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General Discussion / Re: Black Tank Valve
« on: December 05, 2021, 11:24:18 pm »
My macerator was wired backwards when it was built. It never worked right and I didn't know why. After a year I was at the factory for service and the wiring problem was  discovered.
That is very interesting.

My original 2007 macerator failed after 8 years.  I replaced it with a low-cost equivalent DETAILED HERE.  Wiring up the new pump based on red & black wire color-coding, the pump ran backwards.  I didn't realize it at first.  It took some doing to figure out why it ran but didn't pump.  It worked perfect after connecting red to black, and black to red.

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Tips and Tricks / Re: Leveling System--HWH Factory Service
« on: December 04, 2021, 10:59:11 am »
I'm sure Phoenix could do a competent installation on a PC, but beyond that I don't think I'd trust just the "average" RV shop to get it right.
Some fabrication and/or installation people might think are handled by Phoenix directly, but they farmed out or otherwise supplied.  This is what I understand.

1) chassis stretch
2) all paintwork (maybe graphics too)
3) hydraulic or electric levelers
4) 4x4 conversions
5) cabinet doors and drawer fronts
6) upholstered furniture (captain seats, couches and dinette cushions)

There may be others but these come to mind.  One thing certain, things are always changing so maybe my information is outdated.

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General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: December 03, 2021, 12:36:05 am »
I wonder if adding the extra pulley is a good idea regardless.  That is a very long stretch of "belt" without some kind of stabilization.  Doing a little investigative work on the internet, it seems that extra pulley was installed from the beginning around 1997 through year 2005.  2006 seems to be the first year without it.

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General Discussion / Re: 2006 model 2350 Restoration and Modification
« on: December 01, 2021, 05:17:45 pm »
And for the record, your ideas and advice were worth WELL above the $15 it would have cost me to ship it to you. Thanks so much again.
Thank you for your kind words.  I try when and where applicable for our PC family.

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General Discussion / Re: 2006 model 2350 Restoration and Modification
« on: December 01, 2021, 02:04:52 pm »
It is 2021, and we now know EVERYONE is our 'neighbor', not just people we can see in yards around us. As a SMALL token of appreciation for the help and ideas you have given to me and this forum, if you PM your address to me I will gladly ship it to you.
Volkemon, That is very kind of you but I won't be giving you my mailing address (for such a reason) because it's not worth shipping here.  As was my implication...."living in your neighborhood" would have been different.  But "Thank You" for your generosity.

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General Discussion / Re: 2006 model 2350 Restoration and Modification
« on: December 01, 2021, 08:47:21 am »
Volkemon, I advise to save the bath faucet for parts to support the inside and outside shower faucets.

If we were neighbors, I would take your kitchen faucet for the same reason.

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General Discussion / Re: 2006 model 2350 Restoration and Modification
« on: November 30, 2021, 08:58:54 pm »
Nice Faucets there Volkemon!

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General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: November 30, 2021, 01:15:00 pm »
Yes Volkemon,  "idler",  not "tensioner".  Terminology corrected. 2o2

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General Discussion / Re: Build quality on newer PC's
« on: November 30, 2021, 01:08:37 pm »
I regret jokingly posting my earlier comment which amp'd up this conflict.  I surely lacked wisdom in doing so.  I apologize for it.  I would delete my post, but member's replies include my post.  I am tempted to ask the moderator to clean up this thread but it is not my place.

Is it possible for us to put this behind and reply only about "Build Quality On Newer PC's"?

Ron Dittmer

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General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:17:07 pm »
I am gonna look and see if the second tensioner is on mine sometime, and add it if it is not.
Our 2007 V10 does not have that second belt tensioner.....and we have no belt squeaking.

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General Discussion / Re: Ford 6.8 V10 Chirping Away (2017)
« on: November 28, 2021, 04:56:55 pm »
Not sure this applies, but........

For a number of years, I owned a Ford Ranger pickup truck with the 3.0L-V6 engine.  I bought it used with a chirping belt.  I replaced the belt with a new per-spec one and it still chirped.  Long story short, I ended up buying another new belt that was 1/2" shorter which solved the problem.

I will always wonder if the idler pulley was replaced at some time by a previous owner and it was a tad bit smaller than the original one.

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General Discussion / Re: Converter
« on: November 27, 2021, 09:14:32 am »
Speaking of charging.

Our 2007 has the original PC installed 2000 watt Tripp-Lite converter/inverter combo unit which works with lead acid and AGM batteries, but does NOT handle lithium.  It offers 20amps of charging.


We boondock most often which can be 9-10 days at a time between long drives for battery recharging.  My drives are measured in feet to the dump station, surly useless for battery maintenance.  So we rely exclusively on the generator for battery charging.  But.........

To utilize the generator run times better, I use an external smart charger that can be set as high as 40amps.  It's no big deal to pull out the charger, hook it up as shown, and monitor the progress.  This picture was taken in 2009 when we had 12V lead acid batteries.  Today we have 6V AGM and no battery tray which is easier yet to setup.  I installed the AGMs in the spring of 2015 and they still performed extremely well during our month long trip out west last September.

If your on-board charger is not working, consider what I practice all the time.  Selecting the right charger will reduce generator run times.

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General Discussion / Re: Converter
« on: November 26, 2021, 08:28:38 am »
Hi Jerry,

Before replacing the converter, I would get a voltage meter and probe the ~110V input and ~13.8V output of the converter, right there at the converter itself.  Doing so would rule out an external disconnect or failure.  For example, there are two fuses and another electrical item, I believe a diode in the wiring at the batteries.  Maybe something there failed, became loose, or corroded.

This is the wiring in our battery compartment.  There are two red wires, I believe one from the chassis alternator, the other from the converter.

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General Discussion / Re: Selling our 2010 2551
« on: November 24, 2021, 05:39:10 pm »
2 Lucky, I have always appreciated your contributions here.  It's nice to be including your tow vehicle.  My mother had a 2001 Chevy Tracker that I prep'd and sold for her in 2018 so I am "very" familiar with them.  I wish you well with your sale.

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General Discussion / Re: Leave the Seat up!
« on: November 23, 2021, 09:10:45 am »
I realize mothballs stink up the rig, but having enough distributed around will prevent rodents from moving in.  Mice can do some serious damage to chassis wiring in the engine compartment, so hang a couple of sacks of mothballs in there too.

Off-season, I store our Saturn Sky SEEN HERE outside under a make-shift canopy under our deck.  Check out the last two pictures.  Our property is a rodent city, in part because we feed the birds in the winter.  The deck is adjacent to the feeding area making rodents a serious threat to the car.  I place trays of mothballs in the trunk and passenger compartment, and hang 3 sacks under the hood.  I also plug the exhaust pipe with a tight-fitting plastic bottle to prevent critters from moving in there.  It has been working well.  Just a little such effort pays back big.

We could use a couple of alley cats.  They would have plenty to eat.

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