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46  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 10:49:08 am
That would be Samuel P. Taylor State Park, between Pt Reyes and San Rafael and it is indeed very nice.  Unfortunately with the CA drought there are some changes/restrictions there...

At Samuel P. Taylor State Park, in order to meet the park's basic water needs, and comply with water conservation, the park has taken the following actions:
 As of 1/20/14, and until further notice, the park dump station will be out of service.  RV's/trailers will not be able to fill their water tanks at the park.
 Beginning the week of 7/20/14 the restroom building next to site 58 will be closed and some water spigots in Orchard Hill Loop will be turned off.  Additionally, all park showers will be closed.  Chemical toilets will be available until this restroom reopens.  These service reductions will remain in effect until futher notice.

    - Mike

Bingo, that is the name of the park.  But how does one deal with those restrictions?  That would leave us in a real bind.
47  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: California Cruising on: October 20, 2014, 09:35:17 am
There is a very nice state park (named after someone) campground on Sir Francis Drake Blvd, 1/2 hour-1 hour north of the San Francisco Bay Bridge, a nice base camp to see the northern coastal area there.  Hopefully someone here knows the name of that state park.
48  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water leak on our first big trip on: October 20, 2014, 09:22:59 am
I would call the factory and get their thought on what may be wrong.

In the mean time, are you sure water is not leaking in when you are using on-board water?  Maybe you are turning off the on-board pump before seeing water on the floor.  I would fill the fresh water tank, turn on the pump and leave it on for hours while inside for the evening.  Listen for it turning on for no reason.  Maybe you have a high pressure plumbing leak.

If the check valve in the system is not working right, shore water would be filling your fresh water tank.  If that is the case, maybe your low pressure on-board fresh water tank system has a leak in it when the tank is over-filled.  A slow leak may flow inside the rig before over-flowing out the vent in the filler door.  Check to see if when on shore water, your fresh water tank is mysteriously filling up.

Just tossing out ideals here.
49  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 20, 2014, 09:13:28 am
My dripping appears to come from a weep hole in the motor housing, but I should look closer at the area to confirm.
50  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 19, 2014, 03:54:43 pm
Given the pump drips, I will likely just order a new one, and rebuild the old one later if I am motivated.
51  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Before and after pictures of tile backsplash in our 2015 2450 on: October 17, 2014, 03:20:08 pm
Wow, very sharp looking.  Wink
52  Main Forum / General Discussion / Do I Need A New Sanicon Macerator? on: October 17, 2014, 01:17:44 pm
While bleaching & flushing our "never-poop" waste tanks at home for the winter, the macerator pump had jammed.  I got a screw driver and with a little encouragement, worked it free by turning it back and forth with only a little force.  A few seconds of run time more and it jammed again.  After a second attempt to free it, the pump ran fine.  Once finished, I do as always and worked the water out from the hose.  Suddenly out comes two identical pieces of flat black plastic about 1" x 1/2" rectangles with a raised rounded edge on one side.

Are those two plastic pieces off the macerator, or should I assume they came from elsewhere?  They are identical, seemingly not torn, cut, or broken off something, too perfect and identical.  Since I never had the macerator off our rig, I don't know if they belong to it.  I can't rule out that they may be manufacturing debris that finally found their way to the pump.  But it has been 7 years so you'd think they would have found their way out sooner.

Any ideas?  Has anyone here had a similar experience?  Almost always, the end of your hose will be in a dump station sewer, not on a driveway to observe plastic things coming out.

If I need a new pump, I assume the best place to buy one is direct from Phoenix.

ADDING:  Hey, I just found a picture of the black plastic pieces.  They look like segments of this pump part.  I might have answered my own question.
53  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 16, 2014, 01:49:57 pm
My experience with 6v golf cart batteries is its difficult to prevent leakage of battery fluid from the vented caps and the subsequent corrosion of the tray, glides, and any attaching metal.  Also its critical to have easy access to view the fluid levels and maintain regularly and properly.

I will try AGM batteries next if affordable for their promise of cleanliness, ease of ownership, and charge retention.
Oh.....That is good to know.  Something to consider.  Thanks!
54  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 15, 2014, 08:54:37 pm
That is just the data I was seeking.  Thank you so much.  A "Helpful" for you.

I compared it to a couple Duracell 6V golf cart batteries sold at Sam's Club.  It is hard to tell comparing specs because they don't use the exact same terminology, but your battery appears to be 10% more capable.


Earlier I called the manufacture of the Duracell batteries and spoke to a technical person there.  They said for motor home applications, a pair of smaller Sam's Club EGC2 Duracell 6V golf cart batteries hooked up in series, will "noticeably" outperform two larger Duracell deep cycle 12V hooked up in parallel.  I asked, how can that be because the 12V are so much bigger?  They assured me the two 6V "packs a punch", in their own words, so not to worry.

