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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Backup camera system on: May 17, 2017, 10:30:35 am
Our monitor was a Sony, but camera not.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Backup camera system on: May 17, 2017, 03:31:32 am
Our camera was a CST [Convoy Technologies] Riverpark Color Rear View Camera  (Model C1000). If yours is the same then a good place to start might be Riverpark or Convoy themselves ( Also very helpful folks at

     - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Installing a child's car seat in PC2100 on: May 15, 2017, 05:35:56 pm
Regarding use of the cab area passengers seat for a child's seat.... I've posted some of the details here before (use search), but essentially:

- Although Ford provides an optional (i.e.: option) switch to turn off the passengers air bag, it isn't provided by Phoenix on their stock chassis.
- There is a legal method to retrofit the RV to have this switch installed by Ford after the fact.
- A letter needs to be sent to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which we did, describing the situation/circumstance and requesting an approval for Ford to install the switch.
- They review the letter and approve or deny the request (they approved ours and sent us the approval letter for Ford)
- You bring the letter to a Ford dealer and request installation of the switch (relatively cheap switch and installation cost).......which we did.
- Problem solved!  Oops...not so fast.  No Ford dealer we asked would install the switch, even with the written blessing of the NTSB, citing possible liability issues. 
- Your experience may vary in your neck of the woods.

    - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Making a change... on: May 12, 2017, 03:26:55 pm
Well, it didn't take but a couple of years with our new PC before family and friends created an overcrowding situation.  Who knew they would all love camping/RV'ing all of a sudden....yet not enough to buy their own rig!   shrug Grandchildren also tend to shape our future, so we've decided to sell our beloved 2552 and get a Class A (with a bunkhouse floor plan) in the 34-36 ft range.

It's been a pleasure using our PC and learning from y'all! We'll probably still monitor/post here for a while.  We will also have Aimee post our PC for sale here on the forum next week in case you know anyone in the market for a nice used model.

All the best, and happy trails!  ThankYou

    - Mike and Joni
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Have Experience With A "Dream Dinette" Table Lift System? on: May 09, 2017, 07:39:41 pm
Hmmm, I just noticed that Fleetwood calls this type of dinette a 'Dream Dinette' too. 
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Anyone Have Experience With A "Dream Dinette" Table Lift System? on: May 09, 2017, 07:27:37 pm
Ron: No experience with the dream dinette, but did see a few just recently as we looked at some class A's. Fairly easy setup and would be comfy for those that like a firm mattress (not me)  Lots of YouTube videos on them, but definitely not the same as first hand experiences. 

We also saw a neat looking, very easy to set up, system that Fleetwood uses.  Check out this YouTube video and fast forward to the 6:00 minute mark:

    - Mike
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Four-year-old tire failure after 14,000 miles on: May 04, 2017, 05:43:21 am
Our 2552 loaded has 8700 back there, which should be about 70 psi.

   - Mike
8  Main Forum / Adventure Anywhere / Re: Utah on: April 27, 2017, 08:14:47 pm
We will be in the Jackson area a week before you.  Looking forward to it.  As far as temps in Utah and NM, that's tricky.  Depends on where you'll be going.  Here is some known average data.....

New Mexico average temps in June:

75   37   Eagle Nest
83   47   Taos
84   49   Santa Fe
94   64   Carlsbad
88   62   Albuquerque

Utah average temps in June:

75   45   Bryce Canyon Park Headquarters
89   57   Canyonlands Park, The Needles
86   58   Capitol Reef National Park
93   58   Moab
96   62   Zion National Park

Good luck and safe travels!

  - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: 2 AC units in a 2552 on: April 26, 2017, 02:11:34 pm
As far as location of two units on the 2552 I believe one is along the centerline and between the microwave and pantry, the other along the centerline between both beds close to the bathroom door.  Not a huge distance apart, but the two different 'rooms' they serve would provide some noise baffling between the two.

I've tried researching noise levels of different models from different companies and found precious little regarding technical specs or advertised sound levels (actual decibels) Different designs of different brands at different times can have significant impact on noise.  Noise can emanate from motors, fan blades, etc.  On the Coleman Mach 8 15,000 BTU unit, which I have, there were changes made to the fan blades over the recent years which reduced noise.  On other companies units, the diffusers were recently redesigned to reduce noise.  Personally, I think the diffuser makes a huge impact on noise.  Trying to disperse and divert air by pushing it over fins and flaps creates a racket (remove your ceiling diffuser and see the difference)

Knowing as much (or as little) as I do now, I would have specified two non-heatpump units (one 13.5k and one 15k btu) with high CFM rates (they apparently range from 275-350 or so), multiple fan speeds and well engineered diffuser/motor/blade designs.  For us, very low roof profiles (like our Mach 8) or savings of a couple hundred dollars (Dometic) are not as important as good performance and reduced noise.  We like nice sunny weather but aren't terribly comfortable at temps over 100 degrees or at very high humidity levels, so two units would have made us much happier.

   - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Camp / RV chairs? on: April 26, 2017, 01:15:25 pm
We've settled on the Kamp-Rite Director's Chairs, available at many places.  They are comfortable, can be used as table seating, fairly lightweight, easy to fold/unfold, have a great flip-up side table, can be hung upside down from a ladder rack (like this one:, can be stored in tow vehicle, or stores temporarily behind drivers or passengers seat in our 2552 while underway. 

   - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Esterior Paint Scheme on: April 25, 2017, 11:03:36 am
Some people may not be aware that you can mix/match interior and exterior colors.  We have Sunlit exterior and Cafe interior.

  - Mike
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer Hose on: April 24, 2017, 07:02:31 am
Like the others, we carry a Rhino 3" and the support frame for it.  Have never used it, but good to know it's there.

As to tank treatment, we swear by Happy Campers Organic.  Really does a great job in both keeping the tanks clean and odors eliminated.

   - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the verge- question on new stove on: April 18, 2017, 06:16:32 pm
We have it recessed and find it fine for our purposes, and we do cook a lot,but as Keelhauler said it limits the size of pots/pans.  We also have an induction unit which comes in handy and can be used inside or out.  With a recessed stovetop we find the extra counter space (with the covers in place) a big plus many times .

   - Mike
14  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Low Cost Macerator Pump Replacement (Saved A Pile Of Money) on: April 16, 2017, 04:23:33 am
Ron:  This is an older post, but you referenced it recently in a separate later post.  I was wondering if you had ever gotten around to determining where the greatest noise emanated from, the piping or the motor/strap/frame?

 - Mike
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Got "Bob" home on: April 15, 2017, 05:50:32 pm
 rolling on the floor

Beats 'Rettihs' I guess!
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