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1696  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Door Limiter on: July 05, 2013, 10:23:40 am
What did the opener cost you?
1697  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Games with gas pricing on: July 03, 2013, 10:11:21 am
I think the E85 gas you see for sale in limited fashion is 85% ethanol /alcohol.  It is not good for conventional vehicles though I would think one tank full purchased by accident, burned in a day won't do harm.  The vehicle needs to be approved by the manufacture to use this type of fuel.  Your vehicle owners manual is the place to get the answer.

All normal fuel can have as much as 10% alcohol without concern for your vehicle.  For the PC Ford E350/E450, stay with 87 octane with no more than 10% ethanol and you can't go wrong.

I wonder if you bought cheaper fuel, it might negatively affect your PC's fuel economy such that it would cost you more anyway.
1698  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Games with gas pricing on: July 02, 2013, 01:16:06 am
I understand that the higher the octane rating, the slower the fuel burns.  The lower the rating, the faster the fuel burns.  Performance cars with higher compression engines require high octane to burn slower to prevent pre-detination we all know as the bottle rattling noise or pinging.

When driving in high altitude 5000 feet and higher, the oxygen in the air is thinner.  The fuel is formulated accordingly with less octane for the fuel to burn better with less oxygen.  So there is a logic to the lower octane at high altitude.  It is not a gimmick.  It has been that way for as long as I can remember.


In the case with our Ford V10 gasoline engines, the owners manual says to maintain 87 octane even in high altitude conditions.  In my 2007 owners manual it is stated so on page 228 under "Octane Recommendations".  This coincides with your experience.  It also says that your engine sometimes will ping lightly which is considered normal.  Excessive pinging is cause to see a mechanic.

So your advise is "Right On". ThumbsUp  Pay the money and always use 87 octane fuel.

On a related note, never use a higher rated octane than your engine requires.  This because over time, carbon (black soot) will build up on the valve seats which in turn causes pinging.  It's sort-of-like getting your engine addicted/dependant on high octane fuel.  So if you have consistently run premium fuel in a regular octane engine and suddenly switch to regular fuel as stated in the owners manual, the engine could ping a lot, forcing you to return to premium fuel.

There are decarbonizing products on the market which can sometimes be effective in fixing the addiction, pending the severity of the carbon build-up.  Generally speaking fuel additives are less effective than the type that gets sucked in through a vacuum line off the intake manifold.  I had very good luck with OTC D-Karbonizer on a Pontiac Fiero-GT I once treasured.  I bought the car used and it pinged unless I used premium fuel.  After the treatment, I was able to use regular gas as the owners manual says to.  The engine seemed to have a bit more power, and of coarse my fuel costs were lower.

The OTC D-Karbonizer is a pint sized bottle of special liquid that you allow the intake vacuum draw in the liquid over the coarse of a minute or so, per instructions.  When the fluid is all drawn in, you quickly turn off the engine and allow the liquid to soak into the carbon soot on the valves for a certain amount of time.  Then drive the vehicle for so many miles.  The D-Karbonizer liquid loosens up the soot and driving the vehicle cleans it off quickly.  It's sort of a crazy process because when the fluid is drawn in, the engine wants to die so you need someone in the driver seat with the gas pedal to maintain a certian engine rpm.  During this time, the exhaust billows out white smoke.  It's scary but it works.  Safe for catalytic converters, sensors and all.
1699  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steps and outside door light on: July 01, 2013, 03:53:13 pm
Never would I have guessed that one influences the other.
1700  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Finished and Complete: on: June 29, 2013, 09:00:25 am
This is your best one yet. ThumbsUp
1701  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Access Door Added on: June 27, 2013, 06:41:34 am
Someone who doesn't "RV" might say "Why the big deal over a little extra storage?"  But it really is a big deal, especially when done right like Barry-Sue did here.
1702  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: New Access Door Added on: June 26, 2013, 11:25:39 pm
Very nice!

I had the same experience with cabinet door colors.  My pictures show them different, but they really are a great match.
1703  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moisture In Back Up Camera on: June 23, 2013, 04:04:34 pm
Ron Dittmer,  I am so glad you sold me on Phoenix Cruiser 5 years ago.  Don Keller was happy as well.
DonKeller was/is a great guy to do business with.  I need to call him and see how he is doing.

For those interested, I think Don still has a brand new 2007 2350 and a 2008 2400, I think with full new vehicle warrantees.  That would be question $1 to ask him.

