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1636  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Location on: November 02, 2010, 12:09:34 pm
I changed mine too.  I am now Northern Illinois.  I also added a signature picture.
1637  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Location on: November 02, 2010, 11:40:01 am
NLK, With your personal circumstances, I surely understand.
1638  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Location on: November 02, 2010, 10:11:45 am
Tom, I am right there with you, though I understand others hiding such information about themselves.

My screen name is my real name.  My age and location are my real ones.  I am open about who I am as it helps me to be on my best behavior with the world.  And that is what my creator expects of me anyway.  I am careful not to disclose things like when I am on a trip so some thief doesn't look up my home address and pay a visit.

Most interneters  are not comfortable disclosing such information.  With all the ways of doing crimes like identity theft, I can understand.  It is very easy to look up individuals by name, age, and region.  It doesn't take much to get a house address and phone number using so little given information.

I will PM you.
1639  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone in PNW (Portland) Area with newer PC? on: November 01, 2010, 11:36:29 pm
Hopefully someone local can show you theirs.

For reference, here is a used 2007 2551, low miles, fully optioned, located in Michigan:  CLICK HERE.  It is the smallest Cruiser made on the heavier duty E450 chassis, providing extra load capability.
1640  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Note To Aimee - How About Our Rig In Our Profile? on: October 31, 2010, 02:39:54 pm
Aimee,

I really like what you've done.  ThumbsUp
1641  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Fiberglass Finish Problem on: October 31, 2010, 01:20:37 am
Speaking from experience with a different brand motorhome.  Try using a polishing compound and see if the streaks go away.  If they do, then wax it.
1642  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: help planning vacation to yellowstone on: October 31, 2010, 01:16:05 am
If you are real good hikers, I feel the all day hike to Lake Solitude is the best day hike in the park.  The trail takes you to the back side of Grand Teton, up to a high altitude lake where the view is very pretty.  At the beginning of the hike, there is a boat ride which saves time.  Take it back as well to save more time and energy.

There is a gondola in Teton Village to the top of Rendesvez Mountian.  Take your jackets with you regardless of the heat because it's always cold up there.  If you like to backpack, continue from there, making your way back through Death Canyon to the main valley.  It's an easy 2 night backpack hike, and very agressive overnight hike.  That was our most beautiful experience doing two nights.  We felt like we were in the movie, The Sound Of Music with the views and flowers everywhere.
1643  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: October 30, 2010, 09:37:23 am
rmmpe,

I just now went down in the garage and checked my toilet seal.  It's in great shape showing no sign of deterioration.  I don't think my bleach process damaged it.

Are you sure your black toilet seal needs to be replaced or simply cleaned?  Open the toilet flusher and wipe the underside of the black seal with a paper towel soaked in Windex.  If the towel gets blackened severely, the black rubber may have suffered.  If the towel shows black dirt, maybe the seal only needed a good cleaning to provide a good seal once again.

What I am about to share next might be applicable to the toilet seal.

I learned many years ago, when windshield wiper blades get weathered then streak the window, you can extend their life by cleaning the oxidation off the rubber using a tissue soaked with laquer thinner.  An extreme amount of pure black material comes off quick and easy.  It takes 3 or more tissues to clean both wiper blades completely.  When done, the wiper blades do a fine job for a while longer.

Maybe cleaning the black toilet seal with laquer thinner will achieve the same.  It's worth a try before you replace it, right?
1644  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: October 29, 2010, 05:03:36 pm
I use one bottle of laundry bleach to treat the entire waste system.  Years ago bleach was sold by the gallon with 5% solution, now maybe 3 quarts at 6% solution.  I pour more in the black tank being bigger at 35 gallons, and it's the worse of the two.  My grey is only 23 gallons.

My RV smells like fresh laundry when done....Smile
1645  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: October 29, 2010, 03:03:52 pm
BillRo,

We'd love to see what you've done inside......mods that is.  LOL
Be sure to post pics of them in the tips & tricks section.
1646  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Waste Tank Sensor Probes on: October 29, 2010, 02:52:16 pm
I personally have not used them, but thought I would comment on the waste tank sensors which most motor homes have as we all PC owners also have.

