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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Adviice on the Michelin Tires on: January 18, 2014, 10:30:44 pm





big O just replaced seven tires for our 2551.  It required two trips as they would not take my word for it that our tires were under the recall.  I guess that is their policy.  I noticed that the tires were $200 each.  They had to mount them and install new valve stems and balance them but Michelin paid the whole cost.  We just had to drive it over twice.

Anne & Bob
2013 PC 2551
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: January 18, 2014, 10:25:39 pm
Got our seven new tires.  Went to Big O and they kept the rig for a couple of hours to change them.  They balanced them and didn't cost us a dime.  I asked what was wrong with the tires and the Big O man said they would not tell him.  But they paid to replace them.  Michelin would not tell me either when I called to inquire.  Anyway, thanks for the recall information.
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: MICHELIN TIRE RECALL on: January 04, 2014, 11:06:39 pm
Thanks for all the information on the tires.  Our PC is a 2013 model 2551 with 3900 miles on it.   We are taking it in on Monday so they can order the tires and check the dates on ours.  Our PC is a 2013; the Ford truck part is a 2012 and the tires were made in June of 2011 so they are already two years old even with no wear.  We are going to Big O Tires per instructions from the guys at Michelin Tire.

So thanks, Sparky or whoever started this post.

Anne & Bob
Yuma, AZ
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Battery Cut off Switch on: January 02, 2014, 03:50:09 pm
Well, I unplugged the electrical cord and tried the battery cut-off switch and I works.  The light went out and when I tried the interior lights they did not work.  I had tried it with the electric connected and as soon as you took your finger off the switch it clicked again and when I tried the interior lights they always worked.

I looked everywhere and found no place where it tells me that the switch only works when you are NOT connected to ac electric.  I will not worry about it anymore because I now know it works. 

Thanks for the information and schematic.  I found the service manual for ours on line and printed it out to go with all my other PC information.  They don't mention it not working unless you unplugged either.

If I still had blond hair I could use that as an excuse but am feeling kinda dumb today.

Anne
2013 PC 2551
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Battery Cut off Switch on: December 21, 2013, 06:22:50 pm
I had never used the switch since we park next to the house with electrical hookup but when checking the batteries I thought I would see if it worked.  The red light is on and the battery switch is on "on".  I tried to turn it to "store" and I could hear a solenoid sound like it was trying to turn it off but the switch will not stay down. 

Is there something simple that I am not doing or perhaps something came loose.  Since I am a little "electrically challenged" I don't want to take out the screws to see if something is loose.  Do I just need a new switch?  Figured I should get it fixed before the next trip.  Switch will not stay down to the store position.  If I hold it down I can hear a clicking noise but if I let got of the switch I get the same clicking noise and the red light is back on meaning it is in its regular mode. 

At least it is stuck in the run mode and not in the store mode.  Any input? ThankYou

Anne
2013 PC 2551
Now in Yuma, AZ
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / I killed my carburetor on the Onan Generator on: October 15, 2013, 12:29:42 am
That was the bottom line.  I didn't start the genset enough this summer when Bob was ill and in the hospital.  Finally it would not start so I called the repairman.  Said the gas had turned to varnish and that I needed a new carburetor.

He installed the new carburetor and then added a plastic hose that fits on the end of the carburetor drain and showed me how to drain the fuel from the carburetor if I know that we will not be using it for a few months.  I went out this morning and drained the carburetor making sure to tighten the screw after I had loosened it to drain the gas out.  He said that when I want to start using the genset again to just hold the rocker down for 8-10 seconds to get fuel back into the carburetor and then start it.  I took pictures.

7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Meals - in RV parks and dry camping on: August 24, 2013, 03:46:11 pm
We bought a Ninja Cooker last winter and it is a great all purpose cooker.  You can bake, heat stuff like on the stovetop, make soup or stew and also roast meat.  The nice thing is that you can put it outside and don't have to smell up the RV.  I also bring things that go together with ready mades.  Like I freeze 4 large scallops and 4 large prawns.  When we get to camp I thaw them out, cut in small pieces and heat in a small jar of Alfredo Sauce while cooking the fettucine.  Doesn't take up much space to store and makes a nice meal.  I am dying to try the Ninja in the sink while underway using the inverter to slow cook something.  Have not been brave enough.  I understand that the house batteries will be charged by the motor running while we are under way so I would not be draining the batteries but haven't tried it yet.  Would be nice on a cold and rainy day.  We never eat out when camping and I would say we eat fairly well.  We have a vacuum sealer so I just freeze things in packages of two servings.  I have made cookies and cake in the convection oven and even a prime rib roast.  I would say that a pressure cooker would be a good addition.  The one we have is a pressure-fryer and you can make deep fried chicken etc. in addition to regular pressure cooking.  Think it is made by Fagor.  Anyway it was a good investment.  It traveled with us on our boat to Alaska for many years.

