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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: September 10, 2015, 11:06:08 pm
I never set the tps.  Maybe that explains why my mpg reads poorly while rolling downhill in gear.  I really should read the Scanguage manual.

32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MPG - E450 - four summers on: September 08, 2015, 01:47:51 am
A few years back I installed a Scanguage on our 2007 E350 with V10.  I find it very interesting with the difference in down hill fuel economy.  With tow haul mode off, when I coast in drive down long grades, the fuel economy is in the 35 to 40 mpg range.  But if I roll down in neutral, the fuel economy shoots up to around 120 mpg.  The experiment concludes that a high reving V10 engine is injecting more fuel than an idle engine, even though the throttle is not touched.

Please don't misunderstand me.  I don't recommend coasting down hill in neutral to save gas.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Macerator pump leak and door strut failure on: September 07, 2015, 11:18:03 am
Hi all,

I recently experienced and observed some things about the Sanicon.

This past spring I replaced our broken down eight year old Sanicon pump.  In the process I learned something about the small clear bypass tube.  As many here, our original tube was kinked.  I replaced the tube with a slightly longer one to remove the kink.  With more flow through that tube, the main slinky expands much less during dumping and the waste water flows out slower.  It seems part of the purpose of the bypass prevents a ruptured  slinky if a blockage develops inside the slinky while  pumping.  I also wonder if I was better off with the kink for it takes longer now to drain our tanks for the kink increased pump pressure.  I did experiment pinching the new tube which started to expand the slinky, confirming the increase in pump pressure.

I also understand the purpose and see the value of the clear plastic bypass tube for gravity draining gray water, but see another value in offering  pressure relief when using the pump.

I do not see any relationship between the clear bypass tube and tank blending.  Maybe our 2007 model 2350 is plumbed differently than the newer models in discussion.

Also during pump replacement, I too had to adjust the hanger to avoid an upward pull on the pump to avoid dripping at the adjacent 4 prong connection.  The original pump didn't leak there but I tightened the hanger more with the new pump.  Given we have the older perforated pump strap hanger, the adjustment was simple.

Regarding the reporting of deficiencies and defects, I encourage we all do so in a constructive and courteous manner as I see we are all doing.  No complaints from me.
34  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Picture with Super Spings, captain chairs and tile backsplash on: August 18, 2015, 10:05:54 am
it would be neat to have a Motorhome manufacturer here in Lancaster County................maybe I'll have to talk to Ron!

I will tell you right now that I am fighting my way through my final few years until I retire.  I so look forward to having my time to myself and with Irene.  My plan is to "NOT" have any kind of job thereafter.  I do wonder if working in the RV industry would be considered retirement or a job?  Smile
35  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: No Flame Warning on Refrigerator on: August 18, 2015, 08:42:07 am
You have me smiling over the cause & solution...just charge the batteries.  Smile  Our PC bought eight years ago, was our first fully functioning motor home.  Oh how many operator errors I made....and still make.  It seems every new RVing season is a test to see whether I am developing dementia.
36  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Picture with Super Spings, captain chairs and tile backsplash on: August 18, 2015, 08:20:45 am
Oh.....I love it all!  Unfortunately for us, any rear end lift would prevent our rig from making it inside our garage.  But I agree, the 2350-E350's rear end sag is present and you have resolved it nicely.

If I could kindly suggest placing the "Before" and "After pictures next to each other for an easy comparison.

I do have a couple of questions about your tile work.  I have seen others do this.  Did you use standard grout or a more flexile product like tile caulk for example?  I see you do not have a storage pocket for the stove and sink covers.  Was that pocket sacrificed for the tile?  Or does PC-USA no longer offer that pocket?
37  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: No Flame Warning on Refrigerator on: August 17, 2015, 07:32:20 pm
Nice detail Tom.  ThumbsUp
38  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: NORCOLD Door Hinge Retrofit Kit on: August 17, 2015, 06:47:15 pm
Hi Bruce,

My 8 year old fridge, I only remove the top screw which is the pin there.  With that pin removed, I pull the top of the door away from the fixed portion of the hinge, just enough to clear it.  Then I lift the door off the bottom hinge pin.  Install in reverse order.

