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Need Awning Advice

I am reinstalling our awning fabric and can't seem to get the tension to work. Have the arms out and turned the cams on each side 6 times as required. Bolted them in and the awning just sits there. I rolled it up by hand with the lever on roll up, it clicked all the way up but when I moved the lever to unroll it just let the spring loose and rolled out all at once. Could the springs be broken? It has been sitting almost a year in the garage. I didn't think the tension had to be set with the arms all the way vertical because I read about people setting the tension while winding the entire leg attached to the cam. I'm sure I'm winding it in the direction indicated on the cap ends. What am I doing wrong?
EMD360 06/16/14 08:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Compatability

Also the Walmart battery is not actually 110 ah. It is more like 73 if I remember right. They rate their batteries in amp minutes not hours and I figured out the conversion after I bought it.
EMD360 05/24/14 12:44am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Compatability

I bought the same Walmart DC battery to replace a dead marine battery. It appears to be a good battery for the money. I also experimented with two used AGM's and separated them from a different marine battery with a Blue Sea switch. I like the switch because even though the AGM's eventually died, (using an older Magnetek converter that I have not updated) I can disconnect the house battery from inside using the switch. I have toyed with the idea of replacing the AGM's but we are not boondocking as much here in Colorado as in Arizona. Maybe next winter if we take an extended trip. The nice thing about AGM batteries is that they don't have to be vented and they can be mounted in almost any position. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/Electrical%20System/file-18.jpg width=600 This dinette bench is directly above the battery compartment. a hole was drilled through the floor and the cables were run through a short piece of pvc pipe. You can see the Blue Sea switch mounted inside too. I could use all the batteries together if the converter was not running but charge them one type at a time when it was. I am not sure if the setup killed the AGM's prematurely since they were used when I bought them. But each of them started showing an error code when I tried to charge them with a smart vector charger and no amount of turning them upside down or other tricks worked to get them to charge again. The switch was not too expensive and allowed me to use both types of batteries independently.
EMD360 05/24/14 12:39am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Got it down to two

PPL is great for shopping for the type of RV you might want. They have the floorplans and good photos and the data such as mileage, no stupid photos of the tire tread! (Outdated tires can have lots of tread but still need to be replaced.) If you are going to be in Arizona with it you might try shopping on the Phoenix, Prescott and Tucson craigslists. There are many RV's for sale in the area and I think the prices might be a bit less than the consignments at PPL. Of course any used RV must be thoroughly checked for leaks before purchase. Fixing rotted walls is not pleasant and is too time consuming for a working person. We have the 2003 Ford based Itasca and love it. Short and sweet. Easy to get around town with no toad. Easy to drive with no special shocks or stabilizers. Buffets in the wind a bit in places like Utah that can be gusty, but stays true to the highway with enough attention to the driving. Could not have made a better choice for our first RV, even though many will tell you that a rear bed is essential for an older couple, we are OK with the overhead. Still it is a matter of fitness and choice. Have fun choosing!
EMD360 05/24/14 12:05am Class C Motorhomes
RE: dutchman express (chevy) cigarette lighter doesn't work

Happened to us. It was the fuse box under the dash on our Ford and a mini fuse. I found the "right" fuse by checking the truck user manual.
EMD360 05/23/14 11:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: air compressor

We got one for our Death Valley trip. It was a recommended tool for that far away from civilization but turned out we didn't need it. Since we boondock much of the time, I still like having the small size compressor and carry it with for longer trips. It fits well even in our small C. I have an impact wrench, air blower, and chuck with gauge, all from Harbor Freight, but the compressor is this one. Dewalt 1 gallon compressor I returned the Porter Cable same sized air compressor because I could not get it to hold pressure. I guess it was common in that model. But here it is in the under couch compartment before I returned it. The replacement sits in the same area and I store the accessories in a small plastic toolbox. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/file-9.jpg width=400 The Dewalt was about $20 more expensive. We use it in the stick house too when we want something portable. I've had it about 2 years. I notice that sometimes it is difficult to close the release valve on the bottom and get it to pressurize after sitting for some time. I have to fiddle with it but so far it has worked every time eventually.
EMD360 05/23/14 11:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

Oh, I thought the opposite. At any rate we had a successful camp out this weekend and the new pump/tank system worked great. Went all night without turning on the pump (maybe 4 quick flushes?) and the new pump IS much quieter with everything back in the closet. I didn't hear any noise from the water heater or the tank once it all pressurized completely. The pump noise is muted. Everything worked great and I learned something. Life is good.
EMD360 05/19/14 11:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Wireless Phone Booster

