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General Discussion / Re: batteries
« on: August 08, 2019, 03:22:00 pm »
If I recall correctly, the usual battery series identifiers are either "24" or "27".  Any battery shop will know what you need.  FWIW:  I always purchase a reconditioned battery for ~$50.  Comes with a two year replacement warranty and lasts four or five years. 

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General Discussion / Re: Voltage Regulator Replacement
« on: August 02, 2019, 09:56:01 am »
The original electrical converter on our PC2100, a Magnatex 6332, was based on an analog design.  As it accumulates time and use, the unit is known for over-charging the RV's 12v battery.  I replaced this with a Progressive Dynamics PD4635 unit.  Also replaced the stock 12v fuse block with an updated one which, if a fuse is tripped, will display an red LED light Located directly below the blown fuse. The upgraded converter maintains a better battery charging cycle, as well as preventing an over-charge.  Along with added protection for 12v electrical devices operating in the RV.  The swap took several hours, most of it being the time it took to wire a jumper onto the positive cable.  The original one being too short to reach the contact on the new converter.

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Lawn chairs on ladder
« on: July 23, 2019, 07:10:07 pm »
I hear you.  In our 2100 the larger lawn chairs we fit under the table.  But we only take these chairs when heading out for longer periods of time.  Otherwise we take fold-up collapsible chairs, ones which come with their own storage bags.  When traveling these easily fit between the driver's seat and the slide out. 

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I agree with Herr Dittmer, use this goof to do some crankcase cleaning. Anyone else recall back in to old days, when we would add a small amount of transmission fluid (say about 1/4 quart) and then run the engine prior to an oil change?  The detergent in the transmission fluid would help remove crud from the crankcase.

- CD


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General Discussion / Re: Steering damper replacement
« on: May 23, 2019, 07:44:05 pm »
The documentation included with the Monroe I slapped on our 2100 suggested ~40k miles of service life.  Note: the 2100 is on the E350 chassis.  Needed a good dose of PB Blaster to back out the retaining nuts.  Then followed the recommendation and tightened the replacement to 45 ft-lbs. 

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General Discussion / Re: Replacement of Fiamma 45i awning
« on: April 15, 2019, 07:15:42 pm »
We need an all weather setup that wont puddle water.

One side of the canopy is dropped to allow for water drainage.  In addition, both side of the awning are secured with ropes/stakes.  This technique has held up through some particularly impressive rainfall.  On one trip I placed the awning's manual crank arm on top of a table in order to function as a support and raise the center of the canopy by a small amount. Which helped with draining the water.  A kludge which worked.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie Furnace LP question
« on: April 06, 2019, 05:04:36 pm »
When switching over from electrical to gas, refrigerator false starts stopped when I remembered to turn the gas valve to [on] ~30 minutes before we disconnected from shore power.  Not sure why this works.  Although since beginning this practice we have never had a failed gas switch-over on the Norcold. (series N621). 

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General Discussion / Re: Parallax Power Center
« on: March 21, 2019, 05:14:19 pm »
We carry the "RV Owner's Handbook" by Gary Bunzer, "The RV Doctor" and refer to it when we are trying to troubleshoot systems or understand basics. Most of his info should be on his website also but we don't always have signal so the book rides along.
As a gift, I received a copy of "Are you RV Ready" by Jeffrey E. Boyer.  Well written and containing excellent information.  I have referred to this book more times that I would have expected. Would recommend adding this guide to your RV documentation.
   

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I agree with Herr Dittmer, no Facebook for der Frauen and myself.  Also no Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, ...  Only email.   But, to each their own.

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General Discussion / Re: Do I need to winterize RV
« on: February 28, 2019, 08:11:21 pm »
When parked the RV has access to a 20 amp household circuit.  In the rear of the interior, where the water tank and plumbing are located, I placed an electric heater.  Which is on a thermostat to start when the inside temp reaches ~40f.  This technique has worked for me.  BTW: I also leave the cabinets open to help in circulating warmer air around the pipes.  Both black and gray tanks have been treated with anti-freeze.

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General Discussion / Re: Screen door problem
« on: February 18, 2019, 06:28:11 pm »
Depending on availability at your location, you might find a screen door of the correct size at a local bone yard, one which handles motor homes and trailers which are less than roadworthy.  Although you might have to use the original hinges to install the replacement.

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General Discussion / Re: Quality
« on: February 16, 2019, 06:17:18 pm »
Some of you might find this individual's take on quality in the recreational vehicle market to be prophetic and/or humorous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Qw4LSuejUs

- CD

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Battery Maintenance while boondocking
« on: February 16, 2019, 12:19:13 pm »
Most of the outings in our PC2100 are boondocking.  To help maintain the charge on our single 12v battery we purchased a "50W Complete Kit Folding Portable Solar Panel Off Grid 12V Camping Home Caravan".  Manufactured by Eco-worthy.   The small size suitcase design takes up minimal space in the RV.  Granted, the 3amp output will not charge a low battery, but it does help maintain the battery, which has reduced the need to run the generator.  Now closing in on three years using the solar panel.

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General Discussion / Re: Error message
« on: February 05, 2019, 01:00:01 pm »
To echo the advice of Herr Dittmer, if you are using Windows hardware you should install Ccleaner as well as Spybot S&D, and run these programs on a regular basis.  Both applications will not interfere with your anti-virus program.

I installed a linux OS on the geriatric -- but serviceable -- laptop we carry in the RV.  Which provides an additional layer of security.  Linux being not as popular a target for those distributing malware.

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General Discussion / Re: Iím cold!
« on: January 16, 2019, 11:25:31 am »
I believe that the furnace in our 2100 is rated at 30,000 BTU.  But will need to double-check that,  Needless to say, the interior will warm quickly when that bad-boy kicks into action.   Also a pic of the Handy Heater -- operating at 350w -- in the RV's bathroom.  That little guy works very well in that small space. 


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