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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Fire extinguisher recall on: November 02, 2017, 08:47:09 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.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Thinking about towing on: September 17, 2017, 09:38:49 pm
We towed a CRV for approximately 15,000 miles with our 2012 2350 Sprinter with no issues, unfortunately I  can't say the same for our Blue Ox breaking system.
If you do a search on towing with Sprinters, including in this Forum you will find a number of commenters who believe the Sprinter chassis and drive train are not really built for towing especially heavier cars such as the CRV and Jeeps.  If you do decide to tow and a lot of us do, I think making yourself aware of the concerns expressed will make for safer towing.  A lighter car such as the pre-2014 Honda Fit might be another option
Lastly I can't speak for other years but I know our 2014 CRV, which is the last year that can be towed four down, cannot exceed 65mph when towed according to Honda.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Forum Screen General Appearance Color Format on: June 23, 2017, 01:33:38 pm
Have been having the same issue with the Pro recently, thought I had to live with it. So thanks fandj for bringing it up and Pax for the easy solution.
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sanicon Turbo Macerator on: June 13, 2017, 06:11:20 pm
Today I replumbed the macerator using sch 40 PVC (1 1/2").
This past winter our hose blew out, due, I believe to the sharp protruding screw that holds the aft most hose clip. We jury-rigged it for a couple of months using Gorilla Duct tape and heavy duty plastic. The conversion was pretty straight forward, once I figured out how I was going to attack it, then find the right parts.
I removed the hose from the 90 degree elbow that screws into the adapter that PC inserts into the unit, replaced it with a rubber connector (1 1/2 X 1 1/4"). Attached a PVC elbow (1 1/2 X 1 1/4) to this then straight pipe with another elbow and ran it into the hose storage compartment. Another rubber connector as above hooked the new hose that PC sent to the pipe.  Did a tank flush and every thing seems to work OK. Little more to do to prevent any chafing or rubbing but seems like it will work. 
When I spoke with Bob he indicated they were aware of the problem and needed to address it.
Based on our experience with our previous PC I don't think the older macerators have the same issues as the new "turbo" units.  Would highly recommend that those with the turbo take steps to protect the hose between the unit itself and entry into the storage compartment.
Now on to installing the new valve that Anderson just sent to hopefully fix the overflowing water tank.
Tried to attach pictures but received a message that my IPhone image was to large.
5  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: electrically operated dump valve on: April 29, 2017, 05:28:34 pm
Just found the video. It's the one comparing PC to the poorly disguised mystery coach. Kyle indicates that if there is a problem to loosen the gray clamp and pull the handle to open the valve. Just looked at mine and not sure how that will accomplish the override but its probably worth a try.
Again good luck and let us know how you make out.
6  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: electrically operated dump valve on: April 29, 2017, 04:34:59 pm
I could be mistaken but I thought on one of Earls how to videos he talked about a manual override ability. In rushing a winterization once on the road I stupidly pulled one of the tank valves instead of the sewer hose connection valve and it ended up with the internal gears out of synch.  I was able to disassemble the valve and get the gears back to where they belong, but it wasn't fun.
Best of luck.
7  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: 4 Way Water Fill Valve on: April 08, 2017, 03:36:05 pm
Yes we always use a regulator as well as turning off the water and reducing pressure prior to moving the valve.
The interesting thing is when it does leak I find turning the water off and rotating the valve will often get it working properly again. That is the situation now, leaking one day last week and is working now. Hopefully have not jinxed it by saying so.
Have my third one sitting at home and will swap out when we return.
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check your macerator pump on: February 22, 2017, 05:51:53 pm
Another macerator issue for which there is an older thread regards the damage the screw that holds the aft most hose bracket can cause to the hose where the screw protrudes though the compartment wall.
It's a self tapping screw that protrudes  3/16th of an inch or so and can puncture the hose.
I remember reading the original post but forgot about it until a week or so ago while pumping I suddenly had a significant leak. I believe what happens is when the pump is running the section of hose between the bracket and elbow whips around violently and comes in contact with the tip of the screw.  I think it is worse with the new turbo pump or whatever it's called.
