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1621  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems accessing forum? on: September 05, 2013, 03:09:48 pm
I never found value with backing up registry data.
1622  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: September 05, 2013, 01:42:08 pm
Once again, I'm the fellow with the opposing viewpoint.  Smile  I'll be observing my helpful rating go down again.   Cry  Was 164 as of this reply.

Our 2350 serves us well in every way except getting in and out from the bed.  But this past trip we learned something new with our rear corner double bed which helped a whole lot.  Read about it here.

We could never sleep with an isle between us.  We'd much rather crawl into the same bed, one after the other, even during a post mid-night bathroom visit.

We did invest in some aftermarket suspension upgrades to get the handling perfect which seems the 2551 & 2552 don't require nearly as much.  Maybe not at all given they have the stiffer E450 chassis and longer wheel base.
1623  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Montrose CO on: September 05, 2013, 11:17:22 am
Ron, We drove down in our Honda Fit.
1624  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems accessing forum? on: September 05, 2013, 11:06:53 am
Yesterday in the morning I accessed the forum just fine.  Mid-day I could not.  I got an error message stating something about not allowing access through Asia.  That has happened before with the forum.  The main PC website remained fine.

To clear up my computer from this, I run CCleaner.  CCleaner is free software used to clean up your own computer of temp files, history, cookies and a whole lot more.  It also has a registry cleaner.  That too works great.

Get CCleaner here for free:

Click on the Free Download version.  At Motorola where I work, we use the free version all the time and Irene and I use it at home all the time too.  It is well trusted.  If you  have never cleaned up your computer of old garbage "background" data before, you will be pleasently surprised how much disk space is recovered, and your computer should run faster too.

There are numerous selections on CCleaner.  On a laptop which can be easily stolen, I select all in the Internet Explorer & Windows Explorer sections.  In the 3rd System section I select all but the last two.  In the Advanced section I only select the 2nd one called Old Prefetch data.

In the registry cleaner, when it asks to backup the data, I select "no".
1625  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: LED LIGHT FOR TANK HEATER SWITCH on: September 04, 2013, 06:02:13 pm
Oh, I like that indicator light.  One more project for off season.

A helpful clicky for you!
1626  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Estimating MPG as you go on: September 04, 2013, 05:31:08 pm
I bought a Scanguage-II last spring and finally got a chance to use it throughout our 4 week, 5500 mile trip last month.  I can say I am glad to have it, but I am dissapointed in that I was not able to have it monitor our collective fuel economy (a running total) throughout the trip.  It seemed to loose it's mind a few times which had me pulling out the plug to reset the thing.  I ended up monitoring fuel economy from engine start to engine stop.

According to the read out, the best average fuel economy from start to stop we could get was interstate driving 57-59 mph with no winds and no hills was 13.1 mpg.  But that figure means nothing for it does not represent real life.  I also tracked our gas purchases with pencil & paper and came up averaging 10.6 mpg over the  5500 miles compensating for 30 hours (15 gallons) for generator run time.

The Scanguage helped to "smart drive".  I took advantage of the Throttle Position Sensor reading which indicated how hard the gas pedal was being depressed, whether by me or the cruise control.  At hot idle it reads 12.  At full throttle it reads 75.  The sweet spot while highway crusing was 20-22.  Going up from there, I could see the real-time fuel economy start to suffer.
1627  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Montrose CO on: September 03, 2013, 09:11:08 pm
We went there in 2009.  That is one beautiful canyon.

We were told during a ranger talk in the campground at the rim, the park (not the canyon) is one of the darkest places in the country, having the least amount of light polution at night.  The moon-less night, the stars were quite dramatic.

How did you get a 2910 down in the canyon?  There used to be a length limit that did not permit our 2350 down inside.  Fortunately we towed our little MR2 Spyder.

BTW: the park campground had electic sites.  That is very unusual for a national park.  Nice to work the roof a/c as it was hot there.
1628  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side door handle on: September 03, 2013, 07:35:45 pm
in fact I found a few more loose around my door frame, all tight now.
I hope Phoenix improved upon the door frame screws since 2007 when we bought our unit new.  Our door frame was mounted to the wall, a metal-to-metal assembly, with those square headed wood screws.  The ends of the screws sheared off inside the metal subframe, I assume from vibration.  I tapped the holes and theaded in nice strong machine screws with nice looking pan heads that use an allen wrench.  I did the same to the wood screws up the side of the frame that went into other metal.  5 years later and all remains in good order.  None have sheared off or even become loose.

I discussed this years ago here:,77.0.html
1629  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check my understanding of battery voltage status on: August 29, 2013, 10:27:47 pm
The 40 amp charger requires either the generator or shore power to opperate.

The main cab engine does charge the coach batteries, but I believe it does only after it has completely charged the chassis battery.  Idling will charge, but this assumed the chassis battery is satisfied, and all chassis accessories and chassis lights are off, or the chassis will likely continue to demand the charge.  Time-to-full-charge is very dependant on chassis and coach battery condition.

We are wrapping up our 4 week road trip now.  I have learned that without our tow vehicle, we drive the PC daily which the driving-charge keeps up with the our charging needs.  I never had to pull out the 40 amp charger.

This year we disiplined ourselves to use the coffee maker only when driving or when the generator is running which has kept our coach battery reserves in the safe-zone.  That coffee makers works off the batteries alone, but the consequences are tough. requiring the 40amp charger with the generator to bring them back to "green".

Driving our PC daily seems to keep everything in check.  When parked for days at a time, that is when charging becomes something to be thinking about.  The 40 amp charger is then a good tool for catching up.
1630  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewage system on: August 18, 2013, 10:42:22 pm
Most active forum members here have the maserator sewage management system including me.  But in-general, with the main sewer cap on tight, first open the gray tank valve to let the wash water flood the pipes.  Then open the black tank valve to allow the flood to enter the black tank.  That is how we do it with our 2007 2350.
1631  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Dashboard glare fix on: August 07, 2013, 01:35:13 pm
Good suggestion.

If you want to go fancy, buy a custom fit dash cover, sold on-line.  Just do a search.  The benefit to them is that they stay put and accomodate for defroster/air flow.  they are made well, fit well, and look real nice.  Black is ideal for reflection but poor for heat absorbsion.....a trade-off.
1632  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 07, 2013, 01:24:52 pm
We are currently in our 31 day trip.  I filled all tires to 80psi to improve our fuel economy.  The tires look proper rather than under-inflated as before.  The ride isn't much rougher and handling remains good, but I see the front tires over-inflated for the weight on them has the middle threads wearing a bit more....oh well.  At least they are again making better contact to the road. Smile  I am not worried over this given the tires will be replaced due to age, long before tire wear.  I hope the money saved in fuel will cover new tires when it's time.  Early estimate in fuel saving is 1/2mpg or 5%.
1633  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 03, 2013, 09:52:42 am
A buddy of mine went 12 years on a set of tires. Then one day the left inside rear blew going down the highway. The flying tread took out both his gray and black tanks, the tail pipe and part of the side wall. He could of bought several sets of tires for what he paid in repairs. I don't think he will ever go over the 7 year mark again.  I know I won't go pass the 7 year mark.
Penny wise, pound foolish.
Tom, Your point is well noted.
1634  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Second Opinion on tires from previous discussion on: August 02, 2013, 09:31:00 pm
I hope I don't eat my words, but I hope to go a lot longer than 7 years.
1635  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: CB Antenna on: August 02, 2013, 02:45:47 pm
Quick disconnect is good to know.  Thanks!
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