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RE: Where do you store your Shoes, Boots, Sandals and Slippers

Right here: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/2/163724810.LgAYk565.jpg width=480 And just under rear of the passenger seat. Both work well. Other General Storage projects.
BruceMc 05/18/20 07:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hub grease seal.

Correct - two different systems, for two different uses. Bearing Buddy systems are designed for boat trailers. The purpose is to keep the water out of the bearings. While driving to the boat ramp, the bearings will heat some, then when immersed in cold water, will cool rapidly. If they are conventional bearings, water will be drawn into the hub. All will be fine, until, on the way home the bearing will overheat as it now contains water... and there goes the wheel(s). The bearing buddy has a spring & cavity for extra grease; when immersed, it'll contract, but no water will be pulled into the hub. That all said, I have bearing buddy units on my boat trailer, and have been satisfied with the performance. Next, I've had conventional bearings on all the trailers I have/had over the years, and always installed a new seal & hand packed them after acquisition, then ran for years afterward with nary an issue. I check 'em every 3-5 years. All is good.
BruceMc 03/11/20 05:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Norcold 1200 Thermistor reads wrong until door opened/closed

Just guessing in the wind, but it sounds like the logic board is faulty.
BruceMc 03/06/20 04:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Awning Fabric Replacement

After searching my archives, I'm not finding info on what I paid, but here's the original article on the replacement process. It's in the ForWhatItsWorth department: A&E Awning fabric replacement - With pictures!
BruceMc 01/31/20 09:59am Tech Issues
RE: BORN FREE's Kim Olson still in the RV business?

Ours was 14ish years old when we replaced the fuel pump. There was not a single spot of rust as the entire tank/accessories were stainless (with the obvious exception of the plastic & rubber parts). I wish I'd have taken a pic of the interior, but it was as fresh inside as the day it was manufactured: https://a4.pbase.com/g2/88/791988/3/148407906.Gd7d01yY.jpg If you paid $5,500 for an installed replacement, you got taken.
BruceMc 01/24/20 03:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

When shopping for a trailer for my Kubota 1860, I had a choice of steel with wood or steel deck, or aluminum. Both 6x12 trailers were single axle and had a GVW of 2K, but the difference was the steel was 500 lbs heavier. I chose aluminum which gave me that much more in carrying weight. The price was a bit more, but it's been well worth it: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170334034.hQp2MA2O.jpg
BruceMc 01/22/20 12:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford V10 vs Pending V8

Do you have any information on the new E-series other than the engine? I'm passively interested in other changes such as chassis front-end design and cabin design.
BruceMc 01/20/20 09:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dually Valve Stems

While the Borg/Tireman extensions are the way to go for many folks, this has been my method for a decade: Kit: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853704.s2tpJQy2.jpg Small metal extensions - tighten the inner fitting with small pliers. I've never had a leak with these on both our Ford (shown) and our current Sunseeker based on the Chevrolet 4500: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853705.PgfQ5mPK.jpg Leave the inner dual as is - no need to add an extension: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853706.79VruXfn.jpg Using the short piece of hose, remove the inner valve cap: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853707.K78fRcNC.jpg Result: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853708.jzjkkDGw.jpg Check the pressure with the double footed gauge: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853709.WTL37Gnp.jpg If it needs air, temporarily use an extender. The female end fitting is fixed; it does not spin on the hose, so it can be spun on using the hose: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853710.eQnpqXLL.jpg Result: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853711.COMxBG9Z.jpg Attach your compressor, and add air as needed: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/3/151853712.NgMZms5q.jpg BTW, I'm one of those 5% who DO rotate tires! I don't remove all of them - I just lift the desired axles, but I did remove all when Michelin had a recall a few years back: https://a4.pbase.com/g9/88/791988/2/153987407.SuVFiWBJ.jpg
BruceMc 01/15/20 03:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: It is no wonder

The derivative 28 cos(7x- pi/2) @ x-0 = 28 cos( -pi/2), which is 28 cos(-90 degrees) = 0. It's all French to me. Or Italian. or Cyrillic. Or some other language I don't understand. (Fortran? Java?) I studied C for a while, but quickly came to the conclusion that I just didn't have the mind for it. That all (needlessly) said... I ran a forum website for a decade, and it was a constant fight to keep the spammers and scammers at bay. Problem is, it's a battle of "Whack-a-mole". Just when you think you are ahead of the game, they pop up elsewhere. Fortunately I turned it over to a new owner/admin a few years back - I was exhausted. The new admin has done an admirable job with the site. It's just a fact of life these days. We are getting to the point where we are fairly "secure" in our workplace, but we can't get much done because we are dealing with all the new & constantly changing security (bleep). Yet, if we didn't deal with it, we'd be overrun & stolen blind by the the baddies.
BruceMc 12/06/19 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Replaced dinette with theatre seats

