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31  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ron, more lights on: August 21, 2012, 10:41:41 pm
That looks really interesting and particularly the remote control with the dimmer switch.  Would be great for the patio or anywhere but have to have an ac plug.


32  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: August 19, 2012, 11:05:40 pm
You will really enjoy your new PC.  I had about three things that really bothered me:  The small refrigerator in the PleasureWay that I had to sit on the floor to reach what was stowed inside;  The fact that both occupants have to go to bed at the same time since the TV was right over the bunk on the driver's side.  So I wanted a place to sit and read, quilt, or watch TV that wouldn't interfere with Bob's bedtime.  He is a 7 o'clocker and I am a 10:30 person.  I love the electric awning.  No mechanical ability required.  Push the button and it goes out or comes in.  Just remembering 2AM wind calls where the whole rig was about to take off.  The slide gives so much more leg room and my new pantry (formerly shirt closet) with shelves works perfect.

I tested out the dishes in the area above the slide.  Nothing moved at all.  Perfect spot.  Not one tinkle of a dish.

And a shower you can stand up in.

6 feet difference in length but WOW what a difference.  This is sort of MY PC sinceBob was happy with the PleasureWay.  I think we are going to love it and there is plenty of room for the "girls".

Just tell your friends that you watered it,sprinkled with Miricle Grow, and it grew!!!  Have Fun

33  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Newbie very interested in the 2552... on: August 16, 2012, 07:07:17 pm
We had real leather in our Monaco Dynasty. The bottom area was real leather and the wrap arounds were something different. I think they called it Ultra leather.  When you sat on it in the summer you stuck to it.  And the leather on the bottom of the seat wears and changes color.  I think our PC cab seats are exceptionally comfortable as is the sofa and look good too.  I just wondered if this was new for 2013.  Actually, I prefer the microfiber since it is more subtle and comfortable.  The microfiber is probably more susceptible to puncture wounds otherwise it wears well.  Found a website that shows how to clean it.  The usual instructions are to use a gentle soap and sponge.  This site says to use alcohol and a soft scrub brush or white scrubber if it is really dirty.  Think I would want to test it on an inconspicuous spot before embarking on that method of cleaning.  The before and after pictures were very impressive.

34  Main Forum / General Discussion / Leather seats on: August 15, 2012, 10:26:28 pm
Just had our drivers' seat replace today.  It got punctured with a key and Kermit sent us a new seat cover.  Found an amazing upholserer in Port Angeles who works only on automotive upholstery.  He was really reasonably priced and fast at his work.

We were chatting as he worked and I said "what should I use to clean my leather seats and sofa?"  He said "saddle soap but you don't have leather seats and sofa".  He said that we have microfibre seats and sofa and that all you have to do is wipe them off with a mild soap and water, rinse and dry.  We have microfibre sofas in our Yuma place and they wear well and are comfortable and you don't stick to them in the hot weather.

My question is:  Are we the only ones with microfibre seats and sofa?  I never saw a post on this.  I am not complaining since I love my comfortable seats and sofa however I thought I paid extra to have a leather sofa.  Is this something new for 2013?
35  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Battery Charging on: August 15, 2012, 10:01:23 pm
I remember now that our Dynasty had different codes for problems.  Will have to pick up a code reader when we get to Yuma and Harbor Freight.  Thanks for the info.
36  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Battery Charging on: August 14, 2012, 11:13:47 pm
That is good to know.  Even though they will not clear a fault from the computer, at least you will know what the fault is.  I think the local mechanic also has the machine.  Since it was under warranty thought we should go to Ford.  Would have been cheaper to just go to our mechanic.  Guess we could go local and if it is something that needs to be fixed then drive over to the Ford dealer.  We are sort of isolated here on the Olympic Peninsula.

37  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Battery Charging on: August 14, 2012, 03:51:18 pm
We took it to the Ford Dealer so they could hook up to the computer and see what was causing the Service Engine Soon light.  Before that, on reading the Ford manual, it said that it could be from a number of causes and to have it checked out by Ford Service.  Since the only Ford Service is 50 miles away in Port Angeles, we drove there.  This was the very first time we started the engine since it was delivered.  We had no idea what could be wrong with it.  Manual says it could be a problem with catalytic converter or other things.  When I fueled up the gas cap was on tight.  Had to really strain to get it off.  I tightened it up after fueling too.

Now we know if the red service engine soon light comes on maybe it is just that the gas cap was not tightened.  Or maybe it is something else.  So to be sure we will cold start the engine 4 or 5 times and if it doesn't go out, drive to the dealer to have it checked.  Or maybe our local repair shop has the means to check out the computer fault.

The Service Manager at the Ford Dealership was the one who said that the factory probably had not reset it when they finished their build of the PC.

So I have more information to put in my book.  Will have a great PC Operating Manual when I am finished thanks to the Forum. 

Thanks again you guys!!!
38  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Battery Charging on: August 13, 2012, 09:33:49 pm
Thanks, Barry.  The only time that we go dry camping is in the desert for a weekend so I will make sure not to run down the engine battery.  And, if I do, I have a copy of the instructions for the little white button in my Cruiser book now.  My book is getting fat from all my informative printouts.

Latest thing.......Yesterday we decided to take our first spin in the PC...not an overnighter just for a ride. It has been sitting at the house since it was delivered.  Too many other things to tend to, including the new puppy.  We  started it up and drove out of the yard and there was an icon lit on the dash which we assumed meant that maybe the fuel was low.  When Kraig delivered our PC he said we had a full tank.  Anyway we fueled up and it took 40 gallons to fill the tank.  The light did not go off so we decided to forgo the trip down the road since the Ford Manual said that was the "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" indicator light.

