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781  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dewinterizing my 2010 2551, need advice on: February 11, 2013, 04:52:45 pm

Getting ready to travel to Williamsburg and test out the motorhome as this is my first trip out. I am the second owner of this PC and paper instructions were left by former owner on opening and closing the valves to the water system.   It is all to confusing.  the valves are in back of the bottom Galley drawer. Laying flat they are in the shape of an "H".   Trying to figure out what valves are for the water heater. two are the vertical valves and the middle horizontal is the third one.   So which one is the bypass to the hot water????  The paper instructions are confusing.  They listed winter and summer but look the same to me.   Does anyone else have this system.....  Help!!!
   I also have an aniline cartridge water filter system.  I see that all the antifreeze is is gone in it and want to know, before I put in the new cartridge, whether I should run clean water for awhile until all the pink is gone.  I did most of it but still not sure when to install the cartridge.  Filter is under the driver's side bunk.  You have to be a contagious to change it.....

On the water heater issues, the two vertical line are going to and coming from the water heater. So if you want to use the water heater, you open both of them. The cross line of the "H" allows water to flow without going to the water heater. So you want to close it in the summer and open it in the winter to let the pink stuff flow through the lines without going to the water heater.  In short, for summer, open the two vertical lines and close the cross line. In winter close the two vertical lines and open the cross  line.
I would run fresh water through the whole system before moving valves or adding the filter cartridge. I like to add two cups of bleach to the fresh water tank, fill it, pump water through all the lines and then let it sit for a couple of hours. Then I drain it, refill it with just fresh water, pump water through the lines until I don't smell the bleach, drain it again, and the third time I fill it. Now turn the valves and add the filter cartridge. Then I hook up the hose to the outside inlet and turn on the water, open the kitchen sink valve to let the air out of the water heater as it  fills up. Never ever turn on the electric water heater without water in the tank. It will burn the element real fast.
782  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: F-550 on: February 02, 2013, 12:14:36 pm
When I was at the factory, I saw several walls laying on the floor already made into wall with the outside and inside walls in place, I saw when they put three score marks on the inside of the wall in order to bend the wall for the aerodynamics. I did not see anywhere that they were making the walls them selfs. I have been to other factory and seen this process and it is not something one would miss seeing. So either there is another factory nearby or Phoenix buys the walls from someone else. There is probably a company in Elkhart that makes the walls for several of the different manufactures. That being the case, it is unlikely that the insulation could be changed.
The hints that Ron suggest have worked for me and might be your best choice. I did not get the dual pane windows because of the cost, but probably should have for the heat. The shades that Amanda sells at the factory do help keep the heat out during the day.
783  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moving Backup Camera Monitor To The Rear View Mirror Position on: January 31, 2013, 04:48:08 pm
When Gradygal posted the basket, I asked my wife if she wanted it. She said no because she uses the board as a shielf/counter space for hot pans, etc. So I missed out on another mod. Sometimes I think she doesn't understand why I bought this PC.
784  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet Latches Failing on: January 30, 2013, 12:36:19 pm
Call the factory.
785  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: testing on: January 30, 2013, 12:34:26 pm
test reply.
786  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: January 30, 2013, 07:57:19 am
Anyway, I haven't seen another PC yet, I guess there are many more in the east than out here.  I see that there is a dealer now in Las Vegas, I may stop by on my way home and say hi and maybe see some new models.  Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn't do that, I see where others have ended up buying a new one that way.


Maybe those of us that have bought a second or third one think you should stop by the new dealer or just call Stuart, he will take care of you.
  LOL rolling on the floor Grin nod Angry
787  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Silicone Cookware on: January 28, 2013, 04:23:25 pm
Hi Holly,

    It sounds like you are really getting into this RV life style and having a good time at it. Already planning what cookware you will buy. I hope John is having as much fun as you are.  GirlsNightOut GirlsNightOut
788  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Propane Scare on: January 27, 2013, 12:30:43 pm
Is the tank more than 80 percent full? It should not be if it is. Look at the gage on the tank, not the inside meter. Kermit might ask the same question. To fix it, you have to bleed off the extra using the small valve in a very open area. No flames near by. Some dumpy guys try to fill the tank to full, which does not allow for expansion.
789  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Heated Water Hose on: January 24, 2013, 08:10:21 am
You are already doing what I have done for the last forty years without any problems. Enjoy Williamsburg it should be warm enough by then.
790  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear valve stem extenders on: January 23, 2013, 07:28:15 am
Have you tried putting a drop of blue loctite on the extender? I don't know if it will work but it might.
791  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Inidana on: January 21, 2013, 09:02:29 am
I used to use windshield washer fluid in the P-traps until I was told that it is not good for the seals in the holding tanks. It only takes two gallons of the pink stuff to winterize, so now I just use it. I now I might be spending an extra dollar or two but WTH. Grin
792  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Flannel Sheets for Bunk Size Sheets on: January 21, 2013, 08:57:34 am
The passengers side bed is the longer of the two and doesn't require anything special. It is only 1 inch shorter than a standard twin bed. The drivers side is a little shorter and might need shortening.
793  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: January 20, 2013, 04:44:47 pm
794  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sofa on: January 15, 2013, 04:45:19 pm
I had to WD40 my wire by the spring. I made the hole a little larger also.
795  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need advice on traveling south from Indiana on: January 10, 2013, 06:53:12 pm
Ron the pink stuff  is not poisonous that is why you want to use it and not the other kinds of antifreeze. I knew a RV tech that would take a mouth full and drink it to show customers it was safe to use it or drink it.

Think of you freshwater tank and your other tanks like they are an ice cube tray. As long as the ice has somewhere to expand it will do no harm. It is only when it wants to expand as it freezes and can not, like in a full water line or a full water heater that it will do damage.

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