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General Discussion / MCD shades
« on: April 14, 2018, 10:12:50 am »
Yesterday when I went to roll up the shade on one of the windows it rapidly rolled itself up and then wouldn’t come down.  This happened on our previous PC and in fooling with it something snapped inside and it never worked again. Lesson learned, I called MCD this time. Could not have asked for more helpful folks. Immediately identified the cause and gave the fix. They indicated there is a stop setting and it was locked, to fix it grab each end of the shade and give a tug downwards. With great trepidation I did so and ended up the whole unit on the bed. Shade is held in place with three 1/4” screws.
Second phone call, again very helpfull, advice was to go to their web site and watch the videos on disassembling and repairing the shades, they are short videos and very well done.  Not covered in the videos, however, was the actual locking mechanism which is located in the left side of the shade tube, this they described as a screw type mechanism, with a large nut that needs to be loosened.
With their assistance the shade is now back in place and working.
Ironically we’re on the road and only about an hour from their shop in McKinney Texas so I asked if I couldn’t come by and have them take care of it, they only do so by appointment and our schedules didn’t jibe.
Long story short, it’s not a difficult fix, once having viewed the videos and speaking with them to clarify any questions.

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General Discussion / Fire extinguisher recall
« on: November 02, 2017, 07:47:09 pm »
As many may know Kidd, manufacturer of fire extinguishers, has initiated a recall of many of their models, as well as ones sold under other names. Checked the one in our unit and it is on the list.  The Kidd website has a link to a form for checking recalled models and submitting for a free replacement if you own a defective model. The list goes back for a number of years. Claim replacements should be received within a few weeks and will provide instructions for returning the old ones.
 https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

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Tips and Tricks / Blue Ox service
« on: January 19, 2017, 07:04:26 am »
Just before going to the Tampa RV show yesterday we heard that Blue Ox sends a team to service their tow bars, was also told to be there early as it's a popular service.  Even though we arrived when the gates opened I still stood in line for 30 minutes to register. For $35 they dissemble the entire unit, lubticate and replace worn parts.  Some had brought theirs with them on handcarts, if you don't they take your number, call when your up and take you in a cart to your car, I had mine in the back of the CRV and service it on the spot.
I don't know where else they offer the service but would guess it would be most other major shows.

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General Discussion / Bio-diesel
« on: July 11, 2014, 02:23:17 pm »
A question for those with PC's on Sprinter chassis,  I have been reading on other forums about difficulties in some areas of the county where owners have not been able to easily find diesel fuel that meets Mercedes specification of B5 or lower.
Yesterday I was in the Sprinter dealership in Bangor Maine and spoke to the service manger about the problem, he said he had just seen a service bulletin advising "if unable to find the right mixture, rather that shutting down and sitting on the side of the road, to purchase enough biodiesel to get to the next available station. then fill up with compatible fuel as soon as possible."  Probably not necessary to have an automotive degree to reach a similar conclusion.
He also indicated he had heard that in an emergency using Sea Foam motor treatment "might help".  We currently use it by the bucket full to counter act the damage ethanol causes on engines such as chain saws, outboards and any engine going into storage.
Would like to hear what experience or information others might have on this issue.
Bob

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General Discussion / Another gasket question
« on: June 08, 2014, 04:25:38 pm »
Removed the cover on the spare tire today to check pressure and discovered the rubber gasket is in need of replacement.  Any suggestions on type and a source?.
Thanks
Bob

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General Discussion / Heated holding tanks
« on: January 22, 2014, 07:52:52 pm »
Hello,
Have been following and enjoying the forum for a number of months, so its time to jump in.
Late last year we purchased a 2012 2350 sprinter, which is currently in storage  near Chartollesville Va, where our daughter and family live.  We are in hopes of taking it out for 10 days or so mid February and trying to find someplace warmer then here in Maine.  I am not familar with how to use the holding tank heaters, should we experience colder weather.  I am under the impression they draw a lot of juice so what is the recommended procedure, primarily during the night, additionally is Content volume a consideration?
Any suggestions on a leisurely trip south from central Virgina at that time of year would also be welcomed, realizing mother nature has a lot to say about it.
Look forward to your sage advice.
Bob and Michele

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