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RE: Trim molding

Thank you all for the responses. The part I am looking for has a similar profile to what is on this web page: Yellow Dog Page Item number RV-339 on this web page but I do not see where this can be ordered or if it can be then it must be ordered in large quantities and I only need one 5 foot section
deltamaster 05/11/14 09:38pm Class C Motorhomes
Trim molding

I have a 2003 Fun Mover that is in need of some attention. Several years ago we damaged the trim cap that goes on the side wall about 24 inches from the bottom of the wall that covers the seam where the fiberglass paneling joint is. It is extruded aluminum painted white. It is curved and has a couple of little tabs molded in that clip in to the base trim plate. I have attempted to find this cover trim molding to no avail. Has anyone any idea where I can get a section about 5 feet long?
deltamaster 05/11/14 08:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Do ALL Rv's do this? If I leave the water pump on..

Funny, have had 5 rv's 4 of them new. Every one of them would cycle for a second every few hours. No external leaks, the pump check valve just looses a little pressure and the pump cycles. No big deal unless you make it one. I agree ,but it seems some do not, they think we have some kind of problem that needs addressing. Seems every RV I have owned did this, had a very short cycle now ,and then. Never worried about it, and have never seen a problem. I do not think that at all. Just expressing my experiences. For piece of mind, a thorough inspection would be in order though. I think I got lucky with my rig, though. We had two problems (that I did not cause) over the years. The first was that the outside shower did not work. Dealer fixed it under warranty. Turned out that the furnace install pinched both hot and cold water feed so no water out of it. The second was the power steering hose rubbed through on a bracket on the engine. Ford Truck dealer fixed it and Coach-Net picked up the hotel bill. I was happy with the couple times we used coach net but decided not to renew when the comp subscription ran out. As I said I have been lucky (knock on wood) and have had few problems Sure, I had to replace the kitchen drawer rail brackets and a few latches and the plastic vent lids and the awning fabric and tires (On the third set now) and batteries. I have had to replace a few bulbs and the fluorescent tube fixture in the garage broke and the circuit breaker for the lift gate rotted away. I caught the front edge of the passenger side front fender on a chain stretched over a driveway and the side molding was damaged when DW scraped the booth at the Sac Fairgrounds. The plastic cover over the driver seat belt fell off and the screws holding the partition pulled out and the power steps got rusty and the magnetic switch for them failed and the shower valve screw came out and it exploded in my hand. The shower head sprang a leak and I popped several fuses and breakers over the years and the bathroom fan blades disintegrated and the antenna was left up at the wrong time and the dash radio antenna fell off and we froze the water heater tank. There has been some slight De-lamination, I took out the rear wheel well trim when a tire blew and the windows had to be re-caulked. On the whole, though, it has been a good, reliable rig. No real engine problems, no real drive-train problems and I have always been able to get the genny started and running
deltamaster 01/13/14 11:56am General RVing Issues
RE: That darn 12v cable...

Even though the inverter may be rated for 200 watts, or about 18 amps, the cable is probably not large enough to support the load. In simple terms you are probably strangling the inverter. I agree. I had similar problem. I have a television rated for between 12 and 14 volts input. I decided to wire it in to the nearest 12 volt line It would work until something like the water pump came on. I ended up installing a golf cart solenoid directly to the battery and the TV so that I could switch it off. I used the smaller 12 volt circuit as the signal power to the switch connected to the solenoid so that when the main 12 volt power was off so was the solenoid even if the switch was on. This provided direct 12 volt on a heavier cable to the solenoid and then I used 12 gauge cable to the TV. No more problems. I also connected a converter on a short cable to the solenoid so that I could connect the VCR/DVD player as well. The player runs on 110 through the converter and is switched at the solenoid as well. This prevents voltage drop to the converter as well. Direct current (DC) systems are much more sensitive of cable runs and voltage drop through those runs than is Alternating Current (AC). That is one reason they are not practical for commercial power and why AC came out over DC Just to give you another example. I was having trouble with the towing lights on my pickup not glowing very brightly. LED bulbs did not work properly at all. I tested the voltage at the light socket and found I had just over 9.5 volts with the engine off and just a little over ten with the RV engine on. It was the run. The trailer light plug was wired in to the tail light harness on the RV. there was about ten feet of wire wrapped up in a ball tucked up under the rear of the RV. The wires still had to travel the length of the RV and go through the turn signal switch and everything else. The running lights worked fine so I ended up cutting out the excess wire and re connecting everything. Then I tapped in to the turn signal/brake light wires along the frame and used them as signal to a pair of typical relays. I then ran a heavier gauge wire from the front of the RV that was fused directly to the fuse block. I then connected the relays to the trailer light plug and the direct power line to the relays so that whenever the turn signal lines flash it opens and closes the relays. Whenever I use the turn signals on the RV I can hear the relays activate and deactivate but I now have nearly twelve volts at the light sockets I mounted in the toad's tail lights and the LEDs work perfectly. There is a slight delay when the turn signals flash leaving the lights on the RV to flash a split second before the trailer lights but that is fine.
deltamaster 01/12/14 09:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Do ALL Rv's do this? If I leave the water pump on..

