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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 27, 2015, 11:35:17 am
 Coffee I like the idea of that kind of energy management......well, except the part where it could turn off my coffee pot!
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Jack and/or lug wrench on: March 27, 2015, 11:32:16 am
Mine came with both and were located in the rear cabinet.  Prolift Jack Bottle - Model B-006D (6ton)

  - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 26, 2015, 10:49:30 pm
Tom:

Yes, the 50 amp cable is much heavier than the 30 amp and yes I need to carry it from the rear cabinet to the side to hook it up.  I was a bit concerned at first by the difference in cable size, but it turned out to be a non-issue for me.  It might be for others, however.  I would suggest anyone considering it go to their local Camping World and throw one over their shoulder for a test drive.

Energy Management:  We also had Kermit hard wire a Technology Research Corp Surge Guard (Part #: 34560-004) with remote power LCD monitor at the same location as the tank/battery/lpg display.  Once we engage shore power at the pedestal, it takes about 2 minutes for the surge guard to check out the power source and ensure it is adequate, and then it passes power on to the rig.  We have had a couple of issues at RV parks and campgrounds where the surge guard disconnected our power due to a variety of issues (over or under voltage, reverse polarity, etc.). We think it was money well spent.

  - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: March 26, 2015, 01:16:19 am
Johnny:

Regarding the A/C unit. ... We opted for 50 amp service in our 2552, and instead of the second A/C unit we had Kermit replace the standard 13,500 BTU unit with a Coleman Mach 15,000 BTU unit.  It performed really well last summer, including high heat and humidity in Upstate New York, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  Of course, we ensured the rig was insulated as much as possible and were careful about not leaving doors open, etc.

  - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SeeLevel RV tank Monitors on: March 25, 2015, 12:31:45 pm
I like that they use level sensors external to the tanks rather than inside, so there is no fouling.  The outdoor/indoor temp feature is a nice touch too.
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: PC Quick Look on: March 23, 2015, 10:24:02 pm
Wonder who will be buying up every E450 they can get their hands on?
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Rear view mirror / Camera monitor on: March 23, 2015, 10:19:31 pm
All I can contribute is that my backup camera runs through a 'Riverpark AV Distribution Box' which is located in the cabinet above the passenger seat (Model AVS050HD).

   - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: I need some instagram help/advice on: March 22, 2015, 09:26:40 pm
I vote for #rightsizerv.  The abbreviation 'PC' encompasses 'Personal Computer' moreso than not.

   - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weight and Tire Pressure, Good News on: March 17, 2015, 12:24:36 pm
Bruce:

Mine is the TST Model TM-507SG.

I misspoke in an earlier post....the pass-thru sensors don't allow you to fill the front tires due to the clearance of the wheelcovers.  I need to unscrew the sensors up front.  Just takes a second.

    - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Weight and Tire Pressure, Good News on: March 17, 2015, 08:30:10 am
I wasn't all that comfortable with the tire pressure chart recommendations until I installed my tire pressure sensors (they also monitor and report tire temperatures.) I was amazed watching how quickly and how high the tire temps and pressures rise while driving.

   - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Adding stuff to our 2552 on: March 15, 2015, 09:07:18 pm
Nice job, guys!  Better than what I did, for sure.   Applause for the cup holders....very difficult to manage your gin and tonics when you don't have a dinette in the slide!  We might steal that idea!

For future 2552 owners.....those two cabinets at the foot of each bed are extremely useful.  But, how you want to use them is semi-critical.   Do you want hanging storage for clothing or shelving for folded clothes and/or kitchen equipment, etc?  We use one for long-hanging clothing like coats, etc. the other is general and kitchen storage on shelves (pots/pans, induction cooker, etc). If you know how you want to use those cabinets then the factory could install really nice looking shelving if you need it.  Otherwise, you would need to do what John and I did....measure the space, which is NOT square, find suitable wood, buy it, cut it correctly, stain it, install shelving brackets (hoping they are secure).....well, you get the idea.

Anyway, hope to see ya on the road sometime!

   - Mike and Joni
12  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: How-to Videos - Playlist and looking for more ideas! on: March 10, 2015, 10:19:23 am
Nice!  Great start!  Thanks, Kyle!

    - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 07, 2015, 12:00:59 pm
I checked with my local Ford dealer and they said that Ford does not make a 'switch kit' which they can install.  Time to get creative. Grin
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 03, 2015, 11:31:41 am
Holly: I believe the info is current.  The request form indicates an expiration of 10/31/2016 I don't think the installation of the switch would be a big deal at all for the Ford dealer.  There is already a space for the switch on the dash and from what I understand the switch is just plugged into the module behind the dash.  I'll post results when I get it done.

Bob/Ron:  Thanks for the info. 

    - Mike
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Passenger Airbag Deactivation Switch on: March 01, 2015, 10:11:04 pm
Interesting what I found out about this issue.  My initial concern was transporting a grandchild in our PC.  There is technically no 'back seat', like a car.  Our 'back seats' are a EuroLounger with no seat belt (and not solidly mounted to the rig), and our sofa which has seat belts but is not situated to accommodate a child seat facing the rear of the rig.

Anyway, I looked around for info regarding adding an on-off switch for the passenger side air bag and found out that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration needs to authorize it.  There is a brochure which must be read (DOT HS 808 629) and a form that needs to be filled out (DOT HS 603) certifying that I read the brochure.  They then send me an authorization letter that I can take to an authorized dealer or installer.  However, there is no guarantee that the dealer or installer would be willing to install it. [The form and brochure can be found on safercar.gov]

Life would be so much easier if I didn't like kids!   shrug

   - Mike
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