowing gear on top. You may be able to add standard short rails and cross bars the same as you would mount on a car. Whatever you decide just remember down the road that your rig is now taller than what it originally was and may not fit under all the bridges and overhangs you could go through previously.

I am up & down on my roof all the time. It is very strong. Here is a picture of the rack I made from ridged 3/4" conduit. I attached floor flanges to the roof and made sure at least 2 of the screws went into the 1" Aluminum frame used by Phoenix. Roof sealant works well and has never leaked. In the past 20 years I have done this to 3 different RV's.


My canoe on top.

Kayak on top


9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: January 02, 2014, 02:12:47 pm
They only put the date number on one side of tire, if blank it's on the back side.
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sprinter question on: January 02, 2014, 02:10:36 pm
Make sure your Main switch, storage near side door, is on or batteries will not charge.
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: December 24, 2013, 07:18:45 am
To answer the question on time limit, I called their 800 number listed in recall notice.
They assured me there is no time limit.  exactly! Also Ford dealers are authorized since it is a Ford vehicle. One problem with many places is they need a door >10' to fit the RV inside. Ford truck dealers all have large doors.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What to do with an Fiamma Awning now that I have a new Electric Awning on: November 30, 2013, 05:50:26 pm
Sell it on eBay. But shipping may be very expensive. Or try Craig's list in your area to avoid shipping costs.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: A/C Fan runs when furnace is turned on on: November 04, 2013, 07:40:16 am
Thanks to both of you. It seems that my wife just started hitting buttons then I was left with wondering why it didn't work. Works like a champ now. Cheer
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: macerator pump is jammed on my 2008, 2900 PC on: November 03, 2013, 09:30:52 pm
You have something stuck in the blades if it doesn't turn freely. Actually it is very easy to remove the pump. I think the small hose has a clamp and slips off and the electrical unplugs. Remove the screw from the bottom bracket and rotate the pump off just like you rotate the 4" cap off. You can then look inside to see if you can rotate back & forth until you can get the item out.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / A/C Fan runs when furnace is turned on on: November 03, 2013, 09:25:30 pm
I'm not sure what my wife did but now when I hit thermostat 3 times to run the furnace, the roof air fan runs. The furnace does come on and responds to the thermostat setting but the only way to turn the roof fan off is to turn the thermostat off or turn off circuit breaker #4 (Roof A/C).
It must be a control system failure of some sort, any ideas of what to check further or how to go back to normal?
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