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 on: May 18, 2017, 10:01:43 pm 
Started by sailors35 - Last post by CKK
I am reviving this just in case there is any more info to be had, as I too am seriously considering a composting toilet... but wonder why more don't use them to conserve water, etc??  Anyone know a reason NOT to do it or know of problems or friends who regretted the change, etc??  Thanks.

 on: May 18, 2017, 09:37:26 pm 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by CKK
Born Free, Lazy Daze, Coach House, and Phoenix were all on my heavily researched list...and I decided on PC but voiced this very concern here last fall... that PC would change hands before I can order one later this year, or right after I buy ;-( 

I sure hope they hang on, selfishly for me to get a good product with some customization, and also for all of you current owners.

 on: May 18, 2017, 08:56:58 pm 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by hutch42
Lazy Daze, 1958 I believe,  Founder still there, although son probably runs the business.   Cant think of any others that have been around longer.  Winnebago late 50's maybe

 on: May 18, 2017, 08:43:20 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by ron.dittmer

Our PC's original Sanicon was ejecting those rubber impeller blades a few yers back and so I had initially considered rebuilding it after learning how much a new one cost.  At the time rebuild kits were quite expensive.  I later found a close copy replacement pump very cheap.  My story about it is HERE.  Today sold on Ebay, the same pump is branded under many different names, still in the $60 price range.  So far so good with our macerator pump.  

For what it's worth.

Ron Dittmer

 on: May 18, 2017, 04:54:33 pm 
Started by Barry-Sue - Last post by Barry-Sue
The impeller on our Sanicon Model 5800-6004-HB deteriorated and disintegrated this winter while in Florida.  After reading many forums I concluded that this is not an uncommon occurrence.  I finally got around to fixing it (90 minutes from start to finish).  I ordered Thetford part no 70477 impeller kit.  It included an instruction sheet, the impeller and two gaskets.   It was difficult to find online and the cheapest price that I was able to find was $53.  Thetford wanted $71.

Now for the good news.  For anyone that has this same Sanicon model and needs to replace the impeller it is manufactured by Jabsco USA and the part number is 6303-0003.  There are many different sources for this impeller including many of the local marine shops and I have seen them as low as $16.  Some are actually sold as kits to include gaskets and "O" rings. 

Now for a little bad news.  The gaskets that came with the kit were not an exact fit and would require a little modification to work properly.


 on: May 18, 2017, 09:02:55 am 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by Doneworking
I picked up on this last week and tried - just out of curiosity - to research the closing.  I could not find any source of information about it online, including looking at the local news media sites in Humboldt and the area.   Go their website and read the "About" or "History" tab ( I forgot what they call it on the site).

My interest is in just being sad at how really great small companies are struggling these days.   I owned two Roadtreks over the years and, like Born Free, they were started by one guy and built into a quality product which gained great reputations throughout North America.   Age seems to then take over in most of these situations.  The next generation of the family takes over, gets older, cashes out to so called "investors" and they often are under capitalized or simply don't grasp the nuances of the industry in which they find themselves.  The results are often, sadly, not pretty.   As I recall Roadtrek went through three owners in less than five years.  Now, it is owned by a large company from Europe.

I spent almost fifty years in finance and had the great privilege of working with a lot of entrepreneurs all over this country who built wonderful companies where service and quality were the touchstones, not increasing next quarter's profits by a fraction of a cent per share.   Time marches on and  the realities of today's economy are just not kind to these kinds of endeavors.   It is a very, very sad passage and the main reason why I hung up my spurs and went to the house as they say in the Southwest. 

I hope Born Free finds "the capital" some reports indicate they are seeking.  We shall see, but quality custom builders seem to often fall into despair when generations change.  The story of Chinook immediately comes to mind.

If it is true that Born Free is now at least temporarily closed, doesn't that only leave Phoenix Cruiser and Coach House?   No others immediately pop into my mind.


 on: May 18, 2017, 08:33:43 am 
Started by rdalton - Last post by keelhauler
60 feet is probably the maximum for size 10 wire if could draw near the 30A limit.
The voltage drop in a 60' run of #10 wire is only 4 volts.
A simple calculator

Never let your voltage go below 104v at the RV.
So your cord is not the problem
It's the campground.
In Mexico, I've seen them use #10 wire run hundreds of feet and have 4 RV's each trying to use 20-30 amps. This is when your voltage goes way down and a Power Management System should be used.

 on: May 18, 2017, 03:42:28 am 
Started by Sarz272000 - Last post by Sarz272000
Heard from others on the Born Free travel club forum - apparently folks who had service appointments scheduled at the factory got phone calls/e-mails informing them that everyone had been laid off temporarily and all service appointments were cancelled.  Another post mentioned factory shut down until they secured an infusion of capital.


 on: May 17, 2017, 10:48:15 am 
Started by marjgreg - Last post by marjgreg
Randall, Thanks for the reply.

I, might have worded my question wrong, by using "heavy duty".  The E450 comes with "Standard" brake system or "Severe" duty. So, my question is: Are the brakes on our P.C.'s, standard or severe?



P.S. Why I ask, is my wife will be towing a horse trailer. Canyon & heavy  traffic driving

 on: May 17, 2017, 10:35:03 am 
Started by Two Hams in a Can - Last post by TomHanlon
Call Carol at the factory she will need to look up your camera's model number. Each model has a different plug. Before calling her, if you haven't already, pull the cable behind the camera that goes into the outside wall, out until you can see a plug. Check to make sure that plug is tight.

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