I do not know about what is normal or not but I do know that my fresh water demand pump was installed in 2003 and has done as you described only once. I checked everything and found it was the outside shower valve was not completely off and was trickling ever so slightly. No water noticeable on the outside of the little compartment but there was a little puddle inside. I turned the valve handle and it has never happened again... knock on wood!
deltamaster 01/12/14 09:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thieves

A few years ago someone walked off with a Generator a few camp sites from mine. I was one of the hosts at the time and the ranger had us do extra patrols and told us to keep our eyes open for anything unusual from then on. There was a road that ran around three sides of the campground and the camp site that was the scene of the crime was about 200 feet from the road. There was a three foot berm between the road and the camp sites that was moderately vegetated with indigenous plants. It seems the thief stopped on the road, walked over, snagged the generator and walked back... well struggled back anyway as it was not a small one. Several months later I had moved to another camp ground in the district. It was at the bottom of the bluff and could not be seen from the main road. There was an old housing complex on the bluff above the camp ground on one side and the beach on the other. One end of the camp ground had the entrance road that curved in from the top of the bluff and the other end opened in to natural dunes. I was the host on duty and the other host was gone for the week. I woke about 7am to someone knocking on my door to file a theft complaint. I wrote down all the information and proceeded to do my rounds. By the time I had made m rounds I had a half dozen or so complaints of various small items stolen from camp sites. I went to the entrance kiosk to do my morning paperwork and to call the ranger station. Before I could, one of the district maintenance staff drove in and reported smoke from the dunes about a hundred yards off the end of the camp ground. I reported everything to the ranger when he came on duty and he went to investigate around 08:15 or so. I went to the picnic table of the camp site closest to the center of the camp ground and spread the word for anyone that was missing anything to report to the site. I took detailed reports and while everyone was still there the ranger called and asked me to send anyone that was missing anything up to the residential street at the top of the bluff via a small path. By the time I made my way up there the ranger had a suspect in the back of his pickup and a wide array of camping supplies. Lanterns, ice chest, fuel, pots and pans, all sorts of stuff. Turns out that three young guys in their early 20's late teens had wandered in to the camp ground, collected everything they needed and then camped out in the dunes! Two of them left when the sun came up and they left their buddy sleeping to take the rap. With the exception of some steaks and beer and firewood everyone got their stuff back, thief went to the pokey and the ranger and I had a nice laugh at the kid's expense. The funniest thing was that there was a plastic tub full of kitchen utensils left over and no one knew who they belonged to. Around dusk a guy shows up at my site to report the theft of his stuff. Turned out he was working in the area and was living in the camp ground for a couple weeks during his job. He left for work before the sun came up and never noticed his stuff was gone. He was amazed when I told him the story of the morning's events while we waited for the ranger to bring his tub back from the office! Thing is that camp grounds are no different than neighborhoods. Bad elements get in so it is best to keep your valuables either locked up or out of sight. Most theft in camp grounds is opportunistic so basic safety and security measures will thwart most camp ground thieves.
deltamaster 01/12/14 08:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ready to call a mechanic....

