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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / spare tire on: September 29, 2014, 06:17:00 pm
Did not see this on site -- BTW been away for a year while i got a lung transplant (February) and getting ready for next summer when we plan on a trek to Washingtp state-- when to replace the spare tire.

just replace the 6 tires on our 2010 2551 which was built on a 2009 E450, and built in July 2008. tires were showing some cracks, so better cautious than dealing with a blow out. But i did not replace the spare tire, it has never been on the ground. It looks good and is under the cover.

Any recommendations.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbies on: March 04, 2014, 10:04:31 pm
Welcome, we have a 2551 and live in Florida, so get to use throughout the year. Our newfound favorite National Preserve site is Midway Campground on the Tamiami trail between Miami and Naples. On a clear night the skies are like no where else in humid Florida. Site 13 then 14 tare our favorite sites there.

You will discover so many great things about the company and the vehicle.

Greg and Kathy
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Time for a new computer but what? on: November 26, 2013, 07:04:43 am
I will add to the noise only because we took a different approach in my obsessive way.

I travel for photography and have used a full 27" screen iMac for many years. It has the software that best meets my needs and i spend a lot of time on my photography, den submitting to shows while on the road.
I travel with a separate 22 " iMac that i put in the back seat of the Fit we pull in a case and strapped in with a seat belt. It replicates my software at home and has the same correctable color matching screen.

I had not though of doing thing and tried a mac book pro, but the colors were off and the screen too small. While in Colorado I met a Ham radio guy who carried his 100 watt transmitter in the same fashion.

When i set up I turn the passenger seat around and open the table by the door on the 2551 and set my iMac there to work from. I reinforced the way the table stays in place. Works great and when i am not using it i put it in the driver seat.

This way i can justify carrying all my camera stuff. BTW i was surprised to see how inexpensive it was to add a rider to my homeowners policy to cover all this stuff. I keep my files on a detachable 4 terabyte drive and always keep it away from the computer when traveling or away from the MH.

Greg & Kathy Matthews
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 14, 2013, 08:03:44 am
We installed the SMI on our Fit two years ago, and I think your comment about it being very easy is the perfect summary. ONce you disconnect or even while you are disconnecting you can get in the Toad and move it without a need to move anything. Our unit sits under the front of the hood and to the right of the latch.

The company installing the unit, glad we had them buy it as well as install, did have a bad unit that was rapidly replaced with an overnight shipment of a new unit.

Once of twice the car battery was to low to start the car when we got to where we were, so if we generally put a booster charger each evening, unless we drive it a hour or so.

It was pricy, including the indicator light in the cabin, at about $1,200. The only drawback is it cannot be transferred to another toad.

Took a while to get it adjusted to where we could just feel it kicking in when we pressed the brake. However, ours does not come on (you can hear the pump) when our turn signals comes on. Maybe there is a wiring issue on your unit.

Greg and Kathy Matthews
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation on: September 25, 2013, 11:34:03 am
Sparky, your system is lot different than mine that pivot back or forward.

I can tell you that mine work pretty quick, almost instantaneous. Mine are manual and i do the front, then back two tires then level out the sides. ON both the front and back, one side normally extends all the way to the ground then the other side drops down and extends to the ground before the unit get lifted. Sometimes the light goes off -- showing that it is level -- with only one lift down. I always check and try to have every lift on the ground. This stabilizes the unit.

When my unit had problems, called the Moscow facility and they spent about an hour on the phone trying to diagnose the problem, even though the pervious owner had installed the units. We eventually drove there on our way home -- Moscow Iowa-- near the location for the pickers which is a nice diversion when they are working on the vehicle -- and they spent about 3 hours finally diagnosing a wiring problem that they rewired and charged us $65. We stayed on the lot, with 30/50 amp shore power and hot showers for free the night before.

give them a call.

greg and Kathy Matthews
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Mercedes or E350 for ride and handling on: September 23, 2013, 08:38:22 am
Not much more to say about our preference for E450 over MB (never owned a sprinter but had sedans from 1970 until retirement). Test drove Views during the purchase process.

We spend much of our time in places that are long distance from a MB dealer. Knowing that there is a mechanic who works on Ford engines in just about every small community gives us comfort. Knowing that we can get an oil change for less than $50 in most cities is comforting too.

My bride did not like the sway of the Navion View we test drove when she wend around a curve.

Greg and Kathy Matthews
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Questions about HWH jack operation on: September 23, 2013, 08:25:41 am
I suggest that you raise the vehicle on the HWH lifts leaving the rear wheels on the ground and then drive forward to see how your vehicle reacts. If you drive forward, the lifts fold back, still extended but off the ground. this will give you an idea of how much pressure to keep on rear wheels.

Last year our lifts froze in the lifted position and we had to do this to drive the MH. We drove it to Moscow Iowa to HWH to get it repaired. The prior owner had changed the wiring and there was a short preventing the lifts from withdrawing.

Based on that experience we never lift two wheels off the ground entirely, that is we limit the lift to one wheel entirely off the ground. We never lift the rear wheels entirely off the ground, limiting their extension to only an inch of so. So most of our lifts are less then would be necesary to lift entrely off the grouns.

If the rear needs an additional lift, we use our blocks to raise the wheels sufficient to get to a level spot, or we go on to another site. Ditto on a need to raise the two front wheels off the groups. I may be more cautious than some, but feel we wont get into trouble. We care six boxes of these orange plastic blocks and we carry 4 2/8s to put under lifts when the blocks are in place and we need just a little more raise to level.

We added two visual level devices (looks like a smile with a bubble in it) that helps me gauge where on the site we need to place the MH to get the most level position before we put the lifts down. One is on door, and one is on dash near the middle. These are adhesive and i attached when the vehicle was level. it has been a great help.

