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General Discussion / What model velvac mirror
« on: August 20, 2022, 10:58:04 am »
(How long should a post take to show up?) looked at all the velvac schematic I could find, but couldn’t find mine. What model do you find on the 2013 e450.  I want to remove and repaint just the mirror shell, not the arm.  Removed set screws but still wouldn’t lift out. Ideas?

General Discussion / @%diamond shield
« on: June 14, 2022, 07:16:15 am »
Really do hate this stuff.  Great when it works but then……. Anyhow my mirrors looked like crap with the mold underneath, as well as the front of the hood and across the top of the front cap.  What I’ve read is the lifetime guarantee is of little value because of “outs” about cleaning and maintenance.  So, with a YouTube video or two I ordered a 100 pack of plastic razor blades and a can of pro goof off.(there are different levels of goof off). Quick story: at my Lowe’s there were 2 workers talking as I came up.  I asked where can I find goof off, and the younger guy looked quite perplexed. He thought I was talking about him, the other older worker noticed this also and explained what I was talking about.  Anyway they took me to the right shelf.
so if you get the inclination figure about 2 hours per mirror.  Lots of soapy water and go very SLOW.  Just use the very corner of the plastic blade and don’t go more than an 1/16” at a time. Cut and soapy water each pass.  Use a very shallow angle with the blades and change often.  From experience, don’t try and pull on the plastic film, IT WILL LIFT OFF A LAYER OF PAINT.  That is going to require another project, but I have color matched paint.  Getting the glue free will require lots of the pro goofoff.  Soft rag and a lot of rubbing.  Don’t know yet if I want to tackle the front of the hood.

General Discussion / Leisure light
« on: May 26, 2022, 08:52:16 am »
As mentioned in a current thread, I ordered and received that light fixture.  All I can say is bright, brighter, and brightest.  LED really puts out.

General Discussion / Tenn rally
« on: May 11, 2022, 08:37:58 am »
Final head count?

General Discussion / Furnace temps
« on: January 11, 2022, 12:20:14 pm »
There was a recent thread about a melted plastic cover in close proximity to the furnace hose.  Today, while doing my monthly run time, I brought my infrared thermal gun.  The wall temps were steady at 21*.  With engine and generator running, cranked on the furnace.  This is for a 2552 so others might be different.  After about 2 minutes of running, and the thermostat set at 74*….the outlet duct under the bed(closest to the furnace) the temp went up to 158-160*!  The flex duct was in the upper 90s*.  The outlet under the sink was in the low120*. The metal box around the furnace stayed in the low 90s.  After about 15 minutes, the outlet under the bed stayed in the low 120s and the flex hose stayed the same through out.  Wall temps got to the low 50s.

So, because the outlet vents are plastic, it would take a lot of temp to get them to melt. 

General Discussion / Leave the seat up. Pt2
« on: December 15, 2021, 06:00:46 pm »
Checked the PC this afternoon for some run time.  Had another mouse submerged in the antifreeze in the toilet.  They just don’t like my peanut butter traps.  Had to add some more antifreeze, they drink a lot.

General Discussion / Leave the Seat up!
« on: November 21, 2021, 11:55:07 am »
Just exercised our winterized 2552.  When doing a quick inspection, there was a mouse floating in the toilet bowl.  I had left the bowl about half full of the pink stuff.  Guess it wanted a drink, and couldn’t climb out of the porcelain bowl.  Now got to find out where he was residing.

General Discussion / Black tank valve…installed
« on: October 15, 2021, 02:38:24 pm »
To follow up on my previous post.  As mention previously, best way to remove old valve is find a straight section of the black 3” pipe.  On mine it was about 10”.  (2014 2552).  Saw the pipe keeping as straight as you can as close to the middle of the run as you can.   Mine was on the down stream side of the valve.  Remove the 4 bolts holding the valve in place and the motor frame(if you have electric valves, and tie it up, or it will swing down and HIT you in the face!). The afore mention 3” fernco rubber connector is about 4.5” long.  It gives you lots of lateral adjustment when you put things back in place.  Saw off another 3/4” off the 3” pipe(the one that comes off when you remove the bolts), this will give you plenty of room to slip in the new valve.  Slip the rubber connector over the 3” black pipe still attached to the stack as far on as you can.   Using Vaseline, “glue” the new rubber seals onto the valve. This helps holding them in place while you slip the valve in.  Line everything back up and slide in place.   With the 4 bolts loosely tightened, slide the rubber fernco connector back and centered on the 3” black pipe.  Tighten everything back up.Adjust the electric closer for full travel and good to go. 

