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1606  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Adding a roof vent cover for your fan. on: July 29, 2013, 12:28:48 pm
I wish I could add two vent covers (bathroom and main) but they are too tall for our garage.  Oh well.
1607  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Summer Projects III on: July 29, 2013, 12:16:36 pm
With that loud banging our antenna had made, I never concluded what exactly was hitting the roof, either the antenna base or the wing tips slapping.  So I put these round felt pads on all four antenna feet and long strips under the wing tip areas that could make contact if flopping around.  The banging has been 100% eliminated.



Our TV rattled badly too.  I opened it up and placed the same felt pads and other thinner pads in between metal things inside which eliminated nearly all of the rattling.

Every time I eliminate a noise, the next most prominent noise moves forward into thought.  Now it's the stove top grates.  I made them to be snug fitting, but they still rattle.  I think I'll be living with that one.  Maybe while on the open road, I'll take them out.....just to note the next noise, ha, ha.
1608  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driver's Seat power problem on: July 29, 2013, 12:00:24 pm
I would start by checking under the seat to see if a wire got pinched by the mechanism.  You might have to remove the side trim to get a good look.  If you find a connector under there, disconnect it and try another fuse.  If it doesn't blow then the short is after the connector, and vice versa.  Bob
That was my thought.

With my own power driver seat, the cabling seems vulnerable to abrasion damage, not cleanly dressed as I would have expected, but I couldn't come up with a better method either.  I once considered protecting the wires with split loom, but never followed through with that idea.  Now I got something else to do before we leave on our trip.

Here is what split loom looks like.  It is sold at all auto parts stores & Radio Shack, offered in different diameters.  It is sliced all the way through so it can be slipped over an existing cable with connectors already attached.  The general practice is to use the smallest diameter that works and electrical tape the ends to prevent it from moving around.




Keelhauler,
The power driver seat is an aftermarket feature supplied by Phoenix USA, not Ford.
1609  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 6 Years & Finally Broke My First Catch (WARNING) on: July 28, 2013, 11:18:56 am
Added WARNING
1610  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: July 25, 2013, 11:03:20 pm
Sparky, apparently your winter is our summer.  Hang in there.  Try working under a shade tree in the early morning  if you can.
1611  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Projects Over Winter on: July 25, 2013, 04:56:30 pm
Following up with the galley cabinet drawer project, check it out in detail HERE

1612  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sale Alert - 19" widescreen TV/ DVD Combo at Menard's $119 on: July 25, 2013, 03:21:30 pm
It is in their Back-To-School flyer.  I think the sale ends end of day Friday the 26th
1613  Main Forum / General Discussion / Sale Alert - 19" widescreen TV/ DVD Combo at Menard's $119 on: July 24, 2013, 11:23:23 pm
Sale going on right now, at least here in the Chicago area.

I know nothing about it, just seen the sale ad.  The DVD might be inserted from one side or the other, maybe even from above.  That would influence the place you would consider mounting it.

We bought another brand similar a few years ago for our bedroom and we really like having a little TV/DVD for watching TV in bed when our battery reserves are running low.  The little TV consumes much less than the main one with surround sound.
1614  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jensen rear TV issue on: July 24, 2013, 11:13:02 pm
I wonder if the failure was caused by all the vibrations of the motor home.  We all assume they will hold up to the punishment.  With that said, I am posting a TV/DVD combo sale alert.
1615  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Window awnings? on: July 24, 2013, 09:38:01 pm
We have a color coordinated factory-installed awning for our no-slide dinette.  That is one of our finer features.  We don't have one for the bath and sometimes wish we had one there.  We have the earlier slide-open windows which makes awnings a must on rainy days with the windows open.  For the passenger side, we often open the main box awning a foot or so where we can still open the entry door.  That will protect open windows along that side without a full open awning.
1616  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where to buy good tires on: July 24, 2013, 01:13:37 pm
I find it remarkable that I see side wall cracks all the time on big trucks around town.  Even just this morning at a red light, an 18 wheel dump truck was sitting to my left with lots of side wall cracking on retread tires.  It makes me wonder......either that is a very high risk danger, or we are just a bunch of paranoid motor home owners.
1617  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Awning Brackets on: July 22, 2013, 08:40:34 pm
I mounted my brackets just below the floor line using all stainless steel hardware with nylon lock nuts and washers on the backside.  It's been working great-to-date.