Continuing the updates: We purchased a pair of swivel table kits for the alter-abled as source material for this project: https://a4.pbase.com/o12/88/791988/1/170014039.s7RHadqI.Tables.png When the kits arrived, they were missing some parts. As I was planning to cut them up, I had what I needed, but it was a bit frustrating to receive incomplete product. And the feedback mechanism left a lot to be desired - it was rejected, and once rejected, additional feedback could not be provided. Boo. https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/169336561.H6vmpmQC.jpg Using pieces of the kit and bed rail angle iron, I built new brackets for swivel tables, and modified the table tops, as follows: Left and right brackets welded up & painted with hammered finish: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/169336569.bsKGzlD0.jpg Assembly completed & painted: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010017.6BkKtF8r.jpg Assembly complete, ready to bolt into place: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010018.KxTMvzNm.jpg Fitted: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010020.WRfd89rd.jpg Bracket positioning - Note it hits the top of the arm rests. I drill new holes in the movable tube and re-positioned the height adjustment snap button so it would set just a tad above the arm rest. https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010021.EfO8S8t4.jpg Aft side: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010024.0TgeHhfe.jpg I modded the backets on the tops so they would set lower on the brackets by removing the existing stud and welding in a nut. Previously, they set about an inch above the square wall tubing. I purchased two thumbscrews with 5/16 x 2" bolts to attach the tops to the square wall, then opened up the hole nearest the end to accommodate the increased bolt size: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010025.ii4wHFIn.jpg Final Result: A set of tables that can be removed for storage, yet quickly and easily installed when needed: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010026.NJEPK8VH.jpg We tested these on our summer trip/family reunion. We hauled our oldest daughter and her 4 & 6 year old kids, our grandchildren. They worked very well. I plan to either cut up the solid surface (corian) tabletop I made for the dinette, or obtain more corian & custom make the tops. Corian is a bit heavier, but in the grand scheme of things, is much more durable than the bamboo. We might find the original bamboo tables are quite sufficient - time will tell. ----- To finish the seats, they needed permanent cup/phone/etc holders. The design was also intended to further stabilize the swivel table upright tubes, as they were a bit thinner than I would have liked. Two openings are square, the center opening is a bit smaller in one direction. I used a variety of cup holders to size these boxes, and maximized the available space: Initial fitting: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010076.yCCcaagA.jpg Initial fitting - I determined I needed a support panel/base for the right side, as the upright tube just didn't have the strength for decent stability: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010077.6W5YvRFu.jpg Cupholder/support base finished and installed: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010080.bDu3nprS.jpg Left size install finished and installed. I used a screw clamp to hold the outer end to the upright and screwed the inner end to the pantry cabinet: https://a4.pbase.com/g12/88/791988/2/170010081.65JXDcxk.jpg Once installed, I cut some of the "waffle" non-skid foam shelf liner material to fit the bottoms. These absorb some noise and keeps things from rattling around. Project complete. Next: Storage boxes behind, beneath the seats. (This project is complete, but I've yet to post the details) As always, tons of photos of these projects are located at my photo hosting site: https://pbase.com/brucemac/2015octsunseeker
BruceMc 11/07/19 04:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Running generator on a hill

Correct! We've enjoyed every minute of ownership too. It no longer looks this pretty: https://a4.pbase.com/o6/88/791988/1/143394611.CbAyE0Yc.KubotaBX1860.2.jpg but it still works as well today as it did then.
BruceMc 11/01/19 02:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Pop goes the water heater!

The OP states: 'The "tunnel" where the burner goes is all rusted out and collapsed.' Thinking out loud, exploring some alternate ideas: Could it be the corrosion happened on the burner side of the heat tube rather than the water side? In that case, the condition of the anode rod wouldn't matter. (Except, during normal use, the anode should have eroded some.) The air is pretty dry in Mesa Arizona, so one wouldn't think excess moisture would be a contributor as it would be in western Oregon/Washington, for example. Yet, propane does contain a fair amount of moisture so the air may not have been a contributor. (Has your propane vendor been padding their profits by doping their propane supply? B^) Chris, your comments may explain this one - a dry fire with propane would certainly overheat the combustion side of the heat tube. As enblethen suggested, if I was in your situation, I'd certainly opt for an aluminum Atwood. I've had Atwoods since our first motorhome and never had a speck of issues.
BruceMc 11/01/19 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Is it a fiver or class a or c?