While waiting for a replacement hose and an opportunity to replace the screw I have removed it and first wrapped the holes, at least two with stretch and seal tape then wrapped it with multiple layers of duct tape.  I continued wrapping through the hole in the compartment as it is a very rough cut surface and am concerned that with time could wear into the hose.
So far the repair is holding up.
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Motorhomeless on: February 02, 2017, 05:05:03 pm
Were sure going to miss you guys on the forum.
Were Looking forward to seeing the new home in Maine this summer.
Best of luck.
Bob and Michele
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holding tanks how does everyone deal with the whole size of the holding tanks. on: February 02, 2017, 04:55:16 pm
A few additional comments, besides the plate scrapping, when we sailed we never stacked any dirty dishes, thus less surface area to clean. However I could only do this when my wife wasn't in the galley.
After talking with Barry of Sue and Barry, we just bought a 12 gallon blue boy tote and a 5 foot tote hose.  Once a day I train the gray tank via the auxiliary dump and pull it over to the dump station.
We just left Flamingo in the Everglades, which only has electrical hookups and after 4 days still had enough capacity in my black tank for a few more days, if you can trust the indicator lights.
I am being meticulous about keeping the tank clean and when traveling wrapping it in a construction grade black bag ind then wrappping in a blue tarp before it goes in the back of the car. Alternatively it is light enough that it could easily go on top of the P C.
I also have to agree with the comment about not dumping gray tanks anywhere but in designated dump stations.  We've come so far in cleaning up our rivers and other bodies of water that we must guard against any action that could compromise them.
11  Main Forum / 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.
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: euro chairs on: January 17, 2017, 10:32:21 am
Love my Euro chair. Went back and forth between 2551 and the 2552 and the Euro  chair was the determining factor.
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Slideout or not and Mercedes vs E-450 on: December 22, 2016, 02:02:32 pm
We also started with the Sprinter and there are many benefits to it mileage being the first. As Judi said the comfort , roominess, of the cab  is a big plus, getting out of the seats is a lot easier especially the older we get.  Handling, maneuverability and the paddle shifter are likewise advantages.
One of the downsides of course is the cost of maintenance, oil changes if done by a dealer run in the $400 range, although I think it's around 10000 miles between.  We had several check engine light issues' we fortunately were covered by warranty, we bought an extended warranty which was for peace of mind. I thought the check engine light should have been represented by a dollar sign.
Finding "good diesel" can on occasion be a problem. Biodiesel, soy blend, is becoming more common. MB recommends nothing above 5 percent, B5, but up to B20 is common. It's all about the emissions system which is very fussy. Search the web lots about this.
Lastly the CCC of Sprinter is much less than the E450.
While we found many things we liked about our 2350 Sprinter (corner bed not being one of those) we find our 2552 much more functional for us. The Interior storage and roominess of the 2552 over the 2350 made all the difference to our comfort both mental and physical in the four plus months a year we spend in it.
Good luck in your search. bob
14  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Shake down tour on: December 16, 2016, 04:50:41 pm
Garmp, we visited Fairy Stone in the late spring of 2014 with our young grandkids.  We found it to be a nice park, sites according to my notes were wooded but close together.  We all enjoyed digging for the fairy stones and did find a few good ones. There is a small lake that the kids enjoyed. 
We drove into the park from the western approach which was hilly, narrow with lots of turns. We left from the eastern side, cannot remember the route numbers, which was much more manageable.
It's a pretty part of Virginia and well worth the visit.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Cold weather Mercedes diesel on: December 10, 2016, 11:41:34 am
Congratulations on your purchase
We owned a 2012 2350 Sprinter and did not have any issues with cold weather starting, but probably never started in temperatures when it got down into the teens. There are a lot of commercial Sprinters in our area and I would guess they do not have block heaters.
As much as we enjoy our 2552 I do miss the performance and handling of the Sprinter, I think you made a good choice.
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