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Dometic refer - Door flange condensation heater

I've been searching for the posting where the wires entering the lamp/switch box can be cut to disable the condensation heater. Mine doesn't have the factory switch, so I wanted to snip & cap off the wire to the heater strip. There's a larger and smaller wire on both the red and back wires. Logic would say to snip the heavy wire, but I think that's the power lead in. The heater strip probably is the smaller wires. Can someone (re)educate me on this - and/or post a link to the original post? Thanks in advance!
BruceMc 07/26/19 08:11am Tech Issues
RE: I hate dinettes

BruceMc 06/30/19 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dump valve won't close all the way

Mine became an issue a few years back - this is what I found in my gray valve: They are easy to disassemble, but I hear ya - age has a way of limiting your abilities. Get the grandchild out there to help - they clean up pretty well!
BruceMc 06/28/19 10:57am Tech Issues
RE: Survey-- City Water vs pump

We fill & use the tank. My brother usually connects to city only when his GF needed long showers to do her flowing hair. I suspect it depends on the RVr's usage model - if they are parked for the longer duration, they probably connect to the city. If, like us, we are on the move nearly daily where we boondock 2 or 3 nights out of 4, much of our water usage is away from city sources. Thus, even when in a campground, we'll run on the water we have until it's about time to leave. We then top up on fresh and subsequently empty the waste.
BruceMc 06/25/19 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: Replaced dinette with theatre seats

Nice job there Bruce. I'm here in the valley also and I been in to Countryside. It's a good place. ... Would you mind if I asked you what that new seating cost you ? Thanks! It cost more than I'd like to admit, but after researching the prices of various options and brands, we decided that's what it was gonna cost. So.... With my veteran's discount, the unit cost a tad over $2200. (yes, Ouch!) But they'll be well worth it over those dinette seats. It was interesting - the thrust these days seems to be the Ultrasuede leather, of which adds an additional cost - and that we didn't want. 95% of the units on the floor were in Ultraswede, but this one was "Standard Fabric" in the brown. I wanted something a bit lighter, but this color fits nicely with the interior color scheme. We could have had one custom made in any available fabric at about the same cost, but the delivery time is 4-6 weeks. I'm currently working on swing-away tables for this setup, and will post info & pics once I've completed the mods.
BruceMc 06/11/19 11:12am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford Class C with 6 speed transmission

We had that 4 speed in our 2000 Four Winds, and it sorely needed a gear between 2nd and 3rd. When pulling hills, it was either screaming at 4500 RPM in second at 50MPH (or thereabouts) or lugging in 3rd for a few second before it'd drop to 2nd again.... Any time that thing saw a rise 5 miles away, it'd shift out of 4th, and it'd do only about 45-50 MPH on any significant grade. If at all possible, get one with the 5 speed, or ideally, the 6. I understand I had that anemic V10 with that 4 speed as well - the newer V10s have better HP. Our current ride, a 2016 Sunseeker 2250 on Chevy 4500, has a well-geared 6 speed coupled to the strong 6L V8. I can easily hold the speed limit on any hill, though I let it fall back as I'm never in a big hurry to get to the top.
BruceMc 06/11/19 10:36am Class C Motorhomes
Replaced dinette with theatre seats

I had plans to enhance and improve the dinette section in our 2250 Sunseeker. The cushion bottoms were getting mushy & we could feel the plywood through the foam. Generally, these factory seats stand up a bit longer, but it was becoming painfully obvious we needed to do something, particularly when we have 3 or 4 or 5 people in the unit for several miles. My plans included rebuilding the seats so the back and seat would be at an angle, and the seat backs would (at least) be high enough for our shoulder blades. To that end, I ordered new medium density 17 year foam for the cushions from, but it was really no better than the existing cushions. I probably should have ordered the firm foam instead. I was going to take the current bottoms & make them the backs, but all of that is now moot.... After discussing it with my wife, we decided to do something radically different. She's a dialysis patient, and there are times she simply needs to stretch out & rest. The 2250 floor plan with the dinette just doesn't give us that option, even with the swivel seat that I installed earlier this year (post on Forest River Forums):Swivel seats in Chevy 4500-redux. The swivel seat allows one to set in the passenger seat facing into the coach, but it doesn't recline much, nor does it get the feet up. Thus, we went from this: to this: The process - Remove the old: (More pics starting with these are on my photo hosting site: 2016 Sunseeker Mods PhotoAlbum on PBase. Click Next or click on the image to go back to the album. These images are toward the bottom of the set.) While there are a lot of options, we were looking for a local supplier where we could go examine the product, set on it, snooze, measure, etc... After some research, we purchased this set off the floor from: Countryside RV Interiors - Junction City, Oregon Whenever someone considers installing recliners/theater seats/etc in their unit, they are concerned about how to get that big thing through the door... Well, it all comes in fairly easy to handle sections: The center section could easily be another recliner, or two/three/four/etc recliners can be attached. The configurations are numerous with this setup. The advantages: o Very comfortable seats with good back rests o Comfortable seating angles o Recline, feet down or up o More room to work in the kitchen (unless someone's feet get in the way), as these are about 4" narrower than the dinette o Gained one more seat belt position - had two, now have three: Disadvantages: o Lost the storage under the benches - though I'm working on storage boxes behind and below o Lost the nice Corian table that I just finished. To replace the table, I'm working on a pair of swing away tables using sections of that top, and looking at other options o Lost one seating position - had 4, now have 3. (Though the center doesn't recline, it's pretty cushy) As mentioned, I'm currently working on a pair of swing-away tables for the two recliners, and will post that project as I complete it.
BruceMc 06/11/19 10:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: VPN questions