General Discussion / Black tank valve
« on: October 10, 2021, 02:10:20 pm »
Original problem is the black tank red blink light will not go off when closed.  It does seem to be closed though, all the way.  The auto valves are barker, black and grey are both 3”.  But they have 2 different part numbers 138508 and 138499 but they look just alike(they might be serial numbers?).  There is an adjustment bolt where the barker device ratchets close/open the Bristol slide valve.  It was so rusty had to take a dremmel   and cut it out and replace.  After adjusting all I could(can make the light go out if not attached to the Bristol valve) decided to pull the Bristol slide valve out to see if something was not letting it close completely.  I’ve replaced these before on other units I’ve had. Just pull 4 bolts out.   Never a problem before except making sure the big O ring stays in place.  No way in hell could I get enough slack using pry bars on the 3” pipe coming from the black tank or the other 3” going to the sanicon to drop out the slide valve.  No adjustment on either end of the 3” pipes to allow the slide valve to drop out.  Seems like it has flanges on both sides into the 3” pipe so it wont drop out.  I can rotate it around but not drop out.  So before I take a recip saw to the 3” pipe and cut it out, any body replaced one of these? Hints?  2013 2552
(Guess I could just disconnect the red light :( ). 

General Discussion / P0306
« on: October 04, 2021, 05:04:41 pm »
Still on our way home from the rally.  Pulled out of the camp ground in Texas and the service engine soon light came on and starting blinking.  Set my scan gauge to scan, and got subject code.  #6 cyl bad spark or coil.  Headed to the next town with an orileys and a camp ground.  Took the little smart and got a new coil pack and a plug.  A motor craft coil pack was $79.99!, ( each x 10 )went with the house brand.  Out of all the plugs, this was probably the easiest to get to after removing the air cleaner.  Took about an hour and all is well.  This is a 2013 with only 30k miles.

General Discussion / Norcold bottom hinge broke.
« on: September 21, 2021, 07:19:33 pm »
Sitting here at the rally , Anyhow the damn hinge broke.  Lots of vids on YouTube how to fix, a common problem.  So I guess a little more jb weld then a trip to tractor supply for a strip of aluminum to fab a new hinge.

General Discussion / Kitchen sink
« on: September 07, 2021, 05:47:07 pm »
Winterized but guess I didn’t drain the sprayer head, it cracked.  Also no water coming, hot or cold coming out. Yes, the strainer was off so no clog there.  Managed to remove hose connections, no each chore there under sink, took that to Lowe’s with me.  Went to Lowe’s, had 1 replacement that might (have) worked.  2 Lowe’s helpers to try and match what PC had installed and what Lowe’s had.  Got 2 90* shark bite 3/8 to 1/2 to (try) to mate  to the PC 3wing nut on the PC side .  Had to go to the 90* so as to clear the PC wing nut.  Won’t tighten up enough the 3wing to the shark bite, it just spins.  The shark bite is intended for copper tubing.  Thought about just cutting off what PC has, spend a fortune on fittings and start over.  Ideas?  Trying to leave by Friday to spear fish.

General Discussion / Dock/backup lights
« on: September 02, 2021, 08:58:56 am »
Guessing most wiring size is same across the board for like uses on PC models. So I want to add 2 15watt led backup lights, tapped in the current backup light circuit.  Is there enough umph currently there to support the extra draw?

General Discussion / 50 amp 90* plug REPLACEMENT
« on: August 28, 2021, 10:10:25 am »
Looking to swap my current plug for a 90 degree, to lessen weight drag when plugged in.  Found lots of 90 * adapters 50 to 50, with short cords.  Really just want to replace, not extend the cord.  Would need the locking ring.  Searched other forums, and the net, but nothing I can find.

General Discussion / Diamond shield
« on: August 22, 2021, 10:49:57 am »
anyone else having problems with this stuff. Ie:mold/dark spots between film and coach.  Numerous threads on other forums on how to remove, but not currently in the mood to fight with it. 2013/14 2552.  Mirrors, across the top cap on hood.  Just looks bad.

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