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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Water Leaking Out on: March 20, 2013, 11:11:00 am
You mentioned that when you blew in the air hole there was some resistance then it went away.

We had a problem filling the tank because the airline was getting clogged. When we looked under the bed which is wherever water tank is, it was staging and as a result any that entered the hose at the fill site clogged that hose and made filling impossible unless the fill was at a trickle or I placed two of my HWH lifts down and extended on fill side. I put a brace that removed the sag and the problem went away. This might be something that is related to your issue.

We are losing a little water from our tank as I drive but assume it is from sloshing around, not to your extent

32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 10:19:57 am
This is a follow up. Called FMCA about their program with Michelin that gives a discount on tires. I gave them the code off my tires, 225/75 R16 LTX. She says that they don't have a program for such small tires, commented this is a light truck tire.

That's news to me. I assume all of you have this size too?

But in either case my reason for renewing with FMCA is flawed. Maybe someone can shed light.
33  Main Forum / General Discussion / New tries for 2010 on: March 20, 2013, 07:39:54 am
i have made a decision to replace my 6 tires on the 2010 2551S this summer, mainly because the prior owner let it it sit for a year and half in a park. No signs of cracks but the tires were manufactured in 2008. four questions.

Is there a trick to getting wheel covers off?

Has anyone purchased tires at one of the large RV shops such as Lazy Days or Campers World? It seems to me that for a number of reasons i am better off going to a group that deals with wheel covers, valve extensions and balancing large tires than going to a discounter like Costco.

Lastly did anyone move away from the tires that came with RV? Mine are MIchelins 255/75 R16 LTX 5 play (three polyester two steel)

Greg Matthews
2010 2551S

What do you do about the spare that has never been on the ground and is also 5 years old?
34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 13, 2013, 03:44:17 pm
I read the information on the website that Tom recommended, and the discussion on getting over the Big Horn Mountains is on point. What a great resource, though the website author took a rather cavalier approach for motorhomes on the climb out of Red Lodge up the Beartooths in his recommendations at the end of the discussion.

Again great resource, i will share with those who visit us. Thanks Tom.

Greg Matthews
2551S 2010
35  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Travel Advice Requested for traveling to Wyoming from NE Penna. on: March 11, 2013, 06:38:18 pm
We live on Route 212 in Red Lodge MT, and i wanted to address something that was said about travel in our area, i think that the writer got the towns mixed up.

Here is what was said; "If you'll have a TOAD, make sure you take the Chief Joseph Highway to the Beartooth (US 212) and then over to Red Lodge, MT."

First the drive over the Beartooths from or to Red Lodge on HIghway 212 is truly beautiful, but is fully of long long -- 12+ miles long -- switchbacks. But you really want to think about whether you want to drive a MH up or down, with or without a toad. The down is more than 5,500 feet and always down, few pull offs with most of the road at the edge of the canyon.

If you are in Cody, just take the highway -- only road north to Belfry WY then 18 miles to Red Lodge, flat and strait

Drive the toad up or down withouut the MH. That way be what the writer meant to say.

Or the writer may have been telling you the best way to go to Cook City from Red Lodge when you are concerned about the long up road. Then the advice is to avoid Highway 212, and instead go south through Belfry WY south toward Cody and then take the Chief Joseph Highway to Cook City. You pick up highway 212 about 30 miles up the Chief Joseph highway. not a bad road, some switchback, but shorter and more gentler climbs and about 1,000 feet lower than the Beartooth pass on highway 212.

In either case be aware that with budget sequestration, we were just told the Beartooths will not be open ( snow removal delayed until sometime in mid June). Could be a harbinger of what may come.

Also if you look at a map from Gillette to Cody you see several highways going across the mountains (e.g., highway 16) if you consider taking this -- and even i won't take this one down or up -- i take my E450 up the Beartooths because otherwise i could not go anywhere -- wife just gets white nuckles.

One last comment: Gilletteis a boom town with little housing, the local RV facilites are full of oil workers, so make resevations in advance.

If anyone needs specific information please contact me.

Greg & Kathy Matthews
36  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: entertainment center...while driving? on: January 28, 2013, 04:58:41 pm
You mentioned that you would be driving so you will need 110 volts to turn receiver on.

We bought a device at radio shark that hooks into the iPhone an cigarette lighter it converts the ipad to an FM receiver that play through the truck radio while charging you phone. This seems like a simple solution.
37  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: December 08, 2012, 03:41:56 pm
FYI we plan on being at Paines Prairie this weekend.

Have you made your trip yet? If you do go to Manatee Springs, be sure to visit Cedar Key. There is a fresh seafood market, at where the sidewalk first starts, that features both local fish, cultivated oysters and clams, and always wild atlantic shrimp.

38  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Winegard on: November 24, 2012, 10:49:48 am
Works like a charm, thanks guys.