There are two types of VPN - Tunnel-only, where all traffic is directed through the tunnel, and Tunnel/open, where certain communications are managed through the VPN tunnel, but the device is open to access other resources on the LAN/Internet. Our work VPN became Tunnel-Only not long back, so in my home office, my work laptop cannot be accessed, nor can it access any local resources (printers, local machine sharing, etc) or internet resource outside of the tunnel connection while connected to the VPN. Previously, it was in the Tunnel/open, where the VPN connection provided access to my work's intranet, but I could also connect to other computers & printers on my LAN as well as access the 'net via my ISP. If you are looking for a secure VPN, all communications must be routed through the VPN tunnel-only. Else, you probably have no idea what is connecting to what...
BruceMc 06/07/19 10:56am Technology Corner
RE: Class c under 25 feet w/ rear bed slide

We have a 2250 Sunseeker that is about 24' on Chevy: with the specs as you've expressed. While Forest River's quality can vary from unit to unit and from day to day, ours is pretty solid overall. We've very much enjoyed it for the last 3 1/2 years and will run it until we are no longer capable of RVing. True, the slide pushes out on the drivers side, but we've always found a location in rest areas and other boondock locations where the slide isn't an issue - but it's certainly something to think about. While ours is on the drivers side, a slide on the passenger side would pose similar issue depending on the situation. We really didn't want a slide at all, but the desire to have a unit in this size w/o a corner bed left us little choice. Good luck with your search, and please - let us know what you've found.
BruceMc 05/06/19 10:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Turn of Norcold refrigerator when not using?

Ditto - Shut 'er down & prop the doors open after a good cleaning. Now that I joined the choir, I'll add: Do you have a Dometic? Did you get some blue plastic thingies about 2" by 3" with a U shaped slot & a small square hole? Not knowing what they were, did you discard them when you got your unit?? Our Norcold in the Four Winds has latches built into the handles to prop the door open about an inch. The Dometic has the blue plastic thingies - snap the U shaped slot over the latch, then while closing the door, push in on the other end if it hits the jamb - the small square hole will latch on the catch that normally holds the door closed. These little widgets are pretty cool, but won't hold the doors in the hold-open position if you head out for a drive for winter warm-ups.... Ask me how I know. Bang! D'oh!
BruceMc 04/30/19 03:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Powerpole Info Needed

DC Power is my go-to place for Anderson PPs and accessories. Give a shout out to Wes, the owner if you decide to order from him. Wes is located in the Beaverton Oregon area for us Great NorthWet folks. --Bruce.
BruceMc 04/15/19 02:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Armrest pad project on Chevy doors

Glad to give you something to occupy your time, Iamichabod! Have you replaced your countertops with corian yet, as I did?
BruceMc 04/07/19 03:16pm Class C Motorhomes
Armrest pad project on Chevy doors

For some reason, (coughCheepcough), GM decided the armrest designs on Express/Savanna should be designed for working stiffs - they don't need no comfort! The armrests sure get hard on the elbow/arm after a lot of highway miles. (That said, their seats are vastly better than the poor old ford seats we had in the 2000 Four winds, though there are a lot of years difference between the two.) Back to the project! As a quick weekend task, I had some left-over upholstery material from my rocking chair that I decided to use for arm pads. Here's a few pics: Drivers side: Passenger side: Passenger side with seat swiveled toward the coach: Build details: I used some 3/16" plywood cut to size, then mounted a pair of screws with epoxy. I drilled the hole undersized for these screws so they would have a bit of bite in the wood. The epoxy holds them in place and keeps them from screwing back up into the pad. I used upholstery adhesive to mount two layers of dacron batting - unsquished it was about 1 1/4" thick. The cover was then pulled down around the batting and tacked to the bottom of the plywood: Be aware of where the bolts protrude into the base: Mounted to the armrest: While I had the assembly apart, I cleaned up a lot of sharp molding lines on the plastics: Before assembly, I spread a bit of silicon adhesive to the contact points between the base and the armrest. Once the silicon sets, it should quiet the plastic on plastic squawk, which irritated me to no end. While the finish work on the pads didn't come out a good as I would have liked, they will do the job for our future trips. I had considered covering the entire armrest with the upholstery material, but instead decided it would be easier to make these pads. Thus, if they need serviced or someone in the future decides the mod is not to their liking, it can easily be undone.
BruceMc 04/07/19 02:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Magellan GPS lifetime map updates