we had a mechanic out at the rv today and he got the jacks released and the slide back in and diagnosed the problems for us! We have a messed up circuit modular for the jacks and a completely fired circuit modular for the slide out. So while we still need to finish getting it repaired, it's at least on the ground, has the slide in, and we know what needs fixed! I want to thank everyone for their advice and help! You all were right about the issues, we just didn't know enough of what we were looking at to figure it out! Well. That is great. You are on the road to recovery. It will be a bit expensive to repair but in the end you will have learned something and be better off for it. Believe me we have ALL made blunders with our own rigs so you are not alone. Do not let that deter you from working on your own rig, though. Just remember to do your research and familiarize yourself with the job before you grab the tools. There are tons of resources online as well as a world of knowledge right here on the forums. Most folks really enjoy sharing their knowledge and expertise here. It is most rewarding to help out a fellow RVer so do not be afraid to ask anything no matter how dumb you may think it is. Who knows, someone else may come across your situation and be able to learn from it as well. Someone else may have your same question and find their answers as well. I will admit I was a blame fool idiot when I bought my RV, having never owned one before. Thanks to the membership of RV.net I found many helpful people that showed me how my experiences in house construction and maintenance and vehicle maintenance matched very well with RV ownership. The things I did not know I found the answers to right here on these threads and through Google searches. I consider myself an adequate mechanic capable of most any job but I have even found helpful maintenance tips and advice on these forums and on Youtube as well! If you are not sure about posting your issues in the open forums please feel free to take them to a member in PM as well! Heck, I will be more than happy to address your concerns that way if you like. I guess what I am saying is to not be afraid to do stuff in spite of this little mistake. So what You made a mistake It is what you take away from it that matters. You now know not to fully trust the guy behind the counter unless he has proven himself trustworthy. You now know to research your parts before you buy just so you go in with knowledge as knowledge IS power! You now know your limitations, liabilities and strengths. You have a baseline to work from. You can establish your expectations as well as your capabilities so that you can best utilize your time and funds. And most important you now know there is a very large community of people dedicated to being your friend no matter where you go or what you do while you are out there in the wilderness of RVing! You are never alone. As long as you can get to the internet you have support! Mae sure you slip back in here after all the repairs are made and let us know how things worked out!
deltamaster 01/12/14 06:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New computer has no optical drive, how to load Office 2003

My first computer was a Franklin. Sold by Sears. It had twin 5.25 floppies and NO HARD DRIVE! It DID come with a joystick!
deltamaster 01/07/14 03:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Ready to call a mechanic....

Our 6volts where huge batteries. And ancient interstate batteries. Easily 60lb batteries. We said "these are our old batteries. This is the first time we have had to replace them. They are the coach batteries for our Motorhome what's the closest thing you have." The guy spent about a half an hour talking with us and comparing batteries but never once mentioned voltage just everything else about them so we figured he knew what he was talking about and never thought to ask about voltage Well there you go. As I said. OP/buyer was unaware of what they needed and deferred to those that represent themselves as professional. Professional "Counter Clerks" at PBs phe My sentiment exactly! BUT they REPRESENT themselves that way and the unsuspecting public believes them. They also CLAIM that all their mechanics are ASE certified.
deltamaster 01/05/14 03:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New computer has no optical drive, how to load Office 2003

Open Office STILL EXISTS and is STILL AVAILABLE AS A FREE DOWNLOAD. Older versions were developed by Oracle, that has changed to Apache software. No big deal, at least it is STILL available and being developed.. You can find the latest Open Office Version HERE By the way, this IS the reason I will never "depend" on the cloud or any other Internet software delivery as sole means for retrieving and reloading my software.. Download the software then MAKE A BACKUP COPY on CD, DVD, External HD so you will always have it in the future... That is the same link I just used a couple days ago to install on a couple of laptops for DW. As I mentioned it does appear to be and function just as did Open Office... just under a new name/company. I am glad you mentioned "Oracle". I, for the life of me, could not remember that! I actually prefer Open Office to MS. It is a bit easier to use and it is F R E E !!! Gotta LOVE free! I created an entire publication for my sister's business with it a few years ago. Included pictures and the works. Turned out really nice and when I saved it as PDF it printed out really nice as well. We were able to take the PDF to Kinkos and make multiple copies without any alteration to the document/book I created since the PDF is adaptable to all printers without altering the document AND it can be set as read only so no one else can alter it either!
deltamaster 01/05/14 01:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Cruse control not working

