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Old 06-09-2011, 10:50 PM   #85
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Drdave, Yes, I have talked to HWH and been told the same thing, however, the silicone spray I'm talking about is a "dry type" and will not hurt the o-ring seals. HWH told a fellow alpine owner about doing this about every 6 weeks, and he has with no ill effects. He full times. I only do it about every three months when we use the coach, no ill effects form us either. I do the HYD fluid thing in the middle of the 3 months so something gets done every 1.5 months.
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:40 PM   #86
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Here are a couple of simple mods that have saved me much grief the last couple of years. The first is the addition of and echo charger to eliminate the problems caused by the pesky "Fat Boy" solenoid which I had changed three times. Been perfect for three years now. The addition of the two gauges allows me to read my chassis and house batteries status right at the source.

The second picture shows a simple solution to something that bugged the heck out of me. When the air compressor relief went off, the air shooting straight towards the ground would blow dust and dirt all over the rear of the coach....not to mention up into the air intake area. Installing a two inch poly tube and a 90 degree elbow solved the problem. Minor, I know, but it sure made me happier.
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Old 06-20-2011, 08:31 AM   #87
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I finally got time this weekend to upgrade the entry to our coach. I went to Lowes and found a mosiac tile that is open stock (that Bobbi and Fenway liked ) so I could purchase what I needed and if I got too much return any excess or purchase additional if I calculated wrong (I would rather have too much and return it than run out in the middle of the job ). I bought 15 square feet and ended up with 2 square feet I will return and 2 square feet that are pieces so I will keep them as spares in case I need them.

The mosiac tile comes glued to a mesh and to keep from having too many joints that lined up I cut a few pieces out of the full tiles out so that I could interlock them (no aligned joints ).

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I removed the rubber treads, it was 90+ in Charlotte and they just pulled off real easily leaving me with this.

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Since the entry is a steel box I cleaned up all the surfaces and applied construction adhesive figuring it will allow a little more flexing than normal thin set. I also decided to leave the plywood thus giving a little cushion on the main wearing surface.

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As you can see I also added a light to the entry (also open stock) it is a 12V deck light that I tied in with the outside light.
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Old 06-20-2011, 10:39 PM   #88
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Great job Dave. In California you would have had to pull a permit for the work. However, because of the Carolina humidity, you would not have sweated over the job nearly as much.
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Old 06-20-2011, 11:51 PM   #89
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Yep, CA charges for everything. Diesel in WA has dropped below 4 dollars a gallon, in CA it is like 4.44 or something. I don't understand why people choose to live in a place which charges so much for everything except used books. We found the thrift stores in CA are the best value for stuff than anyplace else on the west coast.
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Jerry,

You are right, if we were still in CA we would have had to pull multiple permits, 1 to remove the old step covering, 1 to dispose of it, 1 to install the new tile and 1 to dispose of the excess adhesive and grout (we would also have already paid a grout/adhesive useage fee when we purchased the material). Then we would have had to have it inspected and all permits signed off, oh and that is just for the city we lived in then there are the state requirements (Moonbeam needs to get his cut).... .

You are correct, I would not have sweated so much, I would have left the original in place, too many permits/hassels !
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Very nice work Dr Dave ! That looks great !
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Replace your Exterior Grab Handle

The chrome of our exterior Grab Handle was pitting and I couldn't polish it to the point where it wouldn't pit any more. So, I wanted to replace it. After much searching on the Internet, I found a website that had Grab Handles. I thought I saw the one I needed but after phoning them, I was told I actually needed one that was not shown on the web site.

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Attn: Andie (a nice lady and steered me in the right direction when I was almost going to buy the wrong model. Give her lots of information to work with and she'll fix you up.)

If you're nervous about selecting the correct bar, you might want to check their 'return policy' before you order. I didn't, but in the end, everything was perfect.

The one I bought, which was an exact factory replacement, was their model 5500-LE. Price complete, with lighted bar and engraving is about $69.00. Deduct $8 if not lighted and deduct another $8 if not engraved. Engraving of 16 characters and spaces can be done in 5 colors: Black, Bright Green, Red, Black, Brown. The bar only (no chrome mounts with engraving is $39.45 and without engraving is $21.15. Shipping is extra and seems to be a maximum of $13.50 via UPS Ground.

The replacement went very smoothly using just a large phillips screw driver. Inside of the exterior skin there is something that is threaded for all the screws to go into. So, when you loosen all the fasteners, there is not the sound of a bunch of 'nuts' falling down inside the wall!

Here are a couple of photos:

1. The new one (top) and the old one.


2. This is the old handle.



3. And, here is the new handle. Note the engraving.


Tip: Keep your old acrylic bar. When you sell the coach, the new owner might not want 'your' name on the Grab Handle!

By the way, I have no connection to the company mentioned above other than recommending somebody that had what I needed and treated me well.

Cheers!
Funny, I was just wondering where I might get a new bar. I just want the engraving on it, as there isn't anything wrong with the handles. So maybe that can be done locally!? DrHK
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Mary Ann,

You might go to, or phone, a Tap Plastics store and show them a copy of the photo above and ask them if they can do that engraving, or point you towards someone who can.

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grab handle

I know right where one is located. I will take yours in or maybe just a photo and see what they can do. There may some basic engraving places that can work that magic, as well....

And a couple of years ago, someone was asking/thanking you for all your little tweaks to your coach. I must say, I have to agree. I particularly like the remote for the furnace/coffee pot, and the fan in the Bedroom. Very nice. May just try those on mine. Might also add the under lighting that was also mentioned....
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Entry upgrade

Dr Dave, I liked looks of your tile on the entry steps so much that I copied it.

We had previously put in a carpet runner with brass rods which looked ok but impossible to keep clean.

The most time consuming part of the project was scraping off the sticky nasty adhesive WRV used to attach the rubber treads. There was no plywood on my steps but there were wood strips filling a slot by the door which I glued in place and caulked.

I wish now that I had used a bullnose tile on the step edges but they were $6.49 for a short piece and I would have needed a bunch of them.

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New Tank Monitor

Just finished installing a new Seelevel II model 709 tank monitoring system. I'm not sure what brand monitor my coach originally came with, but it had ceased to provide any meaningful information.

This new Seelevel system (purchased from rvupgrades.com) is easy to install and works great. This kit came with the display panel and 3 senders that stick to the side of the grey, black and fresh holding tanks. In addition to monitoring the 3 tanks, the monitor also provides battery voltage and LP tank level.

There are only 4 wires to connect at the display. +12 volts, Ground, Blue wire which is the single input from all 3 senders and the green wire which connects to the original sender in the LP tank. The system uses the wires that are already run for the original monitor so there are no wires to run, just sticking the new senders to the outside of the tanks and connecting the wires that are already there.

I did have 1 defective sender, but I emailed Seelevel and they emailed right back and I spoke with their tech on the phone and they sent a replacement right out. Very helpful, very friendly.

I would highly recommend this system if you are looking to replace your existing tank monitor.

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Jeff - Assuming you used the original display panel location, did you have to modify the hole to mount the new display panel? If so, what did you use?
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Bob, I used a piece of black plastic and cut it to the same size as the original display. The new Seelevel display is alot smaller so it sits nicely right on top of the black plastic piece.

I relocated the original pump switch and installed a new LED light to indicate when the pump is activated.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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