Anne and Bob
2013 PC 2552
currently in Port Townsend, WA
8  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: SHIELDS FOR YOU WINDOWS. on: July 28, 2013, 11:36:06 pm
Here is the picture of the windshield heat reflector.
9  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: SHIELDS FOR YOU WINDOWS. on: July 28, 2013, 11:32:18 pm
my pictures did not come through.
10  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: SHIELDS FOR YOU WINDOWS. on: July 28, 2013, 11:31:20 pm
Interesting article.  I hadn't thought of going to Home Depot and buying the material so Friday I went to CVS and bought a ready made windshield reflector in the "large" size.  It fit perfect after taking a 2" tuck in the center and cutting the slit for the mirror a little longer.  We have the sun shades that Phoenix sells and while they filter out the sun they don't do anything for the heat.  The exterior shades are attached to the windshield with magnets so I just glue gunned magnets to the upper corners of the sun shield to match up with the existing ones that were used for the exterior shade.

On another note, I did not order the Phoenix bed spreads.  I took a queen size bedspread, cut it in half and hemmed it and then mitered the corners cutting off the excess material so they would fit nicely.  The spread had two pillow shams which I just stuff with our pillows.

11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Skeeter Screens on: July 13, 2013, 05:36:46 pm
When we bought our 2551 last year we also bought the windshield and side window covers from Phoenix.  They are that black mesh that you can see out but people cannot see in.  When we are camping we leave the windows down with the covers on the outside.  Don't get any bugs inside but do get a nice breeze.  AND they are made to fit the PC and look great.  We have the black ones.

Anne and Bob
2551 PC
Still in Yuma, AZ (NOT camping) at 116 in the shade!!!
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage of Phoenix Cruiser on: April 11, 2013, 01:00:19 pm
I try to run the engine every week or so and the generator once a month.  I run the air conditioner at least one a month when I have the genset running.  I have been wondering how I could do all of these things with the rig all buttoned down.  And putting on the cover by myself would be a pain.  If we were rving down here we wouldn't have it covered, so I am really thinking of getting a good wax job.  The heat of the day is at 4 PM and at that time the rig is shaded by the house.  We had 42 mph winds Monday.  I am afraid whatever cover we had would really scratch up the paint.

Thanks for all the information, as usual.  I think if I do have a cover I will just call Kermit and have a custom made Tyvek cover made. But for the time being I am convincing Bob that we don't need one.

Anne and Bob
Yuma, AZ
13  Main Forum / Polls / Re: The Good Fairy on: April 08, 2013, 03:14:32 pm
I thought maybe this was part of that Good Fairy joke where the fairy taps the husband on the head and grants him a wish.  He says he would like to have a wife 20 years younger than him (no offense to his wife who is 70, he says).  And presto, the Fairy taps him on the head and he is now 90 instead of 70. Moral of the story, be careful what you wish for.
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Storage of Phoenix Cruiser on: April 07, 2013, 08:04:02 pm
I checked into storage units and they run about $189  a month.  I have been looking at a Tyvek cover which is light weight and white to reflect the sun.  We had a Sunbrella cover for our boat and it was a bear to try to lug around and cover so at least the Tyvek is lighter weight since I am probably the one who will put on the cover.  We can get one (they are on sale) custom made for $700 to $800 so I think that is probably the way I will go.  Hopefully it won't be TOO hard to install.
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Storage of Phoenix Cruiser on: April 03, 2013, 12:38:14 pm
Someone will have the answer, I am sure!!

Bob got sick down in our Arizona home so we cannot at this time drive our rig north to Washington State for the summer like we usually do.   I think we are stuck in Yuma for the summer.  We have it parked, uncovered, next to the house where the bottom 2/3 gets shade from our house and the house next door.  The weather in Yuma gets between 110 and 118 in the summer.  We are plugged into electric, of course and I can open the vents and run one or up to three overhead vents.

Question:  Are we better off leaving it parked next to the house (we will be here so are not just leaving it here) or would it be better to be in a covered storage unit.  The units are not climate controlled so it would be like being baking in an oven - at least that is what I figure.

Any comments from someone in the hot south? 
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