My question today is which is the best affordable golf cart battery to buy?  I favor conventional Lead Acid batteries only for affordability.  I consider $112 per battery at Sam's to be affordable, and I would pay a little more to get a little better.  I did not yet find a local store who sells the Interstate battery.  I also am researching other brands.  It is hard to compare because like I said earlier, they use different terminology with their specs.

One day when I get 6V batteries in-hand, it sounds like I will need to lower my battery tray to accommodate their taller height.  I don't see that being a problem as I always thought my tray was set high and can see an easy mod to lower it significantly.  If that isn't enough, I have no problem eliminating the sliding tray altogether and install a fixed floor and a means to hold the batteries in place.  I will make it work one way or the other.
55  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 15, 2014, 01:41:03 pm
Hi Tom & All,

The latches are easily found on the internet.  Google "RV Cabinet Push Button Latch" to find many for sale in various finishes and mechanical designs.  I selected ONE LIKE THIS for ease of installation with my drawers.  It requires a simple drilled hole in the drawer face.  The finishing trim ring is hammered into the hole of the drawer.  The main assembly/mechanism is screwed to the back side of the drawer face.  I used the "L" shaped drawer strike plate for my application.  Because the face boards of my three drawers are screwed to an inner drawer board, I had to notch the inner drawer boards to provide clearance for the latches.  Here you can see the inner drawer boards that were later notched to clear the latches.

Mine is pictured below.  Admittedly I was not impressed with the mechanical feel until after I doused the mechanisms with silicone spray which got them working smoothly.
56  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cabinet door latches on: October 15, 2014, 11:50:28 am
We have those latches on our 2007 2350.

We've broke four latches over the years.  Three were the hook on the door itself, one being the spring-loaded mechanism.

The doors rarely open on their own, usually when an article of clothing has draped over the opening a bit and the door is shut over it.  We keep much of our bulk stuff behind cabinet doors, but in plastic bins with straight-up sides and no handles so they'll never hit a door from the back side.

Reconfiguring our kitchen drawers to three huge ones made them very heavy, very easy to open on their own, even with 5 heavy duty magnetic catches per drawer.  I resorted to the secure button latches used in boats and other RVs.

Here are my kitchen drawer button latches.  They won't release until the button is popped out as seen in the bottom drawer.  They work great as long as you remember to push the button in before moving the rig.  Smile
57  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2013 model 2551 12 volt batteries OK? on: October 15, 2014, 11:36:03 am
Could someone share what 6V battery is Phoenix installing in their new PC?  Make & model please.  I am looking into 6V batteries and want to get an idea on what Phoenix has been installing.
58  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another New Model Being Offered, The 2450 on: October 13, 2014, 10:41:53 am

I wonder if the extra length would make the in-slide dinette as roomy as a non-slide dinette. Of course the above head cabinets would still be shorter; I'm talking more about the sit-ability of the dinette.
I understood that is one reason why the company stretched the 2350, to accommodate a larger slide out so a standard size dinette could be offered inside it.  A dinette in the original smaller 2350 slide out, did not fare well with those who ordered it.  There was no leg room and the table was much smaller.  Now they'll have both along with a conversion bed long enough to accommodate someone like me at 5'-11".

If someone orders the 2450 with a dinette "NOT" in a slide out, they will gain a pantry along that wall.

I am curious to know if that extra space could be placed inside the bathroom, or to make the main closet larger with two doors instead of one, having top to bottom shelving in the right half.  You'll gain a lot more storage with shelves integrated into the closet assembly, rather than a separate wall pantry assembly.
59  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ford Transit on: October 10, 2014, 02:16:59 pm
Here is Ford's website on the Transit cut-away chassis:
Here are the specs:

Cut-Away Transit model 350HD-DRW is offered in 3 different wheels bases, 138", 156", and 178" as illustrated below.
GVWR is 10,360 pounds.  (Sprinter is 11,030) (E350 is 12,500)

The GVWR barely makes it with our 2350 no-slide, loaded up on trips with the two of us, water & all, with only a couple hundred pounds to spare.
With a slide out, a 2350 Transit rig would be over-loaded.  I wonder if an outfitter adding another pair of leaf springs in-back would be approved by Ford to increase the load limit to get over that threshold.

I also wonder what fuel economy could be expected.

60  Main Forum / Photos / Re: Hello from Myrtle Beach on: October 09, 2014, 06:33:53 pm
Ron, I couldn't help myself.

Here is one of our worst winter days.  The cloudbank is obscuring an otherwise beautiful sun set.


Thanks Barry for your sensitivity.   LOL
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