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  1. Thank you for the advice. Left this morning, opened all my windows so the wind would blow through the rig. As we came around to 7 mile bridge the direction of the bridge and the winds were East to West. So we had a tailwind. Was also able to maintain the speed limit.
  2. I'm leaving Key Largo for Key West Monday the 9th. Cross winds of 28 mph are forecast. Should I cancel for 2 days or just drive carefully? Thanks, Mike Rodgers 303-877-7501
  3. I have an 03 Phaeton with a black and white camera. It's very hard to see much of anything due to the lens type. Has anyone upgraded theirs to a color camera? Is wireless a good option? Do I need additional wiring for a direct wire system? I'd prefer to install it where the existing system is. Thanks, Mike
  4. I thought I would give a remedy for frosting refrigerator fins. My Dometic Dimensions 2 door refrigerator was frosting badly due to a bad doors seal and poor internal circulation. I purchased an oem door seal from Deyers for around $200. I did not like to size and thickness of the ones found at Walmart. It installed easy enough. I still did not have a perfectly tight fit so I installed a small wood shim where the door latches. Its very tight now. I also installed a dual fan with a switch onto the fins and wired it into the door light with a piggyback connector . It is on all the time. A little over a week now and no frost.
  5. Thanks Bill and Carl. Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. I had to figure out how to set my devices on roaming down here and Rocky Point. Yes we're right on the beach at Playa Bonita RV Park. we got lucky facing the ocean watching the sun sets. We're going to have the rig painted down here full body paint for $4,500. The faucet was a simple fix as many things are. I detach the feed supply to the handle took apart the O-ring retaining a small spring plunger I think they were slightly out of whack put them back together blue through it and got a great stream of air hooked it up been working ever since.
  6. Thanks guys I can always rely on you for answers. We're traveling from Denver down to Rocky Point Mexico. I have a stop in Las Cruces tonight and Tucson tomorrow. I'll try to find a Home Depot and buy a cartridge period and work on it when I get to Mexico. I'll give you an update when I've solved it
  7. I have an 03 Phaeton Class A. All of a sudden my new kitchen sink faucet has zero water coming out. Not even a drip. Yesterday afternoon it was working fine. Checked the water lines underneath loose and one connection water came out so I know I have water going to the faucet connection lines. Toilet and all other things are working just fine. Any thoughts please.
  8. Final update to raise basement doors. And the winner is Cruisingator from the Tiffin network. :thumbsup One of his suggestions was to use a two stage shock. These open to 90 degrees and then with a little push open all the way. This was also suggested by the Tiffin parts department. At first I was concerned because they were 60 lbs not 40 lbs and they were 20" instead of 17". I bought two. Installed them on the propane door. They work great and it seems I only need one shock per door. Not cheap, $28, but worth it. My head and back already feel better. Thank everybody, Mike :clap
  9. You are right about that. I bought an HP12c app for the phone for $5. The calculator cost me $125 back in the day.
  10. I called Tiffin to order some other parts and he suggested the two stage shocks. The first stage opens to 90 degrees and then you apply extra force and it opens higher. I've ordered two and will see how they work. I also crawled under the coach at the propane door to view the spring when closed. It's the only bay that is open to the ground. There is 3" left on the stroke on the shock so I assume I can move the anchor point up about 2.5". Any of you engineers/mathematicians want to pull out your slide rule and tell me how much more opening I will get? :jester Thanks. Mike
  11. Update I just came from the storage and checked and measured two doors. The 90 degree propane door does have the c hinge. But the all have the same hinge and it doesn't impede the ability to raise them higher. I'm sure that's simplicity of design on the manufacturer's part. One door is the type that rises at about 130 degrees and the other is my propane door under a slide. The regular door is 31.5 inches top to bottom. The propane door is 23.5". All of the shocks are 17.5 inches. Simplicity of design once again. The one variable is the location of the anchor point. One was 5" from the bottom and one was 14". If you add the shock length to the anchor point you get the height of the door. ie. 17.5" + 14" = 31.5" The propane door doesn't measure exactly the same but it's close. If I move the anchor point up I'm not sure the shock will compress enough. If I shorten the chock it might not raise it enough. The stroke of a 40lb chock is 7". So theoretically I should be able to move the anchor point from 5" to 13". 10" or 12" is probably sufficient. Let me know I fI'm on the right track. I'm guessing it will take some trial and error but I rather not drill a bunch of holes in the frame for the anchor.
