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1411  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Replacement Backup Monitors on: May 27, 2014, 06:47:43 pm

I believe you and I have the same Zone Defense system with 5" monitor.  I could never find the microphone in back by the camera and so maybe you too have sound.  I would like to know if you raise the volume on your monitor, if you hear people talking behind your rig.

The sound went out on our 2007 PC and I really don't know what the problem is.  I thought if I could find the microphone in back, the opening might be clogged with a spider's nest or something similar, but I could never find the microphone back there to begin with.  It was nice to have sound, and would be nice to get it working again.
1412  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On this Memorial day I remember. on: May 27, 2014, 01:52:24 pm
Ditto, And Ditto.

And God Bless Our Troops, and Our Country......It must be getting harder for him to bless our country, so we need to pray more diligently for that.
1413  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Roof air not working on: May 27, 2014, 01:48:24 pm
Remove the generator cover (outside) and look for a circuit breaker. It could be tripped.
Tom is right-on.  This happens to me once every second or third year after taking out our rig from long term storage.

There is a reset switch/breaker right on the generator itself.  Once reset, all is well for another 2-3 years.  I don't know why it happens.  It just does.  No harm.
1414  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 16, 2014, 10:52:26 am
It appears to be one of those cheap $40 tow bars sold at auto parts stores.  I was told from a store manager that those tow bars are most often bought by people to transport vehicles one way from USA into Central & South America.  The tow vehicle switches hands multiple times before reaching it's final destination.  At that point the tow bar gets tossed.

Your picture demonstrates one risk in using such a bar.....Ouch!
1415  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 13, 2014, 05:33:53 pm
I apparently have an earlier design.
1416  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 13, 2014, 02:12:35 pm

My Liberty's Roadmaster bracket hardware is detailed HERE.  My brackets have the holes you and ragoodsp  mention for the cable attachment of which I use the short ones as instructed in that diagram.  I just don't know if my main safety cables are long enough for direct-connect if reducing my wrap around the tow bar one less time.

Historically when I disconnect the Liberty from the tow bar, I disconnect everything except the two short safety cables.  They simply hang down below the front bumper, still quite high up off the ground as not to worry about them interfering with anything.  I leave them hang to keep it simple when it's time to head to the next destination with the PC.
1417  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 13, 2014, 10:43:23 am
ragoodsp, I do utilize mini safety cables like these to bridge the area of concern.  If you look real close at my setup, one is suspended just to the left of the lock there.

You do have me wondering if I can eliminate the short ones and hook the long cables all the way to the tow vehicle.  This assuming they are long enough.  If I need just a little extra slack in the safety cables, I could add a link to each.  It would simplify things nicely and as you say, it would be a safer setup.

Thanks for the tip...a "Helpful" for you.
1418  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 12, 2014, 04:48:59 pm
It is quite convenient to plug in one umbilical cord and the entire tow vehicle is electrically ready.
Having power to the tow vehicle battery keeps it in good condition.

I ease the pain with the rest of the setup through the use of super-strong padlocks keyed alike, instead of using these.
Hook-up and unhooking is fairly quick and painless for on-the-move vacationers like us.
The locks are also a deterrent for thieves thinking about our tow vehicle, especially when they see a key in the ignition.
1419  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 31" TV? on: May 11, 2014, 12:15:27 am
1420  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: High pitched whine on: May 10, 2014, 09:16:30 pm
Make sure all fluids are at the proper level, especially power steering.  But I would have guessed it was your alternator when under a heavy demand.  If you later find out it is the alternator, you will want to replace it under warranty.  See if the whine happens when you turn on the headlights.
1421  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: May 10, 2014, 09:11:08 pm
Nice write-up for Edge folks.  A "helpful" for ya!
1422  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: wireless toad lights on: May 09, 2014, 04:40:32 pm
I always wondered about making a tail light bar that attaches to the trailer hitch of the tow vehicle.  Run a wire harness right over the roof with magnets to hold the harness in place.  Ideal for a very light weight car like a Spark or Smart where secondary braking is not required.  The trick is to find a trailer hitch for such a tiny car, I suppose marketed to support a bike rack.  But even a class-I hitch is likely unavailable.

I feel that once you are setting up for secondary braking, just wire up everything once and be done.  It bothered me to tap into my 2000 MR2 and later my wife's 2006 Liberty.  But so glad I did for each.  I splice into OEM wires carefully using a razor blade and then solder the tow wires to the uncut original copper wire.  This for best reliability.  I avoid the "piercing" connector method below, though it is commonly practiced.  If I recall, our Liberty wires are very fine, quite delicate by comparison to older cars.  I was shocked to see so many wires bundled together so far back in the vehicle, behind the rear hatch threshold.

1423  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 06, 2014, 08:21:56 am
We were told by Diamond Shield to protect it with 303 Aerospace Protectant. After washing the coach, we put it on and then before each trip.

I am bad.  I have never applied a protectant.  But our rig does not see daily exposure either and so it still looks great, seven years next month.
1424  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Where are all the Phoenix Cruisers? on: May 06, 2014, 07:38:45 am
That is horrible.  My heart sank looking at the pictures.  I wonder if the sun did that.  Was it brown where the sun doesn't shine?

I don't know about lately, but back in 2007, Phoenix USA was installing Diamond Shield themselves.  I recall a fellow there installing it right outside the factory overhead door on a nice sunny day.  I  can't rule out the possibility, the person was contracted from another company, installing the product on-site.

A heat gun can easily remove paint.  They burn things to the point of ignition.  It is an electric equivalent of a propane torch, often used to remove paint and adhesives.  I used one to remove adhesive that held down my old vinyl flooring in my house.  Anything stringy sticking up in the air quickly became a lit candle.  A hair dryer will not get nearly as hot.  I would try that.

Hopefully Diamond Shield will refer them to a specific service.
1425  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Insulated Glass on: May 04, 2014, 10:41:01 am
So thermal panes are 100% thermal after all.  Someone told me otherwise.  Thanks for the clarification.
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