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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
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