Never said I did not want to take to a Ford dealership. I guess that is just what I might have to do. You said "I have no idea what you are asking us to help you with". I am asking for help with my cruise control that is not working and thought someone on here has had the same problem and had some advice and I have got some good advice on here. I appreciate the help I got here so far. Thanks again That is fine. Will try to help as much as I can. I have not had this problem with my Ford-based RV but I have had it with my Dodge Dakota. While the systems are similar there may be differences so what I found might not be what is your problem. Hopefully the links I gave will help you. The problem with my Dakota was the "On/Off" switch. I replace it and the system worked just fine. My Dakota has the brake disengage switch located on the brake pedal linkage but it seems the Ford has this switch located in the master cylinder (in the engine compartment) and has been a bit of a problem in the past. Try out some of the things identified in the links I posted and et us know if you find anything
deltamaster 01/05/14 12:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cruse control not working

Something else that might help. Just Ask
deltamaster 01/05/14 12:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cruse control not working

Here is another Just Ask
deltamaster 01/05/14 12:52pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cruse control not working

I just found a good article for you to review on Just Ask that may be helpful to you. Just Ask Ford Van Cruise Control Failure
deltamaster 01/05/14 12:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cruse control not working

My Dakota was similar. I have two switches that must be activated to engage the cruise control. First is the "ON" switch. When this is depressed there should be an indicator somewhere on the dash or steering wheel. In my Dakota it was on the dash. For some reason this is the switch that failed as it would not activate intermittently. The other switch is the speed set switch. Then of course there is the brake switch. In my E-450 based chassis RV it is the same... two hand controlled switches, an indicator on the dash and a third switch on the brake pedal. I suspect as others have indicated the control goes through the engine computer and out to the device that is connected to the throttle on the engine. If you are inclined to test things out then I suggest you get it up to at least 40 miles per hour and press the on/off switch and look for the indicator either on the dash or steering wheel or even a little light on the switch itself. If you get no indicator that the system is even turned on (activated) then it is most likely the steering wheel mounted activation switch. n most vehicles they are fairly easy to replace. http://image.motortrend.com/f/2004_ford_e_350/38491226+ppromo_mt_large/steering_wheel.jpg Does your steering wheel look like this one?
deltamaster 01/05/14 12:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New computer has no optical drive, how to load Office 2003

Oh. Forgot to mention that one of my favorite features with Open Office was that it would save the documents in Adobe acrobat (PDF)format
deltamaster 01/04/14 10:42pm Technology Corner
RE: New computer has no optical drive, how to load Office 2003

I used to install Open Office.org when I was building and rebuilding machines. I found out just recently that it no longer exists for download as it was sold off or something like that. Now I guess there are two off-shoots. One is Apache Open office and the other is Libre. I see here that some of you have used Libre. Can anyone who has compared the two versions comment on them in comparison. I recently installed Apache on a machine and it looked like the original but when I opened a document originally written on WORD it did not format properly. As I recall I never had that problem with Open Office.
deltamaster 01/04/14 10:41pm Technology Corner
RE: Cruse control not working

It could be any number of things. It could be the activation switch on the steering wheel has failed or it could be the deactivation switch on the brake pedal or it could be the control board or it could be the speed sensor. If you are not inclined to diagnose it yourself than do as others suggested and take it to the Ford TRUCK repair. I will say that the most common defect is the brake pedal switch or the activation switch on the steering wheel. If you are inclined to diagnose it then let us know and I might be able to help you out.
deltamaster 01/04/14 10:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready to call a mechanic....

Our 6volts where huge batteries. And ancient interstate batteries. Easily 60lb batteries. We said "these are our old batteries. This is the first time we have had to replace them. They are the coach batteries for our Motorhome what's the closest thing you have." The guy spent about a half an hour talking with us and comparing batteries but never once mentioned voltage just everything else about them so we figured he knew what he was talking about and never thought to ask about voltage Well there you go. As I said. OP/buyer was unaware of what they needed and deferred to those that represent themselves as professional.
deltamaster 01/03/14 03:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ready to call a mechanic....

The fuses in the fuse box are actually there to protect the wiring and prevent fires not to protect the equipment and may not be blown. Yeah... that is right... they pop for amps not necessarily for volts!
deltamaster 01/02/14 10:19pm Class A Motorhomes
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