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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Quick check: tail lights when door opens on: July 16, 2013, 06:23:00 am
Was sitting in the toad this weekend when bride opened and shut the passenger cab door. The tail lights flashed when the door shut, tested driver's side, ditto.

Ignition is off, MH is in "use", E 450, 2010, and plugged in to 120V, parked in storage lot.

Can a couple of you try to see if this happens on your vehicle. What i cannot figure out is why would this happen?Could it be linked of the drain of house power (batteries) we have been dogged with on and off for the last two years.

Greg & Kathy Matthews
2551S 2010
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I spent the afternoon in the storage cabinet of my 2350 on: July 14, 2013, 07:55:40 am
I will take this opportunity to address a problem that is illustrated with the discussion. The vent hose that you discussed which was filled with water.

We found that the vent hose in our 2551 dipped down much as yours did before it vented next to the tank inflow valve. Because of its placement. hat vent hose will fill with water easily if there is any leakage when you add water to the tank. It if loads with water -- as ours did -- two things happen, one it can make adding water a pain, as there is no vent, in our case we had to slow the water flow down to allow the water intake to be its own vent, second if you drive with a full tank, it can act as a suction hose to pull water into the vent hose and out the side of the vehicle.

We applied two solutions: like the photo shows we changed the water hose to eliminte the dip it had, now there is a down hill run to the tank for the water intake -- had to put a device to lift he hose in the middle of the hose, something form home depot from the plumbing area not sure what it is called. Next we replaced the vent hose with a longer hose that loops over the top of the intake hose so that the vent hose does not have a dip, I also carry a small hose that i use to blow into the vent hose before and after we fill if we are not on a fully flat surface.

Now we fill the tak with as much water as will flow from the faucet.

greg and kathy matthews
2551 S
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 on: June 20, 2013, 09:15:53 pm
End of Chapter one:

Just got my new Xantrex 1800 and replaced the one that was misbehaving.

All is working now for the first time. So Kermit was right, the inverter was bad. For the first time the monitor is working.

Wow, now for our next trip
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewage system on: June 14, 2013, 08:45:55 am
We always toss the ice cubes in the WC on the final leg of the trip home, i am hoping that the cubes slopping around will help keep things scrubbed out.

But no matter how much i flush the tanks then never go below 1/4.

20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 14, 2013, 08:41:49 am
Congrats we love our 2551. Barry gave us one of the best recommendations for our 2551 which has a couch not the dinette, which was to buy small hassock at Pennys to as an alternate seat when we have guest, it opens up an you can store liquour.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 on: June 14, 2013, 08:37:43 am
Here is follow up to my Xantrex issue.

Spoke to Kermit about the intermittent problem and he suggested since the problem has been dogging me for two years, the inverter probably has a problem. So yesterday i ordered a new 1800 about $460. Stayed with Xantrex to use all the exiting plugs.

After i ordered the new unit, i went out to the motorhome and checked the battery, tried the green on button nothing but "-- -- --" then i once again pressed the reset button on the Xantrex -- as Kermit had suggested -- it is on the lower side of my side mounted unit. Then i tried the green button again, nothing. then i turned the vehicle from "use" to "store" to "use" and for the hell of it pressed the green button on the unit, the TV came on!

I am going to replace the unit anyway, the the only thing that can go wrong after that is with the nut behind the steering wheel.

Greg & Kathy
22  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Stabilizers and Rear End Sag? on: June 04, 2013, 09:33:45 am
My 2551, 2010 had a tilt to the passenger side, it was due to a spacer that PC put in to avoid a sag the other way. I spoke to Kermit and he suggested that the spacer be removed. After it was removed, the vehicle levels perfectly on the road.

Greg & Kathy
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New members looking for advice on: June 04, 2013, 09:28:36 am
Here are a couple of points.

The hours on the generator should not be a problem. If the generator still runs, well, you will want to take to Cummings dealer and have a full service. Then you will know its status. The real problem is underuse.

Tires, have all the tires changed, that will give you peace of mind, in having to remember what is old and what is new.

We purchased in 2012 (January) a 2010 2552S at not much more with only 9,000 miles -- for about 15% higher price. It was our first purchase too. For my first purchase I wanted a vehicle with a low potential for problems.

Many PC owners add stabilizers - we did -- and beefed up shocks to make the drive less spongy.

