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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help. TV/DVD, under kitchen sink and GCFI not working. on: December 01, 2014, 10:43:42 pm
In my brick & mortar houses, I've always had two wires, (black or red or other colors) and white.  White eventually finds it's way into the ground via a water pipe or similar.  Colored wire including black goes to the breaker box.  It is common for odd colors to represent temporary on, for example between light switch and ceiling fixture.

The 3rd round prong gets grounded via metal junction box & conduit.  Unlike much of the USA, we are not allowed to use open rubber-coated Romex wiring, I believe to protect the wiring from rodents....a long-ago Chicago-originated requirement.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help. TV/DVD, under kitchen sink and GCFI not working. on: December 01, 2014, 06:50:49 pm
...so I called Kermit and he walked me through testing to see if it was the GCFI and how to wire it properly. I had the hot wires and the load wires backward. I had the white on the silver screws and the black on the bass crews which is correct but with the two wires backward it would not work.

So WHITE=HOT???  BLACK+GROUND???  I can see how you got it backwards as that is not the way a house is wired.  White at home is always ground.  But I suppose BLACK=GROUND on the battery terminals so that must get carried throughout the rig then.

I learned something here.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help. TV/DVD, under kitchen sink and GCFI not working. on: November 30, 2014, 07:54:33 am
Tom,

I am not sure I got the facts straight, but I'll just throw this out there.

Are you on shore power or running the generator?  If running the generator, maybe the main breaker on your generator tripped, or maybe something is quirky with your power transfer switch.  My generator breaker tripped and I had forgotten about that one....a senior moment.

One other thing.  You might want to examine the dead outlets, one-by-one.  Given how they are wired inside with that spring action, you might want to examine each one for burn marks inside.  The first in the chain might be the culprit.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Happy Thanksgiving! on: November 27, 2014, 02:00:42 pm
From Me Too!
20  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Rear view monitor position on: November 27, 2014, 08:50:50 am
Gives the hot midday and late afternoon sun less surface and window area to bake me!
We could use some "baking" here near Chicago.  Winter weather came so fast and won't relieve.  We didn't quite finish our outdoor & garage prep.  I still need to cover our house a/c unit and had hoped for one final detail with yard clean-up.  My wife had insisted I don't hang up her bicycle for the winter.  I hung it last night, winter is here to stay.  I sure hope this is not going to be last year's winter.

Could you in the warm sunny south blow some of that up here please?  Smile

A Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving To All Our PC Family!
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If you build it they will come on: November 21, 2014, 10:49:25 am
Looking at them, I am surprised you say they made your ride smoother.  I would have thought the opposite would be true.

I am considering Sulastic Shackles for the rear axle to soften our ride.  Model SA-06HDD HERE works with all year cut-away Ford E350 & E450 chassis.  But at near $400 to find out if they are effective, it has me a bit gun shy.  I also wonder if they increase, maintain, or decrease the rear end height.  They do seem to offer a logical and simple approach in softening the ride.  I'll have to keep an eye open for a better price, making it worth the risk of disappointing results.

Sulastic Shackle SA-06HDD


I found this picture comparing the Sulastic to the stock shackle for another vehicle.  Sulastic offers a cushy hinge action.
Concerning is the distance between the mounts being less on Sulastic than the stock resulting in a lower rear end.
And there is no weight yet on the Sulastic.
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If you build it they will come on: November 21, 2014, 09:33:23 am
David,

Could you post the link to the Super Springs you have?  I am not certain we could utilize them for our rig might not clear the garage door afterward, but still am curious.

Ron
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: If you build it they will come on: November 19, 2014, 09:53:50 am
We just traded up from a 2100 to a 2552.  Ride and handling of the 2552 is vastly superior.  The only driving adjustment has been wider turns, I just check the side mirrors on turns and am able to stay between the lines with no problem.  Towing a midsize car on a dolly was no problem either, normally I do not tow.   Drive one, I think you will be a believer.  2travel
I believe you.