We used to have a lot of Magellan products but several years ago, it was obvious they were sinking fast. We moved on to DeLorme handhelds and Garmin vehicle GPS units at that time, then recently DeLorme was bought out by Garmin. At this point, it appears Garmin is the only game in town. I've never had an issue updating our older Nuvi GPS unit with current maps, though their memory management is less than desirable. Updates do not update only what is necessary, it's the whole package. After several updates, the internal memory will be exhausted. As these units come with a micro-SD card slot, plan to purchase a larger card - 32Gb or so, and that will greatly extend the update life.
BruceMc 04/05/19 10:40am General RVing Issues
RE: Bathroom Sink Faucet

During my countertop replacement project, I replaced ours with a new stainless fixture:.That is one fine looking job! Thanks 2oldman! I posted the whole project on Forest River Forums, kitchen, dining table and bath counter.
BruceMc 04/02/19 09:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Docking Station

If faced with this situation, I'd use my spare diaphragm pump to move the water into the tank, and would set up the appropriate electrical connections. BTW, Does Germany use the same garden hose fittings as we do in the US? The US standard for the threaded portions is 3/4-11.5NH (3/4" is the internal diameter, 11.5 is the thread pitch - 11.5 threads per inch). Help that hopes! (Not germane to the conversation - I very much enjoyed my business/pleasure trip to Munich/M√ľnchen in September of 2017!
BruceMc 04/02/19 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Bathroom Sink Faucet

During my countertop replacement project, I replaced ours with a new stainless fixture: The only gotcha I ran into was the drain is a non-lift-stopper style. The faucet has a pull rod for the stopper, so I cut it about a 1/4" beyond where it emerged from the bottom of the faucet, then threaded the end and bolted it in place. The pull rod is non-functional, but serves as a decorative function. Have fun picking what you'd like to have in your unit! There's lots of options.
BruceMc 04/02/19 02:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Replacing Stereo

Our Jensen double-din in the dash worked for a couple of years. I tried to use the GPS, but found it to be very sub-standard excuse for the intended purpose. We don't listen to the radio or CD on the road as it's nearly impossible to appreciate the music in such a loud environment. Initially, the only real use it saw was as a 5V power supply for my handheld DeLorme PN-60. About a year into ownership, I installed a pair of dual 1.2A USB ports in the lower dash fascia, so the need for the Jensen disappeared. Last winter, I attempted to turn it on for some odd reason, and found it was completely dead. All fuses checked out ok, so something decided to quit in the head unit. The Chevy dash is not the easiest thing to open up, so there it sits - yet another example of fine ASA Electronics engineering. If'n when I decide I want a replacement, it'll certainly be a quality brand. I use a 5" Garmin on a ram mount at the far left of the dash, which has served me well over the years. Even if the in-dash unit had a good GPS setup, it would still be awkward to use owing to GM's dash design. (As much as I prefer GM over Ford, GM sorely needs to hire some decent UI engineers and have a lot better build quality...)
BruceMc 04/02/19 02:45pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Mixing two oil wieghts

Yea, I just had to jump into the fray for the fun of it. Correct, water isn't much of a lubricant particularly for these applications, for sure. With the advances in lubrication and manufacturing, you are correct, there's no need for those older thick oils. We used to run either straight 30 wt or 10-40 in our vehicles then 10-30 became more common. I currently use 5-30 in our American vehicles, but the 2016 VW gasser is still an odd beast - it requires 5-40. Per your comment regarding lifespan - in my late teenage years, I recall shopping for used cars. Anything that had 60-70K miles was considered "worn out", where 100K was pretty much unheard of. Again, you are correct - I regularly put around 200K on my vehicles before trading, and most of those have still had engines that didn't use a drop of oil. Other major things were failing, but the engines were just getting broken in.. Fun.
BruceMc 03/08/19 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Mixing two oil wieghts

While uselessly adding to the cacophony, mixing weights is not an issue, particularly when they are that close. What I'd like to say, however, if they keep manufacturing thinner oils, it'll soon be the same as water... might as well pour water into our engines!
BruceMc 03/08/19 09:42am Tech Issues
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