I have an older model cell only Wilson booster and on my second trucker antenna. (the first got ripped apart above the RV, now I run it under the top next to the ladder.) You have to be sure the booster is in the same range as your phone service. I got mine from ebay for about half price at the time that was $200 instead of $400 or so. I also put in another 12 volt outlet for the system and direct wired the antenna to the rear ladder. The booster I have is wireless so it amplifies more than one signal in the vehicle. Will also help keep signal longer when traveling in more remote areas between towers. Will not help with no antennas in the area. There is an android app called Antennas that will pick out those that are in your vicinity and my phone will actually display the increase in signal when I look at the settings. I have seen it go from one bar to four with the booster. All in all a very nice addition to your travel.
EMD360 05/18/14 02:04pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

I think this is a bladder tank so the air is captive in the bladder, right? The older tanks had air in the tank itself, and sometimes they needed to be bled to maintain the air bubble. I had to take the water heater apart again. I found it had been leaking overnight so I just took out the leaking check valve and reseated it. Now I don't hear the chatter! So I ordered two expensive check valves and may not even need them. Doesn't a problem always wait to solve itself until AFTER something new is purchased? Maybe the pump would have magically started priming itself again if I had only waited long enough? I think I'm almost done with this project...
EMD360 05/15/14 03:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

I took apart the water heater check valves yesterday and they seemed operational. I reinstalled them and flushed the hot water heater again. Ran lots of water through the heater then put the plug back in and ran lots of water through the faucets on hot to release any air in the system and to be sure the heater was full. Unfortunately the valves are still chattering/vibrating and making noise when the hot water faucets are on. Of course there are no spring check valves in the stores and none on Amazon so I ordered two from an ebay store, zorotools. Had to add a couple of small items to get "free shipping" but I was still charged $10 shipping so will have to call them again because the order was not on their computers yet. This appears to be the same check valves that are installed. It was difficult to find a male to male version. http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NTIzWDYwMA==/z/Tv4AAOxyHIlTaukC/$_12.JPG width=200 I keep sharing this stuff because when the problem is "new to you"it seems the "fix" is something that might interest others.
EMD360 05/15/14 10:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fresh water tank

The couple of times we traveled with our tank close to empty, we had a heck of a time getting water. Should have known better in the southwest. We stopped at a gas station once and paid by quarters about $5 and once at an RV park that let us fill up for $3. But it was driving around finding these places that was the issue. In the RV park case we had a round trip of 40 miles from the park to get the water. I've since learned to carry "devices" to get water at various pressure less spigots, but I still prefer having the insurance of our own water. Our fresh water is 30 gallons, our black water is 30 gallons and our grey is 36. So we carry an extra plastic container of 5 gallons outside on the storage rack and a 3 gallon drinking container under the sink.
EMD360 05/14/14 08:06pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

Received the new pump this morning with overnight shipping from Amazon and I installed it. It is not particularly quiet even with all my quieting efforts. The pump directions state it does not need an accumulator tank but I put in the 2.1 gallon anyway. It turns out I can flush two or three times and run water for washing hands without the pump coming on, but when it does come on it runs for some time after the faucet is off to refill the pressure tank. I can still hear some sloshing when it fills so sounds like some air is still in there. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/Pump%20and%20Accumulator%20Tank/IMG_5248_zps99d8072d.jpg width=600
EMD360 05/14/14 05:46pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

It is a good thing I'm retired. I drained the newly filled hot water heater and scraped around the bottom for debris, found none. I disconnected the two chattering check valves. They look fine but I'll try to see if big box has replacements. Brushed out the water heater connections, didn't see any debris. The dormancy in the winter seems to be hard on the mechanicals. I'm expecting the new water pump today.
EMD360 05/14/14 10:41am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Six new Michelins MS2

I'm lucky I didn't have to wait more than a week for the new ones I guess they are hard to get in some places. Getting new tires thrown into the bargain on that new RV is fantastic! I will check the pressures before we go out this weekend. Ours are supposed to be 65 and 60 I think. Front and rear are a little different. Once I worked it out with the weight and the Michelin chart and the door values were right on. So I guess Winnebago knows what it is talking about. :)
EMD360 05/14/14 10:34am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

