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pnichols

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Posted: 08/31/19 03:45pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

camperdave wrote:

That's a good idea! I'd need to install a reversible fan to try it out though. [emoticon]

One other thing I read after the fact was to make sure the van HVAC is off or in recirc mode, and not in vent or outside air mode. I didn't think about that at the time either, and don't recall where it was set when setting off the CO alarm.

I wanted the Genturi anyway for backup generator at home reasons, since the RV is right next to the house (generator exhaust facing house). This way I can run it as long as I want powering the home fridge without worry.


Thanks for reminding of something I left out regarding maintaining pressure inside of one's Class C for fume-less generator runs: Yes you're correct ... the cab's dash air system should also be set to recirculation mode when trying to maintain coach interior air pressure.

FWIW, keeping the cab's dash air system set to recirculation mode also helps keep the motorhome's interior free of exposure to cold outside air whenever camping in low outside temperatures.

BTW, I think that the Ford cab dash air system requires the engine to be running in order to change the opening and closing of the flapper doors that control the routing of air flow in the cab area - because these flapper doors are activated via engine vacuum.


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Posted: 09/01/19 11:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Found a new home for the old beast.

The old storage lot lost their lease (dead land-owner's trust sold the lot out from under the storage company), so had to scramble to find a home for it.

I got the certified letter about the contract cancellation on Friday before last, and got up early the next morning to find a new home. Turns out that a LOT of the rv owners were calling around...but since I showed up, I got one of the two open spots. Talk about lucky! My old lot was about 6.5 miles away, the new one is almost across the freeway from them, and the next storage lot that can handle a 40' RV is almost 25 miles away.

Phew!

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Posted: 09/03/19 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Replaced the original 24” Jensen TV in the above the cab entertainment center with a 32” Vizio smart TV. I had to make a frame out of plywood to replace the old frame the I covered the new frame with leather to match the original decor.


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Coachmen 21QB gets some love


A couple of years ago, I started a thread about why manufacturers build such shoddy rv's. I hypothesized that it was to keep owners like me busy after the purchase. As it turns out, I was wrong. I need something to keep me busy even when nothing is falling apart due to poor workmanship.

So, the mods begin.

Our camper has an led striplight that runs along the awning frame. It's nice. But, we didn't have a proper amber porch light. A quick visit to everybody's favorite online retailer, and a light and rocker switch were on the way. Installation was easy as long as you don't mind removing numerous inside panels and running a snake through your camper to get the wiring where it needs to be. Oh yeah, don't forget to cut a hole to mount the additional switch.

Since I was already running wire, I decided to add a 12v outlet to our outside compartment. It's connected to the house battery through a 5A fuse. Now I can power my satellite radio outside.


Our low end unit doesn't have a radio in the house and the dash radio only played when the ignition switch was either in the accessory or run position. To remedy that short coming, I installed a DPST switch that allows the house batteries to power the in dash entertainment system. This required removing a few I interior trim pieces and the in dash unit. A little online research and I determined which two wires needed to be switchable. One of the wires is constant hot. The other switched through the ignition switch. The DPST switch and the necessary wire I had laying around, so no additional parts required. For those paying attention, I fused the "ignition sense" wire at 3A and the constant hot at 15A.

Next, I added a swivel to the passenger seat. It's pretty straightforward. Remove the seat and pedestal. Remove the seat from the pedestal and reinstall it on the swivel pedestal. There's an electrical connection under the seat that some say must be disconnected when you swivel the seat. With a little forethought, the wiring can be rerouted to alleviate that problem. I ordered the swivel online. It was about $250.

While I had the passenger seat removed, I decided to remove the driver's seat and floor liner/mat as well. I added poor man's sound deadener (peel and seal) throughout the entire floor area. This makes an enormous difference in noise levels in the cab. Peel and seal can be sourced from Lowe's and many other places. Read the reviews.

Since I had most of the interior apart, I decided to remove the "B pillar " and headliner trim to have a look around. I found a few wires for the dome light that needed rerouting. Also, a few places that needed to be sealed against the elements.

Removing the trim allowed access to the wiring for the rear speaker wiring. Did I mention, low end camper? No rear speakers installed from the factory. I took the opportunity to install a pair that I had from another project.

Next.....

How about a 300w solar system. I had some used panels hanging around, a Morningstar controller and plenty wire. Installed the controller near the 12v outlet mentioned earlier. Wired it to the house battery through a 30A fuse using #6 wire I had on hand. Wired the panels together using #8 that I had leftover from another job. I built a #6 pigtail connected to the Morningstar solar input. To connect he portable panels to the controller, I use a 25ft #6 extension cable. DONE!!!!

Not quite. If you have solar, you might as well have an inverter. I happened to have an 1800w continous Tripplite that I wasn't using. So, mount the inverter in an appropriate place, run some #4 wire through a 100A fuse and voila, DC to AC. Those of you paying attention realize that 100A fuse will not support 1800 w. I plan to limit our use to 1200w or less.

Is that it? Yes, for now.

Merry Christmas to my camper


On a side note. I didn't find any OSB or MDF in the construction of our unit. Lots of luan and 1X1 and staples.

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Posted: 12/24/19 09:59am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Planning to travel once more before winter is supposed to take me out for a few days..........

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Posted: 06/23/20 10:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Got the Class C out of storage and did a little clean up last week to get ready for the late season. The lockdowns have been rough, I really miss travelling!

After cleaning, I went over the rig and Dicor'd a few spots. Most notably the cabover area. Nothing looks to have been leaking, but there were some trouble spots starting in the corners. I pulled off the outside trim pieces and all looked ok underneath so just sealed them back up and snugged in new slightly oversize SS screws (they were loosening a bit at the ends of the trim).

On the inside I restrung a day/night pleated shade that snapped a string on our last trip in January, not as tough as I thought. For a $20 kit I saved having to buy a new $120 blind! Beer money. [emoticon]

I also relocated my spare from the rear to a storage compartment so I could snug up the bike rack a little closer to the back, and move some weight forward at the same time. Also relocated my rear camera by mounting it to the old tire mounting bracket. Free and easy, my favorite kind of mod!

Taking it in to a shop in a few days for an oil change and once over by the mechanic, ready to hit the road!


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