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1471  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 23, 2012, 09:18:27 am
.....Ron practically ordered my PC before I purchased it from East Acres.  I think he'd make a great salesman for Phoenix Cruiser.  B Golden  Grin   Grin   Grin
rolling on the floor
1472  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 21, 2012, 08:31:03 pm
Denny and Barb,

Now you are talking!  ThumbsUp
I would love to retire to do more of what I already based charity work, mostly through our church.  And all the time in between would be about the two of us and family.  I so desire all that kind of "Busy".
1473  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rather be camping? on: October 20, 2012, 02:44:28 pm
I could not agree with that statement so I wrote something else.  I can have a very good day at work, and bad day camping, though most often reveresed which is why I wish I could retire.
1474  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: (outside) water drain "faucet," etc. on: October 18, 2012, 09:09:35 pm
I think the turning portion just pops out the top.  Very easy to replace without messing with the rest of the fitting and all
1475  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / How To Determine If Your Ford Is "Keyless Entry" Ready on: October 18, 2012, 04:37:54 pm
There are two methods to determine if your Ford was originally setup for Keyless Entry while it was being assembled on the Ford production line.

1) Electrically
2) Visually

#1 - Electrically
- Sit in the driver seat with all doors closed, and buckle your seat belt.
- Be sure everything is turned off, like the climate control, radio, head lights, etc.
- Put your key in the ignition and turn to the OFF position which is one click before the dash board warning lights all come on.
- Then in "Quick Succession", turn the key one click ON, then one click OFF, a total of eight times ending at the ON position.  Never turn the key so far as to crank over the engine.
- If the horn honks once, then you are "Keyless Entry Ready".  You only need to purchase key fobs and program them per your owners manual.
- If the horn does not honk, then you are not setup for Keyless Entry.

#2 - Visually (Do This If The Horn Doesn't Honk)
Visually inspect to see if the VSM (Vehicle Security Module) the keyless entry support module is installed under the dash board.
Open the passenger door and stay standing outside.
Lean into the passenger footwell with a flashlight and look above the right side kick panel for a module roughly 5" wide x 4" tall, screwed to the side wall with two screws, and many wires coming down from it.
If you have a blank space with two screw holes but no screws, then you do not have the module, therefore are not setup for Keyless Entry.

Unfortunately, the main wire harness for Keyless Entry is significantly different than without.  You cannot simply purchase a VSM module new or used, and plug-n-play.  There are not supporting connectors to work with.  If you really wanted Keyless Entry, you would have to resort to an aftermarket system like a Viper for example.

This data was given to me from a friend who is a Ford mechanic.  He was not certian of differences if any between model years which is why there are two methods of verification.

1476  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / So Your Ford Died And Won't Start. First Try This. on: October 17, 2012, 10:15:54 pm
While checking to see if I have a keyless entry module installed on my 2007 E350 chassis, I stumbled on my Fuel Pump Reset Switch.

All you Ford based PC owners should know about this switch.  If your engine suddenly dies, turns over during restart, but simply won't start, the first thing to try is pressing that switch to reset the fuel pump circuit.  Spend a little time to locate it now so you know where it is when needed.

I assume the location is consistent between E-Series model years.  Open the passenger door.  Stand outside and put your head in the footwell.  With a flashlight, read the indented writing located near the top of the right side wall panel.  It indicates where the switch is.  You reach over the top of the panel and blindly feel for the switch which has a rubber plunger feel to it.  With the engine off, press the switch down to the street to get a feel about it.

The purpose of this safety feature is to kill the fuel pump in the event of an accident that ruptures the fuel system.  This prevents fuel from being pumped all over an accident scene.  On rare instance under normal use, a very hard bump on the road can trip this safety feature leaving you stranded.  If your engine dies for no reason, or turns over but won't start, first push the button and see if all is well again.

Our old Ford Taurus would give my wife trouble with this safety feature.  About once every-other year she would call me that her car wouldn't start.  I had to remind her each time to push that reset button.  It gave her trouble only when shopping.  I wonder if people would back into her parked Taurus, tripping the safety feature.  Maybe it was too sensitive.

I think such a switch is on every Ford product.  Any Ford you own, check to see where that switch is located for future reference.  It may be covered in the owners manual.

Blessings All!
1477  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bolts in the Floor on: October 17, 2012, 12:34:47 pm
George, I am not very familiar with your specific coach, but you describe the area above the generator.  Those bolts might be anchoring the generator mounting brackets.  If this is true, one consideration would be to install wood flooring.  The top of the raised floor might be higher than the bolts, or flush where a decorative plug would do the trick.  If it is a close call, I would tighten the bolts and then grind them down 10 to 20% to tweek them to a height that works.  But DO NOT over-grind.  I am talking just a little bit could be allowed and still be 100% safe.