Greg and Kathy Matthews
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Report on alignment and handling of our 2552 on: September 23, 2013, 08:08:49 am
We also added the safe-t-plus (i put it on, really easy), changed to bilsteins and had it alligned, and found out it was a totally different vehicle to drive. My bride who said she would never drive it, now does so with relish. I think she really enjoys driving it. We also added the Henderson bar to the rear. I really cant't determine if i needed all of this but it is an easy ride now, and i do no fear the really bad lane changed actions that can occur with a flow out.

Congratulations on your new PC,

Greg and Kathy Matthews
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: August 30, 2013, 06:42:16 am
I am doing what we did on our white sailboat hull, no wax as it tend to lead to a chalk finish faster, rather we used Astroshield. Washed and applied once a year. The company went out business when parents died and children fought over value of business. This happened about 6 years ago, until then it was in every auto and marine store here in Florida.

The patent was bought by a chemist in Ocala who now sell it via the Internet. It is same stuff as before. Our hull was reprinted 14 years ago and when we sold it, it still had a shine no chalk.

Google Astroshield, you see the original yellow can but it now comes in a nondescript bottle. The children wouldn't sell the right to use the old can for a reasonable price.,

Greg Matthews

10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Side door handle on: August 30, 2013, 06:26:21 am
Had same problem, mine were only lose a bit but the fix took more than an hour to get the door open to tighten the screws.

I will say that my door gave me a warning that I ignored. The lock handle started to require an extra tug from outside, to get the lock to release. My bride had already complained and I of course ignored so I had no sympathy trying to open the door, "I told you so"....

My door was locked, and I could not budge the hasp back after ever after all the hardware was taken off on the inside door handle. I had to use an open end wrench to back the bolts on the door jam holding the latch back sufficiently wide enough to get a screw driver in to bush the hasp back until with a pill from my bribe on the outside the door opened. It was not intuitive, but worked.

I now regularly check those screws.
11  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low power solution on: August 30, 2013, 06:12:20 am
I am cautious about the devices that run any time we hook to a 20 amp, which I have done, when necessary.

If you read enough on the amp draw from an air conditioner you'll find that the AC draws about 20 to 30 % more when it kicks on than after it runs. Also as the unit ages it can draw more amps. My rule of thumb with my AC is that I need sufficient amperage of 15 to run the AC on a 20 amp circuit. That means some thing need to be turned off, to avoid burning out the AC which I did last summer.

We thought everything was covered with only the AC on and hooked up to 20 amp circuit. During the night the campground lost power, and when it came back on everyone's AC came on and we believe the sites amperage dropped below 20, or voltage dropped. It was an old city campground in Alabama. The AC never worked again.

Best bet is avoid running AC when hooked to 20 amp. Unless at home that's my plan

Greg Matthews
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: ELECTRICAL QUESTIONS on: August 29, 2013, 07:51:22 am
David, this is a good idea and i had discussed it with Aimee several months ago before my health took a hit.

My inquiry went long this way: could i solicit help from this group to develop a handbook for operating my motor home -- there are still things that mystify me. Aimee said i could. Here is what i proposed to do. A good friend gave me a copy of a the manual from -- probably shouldn't say for now, but one of what i consider a small California manufacturer of really good motorhomes on similar chassis -- that is some 35 pages long, with really detailed discussions. My plan was to use the structure of that manual to structure and on line version for PC, like a wikipedia board for PC.

I have been focused elsewhere but saw you post and ask, are any of you interested in participating in this sort of project. Aimee gave me permission to post this note.

Is anyone interested in doing this project,

Greg and Kathy Matthews

13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Which model is best for us? on: August 29, 2013, 07:39:21 am
It was the bedding in the 2551 that sold us on the PC. Twin beds, i have a rock hard 4" mattress for my 6' frame on the passenger side and my wife has something soft and about 10" high that she loves, that looks fit for the "Princess and Pea" tale.

I am not using a wedge to assist in breathing at night that fits comfortably under my single mattress.

I did change out the particle board under the mattress with a high grade plywood sheet and and reinforce the wall bracket on the passenger side  (added an L bracket and also expansion toggle bolts where screws had been originally placed) because of my  OCDC habits.

22,000 miles and loving it all the way. Unfortunately, my brides indecision delayed purchasing on our original choice of motorhome ( a MB WMH View which would have been a disaster) and by the time we discovered the 2551, we were pretty sure we it was right for us. I think owning a sailboat and traveling in its cramped quarters enabled us to understand what we wanted when we came to make the decision to buy.

Greg and Kathy Matthews
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Skeeter Screens on: July 16, 2013, 07:01:28 am
We purchased this at Camperworld for $49.

It is a full windshield cover and had roll downs sides that have a screen. It works perfect, at night we just roll up the side windows, but during the day can roll the windown down and catch the wind.

Goes on easy, and also has a roll down on the front screen that during the day we can roll down, but you cannot see in.

Greg Matthews
2010 2551S
15  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Cleaning/polishing front part of roof on: July 16, 2013, 06:49:40 am
Here is what retiree does to get o the front. I have a large block of 4" foam rubber that i put across the top of hood. I place one foot on the foam and keep one on a strudy 12 foot ladder. It give me just enough movement to easiliy get the entire front. The foam will not slip and it prevents damage to the what is ever under my foot.

I use what i have used on the sail boat i owned for 28 years, Astroshield, from a company in Ocala Florida (this guy bought the original Astroshield, which was developed for the Space Industry) keeps a shine without causing the surface to oxidize.

Greg Matthews 2010
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