The picture is correct, but the post has the sizes skewed. Here it is again, properly scaled: https://i.imgur.com/LWow04k.jpg height=378width=500 We could get fancy & make it limo height: https://i.imgur.com/LWow04k.jpg height=200width=500 Or make it way more scary, height wise: https://i.imgur.com/LWow04k.jpg height=500width=300 Here's a link to the image. From looking at the full size image, if it's been photo-chopped, it's a pretty good job. I'd say it's the real deal.
BruceMc 10/31/19 03:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Running generator on a hill

Oh, and one more point: You cannot pull fuel from the generator pickup once the tank is at 1/4. Note the shorter pipe on the left side of the pump/sender assembly: https://a4.pbase.com/g2/88/791988/2/148393397.i8zTJJLk.jpg And a side comment: to those folks who argue about keeping a full tank in winter to keep the tank from rusting, I learned two things when I undertook this project: 1) The tank and associated bits are all stainless - there's nothing to rust. 2) A full tank is about 4ish inches below the top of the tank due to the design of the fill tube. The tank must have head space for expansion.
BruceMc 10/31/19 02:53pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Running generator on a hill

"It's a 2004 Ford e450 with 55 gallon tank" On our 1999 E350 (2000 Four Winds), which has the same fuel system as a 450 (I'd suspect), the pickup is pretty much centered in the tank: https://a4.pbase.com/g2/88/791988/2/148393395.v5v8qzCP.jpg https://a4.pbase.com/o6/88/791988/1/148396109.OIP5b0oi.Pump3.jpg Maybe slightly forward: https://a4.pbase.com/o6/88/791988/1/148407906.lTognPmD.pump2.jpg These images are from my fuel pump replacement project in January 2013: E350 Fuel pump replacement
BruceMc 10/31/19 02:41pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Sealing underside edge of counter top

Thanks!
BruceMc 10/16/19 10:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Sealing underside edge of counter top

We noticed some swelling bubbles toward the front right side of the sink on one of our summer trips last year. I was angry. We had MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) with the thin vinyl layer (with the sink removed): https://a4.pbase.com/g10/88/791988/2/168667155.PNzqMlM4.jpg as well as the same garbage on the bath sink and small counter next to the bed. Here's the results of the winter project to "seal" those countertops: New corian & backsplash, new sink: https://a4.pbase.com/g11/88/791988/2/168742557.4ft3xqGX.jpg Bath vanity: new corian & backsplash, new sink, new faucet: https://a4.pbase.com/o11/88/791988/1/168773865.xKys38q9.168773627.Pr9VBchG.jpg New dinette table: https://a4.pbase.com/g11/88/791988/2/168706436.svOjLmff.jpg All 100% waterproof. I'm no longer angry about it! See more Sunseeker Project Pictures on my photo hosting site.
BruceMc 10/11/19 10:31am General RVing Issues
RE: You're right!

I've been at these forums since the days of usenet groups. Yep, that long. RV.net has been a mainstay for me, though I'm certainly not a consistent poster or responder. I really do appreciate good knowledge and wisdom. I despise those that can't keep their mouths shut (fingers at bay) when they should, but hey, I never (rarely) response to clickbait. Hang in there, good people! Go away, (bleep!)
BruceMc 08/29/19 10:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Theft from dealership

1968mooney, I'd be tickled pink if you saw any state's road sign and turned around & went home! Likewise, I'm pleased that you don't like Oregon, and it is my greatest hope the remainder of the country to the west and north of Florida is not to your liking. (Seriously, I stated my opinion, and apparently you took umbrage with it. It's just an opinion - let it go!)
BruceMc 08/29/19 03:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2020 fortest river 2250 with chevy