One thing I did which is a good/bad thing.  I mounted the brackets spread apart farther at the bottom than straight down from the awning.....like spreading your legs for improved side-to-side stability.  The issue is that they don't just drop into the brackets because of the slight angle of approach.  A moderate push and they are locked in tight.  If someone tries to help, they don't have the touch to hook in or out.  Like I say a good/bad thing.  If I had it over, I would still spread them, but not as far.

For those who don't know, these are nylon lock nuts.
1618  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Dang, After 6 years, I Finally Broke My First Catch on: July 22, 2013, 08:31:28 pm
I found close matching paint at Walmart.  It is a shade or two off from the adjacent body, but with so many color lines and protrusions, I don't think the slight variation will stand out one bit.

But thanks for the offer.
1619  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 22, 2013, 02:28:13 pm
I would just say make sure the tow bar is within 3" of being level between the Ford and the Honda, you do not want the Honda riding up or going under the chassis (alot of leverage on that tow bar that can act as a lever and push hard).
Oh yes, it is very important that the tow bar be as level as you can get it.  The steeper the angle the worse the bucking.  I call it the steam locomotive effect between the steam piston and the drive wheel.  With that bar uneven, when the motor home or the tow vehicle hits a bump, the bar pushes & pulls with a quick jerk creating that bucking effect.  With the bar level, there is none.  It is a matter of physics.

Our Jeep Liberty shown in that 1st picture is "BAD" because the bar is at a significant angle, low to the motor home, up to the tow vehicle.  I have since bought a riser but have yet to try it out.

This picture shows the angle of which we had some serious bucking.  The Quiet Hitch hardware helped immensely, but masks the real problem.
1620  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: To tow or not to tow. That is the question. on: July 22, 2013, 07:54:57 am
If you think you'd like to tow on a trip to Alaska, don't.  Alaska is a trip on the move.  You won't be setting up base camp for days at a time which is where a tow vehicle comes in handy.  Then there are the ferry charges...by the inch.  You'll regret towing up there unless you tow an off road vehicle with plans for true adventure.
Ron, I would never have thought to not tow a car up there. I had plans of parking in a place for a few nights while exploring the NP and the local area. I have heard some horror stories of getting there and how bad the roads are but then I have heard others it is not so bad. I don't know what to believe anymore. My wife was not disappointed you said to not tow as she doesn't even want to drive it. She would rather fly up, rent a car and get a private tour package for a few weeks and then catch a cruise or a rail adventure back to the states to fly back home.
Alan
Alan, I never drove to Alaska, but my brother & wife did 2 years ago and his advise is what I share.  We did take a cruise from Vancouver to Whitier, followed by taking an Alaska Railroad trip to Denali NP, with a bus return trip to Anchorage where we got on a plane.

The road to Alaska is paved, but road heaves in the permafrost region is rough on vehicles.

Much of beautiful Alaska is in the southern fiord region where taking a ferry from one city to another will save 800-1200 miles of mundane driving.  The ferry ride is very scenic with sights of snowcapped mountains and sea life including whales.  The ferry ride has a bit of cruise ship passenger care with narration of what is seen off the boat and restaurants, etc.  In the south is that famous Kodiak bear feading ground viewed from a high boardwalk.

Getting on and off the ferry invloves steep angles because of tide variation.  If your PC has a little rear-end sag like ours, you might consider installing rear air bags and fill them up to max height just prior to a ferry trip.  You can let out the air afterward to soften your ride.  Just carry a tiny 12v air compressor for that purpose.  Ferries charge by the inch.  Cost is very steep, but still cheaper than driving.  A tow vehicle could cost hundreds more.

Unless you have specific ideas & plans, Alaska is generally a trip where you drive, sight see, and repeat that over and over.  10,000 miles of that.  You sleep wherever you happen to be at that moment, then move on the next day.  You will be dragging a tow vehicle for most of the trip but never unhook it.  The few times you might want it, consider a rental.  But given you own a 2400, it's small enough to get around in with little hassle.

About Denali NP, a tow vehicle won't help you there either because private vehicles are prohibited in the park unless a passenger is handicapped.  They have great bus service for that which is quite nice.  The driver is very good about explaining a lot of things and stopping for wildlife and scenery.  It is quite the experience.....I am speaking from 2008 personal experience on this one.
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