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16  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
17  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

18  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
19  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
20  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
21  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
22  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
23  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
24  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.

25  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.
26  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
27  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
28  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
29  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
30  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
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