Here is a photo of the new accumulator tank. It is strapped to the pump mount and wedged in with xps foam. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/Pump%20and%20Accumulator%20Tank/IMG_5245_zpsac4503df.jpg width=600 I have it all back out again and directly connected until I fix the broken nipple, and so that I can use the hose connection instead of the fresh water tank. I occurred to me that there is enough room to install a pressure regulating valve inside the RV. If we are going to camp at more parks, that might be a good idea. I also found out that if I removed the smallest screen in the residential faucets I installed, that the water has much better flow into the sinks. The green finest screen on the right is the one I removed. http://i911.photobucket.com/albums/ac316/EMD360/Pump%20and%20Accumulator%20Tank/IMG_5247_zpsc3100261.jpg width=600
EMD360 05/13/14 01:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

Thanks for the idea on the 3 way. I cobbled together a 3 way from Home Depot with a 1" pvc tee and three bushings. The small potable pressure tank has a 3/4" stem and the hoses are 1/2" female so I used 2 nipples. One of them leaked and I broke it trying to get it nice and tight. All this time I have not been able to get the pump to prime. It did once after I installed the new switch and I adjusted it to turn off and on but then it stopped pumping again. So I just ordered a new pump. They are supposed to be better and quieter now anyway. I ordered the Shur Flo Revolution 3.0 GPM from Amazon. It has a higher pressure 55 psi instead of 45 and takes 7.5 vs. 5 amps. The old one was rated 2.8 GPM. I'm hoping to get it tomorrow and get everything back together for our weekend camping trip.
EMD360 05/13/14 12:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

It was yesterday but I was busy with the RV. Installed a Jack Antenna, our Wingman self destructed. The Jack was inexpensive and we don't really watch TV that much anyway. I put in one of those airfoil rotating black water stack vents to replace a broken one. Patched a few scraped eternabond seams. Replaced a broken cup holder and the broken door latch holder. Plus worked on the water pump issue. We are going camping next weekend by which time I hope it stops snowing here. I have the heat on in the RV to keep the newly dewinterized and water filled pipes from freezing.
EMD360 05/11/14 06:39pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Water pump not shutting off--More dewinterizing saga

Yep, that is the size I am thinking I'll buy and install. And for the same reason, although the pump is in our closet not under our bed! I'm having trouble finding the 3 x male tee fitting I need--I was going to use the hoses to connect. Thanks for the pics of your setup.
EMD360 05/11/14 05:05pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tools and Parts to carry on the road

I also have an air compressor for boondocking as well as the tire plug kit and stuff to change a tire but we have never had to try. We have a few tools for the air compressor, an impact wrench and blower kit. I also have a really nice charger for getting the house batteries charged more quickly if needed that is kept under the dinette. The tool box is a standard metal one with the tray and an assortment of stuff, sockets in both metric and standard as mentioned above, set of screwdrivers, measuring tape, vise grips, adjustable wrenches, and I have an electrical kit and some wire in there, a hammer, one of those orange plastic sledges, and more. We carry an 18 volt drill and bits and extra batteries and charger too. I have a few extra plumbing parts. A couple of connectors, a scrap bit of pipe, a cap and some teflon tape. I have a bunch of little stuff, like velcro straps, twine, scissors, tape, 3m strips, etc. We have lent and given away a few things. We had a roll of nylon twine for folks who forgot their tent poles! Nice to have stuff for the neighbors if needed. That is what campers do. The tool box rides under the dinette bench and it comes out more frequently than you would think. Interestingly I have never carried belts filters etc. But I do have some oil and one of the darned bottles got a hole poked in it and leaked all over one of our outside compartments. I have the Harbor Freight meter too and both regular and mini fuses. I had to buy mini's on the road. And that is another option. There is a reason RV'ers like Walmart. The list actually goes on and on. What about the water stuff? I've added stuff I've needed when I didn't have it, Like a universal water connector (rubber boot on one end) and various hose parts. Also 120 volt electrical connectors of various types. 50 to 30 watt, 30 to 15, etc. I have a variety of plastic drawers and boxes in one overhead compartment for this stuff. One whole overhead compartment, and the manuals etc. are all in there too. Yes, I have weighed us fully loaded and we are fine. Most of this stuff doesn't weigh that much!
EMD360 05/11/14 08:17am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Motor Home Electrical Systems for Dummies

OK write them! :) I'm not sure it is a dummy book we need though. They never have enough information. And is there any substitute for figuring out the issues yourself? With support from those with similar experiences here of course. On the other hand I usually search around for instructions on various pieces and parts as I'm fiddling with them. (Who has not read the 12 volt life for instance?) I would rather read step by steps than watch a video. Shows I'm from an older generation.
EMD360 05/10/14 09:27pm Class C Motorhomes
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