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1  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Winterizing your Motorhome - factory video on: January 20, 2015, 03:05:52 pm
First recommendation is do not use channel lock pliers to remove the water heater plug.  It is plastic and you can see he is just chewing it up.  Get a socket to fit it and keep it in the coach so it is available when you need it.  I also put it back in place loosely so it does not get lost.  Water heater manufacturer says a little water remains in the heater but freezing will not hurt it. 
      I use my coach in the winter so I blow out my lines with air, that way in the winter when I get home I blow them out again.  When you use RV antifreeze you will have to sanitize the system before use.  Blowing them out they remain dry and clean. 
     Someone in the past said that Phoenix does not recommend blowing the lines out. I cannot figure why they would say that as all winter long Phoenix uses air to check the water system for integrity and leaks.  They do not put water in the system in the winter.  That is how we had a new flooded coach.  After checking the system with air, they cross threaded the main line from the tank to the pump and when we got ready to use it for the first time, while filling the fresh tank, I went inside and found water every where.  Of course this was a 2350 where the tank is under the corner bed and had to remove 20? screws to find the leak. 
     I put winter windshield washer fluid in the P traps, dump valves and macerator pump.  All the RV Dealers in our area, North Idaho, use windshield washer fluid because it is much less expensive.  If it can not hurt all the plastic, hoses and seals in the windshield washer system, it is OK for our P traps.
     Just some of my thoughts on winterizing.
      Bob
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 20, 2015, 02:11:21 pm
Mark,
    Thanks for the feedback on what you had to go through to make this repair.  Good info if anyone else has a similar problem.
       Bob
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help! Leak in the bathroom on: January 11, 2015, 11:02:29 pm
Maybe these photos will help you with the construction of the 2552.  Took them when at the factory.  If you need bigger pictures, e-mail me at bnhickey@gmail.com.
    Bob
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Disappointing gas mileage on: January 03, 2015, 12:57:19 pm
On the first 2552 on the E-450 chassis made for us, we were averaging 5.3 mpg, took it to Ford and they said there is nothing wrong with it.  That is why we do not have it anymore.  There was something wrong with that engine as almost all the driving was on mostly flat terrain between 55 and 60 mph.  Sure wish Ford could have found something fixable because we liked that coach.
     Bob
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tank monitor not working correctly on: December 27, 2014, 01:07:40 pm
Mike,
    The reference material of the IC circuits are spec. sheets for Design Engineers.  I could not see any variable resistors on any of the IC's.  I am not sure of the actual design, but the sensors in the tanks are essentially an on or off signal to the comparators.  The signal is based on the liquid in the tank allowing current flow from that level to its respective signal input on the IC.  Major problem is debris in the tank sticking to the sensor giving an inaccurate reading.  A while back someone had mentioned a new type sensor for the tank that was much more accurate.
     Unless a person knows electronics, I would not experiment with a variable resistor in the system if there is one, unless the Manufacturer could provide information on what to do. 
    Electronics can be very sensitive and once off their design parameters it is hard to get them back without the proper electronic test equipment.
    Bob
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Need hot water on: December 23, 2014, 11:09:51 pm
Do not confuse the red light for the water pump with the one for the hot water heater.  They are close.
    Bob
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Levelers being balky on: December 16, 2014, 02:06:42 am
I don't think the engine should be running and I believe the parking brake is supposed to be set.  On ours there is an interlock on the parking brake that keeps the levelers from deploying.
    Bob
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: short time storage on: December 01, 2014, 03:43:48 pm
I do what Tom does, plus I have a small solar cell on the dash in front of a windshield inside cover.  It is plugged in to the auxiliary lighter plug on the dash.  Keeps the chassis battery charged.  If you are in areas where it gets really cold it is important to keep the batteries fully charged so they do not freeze.
       Bob
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Noisy inverter....anyone? on: December 01, 2014, 12:34:24 am
Only two things that can make an Inverter noisy.  One is mechanical which would be the fan.  The other is the electronics of inverting DC to AC and you would need to be sensitive to the 60 cycle frequency which for the most part is not detectable by the human ear.  Sometimes there are physical parts of the  inverter and other devices that are in the close proximity that will pick up the 60 cycle frequency and resonate mechanically at that rate.  I have seen that happen in aviation.
     Bob
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help. TV/DVD, under kitchen sink and GCFI not working. on: November 30, 2014, 02:15:18 am
Tom, 
    I am sure by now you are aware of the  amperage you were drawing when you had this failure.  All the items you were using at the same time are heating elements and draw a lot of power.  They probably fried the GFI and if a second replacement does not work, I would look for some overheated wires.  You should have tripped the 30 Amp breaker because of the amperage draw.  Just a quick computation indicates you were drawing possibly over 40 amps.  I don't have my coach available right now or I would look to see what else could be causing your problem.  Normally the GFI is there to detect a current differential, not an overloaded condition unless the GFI is of the in line circuit breaker type.  Curious to see what you find, but I would look for some overheated wires.
    Bob
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: November 13, 2014, 12:56:47 am
Here is some useable information when looking for replacement batteries.  On a previous RV, I had AGM batteries and the in house charger had to be set for the AGM vs. Wet Cell.
   Bob