With the door removed, place it face down on the floor and work the metal reinforcement plate into position.  I used a thin putty knife to encourage the two steel prongs to get past the white gasket without damage.  You will know it is good when the metal ring snaps over the plastic hinge bushing thingy.
39  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: No Flame Warning on Refrigerator on: August 17, 2015, 02:26:14 pm
We had that problem once with our previous motorhome.   A friend suggested we take off the outside cover and either vacuum or just blow on the area where the flame would be.  Since we were at a rally in  Canada and did not have a vacuum, we blew around that area a couple times and sure enough it worked after that.  Apparently some dirt or grit had gotten in and was keeping it from lighting.

Not sure if that could be causing your problem but it is an easy thing to try.

That is a better place to start.....just blow out the area with a vacuum cleaner set to blow, or even use a leave blower.
40  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: No Flame Warning on Refrigerator on: August 17, 2015, 01:52:01 pm
Before spending the time and money for service, I would research where the flame is located and see if a spider has moved into the area, as one did for my brother's motor home.  Make sure the orifice is free of bugs and such.  You could take a long stick butane lighter as pictured and burn the area clean of bugs.  If you comfortable doing so, you could even light the flame yourself, just to initially get it going.  Hold the butane flame there while your spouse turns on the fridge to LP.  It is not a huge flame when it is lit.....nothing like the hot water heater and stove.

Once it is working, it should stay working.  I know you are afraid to drive while on propane but it is designed to work that way.  We do it all the time as we have a 2-way fridge and stay on propane for weeks at a time.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need new shocks (Bilstein thread) on: August 16, 2015, 07:32:30 am
I don't mean to change the topic, but if I were going to replace my shocks, I would get Koni-FSD shocks.  They are more expensive, but the patented internal limiting valve inside reduces the harshness of the ride when cruising along.  They soften road imperfections without reducing performance when "heavy duty" is called for.

Anything we can do to reduce harshness to our rigs and contents is a very good thing.
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Omnidirectional TV Antenna - Anyone Have Experience? on: August 16, 2015, 12:42:50 am
If you have an Android phone get the TV Antenna Helper app. Works great and let you know what TV station you can get where you are and what direction for the antenna.
Interesting approach to the challenge.  I do have an Android Samsung S4 with 4G.  I will give it a try.  Is the app free?

I was hoping for a simple no-fuss passive antenna without moving parts.  Just turn on the TV and scan.  But trying an app to point my existing antenna is surely worth a try.

Does a passive (no moving parts) omnidirectional antenna exist, or do they have moving parts as well?  Do they perform as well as directional antennas?
43  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Converting Interior Lighting To Low Power Warm LED Lighting, Very Affordable on: August 14, 2015, 10:25:12 pm
You are very welcome.
44  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Converting Interior Lighting To Low Power Warm LED Lighting, Very Affordable on: August 14, 2015, 05:14:41 pm
I did not draw up a wiring diagram, but it is very easy.  I don't think you need one when not including a night light.

1) reusing your original switch, solder a wire to the switch and run it outside the fixture to the hot wire (with wire nut) in your PC.
2) solder a wire from the other side of the switch to the "+" connection on each light strip.  You can daisy chain them.
3) solder a wire to the "-" side of the two strips and run it outside the fixture to the negative wire (with wire nut) in the PC.

When soldering to the switch, consider being consistent in regards to which way the switch goes on, and which way goes off.  Since some fixtures have the switch to the left and others to the right, I made sure the lights go on when toggling toward me, and off when toggling away from me.  But that is getting a bit particular.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Driving lights/fog on: August 14, 2015, 07:30:38 am
Now those are serious fog lights, ideal for living in Alaska as you do.  They are like a second set of head lights.  ThumbsUp

It looks like your rig is also a 4x4.  So how did you mount the light bar.  Smile  In all seriousness, a light bar might not be so far fetched of an idea considering where your travels take you.
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