  12. I have an 03 Phaeton diesel pusher. The basement doors under my slide only open to 90 degrees. I know this is to stop from hitting the slides. I would like to forgo that preventative design and have them raise higher. It would make things so much easier when getting set up and filling the propane tank. Hatchlift had no idea how to do it . Any recommendations or web sites I should visit. Thanks, Mike
  13. Thanks JohnJohn from Tittin network suggested turning it to AC first then to heat. His tip worked. I'm thinking maybe it as stuck in a cycle and just had to be re-cycled through the options. Anyway it was 55 degrees out, generator running since I no longer had shore power, turned it to air for a few seconds, turned it off, then turned it to heat and it turned on and ran longer than before. Mike
  14. I have an 03 Phaeton Diesel pusher. It has 2 ac/heat pump systems on the roof. The AC works great on both. When I tested the heat pumps it was 47 degrees outside. The heat pump on the rear works. But the heat pump on the front turns on and then immediately turns off. Any ideas on where to start with this? Thanks, Mike
  15. I have a Freedom 458 series Combi inverter/charger. I believe it is model 20. It was a remote control system inside the coach that is a Xantrex. The overtemp light is blinking on my inverter and the cooling fan is running. This just started within the last week. The manual says it could be a short in the system. I have 4 6v Interstate batteries that are 2-3 years old. I've checked the house batteries and they take a charge. They are testing at fair when discharged. I've topped off with distilled water. I disconnected the house batteries to shut the inverter off in the hopes it would re-boot itself when I re-connected. No luck same problem exists. Recently I changed out the fog lights for led's. They work fine. A couple of months ago I changed the 3 wall sconces. The 12v system was disconnected. They work fine. The 12v system in the coach seems to be working fine. Added this to post 5/8/16: I am not connected to shore power. The inverter will not turn off when I press the charge button. Both 20 & 15 breakers are off. I will check for obstruction around the vent fan. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks, Mike 03 Tiffin Phaeton
  16. Curious what your experience with and input would be about resort/club memberships. I've found 4 but I'm still confused about how they work. Coast to Coast RPI ( resort clubs international) Encore Thousand trails Thanks Mike 03 Phaeton DP
  17. I've read the treads about spare tires. It is tough to find space for a 22.5 tire so I was wondering. Wholesale warranties sells a tire warranty in addition to their ext. service contract. It's $450 for 7 years. $0 Deductible / Unlimited Usage - There is no limitation to the number of times that you can use this policy over the course of your chosen term, and you are not responsible for any deductible for covered claims!Transferrable – If you were to sell this unit you will be able to transfer the warranty to the new owner making your unit more appealing and valuable to subsequent owners. Exclusive Features: - Full replacement costs are covered when tire is un-repairable and/or the wheel is damaged so it is unable to seal with the tire. - Coverage is extended to the tire and wheels of a vehicle being towed by a motorhome, or the vehicle that is towing a travel trailer or 5th wheel, while they are actively being towed/towing. - Benefits can be used in the United States and Canada! - Coverage is extended to your tow vehicle if the tire failure occurs while it is towing your RV. A new tire would cost somewhere $450-$650. Why not buy the warranty and not have to carry a spare? Thanks Mike Rodgers 03 Phaeton, 40' tow dolly Honda accord
  18. I searched the forum and could find no discussions regarding water managment . Please direct me to one if you know otherwise let's start one here. 1. Turn shower head off while soaping. 2. Turn water of while brushing teeth. 3. Stopper drain while waiting for hot water to shave. 4. Stopper sink while washing and rinsing dishes. 5. Use paper and plastic for boon docking.
  19. Thanks all, I used Bill's suggestion and tested the grey level. When the full light came on I started pouring water into the tub 2 gallons at a time. I stopped when I heard the drain fill up. Similar sound your gas fill hose makes when the tanks are full. I was amazed that I put in 18 gallons of water. That is a lot of leeway. Good advice and good to know. I did not try the black because it has not filled before the grey.
  20. Thanks Bill, Your suggestions are helpful. I'm sure we can improve our water management. Always anticipating boo docking for an extended period. At first I was surprised that the grey tank filled quickly. But then with 3 sinks, a shower and washer/ dryer it makes sense. We rarely use the washer dryer. We are in an RV park right now in Hilton Head. Since the process of dumping and cleaning the lines is tedious I'm trying to avoid doing it more than once in a week. We're going to gulf shores next and I will try the fill and 5 gallon technique in the black tank. It may be a bit much with a 70 gal grey tank but I like your suggestion of watching the shower basin. Thanks, Mike
  21. We are frequently at an RV park for a week at a time. I prefer, if possible, to dump my holding tanks only once. I've successfully cleaned my sensors to read empty when the tanks are empty. My question: When the led light hits the full mark, how much more room do I have? We have a 2003 40-foot Phaeton with 70- and 40-gallon holding tanks.
  22. We're heading to Gulf Shores the first week in October. I'm looking for a reasonably priced, conveniently located park in the area. I don't want one of the resorts. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike 40' Tiffin Phaeton
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