Just thoughts here from me, not hard recommendations.  I assume the slideout could be adjusted to the new floor height, but I really have no clue how the factory handles this for their wood floor installations.
1478  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 14, 2012, 12:14:14 am
Looking good there Sisters!
1479  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing The Macerator Pump on: October 12, 2012, 07:30:44 pm
Gooooooood News.  Kevin In Stealth Mode was right on.  Buried beneath the plastic are 2 disconnects.
Good to know when the day comes to remove mine for whatever the reason.
1480  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing The Macerator Pump on: October 12, 2012, 05:23:40 pm
Personally, I would opt for a sealed connector with water-tight gaskets like the auto industry uses.  Wiring to the pigtails, I would solder and shrink-tube over the solder joint for a water tight splice.

I think you can buy the connector pair with pigtail wires at any auto parts store.  Just be sure to select a very heavy guage version to accomodate the amperage of the macerator pump....whatever that is.
1481  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Tow Another Vehicle (Toad)? on: October 12, 2012, 09:19:12 am
Ron, is this what you wanted?
Yes Barry...Thank You!  How did you set this up?
1482  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Conserving Battery Reserves Without Shore Power on: October 12, 2012, 08:35:46 am
When you hook up your 40 amp charger while running the generator, do you disconnect the house batteries first to prevent back feeding into the converter? My understanding is that on the newer converters, back feeding can cause them to over heat and possibly cause a fire. You would then have a pile of ashes where your PC was sitting.
No, I don't do that.

Your concern came up before but my recollection is a bit foggy.  I recall it's okay because the inverter thinks the batteries are charged and then gets out of the charging mode.  The voltage across the batteries while hooked up to the B&D is within proper 12V system standards.  The inverter simply thinks the batteries are fully charged.  The same rules apply as done with a car battery.  A running engine with a battery charger hooked up to it does not damage anything.

Just like with a car, if I didn't have the two batteries to dump the power into, say simply hooking up the charger to the RV without batteries to absorb the energy, then I wonder what bad things could happen.  But given it's a smart charger that reduces the amperage as the batteries recover, there is no excess power in the electrical system.

Keep in mind I have an older Tripp-Lite.  Tom, your concern may be valid with the Xantrex.  Before following my method here, PC owners with a Xantrex should heed your warning and do some research.
1483  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Conserving Battery Reserves Without Shore Power on: October 11, 2012, 08:44:51 pm
I had wondered about those huge solar panels that some here have mounted to their roofs, but given we seek shade tree campsites all the time, they wouldn't be putting out much.
1484  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Removing The Macerator Pump on: October 11, 2012, 07:15:32 pm
I can't help you there Bill, but I can relate as I still have not updated my macerator pump mounting strap to the one the factory has been installing the past few years.  Mine made of this stuff is the one embarrassment to my rig.  I still hold my breath when I show people my setup, and it ain't because of any odors.  I could and should come up with something much nicer at home with some materials laying around.
1485  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Conserving Battery Reserves Without Shore Power on: October 11, 2012, 05:21:17 pm
Hi Marilyn,

Both the generator and main Ford V10 engine charge the batteries, and they do so effectively.  The generator (and shore power) charges through the inverter.  The Ford V10 engine charges through the alternator.

The problem we experience arises when our motor home sits for a number of days at a primative campsite without available shore power.  Daily use of 110v appliances (via the inverter) like making coffee and watching movies, drains the batteries quickly.  Of coarse the answer without available shore power is to run the generator or drive the motor home to charge them up.

We do tow a Jeep Liberty and use it for our all-day excursions which means our PC can sit for many days without starting the Ford engine.  So we then rely solely on the generator for battery charging.  Our problem with this is that the generator has to run for many hours to restore the batteries.  Our 2007 Tripp-Lite inverter outputs 20 amps, but our Black & Decker outputs 40 amps which basically cuts the generator run time in half.

In many campgrounds, generator usage is restricted to certian daytime hours.  We often leave our campsite early with the Jeep, and return late giving us little time to charge our house batteries.  The B&D 40 amp charger makes up for that.

If you drive your PC daily, or are plugged into shore power often enough, then I think the 40 amp B&D charger may be of little value.  But with our daily routine, we found the B&D to be the answer to our battery troubles.  Admittedly, we vacation differently than most people.
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