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1576  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 25, 2011, 02:18:10 pm
The big trailer hitch connector at the back of your PC, controls a tow brake, turn signal, brake, and tail lights.  You can purchase a basic wiring kit fairly cheap, maybe $80 at Walmart, which includes most or all of what you'll need to do those basics.   With additional blocking diodes, the voltage coming from the RV gets isolated from the tow vehicle electrical system.  That is a safeguard.  At a minimum you really must have tail lights, brake lights, and turn signal lights.  Simply turning on the parking lights to tow your vehicle at night leaves out the brake and turn signals.  What about the day time?  No turn signals and no brake lights is no good.  In an emergency without them, I would turn on the tow vehicle flashers.
1577  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con electrical schematic on: April 25, 2011, 01:55:05 pm
Yep, such gel or a spray should be included in the manufacturing process.  It's not just a Phoenix deficiency.  Every motor home company fails in this department.  The trouble is amplified, the more "do-dads" you have.  Have a conventional sewer hose instead of a sanicon.  Have a mechanical step instead of a motorized one.  That eliminates two problem areas right there.  LOL

As I am sure of all, I'd rather have the features and just add a protectant.  Since I store my PC indoors in winter, and my seasonal driving has been relatively dry, I've become very lazy about that.  Thanks for the reminder.
1578  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Bike rack or cargo carrier on: April 24, 2011, 11:26:40 pm
When towing my Jeep Liberty, the view of the RV plate is blocked.  I am more concerned about my tow vehicle's license plate not being lit up at night.  I guess I'll continue to risk getting ticketed until my first one.  Then maybe do something about it.
1579  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 22, 2011, 07:40:20 pm
Yes I agree with Bob,

There is virtually nothing to see inside the tow vehicle once the system installed, that is unless you look under my Liberty's driver seat.  I mounted the solonoid on top of the carpet under there.  The vaccuum pump is under the hood by the brake master cylinder, and the control module is tucked up inside the dash board out of sight.  I wanted everything looking real good so I did spend a lot of time routing the wiring to look like it was all originally installed at the Jeep factory.  

Routine hookup and unhooking of the tow to the motor home happens while hooking up the tail lights.  Thanks Bob for helping me with that one.......the motor home wiring, and also about the better (more wires) slinky cable to use.

Bob is the resident expert on this.  I just followed his very helpful instruction.
1580  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 22, 2011, 04:38:50 pm
I wish I could make this picture huge so you can see my maserator bypass poop drain much better.  I will try to describe "where exactly" it is.
You see the maserator pump to the left.  Follow it to the right, to the point of the mud flap.  Just to the left of the mudflap is a black round thing with a small rectangular gray decal on the lower portion.  That is the cap to the bypass.  It faces rearward and is more under the motor home than would be considered convenient.  But for an emergency, I think it will be quite appreciated.  I would think all PC owners have this.  You just never got under the poop system to notice it.
1581  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 22, 2011, 04:18:37 pm
B  Badger,

We started out towing a light weight little 2000 Toyota MR2 Spyder convertible that weighed only 2200 pounds, seen here.


We did NOT have a braking system setup with it.  I considered it marginal.  When we needed to brake hard, it got a little scary.  I thought that little car had very little influence in braking distance until we drove a short distance without the car attached, and it was a huge difference.  I was very surprised how such a little car could push the motor home so hard.

Our 3rd year owning the PC, we changed tow vehicles to a 2006 Jeep Liberty weighing 3800 pounds, seen here.


I was NOT going to risk anything with a heavier vehicle.  I installed a Unified tow braking system, made by US Gear.  It is the only system I know of that activates and utilizes the tow vehicle's power brake booster through a vaccuum pump.  The braking system's sensitivity is adjustable while you drive the motor home which is very useful when you go down long decents.  When set to maximum, you can stop quicker with the tow vehicle than if you didn't have it at all.  I really like my Unified Tow Brake a lot, and another fellow on this forum likes his a lot too.  It is expensive but well worth it for the extra safety.  The kit is around $900-$1000 and I installed it myself.  Installation is not for the novice.  I feel if it prevents one accident, then it more than paid for itself.
1582  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 22, 2011, 12:21:36 pm
On my 2007 with maserator pump, I also have a maserator bypass for long term RV park stays.  Don't we all?  I have never used it but it is there.  I would assume I would simply attach a generic big slinky hose and open both tank valves and leave them open to drain away as usage occurs.