39  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Need suggestions for "test" camping in an RV on: November 24, 2012, 10:49:01 am
We live an Florida, and our state parks have a reservation system, where you can make reservations at a last minute reservation at some of the campgrounds that we find most intriguing, those with less people and don't have cable or cell.

I will suggest that when you rent, try to request a vehicle with as few miles as possible (say under 12,000 miles), especially if either one of you are not fully sold on RVing. We did this just before making the decision to buy. The RV we rented had 93,000 miles on it, and shook and rattled like crazy, almost put my bride off. i would not let her drive the vehicle as it was so out of align and not balanced. We used CruiseAmerica, they did give us a big discount when we brought it back.

We stayed in a little known county RV camping site in Levy Count. Mound Park just outside of Cedar Key, great weekend good seafood, first come first serve, and we were able to look beyond the junk vehicle we got from CruiseAmerica. Never been happier on the road.

40  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help on inverter on: November 13, 2012, 02:45:35 pm
Still cannot locate program with battery draining, which started back in June.

Here is my follow up to the recommendations that have been posted, had batteries checked with tester and load, batteries are good.

Next as to why generator did charge batteries for an hour or so, that still does not make sense unless the batteries were just run down much. I looked for the switch behind the panel that gives access to the generator it self, and starter switch on the generator. The circuit breakers are all on, and the vehicle is in store. Any idea of how long to charge battery with generator under these conditions?

Next looked at generator, for the "off" switch and there isn't one other than the switch to turn off the battery.
41  Main Forum / General Discussion / Winegard on: November 12, 2012, 07:42:44 am
Our wineguard sensar (batwing antenna) seems to work off and on, even when we are metropolitan cites like St Petersburg. FL. I picked up the wingman to improve the reception on the channels from 15 to 51 at Camping world, and while talking to the salesperson -- an RV owner with winegard sensor -- he said that these antennas have button that is pressed when first trying to locate a channel it boost the power to improve catching a signal. Ours is a PC 2010 model that was sold in Sept 2009 so this may be an improvement after our build.

I did learn doing some research on the internet -- still cannot find a manual for operation -- that the new signal is either on or off, not like old TV signal when fuzzy meant that you are only getting part of the signal, thus the signal needs to be caught in the right direction or you get nothing.

Question: Does anyone have such a button and where might it be on the 2551?

Question: Also has anyone recommend that i install one of the directional meters to facilitate the finding of channels.

42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Help on inverter on: November 10, 2012, 08:30:01 am

I called the mothership on Thursday and spoke to one of the techs about the test meter showing that the batteries being "good" - all lights on - but the Inverter showed low voltage, even after we ran the generator for an two hours. I will check the switch. He told me that the test light panel might not be accurate. That would explain the conflict in the two meters.

Bought a batter tester that puts a load on the battery will return today.

I did note that i lost little water from the battery from June to October, all were still full after driving some 8,000 miles but only probably 15 days camping with out hook up. Does that seem strange to anyone.

2010 2551S
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Duo Therm Penguin A/C on: November 08, 2012, 06:13:28 am
This is same on our unit soWe keep on low once the unit is cooled. Bride says helps to drowned out snoring.
44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Help on inverter on: November 08, 2012, 06:11:02 am
Back again asking for some practical insight.

Took a trip this weekend and inverter did not work. The test panel shows that the batteries were good, fully charged. Inverter shows error message 02 which means not sufficient battery power. Ran generator for 2 hours, still get both same messages.

Came home plugged into house for a day and now the inverter works.

I am leaving inverter off when stored and plugged in.

Thanks in advance for comments. I will call Kermit to see if he has an insight.

2010 2551S
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: AC not blowing cold on: October 03, 2012, 07:31:23 am
This saga is over, the air condition is fixed and it was covered under the comprehensive coverage for the lightning strike by the Good Sam Policy except for the $1,000 deductible on the comprehensive. I got the AC replaced locally for $989 (previous quote from Lazy Days Tampa was almost double).

I will say this about the service from Good Sam, "It was awful!"

I contacted them early friday to place the claim after reading the posts above and was told an adjuster would contact me Friday or early Monday. The adjuster did call back at 4:30pm friday and said she was out that day at 4:00pm and telling me to call her. I called and her message said that she would call Monday. No call Monday or Tuesday, i called both days and late Tuesday afternoon went on to the phone line for claims -- on hold for 30 minutes with the operator telling me every minute that there were no current agents available. Finally called the line to buy a new policy -- the phone was picked up in 1 minute and after i explained that i was less than happy with the insurance claims process -- got to speak to the adjuster's manager only for her to tell me that the claim was subject to a $1,000 deductible. An earlier agent who reviewed my policy said there was no deductible for comprehensive damage. I will recheck today, because so far the Good Sam staff seem to lacking in thoroughness.
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