Hope this helps, we love our PC, it now has almost 25,000 miles and still no problems -- other than the generator, the prior owner had never

Greg & Kathy
Red Lodge MT
St. petersburg FL
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Check my understanding of battery voltage status on: May 27, 2013, 07:36:40 pm
Bruce & Sharon,

As you already know i have been wrestling with a similar problem for a year and half. Your questions with this group are always appreciated, we can work on this together. Like you i have read everything and something is just not right. Ths group is so welcoming, they always have an insight or two, even if you ask again. They have been so good to me, the will be to you too.

When my inverter was working it too screamed when i tried to use the Kuerig coffee, the wattage on the Kuerig is too high. look at the wattage that you have on your coffee maker and look at the chart in the Xantac manual to see if you have enough batter power pagwe b4 in my manual. at 600 watts and for 15 minutes take 150 watt-hours.

I am going to try to speak to Kermit tomorrow.

greg & kathy matthews
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Xantrex 1800 on: May 27, 2013, 07:22:13 pm
Thanks, got it now, my set up is a little different but with these i was able to figure what the handwriting said.

However, the passenger fan and driver fan. That seems strange?

Thanks again, this was a big help.

Greg & Kathy Matthews, in Clayton Lake, New Mexico, nice reservoir and pretty camp sites each with a 12 by 12 sun hut to hide under.

Today passed a PC somewhere north of Amarillo that was going south.

Greg & Kathy
26  Main Forum / General Discussion / Xantrex 1800 on: May 25, 2013, 06:00:00 pm
The inverter is not working again.

After having read all the posts on this inverter, it appears that my MH was built at a time when there were some bad inverters. The prior owners had never run the generator and likely never used the inverter. Will call Kermit on Monday, maybe just need to replace it.

Need help from another owner with xantrex 1800. The fuse box has been labeled by someone with very poor hand writing. Can make out a few of hieroglyphics but other are beyond legible.  Could someone tell me what their two panels have written (right and left side!) for each numbered circuit.

Greg & Kathy

27  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems with Norcold refrigerator door on: May 24, 2013, 09:26:46 am
Had the same problem 7,000 miles ago, and did a fix that i will try to describe. Ours occured when a shelf dropped down and i pulled to open the door and the hinge broke.

If you look at the underside of the broken hinge --if it is like ours -- it is not solid but has a honey comb shape, the same honeycomb should be on the door where it broke. My fix was to use epoxy to fill the honey honey comb and but a 1 inch steel screw though the hinge part and door and into the middle of the epoxy spaces  filled. I first glued the hinge to the door with super glue then i drilled a hole for the screw though the two pieces and screwed the two pieces together, then i withdrew the screw filled the honeycomb with epoxy and then replace screw quickly before the epoxy set.

No problem since and have eposied the door shelves to they do no fall out. Be sure the get the epoxy for plastic. Be sure that the placement of the screw does not infringe on the door.

Hope this helps.

greg & Kathy
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Electrical question an inverter on: May 23, 2013, 07:25:55 am
After much thought about my inability to consistently relly on the inverter here is initial assessment - I am looking for support or clarification.
1. The batteries are the problem because the run down quickly. The batteries that were put in my vehicle by prior owner, when I bought from prior owner, are not the type that come with the home new. They are regular car batteries, with 600 cca rating, not deep cycle. What is best size type and rating?
2 the use or store button have no impact on the charging of batteries or use of inverter.

Greg Matthews
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another season on the road and the inverter is not working on: May 19, 2013, 09:36:39 pm
I did a battery test on the coach batteries, not the batteries that start the engine, they were at 13.5 and when tested with a load show are in good shape.

My next trip is to the inverter, which for my 2551 is under the long twin bed. nothing is tripped on the 110 power side, will look a right side in the morning.

Does any one know if there is a master rip to my inverter and if so where it might be.

----- OH Wow! -- Here is a Rosanne Rosanna Danna moment, so never mind, but read on.

Here is an update, i just tripped the fault in the bathroom on and off, and then tried the green inverter button again, it is working. Shows a full 13.5 volts.

This is what happened last summer too. I just do not understand,how one moment it does not work and then later it does work.

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30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Another season on the road and the inverter is not working on: May 19, 2013, 05:57:21 pm
I thought that i had resolved this last year when i discovered a light under the driver running board was always on, and i disconnected it before i drove home. I need some help to disgnose the current problem, we will be here for three days. My inverter is not working see explanation that follows.

We have been on the road for four days, plugged in at night. Yesterday after i just disconnected all shore power i tried to turn on the inverter (XANTREX 1800), by pressing the green button. I get an EO2 message -- an input problem typically from low voltage -- then 9.8 shows up and then only clicking until i press the green button on the inverter again.

Battery connectivity is on "use" not "Store". Ground fault light is not on. What am i missing

greg & kathy
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