This morning I called the Ford dealer in Port Angeles (50 miles away) and Bob took it there.  Turns out, after putting it on the computer machine  the fault was :"Not able to pressurize fuel evaporative system".  He said that at the factory they must have forgotten to reset it after they built the RV on the Ford Chassis.  He said it had to have been on when the rig left the factory.  So 2400 miles later it was still on......On the bright side, it didn't look like anything was damaged.  At least the light stayed off all the way home.  Said if the light came on again we might need to get a new part for it.

So we did get a little ride today and all the stuff I had stashed away didn't rattle.  Good show.  And figured out how to hook up my Ipod to play through the surround sound.

39  Main Forum / Polls / Battery Charging on: August 11, 2012, 11:46:06 pm
OK a dumb question...Does the battery charger on the PC charge the motor battery too in addition to the house batteries?

I was thinking that we could run down the motor battery if playing music on the surround sound and wondered if the battery charger keeps both batteries charged.

Also, if the battery charger does charge the motor battery could you just run the generator to recharge it when dry camping?  Or do you need a portable battery charger to plug into the generator power to charge the battery under the hood.
40  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Overnight Parking - Nontradional Campgrounds on: August 11, 2012, 11:30:46 pm
We normally stop at campgrounds because we like the security.  And, if you belong to the Elks, there are quite a few Elk campgrounds and one of the benefits is having dinner at the lodge and not having to cook.  On a couple of occasions we stayed in the Elk's parking lot.

We decided we didn't want to stay at rest stops etc. because we feel safer in a campground but that is just us.  I know a lot of people stay in parking lots.  Spent one night at a WalMart waiting for the plow to get rid of the snow on the Sisique Pass.
41  Main Forum / Polls / Re: Any pets travel with you? on: August 11, 2012, 11:13:06 pm
We have always travelled with our Australian Shepherd.  Don't bring a crate since that takes too much room.  She loves to sleep on my bed so she can look out the window.  Normally the dogs are not allowed on the furniture but I didn't have the heart to say no.  Now we bought our 2551 because we have a 10 week old Australian Shepherd sister for Molly.  The minute the rig arrived the four of us got inside and there was tons of room. We have a 2' tall "yard" that the new pup will use when camped.  It will fit in the storage at the back of the rig.  We stop for pit stops about every 100-150 miles to stretch our legs and usually take Molly out on a leash in case she needs to go.  She has never had an accident in the rig.  Think we might put bring the crate for the pup to keep her contained when travelling.  We shall see.

Our experience has been that most parks will allow larger dogs on an overnight basis.  When it comes to monthly rent they seem to want cats or smaller dogs.  Our Aussies are under 50 pounds.  They fall into the large category.  Since we have a place down in Yuma for the winter we are no longer spending 3 months in the motorhome.  We usually go for long weekends or perhaps a week. 
42  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Aime's Matchmaking Service on: August 10, 2012, 01:58:17 pm

We would be happy to show our 2551 to anyone interested.  We had to buy ours sight unseen so I think this is a great idea.  In the summer we are in Port Townsend, WA on the Olympic Peninsula and September to April at our place in Yuma, AZ.

Anne & Bob
43  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Holding Tanks on: August 01, 2012, 11:14:58 pm
Thanks for all the input.  The bypass has me confused.  Do you use the bypass to drain the grey water and use the Sani-Con hose or do you use the 3" emergency dump hose connected to the sewer.  I think that may be where I am getting confused.

Do you use the 3" emergency dump hose and then open the manual valve which would put the water out that exit?  Now that makes sense.  I have been having trouble understanding how you put the Sani-con hose into the sewer and open the valve.  Which valve?  Is it the electronic valve opener? or is it the manual valve opener.  And if I have the Sani-Con hose in the sewer and I open the manual valve won't the grey water come out the 3" emergency opening?

Sounds like it will be easier for us to just use the Sani-Con pump and pump the grey water out that hose.  The other way you are now dealing with an icky 3" dump hose which is the purpose of the do away with it.

Guess I need someone to spell it out for me exactly step by step how to do it.

44  Main Forum / General Discussion / Holding Tanks on: August 01, 2012, 02:56:58 pm
This may be a dumb question but here it is:  Why does the PC have a black water tank capacity of 35 gallons and the grey water is only 23 gallons.  This is our 6th RV and usually it is the other way around i.e. grey water tank almost twice the size of the black.

What are the advantages of this setup?  It seems to me a couple of showers and wash the dishes and the thing will be full of grey water while the black water tank is still almost empty.

When you are travelling/camping how do you manage your tank?  Do you just dump the grey water every day and the black when it gets more than half full?  Do you dump the grey water into the black tank by equilizing them?

We still haven't had the rig out yet so we have just tested the operation of it by dumping fresh water into the tanks.
45  Main Forum / General Discussion / Introduce Yourself! on: July 29, 2012, 11:09:12 pm
We sold our 2004 PleasureWay Ford TD Excel with the two beds in the rear.  Our new 2551 is like we poured water on the PW and it grew 6 feet.  Our PC has all the things that I wanted.  Two COMFORTABLE beds.  A BIG refrigerator/freezer.  The passenger seat trns around and there is a place to put the computer.  A big shower and bathroom.  And, most of all, one of us can go to bed and the other can sit up and read, computer or watch TV.  Also we just got a new 8 week old puppy so there is more room for two dogs with the slideout.  Good luck on your search!!

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