On a related note, I once (and only once) screwed my maserator hose end into an RV park drain pipe and left it there for the duration of our visit.  Every time we flushed the toilet, we got a huge blast of sewer gas inside the bathroom.  I never hooked up that wayagain.  I since leave it capped and on the ground near the RV park sewer cap, ready for draining as required.

BTW: our few RV park stays are usually one night, rarely two nights, so I'd never hassle with a conventional slinky hose setup.  But I might if we stayed in one place for a season.....though that sewer gas problem might have me keep my tank valves closed until they get full.  At that point why not exercise the maserator?
1583  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Back flushing tanks on: April 21, 2011, 08:46:05 pm
We practice something different here, but understand that I don't feel everyone should do it my way.  I only am sharing our method and our reasons for it.

Simply stated......We do NOT poop in our motor home.  This keeps the black tank free of human waste solids, so flushing it works extremely well.  Why you might ask of this poop-free restriction?  This because we store our PC in our garage which is under our house.  We don't want to smell any sewer gas inside the house above the garage......which by the way is our master bedroom.  Oh....and my wife likes the restriction too, feeling grosed-out hauling such waste around, the smells, etc. rolling on the floor

Without human solid waste, we flush our black and gray tanks only upon returning from our trips.  I pour in a half bottle of bleach in the toilet, and a half bottle in the kitchen sink, then fill up the two tanks to capacity with fresh warm water.  After an hour or two, I then drain them into the ditch next to the driveway, and repeat the process with fresh warm water alone.  The result is clean odor-free tanks.

I let the bleach solution sit for 3 to 5 hours for the first two years, then heard of potential damage of the bleach to the sewage system, so I since do it for an hour or two.  So far so good.
1584  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: We have it! on: April 20, 2011, 09:20:43 pm
Congrats!.  You'll have to post some pics soon.  Yours is our younger sybling......2007 2350 no-slide.
1585  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Legal Action? on: April 20, 2011, 12:42:36 pm
Amen to that Aimee  ThumbsUp
1586  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: smoke detector on: April 19, 2011, 02:46:52 pm
Good to know Barry-Sue, Thanks!
1587  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette Table top Replacement on: April 19, 2011, 08:24:46 am
Oops, yes, Richard2 is the one.  Sorry.  Still my offer is open if he is close by.
1588  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette Table top Replacement on: April 18, 2011, 09:52:31 pm
Send me a PM with your exact location.  If we are close, drop it by and I will see what I can do, assuming the wood has not split badly.  A clean break is most hopeful.  Include a picture or two.  No charge for me giving it a try.  I could add some dowel rods too if it's clean.  Biscuits are better but I am not equipped for that.
1589  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dinette Table top Replacement on: April 18, 2011, 11:10:17 am
Often a good piece of wood like a solid table top breaks cleanly and can be repaired successfully as follows.

- Buy carpenter's wood glue from any home improvement store.  A common brand is Elmer's though any brand is fine.

- Apply the glue completely covering both broken raw-wood surfaces.

- Clamp the two toegther for the right bond, squeezing out excess glue

This is a good method using cheap pipe clamps.                      

- With a hot wet rag, wipe off excess glue, it cleans off well with warm/hot water.

- Check for alignment of the two pieces to assure a nice bump-free alignment, adjust as neccessary
- After a few days in the clamps, it's good, but since it broke once, I strongly recommend screwing two hard wood wooden rails on the bottom for increased strength.


If this is not somthing you can handle, and you do not know anyone who can do this, then as suggested, contact the factory and they will sell you another one.
1590  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 11:59:16 am
I have felt your pain.   I personally do not have this problem with my 2007 as it is stored indoors during nasty Chicago winters.  BUT our old motor home HERE was so small it was our second car for it's first 5 years.  We drove it year round back then so it seen a good amount of salty winter driving.  The RV hardware got all messed up from the salt very quickly, just like you are showing.  I had a very hard time maintaining it.  I found a very good waxing in the fall on all that hardware helped a lot.  I also visited those do-it-yourself car washes a lot, just to rinse off the salt spray.  As others have shared, I did replace all the hardware I could, with stainless which helped a whole lot in general appearance.

That corrosion problem is one big reason why our trips with our PC to date are done in spring/summer/fall.  And remembering the hardware corrosion trouble (and little water leaks from such screw holes) with my old motor home, I told PC-USA to leave the roof rack and ladder off, just placing them inside the RV in pieces.  So that stuff is stored at home, maybe of value to the person I one day sell the motor home to.

What worries me more with corrosion, is all the hidden stuff under the chassis.  There is all kinds of wiring, fittings, etc, etc, that I think will get messed up much worse than the spare tire handle.
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