People with all brands of RVs say their waste tank sensors don't hold up over the years.   With mine, so far, so good after 3.5 years.  I wonder if I'll be okay for a long time because of the way I prep my RV for winter.

I store our motor home in our heated garage which happens to be under our master bedroom.  We sleep all year long, about 3 feet away from our PC waste tank vent with a house floor in between.  In an effort to eliminate any "potential" for RV sewer gas, at the end of every RV season, I pour one bottle of bleach down the RV drains & toilet, let sit an hour in the traps, then continue to fill up the waste tanks through the sinks, shower, and toilet until both tanks are full.  I also run the mascerator pump briefly to get the diluted bleach solution in that system.  Then I let it all sit around a half day, then drain both tanks into the ditch next to the driveway.  This thoroughly cleans the tanks and mascerator system, elimiates sewer gas odor, and "I Hope" cleans off the waste tank sensors.

BTW: The bleach also does a very nice job of cleaning the toilet bowl and trap door there.  I fill the toilet bowl to near top with water and a little bleach, and let that soak too.
1647  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter / Charger Settings on: October 27, 2010, 04:07:45 am
pulling hair out   Very Funny....I Love It!   pulling hair out
1648  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter / Charger Settings on: October 25, 2010, 04:33:55 pm
The Tripp-Lite inverter is NOT connected to the Ford engine battery, therefore, does NOT charge that battery when plugged into 110v.  BUT the Ford engine charging system (the alternator etc.) does charge the RV batteries.  I think, though not 100% certain, Phoenix USA installed a "battery isolator" which prioritizes the engine's battery charging system to charge the engine battery first, the RV batteries afterward.  I had such a device on my old motor home.

To the best of my knowledge, the electric step is the only RV item which is powered by the engine battery, this to assure it folds in automatically prior to driving off.  With my RV batteries removed from the RV, my electric step still functions.  But everything else in the house portion is 100% dead.
1649  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter / Charger Settings on: October 24, 2010, 05:08:45 pm
NLK,

I highly recommend you READ THIS as it relates to controlling the inverter independantly to conserve battery power which is smart when camping without shore power.

The Tripp-Lite control panel two position switch is deactivated at the factory through a headphone style connector with wires going to the power control switch at the entry door.  It does not matter what position that Tripp-Lite switch is in.  Confusing, right?  Why is it there?  Use it only to moniter the health of the batteries.

Assuming your 2008 Tripp Lite is like my 2007, there is a little 3-position switch on the top/right area of the inverter itself, just above the reset switch.  Guess what the 3-positions are?  Auto Invert, OFF, and Line Charge.  The control panel switch you question, is a remote extension of that control switch, but excludes the OFF position.

 Unless you are trying to achieve what my "READ THIS" article accomplishes, simply ignore the position of the control panel switch as it doesn't matter.  The control panel is then only useful for monitoring the condition of the batteries through the colors of the LEDs.

To answer your specific questions under the factory wiring setup...
Q: While plugged into Shore Line at the park, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge Only?
A: It Doesn't Matter

Q: While stored in my garage between trips, not plugged into an A/C outlet, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge Only?
A: It Doesn't Matter.

Q: While driving down the road, should the Inverter be set on Auto or Charge  Only?
A: It Doesn't Matter

Q: In each one of these questions should the Battery on/off switch next to the steps be On or Off?
A: Killing RV power using the switch at the door kills all 12V opperations inside the RV, including the fridge.  That is bad during any time you have food in the fridge.  That is good during RV storage.

I editted this a couple times since intially replying.  I realized I had some things wrong.
1650  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Things We Have Added to Our 2350 - Kitchen on: October 21, 2010, 12:41:36 pm
We use our pull-out cutting board as a suface for hot-pots.  Not as a cutting board.  We use a white plastic cutting board, we store on top of the wood cutting board.
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