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Old 01-16-2018
k1100lt k1100lt is offline
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Default Cold

I wipe down all of the exterior rubber seals with a protectant/lubricant before the ugly weather arrives. Seems to help. Also, if you have 110V, a blow dryer or heat gun (careful not too much heat) will loosen the door from the rubber (slow but effective).
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Old 01-16-2018
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Glenn,

Great idea on with the protectant on the rubber seals.

Our winter normally only lasts a few days, but this year those days have been COLD! It was 70ºF yesterday, 25º today, and it will be 70º on Saturday. Crazy.

Diego
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Old 01-17-2018
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Default Let there be light

Removed the old, heavy and nonfunctional fan from kitchen that let in cold/hot air, and replaced it with a Solatube skylight. It really brightens the bus up—i love the extra light. It also has a small nightlite inside that is charged by the sun, provides a subtle glow at night.
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Old 01-24-2018
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I kept getting the buzzer/light for the levelers when driving down I-10. Really bumpy road, and well it was actually shaking the jacks down far enough to trip the sensor. So I ordered new springs, and got to replacing them today. Replaced 6 out of 8 springs. I just couldn't get the two front inner springs off, so they got to stay until I figure out how to pull them safely. The others were easy. Just a box of carriage bolts.
-Put the jacks down
-Insert 12 bolts into the gaps between the spring coils
-Retract jacks
-Remove jack foot and springs
-Use come-a-long between two poles and expand the springs to remove the bolts
-Use the come-a-long to reverse the process with the new springs
-Install the new springs
-Jacks down; remove bolts
-Profit!
The front jacks were actually harder because they are further under the coach and were a little harder to reach. The jacks all retract in half the time now.
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Old 01-25-2018
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Like I said, I'm new at this. I'm still working on getting the bird into my back yard. I've been hung up for months trying to get the power company to move my service line (too low across the only route into the back). Next winter I'll have it plugged into 50 amp service and I'll count on simply keeping it warm.

I can bring the bus to my house and I've got water and sewer lines available; flushing multiple times will not be an issue. Forecast for the week is lows of 28,26,26, and 28; it was 28 when I went outside at about 9:00 AM today.

I see where I can insert a valve/connector into the suction line to the pumps and it's where I can get to it. However, this will still leave some water in the bottom of the fresh tank and more importantly, in the drain and suction piping for the fresh system. I also noticed that blowing out the lines left water pooled in the low spots. There's also discussions of this somewhere in the forum that cover that exact issue.

I'm just happy that I found the overflow vent on the top of the fresh tank, that I was able to remove the check valve on the vent, and that the previous owner left me a piece of tubing and a funnel so that I was able to pour the antifreeze into the tank. It's all good; no offense taken from anyone.

Steve

And a happy and prosperous new year to all.
I'm with you. I put pink in tank, and pump it. I worry about places that might retain water, and not get pink. I also have hook ups on my farm, and it does take a number of flushes to get taste and smell out. Usually two or three beers worth! Lol.
But, I rest easy at the -43 F actual that it hit New Year's Day this year.
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Finally bought some new Clippard valves for the dump valves, those plus new gate paddles from Dupree Products and now I have air operated dump valves for the first time. They are kinda cool.
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Old 01-31-2018
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ID:	53735Successfuly cleaned the high beam lenses on the LXI. Well cleaned one and replaced one. Now have a spare.
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Old 01-31-2018
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They look like new. Did you have to clean the inside and if so how did you get it apart?
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Scott,
The drivers side is new, found at Shipshewana last year. The curb side was cleaned. Removed the light and four screws will separate the bulb holder from the optics. Trick is removing 3 spring clips that hold a convex solid globe that must be removed to access the inside if the lens for cleaning. Managed to get them out and replaced, but was glad I had a spare. That was the only difficult part. I need to see if I can new clips or another way to hold the glass in place if they need cleaning again.
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Old 02-11-2018
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Default Upgrades

We returned from Vidalia yesterday after our first outing using the upgrades recently added to the bus. I have to say they are the most beneficial upgrade mods we have done yet, like a different bus in some respects.

The first mod was getting rid of my nemesis, the air toilet. The replacement Dometic 320 series is a very nice ceramic bowl with hand spray, it also sits a bit higher making it more comfortable. The biggest improvement is the water usage, so much less than the air toilet I thought my black water tank level instrumentation was malfunctioning. We went eight days before having to dump, for us this is big! The elimination of the dedicated air compressor I had already done before when I changed the air source to a Makita compressor I installed when I replaced the Gast compressor. It was a short run into the black water tank making the drain piping installation a cinch, and the Dometic is a very simple device and gravity works every time with no maintenance.

The second mod was removing the propane stove top and propane tank. This freed up a nice extra bit of bay storage for parts and fluids. A True Induction Mini Duo induction stove top was installed and a new drawer fabricated using the false drawer front gaining some extra galley storage space. The induction stove cooks fantastic, changes in heat control are faster than gas, really a nice stove top.
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