pnichols writes: - You might want to buy it built on only the heavier duty Chevy chassis ... the 4500 chassis instead of the 3500 chassis. The 4500 chassis will have the big 57 gallon gas tank for a great long range between fillups when traveling ... plus plenty of fuel on board when camped for running the built-in generator to provide air conditioing during expected or unexpected hot weather. B> I don't believe I've seen any fairly recent Chevy MH that wasn't on a 4500. We have the 2016 2250 Sunseeker; it is on a 4500. - The heavier duty Chevy chassis will also provide superior brake service and life because the brakes will be larger. B> As above. - The heavier duty Chevy chassis will also allow you to travel with all tanks full if you wish with no over-weight concerns. B> As above. - Do all the cabinet doors have gravity locks so they'll never fly open on the open road? B> Snap-latches, yes. It requires a bit of a tug or a light yank to open the doors/drawers. - Do alll the cabinet doors slide on steel tracks? B> Yes. All are full length slides, meaning you have access to the backs of the drawers. - Is the water pump easy to get at? B> Not easy, but not difficult. With the slide in the out position, the front half of the mattress flips toward the bath - exposing the water tank and all the goodies behind/beside it. - Are the grey and black tank valves connected to their handles by cables or steel rods? Steel rods is best. B> Steel Rods. - Can you disconnect the RV batteries with an easy to reach switch by the coach door? B> On the wall to the left just off the floor. - Does it come with a spare tire? B> Ours didn't, but many of the newer models do. I looked at a 2018 at the RV show that had a bracket and a spare on the exterior back wall. With the length, there's not much room for a spare under the unit. Yet, in all the years we've been RVing and traveling, I've never had a flat. That said, I carry a tire repair kit & compressor, as well as a bottle jack and jackstand. - Is the battery box big enough for either two 6V golf cart batteries, or two 12V Group 31 batteries? B> The batteries are under the middle step. The height is a 1/2" too shallow for 6V batteries, as the bottom of the step would just contact the top of a 6V. However, while I have group 27s, I've seen reports of folks installing group 31s in their unit. - Is the roof one piece fiberglass and does it roll over the upper edge of the walls all along each side ... for long term protection against leaks? B> One piece fiberglass - yes, but their are seams at the top edges of the roof. As long as the Dicor is maintained, they will be fine. - Does it have at least two roof vents and does one of them contain a 3-speed reversible fan? B> Stock, it has 3 roof vents, one with the weenie fan in the bath. They are easy to replace, and all three are pre-wired for powered fans. I installed two, and kind of wished I'd have done all three. - Are the electrical hookup cables and sewage valve access areas in an enclosed cabinet? B> No, the sewage is hanging below, but is nicely tucked up under the unit. The gray valve is on the passenger side and black is next to the outlet on the drivers side. Electrical - the 30A cord is fed through a mouse hole into the storage compartment on the drivers side. I replaced mine with a 30A twist-lock Marinco unit, which seals the sidewall and makes it easy to deal with the power cord. I use a 15A connection 99% of the time, so I carry a couple 30A twistlock to 15A adapters. - Is the refrigerator 2-way propane/electric powered, or only an electric powered "residential type" refrigerator? B> Our unit has a nice 2 door Dometic Propane/120VAC unit. 12V is used for the control board. - How is the cabover area built such that it will - for all practical purposes - "never leak"? B> Ours has a full fiberglass nose cap. Again, no matter the style, seam maintenance and proper storage out of the elements will keep a unit in perfect shape for years. - Does the passenger cab seat swivel to face the rear? B> Ours did not, but I installed a swivel. Search my posts for the project and pictures. - Does the coach contain at lot of 120V receptacles and 12V receptacles? B> 120VAC, Lots!, 12V, one in the house and two in the dash, and a dual USB power in the bedroom. - Are the outside storage cabinets' walls and floors steel or fiberglass? B> Roto-moulded plastic. I added supports, as they needed a bit of help. Search for my posts for the project and pictures; those pics are in my photo album listed at the bottom of this post. - Are the cab mirrors powered and heated? B> No, standard Velvac. Easily replaceable with full spot style Velvac, and once they are set, no need to move 'em. (unless you have more than one driver - I'm the only driver, so I don't need to move them.) Heated? I've very rarely needed heated mirrors. - Does the coach have a manual or automatic step? B> No exterior step. The body is designed such that the first step into the entrance is at the same height as an external step. I've really appreciated not having to deal with a manual or electric step. I replaced the manual on our old Four Winds with an electric, and while it is convenient, it's yet another thing to maintain. Additional notes: The sidewalls are Azdel - no luan plywood between the fiberglass and the insulation. Block formed sidewalls/floor, and the ceiling is curved and has a lot of expanded polystyrene foam insulation. Likewise, the floor is of similar material, with 1/2" OSB below the floor covering. It has some special floor covering as well, though I don't recall the brand name. See more Project Pictures !
BruceMc 08/29/19 02:44pm Class C Motorhomes
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