The 2100 has the worst wheel base to length ratio and has the fresh water tank over the rear bumper too, so it is going to handle the worst of all models.  With that said, something can be done about it through aftermarket suspension upgrades like we did with our 2007 2350.  Model 2350 is not as extreme as the 2100 but still needs a little help.....at least ours did back in 2007.  The current E350/E450 chassis 2008-2014 is better.
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RV Cover for 28 foot 2552 on: November 19, 2014, 09:42:30 am
Call Phoenix.  They may have a source for a custom-fit cover.  Custom covers fit right to prevent wind damage to the RV's finish from flapping cover material.  Water runs off better, and some even have a zippered opening for the main entry door.  That allows you to get inside with the cover otherwise undisturbed.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Decisions Decisions on: November 16, 2014, 06:07:54 pm
You got that right! exactly!
Yes Indeed.
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: November 13, 2014, 12:17:24 pm
speaking of doing things,, all my neighbors hate me I'm the only one around here who still mows their own yard.
sparky
Same here, but out of financial necessity.

I designed our house and with great luck was able to build in a neighborhood where ours is the least of them.  After all, someone with a fitting home had to be at the bottom.  We don't officially fit in with the class of doctors, lawyers, & successful business owners around us, but we fit in every other way, the result of everyone working to assure there are no social barriers.  It is a great place to call home with so many good neighbors who understand who we are and appreciate our determination in keeping a nice home well maintained.  They seem to be entertained at times with our determination in avoiding services.
27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: November 13, 2014, 09:38:06 am
Thanks gl1500 for the lesson on batteries.

I decided to go with AGM technology batteries for my 12V/parallel to 6V/series conversion.  Due to national availability and price, I plan to purchase Two Of These from Sam's Club.

Do you have an opinion on them?

Thanks!
Ron
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: November 12, 2014, 11:00:17 am
Barry
   Looked at your link  I'm pricing now,,, ouch,,,,,,, Did you do a tire alignment???

sparky
That is why I am not in any hurry to replace our tires.

Understandably, some members have more wealth then others as reflected in tire replacement and even PC replacement duration.  Some members are on PC #3 in less time than Irene and I with PC #1 & only forever.  We simply don't have the financial resources to replace our rig or even the tires like that.

Don't misunderstand my point.  Irene and I  are so blessed with what we have.  I am not complaining here at all.  It is good to see others enjoying life so abundantly.  They can afford to reduce tire risk like that of which I say "Good For Them".  But for us, I hope to go through one set of tires in the time and/or miles that others go through two sets.  Each owner has their own idea of what is considered safe, and "Low" risk.  Some follow the tire manufacture recommendations and I don't put that down at all.  But for us considering the way we store our lighter weighted rig, I consider my plan to be of "Low" risk.  I would not give it any thought to an Alaska trip with our 7 year old 24,000 mile tires.  But again, that is just me.  I am not advising anyone to follow along.
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: November 11, 2014, 11:58:13 pm
Now I understand. Thanks Ron.

Smile
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire and battery advice on: November 11, 2014, 04:03:04 pm
My thought about batteries, 12v versus 6V versus 6V-AGM, I am simply stepping off the battery diving board to find out how deep and how warm the water is untested.  I'm setting up my  battery compartment for the taller 6V batteries, choosing AGM for what I hope will be a better experience.  You'll have to ask me in 5 years how I like them.

My reconfiguration is easy to revert back to 12v with slide-out battery tray, bolt-in-bolt-out for both the tray and steel plate 6V box bottom.  All of 5 minutes to switch back from 6V to 12V if I ever want to.

Regarding the donated tires....

Tom, if you saw the tires on work vans that get donated to the charity I volunteer in, you would surely agree that retired PC tires are so much safer.  Some donated vans are so bad that the steel belts have come through the rubber.  Most donated work vans are very tired, some have sat unused for many years out in the elements before being donated to a charity.  I think they are driven into the ground after they get used up to a certain point, then parked when it's past due for tires.

If the charity determines the van is worth selling to the general public, they want to sell a safe vehicle.  It doesn't have to be perfect, just safe & reliable as can be expected under the circumstances and price window.  Decent used motor home tires provides a means for that to work.  If the charity bought new tires along with addressing other issues on a van and sold it for $900, then what was there to gain?  Receiving good used tires from people like us PC owners, helps the charity get reliable work vehicles in the hands of people who can't afford better, and the proceeds help other people in other ways.  It's good for everyone involved.  Even the PC owner gets a tax write-off of some amount.
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