BGolden, that gel pac idea sounds very interesting.  Keep us posted.
1704  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moisture In Back Up Camera on: June 23, 2013, 08:08:16 am
neither my 2010/2350 or my 2012/2552 Sony camera backup system offered sound.
I heard that sound was discontinued a few years after 2007.  I wonder why.
My wife standing outside in back will talk quietly while giving me backing-up instruction.  It's a very nice feature.
1705  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter/Charger Piercing Sound 2008 2551 on: June 23, 2013, 08:02:56 am
Hi George,

On my 2007 Tripp-Lite, the switch is top-right on the inverter itself.  I have a 3 position switch, the 3rd being "off".  Are you sure you don't have an "off" position?

There is no notable downside to disconnecting the batteries, even the chassis battery.  It is the best practice during long term storage.  I don't do it but that is because our rig stays at home in our garage where I maintain them with a secondary charger at a low 4 amp setting.
1706  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Moisture In Back Up Camera on: June 22, 2013, 11:01:28 pm
Interesting.  Our 2007 has the same brand camera.  So far so good.

But we loose sound at times.  I thought it was an intermittent failure but concluded we loose sound only when driving in the rain.  I think water covers over the outdoor rear microphone.  When it's dry outside, all is well again.
1707  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Inverter/Charger Piercing Sound 2008 2551 on: June 22, 2013, 10:51:19 pm

I wonder if I too had that alarm go off on one occasion or another.  To determine the exact source of the alarm, the next time it goes off, turn off the inverter using the little switch on the inverter itself.  I seem to recall that our alarm turned out to be the propane gas detector close to the inverter under our bed.

Whenever your motor home is in storage, it is good practice to turn off the inverter using that little switch on it.  That assure no power drain from it.  But for reasons I cannot explain, with the inverter killed and the switch by the entry door killed, I still get a spark when hooking up my batteries.  So there is something wanting 12v power.  It is a very common thing across many brands of motor homes and nobody has a logical explanation for it.

Also when in storage, it is very important to close the valve on the propane tank.  Maybe a small amount of gas is accumulating in your rig during storage, causing that alarm to go off when the interior is powered up.  Just presenting wild ideas here.

BTW:  unscrew your Tripp-Lite wall mount control unit and pull it away from the wall.  You should have two connectors, the audio jack and an oversized telephone jack called an RJ45.  If no audio jack, maybe the previous owner disconnected it already and it is down below there somewhere.
1708  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 21, 2013, 12:48:29 pm
A "Helpful" for Mr. Sparks.  Good explanation David.
1709  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Need Help with trip west on: June 20, 2013, 03:14:41 pm
While there in Moab, you are only a few miles from Canyonlands.  Plan a full day there renting a Jeep Wrangler (early morning to late night) from Farabees in Moab, enter the canyon thru Potash, see Musselman Arch (I dare you to walk across it) drive down to the Colorado River (don't chicken out), then up the switchback mining road.  Once out of the canyon, tour the rim road and get to Pucker Pass and drive through it too.

Do NOT take your own tow vehicle because it will have permenent rattles and squeeks after that excursion.  Farabees has a map of exactly what I am talking about.  Call them for prices on renting a Wrangler and about the Jeep trail I mentioned.  Do NOT rent from any of the other Jeep rental outfits around because they rent old tired Jeeps.  Farabees rents brand new Wranglers and in the end the price is the same.  Unlike the others, you can return Farabees Jeeps dirty and after hours.  Given you will be there in summer, you might consider an enclosed Jeep with a/c.  Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab are about 5 minutes away from eachother.
Don't Forget gradygal.
1710  Main Forum / General Discussion / SALE ALERT - $20 For A Very Nice Outdoor Folding Table, Stores Nicely on: June 19, 2013, 02:19:01 pm
$20 at Menards Right Now, in their 4th Of July sale in this ad.

It appears to be the same exact folding table we have.  2'x4' with adjustable height.  Nice for low lawn/lounge chairs, sitting upright, or even standing.  3 or is it 4 different height settings.  We like to set it up close to our outdoor outlet to stage food, coffee pot, crock pot, etc. (when we are plugged into 110v).  It's ideal for cards and board games for the two of us, and nice to eat at near a camp fire.

Our table stores perfectly in the rear storage compartment as shown.


LOWEST SETTING FOR LAWN/LOUNGE CHAIR USE (a little higher than coffee table height)

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