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1  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing calculations on: March 25, 2017, 07:59:30 pm
And these days, almost all auto manuals are available online.
2  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: RainX Quantum Wipers on: March 25, 2017, 07:57:07 pm
I don't recall offhand, but will check when I get to the PC.  I'm pretty sure it was a direct replacement size.   I don't often vear from the norm and try to do my own engineering.

    - Mike
3  Main Forum / General Discussion / RainX Quantum Wipers on: March 25, 2017, 11:05:07 am
Prior to the rainy season out here we installed RainX Quantum windshield wipers.  Thankfully we've had a really wet winter this year, and I can say that we've been very impressed with the new blades during a number of trips in the last few months.  Much improved visibility during all types of rain.  They are more expensive than normal blades, obviously, but we've found them to be valuable.  They also have a color-change indicator to let you know when to change them.

   - Mike
4  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Towing Ford Edge Limited AWD on: March 25, 2017, 10:40:18 am
After reading the recent post by John (jatrax) regarding toads and calculations, I thought I'd update this post regarding towing our Ford Edge since a couple of things were omitted by me in my original post.

Quick recap....the Edge is a heavy crossover/SUV.  Our model has push button start and there is no problem unlocking the steering wheel by placing the vehicle in ACC mode (also by button). The PC still has no problem at all towing the Edge. We are still very pleased with the setup and our decision.

What I do need to add to the discussion is that our model Edge also has a setting for 'auto rain detect' on our wipers and 'auto light/dark detect' on our headlights.  At one point during a trip in the rain I looked back at the Edge in my PC rear view camera and noticed that the wipers were on in the Edge.  Duh.  The headlights were also on.  Obviously had to change our little towing checklist to ensure that we set these things appropriately before towing.  Technology is great, until it outthinks you!

   - Mike
5  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Every little bit of storage counts on: March 18, 2017, 09:28:56 pm
Nicki:  We have a similar power bank (can't tell you which one as it isn't within easy access at the moment) and it works great.  We've jump started our PC once, someone else's RV and two cars.  Very easy, safe and has a small footprint. 

    - Mike
6  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Customizations on new 2552 on: March 16, 2017, 09:36:05 am
Very unique, very nice!  Thanks for posting! 

    - Mike
7  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 09, 2017, 10:09:17 pm
We bought an air compressor when we first purchased our PC.  It has never gone with us on a trip, for two reasons.  It takes up too much room, and we can call either AAA or Good Sam for this type of issue. 

But, in answer to your question, we have the Porter Cable CMB15 compressor.  Very nice, reliable unit.  http://www.portercable.com/Products/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=23677

   - Mike
8  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 09, 2017, 08:30:36 pm
My understanding is that the levelers need to be engaged when using a slideout?

   - Mike
9  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: First night camping on: March 09, 2017, 01:32:28 am
Sounds very similar to our first night!  Good part is we learned a great deal that night. 

It only gets better from here on out!

   - Mike
10  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On the Road! on: March 07, 2017, 09:38:58 am
Congrats!   Cheers

I know the rig is not fully loaded up, but let us know how it handled on the way home...

    - Mike
11  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Ultra Leather Ultra-Leather Ultraleather on: March 06, 2017, 10:15:05 am
Just two points of general info I've run across.....

Never used them, but a company called Bradd and Hall (www.braddandhall.com) makes what appears to be a large line of quality RV furniture, including recliners (some ultra leather, some top grain, etc.)

Regarding the real 'Ultraleather' company, I found this response on another website in response to flaking....

"My name is Danielle Boecker and I am one of the Principals of Ultrafabrics, LLC. We have been selling the Ultraleather™ brand products to the RV trade for almost 20 years. Ultraleather™ has become a recognized brand name for superior quality and performance among the RV industry as well as aviation, marine, healthcare and contract seating to name a few. Due to the outstanding performance characteristics of our products we have achieved a high level of success. This has attracted many knock off products which are inferior to the technologies we use to produce the Ultraleather™ brand fabrics. The models mentioned in the blogs are not known to contain the genuine Ultraleather™ product when originally produced by the RV manufacturer. If you can demonstrate that your interiors utilize the genuine Ultraleather™ brand materials we would be happy to accommodate you with replacement product. If you would like to discuss further please call our Quality Assurance Department toll free at 888-361-9216. "

  - Mike
12  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: What options should I order -- what do you wish you ordered? on: February 22, 2017, 08:56:33 am
In our real world experience with a 2552 and a 15,000btu A/C unit (non-heat pump) while camping in 90-100 degree weather, we can generally assume a maximum 20-25 degree differential between indoor and outdoor temps.  Heat loads play a huge role though.  In our case it is two humans, two small pets, some lighting, tv, shades drawn, usually parked in the sun.  Our preference would be two non-heat pump A/C units for the additional cooling capacity as well as the option of using just one (the smaller unit would be quieter) when highest capacity isn't required.  With one unit in a hot climate, (as long as possible) we ensure we have the cab A/C cranked up while parking and setting up.

    - Mike
13  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hose length on: February 22, 2017, 05:48:58 am
Regarding the flat type hoses, keep in mind that they will naturally 'inflate' with water and so none of its length will be or can be coiled.  For instance, if the connection is 10 feet away and your flat hose is longer, the entire length will naturally snake around the ground (not coiled up like a regular hose). They also have a tendency to kink so it needs to be gently curved on the ground.  Due to kinking you'll probably want to buy something like a 45 or 90 degree entry elbow such as this as well: http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/90-degree-water-hose-entry-elbow/1745

    - Mike
14  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Hose length on: February 21, 2017, 07:51:10 am
Once again I think this also depends on how you travel and where you 'camp'.  We carry a 12' and a 6'.  We use them about equally I would say, and we've only needed to couple them together one time in order to reach the water supply.

    - Mike
15  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Intro & order placed for 2552 on: February 18, 2017, 05:48:44 am
Aside from recommendations on this site and others we ultimately chose to have Safe-T-Plus installed on our 2552 after watching this video (it's a bit dated I think, but the info is relevant)  The most interesting portion starts halfway through the video where they show how large vehicles handle when there is a front tire blowout...

https://youtu.be/aT2RbQZtFx8

    - Mike
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