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856  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: smoke detector on: April 23, 2011, 07:27:43 am
My original one and the one I used to replace the original one are both battery operated. The original one was mounted on the ceiling near the kitchen and every time my wife cooked on the stove it would beep. So I went the wally world and bought a kitchen model that allows us to silence it for ten minutes by pushing a button. It does not seem to go off as often as the old one, maybe because it is a kitchen model. I took down the original one and placed the new one in the same spot.
857  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 22, 2011, 03:49:50 pm
After dumping, when you open the black valve and put on the sprayer, do you immediately put on the pump?  Or do you wait a short while for the bottom of the tank to fill and then put on the pump for a few minutes?  After dumping, how much water should be added to the bottom of the black tank- a few flushes?

After starting to spray I wait 2 or 3 minutes before starting the pump. The spray cleans the walls and the top, flushing cleans the bottom.If the pump runs out of water, I stop it for a couple of minutes more. I continue doing this until the water coming out is clean. After dumping the black tank, you should fill the toilet bowl and flush it so you have some water in the bottom.


Never put the hose into the sewer hole and leave the black tank open. What happens is what Ron had happen to him, big stink every time you flush the toilet.  Cry The gas in the sewer will come right into your bathroom. The other problem is without water in the tank, you will build up a cone of waste that will get very hard and eventually clog your toilet. Not a job you want to have to clean out.  Bolt You can leave the gray water open because the shower and the sinks have a "P" trap under them that is full of water, keeping the gas out of your bathroom. I always run water into the sinks before each trip to fill the traps, after that normal use will keep them full.


The gray water bypass I was talking about is on the sani-con pump, not the 3 inch pipe facing out the back of the motorhome. That is the other way to dump, if you have a problem with the sani-con system. RVs with out the sani-con have this type of hookup to dump with. Grin
858  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I have a request on: April 22, 2011, 11:33:57 am
Aimee, I for one appreciate all the hard work you do to keep this forum up and running as smoothly as it does.  ThankYou

I aim to follow your advice to the letter. I hope everyone else will also.  ThumbsUp
859  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 22, 2011, 10:14:39 am
I am not taking sides but both of you are wrong and both of you are right. You can put the hose into the hole and open the gray valve and leave it open. Once the gray water gets to the highest point of the hose the gray water will start draining though the pump bypass. The pump bypass is the small hose on the top of the pump, under the motorhome. This hose is very small and will drain very very slowly. So if you are taking a shower and the gray tank fills up, you will be trying to put water into the tank faster than it will drain out and you will be standing in water. What I am trying to say is that your husband is doing what I consider the right thing, but you are right in that there is a bypass. What a wonderfull world we live in.  Cheers 
860  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 22, 2011, 07:49:27 am
    I open the valve for the black tank and let it dump, then I flush it by opening the black sprayer valve and let it run until it comes out clear, about 3 or 4 minutes. Then I close the back tank valve and do the same for the gray tank.

    I have modified my sani-con system to do two things for me. In the pictures you will see a clear hose so I can tell when the water is coming out clear. You will also see a red handled water valve that I can open after I dump and turn off the pump that will break the vacuum allowing the water to flow out of the hose.

861  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We have it! on: April 21, 2011, 08:22:20 am
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Congratulations Roni.

Now fill out your profile and don't forget to keep on this forum. We all want to hear of your adventures and modifications to make your PC "YOUR PC".
862  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette Table top Replacement on: April 19, 2011, 08:00:11 am
I think I confused things. Richard is the one with the broken table.

To add one's location, just go into your profile (click on Profile above, on the line with home, help etc.) and edit it. The location is near the bottom.
863  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette Table top Replacement on: April 18, 2011, 12:11:01 pm
Richard (and Trudy also) you are asking us where to find someplace but you are not telling us where you are. In your profile you can fill out the info about your PC and a general location of where you live. Full timing is a location.  ThumbsUp

Like Ron said you can fix the table top yourself, call the factory or look in the yellow pages for a kitchen cabinet builder. Wink
864  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: smoke detector on: April 18, 2011, 10:57:09 am
any place that sells smoke detectors should sell one for the kitchen. We bought ours at Walmart for about $15. Has one test button and one silence button. It reactivates itself after about 10 minutes.
865  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: pillow top mattress on: April 18, 2011, 07:42:52 am
David, On the first night of our last trip the air mattress developed a hole and would not hold air. Since it was under warranty we called Carol at the factory and she sent a new one to our home. In the meantime we stopped at Bed, Bath and Beyond and bought their middle of the line, $200 air mattress. It does have a pillow top and is a little nicer to sleep on. The issues we had was that 1) the motor is just off center, would not fit in the hole at the top of the bad properly (I had to put the canvas away from the frame at the top right side), 2) the exhaust hole was also at the top of the bed, not the foot, making it  a lot harder to dump the air quickly and 3) the mattress is a little thick when folding it to put it away. My wife had to pump the air out using the motor. Remember that your sofa is a full size bed and not a queen.

BB&B had tree different mattress, the lowest was about $130 and was seven inches thick when inflated. The middle one was nine inches at $200 and the highest was 11 inches thick and cost about $40 more. Jo Anne thought that the high end one would be to thick when it came time to fold it up and put the sofa back in place. The middle one turned out to be a little thick but is doable. If you can figure out how to get the motor and exhaust hole at the foot of the bed, things might work better, without being a issue when folding it. If you do, please let us know how you did it. When we got back home, we put the mattress that Carol sent us back in the PC and put the new one in the house for now.
866  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 01:04:59 pm
Why don't you email your pictures to Kermit and see what he has to say? Can't hurt.
867  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Own a 2010 Ford E350 or E450? Read This. on: April 14, 2011, 06:45:26 pm
Ron, the E-450 rear stance is 1 inch wider than the E-350. Stuart pointed it out to me when I upgrader my PC to the E-450. I don't have any problems with down shifting, but since I have never driven the E-350 I can not tell you the difference.
868  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 13, 2011, 09:34:30 am
Less than your dash radio draws down the engine battery. So start your engine once a day and run it for two to three minutes to recharge all your batteries or run your generator for 30 minutes a day every other day. It seems like you are worrying to much and need to just start enjoying your motorhome more. Then you can worry about what mod to do next.  Wink
869  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter on: April 12, 2011, 05:42:51 pm
The inverter uses the house batteries (12 volt DC) to make 110 volt AC for the plugs. If you want to run a hair dryer or the microwave, both of which will use a lot of battery power, you turn on the inverter and plug them in. Otherwise you can save a small amount, about .7 amps per hour, if you turn off the inverter. The overhead lights are 12v and don't need the inverter as they run off the batteries. If you have a 110 volt plug tester, and you should, plug it into the wall plug and then turn on the inverter. On my PC the two plugs in the wings between the house and the cab are not on the inverter. I wish they were as that is where we plug our cell phones into to recharge them at night. When dry camping, we have to plug them by the sink or in the bathroom.

The converter changes 110 volts AC to 12 volt DC that will charge your house batteries when you are plugged in. The overhead lights run off the house batteries. The converter is built into the panel with the circuit breakers and the 12 volt house fuses.
870  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Refer on while traveling? on: April 10, 2011, 01:09:23 pm
We turn ours on auto and leave it on until we get back home.
I always forget to turn off when fueling.
I know it is recommended but as I get older I get dumber.
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