   Wet Cell (flooded), Gel Cell, and Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) are various versions of the lead acid battery. The Wet cell comes in two styles; Serviceable and Maintenance free. Both are filled with electrolyte and are basically the same. I prefer one that I can add water to and check the specific gravity of the electrolyte with a hydrometer. The Gel Cell and the AGM batteries are specialty batteries that typically cost twice as much as a premium wet cell. However they store very well and do not tend to sulfate or degrade as easily as wet cell. There is little chance of a hydrogen gas explosion or corrosion when using these batteries; these are the safest lead acid batteries you can use. Gel Cell and some AGM batteries may require a special charging rate. If you want the best,most versatile type, consideration should be given to the AGM battery for applications such as Marine, RV, Solar, Audio, Power Sports and Stand-By Power just to name a few. If you don't use or operate your equipment daily, AGM batteries will hold their charge better that other types. If you must depend on top-notch battery performance, spend the extra money. Gel Cell batteries still are being sold but AGM batteries are replacing them in most applications. There is a some common confusion regarding AGM batteries because different manufactures call them by different names; some of the more common names are "sealed regulated valve", "dry cell", "non spillable", and "Valve Regulated Lead Acid" batteries. In most cases AGM batteries will give greater life span and greater cycle life than a wet cell battery.
SPECIAL NOTE about Gel Batteries: It is very common for individuals to use the term GEL CELL when referring to sealed, maintenance free batteries, much like one would use Kleenex when referring to facial tissue or "Xerox machine" when referring to a copy machine. Be very careful when specifying a gel cell battery charger, many times we are told by customer they are requiring a charger for a Gel Cell battery and in fact the battery is not a Gel Cell.

Scorpion BatteryAGM: The Absorbed Glass Matt construction allows the electrolyte to be suspended in close proximity with the plates active material. In theory, this enhances both the discharge and recharge efficiency. Common manufacturer applications include high performance engine starting, power sports, deep cycle, solar and storage battery. The larger AGM batteries we sell are typically good deep cycle batteries and they deliver their best life performance if recharged before allowed to drop below the 50% discharge rate. The Scorpion motorcycle batteries we carry are a nice upgrade from your stock flooded battery, and the Odyssey branded batteries are fantastic for holding their static charge over long periods of non use. When Deep Cycle AGM batteries are discharged to a rate of no less than 60% the cycle life will be 300 plus cycles.

GEL: The Gel Cell is similar to the AGM style because the electrolyte is suspended, but different because technically the AGM battery is still considered to be a wet cell. The electrolyte in a Gel Cell has a silica additive that causes it to set up or stiffen. The recharge voltage on this type of cell is lower than the other styles of lead acid battery. This is probably the most sensitive cell in terms of adverse reactions to over-voltage charging. Gel Batteries are best used in VERY DEEP cycle application and may last a bit longer in hot weather applications. If the incorrect battery charger is used on a Gel Cell battery poor performance and premature failure is certain.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If you build it they will come on: November 08, 2014, 01:42:04 pm
We found when we went from the 2350 to the 2552 the ride quality improved.  It was a smoother ride and because of the change from the 2350(E350) to the 2552(E450).  The wheelbase being longer the ride smoothed out from more of a choppy ride.  We also found with the gear changes(rear axle) the engine did not down shift as much with the resultant high speed of the engine especially when in cruise control.  Another negative was the turning radius of the longer wheelbase.  Just need to be aware of this. We saw a Class A trying to get into a gas station and turned too short impaling the center of his coach on one of those protective steel posts at the pump.  Was not pretty. 
     You are dead on on what PC will do to customize your coach.  We went from the 2350 to what we wanted in a 2551, but Kermit said could not do that with the length.  He said we can extend the length of the 2551 by one foot and do what you want.  The result was the design of the 2552.  We would still have the 2552 if the gas mileage had not been averaging 5.3 mpg.  Ford said engine was OK but could not explain the poor mileage.
    Bob
13  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Pleated Front Curtain on: November 02, 2014, 09:03:24 pm
Congratulations,
    They look good.
     Bob & Nancy
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear camera problem on: October 30, 2014, 02:07:43 pm
I find my rear view mirror on the 2551 to be a valuable asset.  I can look straight through the rear window in the bathroom to see out back.  I then put one of those special flexible plastic wide angle lens's that adheres by friction to the glass.  They come in three sizes and are available at most RV stores.  I can see when I have passed someone and it is safe to pull back in.  I also used one on our  previous 2350 in the bed area window and also on a 2552.  If I want even a bigger clearer picture out the back, I just push a button on our dash mounted radio/GPS and have a large, full screen running picture.
         Bob
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Electrical ? Issue on: October 25, 2014, 06:50:26 pm
One other thought I forgot to mention.  There is a bank of fuses behind the slide out tray for the batteries.  It is mounted  on the frame directly behind the batteries.  That is something to check.  But I am confused as what you say is the primer and primer light works and the lights on the jack system works but there is not enough power to operate the systems.  I find it hard to believe there could be that much voltage line loss and I am thinking you have lost a ground line someplace and the system is feeding through another circuit.  I sure will be interested in what you find.
   Bob
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